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Vice President Kamala Harris walked in the Capital Pride Walk and Rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, making history as the first sitting vice president to march in a Pride event. Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff walked and waved, wearing graphic T-shirts that read “Love is love” and “Love first. Harris greeted those around her with declarations of “Happy Pride!
Israel's parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned rival, became prime minister after the 60-59 vote. Promising to try to heal a divided nation, Bennett will preside over a diverse and fragile coalition comprised of eight parties with deep ideological differences.
With a vote of 53-44, the Senate on Monday confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the federal appeals court in Washington. The 50-year-old is filling the vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit left when Merrick Garland become attorney general earlier this year. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — joined the Democrats to vote for Jackson.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Senate Republicans are due to hear details on Tuesday about a bipartisan proposal to revitalize America's roads and bridges, which lawmakers believe could win support from the caucus as a part of President Joe Biden's sweeping infrastructure plan. Members of a bipartisan Senate group will discuss the proposal with Republican senators at their weekly policy lunch, Republican lawmakers and aides said on Monday evening. The bloc of Senate moderates, five Republicans and five Democrats, said last Thursday that it had reached an agreement after negotiations between Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Biden broke down.
The Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee on Monday quashed a push for an independent committee to lead a probe of its handling of sex abuse cases, but the proposal is almost certain to resurface when the nation's largest denomination holds its biggest and most contentious annual meeting in decades. The push for accountability came after leaked letters accused current and former Executive Committee officials of slow-walking efforts to address sexual abuse and trying to intimidate those who advocated for change. Amid calls for a third-party investigation, Executive Committee president Ronnie Floyd announced Friday that the panel had retained a firm to conduct it.
China has accused the G7 of "political manipulation" after it criticised Beijing over a range of issues. In a joint statement at the end of a three-day summit, leaders of the G7 countries urged China to "respect human rights and fundamental freedoms". Issues highlighted included abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority group and the crackdown on Hong Kong pro-democracy activists.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt Monday morning that it was "highly unlikely" a Republican Senate would confirm a Biden nominee to the Supreme Court in 2024 should the GOP recapture the Senate next year. When asked what would happen if a justice retired in 2023, McConnell more or less confirmed what has been obvious for some time – Democratic presidents will never get to fill a Supreme Court seat while Republicans hold the Senate.
Taiwan will be a "force for good" and continue to seek even greater international support, the presidential office said, after the Chinese-claimed island won unprecedented backing from the Group of Seven of major democracies. The G7 leaders on Sunday scolded China over human rights in Xinjiang, called for Hong Kong to keep a high degree of autonomy and underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan presidential office spokesman Xavier Chang said this was the first time the G7 leaders' communique has stressed the importance of peace and stability in the strait and first time since its founding there was "content friendly to Taiwan", expressing deep thanks for the support.
Two Army paratroopers attached to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg were found “unresponsive in their barracks room,” according to the 82nd Airborne Division. The discovery was made Friday, June 11, and a cause of death has not been released. However, “illicit drugs” may have been a factor, Army investigators said in a news release.
A South Carolina woman is charged with DUI and child endangerment after four children in the SUV she was driving were hurt in a crash Sunday in Chester County, officials said. Alexandria Antoniette McCoy, 27, of Chester, was arrested Sunday after the wreck on S.C. 97, said Master Trooper Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol. McCoy was driving the SUV about 10 miles west of Chester when the vehicle went off the left side of the highway and hit a tree and an embankment, Miller said.
The remains of Japan's World War Two prime minister were scattered over the Pacific Ocean after his execution, US documents have revealed. Officials were concerned supporters of Hideki Tojo - one of the men behind the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 - would try to find his body and treat him as a martyr. After his execution for war crimes in 1948 he and six others were cremated.
Two hundred and forty four years ago in 1777, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution designating the stars and stripes as the official flag of the United States. President George Washington realized the new nation needed a single banner as a symbol of freedom and to serve as both a unifying factor, and a confidence builder. During these polarizing times, it's good to remember we called ourselves the United States and gave ourselves a single flag.
Hungary will overhaul the management of about 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) of its motorways and public roads, awarding a 35-year concession contract, according to a tender published on Monday in the official European Union gazette. The Tenders Electronic Daily posting, which was first reported by local news web site 24.hu, says the concession entails the planning, renovation, construction, control, operation and financing of the network for an annual fee. The winner of the contract would build and renovate hundreds of kilometres of motorways, including more than 100 bridges and other items.
