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A Northern California couple facing forced labor charges for allegedly forcing three Guatemalan immigrants to work long hours at their businesses for minimal pay have been charged in the 1997 kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl from Las Vegas. A federal grand jury on Thursday returned a superseding indictment against Nery Martinez Vasquez and his wife, Maura Martinez, both 52 and both from Shasta Lake, about 170 miles north of Sacramento, charging them with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and kidnapping, federal prosecutors announced. In January 1997, the couple allegedly conspired to kidnap a 13-year-old girl from her Las Vegas home.
CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden brought a sharply different tone to the Group of Seven summit from his predecessor Donald Trump by allowing frank and collaborative discussion of global issues without sowing disruptive chaos, a source with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters. "It used to be complete chaos," said the source. "Before, we were on edge the entire, the whole time just trying to keep the G7 intact - and you don't have to worry about that now."
The open U.S. House race created by Rep. Vicky Hartzler's decision to run for Senate has attracted its first candidate. Former state Sen. Ed Emery, a Republican, said Friday he will campaign for the 4th congressional district seat. “If, as a nation, we are to continue to enjoy the immeasurable blessings God has poured out from our country's (earliest) and miraculous beginnings there must be a return to those freedoms and eternal truths that have born us this far,” Emery wrote on Facebook.
Kip Kinkel, who killed his parents before going on a shooting rampage at his Oregon high school in 1998, killing two classmates and injuring 25 more, has given his first news interview, telling HuffPost he feels “tremendous, tremendous shame and guilt. Kinkel, now 38, is serving a de facto life sentence at the Oregon State Correctional Institution. He spoke with the news site by phone for about 20 hours over 10 months.
Two people were killed and at least 30 others wounded in mass shootings overnight in three states, authorities said Saturday, stoking concerns that a spike in U.S. gun violence could continue into summer as coronavirus restrictions ease and more people are free to socialize. The attacks took place late Friday or early Saturday in the Texas capital of Austin, Chicago and Savannah, Georgia. In Austin, authorities said they arrested one of two male suspects and were searching for the other after a shooting early Saturday on a crowded pedestrian-only street packed with bars and restaurants.
Turkey launched the biggest maritime cleanup operation in its history this week to tackle an unprecedented bloom of marine mucilage in the Sea of Marmara that experts say is an unsightly symptom of a much larger environmental problem. In recent weeks “sea snot” has blanketed much of the shoreline around Istanbul in the waterway between the Aegean and the Black Sea. Underneath the waves curtains of the sludge hang in sheets, with the blooms depleting oxygen levels in the ocean, choking aquatic life and threatening Turkey's fishing industry.
MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Brazil President Bolsonaro fined for no mask during motorcycle rally — U.S. governors weigh ending emergency orders as virus cases wane — Aid groups appeal to G-7 for logistical support, cash to get shots into arms to limit variants, dent global pandemic — Moscow's mayor has ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses to fight coronavirus infections that have more than doubled in the past week. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hinted that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed as a result of the spread of the delta variant first identified in India.
Israeli police said a Palestinian woman carrying a knife ran toward an Israeli military checkpoint on Saturday and was shot dead by a private security guard. The shooting took place at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem, one of the largest in the occupied West Bank. Police said the woman, identified as a 28-year-old resident of a West Bank refugee camp, had ignored calls by the guard to stop.
Boris Johnson was left infuriated on Saturday when Emmanuel Macron suggested in head-to-head G7 summit talks that Northern Ireland was not part of the UK. The Prime Minister attempted to explain his frustration with the Northern Ireland Protocol by asking Mr Macron what he would do if sausages from Toulouse could not be moved to Paris, according to a UK government source. The French president was said to have retorted by arguing that the comparison did not work because Paris and Toulouse were both part of the same country, incorrectly suggesting Northern Ireland is not within the UK.
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.
A Texas man has been indicted for a hate crime and stands accused of harassing and assaulting an Asian family while vacationing in Florida, according to local authorities. Wade Ashton, 54, told the family to “go back to where they came from” as they pet his dogs on Okaloosa Island, which apparently upset Mr Ashton. An argument broke out between a woman and Mr Ashton.
