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Previously deported sex offenders arrested after crossing into multiple border sectors

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Border Patrol agents in multiple southern border sectors arrested several previously deported sex offenders after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico into the United States.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents detected a group of three migrants on Tuesday evening after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico into Arizona, according to information provided by Border Patrol officials in Arizona. The agents arrived at the location and arrested the three migrants.

The agents transported the migrants to a processing center where a records check identified one of the men, 37-year-old Juan Nunez-Tavarez, as a four-time previously deported sex offender.


Massive George Floyd head sculpture in Brooklyn divides opinion as it's unveiled to mark Juneteenth

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Terrence Floyd, brother of the late George Floyd who was killed by a police officer, attends the unveiling event for his brother's statue, as part of Juneteenth celebrations, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., June 19, 2021.
A six-foot-tall sculpture of George Floyd's head has been unveiled in Brooklyn, New York City, both drawing praise and raising eyebrows. The statue was inaugurated by Floyd's brother on the occasion of Juneteenth.

The larger-than-life art piece by sculptor Chris Carnabuci was installed at Brooklyn's Flatbush Junction on Saturday. The unveiling ceremony was headlined by Terrence Floyd, who called the police killing of his brother a "sacrifice" to the cause of racial justice.

New York Council Member Farah Louis described Floyd's legacy as "truly monumental," insisting that it was not "just a figure of speech." Louis argued that Floyd's death became a springboard for America to reckon with its legacy of "systemic racism and police brutality."

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Eye 2

Qatar will only allow vaccinated at World Cup 2022, will 'offer' vaccines to fans

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Fans watching a football game between Oman and Qatar at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on 7 June 2021
Qatar said on Sunday that only people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 would be allowed to attend the World Cup next year, adding that it is in negotiations to secure one million doses in case the global vaccination drive falls behind.

The Gulf emirate will host the four-week tournament in November 2022 and the president of global soccer body Fifa has said the matches would be held in full stadiums.

Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani told newspapers that while most countries were expected to have vaccinated their citizens by then, Qatar was still taking measures to ensure a successful event.

Comment: Except there's a significant number of people refusing to participate in these mass experimental vaccine trials: Unused Covid vaccines piling up across US as those rejecting offer increase - Bloomberg

Comment: Meanwhile in Texas:


Julian Assange's partner brands his incarceration 'intolerable and grotesque'

Julian Assange
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The partner of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has described his ongoing incarceration in one of England's highest security prisons as "intolerable and grotesque".


Stella Moris and the couple's two young sons, Gabriel and Max, visited Assange in prison for the first time in eight months on the morning of Saturday 19 June.

Despite winning his long-running extradition battle in January against the US, Assange remains in HMP Belmarsh in south London pending the outcome of an appeal.

Assange is still wanted in the US on an 18-count indictment. He's facing allegations of plotting to hack computers and conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information. The prosecution followed WikiLeaks' publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents in 2010 and 2011 relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, as well as diplomatic cables.

Moris said the last time she had seen Assange in the flesh was his last court appearance in early January.

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Most Germans say freedom of speech is in jeopardy, many name Islam and patriotism among topics they cannot speak freely about

© Global Look Press / Christian Ohde
A majority of German citizens believe that freedom of expression is in danger, the latest poll shows. 'Patriotism' and Islam were named among topics one should be particularly careful about.

Only 45% of Germans still believe they can express their political opinion freely, says a survey conducted by the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy - one of Germany's oldest and most respectable polling agencies.

That is the lowest figure since 1953, when the institute started conducting such polls. Just a few years ago, two-thirds of Germans believed that nothing stops them from expressing their opinion freely.

Most believe that their freedom of expression is in danger, while 44% feel one had better be careful about what one says, according to the survey published in Germany's FAZ newspaper on Wednesday.

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Alberta to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on July 1 as it hits vaccination target

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney reveals the Open for Summer Plan as the province crosses the 70 per cent first dose COVID-19 vaccine target on June 18, 2021.
Alberta will become the first province or territory to remove all COVID-19 restrictions when it lifts its remaining public health measures on July 1.

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday that the province had reached the vaccination threshold for the third and final phase of reopening, because 70.2 per cent of Albertans 12 and over had received at least one dose of a vaccine.

That means it's safe to return to normal after the vaccines take full effect in two weeks, he said.

"The end of this terrible time is just two weeks away. I know it's hard to believe, but it's true," Kenney said.

"Thanks to vaccines and the millions of Albertans who have been protected by them, we finally have the upper hand on this virus and can safely open up our province."


