The House Judiciary Committee has adopted procedures for impeachment proceedings and, according to Chairman Jerrold Nadler, the vote signals the start of “an aggressive series of hearings” starting Tuesday. Others, like House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, seem concerned that an impeachment that results in an acquittal in the Senate would create a backlash that will boost President Donald Trump's reelection effort in 2020. Congress can find some lessons about impeachment from the way prosecutors make investigative and charging decisions.
A former Roman Catholic priest who fled to Morocco after it was discovered he had sexually abused a child in the US has been sentenced to 30 years in prison almost three decades on from his crime. Former Air Force chaplain and colonel Arthur Perrault was found guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy in New Mexico in the early 1990s. When his criminal conduct was made public he fled the country, only to be found and arrested in Morocco 25 years later and extradited back to the US.
More than half of the tigers that Thai authorities confiscated in 2016 from an infamous Tiger Temple tourist attraction have died from a viral disease because their immune systems were weakened by inbreeding, media reported. The Buddhist temple west of Bangkok was a tourist destination where visitors took selfies with tigers and bottle-fed cubs until authorities removed its nearly 150 tigers in 2016 in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking. The confiscated animals were taken to two state-run sanctuaries but it soon became apparent they were susceptible to canine distemper virus, said a senior official from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.
A non-tropical storm over the Gulf of Mexico, which is helping to steer Humberto east of the United States may evolve into a tropical system and drift toward Texas early this week. The storm is currently situated in the middle levels of the atmosphere and will have to spin down to the surface and acquire tropical characteristics before it can be dubbed a tropical depression or storm. Rapid strengthening of this large system over the Gulf of Mexico is not anticipated before moving onshore.
A British-Australian woman who has been sentenced to 10 years in a notorious Iranian prison has been identified as Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Cambridge-educated academic specialising in Middle Eastern politics. Dr Moore-Gilbert, who was working as a lecturer and researcher for Melbourne University's Asia Institute and has published work on authoritarian governance and activism in the Middle East, was jailed in October 2018. However, her detention had not been reported in case it harmed the prospects of her release.
Tesla's automated emergency braking (AEB) system, which was first introduced in 2017, has improved markedly in a relatively short amount of time. Just a few weeks ago, for example, Tesla demonstrated its next-gen AEB system which can more ably apply the brakes when a pedestrian or cyclist is detected. With that said, we recently stumbled across a new video which shows a Tesla Model 3 abruptly hit the brakes when a police officer on a motorcycle runs a red light and turns left into oncoming traffic.
Zimbabwe gave former president Robert Mugabe a state funeral on Saturday with African leaders paying tribute to a man lauded as a liberation hero but whose 37-year rule was defined by repression and economic turmoil. Mugabe, who died in Singapore last week aged 95, left Zimbabwe deeply torn over his legacy as the country still struggles with high inflation and shortages of goods after decades of crisis. Mugabe's casket, draped in the green, black, gold and red Zimbabwe flag, was marched slowly into Harare's national stadium as a military band played and crowds chanted and drummed, though less than half of the 60,000 seats appeared taken.
After rejecting the district's latest offer, Chicago educators are back at the bargaining table negotiating issues including pay, staffing shortages and class size. Chicago's last major teachers strike was seven years ago, but the tone, issues and financial backdrop this time around are totally different. The Chicago Teachers Union, which represents about 25,000 educators, argues that the district has repeatedly shortchanged schools over the years by cutting budgets.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Sunday dismissed criticisms that his recent rhetoric on gun control is playing into the hands of the National Rifle Association. During the third Democratic debate on Thursday, O'Rourke said he planned to take assault rifles from civilians as part of a nationwide buy-back program in response to the spate of mass shootings afflicting the country in recent years. The emphatic comments raised concerns among his fellow Democrats that they would offer fuel for attack ads by the NRA, feeding into the idea that Democrats were out to destroy the Second Amendment.
WASHINGTON – Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin Laden, a high-ranking leader of the militant al-Qaida terrorist group, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation, the White House confirmed Saturday. President Donald Trump announced Hamza bin Laden's death, which had been widely reported more than a month ago, in a statement that did not provide details about how or when he was killed. "The loss of Hamza bin Ladin not only deprives al-Qaida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group," Trump said in a statement.
Mexican prosecutors will target a former attorney general and his top aides in their investigation into the handling of a controversial probe into the disappearance five years ago of 43 student teachers, a government official said on Sunday. The attorney general's office said on Saturday prosecutors would hold to account those who oversaw the widely-panned probe into the abduction and apparent massacre of the trainee teachers by corrupt police working with a violent drug gang. The scandal battered the reputation of then-president Enrique Pena Nieto.
