Dr. Anthony Fauci's GOP antagonists include former Trump administration adviser Peter Navarro, who falsely claimed the renowned medical expert "killed millions of Americans."Fanning bogus conspiracy theories »
Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza early Tuesday, hitting the high-rise home of a Hamas field commander and two border tunnels dug by militants, as Hamas and other armed groups fired dozens of rockets toward Israel. It was an escalation sparked by weeks of tensions in contested Jerusalem. Since sundown Monday when the cross-border fighting erupted, 24 Palestinians - including nine children - were killed in Gaza, most by airstrikes, Gaza health officials said.
China's population growth has slipped to the lowest ever on record, forcing Communist Party leaders to contend with a demographic crisis hitting the world's second-largest economy. The country's population increased 5.38 per cent to 1.41 billion people in 2020, according to once-a-decade census results published by the government on Tuesday. Economists have long raised concerns over whether China can grow rich before it grows old – a struggle for many developing nations.
For weeks now, Palestinian protesters and Israeli police have clashed on a daily basis in and around Jerusalem's Old City, home to major religious sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims and the emotional epicenter of the Middle East conflict. Jerusalem has been the scene of violent confrontations between Jews and Arabs for 100 years and remains one of the most bitterly contested cities on earth. The latest clashes began a month ago with an Israeli move to block some Palestinian gatherings at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, already a time of heightened religious sensitivities.
Candidates began signing up on Tuesday for Iran's June 18 presidential polls with the clerical establishment hoping for a high turnout in a vote seen as a referendum on the leaders' handling of the Islamic Republic's political and economic crises. Turnout may be hit by rising discontent over steep rises in consumer prices and high unemployment as the economy has been crippled by U.S. sanctions reimposed after the United States in 2018 pulled out of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist whose government is taking part in talks in Vienna with world powers to revive Iran's 2015 nuclear deal that secured a removal of international financial and trade sanctions against Tehran, cannot seek re-election having served two consecutive four-year terms.
On 1 April, the wife and daughter of an editor of a leading newspaper in India's western state of Gujarat went to a state-run hospital to get the daughter a Covid-19 test. Waiting in the queue, they noticed two body bags on gurneys. Workers at the hospital in the capital, Gandhinagar, said the patients had died of Covid-19.
Qatar's ruling emir visited Saudi Arabia on Monday for the first time since signing a declaration with the kingdom and other Arab Gulf states to ease a years-long rift and end an embargo that had frayed ties among important U.S. allies and security partners. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was greeted at the airport by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Red Sea city of Jiddah, according to Saudi and Qatari state-run media. The meeting highlights how ties between the neighbors are improving following a decision earlier this year by Saudi Arabia to end its more than three-year-long embargo of the tiny and wealthy Gulf state.
Three Georgia men were scheduled to appear before a federal judge Tuesday on federal hate crime charges in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was chased and shot after being spotted running in the defendants' neighborhood. Arraignments before U.S. Magistrate Judge Benjamin Cheesbro were set for Tuesday afternoon as federal prosecutors moved ahead with their case, even with state murder charges still pending against the same defendants. A Georgia judge has set a trial in the state's case for October and will hear pretrial motions later this week.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came close to it and other American Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said on Monday. This is the second time within the last month that U.S. military vessels have had to fire warning shots because of what they said was unsafe behavior by Iranian vessels in the region, after a relative lull in such interactions over the past year. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the warning shots were fired after the Iranian fast boats came as close as 150 yards (450 feet) of six U.S. military vessels, including the USS Monterey, that were escorting the guided-missile submarine Georgia.
President Joe Biden has announced he would be speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, given the hackers responsible were a Russia-based ransomware group. “I'm going to be meeting with President Putin,” Mr Biden said. Date and location have yet to be announced for the meeting between Mr Biden and the Russian president.
BENGALURU (Reuters) -India's coronavirus crisis showed scant sign of easing on Tuesday, with a seven-day average of new cases at a record high and international health authorities warning the country's variant of the virus poses a global concern. India's daily coronavirus cases rose by 329,942, while deaths from the disease rose by 3,876, according to the health ministry. India's total coronavirus infections are now at 22.99 million, while total fatalities rose to 249,992.
France's prime minister is proposing tougher and faster punishment for people who attack the police, as the government pays a national tribute to the latest police officer killed in the line of duty. Prime Minister Jean Castex will lead Tuesday's ceremony in the southern city of Avignon to honor officer Eric Masson, killed last week in an apparent drug-related incident. Four people have been arrested in the homicide investigation, the regional prosecutor said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced new stimulus checks for California residents. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said the state would be sending stimulus checks to two-thirds of its residents in an expansion of its plan to support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Newsom said on Monday that those who qualify would receive a one-time stimulus payment of $600 or $1,200 and families with kids would receive another $500.
