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On 18 September, the head of the Houthis’ prisoner affairs committee, Abdul Qader al-Murtada, said that the Saudi-led coalition is obstructing the implementation of the prisoner exchange with Yemen, despite the deal being brokered through the UN.
According to Yemeni officials, the prisoners’ swap deal is at a “complete stalemate” on a local and international level, despite signing an agreement with the coalition and its partners to exchange 2,200 prisoners with each other.
Al-Murtada added that the coalition deliberately prevents UN efforts to make “the agreement a success,” with the last round of negotiations held in Jordan’s capital, last month. The senior Yemeni official also mentioned that the coalition attempted to “halt all locally agreed exchanges.”
This prisoner exchange was initially announced on 27 March, with the agreement including the swap of 1,400 prisoners from the Yemeni army and popular committees in exchange for the return of 823 prisoners from the other side, including 16 Saudi and three Sudanese nationals.
US Envoy for Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein with Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bouhabib, left, in Beirut, Lebanon, June 14, 2022. (AP/Bilal Hussein)
Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s office said Monday that Israel will go ahead and extract gas from the Karish gas field with or without a deal on the maritime border with Lebanon.
The comments came hours after Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that indirect talks with Israel to end a maritime border dispute are in their “final stages.”
In a tweet, Aoun said the talks are wrapping up “in a way that guarantees Lebanon’s rights to explore for gas and oil.”
Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) recently announced that it was revising its forthcoming guidelines for entry into the West Bank by foreign nationals. The country had faced backlash over a new series of travel rules that are scheduled to be implemented this fall, including a stipulation that foreigners had 30 days to report the start of romantic relationship with any Palestinian ID holder.
The Times of Israel declared that the country was “dropping” the relationship regulation. CNN said that Israel had taken a “U-turn” on the issue. “One of the most controversial rules would have required foreign passport holders entering a formal relationship with a Palestinian living in the West Bank to notify Israeli authorities within 30 days of their engagement, wedding, or moving-in together,” reads an article on the network’s website, “but those regulations have been removed from the official guidance published on Sunday.”
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An Indian court ordered Bill Gates, the Indian government and the Serum Institute of India — the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer — to provide formal responses relating to a case filed by the father of a woman who died after receiving AstraZeneca’s Covishield COVID-19 vaccine.
The High Court of Judicature at Bombay set a Nov. 17 deadline for the responses and scheduled a hearing for the same day.
In a lawsuit filed in February, Dilip Lunawat alleged his daughter, Snehal Lunawat, died March 1, 2021, of complications arising from the Covishield vaccine. He is seeking compensation of ₹1000 crores (approximately $126 million).
According to the lawsuit, Lunawat “lost his elder daughter. His loss can neither be explained in words nor can be compensated in terms of money. Only some sort of succour can be done by awarding compensation.”
Outgoing Lebanese President Michel Aoun revealed on 19 September that US-mediated negotiations to demarcate the maritime border with Israel are in their “final stages.”
“Negotiations to demarcate the southern maritime borders are in their final stages, in a way that guarantees Lebanon’s rights to explore for gas and oil,” Aoun tweeted on Monday after meeting with UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka.
US-mediated talks between Beirut and Tel Aviv for control of a proven natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea restarted in June, after Israel deployed production and extraction vessels to the Karish field located in disputed territory.
Last week, Lebanon received a set of coordinates from US mediator Amos Hochstein, which would establish line 23 as the maritime border, giving Israel complete control of Karish. In exchange, Lebanon would be allowed control of the prospect Qana gas field.
Aoun’s claims on Monday came just days after Israel revealed plans to connect the Karish gas rig to the country’s pipeline network, allegedly in order to “test the drilling rig, and the systems for pumping gas from the platform to the network.”
India is scrambling to replace canceled Russian gas deliveries, causing one gas company to pay for the nation's most expensive liquefied natural gas cargo in history.
GAIL India, the largest gas distributor in the country, purchased three LNG cargoes last week for over $40 per million British thermal units, traders familiar with the matter told Bloomberg on Monday. Those are record prices for any LNG cargo to be delivered to India, more than doubling the prices paid last year.
At least five people were killed and over 70 others were injured on Monday by Iranian security forces firing live ammunition during a wave of protests in the Kurdish areas of western Iran, decrying the death of a Kurdish woman in detention.
Two young men were killed by Iranian security forces in the town of Divandarreh in Iran’s Kurdistan province after protests broke out in the country over the killing of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini for alleged improper hijab, Arsalan Yarahmedi, the head of Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, told Rudaw English.
Several hours later, the watchdog reported that two other people were killed in Saqqez city, where the protests originated from. One other death was reported in Dehgolan, Kurdistan province. The organization monitors human rights violations committed in the Kurdish areas of Iran using local sources.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania closed their borders Monday to most Russian citizens in response to the wide domestic support in Russia for the war in Ukraine.
Under the coordinated travel ban, Russians wishing to travel to the Baltic countries as tourists or for business, sports or cultural purposes will not be allowed in even if they hold valid visas for the European Union’s checks-free Schengen Area.
