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Hong Kong security law: Why we are taking our BNOs and leaving

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 21:29

 Why we are taking our BNOs and leavingAs China enforces new restrictions, some are turning to their British National (Overseas) passport.


Inventor of Israel's Iron Dome seeks coronavirus 'game-changer'

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 21:17

Inventor of Israel's Iron Dome seeks coronavirus 'game-changer'Daniel Gold, who led the team that invented Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system, has a history of safeguarding the country against what he identifies as existential threats. With the nation facing surging coronavirus cases amid a pandemic that has triggered unprecedented economic hardship, Gold is trying to replicate his Iron Dome breakthrough in protecting Israel against the virus. Gold, who heads Israel's Defence Research and Development Directorate and holds PhDs in electronic engineering and business management, has become a celebrated figure in the Jewish state.


The White House Made a List of All the Times Fauci ‘Has Been Wrong’ on the Coronavirus

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 20:32

The White House Made a List of All the Times Fauci ‘Has Been Wrong’ on the CoronavirusThe White House has undertaken behind-the-scenes efforts in recent months to undercut and sideline Dr. Anthony Fauci—even going so far as to compile a list of all the times he “has been wrong on things,” according to The Washington Post. After canceling some of his planned TV appearances and keeping him away from the Oval Office, White House officials and President Trump have taken to publicly expressing a loss of confidence in the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and face of the administration's coronavirus task force. The apparent attempts to undermine Fauci come as he continues to counter the president's overly optimistic narrative on the state of the pandemic. Against this backdrop, an unnamed White House official told the Post: “Several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things.” The official attached a list of incorrect predictions Fauci had made, including his doubts early on that asymptomatic spread would play a large role in transmission and a February assurance that Americans did not need to change their behavior. Like many other public health officials, Fauci said at first that masks were not necessary but recently recommended that they be mandated nationwide. “Dr. Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public but he has been wrong about everything I have ever interacted with him on,” Peter Navarro, the president’s trade adviser, told the Post in a separate statement. “Now Fauci is saying that a falling mortality rate doesn’t matter when it is the single most important statistic to help guide the pace of our economic reopening. So when you ask me if I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is only with caution.”In recent days, the 79-year-old doctor has offered unsparing assessments of the United States’ current situation. In an interview with 538 published Thursday, he was perhaps at his most blunt: “As a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don’t think you can say we’re doing great. I mean, we’re just not.” The same day, the commander-in-chief told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview that Fauci was “a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes.” The two haven’t spoken in months, but Fauci has reportedly not complained about that. David Barr, an AIDS activist who knows Fauci, told the Post the doctor has become exasperated that state and local officials aren’t listening to experts.“Our bigger issue with Fauci is stop critiquing the task force...and try to fix it,” another White House official told the Post. The official said Fauci’s high approval and trustworthiness ratings have upset the president as his own deteriorate. The White House has also reportedly sought to keep Fauci out of the the public eye. A CBS anchor said last week that the White House has ignored requests to interview Fauci on air since early April, though he has spoken to print and podcast outlets. The White House maintains the authority to approve or deny interview requests for high-profile public officials and granted requests from PBS, CNN, and NBC to speak with the doctor only to cancel them after Fauci disagreed with Trump in a conversation with Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), according to the Post. The epidemiologist said that Trump’s contention of a lower death rate indicating success in tamping down the virus was “a false narrative.” He warned against “false complacency.” Fauci has also said he’d like to go on Rachel Maddow’s show, which routinely critiques the president, a request that was rejected.Trump himself has been wrong on the coronavirus in a laundry list of ways as he’s pushed to reopen the country, and going after Fauci is not the only time he has attempted to contravene public health guidelines. He famously told Dr. Deborah Birx, the chief medical adviser on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, to “look into” the injection of bleach and the ingestion of sunlight as possible COVID-19 curatives. He’s also pressured the Food and Drug Administration to reinstate its emergency authorization for the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment, as has his former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who said doctors “don’t know what they’re talking about.” Trump himself has said he took the drug despite FDA advisories warning it is unsafe to do so and unlikely to prevent or treat the coronavirus.The president donned a face mask for a Saturday visit to Walter Reed Hospital, one of the first and only times he has done so in public after repeatedly shrugging off their importance in recent weeks and even mocking Joe Biden for wearing one. In Dr. Fauci We TrustRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


2 officers killed in shootout in south Texas border town

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 19:32

2 officers killed in shootout in south Texas border townTwo police officers were shot and killed Saturday in a South Texas border town after reportedly responding to a disturbance call, authorities said. The McAllen police officers were shot on the south side of the city and transported to an area hospital, said Lt. Christopher Olivarez, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. “We have lost two brave public servants who sought only to keep peace in our City," McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez told The (McAllen) Monitor.


Protesters Confront Pittsburgh Police in Riot Gear During Demonstration

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 18:50

Protesters Confront Pittsburgh Police in Riot Gear During Demonstration

Protesters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, confronted police in riot gear during a Black Lives Matter demonstration on July 11.

