A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was removed from central Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday, a week after the state’s top court ruled it was legal to do so.
Defense lawyers and prosecutors delivered opening statements on Wednesday in the fraud trial of Elizabeth Holmes, founder and former CEO of defunct blood testing company Theranos.
Russia’s emergency situations minister died on Wednesday in the Arctic after he leaped into the ocean to save a film maker who had fallen into the water during a training drill, the ministry said. Yevgeny Zinichev, 53, was previously a member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s security detail and is the first Russian cabinet minister to die on duty.
James Spears, father of pop music star Britney Spears, filed a petition on Tuesday asking the court to “seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required.” Spears’ father agreed earlier this year to step down as his daughter’s conservator after she asked a court to remove him. The singer has been living under the conservatorship for 13 years.
Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday that criminalizing abortion is unconstitutional, paving the way for the overturn of anti-abortion laws around the country. Activists have said they will use the precedent set by the court’s unanimous ruling to challenge laws currently on the books that in some cases impose prison terms on women who terminate a pregnancy.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday announced plans to raise the payroll tax paid by workers and employers by 1.25 percentage points to address a shortfall in health funding partly due to spending on the COVID-19 pandemic. The tax will also be applied to the tax on shareholder dividends. Johnson said it would be “irresponsible” to borrow money to cover the increased needs of the U.K.’s National Health Service.
Central American nation El Salvador on Tuesday made Bitcoin an official currency, allowing its citizens to pay their taxes, purchase retail goods and conduct other financial transactions with the digital currency.
Myanmar’s opposition shadow government on Tuesday called for a “people’s defensive war” against the military junta, which seized power in February. The shadow government, made up of democratically elected officials who were barred from taking power after the coup, called on citizens to rise up against the military junta “in every corner of the country.”
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed into law an elections bill that adds restrictions on when and how Texans can vote. The signing followed months of efforts by Democrats in the state legislature to block the law, which they say will disproportionately affect minority voters. The law is already the target of three federal lawsuits.
The Taliban on Tuesday named several senior officials to an interim Afghan government including figures connected to the group’s two-decade fight against U.S.-led forces for control of the country.
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who helped the band rise to become rock 'n' roll legends, died on Tuesday. He was 80.
Several tons of dead fish have washed up in the last week on the shores of Mar Menor, a large saltwater lagoon in southeast Spain, worrying locals and environmentalists.
The leader of the far-right Proud Boys group was sentenced on Monday to over five months in jail for burning a stolen Black Lives Matter flag and bringing two high-capacity weapons to Washington, D.C.
U.S. President Joe Biden in an address to the nation on Tuesday after a virtual meeting with G7 leaders, said the U.S. was “on pace” to complete the evacuation by Aug. 31 of the tens of thousands of people now at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport clamoring to escape the Taliban after it captured the city over a week ago, virtually completing its takeover of Afghanistan.
Following a New York state sexual harassment investigation that resulted in the resignation of former Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, officials swore in former Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) on Tuesday as the state’s 57th governor.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has only enough supplies in Afghanistan to last for a week after deliveries of medical equipment were blocked by restrictions at Kabul airport, a regional WHO official said Tuesday.
Record rainfall that triggered deadly floods in Western Europe last month was made between 1.2 and 9 times more likely by human-caused climate change, according to a new study published Tuesday.
Hissène Habré, the former president of Chad, died while serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity during his rule in the 1980s, the Justice Ministry in Senegal announced Tuesday. He was 79.