National Newswatch

Ron Popeil, inventor and king of TV pitchmen, dies at 86

Jul 29 2021 — — Ron Popeil, the quintessential TV pitchman and inventor known to generations of viewers for hawking products including the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ, has died, his family said. Popeil died “suddenly and peacefully” Wednesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his family said in a statement. […]

Capitol police testimony blunts GOP’s law-and-order message

Jul 27 2021 — — The Republican Party’s self-portrayal as champions of law and order collided with searing testimony Tuesday from police officers themselves. Officers described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent Trump-inspired insurrectionists on Jan. 6. Will it matter in next year’s elections? Heading into the 2022 midterms, the GOP is seeking […]

Racism of rioters takes center stage in Jan. 6 hearing

Jul 27 2021 — — It had only been hinted at in previous public examinations of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection: Scores of rioters attacked police officers not just with makeshift weapons, stun guns and fists, but with racist slurs and accusations of treason. Four officers, two from the U.S. Capitol Police and two from the D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department, […]

First person tried under Hong Kong security law found guilty

Jul 27 2021 — — The first person to be tried under Hong Kong’s sweeping national security law was found guilty of secessionism and terrorism on Tuesday in a ruling closely watched for indications of how the law will be applied as China tightens its grip on the city long known for its freedoms. Tong Ying-kit was charged with inciting […]

At first Jan. 6 hearing, police to detail violence, injuries

Jul 27 2021 — — Democrats are launching their investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection Tuesday with a focus on the law enforcement officers who were attacked and beaten as the rioters broke into the building — an effort to put a human face on the violence of the day. The police officers who are scheduled to testify endured […]

Tokyo reports record virus cases days after Olympics begin

Jul 27 2021 — — Japan’s capital, Tokyo, reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, days after the Olympics began. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged people to avoid non-essential outings, but said there was no need to consider a suspension of the Games. Tokyo reported 2,848 new COVID-19 cases, exceeding its earlier record of 2,520 daily cases […]

Russia unveils new fighter, Putin hails country’s air power

Jul 20 2021 — — Russian aircraft makers on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of a new fighter jet that features stealth capabilities and other advanced characteristics. Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the prospective warplane displayed with much fanfare at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Salon. The air show opened Tuesday in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi developed […]

Official: Haiti’s interim prime minister to step down

Jul 19 2021 — — Haiti’s designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry will replace the country’s interim prime minister to honor the wishes of the country’s slain president, an official told The Associated Press on Monday. It wasn’t immediately clear how quickly interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who has been leading Haiti with the backing of police and the military since […]

2 athletes in Olympic Village test positive for COVID-19

Jul 18 2021 — — Two athletes living in the Olympic Village have tested positive for COVID-19, the first to do so with the Tokyo Games opening on Friday. Organizers confirmed the positive tests on Sunday and both were listed as non-Japanese. No names or other details were provided. Organizers on Sunday also said another athlete had tested positive but […]

Greenland suspends oil exploration because of climate change

Jul 16 2021 — — The left-leaning government on Greenland which could be sitting on vast oil reserves, has decided to suspend all oil exploration off the the world’s largest island, calling it is “a natural step” because the Arctic government “takes the climate crisis seriously.” No oil has yet been found in the waters of Greenland which had ambitions […]

The Weeknd and BTS hope to raise billions for Global Citizen

Jul 13 2021 — — The Weeknd, BTS and Billie Eilish will take part in Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour event on Sept. 21 that’s intended to raise money and awareness to fight worldwide threats including COVID-19, climate change and extreme poverty. Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, is hoping the event, timed to the United Nations General Assembly, will […]

Pfizer to discuss COVID-19 vaccine booster with US officials

Jul 12 2021 — — Pfizer says it plans to meet with top U.S. health officials Monday to discuss the drugmaker’s request for federal authorization of a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser acknowledged that “it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely” that booster shots will be needed. The company said it was scheduled […]

Oliver Stone revisits JFK assassination in new documentary

Jul 12 2021 — — Thirty years after “JFK,” Oliver Stone has returned to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, this time in a documentary. “JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass” is a kind of non-fiction addendum to one of Stone’s most sensational and controversial films. The documentary, which is to premiere Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, is likely […]