Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s third nomination to the Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s third nomination to the Supreme Court, is on Capitol Hill for another day of senate confirmation hearings amid a backdrop of outcry from Democrats over Republican-led efforts to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during an election season in which 10 million Americans have already voted. The federal judge faced tough questions from Democratic senators and declined to reveal whether she would support overturning key rulings on the Affordable Care Act and Roe v Wade, which, respectively, provides insurance protections for millions and ensures access to women’s reproductive health care options nationwide. The … Continue reading Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s third nomination to the Supreme Court

The cityscape resembles the surface of a distant planet

The cityscape resembles the surface of a distant planet, populated by a masked alien culture. The air, choked with blown ash, is difficult to breathe. There is the Golden Gate Bridge, looming in the distance through a drift-smoke haze, and the Salesforce Tower, which against the blood-orange sky appears as a colossal spaceship in a doomsday film. The giant space rock is predicted to be 48m to 110m, or 157 to 360 feet, wide. That means it could potentially be bigger than the London Bridge, which has concrete reaching 104 metres (340 feet) in the central span. Mr Lukashenko, 66, … Continue reading The cityscape resembles the surface of a distant planet

A grieving mother

A grieving mother whose son was murdered in the Christchurch mosque attack confronted the terrorist in court today and told him: ‘You killed your own humanity.’ Maysoon Salama told white supremacist gunman Brenton Tarrant: ‘I can’t forgive you… I don’t think the world will forgive you for your horrible crime.’ Ardern said the cluster would have been significantly bigger if level three restrictions had not been imposed so quickly, as people had become infected at churches, shopping centres and on public buses. “If it weren’t for level three, this cluster would be exponential, of that I have no doubt,” she … Continue reading A grieving mother

Fire ravages the Amazon again

Fire ravages the Amazon again, burning the planet’s biggest rainforest on a terrifying scale even before the region’s dry season kicks in. It means that 1,900 sq miles – more than half a million football pitches – of rainforest have already been reduced to ash so far this year alone, even before the dry season starts this month. In a statement, authorities said the candidates were disqualified for advocating Hong Kong independence or self-determination, lobbying foreign governments, objecting to the national security law and failing to recognise Beijing’s sovereignty over the territory. Mr Wong, 23, tweeted: “Beijing shows a total … Continue reading Fire ravages the Amazon again

Groups of British tourists have enjoyed a raucous night

Groups of British tourists have enjoyed a raucous night of drinking in Benidorm despite the the government’s new quarantine rules for Spain.  Crowds of merry holidaymakers were photographed in bars and restaurants drinking beers last night, while ignoring social distancing entirely.   Late on Monday, the Foreign Office said it would instead toughen up its advice and extend its recommendation against travel to mainland Spain to include the Spanish islands, based on an assessment of the risk. A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We have considered the overall situation for British nationals travelling to and from the Balearic and Canary islands, including … Continue reading Groups of British tourists have enjoyed a raucous night

The European Union has decided

The European Union has decided to drop Serbia and Montenegro from its safe list of countries from which non-essential travel is allowed, and did not even discuss including the United States given its sharp rise in coronavirus cases, EU officials told Reuters. EU diplomats today approved a proposal from Germany, now holding the rotating EU presidency, to exclude non-EU Serbia and Montenegro because of spreading infections, officials said. There have been anti-government protests in Serbia, initially sparked by the announcement of a new coronavirus lockdown amid a surge in new cases. With the US currently on 3.43m cases of Covid-19 … Continue reading The European Union has decided

A British air hostess locked up in a Dubai jail

A British air hostess locked up in a Dubai jail has been living off bread and water after being forced into a fake confession, her family claim. Derrin Crawford was arrested last Thursday after police raided her date’s apartment and found two cannabis joints. Beijing has threatened to jail anyone who dissents, expresses pro-independence sentiments or undermines the Chinese state in the former British colony or elsewhere. In response Britain extended an offer of residency and a pathway to citizenship to up to three million Hong Kong residents and their dependants with British National (Overseas) status. Scott Morrison, the Australian … Continue reading A British air hostess locked up in a Dubai jail

China has tried to blame Spain

China has tried to blame Spain for the new strain of coronavirus while suggesting the deadly disease originated in Europe and not Wuhan. The first cases were detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019 – with many involving workers at a wet market – before the virus rapidly spread around the world, killing more than 525,000 people. Protest leaders are struggling to come up with new tactics for opposing the authority of Beijing without risking long prison sentences, and one of Hong Kong’s leading young democrats has joined a growing number of activists leaving the territory. Nathan … Continue reading China has tried to blame Spain

Several military trucks carrying troops in tan uniforms and helmets were seen entering White House grounds

Several military trucks carrying troops in tan uniforms and helmets were seen entering White House grounds shortly after 5 p.m. on the East Coast on Monday, as the nation’s capital prepares for a fourth consecutive evening of protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. “At 5:05 pm, I counted 9 two and a half ton military trucks carrying troops in tan uniforms and helmets pull off 17th Street into the White House grounds,” Time magazine reporter Brian Bennett tweeted. Today Dr Michael Baden, one of the doctors who performed the autopsy as the … Continue reading Several military trucks carrying troops in tan uniforms and helmets were seen entering White House grounds

The prospect of a second wave of coronavirus infection across Europe is no longer a distant theory

The prospect of a second wave of coronavirus infection across Europe is no longer a distant theory, according to the director of the EU agency responsible for advising governments – including the UK – on disease control. “The question is when and how big, that is the question in my view,” said Dr Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Mr Trump on Tuesday said he started taking the medication because “a young man close to me” contracted the virus, appearing to cite a military valet who tested positive recently. He also noted Vice … Continue reading The prospect of a second wave of coronavirus infection across Europe is no longer a distant theory