South Korean authorities have arrested the founding father of a secretive Christian sect on the centre of the nation’s largest outbreak of Covid-19 infections for allegedly hiding essential data from contact-tracers and different offences.
Prosecutors allege the 89-year-old conspired with different sect leaders to withhold data from authorities in the course of the peak of the outbreak amongst his greater than 200,000 followers.
Lee, who has described the novel coronavirus because the “satan’s deed” to cease the sect’s development, allegedly hid particulars on members and their assembly locations as authorities tried to trace infection routes in February, Yonhap information company reported.
Lee can also be suspected of embezzling about 5.6bn gained ($4.7mn) in church funds, together with about 5bn gained which he allegedly used to construct a retreat, Yonhap stated.
The sect stated in a press release that Lee was involved about authorities calls for for members’ private data however by no means tried to cover something.
Lee was arrested instantly after a courtroom in Suwon district, south of Seoul, permitted the warrant.
A prosecution official couldn’t be reached exterior of workplace hours.
* Palestinians see Al-Aqsa as pinnacle of future state
* Worshippers slam UAE leaders over take care of Israel
* Fear deal might threaten their entry to sacred website
* Burn effigies of Trump, Netanyahu, Abu Dhabi crown prince
By Rami Ayyub
JERUSALEM, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Indignant Palestinians in Jerusalem accused the United Arab Emirates of collaborating with Israel and endangering Al-Aqsa mosque – Islam’s third-holiest website – as they gathered for Friday prayers the day after the Gulf state’s take care of Israel.
Below an settlement brokered by U.S. President Donald Trump, Israel and the UAE introduced on Thursday that they are going to normalise diplomatic ties, introduced collectively by a confluence of pursuits in opposition to Iran.
The deal additionally envisions giving Muslims better entry to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque by permitting them to straight fly from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.
This was greeted with dismay by Palestinian worshippers submitting into the tree-lined hilltop compound in Jerusalem’s walled Previous Metropolis recognized to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews because the Temple Mount.
“Our brothers within the Emirates put our blessed mosque within the grip of dying,” stated Kamal Attoun, 60, an East Jerusalem Palestinian and Previous Metropolis service provider.
Requested if he would welcome Muslims from the Emirates or the Gulf below such circumstances, Attoun stated: “You have seen how collaborators from Saudi Arabia have been acquired up to now. The identical destiny awaits the Emiratis.”
He was referring to a pro-Israel Saudi web influencer who was reportedly taunted as he walked by means of the Previous Metropolis compound final yr.
Palestinians have lengthy sought East Jerusalem, the place the Previous Metropolis is situated, as capital of a future state and have appeared to Arab nations to defend that stance. In the event that they normalise ties with Israel, Palestinians concern shedding any probability of future sovereignty within the metropolis and assured entry to Al Aqsa mosque.
Mohammad al-Sharif, 45, a member of Israel’s Arab minority, stated he wouldn’t maintain it in opposition to peculiar Muslims from the Gulf “as a result of their rulers made a mistake”.
However he was scathing about their leaders.
“Collaboration with the UAE is worse, 100 instances worse than collaborating with Israel. That Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and his soiled canines look out for themselves and their pursuits and the remainder of us can go to hell,” he stated, referring to Abu Dhabi’s crown prince.
The highest Islamic official in Jerusalem, Sheikh Abdul-Azim Salhab of the Islamic Waqf, advised Reuters he does “not settle for the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque to be the topic of political bickering. It’s larger than this tug-of-war.”
Condemnation additionally got here from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose spokesman on Thursday learn out a press release from the management on Palestinian tv calling the deal a “betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian trigger”.
Palestinians throughout Gaza and the occupied West Financial institution rallied on Friday in opposition to the deal. Protesters within the metropolis of Nablus burned effigies of Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.
In the meantime, Israel embraced the deal, with the nation’s biggest-selling day by day, Yedioth Ahronoth, calling it a “daring breakthrough”.
