- FedEx gunman legally purchased assault rifles months after shotgun was seized from his homeby Indianapolis Star on April 18, 2021 at 1:16 pm
The suspected gunman at a FedEx building legally purchased the two assault rifles used in the massacre months after a shotgun was seized from his home.
- Police in Minnesota round up journalists covering protest, force them on the ground and take pictures of their facesby USA TODAY on April 18, 2021 at 1:08 pm
Protesters gathered Friday evening to protest the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and police confronted journalists.
- As protests continue over police killings, lawmakers try to add to the list of crimes protesters could faceby USA TODAY on April 18, 2021 at 1:01 pm
Lawmakers say they're cracking down on violence, not protests. Critics say the bills would criminalize activities protected by the First Amendment.
- Chauvin trial: Why didn't witnesses help George Floyd? They feared losing their own lives.by USA TODAY on April 18, 2021 at 10:00 am
These officers would have shot anyone who got too close. Intervention by a Black Panther or Captain America would have been nice, but that's a fantasy.
- Biden's Supreme Court commission already facing resistance as it considers wide range of 'reforms'by USA TODAY on April 18, 2021 at 9:00 am
Then-candidate Biden promised a Supreme Court commission during Trump's final weeks. But changes to the high court won't come easy, experts say.
- Cuba's Raul Castro steps down, ending the era of his famous clan at the country's helmon April 16, 2021 at 10:51 pm
When Raul Castro announced three years ago that he would step down in 2021 as head of Cuba's all-powerful communist party, he surely envisioned the island on firmer economic footing and the transition to a new generation of leadership nearly complete.
- US and China agree to cooperate on climate change after talks in Shanghaion April 18, 2021 at 5:13 am
The US and China have agreed to cooperate on climate change after two days of high-profile meetings in Shanghai, despite rising tensions between the two countries.
- Myanmar releases prisoners for New Year, though likely not dissidentson April 17, 2021 at 4:22 pm
Authorities in Myanmar will release 23,184 prisoners from jails across the country on Saturday under a New Year amnesty, a Prisons Department spokesman said.
- Afghanistan withdrawal will likely dismantle a CIA intelligence network built up over 20 yearson April 18, 2021 at 12:09 pm
President Joe Biden's planned withdrawal from Afghanistan includes an intense unraveling of the extensive intelligence and covert action network that the US has built there over the two decades since 9/11 as part of the global war on terror.
- CNN anchor: We saw a Queen grievingon April 17, 2021 at 4:03 pm
Queen Elizabeth II sat alone at her husband Prince Philip's funeral because of the UK's Covid-19 regulations. CNN's Julia Chatterley discusses.
- UK ‘stands with’ Czech Republic amid hunt for pair using names of Skripal poisoning suspectsby Chiara Giordano on April 18, 2021 at 1:42 pm
Pair sought in connection with 2014 ammunition depot explosion that left two dead
- Scott Rudin steps down after allegations of abusive behavior including launching baked potato at assistantby Via AP news wire on April 18, 2021 at 1:42 pm
Rudin also accused of throwing throwing glass bowls and staples at former employees
- Wunderkind ex-mayor to face jurors in fraud, bribery caseby Via AP news wire on April 18, 2021 at 12:45 pm
The upcoming trial of a former Massachusetts mayor first elected at the age of 23 will showcase the dramatic rise and fall of the wunderkind accused of stealing from his investors and extorting marijuana companies
- Biden appeals for action on gunsby Via AP news wire on April 18, 2021 at 12:29 pm
President Joe Biden is calling for action as the nation struggles with yet another mass shooting and faces a reckoning over the deaths of Black men at the hands of police
- Biden news — live: John Kerry apologises for Trump as mask-burning event ends conservative conferenceby Chantal Da Silva on April 18, 2021 at 12:17 pm
Follow the latest in US politics as John Kerry apologises for the ‘last four years’ under Trump
- Prince Philip Is Laid to Rest as Queen Sits Alone to Set Exampleby DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS / AP on April 17, 2021 at 2:33 pm
Following strict social distancing rules during the pandemic, the queen set an example even in grief
- Angelina Jolie Talks to Elif Shafak About Why Men Need to Be Engaged in the Fight for Women’s Rightsby Angelina Jolie on April 17, 2021 at 1:01 pm
Turkish citizens have taken to the streets to protest their government’s decision to withdraw from the European treaty on violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention. As its name suggests, this human rights treaty was championed by Turkey when it was first created a decade ago. It requires governments to legislate against—and prosecute—violence…
