U.S. to accuse China of attempting to hack vaccine data

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are preparing to issue a warning that China’s hackers and spies are working to steal American research in the effort to develop vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus. The efforts are part of a rise in cybertheft and attacks by nations seeking advantage in the pandemic.

  • Night of rage on Pennsylvania Avenue as protesters clash with Secret Service in front of the White House
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    Night of rage on Pennsylvania Avenue as protesters clash with Secret Service in front of the White House

    The barricades in front of the White House were breached in the wee hours of Saturday morning as the wave of protests that has swept the nation following the death of George Floyd quite literally hit President Trump's doorstep. Hundreds of protesters marched through the nation's capital and made their way to Pennsylvania Avenue early Saturday morning where they engaged in hours of violent clashes with Secret Service officers before being dispersed with pepper spray. Hundreds of protesters moved through Washington, D.C., on Friday evening as part of the nationwide backlash against the killing of George Floyd, who died after being taken into police custody in Minneapolis.

  • Can you contract coronavirus from a surface or object? 
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    Can you contract coronavirus from a surface or object? 

    While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says contaminated surfaces are not the main way the virus is transmitted, the agency hasn't ruled surfaces out as a possible mode of infection. “If you want a reliable way to prevent yourself from getting the coronavirus, worry less about the surfaces you touch, and worry more about how frequently you wash your hands,” says Dr. Dara Kass, a Yahoo News Medical Contributor and associate professor of emergency medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Confusion over how the virus is transmitted was reignited last week when the CDC edited the “How COVID-19 Spreads” page on their COVID-19 website to mention contaminated surfaces and objects under a new heading entitled, “The virus does not spread easily in other ways.”

  • Journalists Under Attack Show How Trump’s Hate for the Press Has Spread
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    Journalists Under Attack Show How Trump’s Hate for the Press Has Spread

    Journalists have been attacked all over the world while on the job covering protests for years, but never like they were this week in the United States during the George Floyd protests. At least half a dozen incidences of arrests and attacks were reported in protests across the United States this weekend. Others got less attention, like Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske getting pelted with rubber bullets and tear gas or the two Los Angeles Times photographers who were briefly taken into custody.

  • India coronavirus: Why is India reopening amid a spike in cases?
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    India coronavirus: Why is India reopening amid a spike in cases?

    On Saturday, India's government announced plans to end a national lockdown that began on 25 March. This was expected - the roads, and even the skies, have been busy for the last 10 days since restrictions started to ease for the first time in two months. Many businesses and workplaces are already open, construction has re-started, markets are crowded and parks are filling up.

  • Letters to the Editor: Stacey Abrams lost in Georgia, but she could lift Biden as his VP.
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    Letters to the Editor: Stacey Abrams lost in Georgia, but she could lift Biden as his VP.

    To the editor: I like what columnist Jonah Goldberg has to say about Joe Biden's potential picks for vice president, yet I disagree with his assessment of former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Abrams is a winner. Maybe it behooves Goldberg to take a second look at Abrams and her qualifications.

  • Associated Press

    Boy Scout victims' choice: Sue rashly, or wait and risk loss

    Some victims of childhood sex abuse who are considering suing the Boy Scouts of America face a choice: an anguished rush to meet a deadline earlier than what lawmakers intended, or wait and sue local councils, perhaps putting them at greater risk of losing. Attorneys for the Scouts and victims agreed during federal bankruptcy proceedings this month on a Nov. 16 deadline by which victims must come forward with a claim or be barred from bringing one later, with the victims' lawyers seeking a cutoff in December and the Boy Scouts pushing for October. New Jersey, New York, California and a few other states loosened their statute of limitations last year.

  • Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed
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    Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed

    Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem on Saturday shot dead a disabled Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed with a pistol, prompting furious condemnation from the Palestinians. The incident happened in the alleys of the walled Old City near Lions' Gate, an access point mainly used by Palestinians. "Police units on patrol there spotted a suspect with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol," an Israeli police statement said.

  • Reuters

    Bosnian court rejects request to detain regional PM over ventilators deal

    Bosnia's state court ordered the release on Sunday of a regional prime minister and two other men suspected of corruption in connection with the import of defective ventilators for coronavirus patients. Turning down a prosecution request for the three to be detained for 30 days, the Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina said in a statement that detention was not necessary for the smooth conducting of the criminal procedure. Fadil Novalic, prime minister of the autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation, had been held since Thursday first in police custody and then in the state prosecution where he was questioned.

