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    President Cyril Ramaphosa during a pre-World Economic Forum breakfast briefing on January 18, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.Moeletsi Mabe| Sunday Times | Gallo Images | Getty Images South African President Cyril Ramaphosa could face impeachment after an independent panel found that he may have violated anti-corruption law during the investigation of a robbery at his farm. In what has become known as the "Farmgate" scandal, Ramaphosa is alleged to have covered up a $4 million theft from his Phala Phala farm in the north east of the country in 2020. Some $580,000 of this was found beneath sofa cushions, along with working with Namibian authorities to apprehend, torture and bribe the suspects. Ramaphosa staunchly denies the allegations and has not been charged with any crimes. He maintains that the cash was the proceeds from the sale of buffalo. He has confirmed that the robbery took place, but insists that the amount stolen was smaller than alleged and denies participating in a cover-up. Ramaphosa delayed a planned parliamentary appearance on Thursday to consider the panel's findings, while his spokesman Vincent Magwenya...
    BRITS are bracing for power cuts as strong gales, heavy rain and ice are set to engulf the UK today. The Met Office has issued three separate yellow weather warnings, all covering different parts of the country, with stormy weather forecast to batter the country and flooding possible. 4Ice, rain and strong gales are set to engulf the UK today| Cairngorm National Park, ScotlandCredit: Northpix 4Three separate yellow weather warnings are in place The first warning is for strong wind and covers much of Devon and Cornwall, as well as the southern coast of Wales from 6am to 6pm today. The region could see power cuts as gales of up to 80mph sweep across the South West, while the Met is also warning of travel delays and possible injury from debris swept up by the powerful gusts. At the opposite end of the UK, eastern Scotland is mostly covered by a yellow warning for ice, which was in place throughout the night and lasts into this morning. Locals are advised to take care to avoid injuries from slipping and falling,...
    ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos got an earful when he asked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi if former President Donald Trump’s impending campaign announcement is “good news for Democrats?” On Sunday’s edition of ABC’s This Week, the host asked about Trump’s repeatedly announced announcement that he will be announcing a run for president this Tuesday. Speaker Pelosi began by saying “I don’t go into any discussion of his plans,” before launching into an evisceration of Trump and his party: STEPHANOPOULOS: In the face of all this news, we see that Donald Trump is planning to announce for president again on Tuesday. Is that good news for Democrats? PELOSI: I don’t go into any discussion of his plans. I mean, I think it’s bad news for the country, let’s put it that way, because this is a person who has undermined the integrity of our elections, has not honored his oath of office, who has encouraged people, strange kind of people to run for office, who do not share the values of our democracy. They’ve said it very clearly in their statements. So he’s not...
    Many district attorney elections across the country are taking place this year against the backdrop of rising crime, pushing candidates in even some liberal enclaves to embrace more aggressive law enforcement stances. While typically uneventful affairs, district attorney races have attracted increasing attention in recent years thanks in large part to the efforts of liberal groups to promote progressive prosecutors. Liberal donor George Soros has made headlines for pouring millions of dollars into high-profile district attorney races won by candidates who support decriminalizing lower-level offenses and lighter sentences for a range of crimes. OMAR AND SWALWELL BLAST MCCARTHY OVER CRIME IN JOINT AD Now, some races are becoming more competitive and partisan affairs. “It would be a mistake to think that the national story about crime rates doesn’t affect local prosecutor elections,” Carissa Byrne Hessick, director of the Prosecutors and Politics Project at the University of North Carolina School of Law, told the Washington Examiner. “But local conditions may overwhelm that effect, depending on the jurisdiction and the candidates who are running.” Concerns about crime have already upended several district...
    (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images,) Actor Billy Eichner, is lamenting the box office numbers for his new movie Bros, saying “straight people” didn’t show enough support. Bros, written and staring Eichner, was the first gay romcom ever produced by a major studio. It follows the story of a podcast host, Bobby, portrayed by Eichner, falling in love with a lawyer, Aaron, played by Luke Macfarlane. But this weekend, it flopped at the box office with a $4.8 million dollar debut. Eichner took to Twitter Sunday evening to share his thoughts on the opening weekend numbers: “Last night I snuck in and sat in the back of a sold out theater playing BROS in LA,” Eichner said in a Twitter thread. “The audience howled with laughter start to finish, burst into applause at the end, and some were wiping away tears as they walked out. It was truly magical. Really. I am VERY proud of this movie.” Last night I snuck in and sat in the back of a sold out theater playing BROS in LA. The audience howled with laughter...
    Joe Biden's student loan relief plan could cost the country $400 billion over the next decade as the administration prepares to unveil next steps for borrowers to apply for forgiveness as early as next month. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office noted in a letter to the Senate and House Labor committees noting the high cost of the president's relief plan, as well as reporting the plan would cause outstanding student loans to increase by $20 billion. In August, Biden announced his plan to cancel $10,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 individually and $250,000 jointly. That forgiveness would rise to $20,000 for those with Pell Grants. The White House now says that more guidance is coming that will provide more information on how borrowers can apply for their slice of the forgiveness. Biden's announcement included extending the repayment moratorium for a fifth and final time past the previous August deadline – and making it so that student loan payments will resume in January 2023 for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic...
