The damage to the global economy this year will be less than previously expected, but still “unprecedented”, a leading international body says.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development now predicts a decline of 4.5% in 2020, versus the 6% drop forecast in June.
It means it no longer expects the UK to have the deepest contraction of the major G20 economies this year.
But the 10.1% drop would still make Britain one of the hardest hit.
The revision for 2020 is favourable, but even so, the global economy is facing damage that the OECD describes as “unprecedented in recent history”.
The agency’s chief economist Laurence Boone said “there is no way to sugar coat it”.
It may be “less bad than we expected” she said, “but it is not a good outcome”.
For this year, the new forecast for Britain is a contraction that is less severe by 1.4 percentage points. In the OECD’s previous forecasts, published in June, it gave two scenarios for how the pandemic might unfold.
For what it called the single hit scenario, the economic decline for the UK was 11.5%, the biggest hit of any country covered by that forecast.
The new revised figures predict several countries, including Italy, India and South Africa will experience contractions larger than the UK’s.
The report says that the declines would have been substantially lar
Breonna Taylor: family ‘never had faith’ in police prosecution
A man accused of shooting two policemen in Louisville, Kentucky amid racial justice protests has been ordered to be held in jail on $1m (£786,000) bail.
Larynzo Johnson, 26, was arrested hours after it was announced that no murder charges would be brought for Breonna Taylor’s death during a police raid.
The decision sparked days of unrest and the city is under a weekend curfew.
Ms Taylor’s family has demanded that a grand jury transcript of her case be released to the public.
The grand jury on Wednesday had returned charges of ‘wonton endangerment’ against one former officer. However, the decision not to lay charges for killing Ms Taylor triggered protests around the US.
Over 127 people were arrested on Wednesday night. On Thursday night, Louisville police arrested at least 27 protesters, including the only African-American lawmaker in the Kentucky legislature.
What does the Taylor family want?
In a news conference on Friday, Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Taylor family, led chants of “release the transcripts,” and accused Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron of failing to mount a strong enough case to the grand jury to secure murder charges against the three officers who fired bullets into Ms Taylor’s home in Louisville on 13 March.
Police entered her flat during a drug raid, though none were later found.
“What did Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron present to the grand jury? Did he present any evidence on Breonna Taylor’s behalf?” Mr Crump asked.
“Or did he make a unilateral decision to put his thumb on the scales of justice to help try to exonerate and justify the killing of Breonna Taylor by these police officers?”
Ms Taylor’s family had called for all three officers to be arrested for murder, but only one has been charged. Brett Hankison, who was fired from the police force in June, is accused of wanton endangerment, a low-level felony, for firing shots into Ms Taylor’s neighbour’s apartment.
In her first public statement since the grand jury’s ruling, Ms Taylor mother said she “never had faith” in the prosecutor, Mr Cameron, who is Kentucky’s first ever black attorney general.
“I was reassured Wednesday of why I have no faith
Attack outside former Charlie Hebdo office in Paris ‘clearly act of Islamist terrorism’ – French interior minister
A meat cleaver attack that seriously injured two people outside the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris is being treated as an act of Islamist terrorism by French authorities.
Two employees of the Premieres Lignes news production agency were outside their office in the 11th arrondissement on Friday when they were attacked by a knife-wielding man. They were “very badly wounded,” Premieres Lignes founder Paul Moreira told AFP.
The attack took place near the former address of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical newspaper whose staff was massacred in a 2015 attack by Islamist militants. The 14 alleged accomplices in that attack are currently on trial in Paris.
Charlie Hebdo eventually reopened at a different address in Paris, which is being kept secret for security reasons.
AFP reports that five men have been detained, including the suspected attacker. The PNAT anti-terrorism prosecution office said it has opened an investigation, with charges of “attempted murder related to a terrorist enterprise” and “conspiracy with terrorists.”
PNAT head Jean-Francois Ricard said the main suspect is an 18-year-old man, reportedly born in Pakistan.
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‘The Army just killed my wife!’: Soul-crushing video provokes online outrage towards Colombian military
A young Colombian man filmed himself crying over his dead wife, who was shot in her car by soldiers. The emotional video led online users to denounce both the country’s government and US foreign policy.
The woman, reported as Juliana Giraldo Diaz, was killed on Thursday, while she and her husband were driving through the rural area of Miranda, Cauca. In the graphic video, her body can be seen lying in the car’s front seat, apparently shot in the head, and in a pool of blood.
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The Colombian army shot this man’s wife in the head and killed her. He’s begging for help. “Help me please, we have nothing.” Her name is Juliana and she was killed this morning in Miranda, Cauca.pic.twitter.com/l8Cq4TPmZU
— Camila (@camilateleSUR) September 24, 2020
“The Army just killed my wife!” the man, Francisco, can be heard screaming in the footage.
“We had no drugs, we had no weapons, we had nothing … Please help me!”
The Colombian Army has issued a statement, saying that the woman was shot by a soldier while the military was securing the area.
The country’s president, Ivan Duque, ordered both the defense ministry and the army to carry out a “quick” investigation and “punish” those responsible. Separately, the incident will also be reviewed by the attorney general’s office.
Condeno repudiable hecho ocurrido en Miranda, Cauca. He ordenado a @mindefensa y @COL_Ejercito disponer lo necesario para investigación con celeridad. Responsable debe recibir castigo ejemplar. Solidaridad con familiares de Juliana Giraldo, a quienes brindaremos acompañamiento.
— Iván Duque 🇨🇴 (@IvanDuque) September 24, 2020
Commentators universally condemned the killing online, saying that people in uniform always get to act with “impunity”.
Others lamented that “no one” in the international community addresses such incidents, in their view because “Colombia is a US puppet state”.
Knowing Colombia is US puppet state no one will condemn it.
— Tito ☭ 🇸🇻 ⛰️ Андрей 🐈🐕 (@adxtrjuseniorit) September 24, 2020
The woman’s horrifying death follows countrywide turmoil during protests and riots against police brutality, which broke out over the death of law student Javier Ordonies. He died on September 8, after being repeatedly tasered by police officers.
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