Authorities said the mission targeting a drug gang in a Rio slum successfully eliminated two dozen criminals, while residents and activists claimed human rights abuses.One of city's deadliest police raids ever »
Florida on Thursday joined Georgia in enacting a sweeping Republican election law that constricts voting rights in the state, and Texas, which already had some of the most stringent voting laws in the country, is on the cusp of joining them. Democrats were not able to stop the new voting laws in the country's biggest red states, but House Democrats passed their own countervailing national voting rights legislation, the "For the People Act" or HR1, in March, and Senate Democrats are working on their own version, S1. When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that "100 percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration," these voting reform bills might have been what he had in mind.
Police in Thailand said Friday they have charged a U.S. citizen from the state of Colorado with murdering his pregnant Thai wife. Jason Matthew Balzer, 32, was interrogated Friday in the northern city of Nan where he had lived with Pitchaporn Kidchob, said police Lt. Col. Somkiat Ruam-ngern. Balzer was arrested Thursday in the northern city of Chiang Mai and confessed to killing his 32-year-old wife, said Maj. Gen. Weerachon Boontawee, chief of Provincial Police Region 5′s Detective Department.
America has deployed more combat jets to cover the withdrawal of its last troops from Afghanistan as the US pullout forges on amid heavy Taliban assaults on Afghan forces. At Kandahar Airfield in the south of the country, there is almost nothing left of what was once a wartime city, with its famous and much derided boardwalk that housed snack shops, chain restaurants, a hockey rink and trinket stores. “Now, this is what really upsets me,” said Maj. Mohammed Bashir Zahid, an officer in charge of a small Afghan air command centre, pointing to a picture on his phone of a wrecked SUV, the NYT reported.
The firing of the former Atlanta police officer who's charged with murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks was reversed after a review panel found the city failed to follow its own procedures for disciplinary actions.
When he asked Jennifer Foran — her relationship to the father and boy is not clear — what happened, she refused to tell him, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. On Tuesday, the Broward Sheriff's Office received a report of possible child abuse in Pompano Beach. Because the report is heavily redacted, it's not clear where the boy was located when the call was made.
The company says the order by Gov. Ron DeSantis is at odds with guidelines from federal health authorities that would let cruise ships sail in U.S. waters if nearly all passengers and crew members are vaccinated. “It is a classic state-versus-federal-government issue,” says Frank Del Rio, CEO of parent Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Del Rio told analysts during the company's quarterly earnings call Thursday that if the company can't operate in Florida, it can go to other states or the Caribbean “for ships that otherwise would have gone to Florida ... we certainly hope it doesn't come to that.”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is almost certainly going to be ousted as No. 3 House Republican next week, even though she voted with former President Donald Trump more often (93 percent) than her likely replacement, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) — as Stefanik's conservative critics point out. While Stefanik has morphed from Trump skeptic to enthusiastic booster, Cheney has transformed from one of those "hold-their-noses-and-deal-with-him" establishment Republicans into, finally, Sen. John McCain's political "heir," Susan B. Glasser writes in The New Yorker. After Trump tried to co-opt "the Big Lie" this week to refer to his false claims that he won the 2020 election, Cheney shot back that "the 2020 presidential election was not stolen," and "anyone who claims it was is spreading the big lie."
A mother was arrested after her 4-year-old daughter's lice infestation was found to be so severe that it nearly killed her, Indiana police say. Police in Scottsburg, Indiana, were notified by child services about a 4-year-old who had been hospitalized due to lice, according to an affidavit. The hospital declared her “as a near fatality” due to her extremely low hemoglobin levels.
GLASGOW (Reuters) -Scotland's main pro-independence party captured a swathe of seats on Friday in a crucial Scottish parliament election that could determine the future of the United Kingdom, although its leader cautioned the result remained "on a knife edge". The SNP says it will seek to hold a new vote on secession by the end of 2023 if there is a pro-independence majority returned to the devolved 129-seat parliament - setting up a potential legal showdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who says he will refuse any such vote. "A majority has always been a very, very long shot," said Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader, adding the electoral system for the devolved parliament, which was created in 1999, favoured smaller parties.
First came the amazing pictures, then the video. Now NASA is sharing sounds of its little helicopter humming through the thin Martian air. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California released this first-ever audio Friday, just before Ingenuity was set to soar on its fifth test flight.
Nicola Sturgeon has been re-elected as MSP for Glasgow Southside after comfortably seeing off a direct challenge from Anas Sarwar, the Scottish Labour leader. In an unsurprising result, Ms Sturgeon received a massive 60.2 per cent of the vote in the constituency, compared to 31.3 per cent for Scottish Labour and 5.5 per cent for the Tories. Meanwhile, Mr Sarwar was able to deliver a credible nine-point increase in his party's vote share, which is likely the result of switching Conservative voters and an increased turnout.
