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US frees 'persecuted' Singapore blogger Amos Yee, upholding asylum claim


Amos, 18, whose online posts mocking and criticising the Singapore government and other races and religion twice landed him in jail, left for the United States in December 2016 with the intention of seeking asylum. I came here to escape the terrible anti-free speech laws in Singapore. "That is just my fear". Relying on the substantial evidence that Yee's pro bono counsel submitted to the Court, Judge Cole wrote that the Singapore government controls the mainstream media and "has enacted ... Read More »

Verdict due in trial of missing Thai ex-premier Yingluck


The Supreme Court ruling was supposed to be read on August 25, but the 50-year-old threw the court a curveball when she failed to show up, stunning thousands of supporters who had gathered outside. The first female leader of Thailand is charged with negligence in her rice-subsidy scheme, during which her government purchase rice from farmers in a price higher than market price then. Read More »

North Korea appears to be preparing for war


Trump tweeted last weekend: "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN". North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho , who was in NY early this week, had accused Trump of declaring war against his country. Whatever the motives behind the tough-worded statement, it won't be easy to stop North Korea from carrying out its threats. But could this unsafe game of chicken actually lead to military conflict? "I think this will lead to something in the coming days", Gi-wook Shin, ... Read More »

Call for Brexit deal referendum rejected by Corbyn


Meanwhile, Dr Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said that while businesses would welcome Labour's efforts to deepen engagement on issues around economic growth, trade, and Brexit, they would be concerned by the proposals put forward. Read More »

Trump warns of 'devastating' military option as North Korea moves jets


Lu's remarks came after North Korea's top diplomat on yesterday characterised Trump's tweet that Kim "won't be around much longer" as a declaration of war against his country by the US. "That operation was conducted in global airspace, over worldwide waters, so we have the right to fly, sail and operate where legally permissible around the globe", Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning said on Monday. Read More »

Dallas Cowboys Kneel as Team Before, Stand During National Anthem in Arizona


The team then stood up with arms still linked and remained standing during the performance, a move that many people might argue defeats the goal of the movement as it does not protest the anthem . "I have a son-in-law who's been in Afghanistan and Iraq, and I believe that he's fighting for our freedom to take a knee or not", said Claudia Kehler while with friends at Players. Read More »

Pak court indicts Finance Minister for corruption

Accountability Court had summoned Dar for the hearing and a trial will be started against him after he is indicted. The minister pleaded not guilty to all charges read out by Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir, terming them baseless. The court also directed Dar to deposit a Rs5 million surety bond to ensure his appearance at the next hearing. In the reference against Dar, the NAB alleged that "the accused has acquired assets and pecuniary interests / resources in his own name and / or in ... Read More »

North Korea says Trump has declared war

The sanctions rely on an executive order Trump signed last week to target North Korea's access to the worldwide banking system. The tweet came as the latest in a series of escalating remarks traded between the USA and nuclear-armed North Korea. Read More »

Thousands evacuated from Vanuatu island as volcano erupts


Authorities told villagers near the Manaro volcano to expect volcanic gas, airborne rocks and ash. Villages further afield could also be exposed to ash falls and acid rain, it said. The provincial government authorities are now evacuating people in high-risk areas - as of 24 September, 3,000 people had been moved to safer areas on the island. Read More »

BHU Chief Proctor resigns following protests


Meanwhile, several inquiries have been set up by the government, administration and the varsity vice-chancellor into the campus violence. After Adityanath demanded a detailed written-account on the entire episode from the Varanasi Commissioner, in a preliminary report filed by Varanasi's Divisional Commissioner Nitin Gokarn, the blame has been squarely assigned to the BHU authorities. Read More »

Jerry Jones explains why he opposes national anthem protests


ESPN reported earlier in the day that the Cowboys were planning to make a statement during their game in the wake of President Donald Trump's comments regarding players protesting the national anthem. "Our team just became closer ", said 15th-year tight end Jason Witten , a staunch supporter of standing for the anthem. I respectfully disagree , completely. Read More »

S. Korean stocks open lower on US-N


The Order builds on sanctions imposed last month through the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act , which is described in our July 28 client alert . "We are targeting North Korean banks and financial facilitators acting as representatives for North Korean banks across the globe", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in announcing the sanctions. Read More »

Twitter explains why Trump North Korea tweet wasn't removed

Donald Trump may have ventured into unsafe waters by launching on Twitter tirades interpreted by Pyongyang as a declaration of war . If it relays the thoughts of the little "Rocket Man", they no longer for a very long time, "warned the american president, who had threatened to "destroy totally" Pyongyang in the event of an attack against the United States or an allied country". Read More »

Republicans back off vote on health care overhaul


Lindsey Graham - one of the senators who wrote the bill said in a CNN debate last night it's not over. President Donald Trump on Tuesday expressed disappointment with GOP senators opposed to the latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act , known as the Graham-Cassidy bill. Read More »

China's Exports to N. Korea Jump 25% Despite Global Sanctions

North Korea's exports to China shrank 13-point-five percent during the cited period to one-point-33 billion USA dollars, due to China's import ban on North Korean coal products in February. Mr Trump said: "We can't have madmen out there shooting rockets all over the place", adding: "Rocket Man should have been handled a long time ago". Read More »

Arrest made in 'clown murder' cold case


Sheila was located in Washington County, Virginia, and arrested without incident on Tuesday. During the initial investigation detectives did identify a suspect, Sheila Keen, however, an arrest was never made. Marlene sustained a gunshot wound to the face and was transported to Palm West Hospital where she died two days later. A white Chrysler convertible had been found abandoned on Royal Palm Beach, which matched Aherns' description, reports said at the time. Read More »

