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.
The Vatican has lodged an “unprecedented” interference in Italian politics by objecting to a law that would criminalise violence and hate speech against gay and transgender people. The Holy See confirmed on Tuesday that it had sent a diplomatic protest to the government of prime minister Mario Draghi over the so-called Zan bill, which would punish acts of discrimination and incitement to violence against gay, lesbian, transgender and disabled people. The bill, promoted by Alessandro Zan, a gay MP from the centre-Left Democratic Party, was approved by the lower house of parliament in November.
April Moss, a CBS affiliate journalist who paused her weather report to say she's talking to Project Veritas, has lost her job. The station told Insider that Moss objected to its policies on COVID testing and mask-wearing. Last week Fox 26 reporter Ivory Hecker lost her job after interrupting a broadcast to claim she was being muzzled by the network.
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.
The Australian government lashed out at the UN and blamed China over a move to put the Great Barrier Reef on a list of endangered world heritage sites. Unesco's World Heritage Committee on Tuesday recommended that one of Australia's most valuable tourist assets be reclassified as "in danger" and called for more action on climate change. Australian Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the government was “blindsided” by the committee, which is chaired by China.
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.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that Republican senators will block a debate on Democrats' election reform to prevent a "partisan power grab," but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) thinks his GOP colleagues are just scared. Schumer was likely glad to hear that his words didn't apply to a member of his own party, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.).
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division on Tuesday reopened the investigation into the 2015 death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith based on information gathered during the Murdaugh double homicide investigation, a SLED spokesperson confirmed. In the wake of the June 7 murders of Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother, Maggie, 52, rumors have swirled about the possibility of the Murdaugh family's connection to Smith's death. SLED's reopened investigation was first reported by FITSNews Tuesday evening.
A project to preserve endangered Tasmanian devils on a small island has backfired after the predators killed seabirds in large numbers, a conservation group says. A small number of devils were shipped to Maria Island east of Tasmania, Australia, in 2012. The move aimed to protect the mammals from a deadly facial cancer that had driven them towards extinction.
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.
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.
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.
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 dumfounded scientists globally, while captivating an entire nation in the process. It's not unusual for elephants to move small distances.
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.
Manchin signaled he could support a party-line infrastructure bill after striking a possible deal with Republicans. Manchin's backing is pivotal to the bill passing without GOP support. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Tuesday said he was open to backing a party-line infrastructure bill.
Roomba, Dyson, Bissell, and Shark are on sale across the internet Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo - having meals as boxes floated around them. It is China's first crewed space mission in nearly five years, and will be its longest to date. According to a news clip that aired on China's national broadcaster Central China Television, the astronauts start the day by communicating with ground control at 08:00 and do not finish work until about 21:00, when they give an update of their progress.
A massive country music festival in Kentucky this past weekend started off on rocky footing: Police found meth, marijuana, and an open bottle of alcohol in the first vehicle they stopped at a traffic checkpoint. “We were like, 'Well, this doesn't bode well for the weekend,'” Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle told the Lexington Herald-Leader. In all, Edmonson authorities arrested 14 people, and charged four dozen people from five states.
A man in California was arrested after being accused of stealing 42,000 pounds of pistachios. BuzzFeed News reported thieves forged documents and faked businesses to divert and steal shipments. On Saturday, California police arrested a man accused of stealing a tractor trailer carrying 42,000 pounds of pistachios.
Senate Republicans have won an important battle in their disgraceful war on democracy, but it was a major defeat for the American people and our right to vote – a fundamental right long denied to millions of Black Americans, including my enslaved ancestors and my own grandparents and parents born in the South after slavery ended. Coming just a week after congressional Republicans joined Democrats to designate Juneteenth as a federal holiday marking the end of slavery, the Republican opposition to even debating the For the People Act makes a mockery of their support for the new holiday. Making Juneteenth a holiday shines a long overdue spotlight on America's immoral embrace of slavery and racism.
While some Pentecostal preachers in eastern Nigeria set fire to statues and other ancient artefacts that they regard as symbols of idolatry, one Catholic priest is collecting them instead. The artefacts are central to the traditional religions practised by the region's Igbo people, who see them as sacred, and possessing supernatural powers. Although he is referred to as "fire that burns", there is nothing frightening about Reverend Paul Obayi, who runs the Deities Museum in eastern Nigeria's Nnsuka city.
Derek Chauvin will be sentenced Friday for the murder of George Floyd. Criminal justice reform advocates want accountability, but say a longer prison sentence isn't it. Advocates for criminal justice reform want police to be held accountable for using excessive force, but when Derek Chauvin is sentenced Friday for the murder of George Floyd, they won't be rooting for maximum prison time.
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.
“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.”