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  • UPDATE 1-Elton John blasts "relentless" character assassination of Harry and Meghan

    LOS ANGELES/LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Elton John has spoken out in support of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, calling them a down-to-earth and hardworking couple who were being unfairly attacked by the media after they took private jets to stay with him in southern France. The "Rocketman" singer was responding to criticism in Britain over two recent vacations taken by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their three-month-old baby Archie to Spain, and to the south of France, where the couple stayed at John's villa in Nice.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:34:37 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Britain's Johnson opening Brexit bid: rip out the Irish border backstop

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has fired the opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain's divorce from the European Union, demanding that an insurance policy for the Irish border be removed from the Brexit deal and replaced with a pledge. After more than three years of Brexit crisis, the United Kingdom is heading towards a showdown with the EU as Johnson has vowed to leave the bloc on Oct. 31 without a deal unless it agrees to renegotiate the divorce terms. The bloc and its leaders have repeatedly refused to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement, which includes a protocol on the Irish border "backstop" that then-prime minister Theresa May agreed in November.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:31:44 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Political reform hopes dim in Zimbabwe as police block another protest

    Zimbabwe police deployed in force on Tuesday to block a street protest for the third time in five days, as the main opposition party said hopes were vanishing that the government might become more tolerant of dissent than the regime it replaced. President Emmerson Mnangagwa was elected a year ago on a pro-reform ticket, promising a break with the political repression that characterised Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule and an economic upturn.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:30:47 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares inch higher as stimulus hopes spur rebound

    European shares followed their Asian counterparts higher on Tuesday as investors bet possible monetary and fiscal stimulus measures would help stave off a major global economic downturn. After a tumultuous first half of August as investors dumped equities and poured their money into government debt and other safe haven assets, some calm has returned to markets this week as traders welcomed talk of more stimulus in China and Germany. Investors were cheered by signs policymakers were willing to do more to support their economies in the grip of international trade frictions, led by the bruising Sino-U.S. tariff tussle, and not everyone thinks the economy is in as bad shape as the market selloff last week implied.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:29:20 -0400
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    Emotions stir in Jerusalem as HBO's 'Our Boys' hits local airwaves

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:29:08 -0400
  • Severe storms targeting Midwest, Northeast as West stays hot

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    Severe storms targeting Midwest, Northeast as West stays hot originally appeared on abcnews.go.comMore than 140 damaging storms were reported on Monday from Georgia up to Maine.New Jersey and Delaware experienced gusts of 75 mph, and wind speeds in Long Island, New York, reached 67 mph. Parts of Massachusetts saw hail larger than golf balls as areas around Philadelphia had trees knocked onto power lines and cars.Severe weather in the Midwest on Tuesday -- including potential storms all the way from Nebraska to Ohio -- is likely to make its way to the Northeast by Wednesday. ...

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:27:06 -0400
  • Qatar to build new port in Somalia's Hobyo

    Qatar plans to build a new seaport at Somalia's Hobyo, a potentially strategic investment in an area of East Africa fiercely contested by Gulf rivals. Hobyo, in the central region of Mudug, is an important Somali port owing to its proximity to the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which is one of the most important sea crossing points in the world, with the potential for access to international markets. Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani) will enter an investment partnership with Somalia to construct the port, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said in a statement without disclosing the value of the deal.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:20:43 -0400
  • Emotions stir in Jerusalem as HBO's "Our Boys" hits local airwaves

    A new HBO series on the killing of a Palestinian youth after three Israeli teens were murdered in a deadly summer five years ago is stirring up painful memories for bereaved families on both sides of the conflict. "Our Boys", which premiered in Israel and the United States last week, centres on Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian who was abducted near his East Jerusalem home and burned to death by three Israelis, two of them also teenagers, in July 2014. "I wish I could reach into the screen and grab hold of my son," Abu Khdeir's mother, Suha, told Reuters, her voice breaking, soon after watching the first two episodes of the series, a co-production of HBO and Israel's Keshet International and produced by Movie Plus.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:18:06 -0400
  • 3rd family sues DC charter school over child sex abuse

