China has denied secretly testing a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile and claims the launch was actually a rocket intended to help usher in peaceful space exploration. Zhao Lijian, the spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Monday that the August test which triggered panic among global leaders was 'a spacecraft, not a missile.' 'This test was a routine spacecraft experiment to verify the reusable technology of spacecraft, which is of great significance for reducing the cost of spacecraft use,' he told the regular press briefing. 'It can provide a convenient and cheap way for humans to use space peacefully. 'Many companies in the world have carried out similar experiments.'
Top Berkeley physicist resigns because colleagues refuse to invite to campus an acclaimed scientist who was canceled by MIT for saying he believes in meritocracy
David Romps, the director of Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center (top), resigned on Monday after his university refused to allow Dorian Abbot (bottom right) from the University of Chicago to deliver a speech. Abbot had been invited to address MIT on October 21, but found out last week that he was uninvited after students objected to his political views. Abbot had spoken out against the destruction in Chicago during the George Floyd protests last summer, and also said he favored a policy of using solely academic merit to judge students, rather than taking into account their backgrounds. Romps said it was troubling for science if people like Abbot, at the top of their field, could not be listened to on scientific topics because of their views on other issues.
Chicago cop who was shot in the face during argument with shoppers over face masks returns to precinct in hospital robe HOURS later and gets hero's welcome from fellow officers
The unnamed officer was called to a shopping mall in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago around 3:30pm on Monday. A man, said to be refusing to wear a face mask, opened fire and struck the officer (top right). The officer was taken to hospital but returned to his precinct only hours later (left), where he was given a hero's welcome. He is the 12th cop in Chicago to be shot this year in the line of duty. The gun used in the shooting (bottom right) has been recovered, and the suspect is in custody.
China's thirst to rule the world has just gone hypersonic: MARK ALMOND says terrifying new weapon raises the spectre of 'Dr Strangeloves' in Beijing calculating their chances of winning a nuclear war
MARK ALMOND: Until yesterday morning, few people outside of the military, intelligence and security services, and the defence industry had heard of hypersonic missiles or had a clue as to what they were or their significance. What a difference 24 hours makes! The revelation that China has tested such a missile - and that it was nuclear-capable - has sent shock waves around the world. The fact that it missed its presumed target by up to 24 miles brings scant comfort. While the US is developing its own hypersonic missiles, Russia has already tested them and even North Korea last month claimed to have test-fired one. China is not alone but it has shown it is far more advanced than the West suspected. Now Washington and other world capitals are waking up to the implications of Beijing possessing a missile that can circle the globe at five times the speed of sound - and can sneak under the radar of US anti-missile defences.
Conservative anti-vaxx commentator Dennis Prager, 73, has COVID, claims he got it on purpose for 'natural immunity', and is treating it with drugs including Regeneron, hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin
Conservative pundit Dennis Prager said had COVID-19 and had contracted it on purpose by socializing and getting close to strangers. Prager said that although his plan sounds 'bizarre' he did it in order to achieve 'natural immunity and be taken care of by therapeutics'. Prager said he continues to take a variety of other remedies including Regeneron, zinc, azithromycin, hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. The Food & Drug Administration reports that neither hydroxychloroquine nor ivermectin is an effective treatment for COVID. Although Prager appears convinced 'natural immunity' from the virus is better, the National Institutes of Health, say vaccines confer greater protection.
Capitol riot investigation committee shares its criminal contempt report on Steve Bannon: Shows how Trump fixer ignored subpoena to provide evidence by claiming executive privilege
Lawmakers investigating January 6th Capitol attack asked Steven Bannon for documents and testimony from April 2020 onwards relating to the attack. Bannon's lawyer told the House committee he will not comply with subpoena. Robert Costello, said Trump's 'executive privilege' meant that Bannon was unable to comply with the request. But Bannon was a private citizen and no longer working for the White House at time meaning 'executive privilege' would not have applied. Furthermore, the panel also said that it was interested in communications between far right groups, not just correspondences with then-President Trump. The committee has said it will now bring criminal contempt proceedings against former the White House strategist on Tuesday night.
