• A 'new Cold War?' China blames U.S. for growing tensions
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    A 'new Cold War?' China blames U.S. for growing tensions

    The United States is pushing China to the brink of a "new Cold War," China's foreign minister said as officials in the world's two largest economies continue trading barbs over each other's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. "This dangerous attempt to turn back the wheel of history will undo the fruits of decadeslong China-U.S. cooperation, dampen American's own development prospects, and put world stability and prosperity in jeopardy,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday in a video news conference on the sidelines of the annual session of China's National People's Congress. Wang blamed the worsening tensions on "some political forces in the U.S." that were "taking China-U.S. relations hostage."

  • Netanyahu becomes the first Israeli prime minister to stand trial over corruption and fraud cases
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    Netanyahu becomes the first Israeli prime minister to stand trial over corruption and fraud cases

    Amir Levy/Getty Images The trial against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began in Jerusalem on Sunday, marking the first time in Israel's history that a sitting prime minister has ever faced trial. Last year, Netanyahu was indicted on bribery, fraud, and breach of trust charges as part of three separate corruption cases. The trial against Netanyahu was delayed by two months because of Israel's coronavirus outbreak.

  • Brazil police raid Rio governor's residences amid COVID-19 probe
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    Brazil police raid Rio governor's residences amid COVID-19 probe

    Brazilian federal police on Tuesday raided the residences of Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel as part of a COVID-19 corruption probe, targeting one of President Jair Bolsonaro's political foes as the pandemic sweeps the nation. Two sources and a statement from the federal police said the search warrants were part of an investigation into alleged corruption involving the use of public money destined to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro state. No arrest warrants were issued, a source said.

  • North Dakota Governor Chokes Up as He Calls on State Residents to Avoid 'Mask Shaming'
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    Time

    North Dakota Governor Chokes Up as He Calls on State Residents to Avoid 'Mask Shaming'

    The governor of North Dakota seemed on the verge of tears Friday, as he urged residents to be “empathetic” towards those who decide to wear face masks, noting that some people are far greater risk from COVID-19. Speaking at a press conference in the state's capital, Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican, choked up as he asked residents to “dial up your empathy and your understanding” when they see someone wearing a face mask. “If someone is wearing a mask, they're not doing it to represent what political party they're in or what candidates they support,” said Burgum.

  • Venezuela celebrates docking of tanker with Iran gasoline
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    Venezuela celebrates docking of tanker with Iran gasoline

    Venezuelan authorities celebrated Monday as the first of five Iranian tankers loaded with gasoline docked in the South American country, delivering badly needed fuel to the crisis-stricken nation that sits atop the world's largest oil reserves. The gasoline shipments are arriving in defiance of stiff sanctions by the Trump administration against both nations, and they mark a new era in the burgeoning relationship between Venezuela and Iran, which is expanding its footprint in the Western Hemisphere. “We keep moving forward and winning,” Venezuela's Minister of Energy Tareck El Aissami tweeted.

  • Joe Biden forced to make his fundraisers fully virtual – bar the price tag
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    The Guardian

    Joe Biden forced to make his fundraisers fully virtual – bar the price tag

    The coronavirus pandemic may have driven Joe Biden into his basement and forced his campaign online, but one crucial factor is still the same: his run for the White House still needs to raise giant amounts of money. A fundraising invite for a 14 May event for the New Hampshire Republican congressional candidate Matt Mowers featuring the former New Jersey governor Chris Christie starts at $250 for the “individual” level and goes all the way to $1,000 for the chair level.

  • Kitten born with two faces dies days after internet fame
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    The Independent

    Kitten born with two faces dies days after internet fame

    Born with a birth defect known as diprosopus, or cranial duplication, Biscuits had four eyes, two noses and two mouths. He could eat and meow from both faces and Mr King said he was a “lively” kitten. But felines with the defect do not have a long life expectancy, and the family acknowledged that Biscuits had beaten “the longest of odds” by living as long as he did.

  • Weather improves for historic SpaceX astronaut launch
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    Weather improves for historic SpaceX astronaut launch

    Working through dismal weather, SpaceX engineers pressed ahead Monday with preparations to launch two astronauts aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft Wednesday, the first piloted flight to orbit from U.S. soil in nearly nine years. SpaceX and NASA held a launch readiness review to verify the Falcon 9 booster and spacecraft are ready for flight while NASA and its international partners went over preparations to welcome two new crew members to the lab complex. Keeping tabs on the weather, Crew Dragon commander Douglas Hurley and joint operations commander Robert Behnken plan to don their pressure suits and head for launch pad 39A around 1:15 p.m. ET Wednesday.

