Workers from the different professions rallied with organised labour on Monday to protest systemic racism and economic inequality.
They staged demonstrations across the US and around the world seeking better treatment of black Americans in the workplace.
Organisers said at least 20,000 workers in 160 cities walked off the job, inspired by the racial reckoning that followed the deaths of several Black men and women at the hands of police, reports AP.
Support swelled well beyond expectations, organizers said, although a precise participation tally was not available.
Where work stoppages were not possible for a full day, participants picketed during a lunch break or dropped to a knee in memory of police brutality victims, including George Floyd, a Black man killed in Minneapolis police custody in late May.
Dozens of janitors, security guards and health care workers observed a moment of silence in Denver to honor Floyd.
Participants nationwide broadly demanded action by corporations and the government to confront racism and inequality that limit mobility and career advancement for many Black and Hispanic workers, who make up a disproportionate number of those earning less than a living wage.
The protest also took place in South Korea and Brazil demanding allowing workers to unionize to negotiate better health care, sick leave and child care support.
Justice Favor, 38, an organizer with the Laborers’ International Union Local 79, which represents 10,000 predominately Black and Hispanic construction workers in New York City, said he hopes that the strike motivates more white workers to acknowledge the existence of racism and discrimination in the workplace.
An armed man seized a bus and took some 20 people hostage in northwestern Ukraine on Tuesday, police said.
Police have sealed off the centre of Lutsk, a city 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Kyiv.
The assailant is armed and carrying explosives. In a statement on Facebook, police said they are trying to get in touch with him, reports AP.
The man called police himself at 9:25am (0725 GMT) after taking control of the bus and introduced himself as Maksim Plokhoy, Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said on Facebook.
Gerashchenko said there is a book online, signed by Maksim Plokhoy and titled “Philosophy of a criminal,” describing a man’s experience in prison.
“For 15 years they’ve been correcting me, but I haven’t been corrected, on the contrary — I’ve become even more who I am,” one extract from the book said, according to Gerashchenko.
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov is flying to Lutsk.
Ukrainian media reported that gunshots could be heard at the scene. It wasn’t immediately clear whether anyone has been injured.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he is personally monitoring the situation. “Gunshots have been heard, the bus is damaged,” Zelenskiy said in a Facebook statement, adding that measures are being taken to resolve the situation without casualties.
Sixteen people lost their lives in the recent lightning strikes in 10 districts of India's eastern Indian state of Bihar, according to officials at Bihar disaster management department.
Besides, the recent floods have affected over 350,000 people, officials said on Tuesday.
Over the past two weeks, more than 150 people were killed in similar strikes in the state, with 350,387 people having been affected by the floods.
Disaster management officials said the victims were either working on their fields or had taken shelter under trees at the time of lightning.
The floods have inundated Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj and East Champaran.
Authorities have set up relief camps in Supaul and Gopalganj for the people, and reports said people in other affected districts have taken shelter with their friends and relatives.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday directed disaster management department to remain fully prepared in view of heavy rains in the catchment areas of neighbouring Nepal and Gandak river.
Officials said water in Ganga, Baghmati, Kamlabalan and Mahananda rivers was flowing above the danger level at several places. Floods have also ravaged northeastern state of Assam where 24 districts are inundated.
Nepal government has decided to resume both domestic and international flights from August.
Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai said the government will allow flight operation from August 17, reports AP.
It was still undecided on the types of visitors who would be allowed in the country and visitors from which countries.
Flights had been stopped in March when the country was in full lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Only chartered and repatriation flights were allowed to fly out stranded tourists from Nepal and bring in Nepalese workers and residents.
The government eased the lockdown last month, allowing businesses to open and government offices to resume work. Schools remain closed and there are still some restrictions on public transportation.
Special permission is required for the public to travel between different cities in Nepal.
The country has 17,844 cases of virus infection and 40 deaths from COVID-19.
The European Union (EU) leaders have finally settled down an unprecedented 1.82 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund on Tuesday.
After a four-day summit over money and power in one of longest deals ever, the EU nations have come to a solution to meet the Covid-19 challenges.
To confront the biggest recession in its history, the EU reached a consensus on a 750 billion euro coronavirus fund to be sent as loans and grants to the countries hit hardest by the virus, reports AP.
That comes on top of the seven-year 1 trillion euro EU budget. At first the grants were to total 500 billion euros, but the figure was lowered to 390 billion.
“Never before did the EU invest in the future like this,” Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that it was a “historic day for Europe.” “There were extremely tense moments,” he added.
The 27 leaders all huddled back in the main room of the Europa centre and bumped elbows and made jokes before giving the package the final approval.
The summit host Charles Michel wrote on Twitter: “We did it! Europe is united.”
“We showed our belief in our common future,” Michel, the EU Council president, added with obvious relief.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said an extraordinary situation demands extraordinary efforts.
A two-day summit scheduled to end Saturday was forced into two extra days by deep ideological differences among the 27 leaders.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, defended the cause of a group of five wealthy northern nations — the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
He was on the brink of securing limits to costs and imposing strict reform guarantees on any rescue plan for needy nations.
It was the focal point of the marathon talks that started on Friday morning.
The coronavirus has sent the EU into a tailspin, killing around 135,000 of its citizens and plunging its economy into an estimated contraction of 8.3 percent this year.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez underscored the adoption of an ambitious plan was obligatory as the health crisis continues to threaten the EU.