Marchers chanted for Antwon Rose on Saturday to commemorate what would have been his 19th birthday. Rose was shot and killed by a Pittsburgh police officer in 2018. He was also celebrated on Juneteenth 2020.

Footage posted by 1 Hood Media shows protesters demanding answers from police in riot gear. According to reports, the peaceful protests were organized for the Black Lives Matter movement and transgender rights. Credit: 1 Hood Media via Storyful


Health department shuts down production at Dov Charney's clothing company, Los Angeles Apparel, after 'flagrant' health violations and death of 4 workers

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 18:31

Health department shuts down production at Dov Charney's clothing company, Los Angeles Apparel, after 'flagrant' health violations and death of 4 workersLos Angeles Apparel refused to comply with public health orders, officials say after more than 300 employees are infected with the coronavirus.


New records released in Flynn case as appeals court issues stay of dismissal

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 18:25

New records released in Flynn case as appeals court issues stay of dismissalA federal appeals court on Friday delayed a decision to dismiss charges against President Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett and CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge join Elaine Quijano to discuss.


Dentist who slaughtered Cecil the lion ‘hunts and kills protected wild ram’ just four years later

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 18:06

Dentist who slaughtered Cecil the lion ‘hunts and kills protected wild ram’ just four years laterThe American dentist who killed Cecil the lion is reported to have hunted another endangered wild animal.Walter Palmer is said to have slaughtered a protected ram in Mongolia, paying up to £80,000 for the kill.


Chop in Seattle: Why this police-free protest zone ultimately failed

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 18:06

 Why this police-free protest zone ultimately failedOn 8 June protesters set up a police-free protest zone in the city. Less than a month later, it had been dismantled.


Shooting of man by Baltimore police highlights 'total failure' of city's behavioral health response, agency says

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 17:04

Shooting of man by Baltimore police highlights 'total failure' of city's behavioral health response, agency saysBALTIMORE - After Baltimore police officers shot a man who pulled a firearm while undergoing a behavioral health crisis last week, the organization that oversees the city's behavioral health services called the current system "a total failure" that needs better integration of mental health professionals with the police. There is no indication that police dispatchers attempted to connect ...


Florida COVID-19 cases top a quarter-million; deaths exceed 90 for third straight day

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 15:57

Florida COVID-19 cases top a quarter-million; deaths exceed 90 for third straight dayFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - COVID-19 cases pushed past a quarter-million Saturday, as Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a defense of the state's decision to return schools to in-person classes next month. "We know there are huge, huge costs for not providing the availability for in-person schooling for our students," he said at a news conference Saturday in Bradenton, on a day that saw 10,360 more cases ...


Romney, breaking with GOP, criticizes Trump for commuting Roger Stone's prison sentence

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 15:23

Romney, breaking with GOP, criticizes Trump for commuting Roger Stone's prison sentenceThe Utah Senator was the first prominent voice in the Republican Party to publicly disavow the president's decision to erase Stone's prison sentence.


Thousands of US pediatricians warn against reopening schools for in-person learning after Trump's push against CDC guidelines

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 13:42

Thousands of US pediatricians warn against reopening schools for in-person learning after Trump's push against CDC guidelinesThe American Academy of Pediatrics said officials looking to reopen schools must follow "science" and "evidence, not politics."


Justice Dept. seeks to overturn order halting execution

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 12:33

Justice Dept. seeks to overturn order halting executionThe Justice Department filed an emergency motion with a federal appeals court on Saturday seeking to move forward with the first federal execution in nearly two decades. Daniel Lee, 47, had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Monday at a federal prison in Indiana. The Justice Department is seeking to immediately overturn that ruling.


Russia's journalists under increasing pressure from the secret services in wake of Putin's shaky referendum victory

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 12:15

Russia's journalists under increasing pressure from the secret services in wake of Putin's shaky referendum victoryRussia's intelligence services have 'stepped up' their war on free media, carrying out a series of operations designed to intimidate journalists in the wake of Vladimir Putin's controversial referendum victory last week. In an unprecedented case for post-Soviet Russia, prominent defence reporter Ivan Safronov was seized outside his home on Tuesday morning by secret service agents and arrested on suspicion of treason. Citing the secret nature of the case, the investigators have not published any evidence to back up their claims but the reporter faces 20 years in prison. Last week’s overwhelming approval of constitutional amendments allowing Vladimir Putin to stay in office at least until 2036 was hailed by the Kremlin as a “triumph.” But results at the polling stations that were monitored by independent observers indicated something resembling a split vote. That was an apparent cue for Russia’s FSB secret service to take action.


As coronavirus cases climb, Trump says states with an uptick in cases are 'going to be fine' and will be back to normal 'very quickly'

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 11:52

As coronavirus cases climb, Trump says states with an uptick in cases are 'going to be fine' and will be back to normal 'very quickly'Coronavirus deaths are once again on the rise amid a surge of confirmed cases in states like Arizona, California, Texas, and Florida.


