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 …

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 …

‘None of us wanted koalas to die’: Barnaby Joyce wades into NSW coalition showdown

While some federal Nationals watched the runaway events in New South Wales on Thursday with bemusement, the former federal leader of the party, Barnaby Joyce, rushed to the defence of John Barilaro for blowing up the state government over koala protection policy. Joyce, who used the first sitting day of federal parliament in 2020 – a day of bushfire condolences – to launch an unsuccessful leadership tilt against the man who replaced him, Michael McCormack, told the ABC on Thursday …

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 …

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 …

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 …

SMIC, China’s largest chipmaker, plunges 23% after U.S. says it could blacklist the firm

A close up image of a CPU socket and motherboard laying on the table.   GUANGZHOU, China — Shares of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), China’s biggest contract chipmaker, plunged over 23% on Monday, after the U.S. government said it was considering putting export restrictions on the company. The firm’s Hong Kong-listed shares were down 23.89% at 18 Hong Kong dollars as of 3:24 p.m. local time. SMIC’s recently-listed Shanghai shares were down 11.29% at 58.8 yuan. The U.S. Department of …

Michigan Official: We Should Prepare For Election Results To Take Days

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) on Sunday said Americans should prepare for election results to take days to be tabulated this year given the surge in mail-in ballot requests and early voting interest. Benson, the state’s top election official, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that full election results for every race in Michigan ― including the presidential election ― will not be available on election night. When asked if it could take as many as three weeks for …

Untangling Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Finances From Liberty University Won’t Be Easy

WASHINGTON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – After parting ways with President Jerry Falwell Jr in the wake of personal scandals, Liberty University has hired a firm to investigate “all facets” of Falwell’s tenure, including the school’s financial and real estate operations. There may be much to untangle. Falwell, who took over as president of Liberty in 2007 after years as a lawyer handling its real estate interests, intertwined his personal finances with those of the evangelical Christian university founded by his …

A German Test Revealed Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Was Poisoned

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group, the German government said Wednesday. The toxicology results will further raise suspicion of the Kremlin’s involvement in the attack. Navalny, who fell ill on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk last month, is being treated at Berlin’s Charité hospital. He was airlifted there from Omsk after two days of painstaking negotiations between his family and personal doctor and Russian authorities, who were …

Biden will visit Kenosha to ‘bring Americans together to heal’ amid protests – live

  Trump suggested people should vote twice, which would be illegal Donald Trump told voters in North Carolina they should vote twice, once by mail and once in person, even though doing so would be illegal. The president was in Wilmington, North Carolina, for an event today. Asked whether he has confidence in the mail-in voting system, the president suggested voters break the law. “Let them send it [their mail-in ballot] in and let them go vote, and if their …

Turkey seeing second peak of Covid-19 outbreak – as it happened

  Signs of Covid-19 easing in Brazil Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll appears to be easing for the first time since May, data shows, a sign the Latin American country could be descending from a long infection plateau that has seen it suffer the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States, Reuters reports. With nearly 4 million confirmed cases, the virus has killed over 120,000 people in Brazil. But the level of average daily deaths dropped below 900 per day last …

I Fear I’ll Never Be The Same: Here’s What It’s Really Like To Be A COVID Long-hauler

For a growing number of coronavirus patients, recovery hasn’t been swift or easy. In fact, it’s been almost as bad as having the virus itself. I should know — it’s been my daily hell. Ever since coming down with COVID-19 symptoms in late January, my body feels as though it has been put through the grueling paces of the New York City Marathon without having the proper training for the 26.2-mile run. Or for the tech-savvy, like an iPhone 6S …

International Students Are Trying To Cope With Trump’s Online Class Rule: “America Is Ready To Kick Me Out”

BuzzFeed News has reporters around the world bringing you trustworthy stories about the impact of the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, become a member. MEXICO CITY — At first, S.G. thought it was fake news. An undergraduate student from Venezuela, S.G. has been living in Florida for four years. The news she received earlier this week seemed as bizarre and implausible as some of the rumors that regularly float around in her home country. But this was happening …

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 …

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 …