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UN Says Venezuelan Courts Are Involved in Human Rights Violations

By Antonio Maria DelgadoFrom Miami Herald Venezuela’s justice system is exceedingly unjust, with its courts being used as a tool of repression used to arbitrarily jail activists and political opponents to the Nicolás Maduro regime while turning a blind eye to a growing number of human rights violations, a United Nations report said Thursday. In […]

Mexico’s Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion

Mexico’s supreme court on Tuesday decriminalized abortion, ruling that punishing the act runs against the country’s constitution. “From now on, you will not be able to, without violating the court’s criteria and the constitution, charge any woman who aborts under the circumstances this court has ruled as valid,” Arturo Zaldivar, president of the National Supreme Court […]

Hurricane Nora Makes Landfall on Mexico’s Southwestern Coast

MONTERREY, Mexico—The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned of torrential rains, life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides as Hurricane Nora made landfall on Saturday evening on the northwest coast of the Mexican state of Jalisco. After making landfall near Vicente Guerrero, the category 1 hurricane has continued northward near the coast, NHC said. Videos posted on […]

Biden news – live: President accused of ‘bald-faced lie’ in defensive ABC Afghanistan interview

Biden says troops will stay in Afghanistan for as long as it takes to evacuate all US civilians Joe Biden has said American troops will stay in Afghanistan until all remaining US citizens —and citizens of American allies — are evacuated from the country after receiving criticism for the chaotic withdrawal of US forces. In […]

Mother accused of crushing disabled daughter with table until she died on visit to see her in hospital

A woman was arrested by the Florida police for allegedly crushing her teen daughter with special needs to death with a table while visiting her at the hospital where she was admitted for an infection, according to a report. Jessica Bortle, 34, has been charged with causing fatal injuries to her daughter by crushing her […]

EU foreign chief calls fall of Kabul “catastrophe”

The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Thursday called the fall of Afghanistan s capital and the resurgence of the Taliban “a catastrophe” and “nightmare” that laid bare a failure of intelligence and trans-Atlantic cooperation. EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell further criticized U.S. President Joe Biden for underplaying the commitment to nation-building in Afghanistan. […]

‘Covid is a miserable way to die’: Alabama doctor refuses to treat anyone who is unvaccinated

An Alabama doctor has spoken out to urge a tough stance against unvaccinated patients, saying he will refuse to treat anyone who has opted against receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, as the state sees hospitalisations soar. Jason Valentine, a physician at Diagnostic and Medical Clinic Infirmary Health in Mobile, made the unusual announcement in a Facebook […]

Trump complains ‘horrible muggers and dictators’ are allowed on Twitter and he isn’t

Former president Donald Trump on Wednesday lambasted Twitter for allowing the Taliban to continue operating on the micro-blogging platform in the wake of its takeover in Afghanistan, even as he remains permanently banned from using it. In a phone interview with Newsmax’s Greg Kelly, Mr Trump said: “It’s disgraceful when you think that you have […]

Taliban says US must stick to 9/11 exit date but ‘we will not attack them’

A spokesperson for the Taliban has said the US should “withdraw all their forces” from Afghanistan by 9/11, but that it was “committed not to attack them”, after the militant group retook Kabul. Suhail Shaheen, in an interview with Sky News on Tuesday, said the Taliban had already announced a “general amnesty” to people in […]

Lauren Boebert jokes about Afghans falling from US plane

Republican representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado is facing a massive backlash online for her insensitive joke about Afghans who fell off a US military plane on Monday in their desperation to get out of the strife-torn country. In a tweet, accompanying the video of hundreds of Afghan men swarming a US military plane as it […]

Hobby Lobby loses 11-year battle to stop trans woman using the bathroom

US retailer Hobby Lobby has been fined for blocking a transgender woman employee from using its women’s bathroom for 11 years, following a court ruling that is a first for transgender people in the state. The 51-year-old employee, Meggan Sommerville, had worked at the same Hobby Lobby location in Illinois for almost 23 years, but […]

Grace Strengthens to Regain Status of Tropical Storm, NHC Says

A woman wades through the water, as Tropical depression Grace approaches, after Saturday’s 7.2 magnitude quake, in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 16, 2021. (Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters) Tropical depression Grace has strengthened into a storm again, causing floods across portions of the island of Hispaniola, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday. Grace, which […]

Biden news – live: President’s speech branded ‘grotesque’ and ‘devoid of empathy’ as Bush breaks silence

Afghan leaders unable to fight for country’s future, says Biden Joe Biden has faced criticism for blaming the Taliban’s takeover on Afghanistan officials and Donald Trump while standing firmly by his own decision to withdraw US troops. The US president insisted he had to decide between asking American forces to fight endlessly in what he […]

Heartbroken dog lies across murdered owner’s grave

A bereaved dog was seen lying down atop the grave of his owner who was shot dead in Tennessee last week. The picture of the grieving dog lying on the grave, freshly dug up for a hurried burial, was shared by the deceased man’s family on Sunday. James William ‘Will’ Warner, 22, was found murdered […]

Family put up permanent clothesline to ‘block’ neighbour who they claim has surrounded home in cameras

