Police in Austin, Cleveland, Chicago and Savannah were all investigating mass shootings that erupted over a six-hour streak that began Friday night.'It's disturbing and it’s senseless' »
Egypt's highest civilian court on Monday upheld death sentences against 12 senior Muslim Brotherhood figures over a 2013 sit-in which ended with security forces killing hundreds of protesters, judicial sources said. The ruling, which cannot be appealed against, means the 12 men could face execution pending approval by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Many Muslim Brotherhood figures have been sentenced to death in other cases related to the unrest that followed the military's ousting of Brotherhood president Mohamed Mursi in 2013, but the Court of Cassation ordered retrials.
A man believed to have the world's largest family, including 39 wives, 94 children, 33 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, has died in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram. Ziona Chana, 76, was the head of a polygamous Christian religious sect with 4,000 members, and his extended family all lived together in one 100-room, four-storied mansion in the remote village of Baktawng Tlangnuam. Mr Chana, a construction worker, developed a rota system for which of his wives would share his bed on any given night, with his remaining spouses sharing a dormitory nearby.
Days after the U.S. Coast Guard returned to Cuba 82 people who in recent weeks were caught at sea off the Florida Keys trying to migrate to the U.S., another group of migrants arrived on a beach in the island chain. Three men and one woman made landfall near Sombrero Beach in the Middle Keys city of Marathon Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. The defunct policy allowed Cubans who set foot on land above the high-water mark to stay in the country and apply for permanent residency after a year, and mandated those caught at sea to be brought back to the island nation.
As Democrats warn of an ongoing assault on democracy and some Republicans continue to downplay the effects of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots and former President Donald Trump's stolen-election rhetoric, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has seemingly dismissed it all — even racist 20th-century Jim Crow laws — as just a side effect of the democratic system. Paul "[embraces] the notion" that minority party pushback is the "essence" of America's representative democracy, "distinguishing it from direct democracy, where the majority rules and is free to trample the rights of the minority unimpeded," per a The New York Times article published Monday. The "idea" of democracy and majority rule is what "goes against" American's history and values, claimed Paul.
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday that she has sought authorization to open an investigation into the Philippine government's deadly crackdown on drug crime. Fatou Bensouda said that a preliminary probe she opened in February 2018 “determined that there is a reasonable basis to believe that the crime against humanity of murder has been committed” in the Philippines between July 1, 2016 and March 16, 2019, the date the Philippines withdrew from the court. The suspected crimes happened “in the context of the government of Philippines 'war on drugs' campaign,” Bensouda said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked President Joe Biden's administration to give its views on whether the justices should hear a challenge to Harvard University's consideration of race in undergraduate student admissions. The case, should it be taken up by the court, would give the court's conservative majority a chance to end affirmative action policies used to increase the number of Black and Hispanic students on American campuses. The action by the court signals the interest of at least some of the nine justices in considering an appeal brought by a group called Students for Fair Admissions, founded by anti-affirmative action activist Edward Blum, of a lower court ruling that upheld Harvard's program.
Marks and Spencer, which has about 20 stores in the country, also gets its entire chilled sausage stock from Northern Ireland, which means the popular shops are invincible in the face of the threatened ban on imported UK sausages. Other major supermarkets operating in Northern Ireland, which has a proud sausage making tradition, are believed to source most of their bangers domestically. People here like their sausages from the butcher's and even if they go to the supermarket they'll go for a local brand like Denny or Cookstown,” butcher Julie Price told the Belfast Live website.
Six women were rescued from several California brothels, including one hidden in a high-end apartment building, after a two-year investigation, police say. Investigators also seized around $2 million and arrested a married couple accused of running the sex-trafficking operation in the San Francisco Bay Area, Milpitas police said in a statement. David Davies, 57, and Larong Hu, 38, face charges including pimping and pandering and felony conspiracy, police said.
(Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a free speech challenge to a federal anti-riot law brought by two members of a militant white supremacist group who pleaded guilty to crimes related to a deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The justices declined to hear appeals by the two California men, Michael Miselis and Benjamin Daley, of a lower court ruling that upheld their convictions under the 1968 Anti-Riot Act but also deemed some parts of the law a violation of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech. Miselis and Daley were members of the Southern California-based Rise Above Movement, a white supremacist group that billed itself as "combat-ready" and whose purpose was to engage in violent attacks on counter-protesters at various political rallies.
When U.S. Catholic bishops convene virtually for a national meeting Wednesday, they will be divided ideologically as well as physically. For a body that strives to appear unified and fraternal, it's a highly contentious issue, testing the extent to which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops can work constructively with the Biden administration and whether bishops heed appeals for restraint from Pope Francis and the Vatican. “If this vote proceeds despite warnings from the Vatican and opposition from many American bishops, it will only underscore how conference leadership puts its own political priorities before church unity and the pastoral model of Pope Francis,” said John Gehring, Catholic program director at the Washington-based clergy network Faith in Public Life.
