Mali junta says working to meet regional bloc’s demands

Mali’s junta says it’s working to respond quickly to renewed demands made by West African leaders By BABA AHMED Associated Press September 16, 2020, 7:54 PM • 3 min read BAMAKO, Mali — Mali’s junta said Wednesday it was working to respond to the renewed demands made by West Africa’s regional bloc that the country’s military leaders announce a new civilian transitional government within a week’s time. Questions remained, though, about whether the junta would still try to include military …

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 …

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 …

South African protesters close stores over offensive ad

Protests over an advertisement viewed as racially offensive forced the closure Monday of at least 60 outlets of a chain of drugstores By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME Associated Press September 7, 2020, 6:05 PM • 3 min read JOHANNESBURG — Protests over an advertisement viewed as racially offensive forced the closure Monday of at least 60 outlets of a chain of drugstores. Leaders of the leftist opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters led the protests against the nationwide retailer Clicks, in which some …

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 …

Who’s next? Abe’s party maneuvers to pick Japan’s next PM

With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing his plans to step down due to health reasons, members of his ruling party are furiously maneuvering ahead of an internal vote that will ultimately decide his successor By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press September 2, 2020, 12:35 AM • 4 min read TOKYO — With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing his plans to step down due to health reasons, members of his ruling party are furiously maneuvering ahead of an internal vote that will …

Coronavirus live news: Russia cases exceed 1m; Poland bans direct flights from 44 countries

  Interesting article from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on the global push to develop a vaccine for coronavirus, which contains warnings from lead scientists that we are unlikely to get a vaccine until the end of 2021. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (@JohnsHopkinsSPH) “A return to normal requires a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. What will it take to get one?” https://t.co/aSoV7QUS7v September 1, 2020 Here’s an excerpt: As reopening measures begin across the U.S. …

Meet ‘Sparkella’: Channing Tatum Wrote A Children’s Book About Dad-Daughter Love

Channing Tatum just shared his favorite role to date: being a dad. And he’s adding “children’s book author” to his résumé, too. The 40-year-old actor, producer and director on Monday announced that his first children’s book, “The One and Only Sparkella,” will be published. The book, according to its website, is a “charming ode to self-esteem and the love between a father and daughter.” It tells the story of Ella, a girl who loves glitter and rainbows and all things …

Liberty University To Investigate Jerry Falwell Jr’s Tenure As President

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Liberty University is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president, a wide-ranging inquiry that will include financial, real estate and legal matters, the evangelical school’s board announced Monday. In a statement, the board said it had retained an outside firm to investigate “all facets” of the school’s operations under Falwell, and that it was “committed to learning the consequences that have flowed from a lack of spiritual stewardship by our former president.” …

Why a Massachusetts Primary Is the Latest Test of a New Progressive Strategy

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. Ever since Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary, the progressive movement has been in a state of flux. It had money and momentum, but no presidential candidate. So in the months since Joe Biden cinched the nomination, progressives have pivoted to down-ballot elections, using their energy and cash …

Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which as of August 30, has killed more than 843,000 people globally, has affected sporting events across the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has reached more than 25 million, major sporting events have been cancelled or postponed. The most significant one that was due to take place in Japan this summer was the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. More: Global sports face ‘unprecedented’ test amid coronavirus …

A British Skin Care Brand Pressured Asian Influencers To Promote Its Skin Whiteners. They Fought Back.

Courtesy Kinita Shenoy Kinita Shenoy LONDON — Kinita Shenoy ignored the first package. But then a second one arrived at her home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Inside were skin lightening creams made by Pond’s, the cosmetics brand owned by consumer product giant Unilever. As the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine’s Sri Lanka edition from 2017 to 2018, Shenoy was used to freebies. But the gift box, sent in December 2017, left her confused. She had told Unilever marketers weeks before that …

RIP King: Fans, Friends, Celebrities Mourn Loss of ‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman

A heartbroken world grieved the loss Friday of actor Chadwick Boseman far too young to cancer at the age of 43. Twitter overflowed with homages, movie clips and Boseman’s scenes on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show.” The actor was remembered for his compelling talent — and huge heart. He continued to give to his craft and to others everything he could, even as he faced his own formidable health challenge. “RIP King,” tweeted one fan. “This broke me,” …

Ukrainian Operatives Are Gearing Up Again To Take On The Bidens. They Say They Have Giuliani And Republicans On Their Side.

KYIV — Andriy Telizhenko, his eyes concealed by dark sunglasses, gabbed away between sips of iced tea and puffs of a fat Nicaraguan cigar on the terrace of a glitzy Kyiv hotel in the July heat. A fan blew cool mist in his direction. As smoke rolled out of his mouth, so did conspiracy theories. He paused only briefly to greet some of the VIP guests who sauntered in for lunchtime espressos or champagne; their bodyguards watched conspicuously from nearby …

Dow closes more than 150 points higher to erase its 2020 losses

Stocks rose on Friday to wrap up another strong week on a high note as the Dow Jones Industrial Average erased its losses of 2020. The 30-stock Dow closed 161.60 points higher, or 0.6%, at 28,653.87. The S&P 500 gained 0.7% to close at 3,508.01. It was the index’s first-ever close above 3,500. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.6% to end the day at 11,695.63. Friday’s gains put the Dow in positive territory for the year. The Dow had not sported …

The US Immigration System Won’t Come To A Halt After Massive Work Furloughs Were Canceled

The US agency that oversees key parts of the immigration system, including the processing of citizenship, green cards, and asylum applications, has canceled its planned furlough this week of nearly 70% of its staff, according to an internal email sent to staff Tuesday morning. The planned furlough of more than 13,000 US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees on Aug. 30 was set to bring the immigration system to a halt, delaying the processing of green card applications and setting …

New Zealand mass shooting survivors describe ongoing pain

Relatives and survivors from a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques say they have trouble sleeping, enjoying life and providing for their families a year later By NICK PERRY Associated Press August 25, 2020, 2:34 AM 3 min read CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Relatives and survivors from a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques described in court on Tuesday how more than a year later, they are still having trouble sleeping, enjoying life and providing for their families. …

The US Government Is Texting Russians Offering $10 Million For Information On Election Interference

KYIV — When Artyom Vysokov received a text message offering him as much as $10 million for information on Russian election interference from a number used mainly for distributing spam and phishing messages, he thought it was “some type of fraud.” But then he saw reports from several Russian news outlets about other people receiving similar messages on their cellphones and realized they were coming shortly after the US State Department announced a new campaign to defend the American presidential …

Pharrell Williams: America’s Past and Present Are Racist. We Deserve a Black Future

On April 26, 1607, three ships carrying 105 men and boys landed on the eastern shore of what would come to be called America. They called themselves “adventurers.” But they had no interest in liberty or justice, and they were not seeking religious freedom or escaping from tyranny. They were part of the Virginia Company of London, which was essentially a private-equity-funded startup that hoped to turn a profit for the stockholders in Europe’s fastest-growing international moneymaking scheme: colonialism.   …