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Biden says U.S. doesn't have a food shortage problem, 'we have a leadership problem'Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that America has “a leadership problem,” about food and nutrition in the face of the pandemic that has crippled the food distribution network.

5/19/2020 6:53:52 PM

China says U.S.'s Pompeo 'blackmailing' Hong Kong governmentChina said on Thursday U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is "blackmailing" the Hong Kong government with the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and that Washington's recent actions amount to blatant interference on China's internal affairs. Pompeo said on Wednesday the recent treatment of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong makes it harder to assess whether the territory remains highly autonomous from China, a requirement for special treatments the city gets under American law.

5/20/2020 11:26:01 PM

A police officer tried to use stun gun on Ahmaud Arbery in 2017A video shows officers questioning Arbery on why he was sitting in his car at a park. "I'm trying to chill on my day off. I'm up early in the morning trying to chill," he said.

5/19/2020 12:29:00 PM

UN official warns of escalating Libyan war citing foreignersThe top U.N. official in Libya warned Tuesday that the war in the North African country will “intensify, broaden and deepen” because of increasing foreign intervention and the influx of weapons, military equipment and mercenaries to both sides. Acting U.N. special envoy Stephanie Williams said the escalation will have “devastating consequences for the Libyan people” who are “getting lost in the mix, their voices crowded out.” Williams’ video briefing to the council came a day after forces allied with Libya’s U.N.-supported government wrested control of a key military base on the outskirts of the capital, Tripoli.

5/19/2020 5:41:48 PM

Florida partygoers throw bottles at police at massive weekend eventFlorida partygoers began throwing bottles and barstools at police as they made arrests at a weekend event hosting an estimated 3,000 people, officials reported Monday.

5/19/2020 5:49:21 AM

Chinese government offers farmers cash to quit breeding exotic animalsFarmers in China are being offered cash to quit breeding exotic animals, such as porcupines and king rattlesnakes, encouraging them to transition to other livestock and crops for tea or traditional medicine, as authorities crack down on the wildlife trade thought to be linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities in Hunan province are offering to pay £9 per kilogram of bamboo rat, or £14 per kilogram of cobra. A wild goose is worth about £280, and the civet cat – the animal believed to have carried the coronavirus that infected humans causing the Sars outbreak two decades ago – can fetch £70. A similar program has been announced in Jiangxi province. Like Hunan, Jiangxi has seen a rapid expansion of exotic animal farming over the last decade. In 2018, 1,500 breeding facilities in Jiangxi netted 10 billion yuan (£1.15 billion) in revenue, according to state media.

5/19/2020 3:47:20 AM

Michael Cohen is being released from prison due to COVID-19 and is expected to serve out the rest of his sentence under house arrest, according to reportA person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that Cohen would serve out the rest of his three-year sentence from home confinement.

5/20/2020 6:42:11 PM

Carlos Ghosn: US ex-Green Beret and son arrested over escape from JapanThe former soldier and his son are detained for allegedly helping the ex-Nissan boss flee Japan.

5/20/2020 10:31:35 AM

Michigan declares an emergency after 2 dams collapse threatening a town with 9 feet of floodingGov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency Tuesday evening and deployed the National Guard.

5/19/2020 10:19:05 PM

Saudi Ramadan TV dramas invite scrutiny of Israel tiesTwo Ramadan television dramas on a Saudi-controlled network have stirred controversy as they test public perceptions of quietly warming relations between the Gulf kingdom and Israel. Arab states including Saudi Arabia have no official diplomatic ties with Israel, but both sides are pursuing what one think tank calls a "tepid dance" to furtively build relations on the basis of shared animosity towards Iran. Now, two taboo-busting series during the holy fasting month —- the peak television season —- have fuelled speculation that Riyadh is trying to openly normalise closer ties with the Jewish state.

5/21/2020 2:02:02 AM