U.S. President Joe Biden's refusal to offer upfront sanctions relief to Iran may have angered Tehran's clerical rulers but it has won some praise at home despite his failure so far to draw Iran into nuclear talks or deter attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. "Sensible," said Elliott Abrams, former President Donald Trump's special envoy for Iran, of Biden's unwillingness to give Tehran sanctions relief before any talks on both sides resuming compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Canadian prosecutors told a court on Thursday that a judge was not best-placed to decide whether national security and geopolitical concerns can be used to strike down the request by the United States to extradite Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. Meng, 49, was arrested in December 2018 on a U.S. warrant accused of misleading HSBC about Huawei's business dealings in Iran, putting the bank at risk of violating U.S. sanctions. Prosecutors argued on Thursday that if Meng has become a bargaining chip in a trade war between the United States and China, as her lawyers have claimed, then Canada's minister of justice is the right person to decide that, not a judge.
Megan Thee Stallion has partnered with NACC Disaster Services and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to help rebuild her hometown of Houston, which has been devastated by Texas’ historic freeze, rolling blackouts and water shortages. The rapper will enlist the help of Fashion Nova, 300 Entertainment, Mielle Organics, Maroon 5, Revlon, The Coach Foundation, Dolce […]
President Biden speaks virtually to NASA’s Perseverance team after the rover successfully landed on Mars.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the internet video platform will lift its suspension of Donald Trump only after it determines that “the risk of violence has decreased.” On Jan. 12, YouTube determined that Trump’s channel violated the site’s policy against inciting violence, resulting in a suspension of least seven days. YouTube’s strike against the ex-president’s […]
The ramp up in 5G technology adoption is expected to boost demand for higher-priced chips used in phones and is likely to benefit semiconductor firms such as Broadcom. The company, which also makes chips for data centers and servers, stands to benefit from an extended remote working trend as people wait for vaccines to roll out. Broadcom forecast second-quarter revenue of about $6.5 billion, compared with analysts' estimates of $6.33 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
Frenchman Benoit Paire crashed out of the Argentina Open in disgrace on Thursday after he was docked a point for spitting, and then 'tanked' his final service game in a stormy second round clash against local favourite Francisco Cerundolo.
U.S. Border Patrol agents caught more than 4,500 migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday, according to government figures shared with Reuters, a big single-day tally that comes amid growing fears that illegal entries could soar in the coming weeks. The figure is comparable to the daily average of arrests in May 2019, the peak of a major border surge that former President Donald Trump used to justify his broad immigration crackdown. The rising arrests underscore a growing challenge for President Joe Biden as his administration seeks to shift to a more humane immigration system, while also trying to avoid a surge that would overwhelm it.
The Television Academy has signed a deal with diversity consulting firm ReadySet to evaluate the organization’s inclusion and representation practices. The announcement comes as another awards-giving body, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (which oversees the Golden Globes), has come under fire for its lack of any Black members. In the case of the TV Academy, […]
International sales agency The Open Reel has scored a number of sales at the Berlin European Film Market (EFM). Daniel Sánchez López’s BFI Flare LGBTIQ+ Film Festival selection “Boy Meets Boy,” a German production, has sold to Peccadillo Pictures for the U.K. and Ireland and to Optimale to France and Francophone territories. The film, about […]
A tsunami warning was issued for large stretches of New Zealand’s northeast coastline on March 5 after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake — the third in the country that morning — struck the Kermadec Islands, about 600 miles northeast of the North Island.New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency warned residents in areas ranging from the Bay of Islands down to Tolaga Bay to “move immediately” to higher ground or “as far inland as possible.”Ray Williams said this footage shows motorists seeking higher ground in Ōhope, a beach community on the North Island, as they wait out the tsunami warning.A tsunami warning was also issued in American Samoa, while Hawaii was placed under a tsunami watch. Credit: Ray Williams via Storyful
Democrats aren’t the only ones glad Joe Biden is in the Oval Office. Lachlan Murdoch, CEO of the company that owns Fox News Channel, is as well. Murdoch predicted Thursday that Fox News, the economic engine of his company, Fox Corporation, would lead cable news in the ratings once again after ceding ground in recent […]
Spain's Garbine Muguruza defeated Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the Qatar Open where she will face former fellow world number one and two-time major winner Victoria Azarenka.
Joan Weldon, an opera singer and actor who starred in the 1954 sci-fi film “Them!,” died on Feb. 11 in her home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., her family announced Thursday. She was 90. “With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Joan Louise Weldon Podell, a loving and devoted mother, wife, grandmother and dear friend, […]
Brazil's Health Ministry is in talks to receive 13 million doses of Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine in 2021, plus an additional 50 million for delivery by the end of January 2022, according to a ministry document seen by Reuters. An initial 1 million Moderna shots would arrive by the end of July, according to the document, which was delivered to senators by a ministry official discussing immunization plans with lawmakers.
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Hulu’s “The United States vs Billie Holiday” won the top prize and Aaron Sorkin (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”) was a double winner in AARP Magazine’s annual awards, while “This Is Us” and “The Queen’s Gambit” were saluted in AARP’s first TV honors. The winners: Picture/Movie for Grownups: “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” […]
A tsunami warning was issued for large stretches of New Zealand’s northeast coastline on March 5 after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake – the third in the country that morning – struck the Kermadec Islands, about 600 miles northeast of the North Island.New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency warned residents in areas ranging from the Bay of Islands down to Tolaga Bay to “move immediately” to higher ground or “or as far inland as possible.”A tsunami warning was also issued in American Samoa, while Hawaii was placed under a tsunami watch. Credit: Sacha Judd via Storyful
The director of "Courage," a documentary about three actors who threw themselves into the protests that erupted after Belarus's contested presidential elections last summer, hopes the film will help highlight the plight of political prisoners in the country. The film, which is showing at this year's Berlin Film Festival, follows the lives of a trio of actors who 15 years ago quit the Minsk State Theatre in protest against repression to set up their own underground theatre group. Last year, their time came when thousands took to the streets across the East European country of 10 million, saying that the election victory claimed by President Alexander Lukashenko was fraudulent.
An artist is using ultraviolet light as his mediumto create new spaces to safely interact with othersLocation: Rotterdam, Netherlands(SOUNDBITE) (English) ARTIST, DAAN ROOSEGAARDE, SAYING: “I think I really became inspired by using design, using science to create places which are safer, instead of being stuck in this Zoom screen all the time.”UVC light kills viruses and is invisible to the human eyeThe installation uses visible light to illustrate safe zones(SOUNDBITE) (English) ARTIST, DAAN ROOSEGAARDE, SAYING: "It's so important to invest in new ideas, to inspire and to create a better new normal. Because if we're not the architects of our future, we are its victims. This is not instead of a vaccine or the government rules, it's an extra barrier, an extra safe zone for schools, hospitals, train stations."