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  1. Neuroscientists have discovered that reading a novel can improve brain function on a variety of levels. The recent study on the brain benefits of reading fiction was conducted at Emory University. The study titled, "Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain," was recently published in the journal Brain Connectivity. The researchers found that becoming engrossed in a novel enhances connectivity in the brain and improves brain function. Interestingly, reading fiction was found to improve the reader's ability to put themselves in another person's shoes and flex the imagination in a way that is similar to the visualization of a muscle memory in sports. Modern-day reading habits continue to evolve in a digital age. Statistics vary on exactly how many people are reading novels this decade compared to decades past. There is a definite trend for general readers to buy more fiction than nonfiction books — and to get facts, news and crystallized knowledge from the...
  2. The media minister has said that "people who are important" should be entitled to avoid tough quarantine rules when travelling to the UK. Speaking on Sky News, John Whittingdale was asked why players, officials and others coming to London for the Euros final on 11 July should be allowed in without self-isolating. He said: "We've always said that for some people who are important, players, for instance..." The presenter, Kay Burley, interrupted him, saying: "So people who want to go on holiday are not important. Is that what you're saying?" "No of course not. We're talking a very limited number of people who are coming in and they're also subject still to quite significant restrictions.
  3. Australians at the centre of the worst mouse plague in decades say the rodents are nibbling on their hair and nails while they sleep. But as Sarah Morice reports, farmers are worried a government plan to use a highly toxic poison on the mice will also kill native animals.
  4. Footage shows Mount Etna continuing to erupt in Sicily on Monday, as volcanic activity continues. The volcano was seen spewing huge amounts of lava, with clouds of ash billowing in the air. The Sicilian peak which is 3,329 metres (10,922 feet) high, is considered to be one of the world's most active volcanoes.
  5. Far from being a war against "white supremacy," the Biden administration's new "domestic terror" strategy clearly targets primarily those who oppose US government overreach and those who oppose capitalism and/or globalization. In the latest sign that the US government's War on Domestic Terror is growing in scope and scale, the White House on Tuesday revealed the nation's first ever government-wide strategy for confronting domestic terrorism. While cloaked in language about stemming racially motivated violence, the strategy places those deemed "anti-government" or "anti-authority" on a par with racist extremists and charts out policies that could easily be abused to silence or even criminalize online criticism of the government. Even more disturbing is the call to essentially fuse intelligence agencies, law enforcement, Silicon Valley, and "community" and "faith-based" organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, as well as unspecified foreign governments, as partners in this...
  6. In one of the most provocative sections of the government's landmark report on racial disparity this year, it argued that education has been the single most emphatic success story of the British ethnic minority experience. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) report stated that children from many ethnic communities largely do as well as or better than white pupils, with black Caribbean students the only group to perform less well. It continued that over the past half-century, new arrivals to Britain had "seized" on the "opportunities afforded" by the state school system and access to university. "The story for some ethnic groups has been one of remarkable social mobility, outperforming the national average and enabling them to attain success at the highest levels within a generation," it found.
  7. A Russian patrol ship and fighter jet have fired warning shots after the British destroyer HMS Defender violated the country's border in the Black Sea. The UK embassy's defense attaché has been summoned by officials in Moscow. According to Russia's Ministry of Defense, the British naval ship entered the country's territorial waters at 11:52am local time and traveled 3km inside the frontier, near Cape Fiolent, in Crimea. The peninsula is not recognized by the United Kingdom as Russian land and London believes it to be illegally occupied Ukrainian territory. "At 12:06 and 12:08, a border patrol ship fired warning shots," the Defense Ministry said. "(And) at 12:19, a Su-24m aircraft performed a warning bombing (4 OFAB-250) ahead of the course of the USS Defender." Four minutes later, at 12:23, the destroyer left Russian territory.
  8. In a shameless display of servitude, James Corden, UK actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer/propaganda mouthpiece has released a dystopian 'comedy sketch'-come pandemic theme tune, with pop idol Ariana Grande. The sketch was supposedly created to celebrate the end of lockdown in California but it also manages to squeeze in a promotion for the experimental gene-editing "vaccines" and a repugnant shout-out to Fauci. In the video we see a disheveled Cordon waking up from his slumber and exploring the post-lockdown streets of New York City, two weeks after getting his vaccine. He gleefully sings: "No lockdowns anymore, we can finally walk out the door, the sunlight is a fantasy". Sadly, this is not hyperbole, there were many who took the advice of 'health professionals' and locked themselves away in their solitary prisons for months on end, defying all logic. Cordon is then joined by Ariana Grande as they jubilate over the return to 'normality', which for them consists of getting...
