Speaking underneath a famed landmark that depicts four U.S. presidents, Trump warned that the demonstrations over racial inequality in American society threatened the foundations of the U.S. political system. "Make no mistake, this left wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American revolution," Trump said. "Our children are taught in school to hate their own country," he added. The event drew an estimated 7,500 people, packed tightly into an amphitheater beneath the famed landmark that depicts the images of U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Masks were offered to attendees but many did not wear them. Trump has held three public events that have drawn thousands of supporters over the past three weeks, despite warnings from public-health officials who have urged Americans to avoid large gatherings as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country. Seven states posted a record number of new COVID-19 cases on Friday.
Major flooding hit Newport Beach, California, on July 3, with the National Weather Service issuing a high surf advisory for the area.Footage of the flood shows water streaming through the street and reaching up to garages as a car pushes through the surf.The Mayor of Newport tweeted on June 3: “Huge surf today, lots of rescues, dangerous conditions, high tides, and some flooding.” Credit: @Surflick via Storyful
Protesters gathered in Keystone, South Dakota, on July 3, ahead of President Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore for an Independence Day celebration.Demonstrators were seen blocking Iron Mountain Road, leading up to Mount Rushmore, and were heard chanting anti-Trump and Black Lives Matter messages. Supporters of the region’s First Nations people, the Sioux Nation, also known as Oceti Sakowin, were heard lobbying for land rights.The National Guard arrived to disperse protesters, with footage uploaded by Erin Bormett showing confrontations between Trump supporters and protesters.Trump was due to attend an Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore on July 3. Credit: Erin Bormett / Argus Leader / USAToday Network via Storyful
"This monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defaced," Trump said as he began the speech. Native American protesters were arrested after blocking a road to the South Dakota landmark, according to video livestreamed on social media. They have criticized Trump's visit for increasing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus and for celebrating U.S. independence in an area that is sacred to them. Trump will view a fireworks display as part of July 4 celebrations at the monument, which depicts the images of U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. A Trump campaign official said the president, who has criticized protesters for tearing down statues during demonstrations against racial inequality, would criticize people who are trying to "tear down" the United States. The president has come under criticism for his reaction to nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. Trump has emphasized a "law and order" response to the demonstrations.
Protesters gathered in Keystone, South Dakota, on July 3, ahead of President Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore for an Independence Day celebration.Demonstrators were seen lined along Iron Mountain Road, leading up to Mount Rushmore, and were heard chanting anti-Trump and Black Lives Matter messages as well as land rights demands.Footage shows supporters of the region’s First Nations group, the Sioux Nation, also known as Oceti Sakowin, chanting: “If we don’t get it shut it down,” and “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go.”President Trump was due to attend an Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore on July 4. Credit: Tashina Banks via Storyful
Vehicles queued for at least a mile along a Houston-area road as drivers waited to receive coronavirus tests at hospital on July 3.This footage was taken along Farm to Market 1960 Bypass Rd W in Humble, Texas, just north of central Houston. Ronald V. Parrish, who recorded the vehicle queue, began filming about a mile from the entrance to Emergency Hospital Systems – Deerbrook, where area residents were able to be tested.Similar scenes have been reported in recent days at the same facility, where staff are completing up to 600 tests per day.“This shows just how bad this COVID-19 situation is, these people are waiting for hours to get tested,” said Parrish. “This thing is very, very serious here in Houston.”On July 2, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide mask order, mandating Texans in counties with over 20 confirmed coronavirus cases to wear facial masks in public. Credit: Ronald V. Parrish via Storyful
Gilead Sciences just nabbed another huge potential customer for its drug remdesivir. The European Commission said Friday it had granted its conditional approval for the use of the antiviral drug in severe COVID-19 patients. That makes it the region's first authorized therapy to treat the virus. The U.S. has already cleared it for emergency use. Gilead said Japan, Taiwan, India, Singapore and the UAE have also approved it as a COVID-19 therapy. Remdesivir is in high demand because it helped shorten hospital recovery times in a clinical trial. Administered intravenously, the drug is generally being used on patients sick enough to require hospitalization. Gilead has allocated nearly all of its supply to the U.S over the next three months. The Commission said it's in talks with Gilead to get doses for the 27 European Union countries.