A Kansas City man has been charged with second-degree murder in the Sunday fatal shooting of the mother of their three children, prosecutors said Monday. Christopher Spears, 33, was also charged with armed criminal action in the killing of 32-year-old Andrea Dean, who was found shot before 10 a.m. in a residence in the 4300 block of East Linwood Boulevard, according to the Kansas City Police Department. When officers arrived, three children said their parents were arguing over a phone when their father, identified as Spears, shot Dean, according to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office.
The victim, who was hit in the chest, legs and hand, was going for his own firearm to defend himself when he was shot, police said.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israel's new government on Monday approved a Jewish nationalist march in Jerusalem, a step that risks inflaming tensions with Palestinians hours after veteran leader Benjamin Netanyahu handed over power to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. In the flag-waving procession, planned for Tuesday, far-right groups will march in and around East Jerusalem's walled Old City, where tensions have remained high since 11 days of fighting between Israel and Gaza militants in May. Palestinian factions have called for a "day of rage" against the Jerusalem march, with memories of clashes with Israeli police still fresh from last month in the contested city's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and in a neighbourhood where Palestinians face eviction in a court dispute with Jewish settlers.
A supermarket cashier in the U.S. state of Georgia was shot and killed by a customer on Monday in a dispute over the wearing of a face mask before the gunman was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with the store's security guard, the local sheriff said. The guard was also wounded in the incident which occurred at a little after 1 p.m. at the Big Bear Supermarket in DeKalb County, DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox told a news conference. "The wearing of the mask and not wearing of the mask, people have their own opinion about it and it is very sensitive at this time."
Putin in an NBC News interview wouldn't guarantee Navalny will leave prison alive. The Kremlin's crackdown on dissent is one of many points of contention between the US and Russia. The White House suggested Biden will bring up Navalny during an upcoming summit with Putin.
CNN correspondent Barbara Starr has branded the Trump-era Justice Department's past decision to seize her personal email and phone records, as well as those of other colleagues, a “sheer abuse of power”. In an op-ed penned for her outlet on Monday, Ms Starr accused the Trump administration of having manipulated both her and CNN when the DoJ secretly obtained her email records during a probe into news leaks. According to CNN, the DOJ informed Ms Starr on 13 May that prosecutors had procured her phone and email records dating from 1 June, 2017, to 31 July, 2017.
OSLO (Reuters) -Norway now expects to receive 900,000 fewer Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses in the July-September quarter compared to what authorities had earlier anticipated, Health Minister Bent Hoeie said on Monday. The country of 5.4 million people will at the same time get a higher number of vaccine doses from Moderna but will still see a delay in its vaccination campaign, Hoeie told a news conference. While Norway forecasts future deliveries based on input from vaccine makers, the volume it ultimately receives is subject to uncertainty and is only confirmed close to the time of delivery, according to the Institute of Public Health (FHI).
The stepfather of a 6-year-old Grand Prairie boy who died in February 2020 was indicted in the child's death on Thursday. Jojo King died after spending four days in a Dallas hospital ICU. Hale hypothesized that Jojo fell inside the chest and suffocated, according to Joseph King, Jojo's biological father.
Mr Biden was also discussing how he might work with Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, as the two prepare to meet face-to-face in Geneva on Wednesday. Their encounter will come at a moment when relations between Moscow and Washington are strained. Mr Biden has repeatedly criticised his opposite number over allegations of Russian interference in the 2020 election and the hacking of federal agencies in what is known as the SolarWinds breach.
A 49-year-old man left a Best Western hotel in Arizona on June 10 to hike at the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon National Park officials said Monday they launched a missing person search for Charles Lyon, a hiker from Tyler, Texas. On Friday, park officials found Lyon's car abandoned at the South Rim near Lipan Point.
The Government could allow Andrew Lloyd Webber to open his new production of Cinderella with a large audience as part of the Covid pilot scheme, after the impresario threatened them with legal action. Theatreland was in despair as the Prime Minister confirmed their worst fears by announcing the four-week delay to a full reopening. But Boris Johnson indicated that Cinderella could receive special dispensation, heading off a potential showdown.
“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.”