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Police ‘executed’ black man Andrew Brown Jnr in North Carolina shooting, lawyers say

Lawyer for the family a black man shot by sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina during an attempted arrest last week, said body camera footage showed he had been “executed” and accused officials of withholding evidence.Lawyers said 42-year-old of Andrew Brown Jnr had his hands on the steering wheel of his car when multiple deputies began firing at him in his driveway in Elizabeth City, a riverfront community near the Virginia border.The deputies continued to shoot after Brown drove his vehicle…

Elon Musk admits ‘bunch of people will probably die’ in first Mars missions

Tech billionaire Elon Musk expects some fatal accidents when his company starts sending people to Mars to explore and colonise the red planet.“Honestly, a bunch of people will probably die in the beginning,” the SpaceX boss said in a recent interview with XPrize founder Peter Diamandis. “It’s tough sledding over there.”He said rather than “an escape hatch for rich people”, Mars exploration will be treacherous.The race to put tourists in space, and house themThe pitch to get people to go reads…

Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1 trainers shatter records, selling at auction for US$1.8 million

A pair of Nike Air Yeezy 1s worn by rapper Kanye West sold for US$1.8 million, triple the previous record for trainers, Sotheby’s said on Monday, as the market for rare sports shoes soars.The shoes beat the record held by a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s which sold for US$615,000 in August 2020 at a Christie’s auction.The record price for trainers has been broken several times recently as what was seen as a niche market 10 years ago now attracts interest from the general public as well as leading…

US congressman Andy Kim is recruiting Asian Americans to run for political office

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Katherine Landergan and Daniel Han on politico.com on April 26, 2021.Representative Andy Kim was deep in thought when he retraced the path of the gunman who killed eight people last month near Atlanta. He had made the trip south less than two weeks after the attacks and drove the 40 minutes between the first spa the shooter stormed and the second.The New Jersey congressman left with few doubts about…

‘Yellow Objects’ show keeps Hong Kong protest themes alive with subversive humour and Canadian public funding

The streets of Hong Kong are quieter now but the themes of the city’s protest movement are being portrayed in a publicly funded Canadian play that takes its name from one of the most controversial moments of the unrest.Yellow Objects, a multimedia production that has received about C$80,000 (US$64,000) in Canadian taxpayer funding, is an effort to “keep our stories alive in spite of the oppressive National Security Law”, said Hong Kong-born playwright Derek Chan, referring to the 2020…

Coronavirus: US will share AstraZeneca vaccines with the world, says White House

The United States will begin sharing its entire pipeline of vaccines from AstraZeneca once the Covid-19 vaccine clears federal safety reviews, the White House said on Monday, with as many as 60 million doses expected to be available for export in the coming months.The move greatly expands on the Biden administration’s action last month to share about 4 million doses of the vaccine with Mexico and Canada. The AstraZeneca vaccine is widely in use around the world but not yet authorised by the US…

US supreme court to consider right for people to carry a handgun in public

The US Supreme Court will consider a major new Second Amendment dispute, agreeing to use a New York case to decide whether the government must let people carry a handgun in public for self-defence purposes.With the nation reeling from series of mass shootings, the justices said they will hear an appeal by a New York gun-rights group and two people who say the state is violating their constitutional rights by issuing carry licences only to those who can show a special need for protection.The…

Joe Biden’s first 100 days: more action, less golf, no Twitter drama

The card tucked in US President Joe Biden’s right jacket pocket must weigh a tonne. You can see the weight of it on his face when he digs it out, squints and ever-so-slowly reads aloud the latest tally of Covid-19 dead.Sometimes he’ll stumble on a digit – after all, flubs come with the man. But the message is always clear: the toll of the virus weighs on him constantly, a millstone that helps explain why the typically garrulous politician with the megawatt smile has often seemed downright dour…

Celebrities return to the red carpet as Academy Awards kick off in Hollywood

The red carpet is back. After the coronavirus pandemic forced awards shows to be cancelled or go virtual over the past year, movie stars and Hollywood A-listers returned on Sunday strutting their stuff, live and in person, on perhaps the most iconic red carpet of all: at the Oscars.It was a smaller-than-usual affair with fewer celebrities and cameras – and strict Covid-19 protocols in place. But there was no less glamour to grace the carpet set up at Los Angeles’ Mission Revival-style Union…

Loved ones remember hip-hop artist DMX at New York memorial celebration

Family members, friends and clergy members dressed in white and red honoured the life and faith of hip-hop icon DMX at his homegoing celebration Sunday in New York.Religious leaders and musicians prayed, sang and delivered moving tributes as members of DMX’s family sat in the first rows of the Christian Cultural Centre in Brooklyn. The private funeral service began 2:30pm. EDT Sunday and was broadcast live on BET and the network’s YouTube channel.The 50-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper and…

