North Korea has criticized U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton's "nonsense" call for Pyongyang to show that it’s serious about giving up its nuclear weapons, the second time it has criticized a leading U.S. official in less than a week. "Bolton, national security adviser of the White House, in an interview with Bloomberg, showed above himself by saying such a nonsense," North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters when asked about his recent comments, the Korean Central News Agency said on Saturday.
CAIRO — The Latest on Egypt's vote on a referendum potentially extending President el-Sissi's rule to 2030 (all times local): 9 a.m. Egyptians have begun voting on constitutional amendments aimed at keeping President el-Sissi in power until 2030. The referendum comes amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi's government has arrested thousands of people, most of them Islamists but also prominent secular activists, and rolled back freedoms won in a 2011 pro-democracy uprising. The proposed changes were blasted by critics as another major step toward authoritarian rule. 8:35 a.m. Egyptians are being asked to vote on constitutional amendments that would allow President
Riyadh finds it outrageous that American lawmakers are trying to meddle in Saudi Arabia's succession, writes Giorgio Cafiero. By Giorgio Cafiero Special to Consortium News Since the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, some American lawmakers have assumed the right and moral authority to dictate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's succession line-up. In November, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) of being “crazy” and asserted that “he needs to go.” Such rhetoric is significant given that the U.S. has not meddled in the Al Saud family's internal power struggles since the 1960s. But regardless of the preferences that
New Delhi, April 20: The resignation of Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi has shocked the party, especially in Mumbai where the Lok Sabha polls are scheduled to be held on April 28. Chaturvedi, who was also convenor of the Congress' media cell, quit the party after some Congress leaders who misbehaved with her in Mathura were reinstated in the party by Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress in-charge of Western Uttar Pradesh. These Congress leaders reportedly misbehaved with Priyanka during the press conference on Rafale deal in Mathura a few days ago. Even after the press conference, they followed her to her room. Priyanka was furious after the incident and filed a complaint with the top leaders
Matt Byrne Portland Press Herald, Maine AUGUSTA, Maine — A nagging shortage of emergency dispatchers who answer calls to police and fire departments around the state has prompted legislation that could improve the pension benefits earned by the workers. Legislators on Monday will hear testimony on a bill that would open up special state retirement plans that previously were available only to police, fire and emergency medical service personnel. The legislation is part of a years-long effort by advocates to include dispatchers and emergency 911 call operators in the popular definition of who is considered a first responder, acknowledging the critical role they play in ensuring public safety throughout
Andrea Johnson/MDN Several buildings, including the original Imperial Ward County Courthouse, established in 1886, and a post office that was originally located in Verendrye, have been moved to the new site of the Ward County Historical Society's Pioneer Village along U.S. 2 and Highway 52 in Burlington. A bill that would provide funding to relocate the Ward County Historical Society's Pioneer Village from the State Fairgrounds in Minot to its new location in Burlington has hit a snag in the Legislature. Sen. Karen Krebsbach, R-N.D., said Senate Bill 2146 is still in conference committee and a hearing is scheduled for Monday. The House added amendments to the bill that called for $150,000 to
Mumbai, Apr 20: Amid massive outrage over Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's remark on Hemant Karkare, who was killed in action during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis has said that the slain ATS chief would be revered as a martyr forever. Sadhvi Pragya, an accused in the Malegaon blast case and BJP's candidate from Bhopal for Lok Sabha elections, stirred a major controversy with her remarks on Karkare. Pragya said that she had cursed Karkare just a month before his death in the 26/11 Mumbai attack. She boasted that Hemant Karkare died because she had "cursed" him. Hemant Karkare died fighting terrorists during the November 26, 2008 attack in Mumbai in which
As the debate rages on over the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest at the Tennessee Capitol, here's a quick look at the controversial figure. Former KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest is intertwined with events and the story of the Confederacy, slavery and cruelty to African Americans. If Confederate statues are not welcomed in parks, then why are they welcomed in the Capitol? After tirelessly advocating for the removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust in the Tennessee Legislature, this is a question that I often ask myself. In 2017, thanks to #TakeEmDown901 and Memphis Greenspace, the monument of Nathan Bedford Forrest was removed from the Health Sciences Park and the monument of Jefferson
An explosion followed by gunfire was reported in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, close to one of the city's main hotels and the communications ministry, a police spokesman said.
HONOLULU - The United States and its allies will have over 200 F-35 stealth fighter jets deployed in the Asia-Pacific region by around 2025, according to Gen. Charles Brown, commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces. Brown presented the outlook during a recent interview at the headquarters of the Pacific Air Forces in the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu. He said China, which has been expanding its military power rapidly, is posing an “existential” threat to the United States. Noting that the Pacific Air Forces will have F-35A jets within a year, Brown expressed hope for enhancing their capabilities through joint exercises with the F-35s owned by Japan, South Korea and Australia. China
Katumbi, the former governor of the cobalt-rich Katanga region, left Congo in May 2016, soon after splitting with the country’s ex-head of state, Joseph Kabila, and announcing his intention to seek the presidency. Katumbi, 54, has always claimed the charge was bogus and politically motivated. The Court of Cassation announced its decision to cancel the original sentence on April 17, one of Katumbi’s lawyers, Jean-Joseph Mukendi Wa Mulumba, said Friday by phone from Congo’s capital, Kinshasa.
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Three candidates are vying for the presidency in North Macedonia, where voters go to the polls on Sunday for the first round of elections.
RALEGAN SIDDHI: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has called for large-scale electoral reforms in the country to remove poll-related malpractices and to cleanse the system. The 81-year-old activist lamented that lack of awareness among voters and focus of political parties on winning the elections by hook or crook has led to degeneration of politics, and he saw no bright future for the country if the situation continued. Talking to PTI at his native village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Hazare said voters were one of the pillars of the democracy. "But looking at the reports of cash seizure from various places during the electioneering, one wonders why voters take money to vote.
Country-specific events were also important market drivers, with the Brazilian real among the worst performers due to the delay of a pension reform vote and the Argentine peso leading gains as authorities took further steps to fight stubbornly high inflation.