Top 10 world news today: Statue toppled in US, China punishes Weibo and more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jun 10, 2020, 07:41 PM(IST)

Robert Milligan statue Photograph:( AFP )

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Here are the top 10 news that dominated the world arena today.

Brazil deforested 10,000 square km of Amazon rainforest in 2019, up 34% on year

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Brazil's space research agency INPE recorded 10,129 square kilometers of deforestation (3,911 square miles) for its benchmark annual period from August 2018 to July 2019. That's an area about the size of Lebanon and a 34.4% rise from the same period a year earlier.

Statue of Christopher Columbus in US toppled, thrown in lake by anti-racism protestors

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Its toppling comes amid national protests over the death of George Floyd and several days after a statue of Confederate General Williams Carter Wickham was pulled from its pedestal in Monroe Park by demonstrators who also used ropes to tear it down.

Reddit names first black board member after Alexis Ohanian quits

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Ohanian, the husband of tennis star Serena Williams, had quit from his seat on the board of the social news company to be given to a black candidate.

China punishes microblog platform Weibo for interfering with communication

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Top internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration of China, said in a post on its verified WeChat Account it had reprimanded Weibo for "interfering with online communication order, disseminating illegal information and other problems".

EU asks Facebook, Twitter, Google to report monthly on fake news fight

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The Commission said online platforms should provide monthly reports with details on their actions to promote authoritative content and to limit coronavirus disinformation and advertising related to it.

Russian factory recalls ventilator model linked to hospital fires

Russia suspended the use of some domestically-produced medical ventilators on May 13 while an investigation into the Aventa-M machines was ongoing.

Saturn's moon Titan is rapidly moving away from the planet

Titan is unique in our solar system. It's the only known moon with a considerable atmosphere and the only planetary body in addition to Earth with liquid rivers and lakes on its surface.

'Widespread food shortages': UN human rights expert on North Korea's situation

Quintana is a UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). 

Mike Pompeo criticises HSBC for 'corporate kowtow' to Beijing

"The United States stands with our allies and partners against the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive bullying tactics," Pompeo said in a statement, his latest swipe at China's ruling party.

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