    A third family has sued a Washington, D.C., charter school over a teacher convicted of sexually assaulting six of his students. The Washington Post reports the $30 million federal lawsuit against Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School accuses school workers of not protecting the child from Manuel Garcia Fernandez.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:16:01 -0400
  • Russia decries US missile test, warns of destabilization

    A top Russian diplomat has lamented the U.S. test of a type of missile that was banned for decades before both Washington and Moscow quit the treaty earlier this year. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in comments to the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday expressed concern that the United States is increasing "the destabilizing potential" of the issue. Ryabkov also said that the test proved Russia's earlier suspicions that the U.S. was testing the banned missiles even before it withdrew from the treaty.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:08:28 -0400
  • China cries foul over Facebook, Twitter block of fake accounts

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:07:08 -0400
  • Bond revoked for Alabama man charged in son's hot car death

    An Alabama man charged with manslaughter in the death of his 2-year-old son has had his bond revoked following a different arrest. News outlets report 36-year-old Robert Patrick King was arrested this month for public intoxication, violating his bond agreement. King was sent back to jail Monday and ordered to have a substance abuse evaluation and assessment for treatment.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:01:15 -0400
  • Thailand extends visa fee waivers to boost tourism as growth slows

    Thailand will extend until April next year a measure that waives fees for visas on arrival issued to tourists from 18 countries, as it looks to stimulate growth in tourism to spur a slowing economy, the prime minister said on Tuesday. The waivers are part of a $10-billion stimulus package to boost growth, including a debt moratorium for farmers, loans for smaller businesses, and more money for low-income earners. "The cabinet approved the extension of fee waivers until April 2020," Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters, adding that the scheme would cover Lunar New Year and the Thai new year, Songkran.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:56:14 -0400
  • Sterling slips as investors await EU response to Johnson demand

    The pound was weaker on Tuesday as investors waited for EU leaders' response to a demand from Britain's prime minister to remove the Irish backstop from the Brexit deal. Boris Johnson fired the opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain's divorce from the European Union, saying the backstop - an insurance policy to avoid the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland - should be replaced with a pledge. Sterling slipped 0.3% against both the dollar and the euro, to $1.2094 and 91.59 pence.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:54:38 -0400
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    California tightens restrictions on police use of lethal force

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:54:12 -0400
  • California tightens restrictions on police use of lethal force

    California police officers will be allowed to use lethal force only when "necessary" in response to a threat, instead of the existing standard of "reasonable", under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday. Under the stricter standards, officers must believe they have no other choice to "defend against an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer or another person," an abstract of the law published online says. The new law, which officials say is one of the most restrictive in the United States, is partly a response to police shootings of unarmed black men.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:47:21 -0400
  • Another migrant jumps off rescue ship in desperate move

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    The Spanish humanitarian rescue ship Open Arms says another man had to be rescued after jumping into the sea as the stand-off with Italy, which won't permit it access to a port, entered its 19th day. Open Arms described the situation on board Tuesday as "desperate," saying that a man threw himself into the water, trying to reach land that is in plain view, while at the same moment a woman suffered a panic attack. The Open Arms captain previously informed Italian authorities that the crew of 17 could no longer control the situation on board, as frustrated migrants resort to fighting.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:44:12 -0400
  • Less bluster, but no compromise seen as S.Korean, Japan ministers meet in China

    SEOUL/TOKYO, Aug 20 (Reuters) - South Korea and Japan have toned down the rhetoric but show little sign of compromise in a bitter political and economic dispute as their foreign ministers prepare to meet in China this week. Relations between the two U.S. allies are at their worst in years, with a trade row rooted in a decades-old dispute over compensation for Koreans forced to work during Japan's wartime occupation of South Korea. Foreign ministers Kang Kyung-wha of South Korea, Taro Kono of Japan and Wang Yi of China will have trilateral meetings in Beijing from Tuesday evening to Thursday.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:32:07 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Italy needs 50-bln euro budget for "shock" stimulus - Salvini

