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US prepared to add sanctions on Turkey if pastor not released US prepared to add sanctions on Turkey if pastor not released
- August 18, 2018

The lira has lost almost 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year, sparking a sell-off in emerging market currencies and weighing on global stocks. The US has threatened to impose more economic sanctions on Turkey if it does not free a detained American pastor. "We have responded to the measures the United States has taken, and will continue to do so based on our global trade law rights and in accordance to World Trade Organization rules", said the minister, Ruhsar Pekcan. (more...)
Vajpayee cremated, daughter Namita performs last rites Vajpayee cremated, daughter Namita performs last rites
- August 18, 2018

The UP government has put up a list of 75 districts and small and big rivers picked for immersion of the ashes. Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, senior party leaders, including Rajnath Singh and chief ministers, walked with the flower-decked vehicles with crowds gathering strength all along the way. (more...)
Vatican breaks silence on Pennsylvania sex abuse report Vatican breaks silence on Pennsylvania sex abuse report
- August 18, 2018

The almost 900-page report describes in graphic detail decades of sexual assaults, grooming of minors to make them more vulnerable and other abuses by priests and other clergy. Rozzi wants to give victims another two-year window to sue their abuser or the institution that covered it up, no matter how long ago the abuse happened. (more...)
Trump Organization accuses Omarosa's book publisher of tortious interference with hush agreement Trump Organization accuses Omarosa's book publisher of tortious interference with hush agreement
- August 18, 2018

Patton then went on a TV press tour, calling the elusive tape a "figment" of Manigault Newman's imagination and accusing her former friend of betraying President Trump . "While your letter generally claims that excerpts from the book contain 'disparaging statements , ' it is quite telling that at no point do you claim that any specific statement in the book is false", Elizabeth McNamara, an outside counsel for publisher Simon and Schuster, wrote in response to the Trump campaign's ... (more...)
Donald Trump says Bruce Ohr next to lose security clearance Donald Trump says Bruce Ohr next to lose security clearance
- August 18, 2018

Mr. Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, the company paid by Democrats to dig up dirt on Mr. Trump, including hiring Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the controversial dossier. Several of them have said they no longer have clearances. Twelve former senior intelligence officials have issued a statement on what they call "the ill-considered and unprecedented remarks and actions by the White House regarding the removal of John Brennan's security clearances". (more...)
Britain: No Brexit deal would be Britain: No Brexit deal would be "a huge strategic mistake"
- August 18, 2018

Britain is due to quit the European Union in less than eight months, but the government has yet to agree with Brussels the terms of its departure. Earlier, Rinkevics told the BBC that "at this point, I would rate it 50-50" that there would not be a Brexit deal. (more...)
British Columbia declares state of emergency over… British Columbia declares state of emergency over…
- August 18, 2018

There were more than 560 wildfires burning in the province as of Tuesday and almost 80 evacuation orders and alerts in place affecting more than 21,000 people. More than 3,370 firefighters and contractors are fighting fires across the massive province, including 436 out-of-province personnel from Alberta, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Parks Canada, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand. (more...)
George Conway Throws Shade All Over Kellyanne's Puff Piece George Conway Throws Shade All Over Kellyanne's Puff Piece
- August 18, 2018

Kellyanne Conway , meanwhile, has been Trump's biggest defender and began her White House tenure by coining the term "alternative facts" in an attempt to defend the president's false claim that his inauguration was witnessed by the largest crowd in history. (more...)
Jury in Paul Manafort trial poses questions about reasonable doubt Jury in Paul Manafort trial poses questions about reasonable doubt
- August 18, 2018

To convict Manafort, the standard the jury must use is to find he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. "The government is not required to prove beyond all possible doubt", Ellis told lawyers in the courtroom before the jury entered, explaining how he meant to answer. (more...)
Facebook admits it was 'too slow' to fight hate speech in Myanmar Facebook admits it was 'too slow' to fight hate speech in Myanmar
- August 18, 2018

The Rohingya now live in refugee camps located in Bangladesh. Online vitriol has for a long time accompanied and accelerated ethnic violence in Myanmar, and investigations by the United Nations and multiple media outlets have shown that Facebook isn't helping. (more...)
Ex-ISIS slave escapes Germany after confrontation with former captor Ex-ISIS slave escapes Germany after confrontation with former captor
- August 17, 2018

The newspaper clarified that "after she spent three years in Germany learning German, Ashwaq accidently met the Daesh fighter "Abu Hammam" who had bought her years ago in Mosul for $100 and had tortured her for ten months". She said police told her he was also a refugee and they couldn't do anything, so she made a decision to return to her homeland. The woman stated she told her brother about her ordeal with Humam. (more...)
Trump brushes off McRaven jabs after yanking ex-CIA chief's clearance Trump brushes off McRaven jabs after yanking ex-CIA chief's clearance
- August 17, 2018

Trump's target list for revoking security clearances, Mr. Ohr is still in government. In revoking Brennan's clearance, Trump on Wednesday accused the former Central Intelligence Agency director, one of his most outspoken critics, of making "a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations - wild outbursts on the internet and television - about this Administration". (more...)
US hits Chinese and Russian firms over breach of North Korea sanctions US hits Chinese and Russian firms over breach of North Korea sanctions
- August 17, 2018