Belgian 'anti-lockdown Rambo' that stole heavy weapons from depot whilst known as risk to intel services, found DEAD in the woods

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Belgian police at the site where a body, thought to be the one of missing rogue soldier Jurgen Conings, was found.
A body found in the woods in Belgium on Saturday belonged to a rogue soldier who fled his unit a month ago with an arsenal of weapons and threatened to assassinate the country's top virologist, the Belgian Defense Ministry said.

A massive manhunt involving the Belgian army and police and the militaries of neighboring Germany and the Netherlands was launched after the disappearance of veteran sniper Jurgen Conings on May 17.

The 46-year-old soldier, with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, snatched several anti-tank missiles, a submachine gun, a handgun and a bulletproof vest from a military warehouse, and left notes containing death threats against Belgium's top officials before he went missing. Virologist Marc Van Ranst, who had a hand in the Covid-19 restrictions in Belgium, was on that hit list and ended up being placed in a safe house by the authorities.

Bizarro Earth

Gunmen kill at least 14 in attacks in Mexico, near US border


Law enforcement officials say gunmen aboard a number of vehicles have staged attacks in several neighborhoods in the Mexican border city of Reynosa.
Gunmen in vehicles opened fire in the Mexican city of Reynosa on the U.S. border, killing at least 14 people and causing widespread panic, authorities said. Security forces killed four suspects, including one who died near a border bridge.

The attacks began Saturday afternoon in several neighborhoods in eastern Reynosa, which borders the Texan city of McAllen, according to the Tamaulipas state agency that coordinates security forces. Images posted on social media showed bodies in the streets.

Authorities did not immediately comment on a possible motive for the attacks. The area's criminal activity has long been dominated by the Gulf Cartel, but there have been fractures within the group.

Comment: In just the last few months Mexico has seen some of its worst violence in years: See also:

Arrow Down

Most riot, looting cases from last year dropped by NYC DAs

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Looting in New York City
One year ago, parts of New York City felt out of control as crowds of looters were seen smashing storefront after storefront. The mayhem continued night after night from late May into June. At one point, there was even a so-called "looting dance party" on the streets of SoHo.

The mobs seemingly pillaged at will. Many were caught on tape, some with their faces visible. Others even posted on social their own videos of their actions those nights.

"We got the Rolex store," some in the crowd can be heard screaming in one video. Police were far outnumbered and seemingly unprepared.

Hundreds of arrests were made during the looting and riots. Many of those arrests took place in Manhattan and along some commercial streets in the Bronx where the problems were widespread. Surveillance videos show looters breaking into many locally owned Bronx stores, stores that were left ransacked.

NYPD data reviewed by the NBC New York I-Team shows 118 arrests were made in the Bronx during the worst of the looting in early June.

Since then, the NYPD says the Bronx DA and the courts have dismissed most of those cases - 73 in all. Eighteen cases remain open and there have been 19 convictions for mostly lesser counts like trespassing, counts which carry no jail time.

Comment: A confluence of means, motives and circumstances provided the ideal environment for mayhem and destruction - a known and calculated scenario set in motion with potential to repeat. The eve of destruction may become a very long night.

Take 2

Top Georgia Dems flip on voter ID amid push from Manchin for identification rules

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Senator Raphael Warnock • Stacey Abrams
Georgia Democratic rockstars Stacey Abrams and Sen. Raphael Warnock have both made major reversals on their feelings about voter identification, flips that could signal shifting Democratic priorities about voter ID as the Senate considers a sweeping voting bill that could include identification measures.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin this week proposed several additions to the controversial For the People Act, a bill that, if passed, would allow Congress to exert significant control over most U.S. elections. Among the measures Manchin has suggested are voter ID rules, which would require identification at the polls but would allow voters to use a variety of documents to prove their identity.

Prominent Democratic activist Stacey Abrams this week came out in support of the measures, a sharp reversal from earlier hardline opposition to voting ID laws. Abrams suggested that widespread Democratic opposition to voting ID laws has been "one of the fallacies of Republican talking points that have been deeply disturbing. No one has ever objected to having to prove who you are to vote. It's been part of our nation's history since the inception of voting."

In April of this year, Abrams claimed she was opposed to Georgia's recently passed election reform bill due in part to the fact that it "requires that a voter has a photo identification or some other form of identification that they are willing to surrender in order to participate in an absentee ballot process."

Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, meanwhile, has also voiced support for Machin's proposal, falsely claiming that he has "never been opposed to voter ID" and that he "[doesn't] know anybody who is."

Comment: See also:
Georgia Senator Warnock under investigation for voter registration misconduct