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Investigative.One has launched a new online media project www.josiphebdo.com

The U.S. editorial collective "Investigative One" has launched a new online project: www.josiphebdo.com. "We want to shed light on dark business networks and illegal methods," says Kaitlin Jackson, who is overseeing the current project around an alleged cryptocurrency and international fraud network. "International crime syndicates can manipulate opinions, deceive people and grab billions via the Internet. With josiphebdo.com, we want to educate and warn." The project was born out of a merger of several editorial offices in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland and an African investigative journalists' network.

Trump Administration

Jeff Sessions claims he’s clueless about his DOJ’s snooping on Congress

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling associates he had no idea his Justice Department seized phone records of two top Democratic congressional critics of then-President Donald Trump. In the hours since The New York Times broke the news on Thursday that prosecutors subpoenaed Apple metadata from Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA), former Attorney General Sessions has privately told people that he wasn’t aware of, nor was he briefed on, the reported data seizures while he led the Trump DOJ. This week’s revelations were a surprise to him, according to a source familiar with the matter, and another person close to Sessions.

The Pointer Sisters

Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters is dead at 69

Bonnie Pointer, a member of R&B group The Pointer Sisters, is dead at the age of 69. The singer died Monday at her home in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest.

Mitt Romney

Donald Trump bashes Mitt Romney

President Donald Trump began his week by making fun of Republican foe Mitt Romney for participating in a Black Lives Matter protest march on Sunday.

Bill Barr

Barr contradicts Trump's claim he went to the White House bunker to inspect it

Attorney General William Barr said the Secret Service recommended that President Donald Trump go down to the White House bunker because protests outside the executive mansion had escalated, contradicting claims by the president that he went underground for an inspection.

Joe Biden

George Floyds Familie bedankt sich für das Mitgefühl

Vor der Beisetzung des bei einem brutalen Polizeieinsatz getöteten Afroamerikaners George Floyd haben Hunderte Menschen Abschied genommen. Floyds Sarg wurde in der Kirche „The Fountain of Praise“ in der Metropole Houston im Bundesstaat Texas aufgebahrt.

Grosse Koalition

Fahrplan des Konjunkturprogramms liegt offenbar vor

Der Fahrplan für die Umsetzung des GroKo-Konjunkturprogramms steht: Die Bundesregierung will nach einem Bericht von BILD das 130-Milliarden-Euro-Konjunkturpaket in drei Teilen durch Bundestag und Bundesrat bringen. Damit Teil 1 (vor allem die Mehrwertsteuersenkung, der Kinderbonus und steuerliche Erleichterungen für Unternehmen) zum 1. Juli in Kraft treten könne, sei eine Sondersitzung des Bundeskabinetts am 12. Juni geplant. Der zweite Teil bestehe unter anderem aus der nötigen Grundgesetzänderung für die Übernahme von Unterbringungskosten von Hartz-IV-Beziehern in den Kommunen und solle zum 1. Oktober in Kraft treten. Die Beratungen dazu könnten noch vor der Sommerpause im Bundestag beginnen und im September regulär von Parlament und Bundesrat beschlossen werden. Alle weiteren Regelungen (zum Beispiel Soli-Reduzierung, Änderung bei der Kfz-Steuer) könnten in Ruhe im Herbst debattiert und zum 1. Januar 2021 dann planmäßig in Kraft gesetzt werden.

COVID-19

200.000 Seeleute sitzen fest

Bis zu 200.000 Seeleute sitzen nach Angaben der Internationalen Arbeitsorganisation (ILO) wegen Corona-Schutzvorschriften weltweit auf Schiffen fest. Die Situation werde jeden Tag schlimmer, berichtete die UN-Organisation am Montag in Genf. Viele Seeleute hätten ihren Einsatz eigentlich schon vor Wochen beendet, müssten aber wegen der Reisebeschränkungen nun an Bord weiter arbeiten. Sie seien ausgelaugt und auch psychisch angeschlagen - das seien keine guten Voraussetzungen, um die Sicherheit an Bord zu gewährleisten. Gleichzeitig seien auch viele Seeleute betroffen, die nach einem Heimaturlaub nun nicht an Bord könnten und deshalb Einkommen verlieren. Die Organisation rief Regierungen, Gesundheitsämter und Einwanderungsbehörden auf, Wege zu finden, um den Crewwechsel zu ermöglichen. Seeleute müssten nach ihrem Einsatz sicher in ihre Heimat zurückgebracht werden.
COVID-19

