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Hillary Clinton says she 'would have done a better job' at handling the coronavirus pandemic

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 20:14

"I know I would have done a better job," the former secretary of state told a Hollywood Reporter podcast on Friday.


Court convicts Amnesty Turkey ex-leaders on terror charges

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 20:02

Amnesty International Turkey said two of its former leaders were convicted on "terrorist" charges by an Istanbul court on Friday in a case reflecting mounting official pressure on civil society. The trial of 11 human rights activists became a symbol of the crackdown on critics after the 2016 failed attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Idil Eser, former Amnesty Turkey director, was among three people sentenced to 25 months for "helping a terrorist organisation".


Suicide attempts, fights aboard rescue boat carrying 180 migrants

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 20:01

After suicide attempts, fights erupting on board, and migrants jumping into the sea, charity SOS Mediterranee launched an emergency alert on Friday, demanding to be allowed to immediately disembark at a safe port. The humanitarian group, whose vessel the Ocean Viking has been at sea for over a week with 180 migrants aboard, said it could no longer guarantee the safety of the migrants or crew and called a state of emergency in an unprecedented step. The boat, which has been in limbo in the Mediterranean south of Sicily, has been waiting for over a week for permission from Italy or Malta to offload the migrants at a safe port.


'A dereliction of duty': Former CIA director says Trump has gone 'Awol' in handling of coronavirus

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 19:46

Donald Trump has gone “Awol” in his leadership of the US through the coronavirus pandemic, former CIA Director and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said in a scathing attack on the president.“This president has essentially gone Awol from the job of leadership that he should be providing a country in trouble,” Mr Panneta told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, branding the situation a "major crisis".


The American Revolution Was an Important Step Towards Abolishing Slavery—Let's Treat It That Way

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 19:30

Let us embrace our own beautiful founding idea. Let us show the world, by example, what institutionalized freedom, institutionalized opportunity, and institutionalized justice look like.


Prince William's pub pint wish comes true after lockdown

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 19:02

The Duke of Cambridge's wish for a pint in his local after months of lockdown was granted when he visited a pub ahead of bars and restaurants reopening. A few weeks ago William joked he was looking forward to having a drink and on Friday he was able to savour a cider when he visited the Rose and Crown in the Norfolk village of Snettisham. The duke and his family have visited the 600-year-old pub, hotel and restaurant, which is a few miles from their home of Anmer Hall, and William returned to show his support for Britain's hospitality industry on the eve of customers returning. After following health protocols and sanitising his hands with gel he asked landlords Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich: "Can I have a pint of cider please? I'm a cider man," ordering a £4.15 pint of Aspall Suffolk Draught Cyder and a plate of chips. The duke took a seat in the pub's garden with the landlords, their head chef Philip Milner and duty manager Lucy Heffer, and when his drink and food arrived he joked: "I don't know where I pay, I'll do that before I leave, I promise." Concerns have been raised about pubs and bars reopening on the weekend dubbed "Super Saturday" rather than a weekday, and the Prime Minister has already appealed to pubgoers to show restraint. William quizzed the landlords about their expectations for the weekend when they welcome customers on Saturday: "It could end up with everyone at the pub, because people just want a change of scene, being at home for so long. "Are you worried about people getting a bit out of hand this weekend? I guess it's more of a problem with the larger pub chains." Mr Goodrich, 65, admitted: "We are a bit concerned but we are ready for it." He told the duke that it was part of the business to be prepared for rowdy behaviour: "The only real worry is if we have 100 people in the garden and it rains. But we'll have to deal with that." William replied: "I am sure people will want to get out and explore locally. I don't think they'll want to go far afield." Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich have owned the pub for 25 years and had to close their premises and furlough more than 25 full-time employees, who are bolstered by another 10 or 15 temporary weekend workers, when the outbreak struck. They were able to reopen partially a couple of weeks ago and start selling takeaway drinks. "We have been doing takeaway beer, which has been going down well," Mrs Goodrich, 64, said. Saturday will see the return of their cherished locals, who will have a choice of socially distanced drinking in three bars or the pub garden, where a marquee had also been erected. Some parts of the pub will remain closed on health and safety advice, a popular children's play area set up like a galleon will have to remain closed because of the difficulty in enforcing social distancing among the children. William said his own children loved it. "The children have been in there a few times," he said, staring at the ropes preventing anyone entering. "They will see that as a challenge." He told the staff that customers would have to learn to get used to the new normal in pubs: "We all have to take responsibility for our own two-metre bubble."


