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  • Defense secretary says coronavirus vaccine will be available within months, but experts skeptical
    May 28, 2020

    Defense secretary says coronavirus vaccine will be available within months, but experts skepticalPentagon leaders expressed strong confidence Thursday that a coronavirus vaccine will be available by January, and possibly as early as this fall ??? claims that were met with skepticism by scientific experts.


  • Can you contract coronavirus from a surface or object???
    May 29, 2020

    Can you contract coronavirus from a surface or object???The CDC says that it may be possible to contract COVID-19 by coming in contact with a surface or object that has the virus on it, but you're much more likely to get the coronavirus through person-to-person transmission.


  • White House encourages hydroxychloroquine use for coronavirus again
    May 28, 2020

    White House encourages hydroxychloroquine use for coronavirus againSpeaking during a press briefing on Thursday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany strongly endorsed the ???prophylactic??? use of hydroxychloroquine: that is, to prevent contracting the coronavirus.


  • Amy Klobuchar's position on 2006 shooting by officer in George Floyd death 'could cost her VP role'
    May 29, 2020

    Amy Klobuchar's position on 2006 shooting by officer in George Floyd death 'could cost her VP role'Amy Klobuchar's decision as a Minneapolis prosecutor in 2006 not to bring charges against the police officer filmed kneeling on the neck of George Floyd could cost her the role of vice president, critics have said.With Joe Biden asking Ms Klobuchar to undergo official vetting to be his running mate in November, the death of Mr Floyd has renewed scrutiny of her record as a district attorney that reportedly brought zero charges against police involved in 40 deaths during her tenure.


  • Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed
    May 30, 2020

    Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armedIsraeli police in annexed east Jerusalem on Saturday shot dead a disabled Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed with a pistol, prompting furious condemnation from the Palestinians. The incident happened in the alleys of the walled Old City near Lions' Gate, an access point mainly used by Palestinians. "Police units on patrol there spotted a suspect with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol," an Israeli police statement said.


  • New report alleges killings, mass detentions in Ethiopia
    May 29, 2020

    New report alleges killings, mass detentions in EthiopiaA new report by the rights group Amnesty International accuses Ethiopia???s security forces of extrajudicial killings and mass detentions even as the country???s reformist prime minister was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The report issued Friday says security forces killed at least 25 people in 2019 in the East Guji and West Guji zones of the restive Oromia region amid suspicions of supporting a rebel group, the Oromo Liberation Army, and a once-exiled opposition group. The government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was awarded the peace prize in December for sweeping political reforms and restoring ties with neighboring Eritrea after two decades of hostilities, acknowledged that ???the reform process has at times experienced bumps??? but called the report ???a one-sided snapshot security analysis that fails to appropriately capture the broader political trajectory and security developments."


  • Mississippi mayor ignores calls to resign over comments on George Floyd's death
    May 29, 2020

    Mississippi mayor ignores calls to resign over comments on George Floyd's death"What I said, came out in a way that I wish I said it differently," Hal Marx said at a special meeting Thursday night. "It wasn't to minimize that gentleman's death."


