The lawsuit accuses 10 Trump supporters of engaging in fraud and conspiracy for filling out paperwork claiming to be “duly elected.”
Iran's two-time Oscar winner, director Asghar Farhadi, gave a lengthy rebuke of claims that he plagiarised his last movie "A Hero" on Tuesday in Cannes.
STORY: Britain is taking steps to break a deadlock with the EU over post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland. But it may just inflame tensions further. Speaking in parliament on Tuesday (May 17), Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said a new law would ease the flow of trade without breaking international agreements: “The bill will ensure that goods moving and staying within the UK are freed of unnecessary bureaucracy through our new green channel. This respects Northern Ireland's place in the UK in its customs territory and protects the UK internal market. At the same time, it ensures that goods destined for the EU undergo the full checks and controls applied under EU law."Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed the protocol that governs such trade in 2019. It was meant to allow Britain to leave the EU single market without controls being reimposed on the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. In effect it created a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK instead, something London now calls unworkable. It’s also always been fiercely opposed by pro-union parties in Belfast. Democratic Unionist Party leader Jeffrey Donaldson said Tuesday’s news was overdue: “Therefore we hope to see progress on a bill in order to deal with these matters in days and weeks, not months.”A dispute over trade arrangements has stalled power sharing between unionist and nationalist parties in Belfast. The EU called any attempt by London to unilaterally change the protocol wholly unacceptable. Negotiator Maros Sefcovic said Brussels would respond with all means at its disposal.
STORY: One of the wives of a remaining Azov regiment fighter, Kateryna, said that she was afraid of how Russia would treat her husband once handed over to Russian troops."We hope for extraction. This is what we’re fighting for. I don’t see another way out for them."Yulia, who is married to an Azov soldier she says is still in Mariupol's steel plant bunkers, explained that some Azov members "weren’t evacuated. They were forgotten once again."All three wives that Reuters talked to said they still had hope that their husbands would make it out of the bunkers under the the Azovstal steel plant.Underlining the different perceptions of the Mariupol fighters in Russia and Ukraine, one Russian lawmaker called on Tuesday for the evacuated combatants to receive the death penaltyThe Russian Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday that 265 Ukrainian servicemen who had been holed up in Azovstal steel plant in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol had surrendered and that 51 of them were severely wounded - figures that Reuters could not independently verify.Ukraine's military said on Tuesday (May 17) it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment.Russia has portrayed the Azov Regiment, formed in 2014, as a band of Russia-hating neo-Nazis.Kyiv says the Azov militia has been folded into Ukraine's National Guard - a military wing of the interior ministry - and that it has been reformed away from its radical nationalist origins and has nothing to do with politics.
STORY: The festival is gearing up for a bumper 75th anniversary edition, taking place in the shadow of the Ukraine conflict, with a selection of big Hollywood names, buzzy newcomers and previous Palme d’Or winnersThe cinema event runs from May 17-28, resuming its traditional calendar following two years of pandemic disruptions, and taking place in the shadow of the Ukraine conflict.It was cancelled in 2020, and last year moved to July, when it was held under strict covid protocols.This year, the parties are back and Hollywood heavyweights will include Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun Maverick,” – bringing the star to Cannes for the first time in three decades – as well as Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic, starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. Actor Forest Whitaker will be on hand to receive the festival’s Honorary Palme D’Or for lifetime achievement.
The "How I Met Your Mother" actor hosted a party with a "regrettable" meat platter featuring a fake corpse of the late "Rehab" singer.
India's Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a local order to ban large Muslim prayer gatherings in a high-profile mosque in north India after a survey team said it found relics of the Hindu god Shiva and other Hindu symbols there. The top court in an interim order stated Muslims right to prayer should not be disturbed, and simultaneously the area where Hindu religious relics were said to be found should be protected. The disagreement over rights to worship at the mosque follows a decades-long campaign by Hindu activists to show that key Muslim-built buildings in India sit atop older holy sites.
Finnish volunteers take part in military training organised by the country's National Defence Training Association (MPK) at the Santahamina base in the capital, Helsinki. Sharing a border with Russia, MPK trainer Ossi Hietala says interest in the Nordic country’s voluntary training has seen a sharp rise since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as Finland’s lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining NATO.
