North Korea denounces US ‘aggression’ as it marks war anniversary


Amid concerns North Korea could be preparing to conduct its first nuclear test in five years, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and US President Joe Biden agreed in May to deploy more US weapons if it was necessary to deter the North.

The North’s state news agency KCNA said on Saturday a number of workers’ organizations had held meetings to “vow revenge on the US imperialists,” blaming the United States for starting the 1950-1953 Korean War.

The war ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty, meaning US-led UN forces are still technically at war with North Korea.

In this photo taken on June 25, people hold a banner that translates as "Let us drive out the US Imperialism and reunify the fatherland!" on the 72nd anniversary of the three-year Korean War, in Pyongyang.

According to the KCNA report, Pyongyang denounced Washington over what it called “aggression moves” carried out with South Korea and Japan, and said the US push to deploy “strategic assets” on the South was aimed at provoking another war.

Strategic assets can typically include aircraft carriers, long-range bomber aircraft or missile submarines.

“Such insolent behavior of the US fans the anger and revenge of the Korean people,” KCNA said.

Marking the war anniversary in Seoul, Yoon pledged to do his utmost to protect freedom and peace.

“We will maintain strong security posture based on South Korea-US alliance and a strong military backed by science and technology,” he wrote on Facebook.

Saturday’s anniversary came amid concerns Pyongyang could conduct what would be its seventh nuclear test, which US and South Korean officials have said could take place “any time” now.



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BET Awards 2022: How to watch, nominees and more



Taraji P. Henson will host the event, set to feature performances from Lizzo, Latto, Chance the Rapper, Jack Harlow, Babyface and more. Producer and artist Diddy will be honored with lifetime achievement award.

The show airs on BET at 8 p.m. ET and will stream on Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, Fubo TV and YouTube TV.

Doja Cat leads in nominations with six, followed by Drake and Ari Lennox with four.

A full list of nominees follows below.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Ari Lennox

Chlöe

Doja Cat

H.E.R.

Jazmine Sullivan

Mary J. Blige

Summer Walker

Best male R&B/Pop Artist

Blxst

Chris Brown

Giveon

Lucky Daye

The Weeknd

Wizkid

Yung Bleu

Best Group

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak)

Chlöe X Halle

City Girls

Lil Baby & Lil Durk

Migos

Young Dolph & Key Glock

Best Collaboration

Wizkid feat. Justin Bieber & Tems – “Essence”

DJ Khaled fest. Lil Baby & Lil Durk – “Every Chance I Get”

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “Family Ties

Doja Cat feat. SZA – “Kiss Me More”

Drake feat. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”

Bia feat. Nicki Minaj – “Whole Lotta Money (Remix)”

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Cardi B

Doja Cat

Latto

Megan Thee Stallion

Nicki Minaj

Saweetie

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

Drake

Future

J. Cole

Jack Harlow

Kanye West

Kendrick Lamar

Lil Baby

Video of the Year

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “Family Ties”

Chlöe – “Have Mercy”

Doja Cat feat. SZA – “Kiss Me More”

Ari Lennox – “Pressure”

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – “Smokin Out The Window”

Drake feat. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”

Video Director of the Year

Anderson .Paak a.k.a. Director .Paak

Benny Boom

Beyoncé & Dikayl Rimmasch

Director X

Hype Williams

Missy Elliott

Best New Artist

Baby Keem

Benny the Butcher

Latto

Muni Long

Tems

Yung Bleu

Album of the Year

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – “An Evening with Silk Sonic”

H.E.R. – “Back of My Mind”

Tyler, the Creator – “Call Me If You Get Lost”

Drake – “Certified Lover Boy”

Kanye West – “Donda”

Jazmine Sullivan – “Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe”

Doja Cat – “Planet Her”

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Marvin Sapp – “All In Your Hands”

Kanye West – “Come to Life”

Kelly Price – “Grace”

Fred Hammond – “Hallelujah”

H.E.R. & Tauren Wells – “Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)”

Election Worship & Maverick City Music – “Jireh”

Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin – “We Win”

BET Her

Alicia Keys – “Best of Me (Originals)”

Mary J. Blige – “Good Morning Gorgeous”

Chlöe – “Have Mercy”

Ari Lennox – “Pressure”

Jazmine Sullivan – “Roster”

Summer Walker & Ari Lennox – “Unloyal”

Doja Cat – “Woman”

Best International Act

Dave (UK)

Dinos (France)

Fally Ipupa (DRC)

Fireboy DML (Nigeria)

Little Simz (UK)

Ludmilla (Brazil)

Major League DJZ (South Africa)

Tayc (France)

