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Inspired by Charlottesville, military chiefs condemn racism Inspired by Charlottesville, military chiefs condemn racism
- August 20, 2017

Earlier, the Commandant of the US Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller said, "No place for racial hatred or extremism in @ USMC ". In a separate report, CNN said former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan had slammed Trump's "dangerous" and "ugly" comments on the deadly violence in Charlottesville. (more...)
Aviation dispute raises South Africa-Zimbabwe tensions Aviation dispute raises South Africa-Zimbabwe tensions
- August 20, 2017

Twenty-year-old model Gabriella Engels has claimed that Mrs Mugabe last Sunday whipped her with an extension cord, cutting her forehead. "Whether one beats another... Lawyers representing the model have, however, warned the government against the "immunity" overtures stressing that they will sue the government if Mrs. (more...)
Venezuela's Fraudulent Constituent Assembly Claims Powers of National Assembly Venezuela's Fraudulent Constituent Assembly Claims Powers of National Assembly
- August 19, 2017

The Socialist-dominated Supreme Court has stripped power from the congress and shot down almost every law it has approved since it was taken over by the opposition in 2016. "It was a space which the government was looking to finally take control", commented to AFP Diego Moya-Ocampos, an analyst for the british consultancy IHS. (more...)
Parson to call for the expulsion of Chappelle-Nadal from Missouri Senate Parson to call for the expulsion of Chappelle-Nadal from Missouri Senate
- August 19, 2017

He said talk of "assassination" should be the end of her time in the Senate. The Republican Governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, has also called for her to quit her post . She was less conciliatory, however, in a conversation with CBS St. Louis . Here's the thing, though ... as much as we disagreed with these two status quo politicians (and documented their failures in office), we never wished them dead . (more...)
Donald Trump Praises Jeff Flake Challenger Dr. Kelli Ward
- August 19, 2017

He was referring to Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed when she was struck by a auto driven into the crowd. "Such a disgusting lie", he continued . If Republican leaders continue to support Trump (at least for the most part) despite his alt right rhetoric and policies, they will risk being permanently identified with that movement and thus losing out on any chance to expand its brand beyond an overwhelmingly white base. (more...)
Tom Cruise Suffers Broken Ankle From 'Mission: Impossible 6' Stunt Tom Cruise Suffers Broken Ankle From 'Mission: Impossible 6' Stunt
- August 18, 2017

According to an original schedule, " Mission: Impossible 6 " should hit the theatres on July 27, 2018. With Cruise's injury in play production for M:I6 is now expected to conclude in December a source close to the production told Variety on Thursday. (more...)
Van Hits Crowd In Central Barcelona, 'Many Injuries' Reported Van Hits Crowd In Central Barcelona, 'Many Injuries' Reported
- August 18, 2017

There were separate reports that a suspect had been arrested , but it was not clear whether this referred to the same person. Media reports say the suspect behind the attack is a man by the name of Driss Oukabir . Train and metro stations were closed in the area, according to local newspaper La Vanguardia . A helicopter hovered over the scene. The van had swerved off the sidewalk into an area near the Las Ramblas avenue, a popular tourist district of the city usually crowded with ... (more...)
Confrontation with North Korea not imminent Confrontation with North Korea not imminent
- August 18, 2017

Japan was on Saturday deploying its Patriot missile defence system after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, reports said. Kim also urged the United States to "show through actions if they wish to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and prevent a unsafe military clash", according to the KCNA report. (more...)
Immune-what? Grace Mugabe might walk in immune bubble after model attack Immune-what? Grace Mugabe might walk in immune bubble after model attack
- August 18, 2017

An unsigned statement from South Africa's minister of police, Fikile Mbalula, said Mrs. Mugabe had dispatched her legal representatives to claim diplomatic immunity . Engels said she was in a hotel room with Mugabe's two adult sons when the attack took place. If immunity is granted, this will mark the second time Mugabe gets diplomatic protection over an assault case. (more...)
'Nobody's looking for a war,' Dunford says in Seoul 'Nobody's looking for a war,' Dunford says in Seoul
- August 18, 2017

