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No plans to extradite Prince Andrew in Epstein case – Barr

US attorney general William Barr said this afternoon that there are no plans to extradite Prince Andrew to the United States for questioning in the sex crimes case involving the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Asked during a Fox News interview whether the US has officially asked Britain to hand over the prince, Barr said: “I don’t think it’s a question of handing him over. I think it’s just a question of having him provide some evidence.”

Asked if Prince Andrew would be extradited, Barr said “No”, Reuters reports.

Lawyers for the prince earlier today accused US prosecutors of misleading the public and breaching their own confidentiality rules in their handling of the investigation into the disgraced financier and child sex offender, the Guardian reports.

In a strongly worded, two-page statement, Blackfords, the London-based criminal law specialists, alleged that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) had effectively rejected offers of help volunteered by the prince.

Epstein was found dead in a New York prison cell last year where he was being held on charges of sex trafficking girls as young as 14. The prince had known the billionaire since 1999 and stayed at several of his residences.

Epstein has been convicted years earlier in Florida of certain offenses, involving a plea deal, but was arrested last year and faced fresh and more serious charges.

But the federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, US attorney Geoffrey Berman, issued the following statement in response to Prince Andrew’s legal team, Axios reports:

Today, Prince Andrew yet again sought to falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate with an ongoing federal criminal investigation into sex trafficking and related offenses committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his associates, even though the Prince has not given an interview to federal authorities, has repeatedly declined our request to schedule such an interview, and nearly four months ago informed us unequivocally — through the very same counsel who issued today’s release — that he would not come in for such an interview.

If Prince Andrew is, in fact, serious about cooperating with the ongoing federal investigation, our doors remain open, and we await word of when we should expect him.”

Officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck remains behind bars

An update on former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who appeared in court today charged with second degree murder in the death of George Floyd two weeks ago.

He and the other three now-ex-officers charged in the case all remain behind bars at this point.

Derek Chauvin’s mugshot after his arrest.

Derek Chauvin’s mugshot after his arrest. Photograph: Hennepin County Jail/AFP/Getty Images

Chauvin, 44, said almost nothing during an 11-minute hearing in which he appeared before Hennepin County Judge Jeannice Reding on closed-circuit television from the state’s maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights, the AP reports.

Chauvin’s unconditional bond had been raised from $500,000 to $1 million when a second-degree murder charge was added on Wednesday.

Monday’s hearing was a chance for arguments over the higher bail. Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, did not contest the increased bail and didn’t address the substance of the charges, which also include third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Nelson did not speak with reporters afterward.

Chauvin’s next appearance was set for June 29 at 1.30 p.m.

Chauvin, a white officer, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck during an arrest attempt, as Floyd, a black member of the public, was held down on the street and pleaded with him, struggling to say “I can’t breathe” until he eventually became silent and died.

Chauvin and three other officers on the scene were fired the day after.

The other three officers J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting the murder of Floyd. They remain in the Hennepin County jail on $750,000 bond.

Messages in Washington, DC, in support of Black Lives Matter and in protest at police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.

Messages in Washington, DC, in support of Black Lives Matter and in protest at police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images


World Bank warns of crisis

The World Bank said today that humanity is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis that has spread with astonishing speed and will result in the largest shock the global economy has witnessed in more than seven decades.

Millions of people are expected to be pushed into extreme poverty, the Associated Press reports.

In an updated “Global Economic Prospects,” the World Bank projected that global economic activity will shrink by 5.2% this year, the deepest recession since a 13.8% global contraction in 1945-46 at the end of World War II.

The 5.2% downturn this year will be the fourth worst global downturn over the past 150 years, exceeded only by the Great Depression of the 1930s and the periods after World War I and World War II when the economies of many war-torn countries were devastated and the United States and other nations demobilized after massive defense buildups.

Because of the steep contraction, the amount of income per person is expected to fall sharply, with more than 90% of emerging market and developing countries seeing per capita incomes declining.

For all countries, the drop in per capital incomes is expected to average 6.2%, much larger than the 2.9% fall during the 2009 financial recession.

Reflecting this downward pressure on incomes, World Bank economists said they expected the number of people in extreme poverty could grow by between 70 million and 100 million this year.

The 5.2% estimate for a decline in global output is 7.7 percentage-points more severe than the World Bank’s January estimate that the world economy would grow by a modest 2.5% this year.

For the United States, the updated World Bank forecast is for GDP to fall 7% this year, before growing 3.9% in 2021. That estimate is similar to top forecasters for the National Association for Business Economics who forecast a 5.9% drop in for the U.S. this year.

Lining up for food donations in Memphis, Tennessee, in April.

Lining up for food donations in Memphis, Tennessee, in April. Photograph: Karen Focht/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock

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