A draft report by a United Nations panel says life on earth is poised for a catastrophic reckoning without immediate and drastic climate action.Enormous financial costs too »
The top U.S. intelligence official said in an interview with Yahoo News on Monday that the true origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed 600,000 Americans and almost 4 million people worldwide, may never be known. Last month, President Biden directed the intelligence community to conduct a 90-day review of what he described as the two plausible theories for how the pandemic originated. In one scenario, the virus emerged from human contact with an animal.
Khashoggi's role in helping Nour outsmart the jailers of Tora Prison is told for the first time in “A Revolution Crushed,” Episode 4 in the latest season of Yahoo News' "Conspiracyland" podcast, “The Secret Lives and Brutal Death of Jamal Khashoggi. It is a story that illustrates the Saudi journalist's political transformation — and his penchant for inserting himself into the midst of events that rippled through the Middle East. Khashoggi had once been a friend of Osama bin Laden, championing his battles in Afghanistan against the Soviet occupiers.
Apple Daily, Hong Kong's last pro-democracy paper and longtime thorn in the Chinese Communist Party's side, will be on the newsstands for the last time on Thursday after it was forced to close amid a Beijing-sponsored crackdown on free speech. One million copies of the last edition of the paper were distributed on Thursday - a staggering number given Hong Kong's 7.5 million population. The newspaper's final frontpage carried a picture of Hongkongers protesting over the paper's closure on Wednesday, with the headline "Hong Kongers bid a painful farewell in the rain".
The hope remains in Washington – and among its allies – that all sides will want to avoid the nightmare scenario of military confrontation. But the very fact that such a scenario is no longer unthinkable is a reminder that China's hardening stance on Taiwan is part of a more fundamental shift under Mr. Xi. His stated aim is the “revival of the Chinese nation” to a point when China would take the dominant geopolitical role currently played by the democratic market economies of the West, which he believes are in inexorable decline.
As U.S. Catholic bishops pursue a plan that could deny President Joe Biden communion over his support for abortion rights, other Catholic politicians are likely to be drawn into the issue, including Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly. Despite warnings from the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted last week to draft guidelines for receiving communion, a move driven in large part by the election of the nation's second Catholic president. Biden's stance on abortion has rankled conservative bishops, who object to media descriptions of Biden as a devout Catholic.
A 13-year-old girl reported Wednesday that she was sexually assaulted by a teen at an elementary school in far north Fort Worth, according to a Fort Worth police report. Fort Worth police are investigating the call. “There is an allegation of assault between two minors,” said Fort Worth Officer Tracy Carter, a police spokesman, in a Wednesday email.
Two of Miami's top-ranked police officers — a couple with almost a half-century of combined law enforcement experience and personnel jackets brimming with commendations and promotions — were fired Tuesday for not being truthful about an accident involving a city-issued SUV, said Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo. The termination of Deputy Police Chief Ronald Papier and his wife, Nerly Papier, a commander in Little Havana, came almost three months after Nerly Papier ran her SUV into a curb one morning on her way to police headquarters and blew two tires, an accident she claimed happened after steering quickly away from a car that had veered into her lane of traffic. Acevedo's final decision came after Internal Affairs investigators concluded Nerly Papier had left out important details about the accident, like pedestrians being on the sidewalk when the vehicle jumped the curb and her running at least two red lights while driving the vehicle to the office on its rims.
A huge rescue operation is under way in Miami-Dade County, Florida, after a 12-storey building partially collapsed during the night. Images from Surfside, just north of Miami Beach, show a huge pile of rubble down one side of what appears to be a residential apartment building. While there was no official comment on how many people might have been hurt, a firefighter on the scene could be heard saying there were multiple casualties, the Miami Herald reports.
Missouri's voter-approved Medicaid expansion is unconstitutional because it infringes on lawmakers' authority over spending, a state judge ruled Wednesday in a decision that will be appealed. Gov. Mike Parson's administration isn't required to extend health coverage to roughly 275,000 low-income MIssourians, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem found in his decision. Expansion supporters had hoped he would order the state to implement the program beginning July 1, even though the Republican-controlled General Assembly refused to fund it.
A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police before then-President Donald Trump walked to a church near the White House for a photo op.
It's Looney Tunes time again, folks, thanks to dependable media magnet Ammon Bundy. On Saturday, the Emmett resident, far-right activist and occasional jailbird announced that he is running for governor. Consequently, the Gem State finds itself making lots of headlines.
The last time anyone saw two sisters, Destiny and Daysha Hogan, was less than a day before their young bodies were found in a Lauderhill canal. Lauderhill police named their mother, Tinessa Hogan, as a person of interest at a news conference Wednesday evening. Marie Williams, a neighbor, told the Miami Herald that on Monday she saw Hogan swimming in the same L-shaped canal the young sisters would be found in hours later.
