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 …

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 …

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 …

11 Candid Quotes About Fatherhood From Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry is very candid about the emotions of fatherhood. The movie mogul and his partner, Gelila Bekele, welcomed a son, Aman Tyler Perry, in 2014. Since then, he’s opened up about the day-to-day experience and powerful emotions of raising a child. In honor of his birthday, we’ve rounded up 11 quotes about parenthood from Perry. On The Emotions Of Fatherhood “Every cliche is true. When I look at him, I see my young self. When I’m hugging him, I’m …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ To End In 2021: ‘End Of An Era’

Keeping up with the KarJenner clan is about to get a lot harder: “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is concluding its 14-year run in 2021. The family announced the news in a statement they simultaneously shared to Instagram on Tuesday evening, telling fans that “with heavy hearts” they will say goodbye to the reality show that’s run for 20 seasons. “After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, we’ve decided as a family …

Tiny Critically Endangered Gorilla Baby Born In New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A tiny baby gorilla has been born at the zoo in New Orleans. Keepers don’t yet know the sex of the critically endangered western lowland gorilla born Friday to 13-year-old Tumani and father Okpara, Audubon Zoo spokeswoman Katie Smith said in an email. “Tumani is demonstrating excellent mothering behaviors and the entire troop is doing exceptionally well,” Smith said. She said keepers first saw the baby during their morning check Friday. Gorilla babies weigh about 4 …

Trump’s Campaign Is Testing The Ways It Can Distort Reality Online

The presidential election is just 56 days away, and as Donald Trump struggles to gain ground in key states, he is increasingly relying on deceptively altered media to bend reality in his favor. In the past 10 days, the president’s team has deployed misleading imagery to attack his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, at least three times. White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino tweeted a fake video that appeared to show Biden sleeping through a TV interview. The “Trump …

20 Years Later, ‘Almost Famous’ Is The Best Kind Of Feel-Good Movie

Kate Hudson has a line in “Almost Famous” that is cheesy, overwrought and perfect. I think about it often. Her character, aptly named Penny Lane, says to fledgling 1970s rock journalist William Miller (Patrick Fugit) while driving around San Diego one night, “I always tell the girls, ‘Never take it seriously.’ If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. If you never get hurt, you always have fun. And if you ever get lonely, just go to the …

Turkey Gives IS Militant 40 Life Sentences for 2017 Nightclub Attack

(ISTANBUL, Turkey) — A Turkish court on Monday sentenced an Islamic State group suspect to life in prison over the New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 people dead in 2017. The suspect, Albulkadir Masharipov of Uzbekistan, was convicted of 39 counts of murder and one count of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order. He was handed down 40 separate life sentences without parole. The court also sentenced him to a total of 1,368 years …

Southern Africa’s hunger upsurge blamed on climate, COVID-19

The World Food Program said that an estimated 45 million people in southern Africa are food insecure, with the number of people without access to adequate affordable and nutritious food up 10% from last year By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME Associated Press September 7, 2020, 6:30 PM • 2 min read JOHANNESBURG — An estimated 45 million people in southern Africa are food insecure, with the number of people without access to adequate affordable and nutritious food up 10% from last year, …

Turkey gives IS militant 40 life sentences for 2017 attack

A Turkish court has sentenced an Islamic State group suspect to life in prison over the New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 people dead in 2017 September 7, 2020, 5:35 PM • 2 min read ISTANBUL, Turkey — A Turkish court on Monday sentenced an Islamic State group suspect to life in prison over the New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 people dead in 2017. The suspect, Albulkadir …

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 …

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 …

Drugmakers seek to reassure public about coronavirus vaccine with joint pledge on safety

A group of drugmakers competing to bring a coronavirus vaccine to market plan to issue a public statement as soon as next week that says they will not seek government approval until enough data has been collected to ensure the drugs are safe and effective, CNBC confirmed Saturday. An early draft of the joint statement promises to prioritize the safety of vaccinated people, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the plans to issue a statement. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson …