Daily Archives: September 22, 2019

The whistleblower and Trump phone call: What we know


September 22, 2019

Washington: A mysterious whistleblower, a telephone call between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader, and military aid to Ukraine. Here´s what we know about the latest political firestorm swirling around Washington:  Whistleblower On August 12, an unknown whistleblower in the US intelligence community filed a complaint with Michael Atkinson, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG), regarding a …

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Campaigning Justin Trudeau vows Canada assault rifle ban


September 22, 2019

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, campaigning for re-election, vowed on Friday to ban assault rifles but fell short on handguns, saying only that he would help cities restrict pistols and revolvers in response to a spate of shootings. “You don´t need military-grade assault weapons, ones designed to kill the largest amount of people in the shortest amount of time, …

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Battered Justin Trudeau gets brief reprieve amid Canada blackface scandal


September 22, 2019

TORONTO: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got his first day out of the spotlight on Saturday after being hammered for images showing him in blackface, which have threatened to derail his re-election campaign. Trudeau, 47, was in eastern Canada when pictures first emerged on Wednesday showing him in brown makeup at a 2001 “Arabian Nights” party when he was a …

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Trump, Biden spar over Ukraine after whistleblower complaint


September 22, 2019

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and his top challenger in the 2020 election Joe Biden traded accusations on Saturday following reports of a whistleblower´s claim alleging the president pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden´s son. On Friday, The Washington Post reported that a whistleblower complaint had been filed over Trump´s communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and a “promise” allegedly made …

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Hurricane Lorena chugs through northwest Mexico after landfall


September 22, 2019

MEXICO CITY: Hurricane Lorena advanced on Saturday through the Gulf of California after the Category 1 storm made landfall near the popular Los Cabos beach resort, the Mexican hurricane monitor said. With maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour, the storm is expected to bring heavy rains to Baja California Sur and the neighboring states of Sonora …

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UN welcomes Huthi offer to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia


September 22, 2019

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations envoy for Yemen welcomed Saturday an offer from the country´s Huthi rebels to halt all attacks on Saudi Arabia, saying it could bring an end to years of bloody conflict. Implementation of the initiative by the Huthis “in good faith could send a powerful message of the will to end the war,” Special Envoy for …

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Despite Saudi turmoil, new oil shock unlikely


September 22, 2019

New York: The past week´s sudden surge in oil prices brought to mind the nightmare of shortages, but it´s not too likely motorists will be queueing to fill up around the world, analysts say. All it took was a September 14 strike on key oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia to abruptly leave the world´s main supplier producing just half its …

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Why are people protesting in Egypt?


September 22, 2019

Cairo: Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations. A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo”s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt”s 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president …

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‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness reveals he is HIV-positive


September 22, 2019

The much-adored ‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness is garnering support from all around after he revealed that he was HIV positive. The 32-year-old star of the Netflix-original show opened up about being HIV-Positive in his forthcoming memoir ‘Over the Top’ after which his fellow co-stars on the show stepped forth to send him love and support. “That day was …

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Taylor Swift pulls out Melbourne Cup gig


September 22, 2019

MELBOURNE: Pop superstar Taylor Swift has pulled out of a performance at the Melbourne Cup, with animal rights activists taking credit after a campaign to highlight cruelty to racehorses. The Grammy Award-winner was announced as the headline act for the “race that stops a nation” earlier this month and was due to sing two songs from her latest hit album …

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