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UN expert: No peace in Myanmar if no military prosecutions
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  • 2019-08-23 23:20:59Z

A member of the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar warned Friday that there will be no long-term peace in the country and no return of Rohingya refugees unless there is accountability for the "brutality" of Myanmar's military forces. Radhika Coomaraswamy, a Sri Lankan lawyer who is one of the mission's three international experts, told an informal Security Council meeting on accountability in Myanmar that the commission believes a domestic judicial process is not possible at this time. "Pressure by military and political forces will not only frighten away witnesses, but they will not allow a domestic, and we think even at this time, a hybrid form of...

Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh's High-School Classmate Sues HuffPost for Defamation

A former high-school classmate of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh has filed suit against HuffPost over a "fabricated" report intended to detail the culture of debauchery at Georgetown Preparatory School during Kavanaugh's time there.HuffPost reporter Ashley Feinberg, now at Slate, published a report at the height of the Kavanaugh confirmation controversy entitled "Former Student: Brett Kavanaugh's Prep School Party Scene Was a 'Free-For-All'," which purported to expose the degenerate culture that predominated at Georgetown Prep when Kavanaugh was a student. That hard-partying ethos supposedly culminated in the 1984 overdose death of David Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's son, in a Palm...

IMF to hold weekend meetings in Argentina with advisers for Macri, Fernandez
IMF to hold weekend meetings in Argentina with advisers for Macri, Fernandez

"We will have work meetings both Saturday and Sunday," a Treasury Ministry source confirmed to Reuters, adding that it would be the first meeting with the IMF for Argentina's new Treasury Minister Hernan Lacunza, who was sworn in on Tuesday.

Here's Why Precious Metal Stocks Soared Higher Today
Here's Why Precious Metal Stocks Soared Higher Today

On a day when investors fled to safe havens, metals stocks got a boost.

US stocks tumble as US-China trade war rattles investors
US stocks tumble as US-China trade war rattles investors

Stocks edged lower in early trading on Wall Street Friday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gave no clear signal on additional interest rate cuts. Stocks recovered some of their losses from an early slide caused by the latest escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China. Speaking at a Fed policy conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Powell noted that there's growing evidence of a global economic slowdown and suggested that uncertainty over President Donald Trump's trade wars have complicated the central bank's ability to set interest rate policy.

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Interested In Huaxi Holdings Company Limited (HKG:1689)'s Upcoming 1.5% Dividend? You Have 4 Days Left

It looks like Huaxi Holdings Company Limited (HKG:1689) is about to go ex-dividend in the next 4 days. Investors can...

When the Sun Sets in Libya, Two U.S. Allies Get Down to War
When the Sun Sets in Libya, Two U.S. Allies Get Down to War

(Bloomberg) -- On July 26, Libya's internationally-recognized government announced a brazen air raid on a hangar housing drones deployed in support of rival commander Khalifa Haftar. A day later, his forces said they retaliated with strikes on a military base that sent fireballs into the night sky.Neither side officially acknowledged the worst-kept secret of the North African state's civil war: as the opponents face a stalemate on the ground, their backers in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates are engaged in an aerial campaign that's seen them target each other's unmanned planes in a bid to determine Libya's future in their favor.The Tripoli government's attack on the airfield in Jufra...

Minneapolis City Council OKs settlement in police shooting
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  • 2019-08-23 21:29:33Z

The Minneapolis City Council has approved a $200,000 settlement for the family of a black man who was killed by police in 2015. The council previously rejected an unspecified five-figure settlement because it was too low. The officer, Mohammed Noor, was convicted on two counts and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Six EU nations agree to take 356 Ocean Viking migrants
Six EU nations agree to take 356 Ocean Viking migrants

Six EU countries Friday agreed to take in 356 migrants stranded on a rescue ship in the Mediterranean after a two-week standoff again exposed the failure of European leaders to quickly deal with desperate people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa. The Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking, run by charities MSF and SOS Mediterranee, had been seeking a port after rescuing four boats of migrants off the Libyan coast between August 9 and 12. The migrants screamed with joy as the news broke, the adults sweeping their children into their arms and dancing and singing.

