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Knife-edge presidential vote keeps Poland in suspense
Knife-edge presidential vote keeps Poland in suspense

A knife-edge presidential run-off between the nationalist incumbent and his europhile rival plunged Poland into uncertainty Sunday, after exit polls indicated the result was too close to call. President Andrzej Duda, a right-wing populist and close ally of US counterpart Donald Trump, scored 50.8 percent in the second exit poll by Ipsos whose margin of error was two percentage points. Duda's rival, liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who has promised to heal ties with Brussels by rolling back a controversial reform of the judiciary, was shown just behind on 49.2 percent.

'You can't do that': Fox News host Wallace confronts DeVos on threat to redirect funds from schools

Chris Wallace asked Betsy DeVos "under what authority" she and Trump were going to "unilaterally cut off funding" to schools that refuse to reopen.

Explosion, fire on USS Bonhomme Richard sends 18 sailors to hospital, fills San Diego skies with dark smoke
Explosion, fire on USS Bonhomme Richard sends 18 sailors to hospital, fills San Diego skies with dark smoke

An amphibious assault ship caught fire on Sunday at Naval Base San Diego, injuring 18 sailors and filling the skies with smoke, officials said.

After Mueller
After Mueller's Op-Ed, Sen. Lindsey Graham Now Says He'll Call the Former Special Counsel to Testify

Graham had previously brushed off Democrats' requests for Mueller to testify in the Senate

Coronavirus: South Africa bans alcohol sales again to combat Covid-19
Coronavirus: South Africa bans alcohol sales again to combat Covid-19
  • World
  • 2020-07-12 20:43:27Z

It is one of several restrictions introduced by President Ramaphosa amid rising infection rates.

US presses again for full school reopening, despite risks
US presses again for full school reopening, despite risks

The Trump administration on Sunday again pressed for full school reopenings in the fall, even as resurgent COVID-19 infections and a record spike in cases in Florida raised mounting questions about the risk of a premature return to classes. With the virus setting new records by the day in many parts of the country, a top health official warned that "everything should be on the table" and even US President Donald Trump wore a mask in public for the first time. "Kids need to get back to school, they need to get back in the classroom," DeVos said on CNN, while acknowledging that local conditions should be taken into account.

Florida cop charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after pointing gun at unarmed Black man
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  • 2020-07-12 20:14:00Z

A Florida sergeant has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly threatened to shoot an unarmed Black man who wouldn't identify himself. Janak Amin of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office pointed his gun at the unidentified man who had left

Teen birthrates decline another year, CDC report finds, but Black and Hispanic rates see less significant change
Teen birthrates decline another year, CDC report finds, but Black and Hispanic rates see less significant change

While white teenagers saw a significant decline in birthrates in 29 states, Hispanic and Black teenagers saw a decline in only 10 states.

Coronavirus: Florida sets new state daily case record of 15,299
Coronavirus: Florida sets new state daily case record of 15,299

A 24-hour tally of 15,299 new coronavirus cases eclipses the worst rates seen in New York in April.

China Renews Push for Increased Global Role for the Yuan
China Renews Push for Increased Global Role for the Yuan

(Bloomberg) -- Faced with the prospect of restricted access to U.S. dollars, China's answer is to get more people to use its own currency instead.The increasing spillover of Sino-American tensions into the financial sphere has ignited a fresh push by China to promote the global use of the yuan. A growing

'It was only done to make me look bad': Trump denounces border wall section funded by supporters

"I disagreed with doing this very small (tiny) section of wall, in a tricky area, by a private group which raised money by ads," Trump said Sunday.

Rudy Giuliani Blows Up Trump
Rudy Giuliani Blows Up Trump's 'Audit' Excuse on Tax Returns

For years, Donald Trump has been claiming that he can't release his tax returns because at least some of them are still under audit by the IRS. As recently as this past Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany repeated that reasoning to reporters, saying, "The media's been asking this question for four years, and for four years, the president has said the same thing, his taxes are under audit, and when they're no longer under audit, he will release them."On Sunday morning, the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani blew up that excuse once and for all.Trump's No Billionaire. He's a Bullshit Artist. And Soon, We'll Have the Taxes to Prove It.After telling Fox News host...