  • Fire and Fury: Crowd Attacks CNN Center in Atlanta
    May 29, 2020

    Fire and Fury: Crowd Attacks CNN Center in AtlantaCNN Center, the cable network???s Atlanta headquarters, came under attack Friday night during protests over police brutality sparked by the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.A largely peaceful demonstration erupted first in vandalism, then in violence. Cops used pepper spray, and then some in the crowd were seen smashing windows and defacing the giant CNN sign with spray-paint. Down the street, a police car was set ablaze.CNN correspondent Nick Valencia began reporting on the frightening scene from a stairway inside the building, behind a phalanx of SWAT officers in the lobby, with an angry mob standing on the other side of the broken and missing plate glass.???I have a daughter and wife I want to get home to tonight,??? Valencia told anchor Chris Cuomo.Protesters lobbed objects at the windows and into the lobby, and at least one officer was struck. What appeared to be a flash-bang device landed in front of police and large gusts of smoke went up into the air.One protester breached the building and was immediately arrested by cops as Valencia shouted questions at him, asking why he was there. ???Change,??? he replied.As the violence flared and the situation in the lobby became more precarious, cops began firing tear gas and the crowd quickly began to thin out. Live footage showed over a dozen police officers holding the line with shields, barricades, and armored vehicles pushing protesters away from the building as objects continued to be hurled. The tense scene unfolded just hours after CNN found itself at the center of the story about protests in Minneapolis, where George Floyd died, pleading ???I can???t breathe??? while a police officer kneeled on his neck.Reporter Omar Jimenez and members of his crew were arrested by state police while covering fiery demonstrations in the city???prompting the governor of Minnesota to issue a public apology.???There is absolutely no reason something like this should happen. Calls were made immediately. This is a very public apology to that team. It should not happen,??? Gov. Tim Walz said in a Friday news conference, adding that he took ???full responsibility??? for the early-morning incident. ???I failed you last night in that.???President Trump, on the other hand, appeared to gloat, retweeting a message that read, ???In an ironic twist of fate, CNN HQ is being attacked by the very riots they promoted as noble & just.???In a Friday evening press conference, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was visibly angry as she told protesters to ???go home??? after thousands marched from the Georgia capitol to the Centennial Olympic Park before gathering outside CNN. ???What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest, This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. This is chaos. A protest has a purpose,??? Bottoms said, stating that the protests are ???disgracing the life of George Floyd.??????When Dr. King was assassinated, we didn't do this to our city. If you want to change in America, go and register to vote...that is the change we need in this country.???Rapper T.I. also spoke at the mayor???s press conference, stating that Atlanta ???has already been here for us??? and does not deserve to be burnt down. ???This is a moment where people are fed up. I have to make an appeal to my brothers and sisters because I realize the only way to get constructive change is through nonviolent means,??? Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., added. Their pleading did not not sway everyone. As midnight neared, looters descended on upscale malls in Buckhead, and firefighters were blocked from reaching a blaze at Del Frisco???s Grille.???There have been multiple instances of shots being fired in close proximity to our officers and shots were fired at an officer in a patrol vehicle on Peachtree Road at Lenox Road. We continue our efforts at restoring peace in our city,??? Sgt. John Chafee said in a statement.Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and activated 500 National Guard members in an attempt to restore order.Read 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.


  • Cemeteries braced for surge in Covid-19 dead as Mexico readies to reopen
    May 30, 2020

