Three people in Austin, Texas have been confirmed dead after a “domestic” shooting. Assistant Chief of Police Joseph Chacon warned residents to “shelter in place” as the search for the suspect continues.
The six-wheeled robot has made the hazardous descent to the surface of the Red Planet, China announces.
- The Telegraph
Welcome to your early-morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Saturday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. 1. Boris Johnson: Indian variant poses real risk of disruption to our plans Boris Johnson on Friday warned that the Indian variant could “seriously disrupt” plans to lift the final Covid restrictions on June 21. The Prime Minister said he must “level with” the public about the threat posed by the new strain and said “hard choices” about the route out of lockdown could lie ahead. Read the full story. 2. Prince Harry’s broadside leaves senior royals bemused over his ‘woeful lack of compassion' The Duke of Sussex’s broadside about the Prince of Wales has left senior royals bemused over his “woeful lack of compassion” for his own family, The Telegraph understands. All three royal households were seemingly left reeling on Friday by the Duke’s suggestion that he had been failed not only by his own father but through association, by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh too. Read the full story. 3. Oxford University decolonising inch by inch, with imperial measurements the next target Oxford University has suggested imperial measurements should be "decolonised" over links to the British Empire. The mile, inch, yard, pound and ounce are “tied deeply to the idea of the Empire” and their presence in the curriculum could change, decolonising plans by Oxford’s maths, physics and life sciences faculty suggest. Read the full story. 4. Offer of face-to-face appointments ‘cannot happen overnight’, GPs warn patients GPs have rejected NHS instructions to immediately offer every patient a face-to-face appointment, warning the move “cannot happen overnight”. The British Medical Association (BMA) on Friday called on health chiefs to show “honesty” with the public about longer waiting times due to the effects of social distancing on patient flow in surgeries. Read the full story. 5. Edwin Poots vows to 'undermine' Northern Ireland protocol after being elected DUP leader The Democratic Unionist Party’s has elected a new leader who vowed to “systematically undermine and strip away all aspects” of the Northern Ireland protocol. Edwin Poots, the Stormont Agriculture Minister, beat the DUP’s Westminster leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson by just 19 votes to 17 at Friday’s election. Read the full story. Stay up-to-date with breaking news and the latest politics from The Telegraph throughout the day.
Dave Bautista says his 'Blade Runner 2049' performance finally made Hollywood 'see past my physicality'
"I want to be a better actor. I want to do some drama. People would kind of giggle at me," Bautista said before landing the 'Blade Runner' role.
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China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time, delivering a water-hunting rover to the red planet
The Zhurong rover is almost ready to start scanning Mars' volcanic-rock fields for hidden water ice. Such reserves could help future Mars astronauts.
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A man accused of storming the Capitol with a giant Confederate flag will get to go on a family road trip while awaiting trial
Kevin Seefried was approved to take his scheduled family trip to Salvo, North Carolina, on May 15, court documents show.
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After a week of bipartisan meetings, Biden wants the GOP to expand on their $568 billion infrastructure counterproposal, and he wants to see it soon.
Seth Rogen says he and Jason Segel left their '8 Mile' audition in tears after making each other laugh
The comic went out for the role of Cheddar and had to bring Jason Segel along because the casting director refused to read the lines.
BEIT LAHIYA/GAZA CITY, Gaza (Reuters) -After days of heavy Israeli airstrikes, and then intensifying artillery fire, some terrified residents of north Gaza are not waiting to see if there is a repeat of 2014, when a ground assault followed. Under heavy shelling on Thursday night, Rewaa Marouf grabbed her children and fled the town of Beit Lahiya, close to Gaza's northern border with Israel. The U.N. refugee agency said hundreds of people had fled to U.N.-run schools in Gaza for shelter on Thursday, particularly in the north, and it was taking steps to make sure the sites were organised to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
- Miami Herald
Three hand sanitizers many have used nationally in the fight against COVID-19 contamination have been recalled because they contain methanol, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
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A year before her election to Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene searched for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at her Capitol office, taunting the New York Democrat to “get rid of your diaper” and “talk to the American citizens,” as shown in video unearthed Friday by CNN. The Georgia Republican continued: “If you want to be a big girl, you need to get rid of your diaper and come out and be able to talk to the American citizens." Two men appear along with her in the video, also mocking Ocasio-Cortez and her staff through the mail slot.
A travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore set to open on May 26 has a "high chance" of being postponed, a Hong Kong official said on Friday, which would be the second time the plan to allow visits between the cities has been called off. The bubble between two of Asia's main financial hubs, which have both imposed strict border controls for the past year to keep out the coronavirus, had been slated to begin in November but was suspended after a spike in cases in Hong Kong. This time it is Singapore that is seeing an increase in cases.
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Witnesses said Matt Gaetz snorted cocaine and had sex with an escort who was paid with campaign money, report says
The news comes hours after Insider reported Joel Greenberg, a former Gaetz wingman, will plead guilty to six felony counts on Monday.
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In the 1980s, Rabbi Meir Kahane's violent anti-Arab ideology was considered so repugnant that Israel banned him from parliament and the U.S. listed his party as a terrorist group. Today, his disciples march through the streets by the hundreds, chanting “Death to Arabs” and assaulting any they come across. This week, they took part in a wave of communal violence in Jerusalem and mixed cities across Israel in which Arabs and Jews viciously attacked people and torched cars.
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A lab leak in Wuhan remains a 'viable' theory for the coronavirus' origin, an international group of scientists says
The coronavirus' origin remains a mystery. So the idea that it was accidentally released from a lab remains viable, according to 18 scientists.
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The Duke of Sussex’s broadside about the Prince of Wales has left senior royals bemused over his “woeful lack of compassion” for his own family, The Telegraph understands. All three royal households were seemingly left reeling on Friday by the Duke’s suggestion that he had been failed not only by his own father but through association, by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh too. One senior aide said it seemed “unnecessarily cruel” to “throw others under the bus” whilst trying to make a point about mental health. Another royal source said: “For a couple that have been at pains to set out their compassionate principles, they seem woefully lacking when it comes to their own family. “It’s not just the Prince of Wales but the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as well. “It has been met with utter bemusement.” There was particular bewilderment over Prince Harry’s implicit criticism of his grandparents, not least just a month after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death. Questions were also raised about the Duke and Duchess’s continued use of their royal titles. And aside from the highly personal content, royal sources suggested that the family was disappointed by the foul language used during the expletive-strewn 90-minute interview.
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The winner of a $26 million California Lottery prize may have literally washed the chance of a fortune down the drain.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene vandalized Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's guest book and taunted her in a deleted 2019 video
One of Greene's associates in the video, Anthony Aguero, entered the Capitol with pro-Trump rioters on January 6.
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Florida officials are preparing 'contingency plans' for a Trump indictment from New York, report says
The investigation from Manhattan DA Cy Vance could involve different scenarios depending on whether Trump is indicted in Florida or New Jersey.
- The New York Times
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — The war is just on the other side of this wall, a partly destroyed cinder block barricade in southern Afghanistan. A week ago, a family lived in a house on the property. They have since fled, and their home has been converted into a fighting position held by a half-dozen soldiers, along with their spent shell casings and empty energy drink cans. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times The roof terrace is pockmarked from a rocket-propelled grenade explosion, and there are holes bored out of the mud brick for machine guns and rifles to fire through. “There has been fighting day and night,” said Cpl. Hamza, 28, an Afghan border force soldier who had been compelled into holding this position — far from any border — after the police and local militias fled. It is the front line in a now abandoned neighborhood still within the city limits of Lashkar Gah. Bullets from a Taliban machine gun ricocheted through the street below, and the dull thud of grenades shook the large ornate mirror in the room where Hamza had gone in to briefly rest. As commandos arrived to reinforce the position, a burst of automatic weapons fire narrowly missed the soldiers disembarking one of the armored vehicles. One bullet punctured a tire, a few hit the steel hull, and others kicked up dirt as the troops ran for cover. Hamza, who goes by one name, fired his U.S.