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U-turns leave Malcolm Turnbull on the ropes and facing coup U-turns leave Malcolm Turnbull on the ropes and facing coup
- August 21, 2018

Tony Abbott will say something. But the result - narrow by historical standards for a first strike against a prime minister - sets the Turnbull government up for further instability and the possibility of another ballot before the next federal election. (more...)
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull abandons greenhouse gas target to prevent conservative revolt Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull abandons greenhouse gas target to prevent conservative revolt
- August 21, 2018

While Coalition marginal seat holders have publicly supported Mr Turnbull, some privately lobbied in favour of Mr Dutton to improve the party's chances in Queensland. Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese said the prime minister should call an election, if he survives the week. Malcolm Turnbull is being assured he has the numbers to resist any immediate push from Peter Dutton after the Government dumped its carbon emissions reduction target to placate internal dissidents. (more...)
Malcolm Turnbull: Under-pressure Australia PM drops climate policy
- August 21, 2018

But Turnbull ousted Abbott as prime minister in 2015 in a leadership ballot of government lawmakers concerned by the government's poor opinion polling. If Turnbull's support isn't tested in the partyroom this week, Dutton will need to wait until the next sitting of Parliament in September. Climate groups anxious that the National Energy Guarantee would not do enough to combat climate change. (more...)
'Allahu Akbar!': Knife-Man Shot Dead After Attacking Spanish Police 'Allahu Akbar!': Knife-Man Shot Dead After Attacking Spanish Police
- August 21, 2018

Spanish police are investigating a " terrorist attack " in Catalonia just days after the one-year anniversary of two assaults in the country's northeastern region that killed 16 people. Teresa Cunillera, the central government's representative in Catalonia, called for "prudence" before deciding what the man's motive was and until police had finished their probe. (more...)
Mother and son separated by Korean War meet after 68 years Mother and son separated by Korean War meet after 68 years
- August 21, 2018

After the initial tearful reunion was over, Sang Chol showed his mother a photo of her husband, who had been with their son when the couple became separated but has since died. "It is a shame for both governments that numerous families have passed away without knowing whether their lost relatives were alive", he told presidential secretaries at a meeting. (more...)
Doctor says don't vacuum while wildfire smoke is in the air Doctor says don't vacuum while wildfire smoke is in the air
- August 20, 2018

Conditions are expected to get worse Sunday night and last through Wednesday. The poor air quality has also been affecting air travel in the province's interior. Smoke from fires in British Columbia drifting into Washington and Idaho will cause unhealthy air levels through Tuesday, the weather service said. Air quality has deteriorated across the province as more than 500 wildfires burn across British Columbia. (more...)
Trump rips Mueller’s team: ‘They are a national disgrace’ Trump rips Mueller’s team: ‘They are a national disgrace’
- August 20, 2018

Citing a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the matter, the paper said White House Counsel Donald McGahn had shared information, some of which the investigators would not have known about. Mr. McGahn cautioned to investigators that he never saw Mr. Trump go beyond his legal authorities. "You don't waive privilege. if you're guilty", he said. (more...)
Separated South and North Korean families take part in rare reunions
- August 20, 2018

The oldest South Korean participant is 101-year-old Baek Seong-gyu, who was reunited with his daughter-in-law and granddaughter. For many it will likely be the only chance they have to come face-to-face with long lost relatives. Many were war refugees who fled south during the war, leaving relatives behind. Pak Sam Dong pointed at one of the images, telling his brother: "This is you". (more...)
US Senate unanimously affirms the press is 'not the enemy' US Senate unanimously affirms the press is 'not the enemy'
- August 20, 2018

In response to The Boston Globe's request, more than 300 news outlets across the USA, along with a few global publications, printed editorials promoting the free press with many using the hashtag #EnemyofNone. Thomas Jefferson - who had a notably tempestuous relationship with the press - was a president who still often rose to defend it. "BUT WE ARE WINNING", he added , returning to all-caps. (more...)
Teen charged in scary bridge push caught on video
- August 20, 2018

She said she initially planned to jump but had second thoughts. After arriving at the hospital, Smith was asked to leave and told that she wasn't allowed to see Holgerson. "I just wanted Taylor to be put away for a little bit so that she can think about what she did and about her actions", Jordan admitted. "I don't think that's what kids do to have fun", Holgerson said. (more...)
Italian bridge company under fire as rescuers toil for third day Italian bridge company under fire as rescuers toil for third day
- August 20, 2018