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer suffered a close call with mother nature on July 2, when a bolt of lightning struck a roadway where he was helping a driver.This footage, posted on the patrol’s official Facebook account, shows the incident, as captured by a camera onboard the officer’s cruiser. According to a short statement, the trooper had pulled over to “assist with some equipment that had fallen off a trailer,” when the bolt hit the highway. Credit: Oklahoma Highway Patrol via Storyful
VIDEO SHOWS: FILE FOOTAGE OF MIDFIELDER, THIAGO ALCANTARA RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT SHOWS: MUNICH, GERMANY (FILE - APRIL 22, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF BAYERN MUNICH MIDFIELDER, THIAGO ALCANTARA, DRIBBLING BALL AND SHOOTING AGAINST A TRAMPOLINE NET (TWO SHOTS) MUNICH, GERMANY (FILE - AUGUST 17, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 2. ALCANTARA GREETING FANS DURING TRAINING SESSION MUNICH, GERMANY (FILE - JULY 8, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3. ALCANTARA JOGGING ALONGSIDE TEAM MATES, THOMAS MUELLER AND JEROME BOATENG 4. ALCANTARA JOGGING THE SQUAD 5. ALCANTARA DOING CALISTHENICS WITH SQUAD 6. ALCANTARA DURING A RONDO, ON FAR RIGHT 7. MORE OF ALCANTARA DURING RONDO 8. WIDE OF BAYERN MUNICH TEAM TRAINING SESSION STORY: Bayern Munich's Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara is set to leave the Bundesliga side in the close season because he wants a new challenge, the club's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said. The 29-year-old, who joined Bayern in 2013 from Barcelona for 25 million euros ($28.12 million dollar), has since played 230 games and won seven league titles with the German champions. Thiago's deal with Bayern ends next season and Rummenigge said they had no choice but to sell the player as they did not want to let him go without receiving a transfer fee. Bayern manager Hansi Flick had said earlier on Friday (July 3) that he hoped Thiago would stay at the Munich club. Media reports have linked Thiago with a move to Liverpool. ($1 = 0.8890 euros) (Production: Kurt Michael Hall)
Police in Orlando, Florida, appealed for the public’s help to identify individuals who were filmed spray-painting graffiti onto a Black Lives Matter street mural on June 26.Two cameras showed individuals defacing the mural on Rosalind Avenue just after 11.30 pm, police said. Graffiti read “abolish the police” and “not enough,” according to local media reports.“Vandalism is not how we bring positive change to our community,” Police Chief Orlando Rolón said on June 27.The mural has since been restored, according to local reports. Credit: Orlando Police Department via Storyful
SHOWS: DIEGEM, BELGIUM (FILE - JULY 4, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. COLOMBIAN CYCLIST, NAIRO QUINTANA PREPARING HIS BIKE 2. QUINTANA POSING FOR PICTURE WITH HIS BIKE 3. QUINTANA ON BIKE HEADED OUT TO TRAIN WITH TEAM MATES INTERNET (JULY 3, 2020) (TWITTER / @NairoQuinCO - MUST COURTESY @NairoQuinCO) 4. SCREENSHOT FROM QUINTANA'S TWITTER FEED READING (Spanish): "Hello friends thank you to everyone for the encouraging messages and support. I am well, we are taking all the pertinent tests." DIEGEM, BELGIUM (FILE - JULY 4, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5. VARIOUS OF QUINTANA AND FELLOW RIDER, ALEJANDRO VALVERDE, SMILING AND POSING FOR PICTURES BEFORE A NEWS CONFERENCE 6. QUINTANA SPEAKING DURING NEWS CONFERENCE (NOT A SOUNDBITE) LA ROCHE SUR YON, FRANCE (FILE - JULY 5, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 7. QUINTANA ON HIS BIKE SPEAKING TO LINE OF REPORTERS STORY: Former Giro d'Italia winner Nairo Quintana said he had not suffered any serious injuries after being