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Communist-run Cuba called in Colombia's ambassador on Friday to protest the expulsion of one of its diplomats from the Andean country amid a wave of violent protests against its right-wing government. Colombia's foreign ministry had on Thursday accused Omar Rafael García Lazo, the first secretary of Cuba's embassy in Bogota, of breaching the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, without adding further details.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
2-year-old Tinslee Lewis, who has been kept alive with medical care for most of her life, is doing better than expected, her mother says.
Guy Fieri taught Insider's food reporter how to make the "ultimate" grilled cheese over Zoom - and called it his most entertaining interview.
- The Telegraph
Peter Phillips and his estranged wife, Autumn, are heading to court for a financial settlement hearing over their divorce. The couple, who have two daughters, announced last February that they were divorcing, after 12 years of marriage. A High Court judge will next week hear from lawyers for each party as they seek to separate their finances and agree a settlement. The pre-trial review hearing will be heard remotely before Mr Justice Peel in the Family Division. Mr Phillips has retained Nicholas Yates QC, a leading divorce lawyer whose online profile says he handles “complex cases relating to significant assets and jurisdictional disputes” and also “leads negotiations in high-value postnuptial agreements”. He worked alongside Ayesha Vardag last year, representing wealthy businessman Simrin Choudhrie, 38, who sought £100 million from Bhanu Choudhrie, 41, an heir of one of India's richest families who appeared on the Channel 4 reality show The Secret Millionaire. Mr Phillips, 43, the only son of the Princess Royal, has applied for reporting restrictions barring the disclosure of financial and other personal details.
Bill Gates spent one weekend a year with his ex-girlfriend under an agreement with his wife. Here's how to know if that would help your marriage, according to a therapist.
Negotiating a monogamy exception agreement into your marriage is perfectly fine, but being on the same page is crucial, therapist Jennifer Mann said.
France's foreign minister threatened to step up pressure against Lebanese politicians he accused of committing "collective suicide" by failing to pull the country out of its economic meltdown. On a visit to Beirut, Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters on Friday that France, which has led foreign aid efforts to Lebanon, had to act in the face of the political impasse, months into a deadlock in cabinet talks. If it persists, he said, there would be strict punitive measures, at the French and potentially the European Union level, against Lebanese officials blocking progress.
Olivia Rodrigo says she didn't feel 'attractive' growing up because she doesn't have 'European features'
The 18-year-old "Drivers License" singer is Filipino American: "I don't look exactly like the girl next door in all these movies."
- The Independent
Liz Cheney secretly organised move to help stop Trump using military to overturn election, report claims
Former advisor to Dick Cheney says ‘Liz is living reproach to all these cowards’
- Miami Herald
Just mere days after a huge brawl at Miami International Airport, another massive fight broke out in the terminal Tuesday night.
- Business Insider
Melinda Gates was upset and uncomfortable after she and Bill Gates met with Jeffrey Epstein, The Daily Beast reports
Sources told The Daily Beast that Bill Gates' relationship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein "still haunts" Melinda Gates.
Floyd Mayweather's entourage reportedly gave Jake Paul a black eye after the YouTube star tried to steal the boxer's hat
Jake Paul and Floyd Mayweather's entourage brawled at a press conference ahead of the professional boxer's June 6 match against Logan Paul.
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Cargo ship owners can disappear and leave their crews unpaid and starving. 10 mariners have been stranded off Kenya for 18 months.
The COVID-19 pandemic has strained shipping to its limits, and there are more ship abandonment than ever. One ship has been stuck for 18 months.
- Miami Herald
Florida’s Department of Health on Thursday announced 4,504 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The state also announced 73 new deaths. Of those who died, 71 were residents.
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Ephedra sinica, which contains the key ingredient for making crystal meth, grows wild in Afghanistan's mountains.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The 4-year-old was unable to walk.
Dave Bautista turned down 'Suicide Squad' for 'Army of the Dead' because he was offered 'a lot more money'
Dave Bautista said James Gunn wrote a role specifically for him in the upcoming "Suicide Squad" movie.
- The Week
In an overture to the MAGA crowd, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) appeared on Steve Bannon's radio show Thursday, saying that to win in the 2022 midterm elections, Republicans have to "run with support" from former President Donald Trump and "his coalition of voters." Stefanik is the frontrunner to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as the House Republican Conference chair, should Cheney get ousted from the position. Cheney is a Trump critic, while Stefanik, who emerged as one of Trump's biggest defenders during his first impeachment, has doubled-down on her support. "I'm committed to being a voice and sending a clear message that we are one team," Stefanik told Bannon, "and that means working with [Trump] and working with all of our excellent Republican members of Congress." Several conservative pundits, media personalities, and organizations have accused Stefanik of being too moderate, with the Club for Growth going so far as to call her "a liberal." Voting records show she sided with Trump 78 percent of the time, compared to Cheney at 93 percent, and while many of his fans are railing against Stefanik, Trump likes her and considers Stefanik a "Republican star." Stefanik also told Bannon she "fully" supports Arizona's Republican-controlled Senate holding an unusual audit of the November presidential election in Maricopa County. Maricopa County election officials already conducted two audits and discovered no evidence of voter fraud, but Trump continues to spread false claims that the election was rigged against him. "We want transparency and answers for the American people," Stefanik said, later telling Bannon she wants to "be able to fix and strengthen our election security and election integrity." The audit has come to the Justice Department's attention, with the Civil Rights Division asking the Arizona Senate to explain the steps being taken to ensure the ballots are secure and no one is committing voter intimidation. More stories from theweek.com5 brutally funny cartoons about the GOP's shunning of Liz CheneyConservatives say McConnell is battling the Democrats' voting rights bill with 'Supreme Court fight' fervorLiz Cheney's heresy
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Moderna's CEO said he 'didn't lose a minute of sleep' over the US support for waiving patents for COVID-19 vaccines
Pharmaceutical companies usually guard their intellectual property closely. But Stéphane Bancel said a waiver wouldn't affect the company financially.
