Dr Fauci predicts a ‘significant drop’ in Covid cases as US nears 40% of its population vaccinated


[ad_1] Dr Anthony Fauci is finally giving Americans some good news. America’s top infectious disease doctor predicts a ‘a real change, the start of a precipitous drop’ in new daily COVID-19 infections now that the share of U.S. adults vaccinated against the virus is nearly 40 percent.  ‘When you do that, that’s when people are […]

Covid India: Second wave ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’


[ad_1] India’s Covid second wave is being driven by a ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’ strain of virus that has pushed hospitals ‘beyond crisis point’ in just a matter of weeks, a top medic has warned. Dr Zarir Udwadia, a physician in hard-hit Mumbai and a government advisor, said India is now […]

How deadly is India’s Covid variant and is it REALLY behind explosion of cases?


[ad_1] India‘s coronavirus variant may not be fully to blame for the country’s devastating second wave, according to scientists who say a ‘perfect storm’ of Covid complacency, a disregard for social distancing and lack of preparedness by the Government has fuelled the crisis.  Doctors on the frontline claim the B.1.617 strain is responsible for the raging […]

Less than 0.01% of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have gone on to contract the disease


[ad_1] A small number of Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 later contracted the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These-so-called ‘breakthrough cases’ occur when people test positive for the virus at least 14 days after receiving their final dose of the vaccine, and which officials say is […]

Bill Cassidy on GOP: ‘If we idolize one person, we will lose’


[ad_1] “If we idolize one person, we will lose,” Cassidy told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” “And that’s kind of clear from the last election.” Cassidy, a moderate, was one of seven GOP senators who joined all Senate Democrats in voting to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, but the 57 […]

Dozens of Hong Kong former lawmakers charged under national security law


[ad_1] If found guilty of “conspiracy to commit subversion” they could face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Those charged were among 53 people — many prominent former lawmakers, activists and district councilors — who were arrested last month for organizing, planning and participating in a primary election for the city’s democratic opposition last […]

How the Czech Republic slipped into a Covid disaster, one misstep at a time


[ad_1] Instead, the current Czech catastrophe is akin to death by a thousand cuts, a result of dozens of tiny missteps, late decisions and botched public health messages, experts tell CNN. On Friday, the government conceded it had no other choice but to impose a very strict lockdown starting Monday, just as much of the […]

CPAC 2021 speeches: 2024 GOP prospects seek their own breakout moments at Trump-dominated conference


[ad_1] Though it will take years for the 2024 race to fully take shape, this year’s CPAC in Orlando, Florida, offered a window into a GOP primary dominated by a new Republican Party built around the grievances that animated Trump’s campaigns and his presidency.  Speakers embraced Trump’s lies about the 2020 election being rigged. Organizers built […]

Opinion: Biden is walking a tightrope on Saudi Arabia


[ad_1] While the four-page report supports a conclusion already reached in 2018 by the CIA — that the man known as MBS was responsible for Khashoggi’s murder — it sends a new signal: that President Joe Biden is willing to publicly challenge what he once called a “pariah” state. The US State Department also announced […]

Trump makes fundraising moves ahead of CPAC speech


[ad_1] Trump spokesman Jason Miller confirmed Saturday that the former President is considering forming a super PAC, which can raise unlimited amounts of money from virtually any source and faces no limits on spending. The committee “could be a brand new entity” or a repurposed version of “America First,” an existing super PAC launched while […]

Manufacturing CEO: Before Biden, it felt like we were fighting the pandemic alone


[ad_1] “It is fantastic to have a partner in the White House,” Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, told CNN Business. “We felt like we were fighting this fight, frankly, all alone for the last year.” NAM, which represents more than 130,000 manufacturers, announced Friday it is planning to partner […]

Ron Klain emerges as a force behind the scenes — and on Twitter


[ad_1] A month into the job, he is facing the most significant blowback of his tenure after pushing for a controversial friend to lead Biden’s budget office without consulting first with key senators, leading to questions about overconfidence in dealing with an evenly divided Senate. Central figure Since the moment Klain was selected to serve […]

