Jordan’s king said to secretly purchase 14 luxury homes for $100m in US, UK

Jordan’s King Abdullah secretly purchased 14 luxury homes — at an estimated total value of $106 million — in the United States and United Kingdom between 2003 and 2017, through front companies, according to an investigation published Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Abdullah is one of more than 300 world leaders, … Read more

Leaked records open a “Pandora” box of financial secrets

Hundreds of world leaders, powerful politicians, billionaires, celebrities, religious leaders and drug dealers have been hiding their investments in mansions, exclusive beachfront property, yachts and other assets for the past quarter-century, according to a review of nearly 12 million files obtained from 14 firms located around the world. The report released Sunday by the International … Read more

Fauci: Americans Should Get Vaccinated Even if Merck’s Covid Pill Cuts Deaths

As the nation’s death toll climbed above 700,000 in October, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, an adviser on the pandemic to President Biden, emphasized the need for the 70 million Americans who are eligible for a vaccine to get immunized during interviews on Sunday morning talk shows. “Many of those deaths were unavoidable but many, many … Read more

Woman finds 4 carat yellow diamond in state park

A California woman discovered a 4.38 carat yellow diamond in Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park in September, the state parks department said. Noreen Wredberg, of Granite Bay, California, was visiting Arkansas’ Hot Springs National Park with her husband, Michael, when she decided to stop by Crater of Diamonds. “I first saw the park featured … Read more

Gottlieb says 1.7M doses of Merck COVID-19 bought by US are ‘not enough’

Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Sunday that the 1.7 million doses of Merck’s antiviral COVID-19 treatment purchased by the U.S. earlier this year is “not enough.” Gottlieb said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that “1.7 million doses, by virtue of the indication that this is probably going to be approved for, … Read more

La Palma volcano increasingly aggressive as Spain’s leader announces emergency funds

The volcano’s activity “continues to be intense” and a new crater was discovered Saturday, the Canary Islands government and IGN said in a joint statement. “It doesn’t look like it’s close to ending yet, because of the millions of cubic meters of lava that the volcano is throwing out,” said Canary Islands President Ángel Víctor … Read more

West Virginia governor gets testy over questions about handling of Covid surge

In an interview that reflected the sharp debate accompanying just about every aspect of policy surrounding the pandemic, their disagreements continued through discussions of federal policies, vaccine rates and possible mandates for children. Justice repeatedly used the phrase “for crying out loud” to express his exasperation with her. “No chance,” Justice said in response to … Read more

German liberals and Social Democrats hold “constructive” coalition talks

Germany’s liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) leader Christian Lindner and Greens party co-leaders Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock deliver a statement to the media on exploratory talks for a possible new government coalition in Berlin, Germany, October 1, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse FDP says talks with SDP constructive but hurdles remain FDP due to meet conservatives … Read more