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Alex Jones and Infowars permanently banned from Twitter for abusive behaviour

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 03:22

Twitter has permanently banned Alex Jones and his Infowars show for abusive behaviour. The company said the right-wing conspiracy theorist won’t be able to create new accounts on Twitter or take over existing ones. It said it would continue to monitor reports about other accounts potentially associated with Mr Jones or Infowars, and will “take action” if it finds any attempts to circumvent the ban.

'Final' Canada trade issues unresolved as talks push on

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 02:40

U.S. and Canadian negotiators push ahead in grinding talks to rescue the North American Free Trade Agreement but a few stubborn issues stand in the way of a deal. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland tells reporters "we are making good progress." No reporter narration.

Britain's Brexit trade deal with Beijing put at risk by South China Sea 'provocation', state media warns

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 01:30

China yesterday warned the UK it had jeopardised post-Brexit relations by sailing a British warship close to islands in the South China Sea claimed by Beijing last week. Britain has been working to boost trade with the world’s second-largest economy as Brexit looms, talking up a “golden era” in ties.  The two nations agreed last month to look at the possibility of a post-Brexit free trade deal that, if struck, would be a key achievement for Prime Minister Theresa May. "What the British side did is wrong,” said Chinese Foreign MInistry spokeswoman Hua Chunying in a daily press briefing. “It will have a negative impact on the development of China-UK relations.” Chinese state media specifically cautioned that a post-Brexit trade deal was at stake. “China and the UK had agreed to actively explore the possibility of discussing a free trade agreement after Brexit, but any act that harms China's core interests will only put a spanner in the works,” said an English-language editorial in state-run newspaper China Daily.  “But by trying to revive the ‘special relationship’ in this way now it is no longer the gateway to continental Europe, the UK risks losing more than it can gain,” said the editorial. British Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox, left, meets Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing last month Credit: Reuters Warship HMS Albion, a 22,000 ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines passed by the Paracel Islands on Aug. 31, where it was confronted by the Chinese military. The Albion was on its way to Ho Chi Minh City where it docked Monday after a deployment in and around Japan. The Paracels have long been disputed and were the site of a major naval battle in the 1970s between China and Vietnam, after which Beijing claimed sovereignty. The group of more than 30 islands in the South China Sea are now occupied entirely by China though Beijing’s claims remain contested by Vietnam and Taiwan. China has laid claim to other groups of disputed islands in the South China Sea, where roughly $3 trillion in trade pass through each year. Q&A | South China Sea dispute Britain’s decision to send a warship into contested waters was a move to “curry favor with the United States,” said the China Daily editorial. The move “obviously runs counter to the consensus and spirit put forth by the leaders of our two countries that we are willing to join hands to build a ‘golden era’ of China-UK ties,” Hua said. Adding to the tension, China’s Foreign Ministry also said it was “ridiculous for the UK to pose as a ‘supervisor’” and that Britain should stop interfering in Hong Kong, a former British colony. podcast promotion - brexit The comments came after the UK issued issued its latest biannual report on the special administrative region. In it, Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary, noted the "growing concern about the extent of freedom of speech in Hong Kong, particularly in the context of discussion of independence", while also stating that Britain does not think independence is a realistic or desirable option. China said the issue of independence had nothing to do with freedom of speech and was a serious violation of China's constitution and Hong Kong law. "It fundamentally is not within the scope of freedom of expression," the ministry said. "The central government has zero tolerance for 'Hong Kong independence' and will never indulge it."        

GoFundMe Vows To Give Homeless Vet $400,000 He's Owed From Campaign

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 00:34

Johnny Bobbitt, the homeless veteran who used his last $20 to help a stranded

Powerful quake paralyses Hokkaido in latest disaster to hit Japan

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 00:14

About 33 people were missing and 300 were injured, public broadcaster NHK said. Aerial footage showed dozens of landslides exposing barren hillsides near the town of Atsuma in southern Hokkaido, with mounds of red earth and toppled trees piled at the edge of green fields. "It came in four big jerks - boom! boom! boom! boom!" one unidentified woman told NHK.

Chile prosecutors question bishop in clerical abuse scandal

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 00:08

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Prosecutors questioned Roman Catholic bishop emeritus Juan Barros as part of an investigation into sex abuse allegations against a former Chilean military chaplain.

Brazil's far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro stabbed during campaign event

