Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary as of 10:00 GMT, May 13

SYDNEY — Voices for a mask mandate have emerged in the state of Western Australia as COVID-19 continues to escalate and wreak havoc on an already strained health system. Western Australia Health recorded 15,565 new cases of COVID-19 as of 8:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, above the 15,000 mark for the third consecutive day. … Read more

Vicky White news update: Casey White and prison guard staged white-collar escape, police say

Related video: Surveillance footage of Alabama prison officer in hotel before disappearing with inmate Dramatic police footage captured the moment a nationwide manhunt ended in Indiana earlier this week after capital murder suspect Casey White was apprehended and the body of her prison guard lover Vicky White was pulled from a wrecked vehicle. Ms White, … Read more

Jewish teen banged by ‘Free Palestine’ suspect

A Jewish teenager was punched in the face by an attacker who demanded he say, “Free Palestine,” authorities said. The 18-year-old victim, who was wearing traditional Jewish attire, had just left school and was walking on Avenue M near East 18th Street in Midwood just after 2 p.m. Tuesday when the attacker approached, police said. … Read more

Intense fighting continues at site where Ukrainians blew up two Russian pontoon bridges, satellite image shows

The United States assesses that Russian forces have sent “at least several thousand Ukrainians” to be treated in the so-called Russian filtration centers “and evacuated at least tens of thousands more to Russia or a territory controlled by Russia,” the US ambassador to the Organization for Russia said. Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Michael … Read more

Chargers open 2022 season against Raiders, face Rams on New Years Day

The highly anticipated 2022 regular season schedule was released Thursday, and the Los Angeles Chargers will open it against the same division rival that ended their playoff hopes last year, the Las Vegas Raiders. The two teams will face off at SoFi Stadium on September 11. The game will be a rematch of the Chargers’ … Read more

Elon Musk says Twitter deal is ‘temporarily suspended’ – New York Daily News

Elon Musk took to Twitter early Friday to announce he was pausing his $44 billion takeover of the social media platform. “The Twitter agreement is temporarily suspended pending details supporting the calculation that spam/fake accounts indeed represent less than 5% of users,” he wrote, in connection with a Reuters article on a filing with the … Read more