Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden could announce his running mate this week. That's according to a Reuters source familiar with the campaign's vetting process, who says Biden has finished interviewing all the candidates. The New York Times reported earlier on Monday that Biden's campaign plans to announce a decision as soon as Tuesday (August 11), but more likely on Wednesday (August 12). A Biden campaign spokesman declined to comment. Biden, the former vice president under Barack Obama, has committed to picking a woman as his running mate and has come under increasing pressure from some Democratic leaders and activists for her to be African American. Among the top contenders, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California and former national security adviser Susan Rice. According to Democratic officials and Biden allies half a dozen other women are under serious contention, including California Representative Karen Bass, senators Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Duckworth, Florida Representative Val Demings, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Biden's choice, the most weighty of his political career, has drawn an unusual amount of attention given his age. If he defeats Trump, he would be 78 on inauguration day, the oldest U.S. president in history. It is possible he may only seek one four-year term, teeing up the vice president for the highest office in just a few years. Biden and his potential vice president will formally accept the party's nomination at the Democratic National Convention next week.
''The Chinese Communist Party had the chance to warn the world and work with the world on battling the virus. But they chose not to, and the costs of that choice mount higher every day," Azar said during speech at a university in Taipei, capital of self-ruled Taiwan. Azar praised Taiwan's virus response, adding that he thought the world should recognize Taiwan's health accomplishments. Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday (August 9) as the highest-level U.S. official to visit in four decades, a trip condemned by China. Taiwan has been praised by health experts for its early and effective steps to control the outbreak, with only 480 infections, including seven deaths.
Sasol, the world's top producer of motor fuel from coal, warned on Tuesday (August 11) that it will report an annual loss after a slump in oil and chemical prices, and amid a world in lockdown. The South African company said its headline loss per share is expected to be between 8.72 rand - or around half a U.S. dollar - and 14.86 rand in the year to June 30. That compares with headline earnings of 30.72 rand per share during the same period a year ago. Sasol said lower global chemical and refining margins and an 18% decrease in the rand-per-barrel price of Brent crude oil had hurt earnings. EBITDA, or adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, is also expected to fall by as much as 37%. The company said it had recorded impairments in some of its cash generating units as well as the fair value impact of starting discussions to find a partner for its U.S. Base Chemicals assets. That search is an effort to avoid a potential $2 billion rights issue as the economic headwinds weigh on its ability to service its debt - something that has concerned investors. Sasol is expected to release its full-year results on August 17.
After marking 100 days without a single known domestic transmission of the coronavirus on Sunday (August 9), New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday (August 11) it was shutting down its largest city, Auckland, after four new cases were discovered there. "After 102 days, we have our first cases of COVID-19 outside of a managed isolation or quarantine facility in New Zealand." New Zealand has been globally praised for its fast reaction to the pandemic and extremely low infection rate. Ardern said Auckland would move to level 3 restriction from noon on Wednesday (August 12) as a "precautionary approach," which would mean people should stay away from work and school, and gatherings or more than 10 people are again restricted. The restriction would be applied for three days until Friday (August 14). The country's director general of health says the four confirmed cases were within one family, and it's not known how they were infected.
While hanging out with his aunt and uncle in New Jersey, this little guy couldn’t get enough of their dog.The baby can be heard screaming in delight every time his uncle moves him close to the terrier on his aunt’s lap.The baby’s mom, who recorded the video, told Storyful that her son loves dogs, describing him as “a true animal lover from such a young age.” Credit: lkgalatians13 via Storyful
A 15-year-old boy died and a two-year-old girl was on life support after they were pulled from a car submerged in a canal in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 8.Police released body camera footage of the incident, which shows officers at the scene as well as traumatized family members who were able to escape the vehicle. One person is heard screaming for his brother, and telling police one of the trapped children is “just a little girl, she’s only two.”The incident was at the Jordan Surplus Canal, near Delong Street and Indiana Avenue, police said.The deceased was named as Justin Bates, 15. A Facebook fundraiser for funeral costs said he died two days after the crash.Police said the boy was one of five people in the vehicle that entered the water. Police said the driver and two older children, ages 16 and 17, were able to escape but the two youngest were still trapped when officers arrived.“Upon arrival, four officers quickly removed their vests and belts and ran into the water to save the children as the car slipped under the surface,” police said. “One officer dived into the water several times to enter through a window but was unable to get in due to the murkiness of the water.”Police said several firefighters arrived to assist and dove into the water. The two children were rescued from the sinking car and paramedics were able to resuscitate them, police said. The children were taken to hospital, police said, where Justin Bates later died.“Our hearts go out to the family at this time,” police wrote on Twitter upon news of the teenager’s death. Credit: SLCPD via Storyful
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya has left the country after two nights of violent clashes following the contested re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. She's joined her children in neighboring Lithuania, where they were moved during campaigning. In a YouTube video on Tuesday (August 11) she denied being forced out - contradicting comments from her own campaign team. "I made a very difficult decision," she said. "It's a decision I made absolutely independently." She said she knows some will "hate" her for her decision, but that "children are the most important thing. At least one person died as police clashed with protesters on Monday (August 10) after the opposition accused Lukashenko of rigging the vote amid widespread criticism from Western leaders. Protesters set up barricades in several areas and threw petrol bombs. Local media reported clashes in other towns. Lukashenko has been in power for more than a quarter of a century. He's compared the protesters to criminal gangs and dangerous revolutionaries with shadowy foreign backers. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the election was, quote, "not free and fair." Foreign observers have not judged an election to be free and fair in Belarus since 1995.
