Month: July 2019

Families wait to ID bodies decapitated during Brazilian prison riot that left 58 inmates dead

Forensic experts in the Brazilian city of Altamira where 58 inmates were killed in a bloody prison riot said they had identified 17 bodies so far, with relatives facing the grim task of identifying sometimes decapitated corpses.Only 15 of the bodies had been released to family members by late on Tuesday. Workers at the coroner’s…

Democratic divisions on display as moderates attack progressives Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren over ‘wish list economics’

Progressive candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren bore the brunt of attacks from more moderate rivals in the second round of US Democratic debates on Tuesday, spotlighting the ideological divide among the party’s crowded presidential field.The Democrats on stage were united in stressing the urgency of defeating Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020…

Donald Trump to disappoint Iran hawks with more nuclear waivers

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Eliana Johnson on politico.com on July 30, 2019.After building up its maximum pressure campaign on Iran, the Trump administration is poised deliver a disappointment to hawks who want tougher action against Tehran.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to…

Donald Trump to disappoint Iran hawks with more nuclear waivers

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Eliana Johnson on politico.com on July 30, 2019.After building up its maximum pressure campaign on Iran, the Trump administration is poised deliver a disappointment to hawks who want tougher action against Tehran.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to…

Mike Pompeo set for first visit to Thailand as US looks to renew ties despite junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha retaining grip on power

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will begin his first visit to Thailand on Thursday as part of a week-long tour of the Indo-Pacific that will include stops in Australia and Micronesia.His visit comes as the country emerges from five years of military rule, with coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha retaining power after being voted prime…

Former US envoy Kurt Tong says Beijing should ‘dial back’ its Hong Kong approach amid unrest

The United States’ recently departed envoy to Hong Kong on Tuesday called on the Chinese government to temper its approach to handling the city’s affairs amid growing concerns among Hongkongers over mainland influence.“The mainland government would be well advised to just kind of dial it back a little in terms of how it approaches Hong…

Pentagon rejecting recruits over Chinese relatives and other foreign ties – despite need for foreign language skills

In the past month, the Pentagon booted two Chinese recruits from the enlistment process because of their dead grandfathers, who had lived very different lives.One recruit’s grandfather, whom he never met, served in China’s Communist Party military. Another recruit was removed from the programme after drilling for three years because of the polar opposite –…

Pentagon rejecting recruits over Chinese relatives and other foreign ties – despite need for foreign language skills

In the past month, the Pentagon booted two Chinese recruits from the enlistment process because of their dead grandfathers, who had lived very different lives.One recruit’s grandfather, whom he never met, served in China’s Communist Party military. Another recruit was removed from the programme after drilling for three years because of the polar opposite –…

China can turn US trade war ‘crisis into an opportunity’, says top leadership, as Donald Trump tweets complaint

China has the chance to turn “a crisis into an opportunity” with its response to the trade war with the United States, the country’s top leadership said on Tuesday, even as US President Donald Trump complained bitterly that Beijing has not started buying American farm products.The Politburo, the ruling Communist Party’s top decision-making body headed…

British PM Boris Johnson ‘turbo-charges’ plans for no-deal Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government holds the first of a series of daily meetings Tuesday designed to ramp up preparations to leave the European Union without a Brexit deal on October 31.Government departments and businesses made extensive preparations ahead of the original March 29 deadline for Brexit, but after two delays, many plans were…