| |1. Deadly Texas school shooting gunman 'confused,' his lawyers say23:29[−]
The gunman accused of killing 10 people and wounding 13 at a Texas high school last week was in a state of mental confusion, his attorneys said Monday, as schools beefed up security for students returning to classrooms. At least two of those wounded in Friday's mass shooting at Santa Fe High School were still hospitalized, including school police officer John Barnes, who remained in critical condition, said the University of Texas Medical Branch. A statewide moment of silence was held in the morning to remember the eight students and two teachers killed.
|↑|3. 'Alien' asteroid discovered orbiting the wrong way near Jupiter21:30[−]
An "alien" asteroid from another star system has been discovered sharing Jupiter's orbit. Through a telescope the asteroid look like every other in the solar system save for one crucial difference - it is travelling in the wrong direction. It is the first time an interstellar space rock has been found to be permanently residing in the solar system. Earlier this year, a tumbling cigar-shaped object named 'Oumuamua', hit the headlines after flying into earth's galactic backyard, but it merely passed through and out again. But the new 1.8 mile wide rock - code-named 2015 BZ509 - appears to be a long-term resident, according to a study in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The first clue that it was not a native of the solar system came from its "retrograde" orbit of the sun, the opposite the direction of travel taken by all the planets and almost every other object in our system. Scientists have concluded it survived by orbiting the sun exactly in step with Jupiter, but in the opposite direction Credit: NASA / ESA Dr Fathi Namouni, from the Cote d'Azur Observatory in France, lead author of the study, said: "How the asteroid came to move in this way while sharing Jupiter's orbit has until now been a mystery. "If 2015 BZ509 were a native of our system, it should have had the same original direction as all of the other planets and asteroids, inherited from the cloud of gas and dust that formed them." Scientists have concluded it survived by orbiting the sun exactly in step with Jupiter, but in the opposite direction. Co-author Dr Helena Morais, from the Estadual Paulista University in Brazil, said: "The close proximity of the stars, aided by the gravitational forces of the planets, help these systems attract, remove, and capture asteroids from one another." Computer simulations suggest that the asteroid made the jump to our solar system 4.5 billion years ago when the sun was part of a tightly packed star cluster. “That was completely unexpected...it means it is an alien to the solar system,” said Dr Namouni. Since asteroids and comets carry organic chemicals and water, the discovery could shed light on the origins of life on Earth, the scientists believe.
|↑|4. Man dies after falling into baggage level at San Francisco airport20:56[−]
“At approximately 8:45am PDT, a male, aged approximately late 50s/early 60s, fell from the mezzanine level in Terminal 3 down to the baggage claim level”, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said in an email. San Francisco International Airport is a busy transit hub, with some 55 million travellers passing through over the course of last year.
|↑|9. Man rams car into his family at restaurant, killing two18:30[−]
A 62-year-old man was under arrest for murder in North Carolina Monday after he allegedly excused himself from a restaurant lunch with his family, then rammed them with his car at high speed -- killing his daughter and daughter-in-law. Roger Glenn Self, of Dallas, North Carolina, is being held on two charges of first-degree murder, the Gaston County Sheriff's Office said. According to the Gaston Gazette, Self was seated with his family at the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City, near Dallas, on Sunday when he excused himself.
|↑|13. Trump presses China on North Korea border ahead of summit16:26[−]
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged China on Monday to maintain a secure border with North Korea, pressing Beijing ahead of his anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month aimed at denuclearization. "China must continue to be strong & tight on the Border of North Korea until a deal is made.
|↑|18. In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance14:32[−]
TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un's planned summit with President Donald Trump next month.
|↑|19. British woman jailed in Tehran back in court on new charge13:21[−]
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran for two years, has appeared in court to face a new charge, her husband said on Monday. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was summoned to a court in Tehran on Saturday, according to a statement from Richard Ratcliffe, who runs the Free Nazanin campaign group. On Sunday, she was allowed to speak to the British ambassador to Tehran, Rob Macaire.
|↑|20. The Louvre was the most-visited museum in the world in 2017: report13:17[−]
While growth among the top 20 museums was relatively flat (0.2 percent growth worldwide between 2016 and 2017), authors note the exceptional performances of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which saw an impressive 25 percent spike in visitors in 2017, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, which also saw a 23 percent growth over the previous year. The report was published jointly by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and engineering firm AECOM.
