- 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.
- Ex-officer Derek Chauvin now faces second-degree murder, while three others face abetting charges.
- In a forest rebounding after a wildfire 110 million years ago, an armored dinosaur devoured a meal of tender ferns in western Canada before suffering a sudden death - perhaps drowning in a river or a flash flood - and being washed out to sea.Scientists said on Wednesday the fossilized stomach contents of the dinosaur, called Borealopelta markmitchelli, were preserved in exquisite detail with its skeleton, revealing what was on the menu for its last meal.The fossil, from the province of Alberta,
- India's financial capital narrowly escapes Cyclone Nisarga, as nearby areas bear the brunt.
- A $20 bill with ink reportedly running launched the arrest and death of George Floyd and subsequent protests and riots across the nation.
- The president also defends his race relations record as anger continues over George Floyd's death.
- Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin, the world's youngest leader at 34, told a magazine she would like to have a child while in office, which would make her only the third elected head of government to give birth while in power in modern times."I am very much hoping for an addition to the family, a little sibling for Emma," her 2-year-old daughter, Marin told Me Naiset magazine in an interview.Marin took the reigns of Finland's centre-left five-party coalition in a sudden move at the end of las
- President Donald Trump will accept the Republican presidential nomination outside North Carolina, the party said on Wednesday, following the Democratic governor's decision not to lift social-distancing restrictions for the planned Aug. 24-27 convention.On Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper rejected Republican demands to guarantee that attendance at the convention in Charlotte would not be restricted by social-distancing measures aimed atpreventing the spread of the coronavirus.In response, Trump said
- Neglect of the past and belief in progress has left many unaware of the scope of US racial tensions.
- As protests continue to erupt around the country, a group of three young African-American activists is attempting to link the demonstrations to a list of demands.
- Washington on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all flights by Chinese airlines into and out of the United States after Beijing failed to allow American carriers to resume services to China.The US action, which takes effect June 16 but could be implemented sooner if President Donald Trump orders it, applied to seven Chinese civilian carriers, although only four currently are running service to US cities including Air China and China Eastern Airlines, the Department of Transportation (DOT) said
- Internet users have opened up their hearts and wallets to help support the family of the man whose killing sparked nationwide protests.
- The Justice Department has sent special operations teams from the Bureau of Prisons to support the Trump administration’s response to protests in Washington, D.C., and Florida. In a statement to The Daily Beast, a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson confirmed that they had deployed Crisis Management Teams in response to the protests. The teams include Special Operations response teams, “which are highly trained tactical units capable of responding to prison disturbances, and providin
- Protests over the death of George Floyd have been planned throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Watch live demonstrations, briefings from officials here.
- Iran has suffered the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, forcing it to impose a lockdown that damaged an economy already reeling from the imposition of U.S. sanctions.Restrictions have been gradually lifted since April but have been reimposed in some areas after localised outbreaks.“If in any part of the country these warnings aren’t taken seriously and God forbid the outbreak of illness peaks again, the authorities will have to reimpose restrictions,” President Has
- White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany responded to questions Wednesday on whether President Trump still has confidence in Defense Secretary Mark Esper after he opposed Trump on using the military to quell protests across the country.
- Forces backing Libya's unity government said Wednesday they had reseized Tripoli international airport after heavy fighting with rival troops supporting strongman Khalifa Haftar."Our forces have fully liberated Tripoli International Airport," said Mohamad Gnounou, spokesman for forces backing the Government of National Accord in a statement.The airport, in a strategic area on the capital's southern edges, has been closed since 2014 and had been seized by pro-Haftar forces last year.
Change.org doesn't donate the money raised through its record-breaking George Floyd petition — and some donors say they feel misledChange.org is a for-profit company that hosts activist petitions and encourages people to circulate them on social media.
- Police in the U.K. have asked the public for help in tracking the movements of a 43-year-old German man identified as the main suspect in the mysterious disappearance of Madeleine McCann.Madeleine vanished from a hotel apartment in Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve coast in May 2007, while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings.It is the first time British police have identified a key suspect, and senior police officers described the breakthrough to the U.K.’s Telegraph as &l
- The DOT has now banned Chinese airlines from the U.S., an added burden for Chinese students already stuck here because of their own government’s policies.
George Floyd protests – live: All four former police officers face new charges as demonstrations continue nationwideDonald Trump has again risked inflaming the George Floyd protests with new reports saying the president asked about using "tanks" and other military equipment as part of a show of force against the demonstrations - a move defence officials reportedly oppose.Active-duty troops were sent home from the nation's capitol on Wednesday after Defence Secretary Mark Esper said the Insurrection Act should be used "only in the most urgent and dire of situations" and added: "We are not in one of those situa
- The storm could bring heavy rain to Louisiana and its neighbors this weekend.
- Deterrence never stops.
- Former CIA operative Valerie Plame failed in her bid for a seat in the U.S. Congress Wednesday, losing the Democratic nomination in New Mexico's 3rd District to an attorney with deep roots in the state, Teresa Leger Fernandez.Plame had raised over $2 million, more than anyone on the ballot for the House of Representatives seat in the solidly Democratic district, and she had released a flashy campaign video of her speeding across the desert in a sports car."I'm sorry last night didn't turn out th
- Demonstrators hurled firebombs in a march towards the U.S. Embassy compound in Athens on Wednesday in a protest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Reuters journalists saw demonstrators throwing several flaming objects which erupted into flames on the street towards the heavily-guarded embassy in central Athens and police responding with rounds of teargas.Demonstrators were holding banners and placards reading "Black lives matter" and "I can't breathe".
- France's coronavirus death toll rose by 81 on Wednesday, or 0.3%, to reach 29,021, the fifth-highest death toll in the world, and the number of confirmed cases rose again after they went down Tuesday due to an adjustment in reporting.In a statement, the health ministry said the daily death toll only includes hospital fatalities as those occurring in nursing homes will as of now only be included on a weekly basis on Tuesdays.The number of confirmed cases, which declined by 0.5% Tuesday, was up 0.
George Floyd protests – live: All four former police officers expected to face new charges, as demonstrations continueDonald Trump has again risked inflaming the George Floyd protests with new reports saying the president asked about using "tanks" and other military equipment as part of a show of force against the demonstrations - a move defence officials reportedly oppose.Active-duty troops were sent home from the nation's capitol on Wednesday after Defence Secretary Mark Esper said the Insurrection Act should be used "only in the most urgent and dire of situations" and added: "We are not in one of those situa
- The social network says it will drop Trump from Discover over 'racial violence and injustice'.
- “We cannot back down now. We have come way too far. We are literally in the midst of history.”
- A shield's much more comfortable and practical than a mask. It can blow off in a stiff wind, though, and it's not great for a run.
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