Typhoon Mawar slams Guam with heavy wind and rain
Typhoon Mawar, a Category 4 storm, has reached the United States territory of Guam, pummelling the island with fierce wind and rain and knocking out power as residents try to ride out the storm in homes and shelters.
The National Weather Service (NWS) stated that the storm hit the northern tip of Guam on Wednesday evening, with maximum wind speeds of up to 225kph (140mph). The weather service said that conditions are expected to intensify through Thursday.
Woman who accused Biden of sexual assault seeks Russian citizenship
An American woman who accused US President Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her has flown to Moscow and is seeking Russian citizenship.
Speaking to a state-run Russian news outlet, Tara Reade, 59, said she felt safe in the country and wanted to stay. Reade alleged that Biden assaulted her while she was working in his congressional office in 1993.
Biden strongly denied her allegation. “Unequivocally it never, never happened,” he said.
Reade worked as an assistant to Biden when he was a senator for Delaware. She made headlines in 2020 as his presidential campaign was getting under way, when she claimed that he assaulted her in a Capitol Hill corridor when she was 29.
She accused him of forcing her against a wall and putting his hands under her shirt and skirt.
US House of Representatives vote ‘yes’ on debt-ceiling deal
The United States House of Representatives has voted to advance a bipartisan bill to raise the debt ceiling, which limits the amount of money the federal government can borrow.
After calling for a recorded vote, the House passed the bill 314 – 117 in a late night sitting on Wednesday.
The vote comes as the government approaches the deadline of June 5 to lift the debt ceiling or default on its loans, which prospect experts warn could have devastating effects on the US economy.
But Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy faced a divided party as he rallied votes for the 99-page deal, which would suspend the $31.4 trillion borrowing limit until January 2025.
Far-right members of the Republican Party have blasted the deal since it was announced on Sunday after days of negotiations between congressional representatives and members of President Joe Biden’s Democratic White House.
Among the criticisms was the fact that the proposed spending cuts were not as deep as many Republicans hoped.
Malaysia seizes Chinese ship suspected of looting World War II wrecks
Malaysian authorities have seized a Chinese registered dredger suspected of looting the wrecks of British warships that sunk off the east coast of the peninsula during World War II.
The Fuzhou-registered Chuan Hong 68 was detained off the coast of the Malaysian state of Johor on May 28, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said in a statement on Facebook on Tuesday.
In a joint operation with police, officers found 100 unexploded artillery shells on board. Photos released by the agency showed piles of rusted metal on the boat’s deck as well as cranes and cutting equipment.
“Maritime Malaysia (Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency) does not rule out the possibility that this vessel is involved in the theft of old British warship wrecks,” the statement said.
The HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales sank in the South China Sea after being attacked by Japanese fighter aircraft in December 1941. Nearly 850 sailors were killed in one of the worst disasters in British naval history.
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