    In a massive piece that ran over the weekend, The New York Times continued its brilliant effort to not only explain how U.S. democracy came so close to going off its rails in 2020, but also to highlight many features of our system of politics and government that threaten our future as a functioning democracy. Here’s a link. I’ll provide it again after a few more brief words, but feel to go straight there. I don’t think a summary will do it justice, And I’m not sure if non-Times subscribers can get to the full piece. The experience of the Trump presidency, the quirks in our system that enabled him to get into that office without winning the national popular vote in 2016, the number of ways he found to abuse his powers during his term, and the number of ways he found to try to steal the office for four more years in 2020, all make it vital that we candidly face the elements of the crazy, overly-complicated system of sort-of democracy under which we govern ourselves. But it’s...
    BENEATH billowing white smoke, a dozen Ukrainian soldiers charge into a 200-yard-long Cold War-style trench, stepping over casualties to kill the enemy. Shouts of “Vogon!” [Fire!] and  “Negzche!” [Get down!] ring out across the surrounding open grassland. 6A dozen Ukrainian soldiers charge into a 200-yard-long Cold War-style trench, stepping over casualties to kill the enemyCredit: Dan Charity 6Shouts of 'Vogon!' [Fire!] and  'Negzche!' [Get down!] ring out across the surrounding open grasslandCredit: Dan Charity It looks like the Donbas region — Ukraine’s front line against Russia’s brutal ­invasion. But they are in fact on the downs of southern England, where British troops, with the help of translators, are turning hundreds of untrained Ukrainian civilians into fully-fledged fighters who within weeks will be on the real front line. Until recently they were carpenters, plumbers and engineers working on building sites and offices. Last week marked six months of bloody war in Ukraine. READ MORE ON THE UKRAINE WARNUKE TERROR Holes in roof spotted at Europe's biggest nuclear plant after Russian shellingVLAD CRACKDOWN Watch as flashy Russian supercar owners dragged away by...
    The political nonprofit organization aligned with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a staunch opponent of former President Donald Trump, is launching a candidate training program to recruit political leaders who share the group’s “pro-freedom, pro-democracy” agenda. Kinzinger, a vocal critic of Trump’s stolen election claims, serves on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 ransacking of the Capitol by supporters of the 45th president. He is retiring from Congress at year’s end but is attempting to build a grassroots coalition capable of competing with the conservative movement loyal to Trump. TRUMP WINS CPAC STRAW POLL WITH DESANTIS GAINING GROUND Another step to recruit and train candidates was announced Monday by Country First PAC, a 501(c)4 organization founded and run by Kinzinger allies. The program, dubbed “Country First Academy,” aims to put candidates on the ballot for local, state, and federal offices, in addition to encouraging participation in elections as volunteers at polling places. “It’s time for a new generation of pro-freedom, pro-democracy leaders to step up and fight the toxic partisanship that has hobbled our institutions and turned neighbors against each...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international human rights group says Sri Lanka’s government is using emergency laws to harass and arbitrarily detain protesters who are seeking political reform and accountability amid the island country’s economic crisis. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement Wednesday that Sri Lanka’s military sought to curtail protests through intimidation, surveillance, and arbitrary arrests of demonstrators, activists, lawyers and journalists since President Ranil Wickremesinghe took office last month. Sri Lanka’s Parliament approved a state of emergency July 27. The decree gives the president the power to make regulations in the interest of public security and order. Wickremesinghe, who had ordered arrests of protesters, has said that although the protests started peacefully, groups with political interests took over later and became violent, citing the burning of dozens of ruling party politicians’ homes in May. Sri Lankans had been protesting for months over the country’s economic crisis that has led to a severe shortage of many essential imported items like medicines, fuel and cooking gas. Wickremesinghe’s predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country after protesters...
    (CNN)The UK government's Home Office has admitted for the first time to forcibly deporting Chinese sailors who served in the nation's merchant Navy during World War II, in the latest stain on the country's migration department.A 22-page Home Office investigation into the deportations shared with CNN describes how some sailors had married and had children with women in the English city of Liverpool, and were deported without being able to tell their families where they were going. Many never heard from their husbands or fathers again. The report said that language used to justify the deportations were "racially inflected and prejudicial."Arrangements for the repatriations started in 1945 before World War II ended in Europe and affected more than 2,000 Chinese seamen. Refugees from Allied forces were also deported, according to the report. Chinese sailors were targeted because their presence in Liverpool "was seen as disruptive," the report added. Some were coerced into leaving by being denied employment.The investigation comes after a parliamentary debate over a year ago during which Kim Johnson, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party, asked about...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Six-times Sri Lanka’s prime minister, President Ranil Wickremesinghe had long aspired to the pinnacle of power, enduring setback after setback but always managing to recover from seemingly impossible defeats. He has moved quickly to consolidate his position since lawmakers elected him this week to finish the term of his predecessor, ousted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. In the wee hours Friday, army troops and police forcefully cleared the capital’s main protest site of demonstrators who had occupied it for months, angry over the country’s economic collapse. On Friday, he appointed a classmate and ally of Rajapaksa, Dinesh Gunawardena, to be his prime minister and partner in rescuing the country from its predicament. The question is whether they can muster the political heft and public support to get the job done. Even his critics respect Wickremesinghe for his perseverance. “If you are broken down and think you can’t get what you want just look at a picture of Ranil Wickremesinghe,” said lawmaker Udaya Gammanpila, who supported Wickremesinghe’s main rival in the presidential vote. Wickremesinghe is a divisive...
    Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN)Sri Lanka's police and military troops forcibly removed anti-government protesters camped outside the presidential office in Colombo in a pre-dawn raid on Friday on the order of the country's new President.Social media posts showed officers dressed in riot gear pulling down protest tents and arresting demonstrators outside the presidential offices at Galle Face, two days after the crisis-hit country swore in a new leader.Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was officially sworn in as the country's President on Wednesday and issued a "Gazette Extraordinary" calling on the armed forces to maintain public order.Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa confirmed nine men were arrested and will appear in court on Friday.Protesters have been camped outside the Presidential office for months, demanding the resignation of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country in the early hours of July 13, and Wickremesinghe, a key Rajapksa ally.Read MoreBoth men presided over an economic crisis that has left the country's 22 million people struggling to buy fuel, food and basic necessities.Army soldiers stand guard near a barricade following the eviction of protesters in...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Veteran politician Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president Thursday to take charge of a nation bitterly angry he was chosen to handle the country’s unprecedented economic crisis. Wickremesinghe took his oath before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya at a ceremony held in Parliament in the capital, Colombo. The six-time prime minister was chosen by a secret ballot of lawmakers Wednesday to finish the term of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country after protesters stormed his residence last week and resigned by email from Singapore. While months of protests in Sri Lanka have focused on the Rajapaksa political dynasty, Wickremesinghe also has drawn protesters’ ire as a perceived Rajapaksa surrogate. During demonstrations last week, crowds set his personal residence on fire and occupied his office. Sri Lankans have taken to the street for months to demand their top leaders step down as the country spiraled into economic chaos that left its 22 million people struggling with shortages of essentials, including medicine, fuel and food. Wickremesinghe has been leading the talks...
    by Mike Sabo   As part of an ambitious, five-year strategic plan to reinvigorate a civic education grounded in American founding principles and history, the Jack Miller Center has named Hans Zeiger as its next president. Zeiger will begin his new role on August 1. Founded in 2004, the Jack Miller Center is a nonprofit civic education organization based in Philadelphia that works with educators at the secondary school and undergraduate levels to instill thoughtful and engaged citizenship among students. “Biased, politically motivated perspectives are pouring into the curriculum of our schools unchecked, and parents and citizens are pushing back,” said JMC founder and chairman Jack Miller. “Americans want better civics for their kids, and I believe Hans Zeiger is the right person to lead our national effort.” A student of American political thought and history, Zeiger says he “shares JMC’s ambitious vision to fix our country’s crumbling civic education.” “We have lost a sense of common purpose, a sense of what it means to hold citizenship in America,” he argues. “It’s a fundamental challenge to our future. All of us...
    Conservative firebrand Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) took to Twitter to troll President Joe Biden, calling on him to step down in the wake of several world leaders resigning from office earlier this week. “So many world leaders resigning this week yet Biden can’t take the hint?” Boebert said in a tweet. The comments come as a handful of world leaders in other countries resigned from office earlier this week amid protests, economic strains, and personal scandals. SRI LANKA SWEARS IN NEW ACTING PRESIDENT AMID INTERNAL UPHEAVAL Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned from office on Thursday, bending to pressure from months of protests that have nearly dismantled the country’s government. His resignation came one day after he fled the country amid demonstrations outside his office earlier in the week, prompting the country’s prime minister to declare a nationwide state of emergency. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the nation's acting president the next day and will serve in that position until Sri Lanka's Parliament appoints a successor to carry out...
    An office worker carries a large fan in central London on July 12, 2022. On Friday, the Met Office issued a Red Extreme heat warning for parts of the country.Yui Mok | PA Images | Getty Images The U.K. on Friday issued a "Red Extreme" heat warning, with authorities saying temperatures could potentially hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) next week. In a statement, the Met Office said the warning would cover parts of eastern, southeastern, central and northern England on July 18 and 19. "Exceptional, perhaps record-breaking temperatures are likely early next week, quite widely across the red warning area on Monday, and focused a little more east and north on Tuesday," Paul Gundersen, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said. "Currently there is a 50% chance we could see temperatures top 40°C and 80% we will see a new maximum temperature reached," Gundersen said. Friday's new heat warning came on the same day the U.K. Health Security Agency issued a Level 4 Heat-Health Warning for England. The warning runs between midnight on Monday and midnight on Wednesday next...
    Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned from office on Thursday, bending to pressure from months of protests that have nearly dismantled the country’s government. Rajapaksa’s resignation comes one day after he fled the country amid demonstrations outside his office earlier this week, prompting the country’s prime minister to declare a nationwide state of emergency. His statement of resignation was given to the country’s government late Thursday, with an announcement expected on Friday after the letter is authenticated. SRI LANKAN PRIME MINISTER DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AFTER PRESIDENT FLEES COUNTRY The resignation letter was delivered to Sri Lanka’s Parliament from the country’s high commission in Singapore just hours after Rajapaksa arrived there Thursday. Singapore’s government has allowed the former Sri Lankan president to stay there on a private visit, confirming he has not requested or been granted asylum. Rajapaksa initially fled to Male, Maldives, with his wife and two bodyguards on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, ending a family dynasty that has ruled the country for almost two decades. In his departure, Rajapaksa appointed Prime...