Two Army paratroopers attached to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg were found “unresponsive in their barracks room,” according to the 82nd Airborne Division. The discovery was made Friday, June 11, and a cause of death has not been released. However, “illicit drugs” may have been a factor, Army investigators said in a news release.
The head of the Justice Department's National Security Division is expected to leave his post by the end of next week, the New York Times reported on Monday, following a series of reported leak probes under the Trump administration targeting the media, lawmakers and a former White House lawyer. The departure of John Demers, a holdover from U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, had been arranged months ago, the Times reported. The move follows reports of former President Donald Trump's Justice Department seizing records of lawmakers and journalists as part of an aggressive crackdown on leaks.
The Queen's grandson Peter Phillips and his estranged wife, Autumn, have agreed a divorce settlement, narrowly avoiding a courtroom showdown. The couple, who have two daughters aged 10 and nine, confirmed that they had resolved the financial aspects of their divorce "amicably". It came just hours after a five-day trial had been scheduled to begin at the High Court.
OTTAWA (Reuters) -A Canadian man who is accused of deliberately running over a Muslim family with his truck, killing four of them, now faces terrorism charges in addition to those for murder, prosecutors said on Monday. Nathaniel Veltman, 20, was arrested shortly after the June 6 attack in a parking lot in London, Ontario, a short distance from the city's oldest mosque. Due to a publication ban, details from a hearing in which Veltman appeared by Zoom on Monday from jail cannot be revealed.
A top Chinese virologist facing scrutiny amid theories the Covid pandemic could have originated in her lab has dismissed the concerns as “filth” being poured on an “innocent scientist”. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Shi Zhengli, a scientist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), has been praised for helping her country curb the spread of the virus, while also being at the centre of swirling conspiracy theories over its origins. Addressing the claims, the virologist, who has been dubbed “bat woman” by some, told The New York Times there was “no evidence” to support the allegations against her lab.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is vying to mend Turkey's battered relations with its Western partners, said Monday that a revival of dialogue with fellow NATO member Greece to resolve long-standing disputes will serve “stability and prosperity” in the region. Speaking on the sidelines of a NATO summit, Erdogan also lamented what he said was a lack of support by Turkey's NATO allies in its fight against terrorism. It was a veiled reference to Turkey's disappointment with U.S. military support for Syrian Kurdish fighters, who Ankara argues are inextricably linked to a decades-long Kurdish insurgency in Turkey.
On Sunday in Washington, D.C., Kamala Harris became the first vice president to attend a Pride parade while in office.
A U.S. judge has dismissed Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska's lawsuit against the United States over sanctions imposed on the billionaire, saying his numerous claims challenging Washington's actions lacked merit. U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta wrote on Sunday night that Deripaska failed to make a persuasive case against the U.S. Treasury Department and its Office of Foreign Assets Control, which oversees sanctions. "Deripaska asks this court to second guess OFAC where its expertise, and thus its authority, is at its zenith," Mehta said in a 34-page decision.
He died Feb. 15 at age 32, becoming not just one of the nearly 600,000 Americans who have now perished in the coronavirus outbreak but another example of the outbreak's strikingly uneven and ever-shifting toll on the nation's racial and ethnic groups. The approaching 600,000 mark, as tracked by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee. It is about equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019.
Security officials under NATO command have approached Qatar to secure a base that can be used to train Afghan special forces as part of a strategic commitment after foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan, three senior Western officials said. After two decades of war, forces from 36 countries involved in NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan are set to pull out of the country in coordination with a U.S. troop withdrawal by Sept. 11. "We are holding talks to earmark a base in Qatar to create an exclusive training ground for senior members of the Afghan forces," said a senior Western security official in Kabul.
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.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seen correcting US President Joe Biden at the G7 summit. Biden wrongly suggested Johnson hadn't introduced South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. The UK prime minister appeared to twice wave away the president's interruptions.
When they sit down to dream of small town perfection, Americans are usually dreaming of the Florida Keys. After all, Tripadvisor reported in April that Miami Beach and Key West were two of the most popular vacation spots for Americans in the world. A month earlier, after a raucous spring break that inspired many Miami locals vow to never cross the causeway again, Tripit from Concur reported that Florida was one of the top dream destinations in the country.
Both Paul Murdaugh and his mother Maggie were shot multiple times June 7 before they died, Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey told The Island Packet on Monday. Paul, 22, and Maggie, 52, were found dead outside their home in Colleton County the night of June 7. Autopsies on their bodies were completed Thursday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
“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.”