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A police officer who was injured in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and has pushed for an independent commission to investigate the attack will meet with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday, according to two people familiar with the meeting. Officer Michael Fanone has said for weeks that he wanted to meet with McCarthy, who has opposed a commission and remained loyal to former President Donald Trump. It was a violent mob of Trump's supporters that attacked the Capitol and interrupted the certification of President Joe Biden's victory after the former president told them to “fight like hell” to overturn his defeat.
The 24-year-old is only the fourth Chinese man to play singles in the main draw of a Grand Slam since the Open era began in 1968. Wu Di (2013, 2014, 2016), Zhang Ze (2014, 2015) and Li Zhe (2019) have all played at the Australian Open. Wimbledon, the only Grand Slam to be cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will return in its usual slot this year with the main draw starting on June 28.
Rescue crews continued the search for survivors after the partial collapse of a condominium building in Surfside, Florida, early on June 24.At least 99 people were still unaccounted for more than twelve hours after part of the Champlain Towers complex collapsed. Search and rescue operations occured on Thursday, and firefighters were seen working in the parking garage of the building.Thunderstorms threatened rescue operations as the National Weather Service issued a special marine warning for the area, cautioning of possible waterspouts and strong wind gusts.This footage, taken by Carla Rosa Wilson, shows the site of the collapse as filmed from a nearby beach. Credit: Carla Rosa Wilson via Storyful
Roughly 650 U.S. troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats after the main American military force completes its withdrawal, which is set to be largely done in the next two weeks, U.S. officials told The Associated Press. In addition, several hundred additional American forces will remain at the Kabul airport, potentially until September, to assist Turkish troops providing security, as a temporary move until a more formal Turkey-led security operation is in place, the officials said Thursday. Overall, officials said the U.S. expects to have American and coalition military command, its leadership and most troops out by July Fourth, or shortly after that, meeting an aspirational deadline that commanders developed months ago.
Fiji health chiefs have admitted for the first time that Covid-19 transmission is widespread in the community after the Pacific nation recorded more than 300 new daily cases.
President Joe Biden has announced a hard-earned bipartisan agreement on a pared-down infrastructure plan that would make a start on his top legislative priority and validate his efforts to reach across the political aisle. It includes more than a half-trillion dollars in new spending and could open the door to the president’s more sweeping $4 trillion proposals for child care and what the White House calls human infrastructure later on. “When we can find common ground, working across party lines, that is what I will seek to do," said Biden, who deemed the agreement “a true bipartisan effort, breaking the ice that too often has kept us frozen in place.”
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday accused Democrats of trying to rewrite the Constitution and urged Republicans to build the party's future around a defense of the nation's founding documents, a robust military, border security and free markets. Republicans, he said, represent “the last line of defense” for the Constitution, which he described as under assault by Democrats who want to undercut the Second Amendment and redefine liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. “We live in a time when the leaders in the Democratic Party routinely demean the American founding,” he said.
At least 18 people were killed and 16 injured when a fire broke out at a martial arts school in central China in the early hours of Friday, according to a local government statement.
The Champlain Towers South drew people from around the globe to enjoy life on South Florida's Atlantic Coast, some for a night, some to live. Much of the Champlain's beach side sheared off for unknown reasons, pancaking into a pile of concrete and metal more than 30 feet (10 meters) high.
Singer-actress Nadine Lustre will stage the virtual concert “Nadine, Together With Us,” a fund-raiser for "displaced drag artists and the elderly gay community.”
Toshiba shareholders on Friday rejected the reappointment of board chair Osamu Nagayama in a rebuke to management after revelations of attempts to sway voting on activist investor proposals.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah advanced safely into the 100m semi-finals at Jamaica's Olympic athletics trials in Kingston on Thursday.
Hong Kong Secretary of Security John Lee and police chief Chris Tang will take on new roles as part of a government reshuffle, China's state news agency Xinhua said on Friday. Lee will replace Matthew Cheung as Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's deputy, while Tang will replace Lee, Xinhua said.
Chris Paul and Devin Booker shot a combined 10-of-40 from the field in their loss to the Clippers in Game 3 on Thursday night.
The BOA said earlier this month it was on track to ensure all athletes and staff were fully vaccinated before the Olympics. The Tokyo Games, delayed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will begin on July 23. "We're trying to convince them it's the right thing to do," Anson told the BBC on Friday.
Malaysian palm oil company IOI Corporation said on Friday it had been made aware of a letter from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about opening an investigation against the company on allegations of labour abuse. According to the statement on IOI's website, CBP in the letter to a labour activist acknowledges the receipt of a petition providing information on alleged forced labour conditions at the company.
Japan's prime minister on Friday dismissed claims that the country's emperor is "concerned" the Tokyo Olympics could spread the coronavirus, saying the comments were the opinions of an imperial household representative.
The Recording Academy and former president-CEO Deborah Dugan have reached a settlement in the arbitration surrounding her ouster, which took place just 10 days before the 2020 Grammys. The two parties issued a joint statement Thursday night that says simply: “The Recording Academy and Deborah Dugan have agreed to resolve their differences and to keep […]
The Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team is ready to learn a lot of valuable lessons in their upcoming match-ups against world basketball powerhouse Serbia and the Dominican Republic in the Olympic
TOKYO (Reuters) -A member of the Ugandan Olympic team who tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival in Japan had the Delta variant, Kyodo News said on Friday, adding to concern that the Games - less than a month away - may trigger a new wave of infections. A coach in the African nation's delegation tested positive after arriving in Japan on Saturday, while a second member, an athlete, tested positive on Wednesday after arriving in the team's host city of Izumisano, Kyodo said. A city official told Reuters he could not confirm whether a team member had tested positive for the highly transmissible Delta variant.