Darryn James. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made clear on Monday that Washington is ready "to use the full range of military capabilities to defend our allies and the USA homeland", according to United States military spokesman Capt. (more...)
Special Session Wrapup: Abbott falls short on 20-item agenda Special Session Wrapup: Abbott falls short on 20-item agenda
- August 17, 2017

The measure, a top priority of Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R), died when the state House adjourned Tuesday without taking it up. The House's abrupt adjournment came after days of hard negotiations with the Senate on school finance and property tax bills. (more...)
US still keen on dialogue with N. Korea US still keen on dialogue with N. Korea
- August 17, 2017

He does, however, send ritual offerings on August 15th and during the shrine's twice yearly festivals. According to officials here, the two leaders also lauded fresh UN Security Council resolutions imposing stricter sanctions on North Korea. (more...)
University of Florida blocks Richard Spencer event over safety concerns University of Florida blocks Richard Spencer event over safety concerns
- August 17, 2017

After the rally , which was organized to protest the city's plans to remove a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee, ended in 20-year-old OH man ramming a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others, Trump addressed the nation. (more...)
Tropical Storm Gert strengthens in the Atlantic Ocean Tropical Storm Gert strengthens in the Atlantic Ocean
- August 17, 2017

Engle, who at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday said Gert was moving well offshore, explained that rip currents present a real danger for swimmers, surfers and anyone else, including boaters, venturing out into or onto the water in the affected areas. (more...)
Donald Trump approval rating: President's disapproval reaches record high Donald Trump approval rating: President's disapproval reaches record high
- August 17, 2017

About 41 percent of the American public support Trump, while 49 percent say they disapprove of him. "Racism is evil-and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups, are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans", Trump said during a press conference at the White House . (more...)
U.S. slams foes, allies alike in religious freedom report U.S. slams foes, allies alike in religious freedom report
- August 17, 2017

Mr. Tillerson, who did not take questions from reporters, said the genocide determination was applice to "remove any ambiguity" about the extent of ISIS's violations. The report said: "Hindus threatened and assaulted Muslims and Christians and destroyed their property". U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Islamic State "is clearly responsible for genocide. (more...)
Falling oak tree kills religious festivalgoers on Madeira Falling oak tree kills religious festivalgoers on Madeira
- August 16, 2017

As the tree falls on the crowd, people are heard screaming and quickly scatter. Ten people were killed instantly and two dead at the hospitals. Nossa Senhora is the patron saint of Madeira . Madeira has a population of more than 250,000, the vast majority of them Catholic. He said that "the government has provided medical support given the high number of victims". (more...)
Local Golf Pro Completes Second Round, Misses Cut at PGA Championship Friday Local Golf Pro Completes Second Round, Misses Cut at PGA Championship Friday
- August 16, 2017

With five players still in the mix on the back nine, Thomas surged ahead by chipping in for birdie and holding his nerve down the stretch as his challengers eventually faded, one after another. Thomas was looking at a 6-foot par to stay at 8 under. "I can feel my left rhomboid going into spasm". How much did that come from Erin Hills and what you learned there, and how much is that just the state of your game and how you felt? However, he gained momentum with a birdie putt on the 10th ... (more...)
Mike Pence Defends Donald Trump Over Failure To Specifically Condemn White Supremacists Mike Pence Defends Donald Trump Over Failure To Specifically Condemn White Supremacists
- August 16, 2017

The grandmother told him that this has been going on since the beginning of President Nicolás Maduro's regime. He told CNN in an interview that Venezuela risked becoming "a greater problem for narcotics traffic" and "greater migration" - both of which he said directly threatened the security and economy of the US. (more...)
Sheriff To Charge Protesters Who Pulled Down Confederate Statue Sheriff To Charge Protesters Who Pulled Down Confederate Statue
- August 16, 2017

They also saw the Trump administration as promoting white supremacy. Once the Confederate shrine fell to the ground, A.P. notes that the protesters began kicking the bronze statue. Jacqueline Wagstaff described what she saw on online. One of the law's Senate sponsors, Republican Tommy Tucker of Waxhaw, said this week he continues to support it, saying its main goal was to protect history. (more...)
North Carolina protesters use strap to pull down Confederate soldier statue North Carolina protesters use strap to pull down Confederate soldier statue
- August 16, 2017

