Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts

Monday, October 14, 2019

Here's What You Need To Know About The Former Trump Russia Adviser Testifying Today

Here's What You Need To Know About The Former Trump Russia Adviser Testifying Today

Here's What You Need To Know About The Former Trump Russia Adviser Testifying Today

Trump's former top Russia adviser Fiona Hill is testifying behind closed doors in the impeachment inquiry today.

Hill is the first of several witnesses scheduled to testify this week in the inquiry.

Here's what you need to know about her:


  • Hill is the former top official on Russian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). She is a skeptic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • She departed the NSC about one week before the July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine's president.
  • Hill will explain to Congress when she testifies next week that she was unaware of some aspects of the escalating Ukraine scandal, according to a source close with Hill who spoke to her Thursday.
  • She has been subpoenaed and is working with her lawyer on logistics. 
  • She has kept a low profile in recent weeks in England with her mother.
First Human To Walk In Space, Alexei Leonov Dies In Moscow

First Human To Walk In Space, Alexei Leonov Dies In Moscow

Alexei Leonov, the legendary Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space 54 years ago - and who nearly didn't make it back into his space capsule - has died in Moscow at 85.

First Human To Walk In Space, Alexei Leonov Dies In Moscow
Leonov was an icon both in his country as well as in the US | Photo: AP

The Russian space agency Roscosmos made the announcement on its website Friday but gave no cause for his death. Leonov had health issues for several years, according to Russia media.

Showing just how much of a space pioneer Leonov was, Nasa broke into its live televised coverage of a spacewalk by two Americans outside the International Space Station to report Leonov's death.

"A tribute to Leonov as today is a spacewalk," Mission Control in Houston said.

Leonov - described by the Russian Space Agency as Cosmonaut No 11 - was an icon both in his country as well as in the US. He was such a legend that the late science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke named a Soviet spaceship after him in his "2010" sequel to "2001: A Space Odyssey".

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sent his condolences to Leonov's family, calling him a "true pioneer, a strong and heroic person".

"Infinitely committed to his vocation, he left a truly legendary mark in the history of space exploration and in the history of our country," Putin said on the Kremlin's website.

Leonov was born in 1934 into a large peasant family in western Siberia. Like countless Soviet peasants, his father was arrested and shipped off to Gulag prison camps under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, but he managed to survive and reunite with his family.

The future cosmonaut had a strong artistic bent and even thought about going to art school before he enrolled in a pilot training course and, later, an aviation college. Leonov did not give up sketching even when he flew into space, and took colored pencils with him on the Apollo-Soyuz flight in 1975 to draw.

That mission was the first one between the Soviet Union and the United States and was carried out at the height of the Cold War. Apollo-Soyuz 19 was a prelude to the international cooperation seen aboard the current International Space Station (ISS).

But Leonov staked his place in space history ten years earlier, on March 18, 1965, when he exited his Voskhod 2 space capsule secured by a tether.

"I stepped into that void and I didn't fall in," the cosmonaut recalled years later. "I was mesmerised by the stars. They were everywhere - up above, down below, to the left, to the right. I can still hear my breath and my heartbeat in that silence."

Spacewalking always carries a high risk but Leonov's pioneering venture was particularly nerve-wracking, according to details of the exploit that only became public decades later.

His spacesuit had inflated so much in the vacuum of space that he could not get back into the spacecraft. He had to open a valve to vent oxygen from his suit to be able to fit through the hatch.

Leonov's 12-minute spacewalk preceded the first US spacewalk, by Ed White, by less than three months.

Leonov might have become the Soviet Union's first moonwalker, in fact, had his country's lunar-landing effort not been canceled in the wake of Apollo 11's triumphant moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969.

On his second trip into space ten years later, Leonov commanded the Soviet half of Apollo-Soyuz 19.

The cosmonaut was well known for his humor. Once the US Apollo and Soviet Soyuz capsules docked in orbit around Earth on July, 17, 1975, Leonov and his Russian crewmate, Valeri Kubasov, welcomed the three US astronauts - their Cold War rivals - with canned borscht disguised as Stolichnaya vodka and suggested a toast.

