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Fresh quake hits Lombok, fells buildings
- August 09, 2018

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by a strong tremor, as the search continues for victims of Sunday's natural disaster. The Indonesian Red Cross said Thursday that an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas of the island are still without aid. (more...)
Argentina's Senate rejects proposed bill to legalize abortion Argentina's Senate rejects proposed bill to legalize abortion
- August 09, 2018

The vote came as a major setback to the hundreds of thousands of pro-choice advocates who ran an aggressive campaign against strong opposition from the highly influential Catholic Church in the homeland of Pope Francis. "The human-rights group says that over the past 30 years, complications from risky abortions have accounted for a third of the maternal deaths in Argentina ". (more...)
'Stateless' Thai cave boys and coach granted citizenship 'Stateless' Thai cave boys and coach granted citizenship
- August 09, 2018

Thailand has granted citizenship to the coach and three members of a football team dramatically rescued from a flooded cave last month. They spent 9 days inside subsisting on rainwater from rocks before being located. The boys given citizenship Wednesday in their home district of Mae Sai had all applied for it before the cave incident, and all were fully qualified for the change in status, said district chief Somsak Kanakam. (more...)
Russian PM warns NATO admission of Georgia could trigger 'terrible conflict' Russian PM warns NATO admission of Georgia could trigger 'terrible conflict'
- August 09, 2018

Additional Russian forces entered the territory from the adjacent Russian region of North Ossetia to back up the separatists and Russian troops that already were in Georgia's South Ossetia. Margvelashvili was speaking at a meeting with the foreign ministers of Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia in Tbilisi. Nevertheless, a survey recently conducted by the Georgian National Democratic Institute (NDI) revealed that domestic support for Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and ... (more...)
Senate Intel Asks Assange For Interview At 'Mutually Agreeable' Location Senate Intel Asks Assange For Interview At 'Mutually Agreeable' Location
- August 09, 2018

The organization also pointed out that Warner was among 10 senators who demanded in June that Assange's asylum be revoked in violation of worldwide law. Rumors about the relationship between the Wikileaks founder and the former "Baywatch" star and Playboy model have been swirling for months and have drawn the attention of Federal Bureau of Investigation, which said it may want to interview Anderson about her time spent with Assange, The Sun reported . (more...)
Facebook, iTunes and Spotify drop InfoWars Facebook, iTunes and Spotify drop InfoWars
- August 09, 2018

Facebook has removed four pages belonging to the controversial right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones following weeks of pressure from critics and similar moves from other tech platforms. The Infowars YouTube channel was also labeled as "terminated". The parents of two children shot in that attack are suing him for defamation, saying he had made "false, cruel, and unsafe assertions". (more...)
Indonesia promises to ban trade in dog, cat meat Indonesia promises to ban trade in dog, cat meat
- August 09, 2018

Indonesia is preparing a regulation to ban the trade of meat derived from pets and exotic animals, aiming to promote animal welfare and rein in disease, an official said on Tuesday, a decision cheered by animal rights campaigners. China's Yulin festival has been described as a lightning rod for criticism, where numerous dogs are believed to have been pets stolen from their owners. (more...)
Gates Describes Manafort Orders While Defense Hammers 'Secret Life' Gates Describes Manafort Orders While Defense Hammers 'Secret Life'
- August 09, 2018

HuffPost Illustration/Getty Images Rick Gates . Downing said that the question, which came one day after Gates admitted to having a single affair ten years ago, was relevant because it could prove that Gates had lied to investigators. Federal Bureau of Investigation forensic accountant Morgan Magionos used charts, emails from Manafort to his lawyers in Cyprus, and other corroborating documents to detail how Manafort funneled roughly $15 million from hidden offshore accounts to purchase home ... (more...)
Israel signals any truce with Hamas to be limited in scope Israel signals any truce with Hamas to be limited in scope
- August 09, 2018

For over three months, there have been near-weekly, violent protests along the Israel-Gaza border organized by Gaza's Hamas rulers, leading to the most serious escalation between the two sides since the 2014 war. Israel's Defence Ministry described the barrier as "an impenetrable breakwater". A ministry spokesman was not immediately available to respond to a request for comment on the cable. (more...)
Hamas fighter killed as Israel strikes Gaza after rockets fired from enclave Hamas fighter killed as Israel strikes Gaza after rockets fired from enclave
- August 09, 2018

Israel says Hamas, which rules Gaza, is using the protests as cover to carry out cross-border attacks. A truce between Hamas and Israel will be officially unveiled by the end of August, according to Turkey's official news agency Anadolu, quoting a Hamas source. (more...)
Boris Johnson Compares Burqa To 'Bank Robbers' And 'Letter Boxes' Boris Johnson Compares Burqa To 'Bank Robbers' And 'Letter Boxes'
- August 09, 2018

His comments have sparked anger, with opposition Labour MP David Lammy tweeting:"Labour Muslim women are having their burkas pulled off by thugs in our streets & Boris Johnson's response is to mock them for "looking like letter boxes". However, he insisted that the burka and other face-covering veils should not be banned in public. "If you go for a total ban, you play into the hands of those who want to politicize and dramatize the so-called clash of civilizations; and you fan the flames ... (more...)
Syrian First Lady Asma Assad treated for breast cancer Syrian First Lady Asma Assad treated for breast cancer
- August 09, 2018

