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A police chief in Louisville, Kentucky, is at the centre of an internal investigation after she was reported to have sent an email saying Black Lives Matter members should “be the ones washing our cars”. Major Bridget Hallahan, who commands the Fifth Division of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), added that members of Antifa were “punks” with no importance, in an email sent last month. A police spokesman, Lamont Washington, told NBC News on Thursday that the department was looking into the email, saying there was "no other comment to offer."
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday assailed India's Hindu nationalist government and its moves to cement control of Muslim-majority Kashmir, calling India a state sponsor of hatred and prejudice against Islam. Khan said at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders that Islamophobia rules India and threatens the nearly 200 million Muslims who live there. “They believe that India is exclusive to Hindus and others are not equal citizens,” he said in a prerecorded speech to the U.N. General Assembly, which is being held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited a low-key but critical maintenance base for fighter jet engines on Saturday, offering encouragement as the Chinese-claimed island's armed forces strain in the face of repeated Chinese air force incursions. This month alone, China's drills have included its jets crossing the mid-line of the sensitive Taiwan Strait and exercising near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea. Beijing regards Taiwan as a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring the democratic island under its control.
Word came on Aug. 26: The Chinese coast guard had stopped a boat reportedly headed toward Taiwan and taken 12 Hong Kongers on board into detention. “He is trapped in another hell,” said the girlfriend, who spoke on condition of using only her first name, Alice, and withholding her boyfriend's name for fear of retribution under a new national security law recently imposed on Hong Kong to silence dissent in the former British colony. A month has passed since the “Hong Kong 12,” as they have been nicknamed in the city, were detained for alleged illegal border crossing in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, just over an hour's drive from Hong Kong but a world away in terms of legal protections.
Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly intends to file civil lawsuits against those who have called him a "murderer" for his role in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, according to his newly hired attorney. Todd McMurtry posted video to Twitter on Thursday night that appeared to show Mattingly being put onto the back of a truck bed and driven away after he was shot March 13 at Taylor's apartment. In the tweet, McMurtry says: "They called him a 'murderer,' when all he did was defend himself."
Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator, has complained he is getting "killed financially" by his Democratic rival, Jaime Harrison, who has seen a surge in donations following death of the late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Mr Gramham, whose role as Judiciary Committee chair puts him at the heart of GOP efforts to replace Ginsburg before November's election, bemoaned the reported improved financial muscle of his rival, saying that the donors "hate my guts". My opponent will raise $100 million in the state of South Carolina,” Mr Graham, 65, told Fox News on Thursday.
The director of the Auschwitz Memorial in Poland has offered to serve part of the 10-year jail sentence given to a 13-year-old Nigerian boy for blasphemy. Dr Piotr Cywinski said he and another 119 volunteers from all over the world would each serve a month in prison. The boy was convicted by an Islamic court of making uncomplimentary remarks about God during an argument with a friend in Kano state in August.
President Trump has said several times this week he may not accept an electoral loss, won't commit to a peaceful transfer of power, and expects the election to be decided by a 6-3 conservative Supreme Court. "After more than four years of non-stop voter fraud claims" and "at least one float about delaying the November election," Politico reports, "Republicans can no longer truthfully deny that Trump may be unwilling to leave office in the event he is defeated. And Democrats must now confront the possibility they may not have the power to stop him."
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told the United Nations on Friday that his country has "no intention" of harming Sudan and Egypt with a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile that has caused a bitter water dispute between the three countries. Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan failed to strike a deal on the operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam before Ethiopia began filling the reservoir behind the dam in July. But the three states have returned to African Union-led mediation.
Donald Trump Jr has echoed his father's calls to supporters to watch polls on election day in a campaign ad urging them to “defend your ballot” by joining an “army” on his behalf, stoking fears that the campaign is supporting efforts to intimidate voters over unfounded ballot fraud claims. “We need every able-bodied man and woman to join Army for Trump's election security operation," he said. Democrats and election analysts, as well as social media watchdogs, have warned that the president could declare victory prematurely based on in-person votes before mail-in vote counts are tabulated in the presidential election between the Republican incumbent and Joe Biden.
The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for an Illinois man convicted of abducting his estranged girlfriend from Kentucky in 2014 and killing her along an Ohio highway. Death row inmate Terry Froman was sentenced to death in 2017 by a Warren County jury for shooting Kimberly Thomas on Interstate 75 in southwestern Ohio. Prosecutors say Froman became vengeful when Thomas ordered him out of her Mayfield, Kentucky, home.
The U.S. has reported more than 7 million cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, a milestone that comes days after leading experts projected the virus' spread was set to rapidly increase in coming months. It has been eight months and four days since nation's first case was announced, and in that time the U.S. has become the hardest-hit country in the world for both cases and deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. But the U.S. death toll from the virus may almost double by Jan. 1 amid a "major winter surge," according to a projection by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, a source often cited by the White House and federal public health autho...
CNN's Brianna Keilar spent more than 10 minutes of her broadcast on Friday dismantling the smears she has received from both Fox News and the Trump White House this week. “Yesterday, White House Press Secretary implied that I am responsible for two police officers being shot in Louisville,” the anchor began. After recapping for viewers the devastating details of that police shooting, which left the 26-year-old EMT from Kentucky dead without any of the three officers being held responsible, Keilar said, “The White House wants us talking about racism and the justice system because they use it as a springboard to scare Americans about looting, aided by Fox News running episodes of violence on an incessant loop, that their hearts and minds won't be able to look past the fear to see injustice.”
