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  • Schiff lobbies Chief Justice Roberts to rule on questions of executive privilege news

    Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead House prosecutor, called on Chief Justice John Roberts to expedite rulings on any disputes between Congress and President Trump over witness testimony and documents, if the Senate votes to allow them.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:19:35 -0500
  • Warren responds after angry dad confronts her on student loans news

    In the exchange, a father asked Warren if he is getting "screwed" because he saved money for his daughter's education.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:53:09 -0500
  • U.S. to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan, China - WSJ news

    The plane, with around 230 people, will carry diplomats from the U.S. consulate as well as U.S. citizens and their families, the Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the operation. A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said that on Thursday, the State Department had ordered the departure of family members and all U.S. government employees at its Wuhan consulate, but declined to comment on the report that other U.S. citizens would be evacuated from the city.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 07:01:22 -0500
  • Turkish leader slams 'propaganda' as quake deaths rise to 29 news

    The death toll from a strong earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey climbed to 29 on Saturday night as rescue crews searched for people who remained trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, officials said. Speaking at a televised news conference, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said earlier in the day that 18 people were killed in Elazig province, where Friday night's quake was centered, and four in neighboring Malatya. The national disaster agency later updated the total with seven more casualties.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 02:46:51 -0500
  • Canada ‘Will Not Stop’ Until It Has Answers on Iran Crash news

    (Bloomberg) -- Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said her government will be relentless in seeking answers from Iran on the jet crash that killed 57 Canadians this month near Tehran.Justin Trudeau’s second in command, speaking in an interview with Bloomberg TV in Davos, Switzerland, said Canada wants a “real, independent” analysis of the airplane’s black box, along with transparency on what exactly happened. She also said Canada is receiving support from allies in pressing on the issue, particularly from the Netherlands and Ukraine.“I am confident we will get those answers because Canada is relentlessly focused on getting them and we will not stop until we get them,” Freeland said.Iran is under intense international pressure to provide full accountability over the circumstances that caused the crash of the Ukrainian International Airlines plane on Jan. 8. The three-year-old Boeing Co. 737-800 was shot down about two minutes after takeoff from Tehran. While nearly half the victims were Iranians, the crash was also one of the worst air tragedies ever involving Canadians. Many of the victims were doctors, engineers and Ph.D. students who represented a microcosm of the northern nation’s immigration policies.Nafta RatificationSeparately in the interview, Freeland also commented on plans to get the new North American free trade agreement ratified in Canada’s parliament, calling it the top priority for the government.The deal, a result of a year of rough negotiations with Donald Trump’s administration, has been passed in the U.S. Senate and is awaiting the president’s signature. It has also been approved in Mexico.Ratification won’t be a straightforward process in Canada, however. Trudeau’s team will need to get the support of at least one opposition party to pass legislation, and expedite debate, after losing its parliamentary majority in October’s divisive election.With all of Canada’s provincial premiers calling for a speedy ratification, Freeland said she’s confident the governing Liberals will be able to win support for the deal.To contact the reporter on this story: Theophilos Argitis in Ottawa at targitis@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Theophilos Argitis at, Stephen WicaryFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:34:27 -0500
  • This Is What Skiing in Africa Looks Like

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    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:38:49 -0500
  • Damaged By Drone Strike: Suleimani's Sainthood Is Now Being Questioned news

    Iran’s brand is thinning among the Shi’a and Suleimani’s departure creates breathing room for the Shi’a in the region.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:52:00 -0500
  • Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’ news

    A female prisoner died after guards did not intervene while she was being beaten with a sock filled with bars of soap, it is claimed in a lawsuit set to be heard in the US.Nicole Rathmann was attacked by another inmate as she lay on her bunk at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 10:52:10 -0500
  • Photos from the Lunar New Year show how coronavirus turned China's biggest party into a washout news

    Here are photos comparing last year's celebration — complete with Chinese lions, historical dances, and family time — to this year.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 00:55:13 -0500
  • Lindsey Graham Says He Would Oppose Effort to Compel Hunter Biden Testimony news

    Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) on Friday said if Republican colleagues attempt to compel Hunter Biden to testify in the impeachment trial of President Trump, he will vote against the subpoena."I don’t want to call Hunter Biden. I don’t want to call Joe Biden. I want someone to look at this when this is done," Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill."I don’t think it’s wrong for us to look at the Biden connection in the Ukraine, the $3 million given to the vice president’s son by the most corrupt company in the Ukraine," Graham said. However, he added, "To my Republican friends, you may be upset about what happened in the Ukraine with the Bidens but this is not the venue to litigate that."Republicans such as Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) have repeatedly threatened to subpoena Hunter Biden if Democrats follow through on their intention to summon former White House national security adviser John Bolton. Paul and colleague Ted Cruz (R., Texas) have suggested the idea of "witness reciprocity," allowing Democrats to call a witness to testify in exchange for a Republican witness.Graham acknowledged he will need several Republican senators to vote with him to prevent a subpoena of Hunter Biden and that he doesn't yet know of other senators who would join him.The fate of possible votes regarding Bolton and other possible Democratic witnesses was still unclear. A group of moderate GOP senators, including Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, have signaled support in the past for allowing witnesses at the trial.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:58:51 -0500
  • Here's how Democrats will elect their presidential nominee over the next several months news

    The Democratic nominee will be officially selected at the DNC in July, but we'll probably know who wins the nomination much earlier than that

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 12:38:22 -0500
  • Millions of locusts are swarming in Kenya. These striking photos show just how bad the outbreak is news

    Hundreds of millions of locusts are swarming into Kenya from neighboring Somalia and Ethiopia with unprecented size and destructive potential.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 16:12:55 -0500
  • At least 18 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey news

    A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked a sparsely-populated part of eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 18 people, injuring more than 500 and leaving some 30 trapped in the wreckage of toppled buildings, Turkish officials said. Rescue teams from neighboring provinces were dispatched to the affected areas, working in the dark with floodlights in the freezing cold, and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said troops were on standby to help. TV footage showed rescuers pull out one injured person from the rubble of a collapsed building in the district of Gezin, in the eastern Elazig province.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:19:15 -0500
  • Islamic leaders make 'groundbreaking' visit to Auschwitz news

    Muslim religious leaders joined members of a U.S. Jewish group at Auschwitz on Thursday for what organizers described as “the most senior Islamic leadership delegation" to visit the site of a Nazi German death camp.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:21:05 -0500
  • Bulgaria Takes Harder Line on Russia Before U.S. Energy Talks

    (Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.Bulgaria said it may expel two Russian diplomats it accuses of espionage, demonstrating an unusually tough stance toward the Kremlin in the run-up to talks with the U.S. over energy and security.A European Union and NATO member, the Balkan country is trying to balance the priorities of its Western allies with religious, historical and cultural ties to neighboring Russia, which is also its main energy supplier.Prosecutors said Friday that two Russian citizens spied on elections and the energy industry, but couldn’t be charged because of diplomatic immunity.The pair -- a first secretary in the Russian embassy’s consular department in Sofia and a diplomat in Russia’s commercial representation office -- will “most likely” be declared persona non grata, Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva told reporters.The Russian ambassador will also be summoned Friday, she said. The embassy in Sofia hasn’t received any official requests from prosecutors regarding the diplomats, according to Russia’s Foreign Ministry.The potential expulsions come a day after Bulgaria charged three Russians for the attempted murder of an arms dealer, his son and an employee of his company in 2015, a case that’s linked to the poisoning attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the U.K.The motivation for this week’s moves is unclear. Bulgaria has made a point of not censuring Russia in the past, failing to join most EU states in expelling its diplomats in the aftermath of the Skripal case.But Bulgaria is facing U.S. pressure over a pipeline to help transfer Russian gas to central Europe. Energy Ministry officials are expected to hold direct talks on purchases of American liquefied natural gas this month as Bulgaria seeks to diversify its sources.\--With assistance from Stepan Kravchenko.To contact the reporter on this story: Slav Okov in Sofia at sokov@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Irina Vilcu at, Andrew Langley, Andras GergelyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:04:57 -0500
  • China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About It news

    Two emerging superpowers square off. Who wins?

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 03:00:00 -0500
  • Pope backs Iraqi call for its sovereignty to be respected news

    Pope Francis met Iraq's president on Saturday and the two agreed that the country's sovereignty must be respected, following attacks on Iraqi territory this month by the United States and Iran. President Barham Salih held private talks for about 30 minutes with the pope and then met the Vatican's two top diplomats, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, its foreign minister. The talks "focused on the challenges the country currently faces and on the importance of promoting stability and the reconstruction process, encouraging the path of dialogue and the search for suitable solutions in favor of citizens and with respect for national sovereignty," a Vatican statement said.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 07:53:51 -0500
  • China Is Building a Hospital for Coronavirus Patients in Just Six Days. How? news

    The country has taken on similar rush jobs before.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:35:00 -0500
  • Elizabeth Warren clashes with Iowa father who calls her student loan policy unfair news

    Elizabeth Warren was confronted by an angry father at a campaign event in Iowa by an angry father who took issue with her plan to forgive student loan debts.Arguing that those who paid for college tuition themselves would be “screwed” by her proposal, he confronted the Democratic senator on Monday at a presidential campaign town hall in Grimes, Iowa.