"When we sat at the table, they said: 'Why, that's not possible,'" Leonov recalled in 2005. "We insisted, saying that according to our tradition, we must drink before work. That worked, they opened it and drank [the borscht] and were caught by surprise."

The cosmonaut turned 85 in May. Several days before that, two Russian crewmembers on the International Space Station ventured into open space on a planned spacewalk, carrying Leonov's picture with them to pay tribute to the space legend. They said "Happy Birthday!" to Leonov before opening the hatch and venturing out.

Leonov's modern-day successor, Oleg Kononenko, who was one of the two Russians on that spacewalk, told Rossiya-24 television on Friday that Leonov had tuned in to hear their congratulations from space.

"We were going to stop by Alexei Arkhipovich [Leonov] after our return and give him our space souvenirs, but you see it wasn't meant to be," Kononenko said.

When his crew returned to earth at the end of June, Leonov was already unwell.

Kononenko spoke fondly of the Soviet space pioneer, saying he was a frequent guest at send-off ceremonies for space crews in Star City and at the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

"We had this tradition that he would give cosmonauts pep talks before they board the spacecraft," Kononenko said. "We all looked forward to that, always thought about it and always wanted Leonov to be the one to send us off into space."

Messages of condolences poured from around the globe.

Nasa on Friday offered its sympathies to Leonov's family, saying it was saddened by his death.

"His venture into the vacuum of space began the history of extra-vehicular activity that makes today's Space Station maintenance possible," Nasa said on Twitter.




NASA (@NASA) October 11, 2019
"One of the finest people I have ever known," former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted on Friday. "Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov, artist, leader, spacewalker and friend, I salute you."

One of the finest people I have ever known. Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov, artist, leader, spacewalker and friend, I salute you. pic.twitter.com/NKgiebn5yL

Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) October 11, 2019
Russian space fans were bringing flowers to his monument Friday on the memorial alley in honor of Russia's cosmonauts in Moscow.

Leonov, who will be buried on Tuesday at a military memorial cemetery outside Moscow, is survived by his wife, a daughter and two grandchild.
Indian-Origin Economist Abhijit Banerjee Has Won The 2019 Nobel Prize For Economic Sciences.

Indian-Origin Economist Abhijit Banerjee Has Won The 2019 Nobel Prize For Economic Sciences.



Indian-Origin Economist Abhijit Banerjee Has Won The 2019 Nobel Prize For Economic Sciences.
Abhijit Banerjee has won the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences. (Image: The Nobel Prize) 


Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer jointly won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty."

"The research conducted by this year's Laureates has considerably improved our ability to fight global poverty. In just two decades, their new experiment-based approach has transformed development economics, which is now a flourishing field of research," said the Nobel committee in a statement.

Banerjee, 58, was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in 1988.




BREAKING NEWS:
The 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel has been awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”#NobelPrize pic.twitter.com/SuJfPoRe2N
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 14, 2019


He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to his profile on the MIT website.

In 2003, Banerjee founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the lab’s directors.

He also served on the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Not fewer than 18 Injured As Shells Hit Turkish Border Town

Not fewer than 18 Injured As Shells Hit Turkish Border Town

Not less than eighteen (18) people have been confirmed injured in shelling on a Turkish border town Thursday, local media said, a day after Turkey launched an operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.


18 Injured As Shells Hit Turkish Border Town
Not less than 18 Injured As Shells Hit Turkish Border Town


According to an AFP journalist on the scene: "Three people were injured, one seriously, when shells hit a government building in Akcakale"

Smoke was seen rising from several places around the town, and shelling was ongoing, AFP reporters said.

Families were evacuating and streets emptying, as local authorities called on people to take shelter.

One man was seen telling his family: “Run, come quickly.”

Turkey launched a broad offensive in Syria on Wednesday, aimed at pushing back Syrian Kurdish forces considered “terrorists” by Ankara and establishing a “safe zone” with which to repatriate Syrian refugees.