|↑|21. The fascinating thing Americans were Googling during the royal wedding12:59[−]
Nothing makes a wedding more magical than drilling down into some search engine data. Real fairy-tale stuff. SEE ALSO: Bishop Michael Curry brought passion and fire to the Royal Wedding Google trends released some stats pertaining to people's Google searches about the royal wedding and it's a snapshot into what people were really intersted in. Interestingly, the US was curious to know... what on earth is a fascinator?! The #RoyalWedding2018 guests did not disappoint with their outfit choices.Americans found the choice of head gear especially fascinating... pic.twitter.com/FpWH23w18X — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) May 19, 2018 Just to clarify, a fascinator is a fancy doodad you wear on your head when you go somewhere posh. Sort of like a less functional hat. Technically the dress-code for the wedding stipulated that hats be worn rather than fascinators, but some people were just born to be rebels. Google trends also revealed that although Harry and Meghan have become the most searched royals since their engagement, the Google crown still belongs to William and Kate, who got married in 2011. Image: Google trendsThey did however overtake President Trump for one glorious moment. Image: Google trendsThe data Google revealed about UK users was a touch more typical. Brits wanted to get some of the basic deets about the new Duchess of Sussex (spoiler, it's Meghan Markle). Today #MeghanMarkle becomes the Duchess of Sussex. These are the top questions on the bride since guests began arriving at the #RoyalWedding2018 pic.twitter.com/5UzanofRhT — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) May 19, 2018 And of course the groom got a look-in too. Congratulations to #PrinceHarry and #MeghanMarkle! These are the top questions on the groom since guests began arriving at the #RoyalWedding2018 pic.twitter.com/de99HhpBp7 — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) May 19, 2018 The guests also got a name-check, not to mention a good ranking. The guests have arrived and it's almost time for the #RoyalWedding2018 to start! These are the top-searched guests in the last hour. pic.twitter.com/rxD5iVfyIK — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) May 19, 2018 Sorry Clooners, you're just not as interesting as Queen Liz. The venue also got a tonne of search-love. As guests arrive at the #RoyalWedding2018, these are the top questions about the venue, Windsor Castle pic.twitter.com/SHpmwbLz2G — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) May 19, 2018 What really matters more, the history of Windsor castle or fluffy head-ornaments? I think we all know the answer. WATCH: Ever wonder how the Mad Hatter got his name? Here's a brief history of making the dangerous top hats
|↑|22. One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt at Everest12:27[−]
A celebrated Japanese climber who lost all but one finger to frostbite on Everest has died on his eighth attempt to reach the summit, officials said Monday. Nobukazu Kuriki had fallen ill and was descending when his team lost contact with him. The 35-year-old is the third climber this month to perish on the world's highest peak.
|↑|25. Kilauea volcano erupts on Hawaii's Big Island09:30[−]
White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago. Authorities on Sunday warned the public to stay away from the toxic steam cloud, which is formed by a chemical reaction when lava touches seawater.
|↑|32. Pope Francis names 14 new cardinals from five continentsВс., 20 мая[−]
By Crispian Balmer VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Sunday he would elevate 14 churchmen from five continents to the rank of cardinal, picking candidates who work with the poor or where Catholics are in a minority and putting his stamp on the group that will elect his successor. Making the surprise announcement during his weekly Sunday address, the pope said the new cardinals came from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Iraq, Pakistan, Japan, Madagascar, Peru, Mexico and Bolivia. Eleven of the group are under 80, the age limit for entering the secret conclave that will be called to elect a new pope once Francis dies or retires.
|↑|34. Palestinian publicly sets himself on fire in GazaВс., 20 мая[−]
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A 20-year-old Palestinian is in critical condition Sunday after publicly setting himself on fire but his motives remain unclear with family believing he was despairing over Gaza's dire living conditions and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the territory, alleging personal problems.