    Thu, 23 Jan 2020 19:47:01 -0500
  • Trump is reportedly threatening Republicans to keep them in line on impeachment news

    The House Democratic impeachment prosecutors have one more day to convince the Republican-controlled Senate that President Trump should be removed from office for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — or at least that four Republicans should join the 47 Democrats to subpoena evidence and witnesses Trump blocked from House investigators. The three most plausible GOP defectors are Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Mitt Romney (Utah), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), but both parties are closely watching Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Politico reports.Trump, who opposes witnesses, has both carrots and sticks to offer wavering Republicans. One Trump confidante told CBS News that GOP senators have been warned: "Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike."> In opening statements, House managers examined the debunked conspiracy theories invoked by Pres. Trump. > > A @POTUS confidant tells CBS News that GOP senators were warned: “vote against the president & your head will be on a pike.”> > Here's @nancycordes> > — CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 23, 2020Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been warning his colleagues that subpoenaing former National Security Adviser John Bolton and other witnesses "could indefinitely delay the Senate trial" with "a protracted and complex legal fight over presidential privilege," an argument amplified Wednesday in a Senate GOP briefing by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey. That legal quagmire rationalization appears to resonate with Murkowski and other Republicans — though it's unlikely a subpoena signed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court after being approved by a majority of the Senate could be contested in court.Trump has also been "rewarding senators who have his back on impeachment" by helping them raise campaign cash, "and sending a message to those who don't to get on board," Politico reported in October. And Trump, U.S. Chamber of Commerce strategist Scott Reed noted, "has the ability to turn on the money spigot like no one else."Impeachment isn't like any other trial — which is good for Trump. Because in a normal trial, appearing to bribe or threaten jurors is frowned upon.More stories from Trump is winning the impeachment battle — but losing the war Despite apparent preference for 'moderate' candidate, Iowans back Sanders in latest poll Trump debuts official Space Force logo — and it's literally a ripoff of Star Trek

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:44:59 -0500
  • 'No one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams billionaires for exploiting workers news

    "You sat on a couch while thousands of people were paid modern-day slave wages," the freshman lawmaker argued.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:49:00 -0500
  • 2 killed, 20 injured when warehouse explosion shakes Houston news

    A massive explosion Friday leveled a warehouse in Houston, killing two workers, damaging nearby buildings and homes and rousing frightened residents from their sleep miles away, authorities said. The explosion happened about 4:30 a.m. inside a building at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, which makes valves and provides thermal-spray coatings for equipment in various industries, authorities said. Killed were employees Frank Flores and Gerardo Castorena, Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a Friday evening news conference.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 06:24:48 -0500
  • Groundhog Day storm brewing? Forecasters monitoring the situation closely news