Lion poo is in high demand at Circus Krone's zoo Location: Munich, Germany The zoo is making a tidy profit by selling off big cat feces from its 26 lions and tigers Customers say it keeps pests away (SOUNDBITE) (English) LION TRAINER FOR KRONE CIRCUS, MARTIN LACEY, SAYING: "For many many years they come to us and ask for lion poo and I always ask, what's that for and I am told it keeps cats away from the garden and since then we have learned that also it keeps the animals away from the car where they eat all the electric cables. Therefore a local garage has bought from us and they are very very happy. And like I said, until now everybody is happy. 2,000 lion poos we have sold till now. And I always say: if you've got bad neighbors put some in the garden and the neighbors will also stay away." Their new 'turd pop-up shop' is a way to entertain visitors and raise some extra money The brown jars sell for just under $6 with some proceeds going to a charity to improve living conditions for captive animals
Belarusian presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya released a video on her husband’s YouTube channel on August 11, after leaving the country following her election loss.Tsikhanouskaya arrived in Lithuania on August 11, Tut.by reported.Lithuania’s foreign minister, Linas Linkevicius, tweeted, “Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is safe. She is in Lithuania.”“I made this decision completely on my own,” she said, according to a translation by TASS news agency. “I know that many will understand me, many will judge me, and many will hate me. But, you know, God forbid to face the choice I faced. So, people, take care of yourselves, please. Not a single life is worth what is going on now.”Tikhanovskaya, who entered the election after her activist husband was arrested, earlier sent her children out of the country, the AP said. “Children are the most important [thing] in our life,” she says in the video.Belarus’s Interior Ministry said that thousands of people were arrested at demonstrations following the reelection of President Alexander Lukashenko for his sixth term with an overwhelming majority. One person was reported to have been killed.Tsikhanouskaya claims the vote was rigged. Credit: Страна для жизни/Country for Life via Storyful
The Aug. 4 detonation at a port warehouse of what authorities said was more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate injured more than 6,000 and destroyed swathes of the Mediterranean capital, compounding months of political and economic meltdown. Excavators were seen removing the rubble on Tuesday (August 11). The explosion gutted entire neighborhoods, leaving 250,000 people homeless, razing businesses and destroying critical grain supplies. Lebanese security officials had warned the prime minister and president that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut's port posed a security risk and could destroy the capital if it exploded, according to documents seen by Reuters and senior security sources. A report by the General Directorate of State Security on events leading up to the explosion included a reference to a private letter sent to President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Hassan Diab on July 20. Rebuilding Beirut will likely run into the billions of dollars. Economists forecast the blast could wipe up to 25% off of the country's GDP.
