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'Scared of our government': Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky hits out at Trump administration

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 07:24

 Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky hits out at Trump administrationMs Lewisnky became emboried in a political scandal in the 90s over affair with Bill Clinton


An all-white City Council voted for police reform — and divided the town's residents

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 07:18

An all-white City Council voted for police reform — and divided the town's residents“It was just built up to be something it should have never got up to be,” one resident said.


Sweden says Stockholm measures possible as COVID cases rise

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 07:16

Sweden says Stockholm measures possible as COVID cases riseSweden, which so far has decided against lockdowns as a means to contain COVID-19, is seeing early signs that the number of coronavirus cases are rising again and could impose new measures in the capital, its chief health officials said on Tuesday. Sweden's strategy emphasising personal responsibility rather than major lockdowns to slow the virus drew fierce criticism as deaths shot up during the spring, but has also been lauded by WHO officials as a sustainable model. Infections dropped significantly in the summer and so far Sweden had been spared the type of sharp increases in new cases seen in Spain, France and Britain in the past month.


Russia's Putin urges end to sanctions to boost world economy

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 06:24

Russia's Putin urges end to sanctions to boost world economyRussian President Vladimir Putin argued Tuesday that ending “illegitimate sanctions” against countries like his could boost the coronavirus-hit global economy and create jobs, using his annual speech at the U.N. General Assembly to stress the need for multilateral cooperation against the pandemic. In a somewhat muted speech for the often tough-talking Russian leader, Putin told the U.N.’s 75th anniversary gathering that countries need to work together better to fight the virus and other global problems. Putin has been pushing for years to end U.S. and European Union sanctions imposed on Moscow after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, was accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections, and other actions.


China's Xi: COVID reveals isolationism as a futile pursuit

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 06:23

 COVID reveals isolationism as a futile pursuitChina's leader took oblique potshots at the United States and its foreign policies Tuesday, cautioning in a U.N. address that the world must “not fall into the trap of a clash of civilizations" — remarks played minutes after delegates heard the American president insist that the United Nations “hold China accountable" for how it handled the emergence of the coronavirus. “Major countries should act like major countries,” Xi Jinping said in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, a speech made remotely and recorded in advance because the pandemic prevented leaders from convening as they have for decades. The virus first emerged in China early this year and has spread around the world, killing nearly 1 million people.


Leaked files reveal Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is major donor to Israeli settler group

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 06:22

Leaked files reveal Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is major donor to Israeli settler groupRoman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea football club, has been revealed as the main donor of an Israeli settler group accused of ejecting Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem. An investigation by BBC Arabic found that four companies owned or controlled by Mr Abramovich have donated more than $100m (£77m) to Elad, a pro-settler organisation with links to the eviction of Palestinian families from the Silwan neighbourhood. Settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank are controversial as many countries, including Britain, say they are a breach of international law - though Israel and the United States dispute this. The British government has previously warned Israel against settler expansion in East Jerusalem as it presents "an obstacle to peace." BBC Arabic said it has seen evidence that Elad has funded the eviction process of a number of Palestinian families, including the Sumarin family, which has lived in the area since the 1950s. A spokesman for Elad told the BBC that it abides by the laws and regulations set by the Israeli government for non-profit organisations. Elad also runs archaeological digs at its City of David site in Silwan, which it uses to educate the public about Jerusalem’s Jewish history. It's estimated that 450 Israeli settlers live in Silwan, along with 20,000 Palestinians, but the settler population is gradually increasing. The funding for Elad was disclosed after BuzzFeed News obtained a massive leak of financial data, known as the FinCEN files, that was then shared with other major news organisations such as the BBC.


Trump says aides rejected his request to adjust value of dollar

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 05:52

Trump says aides rejected his request to adjust value of dollarPresident Trump on Monday said he was rebuffed when he asked officials to adjust the exchange rate of the dollar.


A Kennedy who worked on Jared Kushner's COVID-19 task force said he was asked to distort a coronavirus prediction to make the outbreak seem less bad

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 05:46

A Kennedy who worked on Jared Kushner's COVID-19 task force said he was asked to distort a coronavirus prediction to make the outbreak seem less badMax Kennedy Jr., a Democrat, said he joined Jared Kushner's coronavirus response team hoping that it would rise above politics. It did not.


Nasa outlines plan for first woman on Moon by 2024

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 05:45

Nasa outlines plan for first woman on Moon by 2024The US space agency (Nasa) formally outlines its $28bn plan to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024.


Village broadband mystery finally solved after 18 months of signal failure

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 05:44

Village broadband mystery finally solved after 18 months of signal failureEvery single day, without fail, for 18 months, an entire Welsh village lost its broadband on the dot at 7am. The mystery left residents and engineers utterly baffled and frustrated. Unable to get online, the 400-strong population of Aberhosan, Powys, repeatedly called telecoms experts, who in turn, repeatedly descended on the village in a bid to identify the problem. In an expensive attempt to solve the problem, they even replaced most of the area’s cables. But still, much to their bemusement, the signal continued to plummet from 7am. Eventually, engineers launched an investigation, bringing in a “crack squad” from other parts of the UK. Equipped with a specialist monitoring device called a Spectrum Analyser, the team was dispatched to scope the village from dawn. Michael Jones, an Openreach engineer, said: "We walked up and down the village in the torrential rain at 6am to see if we could find an electrical noise to support our theory.


