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The unique circumstances surrounding Derek Chauvin's trial in George Floyd's death could offer the former Minneapolis police officer some shot at winning a retrial on appeal, though most legal experts agree it's a long shot. Chauvin, who is white, kneeled on Floyd's neck for nearly 9 1/2 minutes last May, killing the 46-year-old Black man and sparking some of the largest protests in U.S. history. Here's a look at some of the issues Chauvin's lawyers might cite in their expected appeal, and their chances of prevailing.
This year's commemoration, though, may be a historic first, one accompanied by an American president formally placing that crucial designation — genocide — on the mass atrocities systematically committed by Ottoman Turks against the Armenian people. Other countries such as Italy and Germany, which is home to a large ethnic Turkish population, have adopted that terminology in recent years, incensing Turkey, a NATO ally. The U.S. has demurred until now, but President Biden appears poised to take a step that the Armenian community and many backers in Congress consider painfully overdue.
(Reuters) - Two days after Mahanoy Area High School in Pennsylvania held its cheerleading tryouts, ninth-grader Brandi Levy was still fuming about being passed over for a spot on the varsity squad. While a younger girl had been picked for varsity, Levy was facing another year relegated to the junior varsity cheer squad. Levy, age 14 at the time, posted the photo to the Snapchat social media platform, adding a caption using the same curse word four times to voice her displeasure with cheerleading, softball, school and "everything."
A 32-year-old deputy became the fifth member of the Harris County Sheriff's Office to die of COVID-19, the Texas agency announced Friday. Deputy Alexander Gwosdz was a nine-year veteran with the sheriff's office who first joined the agency in 2012 as a detention officer, according to the sheriff. “We are devastated and saddened by another loss of life and reminded again of the dangers of this terrible virus,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
The Israeli military said Thursday that a Syrian missile that reached deep into Israeli territory and set off air raid sirens near the country's top-secret nuclear reactor was the result of a misfire and not a deliberate attack. The missile landed in southern Israel early Thursday, prompting Israel to respond with airstrikes on the missile launcher and other targets in Syria. The army's chief spokesman, Brig. Gen. Hidai Zilberman, was quoted as telling military correspondents that the Israeli air force was already operating in Syrian airspace when the anti-aircraft missile was fired.
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has resisted pressure to set more ambitious carbon emission targets while other major nations vowed deeper reductions to tackle climate change. Addressing a global climate summit, Mr Morrison said Australia was on a path to net zero emissions. US President Joe Biden, who chaired the virtual summit, pledged to cut carbon emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by the year 2030.
The Philippines has sent two new diplomatic protests to China over its failure to withdraw what it called on Friday "threatening" vessels that were massing in contested areas of the South China Sea. The Philippines has ramped up its rhetoric in recent weeks over the lingering presence of hundreds of Chinese boats in its 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), testing relations between two countries that have sought to heal their historic rifts. The Philippine foreign ministry said maritime officials had observed the "continued unauthorised presence and activities" of 160 Chinese fishing and militia vessels around the disputed Spratly islands and Scarborough shoal, as of April 20.
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Hours after Israeli soldiers shot and killed Osama Mansour at a temporary checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, the military announced that it had thwarted a car-ramming attack — but the facts didn't seem to add up. Witnesses say the soldiers killed Mansour for no apparent reason, part of what rights groups say is a pattern of fatal shootings of Palestinians by Israeli forces under questionable circumstances. In its initial statement, the Israeli military said the vehicle had accelerated “in a way that endangered the lives of the soldiers” and that forces opened fire to “thwart the threat.”
Belgium's ambassador to South Korea has apologised for his wife's "unacceptable" reaction to a confrontation with shop staff in Seoul. The Belgian Embassy in Seoul says Ms Xiang, 63, is currently in hospital recovering from a stroke. Ms Xiang was in the store, trying on clothes for about an hour before she left, South Korean media report.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden spoke on Friday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the White House said, the first direct communication between the leaders of the two NATO allies whose ties have been deeply frayed. The much anticipated phone call took place more than three months after Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration, a delay that is widely seen as a cold shoulder to Erdogan, who had enjoyed close ties with former president Donald Trump. It also took place a day before Biden is expected to declare that the 1915 massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide, a move that is almost certain to infuriate Ankara and further damage ties.
A baby klipspringer antelope is bonding with its mother before making a public debut at a Florida zoo. The calf was born April 15 to mother Deborah and father Ajabu at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne. The calf weighed 27.5 ounces (.78 kilograms) at birth, zoo officials said in a news release Friday.
Caitlyn Jenner, the reality TV star and former athlete, on Friday announced she has filed paperwork to run for governor of California. "I have been a compassionate disrupter throughout my life, from representing the United States and winning a gold medal at the Olympics to helping advance the movement for equality," Jenner said, going on to describe herself as "a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom's disastrous time as governor." In her effort to oust California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in a recall election, Jenner is looking to follow in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who successfully replaced California's then-governor, Gray Davis (D), in a recall election in 2003.