The dusty, rocky Mars surface and a Chinese rover and lander bearing small national flags were seen in photos released Friday that the rover took on the red planet.
Nasa has assembled the first of its powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rockets, which will carry humans to the Moon this decade. On Friday, engineers at Florida's Kennedy Space Center finished lowering the 65m (212ft) -tall core stage in-between two smaller booster rockets. It's the first time all three key elements of the rocket have been together in their launch configuration.
For one tourist, a New Mexico national park's slithering snakes are her “worst nightmare” — and she's not alone. Officials at Pecos National Historical Park issued a warning about snakes that might be sneaking around the park as the summer continues. Snakes — mostly rattlesnakes — are so common that park rangers said they have their own season.
Saudi Arabia announced Saturday this year's hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The announcement by the kingdom comes after it ran an incredibly pared-down pilgrimage last year over the virus, but still allowed a small number of the faithful to take part in the annual ceremony. A statement on the state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted the kingdom's Hajj and Umrah Ministry making the announcement.
Sen. Lindsey Graham dismissed President Joe Biden's leadership on the international stage. Over the past five years, Graham has evolved from a Trump critic to a staunch ally. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Thursday said that he missed former President Donald Trump and derided President Joe Biden's pre-G7 summit meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as "all fluff and happy talk."
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a strong hint Saturday that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England this month will be delayed as a result of the spread of the delta variant first identified in India. In a series of interviews on the sidelines of the Group of Seven leaders' summit in southwest England, Johnson conceded that he has grown more pessimistic about sanctioning the next easing scheduled for June 21 as the number of infections across the U.K. has increased to levels not seen since February. The British government has planned to take the next step in bringing England out of lockdown by removing all legal limits on social contact — including allowing nightclubs to reopen for the first time since the pandemic struck in March 2020.
A Scottish rapist who was considered missing, and possibly dead, in California has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after authorities finally tracked him down. Kim Avis, 57, was jailed in the Edinburgh High Court following his arrival back in the UK on Friday after pleading guilty to non-sexual charges. Last month, Avis was found guilty on three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault in the High Count in Glasgow, according to the Crown Office.
The 80-year-old, whose fortunes changed with a viral tweet last year, is again at his roadside eatery in India's capital Delhi, just six months after he opened a new restaurant in the same locality. Mr Prasad's food stall, Baba ka dhaba, grabbed headlines in October 2020 after a blogger posted a video of him crying about the lack of business because of the pandemic. In the video, a tearful Mr Prasad showed the dishes they had prepared for the day, all unsold.
Trump and Biden's first G7 'family photos' tell a very different diplomatic tale. In 2017, Trump made other world leaders wait for him as he took a golf cart to the photo location. In 2021's family photo, leaders are spaced apart likely due to social distancing for COVID-19.
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.
A taxi driver was taking a coffee break when the suspect pulled up in his black truck and told him to call the police as he had just killed someone, Yellow Taxi London president Hassan Savehilaghi told The Free Press on the driver's behalf. The pickup driver was wearing what appeared to be a bullet-proof vest, a military-style helmet and clothing that possibly had swastikas on it, Mr Savehilaghi said the traumatised driver had told him. The driver, who was even asked by the suspect to film his arrest, said that the front end of the truck had been “damaged with blood” and he immediately called the police.
Biden's willingness to pursue a deal may produce a watered-down plan with Republicans that may cost him Democratic support. A group of Senate Democrats are ratcheting up their criticism of ongoing infrastructure negotiations with Republicans - and a few are warning they would derail a deal that omits climate change measures.
LONDON—The main aim of President Biden's European tour this week has simply been to show that the United States “is back!” at the heart of the Western diplomatic consensus. The president tried to cajole his colleagues to sign a joint statement calling out China directly for forced labor practices in Xinjiang province where the Muslim Uighur minority has been targeted by Beijing. “There is a little differentiation, I think I would say, within—within, I think, the spectrum of how hard they would push on some of these issues,” a senior Biden administration official said in a briefing to reporters.
A heartbreaking video shows the moment an Indian elephant bid farewell to its long-time trainer. Damodaran Nair, who took care of elephants in a village in Kerala, died of cancer on June 3. The elephant paid his last respects to his master by waving his trunk and bowing his head.
“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.”