Cincinnati Zoo’s most popular resident, Fiona the hippo, shows her mother, Bibi, just how tough she is in a video posted to Facebook on August 9.In the clip, both Fiona and Bibi can be seen baring their teeth as they play fight under water.“We could watch the antics of these two all day long,” the zoo captioned the video. Credit: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden via Storyful
SHOWS: UNKNOWN LOCATIONS (FILE) (WORLD SURF LEAGUE - SEE RESTRICTIONS) (MUTE) 1. VARIOUS OF KAI LENNY SURFING UNKNOWN LOCATION (AUGUST 10, 2020) (WORLD SURF LEAGUE - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KAI LENNY SAYING: "Every year my goal is to have a better year than the one previous, at least personally, and I felt like I achieved that." UNKNOWN LOCATIONS (FILE) (WORLD SURF LEAGUE - SEE RESTRICTIONS) (MUTE) 3. VARIOUS OF JUSTINE DUPONT SURFING UNKNOWN LOCATION (AUGUST 10, 2020) (WORLD SURF LEAGUE - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JUSTINE DUPONT SAYING: "My goal this winter was to get the biggest wave possible and to get the (unknown) possible, and I'm really stoked because I made it happen like twice, in November and in February during the comp (competition). So I'm really glad to be able to surf the giant wave." UNKNOWN LOCATIONS (FILE) (WORLD SURF LEAGUE - SEE RESTRICTIONS) (MUTE) 5. DUPONT SURFING STORY: Kai Lenny and Justine Dupont were named the winners of The Big Wave Awards Overall Performance of the Year on Monday (August 10). Lenny of the U.S. was the men's winner while the women's trophy went to Frenchwoman Dupont. The Overall Performer of the Year Awards acknowledges the top-performing male and female surfers over the course of the last 12 months based on every ride captured on video or still image. (Production: Andy Ragg)
The harsh reality of job losses caused by the global health crisis were seen in numbers released by Britain Tuesday (August 11). The number of people in work fell by 220,000 in the three months to June - the most since 2009. That's according to figures released by the UK's Office for National Statistics - or ONS. Self-employed workers took a major hit as their numbers fell by a record amount, while the amount of employees rose. In a warning of a potentially bigger rise in job losses, separate tax data for July showed the number of staff on company payrolls had fallen by 730,000 since March. Losses are expected to rise as Britain is due to close a job retention scheme which protects employees at the end of October. British finance minister Rishi Sunak said the figures showed the government's support programs were working, but he warned job losses were inevitable. The ONS said the unemployment rate surprisingly held at 3.9%. Although that reflected more people who had given up looking for work, and were not considered unemployed as a result. The number of people claiming universal credit - a benefit for the unemployed and those on low pay - rose to just under 2.7 million in July - a 117% leap from March. Last week, the Bank of England warned there was more pain to come for British workers. The central bank forecast the unemployment rate would rise to 7.5% at the end of this year.
Out of first gear and getting back up to speed, China's auto sales surged in July. They climbed 16.4% from a year earlier, a fourth consecutive month of gains. The world's biggest vehicle market is returning from the lows hit during crippling restrictions. China's auto association still expects sales to fall around 10% this year though. And a second wave of infections could double the slide. In a promising sign for global automakers which have invested heavily in electric vehicles for the China market, sales of new energy vehicles ended 12 straight months of decline with a 19.3% jump. The association expects NEV sales of over a million vehicles this year. That's a drop of around 11% from last year - which is in part due to a cut in government subsidies last year. Sales of trucks and other commercial vehicles, which make up around a quarter of the market, surged 59.4%. That was driven by government investment in infrastructure as well as tougher emission rules introduced this year. Sales of passenger vehicles rose 8.5%. Automakers which have reported sales growth in July include Great Wall Motors, Geely and Toyota.
The Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, grew to 1,300 acres in a single day on August 10, with 60 firefighters and air support responding.The fire forced the closure of Interstate 70 in both directions, local fire officials said.There were no immediate threats to property, fire officials said. Credit: Priya Kapoor via Storyful
Police in Miami, Florida, have released bodycam footage showing officers rescue a woman and her four-year-old son from a canal on Friday, July 10.According to reports, officers were called to 2360 Northeast 192nd Street, where there were people in the canal.When officers arrived, they discovered that the boy had jumped into the water in an attempt to save his mother, who police said “appeared to be intoxicated and refused to comply with rescue attempts.”Footage shows officers grab hold of the child’s arm after numerous attempts and pull him to safety.Officers then threw a life buoy into the water and pulled the mother out. Credit: Miami-Dade Police Department via Storyful
The heavy snowfall in New South Wales in recent days led one lucky local to capture a very unusual sight on film – a pair of kangaroos going toe-to-toe in the driving snow.Wendy Lindsey, who shot the video, told Storyful that while male kangaroos are known to fight during mating season, the length of this bout – and in particular the heavy downpour of snow – made it a particularly special sight.Lindsey described it as a “magical moment caught of a unique Aussie experience.”A cold blast of wintry air brought record-breaking low temperatures and snowy conditions to Australia in early August, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Snow was reported in parts of Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales. Credit: Wendy Lindsay via Storyful
Passion for cricket runs deep in Pakistan. Or perhaps that should be high – up into the mountains of Abbottabad, where a local tournament on perhaps the world’s most unlikely pitch culminated in joyful scenes on August 7.Journalist Shakir Abbasi shared footage of the final moments of the tournament, playing out in the village of Nakkar Mojwal on what he called “the most unique cricket ground of the world” – a dirt track surrounded by steep hills on which spectators gathered.After the final ball, fans of the winning team spill down the hillside toward the pitch, joining the players in celebration. Credit: Shakir Abbasi via Storyful
