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Travellers could soon be jetting off abroad on quarantine-free summer holidays, as the Government confirmed changes will be announced soon to the blanket travel ban.

  • Airline contacts US senator over maskless photo
    AFP

    Airline contacts US senator over maskless photo

    American Airlines said Monday it had contacted Republican Senator Ted Cruz after he was seen without a mask on a flight, but he said he had only removed it to eat and drink. Health experts and scientists have called on politicians to set an example by wearing face coverings as the coronavirus rages across the United States. "While our policy does not apply while eating or drinking, we have reached out to Senator Cruz to affirm the importance of this policy," American Airlines said in a statement.

  • AOC suggests NYC crime spike linked to unemployment and parents shoplifting to feed children
    The Independent

    AOC suggests NYC crime spike linked to unemployment and parents shoplifting to feed children

    New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has insisted that spikes in New York crime are not related to police budget cuts but people needing to pay rent and feed their children. In a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, reported by The Hill, AOC was questioned about the significant rise in crime in the city. “Do we think this has to do with the fact that there's record unemployment in the United States right now?” she said.

  • Education Secretary Betsy Devos says it should be 'the rule' to return students to classrooms in the fall
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    Education Secretary Betsy Devos says it should be 'the rule' to return students to classrooms in the fall

    Education Secretary Betsy Devos on Sunday doubled down on the Trump administration's position on opening schools in the fall amid the US' ongoing record spike in cases of the novel coronavirus. "There is going to be the exception to the rule," Devos said. While children are at low risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19, the CDC has said that they can function as asymptomatic carriers of the virus and can pose risks to vulnerable populations.

  • It’s so hot at Death Valley National Park that cars are breaking down
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    It’s so hot at Death Valley National Park that cars are breaking down

    Having your car break down is never pleasant, but it's probably much worse when it's 128 degrees outside. Some unlucky visitors at Death Valley National Park ran into car trouble Sunday when the extreme heat caused their engines to give out, the park said Monday. Yesterday's excessive heat caused at least three vehicles in the park to break down from overheated engines, which can quickly turn fatal if passengers are stranded in this climate without air conditioning,” Death Valley National Park officials said on Facebook.

  • 64 Stunning Kitchen Island Ideas
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    64 Stunning Kitchen Island Ideas

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  • New York mayor 'heartbroken' over shooting death of one-year-old
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    New York mayor 'heartbroken' over shooting death of one-year-old

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio observed a moment of silence and declared himself "heartbroken" on Monday over the death of a 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller at a Brooklyn playground, part of a recent surge of gun violence in the city. Toddler Davell Gardner Jr. was killed and three men were wounded on Sunday after two gunmen opened fire at a family cookout in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York media reported, citing New York police. The three wounded men were expected to survive.

  • French man accused of molesting hundreds of children dies in Indonesia
    BBC

    French man accused of molesting hundreds of children dies in Indonesia

    A French man accused of molesting hundreds of children in Indonesia has died in a suspected suicide, police say. Francois Camille Abello, 65, was found unresponsive in his cell at a detention centre in the capital, Jakarta, last Thursday, said spokesman Yusri Yunus. Mr Abello was pronounced dead on Sunday night after three days of treatment.

  • Ousted U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman: Deal Barr Offered ‘Could Be Seen as a Quid Pro Quo’
    The Daily Beast

    Ousted U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman: Deal Barr Offered ‘Could Be Seen as a Quid Pro Quo’

    Geoffrey Berman, formerly the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was brought in for a closed-door session of the Judiciary Committee on July 9 to talk about the events surrounding Barr's public announcement on June 19 that Berman had “stepped down” from his post, even though the U.S. attorney made clear to Barr multiple times that he was not stepping down. The next day, Berman said he would leave the job when Barr agreed to let his deputy take over as acting U.S. attorney, as opposed to Craig Carpenito, the U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey, whom Barr wanted to install in the position until the Trump administration's pick, Securities and Exchange Commission chief Jay Clayton, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

  • A crowded lake party with hundreds of people has been linked to an outbreak of coronavirus in Michigan
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    A crowded lake party with hundreds of people has been linked to an outbreak of coronavirus in Michigan

    Hundreds of people gathered for a boat party on Torch Lake in northwest Michigan over July 4 weekend, and some have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials said in a press release on Friday. Many people who tested positive were not able to identify people they had come in contact with while on the lake's sand bar, near Rapid City, Michigan. It remains unclear how many people have tested positive, but health officials have asked everyone who attended to monitor their health for any COVID-19 symptoms.

