National Newswatch

Putin confirms fire-hit submersible was nuclear-powered

Jul 4 2019 — — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday confirmed reports that the navy’s deep-sea submersible vessel that caught fire on Monday, killing 14 seamen, was nuclear-powered. Russian officials previously declined to release any details of the vessel, citing its secret mission. Putin met Thursday with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, who had returned from the Navy’s Arctic base […]

‘Help’: Migrants at Texas facilities need ‘immediate action,’ report says

Jul 2 2019 — — A report from government auditors includes images of people penned into overcrowded Border Patrol facilities, including one man pressing a cardboard sign to a cell window with the word “help.” The report released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General warns that facilities in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley face “serious […]

Protests escalate as Hong Kong marks handover to China

Jul 1 2019 — — A small group of protesters smashed out the bottom of a floor-to-ceiling window at Hong Kong’s legislature Monday as a crowd of thousands marched through the city demanding democracy on the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China. The protesters repeatedly rammed a cargo cart and large poles into the glass panel. […]

Beth Chapman, wife of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter,’ dies

Jun 26 2019 — — Beth Chapman, who co-starred with her husband on the “Dog the Bounty Hunter” reality TV show and later spoke out against some bail reform measures as leader of a national bail agents’ organization, has died. Chapman died early Wednesday at Queen’s Medical Center after an almost 2-year battle with cancer, Mona Wood-Sword, a family spokeswoman, […]

Harry and Meghan’s Windsor home renovations cost $4M in taxpayers’ money

Jun 25 2019 — — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s new home in Windsor cost £2.4 million (CAD$4.03 million, 2.7 million euros) of taxpayers’ money to renovate, royal accounts showed Tuesday, prompting criticism from anti-monarchy campaigners. The Queen’s grandson and his wife moved into Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Castle estate before the birth of their son Archie on […]

Iran calls new U.S. sanctions ‘outrageous and idiotic’

Jun 25 2019 — — Iran on Tuesday sharply criticized new U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader and other top officials, saying the measures spell the “permanent closure” for diplomacy between the two nations. For his part, Iran’s president described the White House as “afflicted by mental retardation.”