August 13, 2020

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Prison Escapee Caught After 50 Years on Run…

DENVER (AP) — A man who escaped from a Colorado prison in 1974 was found living under an alias in a small town in northern New Mexico after the Denver police officer he shot decades ago helped track him down, authorities said.Luis Archuleta, 77, also known as Larry Pusateri, was arrested Wednesday in Espanola, New…

Biden’s scorn of Saudis is warning shot after Trump’s embrace…

(Bloomberg) –Saudi Arabia reveled in Donald Trump’s decision to make the kingdom his first overseas destination as president. It will have to decide how welcoming to be for Joe Biden if he wins the White House in November.Trump’s May 2017 visit was marked by claims of $100 billion in arms sales, a traditional sword dance…

Social distancing eschewed with bench-clearing melee at Astros-A’s game

Benches cleared and even the stands emptied during Oakland’s 7-2 victory over the Astros on Sunday, tempers flaring at last between the AL West rivals months after Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers.The Athletics’ ninth straight win was far overshadowed by what erupted in the seventh inning at the…

US passes 5m Covid-19 cases as Joe Biden says pandemic ‘breaks heart’

The US on Sunday passed 5m coronavirus cases, as Donald Trump’s executive orders seeking to break a political impasse over further economic relief were denounced by a Republican as “unconstitutional slop” and Joe Biden accused the president of issuing little more than “excuses and lies”.Recriminations have been flying in Washington since talks on further aid…

News24.com | Deputy President Mabuza blames struggling municipalities for Eskom woes

Deputy President of South Africa David Mabuza at Nedlac sept 2018 (GCIS) Deputy President David Mabuza says municipal debt to Eskom is among the “foremost” contributors to service delivery challenges.The Political Task Team on Eskom is handling the matter, Mabuza said.It is also scheduled to meet on Friday to assess progress made on stabilising electricity…

Taiwan probes foreign banks over grain firms’ arbitrage – Reuters

FILE PHOTO: A man is seen reflected next of the Taiwan’s Central Bank logo in Taipei, Taiwan March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone SiuTAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s central bank is investigating the actions of five foreign banks for their involvement in some $8 billion in net trading positions on the deliverable forwards market, four sources with knowledge…

Scherzer, Nationals shut down Mets – Reuters

Max Scherzer, hobbled his previous two starts by a right hamstring injury, threw six solid innings Tuesday night and Trea Turner homered on the second pitch of the game as the visiting Washington Nationals edged the New York Mets, 2-1. Aug 11, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael…

News24.com | Crime statistics: Police cannot verify crimes against women and children stats due to Covid-19

The head of the police crime register says the police were unable to verify crimes against women and children statistics due to Covid-19.Norman Sekhukhune said to verify this they would usually go to each police station and look at the dockets, however, due to Covid-19 this could not be done.He added the verification process would…

News24.com | Arsenal legend: Ozil is a ‘sweet man’ surrounded by ‘a lot of mess’

Soccer ball (Photo by Mike Kireev/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Arsenal legend Tony Adams believes Mesut Ozil has a lot to contribute to the team but manager Mikel Arteta must get the best out of him.The German playmaker has failed to make an appearance since the Premier League restart, leading to speculation his Arsenal career is…

Is France helping Lebanon, or trying to reconquer it?

PARIS (AP) — It was almost as if Emmanuel Macron forgot that Lebanon is no longer a French protectorate.Visiting explosion-ravaged Beirut this week, France’s leader comforted distraught crowds, promised to rebuild the city and claimed that the blast pierced France’s own heart. “France will never let Lebanon go,” Macron said. “The heart of the French…

Maxine Waters says Biden ‘can’t go home without a Black woman being VP’…

By Brooke Seipel – 08/07/20 09:30 PM EDT Democratic Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMaxine Waters expresses confidence Biden will pick Black woman as VP Bill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities Waters rips Trump, GOP over mail-in ballots: ‘They’ll lie, cheat and steal to stay in power’ MORE (Calif.)…

Oil prices bolstered by bigger-than-expected drop in U.S. crude stocks – Reuters UK

FILE PHOTO: Pump jacks operate at sunset in Midland, Texas U.S. February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Nick OxfordTOKYO (Reuters) – Oil prices moved higher on Wednesday after an industry report showed that U.S. inventories of crude fell more than analysts had expected, bolstering hopes that fuel demand in the world’s biggest economy can weather the coronavirus pandemic.…

Panama announces next phase of economic re-opening – Reuters

PANAMA CITY, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Panama will from Monday allow work to resume on some infrastructure projects and permit more businesses to re-open from coronavirus lockdown, including retailers, car dealers, beauty salons and barber shops, the government said on Tuesday. Health Minister Luis Sucre said officials had made the decision on the grounds the…

Collin Morikawa seizes the day to claim US PGA Championship victory

Ultimately there was no need for the kind of US PGA Championship playoff that could have risked social distancing infractions. Of the wave of data that will now surround Collin Morikawa, golf’s latest major winner, one element stands out: just 15 months ago he was a college student.Morikawa marched through a congested Sunday scene at…

US PGA Championship 2020: Morikawa wins

9.24pm EDT21:24 Congratulations to the sensational Collin Morikawa, the 2020 PGA Champion. A most deserved victor after a final-day 64! That drive on 16 to set up eagle will be replayed for years to come. As may the trophy lift, but everyone loves a blooper, and Morikawa enjoyed it himself. He’s a special talent. Commiserations…

A Tribute to the Irish ‘Titan’ John Hume

Today a territory and a people unite, mourning in the hope that peace will continue to prevail in Ireland.BARCELONA, SPAIN: Veteran Northern Ireland politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume speaks on the European constitution in the Tribuna Barcelona, in Barcelona 21 January 2005. AFP PHOTO/CESAR RANGEL (Photo credit should read CESAR RANGEL/AFP via…

Conservatism is a Collection of Losers. It Doesn’t Have To Be.

