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North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week starts as forecasters predict active season

  • Former head of pandemic response team speaks out: 'I'm frankly scared'
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    Former head of pandemic response team speaks out: 'I'm frankly scared'

    The official who oversaw epidemic preparedness for the National Security Council under President Obama said the absence of public guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic leaves her “frankly scared” — and that eliminating her position weakened the American response to the coronavirus when it emerged 18 months later. Beth Cameron, who served as senior director for global health security and biodefense on the NSC until early 2017, was interviewed on the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast. “I'm frankly scared that our CDC is not out in front talking about this,” Cameron said.

  • Navajo Nation enters 57-hour lockdown as virus death toll rises
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    Navajo Nation enters 57-hour lockdown as virus death toll rises

    As states across the country are reopening, the Navajo Nation is entering a strict 57-hour lockdown in another attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. The tribe's death toll reached 149 on Friday as the virus continues to disproportionately affect people of color in the U.S. The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service reported 95 new COVID-19 cases of COVID-19 for the tribe on Friday. The total number of positive cases has surpassed 4,500, pushing the tribe's healthcare system past its capacity.

  • Moscow espionage trial of ex-US marine Whelan to wrap up
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    Moscow espionage trial of ex-US marine Whelan to wrap up

    The trial in Moscow of ex-US marine Paul Whelan on espionage charges is set to conclude Monday, ending a court proceeding that has strained ties with Washington and fuelled speculation of a prisoner exchange. Whelan, 50, who also holds Irish, Canadian and British citizenship, was detained in Moscow in December 2018 for allegedly receiving state secrets. "In a just system, the court would acquit Paul based on the lack of evidence," Whelan's brother David said in a statement ahead of the hearing.

  • Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid-al-Fitr amid curfews, coronavirus restrictions
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    Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid-al-Fitr amid curfews, coronavirus restrictions

    Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks. The three-day holiday is usually a time of travel, family get-togethers and lavish daytime feasts after weeks of dawn-to-dusk fasting. But this year many of the world's 1.8 billion Muslims will have to pray at home and make due with video calls.

  • China says opposes all U.S. restrictions on Chinese airlines
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    China says opposes all U.S. restrictions on Chinese airlines

    China said on Monday it opposes all U.S. restrictions imposed against Chinese airlines, responding to a report that the U.S. Transportation Department has demanded Chinese carriers file their schedules and other flight details by May 27. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said flight restrictions imposed by Beijing treated all airlines equally and were due to efforts to curb COVID-19 related risks. The U.S. government late on Friday accused the Chinese government of making it impossible for U.S. airlines to resume service to China.

  • As nation approaches 100,000 dead, NY continues downtrend
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    As nation approaches 100,000 dead, NY continues downtrend

    The daily coronavirus death toll increased slightly though the trend continues down, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. The daily death toll has hovered around 100 over the past week, a significant drop from the peak in early April when the number seemed more likely to hit 1,000 than fall below 100. Cuomo said the state was now “decidedly in the reopening phase.”

  • Oxford scientists working on a coronavirus vaccine say there is now only a 50% chance of success because the number of UK cases is falling too quickly
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    Oxford scientists working on a coronavirus vaccine say there is now only a 50% chance of success because the number of UK cases is falling too quickly

    YouTube/University of Oxford Oxford scientists working on a coronavirus vaccine say the chances of success are now 50%. They say that's because the number of people with the virus in the UK is falling too quickly. "At the moment, there's a 50% chance that we get no result at all," scientist Adam Hill said this weekend.

  • Georgia reopened first. What the data show is a matter of fierce debate
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    Georgia reopened first. What the data show is a matter of fierce debate

    Nearly a month after Georgia became the first state to allow businesses to reopen after the coronavirus shutdown, Gov. Brian Kemp took to a conservative radio show to tout some good news. Hospitalizations were down more than 30% in less than three weeks, and Georgia had ramped up its testing, with a per capita rate that placed it 20th out of 54 U.S. states and territories, up from 46th a month ago, he explained. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported that unlike many other states, Georgia calculates its total number of tests by combining viral diagnostic checks, which indicate current infection, and antibody tests, which indicate past infection.

  • Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronauts complete rehearsal for historic mission
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    Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronauts complete rehearsal for historic mission

    Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have completed their dress rehearsal for Wednesday's flight to the International Space Station. The mission, the first crewed outing from American soil in nine years, will see the pair ride to orbit in a SpaceX Falcon rocket and Crew Dragon capsule. It's a demonstration of the new "taxi" service the US space agency will be buying from the Californian firm.

