World Media


Iran sees China as ‘pivotal’ to salvaging its nuclear deal Iran sees China as ‘pivotal’ to salvaging its nuclear deal
- August 06, 2018

Iran had hoped the lifting of sanctions would allow it to replace its aging commercial airline fleet, but the USA withdrawal has halted billion-dollar deals struck with Airbus and Boeing. While the Trump administration has said it wants to cut Iranian oil exports to zero by November 4, most analysts viewed that target as unlikely. Non-oil exporters will be allowed to sell hard currency to importers, and there will be no limit on bringing currency or gold into the country. (more...)
Saudi Arabia expels Canadian envoy after criticism of activist arrests Saudi Arabia expels Canadian envoy after criticism of activist arrests
- August 06, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Sunday that it is recalling its ambassador in Canada for consultation and simultaneously declared the Ambassador of Canada persona non-grata, giving him 24 hours to leave. Canadian foreign ministry officials were not available for an immediate comment on Sunday. Prince Mohammed, heir to the region's most powerful throne, has introduced a string of reforms such as lifting a decades-long ban on women drivers in a bid to overhaul the kingdom's ... (more...)
Venezuela arrests six 'terrorists' over attempted Maduro assassination Venezuela arrests six 'terrorists' over attempted Maduro assassination
- August 06, 2018

Nearby residents told The Associated Press that they saw a drone crash into a building and explode blocks from where Maduro was speaking in Caracas. The Broad Front, a coalition of opposition groups in Venezuela , accused the government of making an allegation without proof. (more...)
China, Trade, and Technology China, Trade, and Technology
- August 06, 2018

He even said of tariffs, "It's my thing". China imported $130 billion in goods from the U.S. in 2017, according to United States figures. China immediately retaliated by imposing levies on the same amount of United States goods. We want to see trade reforms. "As to whether China's economy is doing well or not, I think it is all too clear to the whole worldwide community", Wang said, adding that China contributed a huge amount to global economic growth. (more...)
Trump lawyer: If Mueller subpoenas president, case will go to Supreme Court Trump lawyer: If Mueller subpoenas president, case will go to Supreme Court
- August 06, 2018

He repeated that he had not known about the meeting in advance. Donald Trump has labelled reports that he is concerned over the legality of his son's Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer as "fake news", and said getting dirt on 2016 presidential rival Hillary Clinton was "totally legal". (more...)
3 killed in Indonesia’s 6.4 magnitude quake 3 killed in Indonesia’s 6.4 magnitude quake
- August 06, 2018

The US Geological Survey said that 60 other smaller earthquakes followed and the largest recorded one had a 5.7 magnitude. Spokesman for the agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho , said thousands of homes were damaged and that there have been 124 aftershocks as of 2pm local time. (more...)
All eyes on 'right-hand man' as Manafort trial resumes All eyes on 'right-hand man' as Manafort trial resumes
- August 06, 2018

Laporta, who filed Manafort's tax returns beginning in 2013, had been granted immunity to testify - a move that suggested she may have been complicit in some of the alleged financial crimes Manafort has been charged with. As late as August 2016 - the same month he resigned from the Trump campaign - Manafort was sending emails to Laporta asking her to alter a profit-and-loss statement for his company. (more...)
Coalition strikes on Hudaydah fishing port kill 26 Coalition strikes on Hudaydah fishing port kill 26
- August 06, 2018

The coalition has taken control of the airport and not the seaport, Al Jazeera reported . The coalition launched a comprehensive humanitarian operations plan in Yemen on January 22, through which Yemen's humanitarian response plan for 2018 was funded with $1.25 billion from Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. (more...)
A California Wildfire Whirled Into a 'Fire Tornado' A California Wildfire Whirled Into a 'Fire Tornado'
- August 06, 2018

Carol Smith and her family walked into their hillside neighborhood Thursday to find her home reduced to mangled metal and piles of bricks after a massive Northern California wildfire leveled more than 1,000 homes. With high winds expected to worsen, throwing hot embers over containment lines, "we could continue to see those conditions pose difficulty for us into the night-time hours", he told Reuters by telephone. (more...)
Officials in Virginia fear dam will collapse as heavy rain forces evacuations Officials in Virginia fear dam will collapse as heavy rain forces evacuations
- August 06, 2018

Evacuation orders were lifted at midday Saturday, the City of Lynchburg said in a statement . Because of the torrential rainfall, residents of the city's threatened areas were evacuated to a local school, which was converted into a shelter, during a two hour period Thursday beginning at 8pm, the News & Advance reported. (more...)
Trump fires back at Republican mega donors after criticism Trump fires back at Republican mega donors after criticism
- August 05, 2018

Trump's trade policy has always held the USA worker as more important than foreign workers, and seeks to return manufacturing and other industries to the US. I never sought their support because I don't need their money or bad ideas", Trump wrote in a post on Twitter. "I have beaten them at every turn". His younger brother, David Koch , retired from the company and network in June. (more...)
Girl visiting US abducted at Reagan National Airport Girl visiting US abducted at Reagan National Airport
- August 05, 2018

JinJing Ma came to the USA with a tour group that was ready to depart to the West Coast after sightseeing in Washington and NY, according to CBS . Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police said they were not informed about the missing girl about an hour after she left the airport. (more...)
Is there a tsunami warning in Lombok? Can you travel to Bali? Is there a tsunami warning in Lombok? Can you travel to Bali?
- August 05, 2018

