Wednesday, June 26, 2019

‘I lost my son’: Guatemala mum mourns boy who died in US custody

Tizamarte, Guatemala - Transito Gutierrez did not want her 16-year-old son, Juan de Leon Gutierrez, to migrate to the United States from their small town in southern Guatemala, near the border with Honduras. But Juan assured her he would make it. "He told me, 'mommy, I am going to cross over the border and I…

US: House panel votes to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt

Washington, DC - Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday to recommend a contempt citation against US Attorney General William Barr, setting the stage for a constitutional confrontation with the White House over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report. The 24-16 vote by the key Judiciary Committee came along party lines with all…

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev announces resignation

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has abruptly announced his resignation 29 years after taking office.  In a televised address on Tuesday, the 78-year-old said he has made the "difficult" decision to terminate his authority as president, but did not give a specific reason for the shocking decision. "I have decided to end my duties as president,"…

US House approves resolution to end US role in Yemen war

Washington, DC - The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill to end US support for the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen, sending US President Donald Trump another rebuke over his support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The measure, passed in a 247-175 vote, now goes to Trump, but the White House has signalled…

Algerian protesters keep up pressure on old political guard

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets for a ninth successive Friday in Algeria to demand a complete political overhaul in the wake of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation. The protesters gathered in multiple cities throughout the country, including the capital Algiers, to call for root-and-branch reforms and the departure of the…

Sudan probes al-Bashir after ‘large sums of cash found at home’

Sudan's public prosecutor has begun investigating deposed President Omar al-Bashir on charges of money laundering, the Reuters news agency said, citing a judicial source.  The source said on Saturday that military intelligence had searched al-Bashir's home and found suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and six million euros ($6.75m), as well as five million Sudanese…

Algerians take to the streets as anger mounts at interim leader

Police have fired tear gas and arrested scores of protesters in Algiers as massive crowds gathered for the first Friday demonstrations since the announcement of presidential elections to succeed deposed leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Police said in a statement on Friday that 108 people were arrested after clashes with "infiltrators" among the protesters, who injured 27…

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange found guilty of breaching bail terms

London, United Kingdom - Seven years after he first entered Ecuador's embassy in London seeking asylum, WikiLeaks founder  Julian Assange has been arrested by British police and faces extradition to the United States. A bedraggled and sickly looking Assange on Thursday was dragged out of the building in the UK capital by officers and bundled into a…

EU extends ban on arms sales to Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

The European Union has extended a ban on selling arms to Myanmar and prolonged sanctions against high-ranking officials over their role in the Rohingya crisis. The measures, which include an embargo on weapons and other equipment that could be used for repression, will stay in place until at least April 30, 2020. "The sanctions includes…

AIPAC convenes annual conference in Washington amid division

AIPAC, one of the most powerful lobby groups in the United States, is facing new criticism from Democrats and advocates for Palestinian rights as it convenes its annual policy conference this week amid a widening US political divide over Israel. The annual pro-Israel event, which starts on Sunday, is expected to draw more than 15,000…
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Wallows Grew Up Going To Coachella — Now They’re Playing It

By Kat Bein Imagine growing up in southern California and heading to your first Coachella as a high-school freshman. You're a snot-nosed kid with indie-rock dreams jamming with your best friends, and at the malleable age of 13, you see The Strokes, Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, and more. You fantasize for the next seven…

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