New coronavirus cases skyrocket on Fourth of July weekend

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 19:02

Health officials warn the outbreak will spiral further out of control if Americans don't stay home this weekend.


Speculation grows over Biden running mate contenders

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 19:01

The vast majority of Democrats say it’s ‘important’ that Joe Biden name a woman of color as his potential running mate, according to a new national poll; reaction and analysis from the ‘Special Report’ All-Stars.


No, China's Army Can't Beat America—Yet

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 19:00

But Beijing's forces keep getting better.


America's World War II Nightmare: Hitler Tries to Invade the U.S. Homeland

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 18:30

Invading a country doesn't guarantee success.


Alleged Jeffrey Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell being held at 'well-run' jail, local lawyers say

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 18:18

A source familiar with Maxwell's case said she is being held at the Merrimack County Jail, a medium-security facility 20 miles from the luxurious home where she was arrested Thursday. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have accused Maxwell, 58, of luring underage girls so that Epstein could sexually abuse them. Epstein was awaiting trial on federal charges of trafficking minors between 2002 and 2005 when he was found hanged in a New York City jail in August.


Sudan says talks on Nile dam resumed with Egypt, Ethiopia

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 18:06

Sudan announced Friday the resumption of talks with Egypt and Ethiopia to resolve the long-running dispute over Addis Ababa's construction of a mega-dam on the Nile River. The three countries have been at odds after multiple rounds of talks over the years failed to produce a deal on the operation and filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Ethiopia says the project is essential for its development, while Egypt and Sudan worry about access to vital water supplies from the Nile.


3 police officers have been fired over a photo in which cops took a selfie reenacting the chokehold used on Elijah McClain

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 17:51

The photo featured officers Jaron Jones, Erica Marrero, and Kyle Dittrich, smiling by a memorial for Elijah McClain.


Ghislaine Maxwell reportedly ready to work with FBI and name names

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 17:38

Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam is reportedly set to cooperate with the FBI after her arrest; reaction and analysis on 'The Five.'


COVID-19 should make us give Andrew Yang’s ‘get $1,000 every month’ a second look | Opinion

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 17:31

On a bitter cold spring night 14 months ago, back in a more magical time when all things seemed possible in the 2020 president race, I stood on the steps leading down to Washington’s great Reflecting Pool waiting to hear from the most unlikely and arguably intriguing Democrat of all, the businessman and political neophyte Andrew Yang.


The Nigerian Email Scammer Who Stole Millions From Premier League Club, NY Law Firm, Banks

