Kuwait's ruler, 91, undergoes surgery as prince empowered
DUBAI Kuwait's 91-year-old ruler underwent a surgery that required the oil-rich nation's crown prince to be temporarily empowered to serve in his place, according to a ministerial decree seen Sunday. Kuwait has yet to elaborate what required Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah to seek a previously unannounced medical treatment on Saturday. However, Sheikh Sabah's sudden surgery could inspire a renewed power struggle within Kuwait's ruling family. The state-run KUNA news agency had described Sheikh Sabah's hospitalization Saturday as medical checks, citing a statement from the country's royal court. Sheikh Sabah, a widely beloved ruler in this OPEC-member nation, took power in 2006 just nine days into the rule of the ailing Sheikh Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah.
AP source: Mets to host Yankees on 20th anniversary of 9/11
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during a simulated game at a baseball workout at Citi Field, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK – The New York Mets will host the crosstown Yankees on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 next season, according to a person familiar with the decision. The clubs will play at Citi Field in a game sure to be full of emotions for the city that's also reported over 18,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths this year. “I can’t imagine how powerful and how emotional of an event that could be," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. It'll be a homecoming of sorts for former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was hired as Phillies manager over the offseason.
Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions
But activists have begun circulating more detailed photos again online after the U.S. imposed its new sanctions, named the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, after the photographer. The sanctions bar anyone around the world from doing business with Assads government or officials, and among its provisions it demands Syria release detainees and allow inspections of its prisons. Between 30 to 50 prisoners died every day at the facility where he was held, known as Branch 15, he said. Alshogres testimony about Lebanese prisoners still alive further fueled their families demands for information. Ali Aboudehn, who spent years imprisoned in Syria and now heads the Association of Lebanese Prisoners in Syrian Jails, said his group and other activists have documented 622 Lebanese prisoners held in Syria.
French court OKs end to Rwanda genocide investigation
PARIS The Paris appeals court on Friday upheld a decision to end a years-long investigation into the plane crash that sparked Rwandas 1994 genocide, citing lack of sufficient evidence. Lawyers for the families can further appeal the ruling to Frances highest court, the Court of Cassation. The 1994 plane crash killed Rwandas then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, an ethnic Hutu. The plane had a French crew, and Rwanda has long accused France of complicity in the genocide, which France denies. Fridays ruling came as one of the most wanted fugitives in Rwandas genocide, who was arrested in May outside Paris, is awaiting a decision on extradition.
Jason Mraz is donating all the earnings from his new album to Black Lives Matter and other groups
Jason Mraz is honoring Juneteenth by donating all of the profits from his new album to Black Lives Matter and other organizations working toward equality and justice. The two-time Grammy winner released "Look For The Good" on Friday, the same day that African-Americans celebrate the black community's emancipation from slavery in the United States. The self-proclaimed "Geek in the Pink" will immediately start by donating his $250,000 advance on royalties, he said in a news release. The first six organizations to receive a portion of his donation are Black Lives Matter, San Diego Young Artists Music Academy, RISE San Diego, Grassroots Law Project, Center on Policy Initiatives, and the Equal Justice Initiative. Every year, the artist will choose various organizations that work on advancing “equality and justice” to receive donations from the album’s profits.
Lives Lost: Holocaust survivor reclaimed Nazi-looted artwork
Toren died on April 19 in his Manhattan home from symptoms of the coronavirus. He left behind his son Peter and two grandchildren. “He regarded it as justice and felt very strongly about it,” said his son, Peter Toren. He left behind his son Peter and two grandchildren. But eventually he too was taken away to a concentration camp and came back three weeks later “a broken man,” according to Peter Toren.
`Infecting our dreams': Pandemic sabotages sleep worldwide
For millions of people around the world dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, sleep brings no relief. Recording our dreams has never been easier.”The dreams are also exposing what is bothering us the most about the pandemic. Pandemic dreams, she says, are reminiscent of the experience of Hiroshima survivors, who worried about invisible radiation exposure, and also of some nightmares described by Vietnam veterans. Other dreams underscore that no one knows how the pandemic will end. But that changes dramatically for frontline health workers, Barrett says.
The new town hall: Anxiety, fear and few satisfying answers
“That doesn't help me today,” the man, identified only as William, told Rep. Andy Biggs on a telephone town hall on Thursday night, his voice rising. Across the country, anxious Americans are finding an audience for their questions -- if few answers -- in telephone town halls with their senators and representatives. But these are not the town halls of the past — there's little ideological warfare or finger-pointing. The tough-but-strong advice of the two doctors who joined New York Rep. Anthony Brindisi's town hall: Quit your job. In New York, Brindisi participated in his town hall from his home, where he was in self-quarantine after being in contact with another member of Congress who tested positive for COVID-19.
Londoners a reminder of how ordinary people can fight back
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2001, file photo, flight attendant Susan Udvari pauses at a memorial near the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93, in Shanksville, Pa. On Sept. 11, 2001, people aboard the plane tried to wrest control of the cockpit. The hijackers crashed it over Pennsylvania as people aboard the plane tried to wrest control of the cockpit. ___Lori Kaye, 60, was the sole person killed in an April attack at a synagogue near San Diego. A man who spoke about his hatred of Jews was arrested after the attack on the Chabad of Poway.