National Newswatch

Irrfan Khan, Bollywood icon, dies at 53

Apr 29 2020 — — Bollywood star Irrfan Khan, known internationally for his roles in “Life Of Pi” and “Slumdog Millionaire,” died Wednesday, his representatives confirmed. He was 53. “It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away,” read a statement from Khan’s PR agency, Hardly Anonymous Communications. “Irrfan was a strong soul, […]

Meat plant workers to Trump: Employees aren’t going to show up

Apr 29 2020 — — Meat processing plant workers are concerned about President Donald Trump’s executive order that compels plants to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. Some say they expect staff will refuse to come to work. “All I know is, this is crazy to me, because I can’t see all these people going back into work,” said Donald, […]

US source: North Korean leader in grave danger after surgery

Apr 20 2020 — — The US is monitoring intelligence that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is in grave danger after a surgery, according to US official with direct knowledge. Kim recently missed the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15, which raised speculation about his well-being. He had been seen four days before that at a government […]

Beijing tightens grip over coronavirus research, amid US-China row on virus origin

Apr 12 2020 — — China has imposed restrictions on the publication of academic research on the origins of the novel coronavirus, according to a central government directive and online notices published by two Chinese universities, that have since been removed from the web. Under the new policy, all academic papers on Covid-19 will be subject to extra vetting before […]

Legendary country singer Kenny Rogers dies at 81

Mar 21 2020 — — Kenny Rogers, whose legendary music career spanned nearly six decades, has passed at the age of 81, his publicist Keith Hagan tells CNN. The artist’s family announced his death on Rogers’ verified Twitter account, saying he died Friday night from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by family. “Kenny Rogers left an […]

Chris Matthews retires from MSNBC after string of recent controversies

Mar 2 2020 — — Chris Matthews, one of the country’s best-known political talk show hosts, is retiring from MSNBC, effective immediately, after a string of recent controversies on and off the air. Matthews made the announcement on Monday night’s “Hardball,” the cable news show he has hosted for more than 20 years. Monday will be his last broadcast, according […]

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 […]