Pro-Beijing lawmaker ‘stabbed’ in Hong Kong

Junius Ho hospitalised after attack that comes amid protests The pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho has been attacked in an apparent stabbing in Hong Kong. Ho, who is running in the upcoming district council election, was out campaigning in his constituency on Wednesday when he was attacked. In a video of the incident, a man holding a bunch of flowers approaches and speaks to Ho, then reaches into his bag and pulls out an implement, believed to be a knife, which he uses to stab Ho. The man could be heard shouting in Cantonese: Junius Ho, you scum! The attacker was arrested by police, South China Morning Post reported. Alongside Hong Kongs leader Carrie Lam and police chief Stephen Lo, Ho …

Amid turmoil in Barcelona, ex-Catalan president says independence push went too far, too fast

Artur Mas, who oversaw first referendum in 2014, explains why he thinks another is needed to calm the crisis The push for Artur Mas condemned announced a unilateral independence referendum in June 2017. The poll, staged in defiance of the Spanish government, courts and constitution, was held on 1 October that year and followed three weeks later by a unilateral declaration of independence in the regional parliament. In my opinion, the independence movement has made three mistakes, said Mas. The first is that it was in too much of a hurry and set out timeframes that were too short; it was making excessive demands of itself. The second mistake was the lack of internal unity too often, theres been a …

Russian shadow falls over Syria as Kurds open door for Assad

With the US gone, the implications of their departure is beginning to sink in across the Middle East The moment that changed the Middle East arrived with a sudden silence. Just before 7pm on Sunday, the internet was cut across north-eastern Syria where, for half an hour, the Kurds of the region had been digesting a news flash. The Syrian government was returning to two towns, Manbij and Kobane. The implication quickly sunk in. The regional capital, Qamishli, soon emptied; streets that had bustled with minibuses and shoppers became eerie and still. With the internet down phones were no help and nor were officials who had vanished along with the traffic. Air seemed to be suddenly vacuumed from the city, …

13 women dead and eight children missing after boat capsizes off Italy

Vessel carrying people from sub-Saharan Africa hit rough seas near island of Lampedusa At least 13 women have died and eight children are missing after a boat capsized in rough seas off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Sunday night as a patrol vessel attempted to save it. Italian authorities have rescued 22 survivors from the boat, which was carrying about 50 people. Only four of the 13 recovered bodies have been identified by surviving family members, including that of a 12-year-old girl. According to an initial reconstruction of events, all the people onboard moved to one end of the vessel as the rescue boat arrived, causing it to overturn. The boat, carrying mostly people from sub-Saharan Africa, had initially …

What’s the point of Nobel prizes?

For some they are the pinnacle of recognition, for others they reek of western bias and sexism. So who will win this years awards? How did it all start? To his familys horror, Alfred Nobels last will and testament in 1895 left most of his estate, the equivalent of 148m in todays money, to a prize fund. Having amassed a fortune from artillery factories and the invention of dynamite and other explosives, the Swedish businessman had an eye on his legacy. The fund set up five prizes to be awarded annually to those whose work in the preceding year was deemed to have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind. He named five prizes: physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and …

Death of Chinese activist in police custody prompts calls for investigation into torture

Wang Meiyu was detained and charged after calling for Xi Jinpings resignation and universal suffrage Human rights advocates are calling for an investigation into the death of a Chinese activist, arrested after holding up a placard calling for Chinese leader Xi Jinping to step down. Wang Meiyu, 38, was detained in July after he stood outside the Hunan provincial police department holding a sign that called on Xi and Chinese premier Li Keqiang to resign and implement universal suffrage in China. He was later charged with picking quarrels and provoking trouble, a vague offence often given to dissidents. According to Wangs mother and lawyer, he died on Monday. Wangs wife Cao Shuxia received a call from police notifying her that …

Fresh wave of climate strikes takes place around the world

Hundreds of thousands hit streets across continents to demand action on climate Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are taking place in the latest wave of climate strikes to demand urgent action on the Greta Thunberg: the speeches that helped spark a climate movement video As part of the #WeekForFuture Early reports speak of 170000 people on #FridaysForFuture September 27, 2019 The strikes are a sign of the growing awareness and anger of the severity and scale of the climate crisis among people around the world. Earlier this week, Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Horse joins owner on flight from Chicago as service animal

Passengers surprised to see quadruped at check-in as Flirty the mini horse takes American Airlines flight Pigs, turkeys, monkeys and ducks have all made their way into the skies to Dexter the peacock and one womans Amberley Babbage (@AmberleyBabbage) There was a small horse in line at the airport today and Im so curious about it. pic.twitter.com/bwX1HEeYcH View this post on Instagram Flirty The Mini Service Horse (@flirty.the.mini.service.horse) on Aug 30, 2019 at 5:33pm PDT Hensley, of Bellevue, Nebraska, told local news station according to American Airlines is in fact a trained service animal. Hensley suffers from a variety of ailments including: depression, severe anxiety, panic disorder and PTSD. Play Video 14:32 protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. So …