-supplied M16 rifle at enemy positions across the street. Under his vest that carried his ammunition, he wore a black T-shirt that read “I Heart Kabul.” When the Taliban pushed toward the city last week — whether they had paid off the police or cut deals with them prompting those positions to quickly collapse — Hamza and his motley crew of border force soldiers became the last government forces separating the Taliban from the city. (A Taliban official said many of the police officers had been paid off.) This may be the closest the Taliban have ever gotten to taking Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province, which is the Taliban’s heartland and a volatile swath of territory that has become synonymous with the U.S. and British militaries’ failures in Afghanistan over the past 20 years. At one point last week after the offensive began, the Helmand River was the only barrier keeping the Taliban from overrunning government positions until U.S. and Afghan airstrikes and Afghan troops pushed the Taliban back. The city’s airport shut down to commercial traffic because of mortar and rocket fire, and more than 1,000 families have fled into the more defensible city center. As the U.S. withdrawal got underway, the Taliban began their latest offensive on the provincial capital May 1, a date that tied neatly with the poor weather and blowing dust that prevented air support from stopping them. The insurgents struck elsewhere in the country at roughly the same time, taking several Afghan army bases in the north. Capt. Shir Agha Safi, an intelligence officer who moves around Helmand province, had not come to terms with the planned U.S. departure, because the Americans, their foreign-sounding names, and aircraft and drones are still ingrained into almost every part of the war. “They won’t leave us,” Safi said of the Americans, convinced that the withdrawal was not really happening. Almost every day Safi talks to the U.S. Army captain who helped him for months by coordinating airstrikes from nearby Camp New Antonik, a scab of a base built between the ruins of Bastion and Leatherneck, former British and U.S. installations that are now decaying relics of the war’s last chapter. The American flag folded for the last time at Antonik on May 2, leaving freezers full of apple pies, chicken and bean burritos, boxes of medical supplies and fluorescent glow sticks that have since been harvested by Afghan forces nearby. The smell of musk and body odor still lingered in the rooms once inhabited by U.S. troops when the Afghan soldiers came to retrieve anything left behind. Safi’s link to the U.S. military is now back at Bagram, a sprawling base in Afghanistan that will become one of the United States' last before the country fully withdraws sometime this summer. Despite his geographical distance, the American captain continues to help direct airstrikes as a key member of a WhatsApp group: the Helmand Targeting Team. The group chat of messages, pictures and grid coordinates is a virtual meeting room for Afghan and U.S. forces planning daily bombing runs in the province. Around noon Monday, the day was heating up as Safi stared out over the Helmand River from one of the city’s military bases. Along the river banks, families bathed in the water, and children played in the shade. Around him, commandos prepared for their next mission. Some rested under their armored vehicles. Others prepared their weapons and gear. Above him an Afghan A-29, a single prop bomber, swooped down over the western bank of the river, dropping a 250-pound Mk-81 unguided bomb on what Safi said was a group of Taliban fighters trying to position themselves to strike the airport. The plume of smoke, shock wave and finally audible blast barely caught the attention of those enjoying the warm day along the river bank. Traffic moved steadily into the city, busier than usual because of the approaching Eid holiday commemorating the end of Ramadan. Nobody bothered to leave as the flight of aircraft returned three more times, steering into a dive to drop the remaining ordnance hooked under their wings. It would take more than an airstrike to cut this day short for these families who so far had refused to flee. As the planes departed and the smoke drifted lazily into the air, Safi laid back on a green cot and put his hand to his temple, exhausted. At 28, he had been in the military for 11 years. “It has been a tough decade,” he said. It may only get worse. Staring at a map of Lashkar Gah in his command center earlier in the day, Safi gestured at the little blue dots that denoted police checkpoints in the surrounding area — arguably the Afghan government’s front line. “Ninety percent of them are gone,” Safi said, and he turned back to his radio. Now, supported by armored personnel carriers outfitted with automatic grenade launchers and heavy machine guns and the better-trained mobile strike team commandos that crew the hulking vehicles, Hamza and his gang of border forces soldiers were waiting to clear the surrounding neighborhoods still firmly in Taliban hands. The modest goal: to give Lashkar Gah a slightly bigger security bubble of government presence. But until the police returned to their positions, Hamza would have to stay on the line, doing a job that was supposed to be someone else’s. His bushy-browed commander, Capt. Ezzatullah Tofan, laid it out plainly, showing a screenshot on his phone to his troops as the PKM machine gun on the roof fired away. The document, Tofan said, indicated that the police and local militias would not return to their posts anytime soon. “You’ll have to keep fighting,” Tofan explained. His men seemed strangely unfazed, as if they knew this had been coming or, at the least, resigned to their fate. A three-day cease-fire was announced by both sides beginning Thursday to commemorate Eid, leaving the troops here incredulous. It was an excuse, they said, so the Taliban could move fighters and equipment back to the front lines without fear of being attacked. When the cease-fire ends, the war will once more be on the other side of the wall. “I’m happy for my family,” Hamza said of the holiday, “but I will be here.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company
- LA Times
After an injury-riddled run and with playoff seeding on the line, the Lakers might have LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder in lineup against Pacers.