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The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called Iran "the world's number one sponsor of terrorism" on Thursday and warned Russia and China that they will become "co-sponsors" if they block a resolution to extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran. Ambassador Kelly Craft said the United States hopes Russia
President Donald Trump instantly ignited new controversy when he said recently that he may deliver his nomination acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention at the White House. Critics allege it would violate ethics laws, such as the Hatch Act, which limits political activity by federal workers, although few have faced penalties. Trump says the idea is well within the law.
Africa's confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continent's 1.3 billion people. While experts say infection tolls in richer nations can be significant undercounts, large numbers of undetected cases are a greater danger for Africa, with many of the world's weakest health systems. The World Health Organization calls the milestone a "pivotal point" for Africa as infections in several countries are surging.
When Boris Prokoshev, a former sea captain spending his retirement years in a Russian village, woke up and found an email saying a ship he once commanded had carried the ammonium nitrate that blew up swathes of Beirut, he was astonished. "I didn't understand anything," he told The Associated Press
Some Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City could face up to life in prison if they're convicted of splashing red paint and smashing windows during a protest, a potential punishment that stands out among demonstrators arrested around the country and one that critics say doesn't fit the alleged crime. Prosecutors said Wednesday that's justified because the protesters worked together to cause thousands of dollars in damage, but watchdogs called the use of the 1990s-era law troubling, especially in the context of criminal justice reform and minority communities. "This is so far beyond just the enforcement of the law, it feels retaliatory," said Madalena McNeil, who is facing a...
The United States on Thursday began delivering aid to Lebanon in the aftermath of a massive deadly explosion, amid longstanding concerns about how officials can ensure that supplies get to those in need, and not to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah. The first C-17 transport aircraft with 11 pallets of food, water and medical supplies from the U.S. military's Central Command arrived from Qatar and two more were expected in the next 24 hours. U.S. officials said the administration also plans to provide at least $15 million in disaster assistance.
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Hook's departure comes as the U.S. pushes to extend expiring arms embargo on Iran.
Brian Hook, the administration's longtime Iran expert, is leaving.
* Elliott Abrams, key figure in Iran-Contra affair, to take over * US intends to bring UN resolution to extend arms embargoThe Trump administration's lead diplomat on Iran, Brian Hook, has announced his resignation days before the US attempts a high-stakes gambit against Tehran at the United Nations.He will be replaced by Elliott Abrams, who will combine the Iran special representative job with his current role as special envoy for Venezuela. Abrams is a hawk on both countries - and has combined Iranian and Latin American issues before, when he was a significant figure in the Iran-Contra affair under the Reagan administration.Hook, until now a rare survivor at the top levels of the state...
The massive explosion and devastation triggered by thousands of tons of chemicals improperly stored in Beirut's port is the culmination of decades of corruption that has driven one of the Middle East's most spirited countries to ruin. The staggering destruction, with losses in the billions of dollars, will compound Lebanon's multiple humanitarian catastrophes. Lebanon's rulers, many of them warlords and militia holdovers from the days of the 1975-90 civil war, have proven to be extremely resilient.
Nearly every country has struggled to contain the coronavirus and made mistakes along the way.China committed the first major failure, silencing doctors who tried to raise alarms about the virus and allowing it to escape from Wuhan. Much of Europe went next, failing to avoid enormous outbreaks. Today, many countries -- Japan, Canada, France, Australia and more -- are coping with new increases in cases after reopening parts of society.Yet even with all of these problems, one country stands alone as the only affluent nation to have suffered a severe, sustained outbreak for more than four months: the United States.When it comes to the virus, the United States has come to resemble not the...
Repeat offender laws sent Fair Wayne Bryant to prison for life after trying to steal hedge clippers. Louisiana's Supreme Court won't review the case.
North Paulding High School has cracked down social media sharing after images of a crowded hallway and few masks at the school went viral.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed concerns about Beijing's "destabilizing" activity near Taiwan and the South China Sea in a call with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The call comes as U.S.-China ties have rapidly deteriorated this year over a range of issues including Beijing's handling of the coronavirus, telecommunications equipment maker Huawei [HWT.UL], China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, and a clampdown on Hong Kong. "Secretary Esper also communicated the importance that the PRC (People's Republic of China) abide by international laws, rules and norms and meet its international commitments," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan...
In addition to Jake Paul's Calabasas home, FBI agents also searched the Las Vegas mansion of his associate, 'Armani' Izadi, an accused pimp.
New York's attorney general announces a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the powerful gun lobbying group.
