AfD politician threatens journalist after Hitler comparison
Monday, 16 September 2019 17:42

Björn Höcke halts interview after German state broadcaster draws parallel to Nazi rhetoric

An Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) politician has walked out of an interview and threatened a journalist after he was confronted with parallels between his rhetoric and that of Adolf Hitler.

An interview with Björn Höcke by the state broadcaster ZDF, recorded last week but screened on Sunday, shows the AfD politician threatening “massive consequences” to a journalist who refused to restart an interview after a series of difficult questions.

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Evidence indicates Iranian arms used in Saudi attack, say Saudis
Monday, 16 September 2019 17:05
The Saudi-led military coalition battling Yemen's Houthi movement said on Monday that the attack on Saudi oil plants was carried out by Iranian weapons and did not originate from Yemen according to preliminary findings.
Former minister arrested over alleged mismanagement of Congo Ebola funds
Monday, 16 September 2019 16:25

Oly Ilunga detained in connection with $4.3m allocated for fighting the deadly virus

The former health minister for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been arrested over the alleged mismanagement of $4.3m (£3.4m) dedicated to the Ebola response.

Oly Ilunga, who resigned as health minister in July having been removed from leading the Ebola response by President Félix Tshisekedi, has denied any wrongdoing.

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Solid Gold Toilet Stolen From Blenheim Palace, Birthplace of Winston Churchill
Monday, 16 September 2019 16:16
Police are trying to recover a toilet made entirely from 18-carat-gold said to be worth around $6 million that was stolen Saturday morning from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, the stately home where former prime minister Winston Churchill was born. The fully functioning toilet was installed as part of an exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Victory is Not an Option,” which only opened to the public Thursday. The palace remained shut for the rest of the day Saturday, a spokesperson said on Twitter. Dominic […]
Italy police arrest three over rape and torture of migrants in Libya
Monday, 16 September 2019 16:11

Arrests come after asylum seekers allegedly recognised former captors at migrant registration centre

Detectives in Sicily have arrested three men who allegedly raped and tortured dozens of migrants in a detention centre in the north-west of Libya.

Prosecutors in Agrigento have collected testimonies from numerous asylum seekers from north Africa who allegedly recognised their former captors at a migrant registration centre in Messina, Sicily.

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Missouri Woman in Legal Battle to Keep Three Emotional Support Monkeys
Monday, 16 September 2019 15:49
CREVE COEUR, M.O. — A Missouri woman is fighting to keep three monkeys she claims have provided her emotional support for years. Texanne McBride-Teahan may lose possession of the animals after a neighbor in Creve Coeur, a suburb of St. Louis, spotted one monkey outside roughly a month after McBride-Teahan moved in, according to CNN affiliate KMOV. Monkeys are considered an “inherently dangerous animal” along with alligators, lions, and pythons and are thus prohibited in residential areas, according to the City […]
Four Masked People with Guns Rob Three Others Inside Lackawanna County Inn
Monday, 16 September 2019 15:25
MOOSIC, Pa. — An armed robbery in Lackawanna County is under investigation. Three people in a room at the Rodeway Inn on Birney Avenue in Moosic say four people with guns and wearing masks came into their room and robbed them. It happened around 6 a.m. on Monday. One victim was pistol-whipped in the armed robbery in Lackawanna County.
Oil Prices Spike After Saudi Attack Disrupts Global Supply
Monday, 16 September 2019 13:40
SAUDI ARABIA — Oil prices are trading at their highest levels since May after Saturday’s attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities disrupted the global supply of crude. Futures retreated slightly after US President Donald Trump said he had authorized the use of oil from the country’s emergency reserve. In a series of tweets, Trump said that he had ordered that oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, or SPR, be used “if needed.” He said he would use enough oil “to keep the […]
46,000 United Auto Workers Go on Strike Against GM, America’s Biggest Automaker
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:53
The United Auto Workers union went out on strike against General Motors Sunday night, the first work stoppage in the US auto industry in 12 years. The union’s 46,000 hourly workers walked out at 31 GM factories and 21 other facilities, spread across nine states, mostly in the center of the country. It’s the largest strike by any union against any business since the last strike at GM in 2007. The strike started at 11:59 p.m Sunday night. The two sides did […]
Driver Crashes Pickup into Avoca Borough Municipal Garage
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:35
AVOCA, Pa. — “Unbelievable.” That is how Avoca Borough workers describe it. It was around 2 a.m. when a man lost control of his pick-up truck on William Street, careening onto Plane Street, smashing through a fence and plowing into the municipal garage. “Thankfully the driver wasn’t hurt, he was ok. Not a lot of damage inside the building to any of the equipment and stuff. Could have been a lot worse,” said John Boone, President of Avoca Council. The […]
Hong Kong anti-government protesters take to the hills – in pictures
Monday, 16 September 2019 11:56

Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists used torches, lanterns and laser pens to light up Lion Hill on 13 September. Pro-democracy protesters have continued demonstrations across Hong Kong, calling for the city’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, to immediately meet demands including an independent inquiry into police brutality. The evening of 13 September marked the start of the mid-autumn festival, traditionally a time for thanksgiving, spending time with family, and praying for good fortune.

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Horrible bosses: masked activists publicly shame businesses in Bologna
Monday, 16 September 2019 09:00

The anonymous members of Il Padrone di Merda (“crappy boss”) stage protests outside employers in the Italian city who are accused of exploiting their workers

On a warm summer afternoon in the Italian city of Bologna, a group of around 15 young people march through the crowded city centre to a high-end pastry shop in Strada Maggiore.

If employers are afraid of image damage, things can change

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Africa should not be too quick to embrace the fourth industrial revolution
Monday, 16 September 2019 09:00

As a new age of technology dawns, cyber attacks in South Africa and beyond underline the need for caution

It has been hailed as a transformative moment, one that will bring algorithmic precision to the decisions we make and automate virtually every aspect of our lives, from switching on the lights to predicting what food we want to eat.

But amid all the hype surrounding the fourth industrial revolution and its disruptive digital technologies, there is confusion – and potential danger. While tech is being rolled out at an exponential rate, infrastructural support and safeguards seem to be lagging behind, leaving the global south particularly exposed.

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Dow snaps 8-day winning streak on fears spiking oil will slow the global economy
Monday, 16 September 2019 01:35
Stocks fell on Monday amid fears that a surge in oil prices following an attack in Saudi Arabia could slow down global economic growth.
Brent crude oil jumps the most in history after Saudi attacks
Monday, 16 September 2019 01:04
An oil processing facility at Abqaiq and the nearby Khurais oil field was attacked on Saturday.
Saudi attack dampens faint chance of a Trump-Iran meeting
Sunday, 15 September 2019 19:57

Despite no specific evidence of Iranian involvement, the US treat Yemen’s Houthi rebels as tame creatures of Tehran

The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s bald claim this weekend that Iran was responsible for the attack on the Saudi oilfields came with no marshalled public evidence, but dampens any likelihood that Donald Trump will countenance a meeting with Tehran in the near future or press ahead with tentative peace talks with Houthi rebels in Oman.

Lindsey Graham, one of Trump’s foreign policy supporters in the Senate, was clear talks with Iran are now off the agenda saying: “The Iranian regime is not interested in peace – they’re pursuing nuclear weapons and regional dominance.”

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Unrest in Hong Kong as protests turn violent – in pictures
Sunday, 15 September 2019 18:52

Riot police fire teargas and water cannon as pro-democracy protesters hurl rocks and petrol bombs, tipping the region back into chaos after a brief lull in clashes

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Hong Kong police fire water cannon at protesters throwing petrol bombs - video
Sunday, 15 September 2019 16:36

Officers also fired teargas at the demonstrators, who had gathered outside the government office complex on Sunday. The latest violence came after tens of thousands defied a police ban and marched toward the seat of the government, chanting: 'Five demands, not one less.' For the past three months, Hong Kong has been gripped by the most serious political crisis in decades, triggered by a proposal to allow extradition to mainland China

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Hongkongers sing God Save the Queen in plea for UK support - video
Sunday, 15 September 2019 13:50

Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters sang God Save the Queen and waved the union flag as they rallied outside the British consulate on Sunday to demand the UK ensures China honours its commitments to the city's freedoms. The Sino-British joint declaration, signed in 1984, laid out a 'one country, two systems' formula 

'We will not surrender': Hongkongers rally for support outside UK consulate

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