"Due to this irresponsible, selfish behavior, 200 people are at risk despite having done the right thing while traveling," Argentina's top immigration official said.His test came back positive »
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that his focus was on “stopping” President Biden's administration, citing the unity in his caucus. One hundred percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration,” McConnell said during a press conference in Kentucky when asked if he was concerned that Republicans who acknowledged Biden as the rightful winner of the 2020 election could face political liabilities. One hundred percent of my focus is on standing up to this administration,” McConnell continued.
An Alabama state trooper arrested last week on charges he raped an 11-year-old girl had been kicked out of the FBI amid a string of sexual misconduct allegations but was hired by the state agency with the apparent help of a fake bureau letter that scrubbed his record clean. An Associated Press investigation found Christopher Bauer was suspended without pay and stripped of his security clearance in the FBI's New Orleans office in late 2018 — effectively fired — amid allegations that included a co-worker's claim that he raped her at knifepoint. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the state police, told AP that it conducted a “full and thorough” investigation into Bauer's background when he applied to be a trooper in 2019 and that “no derogatory comments were uncovered by former employers.”
An ordinary day at the beach turned into terror Sunday for a 6-year-old Hawaii girl who spotted a shark beside her in the surf. Sheri Gouveia was shooting a video of her daughter playing in the ocean at Kalama Beach on Oahu at the time, Hawaii News Now reported. Gouveia told Hawaii News Now her daughter has “angels to keep her safe.”
Few people can claim to have heard the chilling sound of a North Korean ballistic missile flying overhead, but on September 15, 2017, Lindsey Miller, a musical director living in Pyongyang, recalls being jolted from her bed by a peculiar rumbling. The unfamiliar sound was the test of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile – designed to deliver nuclear warheads – and which was launched from a site near Pyongyang airport, flying approximately 2,300 miles and setting off emergency alerts in Japan. Ms Miller woke with a start at 6am and ran into the garden outside her home at the British embassy.
President Biden said Wednesday that he didn't understand Republican efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives to replace Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., over her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump and refusal to promote the disproven notion that the 2020 election was marred by fraud. “I don't understand the Republicans,” Biden said when asked by a reporter to comment on the move to oust Cheney from her No. 3 leadership position in the GOP caucus. Later, when delivering a press briefing on the administration's plan to help restaurants that have suffered during the pandemic, Biden was asked about his comment.
Israel's president chose Yair Lapid, a centrist politician and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strongest rival, to try to form a new government on Wednesday. But his path to success, and whether it could end years of political stalemate in the country, was still uncertain. Neither Netanyahu, nor his rivals managed to secure a parliamentary majority in the most recent election on March 23.
ROME (Reuters) -Two American tourists were sentenced to life in prison by an Italian court on Wednesday for the 2019 murder of a policeman near their Rome hotel in a case that shook the nation. Finnegan Lee Elder, who was 19 at the time, had admitted to stabbing Mario Cerciello Rega in the early hours of July 26, 2019, while his friend Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth, then 18, was tussling with another police officer. However, the pair say they had acted in self defence because they thought the two policemen, who were not in uniform at the time, were thugs out to get them after a botched attempt to buy drugs.
A Florida man who is seen in a widely shared Facebook photo smiling while holding up a distressed shark said he isn't the one who caught the fish and feels bad about posing with it. “I've never seen one before,” Joseph Wilson told the Citrus County Chronicle. After Wilson posted the photo on Facebook, the Real Florida hunting and fishing page shared the disturbing snap with the caption, “What's going on in Florida?” with a wide-eyed emoji.
A prominent politician in Kashmir who challenged India's rule over the disputed region for decades died Wednesday while in police custody. Mohammed Ashraf Sehrai was admitted to a government hospital with multiple ailments on Tuesday from a jail in the southern Jammu region, officials and his family said. Sehrai's son, Mujahid Sehrai, said authorities and doctors told him that his father had tested positive for COVID-19 and that his oxygen levels had dropped early Wednesday.
Psychotherapists could be criminalised for treating children who want to be transgender under new laws banning conversion therapy, the Government has been warned. Mental health professionals say that under new laws they could lose their licence or even face prison terms for exploring the reasons behind a child's belief that they were born in the wrong body. A group of therapists are now calling on ministers to exclude professional treatments of gender dysphoria from the ban, which could be announced as early as next week.
Five people have died after an 18-year-old man launched a machete attack at a nursery school in southern Brazil, police say. The victims include three children all reported to be under two years old and two staff members. The attacker then turned the weapon on himself and is in critical condition in hospital, a police statement said.
BERLIN (Reuters) -German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday that the withdrawal of foreign troops from Libya would be an "important signal" as both leaders vowed to support the new interim government there, a German government spokesman said. Libya's new unity government was sworn in on March 15 from two warring administrations that had ruled eastern and western regions, completing a relatively smooth transition of power after a decade of violent chaos. Turkey had backed the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord against the eastern-based Libyan National Army, which was supported by Russia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and France.
