The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol will hold its next public hearing on Tuesday, June 28 at 1p ET "to present recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony."
The committee had been expected to take a brief hiatus until the week of July 11.
This will be the sixth hearing for the Democrat-led committee, which has spent the last few weeks building a case around former President Donald Trump and his influence on the Jan. 6 insurrection. The panel's most recent hearing — on June 23 — focused on Trump's pressure on the Department of Justice to help him overturn the 2020 election
"We will transform NATO's response force and increase the number of our high readiness forces to well over 300,000," NATO chief Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels on Monday, as part of what he called "the biggest overhaul of our collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War."
His comments come a day before the world's largest military alliance convenes in Madrid for the annual NATO Summit.
This year's meeting will take place against the backdrop of Russia's war in Ukraine, making NATO keen to secure its frontiers, especially along the eastern border to Russia.
Since the war began, the alliance has already deployed over 40,000 troops under its direct command, mainly on its eastern flank.
According to Stoltenberg, the reinforcement will help the alliance react in crises with "better deployment capabilities."
The death toll in the Kremenchuk mall missile strike has risen to 10 according to the regional governor, with dozens more injured.
“Ten dead and more than 40 people have been injured. This is currently the situation in Kremenchuk as a result of the missile strike,” Poltava oblast governor Dmytro Lunin said, warning that the toll could rise further.
The UN meanwhile has slammed the attack. “It is deplorable, to say the least. Any sort of civilian infrastructure, which includes obviously shopping malls, and civilians should never be targeted,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his outrage in a tweet. "The world is horrified by Russia's missile strike today, which hit a crowded Ukrainian shopping mall," Blink said. "We will continue to support our Ukrainian partners and hold Russia, including those responsible for atrocities, to account."
The heartbreaking scenes of the 1990s-mass migration of Kashmir's minority Hindus — who are locally known as Pandits — replayed again earlier this month after several thousands of them escaped from the region amid a spate of targeted civilian killings.
Rahul Bhat was five when his family migrated from Budgam district of Kashmir to camps in Jammu, the southern half of the region, after an anti-India insurgency erupted in Kashmir in 1989.
As the region plunged into chaos with the increasing levels of violence, Bhat's family was one of the thousands of Kashmiri Pandit families that fled after militants killed a few prominent community members.
They lived in unkempt tents in Jammu, braving blistering temperatures and poisonous snakes.
In 2011, Bhat returned to Kashmir after living in exile for nearly two decades, as New Delhi announced a special package of jobs and housing for the Pandits to lure them back to their roots.
He lived at Sheikhpora, one of the six heavily guarded transit camps for the accommodation of returning Pandits in Kashmir, along with 350 other families.
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BANGKOK: Thai scientists are developing an anti-viral nasal spray that could stop COVID-19 infections by neutralising the coronavirus when it enters the nose.
The spray is currently in the research and development phase.
It is a joint development by public and private sectors, including the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, which discovered the antibody used in the prototype.
“We conducted research and discovered antibodies, which are the immunity created by the human body to stop COVID-19,” said Assistant Professor Dr Nakarin Sirisabya from the Faculty of Medicine.
One of the antibodies was selected and designed to work outside the body in an area it is applied, he added, unlike COVID-19 vaccines which have to develop immunity to the coronavirus from inside the body.
Thailand recorded about 2.03 million foreign tourist arrivals between Jan 1 and June 26, a government spokeswoman said on Monday, as many pandemic entry restrictions were eased.
Total foreign visitors could exceed 10 million this year, deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Traisoranakul said in a statement, citing an International Air Transport Association forecast.
The country was visited by about 40 million people in the year before the pandemic and has now lifted most curbs.
The Guardian, International Edition
Israel has eased its regulations on abortion access, in what the health minister said was a response to last week’s “sad” US supreme court ruling overturning Roe v Wade.
The new rules, approved by a parliamentary committee, grant women access to abortion pills through the country’s universal health system and remove a longstanding requirement that women appear physically before a special committee before they are permitted to terminate a pregnancy.
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There is not much that can bring Greek and Turkish Cypriots together these days. But when wildfires raged across the Mediterranean island last week, they put differences aside to jointly combat the blazes. So rare was the sight that on Monday the war-split country’s permanent UN representative praised the “very positive” show of unity.
“It illustrates a fundamental point about this island, and that is the solidarity among Cypriots,” Colin Stewart said on Monday after meeting the Greek Cypriot leader, Nicos Anastasiades, whose forestry department had rushed to help extinguish the blaze.
