More than a dozen current and former U.S. officials revealed new details about the 2020 strike that killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.Other Iranian officials considered as targets »
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday condemned Israel's plans to evict Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers, following a night of violence in Jerusalem. Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque late on Friday. The clashes at Islam's third holiest site and around East Jerusalem, which injured 205 Palestinians and 17 police officers, came amid mounting anger over the planned evictions.
An Army trainee has waived his first chance to appear in court on dozens of charges related to allegations he held a bus full of South Carolina elementary school students and its driver hostage at gunpoint. A bond hearing had been scheduled Friday for Jovan Collazo, but court officials said he waived that appearance, which means he remains in the Richland County jail. Another court hearing is scheduled for later this month.
While the results for the four Glasgow constituencies announced on Friday at the city's Emirates Arena were unsurprising – huge SNP majorities for the Southside, Anniesland, Maryhill & Springburn and Pollok – there was a palpable lack of fanfare as the nationalists moved closer to demanding a second independence referendum. Easily holding off a direct challenge from Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, Ms Sturgeon won the seat by 9,456 votes – just marginally less than the 9,593 she took the Southside by in 2016. Mr Sarwar was still able to deliver a credible nine-point increase in his party's vote share, which is likely the result of switching Conservative voters and an increased turnout.
The European Union and India agreed Saturday to restart negotiations on a bilateral free trade deal, eight years after their first attempt failed and as both sides seek alternatives to China. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke via videoconference to EU leaders attending a summit in Portugal. The two sides announced what they called “a pivotal moment" in their relations by agreeing to resume talks they gave up on in 2013 and to collaborate on a wide range of other issues.
The United States has deployed a dozen additional warplanes to bolster protection of American and coalition troops making a final withdrawal from Afghanistan as Taliban insurgents step up pressure on Afghan government forces, top Pentagon officials said Thursday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said F-18 attack planes have been added to a previously announced package of air and sea power — including the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea and six Air Force B-52 bombers based in Qatar — that can be called upon as protection for withdrawing troops. U.S. officials said before the withdrawal began that they expected the Taliban to attempt to interfere, even as the insurgents continue pressuring government forces, especially in Helmand and Kandahar provinces in southern Afghanistan.
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.
Just mere days after a huge brawl at Miami International Airport, another massive fight broke out in the terminal Tuesday night. The mayhem was captured in cellphone footage taken by multiple onlookers at Gate G-15 by the Southwest Airlines counter. The fight is part of a troubling trend airports across the nation are seeing, now that many people have resumed traveling.
The rebel group broke off from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in the south, after it entered into peace talks and later signed a Muslim autonomy deal with the government in 2014. The breakaway guerrillas have continued sporadic attacks and bombings, with some aligning themselves with the Islamic State group. Baldomar said government forces locked down the town center, where the public market is located, and closed a highway at the height of the hourslong rebel occupation of the market.
Alex Salmond has hit out at Nicola Sturgeon after his attempt at a political comeback looked set to end in a humiliating failure. The former First Minister said pro-independence voters had “missed an opportunity” by failing to back his new Alba Party, which he conceded would fail to win a single seat. Mr Salmond has repeatedly called for his former party to take more extreme positions in seeking to achieve the break-up of the UK, floating “alternative” routes to independence other than a legally-binding referendum and claiming a breakaway Scottish state should refuse to take on its share of UK debt.
Claims of Russian bounties against US troops in Afghanistan were linked to a Kremlin-backed spy team known as Unit 29155, according to reports. The intelligence community released newly-declassified documents of its assessment to The New York Times after the Biden administration's review said they had "low to moderate" confidence in the intelligence. Claims that Donald Trump did nothing about Russian bounties on American soldiers were leveraged by Joe Biden as a major election issue during the presidential campaign and tied to accusations that the Republican had consistently shown a deferential attitude to Vladimir Putin.
In Iowa, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds drew heavy criticism for signing a broad voting bill in March that shortens hours at polling places, narrows the early voting period and imposes new restrictions on mail and absentee ballots. The law also bans sending unsolicited absentee ballot applications to voters, as some officials did before the 2020 election. One provision is especially worrisome to Linn County Auditor Joel Miller: a fine of up to $10,000 for a “technical infraction” of election rules.
As the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic begins to take hold in Latin America, those Colombians tossed back into the precarious position of poverty by the response to the crisis are defying curfews to vent their anger. If the people come out to protest during a pandemic, it's because they think the government is more dangerous than the virus,” said Ms Ramírez. Across the country demonstrators clashed with riot police during ten days of violent protests against proposals intended to close a pandemic-related economic shortfall.
