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Defying dangers, Idlib residents protest Syria's Assad

Defying dangers, Idlib residents protest Syria's Assad President Tayyip Erdogan will hold talks in Russia on Monday with Vladimir Putin to discuss the Syrian crisis, 10 days after similar talks in Tehran, Turkish and Russian officials said. Over the past few years, thousands of rebels have been evacuated from different parts of Syria to Idlib under agreements with the government. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Wednesday warned Syria and it... [Full Article...]

Fellow Republicans Disagree With Trump on Puerto Rico

Fellow Republicans Disagree With Trump on Puerto Rico Trump continued to enrage his critics in a series of tweets on Friday night, casting doubt on an academic study that calculated almost 3,000 deaths in the months following Maria. "Casualties don't make a person look bad", House Speaker Paul Ryan said, breaking with the president. When Trump visited Puerto Rico , the death toll at the time was indeed 16 people. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolinas Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 1 to 3½ feet as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days. Despite Hurricane Florence being downgraded to a Category 1 storm, the ocean surge created as a result could be "catastrophic". Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and that restor... [Full Article...]

North Carolina faces Hurricane Florence the only way we know how…with memes

Mramer told The Washington Times. "If you're going to leave. you should leave now because time is running out", McMaster said. "We have quite literally surrounded the expected affected area with DOD capability that will be critical in hours and days following the storm's impact", said Air Force Gen. [Full Article...]

Pam Knox: Georgians should be on lookout for Florence

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said that while Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday and into Friday , it will still be an "extremely unsafe major hurricane" when it makes landfall. With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast a... [Full Article...]

Top European Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Regime Violates Human Rights

Top European Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Regime Violates Human Rights Such failings meant section 8 (4) did not meet the "quality of law" requirement of the Convention and could not keep any interference to that which was "necessary in a democratic society". "Under the guise of counterterrorism, the United Kingdom has adopted the most authoritarian surveillance regime of any Western state", said Carlo. However, the Investigatory Powers Act is also being challeng... [Full Article...]

9-year-old Australian girl faces politicians' ire over anthem protest

9-year-old Australian girl faces politicians' ire over anthem protest I know the words of the anthem, and even though I'm no longer a Jehovah's Witness (I was never baptised), I still don't sing it, simply because I learned things differently to everyone else growing up. "It's just a sign of good manners and courtesy to stand for the national anthem", the former leader said Tuesday . "What the hell is going on?" In Queensland , shadow education minister Jarrod... [Full Article...]

Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence But it's not only North Carolinians who live along the coast who are being impacted by severe flooding. USA media said a fifth death may have occurred when a man tried to connect two extension cords in the rain. No deaths have been reported in New Bern, but the situation caused by Hurricane Florence is dire, the mayor said. At the city's airport, the wind was gusting at 91 miles per hour. [Full Article...]

Trump Calls Kerry Meetings With Iranian FM Zarif 'Illegal'

Trump Calls Kerry Meetings With Iranian FM Zarif 'Illegal' Asked if he thought Kerry's meeting had been illegal, Pompeo said he would leave the "legal determinations to others". "This is a former secretary of state engaged with the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism", Mr Pompeo said of Mr Kerry's meetings, adding that just last week Iran directed its militias in Iraq to fire Katyusha rockets at the USA consulate in Basra. [Full Article...]

Myanmar's Suu Kyi says jailed Reuters journalists can appeal verdict

Myanmar's Suu Kyi says jailed Reuters journalists can appeal verdict She called on authorities in the country to "cease the legal and judicial harassment of journalists and to initiate a review of ill-defined laws that facilitate attacks on the legitimate exercise of freedom of expression". A court found the two Reuters reporters - Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28 - guilty on Monday last week and jailed them for seven years in a landmark case seen as a test of... [Full Article...]