  • Top Brazil media end coverage of presidential doorstop
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    AFP

    Top Brazil media end coverage of presidential doorstop

    Brasília (AFP) - Two of Brazil's top media groups said Monday they were suspending coverage of President Jair Bolsonaro's informal news conferences outside the presidential palace because of harassment by his supporters and a lack of security. Media conglomerate Globo and newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo said the presidential security detail was failing to provide adequate protection for journalists covering Bolsonaro. The far-right president, who regularly rails against the mainstream media, often stops outside the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia in the morning to greet supporters and occasionally speak to the press.

  • Coronavirus: China accuses US of spreading 'conspiracies'
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    Coronavirus: China accuses US of spreading 'conspiracies'

    China's foreign minister has accused the US of spreading "conspiracies and lies" about the coronavirus, ratcheting up tensions between the two nations. The US has been infected by a "political virus" that compels some politicians to repeatedly attack China, Wang Yi told reporters on Sunday. He urged the US to "stop wasting time and stop wasting precious lives" in its response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

  • Daytona beachside shooting wounds at least 5 people
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    USA TODAY

    Daytona beachside shooting wounds at least 5 people

    At least five people were treated for gunshot wounds Saturday night after a large crowd blocked State Road A1A and a fight spilled into a restaurant in the heart of the city's tourist area, officials said. About 200 young people were observed in a helicopter video dancing, partying and gathering on the sidewalk in the middle of the street outside the Burger King, on Atlantic Avenue Ave as the sun came down on the first big night of the Memorial Day weekend. The gathering continued as police shut down all traffic coming over the bridges on to Daytona Beach's barrier island.

  • Germany wants to end travel warning for 31 European countries: report
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    Germany wants to end travel warning for 31 European countries: report

    The German government wants to end a travel warning for tourist trips to 31 European countries from June 15 if the coronavirus situation allows, magazine Focus on Tuesday cited dpa news agency as reporting. It said a paper on European tourism that may be agreed by the cabinet on Wednesday showed the government wanted to allow travel to the 26 other European Union nations and Britain as well as the four non-EU countries in the Schengen passport-free zone - Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. On May 18, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Germany was hoping to ease a travel warning on all tourist trips abroad that is in place until June 15.

  • Beijing says it will unilaterally impose national laws in Hong Kong 'without delay' as thousands take to the streets in protest
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    Beijing says it will unilaterally impose national laws in Hong Kong 'without delay' as thousands take to the streets in protest

    REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo China's foreign minister said that implementing anti-sedition laws in Hong Kong is now a "pressing obligation." This is a continuation of China's attempts to increase control over Hong Kong following mass protests in 2019. On Sunday, thousands of protesters faced tear gas and pepper spray from Hong Kong police.

  • New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake
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    New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview Monday morning. She interrupted Newshub host Ryan Bridge to tell him what was happening at the parliament complex in the capital, Wellington. We're just having a bit of an earthquake here Ryan, quite a decent shake here,” she said, looking up and around the room.

  • US accuses Russia of deploying fighter jets in Libya
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    US accuses Russia of deploying fighter jets in Libya

    The United States has accused Russia of deploying jet fighters to Libya in what if confirmed would be a dramatic escalation of its military support for renegade field marshal Khalifa Haftar's war against the country's UN-recognised government. United States Africa Command said on Tuesday it had monitored several jet fighters flying from Russia to Libya via Syria, and that it expected them to be used to support Russian mercenaries fighting on the ground in support of Gen Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA). "We watched as Russia flew fourth generation jet fighters to Libya -- every step of the way.

  • Baby gorilla injured at Seattle Zoo
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    Baby gorilla injured at Seattle Zoo

    A baby gorilla was badly injured at a Seattle zoo on Saturday when he was caught in a skirmish between his family group members, zookeepers said.