- Where Prince Philip’s Funeral Fits Into Royal Historyby Olivia B. Waxman on April 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Royal funerals have become about more than just remembering the life of a person and what they mean to the royal family; they have become moments to look back on a generation
- The Unexpected Ways Climate Change Is Reshaping College Educationby Ciara Nugent on April 16, 2021 at 11:00 am
In 2018, Scott McAulay had a “Wizard of Oz moment.” He was a final-year architecture student at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland when the U.N. published a report warning that the world had 12 years to transform society to avoid catastrophic, irreversible climate change. Buildings, the report said, account for 20% of energy-related global…
- Afghan Interpreters Risked Their Lives to Help the U.S. We Must Not Abandon Themby Kim Staffieri and Matt Zeller on April 16, 2021 at 10:00 am
When America sent its sons and daughters off to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, it enlisted a second Army in the fight against global terrorism—local allies, to help build bases, support our forces, and perhaps most vitally, interpret. These interpreters served as our cultural and linguistic bridge to the society around us. We could not…
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- Coronavirus live news: Gaza strip sees record death toll; calls for Boris Johnson to delay India trip over variantby Molly Blackall on April 18, 2021 at 1:34 pm
Gaza authorities have received 80,000 vaccine doses for population of two million people; UK Labour party says PM should not travelGlobal death toll passes 3m as pandemic ‘grows at an alarming rate’Labour urges Boris Johnson to cancel trip to India over Covid riskAustralia plans staggered reopening of international borders in late 2021The obscure maths theorem that governs the reliability of Covid testingOlympic chief to visit Japan to approve safety amid Covid cases surge 2.34pm BST Muslims hoping to perform the Umra pilgrimage to Mecca must be vaccinated against coronavirus, Saudi state TV said on Sunday, according to Reuters.Umra is a shorter version of the annual Hajj pilgrimage and it can be performed any other time of the year. 2.19pm BST Restaurant and pub bosses are urging the UK government to commit to reopening indoor hospitality in England on 17 May. Chief executives from prominent chains including JD Wetherspoon, Greene King and Pizza Hut signed a letter to the Prime Minister calling for him to stick to the planned roadmap out of lockdown and not be “derailed” by suggestions of vaccine passports. Continue reading...
- Protests erupt in US cities after Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo killings – videoon April 18, 2021 at 1:09 pm
The police killings of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old shot after being pulled over, and Adam Toledo, an unarmed 13-year-old, have sparked protests in a number of cities. Crowds in Minneapolis staged their sixth night of demonstrations, and thousand marched in Chicago, where Toledo was killed, after video of him being shot with his arms raised was released. Police in Portland declared a riot on Friday nightProtests erupt in US cities over police violenceHundreds protest in Chicago over police shooting of Adam ToledoDaunte Wright and George Floyd: another chapter in America’s recurring tragedy Continue reading...
- The wisdom of water: 12 ways to use blue spaces to improve your health and happinessby Paula Cocozza on April 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm
From relaxing baths to seaside swims, water can be a balm in difficult times. Catherine Kelly, the author of a new book on blue spaces, shares her tipsIt was after her mother died that Catherine Kelly learned the healing power of water. Following instincts that she did not yet understand, she moved to live alone by the sea in County Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland, and over the next few years began to heal. “It’s an ebb and flow that water gives us that allows us to connect with ourselves. It’s an allowing,” she says.After eight years studying the therapeutic effects of nature, she has written a book called Blue Spaces, packed with ideas about how to make the most of being in or near water. You don’t have to live near the coast to benefit. “There’s being in it, being next to it, thinking about it,” she says. Nor does it matter how much water is available. From raindrops to the ocean, urban fountains to canals and fast-moving rivers, there is a blue space for everyone. And although the phrase “blue space” typically refers to natural waters, Kelly says the possibilities for meaningful connection are the same whether it is the sea or your shower. Continue reading...
- Readers reply: the universe is expanding – but what is it expanding into?on April 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical conceptsScientists and astronomers tell us that the universe is expanding. But what is it expanding into, ie what’s beyond the universe?Phil Town, LisbonPlease email new questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Continue reading...