    Cemeteries braced for surge in Covid-19 dead as Mexico readies to reopenThe president says the pandemic has been tamed but experts, and those who must bury the dead, fear an alarming rise in casesFour generations of Enrique Ruvalcaba???s family have worked at the Mezquit??n cemetery in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. None of them ever saw anything like this.??Before the coronavirus, the burial ground was open to the public, and the deceased were honoured by flower-carrying mourners and mariachis. Now the dead arrive in silence and alone.???Only the box came, not a single relative, just the coffin,??? Ruvalcaba, 32, said of the first Covid-19 burial he witnessed last month. ???Absolutely everything has changed.???The Guadalajara graveyard, which has added 700 tombs for an anticipated wave of Covid deaths, has yet to see a major increase of victims ??? but Ruvalcaba said gravediggers had been advised to prepare. ???They???ve told us a more intense phase is coming,??? he said.Yet as Mexico???s daily death toll rises to become one of the highest in the world ??? a record 501 fatalities were reported on Tuesday alone ??? the country is simultaneously preparing to reopen and weathering a politically charged battle over the true scale of the crisis.???We???re doing well, the pandemic has been tamed,??? Mexico???s populist president, Andr??s Manuel L??pez Obrador, claimed on Thursday as he announced he would resume touring the country when a period of nationwide quarantine was wound down next week.Alejandro Mac??as, a leading infectious diseases specialist, said he understood and supported the need to plot out a return to some kind of normality for Mexico???s 129 million citizens.???It???s good to have a plan and it is good for this plan to constantly put people???s lives first,??? he said.But Mac??as, who was Mexico???s influenza chief during the 2009 swine flu pandemic, said he was worried things were moving too fast, when the extent of the crisis remained unclear and different parts of the country were at different stages of transmission.???The risk is that there will be another substantial rise in the number of cases and that this could cause some hospitals to collapse ??? and if the hospitals collapse this could put the security and governance of some regions at risk,??? Mac??as warned.???In many parts of the republic the curve has barely started to rise.???Mac??as said he suspected political pressure from L??pez Obrador???s year-old government and the United States ??? which is highly reliant on Mexican supply chains ??? explained the authorities??? desire to promote the idea the crisis was under control.???It is exactly like what is happening in the United States. The government there is also putting pressure on to show a certain normality and tranquillity when clearly they can???t yet say they have the situation under control??? and were still suffering ???terrifying??? Covid figures, Mac??as said.???I feel there is a great deal of political pressure ??? much more in Mexico than in other parts of Latin America ??? because Mexico???s industrial production is so tightly connected to industry in the United States. And they want to reopen but can???t do so if Mexican industry doesn???t reopen, because we are so integrated.???Latin America???s number two economy registered its first Covid case in late February and has since recorded more than 9,000 deaths and 81,400 cases, although the government admits the true number is probably considerably higher.One report this week found Mexico City had issued 8,000 more death certificates than usual between January and late May, suggesting a significantly higher death toll.L??pez Obrador, who was criticized for his initially dismissive attitude to the pandemic, has been bullish about Mexico???s response. On 26 April, with 1,351 deaths and 14,677 infections, he claimed it had managed ???to tame??? the coronavirus. But many are not so sure. A month after those claims, Mexico had suffered 9,044 deaths and 81,400 cases.Mac??as said it was likely many more had died. ???Right now we have less than 10,000 recognized deaths. But it???s very probable the true figure is substantially bigger ??? probably double that.???Behind those statistics lie thousands of grieving families ??? some of which have lost multiple members to Covid-19.Karlo Col??n, who works at a funeral home in Mexico City, said he and his colleagues had handled 60 coronavirus cases in the last three weeks. One family had lost five members, another four. ???Every week a family member dies,??? Col??n said.Despite the rising death toll, many Mexicans seem in denial. Even Col??n, on the frontlines of the pandemic, admitted having doubts.???A lot of people don???t believe in the virus,??? the undertaker said. ???There are times where I say, how is it possible that the guy giving me the body, at the centre of the infection, doesn???t have protective equipment? Is this real or isn???t it????Adri??n Carranza, a nursing student, has been conducting Covid-19 evaluations at Mexico City???s main market, the Central de Abasto ??? and referring suspected patients for testing. He said that many vendors remained skeptical despite the deaths of several vendors.???They???ll say, sure, that guy over there died, but we don???t know why,??? Carranza said.Carranza and his colleagues have faced harassment at the market, where about 40% of the stalls have shut down.???Because of misinformation, more than anything else, they think we???re hurting them, that we???re going to inject them with the virus,??? he said. ???They yell that we???re murderers.???As Mexico prepares to reopen, Guadalajara???s gravediggers are readying themselves for the dead.Ruvalcaba, whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather all worked in the same cemetery, called his colleagues the hidden heroes of the Covid-19 crisis.???It???s a really noble line of work. People talk about the doctors and the nurses but nobody thinks about the people who are laying Covid???s victims to rest,??? said Ruvalcaba, who has been digging tombs since he was 12.???It???s like doctors??? work ??? only from the moment when the patient has gone to a better life,??? Ruvalcaba added. ???And someone has to do it.???