Kim Hyo-sun reports. The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on three shipping companies and one individual for violating restrictions on trade with North Korea. Since then, the US and North Korea have engaged in further talks about ending Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, but no agreements have been reached. It has been angered in the past by unilateral USA sanctions on Chinese firms and individuals. (more...)
Sweden vehicle fires suspect arrested in Turkey Sweden vehicle fires suspect arrested in Turkey
- August 17, 2018

No injuries were reported, but photos show that many cars were destroyed. Two men, 16 and 21 years old, were arrested Tuesday and police said they expected to make more arrests during the day. "We know all three of them lived in this area and they are citizens of Gothenburg", Brehm continued, adding that police did not know why one of the men had left for Turkey. (more...)
Mike Pompeo forms Mike Pompeo forms "Iran Action Group" for post-nuclear deal policy
- August 17, 2018

On the other hand, Tehran said that it would not engage in talks with the USA and has been involved in back-and-forth jibes with the Trump administration on Washington's "hardline approach". "Our hope is that one day soon we can reach an agreement with Iran but we must see major changes in the regime both inside and outside of its borders", said Pompeo on Thursday. (more...)
On the streets of Paris were public urinals On the streets of Paris were public urinals
- August 17, 2018

Speaking about one urinal placed near to the Notre Dame cathedral, resident Paola Pellizzari fumed: 'There's no need to put something so immodest and ugly in such an historic spot. "If it is really bothering people, we will find another location". Feminist Gwendoline Coipeault told Reuters: 'They have been installed on a sexist proposition: men can not control themselves and so all of society has to adapt. (more...)
Imran Khan set for victory as Pakistan MPs vote on new PM Imran Khan set for victory as Pakistan MPs vote on new PM
- August 17, 2018

Earlier, Pakistan's prime minister-elect Imran Khan called up Sidhu to extend an invitation to his oath-taking ceremony in Islamabad on August 18, the Punjab minister said in a statement. The army and Khan have denied the claims. Khan's victory represents an end to decades of rotating leadership between the PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), punctuated by periods of military rule. (more...)
Pentagon says China military 'likely training for strikes' on US targets Pentagon says China military 'likely training for strikes' on US targets
- August 17, 2018

The Pentagon report also said China's space program was progressing rapidly. Chinese bombers are increasingly active and flying farther from China's shores, according to a Department of Defence report released Thursday . The East China Sea and the South China Sea have been flashpoints for provocative military behaviour from China and its neighbours, to the ire of the US. (more...)
Saudi Army Positions in Jizan Pounded by Yemeni Forces’ Missile Attack Saudi Army Positions in Jizan Pounded by Yemeni Forces’ Missile Attack
- August 17, 2018

The crowd held pictures of the children and chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and its ally and key arms supplier, the United States. The coalition called its new instance of child killing as "legitimate", and even said the move conforms to worldwide regulations. (more...)
Top China Buddhist leader quits in sex probe Top China Buddhist leader quits in sex probe
- August 17, 2018

Xuecheng's resignation was announced during a council meeting of the Buddhist Association of China. Xue is one of the most prominent officials to meet his downfall since the #MeToo movement began to gain momentum in China. The statement includes the testimony of various women who have faced harassment, and they opened their experience on social media. The conference also concluded that it was necessary to integrate the traditional monastery system and the management methods of modern ... (more...)
Trump's Military Parade To Cost 760 Percent More Than Earlier Estimate Trump's Military Parade To Cost 760 Percent More Than Earlier Estimate
- August 17, 2018

An official told the AP that about $50 million would cover Pentagon costs for equipment, personnel and other support for the November parade in Washington . The fact that we spend over $600 billion on defense annually - more than the defense budgets of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, United Kingdom, and Japan combined - would seem to suggest that we do, but Americans will have to wait at least another year to see the proof with their own eyes. (more...)
Muslim Woman Says She Refused Handshake And Then Suffered Discrimination Muslim Woman Says She Refused Handshake And Then Suffered Discrimination
- August 17, 2018

She instead greeted him by placing a hand over her heart, as is common among Muslims . "I hope I can give hope to other Muslims who go through the same thing and feel there's no point in going on with it", she added. Ultimately the court agreed, ruling that while the company was right in its insistence upon gender equality, it could not enforce it by imposing handshakes. (more...)
ISIS Fighter Arrested in US After Posing as Refugee ISIS Fighter Arrested in US After Posing as Refugee
- August 17, 2018

The Trump administration has sharply criticised the Obama-era resettlement programme, questioning whether enough was done to weed out those with terrorist ties. A 45-year-old Iraqi national who was granted refugee status in the U.S.is accused of having fought for ISIS and al-Qaida and is now facing extradition to Iraq on a murder charge. (more...)
Boeing skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel Boeing skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel
- August 17, 2018

All others aboard Xiamen Air Flight 8667 were unhurt. Images of the plane operated by Xiamen Air, a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines, showed it next to a perimeter fence with the left wing touching the ground. One of the plane's two engines appeared to have been damaged, another airport official said. The aircraft is still resting on its belly near the end of the airport's main runway where it came to a stop after the accident, which occurred late on Thursday evening. (more...)
Philippines' Duterte slams China over island-building Philippines' Duterte slams China over island-building
- August 17, 2018

However, instead of blaming China for building and militarising islands in disputed waters, he has said the United States was at fault for not blocking the construction when it started. He added that he did not want to "quarrel" with China. Speaking to reporters at the closing session of an worldwide migration conference in Manila , Cayetano also said all parties have to first set aside for the meantime their claims - territorial and sovereign rights - in order to move forward with the ... (more...)

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