The prime ministers of the three Baltic nations and Poland agreed earlier this month to stop admitting Russian citizens, saying the move would protect the security of the four European Union member nations.
“Russia is an unpredictable and aggressive state. Three-quarters of its citizens support the war. It is unacceptable that people who support the war can freely travel around the world, into Lithuania, the EU,” Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said Monday.
“Such support for hostilities can pose threats to the security of our country and the EU as a whole,” she added.
The president of the United States has once again committed the US military to direct hot war with China in the event of an attack on Taiwan, a commitment that was once again walked back by his White House handlers.
In a recent 60 Minutes interview, Biden was asked point-blank by CBS News' Scott Pelley if US forces would defend Taiwan from an attack by the mainland.
"Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack," Biden said.
"After our interview a White House official told us US policy has not changed," Pelly narrates after the comment. "Officially, the U.S. will not say whether American forces would defend Taiwan. But the commander-in-chief had a view of his own."
According to a recent document obtained by the Cato Institute, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation suggests that the State Department, and possibly the FBI, maintain an interest in the United Kingdom-based Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
As part of a multi-year freedom of information campaign designed to uncover potentially questionable – or even unlawful – domestic surveillance against politically active civil society organizations, Cato included the CND, a group opposing nuclear proliferation, in a request dealing with anti-war or anti-nuclear groups.
In late May of this year, the FBI responded, noting that multiple FBI files allegedly mentioning CND had been transferred to the National Archives – indicating to they were likely well over 25 years old and probably related to the nuclear freeze campaign era. However, the Bureau also referred 15 pages to the State Department for further review.
A dozen Republican candidates in competitive races for governor and Senate have declined to say whether they would accept the results of their contests, raising the prospect of fresh post-election chaos two years after Donald Trump refused to concede the presidency.
In a survey by The Washington Post of 19 of the most closely watched statewide races in the country, the contrast between Republican and Democratic candidates was stark. While seven GOP nominees committed to accepting the outcomes in their contests, 12 either refused to commit or declined to respond. On the Democratic side, 17 said they would accept the outcome and two did not respond to The Post’s survey.
The reluctance of many GOP candidates to embrace a longstanding tenet of American democracy shows how Trump’s assault on the integrity of U.S. elections has spread far beyond the 2020 presidential race. This year, multiple losing candidates could refuse to accept their defeats.
A pro-family group called the American Principles Project (APA) released an ad in Arizona slamming Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) for supporting “policies pushing transgender drugs and surgeries on kids.”
“We have an explosion of kids, rather suddenly, making an announcement that they are transgender,” child psychologist Miriam Grossman, M.D. says at the video’s start.
A narrator then states, “Democrats like Mark Kelly and Joe Biden support policies pushing dangerous transgender drugs and surgeries on kids, taking away parental rights,” as a graphic on the screen references Senate Bill 393, which Kelly and 45 other Democrats cosponsor.
George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley has written that if it is illegal, as some Democrats have alleged, for GOP governors to move migrants across the country, then President Joe Biden is the “biggest ‘coyote’ in history.”
The term “coyote” refers to the smugglers who work for Mexican cartels and who are paid thousands of dollars per migrant to move human beings from points in Central America across the U.S. border, sometimes assaulting and robbing them en route.
Turley published a column Monday in response to calls by California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to have Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) arrested for kidnapping after he flew 50 migrants to the wealthy liberal enclave of Martha’s Vineyard last week.
Other Democrats and liberal pundits made similar calls for DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who bused migrants to Vice President Kamala Harris’s residence in Washington, DC, arrested for similar crimes, including “human trafficking.”
Worsening inflation (stemming from endless fiat currency money printing) is causing food, energy and housing to become unaffordable for millions of Americans, putting them on a trajectory of homelessness and destitution.
Right now, homeless encampments are expanding in cities like Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Oakland. The situation is bound to get far worse as inflation accelerates and people find themselves jobless due to plummeting economic activity while manufacturers downsize operations.
All across America right now, people are moving out of (unaffordable) apartments and rental homes, and moving into RVs or campers. Many of these people have jobs yet still can’t afford to save enough money for a down payment on a home. As economic conditions deteriorate, many of these people will move from RVs to cars or trucks… and then eventually to tents on the street. There, they are largely forgotten by the very same bureaucrats who promised them jobs and government assistance. Those are also the same bureaucrats who created the very problems that cause homelessness in the first place, such as worsening inflation by handing out stimulus money… or forcing small businesses to shut down over “covid” claims.
The controlled demolition of America is well under way.
Late last month, the California legislature voted to pass a bill that would allow the State to take custody of out-of-state minors seeking gender transition surgeries and cross-sex hormones – even if these actions go against the wishes of the child’s parents.
The “Walk it Back White House” strikes again. Why can’t this “administration” develop a consistent stance on seemingly anything? As reported by The Gateway Pundit, Joe Biden’s White House has already walked back Joe’s comments on China-Taiwan relations three times previously.
The current chief “diversity, equity and inclusion” officer at the Department of Defense‘s Education Activity office, who supervises the education of the children of Pentagon employees and overseas military members, issued a series of social posts disparaging white people.
