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    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new concert series is coming to Citizens Bank Park, although this one will be a little unique. Organizers made the announcement Friday. The four-week drive-in concert and comedy series will be held in the parking lot of Citizens Bank Park starting Sunday, Aug 16. The series created by Live Nation Philadelphia will include a variety of music and comedy programming and will go through Labor Day weekend. Philadelphia’s own DJ Jazzy Jeff will be taking part in the event. “I’m really looking forward to this, playing some music, for real people, not just people that are online, which I appreciate. But you kind of miss interaction with real people, so I am looking forward to this,” he said. Fans can expect contactless ticket scanning through their vehicle window and they’ll be assigned a designated parking space to enjoy right from their car.
    Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz), Aug 14 . .- The Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, defended this Friday that the health system in Spain has to be “a claim” for tourism, with professionals “involved and prepared “to” face “this pandemic. Speaking to the media during a visit to the City Council of Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz), Montero assured that Spain has “one of the best health systems in Europe.” He recalled that this situation “is not unique to Spain but is active in the rest of the world” and stressed that “those who want to come to our country” will find “universal, public and free” health care, with a group of professionals prepared to “face” this pandemic. Montero has transmitted from the Government a message of “prudence” to citizens to “be able to reconcile health for all citizens with a leisure that everyone wants but that this year has to...
    President Donald Trump retweeted posts calling Kamala Harris 'camel laugh' on Friday, the day after he refused to say she was eligible to serve as vice president. In a flurry of retweets consisting of criticism for the Democratic presidential ticket and praise for his deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, President Trump included a tweet with derogatory and racist descriptions of Harris and Joe Biden.  'While Biden plays hide and seek with Camel Laugh, Trump plays 3 dimensional Chess with the Middle East and wins historical deals!! 'Play it again Sam' how the Democrats will lose everything in November! TRUMP IS THE GREATEST!!!,' read one of the two retweets.  'Let's get this straight right away Camel Laugh and China Joe will lie, lie, and lie and the media will NOT challenge them on all the false statements they make. IT IS UP TO AMERICAN WARRIORS TO GET THE...
    CNN host Don Lemon condemned President Trump for pushing the false claim that Sen. Kamala Harris, who is now a Democratic vice presidential candidate, is not a U.S. citizen. He expressed disbelief during the opening of his show on Thursday night, hours after the president responded to a Newsweek op-ed that questioned whether Harris is ineligible to run for vice president as Joe Biden's running mate because her parents, immigrants from Jamaica and India respectively, were not citizens at the time of her birth in Oakland, California, or before she turned 16. "He is starting with birtherism. Can you believe it? Is it 2011 all over again? What is going on? Birtherism, now, against Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s vice presidential nominee, who is a black woman. Does that ring a bell to you?" he said. The show then aired a clip from Trump's press conference earlier in the day in...
    President Trump would not reject a conspiracy theory that Kamala Harris is ineligible to serve as vice president because her parents were born outside the United States. Asked about the unfounded and widely refuted claims during Thursday’s press briefing at the White House, Trump responded, “I heard it today that she doesn't meet the requirements” before adding, “I have no idea if that's right.” TRUMP CAMPAIGN BLASTS 'PHONY' KAMALA HARRIS Harris is a United States citizen born in California in 1964, making her eligible to serve as president or vice president under the Constitution. However, a professor of law at Chapman University, John C. Eastman, wrote a piece for Newsweek this week after she was named to the Democratic ticket questioning whether Harris is a “natural born citizen” because her mother was born in India and her father was born in Jamaica. During the Thursday press briefing, Trump appeared to fuel the argument by touting...
    Former Barack Obama vice president and new running mate Kamala Harris have focused their first day of joint campaigning on the pandemic, seeking to fight Donald Trump over his handling of this major crisis. With more than 166,000 deaths and five million recorded cases, the United States has the heaviest death toll in the world. And the health crisis devastated the world’s largest economy. After a briefing with public health experts, Joe Biden called on the governors of the 50 American states to “introduce the obligation to wear a mask now.” This could “save more than 40,000 lives” across the country, he told reporters from his home town of Wilmington, Delaware. “We are in America. Be patriots. Protect your fellow citizens,” added the 77-year-old Democrat, while Senator Kamala Harris, 55, listened to him from a distance, wearing a black mask. A “retrograde (…) and very defeatist approach”, reacted Donald...
    President Donald Trump fanned the flames of yet another 'birther' conspiracy theory by telling White House reporters Thursday that he had 'no idea' if Kamala Harris was eligible to be vice president.  The president added that the Republican lawyer who wrote a Newsweek op-ed pushing that claim 'is a very highly qualified, very talented lawyer.'  Right-wing law professor John C. Eastman wrote an editorial Wednesday that argued that because Harris' parents weren't citizens when she was born in 1964 in Oakland, California then she might not fit the definition of eligibility under the U.S. Constitution.  A number of Constitutional experts said that was flat-out false and Harris' defenders called it racist.  President Donald Trump said he has 'no idea' if Kamala Harris is eligible to be vice president, adding that an op-ed that suggested she wasn't was written by a 'very highly qualified, very talented lawyer' A Newsweek...
    According to a report from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the number of officers in the Minneapolis Police Department has been reduced 10 percent since May and the department “could lose as much as a third of its workforce by the end of the year.” Some on the city council have sought to abolish the police department. With this development, there has been a corresponding spike in violent crime. Minnesota Public Radio reported that as of August 4 Minneapolis had experienced more than twice as many homicides in 2020 as during the same period in 2019. Local CBS affiliate WCCO reported that through July 26 robberies in 2020 were up 36 percent over the same time period in 2019. The situation has become so dire, that on July 28 Minneapolis issued a warning to city residents in the 3rd precinct. The missive read, Robberies and Carjackings have increased in our Precinct. Cell phones, purses, and...
    In a joint campaign event Thursday in Delaware, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris called for a national mask mandate as the coronavirus pandemic continues. “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum,” Biden said. “Every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing. The estimates by the experts are it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months if people act responsibly. It’s not about your rights, it’s about your responsibilities as an America.” Biden continued by emphasizing the preventative health benefits of wearing masks, and that “every American wearing masks outdoors” will help the country return to normal sooner. “When I get occasionally confronted with a person in public about wearing a mask, I say ‘Look, this is America. Be a patriot, protect your fellow citizens.’ Step up! Do the right thing,”...
    A campaign: Education in values Let us remember the campaigns of the General Directorate of Traffic in Spain when the points card was implemented, at a time when serious traffic accidents were constantly increasing. This contribution is a modest cry, a conscientious cry of warning to sailors through the seas of unconsciousness about the effects of COVID-19 and the irresponsibility in the application of the measures to stop it. In practically every country in the world, social distancing and confinement measures have been implemented to cope with the pandemic. Measures that have limited some of our rights, delimiting the border between them and our obligations to others. Individualism, selfishness, and irresponsibility cannot stop the spread of the virus. On the contrary, they facilitate it. In front of them, we advocate for the collective and responsible response of the community as the only means for their defeat. The epidemiological measures...
    The Chicago Police Department, intent on catching the looters who pillaged the city on Sunday, has launched a “Looting & Civil Unrest Videos” website showing surveillance camera footage from the destruction and asking citizens to identify the perpetrators. On Wednesday, Chicago Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan stated, “Cases are easier to solve and much stronger when the community identifies these suspects and works with the police and the detectives to hold them accountable … We are now seeking the community’s help to identify additional offenders that are seen on video and in photographs looting and committing other criminal behavior.” Deenihan showed a video of a man using a hammer-like object attempting to break into an ATM. He continued, “So this is just going to be an example of he videos that are going to be posted on the website. So the department launched a website today with images of these subjects and...
    Colombian authorities captured the Americans who were selling a potion with which they promised to cure COVID-19. It is about a father and his son who were at large, after a South Florida court ordered their arrest warrant. The two US citizens were selling a deadly potion to cure the coronavirus. Mark Scott Grenon and Joseph Timothy Grenon were the American citizens who through the internet sold a fraudulent product to cure, according to them COVID-19 and, who were ordered to be captured by a court in the southern district of Florida. After disappearing from the United States, they were detained by the authorities in the city of Santa Marta in northern Colombia, where they also marketed the product that they prepared according to the FDA with industrial bleach. Ricardo Carriazo, director of the Drug Trafficking department of the Colombian prosecutor’s office, said that the substance was...
