Vittoria Woodill reports.
Vittoria Woodill reports.
Britain has agreed with the United States to remove an "anomaly" which allowed the wife of a U.S. official to claim diplomatic immunity from criminal prosecution after she was involved in a road accident in which 19-year-old Briton Harry Dunn was killed. The crash last August has caused friction between London and Washington after Britain criticised the United States for refusing to extradite Anne Sacoolas. Now the loophole that allowed Sacoolas to claim immunity has been closed.
On a day where President Donald Trump tried to stick to his script in a return to coronavirus briefings, he still managed to mangle his messaging by lying about his mask use and wishing an accused sex trafficker well. Appearing solo without the burden of fact purveyors like doctors and experts, Trump initially read stiltedly from a paper in front of him, telling assembled reporters about the importance of masks and social distances following months of ignoring or deriding both practices. Photo evidence to the contrary appeared less than 24 hours before, according to The Huffington Post, when Trump was spotted Monday at one of his hotels sans his mask and around several maskless people.
A man has been charged with murder in a case spanning more than three decades thanks to the DNA on a cigarette butt. Prosecutors on Monday submitted a first-degree murder charge against Oklahoma inmate Earl Wilson for the 1985 death of Paul Aikman. Oklahoma attorney general Mike Hunter said investigators matched the 55 year-old's DNA to prints on cigarette butts located at the crime scene.
CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images China used the labor of persecuted Uighur people to make personal protective equipment (PPE) that was then exported to the US and other countries, a new New York Times report found. Many Chinese factories use a work program to recruit Uighur employees, The Times reported, which experts say is forced labor. China has detained at least one million Uighurs in detention camps, which it euphemistically bills as "re-education" camps, and keeps Uighurs under strong surveillance.
Amid a moment of national reckoning on racial issues and the mourning of one of the country's most revered civil rights leaders, new numbers from the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll show that American voters have become significantly more aware of racial discrimination and more sympathetic to those protesting to end it, even as the country remains deeply divided over the prevalence of bigotry and its root causes. The poll finds that voters in America are now more likely to say that people of color experience discrimination, to describe athletes kneeling in protest of racial inequality as appropriate, to view the Black Lives Matter movement as a positive force, and to support the removal of Confederate monuments in public spaces. The poll — which was conducted July 9-12, before the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights leader — found that a majority of voters, 56 percent, say American society is racist, while 40 percent disagree.
This city remained a flashpoint in nationwide demonstrations for racial justice and against police brutality as the biggest crowd in weeks gathered Monday night, reports CBS Portland affiliate KOIN-TV. But federal authorities used tear gas for the seventh night in a row as well as flash bangs and other crowd-control munitions against protesters downtown. KOIN reporters witnessed protesters and federal officers face off near SW 3rd Avenue and Main Street and saw authorities use pepper balls and throw tear gas canisters and flash bangs.
It's not just a 'gotcha' game, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume tells Tucker Carlson on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Army officials at Fort Hood on Tuesday released the name of another soldier from the post who died after he was found unresponsive last week near a lake. Mejhor Morta, 26, of Pensacola, Florida, is one of at least four Fort Hood soldiers whose bodies were found near the post this year. Fort Hood officials said in a statement Tuesday that the soldier was found Friday in the vicinity of Stillhouse Lake, about 20 miles from Killeen in Bell County.
As much of the country experiences an alarming surge of COVID-19 cases, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is carrying President Donald Trump's water by demanding that states reopen their schools after the summer break. She makes this demand with no sense of how schools can do this safely. But just beneath her disregard for public health is a shocking ignorance about the fundamental nature of authority over public schools in this country.
China reported 11 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 20, down from 22 cases from a day earlier, the health commission said on Tuesday. Of the new infections, eight were in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to a statement by the National Health Commission. The other three were imported cases.
