Quick Glance: Divergent Views on Immigration: Emmanuel Macron and Pope Francis
- The French president and the pontiff will meet during an episcopal visit to Marseille.
- Macron advocates for firmness and control of migratory flows, while the pope supports the broadest possible reception of foreigners.
- The pope is expected to offer a prayer for migrants who have disappeared at sea.
- On Saturday, he is scheduled to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Marseille.
Quick Glance: Uyghur Researcher Receives Life Sentence in China
- China is accused of committing crimes against humanity against the Uyghur population and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang.
- Ms Dawut's secret trial took place in December 2018 in a Xinjiang court after her arrest the previous year for "splittism", a crime that endangers state security.
- Ms Dawut is an expert in Uyghur folklore and traditions and had been teaching at the College of Humanities at Xinjiang University before her arrest.
- She established the Ethnic Minorities Research Centre at the university in 2007 and conducted field research throughout Xinjiang.
Quick Glance: White House prepares for government shutdown as House Republicans lack a viable plan
- Speaker Kevin McCarthy announces that the House will start voting on the latest plan next week.
- The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to get ready for a shutdown after House Republicans left without a realistic plan to fund the government and avoid disruptive consequences.
- A federal shutdown after September 30 appears likely unless Speaker Kevin McCarthy can convince his rebellious, right-wing faction to approve a temporary funding measure to prevent closures during ongoing talks.
- The standoff with House Republicans over government funding jeopardizes various activities, including military and law enforcement personnel pay, food safety and aid programs, air travel, and passport processing, potentially causing havoc in the US economy.
Quick Glance: US Senator Menendez Indicted for Bribery
- Indictment unsealed against chair of powerful foreign relations committee and his wife
- Menendez, Democratic senator from New Jersey, allegedly accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes
- He is accused of using his influence to benefit the Government of Egypt
- Further allegations include attempting to disrupt a criminal investigation
Quick Glance: 9/11 defendant ruled unfit for trial due to torture-induced psychosis
- A military judge in Guantanamo Bay has declared one of the 9/11 defendants unfit for trial after a military medical panel determined that the man's sustained abuse in CIA custody has left him permanently psychotic.
- Pre-trial hearings for the remaining defendants resumed on Friday in the military courtroom at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.
- No trial date has been set for the case, which has been delayed by logistical issues, high turnover, and legal challenges.
- A military medical panel last month diagnosed al-Shibh with post-traumatic stress disorder and secondary psychosis, attributing it to his torture and solitary confinement during his four years in CIA custody following his 2002 arrest.
Quick Glance: Zelenskiy thanks Canada for aid in war against Russia
- Canada has committed over CAD 8 billion in aid to Ukraine since 2022.
- Zelenskiy expresses gratitude for Canada's support with weapons and equipment.
- Canada will provide substantial macroeconomic support in 2024.
- Ottawa imposes additional sanctions on 63 Russian individuals and entities.
Quick Glance: BTS Star Suga Begins Military Duty in South Korea
- Suga is the third member of BTS to commence military service in the last 12 months.
- Due to the ongoing conflict between South Korea and North Korea, all capable men are required to serve in the military before turning 28 years old.
- In October of last year, all seven members announced their intentions to enlist in the military.
- As he has been deemed unfit for regular combat duty, Suga will serve in a social service role.
Quick Glance: Russell Brand addresses sexual assault allegations
- Brand denied the claims before they were published, emphasizing that his relationships were always consensual.
- In a three-minute video, the actor and comedian did not directly address the allegations but made statements about what he described as 'media corruption and censorship' and 'deep state and corporate collusion'.
- In an investigation by the Sunday Times, Times, and Channel 4, four women made allegations against Brand:
- One woman alleges that Brand raped her without a condom against a wall in his Los Angeles home. She says Brand tried to stop her from leaving until she told him she was going to the bathroom.
Quick Glance: Sophie Turner sues Joe Jonas for return of children to 'forever home' in England
- Sophie Turner files petition in New York City for Jonas to return their children to their home in England.
- Turner planned to return to England this month with the children, but Jonas refused to give them their passports.
- Jonas has been caring for the children while Turner was working on a new series.
- Turner outlines the couple's efforts to find their 'forever home' in England and their agreement to settle in the UK.
Quick Glance: Angus Cloud's Cause of Death Revealed
- Angus Cloud died from an accidental overdose, according to the Alameda County Coroner's office in California.
- Cloud suffered from acute intoxication from a combination of drugs, including benzodiazepine.
- The rising actor, best known for his role in the HBO drama 'Euphoria', passed away in July at the age of 25.
- With the heaviest heart, we had to say goodbye to an incredible human today.
Quick Glance: Bob Ross's First TV Painting Up for Sale for Almost $10m
- A Minneapolis gallery is now asking for nearly $10m for 'A Walk in the Woods', the first of over 400 paintings Ross produced on-air for his TV series 'The Joy of Painting'.
- Nelson was introduced to art through Ross's show and admired his paintings.
- On the first show, Ross, with his perm, full beard, and unbuttoned shirt, emphasized that painting didn't need to be pretentious.
- None of Ross's paintings, including 'A Walk in the Woods', would be mistaken for masterpieces.
Quick Glance: First private passenger rail line in 100 years to link Miami and Orlando at high speed
- Florida's Brightline service set to launch on Friday, offering high-speed train travel between Miami and Orlando, with speeds reaching up to 125 mph (200 kph).
- Amtrak's Acela service between Boston and Washington, D.C., launched in 2000, is the only other high-speed line in the US.
- Success of Brightline could pave the way for more high-speed connections between major cities.
- Planning for Brightline began in 2012.
Quick Glance: The West's Modi Challenge
- The US and its allies view India as a key economic and diplomatic partner.
- The images of the Indian Prime Minister leading the world's most powerful people at the G20 summit have strengthened Modi's domestic image and highlighted India's global rise as a diplomatic and economic power.
- According to the Financial Times, Biden and other western leaders expressed concerns about Canada's allegations to the Indian leader during the summit.
- These countries have placed their geopolitical bet on India, specifically on Modi.
Quick Glance: Trump disappoints union leaders despite promises for workers
- Union leaders say Trump's record speaks for itself
- Union members support Biden more than Trump
- Trump attempts to prevent union dues
- Trump has abandoned some communities that supported him
An Long Island bus accident off I-84 in New York killed 2 ...
NY bus with high school band crashes on I-84; 2 dead and 5 critically injured
Quick Glance: Fatal Bus Crash in New York State
- One person has died and dozens are injured, at least five of them seriously, after a bus crashed and slid down an embankment.
- New York State Police described it as a 'serious bus crash with multiple serious injuries'.
- Approximately 45 people were on board, mostly children, according to Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus.
- The accident occurred on Interstate 84 in the town of Wawayanda, around 75 miles northwest of New York City, as stated by the police.
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