Tems (Nigeria)

Best Movie

“Candyman”

“King Richard”

“Respect”

“Space Jam: A New Legacy”

“Summer of Soul”

“The Harder They Fall”

Best Actor

Adrian Holmes – “Bel-Air”

Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish”

Damson Idris – “Snowfall”

Denzel Washington – “The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Forest Whitaker – “Respect”https://www.cnn.com/”Godfather of Harlem”

Jabari Banks – “Bel-Air”

Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us”

Best Actress

Aunjanue Ellis – “King Richard”

Coco Jones – “Bel-Air”

Issa Rae – “Insecure”

Jennifer Hudson – “Respect”

Mary J. Blige – “Power Book II: Ghost”

Queen Latifah – “The Equalizer”

Quinta Brunson – “Abbott Elementary”

Regina King – “The Harder They Fal”

Zendaya – “Euphoria”https://www.cnn.com/”Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Youngstars Award

Akira Akbar

Demi Singleton

Miles Brown

Saniyya Sidney

Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year Award

Brittney Griner

Candace Parker

Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams

Sha’Carri Richardson

Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year Award

Aaron Donald

Bubba Wallace

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Ja Morant

LeBron James

Stephen Curry



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US to announce purchase of medium- to long-range surface-to-air missile defense system for Ukraine





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The US plans to announce as soon as this week that it has purchased an advanced, medium-to-long range surface-to-air missile defense system for Ukraine, a source familiar with the announcement tells CNN.

President Joe Biden, who is currently meeting with G7 leaders in Germany for a summit primarily focused on Ukraine, announced recently that the US would provide Ukraine with “more advanced rocket systems and munitions” as its war with Russia grinds on. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is slated to virtually address Biden and other G7 leaders on Monday.

In response to requests by Ukrainian forces, other military assistance is also likely to be announced this week, including additional artillery ammunition and counter-battery radars. Ukrainian officials have asked for the missile defense system, known as a NASAMS system, given the weapons can hit targets more than 100 miles away, though the Ukrainian forces will likely need to be trained on the systems, a source said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is slated to virtually address Biden and other G7 leaders on Monday.

The US has been steadily announcing additional security assistance for Ukraine. Last week, the Biden administration announced an additional $450 million in military assistance for Ukraine, giving it four more multiple launch rocket systems and artillery ammunition for other systems.

And earlier this month, the Biden administration said it was providing an additional $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, a package that includes shipments of additional howitzers, ammunition and coastal defense systems.

CNN reported last week that US assessments of the war increasingly envision a long and punishing battle in the eastern part of Ukraine, with high personnel and equipment losses on both sides.

US officials believe that Russian forces plan to maintain intense attacks in the east, characterized by heavy artillery and missile strikes, with the intention of wearing down Ukrainian forces and NATO resolve over time.

For Ukraine’s part, its military has been burning through Soviet-era ammunition that fits older systems, and Western governments have been facing a tough decision on whether they want to continue increasing their assistance to the country, something Biden has already pledged to do.

“We will continue to lead the world in providing historic assistance to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom,” the President wrote in a New York Times op-ed last month.



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Colombia stadium collapse leaves at least 4 dead and 30 seriously injured


“At this moment, we have four (dead) victims confirmed — two women, an adult man and a minor — plus about 30 people seriously injured. Of course, we have activated all the hospitals and ambulances we can work with,” Gov. Ricardo Orozco said on BluRadio Colombia, a local radio outlet.

Video posted by Colombia’s President-elect Gustavo Petro shows a stand full of spectators collapsing as people run from the area.
The mayor of Espinal, Juan Carlos Tamayo, confirmed the accident in a Facebook post Sunday, calling on citizens to evacuate the area.

“We deeply regret what happened in our bullfight arena,” Tamayo said in the statement. “I want to ask all the citizens who are in the area to please evacuate, authorities are already responding to the emergency and the injured have been taken to hospitals. Please, let’s evacuate, together let’s help the emergency services so they can do their job.”

No official cause of the collapse has been given, but Tamayo said in his statement that authorities “have already begun investigating the causes of what happened.”





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More than 700 flights canceled Sunday




New York
CNN Business
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At least 730 flights were canceled across the United States on Sunday evening, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.

Delta Air Lines alone canceled at least 224 flights on Sunday. United Airlines canceled 71 flights and American Airlines canceled 66 flights.

CNN has reached out to the three airlines for comment on flight cancellations.

“Delta teams continue to safely manage through compounding factors affecting our operation this weekend, including higher-than-planned unscheduled absences in some of our work groups, weather, and air traffic control constraints,” a Delta Airlines spokesperson said. “Canceling a flight is always our last resort, and we sincerely apologize to our customers for any disruption to their travel plans.”