  • Republican lawmakers accused of hiding positive COVID-19 test result from Democrats, who call it 'immoral'
    May 28, 2020

    Republican lawmakers accused of hiding positive COVID-19 test result from Democrats, who call it 'immoral'Democratic lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are demanding answers after learning that one of their Republican colleagues tested positive for COVID-19, shared that information with GOP leadership, but never informed them.


  • Crew on board as SpaceX, NASA to try again for landmark launch of two astronauts
    May 30, 2020

    Crew on board as SpaceX, NASA to try again for landmark launch of two astronautsThe two-man crew entered the capsule that will take them to the International Space Station on Saturday, as Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX was set for a repeat attempt at launching the Americans into orbit for a mission that would be the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years. The mission's first launch try on Wednesday was called off with less than 17 minutes remaining on the countdown clock due to stormy weather around the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The forecast for Saturday was likewise precarious with a 50-50 chance of launch.


  • Trump Announces U.S. ???Terminating??? Relationship with World Health Organization
    May 29, 2020

    Trump Announces U.S. ???Terminating??? Relationship with World Health OrganizationPresident Trump announced Friday that the U.S. is "terminating" its relationship with the World Health Organization over its failure to enact reforms in response to the administration's criticisms of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic."Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today be terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs," Trump said at a press conference.The announcement comes after Trump had threatened to cut U.S. funding to the WHO, alleging that the organization had helped China conceal the severity of the initial coronavirus outbreak in the city of Wuhan. The president noted that the U.S. government provides the WHO with roughly $450 million a year, compared with China's annual contribution of $40 million.Last week, Health Secretary Alex Azar blamed the WHO for mishandling the emerging pandemic.???We must be frank about one of the primary reasons this outbreak spun out of control,??? Azar said. ???There was a failure by this organization to obtain the information that the world needed, and that failure cost many lives.???


  • NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York City is on track to begin reopening the week of June 8
    May 29, 2020

    NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York City is on track to begin reopening the week of June 8"We will stay on track by focusing on the hotspots," Cuomo said. "We know down to the zip code where the infection rate is higher than average."


  • India announces major easing of coronavirus lockdown
    May 30, 2020

    India announces major easing of coronavirus lockdownIndia said Saturday it would begin a major relaxation of the world's biggest coronavirus lockdown from early June, even as the country saw another record rise in confirmed infections. Prime Minister Narenda Modi conceded that much of the country had since "undergone tremendous suffering" in an open letter to the public on Saturday. The end of the lockdown will be staged and for now will not include some "containment zones" where high infection rates have been detected, according to the home ministry.


  • Long Island serial killer victim IDed 2 decades later
    May 28, 2020

    Long Island serial killer victim IDed 2 decades laterA woman whose skeletal remains were found along a suburban New York beach highway, in an area where body parts of 10 other people had been strewn, was identified as a Philadelphia escort who went missing two decades ago, police said Thursday. Suffolk County police said the woman previously known as ???Jane Doe No. 6??? was identified through genetic genealogy technology as Valerie Mack, who also went by Melissa Taylor and was last seen in 2000 near Atlantic City, New Jersey. Determining the victim's identity has brought clarity to a long-running Long Island mystery that attracted national headlines, was featured on true-crime TV shows and was the subject of a recent Netflix film, Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said.


  • Twitter hides Trump tweet on George Floyd protests for 'glorifying violence'
    May 29, 2020

    Twitter hides Trump tweet on George Floyd protests for 'glorifying violence'One of President Trump???s tweets was hidden by Twitter on Friday after the social media site said it was ???glorifying violence.???


  • Coronavirus quietly started spreading as early as January, CDC says
    May 29, 2020

    Coronavirus quietly started spreading as early as January, CDC saysBy early February, there was "cryptic circulation" of the virus.


