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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, June 4

04 Jun 2020, 10:30 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Prosecutors on Wednesday upgraded the charge against a former Minneapolis officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck to second-degree murder, also charging three other former officers involved in the incident with aiding and abetting murder.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced at a news conference that Derek Chauvin, the now fired and arrested Minneapolis Police Department officer who court documents said knelt on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, was charged with second-degree murder, an enhanced charge from the third-degree murder and manslaughter he was previously accused of. (US-Floyd)

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MADRID -- The Spanish Congress (lower chamber of Parliament) approved on Wednesday the sixth and final extension of the State of Alarm in the country.

The extension of the emergency measures, which have been in place in Spain since March 15 to combat the coronavirus, was approved with 177 votes in favor, 155 against and 18 abstentions. (Spain-Politics-Coronavirus)

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MINSK -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday decided to dismiss the government, the press service of the Belarusian leader said.

Alexander Lukashenko has signed an order dismissing the country's current government and the order will enter into force after official publication, the press service said. (Belarus-Government)

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Wednesday to declare a state of emergency of federal scale in Russia's Arctic Norilsk city in the Krasnoyarsk region due to a diesel fuel spill.

Putin, during an online conference on the elimination of the spill, asked Russian Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev of the ways to deal with the accident, and the latter replied that given its scale it is necessary to declare a state of emergency situation on a federal scale. (Russia-Norilsk-Pollution)

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