LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has detected 77 cases of the South African variant of COVID-19, the health minister said on Sunday, also urging people to strictly follow lockdown rules as the best precaution against Britain's own potentially more deadly variant. Matt Hancock said all 77 cases were connected to travel from South Africa and were under close observation, as were nine identified cases of a Brazilian variant. "They are under very close observation, and we have enhanced contact tracing to do everything we possibly can to stop them from spreading," he said during an interview on BBC telev...
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A MAGA candidate who's courting former President Donald Trump's endorsement and has tech billionaire Peter Thiel's backing is vying for the Republican nomination for Arizona Senate.
Blake Masters, a former Thiel employee who frequently appears on Tucker Carlson's Fox News program, is polling in the third place, despite his unconventional campaign and praise for the writings of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, reported Politico.
“I don’t think Arizonans want a moderate. I think they want someone who’s non-crazy,” Masters told the publication. “Look, I’m bold. I’m running a bold campaign. I’m not gonna mince words: I think our country is in a lot of trouble, and I talk about problems and solutions.”
The venture capitalist is president of the Thiel Foundation and co-author of a book with the right-wing tech billionaire, but he's a harsh critic of Big Tech, and he traffics in Trump's election lies, promotes the white nationalist "replacement theory and thinks “everybody should read” the Unabomber’s manifesto, “Industrial Society and Its Future.”
“I’m unique and differentiated and interesting," Masters told Politico, "and maybe that correlates to new leadership that knows what time it is. Instead of just like, ‘Hi, I’m a narcissist with political ambitions. Let me hire a consultant, please tell me what to say so I can get this position of power.’ Like, f*ck that, that’s what all these other people do.”
He also faced criticism for a 2006 anti-war essay he wrote for the libertarian LewRockwell.com site that included a quote from Nazi official Hermann Goering and argued the U.S. had not fought in a just war in 140 years, although Masters insists that he did not endorse the Nazi leader's views and says he went "too far" in denouncing American militarism.
“It definitely looks more nationalistic, but I think it’s a healthy nationalism,” Masters said of his vision for the Republican Party. “There’s that N-word — nationalism — that you’re not supposed to say.”
The Politico correspondent reminded him of the other N-word, and Masters had a ready answer.
“I said that on purpose because it’s like this taboo: ‘You couldn’t possibly be a nationalist!’" Masters said. "But if you don’t think the job of an American official is to look out for America first, and Americans first, before the world or the international community or Botswana? Like what the f*ck?”
When a specially equipped U.S. Border Patrol tactical team arrived on the scene of Tuesday's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, local police who were already in the scene wouldn't allow them to engage with the shooter, The New York Times reports.
"The agents from Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at some point between 12 p.m. and 12:10 p.m., according to the officials — far earlier than previously known," The Times' report stated. "But they did not breach the adjoining classrooms of the school where the gunman had locked himself in until a little before 1 p.m. Members of the federal tactical team killed the gunman."
But officials speaking to The Times say the Uvalde Police Department prevented the agents from going in sooner.
The new details further call into the question the thinking behind how law enforcement responded to the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers. The Border Patrol and ICE agents say they not understand why they were force to wait. All of the 21 victims died in the area where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, had holed himself in.
Read the full report at The New York Times.
A killer whale - orca - that strayed from the ocean and began swimming up the River Seine in France earlier this month is now at risk of dying, a researcher monitoring the mammal told local media.
"It is in a life-threatening condition ... its state of health is very poor," Gerard Mauger, vice-president of Cotentin Cetacean Study Group (GECC), was quoted as saying on France 3 television's website.
The whale is unable to find enough food in the river and the fresh water is increasingly damaging its health. "It is really complicated to find solutions to try to make it go back to the salt water", Mauger said, adding that helping the animal risked stressing it.
The 4-metre (13-foot) orca, identified as a male, was first spotted at the mouth of the Seine on May 16 between the port of Le Havre and the town of Honfleur in Normandy, before it travelled dozens of kilometers upstream to reach west of the city of Rouen.
Local state authorities were not immediately available for comment.
Muriel Arnal, president of French animal rights organization One Voice, told Reuters there was an urgent need to rescue the whale.
She also noted that male killer whales are "mummy's boys", generally sticking to their mothers their entire lives. "We have to be fast," Arnal said, suggesting that using nets to guide the orca would be less stressful than placing it on a barge.