The North Korean leader's sibling dismissed prospects for an early resumption of diplomacy, saying U.S. expectations of talks would "plunge them into a greater disappointment."Impasse over nuclear program »
Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's president-elect, said on Monday it is "central to our foreign policy" that the United States lift its sanctions on the country. Raisi, 60, is currently Iran's ultraconservative judiciary chief. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, is one of his mentors, and a panel led by Khamenei disqualified several reformist presidential candidates and those aligned with President Hassan Rouhani, who is considered to be more moderate.
A man accused of kidnapping and raping a federal parole officer stole her gun and assaulted her at gunpoint, according to new details released by authorities in Tennessee. Antonio Taylor, 31, is accused of holding the parole officer against her will when she stopped by his Memphis apartment Thursday for a check-in visit, WHBQ reported, citing a police affidavit. After overpowering her and stealing her gun, Taylor pinned her down and beat and sexually assaulted her,according to the affidavit.
Businesses are paying tariffs on EU goods sent to Northern Ireland via Britain because of the customs border in the Irish Sea created by a Brexit withdrawal agreement. Companies have to pay more money to send the goods from Britain to Northern Ireland, even though they meet EU standards because they were made in Europe. A government reimbursement scheme on tariffs paid on goods sold in Northern Ireland is not yet up and running, which risks causing additional cash flow problems for businesses.
Jamie Spears, Britney Spears' father and conservator, is living in an "RV parked at a warehouse" in Louisiana, The New York Times reported Tuesday, despite an about $16,000/month salary in the court-appointed arrangement granting Jamie "broad control" over his daughter's life and finances. For her part, Britney has pushed back on the conservatorship "earlier and more often than had previously been known," the Times report revealed. The pop star has stayed "largely silent" on the topic in public, while claiming privately that the arrangement "restricted everything from whom she dated to the color of her kitchen cabinets," confidential court records show.
America could slow down its withdrawal from Afghanistan amid rapid battlefield gains by the Taliban which have raised alarm in Nato capitals, the Pentagon said. Joe Biden has promised all US troops will be out of Afghanistan by September, but in recent weeks officials had briefed that the pull out was ahead of schedule and could be complete as early as July. "The situation in Afghanistan changes as the Taliban continue to conduct these attacks and to raid district centres as well as the violence, which is still too high," he told reporters.
Ms Murugayan, 40, had pleaded guilty to a number of charges including culpable homicide against Ms Piang. The judge said the prosecution had painted a "shocking" picture of how the 24-year old woman was tortured, humiliated, starved and ultimately killed. He said the case was "one of the worst cases of culpable homicide" in the city-state and that words could not accurately describe the level of abuse the young woman had to endure in the month before her death.
A community in the Philippines has been raffling off huge sacks of rice in exchange for getting vaccinated against COVID-19, after finding it hard to persuade people to get their shots. Twenty weekly winners who get their shots in Sucat on the outskirts of the capital Manila have been taking home a 25 kg (55 pound) sack of rice each. Local official Jeramel Mendoza said the initiative was targeting mainly poorer residents, who were not so keen on vaccinations.
Two young men and a woman, suspected of an armed robbery outside a Hialeah hotel, led police officers on a dramatic car chase that wound up in Broward County. Their silver Mercedes-Benz was eventually stopped in Hollywood, the three were taken into custody and the case might have remained largely anonymous, except for one thing. The backseat passenger, an 18-year-old named Gabriel Rodriguez, was discovered with a gunshot wound to the neck — presumably from a police bullet.
More than five million people became millionaires across the world in 2020 despite economic damage from the Covid-19 pandemic. While many poor people became poorer, the number of millionaires increased by 5.2 million to 56.1 million globally, Credit Suisse research found. In 2020 more than 1% of adults worldwide were millionaires for the first time.
Asylum seekers under the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" policy who had their cases in the U.S. closed — many for reasons beyond their control, including kidnappings and court rulings against the government — will now be able to come into the country to pursue asylum claims, the Biden administration said Tuesday. The administration on Wednesday will begin to allow the first of thousands with closed cases to pursue their asylum claims within the United States, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday. “As part of our continued effort to restore safe, orderly, and humane processing at the Southwest Border, DHS will expand the pool" of asylum seekers eligible for processing, the department said in a statement, including those "who had their cases terminated or were ordered removed in absentia."
A man rammed two people with his pickup truck, killing one, attacked other people with a crowbar and pulled a gun before he was shot Monday in a Sacramento-area suburb, authorities said.