hit by a car during training in Colombia on Friday (July 3). The 30-year-old Colombian, who won the Giro in 2014, the Vuelta in 2016 and twice finished runner-up on the Tour de France, was knocked down by a car that overtook him and his support team. His Arkea-Samsic team feared a possible knee injury but Quintana said he had grazed his left arm and hurt his right knee and left leg. "Thank you to everyone for the encouraging messages and support. I am well, we are taking all the pertinent tests," Quintana posted to his Twitter account along with a short video. Quintana is scheduled to resume racing at the Tour de l'Ain on August 7. (Production: Kurt Michael Hall)
Atlantic City welcomed guests back to several resorts on Friday, July 3, after partially reopening the day before.This video, shared by Mike Lopez, shows the moment Caesars Entertainment’s Regional President Ron Baumann and Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sr. reopened the boardwalk Friday morning. The city’s casinos had been closed since March 16.“Today is an exciting day because we get to welcome back our team members and guests to Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Bally’s and look forward to making new memories together,” Baumann said in a press release. “Our health and safety protocols are at the forefront of our signature brand of hospitality, while continuing to offer a fun and enjoyable experience for guests.”Restaurants at the resort were offering outdoor dining for guests, a first for the resort, Baumann said.The resorts are permitted to operate at 25 percent capacity and it is mandated that everyone on property wear a mask. Credit: AC Mike Lopez via Storyful
Crowds of people were seen enjoying Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, New York, ahead of the Forth of July weekend.This video shows crowds along Brighton Beach on Thursday, July 2. Beaches in New York City reopened for swimming on Wednesday, according to officials.Beachgoers were encouraged to maintain social distancing and wear a face covering while out of the water. Credit: @aleksei_in_usa via Storyful
A Turkish court put 20 Saudi officials on trial in absentia on Friday (July 3) for the gruesome killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 when he went there seeking papers for his marriage. According to prosecutors, he was suffocated and his body dismembered. Some Western governments, as well as the CIA, said they believed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing - an accusation Saudi officials denied. The indictment accuses two top Saudi officials of instigating, quote, "premeditated murder with monstrous intent". They are former deputy head of Saudi Arabia's general intelligence Ahmed al-Asiri and former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani. The indictment also says 18 other defendants were flown to Turkey to kill Khashoggi, a well-connected journalist who'd grown increasingly critical of the crown prince. Speaking outside the courthouse in Istanbul on Friday, his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said she hoped justice would prevail. The defendants are being tried in absentia, and are unlikely to ever be handed over by Saudi Arabia. It has accused Turkey of failing to cooperate with a separate, largely secretive trial in Riyadh last year. In December, a Saudi court sentenced five people to death and three to jail for the killing. But Khashoggi's family later said they forgave his murderers, effectively granting them a formal reprieve under Saudi law. Rights campaigners hope that the Istanbul trial will throw a fresh spotlight on the case, and strengthen the argument for sanctions against Riyadh. It remains unclear what Khashoggi's killers did with his body.
