Hot off her historic "RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars" win, Monét X Change brings her very own talk show to BUILD Series. Monét is joined by two faboulous guests: actress-singer Keke Palmer and drag queen Blair St. Clair.
After more than three years evading French prosecutors, Chilean national Nicolas Zepeda was handed over to French authorities on Thursday for extradition to France to face charges of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend in 2016. "Mr Zepeda has just been handed over to French police at the Santiago airport," said Etienne Manteaux, the public prosecutor in the French town of Besancon where the Chilean will stand trial. "He will therefore appear in Besancon" on Friday, added Manteaux.
SpaceX did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule delivered NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station in May, marking the first U.S. space capsule to do so with a crew since 2011.
A Chinese researcher who US authorities say hid her ties to the People's Liberation Army has taken refuge in Beijing's San Francisco consulate to avoid visa fraud charges, in a case Beijing denounced on Thursday as "naked political persecution." According to a court document filed this week in a separate case in California, Tang Juan, a cancer treatment researcher at University of California-Davis, lied about her position as a PLA civilian medical official on her visa application last year.
New COVID-19 cases in the United States are starting to level off -- stabilizing or even falling in some hotspots -- but experts warn simply hitting a new plateau will continue to strain hospitals and cause preventable deaths. The US has by far the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in the world, with the number of cases closing in on four million, more than 143,000 deaths, and a per capita fatality rate five times higher than the global average. The southwestern state of Arizona, which broke 5,000 daily cases in late June, has seen its infections consistently falling throughout this month and the level is now around 2,000.
President Donald Trump told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday he wanted to avoid a costly arms race with Russia and China and hoped for progress in arms control negotiations, the White House said. "President Trump reiterated his hope of avoiding an expensive three-way arms race between China, Russia and the United States and looked forward to progress on upcoming arms control negotiations in Vienna," White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
The World Health Organization chief on Thursday rejected as false an allegation by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he owed his position to a deal with China. Pompeo told a private meeting of MPs on Tuesday that the WHO had become a "political" body, alleging that its decisions were influenced by a deal struck between chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and China that helped him become its head, according to quotes in the Times and Daily Telegraph. Asked about Pompeo's allegations during a virtual press conference, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said they were "untrue and unacceptable and without any foundation for that matter."
As Western diplomats try to revive stalled talks on normalising ties between Serbia and Kosovo, Bosnian Serb leaders on Thursday put pressure on Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to include the status of their own region in any future negotiations. Serbia does not recognise its former province Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence.
The Taliban are prepared to hold peace talks with the Afghan government next month straight after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the insurgents said Thursday, provided an ongoing prisoner swap has been completed. The development comes amid soaring violence that has threatened to derail US-backed efforts to bring Kabul and the Taliban to the negotiating table and seek an end to Afghanistan's nearly 19-year-old war. The Taliban are "likely ... ready to begin intra-Afghan negotiations immediately after Eid in case the process of the release of the prisoners is completed," the insurgents' political spokesman Suhail Shaheen said on Twitter.
At a museum in central France, researchers tenderly feed insects and kitten milk formula to tiny orphaned bats -- creatures widely reviled for their role in human disease outbreaks, most recently COVID-19. The pandemic has triggered bat-killing sprees in communities from India and Peru to Cuba and Rwanda, but the mission of the team at the Bourges natural history museum is to protect the misunderstood winged mammals. "People are scared of illnesses," said museum director Laurent Arthur, who has spent years studying and saving bats.
The son of former Nissan Motor Co <7201.T> chairman Carlos Ghosn made about $500,000 in cryptocurrency payments to one of the two Massachusetts men who helped him escape from Japan, U.S. prosecutors said in a court filing. Federal prosecutors in filing late on Wednesday said the payments went to Peter Taylor after he and his father, U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor, helped Ghosn flee in a box and private jet to avoid facing financial charges.
