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LONDON — The international reputation of the United States has declined further in the wake of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research Tuesday from the Pew Research Center.

In some of the 13 countries surveyed, favorable views of the US have fallen to record lows. Pew started polling on the topic nearly two decades ago.

Although the international image of the US has been in decline since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, Pew found it has been dented further by what is perceived to be a badly handled response to the pandemic. Pew found that a median of just 15 percent of respondents say the US has done a good job during the crisis, in contrast to perceptions around the World Health Organization or the European Union, both of which enjoy majority approval.

Though new infections in the US appear to have moderated over the past few weeks, the country has the world’s highest official virus-related death toll with around 195,000 deaths. Much of the blame internationally appears to have been laid at Trump’s door. The president has raised eyebrows around the world during the past few months with some of his comments on the virus and how it should be handled.

The international declines that Pew gauged were widespread, including among the US’s traditional allies. In the UK, for example, Pew found that just 41 percent of people express a favorable opinion of the US, the lowest recorded rate.

In France, only 31 percent see the US positively, matching the low level recorded in 2003 when the two countries were at loggerheads over the US-led war in Iraq. Germans are particularly negative in their views of the US, with only 26 percent of those polled viewing the country favorably, just above the 25 percent level in 2003, when Germany, like France, opposed the Iraq war.

Of the countries surveyed, only South Korea was found to have a majority of people with a favorable view of the US, with 59 percent support.

Pew also gauged opinions surrounding Trump, who is facing a tough re-election battle in November against his Democratic opponent, former vice president Joe Biden.

The president’s ratings were low across the board, particularly in Belgium where just 9 percent of those polled had a favorable view of Trump. The Japanese were the most positive, though even there only 25 percent expressed confidence in Trump.

Pew said attitudes toward Trump have consistently been much more negative than those toward his predecessor, Barack Obama, especially in Western Europe. It said that in the UK, Spain, France and Germany, ratings for Trump are similar to those received by George W. Bush near the end of his presidency when his reputation was dented by violence in Iraq as well as the start of the global financial crisis.

Trump was also perceived in a more negative light than other world leaders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the most support, with a median of 76 percent of people across the nations polled having confidence in her. French President Emmanuel Macron also received largely favorable ratings while those towards British Prime Minister Boris Johnson were more mixed. Pew also found that the ratings for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping were overwhelmingly negative too, though not as negative as Trump’s.

Pew collated said it used data from nationally representative surveys of 13,273 adults from June 10 to Aug. 3, in Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Australia, Japan and South Korea. Due to restrictions related to the pandemic, all surveys were conducted by phone.

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LA cop recovering from bullet grazing the top of his head during shootout

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An LAPD Harbor cop was recovering from an apparent graze wound to the head under circumstances that remained unclear early Sunday.

The shooting injury follows by two weeks the ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County Sheriffs as they sat in their patrol car in Compton, also on a Saturday night.

Both have since been discharged from the hospital.

“We can confirm that there has been an Officer-Involved Shooting at LAPD’S Harbor Station,” the department tweeted just before midnight Saturday, Los Angeles time, without providing more details.

The officer was in stable condition, Police Chief Michel Moore tweeted.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino tweeted that he was headed to the hospital.

Soon afterward the councilmember told the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles that the officer is expected to be fine after suffering a graze wound to the head.

“This is a reminder of the danger of police work in our city, in our state, in our region,” Buscaino told the station.

“Thankfully, he’s going to be okay.”

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Rochester names first female chief after protests

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NEW YORK – The mayor of Rochester, New York named the city’s first female police chief on Saturday, weeks after firing the previous chief amid protests over the death of a Black man in police custody.

Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, a top official at the Rochester Housing Authority who previously served as a city police officer for more than 20 years, takes over as interim head of the police department on Oct. 14, Mayor Lovely Warren said.

“As the first woman to serve in this role, I am confident she will bring a different perspective and instill a fresh approach to policing, which are very much needed in our city at this particular time,” Warren said in a statement.

The mayor fired the last chief, La’Ron Singletary, on Sept. 14 as racial justice demonstrations boiled over the department’s handling of the asphyxiation death in March of Daniel Prude, 41, who was having a psychotic episode when he was arrested.

Warren also suspended without pay for 30 days two city officials amid questions about a possible cover-up of the events around Prude’s death, and has called for a federal investigation into whether Prude’s civil rights were violated.

Video footage, released by Prude’s family, showed officers using a mesh hood and pinning him to the pavement, in a scene reminiscent of George Floyd’s May 25 death in Minneapolis police custody.

Seven Rochester police officers involved in the arrest were suspended on Sept. 3. The medical examiner ruled Prude’s death a homicide by asphyxiation, with the drug PCP a contributing factor.

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NASA astronaut will vote in 2020 presidential election from space

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NASA astronaut will vote in 2020 presidential election from space

Her vote will be out of this world.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins plans to cast her vote for the 2020 presidential election on the International Space Station — more than 200 miles above the Earth’s surface, according to The Associated Press.

“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” said Rubins.

“If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”

Rubins, who is currently stationed in Star City, Russia, along with two other astronauts, is preparing for her trip into space in October and will complete a six-month stay at the ISS.

She says she won’t let a little thing like low-earth orbit stop her from exercising her right to vote.

“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” she said.  “We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”

Most United States astronauts live in Houston, where election law lets astronauts vote while floating amongst the stars.

Her vote would be cast securely using an electronic ballot relayed to Mission Control, which will then forward it on to the county clerk.

Back in 2016, both Rubins and Shane Kimbrough cast their vote from space.

During her six-month tour on the ISS, Rubins will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the continuous human presence in the space station, as well as welcome the second Space X group, who are set to arrive in late October.

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