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Australia: Scott Morrison to replace ousted Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister Australia: Scott Morrison to replace ousted Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister
- August 26, 2018

Read about how the Australian leadership was turned upside-down as it happened here. The new PM is Mr Turnbull's onetime ally Scott Morrison . "Congratulations to new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison ", Mr Trump, who flew to OH on Air Force One on Friday, wrote. (more...)
Deep magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes Peru Deep magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes Peru
- August 26, 2018

A hug to Peru ". The quake, according to the USGS, hit at a depth of 609 kilometers (380 miles), on Peru's eastern frontier with Brazil. In January, a magnitude 7.1 natural disaster struck the coast of Peru , causing homes and roads to collapse. (more...)
Longtime Trump Organization CFO granted immunity in Cohen case
- August 26, 2018

Cohen knows where all the bodies are buried, Weisselberg knows where all the money is hidden, and Pecker has all the stories and tapes documenting Trump's numerous affairs locked in his safe. Trump himself also dug into Cohen's character and defended Manafort's in a tweet reading "I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family". (more...)
Trump launches new attack on Sessions Trump launches new attack on Sessions
- August 26, 2018

Trump's associates. Sessions' statement was itself a response to scathing criticism by Trump, including an accusation that Sessions did not take "control" of the Justice Department. But such a move would have major legal and political repercussions, raising the prospect to obstruction of justice and further jeopardising several vulnerable Republicans in the midterm elections. (more...)
'No greater friends': Trump tweets his congratulations to new PM Morrison
- August 26, 2018

Mr Morrison, formerly the treasurer is Australia's sixth prime minister in eight years. Morrison said he shared with Trump the story of Australian soldier Leslie "Bull" Allen "who is a symbol of our 100 years of mateship". Later on Friday, Turnbull said he would quit politics "not before long". They were either sent back to where they had come from or transferred to remote Pacific island camps. (more...)
Musk says investors convinced him Tesla should stay public Musk says investors convinced him Tesla should stay public
- August 25, 2018

The eccentric and sometimes erratic CEO said in a statement late Friday that he made the decision based on feedback from shareholders, including institutional investors, who said they have internal rules limiting how much they can sink into a private company. (more...)
Allen Weisselberg: Trump Organization CFO granted immunity in Cohen case
- August 25, 2018

A cooperation deal between Weisselberg and prosecutors could be damaging for Donald Trump . A lawyer for the Trump Organization declined to comment. He was was also treasurer of The Donald J. Trump Foundation, the President's charity organization previously accused of violating NY state laws. Fearful that the documents might be used against American Media, Pecker and the company's chief content officer, Dylan Howard, removed them from the safe in the weeks before Trump's inauguration, ... (more...)
Trump chat for new Australia PM on first full day Trump chat for new Australia PM on first full day
- August 25, 2018

Last night he became the fourth Australian Prime Minister to be ousted in a coup by colleagues in a decade. The protocol of Canberra politics seems to demand that leaders are roasted alive if they show signs of losing support in the heartlands. (more...)
Travel advisory issued after 8 bodies found on streets of Cancun Travel advisory issued after 8 bodies found on streets of Cancun
- August 25, 2018

Additionally, the victims were not found near Cancun's resort strip along the coast, where many tourists stay, but rather in remote parts of city. The State Department issued a warning labeled "Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution" for the country of Mexico on August 22. (more...)
John McCain stops treatment for aggressive brain cancer John McCain stops treatment for aggressive brain cancer
- August 25, 2018

The republican was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer past year and had been undergoing treatment. "But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict", the McCain family said. While McCain made peace with Bush and Obama, his final days are unlikely to include any such reconciliation with Trump . Through much of his time in Washington , McCain demonstrated a greater capacity for independent thought and action than his Republican counterparts. (more...)
Saudi-led coalition condemned by UN after deadly Yemen airstrikes Saudi-led coalition condemned by UN after deadly Yemen airstrikes
- August 25, 2018

There were conflicting reports about the death toll in the strike, which occurred Thursday, and about who committed it. Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed almost 30 people in Yemen on Thursday, including four women and 22 children, Shiite rebel media reported. (more...)
In Indonesia, a powerful quake In Indonesia, a powerful quake
- August 25, 2018