Among the coffins was a small white one for the youngest victim, an eight-year-old boy who was killed alongside his parents. One local man at the state-run funeral held a placard that read, "In Italy, we prefer ribbon-cuttings to maintenance", according to the AP . (more...)
Shots Fired at Gate of US Embassy in Turkey Shots Fired at Gate of US Embassy in Turkey
- August 20, 2018

Turkey's detention of the pastor has been a major factor behind deteriorating relations between the two countries. The spokesperson added, "We have no reports of any injuries and we are investigating the details". Turkey has also increased imports tariffs on some products. Turkish police have launched an operation to trace the vehicle used for firing. "The attack aimed at our economy has no difference from an attack aimed at our call to prayer or flag", he said. (more...)
North Korea to host emotional family reunions
- August 20, 2018

Among the relatives was Lee Keum-seom, now a tiny and frail 92, who was to see her son for the first time since she and her infant daughter were separated from him and her husband as they fled. More than 130,000 Southerners have signed up for a reunion since the events began but a lot of them have since died. In South Korea , around 132,600 individuals are listed as separated families, but the Red Cross has only identified 57,000 survivors. (more...)
Taliban takes at least 100 people hostage after call for cease-fire Taliban takes at least 100 people hostage after call for cease-fire
- August 20, 2018

Abdul Rahman Aqtash, police chief in neighboring Takhar province, says the passengers were fram Badakhshan and Takhar provinces and were traveling to the capital, Kabul . The announcement followed a bloody week of fighting across Afghanistan which saw the Taliban launch a massive assault against the provincial capital Ghazni . (more...)
United Kingdom woman survives 10 hours at sea after falling off cruise ship United Kingdom woman survives 10 hours at sea after falling off cruise ship
- August 20, 2018

She fell from the Norwegian Star cruise liner about 60 miles off the coast in the early hours of yesterday. The British woman, who has not been named, is said to have fallen into the sea from the cruise ship Norwegian Star while on route from the port of Vargarola near Pula, Croatia , in the northern Adriatic towards the south. (more...)
Pregnant New Zealand minister cycles to delivery ward Pregnant New Zealand minister cycles to delivery ward
- August 20, 2018

Genter added that she and her partner rode their bikes to the hospital "because there wasn't enough room in the vehicle for the support crew". On its Twitter account, the Green Party declared Genter's bicycle journey to the hospital "the most #onbrand thing ever". (more...)
Greece would accept migrants from Germany Greece would accept migrants from Germany
- August 20, 2018

She added Germany was negotiating a similar deal with the Italian government, qualifying the planned migration agreement between the two countries as "very advanced". In June, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer threatened to turn back previously registered migrants unilaterally at the German-Austrian border. The readmission window extended to 48 hours, Ms Petermann said. (more...)
Spokane air quality in the 'very unhealthy' range; 'Tuxedo Junction' concert cancelled
- August 20, 2018

Air quality statements have been issued for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as northwestern Ontario. Smoke was being pushed south toward the Tri-Cities from fires burning in Washington state and Canada on Sunday. If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center. (more...)
Jail recommended for Trump campaign adviser who triggered Russian Federation probe Jail recommended for Trump campaign adviser who triggered Russian Federation probe
- August 20, 2018

The Mueller court documents said Mr Papadopoulos caused irreparable damage to the Russian Federation investigation because he lied repeatedly to agents during a January 2017 interview. The reviews from the Mueller team were not good. Those lies, they said, resulted in the Federal Bureau of Investigation missing an opportunity to properly question a professor Papadopoulos was in contact with during the campaign who told him that the Russians possessed "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of ... (more...)
Rain Lets Up In Kerala, Thousands Still Feared Trapped: 10 Facts Rain Lets Up In Kerala, Thousands Still Feared Trapped: 10 Facts
- August 20, 2018

Dozens of military and coastguard helicopters flew in torrential rain to reach high risk areas, officials said, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing the crisis as "devastating". A special train with 14 lakh litre of water and a Navy ship with eight lakh litre of water will reach Kerala by tomorrow. Besides, SBI has chose to waive all charges on remittances to the CMDRF, penalty on non-maintenance of minimum account balance from proceeds of relief fund provided by the ... (more...)
Fort Lauderdale airport shooter sentenced to life in prison Fort Lauderdale airport shooter sentenced to life in prison
- August 20, 2018