As authorities in Botswana continue to investigate the mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants in the Okavango Delta, one NGO said on Friday (July 3), the event could have a "devastating" impact on the species. The dead elephants were first spotted months ago, with poaching ruled out as the cause of death, as the carcasses were found still intact. Founder and director of Elephants for Africa Dr Kate Evans. "The word mysterious has been used, and I guess because it's unknown. It's not unheard of to have die-off of elephants and, of course, other species. And one of the likely candidates at first was anthrax, which is common in Botswana. But it's the wrong time of year for that, so that has been ruled out. But we did have an outbreak in November of last year. So that was ruled out because we've since had good rains, and I'm sure the avenues being investigated are likely to be a bacterial infection or indeed a virus." Since the late 1990s Botswana has seen its elephant numbers steadily increase. But a report prepared for the government by a separate conservation organisation said aerial surveys showed that elephants of all ages appeared to be dying. Evans says the deaths are particularly concerning for other areas with smaller elephant numbers. ''I mean we only have less than 400,000 elephants throughout the African continent, which is vast. And so if this was a disease, or virus, or a bacterial outbreak, that was to spread, as I mentioned earlier, if a smaller, less genetically diverse population were affected, then it could have devastating consequences for the elephant population, and therefore the economy and the environment of the host countries as well." Dr Evans says the deaths have come at a difficult time, with charities and conservation efforts hit hard by limited resources and funding cuts.
President Emmanuel Macron has named Jean Castex as his new prime minister -- in an attempt to reinvent his administration and win back voters. 55-year-old Castex is a top civil servant and a local mayor who orchestrated France's lockdown exit strategy. He hails from the center-right of French politics and served for two years as the second-highest-ranking official in the Elysee Palace during Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency. An Elysee official described Castex as a senior civil servant whose experience in local politics would help Macron connect with provincial France. The announcement followed the resignation of Edouard Philippe, a figure some political analysts say was more popular than the president himself. But after his party’s dire showing in nationwide municipal elections on June 28, Macron wanted an overhaul. He’s reshaping his government as France grapples with its deepest economic depression since World War Two, a sharp downturn that will shrink the economy by about 11% in 2020 and reverse hard-fought gains on unemployment. Investors will be watching to see if Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire keeps his job -- as he’s overseen reforms to liberalize the economy and spent big to keep companies like Air France and Renault afloat during the crisis. As for Macron and Philippe, the pair dined together on Wednesday and met on Thursday. An Elysee source described the discussions as warm and friendly. Saying both men agreed on "the need for a new government to embody the next phase and a new path."
This is a pollution monitoring backpack and it has recorded that levels are back up after lockdown Location: London, England Dyson created the bags which contain a series of sensors to track the level of air pollutants Courtesy: Instagram / @Dyson Volunteers in 13 cities from New York to Delhi have been wearing the gear (SOUNDBITE) (English) JESSICA ROWLEY, DYSON SENIOR DESIGN ENGINEER, SAYING:"A lot of the cities are actually showing lower levels of NO2 compared to what it would normally be like at this time of year and some of those that are starting to lift their strict lockdown rules, we're starting to see that trend go back to what we might normally expect for the time of year." The team will keep measuring as restrictions lift to check those initial indications
Britain will end quarantines for people arriving in England from more than 50 countries, authorities announced on Friday (July 3). Travellers from Germany, France, Spain and Italy are all welcome, but not from the U.S.. The move due to come in from July 10 clears the way for millions of British tourists to take summer holidays without having to be quarantined when they come home. But those heading back from higher-risk countries will still have to self-isolate for 14 days. The rules only apply in England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not announced plans to lift quarantine rules. The full list of countries has not been published yet, but the U.S. will stay on a so-called 'red list'. British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there is no reciprocal arrangement in place with the U.S. as of yet. The government said it expected countries on the quarantine-free list to relax their own restrictions for British travellers. Three of Europe’s biggest airlines have now ended a legal challenge against the British government, due to the new rules scrapping quarantine for some travellers. British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet, had criticized the quarantine policy, saying it dealt a catastrophic blow to the industry this summer. Britain is slowly reopening its economy. England and Northern Ireland will reopen pubs this weekend, and Scotland and Wales are expected to follow later in July.
