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Trump stirs up racial hornets’ next, likens House impeachment inquiry to ‘a lynching’

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

Hogan Gidley, White House deputy press secretary, pauses while speaking to members of the media following an interview outside the White House in Washington on Tuesday. President Donald Trump invoked a tragic and violent aspect of the history of racism in America by calling the impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats a lynching. | BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump enraged Democrats on Tuesday by comparing their impeachment inquiry to a lynching, assigning the horrors of a deadly and racist chapter in ...

South Pole’s ozone hole shrinks to smallest since discovery in ‘fluke of the weather’

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

This NASA image shows a map of a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica on Sunday. The purple and blue colors indicate the least amount of ozone, and the yellows and reds show the most. NASA says the ozone hole near the south pole this year is the smallest since it was discovered, but it is more due to freakish Antarctic weather than efforts to cut down on pollution. | GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER / NASA / VIA AP

The ozone hole near the south pole this year is the smallest since it was discovered, but it is more due to freakish Antarctic weather ...

In contradiction to Pentagon chief, American troops leaving Syria are told they cannot stay in Iraq

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

U.S. Defense Mark Esper speaks with U.S. troops in front of an F-22 fighter jet deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia Tuesday. | REUTERS

U.S. troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the country, Iraq’s military said Tuesday as American forces ...

Nicki Minaj indicates she’s now a married woman

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

Nicki Minaj is seen last year at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Minaj, who has dated Kenneth Petty for about a year, seemed to confirm her marriage with a video on Instagram on Monday that showed off Mr. and Mrs. coffee mugs and bride and groom hats. The rapper also changed her Twitter name to Mrs. Petty. | EVAN AGOSTINI / INVISION / VIA AP

Ms. Minaj wants you to know she’s now officially Mrs. Petty.Minaj — who has dated Kenneth Petty for about a year — seems to confirm ...

1946 mob lynching puts court focus on grand jury secrecy

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

A bridge spans the Apalachee River at Moore's Ford Road where in 1946 two young black couples were stopped by a white mob, dragged to the riverbank and fatally shot multiple times in Monroe, Georgia. The gruesome lynching is prompting a U.S. court to consider whether federal judges can order grand jury records unsealed in old cases with historical significance. | AP

A historian’s quest for the truth about a gruesome lynching of two black couples has a U.S. appeals court considering whether federal judges can order ...

Jimmy Carter, 95, fractures pelvis after suffering another fall at Georgia home

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

Former President Jimmy Carter answers questions during an Oct. 7 news conference at a Habitat for Humanity project, in Nashville, Tennessee. Carter has been hospitalized after an another fall at his home in Plains, Georgia. A statement from The Carter Center says Carter suffered

Former President Jimmy Carter had another fall at his home in Plains, Georgia, fracturing his pelvis and going to the hospital for treatment and observation, ...

U.K.’s Johnson threatens election if MPs derail Brexit timetable

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

A video grab from footage broadcast by the U.K. Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacting during debate on the Brexit withdrawal agreement bill in the House of Commons in London on Tuesday. Johnson faces two huge Brexit votesthat could decide if he still has a reasonable shot at securing his EU divorce by next week's deadline. | PRU / VIA AFP-JIJI

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened Tuesday to abandon ratifying his Brexit deal and instead seek an early election if MPs defy his timetable to ...

Norway at top, Yemen at bottom of rankings for women’s quality of life

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

Saudi women arrive to apply for new passports at the Immigration and Passports Center in Riyadh in August, with a sign on the right reading out the details of a royal decree allowing women aged over 21 to obtain passports for themselves and for children in their custody, without seeking the approval of their

Norway and Switzerland are the best countries to be a woman and Yemen and Afghanistan the worst, said research on Tuesday that found the state ...

Russia and Turkey seal power in northeast Syria with accord for joint Syria patrols after Kurd fighters withdraw

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak before Erdogan left the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday. Erdogan says Turkey and Russia have reached a deal in which Syrian Kurdish fighters will move 30 km (18 miles) away from a border area in northeast Syria within 150 hours. | PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / VIA AP

The leaders of Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Turkey for their two countries’ forces to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after ...

Russia-linked group likely used Iranian hacking tools, NSA says

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

A Russia-linked group is believed to have utilized Iranian tools to conduct cyberattacks against dozens of countries, in an apparent effort to mask their identities, ...

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