Day: February 12, 2019

'Nothing left in Baghuz': Isis families flee as war enters endgame

From The Guardian World:   Syria Small enclave of extremists holds out in Syria against intensive bombardment A civilian collection point for suspected Isis families fleeing heavy fighting for control of Baghuz. Photograph: Achilleas Zavallis/The Guardian Clamouring up dirt berms, clutching babies and blankets, the newest refugees of the Islamic

No plastic gloves or dressings: Inside the last pediatric surgical ward in Caracas – CNN

From Google World News:   Today, however, it’s Antonella’s mom who is being treated — for malnutrition, a state-inflicted malady that is sweeping across oil-rich Venezuela. Struggling to feed herself and her child, she fainted when she walked into the hospital where Antonella is slowly dying. The trips are becoming

Chelsea Clinton defends Omar, says Trump never said sorry for 'white nationalism' embrace – Fox News

From Google World News:   Chelsea Clinton on Tuesday called out Vice President Mike Pence for saying that Rep. Ilhan Omar’s apology for earlier Twitter posts called anti-Semitic was “inadequate,” and blasted President Trump for peddling hate. Clinton, who was critical of Omar’s tweets, posting that “we should expect all

U.S. allies look for clues on acting Pentagon chief in European debut – Reuters

From Google World News:   BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. allies will use the opportunity of Patrick Shanahan’s first NATO ministers meeting this week to see whether the acting defense secretary will be as supportive of the military alliance as his predecessor was, defense officials and experts said. FILE PHOTO: U.S.

Spanish PM may call snap general election if budget rejected

From The Guardian World:   Spain Catalan secessionists likely to join right against Pedro Sánchez’s government Pedro Sánchez during the budget debate in parliament in Madrid on Tuesday. Photograph: Kiko Huesca/EPA Spain’s socialist government could be forced to call a snap general election if rightwing parties and Catalan secessionists make

Stateless man's court challenge to Australia's indefinite detention goes ahead

From The Guardian World:   Australian immigration and asylum Plaintiff’s lawyers wanted to suspend case after argument about his identity came unstuck in Canberra high court A case brought on behalf of an allegedly stateless man seeks to reopen the Al-Kateb v Godwin ruling, which enabled indefinite detention in Australia.

South Korea pushes back at Trump claims about more money for troop agreement

From Reuters Top News:   SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s presidential Blue House pushed back on Wednesday against comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that suggested Seoul had agreed to pay $500 million more towards maintaining U.S. troops in the country. FILE PHOTO – South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

South Korea pushes back at Trump claims about more money for troop agreement – Reuters

From Google World News:   SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s presidential Blue House pushed back on Wednesday against comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that suggested Seoul had agreed to pay $500 million more toward maintaining U.S. troops in the country. FILE PHOTO – South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

First photograph of rare African black leopard captured in more than a century

From The Guardian World:   Animals Images were taken by British wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, in Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya A black leopard at night time in Kenya, photographed with a Camtraptions camera trap. Photograph: Burrard-Lucas Photography/Camtraptions camera trap The wild African black leopard has been the stuff of

North Korea may choose to follow Vietnam's economic model as it looks to open up – CNBC

From Google World News:   As North Korea signals a willingness to open up its highly centralized, socialist economy, Vietnam’s model of development is being widely suggested as a blueprint for Pyongyang to emulate. Hanoi’s ability to retain one-party rule, strict censorship, minimal dissent and a top-down system of control

Coalition to reopen Christmas Island detention centre as Senate passes refugee transfer bill

From The Guardian World:   Australian immigration and asylum Scott Morrison ramps up rhetoric on border protection and says Shorten will be responsible for any new boat arrivals • Nine facts about the medical evacuation bill The Australian government said on Wednesday it will reopen the Christmas Island detention centre,

Sarah Sanders points to El Chapo in push for border security | TheHill – The Hill

From Google World News:   White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday welcomed the conviction of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, citing his case amid the administration’s push for border security funding. “El Chapo’s reign of terror is over,” Sanders tweeted. “He‘ll spend the rest of

Senate may confirm Trump attorney general pick as soon as Wednesday

From Reuters Top News:   FILE PHOTO: William Barr testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, William Barr,