Nuclear weapons will soon be illegal under international law. Seventy-five years to the day after the founding of the United Nations, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) began the 90-day countdown until... read more .
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—West Philly saw a quickly escalating situation develop on 4 p.m. Monday afternoon and dragging into the evening and overnight. In a graphic and disturbing video circulating on social media, two white Philadelphia Police (PPD) officers are seen repeatedly shooting a Black man in front of his mother from several... read more .
Britain is eying investment in Africa as a way to boost trade and influence after Brexit — but it faces stiff competition from China. The U.K. has, to date, announced one significant project as part of its new strategy... read more .
Wilton Gregory, the first African American to be named as cardinal and known as a refined diplomat, made headlines when he blasted President Donald Trump’s photo opportunity hoisting a Bible at a Washington church after... read more.
For a good two years, Democrats have been wooing Black voters across the ideological spectrum, hoping to appeal to the issues they care about most both politically and culturally as they gear up for Election Day. Friday evening, at Morehouse College — Martin Luther King Jr.’s alma mater — Sen. Kamala Harris made the party’s closing argument to them, emphasizing the... read more .
A Black teen from Waukegan was shot and killed by police Tuesday after an officer opened fired when a vehicle began moving in reverse as the officer approached, Waukegan police announced Wednesday. Read more.
More than two dozen constitutional law experts on Friday voiced support for a bill that would establish 18-year term limits for Supreme Court justices, adding scholarly backing to one of several court reform proposals that have... read more.
Democrats in of the House of Representatives will introduce a bill next week to limit the tenure of U.S. Supreme Court justices to 18 years from current lifetime appointments, in a bid to reduce partisan warring over vacancies and... read more .
A federal judge has ordered the United States Postal Service (USPS) to restore previously decommissioned high-speed mail sorting machines at offices that can’t process election mail fast enough ahead of the upcoming presidential election. The order is the result of a lawsuit filed by New York state in late August. Read more.
Russia has opened a representative office in the Central African Republic and donated ten armoured vehicles to the country, the RIA news agency said on Saturday, citing the Russian ambassador. Read more.
On Sept. 26, housing activists and organizers from Philadelphia Housing Action declared victory after the city agreed to allow 50 previously unhoused families who took over a number of buildings to live in vacant, city-owned housing through a community land trust. Read more.
China says the United States is bullying other countries to pick sides over their ties to Beijing after a senior Washington official called on Sri Lanka to make “difficult but necessary choices” in an apparent reference at China deepening its influence over the South Asian country. Read more .
Nigeria’s security forces have reportedly shot dead demonstrators protesting against police brutality in Lagos, according to several witnesses, as authorities imposed a curfew and promised an investigation. Read more.
Over just the past seven months—as millions lost their jobs and health insurance, tens of thousands of small businesses shuttered permanently, and more than 200,000 Americans were killed by the coronavirus—U.S. billionaires saw their combined net... read more .
Russian military intelligence services were planning a cyber-attack on the Japanese-hosted Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo this summer in an attempt to disrupt the world’s premier sporting event, the UK National Cyber Security Centre has revealed, disclosing a joint operation with the... read more .
In American society, white women are often understood as victims, but we—for I am a white woman—also can be perpetrators. This peculiar dichotomy has exploded into the national consciousness during this summer’s long-overdue reckoning over race. Some white women, while teetering on the ladder of privilege... read more .
Bolivians went to the polls in their millions on Sunday to elect a new president while attempting to draw a line under a tumultuous 12 months, even by Bolivia’s own dramatic standards. According to initial results published early this morning, Luis Arce, the party successor to... read more .
When Robert Williams stood trial for murder in Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, in 1929, he offered an unusual defense. Williams, a carpenter, argued that he had been driven to the point of insanity, killing an Irish chambermaid in “an epileptic fit” brought on by the mere memory of Lon Chaney’s face. Read more.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has condemned United States President Donald Trump’s rhetoric towards her at a campaign rally. The Saturday night barbs, which came at an event in Michigan, included Donald Trump criticising Whitmer’s stringent response to the... read more .
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern—hailed by progressives around the world for her government's response to the Covid-19, gun violence, and climate crises—has won a landslide re-election victory as vote counting in the... read more .
Despite opposition from the United States, a long-standing conventional arms embargo imposed on Iran has expired in line with the terms of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, according to the... read more .
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi affirmed Sunday that Democrats in the House have told President Donald Trump and his negotiating team that they have just 48 hours more if they want to secure a far-reaching Covid-19 relief package prior to... read more.
The Trump administration has denied California’s request for additional wildfire recovery relief, saying on Friday the September blazes, part of the state’s record-setting fire year, were not severe enough to be declared a “major disaster.” Read more.
A history teacher who opened a discussion with students on caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad was decapitated in a French street and police have shot the suspected killer dead, a police official said. Read more.
After repeatedly downplaying the catastrophic wildfires that have ravaged California in recent months and falsely attributing the blazes to poor "forest management," the Trump administration this week denied Gov. Gavin Newsom's request for federal... read more .
New witness accounts into the fatal police shooting of an anti-fascist activist in the US state of Washington last month have revealed that the officers involved did not identify themselves as they... read more.
Individuals arrested in connection with the plot to kidnap the governor also schemed to overtake the state capitol and potentially kill a number of public officials there, and threatened to execute members of law enforcement...r ead more .
Some of the world’s leading scholars on China have called for a united international front in defence of university freedoms, amid claims of an increased Chinese threat to academic inquiry since the passing of Hong Kong’s national security law. Read mor e.