Opinion: Keep your eye on Kentucky’s voting plans


[ad_1] It began with a successfully executed 2020 election, in which Kentucky, which has some of the most restrictive voting rules in the nation, eased voter access in light of the pandemic. Normally, Kentucky has no early voting, no online ballot request tool for absentee voters and no “cure” process if the signature on the […]

These Trump supporters are convinced he will be president again on March 4


[ad_1] Donald Trump lost the presidential election. But some of his supporters have bought into a conspiracy theory that says Trump will be president again on March 4. CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan reports. [ad_2] Source link

Fact checking CPAC’s first day: multiple false claims about the election


[ad_1] The CPAC schedule made clear in advance that the conference — taking place in Orlando instead of its usual home just outside Washington, DC — would feature election-related lying. Over three days, the CPAC agenda includes seven separate panels or speeches under the title of “protecting elections” — plus appearances by other prominent figures, […]

WNBA team Atlanta Dream sold to new owners — including a former player


[ad_1] The sale of the team to Larry Gottesdiener, chairman of the real estate firm Northland, was unanimously approved by the WNBA and the NBA Board of Governors, the league said in a statement Friday. The new, three-member ownership group will also include Northland’s Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Abair and former Dream player Renee Montgomery […]

Nancy Pelosi’s first months of the new Congress: ‘Captain of a ship in uncharted waters’


[ad_1] It’s a sign of Democrats’ willingness to back the President on his first big legislative push and a reflection of Pelosi’s firm hold on the caucus that may prove her most challenging yet. In her fourth term as speaker, Pelosi is managing the slimmest majority in her tenure, a challenge even for a seasoned […]

Proud Boys leader has no sympathy for lawmakers targeted by Capitol riot


[ad_1]  ”I’m not gonna cry about people who don’t give a crap about their constituents. I’m not going to sympathize with them,” Enrique Tarrio says.   More than a dozen people affiliated with the often violent, far-right  “Western Chauvinist” group have been charged for their roles in the insurrection, so CNN sat down with Tarrio to hear if he had any explanation or justification […]

The week in 43 photos


[ad_1] Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More […]

McConnell says he’ll ‘absolutely’ support Trump in 2024 if he’s the GOP nominee


[ad_1] While McConnell maintained that the 2024 presidential election cycle would be a “wide-open race,” when pressed by Fox News’ Bret Baier about supporting Trump if he captured the Republican nomination, McConnell offered, “The nominee of the party? Absolutely.” The Kentucky Republican’s comments come just weeks after he delivered a pointed rebuke of Trump on […]

Republicans react to 2020 defeats by trying to make it harder to vote (Opinion)


[ad_1] According to the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and election officials of both parties, the 2020 election was the most secure and well-run election ever. There was record turnout and zero evidence of massive voter fraud. States made it easier to vote while also ensuring that valuable integrity measures were in place. […]

GOP-backed Iowa bill aimed at restricting voting access heads to governor’s desk


[ad_1] The bill, introduced by a Republican state senator, specifically would reduce the number of early voting days from 29 days to 20 days. It would also close polling places an hour earlier on Election Day (at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m.). The bill also places new restrictions on absentee voting including banning officials […]

Arizona Republicans propose giving lawmakers — not election officials — final review of election results


[ad_1] The effort by GOP legislators in battleground states to drastically change voting laws comes after last year’s elections saw record numbers of early and mail-in voters, many of them Democrats, after rules were relaxed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The high numbers triggered baseless claims of fraud by then-President Donald Trump and other Republicans […]

Acting Capitol Police chief will tell lawmakers intelligence failed to predict scope of Jan. 6 attack


[ad_1] Acting US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said Wednesday that the agency had taken action ahead of the Jan. 6 riot based on intelligence that extremists planned to participate in the preceding rally and planned to be armed, but that the intelligence failed to predict the scope of the attack, which would ultimately overwhelm officers when […]

Neera Tanden is being treated unfairly (Opinion)


[ad_1] It was bound to happen, and I’m honestly surprised it took this long: the first Very Online woman is facing US Senate confirmation. And she may not make it through. The woman is Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress think tank, and Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Office of Management […]

Trump plots future — and revenge — from sunny Florida links


[ad_1] He typically spends mornings on his nearby golf course, making and taking calls from a golf cart that doubles as his mobile, and self-driven, office. The multiple trips to the links in the last few weeks have served to accomplish a long-promised goal, says someone who spent time with him recently: Donald Trump claims […]