British Islamic State fighter
British Islamic State fighter 'dies in prison' in Syria
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  • 2020-07-12 18:17:37Z

A British Islamic State member from East London has died in a prison in northeast Syria, according to the BBC. Ishak Mostefaoui is the first British IS-supporter to die in the custody of the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The British government refuses to allow its adult IS prisoner suspects to return to the UK for trial, believing that they should be tried in the region. The year-long impasse between the Kurdish authorities and the UK, and other Western governments has led to dangerously over-crowded prison and camps of IS members. According to one BBC source, Mostefaoui was shot when trying to escape the custody of the jail in Hassakeh which houses over 5,000 IS...

An Indefensible Commutation
An Indefensible Commutation

President Trump has commuted the sentence of Roger Stone. The timing, late on Friday, suggests internal embarrassment over the move, and we wish there were more.The commutation is a move fully within the president's powers and in keeping with the long-established pattern of presidents' pardoning or commuting the sentences of associates caught up in special-counsel probes, although usually the associates aren't as sleazy as Stone. We're a long way from George H. W. Bush's pardoning Cap Weinberger, the great Reagan-era defense official, who had been indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in the Lawrence Walsh investigation.No one would think of letting Roger Stone anywhere near any...

Maryland governor says GOP needs
Maryland governor says GOP needs 'bigger tent' after Trump
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  • 2020-07-12 17:26:06Z

A Republican governor rumored to be eyeing a run for the White House in 2024 said Sunday that the GOP needs to be a "bigger tent party" after President Donald Trump leaves office. Maryland's Larry Hogan, who has been known to break with Trump, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he doesn't "know what the future holds in November." "But I know that the Republican Party is going to be looking at what happens after President Trump and whether that's in four months or four years," Hogan said.

Graham calls on Mueller to testify before Senate after Roger Stone op-ed
Graham calls on Mueller to testify before Senate after Roger Stone op-ed

Democrats had previously requested that Mueller be called before the committee, but Graham had shot down the request.

The St. Louis couple who threatened Black Lives Matter protesters with guns once made children cry after destroying their bee hives
The St. Louis couple who threatened Black Lives Matter protesters with guns once made children cry after destroying their bee hives

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who threatened Black Lives Matter protesters with guns, smashed bee hives constructed by a nearby synagogue for schoolchildren.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said he will call Robert Mueller to testify before his committee
Sen. Lindsey Graham said he will call Robert Mueller to testify before his committee

Robert Mueller broke his yearlong silence Saturday, penning an op-ed that defends the Russia investigation and the prosecution of Roger Stone.

More than 1 in 3 Americans say they know someone who has been sick from coronavirus, survey shows
More than 1 in 3 Americans say they know someone who has been sick from coronavirus, survey shows

The number of Americans who say a member of their immediate family has been sick with coronavirus more than doubled since March.

'We do expect deaths to go up,' warns White House COVID-19 task force's Adm. Giroir as cases rise

Giroir, who oversees coronavirus testing, said mask wearing was "essential" to stopping the spread and that reinstating lockdowns was "on the table."

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams says the US can turn coronavirus around in
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams says the US can turn coronavirus around in '2 or 3 weeks if everyone does their part'

Adams compared his past advice against buying and wearing masks to doctors who prescribed "leeches and cocaine and heroin for people as medical treatments" before they learned more.

South Africa
South Africa's 9 million smokers were faced with cold turkey when the government banned cigarette sales in March as a coronavirus measure. Now Big Tobacco is fighting back.

Cigarettes have become the top illicit drug, more profitable than cocaine and heroin, analysts told AP.

