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Wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne Johnson clung to the top slot on the list of the world's highest-paid male actors for a second straight year, according to an annual tally released by Forbes magazine on Tuesday. Johnson, also known by his ring name 'The Rock', earned $87.5 million from June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020, Forbes said, including $23.5 million from Netflix Inc to star in movie thriller "Red Notice." Ryan Reynolds, who co-stars with Johnson in "Red Notice," came in second in the Forbes ranking of male stars.
Colombia's national electoral commission said on Tuesday it has launched a preliminary investigation into President Ivan Duque, his Democratic Center party and officials from his 2018 campaign for alleged finance violations. In an extreme outcome, Congress could also declare Duque's presidency invalid, according to procedures for investigating and trying political crimes. The commission said in a statement that it has "opened a preliminary investigation against the then-candidate and current president of the Republic of Colombia, Ivan Duque Marquez, campaign manager Luis Guillermo Echeverri Velez and the Democratic Center party for alleged violation of electoral regulations for financing political campaigns."
Thousands of people took to the streets of Mali's rainy capital Bamako on Tuesday renewing calls for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to step down despite international mediation efforts to resolve a political crisis. Protests led by an opposition coalition called M5-RFP have raged since June, caused by contested local elections and perceived government corruption and incompetence. Regional powers are worried that prolonged unrest could derail the fight against Islamist extremists in the region, many of whom are centered in Mali.
Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi will leave Saudi Arabia and head to the United States for medical treatment early on Wednesday, two sources close to the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. The head of the country's internationally-recognised government, who has lived in exile in Riyadh since the Iranian-aligned Houthi group captured the Yemeni capital Sanaa in 2015, has been treated for a heart condition since 2011. Hadi has been on several trips for medical checks and treatment to the United States, most recently in June 2019.
The "Schitt's Creek" star received the Newport Beach Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award along with a heartwarming video from friends and family.
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is getting turned upside-down as a gritty drama set to be executive produced by Will Smith, Hollywood trade publications reported Tuesday. The idea for a dark modern-day "reimagining" of the smash hit 1990s sitcom that launched Smith's acting career came from superfan Morgan Cooper, who shot and posted his own four-minute trailer last year. Two versions of the trailer have been viewed over seven million times and won over Smith himself, who met Cooper last year and praised his "brilliant" idea.
The president’s reelection campaign is exploiting a regulatory loophole to bombard voters with pleas for money.
William Perry Pendley's record makes him "unfit" to permanently head the Bureau of Land Management, the lawmakers informed the White House.
Colombia's top electoral body said Tuesday it had launched an investigation into whether President Ivan Duque and his party violated campaign financing rules in the 2018 election that brought him to power. In a statement, the National Electoral Council said the probe would determine if Duque and his Democratic Center party committed any "violation of electoral regulations on campaign financing," specifically related to a suspected $300,000 donation from a Venezuelan magnate. The case is based on wiretaps conducted by the public prosecutor that unveiled conversations about the alleged donations from the businessman, Oswaldo Cisneros.
People rush to a supermarket in Wellington after New Zealand announced its first locally transmitted coronavirus infections more than 100 days and issued a stay-at-home lockdown order for Auckland.
Speaking to Reuters via Skype, Linas Antanas Linkevicius also said EU sanctions are possible against Belarus officials who used force against peaceful protesters. "Crackdown in Belarus after the election is unacceptable and we cannot tolerate it and there should be some political consequences," Linkevicius added. Tikhanouskaya, who has Lithuanian visa and can stay in a Baltic stay for up to a year, said on Tuesday she had fled abroad for the sake of her children, after two nights of clashes following the contested re-election of strongman President Alexander Lukashenko. Both she and the Belarusian authorities said she had not been forced to leave. There had been concern about Tikhanouskaya's whereabouts after her campaign team said on Monday they had been unable to reach her by phone hours after she was known to have left a meeting with central election commission officials. At least one person died as police clashed with protesters on Monday (August 10) after the opposition accused Lukashenko of rigging the vote amid widespread criticism from Western leaders.
A storm packing hurricane-force winds tore through the Midwest, uprooting trees in Chicago and rural areas, destroying homes and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Officials on Tuesday worked to clean up and restore power. Winds as high as 100 miles per hour hit eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and parts of Illinois in the widespread storm classified as a "derecho" by the National Weather Service. The storm started early Monday, dropping heavy rain and causing broader damage than a tornado, according to meteorologists. Jack Hill-Burn of Rock Island, Illinois: "You've got big trees, you've got branches falling over people's cars. I don't know if it was tornado but the winds were pretty heavy." The storm battered neighborhoods in Chicago and more than a hundred miles away in Moline, Illinois, this tree fell on the side of this house. No one was hurt. But in Indiana, one woman died shielding a young child as the storm ripped through their mobile home, according to a local media station. Firefighters found the woman and the child trapped under debris. The child was in good condition. The woman was taken to a hospital where she later died.
Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai walked free on bail Wednesday, over a day after he and other critics of China were rounded up by police as part of a widening crackdown on dissent. When Lai left a police station he was swarmed by dozens of cheering supporters, some of whom waved copies of his Apple Daily in a show of support. A clampdown has gathered pace in Hong Kong since China imposed a sweeping security law in June, with opposition politicians disqualified and activists arrested for social media posts.