REVEALED: Fed Chair Jerome Powell sold up to $5million worth of stock options just before Dow Jones tanked last year as central bank reels from resignation of two regional chiefs who also cashed out
Federal Chair Jerome Powell sold millions worth of stock options. Three other Fed officials - Robert Kaplan (bottom left), Eric Rosengren (top left) and Richard Clarida (center left) - reportedly did same.
Bill Gates' daughter Jennifer, 25, reveals parents' divorce made planning her $2m wedding 'challenging' and that she required all 300 guests to be vaccinated and test negative on the big day
Bill Gates' daughter Jennifer asked everyone at her wedding to be vaccinated and take a COVID-19 test before attending, she has revealed in a Vogue interview about the lavish $2 million nuptials which she said were difficult to plan during a 'challenging' year 'with the pandemic' and her billionaire parents' divorce. Jennifer, 25, married equestrian Nayel Nassar, 30, this weekend on her $25 million horse farm in North Salem, New York. In an interview with Vogue that was published Monday, Jennifer - or 'Jenn' - said it had been 'challenging' planning the event through 'the pandemic' and while her family was 'going through transitions.'
Philadelphia man, 35, charged with raping a woman on a SEPTA train while other passengers stood and watched tells cops the he knew victim and that their encounter was consensual - but she angrily denies his claims
Fiston Ngoy, 35, has told police that the encounter on Wednesday night just before 10pm on a Philadelphia area train was consensual, according to an affidavit for probable cause of arrest obtained by The Philadelphia Inquirer. The victim insists she had never met him before when he came and sat next to her, and was fighting him off. Surveillance footage shows her pushing him away. Other passengers did not help her, but rather filmed on their cell phones.
California Democratic Representative Maxine Waters is hit by nepotism claims as it's revealed she has paid her daughter more than $80,000 of donors' cash so far in 2021
Maxine Waters, a Democratic representative from California, paid her daughter $81,650 in campaign funds in the last fiscal year, according to financial records reviewed by DailyMail.com. The total was paid in 12 installments from October 23, 2020 through June 17, 2021 and were broken down into categories like 'slate mailer management' and 'GOTV.' Now, the House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman is facing calls of nepotism.
'Too beautiful!': Friends of US TV reporter accused of flirting with Vladimir Putin tease her by giving her a cake with his face on it - but body language expert says she DID use 'blatant' tricks to grab his attention
Hadley Gamble, an Abu Dhabi-based reporter for CNBC, has laughed off accusations of attempting to distract Vladimir Putin by flirting - showing off a cake her friends made her with Putin's face. Gamble, 39, interviewed Putin on stage in Moscow on October 13. The Russian leader, 69, said she was 'beautiful' but was irritated by her questions. Gamble was then criticized by state media for her dress and behavior - criticism that Gamble's supporters said was unfair and sexist.
Teacher Mary Kay Letourneau spent final days sharing 'deep remorse' for raping student, 12, and getting pregnant with him when he was 14 as she lay dying of cancer, friend says
Infamous school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau Ex-school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau (pictured) said in a letter that she felt 'deep regret' for raping her 12-year-old student Vili Fualauu (pictured together inset) and later marrying him. Letourneau was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2020 and, while dying, wrote dozens of letters to friends and family to atone for her actions. A friend said she understood that 'she had really made a mess of her life'
Students at the Center Academy in Miami will have to take a month off after receiving each dose of a COVID vaccine, with school officials citing concerns about the affects on non-vaccinated pupils. School officials informed parents of the new policy in a recent letter, saying students could return to school to school 30 days after receiving a dose 'as long as they are healthy and symptom-free.' But the CDC says all three vaccines approved by the FDA are safe and users cannot get COVID as a result.
Making her voice heard: Greta Thunberg belts out Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up and dances on stage in Stockholm
And now it has emerged that green campaigner Greta Thunberg is also happy to raise it in a more musical manner. A video has been posted online showing 18-year-old Miss Thunberg singing as she launched a global series of concerts highlighting climate change on Saturday, belting out Rick Astley's 1980s hit Never Gonna Give You Up. The Swedish climate activist took to the stage in Stockholm along with Fridays for Future's Andreas Magnusson to perform the hit song.