Democratic women poised to shake up male-dominated industry with new political media firm


[ad_1] Political consulting is still a male-dominated world, and that’s particularly true for ad making. The number of female-owned TV ad firms, on both sides of the aisle, can practically be counted on one hand. That’s beginning to change, though, with a notable shift even since the 2020 elections. “It’s a moment for us,” Myers […]

Ron Johnson: Why the senator’s fringe conspiracy theories are so alarming (opinion)


[ad_1] It would be OK, for example, to guffaw at Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, after he sat in the Senate on Tuesday, during the first hearing investigating the January coup attempt by followers of then-President Donald Trump, and offered an alternative reality about what occurred. The notion was so far from the plain truth that […]

Democrats and GOP at odds over scope of commission to investigate Capitol riots


[ad_1] Republicans are balking at a plan put forward by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to create an outside commission with more Democrats than Republicans, and one whose mandate they say would go beyond just the security failures of the January 6 insurrection. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday that Pelosi’s […]

Florida Senate: Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy considers bid against Marco Rubio


[ad_1] Murphy, co-chair of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats, hopes that by emphasizing a bipartisan background she can appeal to a state that has elected Republicans to the Senate in 2016 and 2018 and twice supported former President Donald Trump. Murphy has hired Lauren Calmet, the former political director of the Florida […]

Close ally of Marjorie Taylor Greene among those in Capitol mob


[ad_1] In fact, Anthony Aguero, a conservative livestreamer, activist and associate of Greene, said on video following the January 6 assault on the Capitol that he had been among those who entered and attacked those who falsely claimed it was done by “Antifa.” “We were all there. It was not Antifa and it was not […]

Democrats now at odds over whether to immediately seek postmaster general’s ouster


[ad_1] Changes made to the Postal Service under DeJoy, the US postmaster general and major donor to former President Donald Trump, sparked outrage last year when critics blamed him for the slowdown of mail delivery ahead of the critical November election. Democrats linked DeJoy to Trump’s anti-mail-in voting rhetoric and accused him of attempting to […]

Congress rocked by consequential battles that will shape Biden’s presidency


[ad_1] After four years of politics by tweeted decree, normal service is resuming inside the Beltway in all its brutal, hypocritical, and high-stakes glory as everyone with power tries to wield it to set the tone for the coming years. The White House is standing firm behind Neera Tanden, its pick for budget director, though […]

Capitol riot: Justice Department is facing a tougher climb trying to keep rioters locked up


[ad_1] The apparent calculus prosecutors are using to determine whether they ask for jail time came to a head twice in court Tuesday, as they argued for the detention of a member of the pro-Trump extremist group the Proud Boys who carried an axe handle wrapped in a flag, and for an alleged conspirator among […]

Takeaways from the Senate hearing on the US Capitol attack


[ad_1] Lawmakers grilled former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving and former Senate sergeant-at-arms Michael C. Stenger, who all resigned after the attack. Also testifying was Michael Contee, the acting chief of local police in Washington DC. Here are five takeaways from the Senate hearing. One of the most stunning […]

Opinion: The truly shocking failures on the day rioters stormed the Capitol


[ad_1] There was no shortage of finger-pointing and blame-passing, but one big takeaway was clear: We’ve barely scratched the surface of what happened on one of the most ignominious days in American history. Republicans have tried to cast the January 6 attacks as an unfortunate incident, a moment when emotions ran high, many otherwise decent […]

Biden administration prepares to impose sanctions on Russia over Navalny poisoning and SolarWinds hack


[ad_1] Discussions about the response to the devastating security breach of at least nine federal agencies and dozens of private businesses are still ongoing but could come within a matter of weeks, the US official said, noting that the package will likely include sanctions and a cyber component, as well as other options that make […]

Inside a ‘Patriot Party’ rally where Trump loyalists search for a path forward


[ad_1] The idea and, perhaps just as important, the logo, have been circulating on social media since last summer. But after the Capitol riot and swearing-in of President Joe Biden, Patriot Party groups have formed and multiplied, mostly on Telegram, where they share memes, disinformation and commentary in chaotic channels in all 50 states. On […]