- ‘Rebel residents’ finally get their chance to testify to Grenfell inquiryby Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent on April 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Resident who predicted the fire months in advance, and six other survivors will be cross-examinedGrenfell Tower’s “rebel residents” will finally testify on Monday at the public inquiry into the disaster, delivering evidence about what their lawyers have claimed was “indifference and hostility” from their council landlord.After more than 200 days of evidence from fire fighters, builders, cladding manufacturers and safety experts, seven survivors from the 2017 blaze that killed 72 people will be cross-examined about how they were treated by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and its arms length tenants management organisation (TMO) during the disastrous refurbishment. Continue reading...
- Alaska to Offer Covid Vaccines at Airportsby Christina Morales on April 18, 2021 at 1:31 pm
Alaska is the 22d state to announce plans to vaccinate nonresidents against the coronavirus.
- As Variant Spreads, Covid-19 Cases Rise Sharply in Pennsylvaniaby Madeleine Ngo, Danielle Ivory, Lauren Leatherby and Robert Gebeloff on April 18, 2021 at 5:42 am
The U.S. vaccination campaign’s race against the spread of variants — especially B.1.1.7 — is being hobbled by rebounding U.S. tourism and entrenched vaccine hesitancy.
- Ontario Police's Sweeping New Powers on Covid Draw Criticismby Ian Austen on April 18, 2021 at 5:42 am
Canada has inched ahead of the United States in new daily coronavirus cases per capita, and officials warned that worse is to come.
- Zimbabwe Releases Prisoners to Help Curb Coronavirus Spreadby Jeffrey Moyo and Christina Goldbaum on April 18, 2021 at 5:42 am
At least 320 prisoners were released on Saturday in an effort to ease congestion in the country’s notoriously crowded jails.
- Scenes From Prince Philip’s Funeral at Windsor Castleby Nailah Morgan and Christina Kelso on April 17, 2021 at 10:44 pm
The funeral for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, took place on Saturday, following his death last week at age 99. Members of the royal family walked behind his coffin to St. George’s Chapel, where Prince Philip’s body was interred in the royal vault.
- Ontario retracts new coronavirus restrictions that banned playgrounds, involved police after outcry - Fox Newson April 18, 2021 at 11:47 am
Ontario retracts new coronavirus restrictions that banned playgrounds, involved police after outcry Fox NewsOntario police refuse to make random COVID stops ReutersOntario closes all golf courses amid Canada's recent COVID spike usatoday.comEDITORIAL: Ford scraps COVID cops law Toronto SunFord government should focus on source of the pandemic, not flail about with pointless restrictions Toronto StarView Full Coverage on Google News
- Saudi and Iranian officials held talks to patch up relations - FT - Reuterson April 18, 2021 at 10:13 am
Saudi and Iranian officials held talks to patch up relations - FT ReutersSaudi, Iranian officials held direct talks in Iraq: Report Al Jazeera EnglishIranian-backed units may have targeted Turkish base in Iraq The Jerusalem PostHajj stampede survivors return to Tehran AP ArchiveSaudi Arabia, Iran Hold Talks to Patch Up Relations, FT Reports BloombergView Full Coverage on Google News
- Iran shows off dozens of drones in military parade - The Jerusalem Poston April 18, 2021 at 9:28 am
Iran shows off dozens of drones in military parade The Jerusalem PostLeader asks the Army to enhance readiness Tehran TimesCleric: Iran's policy on US unchanged AP ArchiveIran marks National Army Day with no march-pasts due to coronavirus PressTVIran’s Military Gear Never Been Better Than Now: President Tasnim News AgencyView Full Coverage on Google News
- Myanmar unity government says it must be part of any ASEAN bid to end crisis - Reuterson April 18, 2021 at 9:27 am
Myanmar unity government says it must be part of any ASEAN bid to end crisis ReutersMyanmar Coup: Myanmar Military Chief Min Aung Hlaing to attend ASEAN Summit | Latest English News WIONBrutality backfires on Myanmar’s secretive junta Financial TimesMyanmar junta chief to attend ASEAN summit in first foreign trip since coup ReutersMyanmar junta pardons more than 23,000 prisoners, unclear if activists included FRANCE 24 EnglishView Full Coverage on Google News
- Russian suspects in Salisbury poisoning linked to blast in Czech Republic - CNNon April 18, 2021 at 9:09 am
