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  • Trump's draft executive order targeting social media companies sparks battle inside the White House
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    Trump's draft executive order targeting social media companies sparks battle inside the White House

    The Trump White House has been embroiled in a vigorous internal debate over whether to issue an executive order aimed at punishing social media companies for perceived political bias, with opposition to the order coming from some of the most conservative parts of the administration. White House sources tell Yahoo News that the office of Vice President Mike Pence, National Economic Council Chairman Larry Kudlow and others are making the argument that it will set a bad precedent to signal that the federal government can go after private companies and seek to penalize them for purely political reasons. “There is pushback from a lot of people” inside the White House, an administration official told Yahoo News, saying there is “a lot of frustration” among advisers who are often some of the president's most loyal backers.

  • Iran outraged by 'honour killing' of 14-year-old girl Romina Ashrafi
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    Iran outraged by 'honour killing' of 14-year-old girl Romina Ashrafi

    The killing of an Iranian teen by her father after she eloped with an older man sparked outrage on Wednesday, with local media denouncing "institutionalised violence" in "patriarchal" Iran. Iranian media covered the apparent "honour" crime extensively, with Ebtekar newspaper leading its front page with the headline "Unsafe father's house". According to local media, Romina Ashrafi was killed in her sleep on May 21 by her father, who decapitated her in the family home in Talesh in northern Gilan province.

  • George Floyd protest turns deadly; Minneapolis mayor requests National Guard
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    George Floyd protest turns deadly; Minneapolis mayor requests National Guard

    The mayor of Minneapolis asked the state National Guard to move in after protests over the death of George Floyd escalated Wednesday night with a fatal shooting, widespread looting, fires and the police deployment of tear gas. "I cannot risk the safety of innocent people and so that is what I've been sworn to uphold and that is what I am dedicated to do," Mayor Jacob Frey told NBC affiliate KARE. The second night of demonstrations near the site of Floyd's death began peacefully but grew violent as the night went on.

  • Meng Wanzhou: Huawei executive suffers US extradition blow
    BBC

    Meng Wanzhou: Huawei executive suffers US extradition blow

    A Canadian court has ruled that the case of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who is fighting extradition to the United States, can go forward. A judge found that the case meets the threshold of double criminality - meaning the charges would be crimes in both the US and Canada. The US wants Ms Meng to stand trial on charges linked to the alleged violation of US sanctions against Iran.

  • Mexican drug lord pleads poverty in bid to escape arrest
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    Mexican drug lord pleads poverty in bid to escape arrest

    Drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, a notorious underworld figure who is on the FBI's most wanted list for the murder of a federal agent over three decades ago, said in a legal appeal that he has no money, is too old to work and has no pension. The odd plea was filed Tuesday by Caro Quintero's lawyer seeking an injunction against his arrest or extradition to the United States for the kidnapping and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena in Mexico in 1985. The court papers state: “The plaintiff argues insolvency, because he says he is more than 60 years old, is neither retired nor has a pension, and given the fact that he is a fugitive from the law, cannot work or perform any activity to ea...

  • Surveillance video of the moments leading up to George Floyd being pinned under a policeman's knee shows that he didn't resist arrest
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    Surveillance video of the moments leading up to George Floyd being pinned under a policeman's knee shows that he didn't resist arrest

    Security footage from a restaurant near where George Floyd was taken into custody by Minneapolis police officers on Monday shows him turning around to look at his handcuffed wrists and grimacing in pain. NBC News obtained nearly 60 minutes of surveillance video showing everything from Floyd being taken out of his car to being led across the street to a squad car, where he appears to fall down. A Minneapolis Fire Department incident report described an off-duty firefighter as saying they saw Floyd "go from struggling to unresponsive on the ground while handcuffed and subdued" by the officers.

  • More than 100,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the US, which is comparable to the number of residents in a city like Edison, New Jersey
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    More than 100,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the US, which is comparable to the number of residents in a city like Edison, New Jersey

    In just three months, the death toll from COVID-19 is also more than the number of "US military combat fatalities in every conflict since the Korean War," The New York Times reported. The vast majority of these deaths took place in hotspots like New York, and have disproportionately impacted black and Hispanic communities. Earlier this month, Business Insider reported that a third of all COVID-19 deaths happened in nursing homes.

  • Britain pushing US to form 5G club of nations to cut out Huawei
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    Britain pushing US to form 5G club of nations to cut out Huawei

    Britain said Friday it was pushing the United States to form a club of 10 nations that could develop its own 5G technology and reduce dependence on China's controversial telecoms giant Huawei. The issue is expected to feature at a G7 summit that US President Donald Trump will host next month against the backdrop of a fierce confrontation with China that has been exacerbated by a global blame game over the spread of the novel coronavirus. Britain has allowed the Chinese global leader in 5G technology to build up to 35 percent of the infrastructure necessary to roll out its new speedy data network.