|↑|35. Texas school victim 'rejected shooter's advances' before attackВс., 20 мая[−]
The Texas high school gunman was rejected by a 16-year-old girl a week before she became one of his ten victims, according to her grieving mother. Sadie Rodriguez said her daughter, Shana Fisher, had been pursued for four months by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old who opened fire at Santa Fe High School near Houston last Friday. One week ago she publicly rejected him in front of classmates after "four months of problems with this boy", Miss Rodriguez told the Los Angeles Times newspaper. She said he continued to get more aggressive until Shana finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class. “He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no. A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn't like. Shana being the first one." The mother of a survivor revealed that Pagourtzis, who killed ten and injured 13 more, taunted his victims yelling "woo hoo" and "are you dead?" as he took aim just after 8am in an art classroom. Dimitrios Pagourtzis Credit: AP Writing an open letter on Facebook, Deedra Van Ness, whose daughter Isabelle survived the massacre, detailed the teenager's experience as she cowered from the gunman, covered in dust from bullets hitting the classroom walls and surrounded by the dead bodies of her classmates. Ms Van Ness wrote: "They hear the gunman in the classroom next door yelling Woo Hoo! and firing more shots. "The gunman then comes back into their room and they hear him saying … are you dead? Then more shots are fired. "By this time, cell phones all over the classroom are ringing and he's taunting the kids in the closet asking them … do you think it's for you? do you want to come answer it? Then he proceeds to fire more bullets into the closet and tries to get in." Pagourtzis was on Sunday being held in solitary confinement after being charged with the murder of eight students and two teachers. According to authorities, the student admitted to "shooting multiple people." He allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver held legally by his father, Antonios. On Saturday the family of the suspect released a statement saying they were "saddened and dismayed" and extending their "heartfelt prayers and condolences to all of the victims." "We are gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe High School students that show Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy." The statement continued: "While we remain mostly in the dark about the specifics of yesterday's tragedy, what we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love." Meanwhile the debate over gun control was reignited in the US media Oliver North, the incoming president of the National Rifle Association blamed the increase in school shootings on the "culture of violence" and prescription drugs. Speaking on the Fox News channel, Mr North said: "The disease in this case isn’t the 2nd amendment. The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence. They’ve been drugged in many cases. “Nearly all of these perpetrators are male, and they’re young teenagers in most cases, and they’ve come through a culture where violence is commonplace.” “All we need to do is turn on a TV, go to a movie. If you look at what has happened to the young people, many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten. Now, I am certainly not a doctor; I’m a Marine. But I can see those kinds of things happening.” On the same show, Mark Kelly, the gun control advocate whose wife Gabby Giffords was shot and badly injured, said schools should have increased security and also argued that the US must prevent dangerous individuals from obtaining a gun. “We should make it more difficult I mean figure out a way to prevent people coming in the door with a firearm,” he said. “At the same time, make sure that that irresponsible person can’t get the gun in the first place.” So far this year there have been 22 school shootings with 36 fatalities.
|↑|40. Cougar kills mountain biker and wounds another in Washington stateВс., 20 мая[−]
Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride 30 miles (48 kilometres) east of Seattle were attacked by a cougar, killing one of the men and leaving the second hospitalised. The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man's body, where agents for the state's Fish and Wildlife police shot and killed it hours after the Saturday attack, the Seattle Times reported. The names of neither man were immediately released. The 31-year-old survivor said he and his friend were mountain biking in the Lake Hancock forest area at about 11am when they realised they were being chased by the big cat. "So they stopped and they made a lot of noise, said Capt. Alan Myers of the state department of Fish and Wildlife, ''which is exactly what we counsel people to do. "The two victims then took a minute and were catching their breath about this amazing, incredibly scary event that just occurred and suddenly the victim (the survivor) was attacked again by this cougar. "It latched onto his head. He said he had his whole entire head in the jaws of this animal and was being shaken around very, very horribly." Here’s a photo of the cougar that attacked two men on a mountain bike ride near North Bend today. One man died. Another man is at Harborview Medical Center tonight @komonews#komonews#Cougarattackpic.twitter.com/gVQSLL3CwB— Tammy Mutasa (@TammyKOMO) May 20, 2018 The second victim turned and started to run away, and the cougar went after him and killed the 32-year-old. The injured man rode for about 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) before getting mobile coverage and calling emergency services. Patient status update: The 31-year-old male who arrived at Harborview this afternoon as a result of a mountain lion attack near North Bend is being treated in the Emergency Dept. He is currently awake and alert and in serious condition.— Harborview Seattle (@harborviewmc) May 19, 2018 Sgt. Ryan Abbott said when rescuers arrived it took them about 30 minutes to locate the second victim, who was dead with the cougar standing on top of him. "The deputies shot at him and spooked him, and he ran off," he said. It took several hours before authorities found the cougar up a tree 45 to 182 metres away and killed it. While the cougar was being hunted, rescuers had to wait to retrieve the dead man's body. Rich Beausoleil, the state's bear and cougar specialist, said it was only the second fatality in the state in the last 94 years. "But it's one too many," he said. Cougars, also known as mountain lions and pumas, are a protected species, the Times reported. Each year, the state allows 250 cougars to be hunted and killed in 50 designated zones.
