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Diane A. Wade

Diane is a perfectionist. She enjoys searching the internet for the hottest events from around the world and writing an article about it. The details matter to her, so she makes sure the information is easy to read and understand. She likes traveling and history, especially ancient history. Being a very sociable person she has a blast having barbeque with family and friends.

Italy has held state mass funeral for some of the 290 people killed in August 24 powerful earthquake.

Thirty-five victims from the town of Arquata were mourned at a sports hall in the regional capital, Ascoli Piceno.

The death toll from the 6.2-magnitude earthquake, which struck a mountainous central region, has again risen as more bodies were found.

Italian PM Matteo Renzi was among those attending the funeral along with President Sergio Mattarella, who earlier visited Amatrice, the town with the most casualties.

One of the children’s coffins contained the body of Giulia Rinaldo, whose younger sister survived the earthquake because she was under Giulia’s body.

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One of the firefighters, Andrea, had left a moving note on Giulia Rinaldo’s coffin, apologizing for arriving too late, and signing it with a heart symbol.

The coffins will be taken for burial to a cemetery near Arquata, a local official told Ansa news agency.

Most of the earthquake’s victims were Italian, but several foreigners were among those killed.

More aftershocks were registered in the early hours of August 27, one with a magnitude of four.

The ground beneath Accumoli, another severely affected village, sank 8in as a result of the earthquake, satellite images obtained by Italy’s scientific authorities show.

The district which sank is shown in red on this image compiled from data from a Japanese satellite and published by Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

Flags are flying at half mast across the country as Italy remembers victims of the quake.

More than 200 people died in Amatrice alone. Along with Arquata and Accumoli, Pescara del Tronto was also hard-hit.

Many bodies have also been brought to a makeshift morgue in an aircraft hangar in the city of Rieti, where relatives have been identifying loved ones.

The first funeral for one of the earthquake’s victims was held on August 26, for the son of a state official who died in Amatrice.

At least 388 people have been treated in hospital for their injuries while more than 2,000 people were made homeless.

The earthquake hit in the early hours of August 24, 65 miles north-east of Rome.

Italy’s government has been criticized for failing to prevent deaths after the 2009 earthquake in nearby L’Aquila left 300 dead.

Historic towns do not have to conform to anti-quake building regulations, which are also often not applied when new buildings are put up.

In addition to emergency funds, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi canceled taxes for residents and announced a new initiative, “Italian Homes”, to tackle criticism over shoddy construction.

Matteo Renzi also said that it was “absurd” to think that Italy could build completely quake-proof buildings.

Donald Trump’s doctor Harold Bornstein has said he spent just 5 minutes on a letter endorsing the Republican candidate’s health, while Trump’s car waited outside.

Dr. Harold Bornstein told NBC News: “In the rush I think some of those words didn’t come out exactly the way they were meant.”

The doctor’s letter said Donald Trump, 70, would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency”.

Harold Bornstein, of York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, said he “picked up” the candidate’s own “kind of language” when writing it.Donald Trump hails Brexit referendum result

Two weeks before the note was written, Donald Trump tweeted to say he had “instructed my long-time doctor to issue, within two weeks, a full medical report”, adding that it would “show perfection”.

Donald Trump later highlighted the endorsement from Dr. Harold Bornstein, who faced questions about its exaggerated tone.

Dr. Harold Bornstein says he may have overstated the case “so that they [the Trump campaign] would be happy”.

“I think I picked up his kind of language and then I just interpreted it to my own,” he said.

Donald Trump would be the oldest person to be elected US president, were he to win in November. His rival Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is 68-year-old.

The health of two candidates has become a focal point in the campaign, with Donald Trump repeatedly alleging that Hillary Clinton is physically unfit.

Hillary Clinton has hit back at what she says are unfounded allegations, and Donald Trump has faced criticism over the personal nature of the attacks.

Neither candidate has divulged their full medical record. Hillary Clinton released a statement from her doctor, Lisa Bardack, in 2015.

Dr. Lisa Bardack said: “She is excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.”

Sarah Palin has warned Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of “massive disappointment” if he backs down on his plan to deport undocumented immigrants.

Donald Trump has signaled he will soften his immigration plan, which was a central plank of his primary campaign.

Instead of sending all 11 million people living illegally in the United States, Donald Trump now says only criminals will go.

The former Alaska governor’s backing of Donald Trump in January was regarded as a coup.

Sarah Palin demonstrated as John McCain’s running mate in 2008 that she possesses a rare star power in the Republican Party.Sarah Palin backs Donald Trump

On August 26, Sarah Palin told the Wall Street Journal that “wishy-washy positions” on core positions would result in “massive disappointment”.

“Parts of the message we heard in the last week are clearly not consistent with the stringent position and message that supporters have received all along,” she said.

Donald Trump made his tough line on immigration central to his win in the primary contests, a triumph that was unexpected when he launched his campaign with a controversial attack on Mexican immigrants as “rapists”.

The New York businessman often derided Republican rivals Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio as weak on immigration and his plan to build a wall on the Mexican border became a chant at his rallies.

However, this week Donald Trump has openly talked about how tough it is to break up families and said people who have been in the United States a long time and not broken any laws should stay.

Donald Trump has not backed down on the wall, but staunch conservatives like columnist Ann Coulter and radio host Rush Limbaugh have also expressed concerns about his change of stance on deportations.