Leading Homeland Security Under a President Who Embraces
Leading Homeland Security Under a President Who Embraces 'Hate-Filled' Talk

WASHINGTON -- Elaine C. Duke, then President Donald Trump's acting secretary of homeland security, arrived at the Roosevelt Room, down the hall from the Oval Office, on a steamy August afternoon in 2017 expecting a discussion about Trump's pledge to terminate DACA, the Obama-era protections for young immigrants. Instead, she said, it was "an ambush.""The room was stacked," she recalled. Stephen Miller, the architect of the president's assault on immigration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other White House officials demanded that she sign a memo ending the program, which they had already concluded was illegal. She did not disagree, but she chafed at being cut out of the real...

'I Don't Want to Go Back': Many Teachers Are Fearful and Angry Over Pressure to Return

Many of the nation's 3.5 million teachers found themselves feeling under siege this week as pressure from the White House, pediatricians and some parents to get back to physical classrooms intensified -- even as the coronavirus rages across much of the country.On Friday, the teachers' union in Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest district, demanded full-time remote learning when the academic year begins on Aug. 18, and called President Donald Trump's push to reopen schools part of a "dangerous, anti-science agenda that puts the lives of our members, our students and our families at risk."Teachers say crucial questions about how schools will stay clean, keep students physically...

In Commuting Stone
In Commuting Stone's Sentence, Trump Goes Where Nixon Was Not Willing
  • World
  • 2020-07-12 15:31:34Z

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has said he learned lessons from President Richard Nixon's fall from grace, but in using the power of his office to keep his friend and adviser Roger Stone out of prison he has now crossed a line that even Nixon in the depths of Watergate dared not cross.For months, senior advisers warned Trump that it would be politically self-destructive if not ethically inappropriate to grant clemency to Stone, who was convicted of lying to protect the president. Even Attorney General William Barr, who had already overruled career prosecutors to reduce Stone's sentence, argued against commutation in recent weeks, officials said.But in casting aside their counsel on...

Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID cases
Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID cases
  • World
  • 2020-07-12 15:31:27Z

Florida shattered the national record Sunday for the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any state since the beginning of the pandemic, adding more than 15,000 cases as its daily average death toll continued to also rise. According to state Department of Health statistics, 15,299 people tested positive, for a total of 269,811 cases, and 45 deaths were recorded. California had the previous record of daily positive cases - 11,694, set on Wednesday.

'Not a Welcoming Name': Calls to Drop 'Plantation' Gain Steam Nationwide

When Dharyl Auguste was 3 years old, he and his parents packed all of their belongings and left their home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to immigrate to the United States.The family settled initially in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before moving to nearby Sunrise. When it was time for Auguste to attend middle school, he and his parents relocated again, this time to Plantation, Florida. Auguste welcomed the move, he said, because it was easier for him to see his friends and access public transportation.But something was not right in Plantation."It often came up as a topic between me and friends, and we all had the same feeling that it's not a welcoming name," Auguste, 27, said.In the...

Georgia. Ohio. Texas. Democrats Tell Biden to Go Big (He
Georgia. Ohio. Texas. Democrats Tell Biden to Go Big (He's Being Cautious).

WASHINGTON -- With President Donald Trump's poll numbers sliding in traditional battlegrounds as well as conservative-leaning states, and money pouring into Democratic campaigns, Joe Biden is facing rising pressure to expand his ambitions, compete aggressively in more states and press his party's advantage down the ballot.In a series of phone calls, Democratic lawmakers and party officials have lobbied Biden and his top aides to seize what they believe could be a singular opportunity not only to defeat Trump but also to rout him and discredit what they believe is his dangerous style of racial demagogy.This election, the officials argue, offers the provocative possibility of a new path to...

U.S. Congress needs compromise to extend COVID-19 unemployment payments, Pelosi says
U.S. Congress needs compromise to extend COVID-19 unemployment payments, Pelosi says

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday she believes U.S. lawmakers can find a compromise on extending jobless benefits and unemployment insurance for Americans struggling amid coronavirus pandemic shutdowns. "We have to find a compromise because we must extend it," Pelosi said on CNN's "State of the Union." The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives has said it would not be productive to extend the extra unemployment benefits that were included in coronavirus relief legislation earlier this year.

