Benedict XVI fuels ‘two popes’ headache

Seven years after his surprise resignation, Benedict XVI — weakened by age but still intellectually spry — appears unable to remain in the shadow of his Argentine successor, Francis, creating the appearance of "two popes" at odds.

  • Clyburn: I 'cringed' at Biden 'you ain't black' comment but compare him 'to the alternative, not the Almighty'
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    Clyburn: I 'cringed' at Biden 'you ain't black' comment but compare him 'to the alternative, not the Almighty'

    Congressman James Clyburn, D-S.C., a longtime friend of Joe Biden, said Tuesday that he "cringed" at the former vice president's comments that “you ain't black” if you are not sure whether to vote for him or President Donald Trump. Clyburn, who gave Biden a his coveted endorsement three days before his state's crucial February primary, told "The View" Tuesday, "Joe did not do as well as I hoped in responding, but I will say this, I go about my business every day comparing Joe Biden, to the alternative, not the Almighty." Biden made the comments on Friday while an interview with African American radio host Charlamagne tha God's on The Breakfast Club radio show, where Biden emphasized his ties to the African American community, and touted his record on civil rights.

  • The white woman who called 911 after a black bird-watcher asked her to leash her dog has 'voluntarily surrendered' her pet to an animal rescue
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    The white woman who called 911 after a black bird-watcher asked her to leash her dog has 'voluntarily surrendered' her pet to an animal rescue

    More than 22.8 million people have watched a video of Amy Cooper, a white woman, calling 911 and alleging that there was an "African-American man threatening" her. In reality, Christian Cooper, who is black and enjoys bird watching, asked Amy Cooper to put her dog on its leash while they were in Central Park in Manhattan. The Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc. has since announced that the woman has "voluntarily surrendered" her dog, confirming that "he is safe and in good health."

  • Brazil police raid Rio governor's residences amid COVID-19 probe
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    Brazil police raid Rio governor's residences amid COVID-19 probe

    Brazilian federal police on Tuesday raided the residences of Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel as part of a COVID-19 corruption probe, targeting one of President Jair Bolsonaro's political foes as the pandemic sweeps the nation. Two sources and a statement from the federal police said the search warrants were part of an investigation into alleged corruption involving the use of public money destined to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro state. No arrest warrants were issued, a source said.

  • SpaceX readies for blast-off with NASA astronauts aboard
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    SpaceX readies for blast-off with NASA astronauts aboard

    Gray skies loomed over Florida's Atlantic coast Tuesday, just one day before two astronauts were set to blast off aboard a SpaceX capsule on the most dangerous and prestigious mission NASA has ever entrusted to a private company. There was a 60 percent chance for favorable weather for Wednesday's flight, according to Tuesday's latest Cape Canaveral forecast. US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have been in strict quarantine for two weeks ahead of their trip on the brand-new Crew Dragon capsule, which will be propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Netanyahu becomes the first Israeli prime minister to stand trial over corruption and fraud cases
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    Netanyahu becomes the first Israeli prime minister to stand trial over corruption and fraud cases

    Amir Levy/Getty Images The trial against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began in Jerusalem on Sunday, marking the first time in Israel's history that a sitting prime minister has ever faced trial. Last year, Netanyahu was indicted on bribery, fraud, and breach of trust charges as part of three separate corruption cases. The trial against Netanyahu was delayed by two months because of Israel's coronavirus outbreak.

  • Venezuela celebrates docking of tanker with Iran gasoline
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    Venezuela celebrates docking of tanker with Iran gasoline

    Venezuelan authorities celebrated Monday as the first of five Iranian tankers loaded with gasoline docked in the South American country, delivering badly needed fuel to the crisis-stricken nation that sits atop the world's largest oil reserves. The gasoline shipments are arriving in defiance of stiff sanctions by the Trump administration against both nations, and they mark a new era in the burgeoning relationship between Venezuela and Iran, which is expanding its footprint in the Western Hemisphere. “We keep moving forward and winning,” Venezuela's Minister of Energy Tareck El Aissami tweeted.

  • Minister Quits as Britain Boils Over With Rage Against Boris Johnson and His Lockdown-Breaking Aide
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    Minister Quits as Britain Boils Over With Rage Against Boris Johnson and His Lockdown-Breaking Aide

    The most serious political crisis that Boris Johnson has faced as British prime minister is getting worse. After days of Johnson trying to excuse the actions of Dominic Cummings, as well as an extraordinary televised press conference where Cummings emerged from the shadows in an unsuccessful attempt to draw a line under the crisis, a government minister has now resigned with a furious letter which condemns both the prime minister and his mastermind. The furious row began on Friday when two newspapers—the Daily Mirror and The Guardian—reported that Cummings drove 264 miles from London to his parents' estate in Durham, even though he feared that he and his wife had the coronavirus.