Rival Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton dismissed his new policy as “a desperate effort” while Jeb Bush called Donald Trump’s repositioning “abhorrent”.

Jeb Bush: “I can only say that whatever his views are this morning, they might change this afternoon, and they were different than they were last night, and they’ll be different tomorrow.”

Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, insists “nothing has changed in terms of the policies”.

Donald Trump is expected to outline his new immigration policy in a speech next week, after postponing one that was due this week in Colorado.


A state of emergency has been declared in Italy’s regions worst hit by August 24 earthquake as hopes of finding more survivors fade.

Italian PM Matteo Renzi has pledged €50 million in funds for rebuilding.

At least 268 people are now reported dead and 400 were injured. Rescue teams have continued to search the rubble of toppled buildings for a second night.

However, hundreds of aftershocks have hampered the efforts of the 5,000 rescuers.

Another magnitude-4.7 tremor struck on August 26.

In addition to the funds, Matteo Renzi canceled taxes for residents and announced a new initiative, “Italian Homes”, to tackle criticism over shoddy construction.

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He also said that it was “absurd” to think that Italy could build completely quake-proof buildings.

The move follows criticism in the Italian media over building standards in high-risk areas. Some of the buildings that collapsed had recently been renovated.

Historic towns do not have to conform to anti-quake building regulations, which are also often not applied when new buildings are put up.

The 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit in the early hours of August 24, 65 miles north-east of Rome in mountainous central Italy.

The worst affected towns – Amatrice, Arquata, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto – are usually sparsely populated but have been swelled by tourists visiting for summer, making estimates for the precise number missing difficult.

More than 200 people died in Amatrice alone.

Bodies are still being found in the town, including one discovered in the rubble of the Hotel Roma in the city on August 25.

An official with the fire department, Lorenzo Botti, admitted they were facing a race against time.

However, other rescuers said there was still hope, noting that one survivor was pulled from ruins in L’Aquila in 2009 three days after an earthquake that killed more than 300 people.

Search teams have asked locals to disable their Wi-Fi passwords to help rescue workers communicate more effectively.

Police have also arrested a man for attempting to break into and loot an empty home in the town, Ansa reported.

In his latest appeal to minority voters, Donald Trump has called Democratic rival Hillary Clinton a “bigot”.

Speaking at a Mississippi rally, the Republican presidential nominee said his opponent “sees people of color only as votes not as human beings worthy of a better future”.

Donald Trump added that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party had taken advantage of the African-American community.

Hillary Clinton fired back, saying “he is taking a hate movement mainstream”.

She called out Donald Trump for questioning the citizenship of President Barack Obama and for failing to disavow former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, adding that he was “peddling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia”.Donald Trump hails Brexit referendum result

Donald Trump took aim at Hillary Clinton during a campaign stop in Jackson, Mississippi, on August 24, where he was joined by Britain’s outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

Nigel Farage, who is viewed as a major force behind Brexit, told Trump supporters to “get your walking boots on” and begin campaigning.

In recent days, Donald Trump has attempted to court African-Americans after failing to gain support among this key voting bloc.

Only about 2% of black voters say they will vote for Donald Trump, according to current polls.

Last week, the billionaire made a direct appeal to black voters during a rally in Michigan, where he told a nearly all-white crowd that African-Americans “are living in poverty” and “their schools are no good”.

In an unscripted plea, Donald Trump added: “What do you have to lose?”

Donald Trump has combined his minority outreach with his latest line of attack on Hillary Clinton in the deep-red state of Mississippi.

“She doesn’t care what her policies have done to your communities. She has no remorse,” he said on August 24.

“She’s going to do nothing for Hispanics and African-Americans.”

Hillary Clinton is due to speak later in Reno, Nevada, where she will accuse Donald Trump of “embracing extremism and presenting a divisive and dystopian view of America”.

The polls have Hillary Clinton ahead nationally and in key states, with about 80 days to go before the election.


Italy’s earthquake death toll has risen to at least 247 as thousands of rescuers continue efforts to find survivors.

According to officials, dozens are believed trapped in ruined Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, in mountainous central Italy.

The search went on through the night, and there was a strong aftershock which rocked already damaged buildings.

More than 4,300 rescuers are using heavy lifting equipment and their bare hands.

Many of the victims were children, the health minister said, and there were warnings the toll could rise further.

The 6.2-magnitude quake hit at 03:36 local time on August 24, at 65 miles north-east of Rome.

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There were several hundred tremors after the quake, some of which were felt in Rome.

The latest death toll was given on Thursday morning – 190 deaths in Rieti province and 57 in neighboring Ascoli Piceno province.

Rescuers said they had pulled five bodies from the ruins of the Hotel Roma in the historic town of Amatrice. As many as 70 tourists were staying at the hotel when the quake struck. Many are feared to be in the rubble, though several were pulled out and given medical care.

Yesterday there were cheers in the village of Pescara del Tronto when a young girl was pulled alive from the rubble after being trapped for 17 hours. Almost all the houses there had collapsed, the mayor said.

The earthquake struck small towns and villages in the mountainous area where the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Le Marche meet.


Italy’s earthquake death toll has risen to at least 120, PM Matteo Renzi has said.

Other 368 people have been injured in the earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy, he added.