Florida sets one-day record with over 15,000 new COVID cases, more than most countries
Florida sets one-day record with over 15,000 new COVID cases, more than most countries

If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases in a day behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to a Reuters analysis. Florida's daily increases in cases have already surpassed the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the pandemic there. It has also broken New York state's record of 12,847 new cases on April 10 when it was the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.

'Racist, hurtful and deeply inappropriate.' California CEO resigns after racist rant

A GoFundMe for the server who kicked him out of the Carmel Valley restaurant has raised more than $76,000.

Coronavirus updates: Daily US death toll rising; DeVos defends push to return to school; re-emergence of sports stumbles
Coronavirus updates: Daily US death toll rising; DeVos defends push to return to school; re-emergence of sports stumbles

The daily U.S. death toll from COVID-19 is rising. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says kids won't spread the coronavirus in classrooms. Latest news

As virus rages in US, New York guards against another rise
As virus rages in US, New York guards against another rise
  • World
  • 2020-07-12 14:39:47Z

As coronavirus rages out of control in other parts of the U.S., New York is offering an example after taming the nation's deadliest outbreak this spring - while also trying to prepare in case another surge comes. New York's early experience is a ready-made blueprint for states now finding themselves swamped by the disease. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered advice, ventilators, masks, gowns and medicine to states dealing with spikes in cases and hospitalizations and, in some places, rising deaths.

Betsy DeVos Can
Betsy DeVos Can't Promise Teachers and Kids Won't Get Sick After Reopening Schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sunday morning couldn't promise teachers, students and parents that they wouldn't get sick from coronavirus if schools fully reopen this fall, as the Trump administration has been aggressively pushing for in recent days.DeVos and President Donald Trump launched a pressure campaign this past week to force and threaten state and local school districts to fully reopen schools for full-time, in-person learning. DeVos herself has said she wants all schools to commit to being open five days a week and steer clear of remote learning, even as the pandemic rages to record levels in the country.Interviewing DeVos on CNN's State of the Union, host Dana Bash kicked...

Doctors thought a
Doctors thought a 'bubbly' 24-year-old would survive COVID-19. Then his organs 'shut down.'

"He gave off this energy that nobody else has ever given off, just this loving energy," Christa Sievers said.

Former MI6 chief claims there is
Former MI6 chief claims there is 'close linkage' between Huawei and Chinese military

There is "close linkage" between Huawei and the Chinese military, a former head of MI6 has claimed, as he urged the Government to strip the firm from the UK's mobile network. Sir Richard Dearlove insisted that there was a "strategic security reason" for the Government to U-turn on its decision to grant the telecoms giant access to Britain's 5G infastructure. His comments come ahead of a crucial meeting of the National Security Council on Tuesday in which ministers are expected to block the purchase of any new Huawei equipment by the end of this year, with the company removed from 5G by the mid-2020s. Sir Richard said that to remove the Chinese firm would make "good security sense". "I...

A 19-year-old aspiring astronaut is the only person who
A 19-year-old aspiring astronaut is the only person who's attended every NASA space camp. She's already positioning herself for a mission to Mars.

Alyssa Carson is one of a group of young people who are already positioning themselves to become NASA astronauts just in time to travel to Mars.

Trump on private border wall segment:
Trump on private border wall segment: 'It was only done to make me look bad'

A report indicated a section of the wall is already displaying structural troubles.

Man arrested after
Man arrested after 'heinous' double stabbing on subway

A "heinous and unprovoked" double stabbing onboard a subway in Queens was caught on camera.

Six professional
Six professional 'Fortnite' streamers on YouTube gave a tour of the multimillion dollar mansion they bought together - see inside

They posted a tour on YouTube, showing off bedrooms, gaming setups, and the pool.

