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5 things you need to know this morning: June 2, 2020

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Social media users participate in Blackout Tuesday

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Protests in America have prompted a “Black out Tuesday” on social media applications. Users are filling Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with black squares in order to encourage people to use the time they would normally spend scrolling through posts on educating themselves on the Black Lives Matter movement instead.

2. Wuhan tests nearly 10 million people over two weeks for COVID-19

Officials in Wuhan say that China tested 9.9 million people for COVID-19 from May 14 to June 1, and the results have found that only 300 asymptomatic carriers have been confirmed.

3. Bishop outraged after Trump poses for photo op in front of church

The bishop of the church that POTUS posed in front of for a photo op after protesters were cleared from the area with tear gas is “outraged.” Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde told CNN in an interview that she found it “antithetical.”

"Let me be clear: The president just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese without permission as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our churches stand for,"Budde said.

4. Cyclone Nisarga expected to cause 'extensive damage' in Mumbai

A powerful cyclone is expected to cause extensive damage in Mumbai after making landfall tomorrow. Cyclone Nisarga is expected to intensify into a "severe cyclonic storm" and make landfall near Alibag with winds of 100kmph to 120kmph.

5. Joe Exotic, the “Tiger King”, loses zoo to Carole Baskin in court ruling

A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled that Joe Exotic, the currently imprisoned star of Netflix's Tiger King docuseries, must hand over his zoo properties to Carole Baskin, who owns an animal sanctuary in Florida. In 2013, Exotic was ordered to pay Baskin's Big Cat Rescue nearly $1 million to resolve a trademark infringement lawsuit.

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