Dan Koob reports.
Dan Koob reports.
Iran has moved a mock aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., satellite photographs released Monday show, likely signalling the Islamic Republic soon plans to use it for live-fire drills. An image from Maxar Technologies taken Sunday shows an Iranian fast boat speed toward the carrier, sending waves up in its wake, after a tugboat pulled her out into the strait from the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. Iranian state media and officials have yet to acknowledge bringing the replica out to the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20 percent of the world's oil passes.
Former President Barack Obama said Thursday that it is past time to do something about racially biased policing, a problem his administration faced and that exploded into nationwide protests under President Donald Trump. In a campaign video with his vice president and the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, Obama said race remains a problem in America, including “how communities of color are policed, how, you know, police are interacting and, and oftentimes acting in ways that are racially biased.” Obama, the first Black president, said protests that erupted nationwide after the death of George Floyd in police custody May 25 in Minneapolis reflected an extraordinary mobilization of every race and creed who united to say: “We're past time to do something about this.”
Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) said Sunday he would not support any Supreme Court nominee unless they had publicly acknowledged that Roe v. Wade was “wrongly decided” prior to their nomination. “I will vote only for those Supreme Court nominees who have explicitly acknowledged that Roe v. Wade is wrongly decided,” Hawley told the Washington Post, referring to the 1973 ruling that established federal protection for abortion. Hawley's stance comes as pro-lifers have underscored the importance of vetting Supreme Court nominees after chief justice John Roberts dealt a series of disappointments to pro-life activists and conservatives in siding with the Court's liberal justices on abortion, immigration and LGBTQ rights.
An Arkansas senator who shared an article that described the coronavirus pandemic as a “hoax” has contracted Covid-19. Republican senator Jason Rapert, who unsuccessfully introduced a bill to ban gay marriage in the US in 2017, was hospitalised with coronavirus and pneumonia on 24 July. Earlier in the year, as many states were beginning to take social distancing measures to attempt to control the spread of the virus, Mr Rapert shared an article on Facebook that called the pandemic the “biggest political hoax in history”.
Armed neighborhood patrols have been forming in Minneapolis in the weeks since George Floyd's death at the end of May. Floyd's death has spurred a new surge in violence and crime. According to The Wall Street Journal, the number of shootings in June tripled from last year's number.
Sunday, Jackson police responded to the house on a report of a suspicious incident, according to the statement. After speaking to neighborhood residents, police said eventually the crowd "grew to an estimate excess of 700 people with well over 100 vehicles parked in the area," according to the statement. The owner of the house was contacted, and he told officers that he had "rented out the residence on Airbnb and was hosting a large party," according to the statement.
More than 40 people were infected with the coronavirus after attending a multi-day revival event at a north Alabama Baptist church, according to the congregation's pastor. “The whole church has got it, just about,” Al.com quoted pastor Daryl Ross of Warrior Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Marshall County as saying. The pastor says the churchgoers, including himself, tested positive after the congregation held a series of religious services featuring a guest pastor over the course of several days last week.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency and imposed a lockdown in the border city of Kaesong after the country reported its first suspected coronavirus case, state media said Sunday, adding that a person who defected three years ago to South Korea returned last week and exhibited COVID-19 symptoms after "illegally crossing the demarcation line." Pyongyang shut its borders and put thousands of people in isolation six months ago when the coronavirus pandemic began, but Kim's regime has not acknowledged any coronavirus cases during that span, a feat analysts say was always unlikely.
People who refuse to wear a face mask will be served in Walmart — and many other stores — despite it having imposed new mask rules, according to a CNN report. On July 20, Walmart began requiring masks to be worn in all its stores, as coronavirus cases spike again in many parts of the US. However, to avoid a "physical confrontation," staff have been instructed to serve people who refuse to wear one anyway, Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia told Business Insider.
