As the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads in southeastern China, doctors say the symptoms are different and more dangerous than those they saw when the virus started spreading in late 2019.Conditions worsen much more quickly »
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.
Joe Biden has called for an international investigation to establish whether Covid-19 leaked from a Chinese laboratory as he tried to rally G7 leaders behind a "competition with autocracies". The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States called for the World Health Organisation to convene a "a timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based” investigation into the origins of Covid-19, “including in China,” in a joint statement issued after three days of talks on Sunday. In comments that will infuriate Beijing, Mr Biden said neither he nor US intelligence had reached a conclusion about whether the virus had come from a laboratory but said he wanted to establish a "bottom line" for transparency as part of measures to prevent another pandemic.
TOKYO (Reuters) -A U.S. Special Forces veteran and his son pleaded guilty in Tokyo on Monday to charges that they illegally helped former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan hidden in a box aboard a private jet in December 2019. Chief judge Hideo Nirei, one of three judges presiding over their first court appearance, asked Michael Taylor and his son Peter whether there was any mistake in the charges submitted by the Tokyo Prosecutors' office. Extradited to Japan from the United States in March, they are being held at the same jail in Tokyo where Ghosn was detained.
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.
Germany has recorded its lowest number of new daily coronavirus infections in nearly nine months, and officials are floating the possibility of loosening mask-wearing rules. The Robert Koch Institute, the national disease control center, said Monday that 549 new cases were reported over the previous 24 hours. Germany has reported more than 3.7 million cases since the pandemic began.
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.
A heated gunbattle between militants and Indian police broke out Saturday in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing at least two police and two civilians, officials said. Anti-India protests later erupted during the civilians' funerals in Sopore, the northwestern town where the fighting took place, after local residents alleged police had shot and killed one of the civilians after the militants fled the scene. Police director-general Dilbag Singh told reporters that militants had opened fire on a group of police who were enforcing coronavirus restrictions in the main market of Sopore, and police returned fire.
The trend started from the most elite university campuses in the country when pictures of students taking hard work to the extreme went viral on the internet last year. In one of the photos, one student from Tsinghua University was operating on his laptop while riding a bike. The student was crowned as "Tsinghua's Involuted King", and the idea of involution began trending across China's young generation, resonating especially with millennials born after the 1990s and Gen Z. On the country's social media platform Weibo, hashtags related to involution have been viewed more than 1 billion times.
The first Israeli government in 12 years not led by Benjamin Netanyahu got down to business on Monday, with the former prime minister shying away from a handover ceremony with successor Naftali Bennett. The right-wing leader's record run in office ended on Sunday with parliament approving, by a razor-thin majority of 60-59, a new administration led by Bennett, a nationalist whose views mirror Netanyahu's on many issues. In Tel Aviv, thousands turned out to welcome the result, after four inconclusive elections in two years.
"If the (electoral) jury analyzes this, the election will be flipped, dear friends," Fujimori told thousands of supporters, many waving Peru's red-and-white flag. "I'm the sort of person who never gives up." Front-runner Pedro Castillo, a member of the left-wing Free Peru party, is close to being named the Andean country's next president, despite Fujimori's unsubstantiated claims of fraud, as the count from the second round of voting earlier this month nears an end.
Until recently, the location of executed wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo's remains was one of World War II's biggest mysteries in the nation he once led. The documents show the cremated ashes of Tojo, one of the masterminds of the Pearl Harbor attack, were scattered from a U.S. Army aircraft over the Pacific Ocean about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Yokohama, Japan's second-largest city, south of Tokyo. It was a tension-filled, highly secretive mission, with American officials apparently taking extreme steps meant to keep Tojo's remains, and those of six others executed with him, away from ultra-nationalists looking to glorify them as martyrs.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Biden will warn President Putin against further "aggressive actions." Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said President Joe Biden will warn Russian President Vladimir Putin against committing future "reckless and aggressive actions" when he meets with him in Geneva later this week.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Monday that the end of COVID-19 restrictions will be delayed by several weeks following concerns about a rapid rise of Delta variant infections. Under a road map outlined by Johnson in February, the government said all social restrictions would be lifted "no earlier" than June 21, when pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and other hospitality venues could fully reopen. But in recent weeks there has been fast growth in new cases caused by the Delta variant, first discovered in India, which health officials believe to be 60% more transmissible than the previous dominant strain and scientists warn could trigger a third wave of infections.
Bringing the second dose of AstraZeneca forward by four weeks "makes sense", the deputy chair of the Joint Commission on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has said. Asked if England should follow suit, Professor Anthony Harnden told the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme: "We are still vaccinating over 50s with their second dose in the UK at the moment so we want to complete that and we want to carry on reaching out those unvaccinated individuals...but as we move down the age groups, particularly with plentiful supply of AstraZeneca vaccine, it would make sense to shorten that dose interval from 12 to eight weeks." The spread of the mutation and the desire for more people to have had their jab is thought to be behind the Government's delay of the June 21 reopening, which will be announced by the Prime Minister Monday night.
