Saturday, November 18, 2017

Death toll rises to 12 in Florida by Hurricane Irma, bringing total number to 55

​Officials raise death toll to 12 in Florida, up from seven, bringing total from Irma to 55, reported Associated Press on Tuesday. https://twitter.com/AP/status/907718094726057984

Saudi-led coalition ‘investigated’ and justified own air strikes

A panel set up by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen to investigate civilian casualties found a series of deadly air strikes largely justified, citing the presence of armed militiamen at the homes, schools and clinics that were targeted.

Amnesty International urges Egypt to release detained Nubian activists

Amnesty International urged Egyptian authorities on Tuesday to release 24 Nubian activists detained last week on charges of protesting without permission as they rallied for resettlement on the banks of the Nile river, reported Reuters.

North Korea sanctions just the beginning — Trump

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday described the latest batch of UN-backed sanctions against North Korea as a "very small step" that must lead to tougher measures, told AFP news agency. Sustaining a tough tone in the face of North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons...

Brazil’s top court approves new graft probe of President Temer

FILE - VOA NEWS -- Brazil's President Michel Temer gestures during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia
Brazilian Supreme Court justice Roberto Barroso authorized federal prosecutors to investigate President Michel Temer in an alleged corruption case involving a decree regulating ports, according to a court document seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

Myanmar faces mounting pressure over Rohingya refugee exodus

COX'Pressure mounted on Myanmar on Tuesday to end violence that has sent about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, with the United States calling for protection of civilians and Bangladesh urging safe zones to enable refugees to go home.

Rights groups slam UN council inaction over Myanmar crisis

Two leading human rights groups on Tuesday slammed the UN Security Council for inaction over the crisis in Myanmar, where 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee in a campaign described as ethnic cleansing. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International deplored the council's failure...

Russian defence minister visits Assad, as Syrian-Russian forces prepare to make a final push in Deir Ez-zor

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to Damascus on Tuesday as Syrian forces supported by the Russian army prepare to make a final push into parts of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, reported AFP news agency. Shoigu gave a letter...

Incident near landmark basilica a “false alarm” — police

Barcelona police declare incident near landmark basilica a "false alarm," say no explosives found in suspicious van. https://twitter.com/BreakingVop/status/907690999987793920 --- EARLIER Police have evacuated the Sagrada Familia cathedral Tuesday in Barcelona as part of an anti-terrorism operation. Police tweeted which streets and train stations were being closed as part of...

Police lock down Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, send bomb squad

Catalan police said on Tuesday they have sent a bomb squad to check a van parked next to Barcelona’s world-famous Sagrada Familia church, which was evacuated as part of an anti-terrorism operation, reported Reuters. Police said on Twitter they had cordoned off the Sagrada Familia...

Iraqi parliament rejects Iraqi Kurdish referendum, lawmakers

Iraq’s parliament voted on Tuesday to reject an Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum planned for September 25, authorizing the prime minister to take all measures to preserve Iraq’s unity, a lawmaker said. https://twitter.com/BreakingVop/status/907659744013365248 “Kurdish lawmakers walked out of the session but the decision to reject the referendum...

Church cordoned off in Barcelona as part of counter-terrorism operation

Church cordoned off in Spain's Barcelona as part of counter-terrorism operation, reports. Catalan police said on Tuesday they were evacuating Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia church and nearby businesses as part of an anti-terrorism operation. ______ LATEST UPDATE Police have evacuated the Sagrada Familia cathedral Tuesday in Barcelona as part...

FBI investigation into Sputnik indicates serious censorship problems, Kremlin

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that the FBI probe into Sputnik news agency indicates censorship problems in the US. https://twitter.com/BreakingVop/status/907539147316977664 “Interrogations of journalists or ex-journalists in connection with journalistic activities certainly do not speak in favor of pluralism of opinion and freedom of the press,”...

Saudi-led airstrikes kill Yemeni children, Rights group

The Saudi-led coalition waging an air campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the north is killing children in what amounts to war crimes, an international rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch released a detailed report documenting the deaths of 26 children killed in five...

Spain’s constitutional court suspends 2nd law linked to Catalan referendum

The Spanish Constitutional Court has suspended a Catalan law outlining a legal framework for an independent state, a court source said on Tuesday, an expected move after it suspended a law approving an October 1 independence referendum last week. The Constitutional Court, the country’s highest...

Active shooter at New Hampshire medical center, reports

Active shooter at New Hampshire medical center on Tuesday, reports say. Authorities are responding to a report of an active shooter on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center campus Tuesday afternoon. ______ LATEST UPDATE Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center said that a suspected gunman was "contained" on the campus of New Hampshire's...

Yemen cholera epidemic hits 646,000, intensity declining, WHO

The number of cholera cases in Yemen stands at 646,000 people, but the intensity of the epidemic as a whole is declining, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday, citing the World Health Organization. Since the beginning of the second wave of the outbreak in April, 2,065 people...

WikiLeaks “was all worth it” — Snowden

Former National Security contractor Edward Snowden, who disclosed classified information about U.S. government surveillance programs, said the steps he took in 2013 to reveal the surveillance practices were worth taking. In an interview with the German newspaper Der Spiegel published Tuesday, Snowden said his actions...

UN resolution ‘designed to strangle North Korea’ but ‘we removed all unacceptable parts’ — Russia

Russia has boasted about softening the text of the US-authored UN Security Council resolution on North Korea, passed on Monday, which it says "intended to strangle the North Korean people" in its first draft. "All fundamental demands made by Russia were taken into consideration in...

White House on Lockdown

The White House has been locked down for the second time this week, due to reports of a suspicious package. Media waiting for the daily press briefing were told to stay indoors.

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