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Elephants are by nature fiercely intelligent beasts and experts who study them day in day out already know a great deal about them. And yet a herd of endangered elephants in China has completely dumbfounded scientists globally, while captivating an entire nation in the process. It's not unusual for elephants to move small distances.
MANILA (Reuters) -Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino, the son of two of the Southeast Asian country's democracy icons, died in a Manila hospital on Thursday of renal failure as a result of diabetes, his family said. The 61-year-old was president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016 and was hospitalised earlier on Thursday. "It is with profound grief that on behalf of our family, I am confirming that our brother, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III died peacefully in his sleep," the family said in a statement read by Pinky Aquino Abellada, one of four surviving sisters.
Immigration authorities in the United States have rescinded one of the policies implemented by the Trump administration that had one of the most profound negative impacts on legal immigrants with pending or upcoming applications. The 2018 policy had granted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators broader authority to issue case denials over mistakes or missing documents without giving applicants the opportunity to fix them and provide additional documentation. It “resulted in USCIS denying certain benefit requestors an immigration benefit even though they would have demonstrated their eligibility if given the chance to provide additional evidence,” the Department of Homeland Security agency said in a policy alert issued earlier this month.
Summer Wells, 5, was reported missing on June 15 in Hawkins County, Tennessee. A TikTok account with the same name as her mother posted a video about the search. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Summer hasn't been found.
Shifting to electric vehicles will still leave the UK with serious transport problems, a report has said. The IPPR think tank said emissions will fall, but the number of cars on the road will continue to grow. It foresaw a 28% increase in car ownership by 2050, leading to more jams and harm to the economy.
Cubans who are required to fly to Guyana for visa interviews at the U.S. Embassy there are complaining that Havana-Georgetown tickets are selling on the black market for between $4,700 and $7,000, five months after the Cuban government suspended direct flights to Guyana because of the coronavirus pandemic. Washington suspended visa interviews and other consular services at the U.S. Embassy in Havana in 2018, after a string of alleged microwave attacks on American diplomats and others led the State Department to call home all but a skeleton staff. This has forced Cubans seeking consular services from the U.S. to travel to Guyana.
Swirling, widespread reports that Beijing's top counterintelligence official has defected to the United States are “not accurate,” a U.S. government official told SpyTalk on Tuesday. “We are just looking to correct the record,” said the official, speaking on terms of anonymity to discuss the highly sensitive issue. SpyTalk had sought comment from the State Department last week when preparing a story on mounting rumors that Dong Jingwei, vice minister of the Ministry of State Security, China's principle espionage and internal security agency, had defected in February via Hong Kong along with his daughter Dong Yang.
Two young girls were found dead in a South Florida canal roughly nine hours apart Tuesday. Police are investigating whether the girls' deaths are related, according to WPLG Local 10. Two young girls were found dead in a South Florida canal nearly nine hours apart on Tuesday, police said.
About a dozen people blasted the Miami-Dade school district for teaching critical race theory, mandating students to wear masks in the classroom in the upcoming school year and forcing them to take the COVID-19 vaccine. The problem for those critics, according to Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, the district does none of these things — nor does it plan to. “Let's begin with what we don't do, what we have never done, and what we have no plans to do,” Carvalho said at Wednesday's school board meeting following an hour and a half of public comment period.
The Biden Administration sent a memo to Congress on Tuesday related to the "Remain in Mexico" asylum policy. It said that the close to 28,000 asylum seekers who had their cases rejected could have their cases processed. In early June, the administration formally ended the 2019 Trump-era policy.
A highly anticipated US government report on UFOs (unidentified flying objects) is due to be released before the end of June. The unclassified report was demanded by Congress after numerous reports from the US military of vehicles seen moving erratically in the sky. It also follows a cultural shift that saw the US military and US political leadership go from extraterrestrial-sceptic to ET-curious.
At age 18, Greta Thunberg is one of the most famous climate activists in the world. Recently, critics are sharing an altered clip of one of Thunberg's interviews to make it appear as if she is undermining her own cause. The clip shows an MSNBC interview with journalist Mehdi Hasan.
“The pandemic has unequivocally proven the public health value of masks. And they should stick around in certain situations.”
“With the steady thrum of anti-mask sentiment in the U.S., it’s highly unlikely that they will continue to be a ubiquitous sight.”
“Wearing masks on airplanes or other modes of transit ... can help keep everyone safe.”
“Just because masks are common in many other nations ... is hardly a reason to emulate the practice.”
“The fact that the flu all but vanished ... is not evidence alone that masks were responsible.”