Some analysts stated Netanyahu risked angering his supporters by strolling again pledges to annex land within the West Financial institution – territory sought by Palestinians for a state – in order to do a take care of an Arab Gulf nation.
“He gained a couple of factors with the centre-left, which loves agreements with Arabs, however he misplaced many extra factors together with his base of right-wing voters,” wrote Ben Caspit in Maariv.
Netanyahu, dogged by an ongoing corruption trial and criticised for his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, has hailed the settlement as a private success in integrating Israel within the Center East.
On his Arabic-language Twitter account he credited Israel’s overseas intelligence service Mossad with serving to to clinch the deal.
Below spy chief Yossi Cohen, Netanyahu stated, the Mossad helped develop Israel’s relations with the Gulf and “ripen the peace settlement with the Emirates”. (Extra reporting by Ali Sawafta in Ramallah; Writing by Stephen Farrell and Rami Ayyub; Modifying by Mark Heinrich)
The failure to agree on a bundle to proceed financial stimulus measures throughout the coronavirus pandemic is starting to have an impact in the true world away from Capitol Hill. Hundreds of thousands of People will probably be left with decrease unemployment insurance coverage for at the least just a few extra weeks because the Senate doesn’t reconvene till after eight September.
Whereas the brand new unemployment insurance coverage claims dipped below one million of the primary time in 20 weeks yesterday, there’s little doubt the variety of jobs on the market are shrinking, and there’s unhealthy information from the aviation business this morning. Employment within the sector had already fallen from round 512,000 staff in March to about 380,000 in June, however now main US airways have warned they’ll lay off tens of hundreds of staff in October when the Cares Act payroll help program for the business expires.
There’s one other looming difficulty as coronavirus help is withdrawn – America’s water provide. Hundreds of thousands of households in America danger shedding operating water over unpaid payments as moratoriums on shutoffs expire throughout the nation. A minimum of 115 native moratoriums on water disconnections, together with the statewide orders in Indiana and Ohio, have already expired.
Additionally in Oregon, in a victory for a marketing campaign in opposition to racism, the College of Oregon has introduced it would cowl 4 murals in one among its libraries. They’ve lengthy been criticised for holding racist depictions.
With out the momentum of the Black Lives Matter motion and different racial justice actions behind it, I don’t assume that the college could be making these sudden makes an attempt to attempt to rectify its errors.
Provost Patrick Phillips stated that after the sooner protests, the college had tried to deal with the difficulty by internet hosting a sequence of discussions and occasions to contextualise the mural. Nevertheless he now says:
We tried the context factor, and it was clear that it was creating, nonetheless, this unwelcoming, unsupportive and — fairly frankly — exclusionary image to college students. It wasn’t working to deal with the problems that we wish. It perhaps addresses it from one perspective, however for all the neighborhood, it undoubtedly was not.
One of many murals, which mentions the necessity to preserve “our racial heritage”, has been a frequent goal of vandalism. Two of the murals illustrate humanity’s improvement of arts and sciences. The scenes function Indigenous folks performing duties kind the Stone Age and prehistoric occasions, whereas white individuals are depicted because the superior tradition on the prime of the tree.
One other scholar, Angela Noah, who’s a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, informed native media that the murals and the statues of pioneers on campus “simply jogged my memory that I wasn’t alleged to be right here as an Indigenous lady.”
Oregon State Police leaving Portland after two-week project
Oregon State Police are leaving Portland after a two-week project to assist defend the federal courthouse that has been the scene for 78 consecutive nights of Black Lives Matter protests in opposition to racial injustice within the metropolis.
State police had been despatched to Portland on 30 July below an settlement between Gov. Kate Brown and the US Division of Homeland Safety to attempt to curtail the clashes that had occurred all through the month protestors and federal officers ordered into the town by Donald Trump.
The transfer appears to explicitly observe the announcement earlier this week by new Multnomah County District Legal professional Mike Schmidt that his workplace is not going to be prosecuting lots of of people that have been arrested throughout the protests
Capt. Timothy R. Fox of the Oregon State police – in a considerably pointed assertion – informed tv stations that they’re “regularly reassessing our assets and the wants of our companion businesses and right now we’re inclined to maneuver these assets again to counties the place prosecution of prison conduct continues to be a precedence.”