Russian suspects in Salisbury poisoning linked to blast in Czech Republic CNN Czechs expel 18 Russian diplomats, seek Skripal suspects over 2014 blast FRANCE 24 EnglishCzechs Blame 2014 Blasts at Ammunition Depots on Elite Russian Spy Unit The New York TimesRussia says it will retaliate hard against Czechs over diplomat expulsions ReutersCzech police hunt two men with names matching Skripal suspects over blast The GuardianView Full Coverage on Google News
- Jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny could die at any minute, doctors warnby /u/BoGaN223 on April 18, 2021 at 11:26 am
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- A Small Island Suddenly Emerges In Indonesia Following Seroja Cyclone Thunderstormby /u/bjohn876 on April 18, 2021 at 10:35 am
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- Rwandan Priest Arrested in France for Alleged Role in Genocideby /u/-___ on April 18, 2021 at 10:20 am
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- Australia, largely free of COVID-19, in no hurry to reopen borders - PMby /u/drypowderbio_1 on April 18, 2021 at 9:14 am
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- 8 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The Worldby Pia Peterson on April 17, 2021 at 10:23 pm
Here are some of the most interesting and powerful photo stories from across the internet.View Entire Post ›
- This Lawmaker Wants To Label Foreign White Supremacist Groups As "Terrorists," But Some Of Them No Longer Existby Christopher Miller on April 15, 2021 at 10:25 pm
Of the 13 violent far-right extremist groups Rep. Elissa Slotkin wants the US to designate "foreign terrorist organizations," four are defunct, one is American, and another is a part of an allied nation’s national guard.View Entire Post ›
- These Updating Charts Show How Many People Have Received A Coronavirus Vaccineby Peter Aldhous on April 14, 2021 at 6:28 pm
Follow the latest vaccination data in the US and globally.View Entire Post ›
- This "Super Granny" Worked Her Entire Life — Until COVID-19 Killed Herby Pranav Dixit on April 14, 2021 at 12:22 pm
Sushma Mane kept her family going, until she couldn't go any longer.View Entire Post ›
- Glamorous Photos Capture The Early Romance Of Prince Philip And The Queenby Kate Bubacz on April 14, 2021 at 10:25 am
Prince Philip, who was married to the Queen for more than 70 years, was the longest-serving royal consort in British history. He died on Friday at age 99.View Entire Post ›
- Food, photography and social justice – Asma Khan and Hassan Akkadon April 18, 2021 at 1:36 pm
Restaurateur Asma Khan and refugee activist Hassan Akkad discuss problematic social hierarchies and how to disrupt them.
- ‘I still have nightmares’: Surviving Australia’s Kangaroo Pointon April 18, 2021 at 12:29 pm
After 50 men were freed from detention in March, the fate of asylum seekers who remained behind is unclear.
- Three killed, two wounded in shooting at Wisconsin tavernon April 18, 2021 at 12:23 pm
Suspected attacker on the run, authorities said shooting appeared to be a 'targeted and isolated incident'.
- War-torn Syria to hold presidential elections on May 26on April 18, 2021 at 11:37 am
Candidates must have lived in Syria for at least 10 consecutive years, meaning opposition figures in exile cannot run.
- US backs Japan’s Fukushima plans despite S Korea’s concernson April 18, 2021 at 11:12 am
Seoul fails to gain US support against Japan's decision to release contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear plant.
- China’s Risky Record on Climateby Suzanne Kelly on April 14, 2021 at 5:14 pm
US Climate Envoy John Kerry is in China ahead of a Climate Summit next week hosted by US President Joe Biden. As tensions between the two countries remain high over issues ranging from Taiwan to trade to cyber, the Biden Administration is hoping there is still room for cooperation on climate and efforts to cut … Continue reading "China’s Risky Record on Climate" The post China’s Risky Record on Climate appeared first on The Cipher Brief.
- Report: An Analysis of Bitcoin’s Use in Illicit Financeby Suzanne Kelly on April 13, 2021 at 7:43 pm
As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rise to record levels ahead of the direct offering of crypto exchange Coinbase, former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell is pushing back against conventional wisdom that says Bitcoin is ripe for illicit activity. In a report sponsored by the Crypto Council for Innovation (a lobbying group created by Coinbase, Fidelity … Continue reading "Report: An Analysis of Bitcoin’s Use in Illicit Finance" The post Report: An Analysis of Bitcoin’s Use in Illicit Finance appeared first on The Cipher Brief.
