Stormont power-sharing talks going down to the wire – BBC News

June 28, 2017

… stand-alone Irish Language Act and rights for the LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community. BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon said there was little sign of a deal being close on Tuesday, with “rancour replacing whatever hope existed”. Sinn Fin chairman Declan Kearney said there must be a free-standing Irish Language Act for there to be progress. “The DUP have not moved on any of the substantive issues which sit at the heart of this crisis,” he …


Record Numbers of Venezuelans Seek Asylum In the U.S. Amid Political Chaos

June 22, 2017

… and asylum seekers, Julio Henriquez, director of the Boston-based nonprofit Refugee Freedom Program, explained to the AP.We are nearing a refugee crisis. the highest in the world is set to reach Many blame President Nicols Maduro for the oil-rich countrys swift descent into unrest, and violent protests demanding his resignation have rocked the capital for months on end. Maduro, who was narrowly elected in 2013 after the death of former President Hugo Chvez, is fiercely devoted to extending …


Trump defiant as pressure grows

June 19, 2017

… speculation that Trump may pull a nuclear option by firing Mueller and Rosenstein, a move senior aides have fervently advised against — given that it could provoke a constitutional crisis. “It looks like we have got a simmering tea kettle here, and the President seems to be testing the waters about whether he ought to go ahead and fire Robert Mueller,” said Richard Ben-Veniste, a former Watergate prosecutor who is now a CNN legal analyst. “You don’t mess with the …


Catastrophe Looms If NGOs Are Forced To Halt Rescue Missions In Mediterranean, Report Warns

June 18, 2017

… Humanitarian action is not the cause of this crisis but is a response to it, MSF told HuffPost in a statement. Frontex spokeswoman Izabella Cooper stressed in an email that the agency had never accused aid organizations of colluding with people smugglers. Frontex-deployed vessels have helped save tens of thousands of lives, she added. The agency said that its analyses had shown that In the past two years, the smugglers in Libya have changed their and have become more ruthless, Cooper told …


Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey meets disease survivors – BBC News

June 17, 2017

… protection equipment suit (PPE), when working amidst the crisis gripping the country. The nursing staff had their names written on their suits, so they could identify one another and it is for that reason, and not Pauline’s face, that Mbalu, now 17, remembers her. “The first time I saw Pauline, she looked like a devil,” Mbalu says, referring to the PPE suit. Image caption Mbalu says that after being cared for by Pauline Cafferkey, she too wants to be a nurse Image …


What the Qatar crisis means for Hamas

June 13, 2017

(CNN)When Palestinian militant group Hamas announced its new charter to the world, it wasn’t from Ramallah or Gaza City, but from the Sheraton hotel’s gilded Salwa Ballroom in Doha. “Qatar is quite important for Hamas,” said H.A. Hellyer, a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. “Qatar provides strong financial aid to the occupied Palestinian territories and is a safe haven for a number of Hamas leaders.” Qatar crisis threatens …


Gulf crisis threatens to separate Qatari mom from her children

June 12, 2017

Doha, Qatar (CNN)In a large villa on the outskirts of Qatar’s capital Doha, one family gathers to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, handing out candy and singing songs. Dr Wafaa al-Yazeedi, a mother of three, is a Qatari single mother. Bahrain has asked her children, all Bahraini citizens, to leave Qatar. Food, fuel and flights: How Qatar may suffer …


Trump: Qatar must stop funding terrorism

June 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump called on Qatar to stop funding terrorism, claiming credit for and endorsing the decision of Gulf nations to ostracize their neighbor, even as US Cabinet officials said their blockade is hurting the campaign against ISIS. In doing so, the President’s tone, if not his message, clashed with his most senior national security officials, highlighting the often mixed messages emerging from his administration since the Qatar crisis began Tuesday. …


Filippo Minelli uses smoke to spotlight political and social issues

June 9, 2017

(CNN)Our time is beset by a special kind of anxiety. The media and the Internet have become personal intravenous hookups to images of crisis — violence, disaster, political upheaval — fed to us instantly, wherever we are. For consumers of media, this condition can feel so total it can feel numbing and almost futile to discuss. Yet there’s a twist: the smoke bombs are harmless, and dazzlingly colored — and the phrases on his flags fall somewhere between …