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 »
Things are getting thorny in the White House Rose Garden. Just months after then-first lady Melania Trump unveiled her controversial redesign of the beloved space directly outside the Oval Office, some are calling for her successor, Jill Biden, to undo those changes and return the Rose Garden to the celebrated vision realized by the Kennedy administration in 1961. A petition charging that Melania Trump turned the Rose Garden into “a boring tribute to herself” has 75,000 signatures.
President Vladimir Putin insisted Russia's homegrown coronavirus vaccine was as “reliable as a Kalashnikov assault rifle”, as the country's health officials authorised a single-dose version of the Sputnik V jab, dubbed Sputnik Light. Sputnik V, which in February was revealed to be 92 per cent effective, has been approved for emergency use in 64 countries but has yet to be authorised in the European Union. Apart from Sputnik V, Russia has also developed and registered two other coronavirus vaccines but their clinical data have not been through a stringent peer review as Sputnik's.
France's foreign minister threatened to step up pressure against Lebanese politicians he accused of committing "collective suicide" by failing to pull the country out of its economic meltdown. On a visit to Beirut, Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters on Friday that France, which has led foreign aid efforts to Lebanon, had to act in the face of the political impasse, months into a deadlock in cabinet talks. If it persists, he said, there would be strict punitive measures, at the French and potentially the European Union level, against Lebanese officials blocking progress.
Just mere days after a huge brawl at Miami International Airport, another massive fight broke out in the terminal Tuesday night. The mayhem was captured in cellphone footage taken by multiple onlookers at Gate G-15 by the Southwest Airlines counter. The fight is part of a troubling trend airports across the nation are seeing, now that many people have resumed traveling.
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.
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.
Every Republican in Congress voted against the sweeping pandemic relief bill that President Biden signed into law three months ago. But since the early spring votes, Republicans from New York and Indiana to Texas and Washington state have promoted elements of the legislation they fought to defeat.
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.
Chauvin is accused of using his authority as an officer to deprive the teen of his rights. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A federal grand jury has indicted the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on a civil-rights charge in the 2017 arrest of a 14-year-old boy.
The Biden administration on Friday withdrew a Trump-era proposal to expand the amount and types of biometric data collected by U.S. immigration authorities. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said the proposed rule submitted for public comment in September would be withdrawn as part of the new administration's goal of reducing “barriers and undue burdens” in the immigration system. In a statement announcing the withdrawal of the proposal, the agency said the Department of Homeland Security would continue to collect biometrics “where appropriate.”
Peter Phillips and his estranged wife, Autumn, are heading to court for a financial settlement hearing over their divorce. The couple, who have two daughters, announced last February that they were divorcing, after 12 years of marriage. A High Court judge will next week hear from lawyers for each party as they seek to separate their finances and agree a settlement.
Communist-run Cuba called in Colombia's ambassador on Friday to protest the expulsion of one of its diplomats from the Andean country amid a wave of violent protests against its right-wing government. Colombia's foreign ministry had on Thursday accused Omar Rafael García Lazo, the first secretary of Cuba's embassy in Bogota, of breaching the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, without adding further details. Cuba has faced charges of fomenting anti-government protests in recent years by conservative governments in Ecuador and Bolivia allied with the former U.S. Trump administration which vowed to end socialism in Latin America.
Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis officers were indicted on civil-rights charges. The Justice Department alleged Chauvin used his authority to deprive George Floyd of his rights. In civil-rights cases, prosecutors must prove the officers acted willingly and didn't just make a mistake.
Dr. Rajendra Kapila, an infectious disease expert and professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, died of COVID-19 last month while in India. Kapila, 81, died on April 28, three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, ABC News reports. India is the world's biggest COVID-19 hotspot, and Kapila went to the country to help care for relatives, his ex-wife, Dr. Bina Kapila, told WABC.
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.
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.
As if that were not bad enough, she also accepted a fist bump greeting from his Democratic successor, President Joe Biden, as Biden entered the House chamber for a speech before a joint session of Congress. For heresies such as these, Cheney stands pilloried as a traitor by a political party whose distinction from a Jonestown- or Waco-like cult grows ever more difficult to discern. It is a sign of how truly fakakta things have become that Republicans like Cheney, former President George W. Bush, former Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Sen. Mitt Romney have become symbols of courage on the left — and treason on the right — simply because their principles are insufficiently elastic to let them deny reality.
HANOI (Reuters) -Vietnam's health ministry on Friday reported its first death in a patient who received AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine shot, as the country is battling a new outbreak. A 35-year-old female health worker in the southern province of An Giang died on Friday, one day after she received her first coronavirus vaccine shot, the Ministry of Health said in a statement, adding that she died from allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. The Southeast Asian country has inoculated around 750,000 people against the coronavirus since it started its vaccination campaign early March, according to the ministry.
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.
In the coming years, the Gem State will have a new military vessel donning its name. The U.S. Navy is in the process of constructing the USS Idaho, a nuclear attack submarine that will go on active service after a commissioning ceremony in the summer of 2023. Construction first began for the submarine in August, according to Richard Colburn, a retired U.S. Navy captain and the chairman of the USS Idaho Commissioning Committee.
At a White House press briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's claim that the Republican Party is united against President Biden's administration.
A majority of Americans in a new poll said they support requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination — but only for some activities. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said in a Gallup poll released Friday that they would approve of vaccine passports as a requirement for airplane travel while 55% favored passports before someone could attend events with large crowds such as sporting events and concerts. The use of vaccine passports to prove inoculation against the coronavirus has become a controversial topic, and the governors of some states, including Arizona, Florida and Texas, have issued executive orders barring the use of vaccine passports.
Jen Psaki, the face of Biden's administration, says she will step down in around a year. "I think it's going to be time for somebody else to have this job in a year from now, or about a year from now," she told CNN. Psaki says she accepted the job after agreeing with President Biden's transition team that she would serve in the role for about a year.
Former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell was blasted in a court filing by the state of Wisconsin as it attempts to make her pay $106,000 in legal fees for her flunked lawsuit to reverse the results of the 2020 election based on conspiracy theories lacking any foundation in fact. Democratic governor Tony Evers pushed a Milwaukee federal judge to repudiate Ms Powell's defence of her “bad faith” lawsuit, which claimed that some competitive states worked with Dominion Voting Systems and foreign hackers to steal the election. Dominion filed a $1.3bn lawsuit against Ms Powell in January because of her false claims about the company.
The mother of 2-year-old Tinslee Lewis, whose family has been fighting to keep her alive at a Fort Worth hospital, says her daughter is improving, noting Tinslee is taking occupational therapy and she has been weaned off pain medication, according to court documents filed Thursday. Tinslee Lewis' mother, Trinity Lewis, said Cook Children's Medical Center has “grossly mischaracterized” Tinslee's condition. Tinslee has been at Cook Children's for most of her life.
“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.”