    Brad Reed August 12, 2020 6:21PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was chosen by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as his running mate on Tuesday, is already being flooded with "birther" conspiracy theories similar to the ones used by President Donald Trump against former President Barack Obama. FactCheck.org has taken stock of several Facebook posts being widely shared that falsely claim that Harris is not eligible to serve as president under the Constitution. : "If crazy Joe cannot serve his full term, Kamala cannot by constitutional law become President," reads one post that started making the rounds even before Biden announced Harris as his selection. "She is an anchor baby, mother is from India, father is Jamaican, and neither were american citizens at time of her birth." Of course, thanks to the Constitution's birthright citizenship clause, it doesn't matter if Harris's parents were...
    Can't imagine which crack pandemic response team came up with this one. Due to the Donald Trump administration's complete incompetence at containing a pandemic that much of the rest of the world has already gotten under some semblance of control, United States citizens are now unwelcome in much of the world. We are simply considered too potentially disease-riddled to be allowed to visit other nations freely. But the list of nations banning United States residents from crossing their borders may be soon be getting an extremely notable new addition: the United States itself. No, really. Trump's White House team is now considering whether returning United States citizens should be barred from reentering the country if there is "reason to believe" they might carry the virus. To answer the most obvious question, in theory the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention may have the authority to keep American citizens from returning...
    By Kristina Cooke and Laura Gottesdiener LOS ANGELES/MONTERREY (Reuters) - A Southern California-area hospital system, immigrant advocacy groups and Americans living in Mexico criticized on Tuesday a U.S. government draft proposal that could block U.S. citizens and permanent residents from entering the country if they are suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus. The pushback comes a day after Reuters and other news outlets reported the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump was considering a regulation that would give the government authorization to keep out Americans believed to have contracted COVID-19 or other diseases. Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health, which operates five hospitals in San Diego County, told Reuters the hospital system "would never endorse American citizens not being able to get the care they need." Scripps and Sharp HealthCare, which operate hospitals that serve many COVID patients in the San Diego-area, sent a joint letter to...
    HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Masks are already mandated in New Jersey, but one city is taking it a step further, saying if you don’t wear one outside where you can’t social distance, you could face a fine. Walk on Washington Street in Hoboken and you’ll see some wearing masks and others not, but for Mara McGowan masking up is simple. “It’s not just for me, it’s for them too,” McGown told CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis. Face coverings are already required inside establishments, but now the city is considering an ordinance to fine $250 to those who do not wear one outside and in places they can’t stay six feet apart. “In places you can’t social distance, yeah I agree with that, like the waterfront,” said McGowan. “Fining people, ehhh, a little extreme,” said Ray Graglia of Rutherford. “I just think it’s gonna be unenforceable and I think it’s too much,” said...
    The Trump administration is considering a measure that would allow U.S. border officials to deny entry to certain American citizens and green card holders suspected of being infected with the coronavirus, a policy that would expand immigration and travel restrictions already put in place during the pandemic.  According to a federal government official familiar with the plans, the policy would limit the return of American citizens and legal permanent residents who are deemed by authorities to pose a possible public health threat by spreading the coronavirus in the U.S. The official said the measures are part of a proposal that has yet to be approved by the administration. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) team has been working on a draft of the policy, which could be altered and would be enforced by border authorities at the Department of Homeland Security. A CDC spokesperson referred questions to the...
    Proposed changes to immigration rules include blocking citizens or legal residents from reentry if an official thinks that they have been exposed to or infected with the coronavirus, the New York Times reported. President Donald Trump has already denied entry to foreigners traveling from coronavirus hot spots such as China and most of Europe from entering the U.S., the Times reported Monday. The proposed changes to the regulations would expand governmental power to address returning Americans and foreigners who legally reside in the states. These new regulations would allow a government official who “reasonably believes that the individual either may have been exposed to or is infected with the communicable disease,” to prevent the individual from re-entering, the Times reported, though the draft of the proposed legislation obtained by the Times does not explicitly say how long citizens or legal residents might have to wait to re-enter. Breaking News: President...
    WASHINGTON — A defiant GOP Sen. Tom Cotton on Tuesday said he would never stop fighting for victims of the Chinese Communist Party after the Chinese government announced it was sanctioning him. On Monday, China’s Foreign Ministry slapped a number of Republican lawmakers — including Sens. Cotton, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey and Josh Hawley — with sanctions because they “behaved egregiously on Hong Kong-related issues.” But in a Fox News op-ed Tuesday, Cotton (R. Ark) said he was not afraid of the Chinese dictatorship and would keep fighting the nation’s human rights abuses. “These toothless sanctions won’t have much effect on me, but that’s because they were never about me in the first place,” he wrote. “They’re meant to scare potential critics of the Chinese Communist Party into shameful silence and even complicity. The message is clear: the Party is always watching and ready to punish its enemies.”...
    The US is weighing new rules that would temporarily bar US citizens and legal residents from entering the US to control a surge in coronavirus cases. US media say the proposal would affect people suspected of having been exposed to or infected with the virus. President Donald Trump has often touted his travel bans on foreigners as key to curbing the spread of the virus. But US citizens and lawful residents have so far been exempt from travel restrictions regarding entering the US. It is unclear whether the proposed measures will move forward. What's in the draft proposal?The draft memo, first reported by the New York Times, would seek to use public health powers to expand the administration's legal authority. The proposed rule would affect all entry points, including airports and borders with Canada and Mexico, though it particularly references the virus outbreak in Mexico, according to the Times....
    The Trump administration is considering a move that could allow immigration officials to temporarily restrict U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents suspected of contracting COVID-19 abroad from entering the country amid the ongoing pandemic, according to multiple reports. A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident could be blocked from returning under the proposal if an official “reasonably believes that the individual either may have been exposed to or is infected with the communicable disease,” The New York Times first reported. Federal agencies have been asked to submit their feedback on the proposed plan to the White House by Tuesday, according to the newspaper. It was not immediately clear when it could be approved or announced to the public.  The draft of the plan states that an order blocking citizens and other legal permanent residents has to “include appropriate protections to ensure that no constitutional rights are infringed” and that the travelers cannot...
    President Donald Trump has been considering new immigration rules that would temporarily ban U.S. citizens and legal residents who may have been exposed to Covid-19 from re-entering the country, The New York Times reports. Under the proposal, if an official “reasonably believes” that the individual has been exposed to or is infected with the coronavirus, the government would have the right to block them from entering the U.S. The publication, which obtained parts of the draft proposal, revealed on Monday that federal agencies have been asked to submit feedback by Tuesday August 11. According to the news source, the draft explicitly outlined that any order that blocks citizens and legal permanent residents must include appropriate protections to ensure that no constitutional rights are infringed. It also noted that individuals could not be blocked from the country as an entire class of people.   Alex Wong / Getty Images However,...
    PARIS (Reuters) - France will step up security measures to protect French nationals in Africa's Sahel region, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday, two days after six French aid workers were shot dead in Niger. "We will do everything we can to support the families of the victims and to respond to the attack that cost the lives of six of our compatriots and two Nigeriens. These six young people, who were members of the NGO 'ACTED', showed extraordinary commitment to the local population," Macron tweeted. "I have decided to step up security measures for our citizens in the region. We will continue in our action to eradicate the terrorist groups, with the increased support of our partners." (Reporting by Richard Lough; Editing by Kevin Liffey) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya on Tuesday urged her fellow citizens not to oppose the police and to avoid putting their lives in danger, the RIA news agency said. Tikhanouskaya said earlier on Tuesday that she had fled to neighbouring Lithuania for the sake of her children, after two nights of street clashes following the contested re-election of strongman president Alexander Lukashenko. (Reporting by Maxim Rodionov and Anasatasia Teterevleva; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Kevin Liffey) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    DONALD Trump may ban US citizens & permanent residents from reentering the country from COVID hotspots, reports say. Many nations have implemented travel restrictions or closed their borders but the majority allow their own citizens to return home during the coronavirus crisis. 10Trump may ban US citizens and permanent residents from returningCredit: AP:Associated Press 10A draft memo lays out the proposal ban Credit: Rex Features 10 On Monday, the New York Times reported that federal agencies were asked to provide feedback on the proposal to the White House by Tuesday, August 11. The USA currently bans entry from countries Brazil, China, Europe, and the UK – but legal residents and citizens are exempt. In New Zealand, only citizens are allowed back from other counties and they have to quarantine in a government-run hotel. Japan has prevented permanent and long-term residents from coming back to the country...