Joe and Nurse Jill were late on Monday to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London.
Huma Abedin was one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides during the 2016 US election. But the Democrat's campaign was seriously damaged by a scandal involving Ms Abedin's then-husband, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner.
Eleven days before the election, FBI director James Comey announced he was reopening an investigation into Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server.
That was after Mr Weiner's laptop was seized by officers over sexting an underage girl - something he was later jailed for - and emails between Ms Abedin and Mrs Clinton were found.
As she releases her book, Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds, Huma Abedin opens up to BBC Woman's Hour about the guilt she felt over what happened, and how Hillary Clinton reacted.
The Kremlin on Monday that "loud announcements" from US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on the causes of the border conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia were unlikely to help stabilize the situation.
In a call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that a "quiet and businesslike approach" to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict would bear fruit.
Anthony Fauci is set to headline a major far-left conference whose lead sponsors include COVID-19 vaccine maker Pfizer, The National Pulse can reveal. Fauci will appear alongside race-baiter Ibram X. Kendi, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and more.
Most recent data shows the seven-day average of new COVID cases continues to decline to about 60,000, while daily deaths from the disease are at an average of about 500.
"The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We're still doing a low of work on it. But the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one's wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape, and so I think it's changing, and I think [the resumption of the Detroit auto show] is a perfect example of it," Biden said.
Hispanics voted in greater numbers for former President Donald Trump in 2020, a trend that could spell trouble for Democrats in this year's midterm elections, reports The Washington Examiner.
The growth in Trump's Latino support showed up in 2020 even though the former president lost to Joe Biden in the presidential election, earning the backing of about one in three Hispanic voters nationwide.
Close to 17 million Latino voters turned out in the 2020 general election and Trump won the highest share of the Hispanic vote of any Republican presidential nominee since George W. Bush in 2004.
There is no end to the ludicrous actions of Democrats as they continue to assert their nasty ways into the educational systems worldwide. The latest atrocity comes from a video that shows a high school teacher putting on obscene prosthetics to help him have a feminine appearance.
The gender-confused man thought it would be a great idea to teach his shop class to wear obscene materials. He also put on a blond wig, insanely tight shorts, and a shirt classified as a clothing violation.
The Post Millennial reported that a student wrote on Twitter, “The kids here most definitely don’t think [it’s] normal, but realistically we can’t say anything. The liberal ideology protects the predator from being fired because the liberals have made it illegal for a form of professionalism to be present in the classroom. Last year, the teacher was a man. I don’t think the school can fire him.”
After the death of fellow musician PnB Rock at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in South LA, 64-year-old Rapper Ice-T took to Twitter, “People are still hitting me up about my comments about LA gang culture.” He had previously made comments about the gang culture not being a “game.” according to the Daily Wire.
A stalker found the Philadelphia artist, PnB Rock (a.k.a. Rakim Allen) and his girlfriend at Roscoe’s after she tagged the rapper in a now-deleted Instagram post.
Authorities believe PnB Rock was targeted because of a social media video showing him wearing expensive jewelry. The attacker attempted to rob him in broad daylight, just after 1 PM, approaching PnB Rock’s table, demanding items, and stealing a custom diamond chain. Then he fired upon the rapper,
US President Joe Biden says he told Chinese President Xi Jinping it would be a “gigantic mistake” to violate sanctions against Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.
The US president said he spoke with Xi after China’s leader met Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Winter Olympics in February. Russia attacked its neighbour shortly thereafter.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is “undeniably, unequivocally” preparing to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2024 if President Biden decides not to run for a second term and is poised to take on Vice President Kamala Harris, according to a report on Monday.
Newsom, who recently challenged Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to a debate over his sending 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, plans to make an announcement after the midterm elections once the president relays his intentions, The Wrap reported.
“No ifs, ands or buts. He will run if Biden does not,” a leading California fundraiser told the outlet.
The Kentucky Supreme Court has suspended an Eastern Kentucky prosecutor who promised to help a defendant in exchange for nude photos.
Ronnie Goldy is the commonwealth’s attorney for Bath, Menifee, Montgomery and Rowan counties. Although the court temporarily suspended him, it said in its Friday order that only the General Assembly can remove Goldy from office through impeachment, the Courier Journal reported.
The newspaper previously reported that Goldy exchanged 230 pages of Facebook messages with a female defendant. Goldy testified at a Sept. 8 hearing that he didn’t remember sending the messages but did not deny having done so. The woman has testified that in exchange for photos, Goldy withdrew warrants and had cases continued. She also said that she had sex with the prosecutor.
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor will be leaving office at the end of the year and revealed she will become part of the anti-gerrymandering effort.
While delivering the “State of the Judiciary” at the Ohio Judicial Conference, O’Connor spoke about her next steps given she has been term-limited as the head of the state’s highest court.
O’Connor’s seat is on the ballot, meaning November’s Ohio Supreme Court races could change how redistricting cases are handled.
O’Connor voiced concern for Ohioans after a vast majority voted in favor of a constitutional amendment to reform the process of gerrymandering but it “didn’t work,” she claimed.