The inspector general's report also criticized the department's "lax enforcement of wage and hour laws" at a time when workers desperately need support.
The renewed spread of coronavirus in France could become harder to control without a collective effort to stop a rise in the infection rate, its prime minister said on Tuesday. The public was becoming careless, Jean Castex warned, speaking shortly before health authorities said new daily infections were up by 1,397 over 24 hours, almost twice as much as Monday, to reach 204,172. "If we don't act collectively, we expose ourselves to the heightened risk that the rebound in the epidemic becomes hard to control," Castex said during a visit to a hospital intensive care ward in southern France.
Here is a look at the speakers who will be featured during the four nights of virtual programming kicking off on Monday. The first night of programming represents an effort to display the country's full ideological spectrum uniting behind Biden's candidacy. Senator Bernie Sanders, a prominent liberal who fought the centrist Biden for the Democratic nomination, and Republican former Ohio Governor John Kasich, a two-time presidential candidate, will tell voters why they both support Biden as an alternative to Republican President Donald Trump.
Lebanon on Tuesday marked a week since its worst ever peacetime disaster with a mix of grief and rage, as survivors remembered the dead and protesters vowed to bring down the political elite. The resignation of Lebanon's government the previous day did little to extinguish the anger caused by the August 4 blast at Beirut port that killed 171 people and disfigured the country's capital. At 6:08 pm in Beirut (1508 GMT), church bells rang and mosques called for prayer at the precise moment that a fire, which had spread to a massive stockpile of chemicals, sparked an impossibly powerful explosion that was felt as far away as Cyprus.
Although none of the coronavirus vaccines under development has proved its efficacy yet in clinical trials, at least 5.7 billion doses have been pre-ordered around the world. First shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine created by Western laboratories have often been snapped up by the United States. Five vaccines -- three Western and two Chinese -- are in Phase 3 efficacy trials involving thousands of people.
Standing outside the high cemetery walls as a sharp breeze blows down from the Andes, Mauricio Castiblanco pulls on a disposable cover-all, adjusts his mask under a face shield, and snaps on latex gloves. Castiblanco, who works at a Bogota funeral home, is getting ready to receive four hearses bearing the bodies of presumed or confirmed COVID-19 victims. As Latin America becomes the new global hotspot for the pandemic, Colombia is set to pass 400,000 confirmed coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the eighth highest total in the world.
Northern Ireland, a province of the United Kingdom, has accused Chinese diplomats of misrepresenting First Minister Arlene Foster’s stance on Hong Kong’s national security law.The diplomatic flap arose from a virtual meeting last month between Foster and the Chinese consul general to Belfast, Zhang Meifen, last month.The consulate’s webpage initially quoted Foster and her deputy, Michelle O’Neill, as saying they “understand and respect” the new law. The phrase was removed after The Irish Times reported it on Tuesday, but the earlier version was still available on the Chinese foreign ministry’s website.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“My position on Hong Kong is the same as that of HMG,” Foster wrote on Twitter, referring to Her Majesty’s Government, which is led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been sharply critical of the new law.Saying that the version reported by the media “misrepresents what was said at our meeting with the Chinese Consul General”, the first minister added: “I will be writing to Madame Zhang to underscore my disappointment.”> My position on Hong Kong is the same as that of HMG. The article in today’s press misrepresents what was said at our meeting with the Chinese Consul General. I will be writing to Madame Zhang to underscore my disappointment.> > — Arlene Foster We’llMeetAgain (@DUPleader) August 11, 2020No one at the Chinese consulate in Belfast answered a call seeking comment.The incident is the latest in the series in which European representatives have accused Chinese diplomats of distorting their positions in official accounts.In June, the European Union warned Chinese state media to stop what it called “selective” and “unacceptable” reporting of remarks its top diplomat made during a video meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.China’s foreign affairs ministry angered the EU after quoting Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, as saying that the EU “seeks to have dialogue and cooperation with China on the basis of mutual respect, not rivalry or confrontation”. EU calls out Chinese state media for distorting official’s remarksEU officials said that China had distorted the EU's policy of categorising China as a partner – but also a systemic rival.In May, the French government took issue with a Chinese state media report that quoted Emmanuel Bonne – foreign policy adviser to President Emmanuel Macron – as telling Wang that France would not “interfere” with Hong Kong affairs.The report, France said, was “not true”.Chinese state media generally report what foreign officials say during meetings or telephone calls with Chinese officials. Parts critical of China are usually not mentioned.Rebel City: Hong Kong’s Year of Water and Fire is a new book of essays that chronicles the political confrontation that has gripped the city since June 2019. Edited by the South China Morning Post's Zuraidah Ibrahim and Jeffie Lam, the book draws on work from the Post's newsrooms across Hong Kong, Beijing, Washington and Singapore, with unmatched insights into all sides of the conflict. Buy directly from SCMP today for HKD$198. Rebel City: Hong Kong's Year of Water and Fire is also available at major bookshops worldwide and online through Amazon, Kobo, Google Books, and eBooks.com.More from South China Morning Post: * National security law: Hong Kong says it ‘strongly deplored and opposed’ US consulate statement * National security law: Britain will be haven for protest fugitives, Hong Kong officials and politicians say ahead of extradition deal suspensionThis article National security law: Northern Ireland says Chinese diplomats distorted leader’s remarks first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.