    Donald Trump is considering a new proposal that would prevent U.S. citizens and legal residents from returning to the United States, if it is believed they may be infected with coronavirus. Many countries have already put travel restrictions in place, and some have closed their borders, but most permit their own citizens to return.  Federal agencies have been asked to submit feedback on the proposal to the White House by Tuesday, the New York Times reported on Monday. Donald Trump, pictured on Monday, is said to be considering a proposal to restrict entry to citizens and legal residents The plan would see U.S. citizens barred from entering the country from COVID hot spots Currently the United States bans entry from Brazil, China, Europe and the U.K, except for legal residents and citizens.  New Zealand does not allow anyone other than citizens to return from anywhere - and citizens...
    President Trump is reportedly considering changes to immigration rules that would allow officials to deny entry to U.S. citizens returning from abroad if they are suspected of having COVID-19. While the administration has taken other measures related to travel during the coronavirus pandemic, including banning foreign nationals from certain countries, the draft regulation would go a step further and would give immigration officials authority to block citizens and U.S. residents from entering temporarily in certain circumstances, the New York Times reported on Monday. Under the draft proposal, a citizen or resident could be denied entry if an official “reasonably believes that the individual either may have been exposed to or is infected with the communicable disease.” The draft also says that citizens and residents cannot be barred as an entire class of people and emphasizes that any order barring them must “include appropriate protections to ensure that no...
    (CNN)The Trump administration is considering ways to restrict entry on the US-Mexico border that could include US citizens and lawful permanent residents over coronavirus concerns, according to a source familiar with the matter.It's the latest attempt by the administration to seal off US borders, citing the virus. In March, the administration invoked a public health law to swiftly remove migrants, including children, who are apprehended at the border. That action, including a series of other travel restrictions, has been extended over the course of the pandemic. The options being weighed by the administration would also likely rely on authorities from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the source said. The New York Times first reported on the possibility of barring Americans from returning to the US on a limited basis amid fears they may be infected with the coronavirus. "Career professionals at the CDC are working on an...
    WASHINGTON - The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is considering a measure to block U.S. citizens and permanent residents from returning home if they are suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, a senior U.S. official confirmed to Reuters. The official said a draft regulation, which has not been finalized and could change, would give the government authorization to block individuals who could “reasonably” be believed to have contracted COVID-19 or other diseases. Trump has instituted a series of sweeping immigration restrictions since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, suspending some legal immigration and allowing U.S. border authorities to rapidly deport migrants caught at the border without standard legal processes. Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s immigrants’ rights project, said in a written statement that barring U.S. citizens from entering the country would be unconstitutional and "another grave error in a year that has...
    A socialist court in Venezuela sentenced two former U.S. Special Forces officers to 20 years in prison this weekend for their alleged role in a failed attempt at toppling Nicolás Maduro. Regime Attorney General William Tarek Saab announced the sentence, claiming both Luke Denman and Airan Berry had “taken responsibility for their actions.” “The said gentleman admitted to having committed crimes of conspiracy, association, and illicit trafficking of weapons of war and terrorism outlined in the Penal Code, for which they were sentenced to imprisonment for 20 years, [sic] months and nine days,” Saab wrote. 2) … dichos señores ADMITIERON haber cometido delitos d conspiración, asociación, tráfico ilícito d armas d guerra y terrorismo tipificados en el Código Penal: por lo q fueron condenados a la pena d prisión d 20 años, meses y 9 dias …la #AUDIENCIA sigue con demás #imputados — Tarek William Saab (@TarekWiliamSaab) August 8, 2020 According...
    Three Californians were arrested on charges of attempting to smuggle more than 50 illegal immigrants over the United States border. Customs and Border Protection officials spotted a suspicious van and bed truck traveling on Highway 98 just north of the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday morning while surveilling the area using its Remote Video Surveillance System. Officers stopped the truck, and the driver admitted to smuggling 37 illegal immigrants, including 36 Mexican nationals and one adult from Guatemala. "Agents approached the driver of the stake truck and conducted an interview. The driver, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen man, admitted to having illegal aliens in the rear cargo area of the truck. Agents searched the truck and discovered 37 subjects attempting to conceal themselves under a black tarp in the bed of the truck," the agency said in a statement about the arrest. The officers pulled over the van moments later...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Coronavirus has changed life for everyone, including those waiting to become U.S. citizens. Normally those people would complete their journey towards becoming Americans by taking the citizenship oath in a courtroom. But naturalization ceremonies are having to adapt like never before. (credit: CBS) “This is unprecidented for us to come and do this outside,” U.S. Magestrate Judge Michael Hegarty told CBS4 last week during a ceremony that took place in a parking lot. Hegarty started off the ceremony by saying to the attendees: “Welcome to the temporary satellite U.S. District Court.” The new citizens were dressed in colorful clothes, spaced at least 6 feet apart, and all wore masks. “Many of you have gone through perhaps years of hardship, maybe persecution, in fact I’m certain of that because I’ve heard your stories,” Hegarty said. (credit: CBS) Eric Tsend immigrated to the U.S. from Mongolia and has spent...
    Three U.S. citizens were arrested in California on Friday for allegedly smuggling 52 illegal immigrants across the border from Mexico. The incident took place around 5 a.m. when operators of the Remote Video Surveillance System spotted a suspicious stake bed truck and a van. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents conducted stops on both vehicles while they were eastbound on Highway 98. Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection The driver of the truck, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, admitted to agents he was smuggling 37 people – 36 adult Mexican nationals and one Guatemalan adult – in the back of his vehicle, according to CBP. FEDS DISCOVER 'MOST SOPHISTICATED' CROSS-BORDER TUNNEL WITH EXTENSIVE VENTILATION, RAIL SYSTEM "Agents searched the truck and discovered 37 subjects attempting to conceal themselves under a black tarp in the bed of the truck," CBP officials said in a statement. Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection A second group...
    Greece recorded its highest number of new daily coronavirus cases on Sunday since the pandemic began with more than 200 cases. Cartoons on the CoronavirusView All 346 ImagesThe country reported 203 new cases, according to government officials, bringing its total to 5,623 cases since the first infection was recorded in February. According to Johns Hopkins University, 212 people have died. Most of the cases, CNN reported, are in Greece's two largest cities – Athens and Thessaloniki. Twenty-two patients are intubated, an increase from 14 on Friday. Greece's Minister of Health Vassilis Kikilias said Monday that "the transmission of the virus is dangerously increasing." "I call once again on the youth and the citizens who do not follow the basic measures of personal protection, masks, hygiene rules, safety distances, to consider their responsibilities towards the vulnerable groups, the rest of our fellow citizens and the country," Kikilias said....
    China is imposing new sanctions on 11 U.S. citizens, including a handful of lawmakers, in retaliation for the action the U.S. took against Hong Kong officials last week. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced the new sanctions on Monday during a daily press briefing, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new sanctions will hit five GOP lawmakers who are considered hawks on China and have been critical of Beijing’s actions in Hong Kong: Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. Also included in the list of sanctioned Americans are Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth, National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman, and Freedom House President Michael Abramowitz. “In response to the erroneous actions of the U.S., China has decided to impose sanctions today on those individuals who behaved badly...
    China said it will impose retaliatory sanctions against a group of U.S. citizens after after the Trump administration slapped penalties on 11 key government officials involved in implementing the Chinese Communist Party’s “national security law” in Hong Kong. Eleven people, including lawmakers, were targeted, but not anybody from the Trump administration. Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and Pat Toomey; Rep. Chris Smith; Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth; National Endowment for Democracy president Carl Gershman; and Michael Abramowitz, the president of Freedom House, will all be subject to sanctions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced at a briefing in Beijing on Monday, according to Bloomberg News. “In response to the U.S.’s wrong behaviors, China has decided to impose sanctions on those individuals who behaved badly on Hong Kong-related issues,” Zhao said. He did not specify what form the sanctions will take. Tensions between the U.S. and...
    A former resident of Fort Stewart faces up to life in prison on charges of sexually abusing a child. Meighan O’Donnell, 28, of Huntington, N.Y., was indicted by a U.S. District Court grand jury on one count of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child Under 12, and Abusive Sexual Contact With a Child Under 12, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The charges carry a potential penalty of up to life in prison. There is no parole in the federal system. “Along with our law enforcement partners, we will aggressively pursue anyone who would exploit or endanger the most vulnerable members of our community,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “We commend the investigators and child advocates who help protect these young citizens from harm.” Redmond, Ore., police contacted the FBI after a juvenile...
