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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, June 3

03 Jun 2020, 22:59 GMT+10

KABUL -- Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his support for China's efforts to safeguard national unity and security in a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu on Tuesday.

"Hong Kong's affairs are China's internal affairs, and shouldn't be interfered with by any other country," Karzai said during the meeting.

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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said Tuesday that it had accepted South Korea's proposal to provide over 200 million U.S. dollars to fund the labor costs for all South Korean employees at U.S. military bases there through the end of this year.

The two allies, however, still failed to reach the broader burden-sharing agreement, which is known as the Special Measure Agreement (SMA).

"We strongly encourage our Ally to reach a fair agreement as quickly as possible," the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement.

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CAPE TOWN -- A South African court ruled on Tuesday that the COVID-19 lockdown regulations in the country are "unconstitutional" and "invalid."

"Some of the regulations promulgated by the government simply did not meet the rationality test in preventing the spread of COVID-19," the North Gauteng High Court said in its ruling.

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WASHINGTON -- The United States is starting Section 301 investigations into digital services taxes considered by 10 U.S. trading partners, including the European Union (EU), Brazil and India, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced on Tuesday.

"President (Donald) Trump is concerned that many of our trading partners are adopting tax schemes designed to unfairly target our companies," USTR Robert Lighthizer said in a statement. "We are prepared to take all appropriate action to defend our businesses and workers against any such discrimination."

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WASHINGTON -- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said Tuesday that his state is launching a civil rights probe into the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), of which four police officers were involved in the brutal killing of unarmed black man George Floyd last week.

Walz said the Minnesota Department of Human Rights has filed the civil rights charge against the MPD and will investigate its "policies, procedures, and practices over the past 10 years to determine if they engaged in systemic discriminatory practices."

"My administration will use every tool at our disposal to deconstruct generations of systemic racism in Minnesota," the governor said on Twitter following a news conference. "This effort is one of many steps to come in our effort to restore trust with communities that have been unseen and unheard for far too long."

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