Vittoria Woodill reports.
Vittoria Woodill reports.
The airport in the central Vietnamese tourism hotspot of Danang was packed on Monday after three residents tested positive for the coronavirus and the evacuation of 80,000 people began. The Southeast Asian country is back on high alert after authorities on Saturday confirmed the first community infections since April, and another three cases on Sunday, all in or around Danang. A further 11 cases linked to a Danang hospital were reported late on Monday.
Getty Images Two years ago, Tahlequah the orca became famous after it was reported that she carried her dead calf with her for 17 days. Scientists told The Seattle Times that Tahlequah is pregnant again in an exciting development for the orca in a whale community that is struggling to survive. Southern resident killer whales, like Tahlequah, represent the smallest of four communities within the Northeastern portion of North America Pacific Ocean.
President Donald Trump indicated he will accept his party's nomination for a second term in North Carolina this summer, reversing earlier efforts to distance his campaign from the state because of its coronavirus restrictions. "All I know is I'll be in North Carolina, and that's a very big deal because we have a lot of the delegates there, and that'll be a nomination process," Trump told WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, when asked about his acceptance speech plans. Trump's remarks underscored the uncertainty GOP officials have faced as they seek to put on some form of in-person convention while also responding to state and local coronavirus restrictions limiting large gatherings.
John Oliver said Sunday's Last Week Tonight was going to be about eyelashes, and that was mostly just to set up a TikTok video. Its creator "is right," he said: "A lash-curler is a vital tool in anyone's beauty arsenal, and there's an ethnic group in China being systematically surveilled and imprisoned in an attempt to essentially wipe their culture off the map." Oliver started with the basics: "The people in question are the Uighurs. "If this is the first time you're hearing about an estimated million people who've been held in detention camps — mostly Uighurs but also Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities — you are not alone," Oliver said.
While the video showed a shortened version of the exchange, police said the boy was part of a larger group of bicyclists riding through New Jersey that were blocking traffic and causing a safety hazard. Ridgewood police said the incident is under investigation and has been referred to the Internal Affairs Unit due to the use of force and the public response. Ridgewood Police Department chief, Jacqueline Luthcke, said the group of cyclists ignored repeated orders to stop as they approached a section of the central business district that had been closed to traffic for a "Welcome back Ridgewood" event.
Fourteen members of the same family in Texas tested positive for the coronavirus following a small gathering in June hosted by a man who says he believed the coronavirus was a hoax. Tony Green, who lives in Dallas and hosted the event, wrote a column titled, "A harsh lesson in the reality of COVID-19," in which he said he was a former COVID-19 denier. The column was published online July 24 in the "Dallas Voice," which describes itself as "a media source for LGBT Texas."
Europe's last dictator, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, on Tuesday said he had COVID-19 but has already recovered. Lukashenko previously dismissed fears over COVID-19 as a "psychosis" and recommended drinking vodka to stay healthy. The Belarusian leader, who has been in power for 25 years, has recently faced mass protests after his opponents were jailed and barred from running in the upcoming presidential election on August 8.
Unemployment assistance, eviction protections and other relief for millions of Americans are on the table as White House officials agreed on Monday to begin negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a new virus aid package that's teetering in Congress ahead of approaching deadlines.
Ecuador has sounded the alarm after its navy discovered a huge fishing fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged vessels some 200 miles from the Galápagos Islands, the archipelago which inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. About 260 ships are currently in international waters just outside a 188-mile wide exclusive economic zone around the island, but their presence has already raised the prospect of serious damage to the delicate marine ecosystem, said a former environment minister, Yolanda Kakabadse. “This fleet's size and aggressiveness against marine species is a big threat to the balance of species in the Galápagos,” she told the Guardian.
