U.N. urges Hong Kong to use restraint, investigate excessive force against protesters

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday to exercise restraint and investigate evidence of its forces firing tear gas at protesters in ways banned by international law. “Officials can be seen firing tear gas canisters into crowded, enclosed areas and directly at individual protesters…

Epstein co-conspirators ‘should not rest easy,’ says U.S. AG Barr

(Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday criticized “serious irregularities” at the federal prison where Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide, adding that the sex-trafficking investigation involving the disgraced financier would continue. Epstein was found dead on Saturday, having apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in…

Guatemala’s next president says ‘safe third country’ deal needs two congress ratifications

(Reuters) – Guatemala’s incoming president Alejandro Giammattei said on Monday that the ‘safe third country’ concept regulating where migrants can apply for asylum must be ratified by the congresses of both countries who agree to the deal. Current President Jimmy Morales made such an agreement with the United States last month under threat of sanctions,…

African Americans underserved by U.S. banks: study

(Reuters) – Many African Americans have difficulty accumulating savings in part because they lack access to mainstream financial services like banking, a new study on the contributing factors to the U.S. racial wealth gap by McKinsey Co found on Tuesday. Many minorities in the United States depend on more expensive financial services like check-cashing counters…