A couple has put up a clothesline in an attempt to stop their “crazy” neighbour from filming their property. Megan Reid, who is believed to reside in the US, posted a video of her and her partner hanging a clothesline in their front yard. “When your crazy neighbour has five cameras pointed at your front […]

Atlanta Falcons become first NFL team fully vaccinated against Covid

The Atlanta Falcons have become the first NFL team to publicly declare all players are vaccinated against Covid-19. Due to their vaccine status, players can stop doing daily testing, wearing masks and going into self-isolation after coming into close contact with a positive case. “The Falcons reached a 92-percent vaccination rate on July 23, and […]

Veteran opposition leader wins Zambia tense elections

Zambia’s veteran opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has won the southern African country’s presidency after taking more than 50% of the vote. Hichilema was declared president–elect by Esau Chulu, chairman of the Electoral Commission of Zambia, early Monday after results for 155 of the country’s 156 constituencies were announced. Hichilema, a 59-year old businessman contesting the […]

Texas town ordered to shelter in place and turn off all air conditioners over mysterious airborne irritant

A shelter in place order was issued in La Porte city of Texas on Sunday night by authorities after a reported chemical leak. Residents were asked to stay inside and turn their air conditioners off “immediately” as authorities investigated an “airborne irritant,” said La Porte Emergency Management. “Harris County Pollution Control has responded to conduct […]

Videos show Kabul airport overwhelmed with US personnel and Afghans as Taliban take the capital

Videos depicted a chaotic scene at Kabul airport on Sunday, the only way out for thousands of people following rapid advance of the Taliban into the capital, and toppling of the country’s government. Both remaining US personnel and Afghans fearing the return of Taliban rule were seen climbing onto military aircraft. Chinook helicopters had shuttled […]

Biden’s allies and critics battle over whether fall of Kabul is his ‘Saigon moment’

The departure of US embassy personnel from Afghanistan after the government was toppled by the Taliban has left President Joe Biden facing uncomfortable questions about the legacy of the US in the country, as well as criticism over his own administration’s handling of the final days of America’s longest-running war. The American-backed government in Afghanistan […]

Biden team surprised by rapid Taliban gains in Afghanistan

President Joe Biden and other top U.S. officials were stunned on Sunday by the pace of the Taliban s nearly complete takeover of Afghanistan, as the planned withdrawal of American forces urgently became a mission to ensure a safe evacuation. The speed of the Afghan government’s collapse and the ensuing chaos posed the most serious […]

Haiti death toll rises to nearly 1,300 after 7.2 magnitude earthquake

More than 1,200 people have died after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, according to the head of the country’s civil protection agency. At least 1,297 people died and more than 2,800 were injured, said Jerry Chandler. The confirmed death toll had previously stood at 724, but US geological officials have estimated that thousands may have […]

Election officials face complex challenges looking to 2022

State election officials say they are confronting a myriad of challenges heading into the 2022 midterm elections, from threats of foreign interference and ransomware to changes of election laws and concerns of physical safety — all while still dealing with a wave of misinformation and disinformation surrounding last year’s presidential election. The nation’s secretaries of […]

Border crossings reach 21-year high as Biden administration struggles on immigration agenda

US immigration authorities last month detained more than 200,000 people for the first time in 21 years. The figure is the latest evidence of a steady rise in immigration during 2021 that has strained US humanitarian capacity and tested the limits of the Biden administration’s liberal campaign promises. US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) apprehended […]

Biden made ‘Obamacare’ cheaper, now sign-up deadline is here

With the Obama health care law undergoing a revival under President Joe Biden this Sunday is the deadline for consumers to take advantage of a special sign-up period for private coverage made more affordable by his COVID-19 relief law. A strong close would bolster Biden’s case that Congress needs to make permanent the temporary boost […]

Texas murder suspect granted bond after police data loss

A Texas man who was scheduled for trial on murder charges this week has instead been granted release on bond after Dallas police revealed that material in his case might be among troves of data lost from its computer system. A Dallas County judge granted Jonathan Pitts bond Thursday after prosecutors asked the judge to […]

Washington DC military base on lockdown after report of armed person ‘carrying Gucci bag’

A Washington DC military base was placed on lockdown after a report of an armed person on site “carrying a Gucci bag”. Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling announced the emergency procedure on social media, stating the the individual had been spotted on the base’s south side and that anyone encountering them should run for safety. A radio […]

Biden admin backs Texas, Florida districts on mask mandates

President Joe Biden s administration on Friday offered its full-throated support for local cities and school boards in Texas and Florida that are defying orders by their Republican governors that prohibit mask-wearing mandates in schools. In a pair of open letters from Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, the administration condemned the orders from Govs. Greg Abbott […]

New Mexico school shooting: Teen dead after shooting outside Albuquerque school

One teen boy is dead and another is in police custody after a school shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “It’s just a terrible day for [Albuquerque Public Schools], a terrible day for this community,” superintendent Scott Elder said during a press conference on Friday. “I want to send out my thoughts and prays to all […]

Critics mock believers in former President Donald Trump’s ‘reinstatement day’

True believers behind the myth that Donald Trump will be restored to the White House despite election defeat have suffered another crushing disappointment. MyPillow CEO, and election conspiracy theory evangelist, Mike Lindell assured his like-minded fans that Mr Trump would be reinstated as US president on 13 August. “The morning of August 13, it’ll be […]

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