Protests Friday (July 3) outside Air France offices in Paris. That as the airline looks set to shed around 7,500 jobs. The cuts will affect about 15% of the firm’s employees, including pilots, stewards and ground staff. At least half that number is likely to entail voluntary departures and retirement plans. But that still leaves the prospect of thousands of compulsory redundancies. And that has sparked anger, coming just weeks after chief executive Ben Smith secured a state bailout valued at 7 billion euros - or almost 7.9 billion dollars. Long-time staffer Valerie Raphel joined the protests: "Yes, we have a feeling of injustice, we also have a feeling of betrayal and of complicity with the government because the state didn't impose compromises on Benjamin Smith in terms of preserving jobs in exchange for the billions of euros that have been loaned to us.” On Friday ministers called on Air France to pursue cutbacks ‘responsibly’, urging it to avoid forcible departures. The airline says it has no choice but to make changes though. Like rivals, it’s been hard hit by the global slump in air travel. It’s the French half of the broader Air France-KLM group. The Dutch government has given KLM a bailout worth 3.4 billion euros - about 3.8 billion dollars. Friday’s news caps a bad few days for airlines and their suppliers. Plane maker Airbus said this week it would cut 15,000 jobs across Europe. Budget airline easyJet laid off more workers, and rival Ryanair warned that thousands of jobs could be at risk.
Floodwater was seen gushing down a residential street in Hernando, Mississippi, on July 2 as a flood advisory was in effect due to heavy rainfall.This footage, posted to Twitter, shows fast-flowing water as rain falls. Credit: Eudora Storm Spotter via Storyful
Want to know what shade of lipstick or brand of mascara will suit your face without having to touch it? A new augmented reality mirror can help. In use at the Seoul flagship boutique of cosmetics powerhouse Amorepacific, the mirror takes a photograph of the customer's face and analyses it. It then recommends products based on skin texture, while addressing blemishes, wrinkles or dark circles. Customers can then see a computer-generated image of what they would look like using certain cosmetics. And in times of social distancing, the technology is a hit with shoppers. "Due to coronavirus, it was uncomfortable to test cosmetics after someone had used them. However, this is very convenient as I can see the actual colour on my face in a form of AR image without even touching my face," In addition to social distancing, South Korean government guidelines recommend shoppers try cosmetics on the backs of their hands, not on their faces. To minimise human contact and limit the risk of virus spread, the shop has also put QR codes next to all products on display. Customers can check details with their mobile phones instead of talking to staff. South Korea has been praised for how it has handled COVID-19. But Asia's fourth-largest economy has also experienced persistent outbreaks in recent weeks, mostly in the capital.
Endangered Mexican wolf pups have become stars at the Museum of the Desert Location: Saltillo, Mexico as conservationists seek to bring the species back from the brink of extinction (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DIRECTOR OF THE LIVING DESERT AREA OF THE SALTILLO MUSEUM OF THE DESERT, FERNANDO TOLEDO, SAYING: "This is the fifth litter we've had at the museum and it's the biggest. There are eight pups, four males and four females and I presume that this is one of the biggest litters that our country has had. They're doing well. Like you've seen it's hard to take their photo because they are animals that are constantly hiding, which speaks to the instincts they have in the wild to avoid predators." The Mexican wolf population was nearly wiped out in the 1970s due to threats from 1. farmers protecting their cattle 2. poaching 3. habitat loss Source: Museum of the Desert There are only about 30 of this species left in the wild in Mexico
A large American flag was hung from the SkyBridge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.Gatlinburg SkyLift Park shared footage of the flag unfurling from the bridge on the night of Thursday, July 2. The park was also hosting a Fourth of July celebration on Saturday, giving guests the “best view in town” of fireworks bursting from the nearby Gatlinburg Space Needle.A limited number of tickets were available for the sold-out Independence Day celebration.The park’s website encourages guests to wear face masks on the SkyBridge, where “social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” Credit: Gatlinburg SkyLift Park/SkyBridge via Storyful
