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Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi has left the country: lawyer and media Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi has left the country: lawyer and media
- May 08, 2019

The punishment for blasphemy in Pakistan is death. A close friend of Bibi also confirmed that she had left the country, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. According to Open Doors, which monitors Christian persecution around the world, Pakistan's blasphemy laws "target Christians in particular". The friend, who last spoke to her on Tuesday, said Bibi and her husband Ashiq Masih had spent the last several weeks getting their documents in order. (more...)
South Africa starts voting amid corruption, unemployment South Africa starts voting amid corruption, unemployment
- May 08, 2019

The BBC's Andrew Harding in Johannesburg says the party's stance has forced the ANC to consider drastic measures to transfer more land, more quickly, into black hands, which has resulted in a pledge to conduct land expropriation without compensation. (more...)
China's Trade Shows Economic Recovery Tested by Global Slowdown China's Trade Shows Economic Recovery Tested by Global Slowdown
- May 08, 2019

Liu has been described by some officials as the "closer" who has the authority to negotiate on Chinese president's Xi Jinping's behalf. "If there is no deal between the two superpowers by Friday, we are expecting the global equity markets to drop by at least 20%", said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at Think Markets UK. (more...)
Michael Cohen Allegedly Helped Falwell Jr Handle Racy ‘Personal’ Photos Michael Cohen Allegedly Helped Falwell Jr Handle Racy ‘Personal’ Photos
- May 08, 2019

A source "familiar with Cohen's thinking" said Cohen then helped Falwell issue his endorsement of Trump immediately before the Iowa caucuses, Reuters reported, and that Falwell's endorsement of Trump and Cohen's alleged assistance with the photos were unrelated. (more...)
Fiery Crash Landing Of Russian Passenger Plane In Moscow Leaves 41 Dead Fiery Crash Landing Of Russian Passenger Plane In Moscow Leaves 41 Dead
- May 08, 2019

Officials have confirmed that at least 11 people were injured, including some hospitalised with burns. The plane took off from Sheremetyevo Airport with the intent of landing in the northern Russian city of Murmansk. After the tragedy some suggested that Russian Federation may be better off abandoning the Sukhoi Superjet altogether. He had just graduated from college and taken a job in Murmansk, Russia , where the plane was headed. (more...)
Dow Jones falls 473 points as US-China trade fears escalate Dow Jones falls 473 points as US-China trade fears escalate
- May 08, 2019

In his tweet , Trump said he would increase tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent on Friday. "If he can convince Lighthizer that China will honor commitments made during previous rounds then things presumably can get back on track so to the remaining sticking points can be addressed". (more...)
U.S. slams India for trade gap, high duty U.S. slams India for trade gap, high duty
- May 08, 2019

Election-bound India is expected to form a new government before the tenure of the current Lok Sabha ends on June 3. The Donald Trump administration is pushing the Indian government to lower import duties on a host of products and the failure of the dialogue to settle thorny trade disputes has prompted the U.S. (more...)
Blast outside shrine in Lahore; at least 4 killed Blast outside shrine in Lahore; at least 4 killed
- May 08, 2019

TV footage showed a badly damaged police vehicle that authorities said was the target. Strongly denouncing the blast, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has called an emergent law and order meeting at the Punjab Safe City Headquarters, in the wake of the blast. (more...)
Pompeo meeting with Merkel cancelled over 'pressing issues' Pompeo meeting with Merkel cancelled over 'pressing issues'
- May 08, 2019

The United States' top diplomat was scheduled to meet with Merkel and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas later on Tuesday. Earlier, a U.S. Embassy spokesman cited scheduling reasons for the cancellation and quoted a State Department spokesperson as saying Pompeo looked forward to visiting Berlin soon. (more...)
Pamela Anderson visits Julian Assange in jail, says he’s ‘innocent’ Pamela Anderson visits Julian Assange in jail, says he’s ‘innocent’
- May 08, 2019

Assange is serving his sentence inside London's Belmarsh Prison which has been described as " London's Toughest Prison". "He deserves our support, he needs our support". Judge Michael Snow said it would likely be "many months" before a full hearing was held on the substance of the US extradition case. The judge adjourned that hearing and scheduled the next procedural court date for May 30, with a more substantial hearing set for June 12. (more...)
Years of Trump Tax Info Finds He Lost $1.1 Billion Years of Trump Tax Info Finds He Lost $1.1 Billion
- May 08, 2019

Trump reported $517.6 million in combined losses during those years, the Times said. Trump is the first president since Watergate to decline to make his tax returns public. "Nor does it offer a fundamentally new narrative of his picaresque career". The White House did not immediately respond to the report Tuesday night. (more...)
Iran to reduce commitments to nuclear deal amid United States pressure, military moves Iran to reduce commitments to nuclear deal amid United States pressure, military moves
- May 08, 2019

Iran will claim its announcement, likely to be relayed through a live TV address by Rouhani, falls within sections 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, the deal signed in 2015, which allows Iran to take steps if one party withdraws from the agreement. (more...)
Juan Guaido Considers Asking US For Military Intervention in Venezuela Juan Guaido Considers Asking US For Military Intervention in Venezuela
- May 08, 2019