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 00:05

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's front-running far-right presidential candidate, underwent emergency surgery on Thursday after he was stabbed during a campaign event. The 63-year-old lawmaker has "a wound in the abdomen that has been caused by a sharp instrument," said the Santa Casa hospital in the southeastern city of Juiz de Fora, describing his condition as "stable." In a press conference after the surgery, doctors said the lawmaker had "three serious bowel perforations" that caused internal bleeding, adding that they had performed a colostomy and he was now stable. Earlier, one of the candidate's sons, Flavio Bolsonaro, had announced on Twitter that his father's wounds were "superficial", but he later wrote: "Unfortunately, it's more serious than we thought." "The perforation reached part of his liver, lung and intestine," Flavio Bolsonaro wrote. "He lost a lot of blood, arrived at the hospital ... almost dead. He appears to have stabilised now. Please pray!" Jair Bolsonaro gestures after being stabbed in the stomach during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora Credit: RAYSA LEITE/AFP Later, he said outside the hospital where his father was treated that he was conscious and the attack was a political boost. "I just want to send a message to the thugs who tried to ruin the life of a family man, a guy who is the hope for millions of Brazilians: You just elected him president. He will win in the first round," said Flavio Bolsonaro. Images shared on social media and Brazilian television showed Mr Bolsonaro being carried on the shoulders of a throng of supporters, before a man lunges at his stomach. A military police spokesman told AFP a 40-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the assault. The suspect was carrying a knife wrapped in fabric, the spokesman said. The suspect was a former activist of a far-left political party. Social media footage showed the apparent attacker being grabbed by several Bolsonaro supporters before the video cuts out.  In this video still provided by Fernando Goncalves, National Social Liberal Party presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is carried away after being stabbed  Credit: AP Sometimes described as Brazil's Donald Trump, Mr Bolsonaro has a huge social media following of 8.5 million people. The attack pushes an already chaotic campaign into further disarray.  Dr. Luiz Henrique Borsato, who operated on the candidate, said it could take two months for him to fully recover and he will spend at least a week in the hospital. "His internal wounds were grave and put the patient's life at risk," Dr Borsato said, adding that a serious challenge now would be preventing an infection that could be caused by the perforation of Bolsonaro's intestines. Bolsonaro, who has spent nearly three decades in Congress, is a law-and-order candidate who routinely says that Brazilian police should kill suspected drug traffickers and other criminals at will. His trademark pose at rallies is a "guns up" gesture with both hands to make them resemble pistols. Jair Bolsonaro: Hard-Right frontrunner dubbed 'Trump of the Tropics' He has openly praised Brazil's military dictatorship and in the past said it should have killed more people. Mr Bolsonaro faces trial before the Supreme Court for speech that prosecutors said incited hate and rape. He has called the charges politically motivated. President Michel Temer quickly condemned the attack and instructed his Minister of Security Raul Jungmann to reinforce security for candidates and conduct "a rigorous investigation," a spokesman for the presidency told AFP. "It is intolerable to see that in a democratic state it is not possible to have a normal campaign," Mr Temer said. Jair Bolsonaro is taken on the shoulders of a supporter moments before being stabbed Credit: Antonio Scorza Fernando Haddad, who will likely be the leftist Workers Party presidential candidate, said the stabbing was a "shame" and a "horror." Presidential rival Ciro Gomes also expressed outrage at the political violence. A few people gathered outside the hospital where Mr Bolsonaro was treated Thursday night where the scene was calm. Bruno Engler, 21, who is running for a Minas Gerais state congressional seat for Mr Bolsonaro's Social Liberal Party, was pacing outside the hospital with a few other Bolsonaro supporters. He said if he could, he would lynch the suspect police have in custody. "They call us on the right the intolerant, the violent ones, but those who are intolerant and violent are them," Engler said, referring to leftist voters. Brazilian President Michel Temer Credit: EVARISTO SA/AFP Next month's election is the most unpredictable since Brazil's return to democracy three decades ago. Political corruption investigations have jailed scores of powerful businessmen, politicians and alienated voters who are infuriated with their representatives. With jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ruled out of the October 7 election, the latest polls from the Ibope Institute put Mr Bolsonaro in a clear lead with 22 percent compared with 12 percent each for environmentalist Marina Silva and center-left runner Ciro Gomes. Under Brazilian campaign laws, Mr Bolsonaro's tiny coalition has almost no campaign time on government-regulated candidate ad blocs on TV and radio. That means he relies deeply on social media and raucous rallies around the country to drum up support. If Mr Bolsonaro is not able to go out in the streets, it could jeopardise his campaign.

The Trump Administration Plans To Detain More Children And For Longer

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 00:02

The Trump administration said Thursday that it plans to withdraw from a court

Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearings Have Been Shrouded In Secrecy

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 23:50

From the outset of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings,

Trump Speculates About His Impeachment During Rally: 'If It Does Happen, It's Your Fault'

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 22:54

President Donald Trump went on a bizarre tangent during a rally Thursday night

Wildfire near Redding nearly triples in size, triggers evacuations

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 19:38

Interstate 5 remains closed in Shasta County because of a fast-moving wildfire. The Delta Fire is burning about ten miles north of Redding. So far, the fire has grown to 23 square miles and has zero percent containment.

'A horrific situation: 4 dead in Cincinnati bank shooting

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 19:15

CINCINNATI (AP) — A gunman carrying enough ammunition to cause "a bloodbath beyond imagination" killed three people and wounded two others Thursday morning at a high-rise office building in the heart of Cincinnati before dying in a hail of police gunfire.

U.S. safety board investigates Delta engine failure

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 17:50

(Reuters) - The National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday it was investigating an engine failure on a Delta Air Lines' flight, which was bound for Orlando, Florida on Wednesday.

Elizabeth Warren Calls For Use Of 25th Amendment To Remove Trump

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 17:28

It's time we invoke the Constitution to remove President Donald Trump from

Twitter Finally Bans Alex Jones And Infowars

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 16:59

Twitter has decided to permanently ban conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has

Susan Collins Downplays Brett Kavanaugh Email About Abortion Rights And 'Settled Law'

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 16:58

WASHINGTON ― Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Thursday downplayed the

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 15:41

 A powerful earthquake Thursday on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors.

Britain points finger at Putin over spy poisoning

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 15:12

Britain pointed the finger at Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England -- a charge that Moscow rejected as "unacceptable". The leaders of the United States, France, Germany and Canada later said they had "full confidence" in Britain's assessment that officers from Russia's military intelligence service were behind the Novichok attack that nearly killed Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. British Security Minister Ben Wallace said that Putin was "ultimately" responsible for the poisoning in the southwestern city of Salisbury, prompting an angry response from Moscow.

Deadly shooting in the heart of Cincinnati

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:48

A gunman opened fire Thursday morning in a building in the heart of Cincinnati in an attack that left him and three other people dead, police said.

Tyler Tessier Dead: Maryland Man Accused of Killing Pregnant Girlfriend Kills Himself in Jail Cell

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:46

Tessier had famously pleaded for his girlfriend's safe return alongside her parents.