- The Pentagon’s ‘All Hell Breaking Loose’ Scenario for Climate Changeby Suzanne Kelly on April 7, 2021 at 4:01 am
The Pentagon often wargames future scenarios for when ‘all hell breaks loose’ with the idea of training for the worst-case scenario. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin made clear when he took the helm at the Pentagon earlier this year, that – consistent with President Joe Biden’s focus on climate change – the DOD would include … Continue reading "The Pentagon’s ‘All Hell Breaking Loose’ Scenario for Climate Change" The post The Pentagon’s ‘All Hell Breaking Loose’ Scenario for Climate Change appeared first on The Cipher Brief.
- The U.S. Needs a Stronger Cyber Defense Against Russiaby Suzanne Kelly on April 6, 2021 at 12:45 pm
Paul Kolbe, Director, Intelligence Project, Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Paul Kolbe is Director of The Intelligence Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He previously served 25 years as an operations officer in the CIA and was a member of the Senior Intelligence Service, serving in … Continue reading "The U.S. Needs a Stronger Cyber Defense Against Russia" The post The U.S. Needs a Stronger Cyber Defense Against Russia appeared first on The Cipher Brief.
- Where Are Six Years of War in Yemen Going?by Suzanne Kelly on March 29, 2021 at 1:38 pm
“The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by formers.” – Sept. 2018, Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 62 No. Access all of The Cipher Brief’s national-security focused expert insight by becoming … Continue reading "Where Are Six Years of War in Yemen Going?" The post Where Are Six Years of War in Yemen Going? appeared first on The Cipher Brief.
- Several injured after earthquake shakes southern Iranon April 18, 2021 at 1:16 pm
- Iran sees highest daily death toll in months as virus surgeson April 18, 2021 at 12:31 pm
- Navalny's team calls protests amid reports of failing healthon April 18, 2021 at 12:27 pm
- Biden's blinking red lights: Taiwan, Ukraine and Iranon April 18, 2021 at 12:02 pm
- Allies urgently call for protests next week amid reports of imprisoned Navalny's deteriorating healthon April 18, 2021 at 12:01 pm
- No One Seems To Feel Bad About Nigel Farage Getting Hit With A Milkshakeby Cristina Cabrera on May 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Far-right British politician Nigel Farage received a sticky cold shower on Monday, much to the internet's collective glee.
- Egged Australian Senator Who Blamed Muslims For NZ Shootings Loses Electionby Cristina Cabrera on May 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm
Fraser Anning, the far-right Australian senator who blamed Muslim immigrants for the New Zealand mosque shootings, was voted out of office during Australia's elections this weekend.
- Sri Lanka’s Top Security Officials Asked To Resign After Failure To Prevent Bombingsby Cristina Cabrera on April 24, 2019 at 12:58 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief, a dramatic internal shake-up after security forces shrugged off intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, the president's office said Wednesday. It wasn't immediately clear who would be replacing them, but President Maithripala Sirisena said during a televised speech Tuesday that he planned to change the head of the defense forces within 24 hours. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which struck Christians worshipping in three churches and people at three luxury hotels. Authorities remain unsure of its involvement, though many suspect experienced foreign militants were advising, funding or guiding the attackers. Sri Lanka's junior defense minister has blamed breakaway members of two obscure local extremist Muslim groups, and said many of the suicide bombers were highly educated and came from well-off families. "Their thinking is that Islam can be the only religion in this country," Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters. "They are quite well-educated people," he said, adding that at least one had a law degree and some may have studied in the UK and Australia. Leaders have vowed to overhaul the country's security apparatus after acknowledging that some intelligence units were aware of possible attacks before the Easter bombings. U.S. Ambassador Alaina Teplitz told reporters that "clearly there was some failure in the system," but said the U.S. had no prior knowledge of a threat before the attacks, the worst violence in the South Asian island nation since its civil