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Venezuela's opposition-led assembly backs Guaido over Maduro choice

Venezuela's National Assembly on Thursday ratified opposition leader Juan Guaido as legislative speaker, defying a Supreme Court ruling approving a rival opposition figure more favorable to President Nicolas Maduro. The endorsement for Guaido continued a months-long stand-off with opposition rival Luis Parra, who Guaido has dismissed as "an accomplice to dictatorship". "I will continue to exercise my functions," Guaido told reporters in Caracas after a session held by video-conference rejected the "illegal" Supreme Court's decision.

Army Private
Army Private's Medal of Honor Sold for More than $15,000 by German Auction House

There was a campaign to stop the auction, but Germany is not subject to U.S. laws.

Romania to further ease lockdown restrictions from June 1
Romania to further ease lockdown restrictions from June 1

Romania will reopen outdoor cafes and restaurants and allow international road and rail travel from June 1, after a two-month lockdown to contain the new coronavirus outbreak, President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday. The European Union state, which has reported 18,791 cases of the coronavirus and 1,229 deaths, began easing the lockdown on May 15. From Monday, outdoor cafes will open with social distancing guidelines and a maximum of four people per table.

Family in US demands murder charges after police kill handcuffed black man
Family in US demands murder charges after police kill handcuffed black man

Calls mounted Wednesday for the arrest of a Minneapolis policeman for killing a handcuffed black man by kneeling on his neck, amid outrage over the latest African American death at the hands of US law enforcement. A day after angry protests in the northern US city were met with tear gas and rubber bullets, the family of George Floyd demanded the four white policemen involved in his death Monday be charged with murder. "I would like those officers to be charged with murder, because that's exactly what they did," Bridgett Floyd, his sister, said on NBC television.

IM-SHORAD delayed by pandemic, but first unit equip date remains in place
IM-SHORAD delayed by pandemic, but first unit equip date remains in place

"We're making adjustments as necessary, and then working with the companies to try and catch up," the head of Army acquisition said Wednesday.

It only took two hours for Trump
It only took two hours for Trump's administration to contradict his threat to shut down Twitter

President Trump took to his favorite social media platform to attack social media platforms on Wednesday morning, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certainly didn't do anything to help his boss' case.Shortly after Trump claimed on Twitter he would "strongly regulate" or "close down" social media platforms that are allegedly silencing "conservative voices," Pompeo sent out a tweet saying the U.S. "will not tolerate" government-imposed censorship or shutdowns.Pompeo's tweet isn't in response to Trump, exactly - it references the Freedom Online Coalition, a partnership of 31 governments seeking to improve Internet freedom. The group has been vocal...

U.S. no longer considers Hong Kong autonomous from China, Pompeo announces
U.S. no longer considers Hong Kong autonomous from China, Pompeo announces

The U.S. State Department has determined Hong Kong no longer holds autonomy under Chinese rule, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday."No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground," Pompeo said in a Wednesday statement. Pompeo informed Congress of the department's decision on Tuesday, and there's a strong chance the move will change Hong Kong's trade relationship with the U.S., CNBC reports."While the United States once hoped that free and prosperous Hong Kong would provide a model for authoritarian China, it is now clear that China is modeling Hong Kong after itself," Pompeo...

The 2 astronauts flying SpaceX
The 2 astronauts flying SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship explain what it's like to operate it

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is set to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Wednesday at 4:33 p.m.

US priest who founded Knights of Columbus to be beatified
US priest who founded Knights of Columbus to be beatified

The founder of the Knights of Columbus, the influential U.S.-based lay Catholic organization, is moving a step closer to possible sainthood. Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Rev. Michael McGivney, a Connecticut priest who died at age 38 of pneumonia in 1890 during a pandemic similar to the current coronavirus outbreak. The Vatican said Wednesday that Francis had signed off on the miracle required.

Store worker charged in fatal shooting of armed man
Store worker charged in fatal shooting of armed man

Police have identified the Brooklyn store worker charged with shooting and killing an armed man.

Lost hikers found alive after 18 days in New Zealand forest

Two New Zealand hikers survived for more than 18 days in a densely-forested national park before being found alive on Wednesday, rescue officials said. Jessica O'Connor and Dion Reynolds, both 23, hiked into Kahurangi National Park in the northwest of New Zealand's South Island on May 9, and were

EU urges China to respect Hong Kong autonomy
EU urges China to respect Hong Kong autonomy

China must respect Hong Kong's autonomy, the European Union said on Tuesday, amid controversy over Chinese plans to adopt a national security law for the city. "We attach great importance to the preservation of Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy in line with the Basic Law and international commitments," European Council President Charles Michel, who represents European governments, said.

Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus
Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

It registered 1,001 daily coronavirus deaths on Friday, taking total deaths to 21,048. President Jair Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for his handling of the outbreak and is at the center of a deepening political crisis.

US presses advancing Libya government to end fighting
US presses advancing Libya government to end fighting

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday pressed Libya's Turkish-backed government for a ceasefire and criticized the flow of weapons as Tripoli pushes back against a year-old rebel offensive. Pompeo placed a phone call to Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to "reiterate US opposition to the continued level of weapons and munitions being brought into the country," the State Department said. Pompeo and Sarraj "emphasized the importance of an immediate halt to the fighting and return to political dialogue," a statement said.

The pandemic has caused the largest interruption to vaccinations since the 1970s, putting 80 million infants at risk of other diseases
The pandemic has caused the largest interruption to vaccinations since the 1970s, putting 80 million infants at risk of other diseases

Since the 70s, when many of these immunization programs began, this is the largest interruption of vaccination services there has ever been.

'The end of Hong Kong': Experts say China's push to pass strict national security laws further erodes the city's autonomy

China is planning to unilaterally modify Hong Kong's laws, and will likely outlaw the promotion of secession, subversion, and foreign interference.

This might be one of the best weekends - ever - to buy a new car
This might be one of the best weekends - ever - to buy a new car

With dealers anxious to get their businesses back in gear, don't be afraid to bargain more aggressively than you normally would, experts say.

Biden Campaign Tries to Mop Up After
Biden Campaign Tries to Mop Up After 'You Ain't Black' Gaffe

Just after former Vice President Joe Biden told radio host Charlamagne Tha God that he "ain't black" if he had further questions about whether to support Biden's presidential bid over Donald Trump's, his campaign moved quickly to clarify his comment, saying that he was speaking in jest."The comments made at the end of the Breakfast Club interview were in jest, but let's be clear about what the VP was saying: he was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African American community up against Trump's any day. Period," Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Biden, wrote on Twitter after the segment aired. Sanders was addressing a remark Biden made during an interview with...

Dozens feared dead after plane crashes into residential area of Karachi
Dozens feared dead after plane crashes into residential area of Karachi

Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote in a tweet he was "shocked and saddened" by the crash.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating across Latin America, Russia, India and Pakistan while the number of cases are flattening and businesses start to reopen in much of Europe, Asia and the United States. At the same time, President Donald Trump said Friday he has deemed churches and other houses of worship "essential" and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend. India saw its biggest single-day spike since the pandemic began, and Pakistan and Russia recorded their highest death tolls.

Pompeo reportedly privately met with big Republican donors at taxpayer expense while on official State Department trips
Pompeo reportedly privately met with big Republican donors at taxpayer expense while on official State Department trips

Last year, Sen. Bob Menendez called for a special counsel investigation to see if Pompeo's frequent trips to Kansas were legal.

'Bill Gates Wants Us to Get It': The Deranged Scene at Trump's Ford Factory Tour

YPSILANTI, MI-There may have been only a few hundred MAGA faithful gathered Thursday afternoon for Donald Trump's latest visit to a factory churning out essential gear for the fight against COVID-19, but the right-wing carnival energy essential to his bygone arena rallies was in full effect.So was the bizarro circus over the president of the United States' distaste for protective masks.  Loud country music blared from a pickup truck. A supporter waved a flag portraying Trump as a muscle-bound GI Joe with a machine gun. Another held a sign portraying Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer-who has emerged as a bête noire of the right for her aggressive efforts to rein in the coronavirus...

Biden asks Amy Klobuchar to undergo vetting to be running mate
Biden asks Amy Klobuchar to undergo vetting to be running mate

She's one of several potential contenders now being scrutinized by Biden aides ahead of a final decision.

Photos show how San Francisco
Photos show how San Francisco's 'mask slackers' and the Anti-Mask League defied mask-wearing laws while the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic seized the city

The city has become a poster child for its compliance with COVID-19 pandemic health orders. A century prior, it was a hotspot for anti-mask sentiment.