Europe's medicines regulator is reviewing reports of a rare nerve-degenerating disorder in people who received AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shots, raising fresh questions about potential side-effects of the vaccine. As part of a regular review of safety reports for the vaccine, Vaxzevria, the safety committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), is analysing data provided by AstraZeneca on cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), it said on Friday, without specifying the number of cases. The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Guerrilla soldiers from Myanmar's Karen ethnic minority burned down a government military outpost on Friday after capturing it without a fight when its garrison fled, a senior Karen officer said. The position is approximately 15 kilometers (nine miles) from a larger camp that the Karen National Liberation Army stormed and burned 10 days earlier. The KNLA is the armed wing of the Karen National Union, the main political organization representing the Karen minority, whose homeland is in eastern Myanmar.
The Libyan coastguard has prompted uproar after it opened fire on Italian fishermen, wounding a skipper, from a patrol vessel donated by the Italian government. Italian MPs condemned the attack on Thursday and reacted with fury to the revelation that the vessel had been donated by Rome to Libya to help intercept migrants trying to reach southern Europe from the Libyan coast. Italy is one of several EU countries that have given the Libyans training and equipment in efforts to staunch the flow of thousands of asylum seekers and economic migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa.
Mexico's military destroyed a small coca plantation in February, the third one found since 2014. It was another sign that Mexican criminal groups are pursuing more control of the cocaine trade. MEXICO - Mexican drug cartels' longstanding attempts to bring coca plantations out of South America and onto their turf may be bearing fruit.
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The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic appears to be broken, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Friday, as social distancing measures and an accelerating vaccination campaign help lower the infection rate. "The third wave appears to be broken," Spahn told a regular weekly news briefing on Germany's pandemic management. The head of the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases, Lothar Wieler, said the incidence of COVID-19 infections was falling across all age groups, and he was hopeful of soon controlling the pandemic in Germany.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has dropped an inquiry into whether Donald Trump violated campaign financial law during the 2016 election. The case stemmed from an allegation Mr Trump directed his former lawyer to pay an adult film actress to stop her speaking out about an alleged affair. The lawyer, Michael Cohen, was later jailed on multiple charges.
Health authorities in Thailand expressed concern as they announced Friday that the country's capital has confirmed a record 869 new coronavirus cases as it battles a resurgence of the pandemic. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, said Bangkok has recorded more than 500 new cases every day since the beginning of this month, with no sign of decline. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced Friday night it will extend restrictions that were due to end May 9 until May 17.
A Capitol riot suspect caused chaos at his own Zoom court hearing, according to reports. Landon Copeland yelled expletives at the judge during the call, The Daily Beast and NBC reported. A Capitol riot suspect unleashed an expletive-filled tirade and hung up on the judge in a chaotic Zoom hearing, according to reports.
Claims of Russian bounties against US troops in Afghanistan were linked to a Kremlin-backed spy team known as Unit 29155, according to reports. The intelligence community released newly-declassified documents of its assessment to The New York Times after the Biden administration's review said they had "low to moderate" confidence in the intelligence. Claims that Donald Trump did nothing about Russian bounties on American soldiers were leveraged by Joe Biden as a major election issue during the presidential campaign and tied to accusations that the Republican had consistently shown a deferential attitude to Vladimir Putin.
Outgoing Clayton Town Manager J.D. Solomon will receive $158,000 in severance pay after serving as the town's permanent top staffer for just three months. Solomon resigned Monday night after being appointed to the position effective Feb. 1. He'd served as the interim manager since Sept.
More than 75 years after V-E Day—the German surrender on May 8, 1945, that ended the physical fighting on the Western Front in World War II—myths and misconceptions about the war remain. TIME asked the Senior Historian at the National World War II Museum, Rob Citino, which myths he has spent the most time debunking in his career as a professor of military history and author of 10 books. “Historians owe it to the millions of people who participated in this event, and unfortunately, the millions of people who died in World War II, to delve as deeply as possible into why this all happened,” he says.
For the life of me, I still don't understand what happened here — why they were paying us money for four years and now they're saying it was all a mistake — but I do not want to go to jail over it. Glen Coleman's daughter wasn't the only one in such a predicament. The small state agency that runs the workers' compensation Special Fund — which provides $42 million a year to about 4,100 people — was so badly broken that it failed to notice the deaths of several hundred beneficiaries.
As India logs another 400,000 new infections in a 24-hour period, efforts to contain the worsening crisis have failed and now everyone from middle- class Indians to migrant workers are getting out as fast as they can. Private jets, often used primarily by Bollywood glitterati and business moguls who left weeks ago, are now being booked by the middle class who are spending their live savings to save their lives. JetSetGo CEO Kanika Tekriwal told CNBC's Street Signs Asia that her company has seen a 900 percent increase in bookings, but it is not her usual clientele.
“Every college has a public health responsibility to require its students to be vaccinated.”
“While the vast majority of students will likely get the vaccine, schools should honor the decisions of the few who object.”
“A vaccinated campus could be the step toward normality that college leaders are seeking.”
“College students are mobile and spread COVID-19 with them whenever they travel.”
“There almost certainly are going to be legal challenges because the anti-vaccine movement is already preparing for them.”