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Persecution of gay men in Chechnya: MEPs call for urgent investigation Persecution of gay men in Chechnya: MEPs call for urgent investigation
- May 19, 2017

Russian Federation has faced increasing pressure from human rights groups and Western governments following an April 1 report by the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta on evidence of the torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya. Linkevičius said his government "issued visas to two people from Chechnya who were persecuted due to their sexual orientation". The Russia LGBT Network spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that "negotiations have been difficult" with representatives of ... (more...)
CNN Goes After Sheriff David Clarke By Playing His Greatest Hits CNN Goes After Sheriff David Clarke By Playing His Greatest Hits
- May 19, 2017

Following Clarke's announcement on Wednesday, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele issued a statement reading, "I've said repeatedly that Milwaukee deserves better than Sheriff Clarke". Many of our neighbors oppose the program as it allows law enforcement to stop and question people based on just their appearance. Sheriff David Clarke has also received stark criticism for several controversies surrounding the Milwaukee County House of Correction. (more...)
Turkey demands US fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds
- May 19, 2017

Erdogan said he warned Trump that Turkey would combat YPG if the group posed any security threat. Erdogan said that the United States had made its decision on the subject of the Raqqa operation and that Turkey could not participate, given the YPG involvement. (more...)
Haley: US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korean nuclear program Haley: US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korean nuclear program
- May 18, 2017

He said: "We should fly, by able to fly and operate wherever worldwide law allows". Haley said a plan is still in the works between the US, Japan, South Korea and China - North Korea's only major ostensible ally - to halt North Korea's progress on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. (more...)
Expert finds more possible North Korea links to cyberattack Expert finds more possible North Korea links to cyberattack
- May 18, 2017

It was reacting to an analysis of the codes that were found in an earlier version of the virus and which was first identified by a security researcher from Google . In addition to past alleged cyber attacks, North Korea had also been accused of counterfeiting $100 bills which were known as "superdollars" or "supernotes" because the fakes were almost flawless. (more...)
Solange Pens Inspiring Letter to Her Teenage Self Solange Pens Inspiring Letter to Her Teenage Self
- May 18, 2017

It's overflowing with poignant glimpses into her current outlook on life, as well as all the people and experiences that shaped and defined her as an adult. "A lot of it", she wrote. You will trace them like the scars on your body ... Beyond the name calling that she experienced and sadly continues to experience, Solange also discussed her love of words and her love of her mother , Tina Lawson. (more...)
SAP Unveils Live Business and Expands Google Partnership SAP Unveils Live Business and Expands Google Partnership
- May 18, 2017

SAP has struck "long-term" deals to run its platform-as-a-service on top of public cloud infrastructure owned by AWS, Azure and Google in addition to its own data centres. Deloitte will work with SAP to develop use cases for Leonardo and create microservices extensions to the platform, especially in such industries as finance and manufacturing. (more...)
Kenny resigns as FG leader
- May 18, 2017

A Clare Fine Gael TD says it's important the Taoiseach clarifies his leadership intentions today . Mr Kenny added that during this process he will "continue to carry out my duties and responsibilities as Taoiseach in full". Both Mr Varadkar, the Minister for Social Protection, and Mr Coveney, the Minister for Housing, are expected to formally launch their campaigns in Dublin on Saturday. (more...)
Boris Johnson confronted by Sikh woman after 'whisky in temple' gaffe Boris Johnson confronted by Sikh woman after 'whisky in temple' gaffe
- May 18, 2017

The Foreign Secretary used alcohol as an example of the benefits of a trade deal between the United Kingdom and India during a Conservative Party visit. His comments provoked a furious response from some members of the crowd, but one women, named as Balbir Kaur, was described by witnesses as being "absolutely livid". (more...)
From U.S. House Floor, Texas Democrat Calls For Trump's Impeachment
- May 18, 2017

This charging , of the President, is known constitutionally as impeachment. He said Trump has committed acts that "amount to intimidation and obstruction". "That fact is that the acting director of the FBI, (Andrew McCabe) who is a good friend of and a supporter of Comey, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 11, 2017". (more...)
Schumer: No new Federal Bureau of Investigation director without a special prosecutor Schumer: No new Federal Bureau of Investigation director without a special prosecutor
- May 17, 2017

The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee says he plans to demand that the Justice Department turn over all memos written by former FBI Director James Comey concerning his past meetings with President Donald Trump. In the Fox interview, Trump also denied reports that he had asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him at a private dinner shortly after Trump was sworn in. (more...)
Park board approves bylaw banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver Aquarium Park board approves bylaw banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver Aquarium
- May 17, 2017