The troopers will now return to their common assignments, Fox stated.
Local media report that Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton was in Portland each evening of the 2 weeks that troopers have been assigned.
He stated “Policing massive crowd occasions that routinely flip violent is likely one of the most difficult elements of regulation enforcement, however our troopers met the problem nightly with our colleagues on the Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Workplace. Our troopers sustained frequent damage and dealt with probably the most tough of circumstances with restraint and professionalism, in service to the residents and guests of Portland.”
Good morning and welcome to at present’s protection of US politics and the continued coronavirus disaster. This was one of many key moments from yesterday’s press convention, when Shirish Dáte requested President Donald Trump to his face: “Do you remorse all of your mendacity?”
Right here’s the place we’re as much as and what we’d count on to see at present
1,187 new coronavirus deaths and 53,213 new circumstances have been reported within the US yesterday. The overall variety of confirmed Covid-19 circumstances amongst People for the reason that pandemic began rose to over 5,250,000
Donald Trump admitted he opposed extra funding for america Postal Service in order to undermine mail-in voting. He additionally revived racist birther conspiracy theories, focusing on VP decide Kamala Harris
Joe Biden and Harris introduced that they’re calling for a nationwide mask mandate, asking each governor to require residents to put on masks in public to gradual the unfold of coronavirus
Oregon State Police pulled out the troopers who had been serving to to police the nightly Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Portland
The Senate adjourned with no coronavirus stimulus bundle in sight. Will probably be out of session now till after eight September
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s international minister traveled to Vienna Friday for pressing talks along with his European Union counterparts and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on army tensions with Turkey, because the Greek and Turkish navies continued a sport of brinkmanship over jap Mediterranean drilling rights.
Nikos Dendias was on account of meet Pompeo and Austrian International Minister Alexander Schallenberg, with whom he can even take part within the emergency assembly of EU international ministers held by video convention and chaired by the 27-country bloc’s international coverage chief Josep Borrell.
Athens is looking for backing and potential EU sanctions from its companions within the dispute with neighboring Turkey, which comes weeks after an identical confrontation was defused with the intercession of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Up to now, solely France has responded, pledging to spice up its army presence within the jap Mediterranean and sending two warships to the realm Thursday for joint drills with the Greek navy. France additionally deployed two fighter planes to the southern Greek island of Crete. French relations with Turkey are already unhealthy over Ankara’s involvement in Libya’s civil struggle.
Relations between historic regional rivals — and nominal NATO allies — Greece and Turkey have hit a greater than two-decade low after Turkey despatched a seismic analysis ship, escorted by warships, to prospect Monday for potential offshore oil and fuel in waters Athens claims as its personal.
Greece positioned its armed forces on excessive alert and despatched warships to the spot, south of Turkey between Crete and the island nation of Cyprus, demanding the vessels’ withdrawal. Turkey claims it has each proper to prospect within the space, in addition to in neighboring waters Cyprus considers its personal, after the invention of huge offshore fuel deposits in recent times off Israel, Egypt and Cyprus.
The governments in Athens and Ankara have spoken of the necessity for peaceable dialogue, although it’s unclear how that would occur with every insisting that they are going to defend their rights. In the meantime, with the warships dancing about one another in a comparatively small patch of the jap Mediterranean, there’s an actual hazard of speedy escalation within the case of an unintentional collision or hostile act.
On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cryptically implied that his nation had responded to an incident involving the Turkish analysis ship Oruc Reis.
“Now we have stated, ‘Don’t assault our Oruc Reis. In case you do, you’ll pay a heavy worth.’ And right this moment, they obtained their first response,” Erdogan stated.
Greek officers stated they had been unaware of any incident Thursday, and the International Ministry stated Dendias would transient his EU companions from Vienna on “the true occasions throughout latest days regarding operational incidents within the space.”