  • First Latina U.S. senator withdraws name from Biden's running mate list
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    First Latina U.S. senator withdraws name from Biden's running mate list

    Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, said on Thursday she is not interested in being Joe Biden's running mate in November's presidential election. "I support Joe Biden 100% and will work tirelessly to help get him elected this November. It is an honor to be considered as a potential running mate, but I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration," Cortez Masto said in a statement.

  • This Neo-Futuristic Home Found Its Inspiration in the British Countryside
    Architectural Digest

    This Neo-Futuristic Home Found Its Inspiration in the British Countryside

    Located in the rolling hills of southeast England, the design was meant to mimic the beer-brewing structures that once dotted the landscape Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Minneapolis mayor responds after night of protests and violence in wake of George Floyd's death
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    Minneapolis mayor responds after night of protests and violence in wake of George Floyd's death

    At a press conference on Thursday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said protests and unrest after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man seen on video pinned to the ground by the neck while being arrested by a white police officer, were the result of “built-up anger and sadness” in the black community over the past 400 years.

  • British mercenaries 'involved in botched operation' backing rebel leader in Libya, according to secret UN report
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    British mercenaries 'involved in botched operation' backing rebel leader in Libya, according to secret UN report

    Six British citizens including two former Royal Marine commandos have been accused of taking part in a botched mercenary mission to Libya to fight on behalf of renegade general Khalifa Haftar. The five men and one woman are named in a confidential report by the United Nations panel of experts on Libya into a botched mission that ended with the mercenaries making a remarkable sea-borne escape after falling out with their hosts. The men, including former Royal Marines Sean Callaghan Louw and Andrew Scott Ritchie, were among around 20 mercenaries who travelled to Benghazi in eastern Libya in June 2019 in a contract organised by a UAE based company called Opus, according to the report seen by the Daily Telegraph.

  • Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000
    BBC

    Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000

    Globally there have been 5.6 million people recorded as infected and 354,983 deaths since the virus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year. The US death toll stands at 100,276, according to Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, which has been tracking the pandemic. It means that around as many Americans have died from Covid-19 as from the Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

  • IKEA manager in Poland charged for firing worker over anti-gay comments
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    IKEA manager in Poland charged for firing worker over anti-gay comments

    A Polish prosecutor has charged an IKEA manager with religious discrimination for firing an employee who called homosexuality "an abomination" on the company's internal website. The employee at IKEA's Krakow store was fired last year after quoting passages from the Bible referring to homosexuality on the company's intranet and refusing to remove his comments, a spokesman for the Warsaw prosecutor's office said. "As an employer, we will provide all the help and support to our charged employee," said a spokeswoman from Ingka Group, which owns most IKEA stores including those in Poland.

  • A pharmacist known as 'the Mask Man' has been charged with hoarding $200,000 worth of N95 masks and price-gouging customers
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    A pharmacist known as 'the Mask Man' has been charged with hoarding $200,000 worth of N95 masks and price-gouging customers

    A New York pharmacist bought up $200,000 worth of N95 masks before the coronavirus pandemic grew severe in the US, then sold them at up to a 50% markup, prosecutors allege. The pharmacist, 66-year-old Richard Schirripa, sold more than $2,000 worth of masks to an undercover officer, and said during the transaction he felt "like a drug dealer standing out here." Schirripa has been arrested and charged with violating the Defense Production Act by hoarding and price-gouging.

  • Jeffrey Epstein is the subject of a major Netflix docuseries. Here are the key moments from the convicted sex offender's past, famous connections, and controversial death.
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    Jeffrey Epstein is the subject of a major Netflix docuseries. Here are the key moments from the convicted sex offender's past, famous connections, and controversial death.

    The disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died by apparent suicide last year while being held without bail on federal charges of sex trafficking minors and conspiracy, is the subject of a new Netflix docuseries, "Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich." Epstein took a secretive and widely criticized plea deal in 2008 for charges including procuring a minor for prostitution. Jeffrey Epstein, the former financier who died by apparent suicide while being held in a New York detention facility without bail on charges of sex-trafficking minors, is now the focus of a four-part Netflix docuseries.

  • Iran Guards warn US after receiving new combat vessels
    AFP

    Iran Guards warn US after receiving new combat vessels

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned the United States against its naval presence in the Gulf as they received 110 new combat vessels. The vessels included Ashura-class speedboats, Zolfaghar coastal patrol boats and Taregh submarines, state television reported. "We announce today that wherever the Americans are, we are right next to them, and they will feel our presence even more in the near future," the Guards' navy chief Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said during a ceremony in southern Iran.