Hot off the presses, more than half a million copies of Hong Kong newspaper 'Apple Daily' were printed with a message of defiance -- after the arrest of owner Jimmy Lai. Tuesday's (August 11) edition ran with the headline "Apple Daily must fight on" plastered on the front page above an image of Lai in handcuffs. Lai was taken into detention the day before after police raided the pro-democracy tabloid's offices. It was the highest-profile arrest made yet under a national security law imposed by Beijing. Readers responded by lining up at newsstands across Hong Kong in the early hours of Tuesday morning itching to get their hands on a copy. Some vendors even said they sold out of the newspaper during the a.m. rush hour. Newsstand owner Judy Do: "The news yesterday makes every youngster want to read (Apple Daily). They must read it. Some who don't usually buy newspapers said that they had to buy it." Lai is one of Hong Kong's most prominent democracy activists and a staunch critic of Communist Party rule in Beijing. Police detained for suspected collusion with foreign forces after about 200 officers searched Apple Daily's offices and collected boxes of evidence. He was one of ten people they arrested on Monday including other Apple Daily executives and 23-year-old Agnes Chow. Chow is one of the former leaders of young activist Joshua Wong's Demosisto group, which disbanded before the new law came into force. Monday's arrests left 45-year-old Kim Yau concerned over the city's freedoms under the security law. "What the police did yesterday brutally interfered with the freedom of press. All Hongkongers, all Hongkongers with a conscience have to support Hong Kong today, support Apple Daily, support Hong Kong." International reaction to Lai's arrest came within hours. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called Lai a quote "a patriot who wanted good things for the people of Hong Kong." Britain claimed the arrest was further evidence that the security law was a quote "pretext to silence opposition". China's embassy in Britain hit back, urging London to stop quote "using freedom of the press as an excuse to discredit" the national security law. Meanwhile in mainland China, the Beijing-backed China Daily wrote in an editorial that Lai's arrest showed quote "the cost of dancing with the enemy". In the past, Beijing has labeled Lai a 'traitor.'
A powerful derecho storm brought winds of up to 80 mph to Chicago and surrounding areas on August 10, according to local media reports. The storm damaged buildings and downed power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands without power.The National Weather Service urged residents to take cover.Footage here shows part of a roof flying off a building at Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. Credit: @Mengzz24 via Storyful
At least one person died as bloody clashes in Belarus erupted between police and protesters on Monday (August 10). People took to the streets in the capital, Minsk, for a second night, after the opposition accused President Alexander Lukashenko on rigging his re-election. Protesters threw molotov cocktails and police returned fire with a barrage of tear gas and rubber bullets before dispersing crowds with batons. The government said one man died as he tried to throw an unidentified explosive device which blew up in his hand. A chorus of criticism from Western leaders followed Lukashenko's win, over former English teacher Svetlana Tikhanouskaya, who led the biggest challenge to Lukashenko's iron grip for more than a quarter of a century. He won 80% of the vote in Sunday's election, while Tikhanouskaya received just under 10%. Germany has called for the European Union to discuss sanctions on Belarus, and neighboring Poland has called for a special EU summit on the former Soviet country. Foreign observers have not judged an election to be free and fair in Belarus since 1995. Meanwhile, Russia congratulated Lukashenko on his win. Events in Belarus are being closely watched in Moscow, whose oil runs through the country and who sees it as a buffer against NATO. The West is watching too, it's tried to lure Minsk away from Moscow while Lukashenko has previously rejected Putin's overtures as an assault on Belarussian independence. He has also repeated allegations of shadowy foreign forces manipulating protesters he calls 'sheep' - to topple him, and warned "there will be no revolution".
Police detained a suspect in a shooting that took place outside the White House on Monday (August 10), which forced the U.S. Secret Service to abruptly escort President Donald Trump out of a press briefing. Video posted on social media showed multiple armed police officers arriving at the scene, with a person on the ground near the White House. The Secret Service said that the White House was not breached during the incident and no one under Secret Service protection was ever in danger. The Secret Service said in a tweet "the investigation into a USSS officer involved shooting is ongoing. A male subject and a USSS officer were both transported to a local hospital. At no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger."
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Trees were uprooted and power was cut for large numbers of people after a destructive derecho blew through Chicago on August 10.The National Weather Service urged residents to take cover as a dangerous line of storms that included winds of more than 70 miles per hour hit the city.Chicago power utility ComEd reported over 635,000 customers being affected by the storm, which it said featured over 4,000 lightning strikes.In this video showing a large fallen tree in Chicago, a voice can be heard saying: “This is stunning. You can’t make this up, this is tornado damage right here.” Credit: WeatherAmino via Storyful
A kangaroo interrupted an Australian rules football match on the New South Wales South Coast on August 8.The match between the Tathra Sea Eagles and the Pambula Panthers continued away from the kangaroo, who took a moment to feed on the grass.A similar incident was recorded at a local football match in Merimbula by the same uploader in July. Credit: tathrabeach_ptstudio via Storyful