  9. The 2012 spy drama Argo, starring Ben Affleck and based on the real-life CIA operation to exfiltrate six embassy staff trapped in Tehran following the 1979 revolution, was a big publicity boost for the agency. In late 2012 Ben Affleck was on the promotional circuit for Argo. Naturally, this led to questions about the CIA-Hollywood connection and, in one interview, Affleck commented "Probably Hollywood is full of CIA agents, and we just don't know it." When he was asked if he was working for the CIA Affleck replied, "I am, yes, and now you've blown my cover." 2001: Affleck's first contact with the Agency At the time these comments were widely interpreted as a joke, a flip response to an absurd question. But behind the scenes, Argo was supported by the CIA and Affleck had previously worked closely with the Agency when he played Jack Ryan in 2002's The Sum of All Fears.
  10. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, backed by French President Emmanuel Macron, reportedly wants the EU to consider "selective engagement" with Russia on issues of common interest and inviting President Vladimir Putin to a summit. French and German diplomats "wrongfooted" other EU member states at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday by proposing to invite Putin to a summit with the bloc's leaders, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing "people with knowledge of the discussions." According to FT, Merkel wants to revive EU relations with Russia along the template provided by last week's Geneva summit between Putin and US President Joe Biden. Though she meets and speaks with Putin on a regular basis herself, the German chancellor reportedly wants a format that allows the EU to address Russia "with one voice."
  11. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of a Pennsylvania teenager who sued after a profane social media post got her banished from her high school's cheerleading squad in a closely watched free speech case, but it declined to outright ban public schools from regulating off-campus speech. The justices ruled 8-1 that the punishment that Mahanoy Area School District officials gave to the plaintiff, Brandi Levy, for her social media post - made at a local convenience store in Mahanoy City on a weekend - violated her free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment. The decision was authored by liberal Justice Stephen Breyer. The case involved the free speech rights of America's roughly 50 million public school students. Many schools and educators have argued that their ability to curb bullying, threats, cheating and harassment - all frequently occurring online - should not be limited to school grounds.
  12. Warren Buffett announced Wednesday that he's resigning from his position as trustee at the Gates Foundation, as the divorce of its founders, Bill and Melinda, casts uncertainty on the leadership of one of the world's largest charitable organizations. Buffett, who's the eighth richest person in the world with a net worth of about $105 billion, pledged most of his fortune in 2006 to the Gates Foundation and to four other charitable trusts created by his family. In a statement, Buffett downplayed the significance of his departure, which represents an about-face for the Gates Foundation. A spokesperson for the foundation told reporters last month after the Gateses announced their divorce that "no changes to their roles or the organization are planned." Buffett said: "For years I have been a trustee - an inactive trustee at that - of only one recipient of my funds, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMG). I am now resigning from that post, just as I have done at all corporate boards...
  13. "The greatest threat to religious liberty in America today," said former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr in a recent speech, is "the increasingly militant and extreme secular-progressive climate of our state-run education system." Barr, whose high-profile career has demonstrated a deep commitment to the U.S. Constitution as written and intended, spoke to the religious liberty legal defense organization Alliance Defending Freedom. The legal lion put together a strong argument that a half-century of Supreme Court decisions combined with the left's long march through American institutions have pushed U.S. public schools so far from religious neutrality that many now comprise a government-established preference for the atheist religion. Government preferences for some religious views over others are unconstitutional under the First Amendment. Barr said: "The heavy-handed enforcement of secular-progressive orthodoxy through government-run schools is totally incompatible with traditional...