Gilead beantragt Zulassung von Remdesivir

Das US-Pharmaunternehmen Gilead hat offiziell die begrenzte Zulassung von Remdesivir als Mittel gegen Covid-19 auf dem europäischen Markt beantragt. Das teilte die Europäische Arzneimittelbehörde EMA am Montag in Amsterdam mit. Die Prüfung der vorgelegten Daten und die Abwägung von Wirkung und Risiken soll nach einem verkürzten Verfahren erfolgen. Mit einer Entscheidung werde „in einigen Wochen“ gerechnet. Es wäre die erste Zulassung eines Medikaments gegen Covid-19 in Europa.

COVID-19

Weltweiter Anstieg bei Corona

Die Zahl der Corona-Infektionen weltweit steigt trotz Entspannung in Westeuropa weiterhin deutlich. Am Wochenende seien innerhalb von 24 Stunden mehr als 136.000 neue Fälle gemeldet worden, so viele wie nie zuvor an einem Tag, sagte WHO-Chef Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Genf. Er warnte die Länder davor, wegen fallender Infektionszahlen bei den Vorsichtsmaßnahmen nachzulassen. An neun der vergangenen zehn Tage seien mehr als 100.000 neue Fälle gemeldet worden, sagte Tedros. In Afrika, Zentral- und Südasien, Mittel- und Südamerika und in einigen Ländern in Osteuropa stiegen die Zahlen weiter. Seit Ausbruch des Virus Ende 2019 sind weltweit fast sieben Millionen Infektionen und fast 400.000 Todesfälle gemeldet worden.

COVID-19

Coronavirus spread by people with no symptoms 'appears to be rare,' WHO official says

The spread of Covid-19 by someone who is not showing symptoms appears to be rare, Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization's technical lead for coronavirus response and head of the emerging diseases and zoonoses unit, said during a media briefing in Geneva.

"From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual," Van Kerkhove said. "We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing. They're following asymptomatic cases, they're following contacts and they're not finding secondary transmission onward. It is very rare -- and much of that is not published in the literature," she said. "We are constantly looking at this data and we're trying to get more information from countries to truly answer this question. It still appears to be rare that an asymptomatic individual actually transmits onward."

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)

The Secret Plan to Unwithdraw From the WHO After Trump’s “Bizarre,” “Ruinous” Exit

On the afternoon of Friday, May 29, in a Rose Garden press conference whose ostensible subject was China, President Donald Trump dropped a surprise, seemingly off-topic bombshell: The U.S. government, he declared, was cutting ties with the World Health Organization.

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Supreme Court reinstates restrictions on abortion pill

The Supreme Court on Tuesday night granted the Trump administration’s request to reinstate federal rules requiring people seeking medication abortions to obtain the pills in-person from a medical provider. The court’s 6-3 decision along ideological lines halted a lower court ruling that waived Food and Drug Administration rules to allow abortion pills to be distributed by mail during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Supreme Court reinstates restrictions on abortion pill

The Supreme Court on Tuesday night granted the Trump administration’s request to reinstate federal rules requiring people seeking medication abortions to obtain the pills in-person from a medical provider. The court’s 6-3 decision along ideological lines halted a lower court ruling that waived Food and Drug Administration rules to allow abortion pills to be distributed by mail during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ruling was the court’s first major action on abortion since Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the seat left vacant by the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In a brief opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts asserted that the case wasn’t about abortion, but rather whether courts could substitute judgment of federal officials at the FDA.

The court’s three liberal justices said they would have denied the Trump administration’s request for a stay. In a dissenting opinion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan said federal government rules restricting dispensation of the abortion pill, mifepristone, are medically unnecessary and present “an unnecessary, unjustifiable, irrational, and undue burden” on women.

A short-handed Supreme Court in October had declined to intervene in the same case. That allowed abortion clinics to continue dispensing the pills via telemedicine and through the mail, which they say has kept patients and staff safer during the pandemic.

