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    Pressure from China is driving the campaign for Barbados to become a republic, a Conservative MP has claimed. Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said Beijing was playing a large role in the island nation's decision to remove the Queen as head of state. Barbados signed on to China's 'Belt and Road' initiative in 2019, opening up trade between the two countries. Meanwhile CIA intelligence in the US about Chinese activities in Barbados has now reportedly been shared with Britain. The Queen pictured with Governor-General of Barbados Dame Sandra Mason at Windsor Castle in 2018 Tom Tugendhat (pictured), chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said Beijing was playing a large role in the island nation's decision to...
    The New Republic faced fierce criticism on Thursday over a tweet comparing the alleged abuse from an ex-husband of a Republican senator to the policies of President Donald Trump. "Joni Ernst survived an abusive husband. Her Senate career may not survive an abusive president," read the later deleted tweet. The wildly inappropriate comparison drew sharp responses from critics on social media. "This is trash. This is sexist. This is gutter journalism at its worst," replied Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). Hawley demanded that Joe Biden apologize for the tweet. The publication deleted the tweet and reposted with a much less controversial description of the article. The...
    The Queen will no longer serve as Barbados' head of state. Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool/Getty Images The Queen will be removed as Barbados' head of state when the country becomes a republic next year. The Caribbean island's governor-general Dame Sandra Mason read a speech from Prime Minister Mia Mottley which delivered the country's plan to replace the British monarch with a Barbadian head of state. "The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind," she said, according to The Guardian. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Barbados has announced its plan to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and become a republic by November 2021.  The Caribbean island said it wants a...
    (CNN)A new investigation has found evidence that CNN journalists in the Central African Republic (CAR) last year were subject to constant surveillance by a team of Russian operatives. Bellingcat -- an investigative website that researches illicit Russian activities abroad -- has concluded that when a CNN team landed in the capital Bangui in May 2019 to investigate Kremlin-linked operations in the country, "plans had already been put in motion for their surveillance, intimidation, and ultimately attempted discrediting." Those plans involved people associated with Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, whose military contractors were in the CAR training new elements of a national army, and whose companies had lucrative mining concessions there.The CNN team had reported extensively on Prigozhin's activities -- including his...
    The suspect would have confessed the fact to the authorities, who have not yet found the body of the 9-year-old minor Attorney José Hoepelman will represent in Dominican Republic to the family of a 9-year-old girl, Liz Maria Sanchez, raped, murdered and thrown into the sea by an acquaintance. The Listín Diario medium reported this Wednesday that Hoepelman appeared this morning at kilometer 14 and a half of the Las Américas highway, a place that the police report indicates that the corpse of the little girl was thrown in a sack filled with stones. The victim was last seen in the Ensanche Isabelita de Santo Domingo Este, where he resided, when he entered the residence of the suspect, identified...
    For months, President Donald Trump has railed against mail-in voting and made the baseless claim that it encourages voter fraud. But the Arizona Republican Party, according to Arizona Republic opinion columnist E.J. Montini, has been “sending out mailers asking Republicans here to vote by mail.” “Trump has proclaimed that mail-in ballots are rife with fraud, and he is attempting to dismantle the ability of the U.S. Postal Service to handle ballots in November,” Montini explains in his column. “On the other hand, he has requested a mail-in ballot for himself and his wife…. (And) he — by way of the state GOP — is urging Arizona Republicans to vote by mail. What’s a GOP voter to do?” The Republican Party...
    Santo Domingo, Aug 15 . .- The new Dominican president, Luis Abinader, will be invested this Sunday in a ceremony reduced both in his apparatus and in relation to the number of guests due to the coronavirus pandemic. Only foreign delegations from eight countries, including two presidents, will attend Santo Domingo, while the United States will send Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which is its highest level of representation in an inauguration of a Dominican president since 1978 . Abinader, a 53-year-old economist, won the elections on July 5, promoting the first political color change in the Caribbean country since 2004. TWO PRESIDENTS AND FOUR CHANCELLORS The only foreign presidents who have agreed to travel to the Dominican Republic in...
