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Black Widow Gives Fan Closure Over Hero’s Death

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Scarlett Johansson believes that the upcoming Black Widow film will allow fans to come to grips with the death of the beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe character.

Set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, the film follows Black Widow as she confronts the darker parts of her past. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. She was last seen in Avengers: Endgame, where she sacrificed herself in order to help Hawkeye obtain the Soul Stone.

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“Our goal was for them to feel satisfied with this story,” Johansson told Total Film in the magazine’s latest issue. “That they could maybe have some resolution, I think, with this character’s death, in a way. It felt like people wanted that.”

Stranger Things standout David Harbour discussed his role as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian during the piece and said the hero has a troubled past and starts out in a bad place.

“There is this gangster quality to him, and he’s covered in tattoos,” says Harbour. “He’s got this beard and these gold teeth. He’s insane. He’s in a bad place, and he needs redemption.”

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Joining Johansson in the next Marvel film is Golden Globe-nominee Harbour, Oscar nominee Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz as Melina, Ray Winstone as Dreykov, head of The Red Room, and O-T Fagbenle as Rick Mason. William Hurt will also appear once again as his long-running character Thaddeus Ross.

Black Widow is out in theaters and Disney+ with Premier Access on July 9.

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Donald Trump now senses his opportunity to win back the White House

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I’m back at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Florida. This is home to many of America’s richest and most famous citizens, but the best known of all of them is, of course, Donald Trump. Since my last visit here at the end of April, little has changed. Everything from the perfectly manicured lawns to the beautifully painted buildings is impeccable.

Over the coming months, this part of America will effectively be the headquarters of the Republican Party movement. Just as those seeking the blessing of Europe’s monarchs centuries ago would pay homage to kings and queens, so a never-ending stream of potential candidates come to meet Trump seeking his backing. They know that his personal endorsement will make a huge difference in the primary elections coming up.

Yes, some of the old guard, country club Republicans like Senator Mitt Romney may still be around, but there is no doubt that this is Donald Trump’s Republican Party now.

Apart from having a good time here, the purpose of my visit is to conduct a sit-down interview for GB News with America’s 45th President. It is the first interview with an overseas organisation that he has given since long before the 2020 presidential election, making it a genuine exclusive outside of America. 

Trump is the man whose every move and comment once dominated global news. But now that Twitter, his primary means of communication, has banned him, he has effectively been silenced. Ahead of the interview, I reflect privately on how astonishing — and deeply worrying — it is that the leadership of the Taliban is still allowed to use Twitter but Trump is not.

He appears to be noticeably lighter than he was when he occupied the White House. Living primarily at Mar-a-Lago certainly seems to be having a positive impact on him, yet burdens remain on his shoulders. The Democratic Party is pursuing a modern day Spanish Inquisition into the storming of the Capitol by a group of his supporters. The Democrats believe that the attack was an attempted coup and are busy indicting many of Trump’s former aides. 

To make matters worse, rumours continue to swirl that the New York tax authorities intend to go after Trump’s children. I have known Trump for long enough to see that he is living under considerable strain.

Whether you like him or loathe him, however, one thing is beyond doubt. He is a fighter who never gives up. Not only is he handpicking candidates at all levels for the party, but I can see that he wants to put himself at the centre of the campaign for the midterm elections in November 2022, when all 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be contested, together with 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate.

Perhaps the most illuminating part of our conversation comes when I ask him why, once again, he would give up his enviable life in Florida to go back into the sewer of politics. “Well, if you love your country, you have no choice,” he answers, adding: “I think you will be very pleased.” 

As he utters those words, all signs of the burden lift. The mischievous Trump, the heavyweight fighter relishing the chance to win back his crown, is back. But can he succeed?

The narrative pushed by some that the 2020 election was stolen from him is, I would say, harming his chances. Admittedly, we in the UK know from our own experience of postal voting that this system is open to fraud and intimidation, whichever country it’s used in. But I have seen private polling illustrating that 20 per cent of potential Republican voters are demotivated by the “stolen election” message. 

My sense is that Trump must very quickly turn this around into a positive campaign for electoral reform, state by state. His voter base adores him, and he has made great inroads into the black and Latino vote, but he still has much work to do to secure white voters who lead comfortable lives in middle class suburbs. They find Trump’s style difficult to take. When I put this to him in the interview, he denies it, but I would urge him to think again.

