In our news wrap Thursday, the pandemic continues to surge in other parts of the world. Brazil and India have reported major infection increases, and the World Health Organization reiterated that “the threat of a resurgence remains very real.” Also, protesters in the U.S. are pulling down more monuments linked to white supremacy, including statues of Jefferson Davis and Christopher Columbus.
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In the day's other news: Wall Street plunged back into meltdown mode on news that coronavirus infections are rising in 21 states.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost well over 1,800 points, nearly 7 percent, to close at 25128. The Nasdaq fell 527 points, and the S&P 500 dropped 188.
The sell-off also came as another 1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits.
We will take a closer look after the news summary.
The pandemic is also continuing to surge in other countries. Cases across Africa doubled to 200,000 just in the last 18 days. Brazil and India have reported spikes in infections as restrictions ease.
And the World Health Organization urged vigilance today.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus:
Most people remain susceptible to this virus. And the threat of a resurgence remains very real. All of us have a part to play in protecting ourselves and protecting others.
Globally, some 7.4 million people have been infected. Nearly 3.5 million have recovered so far.
Back in this country, protesters are pulling down more monuments linked to white supremacy. Overnight, crowds in Richmond, Virginia, toppled a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Protesters in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Miami targeted statues of Christopher Columbus.
Meanwhile, the country music group Lady Antebellum shortened its name to Lady A. Antebellum generally refers to the pre-Civil War era, when slavery was legal.
President Trump called today for racial justice, but he also warned against what he called an extreme agenda.
He spoke in Dallas, and, without giving specifics, he suggested that some protester demands are not helping.
President Donald Trump:
Americans are good and virtuous people. We have to work together to confront bigotry and prejudice wherever they appear. But we will make no progress and heal no wounds by falsely labeling tens of millions of decent Americans as racists or bigots.
The president also drew criticism for planning a campaign rally on June 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The day is known as Juneteenth, and commemorates the end of slavery. And Tulsa was the scene of rioting by whites in 1921 that killed hundreds of black victims.
Former Vice President Joe Biden says he is worried that President Trump will try to — quote — "steal" the November election. Biden has wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination.
He spoke last night on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah."
Former Vice President Joe Biden:
It's my greatest concern, my single greatest concern. This president is going to try to steal this election. This is a guy who said that all mail-in ballots are fraudulent.
Biden also said that the military could be called on to escort Mr. Trump out if he loses the election, but refuses to leave office.
And the United States is moving to impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court for investigating alleged U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan. President Trump's executive order today authorizes travel restrictions and other measures. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the ICC a — quote — "kangaroo court."