A father who took his 7-week-old daughter to a medical center with severe head injuries is now accused of killing the infant, Kentucky police say. Del'Shawn Banks, 23, took his baby to a Norton Children's pediatrician office, whose staff notified officials after seeing the child's injuries, Louisville police said. The girl was unresponsive and medical staff were attempting life-saving measures when police arrived, according to an arrest citation.
Over the past two years, the Chinese authorities have repeatedly promised to help trace any children reported to be missing in Xinjiang, to prove that they haven't been forcibly separated from their parents. The first time China made a public promise to help find Kalbinur Tursan's children was in 2019. "If you have people who have lost their children, you give me the names," China's then-ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, told the BBC in a live television interview in July that year.
But the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that eight in 10 people over the age of 16 now have antibodies to Covid. For the whole population, including children, nearly seven in 10 have immunity – 54 per cent higher than the modellers predicted. The percentage of those with immunity is likely to be higher still because many under-16s will have had a previous infection and the data only runs up to June 7, meaning it does not include vaccinations and infections in the last fortnight.
In his continued push against the “indoctrination” of students, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed legislation that will require public universities and colleges to survey students, faculty and staff about their beliefs and viewpoints to support “intellectual diversity.” The survey will discern “the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented” in public universities and colleges, and seeks to find whether students, faculty and staff “feel free to express beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom,” according to the bill. “That's not worth tax dollars and that's not something that we're going to be supporting moving forward,” DeSantis said at a press conference at a middle school in Fort Myers.
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Thousands of people gathered last week to hold “America's wildest and craziest country party” in a Kentucky town so small it doesn't even have a stoplight. Blue Holler Offroad Park in Edmonson County played host to “Redneck Rave,” a five-day country party that organizers promised would feature “mud, music and mayhem.” The Edmonson County sheriff's office was tasked with policing twice its usual population as some Redneck Rave participants allegedly committed assaults, severed fingers, got impaled and became so intoxicated they were ill.
A bicyclist struck the side of a bridge, fell over a railing and into Lake Lavon near Wylie, where the man likely drowned Monday, authorities said. Divers found the bicyclist's body Tuesday morning, about 16 1/2 hours after he fell in the 9300 block of Farm to Market 3286, according to the Collin County Sheriff's Office. The Collin County Sheriff's Office and Wylie Fire-Rescue dive teams went to the scene and began a rescue operation.
A bison seriously injured a hiker in Yellowstone National Park, but park officials don't know why. A 30-year-old woman was hiking with a friend on the Storm Point Trail within the park Sunday when she encountered a bison. Park officials said they don't have any other information on the encounter, including what led to it.
One person was killed Monday when a car ran off a Midlands road and flipped over multiple times, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol. Khalia Woods died of blunt force injuries, Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker said Tuesday. The 17-year-old Sumter resident was one of two passengers in the car, said Trooper Nick Pye of Highway Patrol.
The pro-choice movement began in the 1960s to oppose abortion restrictions and increase access to abortion. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historical decision to protect the choice to have an abortion. As more states pass arbitrary restrictions to limit access to abortion, choice has become complicated.
Derek Chauvin will be sentenced Friday for the murder of George Floyd. Criminal justice reform advocates want accountability, but say a longer prison sentence isn't it. Advocates for criminal justice reform want police to be held accountable for using excessive force, but when Derek Chauvin is sentenced Friday for the murder of George Floyd, they won't be rooting for maximum prison time.
Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says she will not join the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill unless she has tenure, NC PolicyWatch reported Tuesday, citing a letter from her legal team sent to the university this week. She will not start her job as Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media on July 1, according to the letter. Hannah-Jones appears to be rescinding the five-year, fixed-term contract that was offered and pursuing a tenure appointment.
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong has a blunt message for U.S. officials looking for dialog with the North: Don't get your hopes up. With a long record of attacking both the U.S. and South Korea on behalf of her brother, Kim Yo Jong warned the U.S. against even “greater disappointment” in response to U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan's seeming optimism about prospects for renewed talks. Kim Yo Jong, who greeted President Joe Biden in March with the advice that the U.S. “had better refrain from causing a stink,” could not have timed her latest declaration more adroitly.
While making a speech to advance the For the People Act in the Senate on Tuesday, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said there is a “rot at the center of the modern Republican Party” over efforts to restrict voting after former President Donald Trump's “big lie” of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
“The pandemic has unequivocally proven the public health value of masks. And they should stick around in certain situations.”
“With the steady thrum of anti-mask sentiment in the U.S., it’s highly unlikely that they will continue to be a ubiquitous sight.”
“Wearing masks on airplanes or other modes of transit ... can help keep everyone safe.”
“Just because masks are common in many other nations ... is hardly a reason to emulate the practice.”
“The fact that the flu all but vanished ... is not evidence alone that masks were responsible.”