Rescue workers in Japan searched Monday for three people who went missing in or near rivers swollen by heavy rains last week that left one person dead and dozens injured. A man in his 60s who was pulled from a flooded car Friday in the central city of Toyohashi was pronounced dead over the weekend. In Wakayama prefecture, a woman was seen being swept into a swollen river while driving and an older man who went to check on a friend in a riverside neighborhood is also believed to have been swept away.
Many big companies, including Target and Bud Light's parent, are still backing Pride events in June despite the minefield that the monthlong celebration has become for some of them. Target and Bud Light recently came under fire for their efforts to appeal to the LGBTQ+ community, only to come under more fire when they tried to backpedal. Target is a platinum sponsor of NYC Pride, which requires a $175,000 donation.
A federal trial over Oregon’s voter-approved gun control measure is set to open Monday in Portland, marking a critical next step for one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation after months of being tied up in the courts. The trial, which will be held before a judge and not a jury, will determine whether the law violates the U.S. Constitution. Whatever the judge decides, the ruling is likely to be appealed, potentially moving all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The United Nations said on Monday it was "alarmed" by detentions in Hong Kong linked to the 34th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, while China said the financial hub was moving from "chaos" to prosperity. Hong Kong police said they detained 23 people on Sunday for "breaching public peace", and also arrested a 53-year-old woman for "obstructing police officers" on the anniversary of the violent suppression of pro-democracy protests in Beijing in 1989. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Twitter for the release of anyone detained for "exercising freedom of expression and peaceful assembly".
HONG KONG (Reuters) -Hong Kong's top court on Monday overturned the conviction of journalist Bao Choy, who had been accused of making false statements to access vehicle registration records for a documentary about an attack on pro-democracy protesters in 2019. For the documentary "7.21 Who Owns the Truth", Choy, who worked for local broadcaster RTHK, obtained data on the ownership of cars seen in video footage that night, hoping to trace those behind the assault and highlight the alleged slow response of police. A court fined Choy, a former freelance journalist, HK$6,000 ($765) in 2021 for making false statements to obtain the vehicle ownership records.
Asian equities on Monday built on a global rally after a mixed US jobs report lifted hopes the Federal Reserve will hold off hiking interest rates this month.The crude market has come under pressure in recent months on concerns that a year of rate hikes by central banks would spark recessions and hit demand, while China's post-zero-Covid rally has run out of steam.
“To be nasty to people, to be arrogant, to be violent, these are not Indian values,” Rahul Gandhi said.
An award-winning Hong Kong journalist won an appeal quashing her conviction related to work on her investigative documentary Monday in a rare court ruling upholding media freedom in the territory. Bao Choy was found guilty in April 2021 of deceiving the government by getting vehicle ownership records for journalistic purposes after she had declared in her online application that she would use the information for “other traffic and transport related issues.” The investigative journalist was trying to track down perpetrators of a mob attack on protesters and commuters inside a train station during the massive anti-government protests in 2019 for her documentary.
With three denizens of the Republican establishment launching presidential campaigns this week, the race for the 2024 nomination has begun to resemble the sprawling 2016 field that proved a huge boon to unfancied outsider Donald Trump."Favorable press coverage catapulted John McCain's presidential campaign in New Hampshire in 2000.
A gun store owner near Atlanta said he is closing his store after his conscience was burdened by recent mass shootings that targeted young victims.
Fewer than half of all Australian voters are supporting a proposal to include an Indigenous advisory body in the constitution that will be put to a referendum later this year, the latest opinion poll showed on Monday. About 46% will vote yes to having the new advisory body, called the Indigenous "Voice to Parliament", while 43% would vote no, according to the Newspoll survey published in the Australian newspaper on Monday. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, making up about 3.2% of Australia's near 26 million population, track below national averages on most socio-economic measures and are not mentioned in the 122-year-old constitution.
Apple on Monday is expected to show off pricy mixed-reality headgear at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, challenging Facebook-owner Meta in a market that has yet to sizzle."It wants to get its device into the hands of early adopters and developers, who will start to build a (mixed reality) ecosystem around Apple software."
A sonic boom that echoed over Washington Sunday was caused by two fighter jets scrambling to intercept an unresponsive aircraft that later crashed in rural Virginia, officials told AFP. Residents of the city and its suburbs reported hearing the thundering noise, which rattled windows and shook walls for miles and caused social media to light up with people asking what had happened.The two jets were scrambled from Joint Base Andrews, a Pentagon official told AFP, and they followed the aircraft th
US stocks closed lower Wednesday as investors kept a watchful eye on the prospects for the debt-limit deal in an expected House floor vote later. Meanwhile, strong US jobs data and China’s economic woes pressured global markets.
Loved ones and admirers are holding international commemorations Monday for British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, who were murdered a year ago while documenting environmental crimes in the Amazon rainforest."We will not abandon this struggle for the planet, nor will we forget Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira," Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said in a statement to The Guardian newspaper, where Phillips was a contributor.
A healthy Rocky Mountain snowpack looks set to offer a bumper season for thrill-seeking white water rafters on Colorado's rivers.Scientists who measure the snowpack -- a vital store of water for a huge swathe of the country -- say to the west of the continental divide, it's looking very healthy.
The Washington, D.C.,-region was rattled Sunday afternoon by a blast that officials said was a sonic boom from fighter jets scrambling to check a private plane's unexpected flight path.
When the Beatles broke up more than 50 years ago, devastated fans were left yearning for more.After the most influential band in history parted ways acrimoniously, fans were deprived of a final "happy ending," he said.
In 2013 US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden stunned the world with revelations that the massive US spy apparatus was secretly sucking up communications and private data on people around the world, from the lowest social media poster to the phone calls of German chancellor Angela Merkel.They showed the US was able to tap into the phones of allied leaders and that the NSA had a program called Prism that collected user data from internet giants like Google and Facebook -- with and without the
Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli was on Sunday chosen as the presidential candidate for his party Realizando Metas (RM) in next year's elections. Martinelli, who was in office from 2009 to 2014, is accused of laundering public funds through the purchase of a news outlet during his term. Martinelli - along with his sons - is also charged in Panama for his alleged involvement in laundering millions of dollars in bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.