House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff indicated Sunday that the whistleblower at the heart of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump may not testify over concerns about that person’s safety. Trump’s unrelenting barrage has spurred worries from Democrats that...
In a withering behind-the-scenes portrayal, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton accused him of sweeping misdeeds that included explicitly seeking Chinese President Xi Jinping’s help to win re-election. This report produced by Lisa Bernhard.
General Mark Milley said accompanying the president for a photo op preceded by a violent crackdown on protesters created the perception "of the military involved in domestic politics." This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of the Army spoke out about bases honoring Confederate leaders. According to Business Insider, they both are open to talking about renaming the bases. The statement comes after two weeks of nationwide protests over police brutality and systemic racism. In the past, Army officials said they had “"no plans to rename any street or installation.
When US Defense Secretary Mark Esper publicly split with President Donald Trump amid nationwide protests, he was gambling with his career. Business Insider reports Trump was furious with Esper for not supporting him in sending in active-duty US troops to forcefully subdue protests. Trump has repeatedly said he wants to "deploy the United States military" to stamp out the demonstrations, triggered by the death of George Floyd.
Business Insider reports Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is in hot water with top White House brass. Esper said on Wednesday that he opposed sending active-duty troops to respond to protests and unrest except in the "most urgent and dire of situations." He said the current situation didn't merit such a drastic response and that he doesn't support invoking the Insurrection Act.
Music and the sound of heels clacking on the hardwood floors of a Syrian dance studio could be heard for the first time in two months, as the government began loosening restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz challenged actor Ron Perlman to a wrestling match with Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. According to Business Insider, Cruz did this because Perlman called Jordan ugly. It first began with Perlman getting into a Twitter fight with Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz. While they went back and forth, Perlman mentioned Jordan as the “ugliest politician.” Cruz then intervened and Perlman said he shouldn’t offer other men to fight but do it himself.
San Antonio, Texas passed a resolution calling terms such as “Chinese virus” and “kung-fu virus” hate speech. According to Business Insider, the resolution also covers anti-Semitic speech and encourages people to report it to authorities. Sen. Ted Cruz called the resolution “nuts,” saying the city council was “behaving like a lefty college faculty lounge.” Yet he also suggested they investigate The New York Times and CNN who said “Chinese coronavirus” in their reporting.
For many who were critical of the Chinese government, Hong Kong was a convenient place to be. But according to CNN, that bolthole is quickly closing, as China says that they can now be arrested there, even if only transferring through the airport. First under British colonial rule and then after its handover to China, Hong Kong has offered legal protection from the mainland Communist Party for decades.
Equity benchmark indices continued their upward momentum on Friday but the gains in IT and realty sectors were capped by PSU banks. At the closing bell, the BSE SandP Sensex was up by 178 points or 0.5 per cent at 36,021 while the Nifty 50 edged higher by 56 points or 0.53 per cent at 10,607. Sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were mixed with Nifty IT and realty gaining by 1 per cent each but PSU bank down by 0.9 per cent. Among stocks, Eicher Motors was up by 4.18 per cent at Rs 19,121 per share while Hero MotoCorp accelerated by 2.6 per cent, Bajaj Auto by 1.9 per cent and Tata Motors by 1.8 per cent. Adani Ports closed 4.1 per cent higher at Rs 361 per share. Tata Consultancy Services gained by 1.7 per cent while Bharti Airtel and Bharti Infratel were up by 4 per cent and 1.8 per cent respectively. Reliance Industries edged higher by 1.53 per cent to Rs 1,785.50 per share after Intel Corp said it will invest Rs 1,894 crore in Jio Platforms in exchange for a 0.39 per cent stake, the latest big-ticket investment in its digital unit. But metal stocks fell with JSW Steel and Tata Steel down by 1.7 per cent each and Hindalco by 1 per cent. IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank, Bajaj Finance and Bajaj Finserv too traded with a negative bias. Meanwhile, Asian shares rallied to a four-month high on robust US payrolls data and a brisk pickup in Chinese service sector activity. Shanghai Composite closed 2.01 per cent higher. Japan's Nikkei rose by 0.72 per cent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up by 0.99 per cent.
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists are discussing a plan to create an unofficial parliament-in-exile to keep the flame of freedom alive and send a message to China that freedom cannot be crushed, campaigner Simon Cheng told Reuters on Thursday (July 2). Soraya Ali reports.