    The weather pattern seems to be stuck in "weekend storm mode," and one such potential weather system could take shape and impact the eastern United States in early February, making it the third weekend in a row that the region faces a storm threat. A storm affected the central and northeastern United States with a wide variety of wintry precipitation during the weekend of Jan. 18 and 19, and another storm has continued that trend this weekend.Snowstorms have been hitting on a regular basis over the northern tier of the Northeast, as well as parts of the Midwest during January, but that has not been the case for the coastal mid-Atlantic, southeastern New England and the central Appalachians, where rain and mixed precipitation events have been the norm.This far out, a wide range of possibilities is associated with the track, strength and timing of the storm centered on the weekend of Feb. 1 and 2. However, early indications are that a sizable and potent storm is likely to form over the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and take a northeastward path.Whether that track is west of the Appalachians, just inland of the Eastern Seaboard or just off the Atlantic coast will make a huge difference in precipitation types expected in the eastern third of the nation, in particular across the Northeast.CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APP"The track of the storm is highly prone to shift in the coming days, so deep discussion of the forecast is a moot point this far out," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said. "This is merely a heads-up on a storm that has the potential to disrupt travel by way of heavy rain, heavy snow, severe thunderstorms or strong winds or perhaps all of these weather extremes.""It does appear that the jet stream will become greatly amplified later this week and next weekend over the eastern half of North America, which suggests a major storm somewhere in the eastern part of the U.S.," Anderson stated.If the storm treks west of the Appalachians, then it would bring rain to much of the East Coast and mountains. Compare that to a storm that would parallel the coast and bring heavy snow to the mountains and the potential for the same in the Interstate-95 corridor of the Northeast."Until we get to the final day of January, a fairly benign pattern is in store for much of the U.S. and Canada with the exception of the Northwest and the Southeast corners," Anderson said. "The greatest temperature departures from average on the warm side will be across southern Canada and the northern U.S. Cloud cover will tend to hold temperatures back in parts of the South," he added.The period from February through March can be very stormy as building warmth from the strengthening sun and warming air in the southern parts of the U.S. can meet up with lingering cold across the northern part of the nation. Based on average, it is generally easier for snow to fall over the next six weeks when compared to the prior 12 weeks as the upper levels of the atmosphere are quite cold and water temperatures are generally at their lowest point of the year.However, the key to whether or not a big storm comes about and dumps heavy snow on the thus-far snow-deprived I-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians will depend on if an atmospheric traffic jam develops over the central Atlantic and Greenland. Such a road block might allow a storm to strengthen and slow down -- a factor that has been missing so far this winter. And yet meteorologists say a lack of cold air in the northern states this coming week poses a strong argument against heavy snow in general, let alone along the mid-Atlantic coast.Even without blocking in place, a storm could still get strong enough for heavy rain, strong winds and flooding along the coast and perhaps a rain and higher-elevation snow event for the central and northern Appalachians assuming a track near the coast. A man watches the surf as heavy seas in Wintrhrop, Mass., Saturday, March 3, 2018, a day after a nor'easter pounded the Atlantic coast with hurricane-force winds and sideways rain and snow, flooding streets, grounding flights, stopping trains and leaving 1.6 million customers without power from North Carolina to Maine. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) The same weather pattern that could generate a significant storm along the Atlantic coast during the first weekend of February might also allow benign and mild weather to hold over the Plains, including through the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 3.Keep checking back on and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:22:50 -0500
  • Two pedestrians killed by snowplow in Kansas news

    The two victims were struck by a snowplow north of the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, authorities said.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:39:20 -0500
  • Iran Cannot Defeat American Stealth Planes, but They Could Cause Real Damage news

    Not so lopsided?

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 20:00:00 -0500
  • 'No, No America': Iraq protesters demand expulsion of U.S. troops news

    Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied in central Baghdad on Friday calling for the expulsion of U.S. troops, but the protest mostly dissipated after a few hours despite a cleric's call for a "million strong" turnout. Populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr convened the march after the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and an Iraqi paramilitary chief in Baghdad this month. Three French nationals and one Iraqi, working for charity SOS Chretiens d'Orient, also went missing in Baghdad, the NGO said.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 03:56:16 -0500
  • China Praised By Germany For Transparency in Combating Virus news

    (Bloomberg) -- China is doing a better job and the world community is more prepared in dealing with the new coronavirus than they were during the 2002 to 2003 SARS episode, Germany’s health minister said in an interview.“There’s a big difference to SARS. We have a much more transparent China,” Jens Spahn told Bloomberg TV on Friday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. “The action of China is much more effective in the first days already.”The World Health Organization on Thursday stopped short of calling the new SARS-like virus from central China a global health emergency.Chinese official have imposed travel restrictions on millions of people as Singapore reported a case of the new virus.Read More:WHO Says Coronavirus Remains Local Chinese Emergency for NowSingapore Reports Virus Case as China Limits Some TravelWuhan Virus Lockdown Casts Cloud Over Industry & Tech HubMapping the Outbreak of China’s CoronavirusGlobal health authorities are also better prepared today, said Spahn.“We learned a lot because of SARS. The WTO has reformed, developed permanent institutions of exchange,” the 39-year-old former under-secretary of finance said. “We know what do. That’s an important signal for people back home too.”G20 health ministers have been rehearsing for emergencies since SARS and Ebola, he added.“Our national health systems in Europe and in the U.S., by the way in many western countries -- we are able to deal with this. As soon as somebody is found with this infection, he’ll be put in an isolated station,” said Spahn.The virus is believed to have emerged last month in a seafood and wildlife market in Wuhan, spreading from infected animals to humans.To contact the reporters on this story: Arne Delfs in Berlin at;Francine Lacqua in Davos, Switzerland at flacqua@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at, Raymond Colitt, Andrew BlackmanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 03:37:09 -0500
  • Why are California's mayors lining up to endorse Mike Bloomberg? news