“When the time came, there was unhesitating and unquestioned assistance from Greeks Cypriots for Turkish Cypriots who were in this difficult situation, and I think this is a very positive thing.”
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A Scottish government memo obtained by the Guardian reveals that “it is almost certain” draft laws have been secretly changed to secure the Queen’s approval.
Under an arcane mechanism known as Queen’s consent, the monarch is routinely given advance sight of proposed laws that could affect her personal property and public powers. Unlike the better-known procedure of royal assent, a formality that marks the moment when a bill becomes law, Queen’s consent must be sought before the relevant legislation can be approved by parliament.
A Guardian investigation last year revealed the Queen’s consent procedure had been used by the monarch
in recent decades to privately lobby for changes to proposed UK legislation. In Scotland, where the procedure is known as crown consent, research by the Guardian identified at least 67 instances
in which Scottish bills were vetted by the Queen.
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The award-winning author Philip Pullman has said the study of literature “should not be a luxury for a wealthy minority of spoilt and privileged aesthetes” after it emerged that Sheffield Hallam University is to pull its English literature degree from next year.
He was one of a number of writers to raise concerns about the university’s decision to stop teaching the standalone degree and incorporate it instead into a broad-based English degree, a year after the University of Cumbriatook similar action.
A Sheffield Hallam spokesperson confirmed that English literature was among a small number of its courses that were being either suspended or closed, largely due to lack of demand. They said the changes would not involve job losses.
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The shortfall of aged care workers has doubled since August and 65,000 workers are leaving the sector each year, prompting fears that basic care for older Australians is being compromised.
The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (Ceda) released a new report on Tuesday showing a further deterioration in the country’s aged care staffing crisis since the royal commission.
The report estimates the number of direct care workers is now 30,000 to 35,000 a year short of what is needed. That is double the 17,000 annual shortfall estimated in Ceda’s last report on the aged care sector, released in August. Australia’s total aged care workforce is 360,000.
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Convenience: in every sense of the word, 4/201 O’Connell Street has it.
Ablute without ever having to take your eyes off the television, or interrupting your dinner party conversation.
A studio apartment in inner-city North Adelaide
has attracted ridicule online, with its unconventional placement of the … ahem … facilities.
The joint shower-and-toilet glass cube has been installed next to the studio’s kitchen. Critics online described it as akin “to your first custom house in the Sims” or boasting the aesthetic of a “Swedish prison”.
And it can be all yours for $400 a week.
201 O’Connell Street is a heritage-listed late Victorian era building, built in 1892 for all of 900 pounds and since subdivided into seven apartments.
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A US federal grand jury has issued subpoenas to the board members of the company merging with Donald Trump’s social media company, Truth Social.
The disclosure, made on Monday by the blank cheque company Digital World Acquisition Corporation, is the latest blow to Trump’s plans to take Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), the creator of Truth Social, public.
TMTG agreed to merge with Digital World last October and was expecting the deal to close by the second half of this year. Both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, are investigating the merger.
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A passenger train hit a dump truck and derailed in Missouri on Monday afternoon, Amtrak said.
The Atlantic hurricane season is heating up.
Weather forecasters are tracking three separate potential tropical systems in the Atlantic basin, including one in the Gulf of Mexico that could bring soaking rain to portions of Texas and Louisiana this week.
"Conditions for tropical development across the northwestern portion of the Gulf of Mexico look favorable for the final days of June," said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Adam Douty.
Wind speeds could increase enough for the formation of a tropical depression, or perhaps a tropical storm, according to AccuWeather. A system becomes a named tropical storm when its wind speed reaches 39 mph.
Benjamin Franklin is revered in history for his fixation on inventing practical ways to make everyday life easier. He was a prolific inventor and author, and spent his life tinkering and writing to share his knowledge with the masses.
One of the more surprising areas Franklin wanted to demystify for the average American? At-home abortions.
Molly Farrell is an associate professor of English at the Ohio State University and studies early American literature. She authored a recent Slate article that suggests Franklin's role in facilitating at-home abortions all started with a popular British math textbook.
Titled The Instructor and written by George Fisher, which Farrell said was a pseudonym, the textbook was a catch-all manual that included plenty of useful information for the average person. It had the alphabet, basic arithmetic, recipes, and farriery (which is hoof care for horses). At the time, books were very expensive, and a general manual like this one was a practical choice for many families.
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