At least 13 people were killed on Sunday, mostly by falling debris, according to the national disaster agency. Whole communities were flattened, leaving cracked streets lined with rubble, caved-in roofs and collapsed buildings. "There are many villages. that are hard to access with motorbikes". Rebuilding costs are estimated to top 7.0 trillion rupiah ($480 million). Indonesia lies on the Ring of Fire - a significant region in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a number of ... (more...)
Adam Catzavelos apologises for racist South African rant Adam Catzavelos apologises for racist South African rant
- August 25, 2018

What followed was finding his identity and where all he was involved. Nike was not mentioned in the video but Times Live online news service said the man in the video was married to a merchandising director at Nike . " Nike opposes discrimination and has a long-standing commitment to diversity, inclusion and respect", the statement reads . We believe in the power of human potential in everyone - of every race‚ religion‚ nationality‚ gender and sexual orientation. (more...)
Pope Francis reveals 'excitement' at Ireland visit in new video message Pope Francis reveals 'excitement' at Ireland visit in new video message
- August 25, 2018

The possible meeting between the pope and victims would follow the same pattern as Francis' meeting with victims of clerical sexual abuse in Chile during his visit to the country in January 2018, that meeting was also unscheduled. The pope, who traveled through Dublin in a blue Skoda in keeping with his shunning of limousines and bulletproof cars, said Church leaders needed to remedy past mistakes and adopt stringent norms to ensure they do not happen again. (more...)
Secret drug-smuggling tunnel discovered under former KFC in Arizona Secret drug-smuggling tunnel discovered under former KFC in Arizona
- August 25, 2018

A tunnel that stretches from a former Kentucky Fried Chicken in Arizona all the way to a home in Mexico was discovered last week by investigators, who believe the secret passageway was used for drug smuggling, KSWT reports. Authorities say that the tunnel was being used to smuggle drugs across the border. The fentanyl alone "translates to over 3 million dosage units", Homeland Security Special Agent Scott Brown told CNN affiliate KYMA on Wednesday. (more...)
Something suspicious behind deaths of British couple in Egypt, says daughter Something suspicious behind deaths of British couple in Egypt, says daughter
- August 25, 2018

I don't believe anyone has entered the room, but something has happened in that room and caused them to be taken away from us". The family were in "utter shock" as they awaited the results from postmortem examinations on the couple, Ormerod said in a statement to the Lancashire radio station 2BR. (more...)
Alex Salmond takes legal action against Scottish Government over complaints Alex Salmond takes legal action against Scottish Government over complaints
- August 25, 2018

Police would not say whether there was an ongoing criminal inquiry, but Salmond confirmed he has launched civil proceedings against the Scottish government over the internal investigation. He is seeking to launch a Judicial Review in the Court of Session which will decide the issue of the lawfulness of the procedure. "I note that the former first minister has indicated his intention to challenge the actions taken by the Scottish government". (more...)
Trump orders U.S. to strip $200 million in aid from Palestinians Trump orders U.S. to strip $200 million in aid from Palestinians
- August 25, 2018

A senior State Department official said without elaborating that the funds, originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza, would address "high-priority projects elsewhere". The US had planned to give the Palestinians $251m for good governance, health, education and funding for civil society in the current 2018 budget year that ends on September 30. (more...)
Don't panic! United Kingdom outlines plans to ease no-deal Brexit impact Don't panic! United Kingdom outlines plans to ease no-deal Brexit impact
- August 25, 2018

Barnier said on Tuesday a deal with Britain was needed "not much later" than in early November and that the bloc was not working toward a "no-deal" Brexit, though it had to prepare for it. Mark Dayan, policy analyst at the Nuffield Trust, said: 'It makes absolute sense for the Government to issue guidance to the NHS and its suppliers on how they should prepare for a no deal Brexit , even though avoiding such a scenario should remain the number one priority. (more...)
Kerala: Now Pakistan comes forward to offer assistance Kerala: Now Pakistan comes forward to offer assistance
- August 25, 2018

The U.S. readout of the call stated that Pompeo "raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan". He said that in his "opinion there is no other option, (but resuming talks)". "I am not talking about a revolution in our relation but just suggesting that we should hold talks and don't think if we would make progress or not", he said, adding that an "enabling environment" should be created. (more...)
China trade war escalates with new rounf of tit-for-tat tariffs China trade war escalates with new rounf of tit-for-tat tariffs
- August 25, 2018

