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We’re covering a guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd, and the latest recommendation on the Johnson & Johnson shot.

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd on Tuesday. The verdict capped one of the most-watched trials in the U.S. in recent memory. Follow live reaction.

The jury found him guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Mr. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in the coming weeks but is likely to receive far less time.

It was a quick verdict, just one day after lawyers made their closing arguments. For three weeks, America has followed the trial over the killing last year that set off worldwide protests against police brutality and racism. Mr. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25 after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground under the knee of Mr. Chauvin, who is white, for more than nine minutes.

President Biden called the family of Mr. Floyd on Monday and said the evidence against Mr. Chauvin was “overwhelming,” adding that he was praying for the “right verdict.” People around the country held their breath waiting for the news.

Johnson & Johnson said on Tuesday that it would resume its European vaccine rollout after the E.U. drug regulator said that the shot’s benefits outweigh the risks. The agency also said a warning should be added indicating a possible link to blood clots.

“The reported combination of blood clots and low blood platelets is very rare, and the overall benefits of Covid-19 Vaccine Janssen in preventing Covid-19 outweigh the risks of side effects,” the European Medicines Agency said in a statement.

Johnson & Johnson decided to delay its rollout in the E.U. last week, after U.S. regulators called for a pause over rare cases of blood clots.

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other developments:


Speaking virtually at China’s annual Boao Forum, Xi Jinping, the country’s leader, warned that the world should not allow “unilateralism pursued by certain countries to set the pace for the whole world.” The remarks were seen as directed at the U.S.

Mr. Xi said he opposed efforts to weaken dependence on China. “Attempts to ‘erect walls’ or ‘decouple’” would “hurt others’ interests without benefiting oneself,” he said. That appeared to be a reference to the Biden administration’s plans to support domestic high-tech manufacturing in the U.S.

The audience included American business leaders, like Tim Cook of Apple, Elon Musk of Tesla and Wall Street financiers.

Context: The White House held a meeting with business leaders last week to discuss a global shortage in semiconductor chips. President Biden talked about self-sufficiency and resiliency in supply chains.

China’s fine on Alibaba. E.U. limits on artificial intelligence technologies. U.S. officials who want to break up Amazon, Google and Facebook. Around the world, governments are moving to rein in the power of tech companies with an urgency that no single industry had experienced before.

Lives Lived: Walter Mondale, the former vice president and champion of liberal politics, died at age 93.

This week, 12 teams — six from England (including Liverpool and Manchester United) and three each from Italy and Spain — announced they would drop out of a continentwide tournament to form a breakaway Super League. It’s an attempt to earn even bigger profits without worrying about failing to qualify for the Champions League every year.

“The proposal is the most seismic challenge to the European football model since its inception,” The Atlantic’s Tom McTague writes. Without 12 of the most glamorous teams, the Champions League will lose much of its luster and revenue. And although the 12 teams have said that they want to remain in their domestic leagues, the executives of those leagues are so angry that they may try to bar the teams. Politicians, like Boris Johnson of Britain, are angry, too.

“The breakaway clubs have, effectively, sealed off the summit,” The Times’s Rory Smith says. “It is what makes this such a compelling, and dangerous, moment.”

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