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 17:15

Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, who went by the name Ray Hushpuppi, made no secret of his extraordinary wealth. On an Instagram account with 2.3 million followers, he posted photos of himself dripping in high-end watches, wearing robes with his name emblazoned on the back, and driving a $300,000 Mercedes or a white Rolls Royce Cullinan with the hashtag AllMine.He took private jets to Paris, shopped at Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and indulged in cakes depicting himself surrounded by Fendi bags. His address was 1706 Palazzo Versace in Dubai.On Snapchat, under the username “hushpuppi5,” he called himself “The Billionaire Gucci Master!!!”Abbas claimed to be a real estate developer. But his wealth was instead the result of running elaborate email scams and hacking schemes, U.S. federal prosecutors argue—a rare example of a Nigerian email scam that actually fooled major companies into handing over millions. “The FBI’s investigation has revealed that Abbas finances this opulent lifestyle through crime,” FBI Special Agent Andrew Innocenti wrote in a lengthy arrest affidavit, filed in the District Court for the Central District of California on Thursday.Abbas, 37, was arrested when he arrived in Chicago from Dubai on Thursday night. He faces criminal charges for being the leader of a transnational network that allegedly conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through email scams and other schemes, some of which targeted a New York law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League soccer club.Abbas and a small group of co-conspirators allegedly had a network of “money mules” that they used to carry out the email scams and then launder money through a slew of foreign bank accounts. The group would usually hack into a business’ email account and either block or redirect emails, according to the FBI. They would then use the hacked email account to trick a victim or a company into sending money to them, often changing bank transfer information by just one or two numbers.However, when one member was arrested in October, 2019, shortly after a New York law firm was duped into wiring almost $1 million, investigators obtained a search warrant to go through his iPhone and found messages that blew open the inner workings of the group.Abbas had allegedly tricked one of the law firm’s paralegals into wiring $922,857, intended for a client’s real estate refinancing, to a Chase Bank account controlled by Abbas. The paralegal emailed a Citizens Bank email address to verify instructions for the wire transfer but it was a spoof email address set up by Abbas. About half the amount was instantly wired to a Canadian bank account and images of the wire transfer were shared between the group. “Did the big hit?” one group member texted, according to excerpts in the affidavit. “Yessir,” another replied. In another instance, a foreign bank was defrauded $14.7 million in Feb. 2019 when the group gained access to the bank’s computer network and sent fake SWIFT messages—utilizing software used by financial institutions to sends payment orders to each other. One co-conspirator texted Abbas to ask if he had any bank accounts that could take large amounts of the stolen money. Abbas responded with the details for Romanian, Bulgarian and U.S. bank accounts.In one text message, the co-conspirator wrote: “my guy also deleted history logs at the bank so they won’t even c the transaction.”But the following day, the cyber-heist hit the news and the transfers didn’t reach Abbas’ Romanian account.“Today they noticed and pressed a recall on it , it might show and block or never show,” the co-conspirator texted Abbas. “Look it hit the news.” Abbas replied: “damn.”The pair appeared undeterred. “Next one is in few weeks will let U know when it’s ready. to bad they caught on or it would been a nice payout,” he wrote to Abbas.In March, the group discussed how they could launder £100 million (about $124 million) from an unnamed English Premier League Club but it’s not clear what happened to the money.At one point, the group were making $1 million to $5 million through a scam once or twice a week.“This was a challenging case, one that spanned international boundaries, traditional financial systems and the digital sphere,” said Jesse Baker, a Secret Service agent in the Los Angles Field Office.Abbas was expelled from the United Arab Emirates, for reasons that were unclear, and is expected to be transferred from Chicago to Los Angeles in the coming weeks. He did not yet have a lawyer appointed.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Epstein cohort's arrest becomes new test for plea deal

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 16:56

Could that same deal now help Ghislaine Maxwell, the Epstein confidante arrested Thursday, evade charges she helped lure at least three girls into sexual liaisons with him? The British socialite was arrested Thursday in New Hampshire on charges that she acted as a recruiter of underage girls for Epstein, usually under the guise of hiring them to perform massages, and sometimes participated in his sexual abuse of the teens. The allegations against the couple date back many years, but Epstein, for a while, appeared to have resolved them under a deal with federal and state prosecutors in South Florida in which he pleaded guilty to lesser state charges and served 13 months in jail and a work-release program.


Trudeau: Canada to restrict sensitive exports, suspend extraditions to Hong Kong

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 16:36

Canada's steps arrive with its relationship with China already at a low point.


Coronavirus outbreak among students at University of Washington's frat houses

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 16:28

The school said Friday that it confirmed that at least 89 fraternity house residents, along with four other students, have tested positive for COVID-19.


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