President Biden disputed a journalist’s characterization of Chinese President Xi Jinping as an "old friend" who might be persuaded to allow a probe into the origins of the pandemic.Several sharp exchanges »
China flew a record 28 fighter jets toward the self-ruled island of Taiwan on Tuesday, the island's defense ministry said, the largest such display of force since Beijing began sending planes on a near daily basis last year. Taiwan's air force deployed its combat air patrol forces in response and monitored the situation in the southwestern part of the island's air defense identification zone with its air defense systems, the Ministry of National Defense said. The planes included various types of fighter jets including 14 J-16 and six J-11 planes, as well as bombers, the ministry said.
A village in the centre of Myanmar has been burned down after clashes between the security forces and local guerrillas, leaving at least two people dead. Dan Chugg, UK ambassador to Myanmar, has condemned the attack. "Reports that the junta has burned down an entire village in Magway, killing elderly residents, demonstrate once again that the military continues to commit terrible crimes and has no regard for the people of Myanmar," a Facebook post read.
When they forced their way inside, they found a hellish scene, with body parts belonging to the murderer's mother packed into food containers inside the fridge and in other areas of the house. Some police officers were reportedly physically sick when hearing Sánchez Gómez relate that he had killed his mother by strangling her during a dispute, some time between January and February, before cutting up her body with a saw and kitchen knives. The idea was to make her body disappear,” he said, admitting that he “occasionally” ate parts of her body, while storing others and throwing some out with the rubbish inside plastic bags.
The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are both struggling to bring in money and hold onto members, as the far-right organizations deal with the repercussions of being connected to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The Wall Street Journal interviewed current and former leaders and members of both groups, and they described how the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers first started having financial issues after the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. PayPal booted the Oath Keepers, founder Stewart Rhodes said, even though his group wasn't there, and he had to ask members to send their dues by mail.
The World Bank has rejected a request from El Salvador to help with the implementation of Bitcoin as legal tender. The international lender cited concerns over transparency and the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining. Earlier this month, the Central American country announced plans to become the first nation to formally adopt the digital currency.
A new poll released Tuesday finds a dramatic surge in Palestinian support for Hamas following last month's Gaza war, with around three-quarters viewing the Islamic militants as victors in a battle against Israel to defend Jerusalem and its holy sites.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that Florida law-enforcement officers will go to Texas and Arizona to help with border control, as Florida continues to challenge the Biden administration in federal court about immigration enforcement. DeSantis' announcement during a news conference in Pensacola came after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sent a letter last week to governors of the 48 other states requesting assistance in battling illegal immigration at the border with Mexico.
Russian authorities are investigating a possible new Covid variant amid a sudden spike in cases. On Wednesday the country reported 13,397 new cases - around half of which were in the capital, Moscow - and 396 deaths. The more transmissible Delta variant - now detected in 74 countries and behind India's devastating second wave of Covid - has been identified in Russia but there are also fears that a new Moscow variant might be behind the recent spike in cases.
A majority of Americans support requiring students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to school, a recent poll found. A Gallup survey released June 11 found that 61% of Americans polled support requiring college students to be vaccinated, 56% support requiring high school students and 51% support requiring middle school students to get a COVID-19 shot. The poll was conducted May 18-23 based on a sample size of more than 3,500 Americans.
The first astronauts for China's new space station blasted off on Thursday for the country's longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power. The trio launched on a Long March-2F rocket for the Tiangong station, where they will spend three months, in a much-anticipated blast-off broadcast live on state TV. Lift-off happened at 9:22 am (0122 GMT) from the Jiuquan launch centre in northwest China's Gobi desert, with the rocket rising in clouds of smoke against a blue sky.
Alexander Jackson, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, called police Tuesday morning in a panic, claiming a masked intruder had shot him and his father inside their home. When Cedar Rapid officers arrived at the scene, they found Jackson's parents and his 19-year-old sister—a high-achieving student who introduced then-presidential candidate Andrew Yang during his 2019 visit to Iowa—fatally shot in different rooms of the expansive house. Police, however, now believe it was actually Jackson who murdered his father, 61-year-old Jan Jackson, his 68-year-old mother, Melissa Jackson, and their daughter, Sabrina.
