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Trump, who has compared himself to Lincoln, floats nomination speech at Gettysburg or White House

US President Donald Trump said his presidential nomination acceptance speech would be held at either the White House or the Gettysburg battlefield, site of the American Civil War’s bloodiest battle and one of President Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speeches.“We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations – The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington DC. We…

Ghislaine Maxwell complains about US jail as Victoria’s Secret founder Les Wexner fights to stay out of lawsuit

Ghislaine Maxwell, facing sex-trafficking charges of underage girls tied to her former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, said she is being held under “onerous” conditions at a federal jail, including weeks of extra scrutiny under suicide watch.Maxwell is asking to be moved out of solitary confinement in a Brooklyn, New York, lock-up and into the jail’s general population so she can prepare for trial. She was recently taken off suicide watch, according to her lawyer.Ghislaine Maxwell held in ‘troubled’…

National security law: Hong Kong’s US exports to be relabelled ‘Made in China’

Goods made in Hong Kong for export to the United States will have to be labelled “Made in China” after September 25, according to a draft US government notice.The move, in accordance with the suspension of the Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 and the invoking of US President Donald Trump’s executive order on “Hong Kong Normalisation”, will see Hong Kong companies subjected to the same trade war tariffs levied on mainland Chinese exporters, should they make products subject to these duties.A notice…

McDonald’s accuses ex-CEO Steve Easterbrook of hiding sexual relationships with employees, sending nude photos

McDonald’s sued former CEO Steve Easterbrook for allegedly lying about inappropriate sexual relationships with employees Monday, the latest twist in a corporate #MeToo saga that has rocked the fast-food giant.Easterbrook – who is British – was dismissed in November 2019 over his “poor judgment” in engaging in a consensual relationship with a member of staff in violation of company policy.McDonald’s said it had subsequently learned that Easterbrook lied “and destroyed information regarding…

Trump’s face on Mount Rushmore? Sounds like a good idea, he says

US President Donald Trump has said that adding his face to Mount Rushmore “sounds like a good idea” based on what he’s accomplished in his first term in office.The president made the comment on Twitter, when he also denied a Saturday New York Times report that a Trump administration official had asked about adding presidents to the national monument last year.The report also said that Trump was presented with a miniature Mount Rushmore with his face added to it by the governor of South Dakota…

Worldwide coronavirus cases hit 20 million

Global coronavirus cases pushed past 20 million on Monday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, with the United States, Brazil and India accounting for more than half of all known infections.The respiratory disease has infected at least four times the average number of people struck down with severe influenza illnesses annually, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).The death toll from Covid-19, meanwhile, at more than 730,000 has outpaced the upper range of annual…

Trump weighs stopping Americans from returning to US if coronavirus infection suspected

The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering a measure to block US citizens and permanent residents from returning home if they are suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, a senior US official confirmed to Reuters.The official said a draft regulation, which has not been finalised and could change, would give the government authorisation to block individuals who could “reasonably” be believed to have contracted Covid-19 or other diseases.Trump has instituted a…

Donald Trump evacuated from briefing, reports shooting outside White House

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Matthew Choi on politico.com on August 10, 2020.US President Donald Trump was escorted from his daily coronavirus news briefing at the White House on Monday, later saying a shooting had occurred just outside the White House.Just as the president was delivering his opening remarks to his usual briefing, a Secret Service agent approached the president and told him to leave the briefing room.Trump…

Pentagon to share spectrum with US telecoms firms to help build 5G networks

The White House and Pentagon presented plans on Monday to help US telecoms companies build out new ultra-fast 5G networks by allowing commercial use of airwaves previously reserved for military radar.The move will open 100 megahertz of spectrum to be auctioned by the US Federal Communications Commission for sharing with companies.The Pentagon will continue to use the bandwidth, balancing commercial use with military needs, according to Dana Deasy, the Defence Department’s chief information…

Hong Kong arrest of media tycoon Jimmy Lai sparks international condemnation

Hong Kong’s arrest of local media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying sparked a round of international condemnation, with Washington, Brussels and others calling the move the latest example of the government’s use of a new national security law to silence political dissents.The rapid responses to the move against Apple Daily founder Lai and others linked to the newspaper, which is known for its criticism of Beijing and the Hong Kong government, included US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s charge that the…

