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China's government issued a warning to "foreign forces" after Taiwan reported a record 28 Chinese military planes flew over the self-governed island's airspace Tuesday, per Reuters. Why it matters: The warning and deployment of aircraft including fighter jets and bombers comes after G7 leaders issued a statement Sunday urging the Chinese government to respect human rights and calling on peace and "stability across the Taiwan Strait." What they're saying: "We will never tolerate attempts to seek independence or wanton intervention in the Taiwan issue by foreign forces, so we need to make a strong response to these acts of collusion," said Chinese government spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang, accordin...
The takeout drinks and outdoor construction was enabled by Wolf's pandemic emergency declaration, which the state GOP has nonsensically attacked as some kind of death blow to freedom. They therefore added a constitutional amendment to the recent primary election ballot that would give the legislature the power to overturn a governor's emergency declaration. Unfortunately (in part because it was a low-turnout primary) this amendment passed, and the Pennsylvania legislature has duly canceled Wolf's emergency declaration.
During a press conference Wednesday following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Biden snapped at a reporter for asking how he could be confident the Russian leader would “change his behavior” given his denial of human rights abuses against Russian dissident Alexei Navalny and others, his refusal to admit even partial responsibility for the Russian cyber attack on a major U.S. oil pipeline, and his tepid commitment to improving U.S.-Russia relations generally. Collins responded by pointing out that Putin refused to give ground during his own press conference on the issues that Biden said they would be discussing during their meeting, and argued that Putin's history suggests he won't be changing his behavior anytime soon. “If you don't understand that, you're in the wrong business,” Biden shot back.
Why it matters: Astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo are set to occupy China's new space station. This will be the country's longest crewed space mission ever and the first in almost five years. It marks another significant step in the space program drive of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, seen as a rival to the U.S. in space.
One method Manchin hinted at during the call was lucrative post-office bribes. "Regarding [Sen. Roy] Blunt, Manchin appears to be suggesting — without, perhaps, quite explicitly saying so — that the wealthy executives on the call could dangle future financial opportunities in front of the outgoing senator while lobbying him to change his vote," write The Intercept's Lee Fang and Ryan Grim. The Senate rules could be changed at any time by Democrats, and as the swing vote Manchin could extract just about any goodies for himself or his state he could imagine.
A suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people at an army training camp in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. No group has said it was behind the attack, but security facilities are a common target for Islamist militant group al-Shabab. A military officer quoted by state media said that 10 people had died, but a witness at a Mogadishu hospital told the Reuters news agency that he had counted 15 bodies.
Since 2005, the amount of heat trapped by the Earth has roughly doubled, according to a new study by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers. This is contributing to warming oceans, air, and land, the scientists write in the study, published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. "The magnitude of the increase is unprecedented," NASA scientist and lead author of the study Norman Loeb told The Washington Post. "The Earth is warming faster than expected."
As he was leaving his press conference after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Biden had a tense exchange with CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, who asked why Biden was confident that Putin would change his behavior. Biden turned around to address Collins with a raised finger. Responding to her follow-up question about whether or not the summit was constructive, Biden said, "If you don't understand that, you're in the wrong business."
Three bodies and a Piper Comanche 250 airplane remain missing in a California lake, despite hope that underwater surveyors had found the remains that have now evaded searchers for over half a century. Last week, Seafloor Systems workers came upon a mystery plane sitting at the bottom of Folsom Lake near Sacramento. Seafloor Systems staff were testing equipment on Folsom Lake last week when they inadvertently found a plane in one of the lake's deepest points and suspected it might be the missing Piper Comanche.
A Utah woman is speaking out after her sister was left out of her middle school cheerleading team's yearbook photos. Eighth-grader Morgyn Arnold, who has Down syndrome, came home from the last day of school feeling deflated and full of questions about why she wasn't in the photo of the Shoreline Junior High school's cheerleading team, older sister Jordyn Poll said. Morgyn, 14, was officially the team manager, but attended practices, learned routines and cheered alongside her other teammates at every home game, her sister said.
Britain and Australia announced the broad outlines of a free trade deal Tuesday, eliminating tariffs on a wide range of goods as the U.K. seeks to expand links around the world following its exit from the European Union. The pact is expected to boost exports of traditional British products such as Scotch whisky, while boosting imports of lamb and wine from Australia. Crucially for Britain, it will also reduce barriers to trade in financial and other services.
China's best-known entrepreneur Jack Ma is "lying low" and avoiding the spotlight, according to an Alibaba executive. Joe Tsai, who co-founded the Chinese e-commerce giant with Mr Ma, told CNBC he speaks to him every day. Mr Ma has been noticeably absent after falling foul of China's regulators in November.
Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone following his private discussions with Biden. "There's no happiness in life," Putin said. Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone during his lengthy, rambling press conference following nearly four hours of talks with President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday.
Chan was one of 18 scientists who published a letter in the journal Science last month calling for a more in-depth investigation into the virus's origin that takes into account theories about both natural occurrence and laboratory spillovers. The letter helped kick-start a new round of calls to investigate the "lab leak hypothesis," including demands from President Joe Biden and several leading scientists. And while public discussion of a potential lab leak has shifted significantly in recent months, as more people pay attention to a theory that was originally promulgated by former President Donald Trump and his followers, the scientific evidence has remained unchanged, according to intervie...
Alexander Jackson, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, called police Tuesday morning in a panic, claiming a masked intruder had shot him and his father inside their home. When Cedar Rapid officers arrived at the scene, they found Jackson's parents and his 19-year-old sister—a high-achieving student who introduced then-presidential candidate Andrew Yang during his 2019 visit to Iowa—fatally shot in different rooms of the expansive house. Police, however, now believe it was actually Jackson who murdered his father, 61-year-old Jan Jackson, his 68-year-old mother, Melissa Jackson, and their daughter, Sabrina.
Royal Caribbean International has postponed the inaugural sailing of its Odyssey of the Seas cruise ship “out of an abundance of caution” after eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19, the company's CEO said. Odyssey of the Seas, one of the world's biggest cruise ships, was scheduled to cruise from Fort Lauderdale on July 3 and make stops in the Caribbean after conducting a test cruise with volunteers in late June. Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley announced the changes late Tuesday in a statement posted on Facebook.
No oxygen plants' Dr Mahamud said that during the second wave in Somalia up to 25 people were dying each day in his hospital because of a lack of oxygen: "It is really stressful to work in this condition." According to World Health Organization (WHO), of the 14,823 confirmed coronavirus cases in Somalia as of 16 June, 775 people have died. Health professionals say the real figure could be many times higher because there is no proper reporting mechanism, and many deaths occur in villages.
A Russian state news outlet on Wednesday featured an expert that criticized the tie President Joe Biden wore when he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Geneva. Tatyana Nikolaeva, a business etiquette consultant, told RIA Novosti, that Biden's light-blue tie suggested "some sort of infantilism" and said that the person who picked out the tie for the president wasn't feeling confident when they chose it, according to TIME. Nikolaeva added that Biden's tie looked like it belonged in a children's collection.
Chicago police believe two people entered an Englewood home early Monday and shot eight people — four fatally and seven in the head, according to a police report. The officers entered the first-floor apartment of the house and found four people all unresponsive with gunshot wounds to the head. Three of the surviving victims found at the scene also had gunshot wounds to their heads, the report said.
Tessica Brown, who went viral early this year as "Gorilla Glue Girl" after using the industrial adhesive instead of hairspray, is back. The Louisiana woman became internet famous in February via TikTok, where she posted videos about the disaster she had been dealing with: After running out of her Göt 2b Glued hairspray in January, she had grabbed Gorilla Glue spray adhesive instead. Shampoo didn't work to remove the Gorilla Glue.
Biden gave Putin a crystal sculpture of an American bison during their meeting on Wednesday. The president also gifted Putin a custom pair of Aviator sunglasses. Gift-giving is a routine practice between world leaders.
Jeannie Mai is newly married and spilling the beans about what life with new husband Jeezy has been like the last few months. While the couple had planned to marry in Italy, COVID-19 changed their plans, shifting the ceremony to an intimate one in their home.
More than 20 GOP lawmakers voted against a bill awarding law enforcement officers the highest congressional honor for their work during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. A few Republican lawmakers took issue with calling the storming of the Capitol an "insurrection." More than 20 Republican lawmakers voted against a bill the House passed on Tuesday awarding all law enforcement officers the highest congressional honor for their work during the January 6 Capitol riot.
Rep. Andrew Clyde refused to shake hands with Michael Fanone, a DC police officer who was assaulted on Jan. 6. Two members of Congress shared Fanone's story on Tuesday via Twitter. "Fanone introduced himself as 'someone who fought to defend the Capitol' and put out his hand," Rep. Eric Swalwell tweeted.
“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.”