  • As virus rages in US, New York guards against another rise
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    As virus rages in US, New York guards against another rise

    As coronavirus rages out of control in other parts of the U.S., New York is offering an example after taming the nation's deadliest outbreak this spring — while also trying to prepare in case another surge comes. New York's early experience is a ready-made blueprint for states now finding themselves swamped by the disease. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered advice, ventilators, masks, gowns and medicine to states dealing with spikes in cases and hospitalizations and, in some places, rising deaths.

  • Trump administration rejects nearly all Beijing's claims in South China Sea, a move likely to inflame tensions
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    Trump administration rejects nearly all Beijing's claims in South China Sea, a move likely to inflame tensions

    WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Monday rejected nearly all of China's maritime claims in the South China Sea and accused Beijing of "bullying" its neighbors to control the resources in that area. The shift in US policy is likely to further inflame U.S.-China tensions and could provoke retaliatory measures from Beijing. The decision, announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, comes as Washington and Beijing are increasingly at odds over everything from trade to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • US Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashes at New Mexico base, marking service's fifth fighter jet crash since May
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    US Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashes at New Mexico base, marking service's fifth fighter jet crash since May

    A US Air Force F-16C Viper crashed during landing at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico Monday, the Air Force said in a statement. The crash is the fifth Air Force fighter jet since mid-May. Two of the previous crashes saw the losses of Air Force pilots. A US Air Force F-16C Viper fighter jet crashed while landing at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico Monday, marking the service's fifth fighter jet crash since May.

  • Couple who threatened Black Lives Matter protesters with guns once destroyed children's beehives
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    Couple who threatened Black Lives Matter protesters with guns once destroyed children's beehives

    St. Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey drew national attention in June when they flashed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters walking down their street.

  • A squirrel tested positive for the bubonic plague in Colorado. Are people at risk?
    Miami Herald

    A squirrel tested positive for the bubonic plague in Colorado. Are people at risk?

    Humans can get the plague if an infected animal or flea bites them or if an infected person coughs on them, according to Jefferson County Public Health. Cats are especially susceptible to the plague and if not treated properly, they may die, the release said. They can get the plague through infected flea bites, a rodent scratch or bite or if they eat an infected rodent, according to the release.

  • Man, 37, who died from coronavirus had dismissed pandemic ‘hype’ on Facebook
    The Independent

    Man, 37, who died from coronavirus had dismissed pandemic ‘hype’ on Facebook

    An Ohio man who died of Covid-19 had repeatedly posted on Facebook about his scepticism of the outbreak – and a tweet containing a montage of his posts is now going viral. Richard Rose, 37, died at home in Port Clinton on 4 July just days after he tested positive for Covid-19. The montage of his posts spreading on social media, which has been viewed 3.5 million times, shows that he tested positive and was quarantined on 1 July, when he was already viewing symptoms.

  • New Zealand mosque shooter dismisses lawyers to represent himself at sentencing
    The Telegraph

    New Zealand mosque shooter dismisses lawyers to represent himself at sentencing

    The gunman behind New Zealand's Christchurch mosque shootings sacked his lawyers on Monday and opted to represent himself, raising fears he would use a sentencing hearing next month to promote his white-supremacist views. Australian national Brenton Tarrant will be sentenced on August 24 on 51 murder convictions, 40 of attempted murder and one of terrorism arising from last year's massacre, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's modern history. At a pre-sentencing hearing on Monday, High Court judge Cameron Mander allowed Tarrant's lawyers, Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson, to withdraw from proceedings at the request of their client.

  • U.S. Congress needs compromise to extend COVID-19 unemployment payments, Pelosi says
    Reuters

    U.S. Congress needs compromise to extend COVID-19 unemployment payments, Pelosi says

    Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday she believes U.S. lawmakers can find a compromise on extending jobless benefits and unemployment insurance for Americans struggling amid coronavirus pandemic shutdowns. "We have to find a compromise because we must extend it," Pelosi said on CNN's "State of the Union." The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives has said it would not be productive to extend the extra unemployment benefits that were included in coronavirus relief legislation earlier this year.

