The mural will be up for 90 days.
The mural will be up for 90 days.
President Trump on Thursday attacked two of his closest associates for not doing enough to bring down his political opponents, as he continues to pursue his obsession with the 2016 election. In a wide-ranging, 55-minute interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, Trump criticized Attorney General William Barr for not arresting enough Democrats and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for not finding Hillary Clinton's emails from her tenure as secretary of state, which the president believes are somewhere inside the State Department. “They're in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo has been unable to get them out, which is very sad, actually,” Trump said.
Iran has released a prominent human rights activist who campaigned against the death penalty, Iranian media reported Thursday. The semiofficial ISNA news agency quoted judiciary official Sadegh Niaraki as saying that Narges Mohammadi was freed late Wednesday after serving 8 1/2 years in prison. Niaraki said Mohammadi was released based on a law that allows a prison sentence to be commutated if the related court agrees.
Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Thursday the possibility of immunity for Alexander Lukashenko, rather than facing any international trial, could be subject to negotiation to defuse the crisis in her country. The opposition has said it is considering filing a lawsuit against the veteran ruler in the International Criminal Court for what it says is the harsh treatment of protesters who have taken to the streets after they say he rigged his re-election in August. When asked on Thursday whether she wanted to see Lukashenko face the ICC, she said she could not forgive his "atrocities" personally but understood it should be a subject of negotiation.
President Donald Trump has returned to the Oval Office, breaking quarantine despite recommendations from his doctors that he remain in the White House residence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that COVID-19 patients quarantine for at least 10 days after the first sign of symptoms. The president — who appeared to have a relatively severe case of COVID-19, requiring supplemental oxygen and taking intravenous drugs — may even need to quarantine for longer, as the CDC says that patients with severe cases "likely remain infectious no longer than 20 days after symptom onset."
California's Democratic senators forged their political brands during high-profile Supreme Court confirmation hearings like the one to be held next week with Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris face distinct challenges that may call for them to rein in their natural political instincts. Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, needs to prove to skeptical progressives that her preference for bipartisanship and comity won't prevent her from taking an aggressive stance against Republicans — not only during a confirmation process most Democrats view as illegitimate, but as chair of the panel next year if Democrats take the Senate majority in 2021.
For the first time in 46 years, members of the public were permitted on Thursday to access the beach of Varosha in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of ethnically divided Cyprus. Hundreds filed through a gate manned by Turkish Cypriot police to walk on a freshly paved asphalt road leading to the beach that was the jewel of what was once Cyprus' premier tourist resort. For some, like one woman draped in the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot flags, it was a moment of joy to witness an “historic” moment.
A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday that a decision by Poland to impose a hefty fine on Gazprom for its part in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project was taken to please Washington, Interfax news agency reported. Poland on Wednesday fined the Russian gas giant more than 29 billion zlotys ($7.6 billion) for building the pipeline without Warsaw's approval. Russia's energy projects have become increasingly politicised since Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
The Singapore Tourist Board gave permission to Royal Caribbean and Genting to start offering cruises that depart and arrive in its port that don't dock anywhere else, according to MarketWatch. Royal Caribbean will offer three- and four-night trips out of Singapore starting on December 1. If seeing faraway places is your only reason for taking a cruise, then this newest exercise from Royal Caribbean International and Genting Cruise Lines probably won't interest you.
A 26-year-old postal worker from New Jersey faces federal charges after nearly 2,000 pieces of mail, including ballots, were found discarded in dumpsters, but prosecutors do not believe there was any political motive in the case. Nicholas Beauchene faces charges of delay, secretion or detention of mail and obstruction of mail after about 1,875 pieces of mail, including 99 general election ballots, intended for Essex County, New Jersey, locations were found in dumpsters on Friday and Monday, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. U.S. Attorney Sara Merin had asked for bail to be set at $50,000 because Beauchene had resigned from his job with the Postal Service and admitted dumping the mail, though there was “no indication that there was any political motive.”