  • 'I should not have been so cavalier': Joe Biden apologizes for suggesting black Trump voters 'ain't black'
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    'I should not have been so cavalier': Joe Biden apologizes for suggesting black Trump voters 'ain't black'

    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden apologized Friday for comments in an earlier radio interview in which he said black voters who supported President Donald Trump "ain't black." In a testy exchange Friday with African-American radio host Charlamagne tha God, Biden said "you ain't black" if you're struggling to decide whether to back him or Trump. During the interview on Charlamagne's program, "The Breakfast Club," the former vice president emphasized his ties to the African-American community and touted his record on civil rights.

  • Police say Dominic Cummings controversy will make lockdown impossible to enforce
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    Police say Dominic Cummings controversy will make lockdown impossible to enforce

    The police will no longer be able to enforce lockdown because Dominic Cummings' actions have completely undermined their authority with the public, it was claimed last night. Senior policing figures and frontline officers said they feared people would no longer be willing to adhere to the Government's guidance, making their job virtually impossible. Many senior officers had already admitted they were struggling to explain the rules to an increasingly confused public.

  • The Statue of Liberty as you've never seen her before
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    The Statue of Liberty as you've never seen her before

    Last summer, architect Paul Davidson spent ten nights inside of the Statue of Liberty. From 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., he and his team carried out a first-of-its-kind laser scan of Lady Liberty, capturing the statue's interior during the hours when it wasn't packed full of tourists. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are currently closed to all visitors, shut down due to COVID-19.

  • Shiite Iran marks end of Ramadan on two different days in rare event
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    Shiite Iran marks end of Ramadan on two different days in rare event

    Shiite Iranians in a rare event mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan this year on separate days -- Sunday or Monday -- depending on different religious authorities' edicts. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced Saturday evening on his official website that the Eid al-Fitr festival would fall on Sunday this year. But the country's other senior Shiite clerics, or "marjas" -- whose guidance believers follow and who are seen as a "source of emulation", such as Javadi Amoli, Makarem Shirazi and Safi Golpayegani, among others -- have issued separate statements saying the holiday would be celebrated on Monday.

  • Americans spend holiday at beaches and parks as virus death toll nears 100,000
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    Americans spend holiday at beaches and parks as virus death toll nears 100,000

    This year it has also become a time to mourn the loss of more than 97,000 people due to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. The New York Times filled its entire front page with the names and selected details of 1,000 victims on Sunday seeking to illustrate the humanity of the lives lost. Among the victims, drawn from obituaries and death notices in hundreds of U.S. newspapers: Lila Fenwick, 87, the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law; Romi Cohn, 91, saved 56 Jewish families from the Gestapo; Hailey Herrera, 25, budding therapist with a gift for empathy.

  • Taliban leverages pandemic to burnish image as violence in Afghanistan surges
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    Taliban leverages pandemic to burnish image as violence in Afghanistan surges

    A perfect storm has gathered over one of the world's most benighted nations, Afghanistan, where ordinary citizens are facing a fresh form of misery. Taliban militants have announced they will keep fighting since they say there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in areas under the group's control, a senior militant in the province of Ghazni has told NBC News. An exception to the ongoing tensions will be a three-day Eid ceasefire starting Sunday, the Taliban announced in a tweet Saturday.

  • Russia records its highest daily death toll from the coronavirus as its number of new cases appears to decline
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    Russia records its highest daily death toll from the coronavirus as its number of new cases appears to decline

    Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images Russia recorded 8,599 new cases 153 new deaths on Sunday linked to the coronavirus, raising its overall death toll to 3,541. The country has recorded 344,481 coronavirus cases and is the third-worst hit country in its total number of coronavirus cases behind Brazil and the US, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. While its daily death toll continues to increase, its number of new daily cases appears to be on the decline.

  • Former head of pandemic response team at the NSC speaks out: 'I'm frankly scared'
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    Former head of pandemic response team at the NSC speaks out: 'I'm frankly scared'

    The official who oversaw epidemic preparedness for the National Security Council under President Obama said the absence of public guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic leaves her “frankly scared. She also believes and that eliminating her position weakened the American response to the coronavirus when it emerged 18 months later.