Opinion: What Biden and Pelosi can learn from a 1941-1942 presidential commission


[ad_1] In addition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for a “9/11-type commission” to investigate the attack on the Capitol. Subsequently, congressional Democrats have drafted an initial plan to create a bipartisan commission that would examine the security failures at the Capitol to ensure that something similar never happens again. Under this plan, the commission’s […]

The immigration debate has a blind spot


[ad_1] “Without immigration it becomes increasingly impossible to sustain entitlements, much less a functioning health care system, or a local tax base in rural and suburban cities and communities across the country,” says Ali Noorani, president of the National Immigration Forum, a centrist immigration advocacy group. After Trump sought to slash legal immigration through legislative […]

Pence and Trump’s relationship is ‘amicable,’ source says


[ad_1] The source would not provide CNN further details about the relationship, or describe the contents of the calls. One call was initiated by each. CNN previously reported that Trump will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, according to a source familiar with the matter, while Pence declined an […]

What Matters: What America’s next pandemic year will look like


[ad_1] As we enter our second year with Covid, it’s becoming more and more clear that it will take more time to get back to how life looked in February of 2020. There will be permanent changes to the way we interact, work, travel, eat and learn. When you find yourself wondering, as I often […]

On Trump’s taxes, here’s where it gets interesting (opinion)


[ad_1] On Monday, the Supreme Court finally ended the long legal saga over them with a one-sentence order that will allow Manhattan prosecutors to obtain Trump’s returns and related documents from the Trump Organization. These had been subpoenaed back in 2019; Trump’s lawsuit to conceal them always seemed more about delay than meritorious legal issues. […]

Opinion: The mysterious case of Lindsey Graham’s political transformation


[ad_1] How, though, did he morph into former President Donald Trump’s chief lickspittle in the US Senate, who just this past weekend headed down to Mar-a-Lago to discuss the Republican Party’s future? One could speculate endlessly about the reasons: his desire to avoid a Trump-inspired primary against him in 2020, potential presidential aspirations, etc. But […]

In one morning, the Supreme Court looked to rid itself of the Trump era


[ad_1] It’s as if the justices, in one day, sought to wipe their hands of lingering issues that had been heralded by the former President in a cascade of tweets, legal filings and statements during the last months of his administration. The focus on Monday was not Trump administration policies, but instead disputes deeply personal […]

MyPillow and its CEO Mike Lindell for $1.3 billion


[ad_1] The company is seeking about $1.3 billion in damages for Lindell’s numerous unfounded public statements by allies of former President Donald Trump that Dominion rigged its machines in favor of Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential election. The 115-page lawsuit filed Monday in Washington, DC, cites Lindell’s media appearances and social media posts […]

Benjamin Netanyahu, long a supporter of LGBTQ rights, courts homophobes and racists in bid to cling to power


[ad_1] For the traditional Israeli supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the electoral meal he now offers includes medieval aspak — dishes bitter with racism and homophobia. But for the Likud, under Netanyahu, this seems to be a meal its members are prepared to consume out of political desperation. In the past the party, and […]

Opinion: CPAC’s dangerous embrace of Trump


[ad_1] To be clear, I’m not urging CPAC to cancel Trump’s speech. Rather, my hope is that all Americans will use the event to reflect on the dangerous developments for our democracy from the right. First, the majority of GOP members of Congress refused to hold Trump accountable for his two months of nonstop lies […]

Joe Biden is president, but Donald Trump’s election lies are still being amplified by his media allies


[ad_1] USA Today and Suffolk U conducted a survey of 1,000 Trump voters, identified via 2020 polls, in the past week. The results reaffirm that Donald Trump’s big lies are now part of the bedrock of the Republican Party. Riot denialism, for example: “Most Trump voters embrace a version of events on Jan. 6 that […]

Myanmar military warns protesters could suffer ‘loss of life’ ahead of planned mass strike


[ad_1] “It is found that protesters have raised their incitement towards riot and anarchy mob on the day of 22 February. Protesters are now inciting the people, especially emotional teenagers and youths, to a confrontation path where they will suffer the loss of life,” the State Administration Council — the name for the military junta […]