Beijing responded with similar penalties on the same amount of American goods. Chinese officials have told visitors to Beijing that they see their potential responses as broken down into three separate baskets, the person said. In a brief statement on Friday, the Chinese commerce ministry said both sides had a "constructive" and "candid" exchange over trade issues, and will stay in touch on the next steps. (more...)
Meetings under way to set stage for Trump-Kim summit in Singapore Meetings under way to set stage for Trump-Kim summit in Singapore
- August 25, 2018

After some fiery North Korean rhetoric, Mr Trump announced the summit would not be held. It said negotiations over the elimination of North Korea's nuclear missiles had "stalemated" and Pyongyang continued to produce nuclear fuel and missiles. (more...)
Donald Trump land reform tweet sparks angry South African reaction Donald Trump land reform tweet sparks angry South African reaction
- August 25, 2018

An order by President Trump to USA officials to "study the South Africa land and farm seizures" and reports of " large-scale killing of farmers " has drawn an angry reaction in a country where race and land ownership remain a divisive legacy of its apartheid past. (more...)
Geraldo Rivera Demolishes Fox News Over Racist Coverage of Mollie Tibbetts Geraldo Rivera Demolishes Fox News Over Racist Coverage of Mollie Tibbetts
- August 25, 2018

He also told them when he "came to" he found Tibbetts' body in his trunk and "noticed blood on the side of her head". "We're only at the very preliminary stages". She added that when the family would get together, "we would talk about the situation", and Rivera "would comment as well and we would all say that we were surprised and scared because this is a quiet town". (more...)
Turnbull's out, Morrison's in as Oz politics implode Turnbull's out, Morrison's in as Oz politics implode
- August 25, 2018

The political civil war has shocked business and industry that want crucial energy and tax policy reforms finalised. He played down speculation that he might call an election before it's due early next year. The hardline former immigration minister, who took credit for "stop the boats" - a harsh policy to prevent asylum-seekers from entering Australia at its sea ports - billed himself as a man of faith and family who could get things done. (more...)
Trump Claims Hush Money Payments Didn't Break Campaign Finance Laws Trump Claims Hush Money Payments Didn't Break Campaign Finance Laws
- August 24, 2018

But paying girlfriends to keep past indiscretions private is neither a crime nor a campaign violation. Give the People What They Need to DecideThe following events should now occur, and I believe majority will. Trump, however, denied all such allegations including Cohen's statements by saying, "He makes a better deal when he uses me". "I think everybody would be very poor". (more...)
PYONGYANG BOUND: Mike Pompeo Heading Back to NORTH KOREA for Nuclear Talks PYONGYANG BOUND: Mike Pompeo Heading Back to NORTH KOREA for Nuclear Talks
- August 24, 2018

Pompeo "looks forward to going to North Korea in the near future, most likely after our trading relationship with China is resolved", continues Trump. At the same rally, Trump seemed to take a different tone too on China, saying he had withheld some criticism of China because "I wanted them to help us with North Korea and they have". (more...)
Scott Morrison elected as new leader of the Liberal party Scott Morrison elected as new leader of the Liberal party
- August 24, 2018

Stepping up to become Australia's sixth prime minister in less than 10 years, Morrison has inherited leadership of a coalition between the Liberal and National parties whose one-seat majority will have to be defended when a by-election is held for a safe Sydney seat that Turnbull is set to vacate. (more...)
Kerala Floods: Pakistan PM Imran Khan offers assistance for flood-hit Kerala Kerala Floods: Pakistan PM Imran Khan offers assistance for flood-hit Kerala
- August 24, 2018

Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf ( PTI ) party swept last month's general election , has been a strong critic of the U.S. military policy in Afghanistan . "We stand ready to provide any humanitarian assistance that may be needed", he tweeted. When asked about Pakistan's demand for an apology, US State Department's Spokesperson Heather Nauret in a fresh statement said the US stands by the readout that was issued. (more...)
Democrats Challenging For Kansas Congressional Seats Wary Of Trump Impeachment Talk
- August 24, 2018

Days after Cohen, the president's former personal attorney, implicated the president in a stunning plea deal, word surfaced that David Pecker, a longtime Trump friend and media boss, also was cooperating with prosecutors. Asked by Ms Ainsley Earhardt , co-host of his favourite show Fox And Friends , about the possibility of his impeachment, the President said: "I don't know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job". (more...)

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