  14. We now know the name of the Chinese defector RedState first wrote about on June 4, who has been working with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for a few months, and what his position within the Chinese military and government was, among other details. Matthew Brazil and Jeff Stein at Spy Talk reported on the "rumor," and gave the name and background of the rumored defector: Chinese-language anti-communist media and Twitter are abuzz this week with rumors that a vice minister of State Security, Dong Jingwei (董经纬) defected in mid-February, flying from Hong Kong to the United States with his daughter, Dong Yang. Dong is, or was, a longtime official in China's Ministry of State Security (MSS), also known as the Guoanbu. His publicly available background indicates that he was responsible for the Ministry's counterintelligence efforts in China, i.e., spy-catching, since being promoted to vice minister in April 2018. If the stories are true, Dong would be the highest-level defector in...
  15. As we talked about earlier here on Human Events, the House and Senate are working to pass a bill called For the People Act. The bill has nothing to do with the people, however, and everything to do with giving big government more power. With career politicians Pelosi and Schumer running the show, you would think there would be more interest in the efforts to find out about election interference. Such is the case for 14 Republican House Members who have taken it upon themselves to get the answers we need regarding Mark Zuckerberg's involvement. In last year's tumultuous election, all eyes were on the Democrats as they ranted and raved daily about inequities. How it was unfair to ask for voter ID to elect someone to run our entire country, but ok to ask for ID to enter the Capitol, buy alcohol or cigarettes or board a plane. Perhaps it's time to rethink our priorities. But, putting that aside, certain companies, such as FaceBook put millions of dollars into making sure everyone could...
  16. Iranian authorities have thwarted what they called a "sabotage attack" targeting a civilian nuclear facility near the country's capital, state TV reported Wednesday, as details about the incident remained scarce. The attempted attack against a building belonging to Iran's Atomic Energy Organization "left no casualties or damages and was unable to disrupt the Iranian nuclear program," Iranian state television reported, adding that authorities were working to identify the perpetrators. Iranian media offered no details on the kind of attack, saying only that the move targeted a sprawling nuclear center located in Karaj city, just some 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Tehran. When asked for comment, an Iranian official referred to the initial report by Nournews, believed to be close to Iran's Supreme National Security Council. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as they did not have authorization to discuss the matter with media. The International Atomic Energy Agency,...
  17. A new study from archaeologists at University of Sydney and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, has provided important new evidence to answer the question "Who exactly were the Anglo-Saxons?" New findings based on studying skeletal remains clearly indicates the Anglo-Saxons were a melting pot of people from both migrant and local cultural groups and not one homogenous group from Western Europe. Professor Keith Dobney at the University of Sydney said the team's results indicate that "the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of early Medieval Britain were strikingly similar to contemporary Britain - full of people of different ancestries sharing a common language and culture".
  18. "Badass" new method uses a magnetised protein to activate brain cells rapidly, reversibly, and non-invasively. Researchers in the United States have developed a new method for controlling the brain circuits associated with complex animal behaviours, using genetic engineering to create a magnetised protein that activates specific groups of nerve cells from a distance. Understanding how the brain generates behaviour is one of the ultimate goals of neuroscience - and one of its most difficult questions. In recent years, researchers have developed a number of methods that enable them to remotely control specified groups of neurons and to probe the workings of neuronal circuits.
  19. Attorney warns that county could be "undermining the will of the people." A lawyer spearheading a major ballot audit inside Georgia's largest county is warning the irregularities apparent in that county's election management are "horrendous" and cut against "the basic principle of our democracy." Atlanta-based attorney Bob Cheeley made those claims while talking to Just the News editor-in-chief John Solomon on Tuesday night's "Securing our Elections: Protecting Your Vote" [starts 21:30] special on Real America's Voice. Cheeley is among the investigators approved by a Georgia court to audit the 2020 absentee ballots of Fulton County, Ga., a county critical to Joe Biden's historic 2020 win of Georgia that helped propel him to the White House.
  20. A dramatic new video shows the moment a Michigan cop shoots and kills a 19-year-old woman at a Juneteenth parade — and then crumples to the ground in tears. Authorities said the woman, Briana Sykes, drove up to the cop, who was on traffic duty during the Flint parade on Saturday, and fired at the officer, Fox affiliate WJBK-TV reported. The unnamed officer is seen on the footage yelling for Sykes to drop the weapon before he fires into the car. Police tried to revive Sykes at the scene to no avail — and the sobbing officer is seen falling to the ground in anguish. Sykes was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead, authorities said. One eyewitness told the station: "I kind of feel like him dropping, it was the devastation of the whole situation. I feel like the police was doing his job. He had a life to protect. Not only his, but we had a parade full of kids."
