Donors promise Yemen $1.35 billion, falling short of U.N. target to save aid operations

Donors promise Yemen $1.35 billion, falling short of U.N. target to save aid operations

International donors raised $1.35 billion in humanitarian aid for Yemen on Tuesday but the amount fell short of the United Nations' target of $2.4 billion needed to save the world's biggest aid operation from severe cutbacks. The conflict between a Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-aligned Houthi group has left 80% of Yemen's population reliant on aid. The country now faces the spread of the novel coronavirus among an acutely malnourished peopl

Kellyanne Conway Lashes Out at Bishop Who Condemned Trump’s Church Photo-Op

Kellyanne Conway Lashes Out at Bishop Who Condemned Trump’s Church Photo-Op

Kellyanne Conway defended President Trump’s decision to tear-gas protesters for a photo-op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church Monday night by going after the bishop who presides over that congregation.The White House counselor was confronted with the criticism from Episcopal Bishop Mariann Budde during an appearance on Fox News early Tuesday afternoon. Asked to respond to Budde, who told CNN’s Anderson Cooper she was “outraged” that Trump had used her church as a “prop,” Conway went on the attack.After listing off various actions Trump has taken in the name of “religious liberty”—implying that all clergy should be grateful for his help—Conway addressed Budde directly.“That is not ‘her church,’ that is not ‘her bible,’” Conway said. “We don’t look into other people’s hearts and souls and discern and judge what their faith is.” CNN’s Don Lemon Goes Off on Trump for ‘Declaring War on Americans’Then, after saying we can’t pretend to know why the president “felt compelled to walk there” and hold a bible in the air awkwardly, Conway did just that. “That is a symbol to everyone that we will not allow arsonists and anarchists who set that fire ablaze, who demean the memory of those that lost their lives in the name of their respective faith and religions, we won't allow them to dissuade us from practicing our religion.” she said, failing to note that members of the church were among those tear-gassed on Monday. Before the interview was over, Conway made sure to get in one last dig at Joe Biden, who promised action on police brutality and systemic racism in a speech earlier in the day. “Joe, you’ve been here 40 years in this city,” she said snidely. “What do you mean you're going to do it now?”Kayleigh McEnany Insists Trump’s Not ‘Hiding’ While Speaking for HimRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn mor

Biden Proposes Training Cops to Shoot Attackers in the Leg to Reduce Fatalities

Biden Proposes Training Cops to Shoot Attackers in the Leg to Reduce Fatalities

Joe Biden on Monday suggested that police forces could train officers to shoot attackers in the legs in order to reduce potential fatalities.There is "the idea that instead of standing there and teaching a cop when there's an unarmed person, coming at him with a knife or something, to shoot him in the leg instead of in the heart," Biden said. "There's a lot of different things [policies] that can change."Biden made his remarks while meeting with African American community leaders at the Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del. The former vice president was discussing the widespread protests touched off by the killing of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minn.Protests have spread from Minneapolis to major U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. The demonstrations have been widely varied in makeup, with some instances of peaceful protests and others that have devolved into riots with widespread looting.Members of Biden's staff have donated to groups attempting to free jailed rioters on bail. Campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told Reuters that Biden opposes cash bail as the equivalent of a "modern day debtors prison." It was not clear whether the donations were coordinated by the campaign or made individually.President Trump condemned the donations on Saturday, saying they "would financially support the mayhem that is hurting innocent people and destroying what good people spent their lives building.&quo

Iranian 'spy' scientist flies home after release from US prison, raising hopes of prisoner swap

Iranian 'spy' scientist flies home after release from US prison, raising hopes of prisoner swap

The families of British dual nationals imprisoned by Iran today criticised the Foreign Office for “complete inaction” in trying to secure their release, as an Iranian scientist previously jailed by the US was allowed to fly home. A plane carrying Sirous Asgari took off early this morning and was on its way back to Tehran to bring him home, Iran’s foreign minister announced, raising hopes of a potential prisoner swap for Western dual nationals in Iran. Mr Asgari was accused by a US court in 2016 of stealing trade secrets while on an academic visit to Ohio, where he visited a university working on projects for the US Navy. However, the 59-year-old scientist from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, was acquitted in November when an American judge dismissed the case against him. Several British, US and other dual nationals remain imprisoned or on temporary release in Iran, typically on controversial charges of espionage. They include British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, jailed in 2016, and retired engineer Anoosheh Ashoori, 66, who has been held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison since August 2017. Both the US Department of Homeland Security and the Iranian Foreign Ministry today denied reports that Mr Asgari’s release was part of a prisoner swap, but such arrangements have been made in the past, despite the breakdown in diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehra

Judge: Justice Department reversal in Flynn case 'unusual'

Judge: Justice Department reversal in Flynn case 'unusual'

A federal judge on Monday defended his decision not to quickly approve the Justice Department's request to dismiss its own criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying that the department's reversal was unusual and he wanted to consider the request carefully before ruling on it. The brief from U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan offers the most detailed explanation for his refusal to immediately sign off on the department's decision to drop its case against Flynn, who pleaded guilty as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. It raises the prospect of a drawn-out clash between two branches of government over whether a judge can be forced to unwind a guilty plea at the Justice Department's behes

Philippine exit from key US military pact 'suspended'

Philippine exit from key US military pact 'suspended'

The Philippines has told the United States it is suspending its bid to break off a key military pact, the two allies said Tuesday in a sharp turnaround of President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy. Duterte in February gave notice to Washington he was axing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) after accusing the US of interference in his internationally condemned narcotics crackdown. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said Tuesday the plan has been put on hold for at least six month

Officials warn mass protests could lead to COVID-19 spread

Officials warn mass protests could lead to COVID-19 spread

U.S. health officials and government leaders, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday, are warning that the mass protests over racial inequities and excessive police force gripping cities across America could lead to a spike in coronavirus cases.

The protests over the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis last Monday, have intensified over the past week, spreading to dozens of across U.S cities including Los Angeles, and New York - areas already hard hit by COVID-19.

The protests are bringing together hundreds, sometimes thousands of people just as the country is reopening after lengthy lockdown.

Governor Cuomo Monday said the protests could complicate the New York City's reopening plans.

"We spent all this time closed down, locked down, socially distanced, and then you turn on the TV, and you see these mass gatherings that could potentially be infecting hundreds and hundreds of people after everything that we have done."

Health experts say the close proximity of participants, running and yelling or chanting, may increase transmission because people emit more respiratory droplets under these conditions… though many can be seen wearing masks and exposure outside is thought to be less dangerous than inside.

Some are taking precautions, protesters in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., could be seen not only wearing face coverings but using hand sanitizer and handing out gloves …

Still, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recommended to Georgians that if they were at a protest, they should consider being tested for COVID-19.

New York City, LA and DC have all imposed curfews for Monday night.

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