A Black man who was led by a rope by two white officers on horseback has sued a south-east Texas city and its police department for $1m, saying he suffered humiliation and fear during his arrest. Read more.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday imposed a tiered system of further restrictions on parts of England including shutting pubs as the COVID-19 outbreak accelerates, though anger is rising at the cost of the curtailment of freedoms. Read more.
North Korea showcased previously unseen intercontinental ballistic missiles at an unprecedented predawn military parade on Saturday that showcased the country’s long-range missiles for the first time in two years. Read more.
Nearly 41 years after Ku Klux Klansmen and American Nazis shot dead five antiracist activists in the town of Greensboro, North Carolina, the City Council there has passed a resolution apologizing for the attack and the police department’s complicity in the killings. We speak with two survivors of the 1979 attack, Reverend Nelson Johnson and Joyce Hobson Johnson, who say the... read more .
Following President Donald Trump's refusal last month to denounce white supremacists along with his longstanding pattern of undermining democratic norms—and in the wake of the FBI's interception of a plot by right-wing domestic terrorists to kidnap Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the state... read more .
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the release of the Kerner Report 2 and the passage of the Fair Housing Act. Spurred by race-related unrest that broke out in more than 100 U.S. cities between 1965 and 1968, the Kerner Report denounced the structural barriers to economic equality... read more .
The legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen has died aged 65. One of the most influential guitarists of the modern age, Van Halen was known for his mastery of the two-handed tapping technique and for bringing the virtuosic rock guitar solo back into the... read more .
Countless red flags have sprung up in recent months indicating a creeping authoritarianism coming into full form . Vigilante forms of far right “justice” have become commonplace, as in the high-profile case of 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin , and the numerous cases of far right violence and intimidation directed at... read more .
C ountless red flags have sprung up in recent months indicating a creeping authoritarianism coming into full form . Vigilante forms of far right “justice” have become commonplace, as in the high-profile case of 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin , and the numerous cases of far right violence and intimidation directed at Black Lives Matter activists since nationwide protests erupted in... read more .
The price of cocoa paid to farmers for the 2020-2021 harvest in Ivory Coast, the world's largest producer, has been set at 1,000 CFA francs (1.52 euros) per kilo, up 21%, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara announced, one month before the October 31 presidential election. Read more. Read more.
Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and Briton Michael Houghton won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus, the Nobel Committee announced Monday. Read more .
A white male University of New Hampshire chemistry professor is accused of posing as an immigrant woman of colour on Twitter to make racist and sexist comments and attack users who supported racial justice and... read more .
For months at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Ashley Austrew tried to make it work. The mother of two logged on to her marketing job before her kids woke up, juggled homeschooling during the day, signed on again when her husband came home from work and then... read more .
Ethiopia has banned all flights over an enormous dam it is constructing on the Blue Nile River for security reasons. the head of its civil aviation authority has said, as the country’s president said the project would start generating power in the coming 12 months. Read more .
Artists may seem like an unlikely sector of the workforce to unionize, yet the devastation of the Great Depression of the 1930s caused them to organize as “cultural workers” and petition the government for assistance. Read more .
COVID-19 has hit plastic recycling, just as big oil firms are investing hundreds of billions of dollars to make new plastic. These investments massively exceed the industry’s spending to tackle plastic waste. Read more .
The world’s second-largest cinema chain will close its United Kingdom and United States movie theatres this week as it fights a coronavirus-related collapse in film releases and cinema-going. Cineworld said the reluctance of studios to go ahead with major releases such as the new James Bond film had left it with no choice but to close all... read more .
New York City’s mayor said Sunday that he has asked the state for permission to close schools and reinstate restrictions on nonessential businesses in several neighborhoods because of a resurgence of the coronavirus. Read more .
Cineworld, the world's second-biggest cinema operator, said it was considering temporarily closing all its screens in the United States and Britain after studios pulled major releases such as the latest James Bond film. Read more.
California fire crews deploying water-dropping helicopters made a defensive stand on Friday against flames raging in the foothills of the Napa Valley wine region as forecasts called for a return of... read more .
Human rights activists with the groups Freedom First and Amnesty International USA launched a guerrilla protest on Friday to mark the second anniversary of the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, projecting the slain... read more .
In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 while on an official visit to France, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta discussed the main challenges facing him. Asked about the fight against terror, the Kenyan leader denied reports that the US military has sought authorisation to carry out... read more.
More than 50 Republican former national security officials will endorse Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday, joining one of several Republican organizations opposing the... read more.
October 2, the International Day of Non-Violence, is an important day for Indians who celebrate the birth anniversary of their great political leader and symbol of pacifist resistance, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Better known as Mahatma, or "The Great Soul", Gandhi played a pivotal role in... read more .
From a filthy cell in Saudi Arabia, the Ethiopian migrant spoke on a smuggled phone, fearing to give his name. Some 300 countrymen are imprisoned with him, he said. And no one knows when... read more .
On Sept. 15, the Trump administration proposed regulations that could make the federal pipeline permitting process more secretive and create a fast track for Big Oil. Just two weeks earlier on Aug. 31, one of the potential beneficiaries of that proposal, the CEO of the company that owns Dakota Access pipeline—Energy Transfer Equity’s Kelcy Warren—gave a Trump super PAC $10 million. Read more.
Is dislodging African artwork from a European museum a political statement, or a criminal act? That's the question a French court weighed Wednesday in an emotionally charged trial centered around a Congolese activist campaigning to... read more .
Google plans to pay $1 billion to publishers globally for their news over the next three years, its CEO said on Thursday, a step that could help it win over a powerful group amid heightened regulatory scrutiny worldwide. Read more.
With a framed Joe Biden poster in the background, Amazon.com Inc's Jay Carney made no secret of his long history with the presidential candidate while speaking at a virtual policy roundtable during... read more.