America mourns as FBI releases declassified 9/11 documents

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FBI has released a newly declassified 16-page document related to logistical support provided to two of the Saudi hijackers in the lead-up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The document describes contacts the hijackers had with Saudi associates in the US but offers no evidence the Saudi government was complicit in the plot.

The document, released on the 20th anniversary of the attacks, is the first investigative record to be disclosed since Joe Biden ordered a declassification review of materials that for years have remained out of public view. The president had encountered pressure in recent weeks from victims’ families, who have long sought the records as they pursue a lawsuit in New York alleging that senior Saudi officials were complicit.

On Saturday, families of the victims gathered at the 9/11 memorial plaza in New York to mark the 20th anniversary of terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 人们. Similar ceremonies were held in Washington DC and Pennsylvania – the sites of other attacks that day.

Ballots were already being cast in California’s gubernatorial recall election when 加文纽森, visiting a pop-up clinic in Oakland, once again implored his constituents to get the Covid-19 vaccine. The week before, the governor had visited the site of the devastating Caldor fire, which had threatened the resort town of South Lake Tahoe and destroyed nearly 1,000 structures.

These calamities – a once-in-a-generation health crisis and unprecedented challenges posed by drought and extreme weather – were, largely, what gave rise to the recall effort. Having won his seat by a historic margin in 2018, Newsom has found himself in a peculiar position.

Still broadly popular in the state, he’s fending off challenges from Republicans and rightwingers that could trigger extraordinary political upheaval in one of America’s bluest states.

The House select committee investigating the 6 January attack on the Capitol instructed telecom and social media companies last week to preserve records of 唐纳德·特朗普’s White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The move positions the select committee on the doorstep of the Oval Office as it pursues a far-reaching inquiry into whether Trump and his White House helped plan or had advance knowledge of the insurrection perpetrated by the former president’s supporters.

House select committee investigators signaled their intention to examine potential involvement by the Trump White House and House 共和党人 when they last week made a series of records demandsrecords preservation requests for Trump officials connected to the Capitol attack.

Britney Spears has announced her engagement to her long-term boyfriend, Sam Asghari, with an exuberant post displaying a diamond ring engraved with the word “lioness”.

在一个 Instagram video post, she winks, kisses a smiling Asghari on the cheek and answers “yes!” when he asks if she likes it. Asghari, an actor and personal trainer, posted his own photo of Spears showing her ring to the camera.

The news comes days after her father filed to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 年. 在六月, the singer told a court she wanted to marry Asghari and have a baby with him, during an impassioned plea to end the conservatorship.

Asghari’s manager, Brandon Cohen, confirmed that the pair were engaged. “The couple made their longstanding relationship official today and are deeply touched by the support, dedication and love expressed to them,” Cohen told Reuters.

Never in tennis history has anyone fought through three qualifying rounds of a grand slam before winning the entire tournament, let alone an 18-year-old whom the bookies rated as a 400-1 outsider. 更重要的是, she did it without dropping a set. It was the stuff of Hollywood: the $2.5m (£1.8m) cheque, the praise from legends such as Martina Navratilova and a peak TV audience of 9.2 million Britons willing her on to her 6-4 6-3 victory over the Canadian Leylah Fernandez.

Like millions of other Americans reeling from the Great Recession, Stevie Trujillo suddenly couldn’t afford to pay bills and rent. “Something had to give. To make ends meet, I sold my car, and we moved into Tree’s van with only the bare necessities – some clothes, a few dishes, one pot and pan. 几个月, we slept in 24 Hour Fitness parking lots, but after a customer complained and the supervisor at Starbucks in San Clemente kicked me out for brushing my teeth, we headed south, where there would be less shame in being poor.”

Murders of environment and land defenders hit a record high last year as the violent resource grab in the global south continued unabated despite the pandemic. Figures released by Global Witness show that 227 people were killed in 2020 while trying to protect forests, rivers and other ecosystems on which their livelihoods depended. All but one of the deadly attacks took place outside North America, Europe and Oceania. The authors say environment-related conflict is, like the climate crisis, disproportionately affecting lower-income nations.

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在六月, the US government published a long-awaited report into UFOs. Although the report did not, as many had hoped, admit to the existence of little green men, it did reveal that not only were objects appearing in our skies that the Pentagon could not explain, but some clearly posed “a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to US national security”. The Pentagon also revealed that it has been taking UFOs so seriously that it discreetly set up the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) 在 2007.

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