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Reaction after Reuters journalists freed from Myanmar prison Reaction after Reuters journalists freed from Myanmar prison
- May 08, 2019

Wa Lone , 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo , 29, were found guilty in September 2018 of violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act over their reporting of the massacre in the village of Inn Dinn in Rakhine state. "The Rohingya community stands with U Wa Lone and U Kyaw Soe Oo today, just as we have every day of their unlawful imprisonment by this complicit Burmese regime". (more...)
Treasury Department To Congress On Request For Trump's Taxes: Go Shove It Treasury Department To Congress On Request For Trump's Taxes: Go Shove It
- May 08, 2019

Lloyd DoggettHouse Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) "has no choice but to subpoena Trump's personal and business tax returns and, if the stonewalling continues, hold Secretary Mnuchin in contempt of Congress for illegally shielding the returns", the groups said . (more...)
Multiple students injured, two in custody in Colorado school shooting Multiple students injured, two in custody in Colorado school shooting
- May 08, 2019

Two people are in custody and police feared that a third was at large but they have now said they do not believe there is still a threat. More than 500 of those students are elementary age. Parents of STEM School students are directed to Northridge Rec Center at 8800 South Broadway to pick up their children. It was unclear whether there were any fatalities, she said in a brief media briefing. (more...)
Boeing left airlines, FAA in dark on alert linked to 737 crashes
- May 07, 2019

The safety alert, called an "angle of attack" (AOA) indicator, tells pilots if a sensor is transmitting bad data. But it did not disclose the issue to airlines or safety regulators until after the Lion Air plane crashed off the Indonesian coast, killing all 189 aboard. (more...)
Trump Threatened Tariffs After Hearing of Chinese Reversal, Sources Say Trump Threatened Tariffs After Hearing of Chinese Reversal, Sources Say
- May 07, 2019

According to two sources who spoke to CNBC , China's trade delegation may back out of negotiations after Trump threatened to increase existing tariffs on hundreds of billions worth of Chinese goods entering the country - the first tranche potentially as soon as Friday. (more...)
4-year-old who recently had brain surgery allegedly kidnapped in Texas 4-year-old who recently had brain surgery allegedly kidnapped in Texas
- May 07, 2019

One of the men reportedly made a comment that 'Maleah looks very nice, looks very sweet, ' before the second man knocked Vence over the head, Sgt Mark Holbrook of the Houston Police Department's Homicide Division said during a press conference. (more...)
Donald Trump greets Muslims on Ramadan Donald Trump greets Muslims on Ramadan
- May 07, 2019

The Speaker said, "As Ramadan begins, I want to felicitate with our Muslim brethren for witnessing yet another season of spiritual significance". Muslims follow a lunar calendar, and a moon-sighting methodology can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart. (more...)
Explosion at AB Specialty Silicones Factory in Waukegan, Illinois, Injures 4 Explosion at AB Specialty Silicones Factory in Waukegan, Illinois, Injures 4
- May 06, 2019

A portion of the factory was leveled by the explosion and heavily involved in fire. First responders late Friday learned three of nine people who were inside the building at the time of the explosion were still missing. Steve Lenzi, spokesman for the Waukegan Fire Department, said at the scene around midnight "there is very heavy damage" from "fire and structural damage indicative of an explosion". (more...)
Passenger plane with fire on board lands at Moscow airport Passenger plane with fire on board lands at Moscow airport
- May 06, 2019

Emergency vehicles arrived at the airport to assist passengers moving away from the plane - some holding luggage - and fight the flames, which were coming out of the airplane's rear section. A fiery airliner accident at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport killed 41 people, a spokeswoman for Russia's Investigative Committee says. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. (more...)
Trump attacks Democrats for wanting Mueller to testify Trump attacks Democrats for wanting Mueller to testify
- May 06, 2019

Although Mueller's conclusions about "collusion" aren't really in question, Democrats have said they intend to re-run Mueller's 22-month deep dive into whether Trump aides communicated and coordinated with Russian officials looking to make an impact on the 2016 presidential election. (more...)
Malaysia frees Vietnamese woman accused of killing North Korean leader's half-brother Malaysia frees Vietnamese woman accused of killing North Korean leader's half-brother
- May 06, 2019