    The leader of Italy's far-right League party, Matteo Salvini, said on Tuesday that a budget worth 50 billion euros ($55 billion) will be needed for 2020 to bring about a "shock" fiscal stimulus. Salvini pulled the plug on the League's coalition government with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement earlier this month, starting a potential countdown to elections which could complicate the nation's preparations for the 2020 budget. Italy, which has the biggest debt in proportion to its output in the eurozone after Greece, has promised the European Commission to raise 23 billion euros by hiking sales taxes from Jan. 1 in order to comply with EU deficit rules.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:26:43 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Weak pound, AstraZeneca push FTSE higher

    London's FTSE 100 rose on Tuesday, boosted by falls in the pound and gains for drugmaker AstraZeneca after a successful late-stage study, while shares in miner BHP were hit by a warning about future demand. The FTSE 250 gained 0.2% by 0733 GMT. AstraZeneca rose 1.7% and was the biggest boost to the blue-chip index after its Farxiga diabetes drug met the main goals of the late-stage study into its use on heart-failure sufferers.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:26:10 -0400
  • South Africa will look into modular nuclear technology – energy minister

    South Africa will not adopt a "big bang" approach to building new nuclear power capacity, but it will look into adding modular nuclear technology at a pace it can afford, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. "It comes back to a resolution we took as a government: not going big bang into nuclear, but going at a pace and price that the country can afford.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:24:10 -0400
  • FOREX-Euro weakens vs dollar as Treasury yields pick up on stimulus talks

    The euro hovered around a two-week low versus the dollar as the U.S. currency held strong on Tuesday, boosted by slightly higher Treasury yields, while political uncertainties in Italy also kept the common currency subdued. Yields on U.S. benchmark 10-year government bonds pulled away from three-year lows, helped in part by the prospect of Germany ditching its balanced budget rule to boost spending and on more economic support measures by China. Yields fell last week to cause an inversion of the short-dated and long-dated yield curve, sending alarms through financial markets given that several recessions in the past have been preceded by yield curve inversions.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:17:18 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-European shares gain for third straight session, AstraZeneca boosts

    European shares rose for the third straight session on Tuesday, building on a recovery since late last week as British drugmaker AstraZeneca gained on positive data from a late-stage study. Shares of the drugmaker rose 1.6%, lifting the healthcare sector, after the company said its diabetes drug Farxiga met the main goal of the study for the treatment of patients with heart failure. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.2% by 0801 GMT, with London's FTSE 100 outperforming.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:15:04 -0400
  • Russia to nuclear test ban monitor: Test accident not your business

    Russia on Tuesday told an international organisation set up to verify a ban on nuclear tests that a military testing accident in northern Russia earlier this month was none of its business and that handing it radiation data was entirely voluntary. The Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said on Monday that two Russian monitoring sites closest to the mysterious explosion went offline days after the blast, soon followed by two more, fuelling suspicions that Russia tampered with them.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:12:37 -0400
  • Britain's Johnson opening Brexit bid: rip out the Irish border backstop

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has fired the opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain's divorce from the European Union, demanding that an insurance policy for the Irish border be removed from the Brexit deal and replaced with a pledge. After more than three years of Brexit crisis, the United Kingdom is heading towards a showdown with the EU as Johnson has vowed to leave the bloc on Oct. 31 without a deal unless it agrees to renegotiate the divorce terms. The bloc and its leaders have repeatedly refused to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement, which includes a protocol on the Irish border "backstop" that then-prime minister Theresa May agreed in November.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:10:56 -0400
  • Zimbabwe police deploy hundreds in Gweru, MDC challenges another protest ban

    Zimbabwe Police deployed in force in the city of Gweru on Tuesday, witnesses said, as authorities sought to keep a lid on dissent after banning the third anti-government protest that the main opposition party has sought to organise inside five days. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) planned rolling mass demonstrations in different cities starting last Friday. It accuses President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government of mishandling the economy, which is facing its worst crisis in a decade, and repression.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:08:05 -0400
  • Mom has kind words for flight attendant who comforted her 6-month-old: He 'saved the day and my sanity'

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    Mom has kind words for flight attendant who comforted her 6-month-old: He 'saved the day and my sanity' originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comTraveling is always tough, especially for families making the trek with a baby.But one Colorado mom got some help from an unlikely babysitter -- a flight attendant named Joel Paris.Cherish Terry was traveling from Tyler, Texas, to Denver on Aug. 4 with her 6-month-old daughter, Adalynn. Throughout the flight, Adalynn was a bit restless, but toward the end of it, she started to let out some cries of exasperation. ...