    (CNN)A record number of people are giving up their US citizenship, new research published on Sunday found. More than 5,800 Americans gave up their citizenship in the first six months of 2020 compared to the 2,072 Americans who renounced their citizenship in all of 2019, according to Bambridge Accountants, a New York-based firm specializing in US expat tax, UK expats, actors and other creatives in the US and the UK.The firm said it examined public data, published by the US government every three months, of the names of all Americans who give up their citizenship. "These are mainly people who already left the US and just decided they've had enough of everything," Alistair Bambridge, a partner at Bambridge Accountants, told CNN. "What we've seen is people are over everything happening with President Donald Trump, how the coronavirus pandemic is being handled, and the political policies in the US at the...
    By DALATOU MAMANE, Associated Press NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Unidentified gunmen killed six French citizens and two Nigerien guides who were visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital early Sunday, the West African nation’s interior ministry said. French President Emmanuel Macron's office confirmed that some French citizens were killed during the attack but would not elaborate. Macron had a phone call with Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou on Sunday evening, his office said. The attack took place in Koure, where Niger has a giraffe reserve, Oumarou Moussa, the adviser to Niger's interior minister, told The Associated Press. The area is a protected national park that contains dense vegetation and tall trees about 70 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of the capital. Hundreds of people visit each year to see its distinctive giraffes. The park is in the Tillaberi region, where jihadists linked to Islamic State killed four U.S. soldiers and five...
    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Unidentified gunmen killed six French citizens and two Nigerien guides who were visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital early Sunday, the West African nation’s interior ministry said. French President Emmanuel Macron’s office confirmed that some French citizens were killed during the attack but would not elaborate. Macron had a phone call with Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou on Sunday evening, his office said. The attack took place in Koure, where Niger has a giraffe reserve, Oumarou Moussa, the adviser to Niger’s interior minister, told The Associated Press. The area is a protected national park that contains dense vegetation and tall trees about 70 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of the capital. Hundreds of people visit each year to see its distinctive giraffes. The park is in the Tillaberi region, where jihadists linked to Islamic State killed four U.S. soldiers and five Nigeriens in 2017....
    Brenda Cienfuegos recently became a U.S. citizen and is eager to exercise her new rights as an American. She says voting gives Latinos like her a voice. “Voting is something I’ve always done in my country,” she said. “I couldn’t do it here, but now I can.” Originally from El Salvador, Cienfuegos, a mother of two who came legally to the United States in 2010, registered to vote right after her U.S. citizenship ceremony in York, Pennsylvania, earlier this year. She demurs when asked if she is backing a candidate in the November presidential contest. “Like I learned in my country, my vote is secret," Cienfuegos said. "But what I can tell you? I’m going to support the candidate who better supports the Latino community.” Cienfuegos is part of a growing cohort flexing its muscle in America’s democratic process. U.S. Census data compiled by the Pew Research Center shows more...
              Conservative media personality Dana Loesch will be the keynote speaker at the Citizens for Community Values (CCV)’s upcoming Celebration Gala to be held in Cincinnati. Loesch will speak at the gala on Thursday, October 1 at Xavier University. The event page, which allows people to RSVP, is located here. CCV’s website says it is “Ohio’s Family Policy Council” and “We endeavor to create an Ohio where God’s blessings of life, family, and religious freedom are treasured, respected, and protected.” The organization calls for such values as religious freedom, human dignity, free speech, government transparency and right to life, among others. Loesch’s website lists some of her many forays into talk radio and as an author and as a guest on numerous news programs. She also has represented the National Rifle Association. Dana Loesch is the number one nationally-syndicated female talk radio host in the country...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Friday is your last chance to get your face in the crowd at Citizens Bank Park this season. Today is the deadline to order a cutout of your face to put in the stands. ???? Today is the last day to order ???? Visit https://t.co/nOrbK3Zwf5 now ‼️ https://t.co/1RRF15hFdb — Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 7, 2020 Each cutout costs $40 and goes to Phillies’ charities. In case you’re wondering, the team can’t guarantee where you’ll get to sit. If you want to buy a cutout, click here.
    The division issued the Degree 4: Do Not Travel advisory — the optimum amount of travel advisory — on March 19, urging US citizens not to vacation abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, “(w)ith health and fitness and protection circumstances increasing in some nations around the world and likely deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous technique of region-precise degrees of journey information (with Ranges from 1-4 depending on state-precise situations), in buy to give tourists detailed and actionable details to make informed travel conclusions,” a Thursday note from the Condition Department said. “This will also give U.S. citizens additional specific details about the current status in each individual region,” the observe explained. “We go on to suggest U.S. citizens exercise warning when traveling overseas thanks to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.” The Level 4: Do Not Journey advisory set into outcome...
    The State Department has lifted a global warning for U.S. citizens traveling throughout the world during the coronavirus pandemic due to the improved health outcomes in various countries, according to a press release on the agencys website. The Level 4 Heath Advisory, which was first issued in March, cautioned U.S. citizens against traveling anywhere overseas. At that time, countries around the world had started closing their borders to curb the spread of coronavirus. But since the United States has more coronavirus cases than any other country, Americans are banned from visiting certain places, such as the European Union. The EU issued its ban against U.S. citizens in mid-July, then modified the restriction to require a 14-day quarantine at a government building. Currently, the United States has nearly five million of the close to 19 million coronavirus cases throughout the world, according to the latest numbers provided by Johns Hopkins. In...
    The Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Thursday lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory, citing changing virus conditions across countries, according to a department release. The global advisory was put in place on March 19, 2020, and advised U.S. citizens to avoid international travel to the worldwide impact of COVID-19. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE “With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions), in order to give travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions,” reads the department's media release. The action will give U.S. citizens more detailed information about the current status in each country. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP The Department of State continues to recommend...
    (CNN)After more than four months, the US State Department on Thursday lifted its advisory warning US citizens against traveling abroad.The department issued the Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory -- the highest level of travel advisory -- on March 19, urging US citizens not to travel overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic.However, "(w)ith health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions), in order to give travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions," a Thursday note from the State Department said. "This will also provide U.S. citizens more detailed information about the current status in each country," the note said. "We continue to recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic."US special envoy...
    Former president Barack Obama encouraged Americans to take voting seriously on the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which was intended to help undo procedures that made it difficult for Black Americans to cast their ballots. In a series of Thursday morning tweets, the 44th president referenced the fact that the Act was passed 55 years ago, on August 6, 1965, when then-President Lyndon Johnson signed it into law. The Act came amidst the broader civil rights movement, and was intended to eliminate some of the barriers that some states, particularly in the South, had enacted to keep Blacks from being able to vote. For example, the Act forbade the use of so-called “literacy tests,” which had been used to deny Blacks the right to vote. It also eliminated poll taxes, property ownership restrictions, and moral character tests, and other schemes used to disenfranchise blacks.   Mario Tama /...
    VIDEO1:2901:29Rescue operations in Beirut continue after two large explosions decimate cityNews Videos Lebanon on Thursday mourned the victims of the most powerful blast in the country's history, with many expressing their dismay at the political establishment over missed warnings on the unsafe storage of volatile chemicals. An enormous explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 135 people and injuring around 5,000, according to Lebanon's health minister. It is estimated that up to 250,000 people have lost their homes as a result of the blast. Prime Minister Hassan Diab declared three days of mourning for the victims of the explosion from Thursday. Officials have said the explosion was caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate after lying unsecured in a warehouse at the city's port for six years.An aerial view of ruined structures at the port, damaged by an explosion a day earlier, on...
    A new poll suggests 39% of black Americans are not confident that they would be treated with respect in an encounter by police.  The figure compares to just 9% of white people who share the view that they would not be treated favorably during an encounter with law enforcement.   It's not clear whether the black American's negative views expressed in the poll are as a result of their own bad experiences or from hearing the experiences of others many of which have been heavily documented in recent years. Out of the group of black Americans who are 'not at all confident' that the police would treat them with courtesy and respect, 59% want them to spend less time in their neighborhood.   But, the survey also revealed that majority of all other black Americans want the police to spend the same amount of time in the areas where they live including those...
    "We're not asking for the police to be completely abolished," Minneapolis activist Raeisha Williams told "The Story" Wednesday in an effort to explain her call for "defunding" the police. "What we're asking for is equal treatment." "We are citizens, we're American citizens that helped build this country ..." she told host Sandra Smith. "What we've asked for from the beginning of time since we've landed here as slaves in America [is] equal treatment so that we as citizens get the same treatment as our White citizens." MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICER OFFERS ADVICE ON HOW TO STAY SAFE AMID CRIME SURGE: GIVE UP YOUR CELL PHONE  Williams described the difficulties she said Black Americans face when dealing with the police. "When African-Americans typically call the police for help or when they're in need, the call time is much longer and the length [of time it takes] for them [police] to arrive to the scene is greater. These...