Newsom recall proponents gather more than a million signatures


[ad_1] Capitalizing on the frustration and anger among California Republicans and small business owners about Newsom’s restrictive stay-at-home orders last year, which were intended to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus, as well as the high case numbers that the state experienced over the holiday months, recall proponents say they have actually gathered […]

Alleged Oathkeeper says she was protecting VIPs at Trump rally


[ad_1] Attorneys for Ohio Oath Keeper Jessica Watkins detail how the efforts among paramilitants who are now accused of conspiracy on January 6 were closer to the apparatus around then-President Donald Trump and his rally than was previously known. By sharing the new details in the filing Saturday, the defense attorney for Watkins, a former […]

Opinion: The three biggest decisions facing Merrick Garland


[ad_1] If all goes as planned and Garland takes the reins at the Justice Department, he will face a daunting thicket of quandaries that present thorny issues of law, accountability and politics. Garland will bring impressive credentials to the attorney general position. Unlike the former Attorney General William Barr, Garland earned his stripes as a […]

Opinion: Ted Cruz isn’t the only issue in Texas


[ad_1] Nearly a year ago, the Covid-19 pandemic began bringing death, disease and economic distress to millions of households. But the disaster hasn’t come alone — a host of others have struck the US in the past 12 months. The 2020 hurricane season broke the record for the number of major storms, forcing meteorologists to […]

Biden’s polling is steadier than Trump’s


[ad_1] Biden’s average approval rating is 55% and his average disapproval rating is 39%, which makes for an average net approval rating of +16 points. So far, Biden’s proven to be even steadier than Trump. And very much unlike Trump, people seem to actually like what Biden is doing. Biden’s net approval rating a month […]

Biden visits Bob Dole following cancer diagnosis


[ad_1] The two had served in the Senate together and Dole is a “close friend” of the President, the White House said. Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, was one of the key Republicans to say plainly after the November election that Biden had won. “The election is over and (Joe) Biden will be president […]

Opinion: Biden is racing a ticking clock to fulfill this campaign promise


[ad_1] The appeal didn’t work. More voters were drawn to Vice President Bush, whose campaign manager Lee Atwater, along with consultant Roger Ailes, put together a blistering strategy that smeared Dukakis and rallied Americans around an unabashed patriotism. While Dukakis promised competence, Bush painted him as a radical “card-carrying member of the ACLU” who would […]

Why Joe Biden went to Wisconsin — and will be back


[ad_1] Arguably, no state tells us more about Biden’s or any president’s political standing in the last 30 years than Wisconsin. It’s also likely to tell us whether his party does well in the 2022 midterms. If you wanted to know who won the presidency in the last three elections, you needn’t look further than […]

Palm Beach hotel that hosted a mostly maskless rally for Florida’s Gov DeSantis is under investigation


[ad_1] About 15 minutes before the event was scheduled to begin, the county was notified that many in the audience of about 100-150 people were not wearing facial coverings or masks, Palm Beach County Deputy Director of Public Affairs John Jamason told CNN in a statement. A mask mandate aimed at slowing the spread of […]

Lindsey Graham heads to Mar-a-Lago on a peace mission as Trump’s latest intra-party feud rages


[ad_1] According to a person familiar with his plans, Graham plans to spend his time on the golf course with Trump — ideally convincing the former president that regaining congressional majorities for Republicans will help bolster his own presidential legacy. This person said Graham wants to be “constructive,” urging Trump to use his influence for […]

What Matters: The power’s back on in Texas but the crisis continues


[ad_1] But just like mayors get in trouble when streets aren’t plowed or trash isn’t picked up, governors get blame when the state power system fails, even though the power systems operate largely on their own. Or in the case of most of Texas, entirely on its own. The government also gets the blame when […]

US signals it is open to sending more troops to support NATO’s mission in Iraq


[ad_1] “The US is participating in the force generation process for NATO Mission Iraq and will contribute its fair share to this important expanded mission,” Pentagon spokesperson Cmdr. Jessica L. McNulty told CNN. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke about the mission with his NATO counterparts during a meeting with defense ministers on Thursday. Late […]