    London Breed, San Francisco’s first black female mayor, joins campaign following support from Stockton and San Jose mayorsThere’s nothing surprising about a billionaire winning the support of the mayor of San Francisco, a city flush with tech wealth and new money.But when the billionaire is Mike Bloomberg – and the endorsement is the latest from a string of California mayors he mentored and supported – the vow of support raises some eyebrows.Bloomberg announced on Thursday that London Breed, San Francisco’s first black female mayor, would serve as his campaign’s chair of African Americans.“Voters re-elected London Breed by a wide margin because she is taking on the biggest and toughest issues – and she puts progress over politics,” the former New York mayor said in a statement. “I’m honored to have her support and look forward to working with her not only to win this election, but to help make San Francisco and all of California stronger, fairer, and greener – with more affordable housing, more good jobs, and healthcare for all.”Breed, who previously supported the California Senator Kamala Harris in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination, said on Facebook that she is backing Bloomberg because he “is the only candidate for president with a real plan for African Americans”, touting his Greenwood Initiative to increase black home ownership and the number of black-owned businesses.She acknowledged his harmful legacy of stop-and-frisk, the policing strategy that led to widescale racial profiling in New York City when Bloomberg was mayor, saying Bloomberg “owned up” to his “mistake” when he apologized for the 12 years he allowed the policy to flourish.“Of course I was a bit surprised to see the mayor endorsed Bloomberg,” said Lateefah Simon, president of the Bay Area Rapid Transit board and longtime friend of Breed. “But herein lies the power of the individual. It’s not San Francisco endorsing Mayor Bloomberg. It’s Mayor Breed.”For some in San Francisco, that’s the problem. “I haven’t met many Bloomberg supporters in San Francisco,” local lawmaker Matt Haney told the Guardian. “In fact, I don’t think I’ve met any. It doesn’t seem reflective of where the residents of San Francisco are. I don’t think her endorsement is reflective of how residents feel.”A recent UC Berkeley poll found that 85% of Californians have either a negative opinion of Bloomberg or no opinion at all. Yet since entering the race late in November, Bloomberg has secured the endorsements of the mayors of three major cities in the state – San Francisco, Stockton and San Jose. “I haven’t met any Bloomberg supporters who were not elected officials, period,” Haney said.Bloomberg, one of the richest people in the United States, has for years invested in developing political and support network for local leaders, providing them access to both money and expertise. All three California mayors who recently announced endorsements went through Bloomberg’s Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a training program for city mayors – Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs and San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo in 2018, and Breed in 2019. Tubbs attended the CityLab Summit in Paris in 2017, another Bloomberg-sponsored conference.In San Francisco, Bloomberg’s support included a $275,000 donation to support a soda tax and $7.1m to defeat an initiative to reverse a ban on e-cigarette sales – both measures supported by Breed. In 2018, San Jose received up to $2.5m from Bloomberg Philanthropies to tackle climate change. In June, Bloomberg Philanthropies donated $500,000 to a Stockton-based education reform group.“Mike has made significant investments in San Francisco, in cities throughout California, and indeed across the nation,” Breed said on Facebook.It’s significant that Bloomberg has been able to win the endorsements of black trailblazing mayors like Tubbs and Breed.At his first campaign stop in Stockton, California, in December 2019 Bloomberg stood next to Tubbs and apologized again for stop-and-frisk, but never acknowledged why the policy was harmful, or who it harmed.“There isn’t a politician alive who hasn’t made a mistake,” Breed said of stop-and-frisk. “The difference with Mike Bloomberg is he owned up to his.”“I think there is a long track record of people reaching out to black leaders and black communities in transactional ways,” Alicia Garza, founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, told the Guardian. “It really represents a lot of what’s wrong with politics in this country and I think it’s hard to believe that change will happen when these same kinds of dynamics are at play.“With that being said,” she continued, “there are decisions that leaders are having to make and they’re doing the calculus. Every leader has a right to do that.”Garza’s group, Black to the Future Action Fund, will be announcing its endorsement in February. While she demurred on her thoughts on Bloomberg and stop-and-frisk, she made a point to say that the group will consider “not just [the candidates’] future plans, but interrogating their records since they’ve been in power”.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:21:10 -0500
  • Donald Trump shares image of Barack Obama scaling Trump Tower news

    Donald Trump has tweeted a photoshopped image of Barack Obama scaling the walls of Trump Tower with suction cups and holding binoculars.The image, which was posted without a caption, appeared to be a reference to Mr Trump’s claims that Mr Obama and the FBI illegally spied on him.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 06:49:49 -0500
  • Philippine President Duterte threatens to end military deal with U.S. news

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the United States on Thursday he would repeal an agreement on deployment of troops and equipment for exercises if Washington did not reinstate the visa of a political ally.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 11:51:50 -0500
  • The US government will reportedly evacuate its diplomats and citizens from Wuhan on a chartered plane amid the coronavirus outbreak news