    By Humeyra Pamuk and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (.) – The United States wants to see the withdrawal of “unreliable” Chinese apps from the country’s software stores, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, claiming that the short-video TikTok app and the WeChat messaging services, both Chinese-owned, are “significant threats.” Presenting what he called an expansion of the United States’ efforts to establish a “clean network,” Pompeo said Washington will work to block access by various Chinese telecommunications companies and applications to sensitive information from US citizens and companies. His comments come after threats from U.S. President Donald Trump to ban TikTok, a popular video-sharing app that has come under fire from lawmakers and the government over concerns about national security, amid intensifying the tensions between Washington and Beijing. “With China-based matrixes, apps like TikTok, WeChat and others are significant threats to the personal data of American citizens, not...
    Eleven civil liberties groups wrote a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate expressing concerns that Rep. Adam Schiff may be protecting an expired FBI surveillance tactic. They accused Schiff of allowing a section of the Patriot Act that permitted “unauthorized dragnet surveillance of people in the United States" to continue after the provision expired in March during the congressional debate on the future of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants. The letter was first obtained by Gizmodo. The groups said that Schiff, a California Democrat, and former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a Republican, both made "alarming statements and actions” signaling their support for the online surveillance program to continue without authorization from Congress. “Throughout the 2020 debate in Congress about whether and how to reauthorize these authorities, activity by the House and Senate intelligence committees has spurred critical questions as to what surveillance of people...
    Americans oppose defunding police by 72% to 26%, according to Pew Research Center. Let this fact sink in as you watch what Democratic leaders and the propaganda media are promoting across the country. Unlike some Democratic politicians, the American people know that getting rid of police creates a vacuum, which predators will fill. MARINE VETERAN JOEY JONES: SURGING GUN SALES 'COMMON SENSE' AMID PUSH TO DEFUND POLICE This is exactly what is happening with the growing disaster in Minneapolis. In fact, the trouble in Minneapolis is a case study on the results of the radical Democratic policy of protecting criminals, hating police and endangering law-abiding citizens, which I write about in my new book Trump and the American Future. The leftwing Democrats who dominate the Minneapolis government have been crippling and starving the police department. Unfortunately for most Minneapolis citizens, criminals are beginning to understand what a happy hunting ground...
    Singer and actress Cher said Washington, D.C., is “so lucky” she’s not an elected official protesting on the streets before she denounced "heartless Republicans." “Washington is so lucky I’m not in office. I Would be protesting on capital steps, Swearing Like a Sailor,” Cher tweeted on Tuesday. "F--- Those Heartless Republican Gutter [rat or mouse emojis], They Probably Dont,Know Anyone who Has Lost,or Is Losing Their Job,House,apt,No one in trumps Family is Sick Or Losing Anything.” The pop star was ostensibly referencing shutdowns over the coronavirus and laid blame on Republicans for not being in touch with people who have lost their jobs. Congress did not extend a federal benefits supplement at the end of July, which gave unemployed people $600 a week. Lawmakers are still negotiating a plan on whether to extend the benefits or replace the financial boost. This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
    Image copyright Getty Illustrations or photos Impression caption A 2018 mass shooting at a Tennessee cafe was committed by a mentally unstable believer A developing movement of folks who imagine that legal guidelines do not utilize to them threatens police and regulation enforcement all-around the earth, authorities and officials say. So-referred to as sovereign citizens believe they are immune from federal government procedures and in some circumstances – including not too long ago in Australia and the US – have violently confronted law enforcement. Coronavirus mitigation measures, like obligatory social distancing and mask wearing, may also be fuelling the anti-govt conspiracy and spreading its information to a global minority that watch the deadly pandemic as a hoax.Who are ‘sovereign citizens’?The FBI has described the motion, which lacks any organisational composition, as “domestic terrorism” in the US and phone calls followers “anti-govt extremists who imagine that even...
    South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem praised the people of her state for working with her administration to both keep the coronavirus largely at bay, while preserving the state's economy and employment levels. Noem told "The Ingraham Angle" that a dangerous way to potentially "lose the country" is for other state executives to "overstep" boundaries and restrict universal American freedoms in the name of virus mitigation. "What works is washing your hands and making good decisions," she said, dismissing claims from Minneapolis Federal Reserve Chairman Neel Kashkari that another month's worth of lockdowns is best to mitigate the virus. "I think what we are seeing there is encouraging leaders to make decisions where they will overstep their authorities and a time of crisis, and that's how we lose this country," she said. "That is exactly what is happening -- we are allowing them to take control of our country in a way that we haven't seen before, so we need a...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court is scheduled to hear arguments on Wednesday about the future of a citizens' campaign to block a much-debated hydropower project. The arguments concern the New England Clean Energy Connect, which calls for construction of a 145-mile (233-kilometer) high-voltage power line from Mount Beattie Township on the Canadian border to the regional power grid in Lewiston, Maine. The Maine Public Utilities Commission granted the project a key certificate it needed to move forward, but petitioners gathered enough signatures to put the approval up for a statewide vote. Central Maine Power has proposed the transmission line. Avangrid Networks, CMP's parent, sued the state of Maine with a claim the citizens' initiative was unconstitutional and the vote should be barred. Opponents of the project have long claimed it would harm Maine wilderness. Supporters have said it would help stabilize electricity rates and support sustainable energy development....
            by George Rasley  If you want a look at the dystopian Hell that Democrats will create in your city or town should they win the 2020 election look no further than what has happened in Minneapolis since the city council and Mayor gave the city over to the Far Left BLM revolutionaries. After the city leaders allowed days of violent insurrection, that burned over three miles of city storefronts, the Minneapolis City Council voted 12-0 to abolish the city police department. According to the UK’s Daily Mail, homicides, shootings and robberies in Minneapolis have all increased by double digits from last year. So far this year 288 people have been shot — a total that exceeds all of 2019. There have also been 41 homicides in the city so far this year. In 2019, there were 48 homicides in Minneapolis in total. According to Minneapolis...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson discussed recently released police bodycam footage reportedly showing some of the final moments before George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody. The footage, obtained and released Monday by British outlet The Daily Mail, purportedly shows Floyd struggling and arguing with officers before the infamous already-released footage of the Minneapolis black man laying under former officer Derek Chauvin’s knee. “Floyd’s death has been used to justify a nationwide convulsion of violence, destruction, looting and in some cases killing — and all of that in addition to unprecedented levels of political upheaval. The wholesale reordering of our most basic institutions,” Carlson said, referring to ongoing riots and protests during Monday night’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” opening monologue. “Floyd’s death changed everything. It was a pivot point in American history. No matter what side you’re on, that’s very clear at this point.” WATCH: Carlson contended that, while “it’s...
    A growing movement of people who believe that laws do not apply to them threatens police and law enforcement around the world, experts and officials say. So-called sovereign citizens believe they are immune from government rules and in some cases - including recently in Australia and the US - have violently confronted police. Coronavirus mitigation measures, including mandatory social distancing and mask wearing, may also be fuelling the anti-government conspiracy and spreading its message to a global minority that view the deadly pandemic as a hoax.Who are 'sovereign citizens'?The FBI has described the movement, which lacks any organisational structure, as "domestic terrorism" in the US and calls followers "anti-government extremists who believe that even though they physically reside in this country, they are separate or 'sovereign' from the United States". The ideology hatched in the 1970s and grew out of Posse Comitatus, a US anti-government group that contained many followers...
    ELON Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, slammed American citizens as "entitled," while praising the "smart" and "hardworking" people of China in a new interview. The tech CEO compared the United States to sports teams that have been winning too much and get complacent during the interview on Automotive News' Daily Drive podcast. 3Elon Musk slammed American citizens as 'entitled'Credit: AP:Associated Press 3Musk took issue with attitudes in New York and California, two states that have been very supportive of his businesses Credit: Reuters New York and California specifically were the subject of Musk's ire, while China won his praise. "China rocks in my opinion," Musk said when asked about the country's electric vehicle strategy. "The energy in China is great. People there - there's like a lot of smart, hard working people, and they're ... not entitled, they're not complacent, whereas I see in the United States...