South Korean and United States officials have said the North Korean regime had ordered the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, who had been critical of his family's dynastic rule. In a message she prepared in prison on the eve of her release that was read out by Hisyam at a press conference at the airport, Huong thanked a host of people, from the Malaysia and Vietnam governments, the prosecutor to the prisons department that she said took care of her "very well". (more...)
Senate Judiciary Democrats Grilled AG Barr For Senate Judiciary Democrats Grilled AG Barr For "Political Points"
- May 06, 2019

President Donald Trump said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller should not testify before Congress, reversing course from his previous position that the decision is up to Attorney General William Barr . Barr knew Mueller's frustration, but responded to Rep. Crist and Senator Hollen's questioning him that he didn't. But that didn't stop Mr. Barr from standing his ground during the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (more...)
Cyclone Fani slams eastern coast of India with 150 miles per hour winds Cyclone Fani slams eastern coast of India with 150 miles per hour winds
- May 05, 2019

The India Meterological Department says the "extremely severe" cyclone in the Bay of Bengal hit the coastal state of Odisha around 8 a.m. on Friday. The weather caused political parties in Kolkata to cancel campaign events. In recent days, the authorities in Odisha, where 10,000 people died in a 1999 cyclone , have evacuated more than a million people as they fret about a possible 1.5m storm surge. (more...)
Divided over impeachment, Democrats find unity in targeting Attorney-General Barr Divided over impeachment, Democrats find unity in targeting Attorney-General Barr
- May 05, 2019

Ms Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, accused Mr Barr of lying about his interactions with Mr Mueller after the special counsel concluded his 22-month investigation into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 United States election to boost Mr Trump's candidacy. (more...)
Trump asks why ‘radical left wing media’ are allowed on Twitter, Facebook Trump asks why ‘radical left wing media’ are allowed on Twitter, Facebook
- May 05, 2019

Facebook announced Thursday that it had designated some high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan , who's notorious for using anti-Semitic language, and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones , as "dangerous" and said it will be purging them from its platforms. (more...)
Senior Hamas official heads to Egypt for talks on Israel Senior Hamas official heads to Egypt for talks on Israel
- May 05, 2019

In Gaza, a mother and her baby were reported to have been killed in an IDF air strike. Two other civilians were treated for shock, an MDA spokesperson said, according to the Jerusalem Post . The military accused the Islamic Jihad of trying to destabilise the area, and attacked Hamas for failing to prevent the bombings. This included expanding a fishing zone off Gaza's coast, increasing imports into Gaza and allowing the Gulf state of Qatar to deliver aid to cash-strapped Gaza. (more...)
JeM chief Masood Azhar declared global terrorist by UNSC JeM chief Masood Azhar declared global terrorist by UNSC
- May 04, 2019

The notification by the foreign ministry basically lists all the sanctions against the proscribed individuals for freezing of assets, embargo on arms and travel ban. "Indian occupation forces continue to massacre Kashmiris enjoying judicial immunity with impunity through draconian laws". Is this is a diplomatic victory for India? "This problem can be properly solved". (more...)
Democrats: Trump Agrees to $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Democrats: Trump Agrees to $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
- May 04, 2019

And Trump and his family filed another federal lawsuit Monday against Deutsche Bank and Capitol One to block more subpoenas from House Democrats. Hence Mueller's conclusion: 'The investigation did not establish that the members of the Trump campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election interference activities'. (more...)
Attorney General Barr a no-show for House Judiciary hearing, Nadler seeking contempt Attorney General Barr a no-show for House Judiciary hearing, Nadler seeking contempt
- May 04, 2019

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY, who said he would convene his committee as scheduled, told reporters Wednesday night that Barr is "going to have to answer for apparently testifying untruthfully in the Senate and the House" and that "he is terrified" of being questioned by staff attorneys who work for the panel. (more...)
Trump says decision on McGahn testimony coming Trump says decision on McGahn testimony coming
- May 04, 2019

But now Barr has emerged as arguably the most divisive figure in Donald Trump's administration. Democrats accused the Republican President and his administration of a launching a growing attack on American democracy. His latest testimony, including that Trump's actions weren't criminal, reaffirmed that philosophy and, to critics, established Barr as the president's protector . (more...)
Julian Assange starts extradition fight from United Kingdom prison Julian Assange starts extradition fight from United Kingdom prison
- May 03, 2019

There will now be an initial extradition hearing on Thursday at Westminster Magistrates Court at the request of the USA government, headed by Donald Trump. Swedish lawyer Elisabeth Massi Fritz, who represents one of the claimants behind the sexual abuse allegations, said shortly after Assange's arrest that it had "understandably come as a shock to my client that what we have been waiting and hoping for since 2012 has now finally happened". (more...)
Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Farrakhan, Yiannopoulos And Other 'Dangerous' Figures Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Farrakhan, Yiannopoulos And Other 'Dangerous' Figures
- May 03, 2019