STORY: CCTV video released by Polizia Roma Capitale (local Rome traffic police) showed the man driving a Maserati vehicle down the steps, damaging the landmark before fleeing, police said in a press release on Friday (May 13).The Saudi man was stopped by border police when he returned the luxury car to the rental company at Malpensa airport, police said.The 135 steps were built in 1726 to link the piazza at their base with the Church of the Most Holy Trinity at the top of the Pincio Hill.Italians know them as “La Scalinata (Staircase) di Trinita dei Monti,” a reference to the church at the top. In English, they are known as the Spanish Steps because the Spanish embassy to the Vatican is located at their base.The site is beloved by tourists and was immortalised in the 1953 romantic comedy “Roman Holiday” with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
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STORY: Would you like to be serenaded by a stranger?Location: Amman, JordanMoner Zayed randomly approaches people on the streetstreats them to a songand captures their reactions on camera(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN SINGER, MONER ZAYED, SAYING:“I feel happy, it makes me happy to be honest. You cannot get this feeling unless you live it. I lived it and I’m in it. When I film and people enjoy it, you can’t imagine how happy it makes me feel. There are words that move you, like when they tell you they’re really happy, you know that they really mean it, or when they say, 'You changed my mood.' Once someone told me he was worried and I relaxed him.”(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SHOP OWNER, AHMAD SHADID, SAYING:“I was surprised, I found him singing, he made me happy. I was thinking and he made me think even more with his voice.’’Zayed's feel-good videos have garnered millions of views on social mediaHe has over 3 million followers on TikTok
STORY: Elizabeth, wearing a bright yellow hat and coat and using a walking stick, unveiled a plaque at Paddington Station. She was joined by her son Edward and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.It is the latest public outing for the 96-year-old monarch who, despite missing a speech in parliament last week due to mobility issues, twice attended a horse show at her Windsor Castle residence in recent days.The $24 billion rail project was originally due to be opened in December 2018, but had been repeatedly delayed by issues with safety testing and signalling systems, even before the onset of the pandemic.Originally named 'Crossrail', the Elizabeth line will connect destinations west of London, including Heathrow airport and Reading with Shenfield in the east. It will open to the public on May 24.
The Fox News host was all over the place in her hot take on the racist massacre that killed 10 in a New York state supermarket.
STORY: Bashagha entered Tripoli overnight after two months of stalemate between Libya's rival administrations, but withdrew hours later as fighting rocked the capital, his office said.The crisis risks plunging Libya back into prolonged fighting after two years of comparative peace, or returning it to partition between the eastern-backed government of Bashagha and a Tripoli administration under Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah.Political deadlock has already led to a partial blockade of Libya's oil facilities, cutting its main source of foreign revenue by half. Diplomacy to resolve the crisis or lay the ground for new elections is making slow progress.The sound of heavy weapons and automatic gunfire crashed across the capital on Tuesday morning, as schools were canceled and the normally heavy rush hour traffic was sparse.Sporadic shooting continued after Bashagha left, but calmed later in the morning.
STORY: On Sunday (May 15) India offered the debt-struck nation 12 shipments of fuel, equal to 400,000 metric tonnes of diesel. However delivery drivers said they were unable to get any fuel."We are getting the news that it won't be arriving today and for another three days it won't be available," said pick-up delivery driver, Shabir.Sri Lanka's parliament reconvened on Tuesday (May 17) for the first time since violence flared last week and the prime minister quit, as his replacement warned that the country was in a precarious economic situation and down to its last day of petrol supplies.Ranil Wickremesinghe, the new prime minister, said in a televized address on Monday (May 16) that the island nation had to face "unpleasant and terrifying facts".
Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson for the Russian Defence Ministry, says that 265 Ukrainian soldiers, including several dozen wounded, surrendered at the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Ukraine's port city of Mariupol. "Over the past 24 hours, 265 militants laid down their arms and surrendered, including 51 heavily wounded," Igor Konashenkov, the Russian Defence Ministry spokesman, says in a briefing.
STORY: The North’s state-run television KRT aired footage of medical staff in face masks and protective suits working in pharmacies and provided information about the Omicron variant as part of a public campaign to combat what authorities have acknowledged is an "explosive" outbreak.North Korea has mobilized its military to distribute COVID medications and deployed more than 10,000 health workers to help trace potential patients in its battle against the outbreak, state media said on Tuesday (May 17).The state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters reported 269,510 more people with fever symptoms, bringing the total to 1,483,060, while the death toll grew to 56 as of Monday (May 16) evening, KCNA said. It did not say how many people have tested positive for COVID-19.
The anti-lockdown guitar legend was warned he could “substantially delay his full recovery” if he continues touring.
STORY: Elon Musk says his Twitter takeover won’t move ahead until the social network can prove it has less than 5% spam accounts. Tuesday’s (May 17) comments come a day after he hinted he might try to pay a lower price for Twitter. The billionaire said Monday (May 16) there could be at least four times more fake accounts than the firm has admitted. Musk had already said his $44 billion bid was on hold pending more information about spam accounts. He suspects they make up at least 20% of users - compared to Twitter’s estimate of 5%. Asked Monday if the take-over was still viable at a different price, Musk said it wasn’t out of the question. Earlier Monday, Twitter chief Parag Agrawal tweeted that spam accounts were “well under 5%”. Musk replied by tweeting a poop emoji. Many analysts have long wondered whether the Tesla founder is serious about his takeover bid. His comments about the price could also land him in new trouble with regulators. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is already reported to be probing how Musk purchased his Twitter shares. He’s alleged to have been late in disclosing that he had built up a big stake.
The consequences of the defamation trial seem to have gotten lost in the media circus surrounding it. But it could have a very chilling impact on domestic violence survivors.