Friday, 26th June Daily Roundup
A British teenager who threw a six-year-old French boy from a 10th-storey viewing platform at the Tate Modern art gallery in London with the intention of killing him was given a 15-year jail sentence. He was told he might never be freed. Jonty Bravery, who was 17 at the time of the incident and told police he did it to be on television, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder last December.
London police chief Cressida Dick said the police will disperse all illegal parties, adding that violence against officers at such gatherings this week was utterly unacceptable. Police dispersed several illegal music events across London overnight, and came under attack during one such event, Dick said.
Car manufacturing plunged by an annual 95% in May with just 5,314 vehicles built as the coronavirus outbreak kept some factories shut and others operating at reduced levels, an industry body said. Output slightly recovered from just 197 cars made in April.
Four decades after beginning its drive for US statehood, Washington, DC, is all set to take a step towards becoming the 51st state as the House of Representatives is expected to ratify it. Though the initiative was likely to pass handily in the House, where Democrats hold the majority, Republicans for years have actively opposed creating a state that they predict would elect Democrats to Congress.
The Dutch government said it would provide Air France-KLM’s Dutch subsidiary KLM with a 3.4 billion euro (£3.1 billion) package to help it overcome the crisis posed by the pandemic. According to Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra, the package would consist of 2.4 billion euros in bank loans with guarantees, and a 1 billion euro direct loan.
With over 9.3 million people lacking adequate food amid the country’s coronavirus outbreak, Syria faces an unprecedented hunger crisis. Though apparently controlled for now, it could still accelerate, UN aid agencies said.
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