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Obama Calls For Calm After Zimmerman Verdict, Violence Continues



WASHINGTON- In a statement released on the White House's website, US President Barack Obama has called for calm as protests continue following a Florida jury's not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case, reports the BBC.

In his statement, Obama called Martin's death a tragedy, but said that America was “a nation of laws and a jury has spoken.”

Zimmerman was accused of murdering Martin in February 2012 during a nighttime neighborhood patrol, with prosecutors arguing that Zimmerman had racially profiled the African-American victim before shooting him. Zimmerman, who considers himself Latino, was officially cleared of all charges after a widely covered Florida trial.

After the acquittal Saturday, protests spread across the country. Even though most of the protests were peaceful, some parts of Los Angeles grew tense when protesters threw objects toward police forces. LAPD spokesman said at least nine people were arrested during the night from Sunday to Monday, reports CNN.

Thousands of people have demonstrated in the streets of major US cities, including San Fransisco, Chicago, Denver, Baltimore, Detroit and New York.

In New York, demonstrators marched through Manhattan, chanting slogans such as: “This is what democracy looks like” and “No Justice, No Peace!”

Here is the CNN's report on the protests:


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How A Xi Jinping Dinner In San Francisco May Have Sealed Mastercard's Arrival In China

The credit giant becomes only the second player after American Express to be allowed to set up a bank card-clearing RMB operation in mainland China.

Photo of a hand holding a phone displaying an Union Pay logo, with a Mastercard VISA logo in the background of the photo.

Mastercard has just been granted a bank card clearing license in China.

Liu Qianshan


It appears that one of the biggest beneficiaries from Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to San Francisco was Mastercard.

The U.S. credit card giant has since secured eagerly anticipated approval to expand in China's massive financial sector, having finally obtained long sought approval from China's central bank and financial regulatory authorities to initiate a bank card business in China through its joint venture with its new Chinese partner.

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Through a joint venture in China between Mastercard and China's NetsUnion Clearing Corporation, dubbed Mastercard NUCC, it has officially entered mainland China as an RMB currency clearing organization. It's only the second foreign business of its kind to do so following American Express in 2020.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the development is linked to Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting on Nov. 15 with U.S. President Joe Biden in San Francisco, part of a two-day visit that also included dinner that Xi had with U.S. business executives.

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