US could lose talent to Canada, China, India, say tech giants in legal challenge to Trump’s visa freezes

US tech giants including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter and others filed a legal brief on Monday backing a challenge to US President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on the entry of certain foreign workers to preserve jobs for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.In the brief, filed in a lawsuit brought in California by major US business associations, the companies argued that the visa restrictions will hurt American businesses, lead employers to hire workers outside the…

Zorro actor Antonio Banderas in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, star of The Mask of Zorro and dozens of other films, announced on Monday, his 60th birthday, that he had tested positive for the coronavirus disease and was in quarantine.“I’d like to add that I’m feeling relatively well, just a bit more tired than usual, and confident that I will recover as soon as possible,” he said in a birthday message on Twitter, adding that he had reached 60 “full of desire and aspirations”.Banderas said he would use his time in quarantine…

South China Sea: Philippine navy chief warns of Chinese ‘provocation’

The Philippine navy chief has called for a diplomatic protest to be filed against the presence of two Chinese research ships in a disputed area of the South China Sea.Vice-Admiral Giovanni Bacordo told the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines on Monday the Chinese vessels had been near the Reed Bank for “about a week already” and that due to their speed of “about three knots” the navy had concluded they were “conducting surveys”.Explained: South China Sea dispute“We have…

US-China trade war: Beijing will honour phase one deal by opening financial sector wider, its central bank chief says

China will continue to implement its part of the phase one trade deal with the United States and will fulfil financial opening-up pledges despite worsening bilateral relations between the world’s two largest economies, China’s central bank governor said in an interview with the official Xinhua news agency.“No matter how the international situation changes, the most important thing is to get our own things done and to firmly deepen financial reform and opening-up,” Yi Gang, the head of the…

World nears 20 million coronavirus cases as Dr Anthony Fauci tempers US vaccine optimism

The world was fast approaching 20 million reported coronavirus cases after the United States passed the 5 million mark, by far the highest of any country.America’s extraordinary milestone came as its top infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci said chances of developing a highly effective vaccine against the virus were “not great”.Several nations, including China and the United States, were at varying stages of developing vaccines.“You’ve got to think of the vaccine as a tool to be able to…

Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself one year ago, setting off wave of conspiracy theories and celebrity denials

When Jeffrey Epstein took his life in a jail cell one year ago, dozens of his victims feared their hope for justice died with him.The registered sex offender, who made a mockery of the legal process since at least 2007, undermined the law one last time. Using orange sheets tied to the railing of a bunk bed in his cell, Epstein hanged himself, snapping a bone in his neck in three places.The multimillionaire financier’s death triggered a wave of outrage, disappointment, denials and conspiracy…

Decision time: who will Joe Biden pick as his VP?

The week Joe Biden will announce his running mate has finally arrived.Senator Kamala Harris and Susan Rice, former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, have emerged as the top contenders. Either one would make history as the first black woman to be a running mate.Biden, who has made it clear earlier he’ll choose a woman as his running mate, was also considering Congresswoman Karen Bass of California, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Congresswoman Val Demings of Florida…

‘China sympathisers’: a new Red Scare stalks Australian businesses

What Helen Sawczak doesn’t know about doing business with China isn’t worth knowing.Having run the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) for more than four years, the formidable yet approachable Sawczak has an encyclopedic knowledge of a relationship now worth A$235 billion (US$169 billion) in two-way trade. In short, she is the perfect person to act as a bridge between two of the Asia-Pacific’s most important trading partners.Unfortunately, she has resigned.Must Australia choose between the…

Top US security official claims China is targeting US election infrastructure with cyberattacks

Chinese government-linked hackers have been targeting US election infrastructure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday, indicating a more active level of alleged Chinese interference.O’Brien’s comments appeared to go beyond a statement released on Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that said China “has been expanding its influence efforts,” and that Russia was already trying to undercut Democratic…

Donald Trump urges Lebanese government to hold ‘full and transparent investigation’ into deadly blast

US President Donald Trump on Sunday called for Lebanon to conduct a “full and transparent investigation” into the huge explosion that hit Beirut, and expressed his support for protests demanding reform in the country.Trump “urged the Government of Lebanon to conduct a full and transparent investigation, in which the United States stands ready to assist,” according to the White House, after he took part in a virtual conference on the international response to the disaster.“The President called…

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