Expert: WikiLeaks' Assange a suicide risk if extradited

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 05:24

 WikiLeaks' Assange a suicide risk if extraditedWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is very likely to attempt to kill himself if he is sent to the United States to face espionage charges, a psychiatric expert said Tuesday at an extradition hearing in London. Michael Kopelman, emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at King’s College London, said Assange has a history of depression and there is a “very high” risk of suicide if the U.S. extradition attempt succeeds. “It’s the imminence of extradition and/or an actual extradition that will trigger the attempt, in my opinion,” Kopelman said during testimony as a witness for Assange at London’s Old Bailey criminal court.


Angered by Arab-Israel ties, Palestine quits chairing Arab League sessions

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 05:19

Angered by Arab-Israel ties, Palestine quits chairing Arab League sessionsRAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA (Reuters) - Palestine has quit its current chairmanship of Arab League meetings, the Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday, condemning as dishonourable any Arab agreement to establish formal relations with Israel. Palestinians see the accords that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed with Israel in Washington a week ago as a betrayal of their cause and a blow to their quest for an independent state in Israeli-occupied territory. Earlier this month, the Palestinians failed to persuade the Arab League to condemn member nations breaking ranks and normalising ties with Israel.


Rep. Doug Collins proposes amendment against packing court

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 05:11

Rep. Doug Collins proposes amendment against packing courtGeorgia Rep. Doug Collins discusses introducing a constitutional amendment to prohibit Supreme Court packing on ‘Fox & Friends.’


Mueller didn't investigate Trump's finances or question Ivanka Trump due to blowback fears, prosecutor recounts

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 05:08

Mueller didn't investigate Trump's finances or question Ivanka Trump due to blowback fears, prosecutor recountsSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election interference and President Trump's 2016 campaign treated Trump's family and personal finances with kid gloves, mostly out of concern that Trump would shut down the investigation, former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann writes in a new book, Where Law Ends.At one critical juncture in 2017, the Mueller team issued a subpoena to Deutsch Bank for records about Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's Ukraine income, and even though the subpoenas were secret, the White House found out and demanded to know if Mueller was seeking financial information on Trump, Weissmann recounts, according to The New York Times.Mueller authorized his cautious deputy, Aaron Zebley, to assure the White House they had not subpoenaed Trump's financial records, and "at that point, any financial investigation of Trump was put on hold," Weissmann writes. "That is, we backed down — the issue was simply too incendiary; the risk, too severe." He points to other dropped leads, like "payments linked to a Russian oligarch" turning up in the same account from which Trump paid two purported paramours, and Trump's active efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.Weissmann also reveals that even though Ivanka Trump spoke with a Russian delegation that met in Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign officials about handing over Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton, Mueller's investigators did not try to question her because they "feared that hauling her in for an interview would play badly to the already antagonistic right-wing press — look how they're roughing up the president's daughter — and risk enraging Trump."Those fears might have been justified early on in the investigation, before they got up and running, Weissmann told the Times, but he and other team leaders believed they should have gotten more aggressive later on. "We would have subpoenaed the president after he refused our accommodations, even if that risked us being fired," he wrote. "It just didn't sit right. We were left feeling like we had let down the American public, who were counting on us to give it our all."More stories from theweek.com Democrats have a better option than court packing Trump supporters boo Ohio's GOP lieutenant governor for encouraging mask use Biden and Trump will talk Supreme Court, COVID-19, and election integrity at 1st presidential debate


An NYPD officer and US Army reservist has been arrested and accused of spying on Tibetan New Yorkers for China

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 04:49

An NYPD officer and US Army reservist has been arrested and accused of spying on Tibetan New Yorkers for ChinaBaimadajie Angwang, 33, was charged with acting as the agent of a foreign government, wire fraud, and making false statements.


Vatican steps up opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 04:37

Vatican steps up opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicideThe Vatican doubled down on its opposition to euthanasia on Tuesday, calling it an "act of homicide" that can never be justified or tolerated. A new document, issued as more countries consider legalising euthanasia or assisted suicide, said legislators and politicians who support such laws are "accomplices". Catholic healthcare workers must never give active or passive collaboration and governments the right to conscientious objection, it said.


Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 04:11

Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons voteJust days after after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won a court victory to keep felons from voting until they've paid off fines, restitution and court fees, billionaire Mike Bloomberg has stepped in to help them pay off the debts. The former Democratic presidential candidate has helped raise more than $20 million so that felons who completed their prison sentences can vote in the presidential election. Bloomberg also has pledged $100 million to help Joe Biden win Florida.


Facebook says it is ready for violent unrest in the US election, and has plans to restrict the spread of inflammatory posts

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 04:06

Facebook says it is ready for violent unrest in the US election, and has plans to restrict the spread of inflammatory postsNick Clegg, Facebook's head of global affairs, told The Financial Times that the company is preparing in case of chaos after the November election.


Arctic sea-ice shrinks to near record low extent

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 03:45

Arctic sea-ice shrinks to near record low extentOnly in 2012 have satellites seen the summer floes in the polar north more withdrawn than in 2020.


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