  21. Israel empowered health officials on Wednesday (Jun 23) to quarantine anyone deemed to have been exposed to an especially infectious variant of COVID-19, even if they were previously vaccinated or recovered from the disease with presumed immunity. The decision followed a warning by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday over new outbreaks caused by the Delta variant, with daily infections rising after weeks of low plateau credited to Israel's record mass-vaccination drive. Under the updated Health Ministry directives, vaccinated or formerly infected people can be ordered to self-isolate for up to 14 days if authorities believe they may have been in "close contact with a carrier of a dangerous virus variant". Such proximity could include having been passengers on the same plane, the ministry said - a possible dampener on Israel's gradual opening of its borders to vaccinated summer tourists. Addressing parliament, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said fines of "thousands of...
  22. In California v. Lange (2019), the California Court of Appeal held that a police offer may always enter a suspect's home without a warrant if the officer is in "hot pursuit" of the suspect and has probable cause to believe that the suspect has committed a misdemeanor. Today, in an important win for Fourth Amendment advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned that ruling. "We are not eager — more the reverse — to print a new permission slip for entering the home without a warrant," declared Justice Elena Kagan in Lange v. California. The case originated when Arthur Gregory Lange drew the attention of a California highway patrol officer for honking his horn and playing his car stereo at a loud volume, both of which are traffic infractions at worst. The officer followed Lange's car and ultimately switched on his overhead lights just a few seconds before Lange pulled into his own driveway. Lange, who says he never saw the officer's lights in his rearview mirror, entered his driveway...
  23. Last week, Revolver highlighted the disturbing number of key figures in the January 6 Capitol incident who have gone unnamed and unindicted even as the number of criminal cases federal officials have brought spirals into the hundreds. Read it here if you've been living under a rock. By now, it is a distinct possibility that many participants in the January 6 "riot" were associated with the government in some manner, be it as informants or full-blown agents. America's regime media is deeply committed to the narrative of January 6 as a planned "insurrection," so they have flailed desperately to debunk reporting by Revolver as well as Fox's "Tucker Carlson Tonight." Twitter's "neutral" "aggregators" made a cringeworthy clarification that only further bolstered Revolver's claims. Revolver will continue to report out the story of the Capitol incident and the federal government's potential role in instigating it. But there is another reason to suspect federal involvement in January 6:...
  24. Iran has successfully conducted its first remote surgery using a domestically developed robot which was controlled from a medical center around seven kilometers away from the operation room. On Wednesday, in the presence of Sorena Sattari, vice-president for science and technology, the first surgery using a domestically developed device was carried out on a dog. A vasectomy operation took place at Sina Hospital in Tehran by a remotely controlled device which was being operated by doctors at the Iran Advanced Clinical Skills Training Center, approximately seven kilometers away.
  25. Apple Daily, a Hong Kong-based newspaper, has announced that it is permanently closing days after hundreds of police officers raided its offices and froze its assets over allegations its breached China's national security law. Announcing the decision to shut down the publication, Apple Daily's management said it will "cease operation immediately after midnight" over concerns about "staff members safety." The publication's Thursday edition will be the newspaper's final printed copy. The statement from the management team was paired with a message posted by publisher Next Digital on the newspaper's website thanking readers for their support.
  26. Amid a growing row with the EU over the grounding of a passenger jet carrying an opposition activist last month, Belarus' bombastic leader has launched a new attack on Germany, comparing its sanctions policy to its role in WWII. Speaking at an event being held to mark the 80th anniversary of the Third Reich's invasion of the Soviet Union, veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko raged about the West's response to the incident. Between a quarter and a third of Belarusians are estimated to have died during WWII, the worst proportionate death toll of any country. Lukashenko, who has faced long-running protests after declaring victory in last year's disputed presidential election, claimed that sanctions imposed since were part of the West's "hybrid war" against the nation.
  27. The Iranian Foreign Ministry has vowed to enact a "double defeat" on Washington after the US authorities seized a number of websites belonging to news agencies from or associated with Tehran. Speaking on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Tehran deplores the US' efforts to undermine free speech and silence the voice of Iran's independent media. "Rejecting this illegal and bullying action, the Islamic Republic of Iran will pursue the issue through legal channels," he stressed, slamming the shameful double standards employed by Washington.
