Tropical Depression Claudette continued its destructive path Sunday night, leaving at least 13 dead in Alabama as it strengthened along its path towards the Atlantic Coast. The collision, killed at least 10 people, including nine children, authorities said. Eight of the children were involved in Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch, south of Montgomery, Alabama. The program is part of the nonprofit Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches, which provide homes for needy, neglected or abused school-age children.
Iran’s president-elect said Monday he would not meet with President Joe Biden or negotiate over Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its support of regional militias, sticking to a hard-line position following his landslide victory in last week’s election. Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi also described himself as a “defender of human rights” when asked about his involvement in the 1988 mass execution of about 5,000 people.
Thousands of Japanese spectators will be allowed to attend events at the Olympic Games this summer, organizers said on Monday, despite warnings from health experts that crowds risk fuelling a surge in coronavirus cases. The president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, Seiko Hashimoto, said attendance would be capped at up to 50% of a venue’s capacity or a maximum of 10,000 people.
Early results indicate both President Emmanuel Macron and his opponent Marine Le Pen will fail to make the gains they were hoping for in the first round of regional elections in France. Mr Macron’s centrist party is projected to gain more than 10% of the vote. Ms Le Pen’s far-right National Rally has also fallen short of expectations. Both are trailing the conservative party, Les Républicains.
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to become the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Games, after she was selected for the national team on Monday. Hubbard, 43, qualified for the rescheduled Tokyo Games in May after a rule change, which effectively guaranteed her a spot in the super heavyweight category, Reuters reported at the time.