    At least 12 people - including a child - are dead after Russian rockets hit another Ukrainian city in Putin's latest atrocity against civilians. Three missiles slammed into an office block and nearby residential buildings in the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsya early Thursday, local officials said. Videos show fires burning in a car park near the building with an empty baby's pram lying in the street as medics load the wounded into ambulances. Three Russian missiles hit an office block in the centre of Vinnytsya today, a Ukrainian city hundreds of miles from the current frontlines Civilians - including a child - are among those killed in the Russian strike, which is the latest to hit residential areas Firemen hep to extinguish vehicles blown up when Russian missiles struck the city of Vinnytsya, in the west of Ukraine, on Thursday The badly-damaged remains of an office building in the centre of Vinnytsya are pictured after it was hit by Russian missiles early Thursday President Zelensky branded Russia 'a terrorist country' as he condemned the attack, which comes off the back...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is vowing to stay in power despite calls to step down after two of his top Cabinet members resigned. TWO TOP MINISTERS RESIGN FROM JOHNSON GOVERNMENT The current leader of the Conservative Party said while addressing British Parliament Wednesday that he will continue to serve as prime minister despite the "difficult circumstances" of the job. "When things are tough, of course, people turn their fire on the leader of the country, but it is my job to get on and deliver our manifesto, which we are, and to deliver on the mandate on which I was elected and to get this country through tough times, just as we did from COVID," Johnson said. The exodus from Johnson's Cabinet continued on Wednesday when Stuart Andrew, Britain's housing minister, submitted his resignation. In his resignation letter, Andrew praised Johnson's leadership navigating Brexit and COVID-19 but said he was concerned "loyalty and unity" to his party had clouded his judgment of Johnson's more recent struggles. "However, I fear I have let...
    Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore has written a July 4 blog post in which he says he cannot accept the privileges of 'full citizenship' until women's abortion rights in Roe v. Wade are reinstated and 'every single Republican is removed from office.'  Moore, 68, said he was 'completely fed up with recent events that have upset my tranquility' and has made a number of demands which he hopes, in his view, will see the country improve.  His drew ire at recent decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court which overturned women's right's to abortion and restrictions struck down on the amount of carbon allowed to be released into the atmosphere, put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency in a bid to curb climate change. Moore summed up his frustrations in a posting on Twitter with the title: 'A mass shooting to celebrate the 4th. A wealthy class that doubled its wealth while the country suffered. A Supreme Court that stripped 51% of our citizens of their reproductive rights while removing gun laws & killing the EPA.' Filmmaker and liberal activist Michael...
    Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that former President Donald Trump can never be near the Oval Office again. Anchor Jon Karl asked, “You’ve been clear since really January 6th itself that he bears responsibility, have these hearings demonstrated that Donald Trump needs to be prosecuted?” Cheney said, “Ultimately, the Justice Department will decide that. I think we may well, as a committee, have a view on that. And if you just think about it from the perspective of what kind of man knows that the mob is armed and sends the mob to attack the Capitol and further incites that mob when his own vice president is under threat, when the Congress is under threat? It’s very chilling. I think certainly we will, you know, continue to present to the American people what we found.” Karl asked, “Are you worried about what that means for the country, to see a former president prosecuted, a likely candidate who may in fact be running for president against Biden, it would be Biden’s Justice Department that would be...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Monday banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature “Lightyear” from showing in movie theaters amid reports that the film includes a kiss between two female characters. The Emirates, home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, announced through its Media Regulatory Office of the country’s Ministry of Youth and Culture that the film would not be opening in the country this Thursday. The film “is not licensed for public screening in all cinemas in the UAE, due to its violation of the country’s media content standards,” the office said in a tweet. “The office confirms that all films screened in cinemas across the country are subject to follow-up and evaluation before the date of screening to the public, to ensure the safety of the circulated content according to the appropriate age classification.” The office did not elaborate on the tweet and did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press. The tweet included an image of the film’s poster, with the profile image of its main character Buzz Lightyear...
    Former Bolivian President Jeanine Anez was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday on charges she illegally took over the presidency. The court’s decision to punish Anez, who took office in 2019 following the resignation of former President Evo Morales, was politically motivated, her lawyer Luis Guillen said, according to the New York Times. Guillen also argued that Bolivia’s current government, led by a socialist ally of Morales, broke the law in its treatment of Anez during her detention. His team will now “exhaust resources within the country and then appeal to international organizations,” Guillen said. BIDEN CALLS ON CEOS TO 'STEP UP' INVESTMENTS IN LATIN AMERICA TO DRIVE DEMOCRACY Ivan Lima, the justice minister of the country, said there was “no evidence” to support the allegations and that the country's government "respects the rules of due process." Her defense team has insisted that she had to step in to fill a power vacuum in 2019, with Anez arguing Friday that her rise to power was “a consequence of all that happened” two years ago...