Barbara Woodward, Britain's ambassador to China, has been announced as the U.K.'s next permanent representative to the United Nations in New York. Woodward succeeds Karen Pierce, who was appointed earlier this year to her new role as the first female British ambassador to the United States. Woodward has served as ambassador to China since 2015.
One student has already been suspended.
Officials are pushing for a new yardstick to measure Berlin's contributions to NATO, suggesting the country could shoulder 10 percent of alliance requirements.
The Trump administration's top envoy for Iran is stepping down just as the United States tries to moves ahead with a major diplomatic effort that would extend a U.N. arms embargo against Tehran in the face of widespread international opposition. Brian Hook announced his departure on Thursday, a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would call for a U.N. Security Council vote next week on a resolution to indefinitely extend the embargo, which is due to expire in October.
Flanked by coaches, athletes and politicians, Gov. Ron DeSantis Thursday used sports to emphasize his support of school reopenings.
Applications for the program, which kicked off Wednesday, are now available online in English, Creole and Spanish.
It was one of the most powerful moments of Emmanuel Macron's lightning visit to devastated Beirut: confronted by a distraught woman in a sea of enraged residents, the French leader stopped and offered her a hug. On a tour of the destruction, Macron got a first-hand glimpse of the public fury toward the Lebanese leadership, who are widely blamed for corruption and neglect that allowed 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate to ignite in a massive blast that killed more than 130 people and left tens of thousands homeless. A large crowd gathered around Macron and began chanting anti-government slogans.
AccuWeather meteorologists are monitoring the opportunity for a new tropical system to form in the West Pacific Ocean that could eventually result in more heavy rain for an already flood-weary portion of Asia.A tropical disturbance that caught forecasters' eyes earlier this week in the Philippine Sea continues to meander to the northwest toward the northern island of Luzon. The above satellite image shows a tropical disturbance moving westward towards the Philippines on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 6 (Photo/RAMMB) This westward motion will continue into late Friday and take the disturbance into a more favorable zone for tropical development. As the disturbance is redirected...
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump. The Republican governor's office said he took the test as part of standard protocol before he was to meet Trump at an airport in Cleveland.
Six students and one staff member in the 2,700-student district have tested positive for the virus since school began July 27.
Egypt and Greece on Thursday signed a maritime deal that sets the sea boundary between the two countries and demarcates an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights. The deal is a response to a similar agreement between Turkey and Libya's Tripoli-based government last year that has spiked
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Waves of protests over the killing of George Floyd have highlighted the systemic racism against people of African descent in the U.S. and globally. They have led to a growing movement calling for a reckoning with the historical legacies of racism, and with how past exploitation
Already smashing records, this year's hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season is about to get even nastier, forecasters predict. In the coming months, they expect to run out of traditional hurricane names and see about twice as much storm activity as a normal year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday upped its seasonal forecast, now predicting a far-above-average 19 to 25 named storms - seven to 11 of them to become hurricanes and three to six of those to become major hurricanes with winds of at least 111 mph (178 kph).
Beirut has been ravaged by a massive explosion, likely caused by careless handling of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse at its port. As the city is still picking through the debris and thousands search for loved ones, countries such as Turkey, Iran, Qatar, France, and Israel are rushing to provide support. Yet looming over Beirut even now is the presence of the terrorist group Hezbollah with its network of 150,000 missiles, many stored in civilian areas throughout the country.While Hezbollah has not been blamed for the August 4 warehouse fire that led to the massive explosion, it is alleged to have imported and stored similar stockpiles of dangerous munitions and chemicals, such as...
Pope Francis has ensured there are more women officials at the Vatican than ever before.
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of hypocrisy after admitting she "very possibly" would have joined in protests against her own exams policy, had it affected her while she was at school. The First Minister, who is under mounting pressure over a results day "debacle" which saw 124,000 grades arbitrarily downgraded, said she would have felt "aggrieved" if her own results had been reduced under a system put in place on her watch. Pupils from the poorest parts of Scotland were more than twice as likely to see their Highers grade lowered than those from the richest areas, under a "moderation" process brought in following the cancellation of this year's exam diet due to the Covid-19 pandemic....
With its airports closed to commercial flights and its economy tanking, Cuba has launched the first in a series of long-promised reforms meant to bolster the country's struggling private sector. The island's thousands of restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, auto mechanics and dozens of other types of private businesses have operated for years without the ability to import, export or buy supplies in wholesale markets.While the communist government began allowing widespread private enterprise a decade ago, it maintained a state monopoly on imports, exports and wholesale transactions. As a result, the country's roughly 613,000 private business owners have been forced to compete for scarce...