Facebook is cracking down on far-right figures and groups. The updated headline reads " Facebook bans extremist leaders including Louis Farrakhan , Alex Jones , Milo Yiannopoulos for being " dangerous ". While this new ban won't please some free speech advocates, it does clear up where Facebook stands on the subject. Yiannopoulos, another alt-right social media star, publicly praised McInnes this year, and Loomer appeared with him at a rally. (more...)
India cyclone: 800,000 evacuated from eastern districts as landfall nears India cyclone: 800,000 evacuated from eastern districts as landfall nears
- May 03, 2019

In addition, breakdown vans and relief trains have been kept ready to cater to areas likely to be affected by the cyclone in the two states, the official said. The IMD has recommended suspension of fishing operations, evacuation of people from vulnerable coastal areas and regulation of road and rail traffic, adding that movement in motor boats and small ships could also be unsafe. (more...)
Whale Discovered With Harness Could Be From Russian Military Whale Discovered With Harness Could Be From Russian Military
- May 03, 2019

It is so comfortable with people that it swims to the dock. Video shared by an employee of Norway's Directorate of Fisheries shows authorities in the water with a Beluga whale. However, a retired Russian general dismissed the idea the whale was engaged in spying as "Scandinavian paranoia", reports The Telegraph . Audun Rikardsen from the Arctic University in Tromsø, said the Norwegian newspaper "Verdens Gang", his Russian colleagues believed that the whale had been held by the ... (more...)
Key takeaways from AG Barr's testimony, Mueller's letter Key takeaways from AG Barr's testimony, Mueller's letter
- May 03, 2019

The AG swears an oath of loyalty to the Constitution of the United States. As you've no doubt seen by now, the Attorney General declined to show up for a scheduled House hearing today, as a dispute over who would be allowed to conduct the questioning derailed the process. (more...)
Aussie man quits anti-Muslim party over video of him groping strippers Aussie man quits anti-Muslim party over video of him groping strippers
- May 03, 2019

Steve Dickson, 56, withdrew as the anti-immigration party's senate candidate for Queensland at next month's general election after videos from his trip to Washington were broadcast on Monday. Senator Hanson said Mr Dickson offered his resignation from all positions within the party and she accepted it. However, Mr Dickson's name will remain on ballot papers for the 18 May election because it is too late for parties to announce new candidates. (more...)
China urges UK not to discriminate against Huawei in 5G development China urges UK not to discriminate against Huawei in 5G development
- May 02, 2019

China urged Britain not to discriminate against companies involved in developing the 5G network and to resist pressure from other countries over whether it should work with Huawei Technologies. He said he understands everyone's concerns, but added that they could be managed. They can be managed, provided countries and companies work together. (more...)
Leave my country alone, Sri Lanka president tells Islamic State Leave my country alone, Sri Lanka president tells Islamic State
- May 02, 2019

More than 80 Sri Lankan priests attended in a show of unity against extremism. "I want to state that we may not be able to keep people under control in the absence of a stronger security program", Ranjith said. Sri Lankan security forces were maintaining a high level of alert amid intelligence reports that the militants were likely to strike before the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which is due to begin next Monday (May 6). (more...)
85-Year-Old Japanese Emperor Abdicates The Throne 85-Year-Old Japanese Emperor Abdicates The Throne
- May 02, 2019

Naruhito, the first Japanese emperor to have studied overseas and the first born after Japan's defeat in World War II, formally succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne at midnight after his father Akihito abdicated Tuesday. Legend has it that Japan's ruling dynasty was founded by the Emperor Jimmu, whose accession is traditionally dated to 660 BC. Naruhito has promised to emulate his father in seeking peace and staying close to people. (more...)
To Discourage Migration, Trump Orders Asylum Seekers Pay Fees to Apply To Discourage Migration, Trump Orders Asylum Seekers Pay Fees to Apply
- May 02, 2019

In addition to setting a fee for asylum applications, which are now free to file, the memo ordered officials to issue rules to ensure claims are adjudicated in immigration court within six months. President Donald Trump speaks as he welcomes members of the Baylor women's basketball team, who are the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Champions, to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington , Monday, April 29, 2019. (more...)
Daily Online Edition of The Sunday Times Sri Lanka Daily Online Edition of The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
- May 02, 2019