    The Washington Post touted China’s Communist Party as a way for citizens to better their lives Tuesday – but made no mention of the country’s oppression of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. The Post – which for years has profited from running Chinese government-funded propaganda inserts masquerading as news reports – published an article explaining how “Young Chinese” see the Communist Party “as a ticket to a better future.” (RELATED: Chinese, Russian Propaganda Lurking In Mainstream Media) The article praised the regime, even noting that “Chinese who were complaining in February about the party’s coronavirus coverup reflect more positively on their experience now that they can see, through the American example, how much worse it could have been.” The article continued on to claim that President Donald Trump and the administration may just be worried “about China eclipsing the United States.” One portion of the article quoted “a professor at the Hunan provincial branch...
    Left-wing rocker Neil Young filed a lawsuit Tuesday against President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, alleging it violated copyright laws by lacking the right to play his songs at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Young’s suit said Trump campaign did not have a license to play “Devil’s Sidewalk” and “Rockin’ in the Free World” at the June 20th rally and has used his songs since the president’s first campaign in 2016. “This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing,” reads the complaint filed in New York City court, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “However, Plaintiff in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.” In June, the Rolling Stones threatened the Trump campaign with a lawsuit unless it stops playing its music...
    Law enforcement in one Arizona county is teaching citizens how to protect themselves and show them "the reality of police work." The "Citizens Posse Program," announced last week by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, will deputize civilians who pass a four-hour class. “As Sheriff of Pinal County, I am given the authority to deputize civilians to assist in law enforcement," Sheriff Mark Lamb said in a video posted on social media on Thursday. "While we hope such an action is never required, we want to make sure those willing to step into the role are trained and ready.” While we never know what the future will hold, we want to be prepared to protect our families and communities. The new PCSO Citizens Posse program offers a training course designed to show residents the reality of police work.Click here for more info: https://t.co/X69f4HusFM pic.twitter.com/uDPxpkuY2u— Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (@PinalCSO) July 30,...
    Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN)Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised to "flush out bad apples" trying to divide the country as pressure mounts on the government to stop human rights violations.In a defiant speech on Tuesday, Mnangagwa, who has come under global pressure to stop the arrest, torture and abduction of opposition activists, accused foreign forces of attempting to destabilize the southern African nation."Those who promote hate will never win," said the 77-year-old leader in a surprise address, broadcast live on state-owned television. "The bad apples that have attempted to divide our people and to weaken our systems will be flushed out, Good shall triumph over evil"My administration has faced many hurdles since its inauguration and these include the divisive elements of some opposition elements, the illegal economic sanctions, cyclones, drought and most recently the deadly COVID 19 pandemic. We will defeat the attack and bleeding on our economy," he added. Read...
    LONDON (AP) — The number of Britons moving to European Union countries soared after the Brexit vote in 2016, according to a U.K.-German study released Tuesday — an exodus comparable to those caused by major social or economic crises. An analysis of official statistics by the Oxford in Berlin research partnership and the Berlin-based WZB Social Science Center found that migration from the United Kingdom to other EU countries rose by 30%, from about 57,000 a year in 2008-2015 to more than 73,000 a year in 2016-2018. Spain saw the largest number of U.K. arrivals, followed by France. “These increases in numbers are of a magnitude that you would expect when a country is hit by a major economic or political crisis,” report co-author Daniel Auer said. Migration among the 27 countries that now remain in the European Union remained relatively stable during the same period, the researchers found. The...
    LONDON (AP) — The number of Britons moving to European Union countries soared after the Brexit vote in 2016, according to a U.K.-German study released Tuesday — an exodus comparable to those caused by major social or economic crises. An analysis of official statistics by the Oxford in Berlin research partnership and the Berlin-based WZB Social Science Center found that migration from the United Kingdom to other EU countries rose by 30%, from about 57,000 a year in 2008-2015 to more than 73,000 a year in 2016-2018. Spain saw the largest number of U.K. arrivals, followed by France. “These increases in numbers are of a magnitude that you would expect when a country is hit by a major economic or political crisis,” report co-author Daniel Auer said. Migration among the 27 countries that now remain in the European Union remained relatively stable during the same period, the researchers found. The...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Three New Zealand citizens have died after landslides triggered by heavy rains destroyed and buried their vacation cottage near Seoul, South Korean officials said Tuesday. They were among 14 people in South Korea who died in landslides and floods caused by days of torrential rains that began Saturday, the Ministry of the Interior and Safety said. A ministry official identified the three New Zealand citizens as a 77-year-old woman surnamed Kim, her 36-year-old daughter surnamed Song and Song’s 2-year-old son. The official said they were found dead Monday at their vacation cottage in Gapyeong, just northeast of Seoul. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media on the matter. Gapyeong police confirmed the deaths of the three New Zealanders. A local police officer said the 77-year-old woman ran a complex of vacation cottages in Gapyeong...
              Citing financial woes The Minnesota Department of Corrections (MNDOC) will be closing two prisons. Prisoners from the Togo and Willow River prisons will be transferred to other facilities and 100 employees will be laid off as a result of the move. These cuts come only a few weeks after 48 Department of Corrections Employees were let go in response to budget concerns resulting from the coronavirus. The cuts are concerning in a state where unemployment is at nearly 9%. The Department of Corrections employs around 4,300 permanent employees and is the state’s third-largest employer. The MNDOC appealed to state lawmakers, who were unable to pass a supplemental budget proposal in time to save the facilities. The multi-year bonding bill was the third proposal of it’s kind to fail since May, as legislators have struggled to compromise. The bill would have included $13,000,000 in...
    In an Arizona county, criminals will soon face a new order of the law: "Citizens Posse." The Pinal County Sheriff's Office will allow residents to be deputized to help law enforcement keep the peace. “As Sheriff of Pinal County, I am given the authority to deputize civilians to assist in law enforcement," Sheriff Mark Lamb said. "While we hope such an action is never required, we want to make sure those willing to step into the role are trained and ready.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The office said the program is open to all residents. After residents have a minimal background check and sign a waiver, they will learn the basics of constitutional law, search and seizure, basic firearm safety, home safety, and the use of force before being deputized.Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email...
    Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) have announced that the Healthcare Facility Regulation Division (HFRD) of DCH has completed onsite infection control surveys for all 358 certified nursing homes throughout Georgia. “I applaud the Department of Community Health and Commissioner Berry for their hard work to reach this critical milestone in our fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Kemp. “This pandemic has hit nursing homes across the country especially hard, and I am thankful for the extraordinary measures Georgia has taken to keep these vulnerable citizens safe. We will continue to do everything in our power to protect nursing home residents and staff from COVID-19.” With COVID-19 escalating to a public health emergency in March, nursing homes were presented with the daunting challenge of protecting some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens. On March 23,...
    About 7-in-10 United States registered voters support excluding illegal aliens when it comes to determining representation in Congress, a new poll reveals. A poll by Rasmussen Reports and Just the News Daily finds that voters overwhelmingly support excluding illegal aliens from congressional apportionment counts, which determine how many representatives each state receives in Congress. Last month, Trump signed a memorandum that ensures American citizens receive proper representation in Congress without being minimized by apportionment counts inflated by the illegal alien population. Overall, about 70 percent of all voters said they support excluding illegal aliens from such counts — including nearly 30 percent who want only citizens counted. Less than a quarter said they want illegal aliens included in the counts. Across party and racial lines, Trump’s decision is hugely popular. About 72 percent of white Americans, 67 percent of black Americans, and 57 percent of Hispanic Americans said they supported counting either only...
    SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector announced Sunday that several area tax office employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and office lobbies will be closed until Aug. 16 as a precaution. The cases and closures were announced Sunday. The COVID-19 positive employees, except for one, were working in the downtown location and were mostly contained to the second floor of the building in the Tax Department, officials said. Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti said the office has been in contact with local health officials and will work with them to contact citizens that may have been in contact with the positive employees from July 23 through July 29. “We have always taken the coronavirus very seriously and have worked hard to protect against the Coronavirus in our offices,” Uresti said in a statement. “Hand sanitizer is readily available, areas are cleaned, and all citizens and employees...
    The crew for Mission: Impossible 7 wants to blow up a bridge in Poland considered to be a national monument and locals are not happy about it. Production is getting ready to reboot following a coronavirus-related delay. The crew is looking to detonate a bridge in the village of Pilchowice. Deputy Culture Minister Pawel Lewandowsk has even said the bridge was decommissioned for public use in 2016 and has no cultural value. ”I would not be fixated on the fact that the Pilchowicki Bridge is a monument. It stands in ruins and has no value. Not all old things are monuments," Lewandowsk wrote. He continued, “The law clearly states that a monument is only that which has social, artistic or scientific value. In art and culture, that value only emerges when there is a relation between the cultural object and people. So if an object is unused, unavailable, it has...
