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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said Friday she is leaving the Democratic Party and will formally become an independent.
Consider this a spectacular finale to a trilogy about Yorkshire women, from the pen of Maxine Peake: first she immortalised cyclist Beryl Burton, then Hull fishwife Lillian Bilocca, and now Dewsbury’s Betty Boothroyd, the first female Speaker in the House of Commons. She might not seem an obvious choice for a musical, but Boothroyd did begin her career as showgirl with the Tiller Girls – and besides, this gloriously odd musical ain’t exactly Evita.
The NBC weather anchor has been absent from the show since mid November
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema says she's leaving the Democratic Party, won't caucus with Republicans
US actor Kristen Stewart will head up the jury in February at Berlin's international film festival, Europe's first major cinema showcase of the year, organisers said Friday.
Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced Friday that she has registered as an independent, but she does not plan to caucus with Republicans, ensuring Democrats will retain their narrow majority in the Senate. Sinema, who has modeled her political approach on the renegade style of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and has frustrated Democratic colleagues at times with her overtures to Republicans and opposition to Democratic priorities, said she was “declaring my independence from the broken partisan system in Washington.”
Like tiles in a mosaic, the collection in Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art, or MIA, provides visitors with a peek into diverse aspects of Muslim heritage, art and craftmanship with items spanning three continents and many centuries. “Before I knew very little about Islamic history but after I saw a lot of objects, I feel I learned more.” The World Cup host has faced intense criticism over rights issues, including the treatment of migrant workers, and accusations of “sportswashing” or attempting to use the event’s prestige to remake its image.
The deal saw her swapped for notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout.
Members of the Armed Forces will miss Christmas this year to deal with the fallout of public sector strikes, Rishi Sunak has said.
Rapper’s Migos bandmate was shot dead in November
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This past year has seen a horrific flood that submerged one-third of Pakistan, one of the three costliest U.S. hurricanes on record, devastating droughts in Europe and China, a drought-triggered famine in Africa and deadly heat waves all over. The number of U.S. weather disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage is only at 15 through October and will likely end the year with 16 or 17, down from 22 and 20 in the last two years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Gulf Arab leaders and others in the Mideast met Friday in Saudi Arabia as part of a state visit by Chinese leader Xi Jinping, seeking to firm up their relations with Beijing as decades of U.S. attention on the region wanes. Before a joint meeting with Xi, representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council met in a summit helmed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, further signaling his control of a kingdom still overseen by his father, the 86-year-old King Salman. Among them was Qatar's ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, whose country now hosts the FIFA World Cup and has largely restored ties to its Arab neighbors after a yearslong boycott.
'Painstaking, extraordinary' negotiations.
‘I’m holding out hope. There’s still time for him to change his mind’
Dave Parkyn was left blind in his right eye, partially sighted in his left and physically disabled after a stroke at the age of 28
The top United Nations human rights official said Friday that his office will continue reaching out to Beijing about allegations of abuse in China. The office of former U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet published a report in August stating that China’s detention of Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups in the western region of Xinjiang may constitute crimes against humanity. Bachelet's successor, High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk, called the report “a very important one” that “highlighted very serious human rights concerns.”
‘I have joined the growing numbers of Arizonans who reject party politics,’ says mercurial centrist senator
ReutersArizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Friday revealed she’s changed her party affiliation from Democrat to independent, a blow for Democrats celebrating their recently secured clear Senate majority.In an interview with Politico, Sinema indicated that she would continue to vote the same way she has over her previous four years in the Senate and said that she did not intend to caucus with Republicans. “Nothing will change about my values or my behavior,” she said.But the news will doubtless come a