Indonesian authorities have issued a tsunami warning for the city, as the natural disaster struck with 7.0 magnitude. An intensity map of the 7.0-magnitude natural disaster on the Lombok island. The tremble came a week after a magnitude-6.4 quake killed 14 people on the tourist island. "A lot of officials were urging people not to panic". (more...)
Vintage plane's crash in Switzerland kills all 20 people on board Vintage plane's crash in Switzerland kills all 20 people on board
- August 05, 2018

Knecht also said the 79-year-old plane was most likely not equipped with crash-resistant data recorders that more modern aircraft have. Earlier on Saturday, a small plane carrying a family of four, including two young children, crashed near the town of Hergiswil, some 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of Lucerne in central Switzerland. (more...)
Tens of thousands protest Israel's 'racist' Jewish nation law in Tel Aviv Tens of thousands protest Israel's 'racist' Jewish nation law in Tel Aviv
- August 05, 2018

Critics say the new law undermines the country's democratic values by downgrading non-Jewish minorities. The Druze serve in the military, unlike most of the country's Arab citizens, who overwhelmingly follow Sunni Islam and have close family ties with Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories. (more...)
Woman fined $210 for wearing burqa in Denmark under new law Woman fined $210 for wearing burqa in Denmark under new law
- August 05, 2018

Should the woman refuse to pay the 1,000 kroner fine, the case will be sent on to the courts. Those who oppose the so-called Burqa Ban say the law oppresses the rights of women to dress as they want, . Both women have been charged with disturbing the peace, The Copenhagen Post newspaper reported. While the law does not mention Islamic facial coverings such as burqas or niqabs by name, Human Rights Watch has labelled the ban as " discriminatory " and said it was the " latest in a harmful ... (more...)
Suspect in Houston doctor's murder killed himself, police say Suspect in Houston doctor's murder killed himself, police say
- August 05, 2018

Mark Hausknecht in the Texas Medical Center, committed suicide Friday while being pursued by officers in a southwest Houston neighborhood. They did not find Pappas, but they did uncover an extensive amount of evidence while executing search warrants on the home, including a "very extensive intelligence file" he'd put together on Hausknecht, Acevedo said . (more...)
Mexico governor says 'no fatalities' in Aeromexico plane crash Mexico governor says 'no fatalities' in Aeromexico plane crash
- August 05, 2018

Mexican authorities said 49 people were taken to hospital and two were in a critical condition, including one of the pilots, but there were no fatalities reported . The accident occurred at about 4 p.m. local time. "[We] shouldn't have been flying, bro", passenger Juan Rivera told ABC News in an interview Wednesday. (more...)
Yellowstone Tourist Filmed While Taunting Bison Yellowstone Tourist Filmed While Taunting Bison
- August 05, 2018

Rangers arrested 55-year-old Raymond Reinke, of Pendleton, Oregon around 10:45 p.m. Thursday in Glacier National Park. Reinke, who has been visiting several national parks, had already been arrested July 28 in Grand Teton National Park for drunk and disorderly conduct, according to a press release from the National Park Service . (more...)
Venezuela's Maduro Survives Attack by Exploding Drones Venezuela's Maduro Survives Attack by Exploding Drones
- August 05, 2018

His wife, Cilia Flores, was standing next to him when the attack occurred. Media reports say during the speech Maduro and other officials suddenly looked upwards with startled expressions. Firefighters near the scene have disputed Mr Rodriguez's version of events. Mr Maduro is expected to make a public address on the incident soon. Maduro's voice could be heard saying "let's go to the right". (more...)
Pence: Pence: "Our boys are coming home"
- August 04, 2018

The United States said during a solemn ceremony on Wednesday the human remains presumably included Americans killed in the Korean War and thanked North Korea for making good on its pledge to hand them over. There are thousands of Americans who remain unaccounted for after the war, which began when the North invaded the South in 1950. North Korea has steadfastly argued its nuclear weapons are meant to neutralize alleged USA plans to attack it. (more...)
Israel strike kills seven near fence in Golan Israel strike kills seven near fence in Golan
- August 04, 2018

Israeli army spokesman Ronen Manelis said the militants came as close to 200 metres to the Israel-Syria border, before they were targetd by Israeli forces. The retaliatory attacks set back Iranian military capabilities in Syria by " many months", the IDF said. The peacekeeping mission was halted in 2014, over security concerns, amid the violence in Syria's civil war. (more...)
Paltry US investment pledge hands PR victory to China in Southeast Asia Paltry US investment pledge hands PR victory to China in Southeast Asia
- August 04, 2018

On security, Pompeo said United States appreciates Asean's ongoing efforts to promote peace and stability in the region, support the rule of law in the South China Sea, and to strictly enforce sanctions on North Korea. United States intelligence agencies have said a Russian propaganda arm tried to tamper with the 2016 presidential election by posting and buying ads on Facebook . (more...)
China calls for 'rationality' from United States in trade dispute China calls for 'rationality' from United States in trade dispute
- August 04, 2018

Announcing a higher tariff is required ahead of the hearings and will send a signal that the Trump administration is upping the pressure on China to make serious concessions. Mickey Kantor, who was USA trade representative under President Bill Clinton, warned that a trade war with China will take a toll on a US healthy economy that from April through June registered the fastest growth since 2014. (more...)
Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update
- August 04, 2018

Capital punishment was "an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person", Francis said in a change to Catholic teaching. Francis has always been an opponent of the death penalty , saying it could never be justified no matter how bad the crime is. (more...)

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