More than a dozen current and former U.S. officials revealed new details about the 2020 strike that killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.Other Iranian officials considered as targets »
Daria Komarova, a Russian journalist, faces the possibility of detention for covering "unsanctioned" protests, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Komarova covered the demonstrations while on assignment for an outlet funded by the US Congress. A Russian journalist is facing three trials and the possibility of fines or detention after covering protests in support of Alexei Navalny earlier this year.
The National Republican Congressional Committee did not share internal polling data that showed former President Donald Trump has weak numbers in key battleground districts at a retreat for House Republicans in April, two people familiar with the presentation told The Washington Post. The NRCC staffers reportedly held back the information even when a member of Congress asked them directly about Trump's support. The Post later obtained the full polling results, reporting that Trump's unfavorable ratings were 15 points higher than his favorable ones, and nearly twice as many voters had a strongly unfavorable view of him than those who had a strongly favorable one.
Former President Barack Obama's dog Bo died Saturday after a battle with cancer, the Obamas said on social media. News of Bo's passing was shared by Obama and his wife Michelle on Instagram, where both expressed sorrow at the passing of a dog the former president described as a “true friend and loyal companion.” “He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair,” Barack Obama wrote.
Granbury Mayor Nin Hulett submitted his resignation Thursday, days after his misdemeanor driving while intoxicated arrest from late April was upgraded to a felony. Hulett wrote in his resignation letter, which is available online, “I am truly thankful for the opportunity to serve my city these past ten years.” “Our City staff and City employees are truly among the best in the State, and I am proud to count our many involved citizens as friends and neighbors,” Hulett wrote in the letter, dated May 6.
KABUL (Reuters) -Explosions caused by a car bomb and mortars outside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killed at least 55 people and wounded over 150, mostly female students, officials said, in an attack President Ashraf Ghani blamed on Taliban insurgents. A senior security official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that most of the casualties were students coming out of the Sayed ul Shuhada school, and many were badly wounded in hospital. Footage on TV channel ToloNews showed chaotic scenes, with books and school bags strewn across a bloodstained road, and residents rushing to help victims.
Angela Rayner has been sacked as chair of the Labour Party, as Sir Keir Starmer began a major reshuffle of his top team. Anneliese Dodds, the shadow chancellor, and Jon Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, were also said to be facing the sack. A reshuffle had been planned for next month, but sources suggested it had been brought forward following the party's poor performance at the local elections.
The European Union and India agreed Saturday to restart negotiations on a bilateral free trade deal, eight years after their first attempt failed and as both sides seek alternatives to China. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke via videoconference to EU leaders attending a summit in Portugal. The two sides announced what they called “a pivotal moment" in their relations by agreeing to resume talks they gave up on in 2013 and to collaborate on a wide range of other issues.
A French pilot was tied to a target on a live firing range as part of a brutal hazing ritual. A French fighter pilot has filed a legal complaint after a brutal hazing ritual in which he alleges he was kidnapped, tied up, and left on a live firing range by his colleagues in the French air force. The incident, which happened in March 2019, was first reported by the French newspaper La Provence on Friday.
A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man's constitutional rights as he was restrained facedown on the ground and trying to breathe.
Israeli police on Saturday clashed with Palestinian protesters outside Jerusalem's Old City during the holiest night of Ramadan in a show of force that threatened to deepen the holy city's worst religious unrest in several years. Earlier, police blocked busloads of pilgrims headed to Jerusalem to worship. Police defended their actions as security moves, but these were seen as provocations by Muslims who accuse Israel of threatening their freedom of worship.
Sadiq Khan won a second term as Mayor of London on Saturday night but saw his victory margin reduced, as Tories declared London was no longer a Labour stronghold. Mr Khan brought in almost 1.21 million votes when first and second preferences were included, giving him 55.2 per cent of the vote compared, compared to Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey's 44.8 per cent, with 977,601 votes. Mr Khan's figure is down from the 56.8 per cent he polled in 2016 against Zac Goldsmith, and he also received a significantly lower proportion of first preference votes.
A video out of South Africa showed the moment armed robbers attempted a cash-in-transit heist. The video has since gone viral, garnering more than 10 million views on YouTube. Insider spoke to a security expert to analyze the video and assess how the men reacted to the ambush.