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was most impacted by Sunday’s cancellations.

United Airlines canceled 56 flights on Saturday and 70 flights Sunday.

United Airlines said on Thursday it would cut 12% of its daily domestic flights from its busy Newark hub. The cuts start in July and amount to about 50 daily flights.

According to FlightAware, there were 634 flight cancellations Saturday.



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Virginia police are investigating vandalism of a pregnancy center following Roe v. Wade decision




CNN
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Police are investigating the vandalism of a pregnancy center in Virginia following the US Supreme Court ruling Friday that overturned Roe v. Wade, they said.

Lynchburg police responded to a property damage call at the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center on Saturday morning, where officers found graffiti spray painted on the building and multiple broken windows, the department said in a news release.

The words, “If abortion ain’t safe you ain’t safe,” were found spray painted in red near the entrance of the center, photos from the police department show.

“Security camera footage shows four masked individuals committing the acts,” the police release states. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, police said.

Police released photos of damage done to the building as well as four possible suspects in the incident.

The acts were discovered a day after the Supreme Court’s decision eliminated the federal constitutional right to an abortion. The impact of the historic ruling was felt immediately, with at least 10 states effectively banning abortion as of Saturday night.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said in his reaction to the ruling on Friday that he would push for a new 15-week abortion ban in his state, a change from the state’s current law allowing abortions in the first and second trimesters.

The Republican governor, who was elected last year and has been viewed as a model for other GOP candidates to follow, said he opposes abortion, but cast 15 weeks as a compromise in a meeting with The Washington Post on Friday, saying he wanted to find “a place we can come together.”

On Friday, the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center shared support for the Supreme Court decision on Facebook, writing: “Rejoicing with an overwhelmed heart of gratitude for the life affirming decisions that were made today.”

Opened in 1999, the center is “dedicated to helping men and women faced with an unplanned pregnancy,” according to their website, and does not provide abortions or refer for abortions.

The center asked for support following the incident.

The center has taken to Facebook to ask for support following the incident Saturday, saying in a post, “if you are available to give financial support for additional security, and lots of prayers, we would greatly appreciate you.”

CNN has reached out to Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center for comment but did not immediately hear back.

Youngkin responded to the vandalism incident on Twitter, stating, “There is no room for this in Virginia, breaking the law is unacceptable.” He added that state police are ready to assist in the investigation.

Lynchburg is located around 113 miles west of Richmond.



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Haotong Li overcome with emotion after ending four-year winless drought at BMW International Open


On Sunday, the 26-year-old walked off the course at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried with one of the great emotional sporting celebrations after ending his four-and-a-half year wait for his third win on the DP World Tour.

And what a way to end it — after a nail-biting final day, Li sunk the 40-foot birdie putt of a lifetime to beat Thomas Pieters in the playoff and clinch victory at the BMW International Open in Munich.

Shouting and pumping his fists wildly, Li embraced his caddie before covering his face and sinking to his knees on the green. Visibly overcome with emotion, the golfer’s passion continued into his post-win interview.

“Where I am now … it’s f**king golf it’s just f**king hard to describe,” Li told a reporter from the DP World Tour.

“10 months ago I just decide to quit golf, and somehow where I am now … I had no idea I could have won this playoff.

“I didn’t realize I could be that emotional, maybe just because I never thought golf could be that tough. Through a lot of tough times, I realized how good that feeling is to play good again,” he added.

Li poses with the winner's trophy on the 18th green alongside event volunteers.

After a 3rd place finish at The Open in 2017 and a second win on the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) a year later that saw him pip four-time major winner Rory McIlroy in Dubai, Li had endured a barren run.

Last year, he missed the cut in 13 of his 16 tournament appearances, with his joint 14th place finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October his only top 60 result of the season. At his lowest position during 2021, he was ranked 542nd in the world.

Two top-six outings in February and April respectively ensured a much better start to 2022, before Li set a new peak with a scintillating course-record 10-under 62 on the opening round in Munich on Thursday.

Two eagles and six birdies ensured the 26-year-old led from the front, with back-to-back 67’s leaving Li leading by three strokes heading into the final day.

Li plays his third shot on the 11th hole.

He made a scintillating start Sunday with three birdies across the first five holes, but four bogeys by the 16th hole saw his advantage evaporate with three to play. Belgium’s Pieters finished strongly with two birdies across the final three holes to force a play-off, leaving Li to wonder if he was about to suffer yet more heartbreak.

“I thought I just gave another chance away and I just can’t let that can happen to me again,” Li said.