  28. Netflix's series 'Sexy Beasts' has debuted its first trailer, leaving users perplexed and hesitant about people dressing in elaborate animal costumes to go on dates. The streaming giant has already shown they have faith in the concept by ordering two seasons worth of 'Sexy Beasts' episodes, the first of which debuts on July 21. The concept of the series is that people will be put into professional-level makeup and prosthetics as mythical creatures or animals and then go on blind dates, the idea being that falling in love will be based entirely on personality and have nothing to do with people's physical appearances. "Do you have health insurance?" one cast member can be heard saying in the trailer as they are masked by elaborate panda makeup.
  29. Amid the horror of Israel's escalation of violence in May 2021, from bombing in Gaza to lynch mobs of Israeli settlers assaulting Palestinians, there was also coverage of a weapon Israeli forces are currently using for "crowd control", skunk water, developed by the Israeli company Odortec. Palestinian author Yara Hawari detailed how "the skunk" was developed against the popular protests in the West Bank and has been widely used including in the siege off Palestinian families resisting expulsion from Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem that sparked the latest round of violence. Skunk water is a concoction of chemicals smelling of sewage and rotting corpses that causes intense nausea, violent gagging and vomiting. It is also a weapon available in the United States, supplied by the company Mistral Security, which recommends its use at "border crossings, correctional facilities, demonstrations and sit-ins". Several police departments have already bought it, including in Ferguson, Missouri,...
  30., a Reddit-like service for people who seek "true insight into what is actually happening in the world" has accused Google and Apple of censoring its group chat on Telegram messenger. The service blamed "Big Tech oligarchs at Google and Apple" for the apparent glitch in the display of its Telegram chat on devices running Android and iOS operating systems. On Android, all comments were replaced with a notice stating that they "cannot be displayed on Telegram apps downloaded from the Google Play Store." The iOS version of the messenger simply refused to display the channel.
  31. I'm very interested in how doctors think. How do we use the information gained from talking to and examining a patient to reach a reasonable list of likely diagnoses (a so called "differential")? When we order a test, what specifically are we looking for, and how will we react to the result that comes back? More cynically, I'm curious about the extent to which we understand what the test result actually means. And what are the odds that we will make a correct decision based on the answer we get back? I think that anyone who has even a partial understanding of what doctors do understands that the practice of medicine, although based on scientific knowledge, isn't a science. Rather it is an art form. And as with all art forms, there are those who excel, and those who plod along, occasionally producing something nice or useful. Most people are probably aware of the fact that if you go to five different doctors with a problem, there is a significant probability that you will get five...
  32. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been much debate about the origins, treatment and rushed vaccines. Many doctors have been interviewed and consulted, with varying opinions about the virus, research, and the best medicines on the market to help those afflicted with the virus. One such doctor is Peter Daszak, a zoologist and president of the Eco-Health Alliance, a group based in New York City. His bio on the site says that his company is a US-based organization that conducts research and outreach programs on global health, conservation and international development. Unfortunately, when he participated in a statement for the medical journal, The Lancet, with other medical professionals, he was not 100% forthcoming. There may have been some factors that swayed his professional opinions on the COVID-19 virus and the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Now we know that EcoHealth gave over $600k in taxpayer dollars to The Wuhan Institute of Virology, and even more through grants. The...
  33. In a move that can only be described as the pinnacle of embracing snowflake culture, the CBC has said this week it is going to close comments on all of its news links and video posts to Facebook pages to protect the mental health of its journalists. Journalists - who used to be rugged and used to deal with varying opinions as part of the job description - are "fragile" and "in need of attention", like many other Canadians post-pandemic, the CBC wrote last week. Increasingly, they are facing "vitriol and harassment" for doing their jobs, the report notes. "For journalists, platforms like Twitter can be a great way to find sources and promote their work, but also a cesspool of hatred. Increasingly, reporters are also physically attacked," Andre Picard told CBC.