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:02:04 -0400
  • 'Saved by the Bell' turns 30: Top 5 most memorable episodes

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    'Saved by the Bell' turns 30: Top 5 most memorable episodes originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comWanna hear something crazy? "Saved by the Bell" came out officially 30 years ago Tuesday.The little show that was canceled twice before hitting it big went on to be a Saturday morning sensation that influenced an entire generation.There are so many good episodes to cover, but we thought we'd narrow things down to the top five. ...

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:01:29 -0400
  • 'Saved by the Bell' turns 30: Here are 30 things you probably didn't know behind the scenes

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    'Saved by the Bell' turns 30: Here are 30 things you probably didn't know behind the scenes originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comIt's hard to believe but "Saved by the Bell" first aired 30 years ago today: Aug. 20, 1989.And with the show being introduced to a younger generation on Hulu and other streaming services, millions are getting a chance to either check out the show for the first time or relive their youth through Zack, Kelly, Slater and the rest of the gang. ...

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:00:00 -0400
  • You need these top tips to build the best back-to-school lunchbox for your kids

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    You need these top tips to build the best back-to-school lunchbox for your kids originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comAlready stressed about what to make for school lunch and how to fit it into your crazy busy morning?Take a page from Beau Coffron, who is best known as “Lunchbox Dad” for his creative lunchbox creations featuring characters from pop culture for his kids.Get our full coverage to head back to school like a boss and own the school year. ...

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:59:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Indian Islamic preacher apologises to Malaysians for racial remarks

    Controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik apologised on Tuesday for making racially sensitive remarks in Malaysia, after police banned him from speaking in public and questioned him for hours over the comments. Naik, who faces charges of money laundering and hate speech in India, has come under fire for comments that pitted Malaysia's ethnic and religious minorities against the predominantly Muslim Malay majority. Malaysian police grilled Naik for 10 hours on Monday about a speech this month in which he said Hindus in Malaysia had "100 times more rights" than the Muslim minority in India, and that Malaysian Chinese were guests of the country.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:51:12 -0400
  • Philippines warns of 'unfriendly' greeting for uninvited warships

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned of "unfriendly" treatment for foreign ships travelling in the country's territorial waters without permission, in a rare swipe at China's use of warships just a few miles off Manila's coast. Duterte's spokesman, Salvador Panelo, on Tuesday made the demand for transparency amid frustration by the Philippine military at multiple sightings this year of Chinese warships moving within the country's 12 mile territorial sea, at various locations in the archipelago. "All foreign vessels passing our territorial waters must notify and get clearance from the proper government authority well in advance of the actual passage," Panelo said.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:49:46 -0400
  • Woman sets fire to man’s house after he invited her over for late-night sex then fell asleep, police say

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    A woman has been accused of setting fire to a man's home after he invited her to his house for late-night sex then promptly fell asleep and did not hear her at his door.Taija Russell, 29, is alleged to have sent a series of furious doorstep texts to the slumbering amour before buying lighter fluid, matches and a lighter at a nearby gas station and setting the house in Woodbury, New Jersey, ablaze.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:48:00 -0400
  • U.N. agency, Bangladesh begin survey of Rohingya over return to Myanmar

    The United Nations' refugee agency and Bangladesh authorities on Tuesday started to consult more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to determine if any want to return home, officials said, as a fresh repatriation bid was launched. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine for neighbouring Bangladesh after a military-led crackdown in August 2017 the United Nations has said was perpetrated with "genocidal intent", but many refugees refuse to go back, fearing more violence. Myanmar cleared 3,450 people to return, from a list of more than 22,000 provided by Bangladesh, authorities said.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:47:12 -0400
  • UK regulator launches investigation into electricity outage