== FULL SCRIPT TO FOLLOW == VIDEO SHOWS: JUERGEN KLOPP PRESS CONFERENCE / FILE FOOTAGE OF LIVERPOOL TRAINING SHOWS: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 9, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. JUERGEN KLOPP WALKING ON TO TRAINING PITCH LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 3, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JUERGEN KLOPP, LIVERPOOL MANAGER, SAYING: "We didn't lose a lot of games in the last two and a half years or so, but we lost them, and they always feel like defeats. So far we always used that for the next games, not only for the next game but for the next games. "If you think about things we didn't do well in this department we have to show a reaction, the reaction doesn't mean that we have to change everything, we just have to be spot on in these moments, and we cannot switch off or whatever." LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 9, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3. SADIO MANE AND MO SALAH TRAINING LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 3, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JUERGEN KLOPP, LIVERPOOL MANAGER, SAYING: "This season is a very special season, it's special for us in a positive way but special as well from a challenging point of view. Not only that we had three months break in the middle of the season, as well we play as well in the last three weeks or however long it is, we play pretty much six games, which means every three days you play a game. That's really demanding for all of us, and yes we have to read the game in this situation and that's what I like about the game last night as well, the attitude was brilliant, we were really fighting, the desire was there, it was all there. We were four moments not focused enough, and maybe there are some explanations for that, the quality of (Manchester) City using these situations and we have to make sure we don't have moments like this in the game on Sunday, still two days time to prepare that." LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 9, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5. TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 3, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JUERGEN KLOPP, LIVERPOOL MANAGER, SAYING: "I saw last night how we did it, because with the desire, the greed and all the examples I saw last night, that's why we are where we are, and we will not stop being like this. But of course, and that's always the same, you need to be 100% concentrated all moments of the game, and especially against City because they use each little mistake you make." LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 9, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 7. ROBERTO FIRMINO AND SADIO MANE LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 3, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JUERGEN KLOPP, LIVERPOOL MANAGER, SAYING: "We are still hungry, we are still full of hunger whatever. The boys showed me the necessary commitment, the desire, everything you need. But in the end it's a football game and key moments decide the game and we have to be there in the key moments." LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 9, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 9. JORDAN HENDERSON 10. VIRGIL VAN DIJK LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 3, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 11. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JUERGEN KLOPP, LIVERPOOL MANAGER, SAYING: "That shows that it's probably difficult, it's obviously difficult, but you can't do that without thinking about how many games and stuff like that. We never thought about it, how long the run is or whatever, to lose or that we win, all that kind of stuff. We have to respect (Aston) Villa, we respect their situation, we know the situation they are in and before the game it looks like with our numbers and Villa's numbers that it's clear, but we never saw football games like this. I cannot approach a football game or prepare a football game where I think...Aston Villa has a lot of quality and they do well." LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 9, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 12. LIVERPOOL TRAINING
The sweeping King Leopold mountain ranges in the Kimberley region of Western Australia have been renamed Wunaamin Miliwundi-- replacing the name of a Belgian ruler known for his brutal colonization of parts of Africa. The ranges were named in 1879 by Australian explorer Alexander Forrest. The decision follows nearly a decade of debate. Its new name combines names by which the Ngarinyin and Bunuba traditional owners have long called the ranges. Ben Wyatt is Western Australia's Aboriginal affairs minister. ''I think this is a much more respectful and historically correct name for a dramatic, beautiful part of Western Australia. A part of Western Australia that Australians and international travellers are keen to see more of, and has always been, I think, slightly perplexed that even as the Belgians go about almost disowning the history of King Leopold, that here in Western Australia we have what is an exceptional part of our state still named after him." Millions of Congolese people are estimated to have died under Leopold's rule between 1885 and 1908. Statues of him have been burnt, removed and vandalized across Belgium in recent weeks, with Belgian King Philippe expressing his, quote, deep regret to the Congolese President on Tuesday (June 30).