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A 37-year-old man, Micah Beals, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief on October 25 in relation to an attack on a memorial statue of George Floyd in Manhattan’s Union Square on Saturday morning, October 3, police said.Videos previously released by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) showed a person hurling paint over the George Floyd bust at Union Square as they passed on a skateboard, and passing through a subway turnstileNearby busts of late Congressman John Lewis and Breonna Taylor, the Louisville, Kentucky, woman shot and killed by police in 2020, did not appear to be defaced.The defacing of the statue at its new Union Square location occurred two days after it was unveiled there. It was also the second time the statue had been defaced, having been vandalized in late June at its previous location at Brooklyn’s Flatbush Junction. On that occasion, four suspects spray-painted the name of a white supremacist group on Floyd’s head and covered up text on the statue’s pedestal, according to the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force. Credit: NYPD via Storyful
Comedian Dave Chappelle - whose Netflix special sparked a backlash for its comments about the LGBT+ community - has doubled down on his remarks and hit out at "cancel" culture. Chappelle, one of the biggest names in American comedy, told his audience that "gender is a fact" in his hour-long Netflix special The Closer. In his first public remarks since the controversy, he posted on Instagram that he was willing to discuss his show with members of the transgender community but added that he is "not bending to anybody's demands".
Social media abuse “which rots away the very foundations of society” must be stopped, 50 Conservative MPs have told technology giants.
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Climate change is more of a threat to the Indo-Pacific region than a great power war, the president of the Pacific’s Federated States of Micronesia has warned in an interview with The Telegraph.
Countess Margit Széchényi, who has died aged 96, not only survived the indignities imposed on her and her class by the postwar Soviet puppet regime in Hungary; in many ways, she triumphed over them.
The shadow chancellor said ripping up Labour’s flagship programme was ‘an act of criminality’.
Incident ‘not random’ as police say owner of house and arrested man know each other
Sudanese armed forces have fired live rounds on people protesting against an apparent military coup in Khartoum, the government said on Monday, as the country's top general dissolved the transitional government.
A free trade deal between the UK and India would offer a bonanza for Scotland’s whisky industry, a government minister whose appointment prompted a cronyism row has said.
A powerful atmospheric river and “bomb cyclone” drenched Northern California on October 24, with the National Weather Service issuing flood warnings.The downpour broke the one-day rainfall record for downtown San Francisco, while also making it the area’s second-wettest October on record. Some rainfall totals passed the one-foot mark.The bad weather did not, however, stop the meeting of the 49ers and the Colts at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.Video by Daniel Murphy gave a good indication of the tough conditions players faced, as he captured some portable toilets being blown across a parking lot in the strong winds. “Might wanna hold it until you get inside,” he joked on Twitter.In the end, the Colts weathered the storm better than their hosts, emerging from the deluge 30-18 winners. Credit: Daniel Murphy via Storyful
A family from Queensland, Australia were pulling out of a parking lot when they spotted a mysterious exploding light in the sky. The footage has become a hit on social media, where people are divided about what the object might be. Some say it's clearly a meteor, while others remain unconvinced...
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Two million eligible people will be invited to receive a COVID-19 booster jab from the NHS this week, as the government seeks to see off a sharp rise in cases without introducing Plan B measures. Instead, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has been leading calls for people to once again get jabbed in the hope that boosting the population's immunity levels will see infections drop off. Around 7.5 million people have already been invited by text, email, and letter encouraging them to book through the National Booking Service, NHS England said.
Death in service scheme was launched to recognise the increased risk workers faced during the pandemic
Ministers should resign for briefing out details of the budget in advance of the chancellor's address to MPs on Wednesday, the Speaker has suggested. Sir Lindsay Hoyle made his feelings known in the Commons after a weekend of announcements revealing the contents of Rishi Sunak's budget. "At one time, ministers did the right thing if they briefed before a budget - they walked," he said.
The Chancellor said he was unlikely to be able to squeeze in an early-morning workout on his Peloton bike.
England star Ben Stokes is in the Ashes squad after declaring himself ready to play competitive cricket again. "I had a break to prioritise my mental wellbeing and I got my finger sorted," Stokes said. Stokes will head to Australia with the rest of the team on 4 November.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the US is ‘deeply alarmed’ by reports of a coup in Khartoum
Sir Keir Starmer has voiced his opposition to mandatory vaccinations for NHS staff, saying it could risk further staff shortages. The Labour leader said: "We've got a crisis coming down the track for the NHS … the last thing we can afford is for thousands of people to be pushed out of their jobs in the NHS." .