He wrote a statement posted to the online publishing platform Medium . Above it, is a statue representing a soldier who fought in the civil war. Rather, he said, "These monuments should come down". Gregg Doucette, who described the monument as a "statue to terrorists". Other states, including Tennessee, have similar laws. White nationalist leaders plan to hold a rally in Lexington, Kentucky, to oppose the removal of the statues there and are considering a lawsuit , Matthew Heimbach, ... (more...)
Spokane rallies against hatred and violence Spokane rallies against hatred and violence
- August 16, 2017

Two Virginia state troopers also perished in a helicopter crash. Bessey and the other people drawn to attend the Vigil Against Hate in solidarity with Charlottesville crowded onto the State Street sidewalk and lower section of the State House steps from 5:30 p.m. (more...)
Outrage after hotel asks Jews to shower before swimming Outrage after hotel asks Jews to shower before swimming
- August 16, 2017

A hotel in Switzerland is under fire for specifically telling " Jewish guests" to shower before using its swimming pool. Israeli government officials also condemned the hotel, describing the sign as "an anti-Semitic act of the worst and ugliest kind, " in the words of Tzipi Hotovely, Israel's deputy foreign minister. (more...)
Bitcoin surges through $4000 as Korean peninsular tensions rise Bitcoin surges through $4000 as Korean peninsular tensions rise
- August 15, 2017

The world's most popular cryptocurrency has appreciated almost 50 percent over the last month of trading, with data from the CoinDesk BPI indicating that the price of bitcoin was $2,423 on June 12. Now Goldman Sachs , one of the global giants in investments and finance, has joined the chorus in extolling the potential gains offered by Bitcoin and its brethren. (more...)
Kenya's election: Zuma congratulates Kenyatta on victory Kenya's election: Zuma congratulates Kenyatta on victory
- August 15, 2017

Mr. Kenyatta said they had ensured a "free, fair and credible election". The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights put the death toll higher, claiming that police shootings during post-election protests have killed 24 people since August 8, with 17 of the killings taking place in the capital Nairobi . (more...)
Dunford to meet with S. Korean president amid threat from North Dunford to meet with S. Korean president amid threat from North
- August 15, 2017

Dunford, who is also visiting Japan and China during his trip, earlier told reporters traveling with him that he is aiming to " sense what the temperature is in the region ". Dunford downplayed any talk of preemptive action against North Korea, saying that the current defense posture was defensive in nature until ordered otherwise by the president. (more...)
Trump doubles down on support for struggling Luther Strange Trump doubles down on support for struggling Luther Strange
- August 15, 2017

Right now that job is held by Sen. President Trump on Monday doubled down on his support for Sen. But it's not going to be an easy win for Strange: His top challenger is former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, unseated twice from the bench on religious stances he's taken. (more...)
Korea War Would Be 'Catastrophic,' Diplomacy Bearing Fruit: US's Mattis Korea War Would Be 'Catastrophic,' Diplomacy Bearing Fruit: US's Mattis
- August 15, 2017

A "grossly overmatched" North Korea "would lose" any conflict it starts, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis warned on August 9. Speaking at an event in California on Thursday, Mattis said his mission and responsibility was to have military options ready "should they be needed" but stressed the United States effort is now focused on diplomacy. (more...)
Death toll in Nepal floods and landslide reaches 78 Death toll in Nepal floods and landslide reaches 78
- August 15, 2017

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, at least 13 persons were injured in the rain-related incidents and 17 others remained missing. Based on Nepali government's weather forecast, the rain is expected to continue until Monday evening in many areas nationwide including the 31 flood affected districts. (more...)
Scaramucci criticizes President Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville Scaramucci criticizes President Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville
- August 14, 2017

Scaramucci also seemed to suggest that Bannon is leaking information to serve his own interests, and that Trump "knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon ". Scaramucci's frustration with Bannon was put on full display last month after New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza published an article detailing an expletive-laced phone conversation he had with Scaramucci. (more...)
Republicans' Approval of Congress Drops to New 2017 Low Republicans' Approval of Congress Drops to New 2017 Low
- August 12, 2017

