The US Has Imposed Sanctions On A Chinese Military Agency And Its Head For Buying Weapons From Moscow

WASHINGTON — For the first time since the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act became law a year ago, the Trump administration has imposed sanctions for violating the law’s restrictions on transactions with Russia’s intelligence and defense sectors. The surprise: The sanctioned entities are part of the Chinese military. On Thursday, the State Department imposed sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department and its director, Li Shangfu, for “significant transactions” with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms export entity. According to a statement from the State Department, the transactions in question were Russia’s…

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They Banned Her Film Because It Featured LGBT Characters. So She Took Them To Court — And Won.

NAIROBI — A judge has ordered a temporary lift on the ban of a film featuring a love story between two women, allowing its director to submit it for Academy Award consideration. The ruling will allow Kenyans to view Wanuri Kahiu’s internationally acclaimed independent film, Rafiki for the first time in the country. The movie, about two young women from opposing political backgrounds who fall in love, was banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board on April 26 for “promoting lesbianism.” Kahiu filed a lawsuit against the board on Sept.…

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North And South Korea Now Want To Host The Olympics Together

The thawing of relations between North and South Korea continued Wednesday when their leaders reached key agreements on nuclear disarmament and even announced plans to bid to jointly host the 2032 Olympics. Following a summit in Pyongyang, the third meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a joint statement confirmed several important milestones. North Korea agreed to dismantle a missile test site — in front of international observers — and Moon said in a press conference that the North would permanently dismantle its…

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Passengers Bled From Their Noses And Ears After Pilots “Forgot” About Cabin Pressure

A passenger plane had to turn back mid-flight after pilots apparently forgot to maintain cabin pressure. Passengers on the Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur in India complained of bleeding from their noses and ears not long after takeoff. Videos and photos posted online showed oxygen masks being deployed. India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation said 30 of the 166 people on board had received medical treatment. Transport official Lalit Gupta told the Hindustan Times that the crew forgot to press a switch that would have maintained cabin pressure. “As…

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How An App Funded By Sheldon Adelson Is Covertly Influencing The Online Conversation About Israel

The Act.IL app paints itself as a grassroots initiative, but one expert calls it “advanced digital political astroturfing.” By Ishmael N. Daro Posted on September 20, 2018, at 2:35 p.m. ET In early August, after months of heightened tension in the region, Israel carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket and mortar attacks launched by the militant group Hamas. Meanwhile, another battle was just starting on social media. On the Facebook page of the New York Times, under an article about the latest outbreak of violence,…

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A Proposal To Chop Off Officials’ Hands Is The Most Concrete Anti-Corruption Plan In Mexico’s Election

Jaime Rodríguez Calderón has no chance of winning in Mexico’s election on Sunday. An independent candidate with no party to back him, he has about 3% support in the polls. But he’s offered a remarkable proposal to end crime and corruption in Mexico once and for all. “We have to chop off the hand of whoever steals,” he said during the first presidential debate, to the bewilderment of the moderator, who repeatedly asked him if he was serious. Rodríguez Calderón, known as “El Bronco,” insisted that he was. The odds…

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The US Is Warning The World To Stop Buying Iranian Oil By Early November Or Else

A senior State department official has been traveling the world with a message for European and Asian countries: Cut imports of Iranian oil to zero by the Trump administration’s November deadline, or face US sanctions. On a call with reporters on Tuesday, the official, who could not be identified by name under the call’s rules, said, “Over the past few weeks, I’ve been in Europe and Asia garnering support for our Iran strategy. … We’re gonna isolate streams of Iranian funding.” The United States, the official said, is pushing its…

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Getty Shared An All-Women List Of The World Cup’s “Sexiest Fans” And People Were Like, Guys, Come On

Fan Girl, a group started to promote better representation of women in football, condemned the gallery. “This list from Getty that has come out today is so disappointing,” a spokesperson told the Guardian. “They need to do better; because of their size and influence, they have a huge responsibility to not perpetuate the toxic male primacy that exists in football.” Following the outcry, Getty removed the gallery and deleted its tweet. An editor’s note was published in place of the gallery: “Earlier, we published a piece, ‘World Cup 2018: The…

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A Teen Sentenced To Death For Killing Her Husband After He Raped Her Has Had Her Sentence Overturned

A teenager in Sudan sentenced to death for killing her husband after he raped her has been that told her death sentence has been overturned on appeal. Noura Hussein, 19, will instead be fined around $19,000 and jailed for five years, after the conviction for premeditated murder was changed to manslaughter without intent. Equality Now, an international nongovernmental organization that took up the case, told BuzzFeed News that Hussein and prison officials have been informed of the decision, and that it would be confirmed in court on Wednesday. Hussein is…

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Poland Has Backtracked On Its Controversial “Holocaust Law”

Poland’s Parliament has voted to revise legislation that caused an international outcry by making it a crime to blame the Polish nation for the Holocaust. While the legislation is not being entirely repealed, under the revised law, criminal penalties, including possible prison sentences, will be removed, “This law very much shook the world’s consciousness,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during a Wednesday morning session of Parliament, as he called on lawmakers to amend the law. “Good name and the truth are as important as security.” The original law allowed…

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