Glenn Youngkin, a political newcomer who campaigned as a conservative, Christian outsider, bested a field of seven candidates to emerge as Virginia Republicans' nominee for governor, in a year when the GOP hopes to end a 12-year losing streak in statewide races. Youngkin defeated a hard-right contender in state Sen. Amanda Chase, who closely aligned herself with former President Donald Trump, as well as an establishment candidate, former House Speaker Kirk Cox, who had more than 30 years' experience in government as well as the endorsements of former governors George Allen and Bob McDonnell. While Youngkin did not embrace Trump to the same extent as Chase, he spoke favorably of the former president during the campaign.
Little more than six months after Boeing's 737 Max was cleared to fly again by US regulators, the aircraft finds itself under intense scrutiny once again. Boeing and the US regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration say they are working closely to address the issue. According to Boeing and the FAA, the problem first became apparent during testing of a newly manufactured 737 Max 8, which had yet to be delivered to its owner.
China's ruling Communist Party has opened a new front in its long, ambitious war to shape global public opinion: Western social media. Liu Xiaoming, who recently stepped down as China's ambassador to the United Kingdom, is one of the party's most successful foot soldiers on this evolving online battlefield. Since then, Liu has deftly elevated his public profile, gaining a following of more than 119,000 as he transformed himself into an exemplar of China's new sharp-edged “wolf warrior” diplomacy, a term borrowed from the title of a top-grossing Chinese action movie.
A dead shark found washed up on Virginia Beach has many fascinated, some “freaked out,” but most of all, curious what caused its death. Discovered last week by a man walking in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach, the shark cuts a macabre figure in the sand; it's gills sunken, skin wrinkled, eyes still open, sharp teeth set in a red-ringed mouth. It is at least 6 feet long, according to the beachgoer, who shared a photo of the dead shark on Facebook.
Police officers fatally shot a man minutes after he killed a bicyclist during an argument near a Greenville, S.C., park Sunday morning, authorities said.
Three senior journalists working for a news agency in Myanmar who fled after the military government ordered its operations to stop have been arrested by police in northern Thailand, their editor said Monday. The three work for DVB, also known as Democratic Voice of Burma, an online and broadcast news agency, its executive director and chief editor, Aye Chan Naing, said in an email. Burma is the former name for Myanmar and is still used by some opponents of military rule.
Brandon Elliot told a parole board in 2019 that he regretted stabbing his mother to death. Elliot was arrested in March on suspicion of attacking a 65-year-old Asian woman in Manhattan. The parole board transcript also suggests Elliot had "visions" where people looked like animals.
Sen. Jodi Ernst, an Iowa Republican, said some in her party "are trying to silence others." Cheney has angered some Republicans by recognizing the legitimacy of President Joe Biden's election. A Republican senator is speaking against "cancel culture" - not on the left, this time, but within her own party.
Victor Hugo Cuevas was confronted by Houston cops after a tiger was spotted lounging on his lawn. After a short standoff with the cops, Cuevas, 26, took off in a white Jeep - Bengal tiger in tow. The residents of a sleepy West Houston suburb were shocked to see a full-sized Bengal tiger stalking down the street.
A seven-month investigation by the Associated Press and the Oxford Internet Institute, a department at Oxford University, found that China's rise on Twitter has been powered by an army of fake accounts that have retweeted Chinese diplomats and state media tens of thousands of times, covertly amplifying propaganda that can reach hundreds of millions of people -- often without disclosing the fact that the content is government-sponsored. More than half the retweets Liu got from June through January came from accounts that Twitter has suspended for violating the platform's rules, which prohibit manipulation.
Russia's notorious GRU spy agency is suspected of being behind directed energy attacks on American personnel, a report says. US officials believe the military intelligence unit could be responsible for the attacks on US government personnel around the world, according to Politico. The officials say they do not have definitive proof of Russian involvement and the intelligence community has not made a final determination.
BIPOC – an acronym for Black, Indigenous and other people of color – was part of how we talked about race during the COVID-19 spring of 2020. The term was useful to bring focus to the deadly experiences of oppression faced by Black and Indigenous people. Although some people didn't like it or didn't understand it, the term BIPOC filled the streets with multiracial rage about the murder of George Floyd and anti-Black policing.
Experts say steroids used to treat COVID-19 may be linked fueling the uptick by dampening patients' immune systems. One doctor in Mumbai said 11 of his patients have required life-saving eye removal surgery. In the wake of India's second wave of COVID-19, hospitals are reporting an uptick in cases of mucormycosis or "black fungus" - a serious but rare fungal infection.
“If Facebook lets Trump back on Facebook and Instagram, he'll assuredly restart his assault on democracy.”
“Facebook should have known better than to believe that it could limit speech on its platform without setting a terrible precedent.”
“Providing a microphone and an amplifier for deceit isn't fighting the good fight for free speech.”
“It’s no defense of Mr. Trump’s conduct to say that the digital public square shouldn’t suppress speech by political leaders.”
“The former president no longer gets the ‘head of state’ exception to terms of service.”