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A pair Confederate statues will remain standing in the city of Virginian city Charlottesville where clashes over their removal left a young woman dead. After city officials decided to remove statues of Confederate American Civil War generals Robert E Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, one resident filed a lawsuit to prevent this. It was submitted months before August 2017's “Unite the Right” rally, which saw hundreds of white supremacists descend on the city.
Amid escalating tensions between Iran and the United States, in part resulting from U.S. President Donald Trump's decision unilaterally to withdraw the United States from the 2015 deal limiting Iran's nuclear program, the U.S. armed forces have deployed a wide array of ships, planes and other weapons to the Middle East. If tensions turn into warfare, the factory-fresh F-35s could face an Iranian air force operating some of the oldest active fighters in the world. The Iranians with their four-decade-old F-4s, F-5s and F-14s might not seem to have a chance against the Americans flying arguably the world's most advanced fighter aircraft.
West African leaders on Saturday announced a billion-dollar plan to fight the rising problem of jihadist violence in the region, at a summit in Burkina Faso. The plan, to be funded from 2020 to 2024, was announced at end of the Economic Community Summit of West African States in Ouagadougou, where the ECOWAS nations were joined by Mauritania and Chad. ECOWAS had decided to mobilise "the financial resources of up to a billion dollars for the fight against terrorism", said Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou.
The Trump administration scrapped three border wall projects that it said it intended to build using money found from cost savings in constructing other portions of the barrier along the southern border. In a court filing Friday, the administration said it had determined the savings weren't sufficient to pay for the additional 20 miles (32 kilometers) of wall in Arizona and California. A divided U.S. Supreme Court in July allowed the administration to start using disputed Pentagon funds to construct more than 100 miles of fencing along the border, letting the president take his biggest step yet toward erecting his long-promised wall.
China has banned flying kites, drones and captive pigeons over central Beijing for more than two weeks as it prepares for a military parade and other celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule on Oct. 1. Flying activities that affect flight safety are prohibited in seven of the capital city's 16 districts from Sept. 15 to Oct. 1, according to a notice posted Sunday on the Beijing municipal government's website. The banned activities also include flying balloons and lanterns.
The United States has won the right to hit the EU with billions of euros in punitive tariffs by winning a dispute over subsidies to aerospace giant Airbus, four EU officials told POLITICO. A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel on Friday sent the confidential ruling to the European Commission and the United States Trade Representative, the officials said. Washington has previously announced it would follow through with tariffs if it won the case in Geneva and has prepared a list of EU products ranging from cheeses to Airbus planes and parts that it said it would hit with tariffs of up to 100 percent.
Tropical Storm Humberto, churning westward in the Atlantic on Saturday, was heading just north of the storm-ravaged islands of northwest Bahamas but was not expected to strengthen into a hurricane until moving back out to sea Sunday night. The National Hurricane Center said the storm was expected to take a sharp turn to the northeast on Monday and move well off the east coast of Florida. Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama, warned that the system would affect the entire island and urged people to seek shelter.
President Donald Trump took issue with MSNBC's "AM Joy" host Joy-Ann Reid on Twitter Saturday morning when he tweeted "Who the hell is Joy-Ann Reid? Never met her, she knows ZERO about me, has NO talent, and truly doesn't have the 'it' factor needed for success in showbiz." The president feigned ignorance on who Reid, who published "The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story" in June, is, but then went on to criticize her role with "Comcast/NBC."
Turkey has ordered the arrest of 223 serving military personnel across the country and in the breakaway state of Northern Cyprus over suspected links to a network Ankara accuses of organizing an attempted coup in 2016, state media said on Saturday. Authorities are seeking the suspects across 49 provinces in Turkey and in Northern Cyprus, state broadcaster TRT Haber said. Ankara blames U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, of masterminding the failed putsch on July 15, 2016.
Robert Benac III will pay a $2,500 fine, perform 250 hours of service at an animal shelter and lose his fishing licence for three years after pleading guilty to misdemeanour of animal cruelty. Benac accepted the plea deal just as he was about to go on trial on Thursday for a more severe felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals, according to The Bradenton Herald. A second man, Michael Wenzel, accepted a similar plea deal over the incident in February and he was also required to serve 10 days in jail over five weekends.
Two Iranian companies signed a $440 million agreement Saturday to develop a gas field in the sensitive Gulf, with the oil ministry saying it showed arch-foe the United States could not stop the country with sanctions. Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said the deal reached between two government-owned firms, Pars Oil and Gas Company and PetroPars, to develop the Balal field would be the first of many. Tensions have soared in the Gulf since last year when the US began reimposing sanctions on Iran after unilaterally withdrawing from a 2015 deal that put curbs on its nuclear programme.