    As inflation continues to wreak havoc on America, the country hit a grim milestone in the continued skyrocketing of gas prices.  The price for a gallon has doubled since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021. At that time, the average gallon of gas ran you $2.39, but as of Saturday, that same gallon now costs $4.81, according to AAA.  But in some places it is much higher. A Chevron gas station in Mendocino, California was seen charging nearly $10 for a gallon of regular gas on Friday.  That price is even up five cents from Friday alone, as Republicans continue to hammer the current administration on the pinch at the pump. 'Joe Biden's war on American energy has forced families across the country to empty their wallets to fill their tanks,' Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.  Earlier Saturday, gas prices surged to nearly $10 a gallon in parts of California as costs continue to climb.  The price for a gallon has doubled since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021....
    Has Biden actually lowered the deficit? Biden has claimed repeatedly that he lowered the deficit and has placed the U.S. on track for record deficit reduction in 2022. But the claim is highly misleading. That is because, as CNN reporter Daniel Dale explained last week, the budget deficit was already projected to fall before Biden entered office. The deficit exploded in 2020 because of short-term pandemic-related spending. But that spending was not permanent, which meant the deficit was always going to fall. Even more problematic for Biden, his policies meant deficit reduction was not as great in 2021 as it could have been without them. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the deficit would have fallen about a half-trillion dollars more than it actually did. "So, when President Biden talks about a projected $1.5 trillion decline in the deficit this year, even if that does happen, the deficit would still be higher this year than initially projected when he took office," Dale explained.
    Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, recently tweeted: "We now have evidence to support the story of the worst presidential political offense against the Union in American history." OK, good. Bring it. Please. In terms of holding onto power, this may still be a country for old men, but it should be no country for insurrectionists. The committee plans to present its case to the American people at last, with at least eight public hearings, starting on June 9. More than 800 citizens (many also full-time denizens of the Confederacy and QAnon) have been arrested for their actions that day at the Capitol, and about 250 have pleaded guilty so far. The FBI has video and photos of other suspects, many of which are so clear one wonders how it can be that they have not yet been identified. But there are other suspects — far more culpable for what occurred that day — and we can see them walking in and out of Congress every day. The highly placed...
    PANAMA CITY (AP) — The first elected female leader of Panama’s Wounaan Indigenous group took office Monday. The inauguration of Aulina Ismare Opua marks a strengthening of women’s positions in the country’s Indigenous communities. Recently, Elena Cruz Guerra won the leadership of the Indigenous territory of Ngäbe-Buglé. And a woman from the Guna community was elected to the national congress in 2019. Ausencio Palacio, the country’s assistant minister for Indigenous affairs, said women’s roles in leading Indigenous communities is growing stronger. “There is an increasing trend of alternating power between men and women in the Indigenous territories,” said Palacio. “Women have been demanding their space and daring to compete in traditional elections.” The Wounaan are one of the smaller communities that make up Panama’s total 450,000 Indigenous population, in a country of about 4.3 million people. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Airbnb staff can now work remotely from anywhere in the US and 170 different countries without losing pay - despite its CEO admitting some work is 'best done in the same room'. Brian Chesky announced the radical new policy on Twitter Wednesday, saying it was because 'the world has become more flexible.' 'Our business wouldn't have recovered as quickly from the pandemic if it hadn't been for millions of people working from Airbnbs,' he wrote. 'Companies will be at a significant disadvantage if they limit their talent pool to a commuting radius around their offices. The best people live everywhere.' Chesky told staffers in an internal email the company aimed to 'hire and retain the best people in the world (like you).' 'By recruiting from a diverse set of communities, we will become a more diverse company.'  'You can work from home or the office - whatever works best for you... You can move anywhere in the country, like from San Francisco to Nashville, and your compensation won't change.' Airbnb's current office occupancy rate is unclear.  But Chesky admitted there would...
    BEIRUT (AP) — A boat carrying 60 migrants capsized Saturday night off the Lebanese coast, the Lebanese Red Cross said. It was not immediately clear if there were any deaths. The Red Cross said it sent ambulances to the port of the northern city of Tripoli in case there were casualties. Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s office said the boast capsized shortly after leaving the northern coastal town of Qalamoun near Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city. Mikati’s office said the Lebanese army and authorities were on high alert following the case. For many years Lebanon was a country that took in refugees, but since the country’s economic meltdown began in October 2019, thousands of people have left on boats heading to Europe. Lebanon, a small Mediterranean nation of 6 million people, including 1 million Syrian refugees, is in the grip of the worst economic crisis in the country’s modern history. The economic meltdown has put more three-quarters of the country’s population into poverty. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be...
    LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers looked likely Thursday to order an investigation into Prime Minister Boris Johnson for allegedly lying about whether he broke coronavirus restrictions by attending illegal gatherings during the pandemic. The opposition Labour Party has called a House of Commons vote that, if passed, would trigger a watchdog committee probe of Johnson for allegedly misleading Parliament. Ministers found to have knowingly misled Parliament are generally expected to resign. Johnson’s Conservatives have a substantial majority in Parliament, but many are uneasy with the prime minister’s behavior and could support the opposition move. The government initially said it would order Conservative lawmakers to oppose Labour’s motion, but later backtracked in the face of party disquiet and gave them a free vote — significantly raising the chances the measure will pass. Labour leader Keir Starmer said his measure sought to uphold “the simple principle that honesty, integrity and telling the truth matter in our politics.” Johnson wasn’t attending the vote on a scandal that has rocked his leadership of the country and the Conservative Party. He was more than...
