June 17, 2019

Hong Kong suspends controversial extradition bill indefinitely following protests

ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images(HONG KONG) -- Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam acquiesced, at least in part, to massive protests in the city this week as she announced Saturday the controversial extradition bill will be suspended indefinitely. "The original urgency to pass the bill in this legislative year is perhaps no longer there,” Lam said at a press conference. "After repeated internal deliberations over the last two days, I now announce that the government has decided to suspend the ..
June 16, 2019

Why US soccer star Megan Rapinoe doesn’t sing the national anthem

iStock/artisteer(PARIS) -- As the national anthem played before the U.S. women's national team took on Thailand in the FIFA Women's World Cup last week, the team stood in a row on the field. A camera panned down the line of players during the broadcast, showing each with her hand over her heart, mouthing along to the song. At the end of the line was Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain and one of the biggest stars of the team. She stood impassively, hands at her sides, not singing along. Rapi..
June 16, 2019

Iran attempted to shoot down US drone over tanker attack site in Gulf of Oman

iStock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iran attempted to shoot down a U.S. drone that was surveilling the attack on one of two tankers hit in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday morning, U.S. Central Command said. The attempt missed the MQ-9 Reaper by "approximately 1 kilometer." The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, along with another tanker, the Front Altair, were damaged by mines that the U.S. said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had placed on the ship's hulls. "According to our assessmen..
June 16, 2019

Notre Dame Cathedral holds first mass since devastating fire

iStock(PARIS) -- Notre Dame Cathedral held mass on Saturday, its first since a devastating fire tore through the building two months ago on April 15. Only a small group of about 30 people attended the mass, including the church’s clergy, worshipers, media and construction workers. The mass was also transmitted live on a French Catholic TV station, and dozens of other Catholics attended the service from outside the cathedral, watching on their phones. The small group convened in a chapel behind t..