Opinion: Rush Limbaugh was the architect of Donald Trump’s presidency


[ad_1] Limbaugh, who announced last February that he was battling advanced cancer, died Wednesday at age 70. At the center of most discussions of right-wing media’s role in propping up the Trump presidency, Fox News looms largest. But talk radio played just as big a role. And Limbaugh’s show was the most important of all, […]

Feds investigated Roger Stone ties to Proud Boys as part of possible threat to judge


[ad_1] The threat investigation did not lead to charges. But its existence, now revealed by CNN, sheds new light on how federal prosecutors had already looked into the far-right organization’s ties to someone in former President Donald Trump’s orbit ​before the siege of the US Capitol in January. Stone was accompanied on January 6 in […]

Opinion: Mitch McConnell may still get the last laugh


[ad_1] But McConnell has generally been successful against his political opponents, and this time may be no different. His decision to speak forcefully against Trump immediately after his vote to acquit was, in reality, the only way that McConnell could guarantee his position at the center of the debate over both the policy and political […]

Joe Biden brings compassion, centrism and a big-time vaccine promise at CNN town hall


[ad_1] His reassuring words to second grader Layla Salas came during a CNN town hall in Wisconsin on Tuesday night when he also tried to move the nation on from the divisive aftermath of the impeachment trial of the predecessor he referred to as “the former guy.” “For four years, all that’s been in the […]

Why the Republican Party is poised to tear itself apart


[ad_1] “Mr. Trump may run again, but he won’t win another national election. He lost re-election before the events of Jan. 6, and as President his job approval never rose above 50%. He may go on a revenge campaign tour, or run as a third-party candidate, but all he will accomplish is to divide the […]

Biden to press for Covid-19 relief package during CNN’s Wisconsin town hall


[ad_1] Biden’s first work trip outside Washington since taking office signals his intent on making a public sales pitch for his agenda after spending nearly a month in the shadow of the impeachment proceedings, which ended in acquittal on Saturday. Aides say the President, known for his outgoing style with voters, has been eager to […]

Hundreds arrested in fresh Belarus protests against Lukashenko


[ad_1] Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 18:45 More than 300 people were detained in the Belarusian capital on Sunday, where crowds of people took to the streets for the 18th consecutive weekend, demanding the ouster of the country’s authoritarian leader who won a sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged. Thousands of […]

Amid the verbal barbs, Macron and Turkey’s Erdogan may be ideal foes


[ad_1] Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 19:04 Relations between Turkey and France sank to new lows this week as the countries’ heads of state engaged in the latest bout of vitriol that had all the colour and spectacle of a ringside sport. French President Emmanuel Macron has been caught up in a series of verbal spats […]

Campaigning in Ghana winds up ahead of presidential, parliamentary polls


[ad_1] Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 14:47Modified: 06/12/2020 – 15:01 Defeaning vuvuzelas and party songs took over Ghana’s capital Accra on Saturday, the final day of campaigning ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections. Twelve candidates, including three women, are vying for the west African nation‘s top job, but Monday’s vote is essentially a fight between President […]

Trump orders a near total withdrawal of American troops from Somalia


[ad_1] Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 06:24 President Donald Trump has ordered nearly all American troops to withdraw from Somalia, U.S. officials said on Friday, part of a global pullback by the Republican president before he leaves office next month that will also see him drawdown forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The United States has about […]

‘We’re not Hungary, Turkey or somesuch’: Macron rejects ‘illiberal’ accusations


[ad_1] Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 22:39 French President Emmanuel Macron, in a more than two-hour-long, wide-ranging interview on Friday with the online media outlet Brut, rejected accusations his government had taken an illiberal turn with a contested bill to protect police officers and a crackdown on Islamist groups. The interview, broadcast live by the video-based […]

Venezuela’s Guaido risks political irrelevance as Maduro eyes poll victory


[ad_1] Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, has called for a boycott of legislative elections on Sunday, a move critics say will consolidate President Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power and leave Guaido out in the political cold. Eights years into a crippling economic crisis, Venezuelans head to the polls on Sunday in […]

Beirut detains Lebanese-French businessman close to Sarkozy after Interpol request


[ad_1] Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 17:19 Lebanon has detained a Lebanese-French businessman who was close to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy after receiving a request for his arrest from Interpol, a judicial source told AFP Friday. “Internal security forces have detained (Ziad) Takieddine, based on an arrest warrant Interpol sent the public prosecution, over him […]