    Many advocates of “defunding the police” contend that too many police encounters with civilians concern trivial matters. Defunding proponents worry that poor decisions by officers can escalate tensions and lead to unnecessary uses of force. They argue that the police mandate should be more narrowly focused on responding to “serious” crimes, especially violent felonies. All other matters should not be considered police business. This premise has gained a receptive hearing in our political climate. Most people instinctively support the idea of leaving management of serious felonies to the police, who are certainly less likely to get into trouble if their job is simply to arrest violent felons. But American policing has tried this idea before, and the results were disastrous for communities and police agencies alike. If history is any guide, confining police focus to serious crimes will do little to manage those offenses — and the strategy may further...
    Sky Palma August 1, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story Writing in The Guardian this Wednesday, Adam Gabbatt reports that while Trump won narrow victory in 2016 with the help of college-educated white women, there are signs he's losing that support in a number of crucial swing states. Gabbatt highlights the story of Claudia Luckenbach-Boman, who voted for Trump in 2016 when she was a 19-year-old college student. : "I really failed my fellow American citizens," she said. "I'm extremely disappointed in myself, and sometimes I am really afraid to talk about it. "If I were to vote again for Donald Trump in 2020, it would be just as much a failure as an American, but also a failure as a human being," she added. Gabbatt spoke to another woman, who only wanted to be identified as "Julie," who said she wants to "apologize to...
    President Donald Trump said in a tweet Friday afternoon that stimulus checks that would put $1200 in the hands of many Americans were ready to go, but progressives were preventing them from being sent. “The Democrats are holding back the $1,200 to $3,400 (family of four) checks that were ready to be sent out!” he wrote. Currently, the Senate, which is led by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is working on a trillion-dollar package that would provide additional stimulus relief to Americans. The bill would come as much of the previous legislation that was aimed at easing financial burdens facing many citizens begins to expire. Reportedly, the new package would provide a second $1,200 payment to anyone who received the original check, while families would once again be eligible for up to $3,400. But the Senate took a weekend break beginning on Thursday and won’t return until Monday, which means...
    PHILIPPINES’ President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered citizens to disinfect coronavirus masks with petrol if they can’t use alcohol. It’s the second time he has made the remarks but last week officials quickly moved to correct him, saying it was a joke. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Rodrigo Duterte told Filipinos to use petrol to disinfect face masks if they couldn't use alcholCredit: EPA The country’s health officials said cloth masks should be washed normally, and surgical masks replaced after use. But on Friday he made similar remarks and added he “wasn’t joking”. Mr Duterte, 75, added: "What I've said was true... go to a gasoline station". There is no evidence that petrol can disinfect masks and having prolonged contact with it can be harmful. Pouring flammable liquids such as petrol can also be a fire risk. The outspoken president said: "They [critics] said,...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarus promised Russian diplomats to set up a meeting with the detained Russian citizens, who Minsk said were a group of Russian mercenaries, by the end of the day on Friday, Tass news agency quoted Russian ambassador to Belarus as saying. Russia has demanded an explanation from Belarus over what it called Minsk's wrongful arrest of more than 30 Russian citizens, which is worsening already strained relations between the two neighbouring countries. On Thursday, Minsk arrested the alleged Russian mercenaries and said they were suspected of plotting "acts of terrorism" before a presidential election. [nL5N2F13FJ] (Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Phillies announced Friday that they do not have any new cases of COVID-19. However, Citizens Bank Park remains shut down until further notice. pic.twitter.com/oJFZJ8fNPH — Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 31, 2020 Two staffers, a coach and a home clubhouse attendant have tested positive for COVID-19. This follows their opening series with the Miami Marlins, which reportedly have 19 confirmed cases. Major League Baseball has also postponed the Phillies weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Phils are scheduled to resume their season on Tuesday in Miami.
    A webcam portal is looking to offer the elderly happy endings with cam girl models — but happy endings of different XXXpectations. ImLive, an adult-focused site that offers sexual and nonsexual webcam experiences, has just launched an initiative to offer free, and G-rated, one-on-one sessions between models and senior citizens still under coronavirus-related lockdowns in assisted-living facilities. “They’re going to remain clothed,” said Adrian Stoneman, ImLive’s 45-year-old vice president of business, of the cam models. “The idea is for them to act like a friend or companion . . . the idea is not sexual at all.” As part of a promotional effort to mark ImLive’s 18th anniversary, the site received a request from an unidentified member who mentioned their grandfather, who lives in a nursing home, isn’t allowed any visitors — and could use a friend for conversation. “It pulled some heartstrings on our end,” said Stoneman. Now, in an...
    A webcam portal is looking to offer the elderly happy endings with cam girl models — but happy endings of different XXXpectations. ImLive, an adult-focused site that offers sexual and nonsexual webcam experiences, has just launched an initiative to offer free, and G-rated, one-on-one sessions between models and senior citizens still under coronavirus-related lockdowns in assisted-living facilities. “They’re going to remain clothed,” said Adrian Stoneman, ImLive’s 45-year-old vice president of business, of the cam models. “The idea is for them to act like a friend or companion . . . the idea is not sexual at all.” As part of a promotional effort to mark ImLive’s 18th anniversary, the site received a request from an unidentified member who mentioned their grandfather, who lives in a nursing home, isn’t allowed any visitors — and could use a friend for conversation. “It pulled some heartstrings on our end,” said Stoneman. Now, in an effort...
    CHICAGO — A coalition of immigrant rights groups is urging U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement to cancel plans to bring a “Citizens Academy” to Chicago this fall — saying the program will lead to neighbors racially profiling each other, violence and increased fear in immigrant communities. The six-week course, modeled after other law enforcement academies, is set to begin in September and will “train citizens to arrest and detain undocumented immigrants,” according to Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García, who is working alongside other Illinois lawmakers in Washington to get the program defunded. An ICE spokesperson said the course includes having people visit an immigration detention center, learn about the agency’s handling of health care of people in custody and examining the agency’s role in an immigration case. But the course will also include “defensive tactics, firearms familiarization and targeted arrests,” according to the Newsweek report. The academy is a way to...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Friday it hoped that more than 30 Russian private security contractors detained in neighbouring Belarus and accused of plotting acts of terrorism would soon be released. Russia a day earlier demanded an explanation over what it called Minsk's wrongful arrest of the group, an incident that risks worsening already strained relations between Belarus and traditional ally Moscow. Belarus this week detained the group of Russian men near the capital Minsk, saying it had received information that over 200 fighters had entered the country to destabilise it before an Aug. 9 presidential election. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that the men were travelling to another country via Belarus and had nothing to do with Belarusian politics. "The baseless arrest of Russian citizens, 33 citizens, is not quite in line with our relationship as allies," Peskov told reporters on a conference call. "This...
    How to move forward I almost choked on my coffee when I read the July 22 letter from Jack Herrick, “One wonders how informed people are.” The writer obviously has no idea why people are protesting the racism that does not allow many people in this great nation to “be successful and build a better mousetrap.” Fully funding schools, providing access to health care and affordable housing, and a fair system of justice might start to close the gap between the haves and the have-nots. This is far from socialism; it is improving life for our fellow citizens. We cannot continue to say “I got mine, you are on your own.” We need to look at policies that keep the poor and underclass down. A thriving middle class and a hopeful lower class with opportunities would benefit the whole economy, and corporations would not have to resort to sleight-of-hand...
    By Jonathan Barrett and Renju Jose SYDNEY (Reuters) - The number of Hong Kong citizens applying to study at Australian universities has hit a three-year-high midway through 2020, according to government data, amid fears a new security law is ushering in a more authoritarian era for China's freest city. The rise in higher education applications from Hong Kong citizens in the first six months of the year contrasts with otherwise steep falls in the number of overseas students applying to study in Australia during the coronavirus pandemic. The data released late on Thursday captured Hong Kong citizens' applications in the lead-up to the implementation of new security law late on June 30 which have exacerbated concerns over freedoms in the financial hub. There was more than a 16% rise in applications from Hong Kong citizens in the first six months of 2020 compared to the corresponding period last year. Australia...
    Federal officers deploy tear gas and less-lethal munitions while dispersing a crowd of about a thousand protesters in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on Thursday, July 24, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. by Jack Herrera For a few days in Portland, Oregon, this month, it wasn’t clear who was abducting protesters and journalists. The heavily armed men rushing out of unmarked vans and grabbing people off the sidewalks wore army fatigues and bulletproof vests. They looked like U.S. soldiers, but, then again, they also looked like the far-right militia members who have appeared at many protests in recent years. Information was murky and chaotic. Some of the protesters who were picked up claimed that, even after they were released, they were unsure of why they had been arrested, or who had arrested them. Eventually, it became clear that it was neither troops nor militias: The armed men were...