|↑|42. Islamic State fighters 'evacuate Damascus enclave' as Bashar Assad moves to reclaim western SyriaВс., 20 мая[−]
A war monitor said buses evacuated Islamic State fighters from an enclave south of Damascus on Sunday in a withdrawal deal, though state media denied the report and said the Syrian army was fighting to finish off the insurgents. The recovery of the enclave south of Damascus will mark another milestone in President Bashar al-Assad's war effort, crushing the last besieged rebel enclave in western Syria. Swathes of territory at the borders with Iraq, Turkey and Jordan, however, remain outside state control. Syrian government forces and their allies have been battling to recover the enclave south of Damascus since defeating rebels in eastern Ghouta, also near the capital, in April. The area is centred around the al-Hajar al-Aswad district and the adjoining Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. In a live broadcast, a reporter with Syrian state TV said the Syrian army operations in the Hajar al-Aswad area were nearing their end and insurgent lines were collapsing as columns of smoke rose from the area behind him. Smoke billowing from the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk during regime strikes targeting the Islamic State group in the camp Credit: Stringer/AFP The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights earlier said buses had entered the enclave after midnight to take out fighters and their families. They had left towards the Syrian Badia, a sparsely populated expanse of territory east of the capital that extends to the border with Jordan and Iraq, it said. Islamic State militants had torched their offices in the Yarmouk enclave, the Observatory said. Negotiated withdrawals have been a common feature of the Syrian war in recent years as the government, aided by the Russian military and Iran-backed forces, has steadily clawed back territory. The rebels have mostly been given safe passage to northwestern Syria. In the last two months alone, the United Nations says 110,000 people have been evacuated to northwestern Syria and rebel-held areas north of Aleppo. Syrian president Bashar Assad meets Vladimir Putin for talks in Sochi on May 17 Credit: MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP The opposition has called it a policy of forced displacement amounting to demographic change to drive out Assad's opponents. The Syrian government has said nobody is forced to leave and those who stay must accept state rule. While Assad has vowed to win back "every inch" of Syria, the map of the conflict suggests a more complicated time ahead from now on. The U.S. military is in much of the east and northeast, which is controlled by Kurdish groups that want autonomy from Damascus. It has used force to defend the territory from pro-Assad forces. Turkey has sent forces into the northwest to counter those same Kurdish groups, carving out a buffer zone where anti-Assad rebels have regrouped. In the southwest, where rebels hold territory at the Israeli and Jordanian border, Assad faces the risk of conflict with Israel, which wants his Iranian-backed allies kept well away from the frontier and has mounted air strikes in Syria.
|↑|43. Hounded by graft probe, fearing safety Malaysia's Najib seeks protectionВс., 20 мая[−]
By Fathin Ungku KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak fears for his safety and has asked for police protection, his spokesman said on Sunday, a day after the ex-leader complained over the conduct of police searching properties for evidence of corruption. Having ruled Malaysia for nearly 10 years, Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, have been barred from leaving the country after his coalition's surprise defeat in an election on May 9. Najib has consistently denied all allegations of wrongdoing, but his image hasn't been helped by his wife's reputation for lavish spending.
|↑|44. China air force lands bombers on South China Sea islandВс., 20 мая[−]
China's air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement. "A division of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently organized multiple bombers such as the H-6K to conduct take-off and landing training on islands and reefs in the South China Sea in order to improve our ability to 'reach all territory, conduct strikes at any time and strike in all directions'," it said in the statement issued on Friday. It said the pilot of the H-6K bomber conducted assault training on a designated sea target and then carried out take-offs and landings at an airport in the area, describing the exercise as preparation for "the West Pacific and the battle for the South China Sea".
|↑|46. US, China agree to abandon trade war: BeijingВс., 20 мая[−]
Washington and Beijing have agreed to abandon any trade war and back off from imposing tariffs on each other, Chinese state media reported Sunday. The announcement came after high-level talks in the US capital and followed months of tensions over what President Donald Trump has blasted as an unfair commercial relationship between the two economic giants. Vice-Premier Liu He, who led Chinese negotiators in Washington said: "The two sides reached a consensus, will not fight a trade war, and will stop increasing tariffs on each other," state-run news agency Xinhua reported Sunday.
|↑|50. Cuba in mourning after deadliest air crash in nearly 30 yearsСб., 19 мая[−]
Cuba observed a weekend of national mourning for victims of its worst crash in nearly three decades that killed 110 passengers and crew. An investigation has been launched into Friday's crash of the nearly 40-year-old Boeing 737-200 leased to the national carrier Cubana de Aviacion by a Mexican company. The Boeing crashed shortly after taking off from Havana, coming down in a field near the airport and sending a thick column of acrid smoke into the air.