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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, June 7

07 Jun 2020, 11:05 GMT+10

BERLIN -- Tens of thousands of people in Germany demonstrated on Saturday against racism and police brutality following the killing of African American George Floyd in the U.S. city of Minneapolis.

According to police, around 15,000 participants at Alexanderplatz Square in Berlin alone, but only 1,500 participants had registered for the event, despite the minimal distance order during the COVID-19 pandemic. Police officers said on Twitter that the square was full and asked people to stop arriving. (Germany-U.S.-Protests)

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) agricultural futures closed mixed for the trading week ending June 5 as COVID-19 shutdowns were increasingly relaxed in the United States.

Corn extended its recovery as funds began to cover large short positions. Ethanol production margins improved as U.S. and world energy markets began to digest a lower supply of the corn-based fuel as Americans drove more miles. However, prices will be affected by the unlikelihood of a drought occurring in the central U.S. region prior to pollination amid favorable soil moisture in France and Eastern Europe. (US-Crop-Futures)

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HOUSTON -- Peaceful protests continued in southern U.S. cities on Saturday in the wake of the death of African American George Floyd while detained by police in Minnesota last week.

In the Texas city of Dallas, hundreds of people gathered for a prayer Saturday morning, praying for unity and peace. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson also led a group of ministers to attend a prayer at a church, local media reported. (US-Protest)

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GAZA -- Former Palestinian Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ramadan Shalah was declared dead by his group on Saturday.

Shalah, a key figure in the political scene, died at 62 after suffering from an incurable disease, said his group in a statement. (Palestine-Islamic Jihad)

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