    Imran Khan has been ousted as Prime Minister of Pakistan after losing a dramatic late-night no-confidence vote from his MPs, triggering a political crisis that threatens to drag the country to the brink of chaos. The cricketer-turned-Islamist and his allies earlier tried to sidestep the vote by dissolving parliament and calling early elections, but Pakistan's Supreme Court ruling ordered the vote to go ahead. Pakistan's parliament met on Saturday to proceed with the vote following a 13-hour impasse in which Khan's Tehreek-e-Insa party used filibustering in an attempt to slow the process. Several of Khan's closest allies and a key coalition party deserted him as opposition parties swooped in and agreed to oust the embattled leader. The combined opposition that spans the political spectrum from the left to the radically religious will form the new government, with the head of one of the largest parties, the Pakistani Muslim League, taking over as prime minister. His removal from office continues Pakistan's ugly record with Prime Ministers, with not a single leader completing their full five-year tenure since 1947. In an impassioned...
    Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images Former U.S. President Donald Trump released a longwinded statement on Friday complaining about the ongoing criminal investigation into him and the Trump Organization. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg released a statement dubbed “unusual” by many media pundits on Thursday, assuring the public that his office’s criminal investigations into the former president were ongoing, despite recent resignations in his office. “The team working on this investigation is comprised of dedicated, experienced career prosecutors,” said DA Alvin Bragg in the statement. CNBC notes that Bragg’s statement came “two weeks after the disclosure of a letter to him by Mark Pomerantz, who with Carey Dunne resigned in February from leading the Trump probe after Bragg reportedly told them he had doubts about indicting Trump.” Bragg inherited the investigation, reportedly focused on the accuracy of Trump’s financial statements, from his predecessor Cyrus Vance, who had hired the semi-retired Pomerantz for his expertise in financial investigations. Trump slammed the investigation in a widely released email statement on Friday and called out Pomerantz by name, read the full statement below: What...
    The Department of Justice wants to hire 131 additional lawyers to assist with the prosecution of cases stemming from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The $34.1 million request appears in the agency's fiscal 2023 budget proposal released Monday, according to Insider. In total, the DOJ is asking Congress to approve a $37.7 billion budget, a $2.6 billion increase over the current fiscal year. "The January 6 investigation is among the most wide-ranging and most complex that this department has ever undertaken," Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said in a statement. "It reaches nearly every US attorney's office, nearly every FBI field office." JAN. 6 COMMISSION WILL LIKELY SEEK INTERVIEW WITH GINNI THOMAS: REPORT "Regardless of whatever resources we seek or get, let's be very, very clear: We are going to continue to do those cases," Monaco said, adding that those accused of taking part in the Capitol riot would be held "accountable." More than 770 prosecutions related to Jan. 6 have been brought by the DOJ. Guy Wesley Reffitt of Texas, the first Capitol riot...
    A plurality of Americans believe the country is more divided since President Joe Biden took office, a Monmouth University Poll released this week found. “Has the country become more united, more divided, or not really changed since President Biden took office?” the survey asked.  A plurality, 48 percent, said the country has become “more divided,” compared to 15 percent who said “more united” and 35 percent who said it has “not really changed.” This serves as yet another blow for the commander-in-chief, who chose “unity” as one of his top priorities upon taking office. However, he has continued to drive wedges between Americans over his first year in office, particularly after targeting unvaccinated Americans and warning that his patience was wearing “thin.”  According to Monmouth, “divided” is one of the top words Americans used to describe the U.S. in its current state, but other words or phrases included “confused,” “trouble,” “mess,” “fractured,” “lost,” “disappointing,” “broken,” and “chaos.” According to the survey: Nearly half of Americans (48%) say the country has become more divided since Biden took office. Just 15% say...
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wants his people to know he is not running away from the fight 12 days into Russia's invasion of his country. In a video posted Monday night local time, Zelensky appears in his office in the capital city. "Everyone is where they should be. I am in Kyiv," he said. PROTESTERS RENAME STREET IN FRONT OF RUSSIAN EMBASSY 'PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WAY' "I’m not hiding, and I'm not afraid of anyone — as much as it takes to win this patriotic war of ours," Zelensky added, according to a transcript. The video opens with a glimpse of the view from his building before Zelensky walks into his office. In a video posted tonight, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says, "I am staying in Kyiv. In Bankova (The Pennsylvania Avenue of Ukraine). Not hiding. And I'm not afraid of anyone.As much as it takes to win this war!Here is part of that video. pic.twitter.com/UIyqB7A2lP— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) March 7, 2022 "Almost three years ago, as soon as the election took place, we entered...
    President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Ukraine hangs in the balance On The Money — Inflation held firm in January as omicron raged Photos of the Week: Ukraine, Ketanji Brown Jackson and stallions MORE said in an interview broadcast on Saturday that he hopes his legacy “is that I restored the soul of this country.” In a wide-ranging interview with progressive political host Brian Tyler Cohen, Biden said that he hoped he would be remembered for restoring “some decency and honor to the office” of the presidency, rebuilding America’s middle class and repairing partnerships with other countries. “I hope my legacy is that I was able to restore some decency and honor to the office; I was able to bring the middle class back to a place where they had real opportunity, given an even chance to succeed; and I was able to reconstruct our alliances, which had been frayed so badly, internationally, and that I was able to bring people together,” Biden said during the interview. “Bring the politics of America together.” “And I think we're making slow progress,”...
