The president is providing an update on the White House COVID-19 Task Force.
The president is providing an update on the White House COVID-19 Task Force.
A Chinese scientist suspected of visa fraud and concealing ties to the military has fled to China's consulate in San Francisco, the US says. Prosecutors allege that the case is part of a Chinese programme to send undercover army scientists to the US. On Wednesday the Trump administration ordered the closure of China's mission in Houston, saying it was involved in stealing intellectual property.
Two of the British ISIS terrorists dubbed the “Beatles” further incriminated themselves in the mistreatment of Western hostages in Syria, including Americans Kayla Mueller and James Foley, in interviews obtained exclusively by NBC News. In the interviews, the two men, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, for the first time admitted their involvement in the captivity of Kayla, an aid worker who was tortured and sexually abused before her death in 2015. Kotey said, "She was in a room by herself that no one would go in."
California authorities on Thursday continued their desperate search for a special needs toddler who has been missing for over a week—a search made more difficult now that his parents have “stopped cooperating” with investigators. Thaddeus Sran, 2, was reported missing on July 15 after his parents said he vanished from their home in Madera, about 30 minutes outside Fresno, the City of Madera Police Department said in a statement. “We are hopeful that they will resume cooperating with Madera Police Department detectives and help us to locate Thaddeus.”
The claim: An image depicts Barack Obama, Melinda Gates and Anthony Fauci at a Wuhan lab in 2015 A viral photo claims to depict Anthony Fauci, President Barack Obama and philanthropist Melinda Gates at the “Wuhan Lab” (presumably China's Wuhan Institute of Virology) five years before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in that city. You mean this Dr. Fauci who was with Obama in 2015 in the WuHan lab where they paid the lab 3.7 million for a 'bat' project? reads the Instagram post by user @patriciabrookx, which screenshots a Twitter reply no longer available, featuring the photo, to a tweet by former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“More people are gonna die,” Rebekah Jones wrote to her mother and sisters on Facebook. It was April 26, a warm spring Sunday in Tallahassee, Fla., and she was just finishing work at the Florida Department of Health, where she was managing the state's much-praised coronavirus dashboard, which she had also created. The exchange marked the beginning of an exceptionally turbulent period for Jones, who was demonized by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a rogue employee while also being celebrated by his detractors as a brave truth teller willing to stand up to political power.
Taiwan's parliament passed a proposal Wednesday to rebrand the island's largest airline to avoid confusion with carriers on the Chinese mainland. China Airlines (CAL) is frequently mistaken for Air China -- the mainland's national carrier -- and there have long been calls to rename it or make it more clearly Taiwanese. The self-ruled island has sent medical aid overseas as a diplomatic gesture of goodwill, often on China Airlines aircraft, sparking some public confusion abroad over where the shipments had come from.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that there was a high likelihood of another round of cash payments for Americans. As expanded unemployment benefits are set to expire amid a new increase in jobless claims, lawmakers appear to be nearing consensus with the White House about how to further aid the United States' ailing economy. In an interview with CNBC on Thursday morning, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a Republican bill would extend a reduced level of federal unemployment income and include a second round of $1,200 direct payments very similar to those sent four months ago.
A Republican congressman offered an apology Wednesday for the “abrupt manner" he used in a verbal confrontation with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez but denied aiming a sexist slur at her. Ocasio-Cortez rejected her colleague's words, saying they were “not an apology” and what she heard was a vulgar slur. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., made his remarks on the House floor a day after the freshman New York lawmaker said he'd angrily harangued her outside the Capitol over her linkage of joblessness and some recent crimes.
Rudy Giuliani has once again posted misinformation about Rep. Ilhan Omar on social media, sharing a meme that falsely claimed the congresswoman was seen at a terrorist training camp. The president's personal lawyer tweeted a debunked meme that included a photo of a woman holding a gun, along with a caption that falsely claimed the woman was Ms Omar (D—Mn). The meme spread across far-right corners of the web last year, despite the photo having been taken three years before the Somali-American congresswoman was born.
