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  • Parler loses bid to require Amazon to restore service

    01/21/2021 1:34:59 PM PST · by Coronal · 113 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 21, 2021 | Elizabeth Culliford, Jonathan Stempel
    A U.S. federal judge on Thursday rejected Parler’s demand that Amazon.com Inc restore web hosting services for the social media platform, which Amazon had cut off following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said Parler was unlikely to prove Amazon breached its contract or violated antitrust law by suspending service on Jan. 10, and that it was “not a close call.” She also forcefully rejected the suggestion that the public interest would be served by a preliminary injunction requiring Amazon Web Services to “host the kind of abusive, violent content at...
  • Trump Rioters Wanted to Find and Hang Mike Pence, Reuters Reporter and Eyewitness Says

    01/08/2021 10:04:20 AM PST · by nuconvert · 92 replies
    msn.com ^ | 1-8-21
    Supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed and invaded the Capitol on Wednesday reportedly intended to find and execute Vice President Mike Pence. Reuters News Pictures Editor Jim Bourg revealed in a Twitter post that he heard “at least 3 different rioters at the Capitol say they hoped to find Vice President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him from a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor.” “It was a common line being repeated,” he added. “Many more were just talking about how the VP should be executed.” A Twitter user later responded to the report, sharing a video...
  • Trump keeps up false claims of widespread fraud at Georgia rally for U.S. senators

    12/06/2020 4:53:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 6, 2020 | By Jeff Mason (D-Reuters)
    VALDOSTA, Georgia - U.S. President Donald Trump campaigned in Georgia on Saturday for two Republican senators at a rally that some in his party feared could end up hurting, not helping, their chances by focusing on his efforts to reverse his own election defeat. In his first rally appearance since he lost to Democrat Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 presidential contest, Trump urged the crowd to vote for Republican candidates in the Georgia runoff election on Jan. 5 despite his unsubstantiated claims of significant electoral fraud in the state. But he gave considerable time in his remarks to allegations,...
  • UN: "2021 is literally going to be catastrophic"

    12/05/2020 11:32:36 AM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 132 replies
    https://www.reuters.com ^ | DECEMBER 4, 2020 | Axios
    Next year is "going to be catastrophic" in terms of worldwide humanitarian crises, World Food Program executive director David Beasley warned on Friday, per Reuters. Driving the news: The stark outlook comes as many countries contend with not only the coronavirus pandemic, but also possible famine, economic instability, conflict and other humanitarian crises. A record 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection next year, a nearly 40% increase from 2020, the UN projected earlier this week On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged nations to take greater action on climate change to end the "war on nature," saying...
  • Hungary Government Proposes Constitutional Amendment Mandating Christian Gender Roles

    11/19/2020 6:32:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/10/20 | Staff
    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary’s government proposed a constitutional amendment on Tuesday requiring children to be raised with a Christian interpretation of gender roles, as Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling nationalists turn to anti-LGBT rhetoric to shore up support. The draft amendment submitted to parliament by Justice Minister Judit Varga declares that children must be guaranteed an “upbringing based on values stemming from Hungary’s ... Christian culture.” “The basis for family relations is marriage,” it says. “The mother is a woman, the father is a man.” It also says Hungary “protects children’s right to the gender identity they were born with,”...
  • History in the making: Joint US-Israeli delegation arrives in Bahrain ahead of the official establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries

    10/18/2020 11:56:28 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 18 2020 | LUKE KENTON and ASSOCIATED PRESS and REUTERS
    A joint American-Israeli delegation landed in Bahrain Sunday, where officials will be signing a number of bilateral agreements following an announcement last month to normalize relations. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, led the delegation that flew out of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Sunday morning. Ben-Shabbat said ahead of departure the visit will ‘translate plans to actions and concrete agreements’ with the signing of a range of deals involving finance, investment, trade, tourism, communications, technology and agriculture.
  • U.S. survival camps to activate due to fear of election violence

