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JUST GETTING STARTED: Trump Says FBI Attorney’s Guilty Plea ‘the Beginning’ of FISA Abuse Fallout Hannity

President Trump weighed-in Friday on a former FBI attorney’s plan to plead guilty to charges he made false statements during the agency’s Russia-FISA scandal; calling the move “just the beginning” of a long process. “That’s just the beginning, I would imagine. This… what happened should never happen again,” Trump said at a White House briefing Friday afternoon. “You’ll be hearing more.”. “The DOJ relied on that assertion as it submitted a third ... Full story

South Africa crime rate plummets during lockdown

Image caption The police force has attributed the drop in crime to a controversial alcohol ban. Crime in South Africa dropped by up to 40% during the first three months of its lockdown, official figures show. The police minister said most types of crimes went down between April and June - including sexual assault and arson. He added that a controversial alcohol ban during the coronavirus lockdown had helped, but that attacks on liquor stores ... Full story

Israel-UAE deal could open up U.S. weapons sales to Gulf kingdom, experts say

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks during a briefing at The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in Jerusalem February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Normalized diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates could pave the way for more U.S. weapons sales to the Gulf Arab country, according to experts. Israel and the UAE announced on Thursday that they will normalize ... Full story

Dolly Parton: 'Of course black lives matter!'

US country music star Dolly Parton has come out in support of Black Lives Matter, in a rare comment on politics. She told Billboard Magazine: "Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!". With a broad fan base that spans the right and the left, the singer generally eschews political subjects. Her comments come amid a nationwide reckoning on race that has impacted all of US society, including country music. Although Ms ... Full story

'New outbreaks are the norm' says Spain as COVID-19 travel curbs pile up

Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha Gonzalez Laya speaks during an interview with Reuters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid, Spain August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina. MADRID (Reuters) - Outbreaks of the coronavirus are happening across Europe and each country has to make its own decisions on how to halt them, Spain’s foreign minister said on Friday as Germany declared most of her country a risk region. Germany’s decision ... Full story

U.S. Postal Service warns states that mail-in ballots may not be counted in time

Trump ramps up attacks on mail-in voting Trump ramps up attacks on mail-in voting. The U.S. Postal Service is sending letters to states warning that their mail-in ballots may not be counted in time because their provisions for voting by mail "are incongruous" with post office delivery standards. CBS News has confirmed letters that indicated concerns about on-time ballots were received in these 22 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, ... Full story

Exclusive: China ramps up U.S. oil purchases ahead of trade deal review - sources

NEW YORK/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil shipments to China will rise sharply in coming weeks, U.S. traders and shipbrokers and Chinese importers said, as the world’s top economies gear up to review a January deal after a prolonged trade war. FILE PHOTO: A seagoing barge is loaded with crude oil from the Eagle Ford Shale formation at the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Abate. Chinese state-owned oil firms have ... Full story

Poland offers new support for Belarus civil society, media

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will seek to support its neighbour Belarus by opening its borders and labour market while providing financial support to civil society after a violent crackdown on post-election protests, the Polish prime minister said on Friday, A demonstrator shouts during a march in solidarity with Belarusian people after results of presidential election, outside the Belarusian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, August 14, 2020. ... Full story

Lawyer who took on Chevron in Ecuador is disbarred in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Steven Donziger, the American lawyer who spent more than two decades suing Chevron Corp over pollution in the Ecuadorian rain forest, has been disbarred in New York by a state appeals court. FILE PHOTO: Attorney Steven Donziger speaks with reporters outside the United States Court of Appeals in New York City April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo. Nine years ago, Donziger had won a $9.5 billion judgment against ... Full story

Opinion covid-19. The rest of us don’t have that luxury. Washington Post

Congress, I get it. You’re tired. You wanted to go on recess. You’re talking about coming back in September to finish your negotiations when you have to pass a spending bill. Well, we’re all tired — nurses and doctors and other health-care workers. Public health officials. The nation’s slowly growing contact-tracing team , now 50,000 strong. School principals and superintendents who are making the hardest decisions of their lives. Kids who ... Full story