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Venezuela government talking with 'democratic' opposition in Norway Venezuela government talking with 'democratic' opposition in Norway
- May 20, 2019

Earlier, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza gave the first official confirmation from Caracas of its involvement in what Norway referred to as exploratory discussions in Oslo . Chrystia Freeland's office says the objective of the visit is "to discuss the deteriorating situation" in Cuba's ally Venezuela , as well as tightened US sanctions on Cuba. (more...)
United States forces kill 17 police officers, injure 14 in Afghanistan by mistake United States forces kill 17 police officers, injure 14 in Afghanistan by mistake
- May 20, 2019

The New York Times also reported that Taliban fighters had spies on the base, an Afghan lieutenant colonel and a sergeant major, who helped the militants hide. The Afghan forces "confirmed the areas were clear of friendly forces", Butler said. In one of the deadliest, 16 Afghan policemen were killed in 2017 when they were mistakenly targeted by U.S. (more...)
Should Nathuram Godse Be Called A Patriot? Should Nathuram Godse Be Called A Patriot?
- May 20, 2019

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condemned Pragya Thakur's remark on Godse. What Gandhiji has done for the country can not be forgotten. "The number of those killed by Nathuram Godse, one. Also on Thursday, Hindu vigilantes in Indian-controlled Kashmir shot dead a Muslim man and injured another after suspecting them of cow smuggling. Giving a reaction or taking action is an internal matter of their party. (more...)
Philippines withdraws top diplomats from Canada in row over rubbish containers Philippines withdraws top diplomats from Canada in row over rubbish containers
- May 18, 2019

From the perspective of Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, decisions would have been made faster in the Canadian government if they had President Rodrigo Duterte as its leader. "I am having problems with fellow officials hungry [to] emigrate to Canada [and] so want to keep friendly relations at the expense of defying Duterte and keeping Canadian garbage here", he said. (more...)
Theresa May to set timetable for her departure Theresa May to set timetable for her departure
- May 18, 2019

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed following the collapse of cross-party talks aimed at finding a Brexit compromise. The cross-party talks between May's Conservative Party lawmakers and socialist firebrand Jeremy Corbyn's Labour always seemed a long shot, but May resorted to opening the talks after Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the agreement she thrashed out previous year with European leaders on three separate occasions. (more...)
Iran Tells Iraq Militias to Prepare for Proxy War Iran Tells Iraq Militias to Prepare for Proxy War
- May 18, 2019

Even if one regards the relationship between Israel and any U.S. administration as a foreign policy issue - as it should be, the reality of balancing interest networks and election considerations makes Washington's support to any Israeli prime minister, any time , a strategic policy that transcends party lines. (more...)
Huawei Isn't the First Time Trump Has Declared National Emergency Huawei Isn't the First Time Trump Has Declared National Emergency
- May 18, 2019

He is expected to sign an executive order banning U.S. firms from doing business with Chinese telecommunications company Huawei . Under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act , the president can add foreign companies to a list that would ban the company from acquiring parts and technology from USA companies without government approval. (more...)
Putin urging Iran to stick to nuclear deal - Newswatch Putin urging Iran to stick to nuclear deal - Newswatch
- May 17, 2019

Mueller's team ultimately concluded that the evidence did not establish such a conspiracy. A Kremlin spokesman later said Putin would be open to a new meeting with Trump. The U.S. has urged Russian Federation to end escalating airstrikes in the province of Idlib, while Moscow insists its role there is limited. "We want every country that's interfering in Venezuela to cease doing that". (more...)
Sweden reopens rape probe against Julian Assange Sweden reopens rape probe against Julian Assange
- May 17, 2019

The US has laid out plans to extradite Assange from the United Kingdom on charges related to hacking classified US government computers. Assange is now in a British prison, where he's being punished for eluding a similar warrant in 2012. There was no immediate reaction from Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the lawyer for the woman who reported being raped by Assange. Wikileaks said the reopening of the Swedish investigation would give Assange a chance to clear his name. (more...)
US Partly Evacuates Iraq Embassy After Accusing Iran of Escalating Tensions US Partly Evacuates Iraq Embassy After Accusing Iran of Escalating Tensions
- May 17, 2019

USA officials believe Iran encouraged Yemen's Houthi group or Iraq-based Shi'ite militias to carry out the attack, two US government sources said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Netherlands and Germany, which have 160 soldiers in Iraq , suspended military training operations, citing increasing regional tensions . (more...)
Trump Denies He Asked Barr To Probe Russia Origins Trump Denies He Asked Barr To Probe Russia Origins
- May 16, 2019

In addition, Barr is personally working with FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to review intelligence gathering techniques used to investigate Trump's 2016 campaign. According to the New York Times , Durham's role is slightly different and essentially gives him "a special assignment but no special powers" and appears aimed at "sidestepping" the appointment of another special counsel like Robert S. (more...)
Ruth Davidson accuses Tory colleagues of ‘giving up’ over European Union vote Ruth Davidson accuses Tory colleagues of ‘giving up’ over European Union vote
- May 16, 2019

May was seeking a "stable majority in Parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and the UK's swift exit from the EU", the spokesman said. "The factual position is if MEPs are elected and (the British) parliament has not approved a withdrawal agreement bill which has achieved royal assent by June 30, they will take their seats", May's spokesman said. (more...)
Disturbing video shows elderly man pushed off bus, dies from injuries Disturbing video shows elderly man pushed off bus, dies from injuries
- May 16, 2019

The Las Vegas Sun reported that Bishop was identified in part by a "Love" emblem on her jacket and her son's distinctive Spider-Man backpack. He starts to step off the bus when the woman quickly shoves him from behind, slamming the 74-year-old onto the sidewalk, where Fournier lies motionless sprawled atop his cart, the video shows. (more...)
Alabama Senate Passes Nation's Strictest Abortion Bill Alabama Senate Passes Nation's Strictest Abortion Bill
- May 16, 2019

Lawmakers in Alabama recently voted to ban virtually all abortions in the state, setting up a likely challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court. The law criminalized an abortion method called dilation and evacuation, sometimes called D&E, in which the woman's cervix is dilated and the contents of the uterus are removed. (more...)
Muslim man killed in riots despite curfew, government urges calm Muslim man killed in riots despite curfew, government urges calm
- May 15, 2019

Social media users further flagged individuals who had taken part in the violence and been arrested only to be released due to mobs surrounding the police station. The moulavi has been remanded till May 14 after he was produced before the Negombo Magistrate's Court a day before. Video recordings of the clashes shared by locals revealed at least two key suspects were present in the vicinity, with the mobs. (more...)
USA lawsuit accuses drugs firms of inflating costs USA lawsuit accuses drugs firms of inflating costs
- May 14, 2019

Then, starting in 2012, the suit alleges that Teva and the other companies colluded to not only maintain their respective shares of the market, but raise prices on as many drugs as possible, with a particular focus on what it called "High Quality" competitors, whose products overlapped with its own. (more...)
Houthis Start Pull Out From Ports Following Peace Deal Houthis Start Pull Out From Ports Following Peace Deal
- May 14, 2019

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the rebels' Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said the pullout from Hodeida, as well as the two smaller ports of Salif and Ras Issa, began in the morning. "It's an attempt to disinform the global community", said Al-Iryani. He added that the Houthis must commit to fully following through on the redeployment. (more...)
China to impose tariffs on US$60 billion of U.S. goods China to impose tariffs on US$60 billion of U.S. goods
- May 14, 2019

The latest tit-for-tat exchange comes as trade talks have failed to yield a deal. "They LOVE ripping off America!", Trump said. "This has been proven recently when only 4 points were paid by the USA, 21 points by China because China subsidizes product to such a large degree", Trump tweeted . (more...)
Israel Reopens Gaza's Border Crossings to Alleviate Humanitarian Suffering Israel Reopens Gaza's Border Crossings to Alleviate Humanitarian Suffering
- May 14, 2019

He called the council's "obsessive" focus on Israeli settlements a "farce", saying settlements aren't hindering peace, and said the council should condemn Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad for firing hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza. (more...)
German crossbow deaths police find more bodies German crossbow deaths police find more bodies
- May 14, 2019

They were met with a freaky and horrifying scene - a 54-year-old man and two women, aged 30 and 33, dead with crossbow bolts through their mid-sections and two crossbows lying on the floor. Yet it unclear what exactly happened in the woodland inn. Police in Bavaria added that they are now carrying out autopsies on the bodies, and that they have seized a white Renault pick-up which the victims drove to the hotel in. (more...)
India election 2019: Sixth round of voting under way for 59 seats India election 2019: Sixth round of voting under way for 59 seats
- May 13, 2019

The BJP says Modi was reacting to Rahul Gandhi calling him a thief. Voting began on Sunday morning for 59 Lok Sabha seats in the sixth and penultimate phase of Lok Sabha polls. We will accept the people's mandate", Gandhi told reporters". However, in 2019, the chances of the BJP repeating its performance appears bleak in the changed political landscape. (more...)
US charges Jho Low, ex-rapper over funding in 2012 election US charges Jho Low, ex-rapper over funding in 2012 election
- May 12, 2019

The fugitive entrepreneur Jho Low has been accused of "masterminding a massive diversion of cash from Malaysia's 1MDB wealth fund ". The charges against fugitive businessman Jho Taek Low and onetime Fugees member Prakazrel "Pras" Michel stem from a broad federal effort to track billions of dollars Low has already been accused of stealing from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund - a portion of which has allegedly been used to attempt to influence USA government officials. (more...)
Gunmen storm five-star hotel in Gwadar Gunmen storm five-star hotel in Gwadar
- May 12, 2019

Firing was underway at the Pearl Continental Hotel after three to four armed militants barged into the facility, Dawn News quoted Gwadar station house officer (SHO) Aslam Bangulzai as saying. He called for a "well planned and strong action against the terrorists", adding that he is "in touch with police and local administration" regarding the situation. (more...)
North Korea fires unidentified projectile, claims South North Korea fires unidentified projectile, claims South
- May 12, 2019

A North Korean long-range rocket is launched into the air at the Sohae rocket launch site, North Korea , in this photo released by Kyodo, on February 7, 2016. "The relationship continues. I know they want to negotiate, they're talking about negotiating". "We'll push for sending food to North Korean citizens in cooperation with the global community", said Lee Sang-min, spokesman for the Ministry of Unification on North Korean affairs. (more...)
McConnell: Trump Jr. Subpoena Shouldn't Concern President McConnell: Trump Jr. Subpoena Shouldn't Concern President
- May 12, 2019

Blumenthal, a member of the committee, on Thursday noted that Trump Jr.s testimony to the panel in 2017 appears to contradict statements in special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page Russian Federation report. "The last thing he needs is Washington , D.C. He'd rather not be involved", Trump said. Lying to a congressional committee could be a crime, and Senate intelligence members are likely interested in finding out whether Trump Jr. (more...)
European parliament elections will go ahead in Britain European parliament elections will go ahead in Britain
- May 12, 2019

Britain's Conservative government confirmed Tuesday that the country will hold the elections to the European Parliament following MPs' repeated rejection of Prime Minister Theresa May's EU divorce deal. She continued: "It will tell us that the two-party system on this issue is completely broken". A number of other parties have already announced their candidates and launched their European election campaigns, but the Conservatives have yet to do the same. (more...)
Pope Francis orders priests and nuns to report sex abuse Pope Francis orders priests and nuns to report sex abuse
- May 12, 2019

Francis told 850 superiors of religious orders gathered at the Vatican for the triennial assembly of the International Union of Superiors General, the main umbrella group of nuns, that theirs is a vocation of service, not servitude. The law makes clear he can use lay experts to help, a key provision that is already used in many dioceses. "Pope Francis" Motu Proprio , " Vos estis lux mundi , ' establishes new procedures for reporting abuse and violence, and ensures that bishops and religious ... (more...)
Pompeo Makes Unscheduled Trip to Iraq to Press US Concerns About Iran Pompeo Makes Unscheduled Trip to Iraq to Press US Concerns About Iran
- May 11, 2019

Shortly before the meeting, Mrs May assured the House of Commons she would not consider any options which would endanger national security communications. Iran announced on Wednesday it was relaxing curbs on its nuclear program under the 2015 deal with world powers, and threatened to do more - including enriching uranium to a higher level - if other countries did not shield it from USA sanctions. (more...)
ANC leads the elections, DA holds the main opposition status ANC leads the elections, DA holds the main opposition status
- May 11, 2019

There is now a commission looking into high-level corruption under the Zuma administration. The top candidate of the ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa , it seems, is that a second term for sure. But he faces a struggle convincing some members of his party to back his reformist agenda. Its biggest win was in 2004 when it won the parliamentary election with 69% of the vote, under former head of state Thabo Mbeki . (more...)
Denver passes referendum allowing magic mushrooms Denver passes referendum allowing magic mushrooms
- May 10, 2019

As many as 1,300 votes were yet to be counted, but Denver's Election Division declared that was not enough to swing the vote the other way and that final results would be published next week. In the lead-up to the vote, the Decriminalise Denver campaign turned to the same strategy that marijuana activists used to decriminalise cannabis possession in the city in 2005. (more...)
Florida schools can arm teachers under new law Florida schools can arm teachers under new law
- May 10, 2019

On March 24, 2018, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the scene of a mass shooting February 14, 2018, were joined by more than 800,000 people as they march in a nationwide protest demanding sensible gun control laws. (more...)
US seizes North Korean cargo ship for violating sanctions US seizes North Korean cargo ship for violating sanctions
- May 10, 2019

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff a day earlier said it detected North Korea firing multiple projectiles toward the sea from near the eastern town of Wonsan. "The North Koreans aim to bring Trump back into the room", Mike Breen, author of The New Koreans , told Asia Times following Thursday's launch. Following the collapse of the Trump-Kim meeting, North Korea had demanded South Korea to proceed with inter-Korean economic projects held back by USA -led sanctions against the North. (more...)
Iran inches away from nuclear deal amid U.S. sanctions Iran inches away from nuclear deal amid U.S. sanctions
- May 09, 2019

Meanwhile, the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency quoted "knowledgeable sources" as saying that Iran on Wednesday will announce "reciprocal actions" to the U.S. In response to the USA ending the sanctions waivers, Iran repeated threats to block the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a critical passageway for the world's oil exports. (more...)
Video shows Sandra Bland’s arrest from her cell phone Video shows Sandra Bland’s arrest from her cell phone
- May 08, 2019

Cellphone footage shot by Sandra Bland and made public Monday night shows her encounter with state Trooper Brian Encinia that led to her arrest in 2015. "We also know they have an extremely, extremely good cover-up system", Needham said. However, the charge was later dropped when he promised to surrender his law enforcement license and "not pursue or engage in employment, in any capacity, with law enforcement", Sputnik previously reported. (more...)
Protester tosses egg at Aussie PM Protester tosses egg at Aussie PM
- May 08, 2019

Security guards pounced on the protester, who was wearing a beanie and casual clothes, and dragged her away moments after the attack. Police say the egg missed the Prime Minister, who flinched. "Our farmers have to put up with these same idiots who are invading their farms and their homes", Morrison wrote. "No injuries have been reported". (more...)
Pelosi Worried Trump Won’t Accept Defeat in 2020 Pelosi Worried Trump Won’t Accept Defeat in 2020
- May 08, 2019

Republicans aren't keen to roll again tax cuts from Trump's 2017 tax reform laws, a thought Democrats who largely opposed that measure has floated as a manner of financing the infrastructure plans. Trump and congressional Democrats are meeting after they requested to meet to go over projects to reconstruct bridges, roads and other infrastructure. (more...)
Biden, Buttigieg are keeping 2020 focus on SC Biden, Buttigieg are keeping 2020 focus on SC
- May 08, 2019

Biden joins " CBS This Morning " to discuss why she thinks her husband can unite a divided country, and her new book, " Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself". He also said "I get it" and said he would change how he campaigns. 'You know, my kids, my grandkids are used to politics. And she told CNN the Biden family will not take the president's "bait" should he come after them. (more...)
Multiple victims in shooting at STEM School in Colorado Multiple victims in shooting at STEM School in Colorado
- May 08, 2019

Douglas County undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said there was a possible eighth injury. The school's website says that about 1,800 students attend the school and that it is a K-12 school. Nearby schools were placed on lockout, according to the local station. The school was surrounded by first responders, Paulson said . Highlands Ranch is a suburb of Denver, and the school is roughly 14 miles from the city center. (more...)
Markets got 'way ahead of themselves' on China trade talks Markets got 'way ahead of themselves' on China trade talks
- May 08, 2019

Prior to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports previous year, Lix says , about 15 percent of his sales were to Europe. They include better protection of USA intellectual property and an end to forced technology transfers from US companies and cybertheft of American trade secrets. (more...)
Private jet crashes in Mexico, 14 feared dead Private jet crashes in Mexico, 14 feared dead
- May 07, 2019

Officials haven't yet been able to inspect the crash site in the border state of Coahuila because the area is mountainous and hard to access, said Fernando Orta of the state's emergency services department. It said no survivors were found. Names of crew and passengers published in local media and sourced to flight information website fltplan.com, listed only Hispanic surnames. (more...)