Japan PM sends offering to controversial shrine honouring war dead

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sent a ritual offering Wednesday to the controversial Yasukuni shrine, a move likely to anger China and South Korea as it honours war dead, including perpetrators of Japan's World War II atrocities on its neighbours. The Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo honours some 2.5 million war dead, mostly Japanese, who perished in the country's wars since the late 19th century. But it also honours senior military and political figures convicted of war crimes, and has frequently been a source of sour relations with countries that suffered from Japan's military atrocities, particularly China and readmore

Minneapolis community celebrates Derek Chauvin conviction

The Rev. Jesse Jackson joined hundreds of people in Minneapolis on Tuesday night celebrating the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd. The civil rights leader stopped by George Floyd Square — a community memorial site for Floyd located where he was killed last May. “What’s his name?” Jackson shouted to the exuberant crowd, who replied, “George Floyd!” “Keep hope alive,” Jackson said before leaving. Fireworks were also set off at the celebration and people danced at times to Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” and DMX’s “Party Up.” Chauvin was the first of four since-fired Minneapolis cops readmore

Tears of joy, relief after conviction in Floyd murder case

MINNEAPOLIS: "Guilty!": As the jury's murder conviction against white ex-policeman Derek Chauvin was relayed on a loudspeaker Tuesday, the crowd in front of the Minneapolis courthouse erupted in joy and relief. More than 200 people had gathered to hear the verdict for the man accused of killing African-American George Floyd, a case that sparked protests against racial injustice around the world. "Guilty on all three counts," a man announced over a megaphone, and tears streamed down more than one face in the crowd. "Today we celebrate justice for our city," he added. "I readmore

Minneapolis ex-policeman Derek Chauvin convicted of murder in George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS: Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder on Tuesday in the arrest of George Floyd, a milestone in the fraught racial history of the United States and a rebuke of law enforcement's treatment of Black Americans. The 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of all charges including second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts. Deliberations began on Monday and lasted just over 10 hours. In a confrontation captured on video, Chauvin, who is white, pushed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old readmore

Derek Chauvin likely to appeal, claiming trial tainted by civil

Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin will likely seek to overturn his murder and manslaughter convictions by arguing that the jury was prejudiced by media coverage and a settlement in the civil case brought by George Floyd's family, though his odds of success are slim, legal experts said. A jury on Tuesday found that Chauvin was guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree "depraved mind" murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd, a Black man.. Video of the incident touched off global protests over race and police brutality. Chauvin's attorneys will have to notify the trial readmore

Bail jumps to $250K for ex-cop with 122 child molestation

A retired Pennsylvania cop facing 122 child molestation charges dating back two decades had his bail pumped up to $250,000 Tuesday after prosecutors said new victims have come forward, according to a report. James Carey, 53, a former Warminster Township police officer — and later a school bus driver — was charged earlier this month with sexually abusing at least four teenage boys on several occasions dating back to 2001, CBS affiliate KYW-TV reported Tuesday. But Carey was hauled back into court on new allegations, with a Bucks County judge calling his current bail “woefully inadequate.” Carey, who had been held on $100,000 bail, was released after readmore

Colorado tightens gun regulations to “prevent future loss of life”

The New York TimesAmid Biden Climate Push, a Question Looms: Is America's Word Good?WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden faces a fundamental question as he convenes heads of state this week in a virtual summit to declare that the United States is ready to reclaim a leadership role in the fight against climate change: Is America’s word still any good? The question is dogging Biden as he tries to reassert the American role in other parts of the world stage after four years of Donald Trump’s America First isolationism. Trading partners wonder how long a thaw on multilateral readmore

Joe Biden calls on US 'to unite as Americans' and

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has said the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward" for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. Biden spoke from the White House hours after the verdict alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, with the pair calling for Congress to act swiftly to address policing reform. “It's not enough," Biden said of the verdict. "We can't stop here.” Biden spoke after telephoning Floyd's family, telling them, “We're all so relieved.” Before Tuesday's guilty verdicts readmore

Arizona AG urges senators against court packing

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is urging his state’s Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly not to support their party’s push for the expansion of the Supreme Court.  In a letter sent to the senators on Tuesday, Brnovich raised concerns that expanding the number of Supreme Court justices could be detrimental to the system of checks and balances in government. His concerns come in the wake of Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Reps. Hank Johnson (R-Ga.) and Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill to expand the court to 13 readmore

Three other cops still set to face trial in death

Three more former Minneapolis cops are still set to stand trial in the death of George Floyd — following Tuesday’s murder conviction for former police officer Derek Chauvin The since-fired officers — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — are all free on $750,000 bail ahead of their trial, which is set to begin Aug. 23. They face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter over the May 2020 death of Floyd. They face up to 40 years in prison on the top charge. All three officers were involved in the fatal arrest, with two of them — Kueng and readmore