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China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirus

Yahoo - Art News - 2 hours 12 min ago

Chinese authorities on Monday detained a law professor who published essays criticising President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic and accusing him of ruling "tyrannically", according to friends of the man. Xu Zhangrun, a rare outspoken critic of the government in China's heavily censored academia, was taken from his home in suburban Beijing by more than 20 people, one of his friends said on condition of anonymity. Xu published an essay in February blaming the culture of deception and censorship fostered by Xi for the spread of the coronavirus in China.


How Lincoln Project anti-Trump Republicans got into his head. Spoiler: It was easy.

Yahoo - Art News - 3 hours 56 min ago

With clever ads and searing social media attacks, the group has drawn notice. But what that means for the election is up in the air.


As divisions threaten America, the pressure to cancel presidents is dangerous

Yahoo - Art News - 3 hours 57 min ago

After Woodrow Wilson, who's next? Thomas Jefferson? FDR? JFK? Jimmy Carter? Gerald Ford? We remove tributes to our imperfect presidents at our peril.


Africa starts opening airspace even as COVID-19 cases climb

Yahoo - Art News - 5 hours 42 min ago

As COVID-19 cases surged in many parts of the world, the island nation of the Seychelles was looking good: 70-plus straight days without a single infection. Two chartered Air Seychelles flights carrying more than 200 passengers also brought the coronavirus. Now the Indian Ocean nation has delayed reopening for commercial flights for its lucrative tourism industry until Aug. 1, if all goes well.


Israel announces successful launch of new spy satellite

Yahoo - Art News - 7 hours 36 min ago

Israel's Defense Ministry announced the successful launch of a new spy satellite early on Monday that would help the country monitor Iran's nuclear activity as its foreign minister hinted that Israel may have been behind a fire that damaged an Iranian nuclear site last week. The “Ofek 16” satellite gives Israel what officials described as an additional tool in keeping tabs on many threats from across the region, joining a fleet of Israeli spy satellites that have been launched over the past two decades. While officials did not identify specific threats, arch-enemy Iran, which Israel accuses of trying to develop nuclear weapons, is first among them.


Former Nazi camp guard, 93, faces German court reckoning

Yahoo - Art News - 7 hours 45 min ago

The prosecution's closing arguments will be heard on Monday in the trial of a 93-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard for complicity in the murder of more than 5,000 people during World War II. In what could be one of the last such cases of surviving Nazi guards, Bruno Dey stands accused of complicity in the murder of 5,230 people when he worked at the Stutthof camp near what was then Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland. Dey, who has appeared in court in a wheelchair, denies bearing any guilt for what happened at the camp.


Brain-eating amoeba: Warning issued in Florida after rare infection case

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 21:22

Since 1962, Florida has reported only 37 cases of the deadly pathogen, which attacks brain tissue.


Newspaper owner: Sorry for equating mask rule to Holocaust

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 21:10

A Kansas county Republican Party chairman who owns a weekly newspaper apologized Sunday for a cartoon posted on the paper's Facebook page that equated the Democratic governor's coronavirus-inspired order for people to wear masks in public with the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Dane Hicks, owner and publisher of The Anderson County Review, said in a statement on Facebook that he was removing the cartoon after “some heartfelt and educational conversations with Jewish leaders in the U.S. and abroad.” The newspaper posted the cartoon Friday, and it drew dozens of critical responses and international attention.


Chinese city in Inner Mongolia issues bubonic plague warning

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 21:01

Authorities in a city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia issued a warning on Sunday, one day after a hospital reported a case of suspected bubonic plague. The health committee of the city of Bayan Nur issued the third-level alert, the second lowest in a four-level system. The alert forbids the hunting and eating of animals that could carry plague and asks the public to report any suspected cases of plague or fever with no clear causes, and to report any sick or dead marmots. Sunday's warning follows four reported cases of plague in people from Inner Mongolia last November, including two of pneumonic plague, a deadlier variant of plague. The bubonic plague, known as the "Black Death" in the Middle Ages, is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that is spread mostly by rodents. Plague cases are not uncommon in China, but outbreaks have become increasingly rare. From 2009 to 2018, China reported 26 cases and 11 deaths.


Statue of missionary toppled in Sacramento protest

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 20:16

Jessica Mensch reports


A white man, woman vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural on July 4, called racism 'a leftist lie,' California police say

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 18:59

Police are looking for two white people who vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Martinez, California, on the Fourth of July.