A senator for the state of Arkansas is defending comments he made on slavery in the United States. Republican Senator Tom Cotton said US founders viewed slavery as a "necessary evil upon which the union was built". His comments were criticised as an attempt justify the slavery of black people.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper took Assistant Secretary of Health Adm. Brett Giroir to task over the continuing issues with coronavirus testing, asking the coronavirus testing czar if he is “afraid” of bringing these problems up with President Donald Trump. During a contentious 20-minute interview on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday morning, Tapper repeatedly pressed Giroir on the weeklong delays in coronavirus testing results Americans are experiencing. “Are you happy where testing is right now?” Tapper asked, prompting Giroir to say he's “never going to be happy” until they have the pandemic under control.
U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday were racing to complete details of a $1 trillion coronavirus aid package hammered out with the White House that they hoped to unveil later in the day as unemployment benefits that have kept millions of Americans afloat are set to expire this week. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters on Sunday that the plan just needed a few clarifications before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could unveil it on Monday afternoon. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top elected U.S. Democrat, blasted Republicans for preparing a far more narrow bill than one her chamber passed in mid-May.
The newest resident to call the Akron Zoo home is a blue lobster from Red Lobster. The crustacean was saved from being the catch of the day at an Ohio Red Lobster restaurant when sharp-eyed workers noticed its rare blue color among the live lobster delivery. The University of Maine Lobster Institute says the likelihood of catching a blue lobster is 1 in 200 million.
Paul Kane/Getty Images Police in New South Wales, Australia won a Supreme Court case to stop a Black Lives Matter protest from taking place on Tuesday, July 28th due to coronavirus concerns. The family of a man who died in police custody at a jail in Australia in 2015 organized the protest to demand justice for those who were involved in his death. The protest was blocked after police raised concerns that it would "breach public health orders" and lead to a spike in coronavirus infections.
A protester who was apparently armed with a rifle at a demonstration against police violence in the Texas capital was shot and killed after a witness says he approached a vehicle that had driven through the crowd and the driver opened fire. The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Saturday as demonstrators were marching through the downtown Austin, police spokesperson Katrina Ratliff told reporters early Sunday. The vehicle honked, turned onto a street and sped through the protesters before he apparently hit an orange barrier and stopped, witness Michael Capochiano, who took part in the demonstration, told the Austin American-Statesman.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a Hindu temple on a disputed site in northern India where a 16th century mosque was torn down by Hindu hard-liners in 1992, according to the trust overseeing the temple construction. The ceremony is set for Aug. 5, a date organizers said was astrologically auspicious for Hindus but that also marks a year since the Indian Parliament revoked the semi-autonomous status of its only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir. The symbolism was impossible to miss for both supporters and opponents of Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, whose manifesto had for decades included pledges to strip restive Kashmir's autonomy and to build a temple to the Hindu god Ram where the Mughal-era mosque once stood, a site in the city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh state that devotees believe to be Ram's birthplace.
The insurance covers medical expenses, quarantine costs, and repatriation if you miss your flight home. The move comes as Emirates tries to boost passenger confidence and demand during the coronavirus pandemic — the airline is only flying about 10% as many passengers as normal. Emirates has a new strategy for boosting passenger demand in the midst of a global pandemic: coronavirus insurance.
As presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden nears his running mate decision, some allies are reportedly warning him against tapping one of the top contenders. A Monday report from Politico describes how there's a "contingent of Democrats who are lobbying against" Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as Biden's running mate pick, and some have "expressed concerns about her to the vetting committee in recent weeks," with the issues mainly coming down to "the matter of trust." Among those casting doubt on Harris is reportedly former Sen. Chris Dodd, who Politico says has concerns about Harris that are "so deep that he's helped elevate" Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) during the running mate search instead.
But on Monday, he put the car into reverse, and wrestle as he might with the gearstick and clutch, he now can't stop the blasted thing from going backwards. Or to change the metaphor - and borrow the language used this week by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to describe his Labour opponent - from the president this week there have been more flip-flops than Bournemouth beach. Just to recap, masks - which the president used to deride as "politically correct" - are now an act of patriotism, and should always be worn when social distancing is impossible.