A US drone strike kills six; Michele Bachmann announces she will not run for re-election in 2014; The UK is ready to return Afghan detainees; a man is arrested in France for stabbing a soldier Saturday; the mother of the Chinese newborn rescued from a sewer pipe admits she was present during the rescue; an ex al-Qaida member starts his own terrorist group; Obama jokes about a lipstick stain on his shirt collar; French citizens protest the legalization of gay marriage in Paris; and a new virus is on the radar. Meanwhile, pregnant Kate Middleton flaunts her baby belly at the Queen’s garden party, and John Mayer’s sixth album is in the works.
Maura + Alexis
US drone strike kills six suspected militants in Pakistan, say officials, http://bit.ly/15ioExk
Today in Pakistan a US drone strike killed at least six suspected militants. This is the first drone strike since President Obama spoke about new C.I.A. drone guidelines last week. According to security sources, a senior Pakistani Taliban commander was among the six killed, but his identity has yet to be confirmed. Six are dead, and two more wounded from this attack.
Rep. Michele Bachmann says she will not run for re-election in 2014, http://fxn.ws/145jtOP
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announces she will not be running for re-election in 2014. After four terms as representative of Minnesota’s sixth congressional district, she is ready for a change of pace. She claims that her decision to not run again has neither anything to do with concerns that she would not be re-elected nor inquiries into her 2012 presidential campaign.
UK ‘ready to hand over Afghan detainees’, http://bbc.in/11a6v4y
Around 90 Afghans, who have been held at Camp Bastion for up to 14 months without charge, are set to be released into Afghanistan’s custody. The Ministry of Defense has found a “safe route” by which they can return home without posing as a threat to British troops. Normally, British forces can detain suspects in Afghanistan for only 96 hours, but under “exceptional circumstances” they can detain them for longer.
France holds man for ‘religiously motivated’ soldier stabbing, http://bit.ly/18sOkLR
French police arrested a suspect on Wednesday associated with the stabbing of Private First Class Cedric Cordiez in the neck Saturday. The 22-year-old man admitted to stabbing the soldier, and told officers that he had prayed in the street before committing the crime. Officials suspect the attack was motivated by “religious ideology,” because there was nothing that alluded the the young man’s involvement in violent activity.
Mother of newborn in sewer was present for rescue, http://bit.ly/13YGExu
The mother of a Chinese newborn baby boy rescued from a sewer pipe was there throughout the entire two-hour long rescue and was the one who called for help in the first place. The police knew something was up after they found baby toys and blood stained toilet paper in the 22-year-old woman’s room in the building where the rescue occured. The woman finally confessed to the police that the baby was indeed hers when they asked her to undergo a medical checkup. She claims she could not afford an abortion and that while delivering the child Saturday afternoon over the toilet, he slipped into the sewer pipeline. It was then that she alerted her landlord of the trapped, crying baby.
Rise of Al-Qaida Sahara Terrorist, http://bit.ly/1avODCu
After years of attempts to discipline him, the leaders of al-Qaida’s North African branch sent a final letter to their most difficult to work with employee, Moktar Belmoktar. In the lengthy letter was a list of things he had failed to due, most importantly failing to carry out a single spectacular operation. His response to the letter – he created his own terrorist group in opposition to al-Qaida and has since then been responsible for 101 deaths and one of the largest hostage-takings in history.
Obama Jokes About Lipstick Stain on Shirt Collar, http://abcn.ws/ZcEhFs
President Obama donned a spot of red lipstick on his collar at a White House event Tuesday evening. To put everyone, including his wife Michelle, at ease, he called out the woman responsible for the stain in front of everyone there at the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month celebration. Obama was quoted saying “Where’s Jessica Sanchez? It wasn’t Jessica. It was her aunt. Where is she? Auntie, right there. Look at this. Look at this. I just want everybody to witness,” and then joking that “I do not want to get in trouble with Michelle so I’m calling you out right in front of everybody.”
Gay Marriage Is Protested in France, http://nyti.ms/Z90zYO
On Sunday, France’s Mother’s Day, thousands of people marched to protest the recent legalization of gay marriage. The demonstration was mostly peaceful, and police estimate around 150,000 people participated.
New SARS-like virus is a ‘threat to the entire world’, http://bit.ly/131qmmk
According to the United Nations’ World Health Organization a new SARS-like virus has been recently discovered in humans. It is unknown where the virus comes from or how to treat and prevent it. The virus belongs to a family called coronaviruses, which cause illnesses that range from the common cold to SARS. As of last week, 44 have been infected by the virus, most of them in the Middle East. 23 of them have died. So far no cases have been reported in the U.S., but infectious disease experts say it will not be surprising if cases start popping up here soon.
Pregnant Kate Middleton Flaunts Baby Bump at Queen’s Garden Party, http://eonli.ne/14RZWDF
James Marsden Debuts Baby Boy William—See the First Pic!, http://eonli.ne/19kmP6f
Sam Mendes May Return For James Bond; ‘Skyfall’ Director Could Helm Bond 24, http://huff.to/158VCRi
Amanda Bynes Slams Chrissy Teigen On Twitter: ‘You’re Just An Ugly Model’ & ‘I Don’t Respect You’, http://huff.to/15iQh9p
John Mayer’s Sixth Album In The Works As Singer Records In The Studio, http://huff.to/13iP5kW