• UK stands by ‘illegal’ bill as Brexit talks enter crucial phase
    World – Raw Story - 4 hours ago
    Britain stood by its provocative bid to change the terms of its EU divorce deal on Monday, as a make-or-break week of post-Brexit trade talks began under a storm cloud. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen insisted though that a deal was still possible following a meeting in Lisbon…
  • Warming oceans more ‘stable’ and that’s bad, scientists warn
    World – Raw Story - 6 hours ago
    Global warming is making the oceans more stable, increasing surface temperatures and reducing the carbon they can absorb, according to research published Monday by climate scientists who warned that the findings have “profound and troubling” implications. Man-made climate change has increased surface temperatures across the planet, leading to atmospheric instability…
  • Paris finally bows to Coco Chanel’s flawed greatness
    World – Raw Story - 10 hours ago
    She was the greatest style icon of 20th century, whose designs still shape what we wear. Yet the Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel who emerges from the first exhibition ever dedicated to her work in Paris will come as a shock to fans of her brand’s bling. The creator of the little…
  • Cardinal Pell ‘returning to Rome’ after rival falls
    World – Raw Story - 10 hours ago
    Australian Cardinal George Pell was reportedly to return to Rome Tuesday for the first time since being acquitted of sexual abuse charges, just days after a known Vatican rival was ousted. Pell, 79, a former high-powered Vatican treasurer tasked by Pope Francis to clean up the Vatican’s finances, spent more…
  • Trump could owe hundreds of millions to Russia: Top Mueller attorney
    World – Raw Story - 10 hours ago
    The name Andrew Weissmann might ring a bell. He’s a former top Mueller attorney who worked with the Special Counsel on the Russia report. Before that he served as General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and later became the chief of the criminal fraud section of the…
  • Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews defy COVID-19 fears during Yom Kippur
    World – Raw Story - 15 hours ago
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given in to pressure from ultra-Orthodox Jews in his coalition government, refusing to close synagogues during Yom Kippur despite the threat from Covid-19. FRANCE 24 reports from Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox city with one of the highest rates of infection in Israel. Bnei Brak,…
  • New book details the way Russians funneled money through Trump’s real estate empire using a money laundering middleman
    World – Raw Story - 1 day ago
    In a new book, investigative reporter Tom Burgis details the shocking ways in which corrupt leaders used Russian “businessman” Felix Sater to conduct sketchy deals, including ones for President Donald Trump. According to the Daily Beast, Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World reports the “terrifying” and true tale…
  • Virus curfew to be lifted in Australia as global deaths near a million
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    Melbourne (AFP) – An overnight curfew in Australia’s second-largest city will be lifted this week, officials said Sunday, even as the global coronavirus toll inched towards one million dead.Despite the number of infections worldwide passing 32 million — with the US state of New York reporting a fresh spike —…
  • Paris inaugurates city’s first park honoring a Black woman
    World – Raw Story - 2 days ago
    The city of Paris inaugurated a public garden Saturday honoring a woman who fought for the liberation of slaves on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Mayor Anne Hidalgo also announced plans to erect a statue to the woman, Solitude, at the site in northeastern Paris. It will be the city’s…
  • Suspect in Paris knife attack was not on police radar
    World – Raw Story - 2 days ago
    The primary suspect in Friday’s knife attack outside the former Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was not on police radar – despite a recent arrest for carrying a weapon. The suspected assailant was arrested in June, but had not been previously flagged for possible religious radicalisation, according to…
  • 7 arrested after ‘Islamist act of terror’ near Charlie Hebdo in Paris
    World – Raw Story - 2 days ago
    France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has described a knife attack near the former editorial offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as an “Islamist act of terrorism.”There is little doubt that it is another “bloody attack” on the country, the minister said on French television.Darmanin said he had asked the police…
  • WHO warns 2 million virus deaths possible — while Australia urges vaccine-sharing
    World – Raw Story - 2 days ago
    Coronavirus deaths could more than double to two million without collective action against the pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned, as Australia’s prime minister urged any nation that develops a vaccine to share it with the world. The number of cases worldwide has soared past 32 million, with deaths…
  • American sued in Thailand over negative Tripadvisor review
    World – Raw Story - 2 days ago
    An American has been sued by an island resort in Thailand over a negative Tripadvisor review, authorities said Saturday, and could face up to two years in prison if found guilty. Domestic tourism is still happening in Thailand, where coronavirus numbers are relatively low, with locals and expats heading to…
  • ‘I feel sorry for Americans’ — The world grieves for the US because of Trump’s disastrous presidency
    World – Raw Story - 3 days ago
    Reading non-U.S. publications is an excellent way to gauge what other countries are thinking about life in the United States under the Trump Administration. But U.S. publications sometimes address that subject as well, and New York Times reporter Hannah Beech — in an article published this week — takes an…
  • Cardinal denies wrongdoing after Pope ousts him
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    One of the Vatican’s most influential cardinals proclaimed his innocence on Friday after being pushed out by Pope Francis following news reports of the prelate allegedly directing church funds to family members. The Holy See announced the resignation of Cardinal Angelo Becciu in a terse statement on Thursday night, saying…