Kim Kardashian thanks Joe Biden for recognising mass killings in Armenia as genocide

Kim Kardashian thanked US President Joe Biden for acknowledging the mass killings of more than a million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide.“After more than a century of fighting for truth and acknowledgement, today the Armenian people received the recognition we have all been hoping and praying for, with President Biden declaring the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 a genocide,” she wrote on Twitter.Biden is the first president to formally recognise the killings as genocide,…

US must lift sanctions from 1,500 individuals to fix nuclear deal, Iran says

The United States must remove sanctions designations for some 1,500 individuals as part of efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear accord, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said in an interview with the state-run ICANA news agency on Sunday.Araghchi did not give more details but his comments are in line with Iran’s demands that the US lift both the sanctions it reimposed on the Islamic Republic after then-President Donald Trump abandoned the landmark agreement and hundreds of more…

Police search for attacker who left Asian man in critical condition in New York

A 61-year-old Asian man was attacked by a man who kicked him repeatedly in the head in East Harlem, police said.The man was collecting cans when he was attacked from behind, knocked to the ground and kicked in the head on Friday. He was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical but stable condition, police said.Surveillance video released by the police appears to show the attacker stomping on the victim’s head. The police department’s hate crimes task force is investigating the attack, the latest in…

Former US president George W Bush resurfaces as immigration advocate against Republican tide

Out of office for a dozen years and still castigated for his “war on terror”, former US president George W Bush has resurfaced as a passionate immigration advocate just as his Republican Party careers in the opposite direction.The 74-year-old Texan, whose invasion of Iraq and failure to implement immigration reform helped give rise to Donald Trump, is enjoying a resurgence of sorts in the aftermath of Trump’s erratic tenure.US troops in Afghanistan, the “forever war” of Bush’s presidency, now…

Oscars set to air in railway station as Chinese-American filmmaker’s Nomadland tipped to win big

It is guaranteed to be an Oscars like no other: broadcast live from a railway station, honouring films few saw in cinemas, and reuniting Hollywood’s A-listers for the first time in more than a year due to Covid-19.China-born director Chloe Zhao, whose drama Nomadland about transient Americans roaming the West in vans, is tipped to win best picture and in the running for five more Oscars. She is among the nominees set to emerge from long isolation on Sunday to take part in Tinseltown’s biggest…

Coronavirus: more than 1 billion vaccine shots administered worldwide

The number of Covid-19 vaccine shots administered globally surpassed the one-billion mark on Saturday, offering hope after months of pandemic misery, even as the number of coronavirus cases worldwide hit a new daily record, mainly to an explosion of the virus in India.At least 1,002,938,540 doses have been administered in 207 countries and territories, according to an AFP tally.Nevertheless, the number of new infections topped 893,000 worldwide on Friday, a new daily record.As Covid-19…

International Space Station crowd swells to 11 after arrival of SpaceX crew

The International Space Station’s population swelled to 11 on Saturday with the jubilant arrival of SpaceX’s third crew capsule in less than a year.It’s the biggest crowd up there in more than a decade.All of the astronauts – representing the US, Russia, Japan and France – managed to squeeze into camera view for a congratulatory call from the leaders of their space agencies.“In this tough situation around the world, I believe you have brought courage and hope for all of us,” Japanese Space…

Joe Biden formally recognises atrocities against Armenians in early 20th century as ‘genocide’

US President Joe Biden has formally recognised that the systematic killings and deportations of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by Ottoman Empire forces in the early 20th century were “genocide” – using a term for the atrocities that his White House predecessors have avoided for decades over concerns of alienating Turkey.With the acknowledgement, Biden followed through on a campaign promise he made a year ago on Saturday – the annual commemoration of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day – to…

Coronavirus: CDC panel urges US to resume use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines

US health advisers on Friday urged resuming Covid-19 vaccinations with Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot, saying its benefits outweigh a rare risk of blood clots – in line with Europe’s roll-out.Federal health officials uncovered 15 vaccine recipients who developed a highly unusual kind of blood clot, out of nearly 8 million people given the J&J shot. All were women, most under age 50. Three died, and seven remain hospitalised.Advisers to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said…

China’s Belt and Road projects face climate change challenges

A suspension bridge in Mozambique. A deep seaport in Pakistan. A dam in Niger. Beijing has countless projects like these as part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) global infrastructure plan, but experts have warned of their vulnerability to the costly consequences of climate change, including migration pressures, political unrest and rising sea levels.This week a group of defence ministers at the White House summit described climate change as a security threat – a “multiplier” that could…

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