    10/06/2020 3:11:07 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Andrew Hay
    A chain of U.S. survival communities plan to activate and open to members for the first time over fears of violence following the presidential election on Nov. 3. Fortitude Ranch camps in West Virginia and Colorado will open on election day to protect members, the company’s October newsletter said. Regardless of whether Republican President Donald Trump or Democratic challenger Joe Biden wins the election, Fortitude Ranch expects possible “looting and violence” that could devolve into long-term, widespread clashes, the newsletter said. Fortitude Ranch CEO Drew Miller said some on social media feared civil war, and he did not rule out...
  • Sudan to discuss removal from terror list as U.S. pushes closer Israel ties; Trump Admin Tells Sudan: Normalize Ties With Israel Or Else Stay On Terrorism List

    09/26/2020 8:47:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    KHARTOUM — Sudanese officials will discuss the removal of their country from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terror with U.S. officials during a visit to the United Arab Emirates this week, the ruling council said on Sunday. Sudan's transitional government, in charge since the toppling of Omar al-Bashir last year, has been pushing to get off the U.S. list, which hinders its ability to access foreign loans to tackle an economic crisis. In August, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised the issue of Sudan establishing ties with Israel during a visit. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok told him...
  • Honduras to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem by end of year

    09/22/2020 12:49:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Monday, September 21, 2020 | unattributed
    Honduras hopes to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem before the end of the year, putting an end to its policy of neutrality - a move likely to further anger the Palestinians. "I have just talked to Prime Minister Netanyahu to strengthen our strategic alliance, we spoke to arrange the opening of the embassies in Tegucigalpa and Jerusalem, respectively," Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez posted on Twitter on Sunday. "We hope to take this historic step before the end of the year, as long as the pandemic allows it." Netanyahu said the intention was to open and inaugurate...
  • 'Dangerous adventure': Turkey warns Egypt over Libya invasion

    07/23/2020 9:04:42 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    al jazeera ^ | 7/22/2020 | staff
    Turkey and Russia agreed on Wednesday to press for a ceasefire in war-ravaged Libya, but Ankara said the leader of the eastern forces was illegitimate and must withdraw from key positions for a credible truce to take hold. Moscow and Ankara are among the main power brokers in Libya's conflict while supporting opposing sides. Russia backs the eastern-based forces of renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, while Turkey has helped the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) repel Haftar's attempt to storm the capital. "We've just reached an agreement with Russia to work on a credible and sustainable ceasefire in Libya,"...
  • Trump orders voting districts to exclude people in U.S. illegally

    07/21/2020 12:52:16 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 89 replies
    Reuters ^ | 21 July 2020 | Mica Rosenberg, Nick Brown, Mimi Dwyer
    President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Tuesday that would prevent migrants who are in the United States illegally from being counted when U.S. congressional voting districts are next redrawn, triggering swift rebukes from Democrats and at least one promise of litigation.
  • President Trump Defends The Confederate Flag's Heritage And Southerners Prideful Love For It

    07/19/2020 11:29:39 AM PDT · by White Lives Matter · 91 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 19, 2020 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump declined to say the Confederate flag was an offensive symbol in an interview broadcast on Sunday, saying it is a source of pride for people who love the South. The Republican president was asked on “Fox News Sunday,” if the flag, considered a symbol of slavery and oppression by most Americans, was offensive. .....,....Snip.......... "It depends on who you’re talking about, when you’re talking about,” Trump responded. “When people proudly had their Confederate flags they’re not talking about racism. They love their flag, it represents the South. They like the South ... I...
  • Exclusive: Dozens of Republican former U.S. national security officials to back Biden