    A chartered Boeing 767 will transport US diplomats, citizens, and their families from Wuhan to some location in the US, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 10:13:00 -0500
  • 5.0 quake hits southern Puerto Rico amid ongoing tremors

    A 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit southern Puerto Rico on Saturday at a shallow depth, raising concerns about unstable infrastructure in a region that has been hit by quakes every day for nearly a month. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred at a depth of eight miles (13 kilometers) around the southern coastal town of Guayanilla, located close to the epicenters of most of the recent earthquakes. “We felt it really hard,” town spokesman Danny Hernandez told The Associated Press, saying authorities were patrolling the area to investigate any potential damage.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 16:07:24 -0500
  • Mexican children take up arms in fight against drug gangs news

    Ayahualtempa (México) (AFP) - With baseball caps and scarves covering their faces, only their serious eyes are visible as a dozen children stand to attention, rifles by their side. In the heart of the violence-plagued Mexican state of Guerrero, learning to use weapons starts at an early age. "Position three!" yells instructor Bernardino Sanchez, a member of the militia responsible for the security of 16 villages in the Guerrero area, which goes by the name of Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC-PF).

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 03:09:03 -0500
  • The Indian Air Force Hopes to Dodge Sanctions as Its Springs for Russian Missiles and MiG and Sukhoi Jet Fighters news

    Some history you may not have know about until now.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 05:00:00 -0500
  • North Korea confirms former commander is new foreign minister news

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea on Friday confirmed that Ri Son Gwon, a former defense commander with limited diplomatic experience, has been appointed the country's new foreign affairs minister, while the United States repeated calls for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons. North Korea's official KCNA news agency reported that Ri, the latest military official to be promoted under North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, gave a speech as minister at a New Year dinner reception hosted by the ministry on Thursday for embassies and international organizations.

    Thu, 23 Jan 2020 20:41:29 -0500
  • South African Lawmakers to Consider Bid to Remove Ombudsman

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterSouth Africa’s parliament initiated a process that could lead to the removal of controversial graft ombudsman Busisiwe Mkhwebane.Parliamentary Speaker Thandi Modise on Friday said she approved a motion submitted by the main opposition Democratic Alliance to establish an inquiry into whether Mkhwebane should be removed on the grounds of misconduct, incapacity or incompetence. Political parties had been invited to submit nominees to serve on a panel that must conduct the inquiry and make preliminary findings within 30 days, she said in an e-mailed statement.Appointed as Public Protector in 2016, Mkhwebane has been accused of taking sides in factional battles within the ruling party. The courts have overturned several of her rulings and rebuked her for failing to stick to her constitutional mandate. Her removal would be a major boost for President Cyril Ramaphosa, who she has probed in connection with allegedly illicit campaign contributions. He denies wrongdoing.Mkhwebane, whose tenure is due to end in 2023, accuses her detractors of seeking to undermine her investigations and has said she will contest any bid to remove her. Firing her will require the backing of two-thirds of lawmakers.(Updates with details of probe in second paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Alastair Reed in Edinburgh at;Mike Cohen in Cape Town at mcohen21@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Gordon Bell at, Paul Richardson, Karl MaierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 08:07:07 -0500
  • The night the iguanas fell: Cold snap chills Florida, and lizard meat is up for sale news

    The weather in Florida has been so cold, iguanas are falling from trees. People are selling their meat.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:32:29 -0500
  • US Vice President Pence to Pope Francis: You made me a hero news

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, discussing the anti-abortion march in Washington and telling the pontiff, "You made me a hero" back home by granting him a private audience. Pence was beaming after the meeting, which appeared to be particularly cordial. The hero description apparently referred to Pence's Catholic family upbringing.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 06:59:02 -0500
  • Why a U.S. Senator Is Calling for an Investigation Into the C-130 news

    Whistleblowers said employees were exposed to “industrial strength airplane glue.”