    This is the shocking moment an illegal motorcycle race ended in tragedy when a roadside spectator was hit by an SUV in the Dominican Republic. The horrific incident occurred Sunday as two young men were prepping to race each other on a stretch of President Joaquín Balaguer Highway that connects the provinces of Santiago Rodríguez and Valverde. Several individuals could be seen in the video holding up traffic as an individual filmed the start of the tragic race from an SUV behind the bikers. Pictured above are two participants of an illegal motorcycle race in the Dominican Republic that left bystander Juan Infante dead after he was struck by a car who was speeding behind the bikers while a...
    NEW York City and the entire tri-state area is bracing for powerful Hurricane Isaias to make landfall next week. The category 1 storm is strengthening on its path towards the US, and is on track to hit the East Coast on Wednesday, according to NOAA. 5Hurricane Isaias is predicted to hit the east coast next weekCredit: NWS 5Isaias pummelled Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on ThursdayCredit: AFP or licensors Isaias is expected to pummel the Bahamas on Friday with 80mph winds and possible flooding, before moving through Florida on Saturday and Sunday. The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Watch for parts of eastern Florida on Friday, with a chance of powerful tropical-force winds. As it makes its...
    NEW YORK -- Tropical Storm Isaias was battering Puerto Rico early Thursday with high winds and heavy rains, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.Isaias was located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west southwest of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and about 160 miles (257 kilometers) southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.It had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (96 kph) and was moving west northwest at 21 mph (33 kph). A west-northwestward to northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.The center of Isaias will move over Hispaniola late Thursday and near the southeastern Bahamas by early Friday.Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 415 miles (667 km) from the center. A Weatherflow station...
    MSNBC host Joy Reid was mocked on social media in her attempt to combat Attorney General William Barr's condemnation of Antifa violence that has taken place in Portland, Ore. in recent weeks. During Tuesday's hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Barr refuted Democratic chairman Jerry Nadler's claim that the existence of Antifa is a "myth" created in Washington D.C., testifying that the group has been an element in Portland's riots. Reid, however, felt the need to explain to the attorney general what Antifa actually stands for. "Say the whole word, Barr. What does "ANTIFA" stand for? Spell it out? Ok I'll do it for you: Anti-Fascist. Now. Do go on..." the ReidOut host tweeted. WASHINGTON POST, PBS REPORTERS ACCUSED OF 'CHEERLEADING'...
    It’s all over for the U.S. in the Middle East, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said Sunday, cautioning the time has come for Washington to admit defeat against the might of the Islamic Republic. Boasting that submission is better for America than “unfounded and foolish bragging” to the contrary, he spoke after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined how the U.S. policy of isolation against Iran was working in a speech at the Ron Pearson Center in Iowa. “We’ve also fundamentally changed the way America treats the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Pompeo said Friday, adding the Obama-negotiated JCPOA 2015 nuclear deal gave Iran more money through sanction waivers while presenting risk to the United States...
    A duck with an arrow sticking out of its head for three months was finally rescued after being picked up in a three-man kayaking operation. The mallard miraculously survived after being shot by thugs with a crossbow on the river Radbuza in the city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic. But despite attempts to capture him and remove the arrow, the duck had fled whenever rescuers got close.  Injury: This mallard had an arrow stuck in its head for three months after it was shot by crossbow-wielding thugs in the Czech Republic  Rescuers: Hana Makonova and Radek Zeman hold the injured mallard after they saved it in a kayaking operation on the river Radbuza  X-ray: An image...
    Scientists say a massive volcanic eruption in Alaska more than 2,500 years ago triggered a global climate shock on the other side of the Earth that led to the fall of the Roman Republic.  The eruption of Mount Okmok on an Alaskan island in the year 43 BC – an event known as 'Okmok II' – spewed ash particles that cooled the planet by shading incoming solar radiation.  Scientists say this caused with a spell of extreme cold in the Mediterranean during the European summer – the second-coldest of the last 2,500 years.  Around the time of Julius Caesar's death in 44 BCE, written sources describe a period of unusually cold climate, crop failures, famine, disease, and unrest in the Mediterranean Region. ...