National Newswatch

Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as president of Zimbabwe

Nov 24 2017 — — ​Exuberant Zimbabweans greeted the swearing-in Friday of new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who takes power after an extraordinary series of events that ousted the world’s oldest head of state. Mnangagwa, fired earlier this month as vice president, will lead after the resignation of 93-year-old Robert Mugabe, who succumbed to pressure to quit from the military, the […]

Report: 2 women claim Franken touched them inappropriately

Nov 23 2017 — — Two women are alleging that Minnesota Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken touched their buttocks during events for his first campaign for Senate. The women spoke to Huffington Post on condition of anonymity. The women said the events occurred in Minneapolis in 2007 and 2008. Franken said in a statement, “It’s difficult to respond to anonymous […]

Bosnian Serb military chief Mladic convicted of genocide

Nov 22 2017 — — The United Nations’ Yugoslav war crimes tribunal judge has found former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic, guilty of 10 of 11 charges that include genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during Bosnia’s devastating 1992-95 war. Mladic has been sentenced to life in prison. The judge said that the former Bosnian Serb Military leader […]

Conservatives knew ‘family values’ pol had secret gay life

Nov 21 2017 — — As Wes Goodman built a political career around values including “committed natural marriage,” the 33-year-old Republican was secretly engaging in sexual encounters with men online, via cellphone and, on one significant occasion, in his state office. The office encounter was the final straw that last week ended his political rise as a self-proclaimed Christian conservative, […]

‘We don’t need a liberal:’ Trump discounts Moore accusations

Nov 21 2017 — — President Donald Trump discounted allegations of sexual assault against Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore and said Tuesday that voters should not support Moore’s “liberal” rival. Trump addressed the swirling controversy surrounding Moore for the first time since top Republican leaders called on Moore to step aside more than a week ago. “We don’t need […]

CBS News, PBS cut ties with Charlie Rose following sex allegations

Nov 21 2017 — — CBS News and PBS fired morning show host Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them. CBS News president David Rhodes said there is nothing more important than […]

Bounty offered for beheadings of Bollywood director, actress

Nov 20 2017 — — A member of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party offered 100 million rupees ($1.5 million) to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of an unreleased Bollywood film “Padmavati” rumoured to depict a relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler. Suraj Pal Amu, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from the northern state […]

Robert Mugabe baffles Zimbabwe by addressing nation without resigning

Nov 19 2017 — — Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is resigning after nearly four decades in power, according to an official close to the talks on his departure. The news comes hours after the ruling party’s Central Committee fired Mugabe as party leader and said if he didn’t resign as the country’s president by noon Monday it would start impeachment […]

Nebraska’s Keystone XL vote may not be a clear yes or no

Nov 19 2017 — — Nebraska regulators are set to decide Monday whether to approve or deny an in-state route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It’s the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp. The Nebraska Public Service Commission’s ruling is on the Nebraska route TransCanada has proposed to complete the $8 billion, 1,179-mile pipeline to deliver […]

AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young dies at 64

Nov 18 2017 — — Legendary AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has died, according to the band. He was 64. A statement on the AC/DC website said the band’s members are feeling a “deep, heartfelt sadness” following news of his death, adding that Malcolm was “the driving force behind the band.” Malcolm and his brother Angus founded the Australian hard rock […]

Defiant Roy Moore camp invokes Bible in targeting accusers

Nov 17 2017 — — Ever defiant, Republican Roy Moore’s chief backers invoked the Bible in lashing out at the women accusing him of sexual misconduct. Women’s advocates decried the talk as worn intimidation tactics in a desperate attempt to keep his imperiled Senate bid alive. Moore ignored mounting calls from Washington Republicans concerned that if he stays in the […]

Nebraska government says latest pipeline leak won’t affect Keystone XL decision

Nov 17 2017 — — Nebraska state officials said Friday an oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota won’t affect their imminent decision to approve or deny a route for the related Keystone XL project. A spokeswoman for the Nebraska Public Service Commission said Friday that commissioners will base their decision solely on evidence presented during public hearings […]

Activists praise Trudeau’s comments about Duterte crackdown

Nov 16 2017 — — An international rights group praised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday for publicly expressing concerns about the Philippine president’s deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, saying the “quiet diplomacy” adopted by U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders won’t stop the drug killings. Trudeau told reporters in Manila on Tuesday that he raised concerns about […]