Ivory Coast issues passport to exiled former president Laurent Gbagbo


[ad_1] Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 16:06 Ivory Coast has issued passports to former president Laurent Gbagbo, allowing him to return from exile in Belgium before the end of the year following his acquittal on war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court, his lawyer said on Friday. Gbagbo welcomed the move as a conciliatory gesture […]

A decade on, Strauss-Kahn to give his version of New York sex-assault case


[ad_1] Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 14:25 Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief and presidential hopeful whose career was derailed in 2011 by a sensational New York sex-assault case, has said he will give his version of events “for the first time” in a documentary due to be released a decade after the events. “For the […]

Giscard grasped the 70s mood, but French women won their own rights


[ad_1] Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 08:00Modified: 04/12/2020 – 08:13 The French presidency of Valery Giscard d’Estaing, who died on Wednesday aged 94, was marked by a series of breakthroughs on women’s rights, most famously with the legalisation of abortion in 1975. But was the self-styled “moderniser” a driving force behind the reforms or was he […]

Central African Republic court rejects ex-president Bozizé’s election candidacy


[ad_1] Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 16:57 The top court in Central African Republic (CAR) rejected on Thursday the candidacy of former President François Bozizé in a December 27 election being held despite security concerns because of fighting between rival militias. Bozizé planned to run against President Faustin-Archange Touadéra. But the court said Bozizé, 74, did […]

Biden vows to aid workers hit by Covid-19 pandemic while Trump hints at 2024 run


[ad_1] Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 09:22 President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday promised a group of workers hit by the raging Covid-19 pandemic that more aid would be on the way, while President Donald Trump hinted he may be ready to begin planning another run for the White House in 2024. Biden, who has pledged to […]

Key dates in the life of former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing


[ad_1] Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 08:45 Following are key dates in the life of former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who died Wednesday, aged 94, of complications linked to Covid-19. February 2, 1926: Valéry Giscard d’Estaing is born in Koblenz, Germany. 1944: Enters the École Polytechnique in Paris, graduating in 1951 from the respected École Nationale […]

political leaders remember Valéry Giscard d’Estaing


[ad_1] Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 03:11Modified: 03/12/2020 – 03:14 The French National Assembly and Senate held a minute of silence, and tributes poured in from across the political spectrum, after former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing died Wednesday from complications linked to Covid-19. Emmanuel Macron: A presidency that ‘transformed France’ In a long statement released by […]

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, ‘modernist’ French president, dies at 94


[ad_1] France’s former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who brought about rapid social change and was a leading force in founding the European Union, died Wednesday at the age of 94 from complications linked to Covid-19, his family said. Although Giscard d’Estaing only served a single term as president from 1974 to 1981, his death marks […]

Israel’s Gantz says will back initial vote to disband parliament


[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 05:28 Israel’s Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz said Tuesday his party will vote for an opposition bill to dissolve parliament, a move that could force a fourth election in under two years. Gantz‘s centrist Blue and White party is currently the key partner in a precarious coalition led by Prime Minister Benjamin […]

Music producer for presidential candidate Bobi Wine wounded in clashes in Uganda


[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 04:40 A music producer for Ugandan pop star and presidential candidate Bobi Wine has been wounded in the mouth by a rubber bullet during clashes between security personnel and Wine’s supporters, a spokesman for his party and police said on Tuesday. The incident is the latest in escalating violence in the […]

US attorney general says no evidence of fraud to alter election result


[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 02:53 The US attorney general rejected Republican claims of significant voter fraud in the presidential election on Tuesday, adding to the pressure on President Donald Trump to give up his quixotic effort to overturn Joe Biden’s clear victory. “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could […]

US Justice Dept investigating potential White House ‘pay-for-pardon’ scheme


[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 02:43 The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court documents unsealed in federal court. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell on Tuesday released a heavily redacted order that described what she called a […]

French interior minister outlines proposals for police reform amid outcry


[ad_1] Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 12:03 Amid a wave of anger and street protests in France over police violence, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin outlined proposals for police reform before a National Assembly committee on Monday evening. President Emmanuel Macron‘s ruling party earlier agreed to completely rewrite a draft plan that would have curbed the right […]