There have been few travel sectors worse hit by the coronavirus pandemic than the global cruise line industry. In 2019, it contributed more than $154bn (£110bn) to the global economy, says the trade body Cruise Lines International Association. Then we all went into lockdown last March, and the world's cruise ships were anchored up.
Republicans are pushing to cut the size and scope of Biden's $4 trillion infrastructure plan. A new poll released Wednesday indicated the Biden plans are drawing 67% support among voters. A bipartisan framework is likely to constrain its focus to physical infrastructure.
Around 500 police officers showed up in force at the headquarters of pro-democracy Hong Kong paper Apple Daily. Last year, 200 police officers raided the newspaper's offices and arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who remains in prison. Around 500 police officers showed up in force at the headquarters of Hong Kong pro-democracy paper Apple Daily, arresting five of the paper's top executives in an early-morning raid.
No oxygen plants' Dr Mahamud said that during the second wave in Somalia up to 25 people were dying each day in his hospital because of a lack of oxygen: "It is really stressful to work in this condition." According to World Health Organization (WHO), of the 14,823 confirmed coronavirus cases in Somalia as of 16 June, 775 people have died. Health professionals say the real figure could be many times higher because there is no proper reporting mechanism, and many deaths occur in villages.
Tim Kaine said Democrats could potentially include immigration reform provisions to pay for infrastructure. "That could be a very legitimate way to look at trying to find a balanced package," he said. Democrats are weighing tucking immigration reform into a large infrastructure package using reconciliation this summer, a step that could significantly expand the scope of a Democratic-only package.
Honolulu police officer Geoffrey H.L. Thom has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Iremamber Sykap. Police have refused to release body camera footage of the shooting. Thom had claimed Sykap rammed him with his vehicle, but Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Van Marter said the unreleased body camera footage didn't show that.
The Meikles have received grants from the Scottish government, taken out a Bounce Back loan and borrowed from the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, or CBILS, totalling £100,000. The first repayments of Bounce Back loans were due this month. Eviction ban on firms behind on rent is extended by nine months Covid in Scotland: 'Lost summer' warning as lockdown easing paused Craig says they also owe thousands of pounds in rent.
During his Fox News show on Tuesday night, Tucker Carlson elaborated on a conspiracy theory that the FBI was behind the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The huge gem is only slightly less heavy than the world's second-largest diamond which was also found in Botswana in 2015. Botswana is Africa's largest producer of diamonds. "This is the largest diamond to be recovered by Debswana in its history of over 50 years in operation," said Lynette Armstrong, Debswana Diamond Company's acting managing director.
But, while I'm heartened by the fact that Biden stuck to a campaign promise to oppose Hyde if elected, I'm still feeling cynical that Hyde is on its way out: in negotiations like this, it always seems like the first people who get things negotiated away from them are marginalized women and children. As we approach a summer of frustrating back-and-forth over issues like health care access, support for care infrastructure, and family leave, I worry that, once again, marginalized women and children will be left out in the cold—only to be told, once again, that the only way they'll get anything they need is in 2022, by voting for a party all too eager to negotiate them away from the table.
Thousands of Southern Baptists elected Alabama pastor Ed Litton – the only candidate some say can prevent an exodus of minority members from the denomination – the next president of their network of conservative evangelical churches. Litton won the top Southern Baptist Convention role in a runoff vote on Tuesday in Nashville. The convention, which is divided over the future direction of the convention, needs a uniter, said Louisiana pastor Fred Luter Jr., who nominated the pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama.
The Manhattan district attorney's office appears to have entered the final stages of a criminal tax investigation into Donald Trump's long-serving chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, setting up the possibility he could face charges this summer, according to people with knowledge of the matter. In recent weeks, a grand jury has been hearing evidence about Weisselberg, who is facing intense scrutiny from prosecutors as they seek his cooperation with a broader investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization, the people with knowledge of the matter said. The prosecutors have obtained Weisselberg's personal tax returns, the people said, providing the fullest picture yet of his finances.
Progressives are calling on Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire. The call comes after Sen. Mitch McConnell said he would block future nominees to the court. Progressives have mounted a pressure campaign to get Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer off the bench while the Senate is still under Democratic control, which would clear the way for President Joe Biden to appoint his successor.
“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.”