Project Name: Dania Beach Water Utility Upgrade and Improvement Project Request Amount: $1,500,000 Intended Recipient: City of Dania Beach Explanation of the request: “The funding for this project would be used for the construction of new water transmission lines that serve residential neighborhoods. The City's utilities are some of the oldest in Broward County, with some of its highest rates. The water utility's capital improvement plan identified four water lines that serve residential neighborhoods that require replacement to maintain water quality to those residents.
Every Republican in Congress voted against the sweeping pandemic relief bill that President Biden signed into law three months ago. But since the early spring votes, Republicans from New York and Indiana to Texas and Washington state have promoted elements of the legislation they fought to defeat.
President Joe Biden was fielding his fourth question from a reporter after delivering remarks on the pandemic last week when he apologized to the press corps. In fact, yes, White House press secretary Jen Psaki divulged in a podcast interview this week. Psaki told CNN's David Axelrod that the communications shop frowns on Biden's willingness to engage with reporters who shout questions during Biden's public appearances.
But experts warn the worst is still ahead as India's third-largest city buckles under oxygen shortages, overrun hospitals and crowded crematoriums. In Tamil Nadu state, the lockdown announcement followed a daily record of more than 26,000 cases on Friday. Infections have swelled in India since February in a disastrous turn blamed on more contagious variants as well as government decisions to allow massive crowds to gather for religious festivals and political rallies.
Since at least October 2019, federal investigations have been looking into Rudy Giuliani's effort to convince the White House and a reluctant State Department to grant a visa to a former Ukraine official, according to two people briefed on the matter. These sources tell The Daily Beast that the visa issue is one aspect of the federal probe into whether Giuliani's efforts during the Trump-Ukraine saga constituted illegal lobbying on behalf of foreign officials or individuals. According to people with knowledge of the matter, including Giuliani's own legal team, federal investigators are also investigating his attempt to get the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired.
New DNA evidence on a murder weapon points to a different man than the one who was executed for the crime, lawyers say. Ledell Lee, an Arkansas man, was executed in 2017 for bludgeoning a young woman to death. Ledell Lee, an Arkansas man convicted of murder and executed in 2017, maintained his innocence for more than two decades on death row.
After over a month with no local infections, Vietnam has recorded 176 confirmed coronavirus cases from several outbreaks that have spread to 19 provinces during the past 10 days, the Health Ministry said. The National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, which has been at the front line treating COVID-19 patients, has been sealed off after a doctor, two nurses and more than 20 patients tested positive earlier the week. Meanwhile, the city's K hospital, which is designated to treat cancer patients, also closed Friday after 11 cases of COVID-19 were found.
Arizona election auditors say the Senate decided to "indefinitely defer" voter canvassing weeks ago. The Justice Department raised concerns earlier this week about Maricopa County's election audit. Republican-led election auditors in Maricopa County, Arizona, have "indefinitely deferred" the door-to-door voter canvassing aspect of the audit, two days after the US Justice Department sent a letter to the president of Arizona's state senate expressing various legal concerns about the November 2020 election inspection.
A video out of South Africa showed the moment armed robbers attempted a cash-in-transit heist. The video has since gone viral, garnering more than 10 million views on YouTube. Insider spoke to a security expert to analyze the video and assess how the men reacted to the ambush.
A suspected rioter in the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol Building is blaming Fox News for his actions, according to his lawyer. Anthony Antonio, according to his lawyer Joseph Hurley, had recently become unemployed because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and spent half a year watching the channel. According to Mr Hurley, Mr Antonio established a condition that he labelled “Foxitis” and “Foxmania” and fell victim to the unfounded claims that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
In the coming years, the Gem State will have a new military vessel donning its name. The U.S. Navy is in the process of constructing the USS Idaho, a nuclear attack submarine that will go on active service after a commissioning ceremony in the summer of 2023. Construction first began for the submarine in August, according to Richard Colburn, a retired U.S. Navy captain and the chairman of the USS Idaho Commissioning Committee.
1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones rebuts McConnell's argument that its words are "divisive." McConnell and 38 Senate Republicans want to bar the project from being taught in public schools. "He's saying that the truth is too difficult for apparently our nation to bear," Hannah-Jones said of McConnell.
As India logs another 400,000 new infections in a 24-hour period, efforts to contain the worsening crisis have failed and now everyone from middle-class Indians to migrant workers are getting out as fast as they can. Private jets, often used primarily by Bollywood glitterati and business moguls who left weeks ago, are now being booked by the middle class who are spending their life savings to save their lives. JetSetGo CEO Kanika Tekriwal told CNBC's Street Signs Asia that her company has seen a 900 percent increase in bookings, but it is not her usual clientele.
“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.”