The 6.2-magnitude quake struck at 03:36 local time, 65 miles north-east of Rome, not far from Perugia.

Many of the dead were in the historic town of Amatrice, where the mayor said three-quarters of the town was destroyed, and in nearby Accumoli.

Many people are still believed to be buried under rubble.

“This is not a final toll,” Matteo Renzi warned as he gave the latest figures.

The prime minister had earlier paid tribute to the volunteers and civil defense officials who had rushed to the scene in the middle of the night and used their bare hands to dig for survivors.

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He promised “no family, no city, no hamlet will be left behind”.

The earthquake was felt across Italy, from Bologna in the north to Naples in the south. There have been dozens of aftershocks.

Hardest hit were the small towns and villages in the mountainous area where the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Le Marche meet.

Italy’s civil protection department said that at least 73 people were now known to have been killed.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said it had recorded more than 200 aftershocks by 15:00 on August 24.

Italy is no stranger to earthquakes: in 2009 a tremor killed more than 300 people in L’Aquila and in May 2012 two tremors nine days apart killed more than 20 people in the northern Emilia Romagna region.

Rescue teams from around the country have been sent to the affected region.

The area is mountainous and access is difficult. Tent camps are being set up for those who need shelter, while others will be accommodated in buildings such as gymnasiums.

Many of the people affected are on holiday.

The national blood donation service has appealed for donors to come forward.

Mediterranean seismicity is driven by the great collision between the African and Eurasian tectonic plates; but when it comes down to the specifics of this latest quake, the details are far more complicated.

The Tyrrhenian Basin, or Sea, which lies to the west of Italy, between the mainland and Sardinia/Corsica, is slowly opening up.

Scientists say this is contributing to extension, or “pull-apart”, along the Apennines. This stress is compounded by movement in the east, in the Adriatic.

The result is a major fault system that runs the length of the mountain range with a series of smaller faults that fan off to the sides. The foundations of cities like Perugia and L’Aquila stand on top of it all.

At least 37 people are reported and dead and many others trapped under rubble after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake has hit central Italy.

Many of the dead were in the village of Pescara del Tronto which was leveled to the ground and there were fears the number could rise.

Much of the town of Amatrice was reduced to rubble and a family of four is feared dead nearby in Accumoli.

The earthquake hit at 03:36 local time, 65 miles north-east of Rome.

Although it struck at a shallow depth of 6 miles, its intensity was compared to the Aquila earthquake in April 2009 in which 309 people died. The epicenter was around Accumoli where several people died.

Some buildings in Rome shook for 20 seconds as the quake struck an area between the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche. The tremor was also felt from Bologna in the north to Naples in the south.

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The highest casualties were reported in the small village of Pescara del Tronto, where 10 people were reported dead, among them children. Other 20 people have been taken to hospital.

Two boys aged 4 and 7 were pulled alive from the rubble of the house they had been staying in with their grandmother, Ansa news agency reported. Rescuers said they had been sheltering under a bed.

More damage was reported a short distance up the road in Arquata del Tronto.

Some of the worst damage was in the town of Amatrice, where at least five died and rescue efforts were under way to find survivors.

The main street through the town has been devastated and emergency workers are trying to reach six people in a collapsed building.

In Accumoli, a short distance to the north, Mayor Stefano Petrucci said one person had been pulled out of the rubble during the night.

Seismologist Andrea Tertulliani said there were sure to be further, numerous shocks that would probably diminish in intensity.

Italy’s Civil Protection agency described the earthquake as “severe”.

Rescue teams are being sent to the worst-hit areas, the prime minister’s office said.

The earthquake was initially reported as being magnitude 6.4. It was followed by several powerful aftershocks, La Repubblica reported.

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party has lost control of Johannesburg, the country’s largest city and economic center.

Herman Mashaba from the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has been elected as mayor by Johannesburg council.

The ANC had run Johannesburg since the fall of apartheid more than 20 years ago. It lost its council majority in local elections, although it is still the largest party.

It has also lost control of the capital Pretoria and Cape Town.

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Of South Africa’s six biggest cities, the ANC only won an outright majority in Durban, seen as a stronghold for South African President Jacob Zuma.

On August 22, there was drama at the Johannesburg council meeting, which lasted 11 hours.

A scuffle broke out between opposition party members and electoral commission officials and an ANC councilor who was sworn in earlier in the day collapsed and died shortly after Herman Mashaba was elected.

The ANC had won 44.5% of the vote, more than the DA’s 38.4%. The left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with 11% found itself in the position of kingmaker and refused to give its votes to the ANC.

Herman Mashaba, a 56-year-old businessman, has promised to reform Johannesburg administration.

“As of this evening, corruption is declared public enemy number one in this city,” he told cheering supporters.

“Public monies that have been misspent, misused, over the last five, 10 years or so … we’re going to take this money, we’re going to look after it, so that we can provide basic services to our people.”

Herman Mashaba also pledged to tackle unemployment saying: “Over 800,000 of our residents, one-in-three, are today unemployed. We need to address this and we need to address this as a matter of urgency.”

Donald Trump may drop his proposal to deport 11 million people who are living illegally in the United States.

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said the mass deportation plan, which was a central plank of Donald Trump’s campaign, was yet “to be determined”.

Kellyanne Conway’s comments at the weekend came after the Republican presidential nominee met with a new panel of Hispanic advisers.