    Less than a week before President Joe Biden is supposed to give his State of the Union address to Congress, the number of voters satisfied with the state of the union is lower than it has been in nearly a decade, according to a recent poll. A Fox News poll revealed that 68 percent of respondents are dissatisfied with how the United States is going, while only 31 percent are satisfied, which is the lowest number who have felt that way in almost a decade. The poll showed that the last time respondents gave this low a satisfaction rating was in October 2013. At the time, 73 percent said they were dissatisfied with how the country was going, and only 26 percent said they were satisfied. Since being in office, Biden also received his lowest approval rating from a Fox News poll. In June of 2021, there were 56 percent who approved of Biden and 43 percent who disapproved. Since then, the percentages have been completely reversed. Only 43 percent of the respondents said they approved of Biden, while 56 percent disapproved. Biden has gone through a year of...
    Unprecedented levels of illegal immigration during President Joe Biden's first year in office has driven the United States' foreign-born population to the highest point it has ever been, a new study has revealed. Analysis of US census data by the Center for Immigration Studies found that there are currently 46.6 million legal and illegal foreign-born immigrants in the country - up 1.7 million from last year, and 2.2 million from 2020. The number is the largest ever recorded in any government survey or decennial census since their introduction in 1850.  The authors also noted that the increases seen since 2020 are markedly more than the 770,000 average annual increase recorded in the decade before the pandemic.  The study further revealed that Hispanic immigrants accounted for roughly 70 percent - or 1.1 million - of the increase, suggesting that a large share of the sudden growth was spurred by illegal immigration, with the federal government and experts previously estimating that roughly 75 percent of illegal immigrants are of Hispanic descent. This chart shows how America's foreign-born population has rocketed since 2020  It also...
    LONDON (AP) – Millions of Britons were urged to cancel travel plans and stay indoors Friday amid fears of high winds and flying debris as the second major storm this week prompted a rare “red” weather warning across southern England. Storm Eunice is likely to cause significant disruption and dangerous conditions, with gusts that may exceed 90 miles per hour in highly exposed coastal areas, the U.K.’s weather forecasting office said. The Met Office issued “red” warnings – indicating a danger to life – for parts of southwest England between 7 a.m. and noon and for southeast England and London from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. A lower level amber warning for gusts up to 80 mph covers the whole of England from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. “After the impacts from Storm Dudley for many on Wednesday, Storm Eunice will bring damaging gusts in what could be one of the most impactful storms to affect southern and central parts of the U.K. for a few years,” Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said. “The red warning areas indicate a...
    BANGKOK (AP) — Royalist activists in Thailand say they will present a petition with 1.2 million signatures to the government on Thursday calling for it to shut down the country’s branch of the human rights organization Amnesty International. The activists, members of various small nationalist groups, say Amnesty International is a threat to the country’s peace and security because it criticized a court ruling that said calls for reform of the country’s constitutional monarchy are illegal. The monarchy is revered by many Thais and until recently was almost universally treated as a sacrosanct pillar of Thai identity. Its reputation is fiercely guarded by the country’s ruling elite, including the courts and the military. Critics of the royal institution charge it has too much influence in politics and is not accountable. The petition against Amnesty International, which originated last November, has been organized alongside a longer-term effort to enact a law to increase regulation of non-governmental organizations, an action critics say threatens free expression and is meant to intimidate criticism of the government. The Center of People to Protect the Monarchy,...
    (CNN)The President of North Macedonia walked an 11-year-old girl with Down syndrome to school after he heard she was being bullied. President Stevo Pendarovski held Embla Ademi's hand as he walked her to her elementary school in the city of Gostivar on Monday. Embla has experienced bullying at school due as a result of having Down syndrome -- a genetic condition that causes learning disabilities, health problems and distinctive facial characteristics -- a spokesperson for the President's office told CNN. Pendarovski also sat down with Embla's family and gave her gifts, according to a video shared by his office.Pendarovski "talked to Embla's parents about the challenges she and her family face on a daily basis," and discussed solutions, his office said in a press release. "The President said that the behavior of those who endanger children's rights is unacceptable, especially when it comes to children with atypical development," the statement said. Read More"They should not only enjoy the rights they deserve, but also feel equal and welcome in the school desks and schoolyard. It is our obligation, as a...
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president on Wednesday swore in the first-ever Coptic Christian to head the country’s highest court. Judge Boulos Fahmy is the 19th person to preside over the Supreme Constitutional Court since it was established in 1969. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi picked the 65-year-old Fahmy from among the court’s five oldest of 15 sitting judges, as is prescribed by law. Fahmy succeeded Judge Saeed Marei, who retired over health reasons, according to Mohammed Bassal, a respected expert in Egypt’s judicial affairs and editorial manager of the Shorouk daily. Fahmy has headed the court’s General Secretariat since 2014. His appointment as chief judge has been welcomed by many in the Muslim majority country. Moushira Khattab, head of the government-appointed National Council for Human Rights, hailed the decision as “historic” and “a giant move” in the field of political and civil rights. However, Ishak Ibrahim, a prominent expert on Christian affairs in Egypt, said in a Facebook post that the move will have little impact on ending discrimination against Christians as they are vastly underrepresented in Egypt’s state institutions. “It...
