Lebanese Protesters Clash With Army Near Presidential Palace

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese soldiers on Saturday fired rubber bullets and live rounds in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to march to the presidential palace during an anti-government demonstration. Tension is high in Lebanon following last month’s devastating explosion at Beirut’s port that killed nearly 200 people, and after another mysterious and huge blaze at the same site Thursday. The Aug. 4 explosion was caused by the detonation of nearly three thousand tons of ammonium nitrates that …

Heartbreaking Photos Show Thousands Displaced After A Huge Fire Destroyed A Refugee Camp

Fires have ravaged Europe’s largest migrant camp, leaving about 12,000 people without shelter. Fanned by high winds, the blaze first broke out Tuesday at Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Large stretches of the camp burned down. Only a medical facility and some small clusters of tents were left standing, according to the New York Times. No deaths were initially reported. The fires continued through Wednesday, leaving most of the camp’s residents homeless. Police reinforcements were brought in …

Deposed president evacuated from Mali for medical treatment

The Malian president ousted by a military coup in August has been evacuated to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment after hospitalization in Mali By BABA AHMED Associated Press September 5, 2020, 10:14 PM • 3 min read BAMAKO, Mali — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president ousted by a military coup in August, was evacuated late Saturday to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment, a diplomat said. The 75-year-old’s health has been in question since he was …

Amazon to create 10,000 new permanent jobs in U.K. this year

An employee looks for items in one of the corridors at an Amazon warehouse. Carlos Jasso | Reuters Amazon has announced that it expects to create 10,000 new permanent jobs in the U.K. this year, bringing the company’s total headcount in the country to more than 40,000.  The vast majority of the roles are likely to be based in Amazon warehouses.  The Seattle-headquartered e-commerce giant said Thursday it had already added 3,000 new permanent staff to its warehouses, sorting centers …

Calls for apology grow over Joy Reid’s ‘Islamophobic’ remarks

Civil organisations in the United States are calling on MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid to apologise for comments they claim are “Islamophobic”. In a segment on the Tuesday airing of her primetime show the ReidOut, Reid discussed US President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to reprimand Kyle Rittenhouse, who authorities claim murdered three people with an assault rifle during Black Lives Matter protests. Reid began her controversial comments: “When leaders, let’s say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talk and …

US sanctions top International Criminal Court officials

The United States has imposed sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and one of her top aides. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the moves on Wednesday, saying that “the ICC continues to target Americans”. The Hague-based court is continuing an investigation into whether US forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan. The sanctions include a freeze on assets held in the US or subject to US law and target Bensouda and the court’s head of jurisdiction, Phakiso Mochochoko. …

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, …

Tanzania approves 15 candidates for presidential election

Analysts say a divided opposition is likely to ensure President Magufuli, left, will win a second term [AP] Tanzanian President John Magufuli will face 14 challengers in elections scheduled for this October, the elections board announced, with analysts saying a divided opposition is likely to ensure he wins a second term. His main challengers are likely to be Tundu Lissu, who returned to Tanzania last month after spending nearly three years in Belgium for treatment after he was shot during …

National Republicans Are Ordering Up Attacks On A Democrat’s Sexual Orientation

The congressional GOP’s campaign arm is asking other Republican and conservative groups to attack Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic candidate for a key swing House seat in Texas, for being gay. A National Republican Campaign Committee website outlining its preferred attacks on candidates instructs outside groups to include reminders of Jones’ sexual orientation in digital and television advertising and mailers, highlighting an image of Jones with her partner and the talking point that “Jones and her female partner lived and …

Burkina Faso army blamed for extrajudicial torture, deaths

Burkina Faso’s military is facing growing accusations that soldiers have tortured and killed civilians accused of aiding Islamic extremists By SAM MEDNICK Associated Press August 25, 2020, 1:23 AM 5 min read FADA N’GOURMA, Burkina Faso — Huddled on the floor in a dimly lit room, one by one the five men displayed wounds they say were inflicted by government soldiers armed with wooden planks, knives and electric cables. A 30-year-old recounted how a soldier held a cigarette lighter to …

Taliban set powerful negotiating team for intra-Afghan talks

The top Taliban negotiator says the group’s chief has finalized a negotiating team that will have sweeping decision-making powers in upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations By KATHY GANNON Associated Press August 23, 2020, 6:41 PM 3 min read ISLAMABAD — The Taliban‘s chief has finalized a negotiating team that is to have sweeping decision-making powers in upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations, the top Taliban negotiator told The Associated Press on Sunday. Maulvi Hibatullah Akhunzada hand-picked the 20-member team, 13 of whom come from the …