  • Here???s How Fox News Covered the CNN Reporter???s Arrest in Minneapolis
    May 29, 2020

    Here???s How Fox News Covered the CNN Reporter???s Arrest in MinneapolisReporting on the arrest of a CNN reporter and his crew by Minnesota state police on Friday morning, Fox News anchor Sandra Smith framed the incident as a he said-he said situation despite the entire ordeal being broadcast on live television.Reporting from Minneapolis after another night of violent protests over the death of George Floyd, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez found himself surrounded by a group of cops clad in riot gear. As the situation was broadcast on CNN???s New Day, Jimenez showed the officers his credentials and calmly asked them where they would like the crew to move.???Just put us back where you want us, we were getting out of your way,??? Jimenez is heard saying to several officers. ???So, just let us know. Wherever you want us, we will go. We were just getting out of your way while you were advancing through the intersection. Just let us know, and we???ve got you.???A moment later, Jimenez was told that he was under arrest and placed in handcuffs. Shortly after the CNN reporter was marched off, officers grabbed the producer and cameraman, placing them under arrest as well. All three were released within hours, with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz apologizing to CNN over the incident.??During Friday???s broadcast of America???s Newsroom, Smith delivered a short news report on Jimenez???s arrest. ???Police in Minneapolis arresting a CNN reporter and his crew as the reporter was covering the protests there earlier this morning,??? she said. ???They were all released a couple of hours later and are back on the air.???Smith continued: ???Police are saying the crew was asked to move and they refused, CNN is denying that. The governor of Minnesota issued an apology calling the arrest unacceptable, and we will hear from the governor at the top of the next hour.??? Fox did not broadcast the video showing Jimenez specifically offering to move out of the way and go wherever the cops wanted his crew to go.The Minnesota state police would later issue a statement???to much ridicule???that said the troopers released the crew ???once they were confirmed to be members of the media,??? despite the fact that Jimenez showed his credentials and the situation was broadcast on live television.Earlier in the Fox News broadcast, Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones did briefly discuss Jimenez???s arrest during a panel discussion on the protests, noting that while he???s been ???critical??? of the network Jimenez ???was arrested today on live television doing his job as a reporter.??????I???ve been there reporting on these types of cases,??? he added. ???You asked the cops, you say, where do I stand? He did that and he was still arrested on live television with his camera crew. That should not happen, this is not China, this is America.???With other networks offering statements of solidarity with CNN and Jimenez on Friday, Fox News followed suit later in the day, issuing the following statement: ???FOX News has always supported the First Amendment and this instance is no different. We denounce the detainment of the CNN crew and stand with them in protecting the right to report without fear or favor."Hours after Smith's report, Outnumbered Overtime anchor Harris Faulkner addressed that segment on-air, noting that the report should have highlighted that Jimenez offered to move wherever the officers to him to go.???Police in Minneapolis have arrested a CNN reporter and his crew live on the air and they covered the protests breaking out on the ground over George Floyd???s death,??? Faulkner said. ???It was all caught on camera. It played out live. There is the video. They have since been released - a couple hours later from that event.??????Police said the crew was asked to move and they refused. We can all watch the video and it shows the reporter offered to move many times if the officers would tell him where to go,??? she added. ???That point should have been noted in earlier reporting on Fox News. The governor of Minnesota apologized directly to CNN and that team during his news conference a short time ago, we showed you that live, calling the arrests 'unacceptable.'???Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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.


  • Russian warplanes in Libya could open new phase in Middle East's biggest proxy war
    May 29, 2020

    Russian warplanes in Libya could open new phase in Middle East's biggest proxy warThe U.S. says Russian warplanes sent to back Moscow's favored militia leader in Libya could open a new phase in the Middle East's biggest proxy war.


  • Colombia will not ease quarantine in capital, cities hit hard by coronavirus
    May 30, 2020

    Colombia will not ease quarantine in capital, cities hit hard by coronavirusColombia issued new measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus in three of its most affected cities on Saturday, including the capital Bogota, as the rest of the country prepares for quarantine rules to start lifting. Colombia began a nationwide quarantine in late March to control the spread of COVID-19. All of Colombia will observe current measures until Sunday, as thousands of businesses are gradually re-opening with safety protocols and reduced staff.


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