A long-simmering dispute over fishing rights escalated in the English Channel as France deployed two patrol boats off the island of Jersey after the British dispatched two vessels.Paris said it will 'not be intimidated' »
What Biden's foreign policy 'reset' really means America is back, says Blinken He did not provide further details of any additional security support the US was considering. Barbara Plett Usher, the BBC's State Department correspondent, says the visit was intended to signal that Ukraine is a high foreign policy priority for President Joe Biden's administration. Irresponsible and destabilising' Mr Blinken travelled to Ukraine following a meeting of foreign ministers of the G7 group of industrialised nations in London earlier this week.
A Georgia man denied taking part in the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6 — but federal authorities say surveillance footage suggests otherwise. The FBI says Glen Mitchell Simon, 30, shared a “post victory picture” from the steps of the U.S. Capitol after he and throngs of other rioters stormed the building as Congress worked to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Simon was arrested Wednesday in Gainesville, about 55 miles northeast of Atlanta, and charged with “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority,” documents from the Justice Department show.
KABUL (Reuters) -A former journalist who worked for Afganistan's finance ministry was shot dead by gunmen in the southern city of Kandahar on Thursday, provincial officials said, as violence mounted across the country amid a U.S. troop withdrawal. No group immediately claimed responsibility but government officials and Western powers usually blame Taliban insurgents for such attacks, which they deny. Nimat Rawan, a former news anchor at ToloNews, Afghanistan's largest private television station, was shot dead on Thursday morning, provincial police spokesman Jamal Naser said.
With a badly aging bridge as his backdrop, President Joe Biden stood in reliably Republican Louisiana on Thursday to pressure GOP lawmakers to support his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan — and yet express a willingness to compromise on the corporate tax hikes he's recommending to pay the cost. Biden leaned into the stagecraft of the presidency by choosing to speak in the city of Lake Charles, which has been battered by historic storms and is home to a 70-year-old bridge that is two decades past its designed lifespan. The Democratic president, who wants to raise corporate taxes, challenged Republican dogma that low taxes for corporations and the wealthy fuel economic growth.
Ohio state Sen. Andrew Brenner (R) showed up to work Monday, participating in a videoconference meeting of the budget-adjusting Ohio Controlling Board. "The problem for Brenner was that he did so while driving, while his government meeting was being recorded, and while his legislative colleagues were pressing to tighten rules on using smartphones behind the wheel," The Washington Post reported Thursday. "A recording of the nearly 13-minute videoconference — much of which overlapped with Brenner's drive — showed the seat-belt-using senator repeatedly glancing in the direction of his phone, which had been placed to his right."
Labour MP admits Hartlepool defeat - results due at 5am Super Thursday results: Maps, charts and data across the UK Scottish Parliament: Key seats that could prove pivotal London mayor: How the capital voted Local elections: How your council voted Labour has all but conceded defeat in the Hartlepool by-election after a shadow cabinet member admitted the party was "not close to winning this". Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon, who led the Opposition party's campaign to hold the North East town, said it looked clear that Labour had not "got over the line".
Two Secret Service agents who rode with then-President Donald Trump as he drove around Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while he was hospitalized with Covid-19 last year needed to wear full medical protective gear, the agency's director said Thursday. Director of the U.S. Secret Service James Murray told a House budget hearing that the former president's desire to be seen outside the hospital in October where he could wave to supporters "was extensively discussed” with doctors beforehand.
Nicola Sturgeon will break her promise to focus solely on the pandemic and start planning for independence on "day one" of her new government, the Scottish Tory leader warned voters in Thursday's Holyrood election. Douglas Ross told The Telegraph that Scots who plan to vote SNP because they approve of Ms Sturgeon's performance in tackling Covid but do not want another referendum soon should prepare to be "disappointed". In a direct message to voters who believe they can safely back the SNP without endorsing separation, he urged them not to fall for her "cynical ploy" of pivoting away from independence to her Covid performance in the final week of the campaign.
More than 800 people have been injured in clashes between the police and demonstrators while more than 80 others are reported as missing. Bogotá's city officials said 25 immediate response police commando posts, known as CAI for the initials in Spanish, had been attacked during the night. CAI are small police stations which can be found dotted across neighbourhoods and often consist of little more than a room or two.
Jen Psaki, the face of Biden's administration, says she will step down in around a year. "I think it's going to be time for somebody else to have this job in a year from now, or about a year from now," she told CNN. Psaki says she accepted the job after agreeing with President Biden's transition team that she would serve in the role for about a year.
