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World in brief: June 12, 2020

UNITED STATES: Protesters have pulled down a century-old statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis in the former capital of the Confederacy, adding it to the list of Old South monuments removed or damaged in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

The bronze statue on Richmond’s Monument Avenue had been all-but marked for removal by city leaders in a matter of weeks, but demonstrators took matters into their own hands on Wednesday night, tying ropes around its legs and toppling it onto the pavement.

YEMEN: The UN refugee agency announced yesterday that more than 94,000 people have been displaced in several parts of Yemen since January, a grim statistic reflecting the devastation wrought by the Saudi-led and Western-backed war in the impoverished country.

“The ongoing conflict in Yemen continues to displace people from their homes as they struggle to survive,” the UNHCR said, adding that only about 5,200 people have been able to return.

ITALY: Authorities unveiled a stolen artwork by British artist Banksy that was painted as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 terror attacks at the Bataclan music venue in Paris.

Prosecutors said that the work was recovered on Wednesday during a search of a home in countryside near Tortoreto. No arrests have been made.

EUROPE: The EU urged its member countries to start lifting travel restrictions on their common borders from next week, saying that closures introduced to tackle coronavirus do little to limit its spread.

The European Commission wants the Schengen control-free travel area to be restored by the end of June. Once that has happeneda ban on non-essential travel to the continent can also gradually be eased, it says.

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