Daily Archives: September 20, 2019

Vaping-related illness sickens over 500 in US


September 20, 2019

WASHINGTON: More than 500 people have been sickened in an outbreak of vaping-related illness in the United States, health authorities said Thursday, as Los Angeles became the latest city to take steps to ban flavored e-cigarettes. The known tally from the mysterious lung disease has jumped from 380 to 530, although the number of deaths stood unchanged at seven, according …

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UK rebuffs EU call for Brexit solution by end of month


September 20, 2019

HELSINKI: The European Union´s Finnish presidency demanded Thursday that Britain deliver a written new Brexit proposal by the end of September or face a messy “no-deal” divorce — an ultimatum immediately rejected by London. Britain is racing toward its October 31 departure without an exit agreement and facing the threat of border disruptions that the government admits could cause food …

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New video emerges of Canada’s Trudeau wearing blackface makeup


September 20, 2019

New damning images of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing blackface makeup emerged on Canadian television Thursday, throwing his floundering re-election bid into further disarray. Released by broadcaster Global News, and confirmed to AFP by his campaign as being Trudeau “in the early 1990s,” the footage depicts the Liberal leader in ripped jeans and a t-shirt, his arms up and dark …

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Amazon pledges to be carbon neutral by 2040


September 20, 2019

WASHINGTON: Amazon chief Jeff Bezos pledged Thursday to make the US technology and retail giant carbon neutral by 2040 and encourage other firms to do likewise, in a bid to help meet the goals of the Paris climate accord 10 years early. “We want to use our scope and our scale to lead the way,” Bezos told a news conference …

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Trudeau apologizes again for wearing blackface as new images emerge


September 20, 2019

OTTAWA: A contrite Justin Trudeau publicly apologized Thursday for his “absolutely unacceptable” behavior, as decades-old images showing the Canadian prime minister in blackface makeup rocked his re-election campaign. Trudeau, 47, was already under fire for an ethics lapse and other controversies, so the resurfacing of photos and videos of him engaging in activities he himself termed “racist” dealt a fresh …

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Congress, intel leaders clash over whistleblower report on Trump


September 20, 2019

WASHINGTON: The US intelligence watchdog briefed lawmakers Thursday about the handling of a whistleblower complaint on alleged behavior by President Donald Trump, with a senior Democrat expressing alarm that the administration refuses to share the complaint with Congress. The allegations, rejected by Trump as “presidential harassment,” have set lawmakers on a collision course with the office of the Director of …

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North American bird population fell by quarter over 50 years: study


September 20, 2019

WASHINGTON: The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by an astonishing 29 percent, or almost three billion, since 1970, scientists reported Thursday, saying their findings signaled a widespread ecological crisis. Grassland birds are the most affected, because of the disappearance of meadows and prairies and the extension of farmland, as well as the growing use …

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Fraud the main enemy for Afghan election officials


September 20, 2019

KABUL: In a dusty Kabul suburb, hundreds of workers check and recheck biometric fingerprint readers — part of a massive effort to ensure Afghanistan´s upcoming presidential election is not tainted by fraud allegations that have marred previous polls. The young employees at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) are rushing through final technical preparations for the vote, set for September 28. …

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Zuckerberg meets Trump, rejects breaking up Facebook


September 20, 2019

WASHINGTON: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg met Thursday with US President Donald Trump and members of Congress on a political reconnaissance mission to Washington, where he rejected calls to break up the world´s biggest social network. Zuckerberg’s visit comes as Facebook faces a myriad of regulatory and legal questions surrounding issues like competition, digital privacy, censorship and transparency in political …

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Atrocities in Kashmir: Modi faces lawsuit in US ahead of Houston rally


September 20, 2019

A Houston court on Thursday issued summons against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for committing human rights violations in occupied Kashmir just days ahead of a massive rally he is scheduled to address in the city. According to the Houston Chronicle, summons were also issued against Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah and Commander of Indian Armed forces Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Commander. …

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