    Former President Donald Trump’s job approval was slightly higher than President Joe Biden’s at the same point in his presidency, according to the average of ratings charted by RealClearPolitics (RCP). The RCP average for Trump shows on February 3 of his second year in office that he had a slightly better approval rating than Biden has now. For the first time ever, Trump’s historical average job approval is above Biden’s by .3 percent. On this date in 2018, 41.9 percent approved of Trump and 54.2 percent disapproved: RealClearPolitics RCP Poll Average President Trump Job Approval Biden’s average currently stands at 41.6 approval and 53.9 disapproval: RealClearPolitics RCP Poll Average President Biden Job Approval RCP creates their average numbers by using polls from multiple polling sources, such as Rasmussen Reports, Economist/YouGov, Politico/Morning Consult, and Reuters/Ipsos. At this point in Biden’s presidency, he is experiencing negative net favorability ratings, a trend that began in August 2021, resulting from poor decision-making during his first year in office. Under Biden, the country has witnessed an ongoing supply-chain crisis, a record-high inflation rate that has grown from a mere 1.4 percent when he...
    Slovenia has cowered in the face of threats from Communist China, announcing that they will honor the so-called one-China Policy and use the name ‘Taipei’ for the planned Taiwanese representative office in the country. Government officials have backed down from statements made by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša, in which he supported Taiwan’s independence from Beijing and announced that his country would be opening a de-facto embassy with the island nation. The Slovenian parliament’s foreign policy committee approved a resolution reaffirming the country’s commitment to the one-China policy, which demands that countries abide by Beijing’s position that Taiwan is a part of Communist China that merely needs to be “reunified”, despite the island never having been under communist rule. Taiwan also boasts its own distinct culture, currency, military, and democratically elected government. Foreign Minister Anže Logar said that there has been “no divergence from our position” on the one-China policy, Euractiv reported on Monday. “This message is indisputable, it comes from all political players and from the parliamentary committee in charge of this matter,” said Social Democrat MP Matjaž Nemec. Thus the economic...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian leader on Friday advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him. President Alexander Lukashenko made the remarks in his yearly state of the nation address, seeking to underscore his grip on power after suppressing an unprecedented wave of mass protests against his rule. In 2020 Lukashenko, who has run Belarus with an iron fist for almost three decades, survived the largest and the most sustained wave of mass protests in the country’s history. Demonstrations, the biggest of which drew up to 200,000 people, were triggered by him winning a sixth term in office in a presidential election in August 2020 that the opposition and the West denounced as rigged. Protesters demanded a new election and Lukashenko’s ouster and faced a brutal crackdown from the authorities, with more than 35,000 arrested and thousands brutally beaten. Key opposition figures, including Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Lukashenko’s main contender in the election, have left the country amid the clampdown, along with...
    Progressive Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón is firing back at a railroad company that has taken shots at him for not doing more to stop train burglaries in the area, despite the company's pleas for his office's assistance.  This comes after Governor Gavin Newsom was disgusted by a ravaged rail depot - full of visible cardboard and other debris due to the thefts - in the Lincoln Heights area of the city that he visited and helped cleaned up.  In December, rail company Union Pacific - which holds jurisdiction over crime on the rails - sent a letter to DA Gascón asking for more aggressive prosecutions for cargo thieves and an end to the no-bail policy for some defendants that Gascon wants to reduce overcrowding at jails during the pandemic.   'These individuals are generally caught and released back onto the streets in less than twenty-four hours. Criminals boast to our officers that charges will be pled down to simple trespassing - which bears no serious consequence,' the letter from UP's California director of public affairs Adrian Guerrero said.  UP...
    Former President Donald J. Trump joined "Hannity" on Thursday for a wide-ranging, exclusive interview one day after President Joe Biden's press conference. Trump commented on Biden's roundly-criticized remark about a potential "minor incursion" into Ukraine by Russian forces, but also offered diplomatic support for the president, regardless of their personal differences. "It was a very sad time for our country. I want him to forget politics, I want him to do well. He's got to do well," Trump said of Biden. "Our country is in trouble… I don't think we've ever had anything like it in this country. When you look at that horrible situation in Afghanistan, the way they got out, getting out was good but the way they got out, we could have gotten that with strength and with dignity and kept Bagram [Air Base]." In regard to Biden's first year overall, Trump discussed how Biden has led the rest of the world to disrespect the United States. President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of...
    The massive Build Back Better spending plan, which Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said last month that he could not support, seems to have stalled, but Biden said on Wednesday that he believes portions of the plan can be passed before the midterm elections. The president also continued to claim that the proposal would help alleviate the rising prices Americans have been facing. Senate Democrats also appear poised to fail in their push to pass so called "voting rights" legislation, as Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have indicated that they will not support changing the filibuster rules, a move that other Democrats have been advocating in order to ram the legislation through. President Biden Holds a Press Conference www.youtube.com