  34. More than 150 health-care workers who did not comply with a Houston-based hospital system's vaccine mandate have been fired or resigned, more than a week after a federal judge upheld the policy. Houston Methodist — one of the first health systems to require the coronavirus shots — terminated or accepted the resignations of 153 workers Tuesday, spokeswoman Gale Smith said. Smith declined to specify how many were in each category. The hospital system announced April 1 that staffers would need to be vaccinated to keep their jobs. While 24,947 workers did get vaccinated by earlier deadlines, Houston Methodist suspended 178 workers who had failed to do so on June 7, giving them an additional two weeks to prove they had been immunized. Twenty-five of those employees did get vaccinated, Smith said.
  35. China and North Korea have made a public show of solidarity, calling for regional stability amid signs from Washington that it is willing to hold talks with Pyongyang. In a rare opinion piece in Rodong Sinmun, the official mouthpiece of the Workers' Party of Korea, China's ambassador to North Korea Li Jinjun said the two sides should deepen cooperation in areas such as education, culture, health and agriculture, and expand communication for the "new starting point" in their "enduring and unbreakable" friendship. "China and North Korea are both countries that have emerged from suffering, and know the value of peace," Li wrote in the piece on Monday, the second anniversary of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to North Korea.
  36. More than 2,000 people signed an open letter saying Canadian media outlets "tiptoe around coverage of Israel and Palestinians." Two journalists from Canada's national broadcaster say they've been barred from covering the ongoing violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories after signing an open letter calling for more nuanced coverage. On May 14, an "open letter to Canadian newsrooms on covering Israel-Palestine" began circulating online. The letter, which has now been signed by more than 2,000 people, including many journalists, said Canadian media does not include enough context or Palestinian voices when covering "the ongoing nature of the Israeli occupation." It ended by asking for "fair and balanced coverage" of the conflict.
  37. The US patrol did not give prior notice to the Russians when they allegedly violated a disengagement agreement. Russian soldiers blocked the path of a US military patrol in northeastern Syria on Saturday for allegedly violating a security protocol, according to Russian media. Four US armoured vehicles were turned back along the M4 road, 10 kilometres west of the town of Tal Tamr, Hassakeh province, after Russian troops intervened, state-controlled outlet RT reported, quoting Kurdish sources.
  38. IKEA came under fire on Tuesday after one of its stores in Atlanta planned a menu in honor of Juneteenth that would feature fried chicken and watermelon. The Scandinavian furniture chain's Georgia location sent an email to employees last week alerting its staff members that "to honor the perseverance of Black Americans and acknowledge the progress yet to be made," the IKEA branch is rolling out the special menu on the federal holiday. The store-wide memo also announced that the it will be showcasing videos to observe Juneteenth. The special Juneteenth menu also included collard greens, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and candied yams — all traditional Southern comfort food.
  39. The Covid-19 pandemic saw an enormous growth in wealth disparity worldwide in 2020, the Credit Suisse Research Institute says. It reported a 5.2 million increase in the number of millionaires, to a total of 56.1 million people. "The repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic led to widespread rises in wealth inequality in 2020," the annual Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report states, claiming that the rich reportedly cashed in on surging stocks. The number of millionaires increased to 56.1 million people, who are reportedly holding 45.8% of the world's wealth - with 1.7 million of them residing in the US.
  40. On the eve of Father's Day, a young dad named Gyovanni Arzuaga was allegedly executed in the middle of a Chicago city street. He was 24 years old. According to CBS 2 Chicago, the crime was live-streamed on Facebook by an unidentified individual. The live stream depicts Arzuaga and his girlfriend, Yasmin Perez, being forcibly removed from their vehicle by a group of individuals, during a celebration for Puerto Rican People's Day. Arzuaga and Perez had two children together. In the video, the group of individuals appears to pull Arzuaga and Perez out of their car, before scattering. As Arzuaga and Perez lay on the concrete, a man appears to approach them "and [shoot] them at point blank range."
  41. In an apparent celebration of "Pride Month," the beloved children's series, "Sesame Street" released an episode titled "Family Day," which featured a gay couple and their daughter. "'Sesame Street' is celebrating Pride Month by going where it's never gone before," reported Yahoo! News. "This week, the iconic children's show dropped a very special episode called 'Family Day,' introducing two gay dads, Frank and Dave (the brother of Nina, who works as a bike store owner on the street), and their daughter, Mia." "Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion," wrote Alan Muraoka, who plays "Alan," on Facebook. "So I'm so excited to introduce Nina's Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street."