The push to ban cetacean captivity at Vancouver Aquarium was sparked by the tragic November 2016 deaths of two beluga whales, 29-year-old Aurora, and her 21-year-old daughter Qila. upon completion of the new Arctic pools in 2019. The captures certainly came at a great cost to many animals, said Colby, including both those that died during capture and those that survived but were separated from family forever. (more...)
Manus Island Detention Centre Demolition Manus Island Detention Centre Demolition
- May 17, 2017

Those who have not been found to be refugees - about 400 people according to Mr Dutton - can either return to their home country, with a $20,000 resettlement package, or will be "removed from PNG by the government of PNG" without any assistance. (more...)
North Korea Accuses US of Plotting Kim Assassination
- May 16, 2017

North Korea claimed in 2012 that South Korean spies persuaded a defector from the North to infiltrate the country and try to destroy statues of state founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. The North Korean statement described the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism itself, and an " empire of evil ". The claim comes amid rising tensions between the US and North Korea over the reclusive regime's nuclear weapons program and recent provocative ballistic ... (more...)
Lawyers: Trump had no Russia income for 10 years, with exceptions
- May 16, 2017

Morgan Lewis was honored by Chambers Europe, a division of publisher Chambers & Partners that ranks law firms based in the region. On Thursday , Trump changed his story again, suggesting that he might release his returns after he leaves office. (more...)
Trump to shift courts to the right with slate of appeals nominees
- May 15, 2017

There is no way to assess whether they are conservative judges or conservative judicial activists, other than by the fact that they were chosen by the Federalist Society. Today, Trump is unveiling his first big group of judicial nominees, and they are awesome! In his latest move to fill up the more than 120 vacancies on the federal court, President Donald Trump named 10 conservative nominees to the bench Monday. (more...)
Sessions ends Obama-era leniency on sentencing Sessions ends Obama-era leniency on sentencing
- May 15, 2017

Earlier DOJ Guidance that discouraged the federal prosecution of low-level drug offenders resulted in a 14% drop in federal prosecution of drug cases and a focus on more serious offenses and more risky offenders. Sessions of Alabama. At one point, Sessions said that "good people" don't do drugs like marijuana and said the reforms would "endanger" Americans. The drastic shift in criminal justice policy, foreshadowed during recent weeks, is Sessions' first major stamp on the Justice ... (more...)
North Korea ballistic missile launch challenges new leader in Seoul North Korea ballistic missile launch challenges new leader in Seoul
- May 15, 2017

South Korea needs to show the North that even though talks are possible, it will only be possible if North Korea changes its attitude, the President told staff. The launch is a direct challenge to the new South Korean president elected four days ago and comes as U.S., Japanese and European navies gather for joint war games in the Pacific. (more...)
Germany wants more guarantees from China over 'Silk Road' trade plan
- May 15, 2017

Xi said the world must create conditions that promote open development and encourage the building of systems of "fair, reasonable and transparent global trade and investment rules". Duterte has chose to forge an independent foreign policy while seeking alliances with other nations on the principle of mutual sovereign respect and non-interference in internal affairs. (more...)
North Korea sends protest to US Congress over sanctions
- May 14, 2017

The foreign affairs committee of the North's Supreme People's Assembly condemned the sanctions as a "heinous act against humanity". The legislation, which was overwhelmingly passed at the House last week, calls for tough sanctions mainly targeting North Korea's crude imports, labor exports and global shipping. (more...)
Deal Reached For Chinese Market Access For Beef By Mid-Summer Deal Reached For Chinese Market Access For Beef By Mid-Summer
- May 14, 2017

A resumption of USA beef exports to the Chinese market beginning in July. The deal will also allow China easier access to the US banking system and let American energy companies export LNG to China , most of which it now buys from Russian Federation. (more...)
Triple talaq 'worst form' of dissolution of marriage among Muslims: SC
- May 14, 2017

Jethmalani urged the court to declare the practice unconstitutional under Article 13 (laws inconsistent with or in derogation of the fundamental rights) of the Constitution. The multi-faith bench of five judges - a Hindu, a Sikh, a Christian, a Zoroastrian and a Muslim - had on Thursday made clear it would not examine the Islamic custom of polygamy and nikah halala while hearing petitions against triple talaq . (more...)
Former official says she warned White House about Flynn
- May 14, 2017

Both said they had but could not go into detail. - During her appearance before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee , Sally Yates was asked about her refusal to enforce President Trump's initial travel order while she was acting Attorney General. (more...)
Former Trump Security Aide Flynn's Papers Subpoenaed in Russia Probe
- May 13, 2017

His defense of timeline of Flynn's dismissal comes one day after Yates revealed during a dramatic Senate hearing that she delivered dire warnings to the White House counsel that Flynn was compromised because he misrepresented to senior administration officials his conversations with Russia's US ambassador. (more...)
Trump and Putin to meet in July, Russian state media says Trump and Putin to meet in July, Russian state media says
- May 13, 2017

