Candra Torres's Kidnapping Was 'Worst Possible Nightmare'
Elizabeth Smart is one of the most well-known kidnapping victims in America. Now she's meeting with fellow survivor Candra Torres, and the two bonded over sharing a very similar story in the upcoming Lifetime special "Elizabeth Smart: Finding Justice." Torres was a young bride when a gunman killed her husband and took her captive in Oregon. "I know what it's like to feel like you're so completely powerless that there's nothing you can do except survive," Smart told Inside Edition.
Journalist Zaid Jilani discusses the failures and successes of the American government's economic response to coronavirus and explains how European countries evaded a spike in unemployment. Nearly ten million people download Germany's new coronavirus tracking app in just three days. There's still a ways to go: Scientists want 60% of the public to use the app. And the government says buy-in is critical. "The app can help to warn contacts of infected persons faster than was previously possible. And every hour of early warning of a threat of infection is a gain in fighting this virus." But as governments around the world track the virus - can we be sure they aren't also tracking citizens? Crowds gathered in Istanbul as the historic Hagia Sophia site opened for Friday prayers for the first time since Turkish authorities ruled it could be converted into a mosque.
"Muslims are excited, everyone wants to be at the opening," Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said on Thursday.
The 1,500-year-old Unesco World Heritage site became a museum in 1934.
But a Turkish court annulled its status, saying any use other than as a mosque was "not possible legally".
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then announced that the world-famous site would be ready for Friday prayers from 24 July, and he was seen joining worshippers at around midday (09:00 GMT). German Ambasador Christoph Heusgen today (30 Jul) expressed support for Security Council reform that would allow Germany to have a permanent seat, but said, "those countries who are very happy with the status quo are blocking the process."
Talking to reporters in New York, Heusgen said, "when you talk outside to people about the reform process, and you tell them that for the last ten years it was not possible to have text-based negotiations. So that you don't even have a text with different options on the basis of which to negotiate, that there are countries that try to prevent this, then people say, well, are you crazy?"
The German Ambassador said "we are in favour of a reform of the Security Council which would allow for us to have a permanent seat. Now, this is not around the corner, but we will not lessen our engagement in New York only because this reform doesn't make progress. We'll drive this reform process but when we are not in the Security Council, we will also make sure that we have an impact here."
Heusgen said "it is in the interest" of the United States, Russia and China "to go by the international rule-based order" and not "take the UN as a menu a la carte."
He said, "in the long run, everybody is best served if everybody goes by these rules."
Germany held the presidency of the Council during the month of July.