US-China relations took another blow on Thursday when an American diplomat accused China of covering up the origins of the coronavirus pandemic during a heated United Nations (UN) Security Council meeting. Kelly Craft, US ambassador to the UN, said Communist Party officials actively suppressed knowledge of the virus, which has gone on to claim hundreds of thousands of lives and cripple economies across the globe. “The Chinese Communist Party's decision to hide the origins of this virus, minimize its danger, and suppress scientific cooperation ... transformed a local epidemic into a global pandemic,” she said.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in Germany recovering from what authorities there determined to be nerve agent poisoning, thanked Russian pilots and paramedics for acting quickly after he fell into a coma on a flight from Siberia. Navalny, who collapsed on a plane to Moscow on Aug. 20 and spent nearly three weeks in a coma, said in an Instagram post on Friday that pilots “quickly landed the plane in Omsk” and medical workers at the airport “jammed a dose of atropine" into him, immediately recognizing “a toxic poisoning.” After 48 hours in a hospital in Omsk, where Russian doctors said they found no trace of any poisoning, Navalny was transferred to the Charite hospital in Berlin.
The Biden campaign is spending $45.8 million on television, radio and digital ads in the week from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28, according to figures compiled by the tracking firm Advertising Analytics. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has earmarked $17.8 million in advertising for the same period, according to the firm, after canceling millions of dollars of reservations in states including Ohio, New Hampshire, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Iowa, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. The discrepancy reflects the extent to which Biden, who once faced a daunting financial deficit, has closed the gap.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defends his decision to move forward on the SCOTUS nomination ahead of President Trump's announcement; reaction from 'Outnumbered.
The mother of Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teenager charged with fatally shooting two people and injuring a third in August during Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, received a standing ovation at a Wisconsin GOP event on Thursday. Rittenhouse, 17, is being charged as an adult for six counts, including two of first degree murder, for allegedly shooting Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum with a semi-automatic, military-style rifle. Michelle Malkin, an alt-right figure and political commentator who invited Rittenhouse's mother and lawyer to the event Republican Women of Waukesha County event, is associated with a variety of white supremacist figures and ideas, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Recently, I reviewed the luxurious and upscale Kia Telluride. Kia, along with Hyundai and Genesis, are offering stylish, sporty, and quality cars at good prices. It's also a trend the South Korean automakers need to stick with if they want to surpass industry giants like Honda and Toyota.
The looming potential for World War III has become a regular topic on Russian state propaganda shows. Night after night, Vladimir Soloviev, who is often described as the Kremlin's top propagandist, condemns the West's “economically suffocating” strategy of imposing sanctions and suggest war is the logical outcome. The conclusion reached by Soloviev and his like-minded panel of guests is that the country's politicians and titans of business should break all ties with the West, including communicating with their relatives.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pledge on Saturday a 30% increase in funding for the World Health Organization while urging reforms to the global health body and calling for a revival of cross-border cooperation to end "ugly rifts". Delivering a recorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Johnson will say the COVID-19 pandemic has increased barriers to trade. "After nine months of fighting COVID, the very notion of the international community looks tattered," he will say, according to advance extracts distributed by his office.
Qantas listed 1,000 bar carts packed with wine, snacks, and candy for sale this week, and they all sold out within two hours. The carts came off of the Australian airline's Boeing 747s, which it recently retired. Qantas sold full bar carts for just over $1,000 and smaller half carts for around $685.
Pfizer, one of the front-runners in the quest for a COVID-19 vaccine, said its candidate vaccine looks safe, and the company expects to have data next month on how well it protects people against the coronavirus. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Tuesday that he is intentionally revealing more information about the COVID-19 candidate vaccine than he would about any other vaccine under development, because he wants the process to be open and transparent. "Transparency is a must, particularly given this situation and the politicization of the vaccine," he said in a Q&A with journalists.
Throughout the Democratic primary process, former vice president Joe Biden resisted the idea of adding more Supreme Court seats to block a conservative judicial majority if Democrats wrestle back control of the White House and both chambers of Congress. It would just become a vicious cycle, Mr Biden has said, with each party swelling the ranks of the court to suit its partisan interests each time it takes power in Washington. “We add three justices — next time around, we lose control, they add three justices,” he said at a debate last year when asked about his views on “court-packing,” the colloquial term for diluting the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court by expanding the bench.
Tigers kept as pets in Mexico are often believed to be associated with drug traffickers, but there was little doubt as to one discovered in the southern state of Guerrero on Friday. The 8-month-old Bengal tiger was found in a cage near a house where an assault rifle and marijuana were also discovered. Guerrero state police and soldiers also found a metal structure meant to hold a machine gun in the back of a pickup truck.
“Enfranchising 16-year-olds would be good for them and good for our democracy.”
“At 16, most kids have little awareness of politics, civics, or American history.”
“Voting is habit forming...which underscores the importance of having as stable an environment as possible for the youngest voters.”
“Keeping the voting age at 18 is not a slap at 16-year-olds. It is recognition that an informed electorate is the best kind.”
“When young people’s participation lags badly, issues important to them receive short shrift in the public discourse.”