Hillary Clinton is convinced that associates of Donald Trump helped Russia interfere in the 2016 presidential election, arguing in a new interview that she has “no doubt” Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted her to lose. “There certainly was communication and there certainly was an understanding of some sort,” Clinton told USA Today in an interview published Monday night on her new book, What Happened . “Because there’s no doubt in my mind that Putin wanted me to lose and wanted Trump to win.” “And there’s no doubt in my mind that there are a tangle of financial relationships between Trump and his operation with Russian money,” she continued. “And there’s no doubt in my mind that the Trump campaign and other associates have worked really hard to hide their connections with Russians.” Clinton said she is certain that elements of then-candidate Trump’s campaign helped the Russian government undermine her candidacy, though she...
Hurricane Irma knocked out power to about 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida, even as the storm’s power waned as it crept up the state’s west coast, according to state officials and local electric utilities. Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a dangerous Category 4 storm, the second highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. The storm gradually lost strength, weakening to a Category 1 hurricane by Monday morning. At 5 a.m. ET (0900 GMT), Irma was carrying maximum sustained winds of near 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour) the National Hurricane Center said. Most of the power losses were in Florida, but losses in Georgia, which were at about 90,000 as of 6 a.m. ET (1000 GMT), were expected to increase as the storm moved north. FPL, the biggest power company in Florida, said more than 3.6 million of its customers were without power by 6 a.m....
Grave human rights crimes may have been committed by Venezuelan authorities as they crack down on political opponents amid mass protests, UN Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warned on Monday. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, Zeid urged the body to set up an international investigation into the killings, arbitrary detention and torture that his office described last month in a report. “My investigation suggests the possibility that crimes against humanity may have been committed, which can only be confirmed by a subsequent criminal investigation,’’ he said. Venezuela is currently among the 47 members of the Human Rights Council. Zeid told the assembled diplomats that they should think about “the need to exclude from this body states involved in the most egregious violations of human rights.” The UN rights chief talk before Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza was scheduled to take the floor in Geneva. The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley had criticised Arreaza’s...
The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar has criticised the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, for failing to protect the Rohingya Muslim minority. Yanghee Lee said the situation in Rakhine was “really grave” and it was time for Ms Suu Kyi to “step in”. Her comments came as the number of Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh reached 87,000, according to UN estimates. That is more than the exodus after the October 2016 violence in Rakhine. Both outpourings were sparked by attacks by Rohingya militants on police posts which triggered a crackdown by the Burmese military. The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim ethnic minority who have faced persecution in Myanmar. Many of those who have fled describe troops and Rakhine Buddhist mobs burning their villages and attacking civilians. Satellite images show many fires across northern parts of the state, and Human Rights Watch has released an image which it says shows that...
Not less than 49 children died at a state-run hospital in Northern India allegedly due to lack of medicine or oxygen, Police Chief Dayanand Misra, said on Monday. The latest deaths were registered between July 21 and Aug. 10 in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Farrukhabad city in Uttar Pradesh state. The children died from complications including shortage of oxygen. Following preliminary inquiry, Farrukhabad district magistrate Ravindra Kumar as well as two top hospital doctors were transferred from their positions and a probe was ordered, the state government announced. “A high-level team will be sent to investigate the incident so that the real cause behind the deaths can be determined,’’ a government spokesperson said on Twitter. “Parents have complained that their children died due to suffocation. “We have registered complaints against doctors under sections including causing death due to negligence,’’ Misra said. Registering complaint represents the very beginning of the legal process in India. More than 60...
The Philippine Military’s Chief on Monday warned Islamic State-allied militants to surrender or die as troops make a final push to end a more-than-three-month conflict in besieged Marawi City. The fight between government forces and the militants was concentrated in the centre of Marawi, 800 kilometres south of Manila, and picked up last week after soldiers retook control of key landmarks in the municipality. “We are in the final phase, finishing touches that’s why fighting has been intense,’’ said General Eduardo Ano, the armed forces chief of staff. The enemy is repositioning. We will finish this soon. “Either they surrender or they die there, so we can start the reconstruction of Marawi City,’’ he added. At least two leaders of the siege of Marawi, Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute are still believed to be alive and in the main battle area, according to military intelligence reports. A third leader, Abdullah Maute, was reported to...
The president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has said his country has “a problem” with its judiciary after the Supreme Court cancelled his victory in last month’s presidential election. Speaking on live television, he vowed to “fix” the court if re-elected. It comes a day after the Supreme Court cited irregularities in the vote and ordered a new one within 60 days. Mr. Kenyatta has said he will respect the ruling and called for calm amid fears of unrest. But at a rally in Nairobi on Friday he branded the Supreme Court judges “crooks”. The 8 August poll raised fears of major violence similar to that following a disputed vote in 2007. Deputy President William Ruto has called on the electoral commission to set a date for fresh presidential elections, saying the governing Jubilee Party is ready. But opposition candidate Raila Odinga wants the commission replaced, saying it has lost credibility. The decision to annul the election was...
United States President, Donald Trump visited Texas for a second time in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The hurricane made landfall in the state a week ago, causing devastating floods. Some residents have been allowed to return to their homes but flood waters are still rising in other areas. Harvey has been blamed for at least 47 deaths, and about 43,000 people are currently housed in shelters. Mr. Trump has asked Congress for $7.8bn (£6bn). The sum would be an initial payment to help with recovery efforts following the flooding in both Texas and Louisiana, which has also hit production at America’s main petrol and oil refining centre. Governor of Texas Greg Abbott has said the state may need more than $125bn in aid. President Trump and his wife Melania visited Texas earlier in the week but stayed clear of the disaster zone, saying they did not want to divert resources from rescue...
By Bukola Ogunsina, Beijing, China As China prepares to host the 9th BRICS Summit at Fujian Province this coming September, from 3 to 5th the Deputy Executive Director of the China Asian Cooperation Centre,  Dr Zeng Aiping has disclosed that the Summit will further enhance the existing economic ties between BRICS member countries and Africa. The groups global shares have risen from 11 to 16 percent in recent years, with Foreign Direct Investment to African countries rising from seven to 12 percent, he said. The Deputy Executive Director said this while hosting 27 African journalists participating at the 2017 China Africa Press Centre programme. The theme of this year’s BRIC’s meeting is ‘BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future’. “China attaches importance to the development of Africa. Some other African countries will participate in this summit,” Dr Zeng noted. He further emphasised that the group’s bank, African Regional Centre for New Development...
By Bukola Ogunsina, Beijing, China China and Africa’s trade volume has reached $85 billion the first half of this year 2017 with growth rate at 19 per cent. This was disclosed by the China Africa Development Fund (CADF) recently as it hosted 27 journalists, participants of the 2017 China Africa Press Centre (CAPC) programme. At its headquarters in Beijing, the firm noted that the total investment of projects generated by the CADF through Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) to Africa is about 20 billion US dollars. The Vice President of CADF, Wang Yong said that all the projects invested in Africa can generate approximately 2 billion US dollars for local export, 10 billion US dollars for local tax revenue which in turn directly benefit more than one million local people. A financial and equity investment firm, CADF tracks investment projects across countries they have made diplomatic contact with on the African continent. It...