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Biden On George Floyd Verdict: ‘A Giant Step Forward

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United States (US) President Joe Biden has on Tuesday said the conviction of a former police officer in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America” but he warned “we can’t stop here”.

After a three-week trial, the jury in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin has on Tuesday found the former Minneapolis police officer guilty in the killing of George Floyd, a Black man on May 25 last year

45-year-old Chauvin was filmed with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, sparking mass protests against racism.

Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, a decision Biden said he hoped would become a “moment of significant change”.

After the verdict, Biden speaking on Tuesday from the White House alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, with the pair saying the country’s work is far from finished with the verdict.

Biden further said “we can’t leave this moment or look away thinking our work is done. We have to look at it as we did for those nine minutes and 29 seconds.”

Vice-President Kamala Harris urged lawmakers to pass the George Floyd bill aimed at reforming policing in the US saying “this bill is part of George Floyd’s legacy. This work is long overdue.”

The Reuters news agency quoting the Floyd family’s lawyer Benjamin Crump said “Justice for Black America is justice for all of America,” adding that “this case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state.”

People gathered outside the courtroom and on the intersection in Minneapolis where Mr Floyd was killed to celebrate the verdict while some also gathered in other cities to celebrate.

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Israel Continues Gaza Air Raids As Calls For Ceasefire Grow

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Israel has launched another barrage of air raids on the Gaza Strip on Monday after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the attacks on the Palestinian enclave would continue.

The Israeli military confirmed it killed a top commander of the Islamic jihad armed group, Hussam Abu Harbeed.

Explosions rocked Gaza city from north to south as Israeli fighter jets hit homes, clinics and government buildings.

212 persons, including 61 children, have been killed in Gaza since the latest violence began more than a week ago. Some fifteen hundred Palestinians were also wounded.

Gaza’s ministry of health has launched an appeal for help as it struggles to respond to the large numbers of injured persons seeking hospital treatment across the territory.

US army general, Mark Milley warned on Monday of potential destabilization beyond the Gaza Strip if the violence continued.

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French President Hosts Africa Summit On Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

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African leaders are in Paris at the Africa Finance Summit. Part of the agenda is to address post-pandemic recovery on the continent.

Presidents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, South Africa and others landed in Paris on Monday for the Africa finance Summit set for today and tomorrow.

The meeting has been touted by some observers as attempting to create a “new deal” for African economies.

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Ariana Grande Marries Dalton Gomez In ‘Intimate’ Ceremony

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American pop star Ariana Grande has married her fiance Dalton Gomez in a “tiny and intimate” wedding.

Grande’s rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. “It was tiny and intimate — less than 20 people. The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”

Last year December, 27-year-old Grande announced her engagement to Gomez, a 25-year-old real estate agent by posting a photo of her ring along with the caption, “Forever n then some.”

The TMZ website said the ceremony took place at Grande’s property in Montecito, a celebrity hotspot in southern California where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also live.

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