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:41:12 -0500
  • The outbreaks of both the Wuhan coronavirus and SARS started in Chinese wet markets. Photos show what the markets look like. news

    The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak started in a Chinese wet market, where livestock and poultry are sold alongside animals like dogs, hares, and civets.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 11:37:00 -0500
  • Jeff Bezos’s girlfriend gave Amazon boss’s ‘flirtatious texts’ to brother who leaked to National Enquirer, report claims news

    Text messages allegedly sent by Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos may have been sold to tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer by his girlfriend’s brother, according to sources quoted by The Wall Street Journal.According to the paper, federal prosecutors are examining messages, including at least one photograph, first sent by the world’s richest man to news reporter Lauren Sanchez, with whom he was having an extramarital affair.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 13:56:15 -0500
  • No qualms for India's hangman before first job of executing rapists news

    Pawan Kumar feels zero sympathy for the four men he is due to hang next month for a 2012 gang rape and murder that appalled India. The group set to meet their demise before dawn on February 1 -- although it may be delayed -- were convicted for a brutal crime against Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old student. Angry demonstrations by tens of thousands of people broke out across the vast South Asian nation, sparking soul-searching about the plight of Indian women and leading to heavier sentences for sex crimes.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 03:53:29 -0500
  • Birth Tourism? Not Anymore, Says State Department news

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    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:12:00 -0500
  • Biden picks up another high profile endorsement in Iowa as voting nears news

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picked up another high profile endorsement on Saturday in Iowa, where the party’s nominating contest kicks off in nine days, after U.S. congresswoman Cindy Axne said she was backing the former vice president. Axne, a freshman U.S. lawmaker and moderate, is the latest in a slew of big-name endorsements for Biden in Iowa which could have an impact on undecided voters as caucus day nears on Feb. 3. Two former Iowa Democratic governors, Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver, have backed Biden, as has another U.S. House member, congresswoman Abby Finkenauer.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 08:15:59 -0500
  • Japan Sees Nothing Wrong With Justice System Ghosn Called Rigged

    (Bloomberg) -- Long before fallen auto titan Carlos Ghosn fled trial in Japan and launched an attack on the country’s justice system from afar, another foreign businessman found himself at the mercy of Tokyo’s powerful public prosecutors.Steven Gan, a U.S. citizen who had run a debt collection business in Japan for more than a decade, faced allegations in 2004 that he was not legally qualified to do so. When a prosecutor threatened him with more than a year of pre-trial detention, the American said he quickly agreed to sign a series of confessions and apologies.“It’s not an issue of whether you are innocent or guilty, it’s that they will force you to confess in order to maintain that 99% conviction rate,” Gan said in a phone interview from his home in the U.S., where he returned after receiving a suspended sentence. The Tokyo District Prosecutors’ office declined to comment on individual cases.Allegations of a “rigged” system by the former chairman and chief executive of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA have prompted a flurry of government statements and press conferences aimed at defending Japanese justice. Earlier this week, the Justice Ministry sent a notice to media saying it had set up new websites in Japanese and English to explain the country’s judicial system.A history of convictions being overturned, often after false confessions, shows the system doesn’t always work and that prosecutors have used prolonged detentions to break the will of suspects. Yet few in Japan question a legal framework Justice Minister Masako Mori credited with keeping crime rates among the lowest in the world. Rather than calling for reforms, many lawmakers are urging a clampdown to prevent any further escapes.Basic Rights“Japan’s criminal justice system sets out appropriate procedures to clarify the truth of cases and is administered appropriately, while guaranteeing basic individual human rights,” Mori said in a Jan. 5 statement. “There is no room to justify the flight by a defendant who has been released on bail.”In media appearances since he skipped bail and flew to Lebanon, Ghosn has blasted everything from extended pre-trial detention to interrogations without a lawyer present, prosecutors’ failure to hand over evidence and the long wait before the start of his trial. Many of these practices are banned in the U.S. and other countries, and have been criticized by the UN Committee against Torture.“I was sure I would never get a fair trial and feared I would die in Japan,” Ghosn wrote in an opinion piece published in the Financial Times this week.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been largely silent in the affair, making his first public comments on Ghosn’s escape Thursday and saying it was “regrettable” that he left Japan illegally.Miscarriage of Justice?Arrested in November 2018 and charged with financial crimes, Ghosn spent a total of almost 130 days in jail. The former auto executive, who has denied all allegations, was freed on bail last year under strict conditions, such as not being able to communicate with his wife and only allowed the use of a computer at his lawyer’s office.“There are as many wrongful convictions as grains of sand on the beach,” said Akira Kitani, a retired judge who handed down an unusual 30 not-guilty verdicts during the course of his career on the bench.The National Registry of Exonerations in the U.S. details 2,542 convictions overturned since 1989, or about 85 a year. Twenty-six people were completely exonerated in Japan in the same period, according to the Supreme Court.Actual rates of wrongful conviction are harder to pin down. There is arguably less effort to uncover such cases in Japan than in the West — the country’s version of the U.S. Innocence Project, which works to exonerate the innocent, operates on a shoestring budget.“I can’t say whether there are many or not, but the issue is that the conditions that can lead to wrongful convictions haven’t been completely resolved,” said Shiori Yamao, a former prosecutor turned opposition lawmaker. “The biggest problem is that you don’t get released unless you admit wrongdoing.”Many experts say Japanese prosecutors are too powerful. In his book, “The Japanese Way of Justice,” David T. Johnson, a professor at Hawaii University, said it is “difficult to find a state agency — inside Japan or out — that wields as much power,” as the country’s prosecutors.It’s less obvious whether that authority leads to more unfair verdicts than in other developed nations. While some say Japan’s conviction rate of more than 99% is evidence of a problem, others argue this is largely the result of prosecutors choosing to indict only for cases they are sure to win.“It’s not as if prosecutors have some god-like ability always to be right,” former judge Akitani said. “You have to make decisions based on the idea that they could be wrong.” Many Japanese judges never find anyone not guilty, he said. Japan’s Supreme Court said it had no statistics on decisions by individual judges.Rule of LawJapan is undoubtedly freer from crime than most countries — the U.S. city of Baltimore, with a population of about 600,000 people, has more reported homicides in a year than the whole of the world’s third-largest economy, which has a population of some 126 million. Just 40 people are incarcerated per 100,000 people in Japan, compared with 655 in the U.S.Read more: Japan Fires Back at Ghosn, Stoking War of Words Over TrialRecent innovations, including video and audio recording of interrogations have strengthened the position of defendants, but many experts say more is needed to prevent the false confessions on which convictions are sometimes based.Early bail hearings should be required to rein in lengthy detentions, and the accused should be allowed to have a lawyer present during questioning, according to Edo Naito, a retired international business attorney who has lived and worked in Japan for more than 40 years.“If Japan addresses the above flaws, the justice system would be seen as superior to many of its peers,” Naito said, while warning that “like all bureaucracies, the Ministry of Justice tends to resist changes.”Naito added that his analysis of recent high-profile cases involving Japanese and foreign corporate executives did not indicate any discrimination against non-Japanese. Harsher treatment instead occurred where crimes involved major frauds and were thought to have enriched the defendant, he said.Masahiko Shibayama, a lawyer turned lawmaker for Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, prioritizes placing stricter checks on people leaving the country, and wants penalties to be introduced against those who skip bail.“Ghosn’s case could damage Japan’s reputation by giving the impression that if you have money you can escape the law,” Shibayama said. “This would be a clear blow to our national interests.”Debt collector Gan, who wrote a book about his experiences, said his case left him “a broken man,” forced to rebuild his life in the U.S. “I don’t blame Carlos Ghosn for escaping,” he said. “Not in the slightest. Who wants to go through a system that’s completely stacked against you?”(Adds Prime Minister Abe in paragraph nine.)\--With assistance from Yuko Takeo and Takashi Hirokawa.To contact the reporter on this story: Isabel Reynolds in Tokyo at ireynolds1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at, Reed Stevenson, Jon HerskovitzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 01:00:00 -0500
  • Lower number of shark bites off Florida coast may not be good news. Here's why. news