  • Coronavirus: New York state daily death toll drop below 100
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    Coronavirus: New York state daily death toll drop below 100

    New York state's daily death toll has dropped below 100 for the first time since March. A total of 84 people died in the last 24 hours, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday, compared with 109 a day before. During the height of the outbreak in April, more than 1,000 people a day were losing their lives in worst-hit US state.

  • Coronavirus: Trump aide claims China guilty of cover-up akin to Chernobyl
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    Coronavirus: Trump aide claims China guilty of cover-up akin to Chernobyl

    The White House on Sunday accused China of a cover-up that will “go down in history along with Chernobyl”, ramping up efforts to deflect attention from a Covid-19 death toll in the US fast closing on 100,000. Robert O'Brien, Donald Trump's national security adviser, made the claim on two political talk shows, saying Beijing gave “false information” to the World Health Organization (WHO) at the start of the year and alleging that stonewalling of an investigation into the origins of the pandemic has cost “many, many thousands of lives in America and around the world”. On Saturday Mike Pence, the vice-president, told Breitbart News that China had “let the world down” and insisted the WHO was “their willing partner in withholding from the US and wider world vital information about the coronavirus”.

  • Sir David Attenborough: 'Coronavirus pandemic has swept climate change off the front pages'
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    Sir David Attenborough: 'Coronavirus pandemic has swept climate change off the front pages'

    Sir David Attenborough has said the coronavirus pandemic has swept the problem of climate change from the front pages. The broadcaster and naturalist, who celebrated his 94th birthday in May, said the outbreak has made the issue feel as if it is in "the distant future". Appearing on the So Hot Right Now podcast, Sir David suggested the virus could make the world's nations see "survival depends on co-operation".

  • Joe Biden wins Hawaii presidential primary delayed by virus
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    Joe Biden wins Hawaii presidential primary delayed by virus

    Biden won 16 of Hawaii's delegates and Sanders will take eight. Biden has a total of 1,566 delegates to the party's national convention, according to the count by the Associated Press. He needs 1,991 delegates to win the nomination, a threshold he is projected to reach in June.

  • Expletive-filled video of Bolsonaro swearing at cabinet meeting released by Brazil's Supreme Court
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    Expletive-filled video of Bolsonaro swearing at cabinet meeting released by Brazil's Supreme Court

    The populist president, who has faced sustained criticism over his approach to the coronavirus emergency as Brazil's death toll surges to over 20,000, is at the centre of a criminal investigation into claims he sought to replace top federal police officials. Sergio Moro, the ex Justice Minister, alleges Mr Bolsonaro sacked the federal police chief as he wanted someone in the position who would feed him police intelligence. Mr Moro, who headed up a major corruption clampdown, handed in his notice last month after Mr Bolsonaro sacked the federal police director-general without conferring with him.

  • Abe's 'own goals' slash support rates even as Japan's coronavirus emergency set to be lifted
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    Abe's 'own goals' slash support rates even as Japan's coronavirus emergency set to be lifted

    A string of controversial missteps has slashed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support to levels that could threaten to end his term early, even as he prepares to lift a state of emergency after the rate of coronavirus infections declined. The slide in ratings, now below 30%, may erode Abe's clout in his Liberal Democratic Party and has sparked speculation that he might step down before the end of his term as ruling party leader, and hence premier, in September 2021. The prosecutor, Hiromu Kurokawa, resigned on Thursday after admitting he played mahjong for money during the state of emergency, when citizens were asked to stay home.

  • Two dead in severe storms in Carolinas; thousands without power
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    Two dead in severe storms in Carolinas; thousands without power

    Heavy rains and strong winds knocked down trees and power lines, leaving over 45,000 homes and businesses without power on Saturday morning. Emergency workers also responded to a deadly crash in Lancaster County, South Carolina, where strong winds uprooted a tree and utility pole that fell onto a pickup truck, killing the driver. Authorities identified the deceased driver as 57-year-old Joe Dale Humphries.

  • New Zealand PM unruffled as quake hits mid-interview
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    New Zealand PM unruffled as quake hits mid-interview

    A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday but failed to crack Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trademark composure as she conducted a live television interview. The quake struck just off the coast before 8:00 am local time (2000 Sunday GMT) at a depth of about 52 kilometres (32 miles) near Levin, about 90 kilometres north of Wellington, the US Geological Survey said. St John Ambulance and New Zealand Police both said there were no initial reports of injuries or damage.