But giddy, greedy DeSantis is using this bill, now law, for two purposes: To set up roadblocks for Democratic voters, who sent in a record number of votes by mail, to do so again in 2022 — and to keep peddling the big lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump. Under a cloud The voting bill is awash in irony and chicanery. Republicans were the big cheaters in the 2020 election in Florida.
Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson almost trampled the state constitution Wednesday in a clumsy attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution. “I think we came close to having a constitutional crisis,” says Masterson's fellow Republican, state Sen. Rob Olson, of Olathe. A Senate resolution would have called for a “convention of the states” to consider amending the U.S. Constitution.
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Apple has added extra paid-for advertisements to its App Store, a week after its new operating system limited tracking for ads from other companies. The new ad space lets app-makers advertise on the App Store search tab, rather than just in the search results. Apple's App Tracking Transparency feature requires apps on iPhones to ask for permission to track the user for advertising.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell below 500,000 last week for the first since the COVID-19 pandemic started more than a year ago, signaling the labor market recovery had entered a new phase amid a booming economy. But the labor market is not out of the woods yet, with about 16.2 million people still collecting unemployment checks. "Although unemployment remains elevated, the labor market is rapidly recovering," said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
McConnell said Wednesday "100% of our focus is on stopping this new administration." Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders were among the lawmakers to renews calls for an end to the rule. After Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said his entire focus is on stopping President Joe Biden's administration, Democratic lawmakers renewed calls to end the filibuster.
At a White House press briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's claim that the Republican Party is united against President Biden's administration.
Duggar's computer had "accountability software" that sent internet usage reports to his wife, Anna. According to a federal agent, the software, Covenant Eyes, was registered to both Duggar and Anna. Josh Duggar, who's been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, had an "accountability software" installed on his computer that monitored his internet usage and sent it to his wife, a federal agent testified in a detention hearing on Wednesday.
The next step in Myrtle Beach's downtown beautification efforts has arrived. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announced plans Thursday to paint downtown's lone public parking garage, sidewalks and crosswalks in bright colors for its new tourism advertising campaign, “We are the beach.” The chamber and Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune hope painting the town will draw more people to the region and downtown, specifically.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, proudly signed a new voting rights bill that will likely make it harder for people of colour to cast a ballot. Mr DeSantis was so proud of the new bill that he decided to sign it during an exclusive interview with Fox & Friends. Journalists from other outlets who arrived to cover the bill signing were turned away and told the event was "Fox only."
Oversight Board members said it isn't their responsibility to decide the length of Trump's Facebook ban. One said Facebook was "lazy" to not decide its own rules for handling penalties. On Wednesday, the board upheld Facebook's decision to remove Trump from its platform.
Melinda Gates met with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alongside her husband Bill in New York City and soon after said she was furious at the relationship between the two men, according to people familiar with the situation. The previously unreported meeting occurred at Epstein's Upper East Side Mansion in September 2013, on the same day the couple accepted the Lasker Bloomberg Public Service Award at the Pierre Hotel and were photographed alongside then-mayor Mike Bloomberg. The meeting would prove a turning point for Gates' relationship with Epstein, the people familiar with the matter say, as Melinda told friends after the encounter how uncomfortable she was in the company of the wealthy sex offender and how she wanted nothing to do with him.
Temperature checks are over at Universal Orlando Resort. Starting Thursday, no one will need to have their temperature taken to enter Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay, according to Universal's website. Walt Disney World Resort also posted on its website that it will stop temperature screenings for employees, dubbed “cast members,” on Saturday, May 8, and for guests on May 16 at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Blizzard Beach.
A California woman has been arrested and charged with starting a 2018 wildfire that destroyed 63,000 acres and 42 structures, including 20 homes. Cynthia Ann LeRoux of Mountain Gate, Shasta County, has been charged with 20 felony counts of arson relating to the Delta Fire, as well as two smaller fires. Custody records show two counts of arson — for property and forest land — and one for arson causing great bodily injury to two truck drivers passing through the area at the time of the fire.
“Every college has a public health responsibility to require its students to be vaccinated.”
“While the vast majority of students will likely get the vaccine, schools should honor the decisions of the few who object.”
“A vaccinated campus could be the step toward normality that college leaders are seeking.”
“College students are mobile and spread COVID-19 with them whenever they travel.”
“There almost certainly are going to be legal challenges because the anti-vaccine movement is already preparing for them.”