International Students Pack Up to Go Home Amid New U.S Visa Rules

Seattle-based student Mathias, 26, is set to sell his car, break his lease, and get his cat Louis permission to fly back to his home in Paris – all within the next two weeks. “Everyone’s very worried,” he says. “We have leases, we have cars insurance, we have our whole lives here.” Mathias, who spoke … Read more International Students Pack Up to Go Home Amid New U.S Visa Rules

Botswana Probes ‘Mysterious’ Deaths of 275 Elephants

Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses – 275 – found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks said it is mobilizing human personnel and aircraft to better understand the “mysterious deaths.” Samples have been collected … Read more Botswana Probes ‘Mysterious’ Deaths of 275 Elephants

Army Investigators Identify Remains of Missing Fort Hood Soldier Vanessa Guillén

Army investigators have identified the body of a soldier who vanished more than two months ago from a base in Texas, according to a lawyer for the soldier’s family. Remains found last week buried near Fort Hood belong to Spc. Vanessa Guillén and Army officials informed her family in Houston Sunday, attorney Natalie Khawam told … Read more Army Investigators Identify Remains of Missing Fort Hood Soldier Vanessa Guillén

Ennio Morricone, Oscar-Winning Composer of ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ Dies at 91

Ocar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who created the coyote-howl theme for the iconic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and often haunting soundtracks for such classic Hollywood gangster movies as “The Untouchables” and the epic “Once Upon A Time In America,” died on Monday. He was 91. Morricone’s longtime lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, … Read more Ennio Morricone, Oscar-Winning Composer of ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ Dies at 91

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Slams ‘Troubling’ Movement to Erase Confederate History

President Donald Trump touched down at Mount Rushmore on Friday night to greet supporters and kick off a fireworks display in honor of Independence Day. More than 100 protesters, many Native American, lined the road leading from Keystone, South Dakota, to the monument, holding signs and playing Lakota music in 95-degree heat, according to the … Read more South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Slams ‘Troubling’ Movement to Erase Confederate History

Activist Nathan Law Speaks Out on Fleeing Hong Kong

(AP) Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has left the city for an undisclosed location after testifying in a U.S. congressional hearing about a tough new security law imposed by mainland China on the semi-autonomous territory. Law, who declined to disclose his whereabouts for safety, said in an interview with The Associated Press on … Read more Activist Nathan Law Speaks Out on Fleeing Hong Kong

Hong Kong Native Gets Political Asylum in U.K. After China Detention

(AP) A former employee at the British consulate in Hong Kong has been granted political asylum in what he believes is the first successful U.K. asylum case from the former British colony. Simon Cheng, who alleges that he was detained and tortured in China last year, told The Associated Press that he hopes his successful … Read more Hong Kong Native Gets Political Asylum in U.K. After China Detention

Legendary Broadcaster Hugh Downs Dies at 99

Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99. Downs died of natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday (01 JULY 2020), said his great-niece, Molly Shaheen. “The Guinness … Read more Legendary Broadcaster Hugh Downs Dies at 99

Mural Honors Missing Fort Hood Soldier Vanessa Guillen Whose After Remains Found in Texas

The family of a soldier who has been missing since April believes partial remains that were found in Central Texas are hers, the lawyer for her family said Wednesday, and the Army said it has identified two suspects in her disappearance. Pfc. Vanessa Guillen was last seen April 22 in a parking lot at Fort … Read more Mural Honors Missing Fort Hood Soldier Vanessa Guillen Whose After Remains Found in Texas

Thousands Become U.S. Citizens in Druve-Thru Naturalization Ceremonies, Easing Backlog

It’s long been a joyous and patriotic event when someone takes the oath to become a U.S. citizen, like a high school graduation for new Americans. Now, it’s like a visit to a fast-food restaurant. Thousands of people have become U.S. citizens in drive-up ceremonies under the social-distancing rules that govern life amid the COVID-19 … Read more Thousands Become U.S. Citizens in Druve-Thru Naturalization Ceremonies, Easing Backlog

Protest Against Africa’s First Covid-19 Virus Vaccine Trial in South Africa

(AP) Protesters against Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial burned their face masks on Wednesday as experts note a worrying level of resistance and misinformation around testing on the continent. Anti-vaccine sentiment in Africa is “the worst I’ve ever seen,” the CEO of the GAVI vaccine alliance, Seth Berkley, told an African Union vaccine conference last … Read more Protest Against Africa’s First Covid-19 Virus Vaccine Trial in South Africa

Polls Close in Moscow After a Majority of Russians Voted to Keep Putin in Power

A majority of Russians approved amendments to Russia’s constitution in a week-long vote ending on Wednesday, allowing President Vladimir Putin to hold power until 2036, although the balloting was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities. With most of the nation’s polls closed and 15% of precincts counted, 71% voted for … Read more Polls Close in Moscow After a Majority of Russians Voted to Keep Putin in Power

Democrats and Republicans Urge Action After Russia-Afghanistan Briefing

House Democrats returning from a briefing at the White House Tuesday said they still have many questions about explosive allegations that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan and questioned why President Donald Trump won’t condemn Vladimir Putin over the issue. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and a small group of … Read more Democrats and Republicans Urge Action After Russia-Afghanistan Briefing

China Forces Birth Control on Uighur Muslims

(AP) — The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the … Read more China Forces Birth Control on Uighur Muslims

Koalas could go extinct in Australian state of NSW ‘before 2050’

IN THE PAPERS – Tuesday, June 30: We look at a harrowing Associated Press report which says Chinese authorities are forcibly imposing birth control on its Muslim ‘Uighurs’. In France, Emmanuel Macron tries to capitalise on the green wave that swept environmental parties into power in several cities after the weekend’s local elections. A new report … Read more Koalas could go extinct in Australian state of NSW ‘before 2050’