Health officials are concerned about the consequences of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases after nearly 150 cases have been linked to a central Massachusetts church.
Health officials are concerned about the consequences of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases after nearly 150 cases have been linked to a central Massachusetts church.
There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, which Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden.
Hundreds of handcuffed Salvadoran gang members were displayed before assembled reporters on Saturday, a vivid show of President Nayib Bukele's policy of confronting them and the violent crime they are accused of committing. In April, Bukele provoked the ire of rights groups when he published on social media jarring pictures of hundreds of semi-naked jailed gang members, pressed tightly together in rows, despite the raging pandemic. Security Minister Rogelio Rivas called the majority of the newly-detained "terrorists" in remarks after they were assembled in an open-air plaza by heavily-armed soldiers, nearly all the detainees wearing masks and with their faces, many tattooed, looking down.
The high-profile epidemiologist who led Sweden's no lock-down strategy in the spring appears to be being sidelined by the government after his prediction that greater immunity would mean a lighter second wave proved badly wrong. Anders Tegnell's biweekly press conference was on Thursday pushed into the shade by an overlapping press conference fronted by Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, where new scenarios prepared by the Public Health Agency were announced. "There's certainly a split, and I'm pretty sure that many in the government have rather lost faith in the Public Health Agency," said Nicholas Aylott, an associate politics professor at Stockholm's Södertorn University. "By some counts, we've now got exactly the same level of spread of the virus that we had in the spring, and that's about as clear a refutation of Tegnell's strategy as you could wish for." Dr Tegnell has always insisted that his Public Health Agency has never pursued a herd immunity strategy, but he repeatedly suggested in the summer that his counterparts in Norway, Finland and Denmark would face a tougher task over the winter because of lower levels of immunity in their populations. This month, though, the number of deaths in Sweden has again begun to soar above that of its Nordic neighbours, with 630 deaths so far registered as a result of Covid-19. That is about ten times the per capita death rate in Norway -- where just 30 Covid-19 deaths were registered between October 28th and November 25th.
Joe Biden has hired an all-female communications team for his administration, including naming veteran Democratic spokeswoman Jen Psaki as his White House press secretary. Ms Psaki will be one of seven women to fill the upper ranks of Mr Biden’s communications team, making it the first of its kind where all top aides tasked with speaking for a presidential administration will be female. “Honored to work again for @JoeBiden, a man I worked on behalf of during the Obama-Biden Admin as he helped lead economic recovery, rebuilt our relationships with partners (turns out good practice) and injected empathy and humanity into nearly every meeting I sat in,” Ms Psaki tweeted on Sunday following the announcement.
An opinion piece published Sunday by a hard-line Iranian newspaper urged Iran to attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carried out the killing of the scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the early 2000s. Israel, suspected of killing Iranian nuclear scientists over the past decade, has not commented on the brazen slaying of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Noem, a Republican, has refused calls to issue a mask mandate, disputing their effectiveness even as cases in South Dakota surge.
Harvey Weinstein's appeal against his rape and assault convictions has been hampered after the disgraced former movie mogul's two ex-wives reportedly froze £4.5 million of his remaining assets. Weinstein, who was given a 23-year jail term at a court hearing in New York in March after being convicted of rape and sexual assault, is allegedly no longer able to pay the lawyers working on his appeal. Weinstein's two ex-wives, Eve Chilton, whom he divorced in 2004, and Georgina Chapman, a British fashion designer who left the producer after assault allegations against him emerged in 2017, have reportedly taken legal action to freeze his accounts. According to the Daily Mail, the pair filed a motion in April raising concerns over the state of Weinstein's finances and provided evidence in July in the form of private jet receipts and expenses related to his criminal trial. The two women also reportedly provided the court with evidence of large deposits that had been made into Weinstein’s bank account as well as proof of insurance fees he was set to collect.
Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country, and while many show high levels of activity it can be weeks or even months before an eruption. Raditya Jati, a spokesman for the agency, said in a statement that the eruption from the Mt. Ile Lewotolok volcano had caused panic among those living nearby. Muhammad Ilham, a 17-year-old who witnessed the eruption, told Reuters that resident nearby were "panicked and they're still looking for refuge and in need of money right now". Indonesia's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre said on its website that the area near the volcano is likely to be inundated with "hot clouds, lava stream, lava avalanche, and poisonous gas".
A shooting at a shopping mall in Sacramento, California Friday has left two teenage brothers dead. As reported by KCRA-TV, the victims were identified as 19-year-old Dewayne Reed, who was pronounced dead at the scene, and 17-year-old Sa’Quan Reed, who died at a local hospital. The shooting reportedly happened around 6: p.m. Friday at Arden Fair Mall.