    The U.K.'s energy regulator says it has launched an investigation into a widespread electricity outage on Aug. 9 that left a hospital without power and rail passengers stranded for hours during the busy evening commute. The announcement Tuesday came as the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets released a preliminary report on the outage, which showed it began with a lightning strike on the transmission network north of London. Almost simultaneously, two power stations reduced supplies to the national electricity grid, triggering automatic disconnections that left 1.1 million customers without power for up to 50 minutes.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:43:20 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Russia accuses U.S. of stoking tensions with missile test - TASS

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:43:11 -0400
  • China stocks slip, rate reform in focus

    China stocks ended slightly lower on Tuesday as investors took a breather following a strong rally in the previous session and pondered the extent and impact of Beijing's interest rate reform. ** China lowered its new lending reference rate slightly on Tuesday, as expected, as the country's central bank kicked off new interest rate reforms designed to lower corporate borrowing costs. ** The People's Bank of China (PBOC) on Saturday said the Loan Prime Rate (LPR) would become the lending benchmark for banks when setting rates for new loans to households and businesses, instead of the central bank's existing benchmark one-year lending rate.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:33:26 -0400
  • Exclusive: WhatsApp in talks to launch mobile payments in Indonesia - sources

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    Facebook Inc's messaging service WhatsApp is in talks with multiple Indonesian digital payment firms to offer their mobile transaction services, in a bid to tap the nation's fast growing e-commerce sector, people familiar with the matter said. Indonesia could become the second country worldwide where WhatsApp introduces such services, as it awaits regulatory approval from India, its biggest market by users, that has been delayed due to local data storage rules.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:27:06 -0400
  • Euro zone rates edge lower amid ongoing easing expectations

    Euro zone rates edged lower on Tuesday as markets continued to focus on the prospect of fiscal stimulus in Germany and verbal easing from ECB policymaker Olli Rehn. Finnish central bank governor Olli Rehn said on Monday that the European Central Bank's Governing Council was determined to act if the medium-term inflation outlook continues to fall short of its target of below but close to 2%. Hopes for additional stimulus are also rising after reports that Germany is prepared to increase fiscal spending, and after the People's Bank of China took steps to lower corporate borrowing costs.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:17:16 -0400
  • UBS names new CEO for European Union operations

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    UBS on Tuesday announced the appointment of Christine Novakovic as the chief executive officer of the Swiss Bank's European Union operations. The appointment, which is based in Frankfurt, will make Novakovic one of the most prominent bankers in Germany where women occupy less than 10% of top management jobs in the finance industry.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:16:04 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Lightning strike caused power cut in Britain -grid operator

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:15:04 -0400
  • Immigration lawyers: We saw what's happening at the US-Mexico border. It's a tragic farce.

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    There is no due process in Mexico for asylum seekers, just endless obstacles to staying alive, finding an attorney and communicating with authorities.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:15:03 -0400
  • RPT-INSIGHT-Besieged Kashmiri neighbourhood in test of wills with India's Modi

    For more than a week, the young men of Soura, a densely populated enclave in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, have been taking turns to maintain an around-the-clock vigil at the entry points to their neighbourhood. The aim: to keep Indian security forces, and particularly the paramilitary police, out of the area.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:13:24 -0400
  • Sheriff: Man wanted to marry Ky. teen, tried abducting her

    A Nevada man is accused of attempting to kidnap a 16-year-old Kentucky girl that he briefly talked with online years earlier and became obsessed with. News outlets report 18-year-old Benjamin J. Margitza, of Las Vegas, was arrested Monday outside a Kentucky high school and charged with attempted kidnapping and minor and criminal trespassing. A Boone County Sheriff's Office statement says Margitza and the girl briefly spoke online four years ago.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:06:25 -0400
  • European shares rise for third straight session

    European shares rose for the third straight session on Tuesday, building on a recovery since late last week as British drugmaker AstraZeneca surged on results of a late-stage study. Shares of the drugmaker rose 1.5% after the company said its diabetes drug Farxiga met the main goal of the study for the treatment of patients with heart failure.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 03:03:00 -0400
  • WRAPUP 3-Hong Kong leader says dialogue and 'mutual respect' offer way out of chaos