Donald Trump told Fox News on August 22 he was not “flip-flopping” but wanted a fair plan.

He is scheduled to deliver a speech on immigration in Colorado on August 25.

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Donald Trump has taken a hard-line stance on immigration since the beginning of his campaign, vowing to create a “deportation force” as well as make Mexico pay for the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.

While struggling to keep up with Hillary Clinton in the polls, Donald Trump has addressed black and Hispanic voters in recent days with the aim of broadening his support beyond white working-class voters.

“What he supports is to make sure we enforce the law, that we are respectful of those Americans who are looking for jobs, and that we are fair and humane to those who live among us,” Kellyanne Conway told CNN on August 21.

When asked to clarify if Donald Trump would maintain his position on creating a deportation force, Kellyanne Conway responded: “To be determined.”

Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, insisted that the plan remains unchanged.

“I don’t think the message is changing at all. I think people are just getting to know Donald Trump better,” he said.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign later released a statement saying there would be little revision to his immigration plan despite Kellyanne Conway’s suggestions.

“Donald Trump’s immigration plan remains the same as it’s always been – tear apart families and deport 16 million people from the United States,” said Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta.

If the deportation plan is dropped or refashioned, it would not be the first shift in Donald Trump’s immigration policy.

Donald Trump’s controversial plan to issue a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the country changed to a ban on countries with a history of terrorism against the US. That switch followed questions raised by constitutional experts.

Last week, the Trump campaign faced a dramatic overhaul with the exit of campaign chairman Paul Manafort as well as the hiring of Breitbart News boss Stephen Bannon as CEO and Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager.


The killing of Turkish transgender activist Hande Kader has caused an outcry in Istanbul.

Turkey remains conservative on LGBTI issues, but on August 21 activists will stage a rare protest in Istanbul.

Hande Kander’s body was found in a forest in Istanbul last week.

The 23-year-old transgender woman, who earned her living as a prostitute, was last seen entering a client’s car one night.

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LGBTI activists protest against violence towards trans people, but the rest of Turkish society rarely reacts.

Under the state of emergency, declared after the failed coup attempt of July 15, restrictions on demonstrations are in place.

However, for the first time, famous figures in Turkey have joined the calls to raise awareness of Hande Kader’s murder and to take part in a demonstration scheduled for August 21 in Istanbul.

According to data from the rights group Transgender Europe, Turkey has the highest number of trans murders in Europe.

Hande Kader tried to call attention to trans murders in Turkey and the lack of justice. She was usually in the front at demonstrations.

In 2015, police had banned the annual LGBTI Pride march in Taksim Square in Istanbul. They tried to disperse the crowds, using water cannon, rubber bullets and pepper spray.

Donald Trump has made a direct appeal to black voters, saying: “What do you have to lose?”.

The Republican nominee told a nearly all-white audience in Michigan that African-American voters “are living in poverty” and their “schools are no good”.

Donald Trump promised to “produce” for African-Americans where Democrats had failed.

“If you keep voting for the same people, you will keep getting exactly the same result,” he said.

Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton “would rather provide a job to a refugee” than to unemployed black youths, “who have become refugees in their own country”.

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Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump’s remarks “so ignorant it’s staggering”.

The New York billionaire also predicted he would receive 95% of the African-American vote if he went to on to run for a second term in 2020.

President Barack Obama, historically the most popular president among African-Americans in US history, received 93% of the black vote in 2012.

Donald Trump has suffered from dismal support among African-Americans.

Current polls show about 2% of black voters say they will vote for Donald Trump.

The Trump campaign relationship with the black voters thus far can be described as rocky at best.

He has seen strong support among white supremacist groups.

Donald Trump came under heavy criticism after he took days to distance himself from a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan who endorsed him.

On several occasions, African-American protesters have been assaulted by Donald Trump supporters at rallies. A New York Times investigation found supporters frequently use racist language at rallies.

Yesterday speech was the third time this week that Donald Trump sought to appeal to African-American voters.

Some analysts say Donald Trump, trailing badly in national polls for weeks, desperately needs to broaden his appeal beyond his base of white working-class voters.

However, many commentators on Twitter were perplexed by Donald Trump’s approach in courting these voters.

Earlier in the day, Donald Trump announced that Paul Manafort, a seasoned political operative who led his campaign for the past three months, had stepped down.

On August 16, Donald Trump promoted pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager and hired conservative media executive Stephen Bannon as his campaign’s CEO.

The moves effectively demoted Paul Manafort, whose links to the pro-Russian former Ukrainian government of Viktor Yanukovych have drawn scrutiny in recent days.

Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort has resigned just two months after taking the helm.

Paul Manafort has come under fire for his ties to Russian interests and former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

He has denied any wrongdoing and it is not yet clear why he left.

Donald Trump’s campaign team was overhauled earlier this week with the addition of a new campaign chief executive and a new campaign manager.

The Republican presidential nominee, who arrived in Louisiana on August 19 to meet flood victims, has come under pressure in recent weeks after a series of controversial remarks and falling poll numbers.

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Donald Trump said in a statement: “This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign.

“I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process.”

Paul Manafort has faced public scrutiny in recent weeks after the New York Times reported that the Ukrainian government had uncovered ledgers pledging more than $12 million in undisclosed cash payments for his work with Viktor Yanukovych, who fled after an uprising in November 2013.

Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Bureau is also investigating business deals worth millions of dollar that are linked to Paul Manafort.

Paul Manafort has vehemently dismissed the claims and denied any wrongdoing.

Hillary Clinton’s spokesman Robbie Mook said Paul Manafort was another example of Donald Trump’s ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“You can get rid of Manafort, but that doesn’t end the odd bromance Trump has with Putin,” he said.

“Trump still has to answer serious questions hovering over his campaign given his propensity to parrot Putin’s talking points.”

Paul Manafort, a former adviser to George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole, only joined the Trump campaign in March, to help the billionaire secure the party’s nomination. He was promoted to campaign manager in June.

The announcement of new campaign chief, Kellyanne Conway, and campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon, earlier this week raised questions about whether it would diminish Paul Manafort’s role.

Paul Manafort was considered a guiding hand in steering Donald Trump toward a more conventional campaign as opposed to the anti-establishment brand of politics that made his primary campaign successful.

A hotel developer with no previous experience of politics, Donald Trump stunned the political world by beating far more experienced figures in the Republican Party.

Donald Trump faces Hillary Clinton, who has come under intense criticism over her email arrangements while secretary of state, in November’s election.


Top North Korean diplomat Thae Yong-ho, who disappeared from the country’s embassy in the UK, has defected to South Korea, officials in Seoul have confirmed.

Thae Yong-ho and his family are under the government’s protection, a South Korean official said.

He was the ambassador’s deputy and is thought to be the highest-ranking North Korean official ever to defect.

Thae Yong-ho’s main mission in London had been to spread positive perceptions of the North Korean leadership.Kim Jong un aunt plastic surgery

He had been due to return to Pyongyang with his wife and children.

Thae Yong-ho had come under pressure from his government to quash growing criticism of North Korea’s human rights record, sources say.

In the past, Thae Yong-ho had argued the British were brainwashed by their ruling class into believing “shocking, terrifying” lies about North Korea under its leader Kim Jong-un.

“If the people in this country, or in America, knew that there is a country in the world where there is a free education, free housing, free medical care, then they’d have second thoughts,” he had said in one speech.

South Korean Unification spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said: “On his reasons for defection, Minister Thae cited disgust with Kim Jong-Un’s regime, admiration for South Korea’s free, democratic system and the future of his family.”

Donald Trump has overhauled his election campaign team for the second time in two months, bringing in a new manager and CEO.

Kellyanne Conway becomes campaign manager and Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News the CEO. Paul Manafort remains as campaign chairman.

Donald Trump told AP the new leaders were “terrific people… they’re champs”.

The Republican presidential candidate has seen his poll ratings slip since the GOP conventions last month.

Donald Trump trails rival Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton both nationally and in key battleground states.

The latest shake-up comes just 82 days before the election.

Speaking to Associated Press news agency about Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of the politically conservative news and opinion website Breitbart, and pollster Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump said: “I’ve known both of them for a long time. They’re terrific people, they’re winners, they’re champs, and we need to win it.”

AP said the details of the new hierarchy were hammered out at a lengthy senior staff meeting at Trump Tower on August 16 and that more senior appointments were expected in the coming days.

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An article in Bloomberg in October 2015, described Stephen Bannon as “the most dangerous political operative in America”.

Stephen Bannon says his role at Breitbart is “virulently anti-establishment”.

Kellyanne Conway has previously worked for Republican politicians Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich.

Although Paul Manafort stays in his job, analysts say the new appointments, which come two months after campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was sacked, represent a demotion.

The Washington Post cited Donald Trump campaign aides as saying the Republican candidate respected Paul Manafort but felt “boxed in” by people “who barely knew him”.

Paul Manafort, a former adviser to George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole, only joined the Trump campaign in March.

Donald Trump has been pressed by some Republicans to tone down his fiery rhetoric in the wake of a number of controversial comments in the past two weeks and the subsequent drop in poll ratings.

However, Donald Trump appears to want to stand by the campaign style that won him the Republican nomination.

He said on August 16: “You know, I am who I am. It’s me. I don’t want to change.

“Everyone talks about, <<Oh, well you’re going to pivot, you’re going to>>. I don’t want to pivot. I mean, you have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people.”

Paul Manafort has had a troubled week, following a report in the New York Times that ledgers in Ukraine showed he was earmarked for $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from the former pro-Russian government between 2007 and 2012. He denied receiving any “off-the-books cash payment”.

The Trump team’s alleged pro-Russia links have been a key issue of the campaign, and the latest allegations sparked a call from the Clinton campaign for a full disclosure.

Opinion polls since the national conventions have made grim reading for the Trump team, both nationally and in key states.

The national lead for Hillary Clinton is currently between seven and eight points, the polls suggest.

The New York Times said on August 15 that no modern candidate trailing by this much three weeks after the conventions had won the election.

An opinion poll in the state of Virginia, carried in the Washington Post on August 16, gave Hillary Clinton a 14 point lead there.

Donald Trump has said initial evidence suggests the shooting of African-American Sylville Smith by police in Milwaukee was justified.

Sylville Smith’s death led to protests in a predominantly African-American part of the city on August 13.

The Republican presidential nominee told Fox News after visiting police in the city: “We have to obey the laws or we don’t have a country.”