Mali crisis: From disputed election to president’s detention

For months, Mali has been mired in an escalating political crisis marked by large anti-government rallies and failed mediation attempts by regional leaders wary of further instability in the country. Political tension has been simmering following the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in 2018, in a poll that opposition parties said was marred by irregularities.   Friction rose earlier this year after a dispute over the results of a parliamentary election prompted tens of thousands to take to the streets …

Rep. Richard Neal Rakes In Fossil Fuel Money Ahead Of Primary With Green New Dealer

In September 2018, a series of gas explosions ripped through Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley, killing a teenager, injuring 23 people and causing a fire that leveled 80 homes and businesses. NiSource, the utility giant that owned the faulty gas line, ultimately agreed to sell its subsidiary and exit the Bay State entirely.   That didn’t stop the company from doing business with one of the state’s most senior representatives in Congress. On July 10, 2019 ― just one day after NiSource settled …

Palestinians slam ‘traitor’ UAE for normalising ties with Israel

Occupied East Jerusalem – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) decision to normalise ties with Israel did not surprise Saeed Ibrahim, an 83-year-old Palestinian living in East Jerusalem. For Ibrahim, it was just the latest betrayal of the Palestinian cause by Arab states. “It all began with Anwar Sadat’s visit to al-Quds. It is Egypt who opened the door,” he said, referring to the former Egyptian president’s visit to Israel in 1977.   “Before that, no one dared to say peace with …

COVID-19 Death Rate For Black Americans Twice That For Whites, New Report Says

Belvin Jefferson White poses with a portrait of her father Saymon Jefferson, who died from COVID-19, in Baton Rouge, La., in May.   Black Americans are becoming infected with the coronavirus at a rate three times higher than whites and they are twice as likely to die from COVID-19, according to a new report from the National Urban League, based partly on data from Johns Hopkins University. A key focus of Thursday’s report is the impact of the pandemic and …

Department Of Justice Seizes Bitcoin, Websites From Terror Groups

In an image released by the Department of Justice, a group solicits funds for weapons by asking for bitcoin. The Trump administration says al-Qaida and affiliated groups have used such donations to fund terrorism. In an image released by the Department of Justice, a group solicits funds for weapons by asking for bitcoin. The Trump administration says al-Qaida and affiliated groups have used such donations to fund terrorism.   The Justice Department has seized millions of dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency …

Lithuania bans Hezbollah affiliates in move hailed by Israel

The 10-year ban was decided by the Migration Department, Linkevicius says [File: Francois Lenoir/Reuters] Lithuania has announced that individuals affiliated with the Lebanese Shia Hezbollah movement will be banned from entering the country, in a moved welcomed by Israel, which sees the group as a regional threat. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said the country stands beside the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, which declared Hezbollah in its entirety “a terrorist group”. Most other European Union …

Thousands Arrested For Protesting ‘Rigged’ Presidential Election In Belarus

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Hundreds of people were back on the streets of Belarus’ capital on Thursday morning, protesting for a fifth straight day against an election they say was rigged to extend the rule of the country’s authoritarian leader and against a crackdown on rallies that followed the vote. In several areas of Minsk, large groups of people formed long “lines of solidarity.” More than 100 women carrying flowers and portraits of their loved ones detained during protests gathered …

How Joe Biden’s Enduring Grief For His Son Helped Lead Him to Kamala Harris

As Joe Biden was mulling his choice of a running mate, there may have been one important question in the back of his mind. Sure, the polling and focus groups were informative. He listened to his advisers’ research and they felt like their insights were instructive. He kept calling old friends to get their impressions. Biden had liked all of the women he considered, his advisers said, but in interviews they suggested one thing he might have been asking himself …

Protester dies in Belarus amid clashes with police over contested election

A protester died amid clashes between police and thousands of people gathered for a second straight night Monday in Belarus after official results from weekend elections — dismissed by the opposition as a sham — gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Interior Ministry spokesman Alexander Lastovsky said the victim was part of a crowd of people protesting results of Sunday’s presidential vote. The protester intended to throw an explosive device, but it blew up in his hand …