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Italian police seize record amount of amphetamines shipped from Syria
Italian police seize record amount of amphetamines shipped from Syria

Italian police said on Wednesday they had seized about 14 tonnes of amphetamine pills worth around 1 billion euros ($1 billion) arriving from Syria, in what they described as the world's single largest operation of its kind. The shipment was hidden among counterfeit clothing items.

Venezuela general accused with Maduro unable to pay attorney
Venezuela general accused with Maduro unable to pay attorney

A former Venezuelan general who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Nicolas Maduro says he is unable to afford a legal defense in a U.S. narcotics case that charges him alongside gis homeland's socialist president. Gen. Cliver Alcala surrendered in March to face U.S. accusations that he led with Maduro and two others for two decades a narcoterrorist conspiracy that sent 250 metric tons of cocaine a year to the U.S. and turned the Venezuelan state into a platform for violent cartels and Colombian rebels. Prior to his surrender, Alcala was working with a former U.S. Green Beret, Jordan Goudreau, to train at secret camps in Colombia a volunteer army of Venezuelan military...

Don
Don't tear down Columbus because of this country's horribly racist past | Opinion

Earlier in June, activists tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus outside the Minneapolis State Capitol. Mainstream media news coverage inevitably focused on the activists' view that Columbus was a racist villain whose discovery of America led to the demise of native cultures.

The B-52 Bomber Once Had Fake Missiles To Fool Russia (Or Anyone) in a War
The B-52 Bomber Once Had Fake Missiles To Fool Russia (Or Anyone) in a War

This platform gave the B-52 one interesting way to trick its opponents.

UN agency: Source of radioactivity in Nordics still unclear

The U.N. nuclear agency says slightly elevated levels of radioactivity that have been detected in northern Europe pose no risk to human health or to the environment but it's still unclear what the cause was. The Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish radiation and nuclear safety watchdogs said last week

Meet the Boeing X-40A-The Strange Looking Proto-Space Plane
Meet the Boeing X-40A-The Strange Looking Proto-Space Plane

Here's what we know about Boeing and NASA's achievement.

Russia
Russia's mining giant admits to dumping contaminated water into Arctic tundra

Russia's mining giant Norilsk Nickel has admitted to spilling wastewater into the wild less than a month after it caused a disastrous oil spill in the same region. Environmentalists and journalists in the Arctic city of Norilsk on Sunday caught an enrichment plant owned by Norilsk Nickel dumping water full of heavy metals into the Arctic tundra. The Novaya Gazeta newspaper published footage from outside the city of Norilsk, showing metal pipes leading from a reservoir and releasing foaming liquid into the nearby woods. The journalists called the police to the scene, prompting the workers to begin to dismantle the pipes. Environmental activists who took samples at the site of the spill...

Pritzker, Lightfoot dismiss Trump letter on Chicago violence as
Pritzker, Lightfoot dismiss Trump letter on Chicago violence as 'stunt'

Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot both dismissed the letter as a stunt to distract from the rising COVID-19 cases around the country.

Europe will bar Americans traveling from the US as the coronavirus pandemic spirals out of control in the states
Europe will bar Americans traveling from the US as the coronavirus pandemic spirals out of control in the states

The European Union will bar American visitors because of the spread of the coronavirus in the US. Dozens of other nations are also banned.

Arizona
Arizona's attorney general sent a megachurch that hosted Trump a cease and desist letter over claims its air system could kill the coronavirus

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued cease and desist letters to Phoenix's Dream City Church and Clean Air EXP on Friday.

Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. troops: NY Times

U.S. intelligence has concluded that the Russian military offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill American troops and other coalition forces, the New York Times reported on Friday. Citing officials briefed on the matter, the Times said the United States determined months

Pence: It
Pence: It's Your Constitutional Right to Get COVID at a Trump Rally

Vice President Mike Pence defended President Donald Trump's drive to hold rallies with sparse public health measures Friday, even as officials and health experts are sounding alarm bells that a resurgent coronavirus is causing problems in states across the country. "Well, the freedom of speech, the right to peaceably assemble is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States and we have an election coming up this fall," Pence said when asked how the administration could justify the events. "And President Trump and I believe that taking proper steps, we've created screening at recent events and giving people the very best counsel that we had. We still want to give people the...

Walmart workers get another bonus applied to their paychecks for working amid the coronavirus pandemic
Walmart workers get another bonus applied to their paychecks for working amid the coronavirus pandemic

Walmart's second bonus to employees comes as cases of COVID-19 spike around the country and other companies roll back coronavirus-related pay bumps.