Donald Trump later addressed a rally there.

A string of fatal police shootings have sparked demonstrations across the United States.

Protesters say the police are too ready to use lethal force against African-Americans.Sylville Smith death Milwaukee protests

In the latest incident, Sylville Smith, 23, was stopped by police and then fled.

According to officials, Sylville Smith was shot because he was carrying an illegal handgun and had refused to drop it.

“The gun was pointed at his [a police officer’s] head supposedly ready to be fired,” said Donald Trump.

“Who can have a problem with that? That’s what the narrative is. Maybe it’s not true. If it is true, people shouldn’t be rioting.”

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has put the state’s National Guard on standby but it has not been used.

Donald Trump, who met Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke on August 16, has been vocal in his support for the police throughout his campaign.

He trails rival Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the polls, ahead of November’s presidential election, after a series of controversial remarks.

At the Milwaukee campaign rally on August 16, Donald Trump said African-American communities were hurt the most by violence in their neighborhoods.

“The war on police is a war on all peaceful citizens who want to be able to work and live and send their kids to school in safety.

“Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter or the robber or the looter or the violent disruptor, of which there are many.”

Donald Trump accused Hilalry Clinton of being indirectly responsible for the unrest in Milwaukee by supporting those who see police as a racist force in the US.


El Chapo Guzman’s son, Jesus Alfredo Guzman, has been kidnapped in a Mexico’s Pacific coast city on August 15.

The son of the Mexican drug lord was among suspected criminals abducted in Puerto Vallarta, officials say.

Jesus Alfredo Guzman, 29, was one of six members of the Sinaloa Cartel seized by members of a rival gang, Jalisco New Generation.Jesus Alfredo Guzman kidnapped

The incident took place at a restaurant in the resort city.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is in jail, led the Sinaloa Cartel for years. Jesus Alfredo Guzman is suspected to be a senior member.

He is wanted on drugs charges by the US.

The US also wants El Chapo Guzman to be extradited on charges of smuggling vast amounts of drugs into the country.

The drug lord was recaptured in January, six months after escaping through a one-mile tunnel from his maximum-security prison cell.

The six suspected gang members were abducted at La Leche restaurant in the early hours of Monday in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco state.

State Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer told reporters that forensic evidence collected at the scene had confirmed Jesus Alfredo Guzman’s abduction.

He added that four of the six kidnapped people had already been identified, without providing further details.

There are reports that another of El Chapo Guzman’s sons, Ivan, may have also been among the victims.

Local officials say the victims had traveled from neighboring states for a celebration in the upscale restaurant.

Jalisco New Generation and the Sinaloa Cartel have been fighting for the control of major drug routes along Mexico’s Pacific coast.


A group of 13 North Korean restaurant workers who defected from China to South Korea earlier this year have been released.

According to South Korean officials, twelve women and one man had now begun the formal process of resettlement in South Korea.

The group defected in April from a North Korean state-run restaurant in the Chinese city of Ningbo.

At the time Seoul said the size of the defection was “unprecedented” and held them for further investigation.North Korea restaurant workers defection

Most North Korean defectors are first held at an interrogation facility to screen for potential spies and then put through a state resettlement program for three months, the AFP news agency reports.

However, in this case the National Intelligence Service (NIS) said it held the workers in “protective custody” because the case was very high profile. It added that North Korea was using the case for propaganda by claiming the female workers had been abducted by Seoul’s spy agency.

The thirteen defectors left a halfway house on August 11, local media reports said. Seoul’s Unification Ministry merely confirmed they had been released but did not give more details.

The release comes just one day after a diplomat at the North Korean embassy in London was reported to have defected and fled abroad with his family.

Thae Yong Ho had served as deputy to the ambassador and was responsible for promoting the image of his country to British audiences.

The group of restaurant workers all left China by legal means on April 6, a Chinese spokesman confirmed after the defection. Unlike many defectors, they all had valid travel documents.

The restaurant was reportedly in Ningbo, in China’s north-eastern province of Zhejiang.

North Korea runs some 130 restaurants in other countries which provide a much-needed source of income.

The North Korean staff is thought to be handpicked from families loyal to the state.

In a speech in Ohio, Donald Trump has said that he would enact “extreme vetting” of immigrants.

The Republican presidential nominee outlined his plans to combat Islamic extremism, including a new screening test for arrivals to the United States.

Applicants will be tested to determine if they share Western liberal values like LGBT and religious tolerance.

Donald Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton poured scorn on his plan, labeling it a “cynical ploy”.

“This so-called <<policy>> cannot be taken seriously,” said her spokesman.

“How can Trump put this forward with a straight face when he opposes marriage equality and selected as his running mate the man [Mike Pence] who signed an anti-LGBT law in Indiana?”

Under Donald Trump’s plan, citizens from countries with a history of terror will be banned but it is not clear which nations.

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In the speech, the New York billionaire did not lay out his own military strategy for defeating ISIS.

He did repeat his claim he was opposed to the Iraq War before it began, which fact-checkers say is untrue.

Donald Trump also said that the oil in Iraq should have been seized by the US government to prevent it from becoming the property of ISIS.

