BET Awards 2019: A list of winners and key moments

The night in Los Angeles belonged to icons in the black community, including the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. John Legend performs during a tribute to Nipsey Hussle [Mike Blake/Reuters] The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap artists who have been dominating the charts. But the show, held in Los Angeles on Sunday night, belonged to the artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J Blige, filmmaker Tyler Perry and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. The BET Awards celebrate African Americans and other…

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Cops facing scrutiny for social media behavior

Officers put on administrative leave pending an investigation for posts deemed racist or advocating violence. More than 70 police officers have been taken off the streets in the US city of Philadelphia for violent or racist social media posts. The Plain View Project reviewed the posts made by a sample of police officers in eight cities. Similar behaviour was found in every city sampled, raising concerns about the culture surrounding the police. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports.

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Iran-US tensions: All the latest updates

Standoff between Washington and Tehran escalates after Iranian forces shoot down US drone. Fears of war between the United States and Iran have intensified after a US drone was shot down by Iranian forces. Iran said on Thursday it downed the unmanned aircraft in Iranian airspace. The US said the drone was in international territory when it was hit by a surface-to-air missile. The quickly moving events have provoked international alarm and prompted concern the standoff could escalate into a major open confrontation. Here are the latest updates: Friday, June…

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Why is the US cracking down on aid workers at the border?

Rights groups call on US government to stop criminalising humanitarians at Mexico frontier.   Video of Why is the US cracking down on humanitarians at the border? | The Stream Pocket Scott Warren is dedicated to helping people making the gruelling trek across the US-Mexico border. But he now faces criminal charges – and possibly years in prison – for providing that often life-saving aid. Warren is a volunteer with charity No More Deaths , which routinely helps migrants crossing the border. He was arrested and charged  last year with two counts of…

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NBA finals: Toronto Raptors fans prepare for victory

With Canadian team close to its first championship, Al Jazeera looks at how Toronto Raptors’ rise is already a win for diversity. It is basketball season, and NBA fans all over the world are bracing themselves for the final championship game. Canada‘s Toronto Raptors are up three games to one over the injury-plagued Golden State Warriors. And the Toronto city is preparing to taste victory. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Toronto.

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Death In Chi Town: 52 people shot in city over weekend

Fifty-two people shot, 10 dead in the most violent weekend in Chicago this year. Last weekend was the most violent in the US city of Chicago so far this year. Police say 52 people were shot, 10 of them fatally, from Friday night to midnight on Monday. Chicago remains the most dangerous major city in the country. Since 2001, more Americans have been killed here than in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports from Chicago in the United States.

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Virginia Beach shooting: Residents hold prayer vigil for 12 dead

Hundreds come out in the US city to pray for those killed in one of the worst workplace shootings in the country. About 200 people have come out in the US city of Virginia Beach to pray for 12 people killed in a mass shooting at a municipal centre by a coworker. The prayer vigil led by a local church on Saturday morning drew city workers, community leaders, and residents, who wanted to offer hugs and condolences for those killed on Friday by a gunman identified as DeWayne Craddock. “We…

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Oklahoma calls drugmakers greedy

Pharmaceutical companies are on trial in Oklahoma, the first US state to take opioid makers to court. The first trial in the United States against pharmaceutical companies blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis is under way in the state of Oklahoma. Drugmakers are accused of downplaying the addictive risks of their drugs, as opioid overdose deaths shoot up nationwide. Michael Botticelli, the executive director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center and former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, speaks to…

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What are the dangers of facial recognition technology?

Civil liberties groups say privacy should not be traded for protection, but governments argue it ensures safety.   Last week, San Francisco, California became the first major city in the United States to ban the use of facial recognition technology by police and government agencies . But authorities – and even some civil society groups – contend that the technology could help fight crime and should not be banned completely. However, civil liberties organisations say such systems, if adopted widely, would compromise privacy and disproportionately target marginalised communities. Such criticism…

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US opioid crisis: Oklahoma takes Johnson & Johnson to court

Oklahoma court case could have major implications for United States’ opioid crisis. The first crucial test of whether US states can hold drug makers responsible for the opioid crisis starts in Oklahoma on Tuesday. Lawyers will argue that company Johnson & Johnson is to blame for the widespread addiction that has devastated the state. The case will likely affect around 2,000 other pending cases across the country. Andy Gallacher reports from Oklahoma City.

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