Indigenous leader targeted
The indigenous affairs agency has called on a top indigenous leader to explain her criticism of the government of President Jair Bolsonaro and the impact its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has had on native people. Federal police have subpoenaed Sonia Guajajara, head of Brazil’s largest indigenous umbrella organization, to explain her documentary series on the Internet titled Maraca — Indigenous Emergency, which denounces the lethal impact of the pandemic on Brazil’s 850,000 indigenous people and accuses the government of genocide for not protecting them. “The persecution by this government is unacceptable and absurd,” Guajajara wrote on Twitter on Friday last week.
A judge has approved the extradition to the US of a fugitive drug trafficker who is accused of killing a US federal agent, judicial sources said on Monday. The ruling rejected an appeal from lawyers for Rafael Caro Quintero, who is on the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted” list with a US$20 million bounty on his head over the murder of a US Drug Enforcement Administration agent. His lawyers argued that the crime had already been adjudicated in a Mexican court so he could not be tried for the same act in the US, but the court ruled that even in a “hypothetical scenario” in which Caro Quintero had been tried for certain crimes in Mexico, “it does not prevent him from eventually being extradited by those who are outside that court proceeding,” an official document said. The US accuses him of ordering the kidnap, torture and murder of special agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985.
Brierley gives up knighthood
A well-known businessman who was found with hundreds of child sex abuse images yesterday gave up his knighthood before it was stripped from him. Ron Brierley last month pleaded guilty to three charges in an Australian court, sparking a rarely invoked procedure to strip him of the honor he received more than 30 years ago. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her intention was to remove the title from Brierley if he had not written first to relinquish it. Ardern said that Queen Elizabeth II had been informed and that Brierley would no longer be able to use the honorific “sir.” “I think its a sad day for the children of New Zealand and, indeed, the world, when someone is found guilty of possessing such horrendous images,” Ardern told reporters. “It is only right that there are significant consequences for that because, as a country, we have to reject anyone that thinks that is okay.” Ardern said that Brierley had been found with more than 1,000 images portraying children being abused, which had completely rewritten his history. Brierley faces a maximum 10 years in prison when he is sentenced.
‘Conan’ to end on June 24
Conan O’Brien is to host his long-running nightly TBS Conan talk show for the final time on June 24, WarnerMedia said on Monday, ahead of his shift to a new show on HBO Max. The final weeks of the TBS show are to feature a lineup of special guests, culminating in an extended hour-long finale recapping his 11-year run. WarnerMedia said O’Brien’s HBO Max show would move away from a traditional talk show format. Known for his clever comedy, often self-deprecating and awkward, O’Brien is the nation’s longest-serving nightly talk show host, having started his career on NBC in 1993.
When Melinda Gates asked her husband, Microsoft Corp cofounder Bill Gates, to let her coauthor the 2013 annual letter about their foundation, the conversation blew up into a fight. “It got hot,” Melinda Gates wrote in her 2019 book The Moment of Lift. “Bill said the process we had for the Annual Letter had been working well for the foundation for years, and he didn’t see why it should change,” she wrote. Ultimately, Bill Gates agreed for her to write a separate piece about contraceptives, while he penned the main letter about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work. In the next year’s letter,
Part of a huge rocket that launched China’s first module for its Tianhe space station is falling back to Earth and could make an uncontrolled re-entry at an unknown landing point. The 30m-high core of the Long March 5B rocket on Thursday launched the “Heavenly Harmony” uncrewed core module into low Earth orbit from Wenchang in China’s Hainan Province. The Long March 5B then itself entered a temporary orbit, setting the stage for one of the largest-ever uncontrolled re-entries. Some experts fear it could land on an inhabited area. “It’s potentially not good,” said Jonathan McDowell, astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard
CIA INVOLVED: US senators issued a statement after reports said more mysterious attacks had taken place in Miami and Washington, including near the White House US senators on Friday said that the government is investigating an apparent increase in mysterious directed-energy attacks dubbed “Havana syndrome,” amid new reports of potentially brain-damaging incidents inside the country. US senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio, who lead the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued a statement after two media reports said attacks had taken place in Washington, including just outside the White House, and in Miami, Florida. “For nearly five years, we have been aware of reports of mysterious attacks on United States government personnel in Havana, Cuba and around the world,” they said. “This pattern of attacking our
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said that he would not withdraw navy and coast guard boats patrolling the South China Sea, insisting that the country’s sovereignty over the waters is not negotiable. Tensions over the sea have spiked as Beijing refuses to pull out vessels from the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone and Manila steps up maritime patrols. China claims almost all of the waters of the South China Sea, where it has established military outposts on artificial islands. Taiwan has virtually identical claims. Duterte is under growing domestic pressure to take a harder line, but has been reluctant to confront China over