war ended a decade ago. Teplitz called that breakdown in communication "incredibly tragic." Government statements about the attacks have been confused and sometimes contradictory, with police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara telling reporters Wednesday that there were nine suicide bombers — two more than officials said one day earlier. One of the additional suicide bombers was the wife of another bomber, Gunasekara said. The woman, two children and three policemen died in an explosion as authorities closed in on her late Sunday, hours after attacks were launched against three churches and three hotels. The ninth suicide bomber has not been identified, though two more suspects were killed in a later explosion on the outskirts of Colombo. Gunasekara said 60 people have been arrested so far. A team of FBI agents and U.S. military officials were helping in the investigation, Teplitz said. Officials say all of the main suicide bombers were Sri Lankan. "We are conducting investigations at the moment to see if there is any direct link to any international organizations," Wijewardene said. The Islamic State group's Aamaq news agency released an image it said showed the attackers' leader standing amid seven others with covered faces. It provided no other evidence for its claim. The group, which has lost all the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria, has made a series of unsupported claims of responsibility for various attacks around the world. Sri Lankan authorities had earlier blamed a local extremist group, National Towheed Jamaar, whose leader, alternately named Mohammed Zahran or Zahran Hashmi, became known to Muslim leaders three years ago for his incendiary online speeches. On Wednesday, Wijewardene said the attackers had broken away from National Towheed Jamaar and another group, which he identified only as "JMI." Teplitz declined to discuss whether U.S. officials knew about National Towheed Jamaar or its leader before the attack. "If we had heard something, we would have tried to do something about this," Teplitz said. The country has been on heightened alert since the attacks, with police setting off a series of controlled explosions of suspicious objects. No more bombs were found Wednesday. On Tuesday, in an address to Parliament, Wijewardene said "weakness" within Sri Lanka's security system had led to the failure to prevent the bombings. "By now it has been established that the intelligence units were aware of this attack and a group of responsible people were informed about the impending attack," Wijewardene said. "However, this information has been circulated among only a few officials." In a live address to the nation late Tuesday, President Maithripala Sirisena said he also was kept in the dark on the intelligence about the planned attacks and vowed to "take stern action" against officials who failed to share the information. He also pledged "a complete restructuring" of the security forces. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Wijewardene also edged away from Tuesday comments that the bombings were retaliation for the March 15 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 50 people. He told reporters Wednesday that the mosque attack may have been a motivation for the bombings, but that there was no direct evidence of that. An Australian white supremacist was arrested in the Christchurch shootings. While Sri Lanka's recent history has been rife with ethnic and sectarian conflict, the Easter Sunday attacks came as a shock. Sri Lanka is dominated by Sinhalese Buddhists, but the country of 21 million also has a significant Tamil minority, most of whom are Hindu, Muslim or Christian. Tamil Tiger rebels were known for staging suicide bombings during their 26-year civil war for independence, but religion had little role in that fighting. The Tigers were crushed by the government in 2009. Anti-Muslim bigotry fed by Buddhist nationalists has swept the country since the war ended but Sri Lanka has no history of Islamic militancy. Its small Christian community has seen only scattered incidents of harassment. ___ Associated Press journalists Bharatha Mallawarachi and Jon Gambrell contributed to this report.
- Netanyahu Wants To Name A New Golan Heights Settlement After Trumpby Summer Concepcion on April 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants to name a new settlement in the Golan Heights after President Donald Trump out of gratitude for the White House's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory.