The South Carolina House voted Wednesday to add a firing squad to the state's execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs — a measure meant to jump-start executions in a state that once had one of the busiest death chambers in the nation. The bill, approved by a 66-43 vote, will require condemned inmates to choose either being shot or electrocuted if lethal injection drugs aren't available. The state is one of only nine to still use the electric chair and will become only the fourth to allow a firing squad.
A train collided with a semi in Texas, splitting the big rig in half, police say. The truck was on railroad tracks Wednesday in Richmond when the train smashed through the trailer hauling cases of water bottles, police say. A Richmond police officer captured video of the train crashing into the truck that was stuck on the tracks, KHOU reported.
Google's chief executive has sent an email to employees encouraging them to return to work in the office for at least three days a week as lockdowns ease. The firm began reopening offices in April, and has now laid out the details of how it envisages the new hybrid working week. In the email, Sundar Pichai extols the benefits of office working.
A federal judge has ordered the release of a legal memorandum the Trump-era Justice Department prepared for then-Attorney General William Barr before he announced his conclusion that President Donald Trump had not obstructed justice during the Russia investigation. The Justice Department had refused to give the March 24, 2019, memorandum to a government transparency group that requested it under the Freedom of Information Act, saying the document represented the private advice of lawyers and was produced before any formal decision had been made and was therefore exempt from disclosure under public records law. “In other words, the review of the document reveals that the Attorney General was not then engaged in making a decision about whether the President should be charged with obstruction of justice; the fact that he would not be prosecuted was a given,” Jackson said in an order dated Monday.
PARIS (Reuters) -The number of new COVID-19 infections in France is rising much more slowly and hospitalization declined on Wednesday, in the first week after the French government eased its third nationwide lockdown. The number of new positive cases rose by 26,000 for a total of 5.71 million, an increase of 2.52% compared to a week ago and the lowest week-on-week increase since late July 2020, health ministry data showed. France also reported 244 new COVID-19 deaths in hospitals, virtually unchanged from Tuesday's 243, taking the cumulative toll to 105,631.
The New York City police shared a video of an Asian woman being attacked by a person with a hammer. The police said the person approached two Asian women and demanded that they take off their masks. The NYPD said the person then hit one of them "in the head with a hammer causing a laceration."
KPMG has told its 16,000 staff they can leave early one day a week as part of a move towards more flexible working after lockdown. The accountancy giant said staff will work in KPMG offices for four days each fortnight, with the rest of their working week at home and client sites. Staff will also get an extra two-and-a-half-hours off per week over the summer "to promote wellbeing".
El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has a 90 percent popularity rate in his country, perhaps the highest one in the region. On May 1, Bukele's New Ideas Party's congressional majority fired five key members of the Supreme Court and the country's attorney general, in what most legal scholars agree was an unconstitutional move. The Supreme Court had ruled several times that Bukele, 39, had overstepped his executive powers, and the ousted attorney general was investigating Bukele's ministers for alleged corruption.
The Queen came to the Duchess of Sussex's aid in her legal battle against the Mail on Sunday on Wednesday by dismissing claims that she owned the copyright to a letter Meghan wrote to her father. Her Majesty's lawyers intervened in the High Court case as the two sides locked horns over one of the final bones of contention. The Duchess's former communications secretary, Jason Knauf, also “emphatically” denied having any copyright claim to the letter, landing a final blow to the newspaper's case.
Eddie Gallagher said he and other SEALs practiced medical procedures on a prisoner of war. Retired Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was found not guilty of murder in a high-profile war-crimes trial nearly two years ago, said in a podcast that aired Tuesday that he and his team of SEALs had practiced various medical procedures on an enemy combatant until he died, with no intention of saving him. Gallagher was charged with killing the wounded ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017 by stabbing him, and he was acquitted in 2019.
Two days after Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered all local COVID-19 restrictions suspended, Miami Beach announced Wednesday it had canceled its remaining emergency measures — including mask requirements at businesses, a ban on retail alcohol sales after 10 p.m. and room occupancy limits for short-term rentals. In a memo, City Manager Alina T. Hudak wrote that she does not plan to impose any new emergency measures, but would retain the city's declaration of a state of emergency to preserve its eligibility for federal reimbursements. “Although the idea came about because of the pandemic, the city has the power regardless to expand restaurants into streets and walkways,” Góngora said.
A man has been arrested after he was caught on security camera footage brutally beating two Asian women with a cinder block as they were trying to close up a liquor store in Baltimore, Maryland. Daryl Doles, 50, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, according to police. It was not specified whether the attack is being treated as a hate crime.
“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.”