U.S. Border Patrol officials said a crash in El Paso, Texas, left at least seven people dead, blaming human smugglers for the incident. “Human smuggling is not a victimless crime,” El Paso Sector Border Patrol Chief Patrol Gloria Chavez said in a statement about the incident on June 25. “This is a tragic loss for our El Paso Community.” Three of the victims were illegal immigrants, including one from Guatemala and two from Mexico, the Border Patrol said on Saturday. The other four victims were residents of El Paso, including the 18-year-old driver, according to officials. The incident started on Thursday morning at around 1:30 a.m. when a border sensor sent out an alert about a suspicious vehicle with several passengers, officials told the El Paso Times. The vehicle was…
MOSCOW鈥擱ussian state opinion pollster VTsIOM said on June 29 that its exit polls showed that 76 percent of Russians had so far voted to support reforms that could allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule until 2036.
The nationwide vote on constitutional reforms began on June 25 and is being held over seven days as a precaution against the CCP virus pandemic.
If approved, the changes would allow Putin to run twice for president again after his current term expires in 2024.
The pollster said 76 percent of those who had so far voted had backed the reforms and that 23.6 percent of people who agreed to be polled after voting said they had voted against.
It said it had polled 163,124 voters at 800 polling stations in 25 Russian regions.
The results are roughly in line with projections ahead of the vote based on previous polls by VTsIOM.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he saw no problem making preliminary results public before July 1.
“This is not competitive voting, not elections,” he told reporters when asked whether such disclosure could be considered as pressure on Russians who have yet to make their decision. Putin will vote in person, Peskov said but declined to say when.
The Kremlin’s critics say the vote is a sham and they fear it will be rigged.
By Tom Balmforth
Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.聽
Focus News: Russian State Exit Polls Show 76 Percent so Far Back Reforms That Could Extend Putin Rule
NEW YORK—The U.S. government will ship more of Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral treatment remdesivir to states experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases including California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) website. The government reallocated remdesivir to states with increasing cases, White House task force coordinator Deborah Birx said during a briefing on Friday. The HHS said on its website that the doses will ship starting Monday and extinguish the full amount of Gilead’s donation of 120,647 treatment courses. It said it would continue to work with Gilead to determine how the company’s anticipated inventory of 2 million doses by year’s end will be allocated. California will receive 464 cases of 40 vials each, Texas will receive 448 cases of 40 vials, Florida…