It
It's Trump's call on what the GOP convention will look like
  • World
  • 2020-07-12 12:04:42Z

After months of insisting that the Republican National Convention go off as scheduled despite the pandemic, President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the late August event will not be the four-night infomercial for his reelection that he had anticipated. After a venue change, spiking coronavirus cases and a sharp recession, Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether it's worth the trouble, and some are advocating that the convention be scrapped altogether. Already the 2020 event has seen a venue change -- to more Trump-friendly territory in Jacksonville, Florida, from Charlotte, North Carolina -- and it has been drastically reduced in scope.

Trump, Biden try to outdo each other on tough talk on China
Trump, Biden try to outdo each other on tough talk on China
  • World
  • 2020-07-12 11:42:37Z

China has fast become a top election issue as President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden engage in a verbal brawl over who's better at playing the tough guy against Beijing. The Trump campaign put out ads showing Biden toasting China's Xi Jinping, even though Trump did just that with Xi in Asia and hosted the Chinese leader at his Florida club. Spots from the Biden campaign feature Trump playing down the coronavirus and praising Xi for being transparent about the pandemic, even though it's clear China hid details of the outbreak from the world.

Pope
Pope 'very pained' by decision to turn Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum into mosque

Pope Francis said on Sunday he was hurt by Turkey's decision to make Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum a mosque, the latest religious leader to condemn the move. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said the first prayers would be held in Hagia Sophia on July 24, after declaring the ancient monument was once again a mosque following a court ruling revoking its status as a museum.

A Tokyo neighborhood is offering anyone who gets coronavirus a $935 check, and some worry it could lead to a wave of deliberate infections
A Tokyo neighborhood is offering anyone who gets coronavirus a $935 check, and some worry it could lead to a wave of deliberate infections

Shinjuku ward in central Tokyo says it will give 100,000 yen (around $935) to any citizen in the area who contracts COVID-19.

These 7 stories from Mary Trump
These 7 stories from Mary Trump's book show Trump's deep-rooted, strained relationship with his family

"Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man," a book by President Donald Trump's niece Mary is due out July 14.

Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing
Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing
  • World
  • 2020-07-12 10:08:00Z

Iran said that the misalignment of an air defence unit's radar system was the key "human error" that led to the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January. "A failure occurred due to a human error in following the procedure" for aligning the radar, causing a "107-degree error" in the system, the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation (CAO) said in a report late Saturday. This error "initiated a hazard chain" that saw further errors committed in the minutes before the plane was shot down, said the CAO document, presented as a "factual report" and not as the final report on the accident investigation.

Hamburg sex workers demand Germany
Hamburg sex workers demand Germany's brothels reopen

Prostitutes demonstrated in Hamburg's red light district late on Saturday evening demanding that Germany's brothels be allowed to reopen after months of closure to curb the spread of coronavirus. With shops, restaurants and bars all open again in Germany, where prostitution is legal, sex workers say they are being singled out and deprived of their livelihoods despite not posing a greater health risk. "The oldest profession needs your help," read a notice held up by one woman in a brothel window in the Herbertstrasse, which was flooded with red light after being dark since March.

Polls show Trump is losing to Joe Biden. They said the same thing 4 years ago against Hillary Clinton
Polls show Trump is losing to Joe Biden. They said the same thing 4 years ago against Hillary Clinton

Polls got it wrong when they showed Hillary Clinton defeating Trump in 2016. But pollsters say surveys showing Biden over Trump are more trustworthy.

Roger Stone: Robert Mueller defends indictment over Russia probe
Roger Stone: Robert Mueller defends indictment over Russia probe

Ex-US special counsel Robert Mueller intervenes after President Trump commutes an aide's jail term.

NBA rumors: Adrian Wojnarowski suspended by ESPN, sparking #FreeWoj push
NBA rumors: Adrian Wojnarowski suspended by ESPN, sparking #FreeWoj push

This gives new meaning to Woj Bomb.

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