Minneapolis, Tiananmen Vigil, Israel: Your Tuesday Briefing


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Good morning.

We’re covering growing global unrest about police brutality, the cancellation of a vigil for victims of the Tiananmen Square crackdown and life among Bangkok’s street vendors.

Demonstrators took to the streets of Berlin, London and Vancouver after George Floyd died in police custody. Leaders in Beijing and Ethiopia questioned U.S. officials’ actions, and activists in Chile offered advice on protesting.

Paired with the anger was another demand: that lawmakers heed the signs of racism and police abuse in their own countries. The condemnation also reflected unease about America’s place on the world stage.

In the U.S.: President Trump demanded that U.S. state authorities crack down on the protesters, whom he called “terrorists” in a tirade in which he berated governors. Several people have been killed or wounded in shootings linked to the unrest.

We have the latest updates from the protests and the government’s response.

Related: The Times’s visual investigations team reconstructed in detail the minutes leading up to George Floyd’s death. (This video contains scenes of graphic violence.)

Read: Take your pick from our list of 13 books to watch for in June, which includes an important gay civil rights history, the story of human migration and juicy new novels from Kevin Kwan, J. Courtney Sullivan, Max Brooks and Ottessa Moshfegh.

Watch: Here are our suggestions for June of the best movies and TV shows, including “Queer Eye,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “Scarface” and “LOL: Last One Laughing Australia.” A new crop of animators has been working on these new “Looney Tunes” shorts for the past two years, but they still have the look, feel and mayhem of the classic cartoons.

Listen: Our pop critics have compiled this playlist, which features Dolly Parton singing about dire times and promising better ones, Rosalía and Travis Scott, Nicole Atkins, Bright Eyes and others.

Our At Home section has more ideas on what to read, cook, watch, and do while staying safe at home.

Airlines and airports around the world are doing everything they can to instill confidence in travelers that it’s safe to get on a plane again. But these measures might not be enough. Melina asked Donald McNeil, our infectious diseases reporter, what he thinks.

It’s impossible to make a plane perfectly safe. It is an enclosed space full of strangers. It might as well be a flying subway car, a flying cocktail party or a flying choir practice. The biggest factor is luck: Did you get on one of the dozens of planes on any given day that are just fine? Or did you get on the plane that has a virus-spewing superspreader — who may not even be feeling sick — aboard? And is that superspreader sitting quietly in a mask in a back row? Or a flight attendant patrolling the aisles and lowering her mask to answer questions?

The airlines are doing what they can — aggressively sanitizing surfaces, cutting back on meals and sometimes taking temperatures. But you can’t control for bad luck. Yes, cabin air is filtered and the filters are impressive. But they are not as effective as an outdoor breeze.



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