Barbados seeks to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state

Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom By DÁNICA COTO Associated Press September 16, 2020, 7:53 PM • 3 min read SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom. The former British colony once known as “Little England” announced it plans to replace the monarch with its own head of …

‘It’s Out Of Control’: How QAnon Undermines Legitimate Anti-Trafficking Efforts

Hundreds of protests erupted across the country in recent weeks, purportedly to demand an end to child sex trafficking. From tiny communities such as Poteau, Oklahoma, to Los Angeles, Miami, Denver and other major cities, people stormed the streets, calling for the mass execution of pedophiles and even accusing various public figures of torturing, raping and enslaving children to harvest their blood. Lurking at the helm of these so-called “Save Our Children” rallies is QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory movement that baselessly …

Thousands sleep in open after Greek refugee camp burns down

MYTILENE, Greece — Authorities on Friday sought to shelter thousands of refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos after fires destroyed the squalid and overcrowded Moria camp that for years symbolized Europe’s biggest migration policy failings. Soldiers set up new tents on a site near Moria’s blackened remnants. The structures were flown in by military helicopters to forestall protests by Lesbos’ permanent residents angry at their island’s protracted use as a holding center for thousands arriving from nearby …

Oracle’s stock jumps as company returns to growth

Oracle CEO Safra Catz delivers a keynote address during the Oracle OpenWorld conference on September 17, 2019 in San Francisco. Oracle CEO Safra Catz kicked off day two of the 2019 Oracle OpenWorld with a keynote address. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images News | Getty Images Oracle shares rose as much as 6% in extended trading on Thursday after the software maker reported fiscal first-quarter earnings and quarterly guidance that were better than analysts had expected. Here’s how the company performed: …

Assange’s legal fight to avoid U.S. espionage trial resumes in London

A protester wears a mask of Julian Assange’s face outside Belmarsh prison prior to the extradition hearing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, on February 24, 2020 in London, England.   Julian Assange resumes his battle in a London court on Monday to avoid extradition to the United States to face criminal charges over the activities of his WikiLeaks website, after months of delay due to the coronavirus lockdown. The U.S. authorities accuse Australian-born Assange, 49, of conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage …

Facebook Blocks Ailing Man’s Planned End-of-Life Broadcasts

LE PECQ, France — Facebook on Saturday blocked live broadcasts from a chronically ill bed-ridden man who appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for a medically-assisted death and who wanted to show what he expects will be a painful end to his life after he announced that he was stopping all food and drink. Prostrate on his bed, Alain Cocq posted video of himself Friday after taking what he said would be his last liquid meal. “I know the days …

Big Tech finds a way to pass on the cost of digital taxes in Europe

External View of the Apple store on Fifth Avenue on August 19, 2020 in New York City. VIEW press | Corbis News | Getty Images Apple has announced that it will increase its charges for app developers, as it becomes the latest tech giant to pass on some of the costs of new digital taxes to smaller businesses. The move, announced Tuesday, comes after countries including the U.K., France, Italy and Turkey implemented digital services levies, which force tech giants to pay more taxes. However, Apple …

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 …

U.S. Army Replaces Fort Hood Commander Amid Investigation After Killing of Soldier Vanessa Guillen

(AUSTIN, Texas) — U.S. Army officials announced changes in the leadership at Fort Hood on Tuesday amid what they said was a widening investigation into the slaying of a soldier at the Texas base that has prompted calls for the military to change the way it handles sexual abuse and harassment. Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV will assume duties as deputy commanding general for operations of III Corps and acting senior commander of Fort Hood starting Wednesday, the Army …

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 …

How A Massachusetts Primary Could Affect The Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

Puerto Rican voters stand to play a critical role in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District, where progressive Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse is hoping to unseat Rep. Richard Neal, one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. Nearly one in five residents of the vast House district, which encompasses parts of central and Western Massachusetts, is Latino, the overwhelming majority of whom are Puerto Rican. But who wins the race could also have an effect on the lives of …

Wisconsin Attorney General Identifies Officer In Jacob Blake Shooting

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul identified the police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha on Sunday as Rusten Sheskey.  Sheskey, who appears to be white, shot Blake, who is Black, in the back seven times on Sunday as he opened the door of his car. The officers present were responding to a call from a woman about a domestic issue and attempted to arrest Blake. They were “unsuccessful” in using a Taser on him, Kaul said. As Blake returned …

Pompeo under fire for making speech at the RNC while on a diplomatic trip

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to address the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, a move that upends decades of precedent and ethics guidelines aimed at separating America’s national security and foreign policy decision-makers from the whims of partisan politics. The speech, which was recorded in Israel and is slated to air Tuesday night, is now under investigation by the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subpanel on oversight. The subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, called the speech “highly unusual and …

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 …

Warren and Markey Demand Transparency Over FDA Decision To Authorize Plasma Treatment

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are demanding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provide all communications between the agency and the White House to determine whether the recent emergency use authorization of convalescent plasma treatment for coronavirus patients was politically motivated. In a letter to the agency obtained by HuffPost on Tuesday, the Massachusetts Democrats called the FDA’s authorization decision “troubling,” given limited evidence of the treatment’s effectiveness on COVID-19 patients. The EUA allows for the distribution of convalescent …

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 …

SCU Investigating After Black Professor Details Harassment By Campus Security

The president of Santa Clara University in California issued an apology on Sunday and launched an investigation after a Black assistant professor said she and her brother were harassed in a racially motivated encounter with campus security over the weekend. Danielle Fuentes Morgan, an assistant professor in the university’s English department, detailed the incident on Saturday in a 21-part Twitter thread that was retweeted tens of thousands of times. Santa Clara University security just harassed me and my brother and …

Veep Creator Armando Iannucci Says These Times Call for Charles Dickens

In 1837, Charles Dickens moved into a narrow terraced house north of Central London. 48 Doughty Street was the novelist’s home for only 2½ years, but they were productive ones–he wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby there.   Today, the building is a museum dedicated to the author and his work, and it was here in February that TIME met Armando Iannucci, the screenwriter and director whose newest film is an adaptation of Dickens’ The Personal History of David Copperfield, …

Belarus crisis: EU leaders hold emergency talks

EU leaders are holding emergency talks on the political crisis in Belarus, after 10 days of protests that have shaken Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year grip on power. In the run-up to the meeting on Wednesday, the Belarusian opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, urged the EU not to recognise Lukashenko as president.   “I call on you not to recognise these fraudulent elections,” she said. “Mr Lukashenko has lost all the legitimacy in the eyes of our nation and the world.” The bloc’s …

UK coronavirus: calls for Boris Johnson to intervene in exams crisis – live news

  Tory MP Sir Robert Syms said deciding A-level results by the algorithm is “more unfair” than awarding students their teacher-assessed grades. Speaking to Times Radio he said:   I fear what will happen with the government is that having been caught out by the algorithm, which of course the government themselves didn’t design, we now have a big problem… a scandal over slow appeals or an inability to deliver appeals. I come back to the point that if the …