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EU extends economic sanctions against Russia for six months

COVID-19: Thousands of foreign workers stranded in Chile

Many of the workers are fruit pickers who are in limbo because their savings are gone and borders remain closed amid pandemic.

In Chile, thousands of foreign fruit pickers are stranded because their savings have gone and borders remain closed.

Many are from Bolivia, which does not have full diplomatic ties because of a long-running territorial dispute with its neighbour.

Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Santiago.

Treasury 5-Year Yield Falls to Match Record Low

The U.S. Treasury five-year note’s yield matched a record low Monday as expectations for Federal Reserve policy continued to drive gains for that segment of the market.

The rate declined as much as 3.15 basis points to 0.2705%, equaling the level reached on May 8, when 2-year yields also fell to record lows amidspeculation that the Fed would eventually drop its resistance to negative policy rates. The five-year segment outperformed both shorter- and longer-dated notes Monday.

The move back to the yield’s lowest level ever reflects expectations that the Fed, having already lowered the main policy rate to zero, will eventually adopt yield caps for intermediate maturities to further support the U.S. economy.

The five-year yield began the year at 1.71% and exceeded 0.50% as recently asJune 5, but has dropped this month as some investors grow increasingly concerned about rising coronavirus cases.

“There’s been a real disconnect between the real economy and financial markets,” Derek Tang, an economist at LH Meyer/Monetary Policy Analytics in Washington, said of Monday’s move. “Virus news has lately taken a turn for the worst, and we will likely see other parts of the curve get lower and approach negative.”

Man critically injured after rollover in Saskatoon

A man is in life-threatening condition after a rollover Monday morning in Saskatoon.

Police said it happened at Highway 16 and Idylwyld Drive North at around 3:15 a.m.

Supports for Saskatchewan youth transitioning out of care extended 6 months

Saskatchewan youth in care now have the option to extend supports and services for the remainder of 2020 as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues.

The provincial government announced on Monday that support services for those who would normally be transitioning to independence have been extended once again.

Police forces across US promise reform

After nearly two weeks of nationwide protests against police brutality, several US states are taking steps to reform controversial police practices.

After nearly two weeks of nationwide protests against police brutality, several US states are taking steps to reform controversial police practices.

In Minneapolis, where George Floyd died in police custody, chokeholds and neck restraints are banned.

But as Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi reports from Washington, DC, those policies are not being implemented.

WarnerMedia to Sell CNN Center in Atlanta to Combine Operations

AT&T Inc. is selling the CNN Center in Atlanta, part of an effort to centralize employees after taking over Time Warner Inc.

WarnerMedia, the entertainment unit of AT&T, said Monday it will move most of the employees who work at the center to its Techwood campus in Atlanta over the next several years. The company will lease back the CNN Center for at least five years and said there would be no immediate impact on the staffers working there.

“Downtown Atlanta has seen great investment and is quickly becoming an entertainment destination,” WarnerMedia Chief Financial Officer Pascal Desroches said in a note to CNN employees. “The CNN Center is of great value to a third party that specializes in such developments.”

The CNN Center is a landmark in Atlanta. The building was also in the national spotlight in May, when demonstrators smashed its windows and sprayed graffiti on the news network’s logo during nationwide protests that followed the killing of George Floyd.

Regina police issue public safety alert for high-risk sex offender

Regina police have issued a public safety alert for a man considered to be a high risk to sexually reoffend.

Steven Brian Ewanchuk, 71, has a long criminal history dating back to 1970, police say.

India bans 59 Chinese mobile apps including TikTok and WeChat over 'security' concerns

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India on Monday (June 29) banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the wildly popular TikTok and WeChat, over national security and privacy concerns just weeks after a deadly Himalayan border clash between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

“They are engaged in activities… prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” the ministry of information technology said in a statement.

Employee at Emma Lake, Sask., business tests positive for novel coronavirus

A public health alert has been issued for people who attended a business at Emma Lake after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) issued the advisory on Monday.

EU extends economic sanctions against Russia for six months

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) – European Union nations formally extended economic sanctions against Russia on Monday (June 29) by six months until Jan 31 next year, the grouping of EU countries known as the European Council said.

European leaders had agreed to extend the sanctions at their summit on June 19, after discussing the state of the Minsk agreements, designed to bring peace to eastern Ukraine after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

“Given that full implementation has not yet been achieved, EU leaders took the political decision to roll over the economic sanctions against Russia,” the Council said in a statement.