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 02:48:30 -0400
  • El Salvador rape victim acquitted of killing stillborn baby

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    An appeals court in El Salvador on Monday acquitted a 21-year-old rape victim accused of killing her stillborn baby, in a landmark case closely watched by rights groups. The court in San Salvador overturned a 30-year sentence imposed on Evelyn Hernandez, who was convicted under the Central American country's strict anti-abortion laws in 2017. Hernandez's lawyer, Bertha Maria Deleon, triumphantly announced the verdict on Twitter: "Acquitted! Yes we could." "Thank God, justice has been done," Hernandez said as she thanked her supporters from the steps of the courthouse in San Salvador's northeastern Ciudad Delgado district. The 21-year-old, who served 33 months of her original sentence, said "it was hard the whole time I was inside." "My future is to continue studying and to move forward with my goals. I am happy," she said. Hernandez's legal team had secured a retrial after appealing the 2017 verdict on the grounds that it had failed to take into account key forensic evidence indicating that the baby had choked in the womb. The month-long retrial concluded last Friday, with prosecutors requesting a 40-year sentence. They now have 10 days to appeal the verdict. Amnesty International welcomed the verdict as a "resounding victory for the rights of women in El Salvador." "It reaffirms that no woman should be wrongly accused of homicide for the simple fact of suffering an obstetric emergency," the rights group said. The case had been closely followed by rights groups Credit: AFP El Salvador should "end the shameful and discriminatory practice of criminalizing women once and for all by immediately revoking the nation's draconian anti-abortion laws," Amnesty's Americas director Erika Guevara-Rosas said. Hernandez gave birth in April 2016 in the bathroom of her home in the central Cuscatlan region. She was 18 years old and eight months pregnant. She said her son was stillborn but a court in the city of Cojutepeque convicted her of murder after prosecutors said she was culpable for not having sought prenatal care. Hernandez said she had not known she was pregnant and gave birth on the toilet after feeling abdominal pains. Hernandez became pregnant as a result of a rape that she did not report out of fear because her family had been threatened. Deleon told reporters that Judge Jose Jurado Martinez said in his ruling "that there was no way to prove a crime and that's why he acquitted. He said it had been a complicated delivery." Earlier, Deleon tweeted that although she was "bursting with happiness," the fight would go on "because there are still women who have been prosecuted and who need justice." A January report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights urged El Salvador to revise the cases of women sent to prison for having abortions. El Salvador should "carefully review the convictions" of each of the women, the report concluded. President Nayib Bukele, who took office in June, has pledged to improve the human rights situation in his country. In March, three women serving 30-year sentences for aggravated homicide after losing their babies by miscarriage were released from prison. But around 20 women remain locked up in similar cases, serving long sentences. Many women who suffered miscarriages or complications in pregnancy ended up being found guilty of voluntary abortions, the rights commission said. El Salvador's law against abortions provided for prison sentences of between two and eight years, but courts often found the women guilty of the more serious crime of aggravated homicide, which carries punishment of up to 50 years behind bars.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 02:47:22 -0400
  • Syrian jihadist group says still has fighters in Khan Sheikhoun

    A Syrian jihadist group said on Tuesday rebel fighters had redeployed in the southern part of the town of Khan Sheikhoun and still controlled towns in adjoining area of Hama province, after a war monitor said insurgents had withdrawn from the area.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 02:47:04 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Monitor says Syrian rebels withdraw from town, jihadists say still fighting

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 02:42:59 -0400
  • Fate of Brexit deal in hands of the EU - UK Conservative chairman

    The European Union needs to show flexibility over the Irish border "backstop" because the issue of whether Britain leaves the bloc with or without a deal is now mainly up to Brussels, Conservative party chairman James Cleverly said on Tuesday. "The decision as to whether we leave with or without a deal is largely now in the hands of European Union negotiators," Cleverly told Sky News, adding that the EU's insistence on the so-called backstop was the main sticking point in reaching a deal.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 02:37:35 -0400
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