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its request after Barrett joined the bench. The administration said continuing to enforce longstanding FDA rules on mifepristone, which was approved 20 years ago, “does not create a substantial burden on abortion access.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented abortion clinics challenging the FDA rules, said no evidence has emerged during the pandemic showing it is riskier for patients to receive the pills at home rather than at a clinic. In a December filing with the Supreme Court, the group argued that with the virus surging nationwide, reinstating the rules would “subject patients to needless and grave health risks.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Vaccine is ‘unlikely’ by U.S. election

White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday a coronavirus vaccine probably won’t be ready by the U.S. presidential election even as the Centers for Disease and Prevention asks states to ready distribution facilities by Nov. 1. At a health conference, Fauci said it’s more likely a vaccine will be ready by “the end of the year” as drug companies Moderna and Pfizer race to complete patient enrollment for their late-stage vaccine trials by the end of September.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci

Vaccine is ‘unlikely’ by U.S. election

White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday a coronavirus vaccine probably won’t be ready by the U.S. presidential election even as the Centers for Disease and Prevention asks states to ready distribution facilities by Nov. 1.

At a health conference, Fauci said it’s more likely a vaccine will be ready by “the end of the year” as drug companies Moderna and Pfizer race to complete patient enrollment for their late-stage vaccine trials by the end of September.

“It’s unlikely we’ll have a definitive answer” by the Nov. 3 election, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said at the Research! America 2020 National Health Research Forum.

The comments are also at odds with President Donald Trump, who suggested at a press conference Monday that a vaccine could be ready for distribution by Election Day.

UFO Investigation

Pentagon forms new task force

The Pentagon is forming a new task force to investigate UFO sightings that have been observed on several occasions by U.S. military aircraft. The creation of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, or UAPTF, continues an effort begun in recent years to investigate unexplained aerial incidents encountered by the U.S. military. “The Department of Defense established the UAPTF to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs. The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security,” the Pentagon wrote in a statement late Friday.

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UFO Investigation

Pentagon forms new task force

The Pentagon is forming a new task force to investigate UFO sightings that have been observed on several occasions by U.S. military aircraft. The creation of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, or UAPTF, continues an effort begun in recent years to investigate unexplained aerial incidents encountered by the U.S. military.

“The Department of Defense established the UAPTF to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs. The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security,” the Pentagon wrote in a statement late Friday.

“The Department of Defense and the military departments take any incursions by unauthorized aircraft into our training ranges or designated airspace very seriously and examine each report. This includes examinations of incursions that are initially reported as UAP when the observer cannot immediately identify what he or she is observing,” the statement added.

The new task force will be overseen by the Department of the Navy and will report to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security. The U.S. Navy has previously led efforts to look into unidentified aerial phenomena since the service branch has reported several encounters involving their aircraft.

In April, the Pentagon declassified three videos captured by U.S. Navy pilots that appear to show unidentified flying objects. Two of the videos contain U.S. service members commenting on how quickly the object moves while another speculates that the unidentifiable object could be a drone.

“Dude, this is a f--king drone, bro,” one pilot is heard saying. Another says “there’s a whole fleet of them.”

“They’re all going against the wind. The wind’s 120 knots to the west. Look at that thing, dude!” the first person says. “It’s rotating!”

President Donald Trump has previously described the U.S. Navy footage as “a hell of a video” and told Reuters that he wonders “if it’s real.”

In June, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted that the Pentagon as well as intelligence community leaders should provide a public analysis of the encounters.

England

Jürgen Klopp zum Fußball-Manager des Jahres gewählt

Jürgen Klopp ist nach dem Gewinn der Meisterschaft mit dem FC Liverpool von seinen Trainerkollegen zum Fußball-Manager des Jahres in England gewählt worden. Der Coach erhielt die Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy für seine herausragenden Leistungen. Klopp hatte Liverpool in der abgelaufenen Saison zum ersten Meistertitel seit 30 Jahren geführt. "Das ist sehr besonders für mich, weil ich von meinen Kollegen gewählt worden bin", sagte Klopp. Ferguson, der einst Manchester United zur Weltmarke formte, hob die "außerordentliche" Leistung von Klopps Team hervor. "Du hast es absolut verdient".

Fussball England

Lovren und Lallana verlassen Liverpool

Der kroatische Nationalspieler Dejan Lovren und Adam Lallana verlassen den von Jürgen Klopp trainierten englischen Fußballmeister FC Liverpool. Nach sechs Jahren bei den Reds wechselt der 31 Jahre alte Innenverteidiger Lovren in die russische Premjer-Liga zu Zenit St. Petersburg. Das gaben beide Clubs bekannt. Beim russischen Meister unterschrieb Lovren einen Dreijahresvertrag bis 2023. Lallana zieht es indes zu Brighton and Hove Albion. Beim Premier-League-15. erhält der 32-Jährige einen Dreijahresvertrag.