A statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill opposite parliament and the Cenotaph war memorial in central London were boarded up on Friday for protection, with three days of demonstrations are set to take place in the English capital.
The widow of Chinese doctor and coronavirus whistleblower Dr Li Wenliang gave birth to their son on Friday, about four months after his demise, local media reported.
Brazil on Friday claimed the unenviable position of having the second-highest coronavirus death toll in the world behind the United States, where several states have posted record daily case totals, signaling the crisis is far from over.
Brazil has excluded complaints of police violence from an annual human rights report, sparking allegations on Friday of a cover-up amid global outrage over racial injustice and the use of excessive force by law enforcement.
Europe needs to become more independent in supplying itself with face masks and certain medicines as it battles the coronavirus outbreak, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Friday.
Zara owner Inditex said it is permanently closing as many as 1,200 stores - 16% of its outlets worldwide - as the world's largest fashion retailer moves to boost online sales after posting its first-ever loss due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chile registered its worst daily figures for coronavirus fatalities on Friday, with 222 deaths and more than 6,700 new infections in the previous 24-hours, authorities said.
The United States cannot let the coronavirus shut down its economy again, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, adding that more than US$1 trillion in rescue funds will flow into the economy over the next month.
Argentina's 12-month inflation slowed in May as many consumers stayed home while shops and other businesses mostly remained closed because of social distancing measures intended to control the spread of the coronavirus.
A Facebook Inc employee who criticized Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg's decision not to take action against inflammatory posts by US President Donald Trump this month said on Friday that the social media company had fired him.