Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, says his government will assist municipalities struggling to fight a cholera outbreak that has killed 32 people and affected more than 3,000 during the past three weeks. After visiting the epicenter of the cholera outbreak in Harare, President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed to help the Harare City Council with financial assistance and called on the corporate world to donate toward fighting the epidemic. “We are raising money, which has been coming in… Read Full Article
On October 3 at 2:18 p.m. EDT, cell phones across America will ring twice with an unusually loud tone, letting their owners know President Donald Trump has just texted them about an emergency. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a public warning system run by FEMA, the U.S. disaster response agency, that lets the president alert the public in times of national emergency via a network of wireless providers, cable systems and radio and television broadcasters. This will be the fourth test of… Read Full Article
The widow of an ex-KGB agent who was poisoned by a radioactive isotope in 2006 says Britain's swift medical and diplomatic response to the recent nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter shows some improvement by British officials. Skripal's case has drawn numerous comparisons to the case of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian KGB-officer-turned-British-intelligence-agent and highly public critic of President Vladimir Putin. Litvinenko died an agonizing death… Read Full Article
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Researchers are using genetic analysis to connect the dots in the illegal ivory trade, linking multiple seizures of the valuable tusks to a common set of traffickers. Targeting these ivory-smuggling cartels could have a major impact on the elephant poaching that is driving the animals to extinction, according to the authors of a new study. The findings mean some suspects already facing charges from single arrests could face additional charges and stiffer penalties if convicted. Ivory… Read Full Article
A Turkish court has detained 24 construction workers for protesting conditions at the building of Istanbul's third airport, according to Turkish media. International condemnation was swift. "This is an appalling assault on the right to protest and organize and on the dignity of workers in Turkey," tweeted senior Turkey researcher Emma Sinclair Webb of the New York-based Human Rights Watch. The 24 workers face charges of resisting police, violating protest laws and damage to public property… Read Full Article
The PM says the EU's Irish border plans are "unacceptable" as she prepares to brief the 27 other leaders.
The U.S. State Department says it is scheduling meetings with members of Congress, after the country’s top diplomat this week proposed a record-low cap on refugees coming to the United States in the next year. When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday told reporters the “proposed” cap would be 30,000 refugees for Fiscal Year 2019, lawmakers and refugee advocates swiftly criticized the announcement. What Pompeo did not explain — and it took the State Department a day to clarify in a… Read Full Article
Congress may weigh in on a rule governing the detention of migrant children. The so-called Flores Settlement Agreement limits the time children may be held in immigration detention to 20 days. Flores has gotten in the way of Trump administration plans to detain families together as a unit after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. Earlier in September, the administration issued a proposed rule that would allow migrant children to be held longer than 20 days along with adult family… Read Full Article