Noem: Tribes
Noem: Tribes' checkpoints dispute not just about coronavirus

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said on Thursday that her stance against Native American tribes operating coronavirus checkpoints on federal and state highways isn't just about the response to the coronavirus pandemic, but about setting "precedent" on tribes' ability to shut down traffic in other situations. Noem threatened to sue the tribes two weeks ago, but then backed away from that plan and instead appealed to President Donald Trump to settle the issue this week. Three tribes - the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe - have set up the checkpoints to keep unnecessary visitors from the reservation who might be carrying coronavirus infections.

Pope Francis begs in Milan street, his cassock in tatters
Pope Francis begs in Milan street, his cassock in tatters

On a street in Milan, the capital of Italy's Lombardy region, which has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis begs for alms, his cassock in tatters. Another of Italian activist AleXsandro Palombo's new works shows the Madonna and Child begging. Palombo said his works were a call for solidarity in the face of a sharp rise in poverty caused by the coronavirus lockdown and a pandemic that has officially killed some 32,000 people.

Tiger seized in Mexico after man tried to lasso it
Tiger seized in Mexico after man tried to lasso it

Animal welfare officials intervened after a video emerged showing men chasing the tiger in the streets.

Turkey warns against attacks on its presence in Libya

Turkey warned on Thursday that attacks on its interests in Libya by Khalifa Haftar's forces will have "very grave consequences", after advances by the country's Turkish-backed government. Ankara has provided military support to the internationally recognised Government of National

Woman attacked by bison at Yellowstone
Woman attacked by bison at Yellowstone

The visitor got too close to the animal but refused medical transport, park officials said.

Magic Johnson is offering $100 million to minority-owned businesses left out of PPP loans
Magic Johnson is offering $100 million to minority-owned businesses left out of PPP loans

The money will be provided to minority and women-owned businesses through the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program.

Patten urges Hong Kong protesters not to
Patten urges Hong Kong protesters not to 'lose faith'

Hong Kong's last British governor, Chris Patten, on Wednesday urged protesters not to "lose faith" over what he described as moves by Beijing to tighten its control over the semi-autonomous city. It has been rocked over the past year by huge rallies that exposed deep divisions between democracy-minded Hong Kongers and the Communist Party-ruled central government in Beijing. The protests began over a now-withdrawn bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to the mainland for trial, and continued for more than seven months over police conduct and perceptions that Beijing is tightening its controls over the city's affairs.

U.S. arrests two men wanted by Japan over former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn
U.S. arrests two men wanted by Japan over former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn's escape

U.S. authorities on Wednesday arrested a former Special Forces soldier and another man wanted by Japan on charges that they enabled the escape of former Nissan Motor Co boss Carlos Ghosn out of the country. Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts said that former U.S. Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, helped Ghosn last year flee to Lebanon to avoid trial in Japan over alleged financial wrongdoing.

Singapore sentences drug suspect to death on Zoom
Singapore sentences drug suspect to death on Zoom

Singapore has sentenced a drug suspect to death on the popular videoconferencing app Zoom because of the city-state's coronavirus lockdown, in a move slammed by a human rights group as callous and inhumane. Defense lawyer Peter Fernando said the Supreme Court announced the penalty to his client, Punithan Genasan from Malaysia, in a virtual hearing Friday. Genasan was in jail, while Fernando and prosecutors participated in the hearing from different locations.

Trump administration is extending a ban on
Trump administration is extending a ban on 'non-essential' travel at the borders with Canada and Mexico - including a ban on asylum-seekers

Public health experts say the ban on refugees has no basis in science, with critics charging it's more about politics.

Lawsuit: Couple says they were spied on in Denver hotel room
Lawsuit: Couple says they were spied on in Denver hotel room

A Texas couple believes they were spied on while having sex in their Denver hotel room.

Bolsonaro says Brazil to issue new chloroquine protocol on Wednesday
Bolsonaro says Brazil to issue new chloroquine protocol on Wednesday

Brazil's Health Ministry will issue new guidelines on Wednesday expanding the recommended use of chloroquine for treating the novel coronavirus, President Jair Bolsonaro said, days after the health minister quit under pressure to sign the new guidelines. Interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, an active duty army general, will sign the new protocol and stay in the top job for now, the president said in an online interview on Tuesday evening. Bolsonaro said he kept a box of the anti-malarial drug in case his 93-year-old mother needed it, noting U.S. President Donald Trump said he was taking it preventively.

Who might be Joe Biden
Who might be Joe Biden's running mate?

He is said to be seriously considering five to eight women for the job of vice president.

