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NEW DELHI: Seattle-based coffeehouse chain Starbuckshas announced it will keep 8,000 stores in the United States closed on May 29 afternoon so that 1,75,000 employees can undergo racial tolerance training. The move comes in response to protests and calls for boycotts after the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia outlet of Starbucks.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the company said it will also provide training materials for non-company workers at the roughly 6,000 licensed Starbucks cafes that will remain open in locations such as grocery stores and airports.

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