Both Trump and Lavrov appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone after both capitals had presented souring views of the relationship recently. Comey's ouster came as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Washington this week for high-level meetings, including one with Trump at the White House later on Wednesday in what will be the highest-level contact between Trump and the Russian government since he took office. (more...)
Police block march of elderly Venezuelans
- May 13, 2017

Some demonstrators are pushing against the officers' plastic shields, only to be forced back. Since launching protests against Maduro in early April, Venezuela's opposition has sought to vary tactics by staging silent and candle-lit marches, for instance, and rallies for women, musicians and medics. (more...)
Erdogan hopeful for breakthrough in dispute on arming Kurds
- May 13, 2017

Since we are partners as we are friends and friendly countries, you should deport him as soon as legal procedures are complete". Turkey along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar from the very beginning have been supporting the Sunni radicals, who eventually transformed into a powerful terrorist organization. (more...)
Backed Syrian forces expect Raqqa assault soon, await weapons
- May 13, 2017

Syrian Kurdish-led forces say they are carrying out mine-clearing operations at the country's largest dam and the nearby town of Tabqa a day after seizing them from Islamic State militants. The reaction to Trump's decision from Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member and an important ally in the fight against Islamic State, was swift and blunt. (more...)
Former French PM Manuel Valls pledges allegiance to Emmanuel Macron's movement
- May 12, 2017

All that's missing, it seems, are a butcher, a baker and a candlestick-maker. Macron served as economy minister in a Socialist government under Valls, but left to make his successful bid for president at the head of his own start-up party. (more...)
Obama starts defining his new role in the age of Trump Obama starts defining his new role in the age of Trump
- May 12, 2017

Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, issued a joint statement saying the panel chose to issue the subpoena after Flynn, through his lawyer, declined to cooperate with an April 28 request to turn over the documents. Although Graham admitted that he had no evidence of improper business links between Trump and Russian Federation, he said he was interested in the matter and would like to look into it. (more...)
China: 8 killed as 5.4-magnitude natural disaster hits Xinjiang China: 8 killed as 5.4-magnitude natural disaster hits Xinjiang
- May 12, 2017

BEIJING (AP) — A moderate natural disaster that struck close to the earth's surface killed eight people and injured more than 20 others in far western China on Thursday, the region's quake administration said. A strong quake of magnitude 6.8 struck north of Antarctica on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but it was not expected to cause a tsunami. (more...)
White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos
- May 12, 2017

In response to a former national security adviser's Twitter question on whether the decision to allow a Russian government photographer to be the only one to cover the event was sound, a former deputy Central Intelligence Agency director, David S. (more...)
Australia plans major spending plus surplus in 3 years
- May 12, 2017

Nearly all Australians will pay more tax under changes announced in the country's annual budget by Treasurer Scott Morrison tonight. Budget papers indicate the deficit, which is A$37.6b for 2016/17, will dramatically fall from A$21.4b in 2018/19 to just A$2.5b in the following year. (more...)
May denies energy bills cap is from 'Marxist universe' May denies energy bills cap is from 'Marxist universe'
- May 11, 2017

Greg Clark, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, said: "We will act on our commitment to intervene when the energy market fails to treat people in a fair and reasonable manner". Labour has accused the Tories of hijacking its policy, although business secretary Greg Clark, mindful no doubt that the Tories dismissed Miliband's "Marxist" proposals as "irresponsible and risky", has been attempting to draw a distinction between the two plans. (more...)
Government-wide spending bill headed for a House vote
- May 11, 2017

The White House and congressional Republicans are pressing to reverse a Washington narrative that the catchall bill is a win for Democrats. "This forced parity that we lived under the Obama years really constrained our ability to rebuild our military for this century", Ryan told reporters Tuesday. (more...)
Delhi BJP to lodge complaint with EC against AAP
- May 10, 2017

Amid an intense debate on whether EVMs were tamper-proof, the AAP today "demonstrated" in the state Assembly how the vote machines could be rigged, a claim trashed by the Election Commission, which said a "duplicate" gadget was hacked. "The person (brother-in-law) who has died, he is making allegation about a man who is dead", Jain said. "The base of our democracy is the electoral process". (more...)
Turkish President: Muslims Should Resist Israel By Visiting Temple Mount Often Turkish President: Muslims Should Resist Israel By Visiting Temple Mount Often
- May 10, 2017

He added that the global community remains silent on Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Muslims call al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City the Noble Sanctuary, or Haram al-Sharif, and it's considered the third most important holy site for Muslims after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. (more...)
Donegal rents rose by 14% in the first quarter of 2017
- May 10, 2017

