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 …

Trump’s Campaign Is Testing The Ways It Can Distort Reality Online

The presidential election is just 56 days away, and as Donald Trump struggles to gain ground in key states, he is increasingly relying on deceptively altered media to bend reality in his favor. In the past 10 days, the president’s team has deployed misleading imagery to attack his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, at least three times. White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino tweeted a fake video that appeared to show Biden sleeping through a TV interview. The “Trump …

Iran nuclear deal parties set to meet in Vienna amid US pressure

The signatories to the faltering Iran nuclear deal are expected to meet in Vienna as the United States urges the reimposition of international sanctions on Tehran and the extension of the conventional arms embargo against it. Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia are struggling to save the 2015 landmark accord with Iran, which has been progressively stepping up its nuclear activities since last year. Tehran insists it is entitled to do so under the deal – which swapped sanctions relief …

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 …

Actor Chadwick Boseman Dies At 43 After 4-Year Fight With Colon Cancer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown with searing intensity before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer, his representative said. He was 43. Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press. Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said …

Ruth Mackenzie hits out at ‘brutal’ dismissal from Paris’s Châtelet theatre

The British arts director Ruth Mackenzie has lost her job at one of France’s most prestigious theatres in a decision she described as “brutal and inexplicable”. Mackenzie, who became the first female artistic director at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, was told her contract was being terminated with immediate effect on Friday. The theatre refused to comment on her departure but French media reported a source as saying there had been a “managerial and financial problem” related to Mackenzie’s …

Laura Expected to Hit Texas and Louisiana as a ‘Catastrophic’ Category 4 Hurricane

(GALVESTON, Texas) — Hurricane Laura rapidly gained strength on Wednesday, forecast to become a “catastrophic” Category 4 hurricane before striking Texas and Louisiana. Officials implored coastal residents to flee before it’s too late. Satellite images show Laura’s remarkable intensification into “a formidable hurricane” that can smash homes and sink entire communities, “and there are no signs it will stop soon,” the National Hurricane Center said. “Some areas, when they wake up Thursday morning, they’re not going to believe what happened,” …

The National Guard Has Been Deployed To Kenosha After Police Shot A Black Man Who Was Walking To His Car

Wisconsin’s governor on Monday deployed the National Guard to the town of Kenosha, where police officers shot a Black man from behind as he walked to his car on Sunday evening, triggering protests overnight. In an incident filmed and shared on social media, 29-year-old Jacob Blake is seen walking away from several police officers. When he opens the car door, an officer grabs his shirt and then shoots him several times from behind. Blake is in serious condition at a …

Rio Tinto CEO loses $3.5M over destroyed indigenous sites

Rio Tinto says its chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques will lose around $3.5 million in bonuses over the destruction of sacred Indigenous sites By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press August 25, 2020, 1:45 AM 3 min read CANBERRA, Australia — Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques will lose around $3.5 million in bonuses due to the destruction of Australian Indigenous sacred sites to access iron ore, the mining company said on Monday. The Anglo-Australia mining giant announced that three executives would lose …

NKorea to unveil new economic plans in January party meeting

North Korea will hold a rare ruling party congress in January where leader Kim Jong Un will announce a new five-year plan to develop the country’s dismal economy By KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press August 20, 2020, 2:47 AM 3 min read SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea will hold a rare ruling party congress in January where leader Kim Jong Un will announce a new five-year plan to develop the country’s dismal economy ravaged by U.S.-led sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic, …

Mali president resigns after military mutiny: Live updates

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced early on Wednesday that he is resigning from his post saying that he does not wish blood to be shed following a mutiny in the capital, Bamako. “Today, certain parts of the military have decided that intervention was necessary. Do I really have a choice? Because I do not wish blood to be shed,” Keita said in a brief statement broadcast on national television. Keita said that he has decided “to give up my …