The US has charged four Chinese nationals with visa fraud for allegedly lying about their membership of China's armed forces. Three are under arrest while the FBI is seeking to arrest the fourth, who is said to be in China's San Francisco consulate. FBI agents have also interviewed people in 25 US cities who have an "undeclared affiliation" with China's military.
A video from 2015 has emerged in which Donald Trump directs reporters to "Ask Prince Andrew" about Jeffrey Epstein's private island. The encounter with reporters took place before Mr Trump entered the 2016 presidential race at that year's CPAC conservative conference. During a question and answer session with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Mr Trump was asked what he thought of former President Bill Clinton.
Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via AP Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death, is also facing several felony charges of tax evasion in Minnesota, The Associated Press and the Star Tribune reported. Chauvin and his estranged wife each face nine counts of aiding and abetting filing false or fraudulent tax returns or failing to file, from 2014 to 2019, the reports said. Chauvin is in custody on the charges related to Floyd's death.
Thirteen nuns at a Michigan convent died from the coronavirus in the last three months, including one sister who had appeared to recover from the disease earlier but later relapsed. "Some of our Sisters who have had COVID-19 are struggling to recover from a variety of effects, including continuing weakness, respiratory issues and more," Sister Mary Moore said. The loss was reported Monday in the Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter, in a touching tribute with a photo of a small memorial in the gardens outside the Felician Sisters' convent.
Britain has agreed with the United States to remove an "anomaly" which allowed the wife of a U.S. official to claim diplomatic immunity from criminal prosecution after she was involved in a road accident in which 19-year-old Briton Harry Dunn was killed. The crash last August has caused friction between London and Washington after Britain criticised the United States for refusing to extradite Anne Sacoolas. Now the loophole that allowed Sacoolas to claim immunity has been closed.
China launched its most ambitious Mars mission yet on Thursday in a bold attempt to join the United States in successfully landing a spacecraft on the red planet.
Accusing federal agents of illegally detaining peaceful demonstrators here, the state of Oregon went to court Wednesday and presented the case of a 29-year-old named Mark Pettibone. “I was terrified when an unmarked van stopped near me and men in military fatigues jumped out and approached me without identifying themselves,” he said in written testimony describing how the agents nabbed him in downtown Portland in the early hours of July 15 and took him into a federal courthouse for questioning. U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman said he believed the account and that the agents had no probable cause to arrest Pettibone, a Portland resident.
Bill Gates has rejected a conspiracy theory that he wants a mass vaccination against the coronavirus so he can inject people with microchips. There is no evidence connecting Gates to microchips, but several viral articles have made the claims. A May poll also found 44% of Republicans believe the conspiracy theory.
Firefighters rescued six dogs from a burning home in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, authorities told CBS News. The DC Fire and EMS was called to the blaze around noon, Vito Maggiolo, a public information officer with the department, told CBS News. Four residents had already evacuated by the time first responders arrived and weren't injured but the dogs were still inside, Maggiolo said.
The shipyard presiding over the renovations on the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard when it caught fire July 12 was awarded a $10 million contract modification for their efforts with firefighting and follow-on cleanup. The contract with General Dynamics NASSCO San Diego was among those announced Wednesday in the U.S. Defense Department's daily roundup. The fire, which broke out July 12, began in the lower vehicle storage area amidships and damaged 11 of the Bonhomme Richard's 14 decks, according to a letter to all Navy flag officers and master chiefs obtained by Defense News.
After practically ignoring President Donald Trump oddly wishing an accused sex trafficker “well,” Fox News finally broached the subject Thursday morning in an interview with White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. While reviving his daily coronavirus briefings in an attempt to reverse his sagging approval ratings on the pandemic, Trump was asked on Tuesday if he felt longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell would “turn in powerful men” following her arrest. More than 24 hours later, Fox anchor Bret Baier brought up the president's well-wishes to McEnany, noting how Maxwell was charged with recruiting and sexually abusing underage girls.