  • US accuses Russia of deploying fighter jets in Libya
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    US accuses Russia of deploying fighter jets in Libya

    The United States has accused Russia of deploying jet fighters to Libya in what if confirmed would be a dramatic escalation of its military support for renegade field marshal Khalifa Haftar's war against the country's UN-recognised government. United States Africa Command said on Tuesday it had monitored several jet fighters flying from Russia to Libya via Syria, and that it expected them to be used to support Russian mercenaries fighting on the ground in support of Gen Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA). "We watched as Russia flew fourth generation jet fighters to Libya - every step of the way.

  • Alabama's Easing of Restrictions Has Given  'A False Sense of Security,' Says Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed
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    Alabama's Easing of Restrictions Has Given 'A False Sense of Security,' Says Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed

    Cases of coronavirus are on the rise in Alabama, where Gov. Kay Ivey has allowed summer camps, movie theaters, casinos and more to reopen as part of recently expanded “Safer at Home” orders. Speaking on CNN, Reed said the spike in cases was due in part to people deciding on their own that the COVID-19 pandemic is over, and called the easing of restrictions a “mistake.” “They are ready to get back to their normal way of doing things, and that's a mistake that we've been making over the last few weeks, is we have kind of eased restrictions in this community and across the state,” he said.

  • Trump spends Memorial Day weekend golfing and insulting female politicians
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    Trump spends Memorial Day weekend golfing and insulting female politicians

    On a Memorial Day weekend when coronavirus deaths in the US closed in on 100,000, and a grateful nation paid respects to its war dead, its president took to the golf course and turned to social media to unleash a barrage of personal attacks on foes old, new and perceived. On Saturday and Sunday, both days on which Trump visited his golf club in Sterling, Virginia, he followed his time on the links with late-night Twitter sessions tweeting or retweeting insults to prominent female politicians. The US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and Democratic rising star Stacey Abrams were derided for their looks or weight, while Trump's former opponent Hillary Clinton was denounced as a “skank”.

  • China says opposes all U.S. restrictions on Chinese airlines
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    China says opposes all U.S. restrictions on Chinese airlines

    China said on Monday it opposes all U.S. restrictions imposed against Chinese airlines, responding to a report that the U.S. Transportation Department has demanded Chinese carriers file their schedules and other flight details by May 27. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said flight restrictions imposed by Beijing treated all airlines equally and were due to efforts to curb COVID-19 related risks. The U.S. government late on Friday accused the Chinese government of making it impossible for U.S. airlines to resume service to China.

  • ‘Please, I can’t breathe’: US police officer filmed with knee on neck of motionless man who later died
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    ‘Please, I can’t breathe’: US police officer filmed with knee on neck of motionless man who later died

    A man has died after a Minneapolis police officer detained him by putting his knee on his neck, in an arrest captured on camera by a member of the public. The clip, filmed on Monday, showed a black man lying on the ground, motionless, and a white police officer, resting his knee on top of the man's neck. In the video, the man groaned and asked police to get off him, while members of the public attempted to convince the officer that he was hurting him.

  • HHS principal deputy inspector general is asked about $3M contract awarded to company 11 days after it was created by former WH aide
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    HHS principal deputy inspector general is asked about $3M contract awarded to company 11 days after it was created by former WH aide

    At a House Oversight Committee briefing on the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus, Rep. Gerry Connolly asked Department of Health and Human Services Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi Grimm if she will be looking into a report that a former White House aide, Zach Fuentes, won a contract to provide respirator masks to the Navajo Nation only 11 days after his company was formed.

  • Meet the dogs of war who run into danger to find hidden bombs and the US soldiers who have their backs
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    Meet the dogs of war who run into danger to find hidden bombs and the US soldiers who have their backs

    Explosive detection dogs risk everything to keep US troops safe from hidden dangers on the battlefield. Insider talked to three US Army handlers and two military working dog veterinarians about the highly trained and valued dogs saving the lives of US service members. One of many dangers on the modern battlefield is improvised explosive devices, crude bombs that can be disguised as everything from part of a car to roadside trash, but US explosive detection dogs are trained to find these deadly weapons before disaster strikes.

  • Pandemic probe: Brazil police raid Rio governor's residence
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    Pandemic probe: Brazil police raid Rio governor's residence

    Brazil's Federal Police searched the official residence of Rio de Janeiro Gov. Wilson Witzel on Tuesday, part of an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of public resources in the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Police did not say whether Witzel, a former federal judge, was personally targeted by any of the 12 search and seizure warrants in Rio and Sao Paulo states. An ongoing investigation pointed to irregularities in contracts awarded for the construction of emergency field hospitals in Rio, and involved health officials, police said in a statement.

  • Nasa SpaceX launch: 10 questions about the mission
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    Nasa SpaceX launch: 10 questions about the mission

    Elon Musk's company SpaceX is about to launch its space vehicle - the Crew Dragon - with astronauts onboard for the first time. Why is a private company launching Nasa astronauts? Nasa has been planning to hand over the transport of crew to the International Space Station (ISS) since the early 2000s.