Trump to hold outdoor campaign rally in New Hampshire

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 17:17

US President Donald Trump will host an outdoor campaign rally in New Hampshire, his team said Sunday, following a flopped rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma against the backdrop of COVID-19. The billionaire Republican, who is seeking reelection on November 3, had made his grand return to the campaign trail on June 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pictures of Trump's return to the White House in the middle of the night, with a worn-out air and his tie undone, cemented the image of a failed comeback.


Strip club employees, customers hit with coronavirus outbreak, Michigan officials say

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 17:12

The outbreak comes as more than 150 cases of coronavirus have been linked to a bar in a Michigan college town.


Iran confirms damaged nuclear site was centrifuge facility

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 16:41

Iran on Sunday confirmed that a damaged building at the underground Natanz nuclear site was a new centrifuge assembly center, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iranian officials had previously sought to downplay the fire, which erupted early on Thursday, calling it only an “incident” that affected an “industrial shed.” A spokesman for Iran’s nuclear agency, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said Sunday that work had begun on the center in 2013 and it was inaugurated in 2018.


Washington-based lobbyist declined to represent Prince Andrew, New York Times claims

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 16:39

A lobbyist with ties to the Trump administration and a client list that includes governments accused of human rights abuses has declined to represent Prince Andrew, it was claimed on Sunday night. The New York Times said the Duke of York's lawyers approached the Washington-based lobbyist Robert Stryk "in recent weeks". Mr Stryk has a history of "taking on clients with unsavoury reputations" the newspaper reported but it claimed that he "expressed discomfort about the possibility of assisting Prince Andrew". The Telegraph understands a "conversation" took place between Mr Stryk and Blackfords, the London law firm representing the Duke, but no deal was struck. A spokesman for Prince Andrew declined to comment. A source said: "This looks like a lobbying firm advertising. No engagement has been made or sought." Mr Stryk was unavailable for comment on Sunday. According to The New York Times, he owns a company called Sonoran Policy Group which runs a "global private diplomacy" firm. Mr Stryk has represented a Saudi prince who fell out of favour with the country's rulers as well as the Venezuelan government which Mr Trump considers "illegitimate". His clients also include Isabel dos Santos, Africa's richest woman and the daughter of Angola's former president, who is accused of embezzlement, a charge she denies. Previous clients include the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo when it was run by Joseph Kabila, who has been accused of human rights abuses. The report came as the Duke of York's lawyers offered to co-operate with US prosecutors just days before Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested, leaving the Prince "very frustrated" by the public appeal for him to "talk with us". Sources close to the Prince said on Sunday night that his legal team had written to the Department of Justice in the US two to three days before FBI agents swooped, arresting Ms Maxwell, 58, at her hideout in New Hampshire. According to one of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims, who was able to listen in to Maxwell's first court appearance on Thursday, the 58-year-old daughter of the disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell could be heard sobbing over the video link and exclaiming: "Why is this happening, how could this happen?" Sources insisted the Prince's lawyers had now written five times offering to assist with the inquiry into Ms Maxwell over her alleged role in grooming under age girls who were sexually abused by Epstein, her former boyfriend who died in prison last year while awaiting trial.


Protesters mourn the killing of a Black transgender woman in Pompano Beach

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 15:47

Following the shooting death of a Black transgender woman in South Florida on Friday, about 25 people gathered Sunday afternoon in Pompano Beach to mourn her death.


‘We didn’t knock politely’: Details emerge of FBI raid at Ghislaine Maxwell hideout

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 15:45

Fresh details have emerged of the FBI raid leading to the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of grooming young girls on behalf of her former partner, the convicted paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.The 58-year-old British heiress is due to appear in a New York court this week to face four charges of aiding Epstein in the trafficking and sexual exploitation and abuse of minors, and two counts of perjury, which could see her imprisoned for 35 years.


Duke, Dominion cancel contested Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 15:40

The developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced Sunday that they are canceling the multi-state natural gas project, citing delays and increasing cost uncertainty. Despite a victory last month at the United States Supreme Court over a critical permit, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy said in a news release that “recent developments have created an unacceptable layer of uncertainty and anticipated delays” for the $8 billion project designed to cross West Virginia and Virginia into North Carolina. The project announced in 2014 has drawn fierce opposition from a coalition of landowners, activists and environmental advocates, who said it would damage pristine landscapes and harm wildlife.


Immigrant workers at Michigan greenhouse: We were cheated, tricked into deportation

Yahoo - Art News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 15:25

Migrants from Mexico came to Michigan to work at a greenhouse, but were cheated of pay and tricked into being detained, according to a lawsuit.


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