The New Face of Downtown

The buildings alongside Walnut Street were wrapped in corrugated aluminum, hiding the historic brick facades. Some had been renovated to the styles of the ‘80s. It was a mishmash of architecture. The street was paved over as a plaza for pedestrians to walk from store to store — except they didn’t.

A protester stands in front of the US embassy during the Black Lives Matter protest rally June 7, 2020, in London in response to the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, that has led to protests in many countries and across the US. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

5 international stories of the week

Anti-racism protests around the world, New Zealand eradicating the novel coronavirus, the re-start of building works on Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, reported U.S. plans to withdraw troops from Germany and Brazil's government stopping the publishing of COVID-19 data make up this week’s five international stories.

Protesters gather at a memorial for George Floyd where he died outside Cup Foods on East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, June 1, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

5 national stories of the week

Seventh straight night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, the president's photo op at St. John's Church, primary election voting in nine states and Washington, D.C., the music industry's call for Black Out Tuesday and the ownership of Joe Exotic's zoo being given to Carole Baskin make up this week’s five national stories.

A demonstrator stands during a march in central Auckland, New Zealand, June 1, 2020, to protest the death of United States' George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd, who after a white police officer who is now charged with murder, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

5 international stories of the week

Countries around the world responding to the death of George Floyd and U.S. protests, lockdowns easing in Europe and Asia, Vatican City’s efforts to cut down waste and corruption, China’s reaction to U.S. action on Hong Kong and people in Hong Kong applying for U.K. passports make up this week’s five international stories.

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