Written script at the start of the video dates it to earlier in April, and he can be seen sitting cross-legged on the floor giving an address to several aides with their faces covered. However while this was said, Baghdadi is not in view in the video and it is assumed that the audio clipping was attached later. The battle in Iraq and Syria "might be over" for ISIS, Soufan added, "but it can live on in so many other places". (more...)
Masood Azhar declared global terrorist by UNSC Masood Azhar declared global terrorist by UNSC
- May 02, 2019

The JeM chief's listing means that, according to the sanction measures put out by the UNSC, it can freeze his assets, impose a travel ban and put an arms embargo. It was in first in 2009 that New Delhi tried to get Azhar as a United Nations listed terrorist. In a major diplomatic victory for India, the man behind several terror attacks in the country including Pulwama terror attack, Masood Azhar has finally been listed as an global terrorist by the United Nation security council's ... (more...)
William Barr testifies before Senate panel on Mueller report William Barr testifies before Senate panel on Mueller report
- May 02, 2019

Barr's answer to Crist came in a hearing of a House Appropriations subcommittee. Barr is scheduled to appear Wednesday morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee - a much-anticipated public confrontation between the nation's top law enforcement official and Democratic lawmakers, where he is likely to be questioned at length about his interactions with Mueller. (more...)
Mohamed Noor found guilty of third-degree murder of Justine Damond Ruszczyk Mohamed Noor found guilty of third-degree murder of Justine Damond Ruszczyk
- May 01, 2019

Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, were responding to Damond's 911 call about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her south Minneapolis home. Noor told the court that the startling sound, his typically calm partner's reaction and a figure raising a right arm at Harrity's window caused him to fear that they were being ambushed. (more...)
Several people shot on campus of UNC Charlotte Several people shot on campus of UNC Charlotte
- May 01, 2019

The school is located ten miles northeast of downtown Charlotte . A concert, free for students, by Waka Flocka Flame had been scheduled for the Jerry Richardson football stadium on campus. The university said on Twitter: "Run, Hide, Fight". School officials couldn't be reached for immediate comment Tuesday evening. The university confirmed that authorities are conducting a building by building sweep. (more...)
US Attorney General warns to skip Mueller hearing US Attorney General warns to skip Mueller hearing
- May 01, 2019

Attorney General William Barr may not attend his hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday due to a disagreement with Democrats over the hearing's format, CNN first reported , based on information from a "committee source". (more...)
Spanish Socialists Win National Elections While Far-Right Party Surges Spanish Socialists Win National Elections While Far-Right Party Surges
- May 01, 2019

Falling from power to now being forced to work with the far-right party Vox in order to stymie the efforts of the left reveals the mood of conservatives in Spain. President of right-wing party Vox, Santiago Abascal, addresses the media after casting his vote. Pablo Casado, who has steered the Popular Party further to the right to stop it from losing votes to Vox, called the ballot the country's "most decisive" in years. (more...)
Sri Lanka emergency law bans face coverings Sri Lanka emergency law bans face coverings
- April 30, 2019

The authorities blamed the local Islamist group National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) for the attacks, but said that they must have had help from a larger network. However, Muslims in Sri Lanka - about 10% of the population - practice a more liberal interpretation of Islam. Sri Lanka has banned all kinds of clothing that covers the face and prevents identification, such as niqabs and burqas, a week after the Easter bombings that left more than 250 people dead. (more...)
Trump eyes quick trade deal with Japan in agriculture, autos Trump eyes quick trade deal with Japan in agriculture, autos
- April 30, 2019

Abe raised the issue of existing USA tariffs on its cars and highlighted the growing number of jobs created in the U.S.by Japan's investment. The meeting comes a day after the maiden summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok on Thursday. (more...)
With churches shut after bombs, Sri Lankans hear Mass on TV With churches shut after bombs, Sri Lankans hear Mass on TV
- April 29, 2019

Sri Lanka's Catholics celebrated Mass in their homes via a televised broadcast on Sunday as churches across the island nation shut over fears of militant attacks, a week after the Islamic State-claimed Easter suicide bombings killed over 250 people. (more...)
Flood tired communities in Ontario, Quebec brace for more rain Flood tired communities in Ontario, Quebec brace for more rain
- April 29, 2019

