President Biden disputed a journalist’s characterization of Chinese President Xi Jinping as an "old friend" who might be persuaded to allow a probe into the origins of the pandemic.Several sharp exchanges »
Hong Kong police arrested five directors at the Apple Daily newspaper early on Thursday morning, including its editor-in-chief, local media reported, in the latest blow to the newspaper's jailed owner Jimmy Lai. Hong Kong Police's National Security Department said in a statement that five directors of a company had been arrested on suspicion of collusion with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security. Apple Daily said five of its directors, including editor-in-chief Ryan Law, chief executive officer Cheung Kim-hung, Chief Operating Officer Chow Tat-kuen, Deputy Chief Editor Chan Puiman and Chief Executive Editor Cheung Chi-wai had all been arrested in morning raids.
One after another, some of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives took to the stage at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to denounce Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top medical adviser to President Biden, and to air other pandemic-related grievances. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who was introducing a bill to reduce Fauci's salary to $0 and have him account for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, led the attacks.
A preliminary report into the deadly collapse of a metro overpass in Mexico City last month has found that it was caused by flaws in the construction. Jesús Esteva, head of the city's public works department, said deficiencies had been found in building materials and structural supports along the line. More reports will be made in the coming months about the collapse, which happened on 3 May.
One method Manchin hinted at during the call was lucrative post-office bribes. "Regarding [Sen. Roy] Blunt, Manchin appears to be suggesting — without, perhaps, quite explicitly saying so — that the wealthy executives on the call could dangle future financial opportunities in front of the outgoing senator while lobbying him to change his vote," write The Intercept's Lee Fang and Ryan Grim. The Senate rules could be changed at any time by Democrats, and as the swing vote Manchin could extract just about any goodies for himself or his state he could imagine.
A new poll released Tuesday finds a dramatic surge in Palestinian support for Hamas following last month's Gaza war, with around three-quarters viewing the Islamic militants as victors in a battle against Israel to defend Jerusalem and its holy sites.
When they forced their way inside, they found a hellish scene, with body parts belonging to the murderer's mother packed into food containers inside the fridge and in other areas of the house. Some police officers were reportedly physically sick when hearing Sánchez Gómez relate that he had killed his mother by strangling her during a dispute, some time between January and February, before cutting up her body with a saw and kitchen knives. The idea was to make her body disappear,” he said, admitting that he “occasionally” ate parts of her body, while storing others and throwing some out with the rubbish inside plastic bags.
Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, was acquitted Tuesday of triple murder following a 2018 shooting in Cleveland. Seconds after Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg cleared Biles-Thomas of his charges, the courtroom erupted in chaos as a woman charged at the man on trial. The woman, identified by WKYC as the mother of one of the victims, was grabbed by several deputies as she got close to Biles-Thomas.
Britain criticised Leo Varadkar on Wednesday after the Irish deputy prime minister said that a united Ireland could be achieved in his lifetime. The former prime minister urged his Fine Gael party to work with a growing middle ground of voters in Northern Ireland to reunify the island, which was divided a century ago this year. Mr Varadkar, who will take the top job in Irish government again next year under a coalition agreement, said at the annual Fine Gael party conference: "It is a legitimate political aspiration."
Now, the government faces fresh supply pressure after it raised the recommended age for the AstraZeneca jab to people over 60. Right now, AstraZeneca is the main component of the country's immunisation programme. Vaccine hesitancy in some pockets of the community has also risen even as the pace of the rollout has picked up in recent weeks and reached daily records.
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Russian authorities are investigating a possible new Covid variant amid a sudden spike in cases. On Wednesday the country reported 13,397 new cases - around half of which were in the capital, Moscow - and 396 deaths. The more transmissible Delta variant - now detected in 74 countries and behind India's devastating second wave of Covid - has been identified in Russia but there are also fears that a new Moscow variant might be behind the recent spike in cases.
Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone after his private chat with President Joe Biden. "There's no happiness in life," Putin said. Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone during his lengthy, rambling press conference following nearly four hours of talks with President Joe Biden in Geneva on Wednesday.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that Florida law-enforcement officers will go to Texas and Arizona to help with border control, as Florida continues to challenge the Biden administration in federal court about immigration enforcement. DeSantis' announcement during a news conference in Pensacola came after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sent a letter last week to governors of the 48 other states requesting assistance in battling illegal immigration at the border with Mexico.
