A Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday plans to interrogate former security officials from Donald Trump's administration on failures to avert the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, saying signs of looming danger had been in "plain sight." "The federal government was unprepared for this insurrection, even though it was planned in plain sight on social media for the world to see," said Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, at the start of a hearing examining the security failures. Maloney's committee will hear testimony from two men in high-ranking positions during the closing weeks of the Trump administration, former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller and former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.
Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said on Wednesday he was hopeful Britain would include Greece on its "green list" of quarantine-free holiday destinations when the list is reviewed at the end of the month. Greece was kept off an initial list of just 12 countries and territories that Britain said travellers could visit from May 17 without having to quarantine on their return home. "I am moderately optimistic that in the next review, if not our whole country, at least our islands should be on the green list," Theocharis said on Greek state TV.
The United States will keep "speaking out until China's government stops its crimes against humanity and the genocide of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Wednesday. Speaking at a virtual event at the U.N. on Xinjiang, Britain's U.N. Ambassador Barbara Woodward described the situation as "one of the worst human rights crises of our time," while Germany's U.N. Ambassador Christoph Heusgen said countries who sponsored the event faced "massive Chinese threat."
“Ellen” has been embroiled in controversy since “toxic” workplace accusations were leveled against show last year Ellen DeGeneres has decided to end her talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” next year, bringing its run to a close with Season 19. “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres, who is about to conclude Season 18 of “Ellen,” told The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, Wednesday. Representatives for DeGeneres, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Ellen” studio Warner Bros. TV did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. According to THR, DeGeneres told her staff about her decision to end the show on Tuesday. She plans to discuss the news in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday’s episode of “Ellen.” More to come… Read original story Ellen DeGeneres to End Talk Show Next Year After 19 Seasons At TheWrap
Britain said on Wednesday it had agreed former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic, convicted of war crimes during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s, should be transferred to a British prison to serve the rest of his sentence. Karadzic, 75, was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2016 after being convicted of genocide for the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces.
U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday urged global cooperation to combat cyberattacks by “hostile state actors" and criminal gangs. Raab also pledged 22 million pounds ($31 million) in support to “vulnerable” countries in Africa and the Indo-Pacific to improve their digital defense capacity. “We need the combination of resilient defenses but also offensive capabilities, and the global diplomatic clout which comes with being a modern cyberpower,” Raab said in a speech at a National Cyber Security Centre conference in London.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Germany's top-flight soccer league has drawn up a shortlist of buyout funds, including KKR and Bridgepoint, to buy a 25% stake in its overseas broadcasting rights, people close to the matter told Reuters. European private equity firm CVC has also advanced to the second round of the auction that could value the Bundesliga's overseas broadcasting rights at roughly 2 billion euros ($2.42 billion), the sources said. The German Football League (DFL), which organises the country's top two leagues, and the bidders declined to comment.
Mourners left toys and flowers on Wednesday in tribute at a Russian school where nine people, including seven children, were killed after a teenage gunman opened fire at a school. The attack on Tuesday in the city around 450 miles (725 km) east of Moscow was the deadliest school shooting since 2018 when a student at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea killed 20 people. The head of Russia's Muslim-majority region of Tatarstan, where Kazan is the main city, has called it a national tragedy and the Kremlin has called for tighter gun controls.
Petra Diamonds has reached a settlement with claimants at its Williamson mine in Tanzania who accused the firm of being responsible for widespread human rights violations including beatings and detentions, both sides said. Last year, the firm said it was investigating allegations that artisanal miners who trespassed on the firm's Williamson mine in Tanzania were detained, beaten and shot at, killing at least seven of them. The abuses were allegedly committed by security contractors and security employees of Petra's subsidiary Williamson Diamonds Limited (WDL).
French markets watchdog AMF said on Wednesday it expects Britain to take advantage of Brexit to diverge from European Union financial rules in an effort to make the City of London more attractive to investors. The City has been largely cut off from the EU as Brussels has yet to decide on how much direct access it will grant Britain in financial services, a sector not covered by the bloc's post-Brexit trade deal with the UK. Britain's access to EU markets will hinge on whether Brussels deems UK financial rules sufficiently "equivalent" or aligned with those in the 27-nation bloc.
General Electric's (GE) partnership deal with Toshiba will help it make its offshore wind technology more competitive in future auctions in Japan.
The latest deal is expected to help Accenture (ACN) enhance its Accenture Cloud First capabilities, which will in turn aid clients' cloud migrations and business transformations.
Though the global stock market has been under pressure due to inflation anxiety, investors could still make some profits by investing in ETFs that are benefiting from the scenario.
Portuguese soccer fans will be able to attend top-flight matches in the final round of fixtures this season, organisers said on Wednesday, as the country gears up to host the Champions League final later this month. Spectators attended games in limited numbers earlier this season before being shut out again following a national lockdown and prime minister Antonio Costa had said last month that they would not return before the end of the season. The news also came ahead of an expected announcement on Porto's Dragao stadium hosting the Champions League final on May 29.
Minerva (NERV) is developing its lead pipeline candidate, roluperidone, in patients with negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Positive data from an extension of previously completed late-stage study boosts investors' sentiment.
A Minnesota judge has ruled that there were aggravating factors in the death of George Floyd, paving the way for a longer sentence for Derek Chauvin, according to an order made public Wednesday. In his ruling, Judge Peter Cahill found that Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer when he restrained Floyd last year, and that he treated Floyd with particular cruelty. Chauvin, who is white, was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as the Black man said he couldn’t breathe and went motionless.
The World Bank on Wednesday signed a $500 million infrastructure project with Democratic Republic of Congo to improve roads, mitigate flood risks, fight erosion and develop public spaces across the capital Kinshasa. Kinshasa is the largest French-speaking city in the world with a population of just over 17 million. Funding for the "Kin Elenda" project will include a credit and grant of $250 million each, the World Bank said.
Ormat Technologies (ORA) Q1 revenues of $166.4 million exceed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 0.4% but decline13.4% on a year-over-year basis.
Solskjaer made 10 changes for United's 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Tuesday that moved Leicester nine points ahead of Liverpool in the battle for a top-four finish. The United manager is expected to recall his first-team regulars at home to Liverpool on Thursday in a fixture that was rearranged due to fan protests at Old Trafford 10 days ago.
Weeks of violent clashes in East Jerusalem have ignited the heaviest fighting in years between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. At the core of the violence that has left dozens dead are tensions between Israelis and Palestinians over Jerusalem, which contains sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Since the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in mid-April, Palestinians have faced off nightly with Israeli police in East Jerusalem, who put up barriers to stop evening gatherings at the walled Old City's Damascus Gate.