Colin Powell's fully-vaccinated widow Alma, 84, also has COVID: Her 'mild' diagnosis is revealed hours after husband was killed by virus, as final Bob Woodward interview sees Powell urge people not to feel sorry for him
Alma Powell, the fully-vaccinated widow of Colin Powell, has tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson for the family confirmed Monday night - several hours after the former Secretary of State died from complications of the virus. They were both vaccinated and both tested positive for the virus, but Alma is reportedly experiencing only mild symptoms and is recovering at home. Her husband had a weakened immune system as he was suffering from blood cancer and had Parkinson's Disease. In a candid interview with Bob Woodward three months ago, he urged readers not to feel sorry for him, and said Alma is the greatest person he knows.
Jackie Kennedy is still the nation's favorite First Lady with Jill Biden in seventh and Melania Trump second to last above Pat Nixon, poll reveals
Jacqueline Kennedy tops a new poll of America's favorite first ladies while current occupant Jill Biden comes in near the middle and Melania Trump was second from the bottom. Zogby Analytics polled a sampling of Americans for their thoughts on the past 12 women who have served as first lady. The results were based on how many of the 5,437 likely voters said each of the First Ladies was great. Kennedy, who became a subject of public fascination after the assassination of her husband Jack Kennedy, came in first with 65%.
Seeing Madonna's Instagram feed last week, after she'd strutted her stuff in Harlem, broke my heart. The heavily filtered images posted online didn't match the pictures taken by delighted onlookers : the former conforming to a skewed societal ideal of what is beautiful; the latter showing what the 63-year-old icon actually looks like. Her pores had been eradicated, the shape of her face altered to make it look more chiselled, and her eyes and teeth had been whitened. That Madonna, one of the most talented female artists in existence has fallen victim to the relentless pressure to show up online looking a certain way, utterly depresses me, writes campaigner Sasha Pallari. Pictured from L to R: Sasha Pallari, Madonna, Khloe Kardashian, Amanda Holden, Emily Atack.
Dramatic stand-off between a large saltwater croc and TWO hungry sharks is captured on camera by a terrified fisherman
Incredible footage has resurfaced showing a large saltwater crocodile floating above two sharks, with the fishermen surrounding the trio filming in awe of the encounter. The vision, which was originally captured in May 2017, has since resurfaced on Facebook, showing the dramatic moment in Western Australia's Kimberley region.
'Frail' Princess Charlene of Monaco sparks concern among fans in new photo after final ENT procedure in South Africa 'went very well'
Princess Charlene, of Monaco, 43, who has been living in her home country of South Africa for much of this year, took to Instagram yesterday to share a photograph (pictured left) of her meeting with Misuzulu Zulu, the present head of the Zulus, on October 5. However, the snap with the ruler - which comes amid a succession battle between the Zulu royals - has left some of her 351,000 followers worried over her 'tired' and 'frail' look. On October 8, Zimbabwean-born Charlene underwent a final operation to deal with an ear, nose and throat infection she contracted in May - with a palace source telling AFP that the procedure 'went very well'. Earlier this month Prince Albert insisted that his wife (pictured together, right, with their children) is likely to return to Monaco by the end of the month - after the pair denied rumours of a rift and insisted Charlene's absence from the principality is due to her contracting the 'serious sinus infection'.
Missing woman, 29, is found dead in unused police van three weeks after surveillance footage showed her 'acting strangely' and climbing into vehicle
Surveillance footage captured Christina Nance climbing inside the retired van, parked outside the busy Huntsville Police Department headquarters, in Alabama, on September 25. Video showed her acting strangely, laying in the nearby bushes, lounging on top of a cop car, and checking other vehicles, before popping open the window of the police van, and climbing inside. But the prisoner transport van, which had not been used since March, could not be opened from the inside. Surveillance footage from the municipal lot shows Nance moving around inside the vehicle, and opening and closing windows for three days after she climbed inside. Then, she goes still.
A high school teacher has revealed her five tips to the perfect home made pizza and why she always cooks the meal in her barbecue. Katie Lolas from Sydney revealed she has become obsessed with making pizza for her family using her family-sized Webber barbecue.
