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Saturday, November 17, 2018
A federal judge has ruled that John Hinckley, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in a failed assassination attempt, is well enough now to live on his own. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting and wounding the president and three others in 1981. He had been confined for 35 years at Washington’s Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, a mental health facility. In 2016, Hinckley, who is now 63, began living with his mother, who is in her 90s, in Williamsburg,... (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Washington faces mounting pressure from China, Russia and South Korea, as well as humanitarian groups, to ease sanctions on North Korea as the Trump administration’s denuclearization talks with Pyongyang have hit a snag. Washington’s talks with Pyongyang stalled last week when North Korea abruptly canceled a scheduled meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo amid U.S. efforts to maintain sanctions while engaging in diplomatic negotiations with the country. South Korean President... (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Fashion changes, trends come and go, but jewelry is always present in people's lives in one way or another. New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art just opened a new exhibition dedicated to the history of jewelry and the role it plays in people's lives. Headdresses and earrings, brooches and belts, necklaces and rings, old and new, traditional and provocative, jewelry never cease to surprise and amaze. Nina Vishneva reports. Anna Rice narrates. (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Argentina’s navy announced early Saturday that searchers found the missing submarine ARA San Juan deep in the Atlantic a year after it disappeared with 44 crewmen aboard. The vessel was detected 800 meters (2,625 feet) deep in waters off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia, the statement said. The navy said a “positive identification” had been made by a remote-operated submersible from the American ship Ocean Infinity, which was hired for the latest search for the missing... (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Expand Human Rights Watch, local human rights activists, and former political prisoners in Uzbekistan met with members of the Uzbek government in June 2018, to discuss, among other things, the creation of a special commission on political prisoners with a mandate including identifying measures of rehabilitation for prisoners when released. Left to right: Dilmurod Saidov, Muhammad Bekjanov, Hugh Williamson, Akzam Turgunov, Azam Farmonov, Kobuljon Tulashev, Ahmadjon Madurmarov, Erkin Musaev, Steve Swerdlow, Viktoriya Kim. © 2018 Human Rights Watch (Tashkent) – The Uzbek government has released… (Full Story)
Friday, November 16, 2018
Expand Journalist and Editor of Mozambican NewsPaper Dossiers & Factos, Serodio Towo.  © 2018 VOA Português A Mozambican journalist received phone texts and calls from unidentified people threatening to kill him if he continues to write articles criticizing the government. Serôdio Towo, editor of the weekly newspaper Dossiers & Factos, recently published articles about the involvement of Mozambique’s Labour Minister in alleged financial mismanagement at the National Institute for Social Security. Towo told me that, on Saturday morning, he received three calls from an unidentified number… (Full Story)
Friday, November 16, 2018
(Washington, D.C.) – President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s plan to create a military-controlled National Guard is the wrong approach to Mexico’s public security crisis, Human Rights Watch said today. Deploying the military to contain criminal violence has produced widespread human rights violations – including executions, enforced disappearances, and torture – and underscores why the military should not be used for law enforcement. On November 14, 2018, the president-elect proposed the creation of a National Guard as the government’s “primordial instrument” for promoting public security.… (Full Story)
Friday, November 16, 2018
Expand French President Emmanuel Macron at the opening session of the Paris Peace Forum, an event that is a part of the commemoration ceremonies to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, at the Villette Conference Hall in Paris, November 11, 2018. © 2018 Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images As President Emmanuel Macron kicked off the Paris Peace Forum on Sunday, fighting spiraled in the Yemeni city of Hodeida. The forum, attended by dozens of world leaders, emphasized cooperation among nations. But how will Macron demonstrate these principles when it comes to Yemen? Yemen is the world’s… (Full Story)
Friday, November 16, 2018
The Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to U.S. officials. The assessment by the CIA, first reported by The Washington Post Friday, contradicts that of Saudi Arabia, whose top prosecutor one day earlier exonerated the crown prince in the killing. U.S. officials say the CIA concluded that 15 Saudi agents flew in a Saudi government aircraft to Istanbul and assassinated... (Full Story)
Friday, November 16, 2018
Dozens of people paid homage to slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a symbolic funeral in Istanbul Friday as Turkish media claimed Ankara has a second audiotape discrediting Saudi Arabia’s version of the killing. In the absence of a body, the crowd gathered at Fatih mosque in front of an empty platform traditionally reserved for the coffin. Supporters from the newly formed Jamal Khashoggi Friends Association were among the mourners. Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi leadership,... (Full Story)
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