Transatlantic divides after Biden win


[ad_1] After Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda exposed longstanding strains in US-Europe relations, Joe Biden’s victory has prompted a Franco-German row over Emmanuel Macron’s vision of “strategic autonomy” – while transatlantic tensions simmer over tech taxes and extraterritorial US law. The US president excoriated European countries’ failure to pay for its own defence in stark terms: […]

President-elect Joe Biden picks Janet Yellen for US treasury secretary


[ad_1] Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 03:25 President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he will nominate former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to lead the Treasury, topping a slate of economic officials who would break racial and gender barriers in the US government. The rollout of Biden‘s economic team comes after running mate Kamala Harris made history […]

Vaccines Are Coming, but Pandemic Experts Expect a ‘Horrible’ Winter


[ad_1] Each week, good news about vaccines or antibody treatments surfaces, offering hope that an end to the pandemic is at hand. And yet this holiday season presents a grim reckoning. The United States has reached an appalling milestone: more than one million new coronavirus cases every week. Hospitals in some states are full to […]

France’s Sarkozy complains of being victim of six years of ‘slander’ at corruption trial


[ad_1] Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 18:44Modified: 30/11/2020 – 18:46 Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy complained Monday of being the victim of six years of “slander”, in his first remarks to the court at his landmark corruption trial. Sarkozy became France’s first modern head of state to appear in the dock last week, going on trial […]

Pas përfundimit të zgjedhjeve në Podujevë e Mitrovicë të Veriut edhe zyra e BE-së në Kosovë ka disa fjalë


[ad_1] Shefi i Zyres së BE-së në Kosovë, Tomas Szunyog ka shkruar pas përfundimit të zgjedhjeve në Podujevë dhe Mitrovicë të Veriut. Szunyog thotë se i vlerëson votuesit që morën pjesë në zgjedhje, pavarësisht kufizimeve nga Covid-19, përcjellë Gazeta Blic. Ai vlerësoi punën e bërë nga KQZ dhe thotë se përfshirja e qytetarëve ka rëndësi […]

Biden fractures his foot while playing with his dog


[ad_1] Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 04:05 US president-elect Joe Biden has a foot fracture and will likely have to wear a medical boot, his team said Sunday after the 78-year-old was taken to the doctor because he had slipped while playing with his dog. Biden, who will become the oldest US president upon his January […]

Trump questions whether Supreme Court would hear election challenge as options dwindle


[ad_1] Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 20:56 President Donald Trump on Sunday questioned whether the Supreme Court would ever hear a case airing his unproven allegations of widespread election fraud as senior U.S. Republicans said a transition to a Joe Biden presidency looked inevitable.  Trump‘s comments in a telephone interview with Fox News Channel suggested a growing resignation to the results […]

Sao Paulo, Rio up for grabs as Brazilians vote in local election run-offs


[ad_1] Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 14:26 Brazil’s biggest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, began electing their next mayors Sunday as the country held municipal run-offs, the last polls before far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is up for re-election in 2022. In Sao Paulo, Brazil‘s economic capital, centrist incumbent Bruno Covas faces leftist challenger Guilherme […]

Burkina Faso’s Kaboré fails to reach parliamentary majority


[ad_1] Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 07:46 Burkina Faso’s leader has been unable to secure a parliamentary majority despite winning the presidential election earlier this week, the country’s electoral commission announced.  Marc Roch Kabore‘s party won the first round of the election with his People’s Movement for Progress gaining 56 seats — falling short of the […]

Trump says he will leave the White House if US Electoral College votes for Biden


[ad_1] Issued on: 27/11/2020 – 00:18 U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, the closest he has come to conceding the Nov. 3 election, even as he reiterated his unfounded claims of massive voter fraud. Speaking to reporters on the Thanksgiving holiday, […]

Burkina Faso’s Kaboré wins re-election, according to full preliminary results


[ad_1] Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 14:48Modified: 26/11/2020 – 14:50 Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won re-election in the November 22 poll with 57.87% of the vote, according to full preliminary results announced by the election commission on Thursday. Having won more than 50% of the total ballots cast, Kaboré has secured enough votes to […]