Largely resisting the tangential, pugnacious approach he favored during his earlier appearances at the podium, Trump tried instead to rely on data to persuade the American people that his administration is “doing a good job,” in his words, combating COVID-19. At the top of his briefing, Trump unveiled a chart labeled “Case Fatality Rate” in big, bold letters. The largest bar belonged to France (17.1 percent), followed by the United Kingdom (15.3 percent), Belgium (15.3 percent), Italy (14.3 percent), Spain (10.7 percent), the European Union (10.2 percent), Canada (8 percent), Europe (7.5 percent), Sweden (7.2 percent), Germany (4.5 percent), the world as a whole (4.2 percent) — and then, at the very bottom, the United States (3.7 percent).
A long-awaited report on Russian influence in British politics criticized the British government for neglecting to investigate whether Russia interfered in the 2016 Brexit referendum, describing its utter lack of curiosity about the threats to democracy as being a major failure at the heart of power. The parliamentary report's authors accused the British government of “actively avoiding” looking into evidence of the Russian threat to the EU referendum. The authors found this particularly unforgivable given the evidence that emerged of Russian interference in the U.S. elections and in the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.
A Kentucky couple who declined to sign health department documents on self-isolation were put under house arrest because one tested positive with Covid-19. Elizabeth Linscott and her husband, Isaiah, told a local news station that Hardin County authorities arrived at their home last week to install ankle monitors. The couple declined to sign documents agreeing to quarantine at home with their young daughter after Ms Linscott tested positive some days earlier.
At least 14 people have been shot outside a funeral home in Chicago - one of the worst mass shootings in a city already grappling with rising violence. Mourners were shot at by the occupants of a passing vehicle as they left the home in Gresham, on Chicago's South Side, on Tuesday evening, police said. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she had been assured that the agents would work "collaboratively" with Chicago's police force, local media report.
Astronomers photographed two planets orbiting a sun-like star for the first time ever. Because the planets are so far from their star — much further than any planet in our solar system — they come through clearly in the image. Two giant gas planets swing around a star about the same size as our sun 300 light-years away from Earth — and now you can see them doing it.
The British Labour Party has admitted it defamed Jewish whistleblowers who spoke to the BBC Panorama program about anti-Semitism in the party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. The program featured a number of Jewish whistleblowers who condemned the party's practices on anti-Semitic complaints under the direction of Corbyn, claiming that several high ranking officers in the party interfered with investigations into alleged perpetrators who were members of the party. Labour responded at the time by accusing those who participated in the program of just being “disaffected former staff” who harbored “personal and political axes to grind” and made malicious and false claims in order to damage the party.
A powerful 7.8 earthquake that hit in the waters off the Alaska Peninsula late Tuesday and triggered a tsunami warning sent residents fleeing for high ground over fears of threatening waves before an all clear was given. The 7.8 magnitude quake struck Tuesday at 10:12 p.m. local time and was centered in the ocean about 65 miles south-southeast of Perryville, Alaska. A tsunami warning that was issued for much of coastal Alaska, including southern Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands, was called off about two hours later with no serious damage reported.
Firefighters rescued six dogs from a burning home in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, authorities told CBS News. The DC Fire and EMS was called to the blaze around noon, Vito Maggiolo, a public information officer with the department, told CBS News. Four residents had already evacuated by the time first responders arrived and weren't injured but the dogs were still inside, Maggiolo said.
The abrupt closure of China's consulate in Houston marks the latest incident in a rapidly escalating conflict between China and the United States. Future historians will probably focus on 2020 as the point when intensifying strategic competition between the United States and China turned into a new cold war. The two superpowers are now engaged in conflict across multiple geographic theatres (South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and Latin America) and multiple vectors (trade, investment, technology, espionage, international institutions, health policy, naval, air power, missiles and territorial disputes).
Stressful premises like these make for page-turning books—every decision a protagonist makes in these circumstances is life-or-death. Donoghue's latest novel is both urgent and eerily prescient: The Pull of the Stars is set in a maternity ward in a Dublin hospital during the 1918 flu pandemic. The author submitted her manuscript to Little, Brown, in March, when the COVID-19 outbreak was starting to shut down European and U.S. cities; the publisher rushed the book to print.