Aug 12 2020 New Office in New Mexico to Focus on Indigenous Cold Cases

U.S. officials have opened an office in New Mexico dedicated to investigating cold cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous people.  
The office in Albuquerque is part of an effort to address violence against Native Americans and Alaska Natives, particularly women and girls.  
It’s the fourth of seven offices that are being established across the country as part [...]


Aug 12 2020 Fourth Straight Night of Protests in Belarus

Thousands protested in Belarus for the fourth straight night Wednesday against what they said was the fraudulent election of President Alexander Lukashenko for a sixth term.
Demonstrators in Minsk formed human chains to try to block police from approaching.
Witnesses said on one street in the capital riot police fired rubber bullets at people who stood on [...]


Aug 12 2020 WHO Appeals for $76 Million to Help Lebanon

The World Health Organization is making a worldwide appeal for $76 million in aid to Lebanon a week after a massive explosion in Beirut devastated the port and destroyed hospitals, clinics and stores of medical supplies.
“In particular, we are concerned about the return of COVID-19 in Lebanon. We have launched an appeal for $76 million [...]


Aug 12 2020 Business Lobby Raises Concerns Over Trump Payroll Tax Break

The nation’s leading business group on Wednesday raised serious concerns about President Donald Trump’s move to defer Social Security payroll taxes for American workers, warning that the plan for a shot of economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic could prove unworkable.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a White House ally in battles to cut federal regulations [...]


Aug 12 2020 Tear Gas at Portland Protests Raises Concern About Pollution 

The presence of U.S. agents has diminished in Portland, Oregon, but city officials are still cleaning up tear gas residue from the streets, dirt and possibly the storm drains after the chemical was used frequently by both police and federal officers during more than two months of often-violent protests over racial injustice.
The Portland Bureau of [...]


Aug 12 2020 As China’s Vloggers Draw International Fans, Beijing Sees Soft Power Opportunity

At first glance, the videos conjure up visions of a secluded utopian paradise.
In one, a young woman rides on horseback in the dewy landscape of China’s southwestern Sichuan province, picks lily magnolias while wearing in a red cape and then cooks a large spread of dishes with the blossoms.

In another, she uses grape skins to [...]


Aug 12 2020 US Skeptical about Russian Claim of Effective COVID-19 Vaccine

Two top U.S. health officials are expressing skepticism about Vladimir Putin’s claim that Russian scientists have come up with the world’s first safe and effective vaccine.
“I seriously doubt that they’ve done that,” infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said. But he added that he hopes Moscow has indeed “actually definitively proven that the vaccine is [...]


Aug 12 2020 Biden, Harris Make Their Case to US Voters

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden took note of the historic moment Wednesday when introducing Senator Kamala Harris, his vice presidential choice, at a campaign event in Delaware.
Biden and Harris, who both came onstage wearing face masks because of the coronavirus pandemic, spoke from the stage of a high school in Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, [...]


Aug 12 2020 Trump Plans Campaign Swing Next Week as Counter to Democrats’ Convention

President Donald Trump is planning to visit four election battleground states next week as the Republican competes for attention with Democrats who will formally nominate Joe Biden as their presidential candidate.
A source familiar with the planning said Trump plans stops in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona and Pennsylvania, all of them states that may prove crucial to [...]


Aug 12 2020 CENTCOM Chief Warns of Resurgent IS Without Repatriation from Syrian Camps

The top U.S. general for military operations in the Middle East is warning of a potential Islamic State resurgence should the international community not act quickly to repatriate and deradicalize former members and supporters of the terror group who are in Syrian camps. 
“We’re buying ourselves a strategic problem 10 years down the road, 15 years down [...]