Gatineau mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin said Friday morning that he expects river levels in his region to peak by Monday or Tuesday. "I will be travelling to Ottawa first thing tomorrow morning to meet with the mayor and city officials, tour the areas impacted by the flooding, and meet with residents to ensure they're getting the support they need from their provincial government", Ford added. (more...)
Trump's executive privilege strategy could mean messy fight Trump's executive privilege strategy could mean messy fight
- April 29, 2019

Advisers to the president, trying to depict the Democrats as guilty of partisan-fueled overreach, want to snarl the congressional investigations . The committee wants to hear from Stephen Miller , known as the architect of Trump's hardline immigration policy; Carl Kline , a former Executive Office official who approved Jared Kushner's security clearance despite staffers' concerns; and John Gore , a top Justice Department official who was subpoenaed to testify on the issue of adding ... (more...)
NRA President Oliver North Won’t Seek Second Term NRA President Oliver North Won’t Seek Second Term
- April 29, 2019

The president of the National Rifle Association in the U.S. says he will step down, and that he's being forced out due to his allegations that NRA leaders engaged in financial improprieties. According to the newspaper, Lieutenant Colonel North sent board members a response to Mr LaPierre's letter later on Thursday in which he defended himself, said his actions were for the good of the NRA, and that he was forming a crisis committee to examine financial matters inside the organisation. (more...)
Trump welcomes Putin's statements on North Korea Trump welcomes Putin's statements on North Korea
- April 28, 2019

Kim added: "I would like to offer again honest gratitude to Mr President for making time in his busy schedule and come thousands of miles from the capital city of Moscow to here to give us time for a great conversation". Such guarantees would need to be offered within a multinational framework, the Russian leader added. The North Korean leader is said to use at least two Maybach limousines, including an S62 and a S600 Pullman Guard, when attending foreign summits. (more...)
Threat of early challenge to May's position as Tory leader lifted Threat of early challenge to May's position as Tory leader lifted
- April 28, 2019

Mr Hunt warned there was a "very significant" risk of disruption if the Government failed to deliver on the result of the referendum by taking Britain out of the EU. Continued talks on Thursday were expected to cover environmental issues. The shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, renewed Labour's criticism of the government on Wednesday as she urged the Cabinet Office minister, David Lidington, May's de facto deputy, to make a commitment to compromise in the talks by agreeing to ... (more...)
Kiev passes law strengthening Ukrainian language use Kiev passes law strengthening Ukrainian language use
- April 28, 2019

Language has become a much more sensitive issue since 2014, when a pro-Russian president was toppled in a popular revolt and Russia responded by annexing the Crimea region and backing a pro-Russian separatist uprising in the east. The war has claimed some 13,000 lives. The United States said it was "unacceptable" for Russian Federation to decide to extend citizenship rights to Ukrainians just after the election and accused Moscow of fueling the conflict. (more...)
Shooting reported at Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego Shooting reported at Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego
- April 28, 2019

One of the victims is said to be they synagogue's Rabbi, Yisorel Goldstein, who founded the Chabad center in 1986. It is the last day of Passover and the synagogue had advertised on Facebook a service starting at 11am. The Poway sheriff's department sent out a tweet saying the shooting occurred just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday. In Pittsburgh, a truck driver who authorities say expressed hatred of Jews has been charged in the October 27 rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue. (more...)
Franklin Graham challenges Pete Buttigieg, but voters unlikely to care Franklin Graham challenges Pete Buttigieg, but voters unlikely to care
- April 27, 2019

Graham's comments on Wednesday have already ignited fierce reaction among both Buttigieg supporters and commentators. Graham, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse , faced a storm of criticism for the comment. (more...)
Christchurch attack: Prince William to meet survivors Christchurch attack: Prince William to meet survivors
- April 27, 2019

Prince William was meeting with survivors inside the mosque, after visiting eight survivors who remain in Christchurch Hospital. "I have had reasons myself to reflect on grief and sudden pain and loss in my own life", Prince William told families of victims during a speech in Christchurch. (more...)
Saudi, UAE overstate their oil capacities - Iran oil minister Saudi, UAE overstate their oil capacities - Iran oil minister
- April 27, 2019

USA sanctions against Iran have denied its government more than $10 billion (Dh36.7bn) in oil revenue since President Donald Trump first announced the move last May. "The Iranian regime can demonstrate its seriousness regarding consular issues, including Iranians who have been indicted or convicted of criminal violations of United States [sic] sanctions laws, by releasing innocent USA persons immediately", the spokesperson said. (more...)