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Metallica, Mariah Carey and the Jonas Brothers will be among the acts performing in New York's Central Park at this year's Global Citizen Festival, the organization announced Thursday.
Rosalia, Charlie Puth, Maneskin and Mickey Guyton will join them in taking the stage at the event, which is now in its 10th year and is aimed at drumming up support for preserving international aid to eradicate extreme poverty, in addition to a number of other causes.
The Central Park concert is slated for September 24 as is a sister show in Accra, where Usher, SZA, Stormzy, H.E.R., Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and Tems are all scheduled to perform.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement his country was "honored" to host Global Citizen.
"We owe to the next generation to live in a world free from poverty, disease and the degradation of the environment," he said. "We must align forces to make an impact in Africa."
Taking place since 2012 as world leaders gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, Global Citizen distributes tickets for free to supporters who pledge to take actions such as sending letters to their governments in support of development aid.
The 2022 event, which Priyanka Chopra Jonas will host, calls on world leaders as well as philanthropists to relieve debt, empower girls, improve food access and invest in climate solutions in countries that suffer climate change's worst effects but whose carbon emissions pale in comparison to the globe's richest nations.
"Decades of systemic and political failures have led humanity into the midst of converging and rapidly deteriorating crises -- climate, hunger, health, war and conflict," Hugh Evans, Global Citizen's co-founder and CEO, said in a statement.
"The most marginalized populations are paying the price of the stagnant inaction of our leaders, and now millions of lives, and the future of our planet, are at stake."
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A Missouri couple's truck was found out of state riddled with bullet holes and spattered with blood, and their family members say they were involved with dangerous white supremacists.
Stephen Walker, a 50-year-old with Aryan Brotherhood tattoos, and his 22-year-old wife Audrey Slack Walker left for Oklahoma in January and had been living in a hotel in Edmonds before they vanished, the woman's sister told KWTV-DT.
“He has a ton of racist tattoos, like he's a skinhead through and through,” said Audrey's sister Katelin.
She said the family was not thrilled by Audrey's marriage to the much older white supremacist, and Katelin said they got married in Las Vegas "on a whim," and family members have been caring for her 5-year-old daughter.
“It's kind of rocked us a lot, we honestly just want her to come back," Katelin said. "We need her in our family and in our lives, there's no hard feelings and we just need to know she's alive."
The couple was last seen on Jan. 11, and their pickup truck was recently found with bullet holes, traces of blood and bleach stains, and Katelin said they are presumed dead.
“They asked for blood or saliva samples from my mom or my niece because they are looking for bodies at this point,” she said.
Proud Boys member swore he was 'handing out Bibles' on Jan. 6 — but his ankle monitor suggested otherwise
Many of the accused and arrested people involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol were captured in photographs and videos either outside the building or inside. Others were shown in police body camera videos and even social media posts from their fellow attackers. But one man is, a convicted burglar, told his parole officer that his trip to Washington, D.C. was to help the Gideons International hand out Bibles.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Bryan Betancur is finally admitting that he went to Washington to join members of the Proud Boys in the attack on the Capitol.
According to the plea deal, Betancur went to the rally for former President Donald Trump and stormed the Capitol in the effort to stop the certification of the 2020 election for President-elect Joe Biden.
Betancur was described by the FBI as a white supremacist living with his mother in Silver Spring, Maryland, which is mere miles from the Washington, D.C. line. On Wednesday he was sentenced to just four months behind bars for his participation in the riot.
The main thing that helped the police nab him is that he was wearing an ankle monitor required by probation officials. So, Betancur was tracked from the Ellipse at the White House, marching to the U.S. Capitol, and then to Union Station.
Betancur's lawyer tried a plea that other Jan. 6 attackers have attempted, claiming that he bought into "a falsehood advertised to millions — that former Vice President Mike Pence had the power to overturn the ‘fraudulent election.'" The lawyer also said that Betancur “struggles with mental health issues, which he does not and cannot bring himself to discuss. Instead, he puts on a brave face," the Post reported.
Judge Timothy J. Kelly, who was appointed by Donald Trump in 2017, has been criticized for handing out low sentences in Jan. 6 cases. In this case, Betancur is going to jail for just four months.
"Prosecutor Maria Y. Fedor asked for a six-month term in her sentencing memo, saying Betancur’s Jan. 6 visit to Washington wasn’t the first time he lied to probation officials to get approval to leave Maryland," the report said. "After gaining permission to hand out Bibles for the Gideons in D.C. a month earlier, on Dec. 12, he took part in the Proud Boys’ violent pro-Trump rally in the District that day, Fedor said."