Coronavirus: Australia sends 1,000 army personnel to Victoria to fight outbreak
Coronavirus: Australia sends 1,000 army personnel to Victoria to fight outbreak

The unprecedented move comes after the south-eastern state saw a spike in infections.

Coronavirus pandemic accelerating with Americas worst, warns WHO
Coronavirus pandemic accelerating with Americas worst, warns WHO

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, with Thursday's 150,000 new cases the highest in a single day and nearly half of those in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. "The world is in a new and dangerous phase," Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva. Tedros, whose leadership of the WHO has been severely criticised by U.S. President Donald Trump, urged people to maintain social distancing and "extreme vigilance."

Biden says China should not interfere with election:
Biden says China should not interfere with election: 'Stay out'

Joe Biden reacts to claims made in John Bolton's book about Trump talking to Chinese President Xi about the upcoming election; Peter Doocy reports.

Cuomo: U.S. government making "historic mistake" on virus advice
Cuomo: U.S. government making "historic mistake" on virus advice

He announced Tuesday the U.S. Open will be held in New York City this summer, without fans.

U.S.
U.S. 'not above scrutiny', urges other states to be open on racism: statement

The United States is grappling with racial discrimination and implementing police reforms after the killing of George Floyd, but other countries should show the same level of openness, a U.S. envoy said on Wednesday ahead of a U.N. debate on racism. Activists said that U.S. officials were heavily lobbying African countries to tone down a draft resolution being considered so that it would not name the United States or set up a U.N. commission of inquiry, but rather a fact-finding mission.

Indian troops
Indian troops 'killed on unarmed patrol' in Ladakh

Indian troops were fatally attacked while carrying out an unarmed patrol in territory in Ladakh that China had pledged to withdraw from, Indian Army sources have told the Telegraph. The Indian Army confirmed 20 of its troops were killed but casualties are expected to rise today, with four Indian soldiers in a critical condition and many still believed to be missing. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country would be proud that the Indian soldiers died while fighting. "Their sacrifices wouldn't go to waste. For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is the most important. India wants peace but when provoked, it is capable of giving a fitting reply be it any kind of...

South Korean government expresses strong regret
South Korean government expresses strong regret

Satellite images released on Wednesday (June 17) show an inter-Korean liaison office before it was destroyed amid rising tensions between the North and South Korea. "(The South Korean military) expresses deep concern today over the North Korean military general staff's announcement that it will ratify military action plans that bluntly go against past inter-Korean agreements, the 2018 Panmunjom Declaration and the September 19 military agreement," said Jeon Dong-Jin, Director of Operation in the South Korean Army Joint Chiefs of Staff. He added that "(Such a move) immediately thwarts the efforts and achievements made by the two Koreas to...

'Poor leadership': Texas Gov. Greg Abbott criticized for blaming younger residents for COVID-19 spread

Responses to Texas Governor Greg Abbott's comments came from state leaders who said he didn't do enough to control the spread.

'History in the making'? Seattle protest zone prompts rethink on policing.

Seattle's "Capitol Hill Occupy Protest," originally called the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone," has become a focal point amid nationwide protests.

Tension in Peru amid coronavirus lockdown
Tension in Peru amid coronavirus lockdown

Tension on the streets of Lima, Tuesday, as riot police tried to remove hundreds of street vendors. Many vendors fought back… but were pulled away despite their efforts. Authorities took the forceful approach amid a nationwide lockdown to combat the country's coronavirus outbreak. With over 230,000 cases of the virus and over 6,500 deaths in Peru, President Martin Vizcarra on Monday said the crisis was unprecedented. ''We knew this disease was going to generate a most serious crisis in our history, never before seen and that it was going to affect health, economy, employment, that is to say, the whole of society."...

Russia
Russia's Putin protected from coronavirus by disinfection tunnel - RIA

Russian President Vladimir Putin is protected from the novel coronavirus by a special disinfection tunnel that anyone visiting his residence outside Moscow must pass through, the state-controlled RIA news agency reported on Tuesday. The special tunnel, manufactured by a Russian company based in the town of Penza, has been installed at his official Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow where he receives visitors, it said. The Russian news agency described the disinfectant as a fine cloud of liquid that covered people's clothes and any exposed upper body flesh.

U.S. to impose sanctions aimed at blocking Syria military victory
U.S. to impose sanctions aimed at blocking Syria military victory

The United States will impose sanctions on Wednesday aimed at cutting off revenue for Syrian President Bashar al Assad's government in a bid to push it back into United Nations-led negotiations and broker an end to the country's nearly decade-long war. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft told the Security Council on Tuesday that Washington would implement the measures to "prevent the Assad regime from securing a military victory." "Our aim is to deprive the Assad regime of the revenue and the support it has used to commit the large-scale atrocities and human rights violations that prevent a political resolution and severely diminish the prospects for peace," Craft said.