  • Joe Biden makes first public appearance since March
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    Joe Biden makes first public appearance since March

    Joe Biden appeared in public Monday for the first time in more than two months, laying a wreath to honor the fallen at a Delaware war memorial. What in most campaign years would be a fairly ordinary holiday ritual was anything but for the former vice president, who has only been seen by most Americans in small doses from a now-familiar makeshift TV studio in his Wilmington home since becoming the apparent Democratic nominee. Joined by his wife, Jill, and a protective detail from the Secret Service for the first time publicly, Biden wore a black mask and his signature aviator sunglasses as he laid a wreath of white flowers at the Veterans Memorial Park in New Castle.

  • 50 billion years of animal evolution under threat from human activity, study says
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    50 billion years of animal evolution under threat from human activity, study says

    Fifty billion years of evolutionary history is under threat from human activity, according to a new study which suggests some of the most threatened areas contain the most unique animals. Branches of the tree of life will be cut by the loss of animals such as the Mary River turtle, native to Queensland, Australia, recognisable by its punk-like algae 'hair', whose evolution stretches back 40 million years. The study was led by Imperial College and the Zoological Society of London, which works to protect species of high evolutionary importance through its EDGE of Existence programme.

  • Pentagon's former top inspector general resigns after demotion by President Trump
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    Pentagon's former top inspector general resigns after demotion by President Trump

    The Pentagon's former top watchdog resigned Tuesday one month after President Trump demoted him and prevented him from overseeing COVID-19 stimulus spending. Glenn Fine, who had been acting inspector general for the Defense Department, announced his resignation after a White House purge of inspectors general. Fine's fellow inspectors general had selected him to chair the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, a body charged with overseeing the roughly $2 trillion stimulus deal.

  • India first quarter GDP growth likely to be weakest since 2012: Reuters poll
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    India first quarter GDP growth likely to be weakest since 2012: Reuters poll

    India's economy is likely to have expanded at its slowest pace in at least eight years in the January-March quarter, partly as a result of the coronavirus clampdown, a Reuters poll predicted. Asia's third-largest economy began slowing last year, but a countrywide lockdown implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 25 halted economic activity completely. "Activity in January and February was strong, but the slowdown in March is likely to have largely offset those gains," Aayushi Chaudhary, an economist at HSBC in Mumbai, said.

  • Ahmaud Arbery shooting being investigated as federal hate crime, family’s lawyer says
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    Ahmaud Arbery shooting being investigated as federal hate crime, family’s lawyer says

    A lawyer representing the family of Ahmaud Arbery has said that the US Department of Justice is investigating his killing as a possible hate crime. Lee Merritt said federal authorities are not only pursuing the hate crime line, but are also investigating two local county officials, George Barnhill and Jackie Johnson, who recused themselves from the case shortly after the killing in February, according to several news reports quoting him. Mr Barnhill and Ms Johnson both resigned under pressure over conflicts of interests, as they had professional connections with the killers, Gregory and Travis McMichael – and in his letter of recusal, Mr Barnhill recommended that no arrest be made in the case.

  • US urges probe into alleged ethics breach at African Development Bank
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    US urges probe into alleged ethics breach at African Development Bank

    The US Department of the Treasury has called on the African Development Bank (AfDB) to carry out an independent probe into alleged ethics breaches by its president, Akinwumi Adesina. In a letter obtained by AFP on Monday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed "deep reservations" about the outcome of an internal inquiry clearing Adesina, and urged the appointment of an independent outside investigator. The letter, dated May 22, was sent to the chair of the AfDB's board, Ivorian Planning and Development Minister Niale Kaba.

  • Russia records its highest daily death toll from the coronavirus as its number of new cases appears to decline
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    Russia records its highest daily death toll from the coronavirus as its number of new cases appears to decline

    Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images Russia recorded 8,599 new cases 153 new deaths on Sunday linked to the coronavirus, raising its overall death toll to 3,541. The country has recorded 344,481 coronavirus cases and is the third-worst hit country in its total number of coronavirus cases behind Brazil and the US, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. While its daily death toll continues to increase, its number of new daily cases appears to be on the decline.

  • Airbus experts probe plane crash that killed 97 in Pakistan
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    Airbus experts probe plane crash that killed 97 in Pakistan

    Pakistan announced Tuesday that Airbus experts have opened a probe into last week's plane crash that killed 97 people when an Airbus A320 went down in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in the port city of Karachi. Initial reports have said the Pakistan International Airlines jet crashed after an apparent engine failure. Pakistani aviation authorities said Tuesday they have shared their initial findings with the visiting 11-member team from the European plane maker.

  • Malka Leifer: Rape-accused ex-principal fit for extradition to Australia
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    Malka Leifer: Rape-accused ex-principal fit for extradition to Australia

    An Israeli woman facing 74 child sex charges in Australia is mentally fit to face extradition, a court has ruled. Malka Leifer, the former principal of a Jewish girls' school in Melbourne, fled to Israel in 2008 after accusations were raised against her. Judge Chana Lomp set 20 July 2020 as the date for a renewal of the extradition process to take the suspect back from Israel to Australia.