The Delta variant is "the greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19," Dr. Anthony Fauci said, after young people infected with the variant led to a rise in cases in the U.K.'Totally and completely avoidable' »
President Biden continues to hold a higher approval rating than former President Donald Trump ever recorded in office, polls show. A Gallup survey released last week found that 56 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said they approve of the job Biden is doing as president, while 42 percent disapprove. Overall, 51.6 percent of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing, while 42.6 disapprove, according to the polling analysis website FiveThirtyEight, which weights surveys based on recency and historical accuracy.
Taliban fighters have seized dozens of districts in Afghanistan as they step up attacks during the final withdrawal by foreign troops, the UN has warned. The insurgents have taken more than 50 of 370 districts since May, UN special envoy Deborah Lyons told the Security Council, warning of "dire scenarios". The hardline Islamist group's recent advances were the result of an "intensified military campaign", Ms Lyons told the the 15-member UN Security Council in New York.
Egyptian police on Tuesday arrested a Tiktok star who has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for her posts on social media. Haneen Hossam, a 20-year-old Cairo University student who became an influencer on video sharing app Tiktok, was sentenced in absentia on Sunday alongside four others. While all five were fined 2,000 Egyptian pounds (£9,160) for encouraging women to share videos in exchange for money, which Egyptian authorities equated to human trafficking, Ms Hossam received a harsher prison sentence, which her lawyer attributed to her not appearing in court.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) explained why she opposes nuking the filibuster in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Tuesday night, citing fears that the Republican Party would rescind major Democrat-backed legislation, like sweeping voting reform measures or expanded health-care access or retirement benefits, and replace them with pared down, more restrictive laws. In a rebuttal, New York's Jonathan Chait argues that Sinema's filibuster defense "relies on utterly false grounds."
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Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has used the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union to lash out at Nato's expansion in Europe in a clear message to Ukraine. The Russian leader, in an opinion piece published by Germany's Die Zeit newspaper on Tuesday, exactly 80 years after Nazi troops invaded the Soviet Union, criticised the expansion of Nato as threatening Russia's security and fostering “Cold War-era dividing lines” in Europe. Moscow has been rattled by the fact that former Soviet allies such as Poland and even ex-Soviet republics including Latvia have become members of the Euro-Atlantic military alliance since the fall of the Soviet Union.
A man accused of kidnapping and raping a federal parole officer stole her gun and assaulted her at gunpoint, according to new details released by authorities in Tennessee. Antonio Taylor, 31, is accused of holding the parole officer against her will when she stopped by his Memphis apartment Thursday for a check-in visit, WHBQ reported, citing a police affidavit. After overpowering her and stealing her gun, Taylor pinned her down and beat and sexually assaulted her,according to the affidavit.
In his continued push against the “indoctrination” of students, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed legislation that will require public universities and colleges to survey students, faculty and staff about their beliefs and viewpoints to support “intellectual diversity.” The survey will discern “the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented” in public universities and colleges, and seeks to find whether students, faculty and staff “feel free to express beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom,” according to the bill. “That's not worth tax dollars and that's not something that we're going to be supporting moving forward,” DeSantis said at a press conference at a middle school in Fort Myers.
Jamie Spears, Britney Spears' father and conservator, is living in an "RV parked at a warehouse" in Louisiana, The New York Times reported Tuesday, despite an about $16,000/month salary in the court-appointed arrangement granting Jamie "broad control" over his daughter's life and finances. For her part, Britney has pushed back on the conservatorship "earlier and more often than had previously been known," the Times report revealed. The pop star has stayed "largely silent" on the topic in public, while claiming privately that the arrangement "restricted everything from whom she dated to the color of her kitchen cabinets," confidential court records show.
Democrats suffered a chastening defeat over their sweeping election reform Bill on Tuesday night, as Republicans blocked Joe Biden's plans to bolster voting rights across America. The showdown in the US Senate was the first test of Mr Biden's "For the People Act" but it received no Republican support as they filibustered the Bill. In a statement from the White House, Mr Biden described the vote as a "solid Republican wall of opposition" that amounted to "the suppression of a bill to end voter suppression - another attack on voting rights that is sadly not unprecedented".
One of six women arrested this month during a federal sting at illegal massage businesses ran a similar operation in Horry County that shut down following a controversial countywide investigation. Ok Hwa Lee, of Little River, was arrested June 16 along with five other woman on charges of conspiracy, bribery, and operating an illegal prostitution enterprise in interstate commerce. Lee was the leader and manager of six North Carolina massage parlors that federal investigators said offered sex acts in exchange for money.