Aside from this section of the electorate, I remember a dinner I had some years ago with John Howard, the former Australian prime minister who won four general elections for Australia’s centre-right Liberal Party. Howard told me that no conservative in the Western world can win a majority without a large blue collar vote. 

The Red Wall in the north of England is testament to this statement. Looking at the other Republican figures who could run in 2024, including the excellent Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, I do not believe any of them can reach those voters living in the eight states that make up the Great Lakes region in the way that Trump can.

As the Democratic Party makes the same mistake that the British Labour Party did by moving to the hard Left, the opportunity for Trump to appeal to these voters is enormous. Yes, three years is a long time and a lot may happen between now and the next presidential election. But after this encounter, I genuinely believe that my friend will be back in the White House in January 2025.

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Delhi reports 39 fresh COVID-19 cases, zero fatality- The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: The national capital has reported 39 fresh coronavirus cases at a positivity rate of 0.07 per cent, and zero fatality due to the infection, according to data shared by the health department here on Wednesday.

Delhi has recorded seven deaths due to the infection in November. Four people had succumbed to the viral disease in October and five in September.

With the new cases, the coronavirus infection tally in the city has climbed to 14,40,973. Of this, over 14.15 lakh patients have recovered from the disease, the data in the Delhi health department’s bulletin stated.

The death toll stands at 25,098, it stated. According to the health bulletin, authorities conducted 59,507 tests, including 50,224 RT-PCR ones, on Tuesday.

There are 286 active Covid cases in Delhi, down from 287 the previous day. A total of 136 people in Delhi are in home isolation, an increase from 125 a day ago, the bulletin said. The number of containment zones in the city stands at 102, down from 106 on Tuesday.

Delhi reported 34 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 34 cases and a death on Monday, 32 cases and a death on Sunday, and 27 cases and a death on Saturday.

In April and May, Delhi battled a brutal second wave of the pandemic that claimed a large number of lives and led to a shortage of oxygen and essential drugs at hospitals.

On April 20, Delhi had reported 28,395 cases, the highest in the city since the beginning of the pandemic last year. On April 22, the case positivity rate was 36.2 per cent, the highest so far. The highest number of 448 deaths was reported on May 3.

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Trial starts in alleged Fremont murder-for-hire plot with $800,000 motive

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OAKLAND — Three years after they were arrested and charged with carrying out a murder plot motivated by $800,000 worth of insurance policies, a Bay Area man and woman are in front of an Alameda County jury.

Maria Moore, 53, and Marvel Salvant, 49, are on trial facing charges that they murdered Dominic Sarkar, 56, a Fremont man and executive chef who was listed as Moore’s domestic partner, despite her allegedly telling police she and him had an “occasional” relationship. Prosecutors claim Moore hired Salvant as a hitman and wired him $500 after the October 2018 homicide.

During opening statements on Monday, the defense attacked the Fremont police investigation and predicted that the prosecution’s case would unravel during the trial, which is expected to span several weeks.

Deputy district attorney Alex Hernandez went through the evidence he expects will prove both defendants’ roles in the crime. He said in the two years leading up to Sarkar’s killing, Moore purchased two life insurance policies for $500,000 and $300,000. He also said surveillance footage of the area shows a car similar to Salvant’s circling and parking near the crime scene, and added that the two were observed meeting after the time of the homicide.

Authorities also wiretapped Salvant’s phone, conducted extensive surveillance on him, and said that Salvant confessed in a conversation recorded by authorities.

“I’m an evil person … I committed a cardinal sin … I already did it. So, ain’t no turning back from here,” Salvant allegedly told one person.

Deputy public defender Christina Moore, who represents Salvant, said authorities had a much better suspect whom they completely ignored. He matched a description provided by an eyewitness and was found with gunshot residue, yet investigators never honed in on him the way they did with her client, Moore said.

“With everything I just told you you may be wondering how Marvel Savant even became a suspect,” Moore said. With regards to the alleged confession, Moore said prosecutors simply “cherry picked” pieces from an extensive wiretap to make her client look as guilty as possible.

During his brief opening statement, Moore’s attorney, Darryl Stallworth, simply encouraged jurors to keep an open mind and consider all the evidence.

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