Houston: Islamic group hosts Sanders and Castro as rightwingers protest

Counter-protesters outnumber small group of far-right demonstrators as 2020 contenders speak inside convention In Houston on Saturday, an annual Islamic convention hosting presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro braced for an armed far-right protest and a counter-demonstration. The 30,000 would attend the three-day event. We are really happy [Castro and Sanders] are coming in to address our community, Lubabah Abdullah, an Isna board member, told the Guardian. Weve recently realized the Muslim community has a strong voting bloc, if we do go out and register and actually show up to vote. In the 2018 midterm elections, Muslim Americans in four key states Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia showed up to the ballot box at a rate of 25% higher …

One injured in gun attack on Norwegian mosque

Police believe suspect may have killed relative before attack on man, 75, at al-Noor Islamic Centre near Oslo One person has been injured in a shooting inside a mosque in Norway, Oslo police said on Saturday, adding that a man had been apprehended. The suspect may also have killed a relative before launching the attack, police said. A young woman was found dead at the suspects address, assistant chief of police Rune Skjold told a news conference, adding that the man was suspected of murder. The suspected gunman at the al-Noor Islamic Centre near the countrys capital was described as a young white man, police added. The victim was a 75-year-old member of the congregation, mosque director Irfan Mushtaq told …

Police ask criminals to cool it as US east coast heat wave lingers

Added humidity could make daytime highs feel like 43C while cold front could bring thunderstorms to Midwest The US east coast sweated through another day of heat and humidity on Sunday, in a stretch of weather so oppressive that a New Jersey drawbridge got stuck, Pennsylvania firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and police departments from New York to Boston implored residents and criminals to play it safe. Sunday has been canceled, New York police tweeted. Stay indoors, nothing to see here. Really, we got this. The central part of the country, meanwhile, enjoyed some relief as a cold front moved southward and eastward, bringing temperatures down. But cooler weather on Monday and Tuesday will also bring severe storms and heavy rain …

Dutch court reduces state liability for Srebrenica massacre

Responsibility for compensation to families of 350 victims reduced from 30% to 10% The Dutch supreme court has reduced the states liability for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian war, saying peacekeepers had only a slim chance of preventing the deaths of hundreds of Muslim men. Judges reduced to 10% from 30% the Dutch states responsibility for compensation to the families of 350 victims killed by Bosnian Serb forces who overran the safe haven. Lightly armed Dutch UN peacekeepers were Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Trump claims migrant detention center visited by Pence was clean but crowded

President contradicts VPs office which said authorities had been told not to clean up facility so Americans can see the crisis at our border A Texas detention center which said: I dont care if they have to stay in these facilities for 400 days. Were not going to let those men go that I saw. It would be dangerous. All of them broke our law. Many of them have done it before. And were not going to let them go. Before playing golf near Washington on Sunday, the president followed visit to McAllen became the eye of an online storm. The press pool was swiftly removed from the room containing the caged men but Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post …

Trump abandons effort to put citizenship question on 2020 census

Trump drops census proposal and blames radical left, but says he will order federal agencies to turn over records on the number of citizens Faced with a defeat in court and few viable options, US blocked by the supreme court. But Trumps controversial plan never saw the light of day. Within hours of putting the public on notice, administration officials said the president would defer to the court rulings on the census and instead instruct the commerce department to obtain citizenship data through other means. Standing at the White House podium on a rainy Thursday evening in Washington, Trump began his remarks by letting out a sigh and posing the question he wished to ask of the nations population: Are …

Woody Allen: ‘I never think of retiring’

Allen says at Spanish press conference to launch production on his new film, starring Christoph Waltz, that hell probably die on set Woody Allen has no plans to give up film-making despite the years of controversy that has dogged his directing career. I never think of retiring. Its not just something that has occurred to me,his new film, which is set in Spain and funded by the Spanish media giant Mediapro. It stars Christoph Waltz, Gina Gershon and Elena Anaya, and is informally known as Rifkins Festival though is still officially called Woody Allen Summer Project 2019. Allen said: My philosophy, since I started many years ago in show business, is that no matter what happens is to focus on …

We built this city: the 90-year-olds who made a metropolis

In 1947, 50,000 volunteers helped create Dimitrovgrad, a new city that symbolised the brave new world of communist Bulgaria. Many still live there In her flat overlooking the main square of Dimitrovgrad, 90-year-old Maria Oteva casts her mind back more than seven decades to the foundation of the town in the early years of Bulgarias communist era. Back then, 50,000 volunteers built this city because they believed in something, she says. Nowadays, you wouldnt find 50 people to come and clean up the dirty streets. Oteva was one of those volunteers, aged 17 and eager to build a new socialist Bulgaria after the ravages of the second world war. She had joined the partisan resistance against the Nazi-allied government as …