The bosses of Jet2, Easyjet and Manchester Airport have criticised the government for not putting the Balearic Islands, including Majorca, on the green travel list. The boss of Jet2 said he was "bewildered" over why they couldn't fly to those destinations. While UK travel is limited, Germans are flocking to popular holiday spots.
The first astronauts for China's new space station blasted off on Thursday for the country's longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power. The trio launched on a Long March-2F rocket for the Tiangong station, where they will spend three months, in a much-anticipated blast-off broadcast live on state TV. Lift-off happened at 9:22 am (0122 GMT) from the Jiuquan launch centre in northwest China's Gobi desert, with the rocket rising in clouds of smoke against a blue sky.
There have been few travel sectors worse hit by the coronavirus pandemic than the global cruise line industry. In 2019, it contributed more than $154bn (£110bn) to the global economy, says the trade body Cruise Lines International Association. Then we all went into lockdown last March, and the world's cruise ships were anchored up.
On Monday, just hours before Boris Johnson pushed back Freedom Day by four weeks, the Government published new modelling, warning that a deadly third wave was on the horizon. Under the most pessimistic scenario, Imperial College estimated Britain could experience a further 203,824 deaths by next June, while even modest estimates from other groups suggested more than 50,000 would die. Imperial was working on the basis that the AstraZeneca jab would reduce hospitalisations by between 77 and 87 per cent after two doses, while the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) suggested 81 to 90 per cent, and the University of Warwick put it a little higher – between 86 and 95 per cent.
A Russian state news outlet on Wednesday featured an expert that criticized the tie President Joe Biden wore when he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Geneva. Tatyana Nikolaeva, a business etiquette consultant, told RIA Novosti, that Biden's light-blue tie suggested "some sort of infantilism" and said that the person who picked out the tie for the president wasn't feeling confident when they chose it, according to TIME. Nikolaeva added that Biden's tie looked like it belonged in a children's collection.
Alexander Jackson, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, called police Tuesday morning in a panic, claiming a masked intruder had shot him and his father inside their home. When Cedar Rapid officers arrived at the scene, they found Jackson's parents and his 19-year-old sister—a high-achieving student who introduced then-presidential candidate Andrew Yang during his 2019 visit to Iowa—fatally shot in different rooms of the expansive house. Police, however, now believe it was actually Jackson who murdered his father, 61-year-old Jan Jackson, his 68-year-old mother, Melissa Jackson, and their daughter, Sabrina.
The 1,000th captive-bred hazel dormouse has been released into the wild in a UK-wide reintroduction scheme for these threatened mammals. Reintroduction, scientists say, is the only way to bring dormice back to habitats from which they have been lost. The project, a collaboration between the wildlife charity People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), Natural England and the University of Cumbria, brought 15 breeding pairs to a secret location in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Lancashire.
Republicans are pushing to cut the size and scope of Biden's $4 trillion infrastructure plan. A new poll released Wednesday indicated the Biden plans are drawing 67% support among voters. A bipartisan framework is likely to constrain its focus to physical infrastructure.
Around 500 police officers showed up in force at the headquarters of pro-democracy Hong Kong paper Apple Daily. Last year, 200 police officers raided the newspaper's offices and arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who remains in prison. Around 500 police officers showed up in force at the headquarters of Hong Kong pro-democracy paper Apple Daily, arresting five of the paper's top executives in an early-morning raid.
The UK risks being left in the slow lane when it comes to building electric cars, according to a new report. Influential green group Transport and Environment (T&E) says as recently as 2018, the UK produced roughly half of all electric cars built in Europe. As a result, the Brussels-based campaign group says that, despite being one of the first countries to outlaw the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, the UK will be almost wholly reliant on electric vehicles imported from abroad.
Thousands of Southern Baptists elected Alabama pastor Ed Litton – the only candidate some say can prevent an exodus of minority members from the denomination – the next president of their network of conservative evangelical churches. Litton won the top Southern Baptist Convention role in a runoff vote on Tuesday in Nashville. The convention, which is divided over the future direction of the convention, needs a uniter, said Louisiana pastor Fred Luter Jr., who nominated the pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama.
“It may seem desperate at this point, but I can’t be mad at any and all efforts to get people vaccinated.”
“I won’t get rich, but I will get to live my life. That seems like reward enough.”
“Offering incentives may encourage people who are not actively opposed to vaccination but may have put it off.”
“At some point, the government is simply rewarding irresponsible behavior.”
“Sure, people should do it without needing an incentive. But what’s the alternative? Not enough people get vaccinated.”