Thursday, January 20

Day: August 9, 2016

Labour To Appeal Over Vote Court Judgment
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Labour To Appeal Over Vote Court Judgment

    Labour has said it will appeal after five new party members won a High Court battle over their legal right to vote in the forthcoming leadership election. The members accused the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) of unlawfully "freezing" them and many others out of the contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith, even though they had "paid their dues". The NEC decided that full members would not be able to vote if they had not had at least six months' continuous membership up to 12 July - the "freeze date". But Mr Justice Hickinbottom ruled that refusing the five the vote "would be unlawful as in breach of contract". The court action affects almost 130,000 Labour supporters who were affected by the freeze. A spokesman for the party said: "The Procedures Committee ...
50 Former National Security Officials Say Trump Not Qualified to Be President
America, ENGLISH

50 Former National Security Officials Say Trump Not Qualified to Be President

    Fifty former national security officials whose careers span more than four decades released a letter today critical of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, stating that they would not vote for the real estate mogul in November. The statement — signed by a former director of the CIA and National Security Agency, ex-secretaries of homeland security and former top aides and advisers for the White House, State Department and Department of Justice, among others — is the latest in a series of public rebukes of Trump’s capacity to guide the nation’s defense and foreign policy by former government leaders. “Donald Trump is not qualified to be president and commander-in-chief,” reads the letter. “Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous president and would put...
Helpless Chinese tourist ends up in German refugee camp after losing wallet
ENGLISH, Europe

Helpless Chinese tourist ends up in German refugee camp after losing wallet

    An unnamed Chinese tourist visiting Germany ended up touring the country's refugee system for weeks after his wallet was stolen at the airport, according to reports in the German media. The strange journey began when a backpacker had just arrived in the southwestern city of Stuttgart. Hoping to report the theft, he searched for a police station, the broadcaster WDR reports. However, due to an unspecified mixup, he ended up speaking to refugee authorities in the city of Heidelberg, over an hour's drive away from Stuttgart. There he filled out an asylum application and was taken to a reception center in Dortmund and later to a refugee home in Duelmen — meaning he was now over four hours away from Stuttgart. To make matters worse, the Chinese citizen's passport and visa were ...
Glasgow Shopkeeper Asad Shah Murderer Tanveer Ahmed Given Life Sentence
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Glasgow Shopkeeper Asad Shah Murderer Tanveer Ahmed Given Life Sentence

    A taxi driver has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 27 years for the murder of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah. Tanveer Ahmed, 32, travelled from Yorkshire to confront Mr Shah about clips the shopkeeper had posted online which he said "disrespected the Prophet Muhammad". Watching a clip featuring Mr Shah on his phone as he made his way to Glasgow, Ahmed was heard in a message saying: "Listen to this guy. Something needs to be done. It needs nipped in the bud." He pulled out a knife and stabbed the 40-year-old at his store in Glasgow's Shawlands area on 24 March. Ahmed, from Bradford, had pleaded guilty to the murder last month. From Glasgow, Sky News' James Matthews said: "Inside court, a section of the public gallery was filled by supporters of Tanveer Ahmed. "As...
China warns UK over £18bn nuclear power deal
ENGLISH, Technology

China warns UK over £18bn nuclear power deal

    China has issued its sternest warning yet to the UK that bilateral ties stand at a “crucial historical juncture” over London’s deferral of an £18bn nuclear power project. Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK, drew a clear link between Beijing’s desire to see an early go-ahead for the controversial Hinkley Point power project and the future of the UK-China relationship. “Right now, the China-UK relationship is at a crucial historical juncture . . . I hope the UK will keep its door open to China,” Mr Liu wrote in the Financial Times. “I also hope that the British government will continue to support the Hinkley Point C project and come to a decision as soon as possible so that the project could go ahead smoothly,” he added. The UK’s move last month to review the landmar...
Three seriously injured after house collapsed in Greater Manchester
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Three seriously injured after house collapsed in Greater Manchester

    Three people have suffered serious injuries after an explosion destroyed a terraced house. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service was called to the property in Curzon Road, Ashton under-Lyne, at around 5am on Tuesday and arrived to find the front and back of the building had collapsed. Incident commander at the scene Alan Ashworth said the number of casualties had risen to "at least 10". He told reporters: "We are concerned for three of these casualties; some of them do have quite severe lacerations and burns." Mr Ashworth said a man, woman and their adult daughter lived at the property - which has been left in ruins following the early-morning blast. "We don't have full details of the casualties, but we now know three people were inside the property at the time of the...