Maria Valentine says she was just months into her training at Fort Hood, a U.S. Army base in Texas, in 2006 when a sergeant with a history of alleged harassment toward other soldiers wrote her up after she complained that she didn't want him touching her during body mass measurements. Valentine is one of five women — two active duty soldiers, two veterans and one civilian — who spoke to The Associated Press about experiencing harassment, assault or rape by soldiers at Fort Hood, the other four since 2014. Current and former soldiers have taken to social media with their own accounts of sexual assault and harassment at the base following the disappearance and slaying this year of Spc.
Nicola Sturgeon's hospitality shutdown has descended into chaos hours before it is due to come into force after her government failed to define which eateries were able to stay open if they stopped serving alcohol. The First Minister offered a last-minute reprieve to licensed cafes in the Central Belt on Thursday, saying they could stay open if they did not sell alcoholic drinks, but failed to define which outlets would be deemed 'cafes', 'restaurants' or 'bars'. This prompted confusion across the industry, with desperate business owners questioning whether their outlets were cafes and allowed to stay open or restaurants and therefore must shut for 16 days at 6pm this evening.
President Donald Trump's response to his COVID-19 diagnosis, including his shock move to upend talks with Congress on shoring up a pandemic-hit economy, has fellow Republicans fearing they might lose their U.S. Senate majority in next month's election. Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate and with competitive races for 10 seats, including eight held by Republicans, the party had hoped to focus on confirming Trump's third Supreme Court nominee and cementing a 6-3 conservative court majority that could endure for decades. Instead, Trump's diagnosis and his ongoing dismissal of the risks of the disease have put the spotlight once again on a health crisis that has killed more than 210,000 people in the United States, more than in any other country.
Hundreds of people were reportedly evacuated, including from the roof, the Yonhap news agency said, with dozens suffering smoke inhalation. The blaze reportedly started at about 23:00 local time (14:00 GMT) and was spread by high winds. It is now reported to have been extinguished.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday warned that his country will not tolerate the presence of foreign fighters — “terrorists that Iran has fought for years" — near its northern border, where a conflict is raging between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Rouhani did not elaborate but Armenia accuses Ankara of sending Turkish-backed Syrian fighters to the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan. In Syria's civil war, Iran, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, is on the opposite side of Ankara, which supports Syrian opposition fighters.
That strengthening is expected to continue until Friday morning when Delta will briefly hit 125 mph maximum winds before weakening again at Louisiana's doorstep. Cooler waters and less favorable atmospheric conditions should bring Delta down to 120 mph winds, but the hurricane center noted the possibility that Delta could further strengthen instead. A short period of rapid intensification remains possible given current trends, although the various rapid intensification indices are not enthusiastic about the possibilities of this,” forecasters said.
Yesterday, October 7, was Russian President Vladimir Putin's 68th birthday, and, in keeping with his Soviet-style personality cult, it would normally have been an occasion for Putin to bask in public fanfare. Putin is holed up at his residence outside Moscow, where he has been since early April, avoiding infection from the coronavirus that is again rampant in Russia, while unrest surges in three countries of the former Soviet Union, and France and Germany are pushing for new EU economic sanctions against Russia because of the poisoning of Russian democrat Alexei Navalny. In honor of Putin's birthday, the Russian news agency Tass released the final episode of a series entitled 20 Questions with Vladimir Putin, a special interview project to commemorate Putin's twenty years as leader.
Third Way co-founder Matt Bennett reacts to VP Biden's running mate not answering the question about packing the high court.
Trump's doctor announced that lab tests showed the president had "detectable levels" of coronavirus antibodies on Wednesday, less than a week after Trump's diagnosis. Your body creates antibodies to help fight off the coronavirus, but research shows these protective proteins take between one and three weeks to develop after you get infected. While hospitalized with COVID-19, Trump took a high dose of Regeneron's experimental antibody cocktail.
Vice President Mike Pence is known to rely on his wife Karen for support - the pair, married for 34 years, are inseparable. Less, however, is known about their three children - all young adults, beginning to forge their paths independently, but who were all present on August 26 for Pence's address to the Republican National Convention. “This has always been a family affair for us, from the very first campaign headed out to county fairs," Pence said several years ago.