  • Watch SpaceX, NASA, and 2 astronauts perform an historic private spaceship docking live online
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    Watch SpaceX, NASA, and 2 astronauts perform an historic private spaceship docking live online

    SpaceX on Saturday launched it's first crewed mission into space with the flight of NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. The astronauts' Crew Dragon spaceship, which they named Endeavour once in orbit, spent the night catching up to the $150 billion International Space Station (ISS). The crew is performing a docking procedure that will fly them from about 400 meters below the ISS, up to 220 meters in front of it, and then in for a docking at roughly 10:39 a.m. ET.

  • Former top Justice Department official warns Trump may 'not cede power'
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    Former top Justice Department official warns Trump may 'not cede power'

    A former top Justice Department official told Yahoo News she is deeply worried that President Trump could “delegitimize a lawful election” this November “and not cede power.” Vanita Gupta ran the civil rights division at the Department of Justice from 2014 to 2017 and is now part of an informal, bipartisan group that has spent the past year preparing for Trump to potentially contest the results of the election. “He's already talking about how this will be a rigged election and saying if more and more people are voting using these so called mail-in ballots, that the election will be rigged,” Gupta told Yahoo News' “Skullduggery” podcast.

  • Police across the country draw outrage for excessive force against protesters and media
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    Police across the country draw outrage for excessive force against protesters and media

    Police across America drew outrage amid protests and riots on Saturday, the fifth night in a row of unrest in the wake of George Floyd's death. In a number of different cities, police officers were seen on cellphone videos mowing down protesters with their cruisers, shoving people, pepper spraying protesters who were not resisting, and arresting or using force against journalists. One incident in New York City was filmed from various angles, when two police cruisers surrounded by protesters hurling water bottles and pylons suddenly lurched into the crowd, mowing down a metal barricade and sending bodies flying.

  • Fire and Fury: Crowd Attacks CNN Center in Atlanta
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    Fire and Fury: Crowd Attacks CNN Center in Atlanta

    CNN Center, the cable network's Atlanta headquarters, came under attack Friday night during protests over police brutality sparked by the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis. A largely peaceful demonstration erupted first in vandalism, then in violence. Cops used pepper spray, and then some in the crowd were seen smashing windows and defacing the giant CNN sign with spray-paint.

  • Cuomo pleads for calm after night of statewide protests
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    Cuomo pleads for calm after night of statewide protests

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used his daily coronavirus briefing on Sunday to plead for calm after a night of unrest in cities throughout the state. "Violence never works," Cuomo said. Mr. Floyd wasn't even charged or accused of a violent crime.

  • Coronavirus: Brazil now fourth-highest nation in Covid-19 deaths
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    Coronavirus: Brazil now fourth-highest nation in Covid-19 deaths

    The number of coronavirus fatalities in Brazil has risen by almost 1,000 in a day, making the country's overall death toll the world's fourth highest. Its figure of 28,834 has now surpassed France, and only the US, the UK and Italy have recorded more deaths. President Jair Bolsonaro has consistently played down the outbreak, although the country has the world's second-highest number of cases.

  • Louisville police appear to shoot pepper rounds at reporters
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    Louisville police appear to shoot pepper rounds at reporters

    Footage from Wave 3 local news in Louisville, Ky. appears to show police shooting pepper rounds directly at news crew.

  • Venezuela raises fuel prices after arrival of Iranian oil tankers
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    Venezuela raises fuel prices after arrival of Iranian oil tankers

    Venezuela will increase fuel prices in June, the president said, putting a limit on state subsidies that for decades had allowed citizens to fill their gas tanks virtually for free. Although the country has huge oil reserves, production has collapsed and Venezuelans are facing dire shortages -- exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19 on the economy. Under the changes, which will come into force on June 1, drivers will be allowed up to 120 liters of gasoline a month and up to 60 liters for motorbikes at a subsidized price of 5,000 bolivars (US$0.025) per liter.

  • Israeli police probe false claims in case against PM's wife
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    Israeli police probe false claims in case against PM's wife

    Israeli police on Sunday said they were investigating whether two employees at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence gave false testimony in a civil case against his wife, Sara Netanyahu — reportedly in order to help her fend off accusations of mistreating a housekeeper. Sara Netanyahu faces a civil lawsuit from former employee Shira Raban, who claims the premier's wife mistreated her during a brief stint working at the residence. Israeli police confirmed an investigation "is being conducted with the approval of the Attorney General and the supervision of the State Attorney's Office.”