    The number of blacktip sharks off Florida's shoreline is down nearly 60 percent from 2011. Researchers say warming waters may be the reason.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 13:34:31 -0500
  • Collins sent note before chief justice's admonishment news

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts's admonishment of House impeachment prosecutors and President Donald Trump's defense team followed a handwritten note by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Collins penned a note after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler's comment about a "cover-up" by Senate Republicans for Trump, her spokeswoman confirmed. Senate rules ban senators from impugning one another.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:42:21 -0500
  • Racist threats rattle students, faculty at university news

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Three months after a set of anonymous, threatening, racist, antisemitic and homophobic emails sent a wave of fear through the sociology department at Wake Forest University, the department chairman says he's still waiting for university leaders to announce a meaningful response. Alarmed by what he deemed white supremacist terrorism, chairman Joseph Soares canceled sociology classes for a week. When they resumed, Wake Forest police officers were stationed outside classrooms and the building itself.

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 10:21:10 -0500
  • China expands lockdown against virus, fast-tracks hospital news

    China expanded its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushed to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims Friday as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country's biggest, most festive holiday. The number of confirmed cases around the world climbed sharply to more than 850, with at least 26 deaths, all of them in China. Meanwhile, France announced that three people had fallen ill with the virus — the disease's first appearance in Europe.

    Thu, 23 Jan 2020 21:35:36 -0500
  • Health experts issued an ominous warning about a coronavirus pandemic 3 months ago. Their simulation showed it could kill 65 million people. news

    The virus in the simulation was a fictional one called CAPS, but it bears some similarities to the Wuhan coronavirus.

    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:34:11 -0500
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