  42. The ancient Maya city of Tikal was a bustling metropolis and home to tens of thousands of people. The city comprised roads, paved plazas, towering pyramids, temples and palaces and thousands of homes for its residents, all supported by agriculture. Now researchers at the University of Cincinnati say Tikal's reservoirs — critical sources of city drinking water — were lined with trees and wild vegetation that would have provided scenic natural beauty in the heart of the busy city.
  43. The Vatican confirmed Tuesday it had lodged a diplomatic protest against a draft Italian law on homophobia, in what was described as an "unprecedented" act of interference in Italy's affairs. The so-called Zan law, currently being debated in Italy's parliament, seeks to punish acts of discrimination and incitement to violence against gay, lesbian, transgender and disabled people. According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, the Vatican argued in a letter, or "note verbale", that the bill violates the Concordat, the bilateral treaty between Rome and the Holy See, by curtailing Catholic freedom of belief and expression.
  44. Former President Trump issued a statement Thursday dismissing the threat of climate change and saying that President Biden should fire the joint chiefs of staff if they view it as a big problem for the country. The message from Trump, whose is still banned on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, comes as Biden makes his first foreign trip as president to Europe. Biden is expected to discuss climate change during the trip with other European leaders. Trump repeatedly downplayed climate change during his presidency, calling it a hoax and working to remove regulations put into place by the Obama administration to reduce U.S. carbon emissions. Biden in his first week in office returned the U.S. to the Paris climate agreement that Trump had removed the nation from. Trump's emailed statement on Thursday also took Biden's comments out of context. "Biden just said that he was told by the Joint Chiefs of Staff that Climate Change is our greatest threat. If that is the case,...
  45. Hundreds of birds are dying without explanation in parts of the South and Midwest. Wildlife experts in at least six states and Washington, D.C., have reported an increase in sick or dying birds in the past month. The most commonly afflicted birds are blue jays, common grackles and European starlings. "We're experiencing an unusual amount of bird mortality this year," said Kate Slankard, an avian biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "We have yet to figure out what the problem is. The condition seems to be pretty deadly." Symptoms include crusty or puffy eyes, neurological signs of seizures and an inability to stay balanced. Experts said the birds have been behaving as if they are blind and exhibit other abnormalities, such as not flying away when people get close.
  46. The heavy rains in the Valley of Mexico have affected, mainly in the State of Mexico, where there are floods in at least three municipalities: Atizapán, Ecatepec and Tlalnepantla. Mexican Civil Protection authorities called for extreme precautions in the face of road damage, after citizens published videos showing several cars under water. Citizens who were trapped in cars or workplaces assured that the water level reached up to 50 centimeters.
  47. The city of Calgary ​​​​​​is looking for a coyote that it believes has attacked three people in recent weeks. As Jenna Freeman reports, the victim of one of the attacks is still reeling from the close encounter.
  48. The forest department of Uttarakhand has swung into action after a 38-year-old man was attacked and killed by a leopard in Pauri district on Tuesday. The incident occurred in Mala Bhainsoda village when one Dinesh Chandra had gone to relieve himself in the forest on Tuesday morning. When he didn't return for a long time, his family members started a search operation. Barely a few metres away from his home, Chandra's body was spotted in the bushes in a mutilated form. The incident has shaken the Pauri district administration as it is the second human death within a fortnight due to leopard attack. Earlier on June 10, a 55-year-old woman was killed by a leopard in the western Ameli forest range of Dabra village. Villagers have demanded the leopard be tagged and terminated.
  49. Three persons were killed while three others sustained injuries after a landslide triggered by incessant rain fell over their house in Rolpa Municipality-9 in Rolpa District. The deceased have been identified as Pratima Budha (46), Sushila Budha (18), and Shyamkala Budha (16), informed Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Naresh Raj Subedi, at District Police Office, Rolpa. A team of police personnel under command of DSP Subedi had reached the site following the incident. According to police, the trio was sleeping inside their house when the debris from the landslide fell over, burying them under. Tikasingh Budha (40), Sunmaya Budha (45) and nine-year-old Shaktiman Budha, who were also sleeping in the same house managed to save themselves, added DSP Subedi.Among them, Sunmaya and Shaktiman sustained minor injuries, Subedi said.