  • South Africa's 9 million smokers were faced with cold turkey when the government banned cigarette sales in March as a coronavirus measure. Now Big Tobacco is fighting back.
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    South Africa's 9 million smokers were faced with cold turkey when the government banned cigarette sales in March as a coronavirus measure. Now Big Tobacco is fighting back.

    earlier in July. South Africa's government had also banned the sale of alcohol but has since eased that restriction, which according to an AP report, has led to an increase in "drunken brawls and traffic accidents, putting added strain on hospitals as they deal with the virus." Reuters FITA is also arguing that by banning the legal sale of cigarettes, the South African government is encouraging a black market trade, and putting thousands of jobs at risk.

  • Coronavirus: California reimposes sweeping restrictions amid virus spike
    BBC

    Coronavirus: California reimposes sweeping restrictions amid virus spike

    Towns and counties across Florida have been reinstating restrictions that were lifted in May when infections began to drop. But on the east coast, New York City - which in April had one of the highest Covid-19 death rates in the world - recorded no new fatalities from the disease for the first time in four months. There are currently more than 3.3 million confirmed Covid-19 cases across the country, and more than 135,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

  • 'I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child': Pressley slams DeVos on reopening schools
    USA TODAY

    'I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child': Pressley slams DeVos on reopening schools

    Rep. Ayanna Pressley tore into Betsy DeVos after the secretary of education backed President Donald Trump's demand that schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 135,000 people in the U.S. DeVos appeared on Sunday morning news shows to defend Trump's insistence that schools reopen even as the number of confirmed cases across the county continue to spike.

  • Seattle mayor, City Council at odds over 50% police cut
    Associated Press

    Seattle mayor, City Council at odds over 50% police cut

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Monday blasted the City Council's plan to cut the police department's budget by 50% and instead proposed transferring a list of functions like the 911 call center and parking enforcement out of the agency's budget. “The community has made clear, they want us to transform the Seattle Police Department and to reinvest in programs that provide this kind of community safety.” Monday's announcement came after weeks of street protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

  • Photos capture the intense fight against the fire that has been burning aboard a US Navy warship for over 24 hours
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    Photos capture the intense fight against the fire that has been burning aboard a US Navy warship for over 24 hours

    The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard has been burning for more than 24 hours, and there is the possibility the fire will continue for days. The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) has been burning for a day, the first of what could be a multi-day fight to get the fire under control. A fire broke out on the USS Bonhomme Richard at around 8:30 am Sunday (local time) at Naval Base San Diego, California.

  • ‘We’re going to lose a lot of teachers.’ Coronavirus kills beloved Arizona educator
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    ‘We’re going to lose a lot of teachers.’ Coronavirus kills beloved Arizona educator

    Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd loved teaching so much that the 61-year-old Arizona woman returned to work after retiring, according to The Arizona Republic. “She was a wonderful teacher, respected by everyone that she worked with,” said Jeff Gregorich, superintendent of the Hayden-Winkelman Unified School District, KSAZ reported. With kids stuck at home, Byrd shared a classroom with two other teachers for a virtual summer school program, CNN reported.

  • Javonni Carson: Nine-year-old shot four times while filming TikTok videos
    The Independent

    Javonni Carson: Nine-year-old shot four times while filming TikTok videos

    A fourth-grade boy shot four times in Atlanta was filming TikTok videos with his two siblings when an unknown gunman fired into a crowd during a drive-by shooting, his mother said. Javonni Carson, 9, who was one of three people injured in the attack, has undergone surgery and is expected to recover, mother Keyona Carson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "My other two kids were there, too, and they saw everything," Ms Carson, 35, told the outlet.

  • Man arrested in kidnapping of Amish woman missing since Father's Day
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    Man arrested in kidnapping of Amish woman missing since Father's Day

    A man has been arrested and is charged with kidnapping an 18-year-old Amish woman who has been missing since June 21, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announced Friday. On Friday, East Lampeter Township police charged 34-year-old Justo Smoker with felony kidnapping and misdemeanor false imprisonment. Linda Stoltzfoos, 18, who was last seen walking home from church in the Bird-in-Hand area is still missing.