Indigenous protesters in Brazil demand COVID-19 protection

Dozens of Indigenous people have blocked a major highway in Brazil’s Amazon to pressure the government for help in protecting them from COVID-19 3 min read NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil — Dozens of Indigenous people, many daubed in black paint representing their grief and fighting spirit, blocked a major highway in Brazil’s Amazon on Monday to pressure the government for help in protecting them from COVID-19. The Kayapo Mekragnotire people blame authorities for the deaths of four of their elders and …

Telephone service begins between UAE, Israel amid deal

Telephone service between the United Arab Emirates and Israel has begun as the two countries opened diplomatic ties   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Telephone service between the United Arab Emirates and Israel began working Sunday as the two countries opened diplomatic ties, part of a deal brokered by the U.S. that required Israel to halt its contentious plan to annex West Bank land sought by the Palestinians for a future state. Associated Press journalists in Jerusalem and Dubai were …

U.S. President Donald Trump’s younger brother Robert has died, the White House announced

Republican president-elect Donald Trump (R) hugs his brother Robert Trump after delivering his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City.   Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, has passed away, the White House said in a statement late Saturday.   “It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” the president said in the statement. “He …

Trump To Withdraw Polarizing Nominee To Lead Bureau Of Land Management

President Trump nominated William Perry Pendley in June to lead the Bureau of Land Management, but it has never been clear he had enough support to win confirmation in the Senate. Amid pressure from Democrats and some Republicans, the Trump administration is planning to withdraw its controversial nominee to head the federal Bureau of Land Management.   The sprawling public lands agency, which manages roughly a tenth of the landmass of the United States, has not had a permanent, Senate-confirmed …

Erdogan: Turkey may suspend ties with UAE over Israel deal

Turkey has diplomatic and trade ties with Israel, but relations have been strained for years. [AP] Turkey is considering suspending diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates and withdrawing its ambassador after agreement between the Gulf state and Israel to normalise ties was revealed, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. The Turkish foreign ministry also said history would never forgive the UAE’s “hypocritical behaviour” in agreeing such a deal, which recasts the order of Middle East politics.   Palestinian leaders denounced the …

Iran, Turkey lash out at UAE over agreement with Israel

Iran and Turkey are lashing out at their regional rival the United Arab Emirates over its decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel, accusing it of betraying the Palestinian cause   JERUSALEM — Iran and Turkey lashed out at their regional rival the United Arab Emirates on Friday over its decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel, accusing it of betraying the Palestinian cause, even as much of the international community welcomed the move. Iran’s Foreign Ministry called the U.S.-brokered …

French expert: Dangerous chemicals remain in Beirut port

Chemical experts and firefighters are working to secure at least 20 potentially dangerous chemical containers at the explosion-shattered port of Beirut By NADINE ACHOUI-LESAGE Associated Press August 10, 2020, 10:30 PM 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BEIRUT — Chemical experts and firefighters are working to secure at least 20 potentially dangerous chemical containers at the explosion-shattered port of Beirut, after finding one that was leaking, according to a member of a French cleanup team. Some …

Judge grants preliminary injunction requiring Uber and Lyft to stop classifying drivers as contractors

A California judge granted a preliminary injunction Monday requiring Uber and Lyft to stop classifying their drivers as independent contractors pending further action by the court. The order will take effect after 10 days, as the companies requested a brief stay during the appeals process. If upheld, the ruling could have serious implications for Uber and Lyft, both of which are not yet profitable and have seen their ride-hailing businesses suffer during the pandemic. By classifying their drivers as independent workers, rather …

Coronavirus live news: pandemic plunges UK into deepest slump on record; 10 die after fire at Indian Covid facility | World news

10.46am EDT 10:46 Saudi Arabia will soon begin Phase III clinical trials on around 5,000 people for a coronavirus vaccine. This stage of development will see a placebo being used alongside the vaccine, in the cities of of Riyadh, Dammam and Mecca. The vaccine, developed by China’s CanSino Biologics Inc, uses a cold virus known as adenovirus type-5 (Ad5) to carry genetic material from the coronavirus into the body. Researchers said last month that CanSino’s vaccine, co-developed with China’s military …