Santiago had accepted a plea bargain, admitting guilt on 11 charges in exchange for prosecutors declining to seek the death penalty. He pleaded guilty in May to five counts of committing acts of violence at an worldwide airport causing death and six counts of committing acts of violence at an global airport causing serious bodily injury. (more...)
Rudy Giuliani says 'truth isn't truth' Rudy Giuliani says 'truth isn't truth'
- August 20, 2018

He didn't mention Clinton by name. "If someone said, I have information about your opponent, you would take that meeting". It is illegal for a USA political campaign to accept help from a foreign individual or government. It was the moment when the phrase was coined that might be said to sum up the spirit of the Trump era: " Truth isn't truth ". Andrew McCarthy refuted the seemingly self-evident position advocated by Todd in his NR column "Of Course There Is Such a Thing as a "Perjury ... (more...)
ICE Detained A Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Hospital ICE Detained A Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Hospital
- August 19, 2018

According to Amaya, witnesses at the gas station said ICE agents were there when Arrona-Lara's auto pulled up and that the agents seemed to approach the family randomly. "I'm well healthwise, but emotionally bad", she said. ICE's statement said while the team prioritizes arresting immigrants who are transnational gang members, child sex offenders and those who've had previous convictions for violent crimes, it "will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential ... (more...)
United Nations chief welcomes re-opening of key Gaza border crossing United Nations chief welcomes re-opening of key Gaza border crossing
- August 19, 2018

Hamas is holding the remains of Staff Sgt. Oron ‎Shaul and Lt. Hadar Goldin, killed in the Gaza Strip ‎in separate battles in 2014, as well as two living ‎Israeli civilians-Ethiopian Israeli Avera Mengistu ‎and Bedouin Israeli Hisham al-Sayed, both men with mental-health issues who crossed into Gaza ‎willingly in 2014 and 2015, and were captured.‎. (more...)
N Korea urges S Korea to not succumb to sanctions pressure N Korea urges S Korea to not succumb to sanctions pressure
- August 19, 2018

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on three companies from China, Russia and Singapore accused of helping North Korea dodge global sanctions. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington was progressing at "an unprecedented pace" and that "there have been many more talks and contacts" between the two "than publicly reported ". (more...)
Manafort Jury Begins Second Day of Deliberations Manafort Jury Begins Second Day of Deliberations
- August 19, 2018

This week, Trump refused to say to reporters whether he might consider pardoning his former campaign manager if he were convicted of the criminal tax evasion charges he faces, but did offer some thoughts on the charges against Manafort. They say Manafort declared only some of his foreign income on his federal income tax returns and repeatedly failed to disclose millions of dollars that streamed into the U.S.to pay for luxury items, services and property. (more...)
Trump says 'nothing to hide' from Special Counsel Mueller Trump says 'nothing to hide' from Special Counsel Mueller
- August 19, 2018

In a series of tweets Sunday morning, Mr. Trump slammed a New York Times report that McGahn had been cooperating "extensively" with Mueller over the last nine months and has submitted to a series of three interviews with investigators - totaling 30 hours of face-time. (more...)
Satanic Temple unveils Baphomet statue at Arkansas Capitol Satanic Temple unveils Baphomet statue at Arkansas Capitol
- August 19, 2018

Lucien Greaves , spokesman for the Satanic Temple called the Baphomet statue as a symbol of 'symbol of pluralism, legal equality, tolerance, free inquiry, freedom of conscience, and reconciliation.'Satanic Arkansas cofounder Ivy Forrester who was a part of the rally was quoted The Independent , "If you're going to have one religious monument up then it should be open to others, and if you don't agree with that then let's just not have any at all". (more...)
Trump cancels plans for military parade Trump cancels plans for military parade
- August 19, 2018

Trump blaming the cost on local DC politicians, who "wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it". The President added that "Now we can buy some more jet fighters!" The drama that unfolded Thursday and Friday also highlighted, not for the first time, a disconnect between the Pentagon and the White House when it comes to turning some of Trump's more mercurial ideas into reality. (more...)
Lawyers, Family Denied Access to Bobi Wine, Colleagues Say He was Tortured Lawyers, Family Denied Access to Bobi Wine, Colleagues Say He was Tortured
- August 19, 2018

Moses Ali told Parliament that MP Kyagulanyi was found with a gun and would be charged in the army court for gun possession on Thursday (today). There was also a strong military presence outside the Makindye army barracks where he is being held. (more...)

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