Macron spearheads pressure on Bolsonaro over Amazon fires
Macron spearheads pressure on Bolsonaro over Amazon fires
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  • 2019-08-23 21:04:04Z

French President Emmanuel Macron held talks with Iran's foreign minister Friday ahead of a G7 meeting, where he will attempt to soothe tensions between Tehran and Washington at what risks being a stormy summit. "We're at a critical moment," Macron warned on Wednesday, acknowledging that Iran is "laying out a strategy for exiting the JCPOA," the name of the 2015 accord reining in the country's nuclear ambitions.

Chinese buyers pull back from U.S. housing market, hurting home sales
Chinese buyers pull back from U.S. housing market, hurting home sales

Chinese investors are buying fewer U.S. homes because of money controls in China. That's lowering prices and giving U.S. buyers a better chance to buy

Danish leader speaks with Trump amid Greenland dispute
Danish leader speaks with Trump amid Greenland dispute

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has had a phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump amid a dispute about Greenland, her office said Friday. Earlier this week, Trump scrapped a visit to Denmark by saying that Frederiksen was "nasty" when she rejected his idea of buying Greenland as an absurdity. Both leaders spoke late Thursday, and Danish media reported that the call was "constructive." Frederiksen's office says details of the discussion won't be released.

Scientists think toxic algae may be to blame for Florida
Scientists think toxic algae may be to blame for Florida's stumbling panthers, bobcats

Florida's fish and wildlife agency has confirmed that one panther and one bobcat have shown positive results for neurological damage.

Russia
Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighter Has One Target In Its Sights: The U.S. Navy
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  • 2019-08-23 16:00:00Z

The Su-57 is Russia's equivalent of the U.S. F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters. A Mach 2 aircraft capable of air superiority and ground-strike missions, it is Russia's first stealth plane, and probably the most sophisticated aircraft in the Russian arsenal.​Russia is designing an anti-ship missile for its Su-57 stealth fighter.But is hunting ships the best mission for such an advanced aircraft?Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko made the announcement while visiting the Detal Design Bureau, which is developing a new anti-ship missile, according to Russian news agency TASS.(This first appeared in June 2019.)"Today the enterprise is working on developing an active homing warhead for the...

UPDATE 3-Special prosecutor to review actor Jussie Smollett's case -judge
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  • 2019-08-23 14:51:15Z

A Chicago judge on Friday named a special prosecutor to investigate the case involving ex-"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's allegation that he was the victim of a racist attack, which authorities have ruled a hoax. Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to probe the case of the actor, who is black and gay, and who told police on Jan. 29 that two masked men threw a noose around his neck and poured chemicals on him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs and expressing support for U.S. President Donald Trump. A month after Smollett made the allegation, State's Attorney Kim Foxx charged Smollett, best known for his role as a gay musician on the Fox...

Russia says isotope in doctor's tissue caused by diet, not accident
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  • 2019-08-23 14:43:07Z

Russian authorities said on Friday that a doctor who treated those injured in a mysterious accident this month had the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 in his body, but said it was probably put there by his diet. The deadly accident at a military site in northern Russia took place on Aug. 8 and caused a brief spurt of radiation. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said it occurred during testing of what he called promising new weapons systems.

Cries of joy as odyssey over for Ocean Viking migrants
Cries of joy as odyssey over for Ocean Viking migrants

African migrants on board the Ocean Viking rescue ship howled with joy Friday as the news broke of an EU deal to take them in after a two-week standoff at sea. Jay Berger, the MSF coordinator on board, had planned to spread the news quietly after food rations were distributed. The Ocean Viking had been denied entry to dock by both Italy and Malta in the latest in a string of migrant boat standoffs.

France to deploy celebrated cuisine to ease G-7 tensions
France to deploy celebrated cuisine to ease G-7 tensions
  • US
  • 2019-08-23 14:38:14Z

As tensions loom over this weekend's G-7 summit of world leaders in France, the country is counting on one key asset to cheer up the event: food. France hosts the summit of seven advanced economies starting Saturday in the southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz, known for its surfers, casino on the beach, luxury houses from the 19th century, and gastronomic specialties. The French presidency has chosen five local chefs, all with Michelin stars, to prepare lunches and dinners that will highlight the region's products.

