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He said that his administration would provide about $1 million to Kenosha law enforcement, about $4 million dollars to help local small businesses and more than $42 million to support public safety efforts statewide.

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Washington: US President Donald Trump visited Kenosha, Wisconsin following violent protests over the August 23 police shooting of a black man in the city, during which he blamed the “anti-American riots” for the “destruction”.

Trump visited the city with a population of around 100,000 people on Tuesday despite calls from state and local leaders to stay away, warning he may further inflame tensions.

The President visited areas damaged in the protests, including a burnt-out furniture store destroyed in the upheaval.

Speaking to reporters later, he said: “Kenosha has been ravaged by anti-police and anti-American riots.”

“You went through hell just a few days ago, but I feel so safe. We’re safe because of law enforcement,” Xinhua news agency quoted the President as saying further.

He said that his administration would provide about $1 million to Kenosha law enforcement, about $4 million dollars to help local small businesses and more than $42 million to support public safety efforts statewide.

Trump did not meet the family of the 29-year-old victim, Jacob Blake, because they requested their lawyers be involved, which the President said was “inappropriate”, according to a USA Today report.

Blake, a father of three children, was shot seven times in the back by a white city police officer on August 23.

He was paralyzed from the shooting and remains at a hospital in the city.

A 17-year-old white male shot and killed two protesters two days later.

In a Fox News interview on Monday, Trump appeared to criticize the Kenosha officer by saying, “shooting a guy in the back many times – I mean, couldn’t you have done something different?”

However, he also defended the officer, saying the victim “might have been going for a weapon”, and then added: “But they choke, just like in a golf tournament – they miss a 3-foot putt.”

Speaking on MSNBC, Anthony Davis, head of the Kenosha office of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, denounced Trump’s comment.

“I play golf,” he said. “I know about choking. That’s a man’s life… You can’t compare golf to a man’s life.”

Prior to Trump’s visit, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian, both Democrats, urged the President not to come to the city, warning that the trip would stoke divisions and amplify tensions in the already damaged city.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday said the President himself is a contributing factor to the unrest and racial strife that has roiled the country this summer.

“Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and simple,” said Biden in a statement.

“And those who do it should be prosecuted. Violence will not bring change. It will only bring destruction. It’s wrong in every way.”

On May 25, George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man, died after a white police officer knelt on the 46-year-old’s neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which sparked nationwide demonstrations against what activists have described as police brutality and systemic racial inequality.

Wisconsin is a critical battleground state in the November 3 election after Trump won it by roughly 23,000 votes in 2016.

A Morning Consult poll released on Tuesday found Biden had a nine-point lead over Trump in Wisconsin.

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An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale occurred at 4:14 am today in Pakistan: National Center for Seismology

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Pakistani PM Imran Khan writes to Facebook CEO seeking ban on Islamophobic content

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s prime minister has written a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seeking a ban on Islamophobic content on the site, warning of an increase in radicalisisation amongst Muslims, the government said on Sunday.

In the letter, shared by the Pakistani government on Twitter, Imran Khan said that “growing Islamophobia” is encouraging extremism and violence across the world — especially through social media platforms such as Facebook.

“I would ask you to place a similar ban on Islamophobia and hate against Islam for Facebook that you have put in place for the Holocaust,” Khan said.

Facebook said this month it was updating its hate speech policy to ban any content that denied or distorted the Holocaust.

Facebook did not immediately reply to Reuters’ request for comment on Khan’s letter.

“One cannot send a message that while hate messages against some are unacceptable, these are acceptable against others,” Khan said, adding that this was “reflective of prejudice and bias that will encourage further radicalisation”.

Khan in his letter made reference to the situation in France, where, he said, Islam was being associated with terrorism.

Earlier on Sunday, Khan said that French President Emmanuel Macron had “attacked Islam” by encouraging the display of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.

Khan’s comments came after Macron paid tribute to a French history teacher beheaded by an Islamist radical who wanted to avenge the use of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression.

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Putin rejects Donald Trump’s criticism of Biden family business

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MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden’s past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump’s attack lines in the U.S. presidential election.

Putin was responding to comments made by Trump during televised debates with Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Trump, who is trailing in opinion polls, has used the debates to make accusations that Biden and his son Hunter engaged in unethical practices in Ukraine. No evidence has been verified to support the allegations, and Joe Biden has called them false and discredited.

Putin, who has praised Trump in the past for saying he wanted better ties with Moscow, has said Russia will work with any U.S. leader, while noting what he called Joe Biden’s “sharp anti-Russian rhetoric”.

Putin appeared less friendly towards Trump in remarks broadcast by Russian state TV on Sunday. In what may be seen by some analysts as an attempt to try to curry favour with the Biden camp, he took the time to knock down what he made clear he regarded as false allegations from Trump about the Bidens.

“Yes, in Ukraine he (Hunter Biden) had or maybe still has a business, I don’t know. It doesn’t concern us. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians,” said Putin.

“But well yes he had at least one company, which he practically headed up, and judging from everything he made good money. I don’t see anything criminal about this, at least we don’t know anything about this (being criminal).”

Putin also reacted with visible irritation when asked about comments Trump has made concerning Putin’s ties to the former mayor of Moscow, and to an alleged payment made to Hunter Biden by the ex-mayor’s widow. Putin said he knew nothing about the existence of any commercial relationship between Hunter and the woman. Joe Biden says the accusation about his son is not true.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to tilt the contest in Trump’s favour, an allegation Moscow has denied.

Russia has also dismissed accusations by U.S. intelligence agencies of trying to interfere with this year’s election too.

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