Washington (AFP) - The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped a quarter of a million on Tuesday, with the US government predicting a further surge in fatalities as an international vaccine drive garnered $8 billion in pledges.The dire forecast from the United States came as much of the Western world emerged from weeks of lockdown, with hopes that the disease may have peaked in Europe, where deaths in the worst affected countries have dropped after nearly two months of confinement.But the global progress did little to cool a war of words between the US and China over responsibil...
On Thursday, by a vote of 7 to 4, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit overturned the conviction of former Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) and ordered a new trial to take place.
The court ruled that a district judge overstepped his boundaries by removing a juror who claimed to have been informed of Brown's innocence by divine intervention.
"This appeal requires us to decide whether a district judge abused his discretion by removing a juror who expressed… https://t.co/mtfJYA21S1— Rick Hasen (@Rick Hasen)1620344349.0
Brown, who represented the Jacksonville area in Congress, was sentenced to five years in federal prison in 2017 after being convicted of fraud and tax crimes, including raising $800,000 for a fake charity. Also convicted were her former chief of staff and the manager of the charity.
President Joe Biden is nearing a foreign policy victory in the Middle East, according to a new report.
"The United States and Iran could each come back into compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal within weeks, a senior State Department official said on Thursday, on the eve of what could be a final round of negotiations before an agreement is brokered. Significant hurdles remain. But the comments were an optimistic signal by the Biden administration that an American return to the accord between Iran and world powers could be within reach," The New York Times reported Thursday.
The Trump administration withdrew from the agreement in 2018.
"Briefing journalists on the condition of anonymity, the senior official described the likelihood of an agreement before Iran's presidential elections in mid-June as both possible and doable. He did not rule out that it could come in the round of talks that begin on Friday in Vienna," the newspaper explained. "Still, the official cautioned that the United States and Iran continued to diverge on the extent to which each side needed to comply with the original terms of the 2015 deal — namely, unwinding economic sanctions by Washington in exchange for Tehran scaling back its nuclear program."
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GOP reduced to hoping California will suffer horrible wildfires to save their floundering Newsom recall: report
California Republicans got their wish: barring a freak development, they have the signatures to trigger a recall election against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom this year, setting off an expensive election just a year before he stands for a second term.
The only problem: they have no credible plan to beat a relatively popular Democratic governor in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by two to one in registrations. And according to The Washington Post, some Republicans are now reduced to hoping that Newsom faces a massive wildfire season and bungles it, to drive down his popularity.
'Republican optimism about the recall has focused less on what's happening than on what could, with months left for Newsom to make blunders or look outmatched by the state's fire season," reported Dave Weigel. "But the first week of the recall campaign has been encouraging to Democrats."
The GOP had originally been planning to run on public resentment towards California's rigorous anti-COVID lockdowns. The problem is, these lockdowns have worked — California's COVID cases have fallen sharply — and with the state scheduled to mostly re-open on June 15 if certain conditions are met, the lockdowns could be a distant memory when the recall actually takes place.
According to the report, Republicans have also already blown through most of the $5.45 million they raised for the recall, and they have few credible challengers to Newsom. Among them is John Cox, a failed 2018 candidate who has been campaigning with a 1,000-pound bear, and former Olympian and transgender icon Caitlyn Jenner, whose campaign has been met with widespread derision as she ties her tongue in knots on policy.
Recent polls have suggested Republicans are not winning the votes they need to approve the recall.
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