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  • China has said it would impose sanctions on the US after US President Donald Trump has signed legislation to punish Beijing for “oppressive acts” in Hong Kong and an executive order ending all preferential treatment for the city. "The US law...maliciously denigrates Hong Kong's national security legislation, threatens to impose sanctions on China, and seriously violates international law and basic rules of international relations. It is gross interference in Hong... Read more »
  • A US appeals court has allowed the Dakota Access oil line to stay in operation while legal wrangling continues over the controversial project, overturning a lower court’s ruling handed down last week to shutter the pipeline. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Tuesday that Energy Transfer LP – the firm controlling Dakota Access – could keep the 570,000-barrel-per-day pipeline running as it considers a... Read more »
  • Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc have been accused of pervasively – and illegally – tracking the activities of millions of people even when they turn tracking off in a lawsuit demanding $5 billion in damages. Filed with a US district court in San Jose on Tuesday, the complaint states that Google has violated the American federal wiretap law and the California privacy law by collecting information about what... Read more »
  • Schools closed by the pandemic in the US may not open in the fall. Student and teacher safety is the latest issue to become politicized in the presidential election campaign, as both parties insist science is on their side. “We have to open our schools,” said President Donald Trump, who on Tuesday called the decision of the biggest school district in California not to reopen for in-person classes a “mistake.”... Read more »
  • US President Donald Trump has said he was the driving force behind the ultimatum to Washington’s allies: ban China’s telecom company Huawei from their 5G networks or face the prospect of no more business with the US. “We convinced many countries, and I did this myself for the most part, not to use Huawei,” Trump said in a speech at the Rose Garden on Tuesday. The Chinese telecommunications giant has... Read more »
  • TV host Nick Cannon is facing accusations of antisemitism and racism following a bizarre and now-viral interview in which he claims white people are “a little less” and black people are who Jewish people “want to be.” During the discussion with former Public Enemy member Richard Griffin (who left the group after saying the “Jews are wicked” in a 1989 interview), Cannon, who hosts the ‘Masked Singer,’ claimed it is... Read more »
  • Bloomberg’s ‘Covid conversation’ with an anonymous billionaire might have intended to humanize the rich in a time of unprecedented social upheaval, but the subject’s clueless callousness will likely fuel class resentment. Bloomberg reporter Max Abelson interviewed the richest person he knew the day the World Health Organization declared a pandemic back in March, explaining that he “thought someone so well-connected might know what was going on.” The mystery tycoon’s response?... Read more »
  • An unlucky squirrel from Colorado has tested positive for bubonic plague, local health officials have said. With US Covid-19 cases soaring past the 3.3 million mark, news on the classic disease’s comeback have caused quite a stir. The discovery of the infected rodent was announced by the Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) body. The squirrel is the first case of plague in the county this year, the authority noted. “Plague is... Read more »
  • US President Donald Trump has signed legislation he said would punish Beijing for “oppressive acts” in Hong Kong and an executive order ending all preferential treatment for the territory, including special trade arrangements. Trump announced the signing of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act during a press conference on Tuesday, a law he said will sanction Chinese individuals and organizations involved in “extinguishing Hong Kong’s freedom.”  The bill is joined by a... Read more »
  • Once a bustling city devastated during its liberation from Islamic State militants, Mosul is engaged in another life-and-death struggle – against Covid-19. Nurse Soror al-Husseini has told Ruptly about life on this new frontline. The nature of her job is to focus on the patient's "positive psychological state," to give them the proper medication and to meet their needs where possible, Soror, a 23-year-old woman says. She works in eastern Mosul's al-Shifa hospital. The... Read more »
  • ‘Luther’ star Idris Elba has pushed back against moves to censor past movies and television shows, saying he believes in “freedom of speech” and is against censorship to protect audiences. “The thing about freedom of speech is that it’s not suitable for everybody,” Elba told Radio Times magazine when asked about the recent removal of certain shows or episodes of said shows deemed racially insensitive. “To mock the truth, you... Read more »
  • Users of Facebook-owned messenger service WhatsApp are reporting outages around the globe, sending many scurrying onto other social media platforms to complain. WhatsApp users in nearly a dozen countries including the US, Brazil, Germany, India, UK, France, Netherlands, Lebanon, and Mexico have been reporting outages since about 4pm EST, according to DownDetector, which tracks social media outages. Everyone opening Twitter to check if WhatsApp is down😂 #whatsappdown pic.twitter.com/EFNENKSo2a— Muhammad Zeeshan... Read more »
  • The Trump administration has dropped a proposed policy that would have seen thousands of international students deported if their schools were offering only online courses in the fall, following a massive lawsuit. US District Judge Allison Burroughs announced Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology had reached a settlement with the administration on Tuesday to cancel the new policy, which required non-resident international students to take at least one in-person... Read more »
  • Astronomers at the Gemini-North Telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii have witnessed the afterglow of a short gamma ray burst located an astonishing 10 billion light-years away – one of the most distant such phenomena ever witnessed. The science is pretty clear: the farther away an object is from Earth, the dimmer its light will be when sighted from our planet, thus making it harder to spot through a telescope.... Read more »
  • Stunned fans watched one of the most incredible results in English footballing history play out as Hull City, who were in the Premier League three years ago, lost 8-0 at Wigan after being 7-0 down at half-time. Entering the match on a dismal run of just one win in 19 matches, relegation-haunted Hull knew a much-needed victory at midtable Wigan would provide a massive boost to their hopes of avoiding the... Read more »
  • The Lincoln Project, an anti-Donald Trump organization founded by Republicans, has fired its video editor Ben Howe for years-old tweets using female anatomy as an insult – despite one of its co-founders engaging in similar antics. “Based on these unacceptable and offensive posts, and those that came to light last week, Ben Howe is no longer affiliated with the Lincoln Project, effective immediately,” Keith Edwards, a spokesman for the group,... Read more »
  • Ghislaine Maxwell, the long-time confidante of Jeffrey Epstein, has pleaded not guilty to charges of supplying the late financier and convicted sex offender with underage girls for trafficking and abuse. “Not guilty, your honor,” Maxwell told Judge Alison Nathan at Manhattan federal court on Tuesday. She then waived the public reading of her indictment. The British socialite appeared at the hearing via video from the Brooklyn jail where she is... Read more »
  • France’s national holiday has been marred by scuffles between police and protesters, as thousands of people took to the streets of Paris to demonstrate against public health support measures they deemed insufficient. Streets in the center of the French capital once again descended into chaos as police officers in riot gear clashed with groups of angry protesters while France was celebrating Bastille Day.  Videos posted on social media showed officers... Read more »
  • Mysterious British street artist Banksy has released a rare video of a man – presumably himself – painting rats on the London Underground. The trademark rodents are pictured struggling with protective face masks. The video, showing the making of a work dubbed ‘If You Don't Mask, You Don't Get,’ was shared on Banksy’s Instagram account on Tuesday. The work features a number of the artist’s iconic rats, engaging in coronavirus-era... Read more »
  • Two of the Premier League's most respected bosses have criticized the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to accept Manchester City's appeal against Financial Fair Play breaches and reverse the club's two-year UEFA ban. City were successful in their appeal against the decision to ban them from UEFA competition for two years after the club was found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by disguising equity funding as... Read more »
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