  • SpaceX and NASA Are Set for a Historic Crewed Launch This Week. Here's How to Watch
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    Time

    SpaceX and NASA Are Set for a Historic Crewed Launch This Week. Here's How to Watch

    It's been a long time since the country that once flew nine crewed missions to the moon has been able to launch even a single human being to space aboard its own rockets from its own soil. Ever since the final flight of the space shuttle in July 2011, the U.S. has been dependent on buying rides aboard Russia's Soyuz spacecraft—at a current $80 million a seat—if it wants to get as far as low-Earth orbit. All of that is set to change at 4:33 PM EDT on Wednesday May 27, when astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are scheduled to take off aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket, bound for the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Jeffrey Epstein: Up to 130 people claim they could be child of dead financier with £470m fortune
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    The Independent

    Jeffrey Epstein: Up to 130 people claim they could be child of dead financier with £470m fortune

    More than 100 people claim they could be the offspring of the deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is thought to have had a personal fortune of around £470 million. A DNA company, which set up a website called epsteinheirs.com, said as many as 130 people had come forward – including a number of Britons – since the site's launch. Hundreds more had been in touch with tips regarding Epstein's possible fathering of children, The Sun reported.

  • Why is Trump so restrained about the Biden sexual assault allegation?
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    The Guardian

    Why is Trump so restrained about the Biden sexual assault allegation?

    Sometimes Donald Trump portrays his election rival, Joe Biden, as a sleepy geriatric who should be in a care home because “he doesn't know he's alive”. At others, the president speaks of Biden as a wily manipulator who conspired with the deep state and China. But in this scattergun approach, the US president has been uncharacteristically reluctant to use what, in normal times, would seem standard political ammunition: an allegation of sexual assault.

  • Corruption prosecutions nearly double in China over last year
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    Corruption prosecutions nearly double in China over last year

    The number of prosecutions related to corruption in China nearly doubled last year, according to a report by Beijing's top prosecutor, as President Xi Jinping ramped up his crackdown on graft. According to the annual report from the Supreme People's Procuratorate submitted to the national parliament, 18,585 people were prosecuted for crimes related to corruption in 2019, a 90 percent year-on-year increase. Sixteen cases involved former provincial or ministerial-level Communist Party cadres, including former Yunnan party chief Qin Guangrong, who was accused of taking bribes.

  • Germany aims to lift European travel warning, ease distancing
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    Germany aims to lift European travel warning, ease distancing

    Germany aims to lift a travel warning for 31 European countries from mid-June, a government source said, and media reported that social distancing rules imposed to avoid the coronavirus could be eased from June 29, a week earlier than planned. German regions are in talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on how to further relax restrictions introduced in March to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Balancing the need to revive Europe's biggest economy - which faces its deepest recession since World War Two - with protecting public health, Germany's 16 state premiers will try on Wednesday to agree with Merkel on the way forward.

  • Chinese media says Wuhan had live virus
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    Chinese media says Wuhan had live virus

    The Chinese virology institute at the centre of US allegations it may have been the source of the COVID-19 pandemic has three live strains of bat coronavirus on-site, but none match the new global contagion, its director has said.

  • The private jet version of the Boeing 787 can cost more than $200 million and fly over 18 hours. Take a look at some its most luxurious designs.
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    The private jet version of the Boeing 787 can cost more than $200 million and fly over 18 hours. Take a look at some its most luxurious designs.

    The Boeing Business Jet 787 is the private jet version of Boeing's bestselling 787 Dreamliner. The Dreamliner kicked off a next-generation revolution with its fuel-efficient engines and aerodynamically-friendly features. The 787 Dreamliner is one of Boeing's most popular twin-engine wide-bodies thanks to its fuel efficiency, lower operating costs, and passenger-friendly amenities, which have proven to be endearing qualities for airlines and private owners alike.

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    Associated Press

    Reports: Russian mediation reopens major highway in NE Syria

    Traffic returned to a major highway in northeastern Syria for the first time in seven months on Monday, following Russian mediation to reopen parts of the road captured last year by Turkey-backed opposition fighters. Syrian Kurdish media and a Syrian Kurdish official said several vehicles accompanied by Russian troops began driving in the morning between the northern towns of Ein Issa and Tal Tamr. The two towns are controlled by government forces and Syrian Kurdish fighters while the area between them is mostly held by Turkey-backed opposition fighters.

  • Iran oil tanker reaches Venezuela amid US tension
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    BBC

    Iran oil tanker reaches Venezuela amid US tension

    The first of five Iranian oil tankers has entered Venezuela's waters carrying more than a million barrels of fuel. Both Venezuela and Iran have warned Washington not to interfere with the delivery. Venezuela is suffering a shortage of refined fuel, despite having the world's largest oil reserves.