Power corrupts, but powerlessness corrupts, too. “I’m a conservative but at this point who cares?” said Donald Trump in 2016. “We’ve got to straighten out the country.”Perhaps the only reason to care about conservatism today is that a preoccupation with the concept itself often presents an obstacle to “straightening out the country.” Indeed, it mostly…

Why Blockading Would Have Been Better Than Bombing Japan

But choosing the latter was really about demonstrating the power of our new weapon to a likely future enemy—the Soviet Union.The ground crew of the B-29 “Enola Gay” which dropped the first ataom bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, 1945. Col. Paul W. Tibbets, the pilot is the center. (U.S Air Force photo)On the 75th…

How Republicans Could Hold Senate Even If President Loses…

Sen. Lindsey Graham attends an event celebrating the anniversary of the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative at the State Department in Washington, D.C., February 12, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters) A look at the latest polls.Republican fears of an electoral disaster for the Senate GOP are well-founded. They could narrowly lose control of the…

Susan Rice sells NETFLIX options…

(Bloomberg) — Former national security adviser Susan Rice, a Netflix director, sold some of her shares of the video streaming company worth $305,323 this week as speculation swirls that she is among the candidates to be Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate.A spokeswoman for Rice said the sale was unrelated to politics and was…

Peru unrest flares as pandemic second wave hits, with resources firms in focus – Reuters

LIMA (Reuters) – Angry residents in Peru’s Andean and Amazon regions have attacked three mining and oil sector firms in the last week, two of which were forced to halt operations after deadly clashes, as a second wave of COVID-19 infections hits the country. The main reason: demand for economic aid and healthcare support during…

Breakingviews – SoftBank lives the high life on yard sales – Reuters

The logo of SoftBank Group Corp is displayed at SoftBank World 2017 conference in Tokyo, Japan, July 20, 2017.HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) – SoftBank boss Masayoshi Son’s giant yard sale is buying him time to relax. The $129 billion group returned to profit in the last quarter following a dismal three months in the red,…

UK Government urges people to ‘eat out for England’

Play Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. Image: AP: Alberto Pezzali By Nick Dole on AM While businesses in Victoria have been told to shut down, the UK Government’s begging people to go and spend ahead of a potential second wave.…

Arpaio loses sheriff’s race in 2nd failed comeback bid…

PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Arpaio on Friday was narrowly defeated in his bid to win back the sheriff’s post in metro Phoenix that he held for 24 years before being voted out in 2016 amid voter frustrations over his taxpayer-funded legal bills, his penchant for self-promotion and a defiant streak that led to his now-pardoned…

Dems dump 1,043-page oppo book online…

“After spending years investigating Donald Trump, his grifter family, and cabinet of cronies, American Bridge 21st Century has compiled the most extensive and exhaustive public file on the president,” said Pat Dennis, Research Director for the Trump War Room at American Bridge 21st Century. The website in particular focuses on Trump’s response to Covid-19, corruption,…

Defying China, Hong Kongers rush to buy pro-democracy newspaper

By Yan ZHAO (AFP)     3 hours ago in World Hong Kongers rushed to buy pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on Tuesday in a show of support for its owner, who was arrested a day earlier as police rounded up critics of China.A crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong has gathered pace since China imposed…

Scott Morrison presses Trump for continued detention of ex-Afghan soldier who killed three Australians

Scott Morrison says he has pressed Donald Trump for help to prevent the release of an Afghan man who was convicted of murdering three Australian soldiers in Afghanistan. The prime minister said the Australian government would continue to push “as hard as we can” for the continued detention of the former Afghan soldier known as…

Jason Day glad to be back in the frame for majors after injury woes

Jason Day’s hopes of a second major title petered out over the final holes at the PGA Championship on Sunday but the Australian leaves TPC Harding Park with renewed confidence after a difficult period on the tour.The 2015 winner finished tied for fourth, three strokes behind maiden major champion Collin Morikawa, having grabbed a share…

Without Traditional Faith, Spiritual Humans Go to Strange Places

Americans are turning to highly personalized, unorthodox religion to get fulfillment.Local non-professional actors, dressed up as evils and witches, perform the “Burial of the Sardine” during “Las Burras” (The donkeys) festival, marking the end of the carnival celebrations in Guimar, on the Canary Island of Tenerife on March 7, 2020. – According to legend, witches…

Justice for Assyrians: A Kurdish Perspective

Time to right the historical wrongs against these persecuted Middle East Christians. Two young Assyrians sit next to the fence of a huge statue of the Holy Virgin Mary in Koysinjaq, Iraqi Kurdistan, in 2015.Christiaan Triebert/ShutterstockAugust 7th marks Assyrian Martyrs Day, a time when we Kurds should focus on how we can help secure justice…

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