Animal rights activists in Cambodia have gained a small victory in their effort to end the trade in dog meat, convincing a canine slaughterhouse in one village to abandon the business. Animal activists are taking the 15 dogs that had been caged at the slaughterhouse to an animal shelter in the capital, Phnom Penh, for rehabilitation, after which they will be offered for adoption, either in Cambodia or abroad.
Almost immediately after the devastating Tuesday explosion that nearly destroyed Beirut and killed at least 137 people, a number of verified Twitter accounts linked to Saudi Arabia started firing off tweets blaming the Iran-backed group Hezbollah. Within 24 hours, the hashtag "Hezbollah's Ammonia Burns Beirut" was trending, even though authorities and the group itself denies any involvement.Beirut Ignored Public Warning There Was a Russian 'Bomb' at the PortIntelligence sources say that the disinformation is being generated and spread by four verified Saudi-linked accounts that have been active in recent years in disinformation campaigns designed to hurt Iranian interests. Marc Owen...
Forced to play defense in states he led comfortably months ago, President Donald Trump set his sights on Ohio on Thursday in an attempt to reframe the centerpiece of his reelection pitch. During his visit, Trump planned to promote the economic prosperity that much of the nation enjoyed before the coronavirus pandemic and try to make the case that he is best suited to rebuild a crippled economy. The president also intended to use the Ohio trip to kick off a long weekend of fundraising that comes as his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, has chipped away at Trump's financial advantage as the race enters its final three months.
Weekly unemployment claims fell last week to their lowest level since the coronavirus pandemic began, although claims continue to be filed at a rate unprecedented before the U.S. outbreak began.Initial jobless claims totaled 1.186 million for the week ending August 1, below the 1.42 million economists had expected and about 249,000 less than the previous week's claims.Continuing claims totaled 16.1 million, a drop of 844,000 from the previous week.The previous record for initial jobless claims was a week in 1982 that saw 695,000 claims, far below the weekly levels seen during the pandemic.As of July 18, a total of 32.1 million Americans have claimed jobless benefits as the economy...
An estimated 60,000 people in Iowa had been banned from voting due to a felony conviction. Iowa was the last state in the country with a blanket ban.
A cancer researcher and mother of two is murdered on her daily jog; Sarmistha Sen was found dead near a creek in Plano, Texas.
Scientists in Rwanda find cases of resistance to artemisinin, a frontline drug used to treat malaria.
Hundreds of migrant children rapidly expelled from the United States under a coronavirus immigration policy are returning to shelters in Guatemala where virus testing and bed capacity are regularly stretched to their limits. Shelter operators, government officials in the Central American nation and international organizations said they are seeing rising numbers of children being sent back to Guatemala alone, with some unable to return to their homes because of domestic abuse or gang violence. "Child protection services, which were already overstretched and under-resourced have now been further compromised by COVID-19," said United Nations children's agency UNICEF spokesman Christopher...
Valerie Rochon is eager to read her email every Monday morning, even when it makes her cry. Tammi Truax, the city's poet laureate, has been contributing to the newsletters since early April, elevating the collection of public health updates and community resources with a layer of emotion and introspection. "I think she's absolutely brilliant," said Rochon, who leads the Portsmouth chamber of commerce.
Two dozen people in Hong Kong, including pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, have been charged with participating in an illegal assembly at a vigil on June 4 commemorating the crackdown on protesters in and around Beijing's Tiananmen square in 1989. It was the first time the vigil had been banned in semiautonomous Hong Kong, with police citing coronavirus restrictions on group gatherings in refusing permission for it to take place. The anniversary struck an especially sensitive nerve in the former British colony this year, falling just as China prepared to introduce national security legislation later that month in response to last year's often violent pro-democracy demonstrations.
Ten countries account for 80% of the new coronavirus testing taking place across Africa, a regional body said on Thursday, indicating that little testing is taking place in many countries around the vast continent. COVID-19 confirmed cases across Africa have accelerated and are close to hitting a million this week, and experts say low levels of testing in many countries means infection rates are likely to be higher than reported. "This number indicates we reached 90% of our goal for the partnership to accelerate COVID testing," Nkengasong told a virtual news conference.
CAIRO -- The countdown to catastrophe in Beirut started six years ago when a troubled, Russian-leased cargo ship made an unscheduled stop at the city's port.The ship was trailed by debts, crewed by disgruntled sailors and dogged by a small hole in its hull that meant water had to be constantly pumped out. And it carried a volatile cargo: more than 2,000 tons of ammonium nitrate, a combustible material used to make fertilizers -- and bombs -- that was destined for Mozambique.The ship, the Rhosus, never made it. Embroiled in a financial and diplomatic dispute, it was abandoned by the Russian businessman who had leased it. And the ammonium nitrate was transferred to a dockside warehouse in...