A thousand people took to the streets of the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday demanding the authorities take action to find soldiers missing in recent fighting with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
The top U.S. cybersecurity official fired by Republican President Donald Trump for saying the Nov. 3 election was the most secure in American history said on Friday voter fraud allegations made by Trump and his allies are "farcical". Chris Krebs, the former director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told the CBS 60 Minutes program that allegations of U.S. voting machines being manipulated by foreign countries were baseless. Sidney Powell, a Trump attorney cut loose by the Trump legal team this week, had put forward a conspiracy theory that election systems created in Venezuela at the behest of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez helped tip the U.S. election to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
When Turkey changed the way it reports daily COVID-19 infections, it confirmed what medical groups and opposition parties have long suspected — that the country is faced with an alarming surge of cases that is fast exhausting the Turkish health system. In an about-face, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government this week resumed reporting all positive coronavirus tests — not just the number of patients being treated for symptoms — pushing the number of daily cases to above 30,000. No country can report exact numbers on the spread of the disease since many asymptomatic cases go undetected, but the previous way of counting made Turkey look relatively well-off in international comparisons, with daily new cases far below those reported in European countries including Italy, Britain and France.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has declared military operations in the country’s northern Tigray region “completed’ and claimed that his federal forces had captured the crucial regional capital of Mekele. Due to an almost complete communications black out in Tigray, it was impossible to independently verify his statement. The announcement on Saturday night came just hours before at least six rockets from northern Tigray hit Eritrea, according to diplomats, suggesting the prime minister's claims were premature. Catastrophic fighting was expected over the weekend in Mekele when the Ethiopian army said it was surrounding the city of half a million people with tanks and artillery and warned civilians to stay inside. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staff visited government-run Ayder Referral Hospital yesterday, where they said approximately 80 per cent of patients were suffering from trauma injuries and basic supplies were dwindling. "The hospital is running dangerously low on sutures, antibiotics, anticoagulants, painkillers, and even gloves," said Maria Soledad, ICRC’s head of operations in Ethiopia. It is thought that forces loyal to the powerful regional government, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), may have tactically retreated into the nearby mountains days ago to avoid heavy clashes. The TPLF is thought to command as many as 200,000 fighters, some of whom fought in the bloody Eritrea-Ethiopia war from 1998 to 2000. Because of these old hostilities with neighbouring Eritrea, Tigray is home to some of the largest stores of weapons in the country. The US embassy in the Eritrean capital Asmara reported early Sunday “six explosions” caused by rockets from Tigray region had occurred in the city “at about 10:13 pm” on Saturday night. The strikes marked the third time that Asmara has been shot at since fighting began on November 4. The TPLF has only claimed responsibility for the first rocket attack two weeks ago but has frequently accused Eritrea of siding with Ethiopian federal forces. Eritrea, Africa’s most totalitarian state, has not commented on the strikes. The conflict began when Mr Abiy, last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, announced that he was sending federal troops into Tigray in response to attacks by pro-TPLF forces on national army camps. The move marked a dramatic escalation of tensions between the federal government and the TPLF, which dominated Ethiopian politics for nearly three decades before anti-government protests swept Mr Abiy to office in 2018. Thousands have died in the conflict so far, with tens of thousands of refugees streaming across the border into Sudan. Each side has accused the other of grave crimes and mass killings.
This month, some individuals took to social media to post screenshots of a fake arrest warrant for President-elect Joe Biden.