Even three quarters of people who approve of Trump say they disapprove of Congress (76%) and a plurality (48%) says the GOP-led legislature has been a failure. Still, just a third (33%) say Obamacare should be repealed completely, regardless of whether it is replaced. Just 3 in 10 want Trump and Republicans to continue their drive to repeal and replace the statute. (more...)
A few conspired to oust democratic government in Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif A few conspired to oust democratic government in Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif
- August 12, 2017

In 2012 then prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was disqualified over contempt of court charges for refusing to reopen a corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari. "As the rally gets closer to Lahore, it will surpass all other jalsas of the past". The former PM said people voted him to power for ending the prolonged power cuts and to propel the country's economy, claiming the power outages will be eliminated by the next year. (more...)
India Inc reacts to Economic Survey, says it reflects anxiety, optimism India Inc reacts to Economic Survey, says it reflects anxiety, optimism
- August 12, 2017

There has been a 20 per cent decline in cumulative cash holding by companies and individuals post demonetisation while the number of taxpayers has increased 45 per cent since then, the Economic Survey has said, pointing to positives from the withdrawal of high-denomination banknotes in November past year. (more...)
Snap Inc. (NYSE:SNAP) Shares Bought by NN Investment Partners Holdings NV Snap Inc. (NYSE:SNAP) Shares Bought by NN Investment Partners Holdings NV
- August 12, 2017

The firm said average time spent per Snap user fell 32% sequentially. Snap warned that its technology costs rose in the last part of the second quarter as users flocked to a new, data-intensive feature, Snap Maps . Snapchat counts 173 million users these days. Shares of Snapchat's corporate parent plunged more than 17 percent in after-hours trading on Thursday, to about $11.40 per share, after the company reported a wider-than-expected loss on disappointing sales and user growth. (more...)
Amit Shah is desperate to unite the warring AIADMK factions Amit Shah is desperate to unite the warring AIADMK factions
- August 12, 2017

Palaniswami and Panneerselvam . "Due to an extraordinary situation, she is not able to discharge her duties". The meeting had also said though Sasikala was made the general secretary following the death of Jayalalithaa in December a year ago, she could not function in the post now in "view of extraordinary circumstances". (more...)
20 tonnes of tainted eggs sold in Denmark 20 tonnes of tainted eggs sold in Denmark
- August 11, 2017

Poultry farms in the United Kingdom provide the domestic demand for eggs by 85%, and infection fipronil not revealed. The products that are being withdrawn by retailers include egg salads, sandwiches, mayonnaise and egg snack pots. A joint press statement from Luxembourg's agriculture and health ministries published Wednesday 9 August announced that routine test results received the same day from eggs sold in Cactus were found to contain traces of the insecticide. (more...)
Deposed Pakistani PM begins 2 days of rallies Deposed Pakistani PM begins 2 days of rallies
- August 11, 2017

Other sources also informed that several PML-N party leaders advised Nawaz Sharif that it is was rather hard to gather a large number of participants in Jhelum, and suggested to display the show of power in Gujranwala and ultimately in Lahore. (more...)
Trump Criticizes McConnell for Failure to Advance Health-Law Reform Trump Criticizes McConnell for Failure to Advance Health-Law Reform
- August 11, 2017

As a candidate, he promised to "immediately" repeal and replace Obamacare . Trump asked in a tweet . This is the first year Republicans have been in a position to scuttle Obama's law because they control the White House and Congress, making last month's crash of their bill acutely painful for the party. (more...)
North Korea says it has freed Canadian prisoner North Korea says it has freed Canadian prisoner
- August 10, 2017

The Canadian delegation's arrival in Pyongyang was officially confirmed on Tuesday. Two other Western Christians, a pair of American professors at North Korea's evangelical-run private university, were taken into custody in April and May-the latest in a string of missionaries to get in trouble in Pyongyang . (more...)
Trump aide Gorka: A superpower no more, USA is now a hyperpower Trump aide Gorka: A superpower no more, USA is now a hyperpower
- August 10, 2017

In an interview on CNBC, Gorka stated that "we've had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes by right-wing individuals in the last six months that turned out to actually have been propagated by the left". "Whether you voted for him or not, whether they're a Democrat or whether they're a Republican, these are trying times". Neither are white supremacists' acts of violence and intimidation targeting young women of color. (more...)
Zuma survives no-confidence vote Zuma survives no-confidence vote
- August 10, 2017

