National Newswatch

For nation’s birthday, Trump slams the enemies within

Jul 4 2020 — — On a day meant for unity and celebration, President Donald Trump vowed to “safeguard our values” from enemies within – leftists, looters, agitators, he said – in a Fourth of July speech packed with all the grievances and combativeness of his political rallies. Trump watched paratroopers float to the ground in a tribute to America, […]

World breaks daily record for new coronavirus cases: WHO

Jul 4 2020 — — Pubs, hair salons and movie theatres across England reopened Saturday as part of Britain’s biggest step toward post-outbreak normal, while South Africa and other parts of the world signalled anything but — reporting another day of record confirmed coronavirus cases. Many people relished the easing of restrictions on public life that had shuttered U.K. restaurants […]

Florida police laugh about shooting protesters with rubber bullets, video shows

Jul 2 2020 — — Florida police officers can be heard laughing and celebrating after shooting protesters with rubber bullets during a May protest against police brutality, according to newly released body camera footage. In response to a story by the Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale police posted a video on its official YouTube channel Wednesday taken from the body camera […]

Carl Reiner, beloved creator of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ dies at 98

Jun 30 2020 — — Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” has died, according to reports. He was 98. Reiner, who was […]

Fallout grows as White House distances Trump from report of bounties on U.S. troops

Jun 29 2020 — — Eight Republican lawmakers attended a White House briefing Monday about explosive allegations that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan — intelligence the president himself was said to have not been fully read in on. Members of Congress in both parties called for additional information and consequences for Russia […]

Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus

Jun 23 2020 — — Novak Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia. The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive. “The […]

Pompeo calls on China to release two Michaels, says U.S. stands with Canada

Jun 22 2020 — — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling on China to release two Canadian men that he says face “groundless” charges of spying. Chinese authorities announced the charges against Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on Friday, after they had spent more than 550 days in prison without access to lawyers or family. Since January, China […]

China to Canada PM: Stop ‘irresponsible remarks’ on spy case

Jun 22 2020 — — China told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday to “stop making irresponsible remarks” after he said Beijing‘s decision to charge two Canadians with spying was linked to his country’s arrest of a Chinese tech executive. The spying charges are “completely different” from the case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, a foreign ministry spokesman said. Meng […]

WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases

Jun 21 2020 — — The World Health Organization on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours. The UN health agency said Brazil led the way with 54,771 cases tallied and the U.S. next at 36,617. Over 15,400 came in in India.