Beijing closes all schools, bracing for a 2nd wave of the coronavirus
Beijing closes all schools, bracing for a 2nd wave of the coronavirus

The capital city of 20 million people had gone 50 days without a new recorded case. But last weekend, a cluster of 87 new cases was reported.

I gave my Afro-Latino boyfriend the
I gave my Afro-Latino boyfriend the 'police talk' before visiting the US. After George Floyd's killing, I watched his baptism into American life.

As a Black American, my life experiences differ from Jhony's. Before visiting my family, I knew I had to prepare him for what he might encounter here.

As economy slumps, Philippines lets eateries reopen to recoup job losses
As economy slumps, Philippines lets eateries reopen to recoup job losses

The Philippines is getting back to business after one of the world's strictest coronavirus lockdowns spanning nearly three months, allowing restaurants to reopen this week for dine-in customers in an effort to keep people in work. Eateries in the capital Manila that can meet government safety protocols were allowed to reopen from Monday at 30% of their seating capacity, with strict hygiene and social distancing measures a must. "We are thankful when even one or two customers eat at our restaurant," she said.

North Korea: What
North Korea: What's behind the liaison office demolition?

Experts' views on why North Korea has chosen to provoke the South by destroying the liaison office.

China Accuses India of
China Accuses India of 'Provocative Attacks'

China says diplomatic talks are ongoing with India over a border dispute after it says India "seriously violated the consensus" and "carried out provocative attacks on Chinese personnel."

Young Saudis saw a future; then came a pandemic and an oil crash

The pandemic's decline in oil revenues has changed how Saudi Arabia balances rights and responsibilities, shifting a heavier burden onto individuals.

US: Company provided subpar steel for Navy submarine hulls
US: Company provided subpar steel for Navy submarine hulls

For decades, the Navy's leading supplier of high-strength steel for submarines provided subpar metal because one of the company's longtime employees falsified lab results - putting sailors at greater risk in the event of collisions or other impacts, federal prosecutors said in court filings Monday. The supplier, Kansas City-based Bradken Inc., paid $10.9 million as part of a deferred prosecution agreement, the Justice Department said. The company provides steel castings that Navy contractors Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding use to make submarine hulls.

California
California's starting to reopen hotels. Hawaii just extended its shutdown

California and Hawaii are responding differently to reopening hotels and other tourism spots during the pandemic.

This Honduran teen wanted a chance to seek asylum in the U.S. Then the pandemic hit.
This Honduran teen wanted a chance to seek asylum in the U.S. Then the pandemic hit.

Imanol Luján, 17, said he spent less than 10 days in the U.S. before he was sent back to Honduras. An ACLU lawsuit is trying to put a stop to this.

He Xiangjian: China arrests five after attempt to kidnap billionaire
He Xiangjian: China arrests five after attempt to kidnap billionaire

Five people have been arrested after an attempt to kidnap He Xiangjian, one of China's richest men.

Justices reject Trump bid to void California sanctuary law
Justices reject Trump bid to void California sanctuary law

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration's bid to throw out a California immigrant-sanctuary law that limits local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas voted to hear the administration's appeal. The administration said the 2017 state immigrant-sanctuary measure conflicts with federal immigration law and makes it harder to deport people who are in the country illegally.

Supreme Court Rules LGBTQ Employees Are Protected From Discrimination
Supreme Court Rules LGBTQ Employees Are Protected From Discrimination

The momentous decision finds that federal law protects employees from discrimination for sexual orientation and gender identity.

Texas land commissioner warns potential vandals: Don
Texas land commissioner warns potential vandals: Don't mess with The Alamo

George P. Bush, Texas land commissioner, delivers a message on 'Fox and Friends' to anyone planning to target The Alamo with graffiti or rioting.

Colombia
Colombia's confirmed coronavirus cases rise above 50,000

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Colombia have risen to over 50,000, the country's Health Ministry said on Sunday, while neighboring Ecuador approached the same milestone. Colombia has reported 50,939 cases of the coronavirus and 1,667 deaths. In Ecuador, cases have surpassed 46,700 and deaths stand at 3,896.

1 dead, several shot at house party on Long Island
1 dead, several shot at house party on Long Island

One person has died after a shooting at a house party early Saturday morning on Long Island, police say.

