The Delta variant is "the greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19," Dr. Anthony Fauci said, after young people infected with the variant led to a rise in cases in the U.K.'Totally and completely avoidable' »
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.
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.
The Biden administration has been pretty quiet about "winning." The administration wanted to get shots in the arms of 160 million Americans by Independence Day; it appears now it'll come up a little less than 10 million people short. Good, not because there are still a concerning number of Americans who refuse to get vaccinated, but because it means the Biden administration set itself an actually ambitious goal — one that it now has all the more incentive to try to meet.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has used the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union to lash out at Nato's expansion in Europe in a clear message to Ukraine. The Russian leader, in an opinion piece published by Germany's Die Zeit newspaper on Tuesday, exactly 80 years after Nazi troops invaded the Soviet Union, criticised the expansion of Nato as threatening Russia's security and fostering “Cold War-era dividing lines” in Europe. Moscow has been rattled by the fact that former Soviet allies such as Poland and even ex-Soviet republics including Latvia have become members of the Euro-Atlantic military alliance since the fall of the Soviet Union.
A federal inmate who may have been high on drugs threatened to slug a correctional officer before being pepper sprayed, and then he ran directly into a concrete wall — an impact that led to his death from a head injury, according to sources familiar with the incident at a Miami lockup. Drew C. Sikes, who was arrested in March on charges of shooting his assault rifle at Everglades National Park rangers and police officers, died at the Miami Federal Detention Center on June 16, according to a Bureau of Prisons website. Two sources told the Miami Herald that Sikes was outside his cell that afternoon and refused an order to return to it.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) explained why she opposes nuking the filibuster in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Tuesday night, citing fears that the Republican Party would rescind major Democrat-backed legislation, like sweeping voting reform measures or expanded health-care access or retirement benefits, and replace them with pared down, more restrictive laws. In a rebuttal, New York's Jonathan Chait argues that Sinema's filibuster defense "relies on utterly false grounds."
Israel has recommended vaccinating teenagers following several coronavirus outbreaks clustered around schools, with even fully vaccinated people contracting the virus as authorities blame the more infectious delta variant. The country reported 125 new cases in 24 hours on Tuesday, the highest one-day total since the end of April. The latest outbreaks were identified in several schools following random testing and came after Israel removed nearly all of its coronavirus restrictions following a dramatic decrease in cases and a world-leading vaccination campaign that began in December.
One of six women arrested this month during a federal sting at illegal massage businesses ran a similar operation in Horry County that shut down following a controversial countywide investigation. Ok Hwa Lee, of Little River, was arrested June 16 along with five other woman on charges of conspiracy, bribery, and operating an illegal prostitution enterprise in interstate commerce. Lee was the leader and manager of six North Carolina massage parlors that federal investigators said offered sex acts in exchange for money.
Manhattan prosecutors are getting frustrated with Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg and his lack of cooperation with their investigation into the company, a person familiar with the matter told The Washington Post on Monday. Weisselberg, 73, is the most senior executive at the Trump Organization who isn't a member of the Trump family. Prosecutors are looking into whether he paid taxes on benefits he received from former President Donald Trump, including leased cars and apartments, the Post reports.
A 55-year-old man died at the Mecklenburg County Jail one day after being taken into custody, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. Emerson Healy was found unresponsive in his cell at the uptown facility around 2:52 p.m., according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office. After first responders performed CPR, Healy was transported to Atrium Health, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, the Sheriff's Office said.
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.
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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.
One wonders sometimes if the Democrats really get it. As needed voting-rights reform goes down in flames because some of them thought it more important to defend the filibuster than the ballot, there arises an uneasy conviction that the party does not quite grasp the gravity of the moment, the urgency of the emergency. The filibuster is a vital safeguard, yes.
A 12-year-old boy is in protective custody after a homophobic attack that was filmed live on social media, according to Georgia authorities. The child was removed from his mother's home in Atlanta and is now in the care of officials with the Georgia Division of Family & Children's Services, the Atlanta Police Department said Monday. Authorities stepped in after social media video showed the boy being verbally and physically ridiculed, sparking outcry.
Australian doctors have reported a surge in the number of people cancelling their vaccine appointments, amid a new wave of caution over the AstraZeneca jab. It comes after the government updated guidance last week to recommend only those aged over 60 get the shot, due to the risk of a rare blood-clotting syndrome. Under-60s have been advised to get the alternative Pfizer shot, of which there are limited supplies.
During a White House briefing on Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question about U.S. Catholic bishops writing a document that could prohibit high-profile politicians who support abortion rights from receiving Communion. Psaki said “the president's faith is personal” and he, like many Americans, does not see his faith “through a political prism.
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.
Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley didn't succeed in blocking Kiran Ahuja's nomination to oversee the federal government's human resource policy, but he managed to make the process as slow and painful as possible for the Seattle philanthropist. Ahuja required a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris to clear the Senate on Tuesday with a vote of 51 to 50 to confirm her as the new director of the Office of Personnel Management, which serves as the federal government's HR department. Hawley sought to transform Ahuja's confirmation vote into a referendum on critical race theory, an academic movement which examines racism in American institutions.
The national spotlight remains focused on South Carolina as information trickles out from the Murdaugh double homicide investigation, including the heavily redacted police reports made public Monday and a statement from the region's top prosecutor. More than two weeks have passed since Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother Maggie, 52, were found shot to death June 7 outside their home in Colleton County, but the Lowcountry is still abuzz, person to person and online. Experts from around the country are appearing on national news outlets to talk about how the case is being handled.
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.
Shifting to electric vehicles will still leave the UK with serious transport problems, a report has said. The IPPR think tank said emissions will fall, but the number of cars on the road will continue to grow. It foresaw a 28% increase in car ownership by 2050, leading to more jams and harm to the economy.
The death of former state Sen. Daphne Campbell's son was the result of a love triangle with a twist, according to state prosecutors: The woman who shot him was the jilted ex-girlfriend of a woman who spent the night in Jason Campbell's bed. On Monday, federal marshals found Lakoria Shamece Washington, 24, in Port Orange, Florida, and took her into custody. Miami-Dade Police, which announced Washington's arrest, cited Marsy's Law and did not name the woman who was at Jason Campbell's apartment when he was murdered.
A highly anticipated US government report on UFOs (unidentified flying objects) is due to be released before the end of June. The unclassified report was demanded by Congress after numerous reports from the US military of vehicles seen moving erratically in the sky. It also follows a cultural shift that saw the US military and US political leadership go from extraterrestrial-sceptic to ET-curious.
Sweeping new restrictions will be imposed across Sydney as Australia's largest city grapples with a fast-growing Covid outbreak. Authorities reported 16 new infections on Wednesday, which brings the cluster there to 37 cases. Sydney's 5.3 million residents will have to wear masks indoors, and many will be banned from travelling out of the city.
“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.”