The social media giant urged the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday to reject the demand, which it said would violate a U.S. law that bars electronic communication services from disclosing users' communications. Facebook said the request, made in June, for the release of "all documents and communications" by key military officials and police forces was "extraordinarily broad" and would constitute "special and unbounded access" to accounts.
The day after Donald Trump's election in November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: "See you in court." As president, Trump hasn't personally squared off against the ACLU from the witness stand, but the broader warning has been borne out. As of this week, the ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against the Trump administration, some meeting with setbacks but many resulting in important victories.
State-backed hackers from Russia, China, and Iran have already been detected trying to interfere with the 2020 election.
Labeling the 2020 hurricane season "extremely active," the team is now predicting 24 named storms, including 12 total hurricanes and 5 major hurricanes.
A new study from Cornell University shows that a second wave of coronavirus pandemic layoffs is happening.
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Experts haven't painted such a rosy picture. Dr. Anthony Fauci said recently that there may be a vaccine by the end of 2020 to be distributed in 2021.
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The zero-calorie beverage company, backed by celebrity John Legend, sent staff to stock shelves at Target and leveraged its social media fandom.
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US President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden search for places accept their parties' presidential nominations as the spread of the coronavirus adds fresh uncertainty to the campaign for the White House.
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Goldman Sachs says investors are underestimating the chance of a COVID-19 vaccine in 2020, an event that could push the S&P 500 11% higher
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Weekly unemployment claims remain stubbornly high, even as states continue to reopen from pandemic lockdowns.
Warren Buffett plowed $2.1 billion into Bank of America in 12 days. Experts warn it could be years before he sees a return.
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The French government's top scientific body this week warned that a second coronavirus wave was highly likely later this year.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the new "Clean Network" initiative is aimed at keeping US data safe from China.
"You may not necessarily be able to get exactly the cut of meat that you want but you will get what you need," said Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews ahead of measures that come into effect on Sunday.
The Melbourne postcode of 3029, taking in Truganina, Tarneit and Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne's west, has Victoria's highest number of active coronavirus infections.
All 1,200 students and staff at an Adelaide school will go into quarantine, and 70 close contacts of a new positive case will be moved to medi-hotels, SA health authorities have said.
From midnight on Sunday, meat processing plants — a source of Victoria's recent outbreak — will have their staffing levels cuts by up to one-third, sparking fears on panic-buying.
Premier Daniel Andrews stands firm on his decision not to answer detailed questions on the hotel quarantine program which may have been the main driver of infections in Victoria's second wave of coronavirus cases.
Bushfire smoke followed pregnant Jen Spears "like a horror movie". Months later the anxious mother of two is worried about the impact the smoke had on the health of her unborn third child.
Images from before and after the explosion show a once-thriving club and dining district shrouded in broken glass and debris, while damage to buildings can be seen extending several kilometres away throughout Beirut.
There is renewed focus on Australia's ammonium nitrate stockpiles following the deadly blast in Beirut, but authorities in SA say the state's storage sites are secure and frequently monitored.
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The Australian Tax Office wins its appeal against an October court decision, the full bench of the Federal Court today ruling Australia's tax on working holiday-makers is valid.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announces 471 new coronavirus cases and eight further deaths, including four more deaths linked to aged care.
I have been reporting on the difficulties in Lebanon for many years, but what I saw yesterday was unimaginable. When I drove to the port area, all I saw was total devastation. Beirut looked like a war zone, writes Cherine Yazbeck.
A woman has been arrested and charged with manslaughter over the death of Adelaide disability care recipient Ann Marie Smith.
South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett and St George Illawarra's Paul Vaughan could miss this weekend's NRL games after they admitted to leaving their teams' respective bubbles.
Health authorities in NSW have confirmed 12 new coronavirus infections in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.
Inflation has caused Lebanon's currency to plunge in value since October 2019, leaving 45% of the population below the poverty line.
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Victoria reports a daily rise of 471 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths, as stage 4 restrictions limiting the number of workers allowed out of their homes leave an estimated 250,000 employees housebound. Follow live.
Facebook said this is the first time it has completely taken down a Trump post for making false claims about COVID-19.
Kate was killed by her partner at home where she worked. Her sons' fight for workers compensation took years, and could have implications for the millions of Australians now forced to work from home.
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YouTuber Jake Paul's Calabasas mansion was searched by the FBI under a federal search warrant on Wednesday, the agency said.