Author: Shella Artillero

Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia next week, where preparations are already underway for a lavish welcome that will rival the one Donald Trump received on his first foreign trip as president. The reception being planned for the Chinese leader contrasts sharply with the one given to Joe Biden in June, when the US president received a low-key welcome, reflecting strained relations between the two countries and personal dislike between Biden and Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto Saudi ruler. As relations with Washington continue to deteriorate, Xi is instead anticipated to receive a befitting welcome…

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared victory in the fight against the novel coronavirus and ordered the lifting of all anti-epidemic measures that had been put in place as of May, according to state media on Thursday. With what international aid organizations claim to be limited testing capabilities, North Korea has reported no new suspected cases since July 29 but has not disclosed how many confirmed infections of the virus it has discovered. According to a report by the state news agency KCNA, Kim stated that North Korea must maintain a “steel-strong anti-epidemic barrier and intensify the anti-epidemic work…

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A roller coaster accident at a Legoland theme park in southern Germany on Thursday left 31 people hurt. Following the incident in the Bavarian town of Günzburg, one person sustained severe but not life-threatening injuries, while 15 individuals were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but investigators are working at the crash scene, the spokesperson added. Visitors stated no announcements were provided to visitors, and park management did not evacuate the park. Although the area was blocked off, the park as a whole kept running as usual. The roller coaster,…

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk sold 7.92 million Tesla shares for about $6.88 billion, according to a number of financial documents released Tuesday evening. The SEC filings disclosed that his transactions took place between August 5 and August 9, which was after Tesla’s 2022 annual shareholder meeting in Austin, Texas, on August 4. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX stated on social media earlier this year that he had “no further TSLA sales planned” following April 28. The next week, it emerged from SEC filings that Musk had been selling a block of shares in his electric vehicle manufacturer valued at…

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Former US President Donald Trump claimed on Monday that FBI agents had “raided” his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in what he called an instance of “prosecutorial misconduct.” The FBI failed to comment on whether the search was taking place or what it might be for, and neither did Trump provide any information regarding the purpose of the federal investigators’ presence at his residence, adding to the ex-president’s legal pressures. In a statement posted on his Truth Social network, Trump said his “beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of…

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According to former Attorney General Eric Holder, former President Donald Trump and senior White House officials would “probably” be charged with crimes as part of a Justice Department investigation into efforts to change the national results of the 2020 election. Holder opined that, prior to that, it is more likely that Trump will first be subject to potential criminal charges from the Georgia state prosecutor who is looking into attempts by Trump and his associates to void President Joe Biden’s victory there in 2020. Those forecasts were made by Holder, who oversaw the Justice Department under the Obama administration, in…

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is calling for direct talks with China’s Xi Jinping as he urged Beijing to use its political and economic influence on Russia to help end the war in his country. Mr. Zelenskyy’s call coincided with the US Senate’s approval of Sweden and Finland’s membership in NATO, showing its strong support for the transatlantic alliance’s expansion in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, Mr. Zelenskyy said in an interview that was published on Thursday, he has sought conversations with the Chinese President. “I would like to talk directly. I…

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Following Friday night’s $1.337 billion Mega Millions lottery drawing, one lucky lottery ticket holder in Illinois might soon become a billionaire. The winning numbers, 13, 36, 45, 57, and 67, along with a gold Mega Ball of 14, match a single ticket purchased at a Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois, some 17 miles northwest of Chicago, according to lottery officials. Harold Mays, head of the Illinois Department of the Lottery, stated during a news conference on Saturday that the winner has not yet claimed the award. “We don’t know whether or not they even know that they won…

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US Speaker Nancy Pelosi has defended her historic visit to Taiwan, which sparked Chinese military assault around the island, by calling her presence there a “unequivocal declaration” that America supports the 23 million-strong democracy there. President Tsai Ing-wen presented Ms. Pelosi with the Order of Propitious Clouds, one of Taiwan’s most prestigious awards, at their first-ever face-to-face encounter. President Tsai greeted US Speaker Pelosi and her powerful congressional delegation on Wednesday, describing Pelosi as “truly one of Taiwan’s most devoted friends.” “We sincerely appreciate you coming to Taiwan to demonstrate the US Congress’ unwavering support for Taiwan”, she remarked. President…

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The Project Lava La Rue’s new EP, Hi-Fidelity, is out now via Marathon. The Origin Growing up, Lava La Rue was always playing in bands. “When I was 13, I wanted to be in an all-girl version of The Clash. Very West London, ska-punk inspired. The intersection of Caribbean culture and British punk.” But as they grew older, the costliness of rehearsal space drew the young creative to freestyling “because you just need a microphone.” At college in London, La Rue met the group of artists who would soon change their life. “I think people assume we met at some…

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