Iran has moved a mock-up U.S. aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz, satellite images show, suggesting it will use the look-alike vessel for target practice in war games in a Gulf shipping channel vital to world oil exports. The use of dummy American warships has become an occasional feature of training by Iran's Revolutionary Guards and its naval forces, including in 2015 when Iranian missiles hit a mock-up resembling a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Tehran, which opposes the presence of U.S. and Western navies in the Gulf, frequently holds naval war games in the strategic Strait, the conduit for some 30% of all crude and other oil liquids traded by sea.
Chaos erupted on Saturday at the Putt-Putt Fun Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The center closed, but employees said they wouldn't issue refunds, WREG reported. A video showed a group of teenagers going ballistic, with some throwing plastic dividers and stands at employees.
At least four Wisconsin police departments have withdrawn from agreements to send personnel to next month's Democratic National Convention, some of them citing orders to Milwaukee's police chief to cease the use of tear gas and pepper spray during demonstrations. The moves by police departments in Fond du Lac, Franklin, Greendale and West Allis cast doubt on a program to bring about 1,000 police officers from outside agencies to help shore up security for the event, scheduled for the week of Aug 17. Asked on Monday if the agreements were collapsing, Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb said, "Yes," adding that he expects other agencies from across the state to withdraw from the program.
New Zealand announced Tuesday that it will follow the lead of its intelligence allies by suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. The move comes in response to China passing a sweeping new security law for the semi-autonomous territory. New Zealand is the final member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance to take such action after the U.S., Australia, Canada and Britain previously announced similar measures.
More than 40 members of a church in rural Alabama have tested positive for coronavirus after attending a mutli-day revival festival. The pastor of Warrior Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Daryl Ross, said the virus had impacted nearly the totality of his congregation. “The whole church has got it, just about,” Mr Ross – who also tested positive for the virus – told AL.com.
A college professor, whose rhetoric had been labeled "vile" and "hateful" by his own university, died by suicide, police said Monday. New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies last week were asked to check on University of North Carolina Wilmington professor Mike Adams, who hadn't been heard from or seen in a few days. "Once they were able to gain access to the home, deputies found the homeowner, Mike Adams, deceased in a bedroom," Lt. Jerry Brewer said in a statement Monday.
Researchers recently sent mold that grows at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown to the International Space Station for study. The mold appears to feed on radiation, so early research suggests it might help protect astronauts from the dangerous radioactivity of space. Astronauts take many risks in space, but exposing themselves to dangerous radiation is one of the biggest.
Scientists have successfully revived microbes that had lain dormant at the bottom of the sea since the age of the dinosaurs, allowing the organisms to eat and even multiply after eons in the deep. Their research sheds light on the remarkable survival power of some of Earth's most primitive species, which can exist for tens of millions of years with barely any oxygen or food before springing back to life in the lab. A team led by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology analysed ancient sediment samples deposited more than 100 million years ago on the seabed of the South Pacific.
Beginning on March 24, 2020, our entire hospital system began to place a clean, surgical mask on all health care workers and patients whether we thought they had coronavirus or not. The decision took vision, bravery and a major resource commitment at a time when we didn't know with certainty that we would have enough masks to keep up with the demand. The decision was made before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent guidance came out that universal masking was important.
Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday fended off attacks in the Democratic-led House of Representatives, denying accusations he is doing President Donald Trump's bidding by intervening in high-profile cases and sending federal agents into U.S. cities. He testified to the House Judiciary Committee for the first time since taking office in February 2019 as the Justice Department faces criticism for sending federal officers to forcibly disperse anti-racism protesters in Portland and Washington, D.C. Committee Democrats repeatedly interrupted Barr as he spoke, often running out the clock before he could answer their questions and drawing criticism from Trump's fellow Republicans, who responde...
Republicans have erupted over overwrought fundraising appeals from House GOP's campaign arm, with a spokesman for the group countering that critics of the strategy just need a hug. “Hey @NRCC - WTF is wrong with you?” right-wing columnist Kurt Schlichter tweeted on Sunday, as part of an ongoing series of complaints about Republican fundraising text messages. Schlichter included a screenshot of an NRCC text message warning the reader would have “1 more chance” to take advantage of a donation matching deal.