It’s been two months since a young Dalit woman was brutally raped and killed in Hathras in India and, in contrast to the swift action by the government in previous cases, there has been little action taken since the four men allegedly responsible were arrested. The 19-year-old woman was found in a paralytic state not far from her home in Boolgarhi village in September. She was initially treated at a district hospital and then at JNMC hospital in Aligarh before being shifted to Safdarjung hospital. Before she died a few days later, she said that four upper-caste men had gang-raped her and strangled her.The four men are in police custody, but since their arrest, four Muslim men who travelled to Hathras to visit the woman’s family in a show of support and sympathy have also been arrested on charges of sedition as it seems the Uttar Pradesh government wanted Muslim scapegoats to divert attention from the rape case. The Muslim men were raising funds for the victim’s family as, according to the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, the victim’s family are living in conditions similar to a house arrest. The family has also expressed fear for their lives once the official protection given to them is withdrawn. The police have characterized the Muslim men’s interest in the victim’s family as a terrorist conspiracy to trigger caste riots over the rape and murder.That crime, along with the subsequent conduct of the police and Uttar Pradesh government, has brought stark attention to the plight of Dalit women in a country that still clings to its outdated and barbaric caste system. As it happens, the young woman who was allegedly gang-raped in September died at the same hospital where Jyoti Singh, a member of the higher Bhumihar caste, died in 2012 after she was gang-raped and tortured on a private bus in what became known as the Nirbhaya case that sparked an international outcry about sexual violence in India.The word nirbhaya means “fearless” and the case prompted a swift change in the rape law, which broadened the definition of rape, made punishments more strict, and established a timeline for further procedural reforms. Four of the six men convicted of raping that woman were hanged by the state earlier this year.There has not and probably won’t be justice for the lower-caste victim in the Hathras case, just as there was not justice for Bhanwari Devi in 1992. There have been at least two other incidents of Dalit women and girls having been raped and killed in Uttar Pradesh this year, a province in which anti-Dalit violence is rife. On average, 10 Dalit women are raped every day throughout the country, according to official figures. Sexual violence committed against Dalit women and girls is mostly perpetrated by men from dominant upper castes, who use sexual violence as a tool to assert power and reinforce existing caste, social, and gender hierarchies.Despite officially abolishing discrimination on the basis of caste in 1950, the devastating effects of the caste system are felt by Dalits in the educational, social, and economic systems in modern India. The hardships these women face are not simply due to poverty, economic status, or lack of education, but a direct result of the severe exploitation and oppression by the upper castes, legitimized by corrupt interpretations of Hindu religious scriptures. Should a Dalit person speak up against any of these injustices, they face retribution from their communities and the majority Hindu public, who still hold the caste system as a holy social order. In the case of Dalit women, should they place a toe out of line, they are raped in a brutal show of power dynamics so that, according to human rights organizations, Dalit women bear the brunt of much of India’s sexual violence. In India, as is the case with many other countries and cultures, destroying a woman’s honour is the ultimate weapon to show women or members of a specific community their “place” and to establish dominance. Many women in the Dalit community have deep, personal and traumatic stories and have no way of telling them because they are scared of the repercussions, so the rape of a Dalit woman is mutely accepted and their families move on.The Hathras case is typical of what happens when a Dalit resists oppression: they are met with violence. The dispute began with the Dalit family’s agricultural land on which the Thakur family would bring their buffaloes to graze. The victim’s grandfather reportedly asked the Thakurs to take the buffaloes away from the land and the Thakur family, incensed that a Dalit man had the audacity to stand up to them, raped and murdered this woman.The script is the same in case after case yet only rarely does one draw world attention, and then the character assassination begins. In the case of Devi, judges were inexplicably changed five times and in November 1995, the accused were acquitted of rape. They were instead found guilty of lesser offences and were given just nine months in jail. Some of the bizarre reasons the judge gave were: the village head cannot rape, men of different castes cannot participate in gang rape, elder men of 60 to 70 years old cannot rape, a man cannot rape in front of a relative, a member of the higher caste cannot rape a lower caste woman due to purity, and Devi's husband couldn't have quietly watched his wife being gang-raped. Massive protests held in Jaipur with thousands marching through the city streets yielded nothing.Similar outrage erupted in India last month in Hathras and continue to happen around the country as the police initially dismissed the victim’s rape allegations, considered it a case of murder, and later sought to deny the rape.When the victim first reported the rape, the police did not listen to her. Neither of the woman's two allegations of rape, which were made within hours of being attacked, were entered into police records. The police failed to write up the complaint, instead asking the woman’s brother to do it, did not include what the victim told them, and didn't call an ambulance for medical attention, even though she was in a bad condition. A rape kit was done at the hospital 11 days after the attack—too late for any usable evidence to be found—and the police denied there ever being a rape, citing the lack of DNA on the rape kit. Dr Azeem Malik, who attended to the woman said government guidelines strictly say forensic evidence can only be found up to 96 hours after the incident and that the report cannot confirm or deny the victim being raped. He was fired shortly afterward for contradicting the police statements. A viral