Novelist Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing

Novelist Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing

NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born novelist who spent years in hiding after Iran urged Muslims to kill him because of his writing, was stabbed in the neck and torso onstage at a lecture in New York state on Friday and airlifted to a hospital, police said. After hours of surgery, … Read more

Beirut silo collapses, reviving trauma ahead of blast anniversary

Beirut silo collapses, reviving trauma ahead of blast anniversary

Silos a towering reminder of Aug. 4, 2020 explosion Smouldering fire had put Beirut residents on edge for weeks 2020 blast seen as symbol of corruption of Lebanese elite BEIRUT, July 31 (Reuters) – Part of the grain silos at Beirut Port collapsed on Sunday just days before the second anniversary of the massive explosion … Read more

Conspiracy website InfoWars parent files for bankruptcy

Conspiracy website InfoWars parent files for bankruptcy

July 29 (Reuters) – The parent of far-right conspiracy website InfoWars filed for US bankruptcy protection on Friday as the company and its founder Alex Jones face up to $150 million in damages in a trial over longstanding falsehoods he perpetuated about the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. The bankruptcy filing by the InfoWars parent, … Read more

Sixth boy charged in Central Park jogger case is exonerated

Sixth boy charged in Central Park jogger case is exonerated

NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) – A long overlooked co-defendant of the Central Park Five, a group of Black and Latino teenagers wrongly convicted of raping a white woman jogger in 1989 based on false confessions, was exonerated of a related conviction by a New York judge on Monday. Steven Lopez was 15 when he … Read more

Myanmar executes four democracy activists, drawing condemnation

Myanmar executes four democracy activists, drawing condemnation

Executed include democracy figure, former lawmaker Activists had been sentenced after closed-door trial United Nations’ Myanmar rights envoy ‘outraged and devastated’ More than 100 on death row similarly convicted, Amnesty says July 25 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta has executed four democracy activists accused of helping to carry out “terror acts”, it said on Monday, … Read more

Trump ex-adviser Bannon convicted of contempt of US Congress

Trump ex-adviser Bannon convicted of contempt of US Congress

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – Steve Bannon, a key associate of former President Donald Trump and an influential figure on the American right, was convicted on Friday of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating last year’s attack on the US Capitol, a major victory for the Democratic-led panel. A jury … Read more

Jan. 6 US Capitol riot hearings lay blame at Trump’s feet

Jan.  6 US Capitol riot hearings lay blame at Trump's feet

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – After losing the 2020 election, Donald Trump ignored close allies who told him that his claims of widespread election fraud were untrue, and when the followers who believed his false accusations stormed the US Capitol, he sat back and watched. That was the narrative the US House of Representatives’ select … Read more

Trump watched Jan. 6 US Capitol riot unfold on TV, ignored pleas to call for peace

Trump watched Jan.  6 US Capitol riot unfold on TV, ignored pleas to call for peace

WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – Donald Trump sat for hours watching the attack on the US Capitol unfold on live TV on Jan. 6, 2021, ignoring pleas by his children and other close advisers to urge his supporters to stop the violence, witnesses told a congressional hearing on Thursday. The House of Representatives Select Committee … Read more