Italy to seize Spanish rescue ship, remove migrants
by Reuters on August 20, 2019 at 8:30 pm
An Italian prosecutor ordered on Tuesday the seizure of the Open Arms migrant ship and the removal of the migrants on board, ending a prolonged stand-off between the Spanish charity and the government in Rome.
Elizabeth Warren apologizes for heritage claim, woos Native American voters at forum
by The Associated Press on August 20, 2019 at 7:09 pm
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to Indigenous heritage, directly tackling an area that’s proved to be a big political liability.
New Facebook tool blocks gathering of users’ data from outside sites, apps
by The Associated Press on August 20, 2019 at 6:44 pm
The ‘off-Facebook activity’ tool is first being rolled out in South Korea, Ireland and Spain and allows users to block the social network from gathering information about them on outside websites and apps.
Italian PM resigns, blaming deputy for populist government’s collapse
by The Associated Press on August 20, 2019 at 6:34 pm
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious and politically ambitious deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, the leader of the nationalist League party.
Jihadi Jack, stripped of U.K. citizenship, now hopes to come to Canada
by CBC News on August 20, 2019 at 5:55 pm
Jack Letts, who was dubbed Jihadi Jack after being accused of travelling to Syria to fight for ISIS, and is now a prisoner there, said he’s not surprised he was stripped of his British citizenship, and that he “has hope Canada does take me.”
Brazilian police shoot bus hijacker dead in Rio, no hostages hurt
by The Associated Press on August 20, 2019 at 1:22 pm
An armed man who held dozens of people hostage on a public bus Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro and threatened to set the vehicle on fire was shot dead after a four-hour standoff.
Britain concerned about consular employee missing in China
by The Associated Press on August 20, 2019 at 11:39 am
The British are “extremely concerned” about an employee of its Hong Kong Consulate who has been missing since crossing into mainland China on a business trip.
Facebook, Twitter bust Chinese campaign aimed at Hong Kong
by Reuters on August 20, 2019 at 8:00 am
More than 200,000 Twitter accounts were suspended after the social media company identified a disinformation campaign linked to mainland China and targeting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. Facebook said it had also removed pages.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam urges talks with protesters to end unrest
by Reuters on August 20, 2019 at 7:07 am
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of an effort to restore calm and that talks with non-violent protesters would provide “a way out” for the Chinese-ruled city.
Thousands detained in Kashmir to contain unrest after India strips it of special status
by Reuters on August 20, 2019 at 6:37 am
Security forces detained thousands if people in Indian-administered Kashmir, local officials said on Tuesday, seeking to keep a tight lid on protests over the federal government’s decision to strip the region of its autonomy.
New lawsuit seeks protection zone for Pacific Northwest orcas
by The Associated Press on August 20, 2019 at 1:15 am
A new U.S. lawsuit filed Monday seeks to establish a whale protection zone for endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest.
Kayakers capture dramatic moment as glacier collapses off Alaska
by The Associated Press on August 20, 2019 at 12:23 am
Footage from an Alaska kayaking trip shows a sudden and up-close look at part of a collapsing glacier.
Soldiering on or fizzling out: 2 possible outcomes of the Hong Kong protests
by Chris Brown on August 19, 2019 at 8:32 pm
Hong Kong’s million-person march in a downpour Sunday could mark a turning point in the standoff with the city’s administration. Harder to discern is exactly which direction it will go from here.
Omar, Tlaib speak out on travel restrictions after being denied entry into Israel
by The Associated Press on August 19, 2019 at 7:52 pm
U.S. Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticized Israel on Monday for denying them entry to the Jewish state and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while they cannot.
U.S. tests missile banned for 30 years under nuclear treaty
by The Associated Press on August 19, 2019 at 7:27 pm
The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said.
Sri Lanka appoints war veteran suspected of human rights violations as army chief
by Reuters on August 19, 2019 at 6:25 pm
Sri Lanka’s president named war veteran Shavendra Silva as its army chief Monday, drawing sharp criticism from the United States and the United Nations.
Acting head of prison agency removed in wake of Jeffrey Epstein death
by The Associated Press on August 19, 2019 at 5:28 pm
Hugh Hurwitz has been removed as acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, and given another position, more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody.
New York policeman who used banned chokehold on Eric Garner fired from force
by Reuters on August 19, 2019 at 5:05 pm
After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the black man whose dying gasps of “I can’t breathe” gave voice to a national debate over race and police use of force.
Afghanistan sees additional bombings as president vows to root out ISIS affiliate
by The Associated Press on August 19, 2019 at 1:20 pm
Afghanistan’s president on Monday vowed to “eliminate” all safe havens of ISIS as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day following a wedding attack claimed by the local ISIS affiliate.
‘I feel like I’m in another country’: Inside America’s latest lead water crisis
by Steven D’Souza on August 19, 2019 at 8:00 am
Water problems in Newark, N.J. are drawing comparisons with the previous water crisis in Flint, Mich., after officials began distributing bottled water this week. The city says it’s acting out of an abundance of caution, but activists say the problem has been ignored for too long.