Iranians this week are preparing to vote in — or perhaps to boycott — a presidential election that many fear will only underscore their powerlessness to shape the country's fate. Hopefuls are running to replace the term-limited President Hassan Rouhani, whose promises of a bright economic future withered as Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers collapsed. The backlash of disappointment in Rouhani's relatively moderate administration has given hard-liners an edge this time, analysts say, even as the U.S. and Iran now negotiate a return to the landmark accord.
Volunteers at a Texas state park recently ran into a dark, squirming mass of “creepy critters,” video shows — and they're hungry. “What IS this?” Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials asked the public in a Facebook post on Friday. The writhing blob of bugs, spotted at Mother Neff State Park, has commenters stumped, and grossed out, in equal measure.
A Chinese spacecraft will blast off from the Gobi Desert on a Long March rocket in the coming days, ferrying three men to an orbiting space module for a three-month stay, the first time China has sent humans into space for nearly five years. Shenzhou-12, meaning "Divine Vessel", will be the third of 11 missions needed to complete China's space station by 2022. Among them, four will be missions with people on board, potentially propelling up to 12 Chinese astronauts into space - more than the 11 men and women that China has sent since 2003.
A 76-year-old man believed to be the head of the world's largest family has died in India's Mizoram state. Ziona Chana, the head of a religious sect that practiced polygamy, died on Sunday, leaving behind 38 wives, 89 children and 36 grandchildren. The news was confirmed by Mizoram's chief minister, Zoramthanga, who offered his condolences on Twitter "with a heavy heart".
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was once widely praised outside the country for his reforming zeal but that image was shattered in the months leading up to his first electoral test. Bagging the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2019 for finally bringing an end to the 20-year stalemate with Eritrea cemented his international status. Mr Abiy's governing Ethiopian People's Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition was deep into its third decade in power and had been dogged by accusations of repression and human rights abuses.
A U.S. judge on Friday ordered the daughter of Mexican drug lord "El Mencho" to serve two years and six months in prison in a rare criminal case involving the Kingpin Act. Jessica Johanna Oseguera González, known as "La Negra," had urged Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, with the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., to free her after more than 15 months in jail so she could return to her daughter, age 5, and her older son at their family home in Guadalajara, Mexico. Prosecutors had lobbied for a prison sentence of four years and three months, arguing the 34-year-old California native has lied about the degree of her involvement with her father, drug lord Rubén Oseguera Cervantes — still on the Drug Enforcement Administration's Most Wanted list — and his drug dynasty, the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación, or CJNG.
Over 69 pounds of cocaine wrapped in garbage bags were discovered in a cruise ship's cargo space. The drugs were seized by the ship's security and handed to the authorities at Port Everglades, Florida. Over 69 pounds of cocaine wrapped in garbage bags were discovered on a cruise ship in Florida and seized by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
There is no question among European leaders preparing for President Biden's arrival in Brussels this week that reinstating the United States in the global conversation is a good thing—especially after a largely glowing G7 reception in the U.K. But Brussels is different, and in many ways the stakes are much higher for Biden, who just spent the weekend focused on China and will have to pivot to Russia, another country that evokes different opinions. This is especially true when it comes to energy politics: Russia is building a gas pipeline to supply Europe with Russian gas. At the end of the summit of the world's wealthiest nations, Biden proudly touted his success in persuading the others to explicitly condemn China in the joint statement.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken has said that China “has to cooperate” with an additional US and World Health Organisation-led investigation into how the Covid-19 outbreak began. He made the comments while being interviewed by John Dickerson on CBS' Face The Nation on Sunday while emphasising the importance of Beijing joining in an investigation into what led to the virus that has disrupted the world for more than a year. Mr Blinken said, “One of the things that's coming out of the G7 is an insistence that the WHO be able to move forward with China cooperating on this so-called Phase-two report to build on the initial report, which had real problems with it, not the least of which was C...
California's homeless problem has been out of control for decades. The result has been a deadly combination of medical crisis, human hopelessness and bureaucratic red tape as the state, reeling from the virus' impacts, tries to rebound with a plan for the 160,000 homeless people. A severe shelter and housing shortage is becoming not just a social services problem, but a political one as well, unlike anywhere in the country – thrusting the problem before the eyes of Californians who see people suffering and dying on the streets each day.
A high school awarded white students top honors after two Black students were already chosen. Parents at a Mississippi school claimed it had miscalculated the criteria for valedictorian and salutatorian. Breaking with tradition, the school ended up naming two white students as co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian.
“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.”