President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced Wednesday that federal agents will surge into Chicago and Albuquerque to help combat rising crime, expanding the administration’s intervention in local enforcement as Trump runs for reelection under a “law-and-order” mantle. Hundreds of federal agents already have been sent to Kansas City, Missouri, to help quell a record rise in violence after the shooting death of a young boy there.
China launched its first fully homegrown Mars mission on Thursday as it attempts to join the United States in successfully landing a spacecraft on the red planet. China’s tandem spacecraft — with both an orbiter and a rover — is scheduled to reach Mars in about seven months. If everything goes as planned, it will be China’s first successful mission to Mars, following a failed attempt back in 2011.
Daily deaths due to Covid-19 on Tuesday surpassed 1,000 for the first time in the US since the start of June, as Donald Trump admitted the crisis would “get worse” before it got better. The seven-day average for the number of deaths in the country has been slowly rising this month, and went past the 1,000 mark on Tuesday, taking US fatalities to more than 142,000.
Police in Australia asked a woman to remove tampon during a strip search, an official report has found. The request was made during one of a number of personal body searches that were documented in a report into misconduct by the New South Wales Police Force. The commission looked into NSW police after a series of complaints and local media reports.
Humans settled in the Americas much earlier than previously thought, according to new finds from Mexico. They suggest people were living there 33,000 years ago, twice the widely accepted age for the earliest settlement of the Americas. The results are based on work at Chiquihuite Cave, a high-altitude rock shelter in central Mexico. Archaeologists found nearly 2,000 stone tools, suggesting the cave was used by people for at least 20,000 years.