The results of Tuesday’s primaries in Minnesota and Wisconsin were the latest in a series of revealing soundings from the region — tremors on the electoral Richter scale that help delineate the underlying forces shaping American politics.
A Taiwan coffee chain that faces pressure in China after serving the island's president has disappeared from Chinese meal-ordering platforms, as Beijing warned it would oppose any businesses that support Taiwanese independence. 85C Bakery Cafe found itself in the crosshairs of China's campaign to isolate Taiwan following a visit to one of its stores in Los Angeles this week by Tsai Ing-wen, the president of self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A plane from China veered off a runway at Manila's airport while landing in a downpour near midnight then got stuck in a muddy field with one engine and wheel ripped off before the 165 people on board scrambled out through an emergency slide, officials said Friday.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders began her briefing on Wednesday by reading a statement from President Trump announcing his decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, a prominent critic of the current administration. The statement went on to list other current and former officials whose clearances would be under review.
Tsunamis will become more common and more ferocious with global warming, scientists have warned after a study found that global sea level rises will increase the risk of coastal cities being wiped out. Smaller earthquakes that currently pose no serious tsunami threat could unleash waves capable of inundating coastal cities, researchers found in a study focusing on the city of Macau in China. Currently it is considered safe from tsunamis, despite lying within a major earthquake zone. At today's sea level, it would take a very powerful earthquake tipping past magnitude 8.8 to cause widespread tsunami flooding in Macau. But a half-metre rise in sea level - predicted to occur in the region by 2060 - could more than double the chances of a huge tsunami swamping the territory, according to the research. A three-foot sea level rise, expected by 2100, would increase the risk up to 4.7 times. The source of the earthquake danger is the Manila Trench, a massive crack in the floor of the South China Sea formed by the collision of two tectonic plates. It has generated numerous earthquakes, though none larger than magnitude 7.8 since the 1560s. A modest rise in sea levels would greatly amplify the tsunami threat from smaller earthquakes, the computer simulation study showed. Cities most prone to natural disaster Lead researcher Dr Robert Weiss, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in the US, said: "Our research shows that sea-level rise can significantly increase the tsunami hazard, which means that smaller tsunamis in the future can have the same adverse impacts as big tsunamis would today. "The South China Sea is an excellent starting point for such a study because it is an ocean with rapid sea-level rise and also the location of many mega cities with significant worldwide consequences if impacted." The team's findings are reported in the journal Science Advances.
Israel reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after closing it to most deliveries on July 9 over months of border tensions, as relative calm returned and truce talks progressed. An Israeli official said on condition of anonymity that an initial set of "understandings" had been reached with the help of Egypt and United Nations officials, leading to calm over the last several days and the opening of the crossing. Humanitarian issues in the blockaded Gaza Strip and the return of the soldiers can be addressed if calm is maintained, the official said, adding that if not, Israel would return to "aggressive" military action.
Google is not close to launching a search engine app in China, its chief executive said at a companywide meeting on Thursday, according to a transcript seen by Reuters, as employees of the Alphabet Inc unit called for more transparency and oversight of the project. Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told staff that though development is in an early stage, providing more services in the world's most populous country fits with Google's global mission. Whether the company could or would launch search in China "is all very unclear," Pichai said, according to the transcript.
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials unveiled some additional strategies in combating Mexican drug cartels Wednesday in Chicago alongside members of the Mexican government, military and federal police, who said one priority was to capture the leader of the increasingly powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make our world work. Today we’re looking at the world’s first hypersonic aircraft. The China Academy of Aerospace Dynamics says it has tested an aircraft with a top speed of 4,564 mph. That’s almost six times the speed of sound, and would make the Starry Sky-2 China’s first hypersonic aircraft. While the technology is still very much in the experimental stages, Boeing is planning a hypersonic future for passenger aircraft. Someday, flights from New York to London could take as little as two hours. Don’t miss your flight!
A day after President Trump revoked John Brennan’s security clearance, the New York Times published a blistering op-ed by the former CIA director, who disputes Trump’s assertion that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.
A couple whose caravan accident started one of the largest wildfires in California history have been told by local residents told:: “It's not your fault”. Authorities have not identified the owners of the mobile home vehicle, but that has not stopped the community affected by the Carr wildfire to send an outpouring of support in Facebook posts, letters, and cards. The trailer experienced a flat tyre on 23 July near Redding, California, and the steel rim of the wheel scraped against the asphalt, creating the spark which ignited dry brush near the side of the road.
