National Newswatch

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, seriously ill: source

Aug 13 2018 — — Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to comment publicly, told The Associated Press on Monday that Franklin is seriously ill.

Russian PM threatens to answer U.S. sanctions with ‘other’ means

Aug 10 2018 — — Russia’s prime minister sternly warned the United States on Friday against ramping up sanctions, saying that Moscow will retaliate with economic, political and unspecified “other” means. The tough message from Dmitry Medvedev marked what the Kremlin sees as a red line, reflecting a growing dismay with the new U.S. sanctions that already has sent the […]

Saudi official says oil sales unaffected by dispute with Canada

Aug 9 2018 — — Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic dispute with Canada over its arrest of women’s rights activists will not affect the ultraconservative kingdom’s oil sales to Canadian customers, the Saudi energy minister said Thursday. The remarks by Khalid al-Falih show the limits of the ongoing quarrel and may calm some of the bluster surrounding the dispute that suddenly erupted […]

Trump star could be first ever removed from Hollywood Walk of Fame

Aug 7 2018 — — The West Hollywood City Council has unanimously approved a resolution seeking to remove President Donald Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The resolution urges the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Los Angeles to remove the star because of what it says is Trump’s “disturbing treatment of women and other actions.”

Trump says Trump Tower meeting was ‘totally legal’

Aug 5 2018 — — President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on two of his favourite targets: the special counsel Russia probe and the news media. Trump, who is on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, began Sunday with a series of searing tweets. He defended calling the media “The Enemy of the People,” and said […]

Report: Trump commission did not find widespread voter fraud

Aug 3 2018 — — The now-disbanded voting integrity commission launched by the Trump administration uncovered no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud, according to an analysis of administration documents released Friday. In a letter to Vice-President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who are both Republicans and led the commission, Maine Secretary of State […]

Active shooter reported at Air Force base in Ohio

Aug 2 2018 — — Federal and state authorities in armoured vehicles and unmarked cars swarmed onto an Air Force base in Ohio on Thursday amid reports of an active shooter at a medical centre. Workers at Wright-Patterson were told to shelter in place on the sprawling base. Video from outside of the hospital showed service members and others standing […]

Apple becomes world’s 1st trillion-dollar company

Aug 2 2018 — — Apple has become the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion. The milestone marks the triumph of stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets ever since two mavericks named Steve started the company 42 years ago. The peak reached Thursday seemed unimaginable in 1997 when Apple teetered […]