Libya’s eastern parliament meets after rare protests erupt

Libya’s east-based parliament has convened an emergency meeting to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east By ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press September 11, 2020, 7:51 PM • 4 min read DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Libya’s east-based parliament convened an emergency meeting Friday to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east, rallies that mirror similar recent protests in the west of the divided nation. Hundreds of …

‘None of us wanted koalas to die’: Barnaby Joyce wades into NSW coalition showdown

While some federal Nationals watched the runaway events in New South Wales on Thursday with bemusement, the former federal leader of the party, Barnaby Joyce, rushed to the defence of John Barilaro for blowing up the state government over koala protection policy. Joyce, who used the first sitting day of federal parliament in 2020 – a day of bushfire condolences – to launch an unsuccessful leadership tilt against the man who replaced him, Michael McCormack, told the ABC on Thursday …

Tiny Critically Endangered Gorilla Baby Born In New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A tiny baby gorilla has been born at the zoo in New Orleans. Keepers don’t yet know the sex of the critically endangered western lowland gorilla born Friday to 13-year-old Tumani and father Okpara, Audubon Zoo spokeswoman Katie Smith said in an email. “Tumani is demonstrating excellent mothering behaviors and the entire troop is doing exceptionally well,” Smith said. She said keepers first saw the baby during their morning check Friday. Gorilla babies weigh about 4 …

Oldest African Elephant in North America Dies at 56: Zoo

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The oldest African elephant in North America has died at the age of 56, officials at a Tennessee zoo said. Tyranza, who was the longtime matriarch of the elephant herd at the Memphis Zoo, was put on hospice care and was eventually euthanized Friday after her health dramatically declined. At 56, Tyranza also set the record for longest-lived African elephant in North America, the zoo said. “Many generations of zoo fans and even some employees haven’t known …

S&P 500 and Nasdaq close at record highs to start September, Dow jumps more than 200 points

Stocks rose on Tuesday, led by tech shares, as traders kicked off a historically tough month for the market on the right foot and built on Wall Street’s best August performance since the 1980s. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 215.61 points, or 0.8%, to close at 28,645.66. The S&P 500 climbed 0.8% to 3,526.65 and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.4% to 11,939.67. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit all-time highs. Apple led the gains in tech, rising 4%. The stock …

Asia stocks mostly rise; Japan leads gains with trading stocks jumping

Markets in Asia Pacific were largely higher in Monday afternoon trade, with Japan stocks leading gains as investors monitor political developments in the country. Mainland Chinese stocks were higher in the morning, with the Shanghai composite up 0.8% while the Shenzhen component gained 0.619%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index jumped 1.36%. China announced Monday that manufacturing activity expanded in August. The official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for that month came in at 51.0, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. That …

Democratic Lawmakers Erupt After Election Security Briefings Are Terminated

The sudden decision by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to cut off congressional briefings on election security is a “shocking abdication of its lawful responsibility” and a “betrayal of the public’s right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy,” said a stinging statement Saturday from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). “This intelligence belongs to the American people. … The American people have both the right and the …

Egypt arrests top Muslim Brotherhood leader

Ezzat was ‘apprehended in a residential area east of the capital’ by security forces [AP] Egypt on Friday arrested a top leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the latest swept up by Cairo’s long-running crackdown against the outlawed Islamist group. Mahmoud Ezzat, the group’s acting leader, has already been handed two death sentences in absentia, as well as life imprisonment. Egypt has jailed thousands of members and supporters of the group since the army’s overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, …

WWII memory wall defaced in massacred French village

Vandals have defaced a wall with graffiti denying the Holocaust in the village that was the site of the biggest massacre of civilians by World War II occupying Nazis August 22, 2020, 12:15 PM 2 min read PARIS — Vandals have scrawled graffiti denying the Holocaust on a wall in the village that was the site of the France‘s biggest massacre of civilians by the Nazis during World War II. France’s justice minister vowed on Saturday that those responsible would …