video of Hathras district magistrate, Praveen Kumar, warning the woman’s family of harm to their credibility lends credence to the family’s claims of threats from the administration. The state and police maintain innocence of any wrongdoing, as do the men accused of her rape and murder, who have shifted blame to the victim’s family.On the night that the victim died, police returned to the family’s village with her body but instead of handing her over to her mourning family for the final rites—an important part of Hinduism—they insisted she be cremated in an open field immediately. When the family refused, saying they wanted time to say goodbye, police locked them in their home and took her to a field where they burned her body using gasoline, according to the family who have finally been granted court-ordered protection since the incident.While the the state launched the Nirbhaya Fund to support women’s safety after the rape and murder of Singh, Dalit women and other minorities face severe challenges reporting crimes to the police, who often try to invalidate their claims and rarely follow proper criminal procedure. Hospitals fail to gather evidence, and there is derogatory treatment of survivors in courtrooms should they make it there.Manjula Pradeep, director of campaigns at the Dalit Human Rights Defenders Network, said Dalit women are seen as impure and deprived when they access basic amenities even as their bodies are also used as objects to take revenge on the Dalit communities and keep them oppressed. The state of Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of reported cases of violence against Dalits and during the lockdown this year, there was a spike in attacks on Dalits by Thakurs. No arrests have been made, pointing to a lack of concern over the wellbeing of the Dalit people by the authorities.Last year, a young Dalit man was beaten to death for sitting on a chair and eating in front of upper-caste people at a wedding. In May, a man was prevented from going into a temple to pray and after the victim approached the police (who did not take any action), he was shot to death in his home. In July, the body of a Dalit woman was forcibly taken off a funeral pyre by men of more privileged castes. The police did not intervene and said they could not unless the family filed charges. The family, however, decided not to file a complaint because they wanted to continue living peacefully in the village and keep their odd jobs provided by the more privileged castes.Authorities say caste has nothing to do with rape because they want to deny the everyday brutality of the caste system. The denial also ensures the caste system continues to flourish, especially among Hindu nationalists like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ilk, who are mostly upper caste and therefore protected from this scourge. Modi insists that he belongs to the caste of the working man but Dalit voters say Modi has failed to protect them from growing caste-based violence and there is even a perception that Modi’s government has diluted some legal protections for Dalits, even though the caste group helped elect him in 2014.It should not take a 19-year-old being gang-raped, strangled and left naked in a field with blood flowing from her mouth, neck, and vagina to bring attention to a people who have faced barbaric crimes at the hands of others who claim to be more civilized than them. We should not have to wait for another woman to be sacrificed at the altar of tradition and brutal inequality before there is change.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
After facing strong condemnation, a Hungarian commissioner on Sunday begrudgingly retracted an article comparing American-Hungarian billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, a staunch critic of Hungary’s government, to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. “Europe is George Soros’ gas chamber,” Szilard Demeter, ministerial commissioner and head of the Petofi Literary Museum in Budapest, wrote in an opinion Saturday in the pro-government Origo media outlet.
A senior Syrian official denied asylum in France due to concerns of possible involvement in war crimes was spirited out of the country with help from the Israeli secret service Mossad to Austria, where he was helped to start a new life, a top judicial source has told The Telegraph. Brigadier General Khaled al-Halabi, who was chief of Syrian intelligence in Raqqa from 2009 until 2013, is also the target of a legal complaint for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, a Telegraph investigation can reveal. During his time in charge of the Raqqa facility, prisoners were allegedly murdered, tortured and sexually assaulted, according to the complaint filed in a Western country and which has been sent to the Paris prosecutor. Mr Halabi vehemently denies any wrongdoing. In spite of human rights concerns about his unit, France’s spy agency, Direction Générale de la Ssécurité Extérieure, (DGSE), helped the general secretly leave Syria and travel to France in 2014 at a time when Syria’s war against rebel forces was in the balance, it is alleged. He was, however, then denied asylum in France due to concerns that his senior position in the Syrian regime meant he could have been involved in criminal acts, The Telegraph has learned. That prompted the French War Crimes Unit to launch a preliminary investigation in 2017. In spite of this, he was then mysteriously exfiltrated from France by Israeli intelligence agents to Austria, where he was successfully granted asylum, according to the judicial source and French and Austrian media. The agencies involved allegedly believed Mr Halabi could play an important role in the future of Syria. “It's clear he is a big fish,” said one senior French judicial source. “We wanted to quiz him about all the testimonies we have gathered. It is very frustrating as he was a top target."
An unknown gunman fired into a crowd gathered at a Saturday afternoon burial service of a teenager who was fatally shot by a Florida sheriff's deputy earlier this month, officials said. The shooting happened as guests gathered at Riverview Memorial Gardens to pay their respects to 18-year-old Sincere Pierce. Pierce and 16-year-old Angelo Crooms were killed Nov. 13 by a Brevard County Sheriff's deputy.
"What kind of a court system is this?" the president said he asked when his lawyers told him he didn't have the legal ground to file such a suit.
The former Zappos CEO died late Friday as a result of injuries he sustained from a November 18 fire in New London, Connecticut.