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52% of Americans don't think Biden is mentally or physically up to the job of president and 51% believe someone else is pulling the strings at the White House, new poll finds

 A majority of Americans don't think President Joe Biden is mentally or physically up to the job of leading the country and think someone else is pulling the strings behind the scenes, a new poll reveals.  Among likely US voters surveyed, 52 percent said they are not confident Biden is up to the most powerful job in the world while more than a third - 41 percent - said they are 'not confident at all.' Just 46 percent of respondents are confident in his mental and physical capabilities.  At age 78, Biden is the oldest president ever sworn into office. Concerns over his mental and physical fitness for such a demanding role plagued his campaign. When he chose Vice President Kamala Harris as his running mate, critics predicted the younger Democrat would be controlling the White House operation. But according to Rasmussen Reports' poll data, 51 percent of likely voters believe other people are making decisions for Biden and only 39 percent think he's in charge.  American

'I could not have had better parents, of that I am sure' Heartbreaking last letter home written by soldier, 18, killed in First World War is unearthed during museum renovation

A heartbreaking letter from a teenage soldier killed in WW1 was unearthed during museum renovations. Private Vincent Collins, 18, wrote the last letter home to his parents in 1915 - the night before his unit moved into the trenches. The soldier, serving with the 8th Battalion, was wounded later that year and died from his injuries. The letter was sent to his parents Harry and Martha and ended with the emotional sign off: 'I could not have had better parents, of that I am sure. Especially you dear mum.' Private Vincent Collins, 18, wrote the last letter home to his parents in 1915 - the night before his unit moved into the trenches It was discovered during renovations at the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum, Stirling. Museum bosses said that the fragile letter will not go on display due to its poor condition. Allison Spark, Collection Development Officer at the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum, said: 'Handwritten letters and messages like these are very prec

Putin welcomes the Taliban: Russian President says the West should not impose 'outside values' on Afghanistan as China also moves towards recognising regime

Russian President Vladimir Putin has welcomed the Taliban and said the West should not impose 'outside values' on Afghanistan.  He criticised the 'irresponsible policy' and said 'you cannot impose standards of political life and behaviour on other people from outside'. It comes as China has also moved towards recognising the Taliban regime. Putin said it was not in Russia's interests to dwell on the result of the 20-year-old US military campaign in Afghanistan, which has ended in humiliating scenes of chaos at Kabul airport as states frantically try to evacuate their citizens.  And he went on to call on allies to unite to help the people of Afghanistan amid mounting evidence the hardline Islamist regime has immediately returned to brutally oppressing the population - despite promising to be 'moderate'. Putin added Russia was interested in the country being stable and called on the global community to prevent the 'collapse' of Afghanistan foll

Man, 50, is shot dead outside Queens apartment building while sitting in Mercedes Benz in recently gentrified Long Island City neighborhood, where murders have dropped nearly 90 percent since 1990

A man was shot to death while sitting in his Mercedes Benz Thursday night in the Long Island City outside Manhattan. According to the NYPD, 50-year-old Joseph Bryan was sitting in his vehicle on Orchard Street around 11:20 pm Thursday, when he was ambushed by a gunman and fatally shot multiple times in the torso. He was rushed to nearby Mount Sinai Queens hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to authorities. 'Officers had to smash their way into the vehicle and they pulled the guy out and tried to resuscitate him until the ambulance arrived,' a witness told  The gunman then fled in another Mercedes Benz. No arrests had been made Friday morning. 'I heard a burst of gunfire at around 11 pm, very rapid and close by. I looked out my window and saw a car parked in the middle of the dead-end street to the side of my building,' the witness said. 'The building security came out and noticed something was wrong, and police were there very quickly. A

HUNDREDS of criminal cases will be reviewed in California after two cops plead not guilty to spray-painting swastika and a happy face onto suspect's car

Former Torrance police officer Christopher Tomsic, pictured in 2017, has pleaded not guilty to charges of vandalism and conspiracy for allegedly spray-paining a swastika on a car Two former California police officers pleaded not guilty Thursday to spray-painting a swastika on an impounded car, and prosecutors are now in the process of reviewing hundreds of criminal cases associated with the pair.  Christopher Tomsic, 29, and Cody Weldin, 28, entered pleas to felony charges of vandalism and conspiracy to commit vandalism, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced. An additional 13 officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into messages expressing 'racism and hatred,' said Torrance Police Chief Jeremiah Hart.  'Let me be clear. I will aggressively pursue any form of bigotry, hate and misconduct,' Chief Hart said.  In January 2020, Tomsic and Weldin were with a group of officers with the Torrance Police Department in

New Jeopardy! host Mike Richards QUITS the show as it emerges he made crude comments about women and Jews on his podcast after sexual harassment lawsuits were brought against him

Mike Richards on Friday announced he was stepping down as the new host of Jeopardy! effective immediately over a series of crude comments that he made on a podcast in 2014 mocking women, Jews and Haiti . Richards released a statement through Sony Pictures Entertainment, which produces the long-running game show, saying that carrying on with his hosting duties would be 'too much of a distraction' for the fans of Jeopardy! amid the controversy swirling around his past remarks.  Officials at Sony said on Friday that Richards would stay on as the executive producer of Jeopardy!   'It pains me that these incidents and comments have cast such a shadow on Jeopardy! as we look to start a new chapter,' Richards wrote in his letter addressed to staff. 'As I mentioned last week, I was deeply honored to be asked to host the syndicated show and was thrilled by the opportunity to expand my role. However, over the last several days it has become clear that moving forward as host w

South Carolina Republican leader, 64, who fought against vaccination and mask mandates dies of COVID-19 after month-long hospitalization

A South Carolina Republican leader who had been vocal in his opposition to vaccination and mask mandates has died from complications of COVID-19 after a month-long battle with the virus. Pressley Stutts succumbed to the illness at Spartanburg Regional Hospital on Thursday, a week after being put on the ventilator, according to party leaders and his family. The US Navy veteran was 64. Over the summer, Stutts led a group loyal to former President Donald Trump to force the resignation of several Greenville County Republican Party leaders after a failed bid to defeat state party chairman Drew McKissick. Pressley Stutts , a South Carolina Republican leader and staunch Donald Trump supporter (pictured together, right), has died of pneumonia, kidney failure and blood clots after a month in the hospital with COVID-19 In his final Facebook post on August 13, Stutts, 64, wrote that he was going on the ventilator Stutts, a member of the Tea Party, said he was following Trump’s wishes to kick anyo

'The resistance is still alive': Afghan resistance claims to have captured three towns north of Kabul in fighting that 'killed or injured 60 Taliban fighters'

Afghan resistance has claimed to have captured three towns north of Kabul in fighting that 'killed or injured 60 Taliban fighters'. Local forces are reported to have taken back the Pul-e-Hesar, Deh-e-Salah and Banu districts in the Baghlan province on Friday. Writing in Persian, Afghan Defence Minister General Bismillah Mohammadi said the three areas had been reclaimed, adding: 'The resistance is still alive.' A Twitter account under the name 'Panjshir Province' - the only area not controlled by the Taliban - earlier said the Pul-e-Hesar was captured while 'fighting was raging' in the other two districts. Tajuden Soroush, a senior correspondent for Iran International, said the Banu and Pol-e-Hesar areas had been taken back, according to an ex-Afghan government official. He later added that Deh-e-Salah had fallen to anti-Taliban forces.  The Panjshir Valley northeast of Kabul is Afghanistan's last remaining holdout, known for its natural mountainous d