  • Lake Trump? Disputed reservoir could be named after US president
    World – Raw Story - 3 days ago
    In addition to his own golf clubs and hotels, Donald Trump may soon have a lake named after him following proposals to christen a contested Balkan reservoir in his honour. The lake in question is a 24-kilometre (15-mile) stretch of water straddling the border of former war foes Serbia and…
  • Two suspects detained over knife attack outside Charlie Hebdo’s former office in Paris
    World – Raw Story - 3 days ago
    French prosecutors have opened a terrorism investigation after at least two people were wounded in a knife attack in Paris on Friday near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Two suspects have been arrested. Two victims were seriously injured in the attack, the Paris police department said.…
  • Rio scraps famed carnival as virus surges across globe
    World – Raw Story - 3 days ago
    Brazil has postponed Rio de Janeiro’s famed carnival for next year, the latest spectacle hit by the pandemic as governments across the globe struggle to contain a surge in coronavirus infections. Rio’s carnival, famous for its gyrating Samba dancers, drummers and dancing crowds, draws millions for all night parties in…
  • Kim Jong Un ‘very sorry’ over killing of South Korean, Seoul says
    World – Raw Story - 3 days ago
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare apology Friday over what he described as the “unexpected and disgraceful” killing of a South Korean at sea, Seoul’s presidential office said. Apologies from the North — let alone attributed to Kim personally — are extremely unusual, and the message comes…
  • Putin joins Trump as Nobel Peace Prize candidate, report says
    World – Raw Story - 3 days ago
    Russian leader Vladimir Putin has reportedly joined President Donald Trump as a dark horse candidate for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.According to Newsweek, the state-owned Russian news agency Tass made the announcement and insisted the Russian government wasn’t responsible for nominating its own strongman.A collective of Russian public figures including…
  • US slaps sanctions on Iran judge over wrestler’s execution
    World – Raw Story - 4 days ago
    The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on an Iranian judge who sentenced a wrestler to death over his role in protests — an execution that triggered international outrage. Navid Afkari, 27, who had won national competitions, was hanged earlier this month after being convicted of murder during demonstrations two…
  • France sees record in new coronavirus infections, with more than 16,000 cases in 24 hours
    World – Raw Story - 4 days ago
    France reported a new record for daily coronavirus infections on Thursday a day after the government announced new restrictions on bars and restaurants in major cities which have provoked an outcry from local politicians and business owners. Figures from Public Health France showed that 16,096 people had tested positive for…
  • Vatican announces surprise resignation of top cardinal
    World – Raw Story - 4 days ago
    One of the most influential Vatican cardinals, Angelo Becciu from Italy, resigned his position unexpectedly on Thursday, the Holy See announced without explanation. “The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and from the rights connected to the Cardinalate,…
  • Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s apartment seized while he was in coma, aide says
    World – Raw Story - 4 days ago
    Russian authorities seized Alexei Navalny’s Moscow apartment while the opposition leader was still in a coma, Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said Thursday and linked the move to a tycoon with ties to the Kremlin. Navalny, the most prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was discharged this week from a…
  • Conservative blasts Trump’s resistance to a peaceful transfer of power as ‘dictator talk’ as we ‘backslide into autocracy’
    World – Raw Story - 4 days ago
    Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot argued that elections aren’t the only measure of a democracy and President Donald Trump is intentionally trying to undermine every piece and part of it possible. Writing Thursday, Boot explained that many dictatorships pretend to have elections. The true test of democracy he said…
  • ‘Enough is enough’: China attacks US at Security Council
    World – Raw Story - 4 days ago
    China on Thursday lashed out at the United States at a high-level UN meeting over its criticism on the coronavirus, with its envoy declaring, “Enough is enough!” Two days after President Donald Trump used his annual address to the General Assembly to attack China, its ambassador to the United Nations,…
  • EU warns coronavirus epidemic worsening
    World – Raw Story - 4 days ago
    The EU raised the alarm Thursday on coronavirus saying the epidemic is worse now than at the March peak in several member countries, as governments in Europe and beyond reimpose drastic restrictions. EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides warned that in “some member states, the situation is now even worse than…
  • Botticelli painting expected to sell for record $80 million
    World – Raw Story - 4 days ago
    A painting by Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli could fetch over $80 million when it goes under the hammer in New York in January, Sotheby’s said Thursday — a record auction price for the artist. “Young Man Holding a Roundel” has been billed by the auction house as one of…
  • North Korea shot dead South Korean in its waters: Seoul
    World – Raw Story - 4 days ago
    North Korean forces shot dead a South Korean fisheries official who disappeared off a patrol vessel and ended up in Pyongyang’s waters, Seoul’s defense ministry said Thursday, calling it an “outrageous act”. The 47-year-old man had been on board a vessel near the western border island of Yeonpyeong, the ministry…
  • Key to butterfly climate survival may be color coded
    World – Raw Story - 4 days ago
    A butterfly’s ability to absorb or reflect heat from the sun with its wings could be a matter of life and death in a warming world, according to British research published Thursday calling for gardens, parks and farms to host shady, cooling-off spots. While all butterflies are ectotherms — they…