In his speech, he also promised to:

  • Ban immigration from countries where terrorism is widespread and vetting is poor
  • Make alliances with all countries fighting against terrorism
  • Introduce an ideology test for new immigrants arriving to the US
  • Keep Guantanamo Bay prison open
  • Establish a presidential commission to investigate Islamic terror
  • Work with NATO, despite previously calling it “obsolete”

Donald Trump initially proposed a blanket ban on all Muslims but has changed it to one that is based on an unspecified list of countries that export terror.

The latest proposal includes creating an ideological test for immigrants entering the US, with questions addressing how each applicant views American values such as religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights.

“Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country,” Donald Trump said.

The Republican nominee said that the test will not only expose terrorist sympathizers, but also will “screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles”.

Donald Trump heavily criticized Hillary Clinton, saying that she lacks the “mental and physical stamina” to defeat ISIS.

He attacked her plan to increase the rate of Syrian refugees arrivals, which he claimed would cost $400 billion.

Donald Trump is still facing a backlash for repeatedly describing President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as “founders” of Islamic State.

Vice President Joe Biden speaking at a campaign event with Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump’s claim that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had “founded” ISIS proved his views to be “dangerous” and “un-American”, and that it had made US soldiers in Iraq less safe already.

Recent polls show Donald Trump significantly trailing Hillary Clinton in key battleground states.


Shots have been fired at several locations during new protests in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, police say, as demonstrators took to the streets for a second night.

Protests erupted on August 13 after 23-year-old African-American Sylville Smith was shot dead in a police chase.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Sylville Smith did not drop a gun he was holding when told to do so.

Police violence against the black community in the past two years has prompted huge protests.

The Milwaukee Police Department tweeted that shots had been fired at several locations before and after midnight on August 14, local time.Sylville Smith death Milwaukee protests

Rocks were also thrown at police as they attempted to disperse crowds in the Burleigh area. Officers were making “multiple arrests” in the Sherman and Burleigh districts, police said.

One civilian had earlier been taken to hospital after he suffered a gunshot wound.

Local news footage also showed a car on fire.

On August 13, cars and buildings, including a petrol station, had been set ablaze.

According to Milwaukee police, Sylville Smith had fled from a car after being stopped by officers in traffic on Saturday afternoon; he died from his injuries at the scene.

Sylville Smith had a “lengthy arrest record”, police said on August 14.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported the man had been charged over a shooting and witness intimidation, charges that were eventually dropped.

Milwaukee police chief Edward Flynn did not say what prompted officers to stop Sylville Smith’s car, saying only that he was “behaving suspiciously”.

Footage of the shooting was captured by a body camera worn by the officer who fired the shots, who was African-American.

On August 14, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made the National Guard available to Milwaukee police should more violence occur later in the day.

Khalif Rainey, who represents the area where the violence hit on Milwaukee’s city council, said people were “tired of living under this oppression” in a city that is 40% black.

In 2014, police shot dead an unarmed black man, Dontre Hamilton, in Milwaukee, leading to protests in the city. Prosecutors chose not to charge the officer responsible.

In December, the DoJ said it would carry a full review of Milwaukee’s police department, at its request, to look into areas for improvement.


Cuba’s ex President Fidel Castro has made a rare public appearance at an event to mark his 90th birthday on Saturday, August 13.

Fidel Castro appeared at a gala in Havana’s Karl Marx Theatre with his brother, President Raul Castro, and Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

In his first public appearance since April, Fidel Castro appeared frail and remained seated during the event.

Fidel Castro, who stood down in 2008, had earlier attacked President Barack Obama in a newspaper column.Fidel Castro criticizes US before embassy reopening

The former Cuban leader criticized President Obama for not apologizing to the people of Hiroshima for the nuclear bomb dropped there by the US in World War Two.

Barack Obama visited Hiroshima in May.

Fidel Castro wrote: “He lacked the words to ask for forgiveness for the killings of hundreds of thousands of people.”

Ties between the United States and Cuba have been restored under Raul Castro’s presidency, but after a visit by Barack Obama to Havana in March, Fidel Castro wrote that “we don’t need the empire to give us anything”.

The gala in Havana focused on key moments of Fidel Castro’s life, including the CIA-backed invasion attempt in the Bay of Pigs in 1961.

A large street party was also held in Havana on August 12, and fireworks exploded when the clock hit midnight.


Venezuela and Colombia have reopened their common border after nearly a year.

Thousands of Venezuelans began crossing into Colombia in the early hours of August 13 to buy much-needed supplies. Long queues had formed before dawn.

Venezuela is facing a severe economic crisis, with shortages of many goods. It had closed the border with Colombia nearly a year ago on security grounds.

Five border crossings will remain open for 12 hours every day.Nicolas Maduro imposes visas for Americans

An agreement to reopen the border was announced on August 11 by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro.

The two leaders said that during the first stage only pedestrians would be allowed to cross.

“We are going to open the border gradually,” said Juan Manuel Santos.

The five main crossings along the 1,370 miles-border will be open daily from 08:00 to 20:00 local time.

The authorities expect the queues to disappear as people realize that the situation has been normalized.

President Nicolas Maduro ordered the border to be closed in August 2015 after former Colombian paramilitaries attacked a Venezuelan military patrol and wounded three soldiers.

Many Colombians were expelled, and bilateral trade has since fallen.

When border crossings were allowed briefly in July, nearly 200,000 Venezuelans poured across to stock up on items including cooking oil, sugar and rice.

