Israel tightens coronavirus lockdown as cases continue surge toward ‘edge of abyss’ – National

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet decided on Thursday to tighten Israel’s coronavirus lockdown after he voiced alarm that a surge in infections was pushing the nation to “the edge of the abyss.” Israel went back into lockdown, its second during the pandemic, on Sept. 18. But over the past week, the number of daily […]

Beta brings heavy rain to several states as storm continues slow trek across south – National

A weakened Beta continued its slow trek across several Southern states on Wednesday, bringing rainfall to parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi after having flooded homes and roadways in Texas. Houston began drying out on Wednesday after some parts of the metro area got nearly 14 inches (35.6 centimetres) of rain over the last […]

Total of 70 beached whales rescued off Australia coast, but hundreds more lost – National

Authorities revised up the number of pilot whales rescued from Australia’s worst mass stranding from 50 to 70 on Thursday, as the focus shifted to removing 380 carcasses from Tasmania state shallows. The number of rescues had been estimated at 50 late Wednesday, but 20 more came to light following later discussions with rescue […]

North Korea fired at a South Korean government official, burned his body: Seoul – National

South Korea on Thursday accused North Korea of firing at a South Korean government official and burning his body and urged the North to punish those responsible. The man was a government official who disappeared Monday from a South Korean ship that was checking on potential unauthorized fishing near the inter-Korean sea boundary where […]

Protesters march in Kentucky after officers not charged in death of Breonna Taylor – National

Angry, confused and shedding tears, demonstrators who spent months calling for justice in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor resumed their protests Wednesday after prosecutors announced a single officer had been indicted — but not on charges involving the Black woman’s death. The protests, which rekindled as soon as news of the grand […]

U.S. election: Trump won’t commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses to Biden – National

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. “We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said at a news conference, responding to a question about whether he’d commit to a peaceful transfer of power. “You know […]

Lebanon leader asks for help, says Beirut is ‘trying to rise from its rubble’ – National

Facing an economic meltdown and other crises, Lebanon’s president on Wednesday asked for the world’s help to rebuild the capital’s main port and neighbourhoods that were blown away in last month’s catastrophic explosion. President Michel Aoun made the plea in a prerecorded speech to the U.N. General Assembly’s virtual summit, telling world leaders that […]

‘Jesus of Siberia’ arrested on cult-related charges in Russia – National

Russian authorities have arrested an accused cult leader who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus after a major operation to extract him from the community he runs in Siberia. Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop, 59, was arrested Tuesday in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee. The police officer-turned-mystic had been living in Siberia for […]

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko sworn in at unannounced inauguration – National

KYIV, Ukraine — President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn in Wednesday to his sixth term in office at an inaugural ceremony that was not announced in advance amid weeks of huge protests of the authoritarian leader’s reelection, which the opposition says was rigged. One opposition leader called the secretive ceremony “a farce,” and […]

Police officer charged in Breonna Taylor case — but not for her death – National

EDITOR’S NOTE: This copy has been updated to reflect that a former officer has been charged in relation to the raid that led to Breonna Taylor’s death, but is not being charged for her death. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted a single police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments […]