Edward Snowden implores Trump to pardon fellow leaker Julian Assange: ‘You alone can save his life’

Edward Snowden implores Trump to pardon fellow leaker Julian Assange: 'You alone can save his life'

Edward J. Snowden, a fugitive leaker whom President Trump said he would consider pardoning, urged him Thursday to weigh sparing another wanted secret-spiller: Julian Assange of WikiLeaks. “Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency during your time in office, please: free Julian Assange. You alone can save his life,” Mr. Snowden posted … Read more

Saudi says allies ‘on board’ for diplomatic resolution of Gulf crisis, final agreement soon

Saudi says allies 'on board' for diplomatic resolution of Gulf crisis, final agreement soon

MANAMA: A resolution of the Gulf diplomatic crisis is in sight, with all nations involved “on board” and final agreement expected soon, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Saturday. In an interview with AFP conducted in Bahrain, the top Saudi diplomat also insisted that Gulf states must be fully consulted if the incoming … Read more

Only 25 Republican lawmakers have acknowledged Biden’s win over Trump: Report

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks with reporters following the weekly Republican Senate conference meeting in the Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 1, 2020. Tom Williams | Reuters Only 25 Republican lawmakers in Congress acknowledge Joe Biden‘s win over Donald Trump during the U.S. presidential election, according to a … Read more

Watch Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission deliver first subsurface asteroid samples to Earth

Watch Japan's Hayabusa2 mission deliver first subsurface asteroid samples to Earth

A Japanese capsule is returning to Earth on Saturday carrying the first-ever rock samples from beneath the surface of an asteroid. When it plummets to Earth, the capsule will provide a stunning show above the Australian outback, streaking across the sky as a dazzling fireball.  Project manager Yuichi Tsuda called the mission a “rare event in … Read more

Trump administration sues Facebook over alleged favoritism for immigrant workers

Trump administration sues Facebook over alleged favoritism for immigrant workers

The suit by the Justice Department claims that from 2018 through September 2019, Facebook (FB) discriminated against US workers by reserving job openings for temporary workers including H-1B visa holders. In a statement, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said: “Facebook has been cooperating with the DOJ in its review of this issue and while we dispute … Read more

Cars Set on Fire as Clashes Erupt During New Paris Protests Against Police Brutality

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Violence erupted in Paris on Saturday for the second consecutive weekend at a mass protest against a new security law, with demonstrators clashing with police, vehicles set alight and shop windows smashed. The weekly nationwide protests are becoming a major headache for President Emmanuel Macron’s government, with tensions intensified by the beating of a black … Read more

With Pak Opposition adamant on Lahore rally, PM Imran Khan says cases to be filed against organisers

With Pak Opposition adamant on Lahore rally, PM Imran Khan says cases to be filed against organisers

ISLAMABAD: As calls for his government to step down louden, a rattled Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan ruled out the possibility of the government granting permission to the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) for holding anti-government rallies and warned that police cases will be lodged against organisers. In an interview to a private news channel, the … Read more

Kuwait Holds Parliamentary Election Under Shadow Of Virus

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More than 567,000 Kuwaiti voters are eligible to choose among the 326 candidates. (AFP) Kuwaitis went to the polls on Saturday in a parliamentary election overshadowed by Covid-19, with facilities laid on for citizens infected with the disease to vote in special polling stations. The oil-rich emirate has enforced some of the strictest regulations in … Read more

Brazil Amazon Deforestation Hits 12-Year High Under Bolsonaro

Brazil Amazon Deforestation Hits 12-Year High Under Bolsonaro

The scale of deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surged to a 12-year high in 2020, official government data showed on Monday, with destruction soaring since President Jair Bolsonaro took office and weakened environmental enforcement. In 2020, destruction of the world’s largest rainforest rose 9.5 percent from a year earlier to 11,088 square kilometers — about … Read more

State Department cancels China-paid junkets for congressional staff

State Department cancels China-paid junkets for congressional staff

The State Department on Friday canceled five longstanding cultural exchange programs with China that had allowed Beijing to fund all-expenses-paid trips to China for congressional staff. The program, authorized under a section of the 1961 Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (MECEA), was halted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as part of efforts to … Read more

Moscow rolls out Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to most exposed groups

Moscow rolls out Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to most exposed groups

MOSCOW: Moscow began distributing the Sputnik V COVID-19 shot via 70 clinics on Saturday to the most exposed groups, marking Russia‘s first large-scale vaccination against the disease, the city’s coronavirus task force said. The Russian-made vaccine will first be made available to doctors and other medical workers, teachers and social workers because they run the … Read more

Trump loyalists Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie appointed to Pentagon business board

Former campaign senior adviser Of U.S. president Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski speaks to media to demand a fair count of the votes of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 5, 2020. Eduardo Munoz | Reuters WASHINGTON — Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller dismissed nine Defense Business Board members and replaced … Read more

Hong Kong jails 3 prominent young pro-democracy activists

Hong Kong jails 3 prominent young pro-democracy activists

Beijing — A trio of young, well-known, pro-democracy leaders in Hong Kong were sentenced to prison on Wednesday. It was the latest nail in the coffin of the city’s once-very-public opposition movement that saw millions of protesters take to the streets from June to December last year, decrying the erosion of the Asian financial hub’s semi-autonomy … Read more

Trump rallies for Republican Senators Loeffler and Perdue in Georgia

Trump rallies for Republican Senators Loeffler and Perdue in Georgia

President Trump is heading to Valdosta, Georgia, for a rally Saturday evening to support two incumbent Republican senators facing January runoff elections against their Democratic challengers. The outcome of the races will determine which party has control of the Senate, and some Republicans worry Mr. Trump is hurting their chances of victory as he continues … Read more