The rebel group broke off from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in the south, after it entered into peace talks and later signed a Muslim autonomy deal with the government in 2014. The breakaway guerrillas have continued sporadic attacks and bombings, with some aligning themselves with the Islamic State group. Baldomar said government forces locked down the town center, where the public market is located, and closed a highway at the height of the hourslong rebel occupation of the market.
Last summer, former Colorado Springs attorney Jean-Joseph Danger Le Chiffre found out he hadn't been included in his father's will and was apparently furious. Le Chiffre would kill his father, Gilbert Sandoval, and his 78-year-old mother would then claim she did it in self defense. Marcella, who was estranged from Gilbert, would then become her husband's beneficiary and pledged to split the fortune with her son.
The far-right group Proud Boys allegedly received more than $80,00 in donations from Chinese Americans and the broader Chinese diaspora a month before the Capitol riot, according to a report by USA Today. The money was sent as part of a crowdfunding effort to help the Proud Boys pay for medical expenses after four people were stabbed in Washington DC in December 2020 during a confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters (officials did not comment on which group the injured individuals belonged to at the time). The fundraiser was set up on the Christian fundraising site GiveSendGo on December 17, five days after the incident.
As the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic begins to take hold in Latin America, those Colombians tossed back into the precarious position of poverty by the response to the crisis are defying curfews to vent their anger. If the people come out to protest during a pandemic, it's because they think the government is more dangerous than the virus,” said Ms Ramírez. Across the country demonstrators clashed with riot police during ten days of violent protests against proposals intended to close a pandemic-related economic shortfall.
New York City police are investigating a shooting in Times Square on Saturday afternoon. Reports indicated that two people were shot, one of whom was a young child. Authorities said the victims are expected to survive.
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.
An emotional support pig has died after being abducted, when the rental car it was sitting in was stolen and then abandoned in a motel parking lot for more than a day. Honey, a mini pig, was taken from outside a hotel shortly after a family from California arrived on a visit to Houston, Texas late on Tuesday night. Mandy Oslin said she had left Honey in the car while she settled her children into the hotel room.
Debris from a Chinese rocket is expected to fall back to Earth in an uncontrolled re-entry this weekend. It is not clear where and when exactly the rocket parts will crash on the surface. The Long March 5B rocket was launched in late April to carry the first module of China's future space station into orbit.
President Joe Biden was fielding his fourth question from a reporter after delivering remarks on the pandemic last week when he apologized to the press corps. In fact, yes, White House press secretary Jen Psaki divulged in a podcast interview this week. Psaki told CNN's David Axelrod that the communications shop frowns on Biden's willingness to engage with reporters who shout questions during Biden's public appearances.
An Alaska man was sentenced to time in prison for abducting his own children, the DOJ said. Leo James Chaplin kidnapped his children during a family trip to the Philippines in 2014. An Alaska man was sentenced to over a year in prison for abducting his own children during a family trip in 2014, according to a press release from the Department of Justice Friday.
Laura Loomer, an activist known for anti-Muslim rhetoric, has apparently been banned from Clubhouse. A message from a Telegram account under her name said Clubhouse removed her for policy violations. Laura Loomer, a political figure known for making anti-Muslim remarks and spreading conspiracy theories, said she's been suspended by Clubhouse.
One of the world's largest cruise companies has threatened to pull out of Florida over Governor Ron DeSantis' ban on Covid vaccine checks. The new law prohibiting the use of so-called vaccine passports in the state was signed on Monday, with Mr DeSantis saying no business or government entity can deny service based on personal vaccine choice. The CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Frank Del Rio, said during an earnings call on Thursday that the company will find other ports of call if they can't require proof of vaccination for passengers and crew.
Many Democrats have already credited voting rights activist Stacey Abrams for helping the party get a landmark win in Georgia during the 2020 election, and now Ms Abrams has her sights on an even bigger victory than flipping a reliably red state: she says she “absolutely” wants to run for president one day. "Do I hold it as an ambition? Absolutely," she told CBS Sunday Morning, in an interview airing tomorrow.
“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.”