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    Atlanta mayor to vandalizing protesters: 'This is not a protest ... this is chaos'

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Friday evening denounced vandalism in her city as "chaos" after demonstrations over the death of George Floyd while in in the custody of Minneapolis police turned violent.

  • World
    The Telegraph

    Iran outraged by 'honour killing' of 14-year-old girl Romina Ashrafi

    The killing of an Iranian teen by her father after she eloped with an older man sparked outrage on Wednesday, with local media denouncing "institutionalised violence" in "patriarchal" Iran. Iranian media covered the apparent "honour" crime extensively, with Ebtekar newspaper leading its front page with the headline "Unsafe father's house". According to local media, Romina Ashrafi was killed in her sleep on May 21 by her father, who decapitated her in the family home in Talesh in northern Gilan province. The reports said her father had refused her permission to marry a man fifteen years her senior, spurring her to run away, but she was returned home after her father reported her. The legal marriage age in Iran is 13 for women. Iranian media reported that after authorities detained the teenager, she told a judge she feared for her life if she was returned to home. But what most outraged public opinion was the lenient punishment the father is likely to face, Ebtekar wrote. The newspaper notes that Iran's normal "eye for an eye" retributive justice does not apply to fathers who kill their children. Accordingly, he is likely to face three to 10 years in prison, a sentence that could be reduced further, the newspaper wrote, denouncing the "institutionalised violence" of Iran's "patriarchal culture". With the farsi hashtag Romina_Ashrafi focusing outrage on Twitter, President Hassan Rouhani "expressed his regrets" in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, pleading for the speedy passing of several anti-violence bills, his office said. On Twitter, Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, said a bill on the protection of young people was in the "final phase" of validation by Iran's Guardian Council. The council, which vets legislation to ensure compliance with Iran's constitution and Islamic sharia law, has thrice previously called for changes to the law after it was passed by lawmakers, Ebtekar newspaper wrote. The publication fears that if the council sends back the bill, it will be buried by Iran's new parliament, which held its first session Wednesday and is dominated by conservatives and hardliners opposed to Rouhani.

  • U.S.
    Evening Standard

    Madonna uploads video of son David dancing 'in honour' of George Floyd

    Madonna has shared a short video of her son David dancing in tribute to George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody after being restrained by officers in Minneapolis earlier this week.In the clip, David, 14, performs a routine to Michael Jackson's They Don't Care About Us in their kitchen.

  • Politics
    The Independent

    Johnny Cash’s granddaughter called liberal p**** for wearing face mask in Nashville grocery store, says mother

    Johnny Cash’s granddaughter was called a “liberal p***y” for wearing a face mask inside a Nashville grocery store, according to her own mother.Rosanne Cash recently counted the incident on Twitter, saying that her daughter previously spent time on a ventilator after contracting the H1N1 virus.

  • Entertainment

    Countdown to the Crown: Gigi Goode

    On this special edition of "The X Change Rate," we hear from RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12 finalist Gigi Goode. Get the all the tea before the finale tonight!

  • Science

    Scientists trace the roundabout route that coronavirus took from bats and pangolins to people

    Two newly published studies shed light on the origins and spread of the coronavirus pandemic, starting with bats and pangolins in China and ending up with New York's dramatically deadly outbreak. One study, published today in the open-access journal Science Advances, analyzed 43 genome sequences from three strains of coronavirus similar to the one that causes COVID-19 in humans. These strains were identified in bats and in pangolins, anteater-like animals prized for their scales. The two pangolins that yielded samples of coronavirus were smuggled into China and seized by customs officials. The type of coronavirus that has caused the human… Read More

  • Lifestyle
    Good Housekeeping

    An Infectious Disease Expert Explains Why Beaches May Be Safer Than Pools This Summer

    You'll need to social distance, but sand could be better than pool decks, experts say.