A patient in their 30s has reportedly died from coronavirus after attending a 'COVID party' in Texas

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 11:35

A patient in their 30s has reportedly died from coronavirus after attending a 'COVID party' in TexasAccording to the hospital's chief medical officer, the patient told their nurse, "I think I made a mistake. I thought this was a hoax, but it's not."


How to see Neowise before it disappears

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 11:22

How to see Neowise before it disappearsThe comet is putting on quite the show this weekend.


Key parts of Boris Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement amount to 'poison pill', senior Brexiteers warn

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 10:28

Key parts of Boris Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement amount to 'poison pill', senior Brexiteers warnSenior Brexiteers have warned Boris Johnson that key parts of his Withdrawal Agreement with the EU amount to a "poison pill" that should be replaced as part of post-Brexit trade negotiations. A 120-page report compiled by pro-Leave MPs and lawyers states that exiting the transition period with the current provisions of the agreement in place would have "crippling" consequences for the UK and prevent the country from becoming a "fully sovereign state". The document, which is published as the UK and EU carry out intensive trade negotiations, has been endorsed by a series of senior backbenchers, suggesting Mr Johnson could face resistance in the Commons if he fails to tackle some of their concerns. On Saturday, Mark Francois, the chairman of the influential European Research Group (ERG) of Eurosceptic Tory MPs, said: "The report argues that the remaining elements of the Withdrawal Agreement after we leave the transition period cannot be allowed to stand as they are, and particularly that there must be no remaining role for the European Court of Justice over any aspect of our national life. That is something that I and my colleagues in the ERG would very much support." The report, published by the new Centre for Brexit Policy, includes contributions from Lord Trimble, the former first minister of Northern Ireland, Martin Howe, the Brexiteer QC, and Owen Paterson, the former cabinet minister who chairs the think tank. The key elements it says make up the "poison pill" include the UK having to remain bound to some state aid laws, the creation of "burdensome EU customs mechanisms" at a border in the Irish Sea, a role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for another eight years, and the vast divorce payments, for amounts the report states are "not owing under international law" and are "subject to the determination of the ECJ". The report states: "Although the Government sees the revised Withdrawal Agreement (WA) as only transitional until the end of the transition period in December, there remain serious threats to UK sovereignty that will have crippling economic and strategic consequences for years to come if they are not dealt with now. "Exiting the TP with these threats still in place will not return the UK to a fully sovereign state and is unacceptable." The report urges Mr Johnson to replace the Withdrawal Agreement with a "sovereignty compliant" agreement. A chapter by Lord Trimble states that the current deal "rips the Good Friday Agreement apart” by handing law-making power over Northern Ireland to the EU. The paper's recommends returning to the Brexiteers' plan of "alternative arrangements" to achieve an "invisible border" on the island of Ireland and using independent adjudication. A government spokesman said: “The Government’s approach ensures businesses in Northern Ireland will have unfettered access to the rest of the UK market and that there will be no tariffs on goods remaining within the U.K. customs territory and no new customs infrastructure. “Crucially, at the heart of our proposals is a consensual, pragmatic approach that will protect the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and the huge gains from the peace process.”


Leaders of minority Muslim sect accuse 'fanatics' of digging up baby's grave in Bangladesh

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 10:21

Leaders of minority Muslim sect accuse 'fanatics' of digging up baby's grave in BangladeshLeaders of a minority Muslim sect in Bangladesh on Saturday accused “fanatics” of digging up the body of a baby girl from a cemetery grave just hours after being buried and dumping it by a roadside. The incident, which has sparked outrage on social media, is the latest targeting Ahmadi Muslims who many mainstream Muslims consider “infidels”. The three-day-old girl was buried in a cemetery in Ghatura in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria on Thursday, local Ahmadi leader, S.M. Selim said. “Fanatics” dug up the child's body shortly after and left it by a roadside, he added. A photo of the body laid on a straw mat on a road has been widely shared and drawn angry comments. “Her crime is she was born to an Ahmadi Muslim family,” said Mr Selim. Police in the district said no complaint had been made however and one officer said the incident had been resolved “peacefully”. A local councillor, Azad Hazari, said he had intervened with police and the child was finally buried in another graveyard some 10 miles (16 kilometres) away. A local cleric Munir Hossain denied the body had been exhumed but said local Muslims prevented the parents from burying the baby at the cemetery. “It is against the Sharia to let an infidel be buried in a Muslim graveyard,” he told AFP. “The pious Muslims of the village would never let it happen.” The Ahmadis are an offshoot of the mainstream Sunni Muslim branch but are controversial because they believe their founder was a prophet. They have faced attacks and had religious rights taken away in some Muslim majority countries, including Pakistan. The 100,000 Ahmadis in Bangladesh have come under regular attack. In recent months, hardline Muslims have threatened to hold protests demanding that the sect be declared “non-Muslims” by the authorities. In 1999, a bomb at an Ahmadi mosque in the southern city of Khulna, killed at least eight worshippers. A 2015 suicide blast at an Ahmadi mosque in the northwestern town of Bagmara injured three people.


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