According to the information released on her Facebook page, Syrian First Lady, Asma al-Assad, was diagnosed with a malignant breast tumour and she has commenced early treatment. Just six months later, the writer of the Vogue story, Joan Juliet Buck, would describe Ms Al Assad again in a story for The Telegraph. Her parents hail from the central province of Homs in war-ravaged Syria. (more...)
United Kingdom ‘to ask Russian Federation to give up poisoning suspects’ United Kingdom ‘to ask Russian Federation to give up poisoning suspects’
- August 09, 2018

Police officers in protective suits and masks work near the scene where former double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia were discovered after being attacked with a nerve-agent on March 16, 2018 in Salisbury, England. "It's nearly a rerun of the situation", The Guardian quoted a government source as saying. In 2007, President Vladimir Putin rejected an extradition request for two Russians suspected of the assassination of the former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London ... (more...)
Facebook 'Regrets' Sending Indonesian Users Confetti on Earthquake Posts Facebook 'Regrets' Sending Indonesian Users Confetti on Earthquake Posts
- August 09, 2018

A magnitude 6.4 natural disaster on July 29 killed 16 people and cracked and weakened many structures, amplifying the damage that occurred in Monday's quake. "The corpses are starting to smell and we believe some people buried are still alive - that's why it's a critical time", Nugroho said. The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok. (more...)
'Firenado' footage captured by firefighters during factory blaze 'Firenado' footage captured by firefighters during factory blaze
- August 09, 2018

The fire had also spread to another building on the site and a number of forklift trucks at the property, Derbyshire fire and rescue service said. They started damping down the fire at about 3pm. According to the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service's post on Facebook, the unusual sight was created by fire cool air entering the top of the hot air causing a swirl, similar to how a tornado is formed. (more...)
DUI suspect tells police she’s a ‘clean, thoroughbred, white girl’ DUI suspect tells police she’s a ‘clean, thoroughbred, white girl’
- August 09, 2018

According to the police report, she is also said to have told officers that she was a "clean, thoroughbred white girl", in what The Independent calls "a display of entitlement that will make you wince". Cutshaw was jailed on charges including drunken driving, speeding, and marijuana possession; based in part on her own statements. Cutshaw, a real estate agent, told the officer that she'd had two glasses of wine at an upscale restaurant. (more...)
Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif: US will not stop Iran oil exports Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif: US will not stop Iran oil exports
- August 08, 2018

Signed in 2015, the landmark deal was meant to lift sanctions against Iran in return for curbs in its nuclear programme. The first round of sanctions target the purchase or acquisition of USA dollars by the Iranian government. "The countries now the U.S. is negotiating with have told Washington that they will continue their oil purchases from Iran", he explained. Speaking to state broadcaster IRINN on Wednesday, Rouhani said: "If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and ... (more...)
Should Boris Johnson apologise for his comments about burkas? Should Boris Johnson apologise for his comments about burkas?
- August 08, 2018

Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis ordered Mr Johnson to apologise following a hail of criticism over the remarks, which were labelled "bigotry" by former Tory chair Baroness Warsi. There is speculation that May will face a leadership challenge if faltering Brexit negotiations don't improve - and Johnson is likely to be a contender to replace her. (more...)
Russian Federation faces U.S. action over Skripal attack Russian Federation faces U.S. action over Skripal attack
- August 08, 2018

Former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious at the beginning of March. Since the March attack, two other British nationals with no ties to Russian Federation have been poisoned by the substance. Vladimir Putin , the Russian president, accused Britain of making baseless accusations over the poisonings and suggested the case could be driven by domestic issues in the United Kingdom. (more...)
'Firenado' sweeps across factory field in England
- August 08, 2018

The fire had also spread to a small site building and a number of fork lift trucks at the property, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said. Firefighters were joined by colleagues from other counties as they tried to prevent the fire spreading. (more...)
Indonesian Woman Held Captive In Cave For 15 Years Indonesian Woman Held Captive In Cave For 15 Years
- August 08, 2018

A village resident told reporters that a neighbour contacted the police after she overheard the woman threaten to reveal her sister's whereabouts during a row with her husband. "Every day, for many years, the shaman had sex with her under the pretence he was possessed by a male spirit", Mr Iqbal told AFP on Wednesday. The girl had also been married to the son of the shaman, according to Reuters , who was known in the area as a spirit medium and for offering traditional healing remedies. (more...)
Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin
- August 08, 2018

Earlier this week Paul announced that he had secured an agreement from for Russian legislators to visit the US and "continue dialogue on vital issues such as nuclear non-proliferation and combating terrorism". The document fails to address questions raised about what the Russian government meant last month when it said "cooperation in Syria" would be discussed between the two presidents and what they agreed to as a result. (more...)
No one trusts America anymore: Iran's FM Javad Zarif
- August 08, 2018

His trip came on the same day that the US restored sanctions on the Islamic Republic. "Before, nobody supported Iran". The comments from Beijing and Berlin signaled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, over its threat to penalize businesses from third countries that continue to operate there. (more...)
Saudi Arabia sells off Canadian assets as dispute escalates Saudi Arabia sells off Canadian assets as dispute escalates
- August 08, 2018

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday there is no room for mediation in the kingdom's escalating diplomatic dispute with Canada , and that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to "fix its big mistake". Toronto is the only Canadian destination Saudia serves. The Saudi government was also putting together an "urgent plan" to transfer students and interns already in Canada to US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, it said. (more...)
New York Republican congressman indicted on insider trading charges New York Republican congressman indicted on insider trading charges
- August 08, 2018

This story is developing . The Justice Department announced an indictment against Collins, his son Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron Collins's fiancee Wednesday. The company developed a drug meant to treat Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. The statement indicated that Collins would address the charges later on Wednesday. (more...)

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