National Newswatch

Andrew Giuliani, son of former mayor, to run for NY governor

May 18 2021 — — Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, announced Tuesday he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of New York, potentially setting up a battle with third-term incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo. “Giuliani vs. Cuomo. Holy smokes. It’s Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier,” the 35-year-old said in an interview with the […]

Israel says Gaza tunnels destroyed in heavy airstrikes

May 17 2021 — — The Israeli military unleashed a wave of heavy airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Monday, saying it destroyed 15 kilometers (nine miles) of militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders. Residents of Gaza awakened by the overnight barrage described it as the heaviest since the war began a week ago, and even more […]

Full-blown boycott pushed for Beijing Olympics

May 17 2021 — — Groups alleging human-rights abuses against minorities in China are calling for a full-blown boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a move likely to ratchet up pressure on the International Olympic Committee, athletes, sponsors and sports federations. A coalition representing Uyghurs, Tibetans, residents of Hong Kong and others issued a statement Monday calling for […]

Israel kills 42 in Gaza as Netanyahu warns war will go on

May 16 2021 — — Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people Sunday, Palestinian medics said. Despite the heavy death toll and international efforts to broker a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled the fourth war with Gaza’s Hamas rulers would rage on. In a televised address, Netanyahu said Sunday evening the […]

Company: Ex-Trump lawyer raiding nonprofit for personal use

May 15 2021 — — Former Trump attorney and self-proclaimed “Kraken releaser” Sidney Powell has told prospective donors that her group, Defending the Republic, is a legal defense fund to protect the integrity of U.S. elections. But the company suing Powell over her baseless claims of a rigged presidential election says the true beneficiary of her social welfare organization is […]

US warns extremists may strike as virus restrictions ease

May 15 2021 — Ben Fox, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — A national terrorism alert issued Friday warns that violent extremists may take advantage of the easing of pandemic restrictions to conduct attacks. The alert does not cite any specific threats. But it warns of potential danger from an increasingly complex and volatile mix that includes domestic terrorists inspired by various grievances, racial […]

Kardashians reveal mystery behind Nori’s Black Book

May 15 2021 — Leanne Italie, The Associated Press — NEW YORK (AP) — Kardashian fans were tickled by a big reveal: A California government worker is behind a mystery social media handle that's been cranking out droll posts from North West's point of view since Kim's eldest was born seven years ago. She's Natalie Franklin, 34, of Sacramento, and she was thrilled to appear […]

UK jubilant as lockdown restrictions to be lifted next week

May 14 2021 — — When London’s Science Museum reopens next week, it will have some new artifacts: empty vaccine vials, testing kits and other items collected during the pandemic, to be featured in a new COVID-19 display. Britain isn’t quite ready to consign the coronavirus to a museum — the outbreak is far from over here. But there is […]

Pro-Trump lawmaker compares U.S. Capitol riot to ‘normal tourist visit’

May 14 2021 — — A Republican member of Congress compared the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as a “normal tourist visit” on Wednesday, in a counter-factual defence of the deadly riot that former U.S. president Donald Trump helped incite. Rep. Andrew Clyde, a rookie lawmaker from Georgia, claimed there was “no insurrection” during a House Oversight and […]

Israeli tanks pound Gaza ahead of possible ground incursion

May 14 2021 — — Israeli artillery pounded northern Gaza early Friday in an attempt to destroy a vast network of militant tunnels inside the territory, the military said, bringing the front lines closer to dense civilian areas and paving the way for a potential ground invasion. Israel has massed troops along the border and called up 9,000 reservists following […]