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U.S. Attorney General Barr says the left wants to tear down system

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 20:12

U.S. Attorney General Barr says the left wants to tear down systemBarr also told a Fox News TV host he was worried that an increase in mail-in voting could lead to a contested presidential election in November, sounding in on an issue often raised by U.S. President Donald Trump. In an interview with conservative pundit Mark Levin, Barr said Democrats had pulled away from classic liberal values and now were akin to the "Rousseauian Revolutionary Party" aimed at destroying the institutions upon which the country was built.


Clashes in Belarus after claims of rigged election

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 19:48

Clashes in Belarus after claims of rigged electionPolice in Belarus broke up crowds of protesters with stun grenades and water cannon as long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko looked set to declare an overwhelming victory in a presidential poll his opponents say was rigged. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the capital Minsk after a state exit poll showed Lukashenko winning just under 80 percent in Sunday's election, with main challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya coming second with about seven percent. In the capital Minsk protesters gathered near a central monument late Sunday where they faced off with hundreds of riot police with shields, an AFP journalist and witnesses said.


Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested, newsroom searched

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 19:44

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested, newsroom searchedHong Kong authorities broadened their enforcement of a new national security law on Monday, arresting media tycoon Jimmy Lai, searching the headquarters of his Next Digital group and carting away boxes of what they said was evidence. Two days after Chinese and Hong Kong officials shrugged off sanctions imposed on them by the U.S., the moves showed China’s determination to enforce the new law and curb dissent in the semi-autonomous city after months of massive pro-democracy demonstrations last year. Next Digital operates Apple Daily, a feisty pro-democracy tabloid that often condemns China's Communist Party government.


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine entered a pact to buy thousands of COVID-19 antigen tests. After a false positive, he's more skeptical.

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 19:17

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine entered a pact to buy thousands of COVID-19 antigen tests. After a false positive, he's more skeptical.The Republican governor tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but subsequent tests came back negative.


Georgia school moves online after COVID-19 infections reported

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 19:14

Georgia school moves online after COVID-19 infections reportedA Georgia high school plans to start the week with all classes moving online after nine students and staff tested positive for the coronavirus when the school year opened last week with most students attending classes in-person.


BBC Apologizes For Use of N-Word in July Broadcast

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 18:47

BBC Apologizes For Use of N-Word in July BroadcastBBC director general Tony Hall has issued an apology after the N-word was used in a news report in July, stating that the outlet would be “strengthening” its guidance on the use of offensive language. The report had covered a racist attack on a United Kingdom National Health Service worker in Bristol, England. The BBC had initially defended the use of the word, stating they felt they needed “to explain, and report, not just the injuries but, given their alleged extreme nature, the words alleged to have been used” in the report. More than 18,600 complained about the use of the word in the reporting. BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Sideman quit over the incident, stating “the action and the defence of the action feels like a slap in the face of our community.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Bill Barr: 'The American people are being told a lie by the media'

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 18:33

 'The American people are being told a lie by the media'U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr speaks to Fox News' Mark Levin about how the media is portraying the protests in Portland, Oregon.


Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under China's national security law

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 18:31

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under China's national security lawHong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested over suspected collusion with foreign forces under the new national security law, his top aide said on Twitter, in what is the highest-profile arrest yet under the legislation. Mr Lai has been one of the most prominent democracy activists in the Chinese-ruled city and an ardent critic of Beijing, which imposed the sweeping new law on Hong Kong on June 30, drawing condemnation from Western countries. The new security law punishes anything China considers subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison. Critics say it crushes freedoms in the semiautonomous city, while supporters say it will bring stability after prolonged pro-democracy protests last year. "Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time," Mark Simon, a senior executive at Mr Lai's media company Next Digital, which publishes local tabloid Apple Daily, said early on Monday on Twitter. Police said on Monday they had arrested 7 people on suspicion of breaching the city's new national security law for offences including collusion with foreign powers. They were all local men, aged 39-72, it said, without naming them. Police said the operation was still ongoing and further arrests possible.


Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under security law, bearing out 'worst fears'

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 18:22

Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under security law, bearing out 'worst fears'Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai became the highest-profile person arrested under a new national security law on Monday, detained over suspected collusion with foreign forces as around 200 police searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper. Lai, 71, has been one of the most prominent democracy activists in the Chinese-ruled city and an ardent critic of Beijing, which imposed the sweeping new law on Hong Kong on June 30, drawing condemnation from Western countries. It "bears out the worst fears that Hong Kong's National Security Law would be used to suppress critical pro-democracy opinion and restrict press freedom", said Steven Butler, the Committee to Protect Journalists' Asia programme coordinator.


French passengers sue Costa Cruises over virus ship ordeal

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 18:04

French passengers sue Costa Cruises over virus ship ordealAround 850 French passengers who were onboard a coronavirus-riddled cruise ship that was turned away from numerous ports in March have filed a collective suit in Paris with 180 complaints, including manslaughter, against Costa Cruises, their lawyer said Sunday. The class action, which includes complaints from the families of three passengers who died of COVID-19, accuses the Italy-based cruise giant of negligence and various faults during their trip on the Costa Magica. In the absence of stopovers, the crew encouraged the passengers to use the ship's shops, spas, restaurants and casino without sufficiently putting health measures in place -- or informing them there were suspected infections onboard -- the complainants said in their suit.


'We have to reach an agreement': Dems, White House open to deal on COVID-19 relief despite Trump's orders

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 17:51

 Dems, White House open to deal on COVID-19 relief despite Trump's ordersPelosi said Trump's executive orders failed to accomplish the administration's own stated goals.


Australia says COVID-19 outbreak shows signs of peaking

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 17:45

Australia says COVID-19 outbreak shows signs of peakingAustralia recorded its biggest one-day rise in COVID-19 deaths on Monday although a slowdown in new cases gave hope that a second wave of new infections in the state of Victoria may have peaked. Nineteen people had died from the virus, all in Victoria, in the past 24 hours, a national daily record. "This is an agonising day for the members for the 19 families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 today," Michael Kidd, Australia's deputy chief medical officer, told reporters.


'They're not equivalent': Pelosi says Russian election interference more serious than that of China, Iran

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 17:43

 Pelosi says Russian election interference more serious than that of China, IranPelosi and other Democrats have called for information about Russia's effort to "denigrate" Joe Biden to be declassified ahead of the 2020 election.


As Biden mulls his choice, women's groups brace for sexist, racist attacks on VP

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 17:05

As Biden mulls his choice, women's groups brace for sexist, racist attacks on VPA number of big-name women's groups are issuing warnings about the kinds of attacks they expect to be made against a woman running mate.


More than 12,000 crew members remain on cruise ships months after industry halted in March

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 16:38

More than 12,000 crew members remain on cruise ships months after industry halted in MarchThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended its no-sail order to the end of September, complicating crew members' journeys off the ship.


Puerto Rico’s primary goes off the rails

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 16:18

Puerto Rico’s primary goes off the rails“It’s an embarrassment to our government and our people,” said one candidate.


Michigan university among 1st in US to test campus living during COVID-19 pandemic

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 15:36

Michigan university among 1st in US to test campus living during COVID-19 pandemicLake Superior State University students have moved back into dorms and start classes Monday. Life will look different than when they left.


Chicago's Montrose Harbor blocked by police, fence after Mayor Lori Lightfoot shuts down large beach party: 'It's being addressed'

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 15:07

 'It's being addressed'CHICAGO - For months, memes have appeared to show Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot watching for crowds and threatening to close parts of the city if residents don't abide by orders and closures during the coronavirus pandemic. But on Saturday, Lightfoot herself - not just an edited photo of her, like those used in such memes - apparently had a hand in breaking up a large gathering at Montrose ...


Mauritius oil spill: Locals scramble to contain environmental damage

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 14:55

 Locals scramble to contain environmental damageThe MV Wakashio, which ran aground on a coral reef on 25 July, is now leaking oil off the island.


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