Rents in Donegal rose by over 14% this the first quarter of 2017 compared with the same period previous year. In the city, the average rent is 996 euro, up more than 2 per cent on the previous quarter. This is the second lowest number on record, in a series that started in January 2006. Rents across Cork city and county are at the highest level they have ever been, while the housing supply, both here and across the country, is "plummeting". (more...)
Mishra files three CBI complaints against Kejriwal, AAP leaders
- May 10, 2017

On Sunday, Mishra had alleged that Kejriwal took two crore rupees from health minister Satyendra Jain against whom the CBI is probing a case of money laundering. "Before that, I seek your blessings for victory", Mishra wrote. In June previous year, it sent the panel's report to then Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, following which an FIR was registered in the matter. (more...)
Republicans pushes health bill, may face fallout Republicans pushes health bill, may face fallout
- May 09, 2017

No more. It should now come to be known by other names: the house of selfishness, the house of suffering, the house of the wealthy, the house of expediency, the house of untreated illness. Democrats are united in opposition to the House bill. She said there is not a timetable, but that it is a priority for the administration, so the hope is that "the Senate will take action quickly". (more...)
Woman march in Venezuelan capital against socialist govt
- May 09, 2017

Opinion polls have suggested the socialists would lose both elections badly at a time of widespread anger over triple-digit inflation and shortages of food and other goods. The family of an imprisoned high-profile Venezuelan opposition leader on Friday urged the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit the penitentiary where he is being held and verify his health status and the conditions of his confinement. (more...)
Canada considers trade action over USA lumber dispute Canada considers trade action over USA lumber dispute
- May 09, 2017

The U.S. made import duty determinations on Canadian softwood lumber that have great ramifications on the Canadian economy. Today the Liberals making public a letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the BC Liberal leader saying he'll "consider this request carefully and seriously", and has asked trade officials to examine the next steps. (more...)
UK's Labour pledges new Brexit strategy if it wins election
- May 08, 2017

It is a rigid approach. "She has said repeatedly no deal is better than a bad deal, but Labour are very clear that no deal is the worst possible deal". Labour would also replace the Conservatives' "great repeal bill", created to bring EU laws onto the United Kingdom books, with an "EU Rights and Protections Bill". (more...)
US submarine arrives in South Korea US submarine arrives in South Korea
- May 08, 2017

Two Japanese destroyers conducted exercises on Monday with a us aircraft carrier strike group that is also headed for Korean waters, sent by Trump as a warning to the North. "People have put blindfolds on for decades, and now it's time to solve the problem". In a phone call with Trump on Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged caution. (more...)
Israel summons Swedish envoy to protest UNESCO vote on Jerusalem
- May 08, 2017

It particularly criticised Israel's annexation of east Jerusalem after occupying it in 1967, a move never recognised by the worldwide community. Last October, UNESCO passed two anti-Israel resolutions with harsher language, denying all Jewish and Christian connections to Jerusalem's holy sites. (more...)
Trump warns North Korea's missiles will get better
- May 08, 2017

Trump said North Korea had "disrespected" China by attempting to launch another ballistic missile as the President counts on his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to encourage Pyongyang to give up its pursuit of missile and nuclear weapons programmes. (more...)
Wife stopped from leaving Indian High Commission, claims Pakistani husband
- May 08, 2017

Ali had met Uzma in Malaysia eight months ago where he was working as a taxi driver. "According to the Indian High Commission, she claimed to have married Mr Tahir and alleged that she later came to know that Mr Tahir was already married and had four children", Zakaria said. (more...)
Le Pen upstages rival Macron with stop at factory Le Pen upstages rival Macron with stop at factory
- May 08, 2017

The move was seen as largely symbolic but one that would loosen her association with the FN, the party founded by Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie, notorious for anti-Semitic and xenophobic remarks. The pro-EU centrist had to tread a fine line between defending his programme to tackle France's chronic unemployment without falling into the trap of making campaign promises that, if he wins, he could struggle to keep. (more...)
Thousands Flee As Taliban Take Key Afghan District Thousands Flee As Taliban Take Key Afghan District
- May 08, 2017

The militants began their assault on the Qala-e-Zal district in Kunduz province on Saturday and captured most of it including the district centre. Taliban insurgents overran a district police headquarters in northeastern Afghanistan after two days of intense fighting that left scores of casualties on both sides, Kunduz provincial officials said Saturday. (more...)
Spain arrests 9 suspects, probes ties to Brussels attacks Spain arrests 9 suspects, probes ties to Brussels attacks
- April 26, 2017

The arrests followed an eight-month investigation in coordination with Belgian police that linked several of the arrested to extremist organizations, as well as organized crime activity. Police in northeastern Spain arrested nine suspected members of a jihadist group Tuesday in raids that might help resolve recent deadly attacks in Belgium and France. (more...)