National Newswatch

Longtime PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer is dead at 85

Jan 23 2020 — — Jim Lehrer, the legendary debate moderator and former anchor of the “NewsHour” television program, died Thursday. He was 85. Lehrer’s death was announced by his longtime network home, PBS, where he co-founded the “NewsHour” in 1975. PBS said Lehrer died “peacefully in his sleep at home” and did not share further information about the cause […]

Climate refugees cannot be sent back home, UN rules in landmark decision

Jan 20 2020 — — Refugees fleeing the effects of the climate crisis cannot be forced to return home by their adoptive countries, a United Nations panel has ruled, in a landmark decision that could open the door to a flood of legal claims by displaced people around the world. The UN’s Human Rights Committee was making a judgment on […]

Pentagon says Iran attacked two Iraqi bases housing US forces

Jan 7 2020 — — At least 10 rockets hit al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which houses US forces, a Sunni commander of the paramilitary forces in a nearby town told CNN. Qatri al-Obeidi, a commander in the nearby town of al-Baghdadi, said that the shelling has stopped for now. President Donald Trump visited the base in December 2018 to visit […]

Protesters attack US embassy in Baghdad after airstrikes

Dec 31 2019 — — Protesters attacked the US Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, scaling the walls and forcing the gates of the compound, as hundreds demonstrated against American airstrikes on an Iran-backed militia group in Iraq. Two sources at the demonstration witnessed the attempt to break into the premises — the US’ biggest embassy in the world — adding […]

Prince William launches multi-million pound prize to tackle climate crisis

Dec 31 2019 — — Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, will launch an environmental prize aimed at dispelling pessimism over the climate crisis and replacing it with action to repair the planet, he announced on Tuesday. The multi-million pound award, called the Earthshot Prize, has been in the works for over a year, Kensington Palace said. The prize will […]

5 people were stabbed at a Hanukkah celebration in a New York suburb

Dec 29 2019 — — A man walked into a rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration in a New York suburb Saturday night and began stabbing people, witnesses say. Five victims were taken to nearby hospitals, according to police. The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley Region said in a tweet that victims inside the Monsey residence […]

George Michael’s sister dies on Christmas Day, exactly three years after singer

Dec 27 2019 — — George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou was found dead on Christmas Day, exactly three years after the British pop star died, the family’s lawyer has confirmed to CNN. “We can confirm that very tragically Melanie has passed away suddenly,” the family’s lawyer, John Reid, said in a statement on Friday.”We would simply ask that the family’s […]

New York Times: Leaked videos show SEALs describing Gallagher’s conduct

Dec 27 2019 — — Members of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon described their platoon leader, retired Special Operations Chief Eddie Gallagher, as “toxic” and “evil,” according to video recordings of the interviews obtained by The New York Times. Gallagher’s war crimes case gained national attention after President Donald Trump controversially intervened on his behalf, ignoring Pentagon leaders who had […]

No, Justin Trudeau didn’t get Trump edited out of ‘Home Alone 2’

Dec 27 2019 — Daniel Dale — President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday night about a matter that had been percolating in pro-Trump media circles all day: the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. editing him out of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.” Trump made a cameo appearance — about seven seconds long — in the beloved 1992 Christmas comedy. But his supporters noticed […]

CNN reporter: Giuliani made a stunning admission

Dec 16 2019 — — In an interview with the New Yorker, Rudy Giuilani said he needed former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch “out of the way,” and went on to say she was going to make investigations into President Donald Trump’s political rival “difficult.”

National Enquirer company chief David Pecker talking with New York prosecutors

Nov 25 2019 — — David Pecker, the head of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, has spoken with prosecutors with the New York district attorney’s office as part of its investigation into the Trump Organization’s handling of hush money payments to women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump, sources with knowledge of the meeting tell CNN. The […]