- Police Identify ‘New Breed’ Of Terrorists In Northern Ireland After Reporter Fatally Shotby Cristina Cabrera on April 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm
LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland arrested two teenagers Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a young journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry and warned of a "new breed" of terrorists threatening the peace. The men, aged 18 and 19, were detained under anti-terrorism legislation and taken to Belfast for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. The men have not been identified or charged. Authorities believe one man pulled the trigger during the chaotic rioting that began Thursday night but had organizational support. Lyra McKee, 29, a rising star of investigative journalism, was shot and killed, police say probably by a stray bullet aimed at police, during the rioting. Police said the New IRA dissident group was most likely responsible and called it a "terrorist act." The use of a firearm apparently aimed at police marks a dangerous escalation in sporadic violence that continues to plague Northern Ireland 21 years after the Good Friday peace agreement was signed. The New IRA group rejects the peace agreement. Chief detective Jason Murphy warned Saturday that the situation on the ground has become more dangerous, even though community attitudes have changed since the peace agreement and the use of violence is viewed as abhorrent by the vast majority. "What we are seeing is a new breed of terrorist coming through the ranks and that for me is a very worrying situation," he said. The riot followed a pattern familiar to those who lived through the worst years of violence in Northern Ireland. Police arrived in the city's Creggan neighborhood to search for weapons and dissidents. They were barraged with gasoline bombs and other flying objects, then someone wearing a black mask appeared, fired some shots and fled. No police were struck by the bullets, but McKee — who had been trying to film the riot on her phone — was hit. The journalist was rushed to a nearby hospital in a police car but still died. Police on Friday night released closed-circuit TV footage showing the man suspected of firing the shots that killed McKee and appealed for help from the public in identifying him. The killing was condemned by all the major political parties as well as the prime ministers of Britain and Ireland. The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said the killing was "a reminder of how fragile peace still is in Northern Ireland" and called for work to preserve the Good Friday peace agreement. Some politicians believe uncertainty over Britain's impending departure from the EU and the possible re-introduction of a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are stoking tensions in the region. The victim was mourned by friends and the wider community. She rose to prominence in 2014 with a moving blog post — "Letter to my 14 year old self" — describing the struggle of growing up gay in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. She also had recently signed a contract to write two books. Shortly before her death, McKee tweeted a photo of the rioting with the words: "Derry tonight. Absolute madness." Her partner, Sara Canning, told a vigil Friday that McKee's amazing potential had been snuffed out. Canning said the senseless murder "has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with." Catholic priest Joseph Gormley, who administered the last rites to McKee, told the BBC that the rioting was "clearly orchestrated" by a "small group of people who want to play political games with our lives." He said he and other community leaders had tried to talk to the dissidents without success. The New IRA is a small group that rejects the 1998 Good Friday agreement that marked the Irish Republican Army's embrace of a political solution to the long-running violence known as "The Troubles" that had claimed more than 3,700 lives. The group is also blamed for a Londonderry car bombing in January and has been linked to several other killings in the past decade.
- Germany promises help for local staff amid Afghan withdrawalby By Associated Press on April 18, 2021 at 1:37 pm
The German defense minister says she wants to help bring potentially endangered Afghan employees of her country’s military to Germany as it prepares to leave Afghanistan after nearly 20 years
- Germany remembers nearly 80,000 dead in COVID pandemicby By Associated Press on April 18, 2021 at 1:32 pm
Germany is paying tribute to the nearly 80,000 people it has lost to the coronavirus, even as the country struggles to get a grip on another rise in infections
- US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgencyby By Hyung-Jin Kim | AP on April 18, 2021 at 1:17 pm
The United States and China, the world’s two biggest carbon polluters, have agreed to cooperate to curb climate change with urgency
- Pope calls on Russia and Ukraine to seek reconciliationby By Associated Press on April 18, 2021 at 1:12 pm
Pope Francis has voiced apprehension over a recent Russian troop buildup near the border with Ukraine and called for efforts to ease tensions in the 7-year conflict in eastern Ukraine pitting Ukrainian forces against Russia-backed rebels
- Iran sees highest daily death toll in months as virus surgesby By Associated Press on April 18, 2021 at 12:56 pm
Iran’s daily coronavirus death toll has climbed over 400 for the first time in months, as the country, which has long had the region’s largest outbreak, battles a post-holiday infection surge
- Deadly clashes in Pakistan's Lahore after Islamists take police hostageon April 18, 2021 at 6:24 pm
Police in Pakistan said a hardline Islamist group had taken six security personnel hostage at its headquarters in Lahore on Sunday after a week of violent clashes following the arrest of the group's leader.The Tehrik-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) group had given the government an April 20 deadline to expel the French ambassador over the publication of cartoons in France depicting the Prophet Mohammad.
- Allies of jailed Kremlin critic Navalny call for protests on April 21on April 18, 2021 at 4:49 pm
RUSSIA-POLITICS/NAVALNY-PROTEST (URGENT)Allies of jailed Kremlin critic Navalny call for protests on April 21
- French WWII Normandy landings hero dies aged 106on April 18, 2021 at 3:42 pm
- Pak reports single-day virus spike with over 6,000 caseson April 18, 2021 at 1:13 pm
The country on Sunday reported 6,127 new cases, pushing the country's infection tally to 756,285. The death toll rose to 16,243 with 149 more fatalities.
- Israel rescinds outdoor coronavirus mask requirementon April 18, 2021 at 12:23 pm
Israel rescinded the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors and fully reopened schools on Sunday in the latest return to relative normality, boosted by a mass-vaccination campaign against the Covid-19 pandemic.