Make no mistake, Winston Peters is calling the shots


On NZ First's opposition to Labour's proposal to tax water used for commercial purposes, she said: "I think we'll have a conversation about our goals in that area and I think there will be a shared goal around water quality". The group of MPs that will discuss upcoming negotiations include former Labour candidates, a former newsreader, teachers, a small business owner and army officers. Read More »

I don't have bad blood for anyone at Chelsea - Diego Costa


The pair fell out spectacularly during Chelsea's title winning campaign last season and Conte was reluctant to be drawn on the subject on Friday. Costa's last appearance for Chelsea came in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal in May, with the striker choosing to remain in his hometown of Lagarto, Brazil, this summer rather than return to London because of a dispute with the Premier League champions about his future . Read More »

Seoul urges United States to avoid 'further escalation' with North Korea


The next exercises are in the spring of 2018. And it's uncertain how Chinese banks will respond to the latest round of sanctions by both the United Nations and the U.S. He said Ri's comments also allow China and Russian to restate their calls for a "dual suspension" of North Korean weapons tests and displays of military capability by the USA and South Korea. Read More »

Boko Haram Commander Arrested in Ondo


He said men of the Nigerian police from the command who suspected his movement queried and interrogated him but could not give satisfactory explanation about his movement and was subsequently apprehended. Meanwhile, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure, Captain Ojo Adelegan said the suspect was on serial number 165 on the wanted terrorists list of Boko Haram members pasted at all the military formations in the country. Read More »

Jonathan Congratulates Merkel, Tasks Nigerian Women to Take the Lead

They argue, however, that Merkel's victory is clouded by the hard-right AfD party, winning its first seats in the German parliament. Founded in April 2013, the party won 4.7% of the votes in the 2013 federal election, narrowly missing the 5% electoral threshold to sit in the Bundestag. Read More »

Trump extends travel restrictions to North Korea, Venezuela and Chad


The US has extended its controversial travel ban to encompass more countries, now expanding to include people from Chad , Venezuela and North Korea . The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear the case and this week asked opponents and the White House to file new arguments in light of the policy changes. Read More »

James Mattis meets PM Modi, discusses enhanced India-US cooperation


Besides joint projects under the bilateral Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), in her first major engagement with a foreign counterpart, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman's delegation-level talks focussed on India-US defence cooperation, maritime security, drones, counter-terrorism and other major issues of mutual concern. Read More »

Supreme Court Grants Temporary Stay of Georgia Killer's Execution


The juror, Barney Gattie, who has since died, also said that Ms. Freeman was from a family of "good black folks", but that Mr. Tharpe was not in that category and should be executed for his crime, according to an affidavit. Supreme Court filed on Saturday. Tharpe is set to be put to death Tuesday. Lawyers for the state have argued there's no evidence race affected jury deliberations. Read More »

No ban: Twitter says Trump's North Korea tweet 'newsworthy'

The issue has been raised once again following the President's tweets regarding North Korea . "Anything the President tweets is newsworthy, which means that none of his tweets can be pulled from the platform". Twitter takes into account both the "newsworthiness" of a tweet and whether it "is of public interest", before opting to remove it. The American President has over 32 million followers on Twitter . Read More »

Days later, Donald Trump is still tweeting about the NFL


Trump joined them , tweeting throughout the day in support of those who booed the players and continuing to attack the NFL . Some football fans are raging against players' decision to demonstrate during the national anthem . US President Donald Trump has stepped up his criticism of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem , calling them "disgraceful". On Sunday, NFL players, owners and coaches from across the country staged protests during the national anthem, ... Read More »

USA commerce secretary says to focus on reducing defict with China


The officials had "a friendly and honest exchange of views on a range of issues including the need to rebalance bilateral trade and investment relations, protect intellectual property, lower tariffs and non-tariff barriers, and guarantee fair and reciprocal treatment for USA firms", the statement said. Read More »

Tropical Storm Watch Upgraded to Warning


And now the Met Office has said Maria could move north and bring strong winds and heavy rain. Homes lay scattered after the passing of Hurricane Maria in Roseau, the capital of the island of Dominica. An evacuation is underway on an island on North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Maria moves north. The combination of rain, a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. Read More »

VENEZUELA: Country Rejects Travel Ban Decreed By Donald Trump


Most of the nations affected by the ban announced Sunday were part of a measure targeting Muslim countries that Trump authorized shortly after taking office. The White House has been sharply critical of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro's government, calling him a dictator and accusing him of depriving people in the name of socialist ideals. Read More »

Bihar Congress Chief Ashok Choudhary Removed From Post


Chowdhary was replaced by Kaukab Qadri who will act as the acting President of Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) until a permanent replacement is found. "Some of my party leaders sitting in Delhi have waged a whispering campaign against me telling Rahul Gandhi that I have no interest in Bihar Congress anymore and I am planning to join hands with Nitish Kumar". Read More »

PM meets gas bosses for crisis talks


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned to trigger gas export controls if exporters fail to make more supply accessible locally. 1901 petajoules of gas expected to be extracted for sale in 2018. AEMO chief executive Audrey Zibelman said projections of gas production and demand varied, indicating a dynamic situation that could change rapidly and needed a close eye kept on it. Read More »

Police officer shot in suburban NY during auto stop


Watch Officer Maher's release from the hospital in the video belowThe shooting happened around 8 p.m., as police responded to calls of a suspicious vehicle that had been sitting for over an hour at Marshall Road and Ridge Drive with two men inside. Read More »

Manchester City star named in European Team of the Week


We look at 11 talking points from the fifth round of Premier League matches, starting with Manchester City's continuing excellence in front of goal. When it rains, it pours. Manchester City are as short as 1/9 in some places to heap more misery on Crystal Palace this weekend, suggesting it will be an easy afternoon for Pep Guardiola's side on Saturday. Read More »