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 …

Coronavirus live news: record one-day rise in global infections, says WHO

    The British government’s plan to push people back into the office risks a return to “white middle-aged males” making important decisions in the office, while women and people from ethnic minorities are excluded at home, according to one of the UK’s most senior business leaders. In an interview with the Guardian, Ann Francke, the Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), warned that without careful oversight “blended working” could result in a two-tier system where women without …

Morning mail: Morrison funeral row, Trump on defence, Chinese investment plummets

Good morning, this is Lauren Waldhuter bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Monday 14 September. Top stories The daughter of a Queensland man whose funeral was at the centre of a federal-state brawl about border closures has accused Scott Morrison of using the case to “advance his political agenda”. When another daughter was denied an exemption from hotel quarantine to attend the ceremony, Scott Morrison asked Queensland authorities to change their minds. In an open letter Alexandra Prendergast …

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 …

‘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 …

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 …

Naomi Osaka’s U.S. Open Masks Showcase One of an Athlete’s Most Powerful Tools for Protest

When Naomi Osaka took the court in the first round of the U.S. Open on Aug. 31, she wore a face mask with Breonna Taylor’s name printed on it. And, she revealed, she’d brought a different such mask for each round of the tournament, each bearing the name of a Black person whose death raised awareness of racial injustice in America. “I actually have seven [masks], and it’s quite sad that seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names, …

Frances McDormand Anchors Nomadland, a Quietly Powerful Vision of What America Ought to Be

The phrase “homeless person” is used so often, and so carelessly, that it’s almost as familiar as bland descriptors like “brown hair” or “blue eyes.” An individual who, for whatever reason, ceases to live in a house or an apartment somehow becomes transformed into an unidentifiable Other, a person for whom we have no convenient compartment. “Who was she before she was homeless?” we might ask ourselves when we see someone living on the street. The not-so-subtle subtext is that …

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 …

Stock futures rise slightly following Thursday’s wild ride

People walk outside of the New York Stock Exchange.   U.S. stock futures opened higher on Thursday night after a volatile session in which the recent tech sell-off resumed. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up by 76 points, or 0.3%. S&P 500 futures gained 0.3% along with Nasdaq 100 futures. The Dow ended the regular session down more than 1% along with the S&P 500. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 2%. All three of the major indexes had popped before …

Coronavirus live news: France to unveil new measures after cases jump; India sees over 95,000 new infections

  The US presidential candidate, Joe Biden, said on Thursday that Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was “almost criminal” as the fallout continued over book revelations that the president admitted in early February that the disease was “deadly stuff” but deliberately played it down, writes Joanna Walters for the Guardian US. As the death toll from Covid-19 nears 200,000 in the US, the world’s highest, Biden, the Democratic candidate, excoriated his opponent in November’s election, in an interview …

Trump heads to Michigan as row over Woodward coronavirus revelations continues – live

  Democrats are understandably skeptical about Trump’s claims that he downplayed the seriousness of coronavirus because he was trying to avoid creating a “panic.” Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said in an MSNBC interview this morning that Trump had “an obligation to let people know” coronavirus was deadly and airborne, as the president told Bob Woodward in February. MSNBC (@MSNBC) Sen. Schumer: “This time he said he didn’t want to panic people. Really? Is this the same president who’s busy …

Activists Are Demanding Facebook Suspend An Indian Executive Who Shielded Anti-Muslim Hate Speech

NEW DELHI, India — More than 40 human rights groups and internet watchdog organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center and Muslim Advocates are calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to suspend Ankhi Das, the company’s public policy director for India, South, and Central Asia, after the Wall Street Journal revealed that she decided not to apply the social network’s hate speech policies to politicians from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party who posted anti-Muslim hate speech. In an open letter, …

The Trump Administration Is Considering Excluding Some Immigrant Children From A Controversial Pandemic Border Policy

The Trump administration is considering changing a pandemic-related border policy to no longer quickly return unaccompanied immigrant children to four countries that require them to test negative for the coronavirus before entering, according to a draft of the order obtained by BuzzFeed News. The draft would amend an unprecedented order issued by the CDC earlier this year that allows border officials to expel immigrants at the southern border instead of housing them at facilities in the US for immigration proceedings. …

A US Marine Who Killed A Transgender Woman In The Philippines Has Been Pardoned

Joseph Scott Pemberton is set to be released after serving less than six years of a 10-year sentence for the killing of Jennifer Laude. Posted on September 7, 2020, at 4:15 p.m. ET   A US Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Philippines in 2014 was pardoned Monday by President Rodrigo Duterte. The pardon came five years after Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton admitted to choking Jennifer Laude in a hotel room after paying her for sex …

Hoping to Bring Out Conservative Voters, Donald Trump Releases New Supreme Court Shortlist

In a bid to motivate conservative voters in November, President Donald Trump released an updated list of people he would consider for possible future Supreme Court vacancies, adding 20 new names to the list including three sitting senators. The 20 new people added to Trump’s list of names include judges he has appointed to the federal bench during his first term, like Gregory Katsas of the D.C. Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the Eleventh Circuit, but it also includes a …

Trump Has Always Seen a COVID-19 Vaccine as a Political Bet. Will It Pay Off in Time?

Scientists and medical researchers inside President Donald Trump’s administration have repeatedly told the President that the vaccine won’t be ready until the end of the year, at the earliest. But that’s not what Trump wants voters to believe. In a new Trump campaign ad that started running in battleground states, a voiceover claims, “In the race for a vaccine, the finish line is approaching,” as footage of clear medicine bottles scrolls past with fake labels on them reading “COVID-19 coronavirus …

Almost 2 Million Fewer U.S. Teenagers Are Vaping Now Compared to Last Year, CDC Data Show

Almost 2 million fewer U.S. teenagers report using e-cigarettes in 2020 compared to 2019, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Youth e-cigarette use remains an epidemic,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement released Wednesday, but the decline in underage vaping is dramatic. About 20% of U.S. high school students and 5% of middle schoolers who responded to the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey said they’d used an e-cigarette in …

Another leading opposition activist detained in Belarus

Belarusian authorities have detained one of the last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko By YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press September 9, 2020, 1:31 PM • 5 min read KYIV, Ukraine — Belarusian authorities on Wednesday detained one of the two last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lawyer …

Google abandons new Dublin office with enough space for 2,000 staff

The Sorting Office that Google was planning to lease in Dublin, Ireland. Google Dublin Sorting Office Google has decided not to press ahead with plans to lease an office in Ireland with enough space for 2,000 staff. The news was first reported by Bloomberg and confirmed to CNBC by Google. Based in Dublin’s Docklands area, where thousands of people worked for U.S. tech giants before the coronavirus pandemic struck, the seven-storey office comprises 202,000 square feet of commercial space. The …