- Associated Press
China’s government on Thursday rejected criticism of its human rights and economic record by foreign ministers of the Group of Seven major economies and accused them of meddling in its affairs. The Foreign Ministry also rejected an appeal by the G-7 diplomats for Taiwan, the island democracy Beijing claims as part of its territory, to be allowed to participate in the World Health Organization. The statement Wednesday by G-7 diplomats in London “made groundless accusations” said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin.
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via ReutersThe four former Minneapolis Police officers involved in George Floyd’s death will face another trial after a federal grand jury indicted them on Friday for civil rights violations.The officers—Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas K. Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng—have been indicted for deprivation of rights while acting as law enforcement officers. The officers violated Floyd’s right to be “free from unreasonable seizure” and excessive force, the indictment, unsealed on Friday, says. It also charges them with failing to provide Floyd with medical care during the May 25, 2020 arrest. “The three-count indictment alleges that all four defendants, while acting under color of law, willfully deprived Mr. Floyd of his constitutional rights,” the Department of Justice said in a press release. The maximum penalty for Friday’s charges is life in prison.‘Today We Are Able to Breathe’: George Floyd Family Celebrates Derek Chauvin Guilty VerdictThe indictment, stemming from a Justice Department investigation into Floyd’s death, comes just weeks after Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The three other ex-cops are facing trial in August on separate charges of aiding and abetting Chauvin. The new federal charges mean all four will face an additional trial in relation to Floyd’s death. Jonathan Smith, the executive director of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, told The Daily Beast that while he was not shocked by Friday’s indictments, it was “unusual” to file them before Chauvin’s sentencing in June.“Clearly this stems from a decision that this case has enough federal interest and is important in the landscape of the country that it was time to step in now,” Smith said. He speculated that Chauvin’s colleagues may soon start looking for plea deals, and the DOJ “must be feeling pretty confident.”“I don’t know what’s going through the defense counsel’s mind at this point. The federal charges on top of the state charges do provide some additional incentive to try to find a global solution because even if they do find a way to be successful in the state case—they still have the federal case,” he said.Friday’s indictment alleges the four officers “saw George Floyd lying on the ground in clear need of medical care, and willfully failed to aid Floyd, thereby acting with deliberate indifference to a substantial risk of harm to Floyd.”It also charges Thao and Kueng separately, alleging that they were aware that Chauvin was holding his knee on Floyd’s neck as Floyd was handcuffed and not resisting. They “willfully failed to intervene to stop Defendant Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force,” the indictment says. In a gut-wrenching video that went viral last year, Floyd can be heard begging for his mother and saying “I can’t breathe” multiple times. Chauvin has also been charged in a second indictment, unsealed on Friday, stemming from his 2017 arrest of a 14-year-old boy, in which he used a similar neck restraint.The second indictment accuses him of “willfully depriving” the boy after he held him “by the throat” and hit him multiple times in the head with a flashlight. Chauvin also held his knee on the boy’s back and neck while the boy was handcuffed on the ground.Last November, prosecutors asked a judge to allow them to show footage of the boy’s arrest in Chauvin’s 2021 trial—as proof of an apparent pattern of violence—but they were denied. The footage, they said at the time, began after Chauvin and a colleague responded to a domestic assault call. It shows the cops yelling at the teen, who was on the floor on his phone, to get up because he was under arrest.When the boy refused, Chauvin hit him in the back of the head at least twice and grabbed him by the throat, prosecutors said. He then put the boy in a prone position for about 17 minutes—despite pleas that he couldn’t breathe and his mom’s attempt to intervene—until paramedics arrived.Floyd’s family lawyers applauded the indictments on Friday, saying that it “reinforces the strength and wisdom of the United States Constitution” after “hundreds of years of American history in which Black Americans unfortunately did not receive equal justice.”“We are encouraged by these charges and eager to see continued justice in this historic case that will impact Black citizens and all Americans for generations to come,” the statement said.‘Today We Are Able to Breathe Again’Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a Friday statement that the state is still planning to prosecute Kueng, Lane, and Thao in August for the aiding and abetting offenses. Friday’s indictments are also separate from a Justice Department investigation into the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department that Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on April 21.“The federal government has a responsibility to protect the civil rights of every American and to pursue justice to the fullest extent of federal law,” he said. “Federal prosecution for the violation of George Floyd’s civil rights is entirely appropriate, particularly now that Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder under Minnesota law for the death of George Floyd.”Floyd was arrested on May 25, 2020, after using a suspected fake $20 bill at a convenience store. His final pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry around the world, re-energizing the Black Lives Matter movement and prompting a new reckoning on race and police brutality.“Chauvin held his left knee across George Floyd’s neck, and his right knee on Floyd’s back and arm, as George Floyd lay on the ground, handcuffed and unresisting, and kept his knees on Floyd’s neck and body even after Floyd became unresponsive,” says the Friday indictment. During Chauvin’s four-week trial, prosecutors argued he “betrayed” his badge when he ignored Floyd’s pleas for help and used excessive, deadly force that was not part of his training. Chauvin’s defense that he didn’t cause Floyd’s death and was acting reasonably in a chaotic situation was ultimately rejected by a jury.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.