Trump slams
Trump slams 'double standard' after Barr says it's unlikely Obama, Biden will be investigated

Reaction and analysis from former House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz and former DNC spokesman Mo Elleithee.

India is about to get hit by a super cyclone at the same time as its coronavirus outbreak is peaking
India is about to get hit by a super cyclone at the same time as its coronavirus outbreak is peaking

Super Cyclone Amphan is due to make landfall on the coast of West Bengal, on Wednesday. Thousands are being evacuated.

India and Bangladesh brace for powerful cyclone
India and Bangladesh brace for powerful cyclone

A powerful cyclone was moving toward India and Bangladesh on Tuesday as authorities tried to evacuate millions of people while maintaining social distancing. The cyclone had winds of 220-230 kilometers per hour (136-142 miles per hour) and is forecast to weaken before it makes landfall around India's West Bengal state and Bangladesh. It is the second super cyclone on record that has formed over the Bay of Bengal, said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, India's meteorological chief.

Brazil sees 674 new coronavirus deaths, world
Brazil sees 674 new coronavirus deaths, world's third highest number of infections

Brazil recorded 674 new coronavirus deaths on Monday, the Health Ministry said, and announced a total of 254,220 confirmed cases, overtaking Britain to become the country with the third-highest number of infections behind the United States and Russia. There are now 16,792 people in Brazil who have died from the outbreak, the ministry said. Its daily tally does not indicate that infections and deaths necessarily occurred in the past 24 hours, but rather that the records were entered into the system during that time period.

Police text message reveals new details in Ahmaud Arbery case
Police text message reveals new details in Ahmaud Arbery case

CBS News has obtained a copy of a text message involving one of the suspects linked to the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. He was an unarmed African American who was killed while out for a jog in his Georgia neighborhood . Omar Villafranca reports.

Ex drug cartel hitman 'El Chino Antrax' killed in Mexico

A former top enforcer for Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel who spent time in a U.S. prison has been identified as one of three people found murdered in Sinaloa state over the weekend, officials said Monday. The Sinaloa state prosecutors' office identified the dead man as José Rodrigo "A," giving only his last

New York City is considering forced quarantines for people who test positive for COVID-19 but refuse to self-isolate
New York City is considering forced quarantines for people who test positive for COVID-19 but refuse to self-isolate

Dr. Mitchell Katz, the CEO of New York's public hospitals, said he expected that 99% of infected New York City residents would voluntarily isolate.

After enduring ventilators, body aches, fever, coronavirus survivors say states shouldn
After enduring ventilators, body aches, fever, coronavirus survivors say states shouldn't be reopening

After enduring ventilators, body aches, and chills, coronavirus survivors say states reopening too soon could create a second wave of infections.

Fired State Dept. watchdog was probing whether Pompeo made staffer walk dog, pick up laundry
Fired State Dept. watchdog was probing whether Pompeo made staffer walk dog, pick up laundry

Congressional officials are trying to determine whether other investigations into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were underway.

Coronavirus
Coronavirus 'not a pandemic in Pakistan' says top court, ordering curbs lifted

Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the government on Monday to lift some of the remaining restrictions imposed on business to halt the spread of the coronavirus, even as the country recorded a rise in infections since beginning to emerge from lockdown. In its decision, which is binding, the court said the virus "apparently is not a pandemic in Pakistan" and questioned why fighting it was "swallowing so much money". The court ordered shopping malls to be reopened if health authorities do not object, and curbs to be lifted on businesses opening on the weekends.

SBA leaves businesses still hoping for more leeway on loans
SBA leaves businesses still hoping for more leeway on loans

Small businesses hoping for more leeway in using coronavirus loan money were disappointed as the government released instructions for seeking forgiveness for the loans. Forms the Small Business Administration released late Friday didn't address two concerns shared by many owners about the $659 billion Paycheck Protection Program. According to the instructions, loans can still be forgiven in full only if the money is spent within eight weeks of receiving it.

Minnesota suing bar owner who plans to reopen early
Minnesota suing bar owner who plans to reopen early

Kris Schiffler says he and 163 employees at six bars he owns "could end up broke and on the street" if he doesn't defy the state's stay-at-home order.

Cuomo says nobody should be prosecuted for COVID-19 deaths in N.Y.
Cuomo says nobody should be prosecuted for COVID-19 deaths in N.Y.

The number of deaths in New York state dropped again on Saturday to 139 people as parts of the state have begun to reopen.


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