Trump Warns GOP Senate Leader Mitch Mcconnell About Disloyal Republicans

Trump Warns GOP Senate Leader Mitch Mcconnell About Disloyal Republicans


Trump Warns GOP Senate Leader Mitch Mcconnell About Disloyal Republicans
Trump Warns GOP Senate Leader Mitch Mcconnell About Disloyal Republicans. Image:cnn.com


Even as the White House appears to settle on the legal tactics to stave off Democrats' impeachment demands, uncertainty and unease over Trump's messaging approach remains high among his Republican allies, who see the ever-growing inquiry consuming the White House.

Trump has offered scant indication he is turning his focus to governing, despite his lawyers writing in a letter to Democrats that "he remains focused on fulfilling his promises to the American people."

Instead, the President has spent hours tweeting about the impeachment and lighting up the phone lines of his allies on Capitol Hill -- including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to whom he's stressed the importance of Republican unity.

In private, Trump is increasingly leaning on the Republican leader in the Senate. In a return to the President's panicked behavior during the height of the Mueller investigation, Trump is calling McConnell as often as three times a day, according to a person familiar with the conversations.

McConnell has told a small number of Republicans about the President's calls.
"This story, based on a single anonymous source, is categorically false. Leader McConnell never said anything like this," Doug Andres, a McConnell spokesman, said.

Trump has been lashing out at GOP senators he sees as disloyal, according to the person familiar with the conversations, telling McConnell he will amplify attacks on those Republicans who criticize him.

McConnell faces his own dilemma of having to preserve the Republican majority in the Senate, while also placating an erratic President who demands nothing short of total loyalty. That will become harder as more details about Trump's dealings with Ukraine trickle out.

Trump has already demonstrated his willingness to go after Republican defectors.

After Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said it was "wrong and appalling" for Trump to suggest Ukraine and China investigate Joe Biden, Trump unloaded, calling Romney a "pompous ass" and suggesting Romney himself be impeached.

Trump has also been mistrustful of Republicans who are reticent to defend him publicly, often lamenting that Democrats are much better at staying in line with their party heads than his own.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

INDIA: Govt To Release 3 Kashmiri Politicians From Detention Today

INDIA: Govt To Release 3 Kashmiri Politicians From Detention Today

The Jammu and Kashmir administration will release three politicians detained since August 5 after the Centre abrogated special status granted to the state under Article 370 of the Constitution, officials said on Wednesday night.

Yawar Mir, Noor

Govt To Release 3 Kashmiri Politicians From Detention Today

Mohammed and Shoiab Lone will be released on various grounds which includes signing of a bond, they said, explaining the reasons for ending of their detention.

While Mir is a former MLA of the PDP from Rafiabad assembly seat, Lone contested unsuccessfully on a Congress ticket from North Kashmir and later resigned from the party. He was considered close to People's Conference chief Sajjad Lone.

Noor Mohammed is a National Conference worker who has been managing the party's show in the militancy-infested Batmaloo area of the Srinagar city.

Before his release, he will be signing a bond to maintain peace and good behaviour, the officials said.

The governor administration had earlier released Imran Ansari of the People's Conference and Syed Akhoon on health grounds on September 21.

More than a thousand people, including politicians, separatists, activists and lawyers, were detained after the August 5 decision of the Central government to abrogate the special status.

The detainees include three former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.

Over 250 were sent to the jails outside Jammu and Kashmir. Farooq Abdullah was subsequently detained under the stringent Public Safety Act, while other politicians were mostly detained under different sections of the criminal procedure code.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

U.S. Signs Trade Deal With Japan

U.S. Signs Trade Deal With Japan

U.S. Signs Trade Deal With Japan
U.S. Signs Trade Deal With Japan. Image: Nypost.com


U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed a new trade deal with Japan, the White House said.

The countries had announced an initial deal in September, including increased access to Japanese markets for U.S. agricultural producers.


The deal comes as Trump struggled to finalise more complete trade deals with a number of key commercial partners, including Europe, China, Mexico and Canada.

Meanwhile, U.S. threat remained of imposing car tariffs on Japan, in spite the deal.

Trump had so far paid two visits to Japan, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe working to build a relationship with the U.S. president.

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