Molotov cocktails used in most violent Portland protest so far: police – National

Protesters in Portland hurled several firebombs at officers in Oregon’s largest city during a demonstration over a Kentucky grand jury’s decision to not indict officers in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, police said, escalating tensions in a city that’s already seen nearly four months of nightly protests over racial injustice and police brutality. […]

Breonna Taylor protesters return to streets across U.S. for 2nd night of rallies – National

Louisville braced for a second night of unrest on Thursday after two policemen were shot and wounded during protests over a grand jury’s decision not to bring homicide charges against any of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Police Chief Robert Schroeder, whose department has been assisted by state police […]

Trump signs executive order on health care; attracts criticism from Democrats – National

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than three-and-a-half years into his presidency and 40 days from an election, U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday launched what aides termed a “vision” for health care heavy on unfulfilled aspirations. “It is affirmed, signed and done, so we can put that to rest,” Trump said after signing an executive […]

Model and Instagram ‘Catwoman’ jailed for series of masked burglaries – National

An Australian Instagram model and Catwoman cosplayer is heading back to prison for trying to play a cat burglar in real life, after she was convicted in a series of bizarre masked crimes last year. Monique Agostino, 25, was resentenced to a year in prison this month after she was caught breaking into a […]

Donald Trump booed while paying respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg – National

U.S. President Donald Trump was welcomed to the Supreme Court on Thursday with loud boos and chants of “Vote him out,” during a rare public appearance to pay his respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the late justice whom he is rushing to replace. Ginsburg, 87, died last week after serving 27 years on the […]

‘We gave our sweat and blood’: Palm oil labour abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks – National

Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his Indonesian passport, he says, leaving him vulnerable to arrest. Night after night, […]

EU slams Belarus president’s ‘inauguration,’ says it will only deepen crisis – National

The European Union said Thursday that the swearing-in of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to a sixth term during a secretive ceremony lacks democratic legitimacy, defies the will of the Belarusian people and will only deepen the country’s political crisis. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell reiterated that the 27-nation bloc did not recognize the […]

2,500 Swiss students quarantined for coronavirus after off-campus partying – National

Swiss health authorities have ordered a quarantine for a staggering 2,500 students at a prestigious hospitality management school in the city of Lausanne after “significant outbreaks” of the coronavirus that are a suspected byproduct of off-campus partying. Authorities in Switzerland’s Vaud canton, or region, said all undergraduates at the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, known […]

Breonna Taylor death: Experts say case shows limits of law when police use deadly force – National

“Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” became a rallying cry this summer, emblazoned on T-shirts worn by celebrities and sports stars while protesters filled the streets demanding police accountability. In the end, none of the officers were charged with Taylor’s killing, although one was indicted for shooting into a neighbouring home that had people inside. The outcome demonstrates the vast disconnect […]

Japan’s new PM seeks to strengthen South Korea ties, unite against northern threat – National

Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, spoke to South Korea’s president for the first time on Thursday, calling for both countries to repair their frayed ties and cooperate to counter any threat from North Korea. Relations between the two U.S. allies have deteriorated sharply over the past year over war-time history and trade, in […]