    06/23/2020 2:21:29 PM PDT · by Mariner · 88 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | June 23rd, 2020 | Tim Reid
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of Republican former U.S. national security officials are forming a group that will back Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, people familiar with the effort said, in a further sign that President Donald Trump has alienated some members of his own party. The group will publicly endorse Biden in the coming weeks and its members plan to campaign for the former vice president who is challenging Trump in the Nov. 3 election, the sources said. It includes at least two dozen officials who served under Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, with...
  • Lysol maker urges people not to inject disinfectants after Trump remarks

    04/24/2020 5:26:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 116 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2020 | by Tanishaa Nadkar in Bengaluru
    Lysol and Dettol maker Reckitt Benckiser warned people against using disinfectants to treat the coronavirus, after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested researchers try putting disinfectants into patients’ bodies. "Under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route)," the company said. Trump said researchers should try to apply their findings to coronavirus patients by inserting light or disinfectant into their bodies. “Is there a way we can do something like that by injection, inside, or almost a cleaning?” he said. “It would be interesting to check that.” Reckitt said due...
  • Japan urges citizens to isolate as reports warn of 400,000 deaths

    04/15/2020 12:29:35 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 70 replies
    Reports in Japanese media citing an undisclosed health ministry projection said fatalities could reach the 400,000-mark without mitigation measures. It also estimated that as many as 850,000 people could need ventilators.
  • From zero to hero: Italy's Chinese help beat coronavirus

    04/01/2020 9:01:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2020 | by Silvia Ognibene
    FLORENCE - In the storm of infection and death sweeping Italy, one big community stands out to health officials as remarkably unscathed - the 50,000 ethnic Chinese who live in the town of Prato. Two months ago, the country’s Chinese residents were the target of what Amnesty International described as shameful discrimination. But in the Tuscan town of Prato, home to Italy’s biggest single Chinese community, the opposite has been true. Once scapegoats, they are now held up by authorities as a model for early, strict adoption of infection-control measures. Ethnic Chinese make up about a quarter of Prato’s population,...
  • No proof drug touted by Trump is effective against Coronavirus - EU

    03/31/2020 12:00:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 03/31/2020 | Francesco Guarascio
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Tuesday there was no evidence that a drug touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential miracle cure against COVID-19 was effective against the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Trump had said that hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, could be among "the biggest game changers in the history of medicine" for its potential effects against COVID-19. "The efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19 patients has to date not been proved," a spokesman for the European Commission said on Tuesday, relaying an internal opinion from the European Medicine Agency. The...
  • U.S. stimulus package is biggest ever, but may not be big enough

    03/30/2020 10:27:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 30, 2020 | by Lawrence Delevingne, Howard Schneider
    The Federal Reserve has offered more than $3 trillion in loans and asset purchases in recent weeks to stop the U.S. financial system from seizing up, but it has not yet directly helped large swaths of the real economy: companies, municipalities and other borrowers with less than perfect credit. That is partly because America’s central bank is not allowed to take much credit risk itself, and loans to lower-rated borrowers have a higher chance of losses. The risk is exacerbated by the spread of coronavirus which have brought economic activity to a screeching halt. To alleviate that constraint, the U.S....
  • Trump struggles with tone in virus crisis, aides urge more empathy

    03/28/2020 2:44:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 82 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 28, 2020 | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic is forcing President Donald Trump to show empathy to console Americans under siege, and it’s not easy for a brash leader more accustomed to bellicose politics.
  • With eye on election, Trump in high-stakes balancing act over coronavirus response

    03/28/2020 6:48:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 28, 2020 | by Jarrett Renshaw, James Oliphant
    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump offered a preview of his re-election campaign playbook last year when he visited the building site of a multi-billion-dollar cracking (sic) unit in western Pennsylvania, hailed as one of the largest construction projects in the country. To Trump, it was a pitch-perfect example of a booming economy. Except today, the site sits largely empty, after the coronavirus outbreak forced oil company Royal Dutch Shell to halt construction. The project’s thousands of workers are now unemployed, adding to the nearly 3.6 million Americans who filed for jobless benefits in the last two weeks. The tension between...