  • Navy admiral submits results of probe on virus-infected ship
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    Navy admiral submits results of probe on virus-infected ship

    The Navy's top admiral on Wednesday received the results of an internal investigation into the spread of the coronavirus aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the firing of the aircraft carrier's skipper in April. The report is not expected to be made public until decisions are made about potentially restoring Capt. Brett Crozier to command of the Roosevelt or disciplining other officers. It was submitted Wednesday to Adm. Mike Gilday, the chief of naval operations.

  • 'It's a Sad Result.' Mixed Feelings in Hong Kong Over U.S. Announcement on City's Autonomy
    Time

    'It's a Sad Result.' Mixed Feelings in Hong Kong Over U.S. Announcement on City's Autonomy

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that Hong Kong was no longer sufficiently autonomous from mainland China, following Beijing's announcement that it plans to implement a national security law for the territory. It bypasses Hong Kong's own legislature, which has not met its obligation to pass such a law since the territory was retroceded to China in 1997 after 156 years as a British colony. “No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground,” Pompeo said in a statement.

  • Reuters

    Saudi Arabia confirms virtual donors conference for Yemen with U.N.

    Saudi Arabia confirmed it will host a virtual donors conference next week for Yemen together with the United Nations which said the conflict-riven nation risked being overwhelmed by the coronavirus. Millions need aid in Yemen, whose government was ousted from the capital Sanaa by the Iran-allied Houthi group in 2014 before a Saudi-led military coalition then intervened in 2015 to try to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. State-run Saudi Press Agency on Friday cited a directive from King Salman confirming Tuesday's donor conference in Riyadh where the United Nations aspires to raise $2.4 billion for the world's biggest aid operation.

  • Five UK mercenaries offered $150,000 each to fly helicopters for Gen Haftar in Libya, say UN
    The Telegraph

    Five UK mercenaries offered $150,000 each to fly helicopters for Gen Haftar in Libya, say UN

    Five British mercenaries involved in an operation to fly assault helicopters for Libya's renegade General Khalifa Haftar were offered bounties of up to $150,000 each for their role in the daring plot which went awry. The men, comprised of former Royal Marines and RAF personnel, were among 20 foreign mercenaries who traveled to Libya last June in an operation to pilot assault helicopters and speed boats to intercept Turkish ships ferrying weapons to Haftar's opponents – the UN-backed government in Tripoli. The Telegraph can reveal that the UN investigation concluded that the operation was led by Steven Lodge, a former South African Air Force officer who also served in the British military.

  • Why India must battle the shame of period stain
    BBC

    Why India must battle the shame of period stain

    Coronavirus sparks a sanitary pad crisis in India Stripped for standing up to 'period-phobic' college Of course, period poverty does not only affect women in India. According to Plan International UK, an international development charity, one in 10 disadvantaged girls below the age of 21 cannot afford sanitary products and uses unhygienic substitutes such as newspaper, toilet paper and socks. From an early age, girls learn to live with the pain and fear and seldom do we see a girl seek help when in physical or mental discomfort due to periods.

  • UConn student Peter Manfredonia, wanted for 2 killings, caught in Maryland after six-day manhunt
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    UConn student Peter Manfredonia, wanted for 2 killings, caught in Maryland after six-day manhunt

    A college student wanted for the slayings of two people in Connecticut was caught and arrested on Wednesday night following a six-day manhunt, according to law enforcement officials in Maryland. Hagerstown Police Chief Paul Kifer said he got a text message at 9:26 p.m. after his investigators learned Peter Manfredonia, 23, was in custody. Police were told Manfredonia walked out of a wooded area behind a truck stopand turned himself in, Kifer said.

  • Senate Democrats take on GOP court-packing in blistering new report
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    Senate Democrats take on GOP court-packing in blistering new report

    Senate Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a new report on Republican efforts to pack the courts with conservative-leaning judges and the outsized influence of one conservative activist. "Our report exposes a twisted web of dark money, and special interest groups who behind the scenes are investing millions and millions to plant ideological activist judges completely remake the courts, and ultimately rewrite the Constitution," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. As part of their report, the senators pointed to activist Leonard Leo, the former head of the conservative Federalist Society, as the driving force behind the many of the president's appointments, including Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

  • One chart shows a noticeable correlation between how late a country started its coronavirus lockdown and the number of excess deaths
    Business Insider

    One chart shows a noticeable correlation between how late a country started its coronavirus lockdown and the number of excess deaths

    Reuters A Financial Times analysis of the excess death rates of 13 countries compared to when they imposed a lockdown has shown a close correlation between the two factors. The data suggests that the less widespread the virus was when a country locked down, the lower the excess death rates. For example, the UK waited until later in the severity of its outbreak before locking down, and now shows a high excess death rate.