Donald Trump rose to power questioning and criticizing Washington's global wars, but his government is considering putting American boots on the ground in Venezuela, though there's still confusion about the USA policy towards the country. (more...)
US Secretary of State Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Iraq US Secretary of State Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Iraq
- May 08, 2019

Urban said Tuesday B-52 bomber jets were deploying to the region "to protect us forces and interests in the region and to deter any aggression". "We have continued to see activity that leads us to believe that there's escalation that may be taking place, and so we're taking all the appropriate actions, both from a security perspective as well as our ability to make sure the president has a wide range of options in the event that something should actually take place", Secretary of State ... (more...)
Pelosi: To Be Faithful to Constitution, Second Trump Term Unacceptable Pelosi: To Be Faithful to Constitution, Second Trump Term Unacceptable
- May 08, 2019

Every single day, he's just like, taunting and taunting and taunting". "But he doesn't really care, he just wants to solidify his base". "And we can't not impeach him for political reasons". "We can not accept a second term for Donald Trump if we are going to be faithful to our democracy and to the Constitution of the United States". I say to my colleagues, wherever it is, be ready. (more...)
Brunei backs away from death penalty for gay sex, adultery Brunei backs away from death penalty for gay sex, adultery
- May 08, 2019

Several travel companies also stopped promoting Brunei as a tourist destination after the death penalty for gay sex was announced. In a statement shortly after the implementation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the new laws "stipulate the death penalty for offenses such as rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, robbery, and insult or defamation of the Prophet Mohammad, among others". (more...)
Pete Buttigieg heckled by homophobic protesters at Texas event Pete Buttigieg heckled by homophobic protesters at Texas event
- May 08, 2019

That included Mayor Pete Buttigieg , who arrived at LaSalle Council Boy Scouts of America with his husband Chasten and mother Anne at his side. He said to the crowd after the fourth interruption with "Repent" that he did when he left for Afganistan to defend people to be able to have freedom of speech. (more...)
Why the government's Brexit talks with Labour will fail Why the government's Brexit talks with Labour will fail
- May 08, 2019

May is hoping to find a way to get parliament to approve a Brexit plan without another public vote, but talks with the opposition Labour Party on a compromise exit strategy have yet to reach an agreement. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to have discussions with the chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers as calls increase for her to set a firm resignation date. (more...)
Sandra Bland recorded her own arrest in 2015 Sandra Bland recorded her own arrest in 2015
- May 08, 2019

Bland, who was found to have committed suicide three days after the July 2015 arrest in Waller County, is heard asking a state trooper why she is being apprehended as he orders her out of her vehicle. The video was discovered on Bland's phone by the Texas Rangers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation two months after Bland's death. But prosecutors dropped that charge after he agreed to forfeit his license and not work in law enforcement again. (more...)
Authorities: ‘Multiple’ students injured in shooting at suburban Denver school Authorities: ‘Multiple’ students injured in shooting at suburban Denver school
- May 08, 2019

The incident began at 1:53 p.m. on Tuesday when officers were called for an active shooter at the charter school, which is located in the community of Highlands Ranch. The school was surrounded by first responders, Kelly said. Parents of students at the STEM School have been told to go to the Northridge Rec Center to pick up their child. (more...)
Michael Cohen enters jail, vows to 'share the truth' about Trump Michael Cohen enters jail, vows to 'share the truth' about Trump
- May 08, 2019

Cohen will serve his time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, N.Y., 75 miles from New York City , the New York Times reported. Aerial TV news video showed Cohen stepping out of the SUV, then removing his jacket and leaving it inside the vehicle before walking with two men, apparently prison officials, into a building entrance. (more...)
President Trump Pardons Former Army Lieutenant President Trump Pardons Former Army Lieutenant
- May 08, 2019

Behenna", Hunter said in a statement emailed to Newsweek on Monday evening. The White House said Mr Behenna was a " model prisoner " and "entirely deserving" of clemency. After Mansur was interrogated and freed due to lack of conclusive evidence, Behenna sought to interrogate Mansur without authorization. Mansur said that he would talk, but Behenna shot him anyway, later telling other soldiers, "he would do it again, and he did not feel bad about it because he just lost two guys", ... (more...)
Chinese team heads to Washington to salvage trade talks Chinese team heads to Washington to salvage trade talks
- May 08, 2019

Reuters reported, citing a person familiar with the talks, that the change in language was tied to Beijing's desire to implement changes to its economy, granting the U.S. But how far Beijing will go to stop another round of tariffs, which so far have been imposed on imports worth $360 billion in two-way trade, is questionable. (more...)
Democrats to Launch Contempt Action Against AG Barr Wednesday Democrats to Launch Contempt Action Against AG Barr Wednesday
- May 08, 2019

He, Bob Mueller , badly injured this attorney general and the attorney general didn't deserve that. Proceedings could be postponed if the attorney general makes a good faith effort to comply with the committee, but that appears unlikely. (more...)
Scott Morrison egged at election function in Albury Scott Morrison egged at election function in Albury
- May 08, 2019

In the chaos that ensued, an elderly woman got knocked down and had to be helped up by Morrison himself. It was unclear what Holt was protesting. As has been reported, the protester said that her action "speaks for itself" and apparently referred to Manus Island. (more...)

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