Venezuela has suffered severe shortages for months as a result of the falling price of oil which is the country’s prime source of income.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has released her 2015 federal income tax return, adding to the pressure on rival Donald Trump to do the same.

Hillary Clinton paid an effective federal tax rate of 34.2% in 2015.

Running mate Tim Kaine, along with his wife Anne Holton, paid a rate of 20.3%, his returns show.

Billionaire Donald Trump has refused to release his.

Presidential candidates typically release their tax returns to the media to show their effective tax rate, charitable donations and other financial details.

Donald Trump, who has released a self-reported financial disclosure form, said he will not make his income tax return public until the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) completes audits of them.

Hillary and Bill Clinton were to headline Senator Tom Harkin's annual steak fry fundraiser in rural Indianola

Hillary and Bill Clinton were to headline Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry fundraiser in rural Indianola

The IRS has said Donald Trump is free to release his returns. Donald Trump would be the first presidential candidate in decades not to release his returns.

Richard Nixon released his federal income tax return in 1973, starting an informal precedent.

In 2012, then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reluctantly released his returns.

The returns became a campaign issue after the documents showed Mitt Romeny paid an effective tax rate of 14.1%, much lower than the typical rate for top earners.

“Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine continue to set the standard for financial transparency,” said a Clinton campaign spokeswoman, who called on Donald Trump to do the same.

Hillary and Bill Clinton made most of their money in 2015 from business income, namely consulting, speaking and book royalties, for a total of $10.1 million between the couple.

Bill Clinton spent $500,000 in travel as part of the speaking portion of his business, while the former secretary of state had about $250,000 in travel expenses for her speaking business.

Half of their deductions are charitable giving – including a $1 million donation to the Clinton Foundation

Hillary Clinton’s return was filed jointly with her husband former President Bill Clinton. The couple earned more than $10 million in 2015, the documents say.

Most of the income came from Bill Clinton’s speaking fees as Hillary Clinton has been campaigning for president.

Hillary Clinton earned about $3 million from book royalties.

Bill and Hillary Clinton have disclosed tax returns for every year since 1977.


President Vladimir Putin has unexpectedly dismissed his chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, the Kremlin has announced.

Sergei Ivanov, 63, has been part of the Russian president’s trusted inner circle for many years.

He has now been made a special representative for environmental and transport issues.

A statement from the Kremlin said that President Putin had “decreed to relieve Ivanov of his duties as head of the Russian presidential administration”, but gave no reason.

Photo Russian Government

Photo Russian Government

Sergei Ivanov’s deputy since 2012, Anton Vaino, has been appointed as his successor.

Anton Vaino, 44, is a former diplomat. Born in the Estonian capital Tallinn in 1972, he graduated from the prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and served in the Tokyo embassy. Later he managed presidential protocol and government staff, the Kremlin website says.

On being appointed, Anton Vaino told Vladimir Putin: “Thank you for your trust. I think the administration’s most important task is to support your activity as head of state in terms of drafting laws and control over how your instructions are implemented.”

President Putin told a Russian TV station on August 12 that Sergei Ivanov had asked to leave the post, and recommended that Anton Vaino should replace him.

In remarks to Vladimir Putin, quoted on the Kremlin website, Sergei Ivanov said: “It’s true that in early 2012 I asked you, in a conversation, to entrust me with this very complicated post, even – you could say – troublesome post, for four years.

“Well, it turns out that I’ve been presidential chief of staff for four years and eight months.”

Sergei Ivanov took up the post in December 2011. He served previously as a deputy prime minister and defense minister.

He is a member of the Russian Security Council and a former member of the KGB state security service, like Vladimir Putin.

In the late 1990s, when Vladimir Putin was head of the Federal Security Service (FSB), which replaced the KGB, Sergei Ivanov was appointed as his deputy. When Vladimir Putin came to power, he named Sergei Ivanov as one of the five people he trusted most.

It was once thought that Sergei Ivanov might become president of Russia after Vladimir Putin’s second term, as a third term for Putin would have been unconstitutional.

However, that post was taken by another close Putin ally, Dmitry Medvedev.

Vladimir Putin became prime minister, before returning to the presidency just three-and-a-half years later.

In a letter signed by more than 70 Republicans, the GOP’s National Committee head is being urged to stop funding Donald Trump’s campaign.

The signatories said Donald Trump’s “divisiveness” and “incompetence” risked drowning the party in November’s election.

The letter said that the GOP should instead focus on protecting vulnerable candidates in elections to the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Former members of Congress are among the signatories of the letter.

“We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide,” said a draft of the letter published by Politico.Donald Trump San Diego rally

“Only the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck.”

The letter added: “This should not be a difficult decision, as Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day.”

Reacting to the move, Donald Trump said he was not concerned that the party could cut him off.

“All I have to do is stop funding the Republican Party,” he said.

According to a Time Magazine report on August 11, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus had threatened to withdraw funding from the Trump campaign, and instead direct it to Congressional campaigns.

Donald Trump denies that this conversation ever took place.

The Republican presidential nominee has endured 10 days of negative headlines after a string of controversial comments.

In recent weeks, several leading Republicans have deserted Donald Trump over his outspoken attacks.

Polls suggest support for Donald Trump has been falling in key battleground states in recent weeks.