    Getty: "Petronella Ashby, originally from Trinidad, raises her hand as she takes an oath during a naturalization ceremony on July 22, 2020 in New York City." More than 2,200 Pennsylvania immigrants who were part of a class-action lawsuit demanding the Trump administration allow them to take their naturalization oaths after their formal ceremonies were either canceled or not scheduled at all due to the novel coronavirus pandemic should now be able to vote in November.  “The suit was voluntarily dismissed on Tuesday,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “after the Philadelphia Field Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) opted to quickly naturalize all of them.” Which means immigration officials always had the ability to ensure that immigrants whose naturalization processes were derailed by office closures could become U.S. citizens, but it took a lawsuit to do it. Philadelphia residents Abdel Wahab Alaussos and Maria Campbell Davis led the lawsuit earlier this summer. “Alaussos was approved for naturalization in March but...
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein had plenty of warm words for China as she defended the nation against a bill that would allow U.S. citizens to sue the Chinese government. The California Democrat argued on Thursday that U.S. citizens should not be allowed to sue the Chinese government over its alleged cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic because she believes that it could lead to retaliatory measures against the United States from other countries. "In the words of my predecessor, speaking, we hold China as a potential trading partner, as a country that has pulled millions, tens of millions, of people out of poverty in a short period of time, and as a country growing into a respectable nation among other nations," Feinstein said. "I deeply believe that. I've been to China a number of times. I've studied the issues. [...] The United States has the most to lose by permitting civil lawsuits...
    The weekend series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. The announcement comes after the Phillies reported that two staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus.  "Out of an abundance of caution, the Philadelphia Phillies' three-game weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays, scheduled for Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd at Citizens Bank Park, has been postponed," the league said in a statement.  In their own statement, the Phillies confirmed that a member of the coaching staff and a home clubhouse staffer have tested positive. "All activity at Citizens Bank Park has been cancelled today and until further notice," the team said.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The announcement comes after an outbreak of the virus among the Miami Marlins. More than a dozen players and staff members on the team, which faced off...
    The Philadelphia Phillies have paused all home activities after positive coronavirus tests. According to ESPN, the Phillies shut things down at Citizens Bank Park and postponed their home weekend series against the Blue Jays after multiple staff members tested positive for coronavirus. No players tested positive. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Update: The Phillies’ weekend series with the Blue Jays in Philadelphia has been postponed, according to Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. https://t.co/OsVRP6Zex4 — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 30, 2020 At this point, is there any chance the MLB season concludes with the World Series and finishes as scheduled? I’d say the answer is absolutely not. I have zero optimism at all.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by phillies (@phillies) on Jul 21, 2020 at 5:47pm PDT Ever since the Marlins had a total of 18 members of...
    MLB: Phillies-Blue Jays weekend series postponed; likely to impact Yankees By: Andres Chavez July 30, 2020 PrevPreviousBreaking News: Philadelphia Phillies likely infected by the Miami Marlins ShareTweet0 SharesThe Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak, according to Commissioner Rob Manfred, hasn’t reached nightmare status, but is sure giving MLB a big headache. Miami and the Philadelphia Phillies haven’t played since the weekend, and as it turns out, the Phils won’t return to play on Saturday as it was previously scheduled. A Phillies coach and a stadium staffer tested positive for COVID-19 just days after the Marlins played in town. Now, as a result, and despite no players testing positive, the team won’t play against the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend. That will likely affect the Yankees, as well, as we will explain. Per Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports the Phillies’ weekend series vs. the Toronto Blue...
    More than 110,000 Americans visited New Zealand's immigration website last month to learn if they qualify to move there amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tens of thousands of foreigners from other countries have also inquired about living in New Zealand and applied for residency as the country emerged as the gold standard for dealing with the health crisis.  New Zealand on Thursday had just 24 active cases, all placed into isolation, and reported only 22 deaths in total. The country had 1,560 cases total and 1,514 recoveries.  On the other hand, the United States continued to lead the world in coronavirus cases and deaths, with more than four million confirmed infections and 150,717 fatalities.   A New Zealand demographics expert told the New Zealand Herald that the surge in interest about moving to the Pacific country showed a failure of the American public health and political system - which has become all the more...
    Two Philadelphia Phillies staff members tested positive for coronavirus, the team announced Thursday. The team said that no players had contracted the illness but any activities at Citizens Bank Park, the club’s home stadium, have been put on hold. MLB INVESTIGATING ‘MASSIVELY DISRUPTIVE’ INCIDENT THAT CAUSED MARLINS COVID-19 OUTBREAK “The Phillies have received the results of yesterday’s testing. While no players tested positive for COVID-19, there were two staff members that did test positive. One is a member of the coaching staff and one is a member of the home clubhouse staff. All activity at Citizens Bank Park has been canceled today and until further notice,” the team said in a statement. DODGERS' JOE KELLY'S SUSPENSION LEADS TO INTENSE REACTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA Philadelphia played the Miami Marlins over the weekend as part of their opening series to start the season. Prior to the game, four Marlins players tested positive...
    Coyote Ugly cast: Where are they now? How to Get the Lowest Mortgage Rate: A Step-by-Step Guide Two Phillies staff members test positive for COVID-19, shutting down Citizens Bank Park The Philadelphia Phillies announced Thursday that a member of the coaching staff and a home clubhouse employee both tested positive for COVID-19 in testing Wednesday, resulting in the closure of Citizens Bank Park and casting some doubt on a weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Philadelphia Phillies visiting clubhouse staffer tests positive for coronavirus One Philadelphia Phillies employee who works in the visiting clubhouse has tested positive for the coronavirus, general manager Matt Klentak said Wednesday. ABC 6 Philadelphia Would An Asterisk Delegitimize the 2020 MLB Season? Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie discuss whether or not the 2020 MLB season deserves an asterisk, and how adding an...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — All activity at Citizens Bank Park has been canceled “until further notice” after two staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. The Phillies say a member of the coaching staff and a member of the home clubhouse staff received positive COVID-19 test results Thursday. No players have tested positive. The MLB club says they have canceled all activity at Citizens Bank Park “until further notice.” The Phillies season was put on hold Monday after more than a dozen Miami Marlins’ players tested positive COVID-19 following a three-game series in Philadelphia.  The Phillies are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday for a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays.  
    The Nordic nations are continuing to hold out against face masks even as most of the world either orders or recommends their use.    Masks are a rare sight in supermarkets, on buses and along the streets in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and Reykjavik, and most who do wear them are tourists.   According to a recent survey by YouGov, only five to 10 per cent of respondents in the Nordic countries said they used a mask in public settings, a figure that has remained stable since the start of the crisis in March. At the same time, the corresponding figures have risen to between 70 and 80 per cent for most of the other 20 countries polled, including India and the United States. This graph from YouGov shows the percentage of people in each country who say they are wearing a face mask in public places. The countries along the...
    The Italian government reports an “exceptional flow of economic migrants” linked to the coronavirus epidemic. “The EU must take up this issue immediately” In a statement, the Italian Ministry of the Interior announced, on Wednesday July 29, the existence of an “exceptional flow of migrants economic “which is caused by the health and economic crisis linked tocoronavirus epidemic. In recent times, “the autonomous landings on the Italian coasts have more than multiplied”, also indicated the ministry. On his Facebook account, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio alerted the European Union to the mass arrival of migrants on the Italian coast, believing that it should “take up this issue immediately” in particular “during this phase of high health risk”, reports Le Figaro. More than 300 migrants aboard 13 boats On the night of Tuesday to last Wednesday, more than 300 migrants on board 13 boats, mainly Tunisians, were disembarked at...
    By Tova Cohen and Steven Scheer TEL AVIV (Reuters) - For two months, many Israeli television viewers watched nightly as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued warnings and updates about the novel coronavirus and imposed lockdowns. When infections fell, he went on television on May 26 to boast of his success. "Have a beer. Enjoy yourselves," he said. Many Israelis did just that. But infections later surged, and opinions polls showed confidence in Netanyahu was falling. He now faces nationwide protests over the state of the economy, hit by the coronavirus. Waving banners outside the prime minister's Jerusalem residence, the demonstrators are led by young people who scarcely remember any other leader -- Netanyahu has been prime minister since 2009 -- but want him to resign. "We are a generation who have lost complete faith in the system. People are fighting for their livelihood," said Costa Black, 30, who was arrested...