- 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Iran, 5 Injured: Reporton April 18, 2021 at 12:53 pm
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake Sunday hit Iran's southwestern Bushehr province, which houses a nuclear power plant, injuring five people but causing no major damage, state media said.
- AstraZeneca Could Have Covid Vaccine Against Variant By End-2021: Reporton April 18, 2021 at 12:21 pm
A modified version of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine tailored to combat a coronavirus variant first documented in South Africa could be ready by the end of 2021, an AstraZeneca official in Austria...
- Bangladesh Arrests Islamist Hardliners Over Protests Against PM Modion April 18, 2021 at 10:57 am
Hundreds of hardline Islamists have been arrested by Bangladesh police over the past week, officials said Sunday, after deadly protests against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Israel Revokes Outdoor Coronavirus Mask Requirement, Fully Reopens Schoolon April 18, 2021 at 8:25 am
Israel rescinded the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors and fully reopened schools on Sunday in the latest return to relative normality, boosted by a mass-vaccination campaign against the...
- 8 Family Members Killed In Shooting At Mosque In Afghanistanon April 18, 2021 at 7:38 am
Eight members of the same family were gunned down in an attack on a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.
- Scientists reveal new explanation for why people are persistently hungry all the timeby RT on April 18, 2021 at 12:58 pm
A study between multiple universities has revisited the link between blood sugar and appetite, and found the relationship is far more complex than previously understood, yielding new insights on how to tame persistent hunger. Read Full Article at RT.com
- Schools reopening and no more mask-wearing outdoors as Israel praises its vaccination campaignby RT on April 18, 2021 at 11:13 am
Israel has lifted its requirement for wearing a mask in the street and has fully opened schools, as officials believe “progress” in fighting the pandemic is apparent. Less than one percent of recent Covid-19 tests showed positive. Read Full Article at RT.com
- Minecraft developer says it wants pixelated game to ‘inspire’ players to fight against ‘racial inequities’ & climate changeby RT on April 18, 2021 at 11:05 am
The studio behind Minecraft has said that it hopes to raise awareness about racial and environmental issues through its video game, doubling down on the company’s previous efforts to promote social justice. Read Full Article at RT.com
- Humans now trust algorithms more than each other, according to new researchby RT on April 18, 2021 at 10:49 am
Researchers from the University of Georgia have conducted a study which confirms what many already suspected; humans now tend to trust algorithms more than each other, especially when it comes to tedious tasks. Read Full Article at RT.com
- ‘No hurry to open borders’: Australian PM signals ‘essential travel’ restrictions might be eased only in second half of 2021by RT on April 18, 2021 at 9:18 am
Australia is in “no hurry” to lift its international travel restrictions, PM Scott Morrison has said. There may be an easing of the rules on “essential travel” in the second half of the year, but that option is still under review. Read Full Article at RT.com
- The Failure of Germany's Coronavirus Strategy: Disagreement and Ditheringon April 16, 2021 at 4:29 pm
Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing for legal changes that would give the federal government more powers to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But the states are pushing pack.
- The Illusion of Rapid Antigen Tests: Insensitive and Inefficienton April 16, 2021 at 4:28 pm
Germany is hoping that rapid antigen tests will help navigate the country out of the third coronavirus wave currently gripping the country. But they aren't up to the task. Other strategies could prove more effective.
- Joe Bidens Dream Start: U.S. President Chalks Up Impressive First 100 Dayson April 15, 2021 at 2:58 pm
In his first 100 days in office, Joe Biden has achieved more than many of predecessors did during four years in office. The U.S. president is seeking to move away from neoliberalism to save democracy.
- The Makhanda Miracle: A South African Partnership Across Racial Lineson April 15, 2021 at 2:55 pm
There is hardly a country in the world that is as deeply divided as South Africa. But in the town of Makhanda, blacks and whites have joined forces in an effort to throw out the city's corrupt administration. They could change the country if they succeed.
- Joining the Wolves: Erdogan's Pact with the Ultra-Nationalistson April 12, 2021 at 3:48 pm
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is doing what he can to hold on to power – and is following his right-wing extremist coalition partner back to the confrontational style of politics the country saw in the 1990s. Opposition activists are concerned for their safety.