Meanwhile, in China, Beijing officials erected more barriers around locked housing sections. Mass testing has also started in 11 of the capital’s 16 districts. We will examine the pandemic in this country after the news summary.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has pledged to accelerate the development of nuclear weapons and use them preemptively in case of provocation. Kim spoke last night as powerful missiles rolled through Pyongyang during a military parade. Last month, the North fired a missile higher and further than ever before.
Back in that country, the U.S. Supreme Court today reviewed the Trump-era policy that keeps migrants seeking asylum in Mexico waiting. President Biden had suspended the program, but lower courts reinstated it after Texas and Missouri sued. The High Court’s decision is expected at the end of June.
Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States hit an all-time high in 2021. That’s according to the Anti-Defamation League, which says it has counted more than 2,700 cases of harassment, vandalism and assault. This is a 34% increase from 2020. The ADL says incidents increased during the Israel-Hamas war last May.
A Russian court has fined Facebook’s parent company, Meta, for what it calls LGBT propaganda. Today’s fine of four million rubles is equivalent to $54,000. The court acted under a law that prohibits – and I quote – “the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations with minors”.
And the production of conventional bulbs in the United States will begin on January 1st. This is in favor of LED bulbs which last 25 to 50 times longer. The U.S. Department of Energy will allow the sale of less efficient light bulbs until the summer of 2023. Then-President Trump reversed a similar phase-out in 2019.
Still to come on the “NewsHour”: democracy in crisis – how powerful conservatives pushed fraud in the 2020 presidential election; streaming services fight for viewers and survival; a Columbia University professor shares her brief but dramatic take on black life and literature; and much more.