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Tokyo trial of Ghosn aide to begin in September

The delayed trial of former Nissan executive Greg Kelly, accused of financial misconduct with the company’s fugitive ex-boss Carlos Ghosn, will start in September in Tokyo, a source close to the case said Thursday.The first hearing for Ghosn’s former right-hand man has been set for Sep


Pompeo Confirms he Wants to Remove Sudan from Terror List

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he wants to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, seeing a historic opportunity in its civilian transition. Pompeo has repeatedly indicated that the State Department hopes to remove the designation, which severely impedes investment to Sudan


MPs urge UK govt to toughen ban on Hezbollah

MPs have written a letter to the UK government urging it to expand the country’s ban on Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, amid fears that current measures do not go far enough.Iran-backed Hezbollah, founded in 1985, was banned in the UK in March 2019. The group had previously been allowed to


Frozen bank accounts, travel ban: Kuwait pursues 10 influencers for money laundering

Kuwait’s Attorney General ordered the immediate seizure of all the assets of the 10 social media influencers charged with money laundering and banned them from travel, leading Kuwaiti newspaper, al-Qabas reported on Sunday. The central bank froze the 10 suspects’ bank accounts and the M


Infographic: Telehealth growth amid the COVID pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some positive shifts in the health care industry, among them the growth of telehealth. Despite its promises of convenient access and ease of use, such services have never managed to crack into the mainstream of health care services. The initial months of the


Seattle Black Lives Matter clashes spark 45 arrests, 21 police injured

Dozens were arrested and many police injured in clashes around Seattle’s biggest Black Lives Matter protest in weeks on Saturday, police said, with a renewed energy sparked by violent clashes between activists and federal agents in nearby Portland, Oregon.Police said officers used non-lethal


Trump is calling protesters who disagree with him terrorists. That puts him in the company of the world's autocrats

  Heavily armed, unidentifiable security agents dressed in camouflage have been snatching anti-racism protesters off the streets of Portland, Oregon, and bundling them into unmarked cars, with no clear justification. They're scenes you might expect to see in authoritarian countries, not in Ame


Top Swiss prosecutor offers resignation over FIFA case fallout

A Swiss court confirms Lauber had lied about his secret meetings with FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Switzerland's Attorney General Michael Lauber has offered to resign, after a court largely upheld a ruling against him over his bungled corruption investigation against global football body FIFA


UK and US say Russia fired a satellite weapon in space

The US State Department described the recent use of "what would appear to be actual in-orbit anti-satellite weaponry" as concerning. Russia's defence ministry earlier said it was using new technology to perform checks on Russian space equipment. The US has previously raised concerns about new Ru


Putin and Trump discussed arms control, Iran in phone call

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump discussed arms control and Iran's nuclear arms programme in a telephone call, the Kremlin said in a statement on Thursday.The two leaders also expressed a mutual desire to develop trade and economic interaction between Russia and th


Sen. Marsha Blackburn White Paper on China: U.S. Needs to Secure Its Critical Supply Chain

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Wednesday released a white paper that outlined the threats the Chinese Communist Party poses to the United States in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, and recommended 129 steps the U.S. could take to address those threats. “Peopl


Poll: Nearly Two-thirds of Americans Fear Sharing Their Political Views

According to the poll, 62% of Americans — and 77% of Republicans — are afraid to share their views. Even a majority of Democrats (52%) report that they are afraid to share their views. The only group that feels they are free to share their views are “staunch liberals,&rdquo


Spotify removes Islamophobic song aimed at Zayn Malik

Music streaming platform Spotify has removed an Islamophobic song aimed at Pakistani-British singer Zayn Malik after his fans campaigned for its removal. The song, which the former One Direction star is the subject of, was recorded by parody artists Una Kompton in 2017. The track, called “Zay


Joe Biden vows to include Muslim-Americans in his administration

US presidential candidate Joe Biden vowed Monday to include Muslim-Americans in his administration if he wins the November elections. US presidential candidate Joe Biden vowed Monday to include Muslim-Americans in his administration if he wins the November elections. "You [Muslim Americans] dese


Coronavirus spike continues amid new Catalonia restrictions

Spain's north-eastern Catalonia region has again recorded a daily Covid-19 infection figure of more than 1,000, as residents endure new restrictions. Health authorities are trying to halt this week's surge, which has led to four million people around Barcelona being asked to stay home for 15 days.


How France is thwarting peace

With the collapse of Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar’s offensive on Tripoli, alongside Turkey’s emerging dominance in the country after backing the Government of National Accord (GNA), new angles for peace talks are opening up. Yet France has pursued a single-minded approach to c


Eastern-based Libyan parliament asks Egypt to intervene in war

Libya’s eastern-based parliament has called for Egypt to directly intervene in the country’s civil war to counter Turkish support for the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), based in the capital Tripoli.In a statement late on Monday, the House of Representativ


Mitt Romney Accuses Trump of 'Unprecedented Corruption' After Roger Stone Commutation

President Donald Trump was accused of "historic corruption" by several top Washington lawmakers following his commutation of longtime friend Roger Stone, including only one Republican senator: Mitt Romney of Utah. Stone was set to serve 40 months in prison after he was convicted last year on federa




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