Macron was just minutes into a speech about the urgency of climate action when U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken cut in and said "Thank you very much Mr. President, I now turn the floor to the president of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Vladimir Putin." Macron did not seem to hear this though and kept talking while the camera switches to the meeting room in Washington where U.S. President Joe Biden, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry and Blinken are looking at Putin on a big screen while Macron - now out of the picture - keeps talking. Then the sound cuts out as a puzzled-looking Putin is seen consulting with an aid behind him as he waits for his microphone to be opened.
SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia said on Thursday that it cancelled two accords between Victoria state and China on the Belt and Road Initiative because they were out of line with the federal government's foreign policy, which sees a "free and open Indo Pacific" as a key goal. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman responded by urging Australia to abandon its "Cold War mentality and ideological bias" and "immediately correct its mistakes and change course". The Chinese embassy earlier criticised the move by Foreign Minister Marise Payne to veto two agreements signed by Victoria state as "provocative" and said it would further damage ties.
An annual “slave/branding auction” hosted by a high school club is a decades-long tradition in Faith, South Dakota, a town of about 400 people. The Faith High School Rodeo Club planned to have this year's auction on Monday, but the event was canceled after some people criticized it for being racist and inappropriate. As part of the club's fundraiser, which also includes a pancake supper and pie auction, students offer to work for someone for a day in exchange for a donation to the club, according to Dakota News Now.
A Taiwanese couple used their nuptials to game the system and make the most of a honeymoon holiday. A Taiwanese couple who got hitched last April found an unexpected way to benefit from their nuptials - not by purchasing budget decorations or snagging venue deals, but by gaming the system to get free vacation days. The South China Morning Post reported Wednesday that in 37 days, the couple - who were not named in documents - married four times and divorced three times, exploiting a loophole in Taiwan's labor laws, under which an eight-day leave is provided for newlyweds.
In April 1988, the US attacked Iran in the Persian Gulf in retaliation for the mining of a US ship. Operation Praying Mantis, the largest US naval action since World War II, was brief but deadly. Just before 8:00 a.m. on April 18, 1988, members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) stationed on the Sassan and Sirri oil platforms in the Persian Gulf received a warning from US Navy ships several thousand yards away.
Manufacturers should focus on producing as many vaccines as possible this year, but the world faces a potential surplus next year in capacity, Moderna's CEO said on Friday. Speaking at a virtual event on vaccine manufacturing, Stephane Bancel said that additional technology transfers might dent their ability to meet production targets. Moderna is on track to make up to 1 billion doses this year and 1.4 billion next year, he said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday Canada has reached an agreement with Pfizer for 35 million booster shots next year and 30 million in 2023 in case the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines fades with time and need to be reinforced. He said the country of 38 million also has options for tens of millions more in future years should they be needed. He said the government is talking with other vaccine manufacturers about their plans for booster shots, too.
A French police administrative employee in Rambouillet, near Paris, was stabbed in the neck on Friday afternoon. The attacker was later shot and died in the hospital. A motive remains unknown, but authorities are treating it as a possible terror attack.
Former State Accident Fund director Amy Cofield, fired by the governor after she was accused of helping her husband get a lucrative contract with the agency she ran, detailed in February how her department struggled to find a company to do necessary programming work after receiving no responses. The State Accident Fund's procurement process for hiring a project manager to oversee a new records program was “tainted by a personal conflict of interest between Cofield and her spouse, as well as Cofield's continued involvement in the procurement process up through the interview panel's selection of Terrapin as the PM,” said the report, published Thursday.
A Virginia sheriff's deputy shot a Black man ten times after he called 911 for help. A Virginia man is intensive care in the hospital after he was shot 10 times outside of his home by a sheriff's deputy who had given him a ride earlier in the day. Isaiah Brown, 32, was stranded at a gas station after his car broke down early Wednesday morning when a deputy provided Brown with a ride home, according to NBC4 Washington.
GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, one of the Senate's biggest science skeptics, promoted false and misleading claims about COVID-19 vaccines. Johnson told a right-wing radio host that he sees "no reason to be pushing vaccines on people." The senator is a close ally of former President Donald Trump, who recently urged him to run for another term.
“High-speed rail is bold and attention-grabbing, but the scale of the project makes it near impossible.”
“While a long, slow train ride across the country can be a great thing, the US needs real high-speed rail too.”
“Liberals are right that America has a car problem — but it's commutes, not road trips, that suck.”
“Investments into a high-speed rail system wouldn’t just improve the railroads — automobile traffic could also see some relief.”
“Big cities that are reasonably close together is pretty much a prerequisite for high-speed rail.”