“I already knew it was going to be super tough and I just kept telling myself ‘hang on in there’ … luckily I did.”

DP World Tour sanctions golfers who participated in LIV Golf series' inaugural event

The win sees Li take home €340,000 (roughly $358,836) in prize money.



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No injuries after train derails in Wyandotte County


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KCTV) — No one was hurt Friday after a train derailed near Bonner Springs, Kan.

The derailment happened at 142nd Street and Loring Road.

The Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department says 21 rail cars completely derailed, nine of which were low pressure tank cars transporting isobutane.

No leaks or spills have been reported. There is no danger to the public, according to the KCKFD.



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‘One of the most important stories of our lifetime:’ Analyzing media coverage of Roe v. Wade




New York
CNN
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The overturning of Roe v. Wade is “one of the most important stories of our lifetime,” CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said on “Reliable Sources” Sunday.

But in 1973, the day after the decision came down, the main headline on many major newspapers was that former president Lyndon B. Johnson had died. Susan Matthews, news director at Slate and host of the podcast “Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade” said the justices on the Supreme Court then would likely be surprised to see the controversy still raging today.

“The justices knew that what they were doing was going to be a big deal when they announced it,” Matthews said, “but they had no idea that it was going to be the controversy that it is now.”

And though the story is dominating the headlines now, Republican strategist Sarah Longwell found the answers from swing voting Republican women fascinating on the importance of abortion in their lives.

When asked open-ended questions about the issues that matter most to them, few women named reproductive rights specifically, instead listing the economy and healthcare as top concerns. But when Longwell drilled down and asked women directly how they feel about Roe being repealed, even many pro-life respondents said they were alarmed by what they saw as a government overreach and attempt to regulate their bodies.

“It’s not sort of a top of mind issue for a lot of these voters unless you’re able to make it a high salience issue,” Longwell said.

Planned Parenthood is helping their patients navigate what their rights are. Google search trends show women in red states are increasingly wondering how and where they can obtain abortion services.

“I don’t think there’s been a larger seismic shift of the way health care gets delivered in the wake of this Supreme Court decision,” said Kate Smith, senior director of news content at Planned Parenthood and a former CBS reporter.

Some argue the media as an institution is “biased” on the issue of abortion and is overwhelmingly supportive of a woman’s right to safely attain one.

But Matthews said the main thing to remember is that support for abortion is consistent, with the majority of Americans wanting safe access to abortion care. The small minority of Americans who are vehemently opposed to abortion are trying to make their views the dominant narrative.

That’s why split screens on television news shows, with one side celebrating the end of Roe v. Wade and the other side protesting, can be misleading.

Only 9% of Americans in CBS polling this week said abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.

“And yet we have states that are doing exactly that,” Smith said. “Before the Roe ruling, we saw Oklahoma passed a ban on abortion at fertilization. I mean, how many Americans agree with that? It’s ridiculous.”

Longwell said she’s been a Republican “for a long time,” but has watched the party radicalize in the Donald Trump era.

“The task for Democrats is going to be prosecuting that case broadly of extremism against these Republicans because they are out of step with where the average person is,” Longwell said.



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Prince Charles accepted suitcase with 1 million euros from Qatari sheikh, Sunday Times reports





CNN
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Clarence House said Prince Charles received charitable donations and the correct processes were followed regarding those donations after a British newspaper reported the Prince of Wales once accepted a suitcase containing €1 million ($1.05 million) in cash from a Qatari politician.

According to the Sunday Times, the suitcase containing €1 million in cash was one of three lots of cash he personally received, totaling €3 million, from former Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani between 2011 and 2015. CNN has not independently verified The Sunday Times report.

“Charitable donations received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were passed immediately to one of the Prince’s charities who carried out the appropriate governance and have assured us that all the correct processes were followed,” Clarence House told CNN in a statement.

The Sunday Times reported on one occasion, Sheikh Hamad gave Prince Charles €1 million reportedly stuffed into carrier bags from the upmarket London department store, Fortnum and Mason.

On another occasion, Prince Charles accepted a duffel bag containing €1 million during a private one-on-one meeting at Clarence House in 2015, the Sunday Times reports.

The Sunday Times reports the payments were deposited into the accounts of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF), an entity that bankrolls the prince’s private projects and his country estate in Scotland.

A royal source tells CNN they dispute many of the details in the Sunday Times report. The royal source said they do not dispute the fact of the charitable donations and asserted that all the correct processes were followed from what they have looked at, from over a decade ago. They add the report contained several mistakes, and their lawyers are involved.

There is no suggestion the payments were illegal.



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