U.S. new home sales drop sharply, point to more housing weakness
U.S. new home sales drop sharply, point to more housing weakness

Sales of new U.S. single-family homes sank more than expected in July, a sign that the housing market continued in low gear despite lower mortgage rates and a strong labor market. The Commerce Department said on Friday new home sales dropped 12.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 635,000 units last month. Economists had expected a sales pace of 649,000 units.

Poland search for trapped cavers now a recovery operation
  • US
  • 2019-08-23 11:52:44Z

Rescuers in Poland say they are turning their search operation for two spelunkers into a retrieval of bodies after the remains of one of them have been found in a narrow passage in a cave. The two Polish cavers went missing over the weekend in the uncharted parts of the Wielka Sniezna cave in the Tatra Mountains. The head of the Tatra emergency service, Jan Krzysztof, said Friday the operation will focus on widening a narrow passage to allow for the bodies to be recovered.

Scientists a step closer to saving northern white rhino from extinction
Scientists a step closer to saving northern white rhino from extinction

Veterinarians have successfully harvested eggs from the last two surviving northern white rhinos, taking them one step closer to bringing the species back from the brink of extinction, scientists said in Kenya on Friday. Science is the only hope for the northern white rhino after the death last year of the last male, named Sudan, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where the groundbreaking procedure was carried out Thursday. Two females, Najin, 30, and daughter Fatu, 19, are the only survivors of the subspecies of white rhino, and live under 24-hour armed guard at Ol Pejeta.

Brazil
Brazil's climate change skeptic government says warnings about the fires consuming the Amazon are 'sensationalist,' 'hysterical,' and 'misleading'

President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed the idea that the Amazon fires should be discussed at the G7 summit, an idea proposed by France's Emmanuel Macron.

Sweden
Sweden 'receives indications' Iran is ready to release British tanker
  • World
  • 2019-08-23 10:48:17Z

Sweden has reportedly received "very strong indications" from Iran that it will release the British-flagged Stena Impero oil tanker sometime in the coming days.  Sweden's foreign ministry believes that the ship, which is operated by a Swedish firm, will be set free in the near future, according to Swedish public television.  The report emerged after Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, met with his Swedish counterpart, Margot Wallstrom, in Stockholm earlier this week. The Iranian minister also met with the chief executive of Stena Bulk, the ship's operator.  A spokeswoman for Sweden's foreign ministry would not confirm or deny the STV report.   "We look positively at what Foreign...

China to soon unveil plan for retaliatory tariffs on some US products -Global Times
  • US
  • 2019-08-23 10:39:46Z

China will soon unveil a plan to impose retaliatory tariffs on certain U.S. products, the editor in chief of China's Global Times newspaper said. "Based on what I know, China will take further countermeasures in response to U.S. tariffs on $300 billion Chinese goods. Beijing will soon unveil a plan of imposing retaliatory tariffs on certain U.S. products", Hu Xijin wrote in a tweet http://bit.ly/2ZvZK2M on Friday.

UPDATE 1-Smoke forces Hawaii Airlines Airbus to make emergency landing
  • US
  • 2019-08-23 10:24:34Z

A Hawaiian Airlines jetliner made an emergency landing in Honolulu on Thursday after smoke filled the cabin and cargo hold, and seven people were taken to hospital, officials said. Hawaiian Airlines Flight 47, an Airbus A321neo flying from Oakland, California, was about 20 minutes away from its scheduled noon landing in Honolulu when an emergency was declared, officials said. A seal on the left engine failed and leaked oil onto hot engine parts and the air conditioning system, the company said in an online statement early on Friday.

America
America's Key to Keeping ISIS Defeated
  • World
  • 2019-08-23 09:02:44Z

Louai Beshara/GettyEastern Syria sits at the crossroads of critical policy decisions in Washington. The region is at the center of an escalating crisis in U.S.-Turkey relations, while maintaining America's presence there blocks Iranian and Russian gains in Syria. It also is key to keeping ISIS defeated. Washington should see eastern Syria as one of the most important strategic pieces of "real estate" to emerge out of the last half-decade of conflict in the Middle East.The area of northeast Syria where the U.S. today plays a critical role, roughly the size of West Virginia, is now a kind of Gordian Knot. While American adversaries, such as Russia or Iran, have a clear goal in Syria,...

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