Paul Manafort Reaches Tentative Plea Deal with Robert Mueller

Paul Manafort Reaches Tentative Plea Deal with Robert Mueller Manafort was convicted last month at trial in Alexandria, Virginia, of charges including bank and tax fraud. Trump has denied colluding with the Russians and the Russians have denied interfering. His onetime business partner and protege, Rick Gates, took such a deal and appeared as the government's star witness against Manafort in his Virginia trial last month. [Full Article...]

Russian Bear Bombers Near Alaska Intercepted Again

Russian Bear Bombers Near Alaska Intercepted Again A similar incident occurred on September 1, the Washington Free Beacon first reported . According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the Russian Tu-95 "bear" bombers were spotted shortly before 10pm Tuesday night. missile defense systems based in Alaska. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. It's the second time this month a pair of Russian bombers flew near Alaska. No other de... [Full Article...]

Trump Falsely Claims Revised Puerto Rico Death Toll Is Fake News

Trump Falsely Claims Revised Puerto Rico Death Toll Is Fake News The number of almost 3,000 was released last month after an independent study by the George Washington University (GWU ) in July, which was commissioned by the governor of Puerto Rico . The true human cost of Maria, and the chaotic federal response to the storm on the USA island territory, triggered a year-long controversy, which Trump revived this week even as another powerful hurricane, Flore... [Full Article...]

Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort to cooperate in Russian Federation probe

Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort to cooperate in Russian Federation probe As campaign chairman, Manafort personally offered private briefings about the campaign to the Russian industrialist Oleg Deripaska . Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has cut a " cooperation agreement " with prosecutors and intends to plead guilty to charges related to his Ukrainian consulting work. [Full Article...]

1 dead, 12 injured in dozens of gas blasts near Boston

1 dead, 12 injured in dozens of gas blasts near Boston On Thursday, Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield described the unfolding scene as "Armageddon". "Call Columbia Gas to do that", he said in a tweet . Minutes later, a loud boom came from his neighbor's home. "We took off. I said, 'Pack up, we're out of here,"' said Charest, who went with her 93-year old father and cat to a relative's home. [Full Article...]

Trump OKs sanctions for foreigners who meddle in elections

Trump OKs sanctions for foreigners who meddle in elections But he said: 'We have not seen the intensity of what happened in 2016, ' when the USA intelligence community determined there was a Russian-backed effort. And evidence would not be forthcoming in the event that the White House considers sanctions under this order-the first word of any assessment would come with the sanctions themselves, Bolton told reporters. [Full Article...]

Donald Trump cancels planned visit to Ireland after mass protests planned

Donald Trump cancels planned visit to Ireland after mass protests planned The US side has cited scheduling reasons for the visit being postponed. The 45th President of the United States of America had been scheduled to visit Paris in November to participate in a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I. [Full Article...]

Trump's DHS shifted almost $10 million from FEMA to ICE

Trump's DHS shifted almost $10 million from FEMA to ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This time - as Hurricane Florence and a series of other storms barrel toward the US - the Department of Homeland Security division charged with responding to disasters says it's prepared even as the agency defends its 2017 response. [Full Article...]

Putin, Xi Make Pancakes and Drink Vodka Together in Vladivostok

Putin, Xi Make Pancakes and Drink Vodka Together in Vladivostok Speaking at an economic conference in Russia's Far East, Putin suggested that Russian Federation and Japan sign the treaty this year and solve the territorial dispute later. On Tuesday, Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF) - a joint undertaking of the state-owned China Investment Corporation and Russian sovereign wealth fund - announced that a group of of Russian and Chinese businesses are cons... [Full Article...]

Paul Manafort to plead guilty to two charges

Paul Manafort to plead guilty to two charges ET (1500 GMT) in the federal court. Prosecutors filed new criminal charges against Manafort Friday morning, alleging conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Rick Gates, Manafort's former business partner and the campaign's deputy chairman, pleaded guilty to lesser charges in exchange for his cooperation, later testifying against Manafort in Virginia. [Full Article...]


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