America could slow down its withdrawal from Afghanistan amid rapid battlefield gains by the Taliban which have raised alarm in Nato capitals, the Pentagon said. Joe Biden has promised all US troops will be out of Afghanistan by September, but in recent weeks officials had briefed that the pull out was ahead of schedule and could be complete as early as July. "The situation in Afghanistan changes as the Taliban continue to conduct these attacks and to raid district centres as well as the violence, which is still too high," he told reporters.
The pro-choice movement began in the 1960s to oppose abortion restrictions and increase access to abortion. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historical decision to protect the choice to have an abortion. As more states pass arbitrary restrictions to limit access to abortion, choice has become complicated.
Visitors at Rocky Mountain National Park discovered a body last week below a popular hiking trail, rangers said. Tourists at the national park told rangers they found a woman's body below The Loch, a popular hiking destination within the park. The body was found in drainage below The Loch on Friday, park officials said.
Ask Sen. Ted Cruz about the Democrats' voting rights bill, and he makes his position clear: “Hell, no,” and “a shameless power grab.” Sen. John Cornyn called it “the partisan takeover bill” and also opposed it. “It's an unconstitutional takeover, it's a hijacking of a role reserved to the states under the Constitution, so I believe it's unconstitutional,” Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said Tuesday.
A federal inmate who may have been high on drugs threatened to slug a correctional officer before being pepper sprayed, and then he ran directly into a concrete wall — an impact that led to his death from a head injury, according to sources familiar with the incident at a Miami lockup. Drew C. Sikes, who was arrested in March on charges of shooting his assault rifle at Everglades National Park rangers and police officers, died at the Miami Federal Detention Center on June 16, according to a Bureau of Prisons website. Two sources told the Miami Herald that Sikes was outside his cell that afternoon and refused an order to return to it.
But the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that eight in 10 people over the age of 16 now have antibodies to Covid. For the whole population, including children, nearly seven in 10 have immunity – 54 per cent higher than the modellers predicted. The percentage of those with immunity is likely to be higher still because many under-16s will have had a previous infection and the data only runs up to June 7, meaning it does not include vaccinations and infections in the last fortnight.
Iran's president-elect said Monday he wouldn't meet with President Biden nor negotiate over Tehran's ballistic missile program and its support of regional militias, sticking to a hard-line position following his landslide victory in last week's election.
The national spotlight remains focused on South Carolina as information trickles out from the Murdaugh double homicide investigation, including the heavily redacted police reports made public Monday and a statement from the region's top prosecutor. More than two weeks have passed since Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother Maggie, 52, were found shot to death June 7 outside their home in Colleton County, but the Lowcountry is still abuzz, person to person and online. Experts from around the country are appearing on national news outlets to talk about how the case is being handled.
Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley didn't succeed in blocking Kiran Ahuja's nomination to oversee the federal government's human resource policy, but he managed to make the process as slow and painful as possible for the Seattle philanthropist. Ahuja required a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris to clear the Senate on Tuesday with a vote of 51 to 50 to confirm her as the new director of the Office of Personnel Management, which serves as the federal government's HR department. Hawley sought to transform Ahuja's confirmation vote into a referendum on critical race theory, an academic movement which examines racism in American institutions.
One wonders sometimes if the Democrats really get it. As needed voting-rights reform goes down in flames because some of them thought it more important to defend the filibuster than the ballot, there arises an uneasy conviction that the party does not quite grasp the gravity of the moment, the urgency of the emergency. The filibuster is a vital safeguard, yes.
A 12-year-old boy is in protective custody after a homophobic attack that was filmed live on social media, according to Georgia authorities. The child was removed from his mother's home in Atlanta and is now in the care of officials with the Georgia Division of Family & Children's Services, the Atlanta Police Department said Monday. Authorities stepped in after social media video showed the boy being verbally and physically ridiculed, sparking outcry.
A now-suspended Twitter account pretended to belong to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines. Twitter suspended the account for violating its impersonation policy after The Daily Beast reached out. A now-deleted Twitter account with the handle @WRLD46 pretended to belong to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, the first woman to serve as US intelligence director.
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A second young girl's body was found in the same Lauderhill canal where another girl's body was found earlier in the day, Lauderhill police said Tuesday night. Lauderhill police Lt. Michael Santiago said the body — believed to be that of a girl between 10 and 13 years old — was found at around 8:45 p.m. in the 2200 block of Northwest 59th Way, just east of the first discovery.
“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.”