A court a year ago found him guilty of violating the constitution after he refused to repay taxpayers' money used to refurbish his private rural house. United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa , who went to the Constitutional Court in a bid to force a secret ballot, said the opposition would ratchet up pressure on the president despite losing the day. (more...)
IPhone 8's Popularity Will Cause Major Problem to Apple's Supply Chain IPhone 8's Popularity Will Cause Major Problem to Apple's Supply Chain
- August 10, 2017

The company aims to produce 45 million to 50 million units this year. Kuo predicts there will be between two million and four million OLED units available in the third quarter of 2017, with production not increasing significantly before the fourth quarter and possible persisting into the first quarter of 2018. (more...)
Michigan Medicine makes big jump in US News national hospital rankings Michigan Medicine makes big jump in US News national hospital rankings
- August 09, 2017

By comparison, Medicare puts its patient-care emphasis on where the patient receives his or her primary treatment, and not where the patient was first admitted for care, as RTI and U.S. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota topped the list. Nationally ranked specialties are: cancer (18th nationally); cardiology and heart surgery (39th); gastroenterology and GI surgery (7th); geriatrics (26th); neurology and neurosurgery (34th); ear, nose and throat (50th); and pulmonology (17th). (more...)
Manhunt for suspect continues in Clinton, MO after officer shot, killed Manhunt for suspect continues in Clinton, MO after officer shot, killed
- August 09, 2017

The Clinton police department also had little involvement with McCarthy and there is no evidence that he knew Michael. From the site of the crash, the driver fled on foot, Lowe said . About 30 law enforcement agencies in counties surrounding Clinton are augmenting officers from Clinton, Henry County and the patrol. The public is advised against making contact with McCarthy, who is considered armed and unsafe. (more...)
4 suspected terrorists killed by CTD in Lahore 4 suspected terrorists killed by CTD in Lahore
- August 09, 2017

Jam Sajjad Hussain, a rescue service spokesman, told AFP that at least three of the injured were in a critical condition. "At least 34 people have been injured, a lot of them were passerby", Sumbal said, adding that the injured have been taken to two hospitals. (more...)
Pakistan summons Indian envoy over woman death in Indian firing: FM Pakistan summons Indian envoy over woman death in Indian firing: FM
- August 09, 2017

The Foreign Ministry said India continues to "indulge in ceasefire violations" despite calls for restraint. The Foreign Office also repeated its demand that India allow United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its role as mandated by UN Security Council resolutions. (more...)
Rex Tillerson says Russia's election interference has 'created serious mistrust' Rex Tillerson says Russia's election interference has 'created serious mistrust'
- August 09, 2017

But instead, Tillerson said, he tried to "help" Lavrov and the Russian delegation "understand just how serious this incident had been and how seriously it had damaged the relationship" during their meeting Sunday - their first face-to-face after the latest tensions and their fifth to-date. (more...)
Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Franklin over portions of Yucatan Peninsula: NHC Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Franklin over portions of Yucatan Peninsula: NHC
- August 09, 2017

Wind gusts capable of causing damage and power outages, as well as unsafe flash flooding, will continue to threaten lives and property across the Yucatan Peninsula into Tuesday afternoon. Life-threatening floods will lead to mudslides and significant property damage. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... Tropical Storm Watches are in effect from Sabancuy to Puerto de Veracruz along the southern portion of the Gulf of Mexico . (more...)
Venezuela : Search on for rebels Venezuela : Search on for rebels
- August 08, 2017

In 2014, the military issued an arrest warrant for Caguaripano and 30 other soldiers after he had called for a rebellion, saying the "armed forces can not be and are not indifferent" to what he called a "Castro-Communist system", a year after Maduro had taken over the presidency from Hugo Chavez. (more...)
Trump claims his Trump claims his "base is getting stronger" amid "fake news"
- August 08, 2017

The survey also showed that only 43 percent of whites without a college degree - a key voting group for Trump - approve, compared to 50 percent who disapprove. Over the weekend, the president insisted on Twitter that the trip to Bedminster is " not a vacation ". Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is conducting a criminal investigation, convening a grand jury to hear testimony about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians and ... (more...)