U.S. Senate Republican leaders and White House officials tried to hammer out a proposal for a fresh round of coronavirus aid on Thursday, which officials said will not include a payroll tax cut and could reduce an enhanced unemployment benefit. Republicans have been trying for days to agree on a negotiating position, a preliminary step to hashing out details with Democrats who control the House of Representatives, which in May passed a proposed $3 trillion response plan that the Senate declined to take up. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill, a day after hammering out Republican agreements in principle on portions of a potential coronavirus-response bill, which could be presented to Democrats as early as this week.
Trump had threatened earlier this week to send federal agents to several U.S. cities and on Tuesday the president said he would send federal law enforcement to Chicago to reinforce the prosecution of criminals in the city. Cuomo said that if the president were to send federal agents to New York City the state would sue.
U.S. Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday repeated an accusation that her Republican colleague Ted Yoho used a profane gender-based slur towards her earlier this week in an interaction on the Capitol steps. "In front of reporters, Representative Yoho called me, and I quote, 'a fucking bitch,'" she said on the House floor. "These are the words that Representative Yoho levied against a Congresswoman."
Holding up messages on their tablets and waving their cellphone torches, hundreds of young protesters rallied on Thursday to demand the Thai the government resign and dissolve parliament, defying a coronavirus ban on gatherings. A network of student groups called "Free Youth" joined forces on the outskirts of Bangkok, voicing a raft of complaints against the year-old civilian government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former army chief who ousted an elected government six years ago. A student who identified herself with the nickname Fufu, 22, said the government had failed to boost the economy.
Thousands of Egyptians defied government warnings over the coronavirus on Thursday to crowd a vast seasonal livestock market near the capital, without wearing face masks, a week before the Muslim Eid Al-Adha holiday. Muslims slaughter cows, sheep or goats to mark the holiday, which commemorates the account of the prophet Ibrahim, or Abraham, offering to sacrifice his son on God's command. The Al-Manashi livestock market in Giza is usually crowded with sellers and buyers before Eid, and the pandemic did not reduce their numbers, but few had much money to spend.
Fitbit and other wearable devices typically linked to exercise are being studied as ways to identify people who are potentially infected with COVID-19 before symptoms appear, when they can unknowingly spread the disease. Changes in heart rate, respiratory rate, and other biometrics measured constantly by the devices may flag the early stages of virus infection, so an otherwise healthy-looking person knows to self-isolate and seek a COVID-19 diagnostic test, researchers say. "When you get ill, even before you know it, your body starts changing, your heart rate goes up," said Professor Michael Snyder of Stanford University School of Medicine.
The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the United States, Brazil and India, which are all suffering fast rises in coronavirus cases, can still get on top of the pandemic. U.S. coronavirus cases exceeded 4 million on Thursday, with over 2,600 new cases recorded every hour on average, the highest rate in the world, according to a Reuters tally.
Walmart-owned e-commerce giant Flipkart purchased its parent firm's Indian cash-and-carry stores on Thursday ahead of launching its own digital wholesale business, the latest salvo in the frenzied battle for the country's massive online market. The Best Price wholesale chain has been run by the US retailer since 2009 and caters to more than one million members -- mostly family-run retailers that serve as the backbone of India's grocery sector. The purchase sets the stage for the August debut of Flipkart Wholesale in the latest effort to bring these smaller stores into the digital mainstream.
Biden, who was vice president in the Obama administration, sat down facing the former president in a chair across a room for a "socially distanced" conversation. Both men released the video on Twitter, where Obama has 120.8 million followers, the most on the platform. "Can you imagine standing up when you were president, saying, 'It's not my responsibility?'" Biden asked Obama, referring to Trump's efforts to evade criticism for the pandemic response.
European stocks gave up most of their early gains Thursday and US equities traded lower after US initial jobless claims pointed to renewed lockdowns taking a heavy toll on a stuttering economy. New claims came in at 1.42 million, the Labor department said, compared to a market consensus of 1.3 million. "The recovery appears to be stalling as jobless claims rose for the first time since March and as continuing claims remain elevated," said Edward Moya at OANDA, calling the US numbers "downbeat".