Taiwan builds
Taiwan builds 'nerd immunity' to resist Chinese disinformation campaigns

In the battle to counter the modern-day scourge of weaponised online disinformation, Taiwan has locked on to a winning strategy - "nerd immunity". Building public awareness and "inoculating" the 23-million-strong population to fake news from China has been one of the chief goals of Audrey Tang, Taiwan's ground-breaking digital minister. Sitting just 80 miles from China, Taiwan has been on the frontlines not only of the coronavirus pandemic but an "infodemic" of online disinformation. But the bombardment of Chinese state-sponsored influence has also made it a world leader in identifying and tackling disinformation. "When the majority of the population have this exposure and this...

US naval buildup in Indo-Pacific seen as warning to China
US naval buildup in Indo-Pacific seen as warning to China

For the first time in nearly three years, three American aircraft carriers are patrolling the Indo-Pacific waters, a massive show of naval force in a region roiled by spiking tensions between the U.S. and China and a sign that the Navy has bounced back from the worst days of the coronavirus outbreak. The unusual simultaneous appearance of the three warships, accompanied by Navy cruisers, destroyers, fighter jets and other aircraft, comes as the U.S. escalates criticism of Beijing's response to the coronavirus outbreak, its moves to impose greater control over Hong Kong and its campaign to militarize human-made islands in the South China Sea. "There have been some indications in Chinese...

US backs UN against Egypt initiative on Libya
US backs UN against Egypt initiative on Libya

The United States called Thursday for a UN-led ceasefire on Libya, distancing itself from a proposal by ally Egypt, and voiced alarm about the toll on civilians as the tide of war turns. Egypt -- a main backer of strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is losing ground to the UN-recognized, Turkish-backed government -- has proposed a truce in which "foreign mercenaries" would leave and militias would disband and disarm. David Schenker, the top US diplomat for the Middle East, voiced appreciation to Egypt, saying it was "productive to have more unity in Libya."

Uber, Lyft workers are employees - California agency
Uber, Lyft workers are employees - California agency

A big blow to Uber and Lyft. A California regulator ruled that the state will consider drivers working for ride-hailing services as employees, not contractors, under its new gig worker law. The California Public Utilities Commission's decision comes six months after a state law made it tougher for companies to classify workers as contractors. The new order strikes at the heart of the "gig economy" business model that relies on cheaper contract workers. The companies have argued in the past that the majority of their drivers wouldn't want to be classified as employees because they cherish flexibility. On Thursday, Lyft...

Only Hong Kong can solve unrest, British foreign minister says
Only Hong Kong can solve unrest, British foreign minister says

The British government has said any solution to the unrest in Hong Kong must come from the former colony itself and not from Beijing, and it urged China to reconsider a new security law that has sparked renewed protests. Britain, along with the United States, Australia and Canada, has criticised China for the new law, saying it would breach the 1984 Sino-British agreement on Hong Kong and threaten its freedoms. China has said its decisions on national security in Hong Kong were its own affair and that Britain's link to the territory stemmed from "aggressive colonization and unequal treaties".

Lockdown was unnecessary, claims German virologist
Lockdown was unnecessary, claims German virologist

One of Germany's most prominent virologists has said the country's lockdown was unnecessary to defeat the coronavirus. "We went into lockdown too quickly because the prevailing concern was that there might not be enough intensive care beds and that there was pressure from the public," Prof Hendrik Streeck said. "We are seeing a lot of asymptomatic cases, that is infections with no consequences. This means we can assess the danger from the virus better. I still don't believe that at the end of the year we will have had more deaths in Germany than in other years." Prof Streeck led the first comprehensive study into the effects of the coronavirus on an entire community in the German town of...

Ex-ambassador and Utah hopeful Huntsman says he has COVID-19
Ex-ambassador and Utah hopeful Huntsman says he has COVID-19

Former ambassador and current Republican candidate for Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. said Wednesday he has tested positive for COVID-19. Huntsman previously served as Utah governor until 2009, when he left to be the U.S. ambassador to China under then-President Barack Obama. Following a brief presidential run during the 2012 cycle, he served as ambassador to Russia under President Donald Trump before resigning and mounting his campaign for governor.

U.S. inflation subdued with economy in recession
U.S. inflation subdued with economy in recession

U.S. consumer prices fell for a third straight month in May and underlying inflation was weak as demand for goods and services remained subdued amid a recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Labor Department said in-store data collection had remained suspended since March 16 because of risks of exposure to COVID-19.

D-Day by the Numbers: Here
D-Day by the Numbers: Here's All the Data You Could Want About That Famous Invasion

The data shows how huge the operation was.

Tony Blair Says the U.S. and China Are Entering an Era of
Tony Blair Says the U.S. and China Are Entering an Era of 'Much More Tense Relations'

The global response to the coronavirus has contributed to the growing hostility, Blair said in a TIME 100 Talks discussion


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