A Chinese passenger jet slid off the runway as it landed at Manila airport in torrential rain, authorities said Friday, with all 165 people on board safely evacuated. The Xiamen Airlines aircraft, carrying 157 passengers and eight crew, landed on its second attempt before skidding onto the grass and ripping off its left engine, airport general manager Ed Monreal said. Four people suffered "superficial scratches" as they evacuated the Boeing 737-800 jet, which had flown to the Philippine capital from Xiamen in southeast China, he added.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to "redefine" reasonable doubt.
“Taken at face value, the U.S. government is saying ISIS has the same number of fighters in Iraq and Syria today as when the [coalition] bombing campaign began,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn told Voice of America.
Impressive images of these alien-like creatures were captured underwater — photographer Cai Songda is a keen diver and did not miss the chance to snap pictures of the unique “aliens.” Cai, who is from Manila, Philippines, went on several diving trips this year and ended up with this beautiful collection of sea creatures, most of them in the area of Anilao.Cai loves blackwater diving and photography; he uses special lighting to illuminate his photos, as they are all taken in deep, dark waters. ...
A man has been arrested after more than 76 people overdosed in 24 hours after taking synthetic marijuana suspected of being laced with fentanyl – an opioid. The first overdoses were reported at Connecticut’s New Haven Green, a park close to Yale University, late on Tuesday night.
Nearly 40 people died on Tuesday when a giant motorway bridge collapsed in Genoa in northwestern Italy, with the death toll expected to mount further. The Morandi viaduct, a massive concrete structure less than five kilometres (three miles) to the west of Genoa's old port, was completed in 1967 and acts as the flyover of the A10 motorway. Named after the architect who designed it, the bridge spanned railway lines, factory buildings and the Polcevera stream around 45 metres (over 150 feet) below.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A family of seven, including five young children, died on a remote Oregon road in a head-on collision on their way to an end-of-summer vacation in Las Vegas, a family member said Wednesday.
Pope Francis has expressed "shame and sorrow" over the latest paedophile priest scandal and vowed to "root out this tragic horror". The Vatican said Francis was "on the side" of victims following recent revelations that 301 "predator priests" operated in the US state of Pennsylvania over the last seven decades, in many cases having their crimes covered up by the Church. In a statement the Vatican said: "Victims should know that the pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them, to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent. "There are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow." Francis had faced mounting criticism in the United States for remaining silent for two days after the 884-page report into the Pennsylvania scandal was released on Tuesday. A sweeping grand jury report uncovered credible allegations against more than 300 priests and identified more than 1000 victims Credit: AFP On Wednesday a Vatican official had said there was "no comment". The report identified around 1,000 victims and indicated there may be thousands more. In its statement the Vatican said: "The Holy Father understands well how much these crimes can shake the faith and the spirit of believers." Only two of the Pennsylvania priests were charged as a result of the investigation, due to the state's statute of limitations running out, but the Vatican said abusers must still be held accountable. It said: "The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to occur." Profile | Pope Francis More than 100 of the priests are dead, and many others have already retired or been dismissed. The catalogue of crimes included one case in which five sisters from the same family were abused by the same priest. Another clergyman accused of abuse was given a reference by his diocese to get a job driving a train at Walt Disney World. According to the report priests "weaponised faith" by telling children the abuse would mean they went to Heaven, and that they would "go to Hell" if they told anyone what had happened.
TRURO, Mass. (AP) — On a windswept dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, hastily erected signs warned Cape Cod beachgoers to stay out of the water on Thursday, a day after a New York man became the first person to be attacked by a shark off the coast of Massachusetts since 2012.
Egypt is finalizing details of a long-term truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian security source said on Thursday, amid easing tensions on the border of the enclave where some two million Palestinians live. Cairo has brokered an interim truce that has allowed commercial goods into Gaza ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha feast which starts next week. "We are putting the final touches to the terms of the truce that will be signed by all sides, and we expect to announce the terms next week if Fatah helps us to do so," the source said, referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's mainstream party which dominates the occupied West Bank.
Walmart shares surged Thursday after it reported the strongest US comparable sales in more than a decade as e-commerce investments paid off in a strengthening American economy. The world's biggest retailer said rising online sales, and investments aimed at keeping prices low, boosted store traffic at its namesake US business, the most critical unit for earnings. Despite the revenue gains, Walmart reported an $861 million loss following pre-tax costs of $4.8 billion on a majority stake in its Brazil business.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Forty-six people overdosed Wednesday at or near a Connecticut park from a suspected bad batch of "K2" synthetic marijuana, requiring paramedics to be stationed there to provide treatment, authorities said.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the "longest sentence" ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media, prosecutors said in a court filing.
Christine Hallquist has become the first transgender candidate to win a major political party's nomination for governor. A former utility executive and engineer from Vermont, Ms Hallquist defeated three other Democrats in Tuesday's Vermont primary. The 62-year-old former CEO is part of a wave of LGBTQ candidates seeking higher office across the US.
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