  • EU urges U.S. to reconsider decision to cut ties with WHO
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    EU urges U.S. to reconsider decision to cut ties with WHO

    The European Union urged the United States on Saturday to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. "In this context, we urge the U.S. to reconsider its announced decision," they said a day after President Donald Trump announced the move, accusing the U.N. agency of becoming a puppet of China. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also condemned the move and pledged intensive talks with Washington on the issue.

  • Trump’s campaign tries to recapture its magic on the virtual campaign trail. Will it succeed? 
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    Trump’s campaign tries to recapture its magic on the virtual campaign trail. Will it succeed? 

    There are backlit billboards announcing the upcoming campaign event for President Trump. Outside a large arena footage of Trump plays on giant screens as supporters chant “Four more years!” Inside the arena, Trump's surrogates appear on a large Jumbotron as the crowd roars. While rallies had been Trump's trademark prior to the public health crisis, his reelection team has embraced virtual events and believes they provide a major advantage over his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, on the “digital campaign trail.”

  • ‘If you can say you can’t breathe, you’re breathing’: Mississippi mayor faces backlash over George Floyd comments
    The Independent

    ‘If you can say you can’t breathe, you’re breathing’: Mississippi mayor faces backlash over George Floyd comments

    A mayor in Mississippi is facing fierce backlash and calls to resign after saying that he “didn't see anything unreasonable” about the death of George Floyd. Mr Floyd, who was black, died while in police custody in Minneapolis after a white officer was filmed pinned him to the ground by his neck for a prolonged period of time. In the footage, Floyd can be heard saying “I can't breathe” to officers multiple times.

  • Grimes has revealed the nickname she uses for baby 'X Æ A-12'
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    Grimes has revealed the nickname she uses for baby 'X Æ A-12'

    Charles Sykes/Invision/AP Claire "c" Boucher, AKA Grimes, told Bloomberg in a recent profile about her art and music that she has a much simpler nickname for her and Elon Musk's baby boy X Æ A-12. She said she calls him "Little X" for short. Baby X Æ A-12's name caused much debate and confusion when he was welcomed into the world on May 4.

  • British expat on frontline of Hong Kong protests says UK has abandoned former colony
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    British expat on frontline of Hong Kong protests says UK has abandoned former colony

    As pepper balls and rubber bullets rained down on the crowd of Hong Kong protesters crouched by the entrance of a carpark tunnel, protecting themselves from the riot police with flimsy umbrellas, a chill of terror swept over one young man as he dived for cover with his girlfriend. Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph as protests got back under way in Hong Kong last week he said he had taken to the streets of his adopted city because his own government had “turned its back” on the people of Hong Kong. The UK government this week offered a "path to citizenship" to almost three million Hong Kong residents as it condemned China's move to crush dissent in the former British colony.

  • How Germany tackled the coronavirus: 9 people tell us they are thankful for good leadership and a robust health system
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    How Germany tackled the coronavirus: 9 people tell us they are thankful for good leadership and a robust health system

    Robert Michael/picture alliance via Getty Images Germany has drawn praise from around the world for its quick and efficient coronavirus response. Nine people who are currently living there told Business Insider how they felt the country responded to the pandemic. The majority said they were confident in the government handling of the virus and said they felt protected by the country's robust healthcare system.

  • Cemeteries braced for surge in Covid-19 dead as Mexico readies to reopen
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    Cemeteries braced for surge in Covid-19 dead as Mexico readies to reopen

    Yet as Mexico's daily death toll rises to become one of the highest in the world – a record 501 fatalities were reported on Tuesday alone – the country is simultaneously preparing to reopen and weathering a politically charged battle over the true scale of the crisis. We're doing well, the pandemic has been tamed,” Mexico's populist president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, claimed on Thursday as he announced he would resume touring the country when a period of nationwide quarantine was wound down next week. Alejandro Macías, a leading infectious diseases specialist, said he understood and supported the need to plot out a return to some kind of normality for Mexico's 129 million citizens.

  • Emirates Airline says must cut jobs over virus crisis
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    Emirates Airline says must cut jobs over virus crisis

    Emirates Airline said Sunday it will have to cut jobs after being forced to ground its fleet during the coronavirus crisis, but did not specify the extent of the layoffs. The Dubai carrier, the largest in the Middle East, announced in March temporary cuts of between 25 percent and 50 percent in basic salaries for most employees after halting its operations. It employs a workforce that is around 100,000-strong, with a fleet of 270 wide-bodied aircraft.