Dumpster diver shows off $1,000 worth of bread, toilet paper, and olive oil she scavenged from Whole Foods trash in ONE NIGHT and none of it had expired
TikTok user Dumpster Diving Freegan has shared videos of everything she picked up from a local Whole Foods dumpster in a single night. She found nearly 100 packages of different type of bread, incuding pricey organic loaves, naan, bagels, and baguettes. She also found hundreds of dollars of unopened olive oil, baby food, and tea, and a full case of unopened organic toilet paper that costs $17.49 per package. None of the items had reached their 'best buy' date, and some were two days away from it. The TikToker slammed Whole Foods for not donating the goods but says she brought 90% of it to a local food bank herself.
Indian woman 'has her first child at 70' to become one of the world's oldest new mothers after she and husband, 75, conceive son through IVF
An Indian woman claims to have had her first child aged 70, making her one of the oldest new mothers in the world. Jivunben Rabari and her husband Maldhari, 75, welcomed a son, whose name they have not revealed, through IVF earlier this month. Rabari has said she does not have ID to prove her age, but told reporters it was 70. If confirmed, she would be one of the oldest first mother's in the world behind Erramatti Mangayamma who welcomed twin girls in September 2019, aged 74. Rabari and Maldhari, from a small village called Mora in Gujurat, India, have been married for 45 years and have been trying unsuccessfully for a baby for some time. They were able to have a child through IVF - a procedure when an egg is fertilised outside the body and then transferred to the woman's uterus - which can be effective after menopause.
Ancient sword discovered by a scuba diver off the coast of Israel may have been dropped in the sea by a Crusader knight 900 years ago
The 3ft long weapon was found on the Mediterranean seabed encrusted with marine organisms, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. The sword was found in a natural cove near the port city of Haifa, which may have served as a shelter for seafarers, according to Kobi Sharvit, director of the authority's marine archaeology unit. Bottom inset is a depiction (painting by Ahmed, 20th Century) of a crusader sent to the holy land by King Henry II, including an example of what the sword may originally have looked like.
Patrick Mahomes's brother Jackson infuriates Washington Football Team fans by filming TikTok video of himself dancing on a logo honoring late star Sean Taylor 14 years after his murder
Jackson Mahomes (left, inset right), the younger brother of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick (inset left), has apologized to fans after being ripped on social media for dancing atop an on-field logo honoring late Washington Football Team star Sean Taylor (right) on Sunday. Taylor was an All-Pro safety for Washington before being gunned down in his Florida home by burglars in 2007. On Sunday, the Washington Football Team (WFT) retired his No. 21 jersey with a pre-game ceremony attended by Taylor's family. Fans were seen holding towels with Taylor's uniform number, and a '21' was stenciled along the sidelines at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
Saved! Meet the seven pedigree pups who have a happy new life at boarding kennels after they were found dumped by a country path
Tails wagging, tongues lolling and wet noses snuffling, these adorable puppies (pictured) are having the time of their lives exploring the great outdoors. It is a remarkable turnaround for the seven pedigree pups who only last week were found cruelly abandoned at the side of a country path. The Labradors were found by cyclist Rob Carter, who spotted one of the pups scared and shivering by some bushes. When he and two fellow cyclists stopped, the other six fox red and golden Labradors - which can cost up to £4,000 each - plucked up the courage to emerge from the undergrowth.
Nutritionist reveals the lowest-calorie alcoholic drinks - including the trendy tipple that's less fattening than a glass of wine
Clinical nutritionist Sarah Di Lorenzo (left) has shared her guide to the lowest calorie alcoholic drinks as Australians return to the pub to celebrate the end of lockdown. If you're looking to shift lockdown weight without sitting in, the food expert says you could order a gin or vodka mixed with soda water, which both contain just 83 calories per glass. According to her calculations, wine lovers can save half their usual intake by switching to champagne. A glass of red or white contains an average of 160 calories while a flute of bubbles has just 77 calories.
Terrifying moment deer bounds into group of cyclists in the US taking one down so hard he smashes onto the tarmac
The clip captures the moment the deer rampages out of nowhere - taking the cyclist down so hard that he tumbles and smashes into the tarmac. The Wise Choice Cycling Club were on a charity ride for Auto Immune Disease awareness in Lumberton, New Jersey, when the unfortunate incident happened.