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‘Colour of the skin’: WHO chief hits out over Tigray crisis indifference | Ethiopian

The head of the World Health Organization described the crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region as “the worst disaster on Earth” as he wondered aloud if the reason global leaders had not responded was “the color of the skin of the people”.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – himself an ethnic Tigrayan – said the situation caused by the conflict in his home country was worse than any other humanitarian crisis in the world.The conflict in Ethiopia began in November 2020, and little humanitarian aid arrived after Tigray forces retouched much of the region in June 2021. Aid has started flowing more substantially in the past few months but is widely described as inadequate to meet the needs of the millions of people essentially trapped there.The resumption of basic services and banking remains a key dema...
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Republicans overreached on abortion ban and are seeing erosion of Latino support, Democrat pollster says

Republicans, not Democrats, are experiencing greater erosion of Latino voter support, in part because of the overturning of the landmark ruling that made abortion legal, a Democratic pollster said Wednesday.Fernand Amandi, a principal with Bendixen & Amandi, said in the key states of Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania — which have competitive gubernatorial and US Senate races this year — Latinos favor keeping abortion legal by large margins: by 30 points in Arizona, 40 in Nevada and 41 points in Pennsylvania. Those numbers are "signs that to me suggest Republicans overreached badly and are alienating the Hispanic vote," Amandi said. I have emphasized, though, that Florida presents a different scenario."Florida is a problem a lot of people should be concerned about if they want to see Demo...
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Vince McMahon paid $5 million to Donald Trump’s foundation, WWE finds

Vince McMahon (L) and Donald Trump attend a press conference about the WWE at the Austin Straubel International Airport on June 22, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.Mark A. Wallenfang | Getty ImagesEntertainment | Getty ImagesFormer World Wrestling Entertainment boss Vince McMahon paid $5 million of around $20 million previously unrecorded expenses to Donald Trump's foundation in 2007 and 2009, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.The report comes weeks after McMahon retired as CEO of the company amid investigations into hush payments he made related to alleged sexual misconduct. WWE has since said its board's independent probe into the matter is "substantially complete."While the majority of the $20 million in payments went to women who accused McMahon and another WWE ...
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10 House Republicans voted to impeach Trump: Where are they now?

WASHINGTON - The decision of 10 members of the House of Representatives to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump has cost some of them their seats, including the most vocal critic, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who lost the state's primary Tuesday to Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman. Trump has spent most of his post-presidency backing candidates who are running against the lawmakers he considers disloyal to him.Four of these 10 Republicans have lost the primaries, four have chosen not to seek reelection, and two made it through their primaries and are running in November's general election to keep their seats.Here is the most up-to-date news about them. Tuesday's election results:Liz Cheney, Trump foe, loses Wyoming primary; Murkowski, Tshibaka to face off in Alaska: primary r...
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Trump Org. CFO to plead guilty, testify against company

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s chief financial officer is expected to plead guilty to tax violations Thursday in a deal that would require him to testify about illicit business practices at the former president’s company, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.Allen Weisselberg is charged with taking more than $1.7 million in off-the-books compensation from the Trump Organization over several years, including untaxed perks like rent, car payments and school tuition.The plea deal would require Weisselberg to speak in court Thursday about the company’s role in the alleged compensation arrangement and possibly serve as a witness when the Trump Organization goes on trial in October on related charges, the people said. The two people were not authorized to speak public...
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Boston Children’s and other hospitals harassed over transgender care

BOSTON — Doctors and other staffers at Boston Children's Hospital are being threatened with violence over its surgical program for transgender youths, administrators said, and other US children's hospitals are also being harassed online.Boston Children's is home to the first pediatric and adolescent transgender health program in the United States. It became the focus of far-right social media accounts, news outlets and bloggers last week after they found informational YouTube videos published by the hospital weeks ago about surgical offerings for transgender patients.The hospital swiftly removed the videos. It said in a statement Tuesday that it is working with law enforcement to protect its staff and patients and to “hold the offenders accountable,” adding that it rejects the “false ...
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Investors should take profits with markets poised to cool off

CNBC's Jim Cramer said the market could continue to stall out after Wednesday's slump and encouraged investors to trim some of their positions."Things can still go right. I don't want to freak you out. I just think stocks need a cooling-off period after this miraculous run, and we're getting one for certain," he said. "And you should take something off the table."The market has rallied since mid-June, buoyed by declines in commodities and cheery inflation readings in July.However, the rally appeared to lose momentum on Wednesday with the major indices decreasing on the heels of mixed earnings reports from retailers and notes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting.The "Mad Money" host outlined three reasons why he believes why Wednesday's market action could be just the beginning.The m...
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Florida Republicans targeted Black voters, justice department says in filing | US voting rights

Florida Republicans intentionally targeted Black voters when they enacted new voting restrictions last year, the justice department said in a court filing on Wednesday.The department told a federal appeal court that a lower court had correctly evaluated claims of racial discrimination when it came to Florida's new law. In March, US District Judge Mark Walker blocked new restrictions on the availability of absentee ballot drop boxes, regulations for third party voter registration groups, and a ban on providing food and water to people standing in line to vote. The US court of appeals for the 11th circuit paused that ruling earlier this year while it considered an appeal from Florida officials.The justice department's allegation of racial discrimination is significant because the agency...
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Two-thirds of UK families could be in fuel poverty by January, research finds | fuel poverty

Two-thirds of all UK households will be trapped in fuel poverty by January with planned government support leaving even middle-income households struggling to pay their bills, according to research.It shows 18 million families, the equivalent of 45 million people, will be left trying to make ends meet after further predicted rises in the energy price cap in October and January.An estimated 86.4% of pensioner couples are expected to fall into fuel poverty, traditionally defined as when energy costs exceed 10% of a household's net income, and 90.4% of lone parents with two or more children.The new study by the University of York also shows huge regional variation in the cost of living crisis with 57.9% of households in the south-east predicted to be struggling with energy bills by January...
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Dodge unveils electric muscle car concept Charger Daytona SRT

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept carDodgeDETROIT — Dodge on Wednesday unveiled a new concept car called the Charger Daytona SRT as a preview of its first all-electric muscle car, expected in 2024.The two-door coupe is the first look at what the forthcoming vehicle, which will replace Dodge's current gas-powered Challenger and Charger muscle cars, is expected to look like. The car also features several new technologies meant to make it feel and drive like a traditional muscle car."This car, we believe, will redefine American muscle," Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis, who's known for over-the-top vehicles such as the brand's 700-plus horsepower Hellcat models, said during a media briefing.The concept vehicle looks like a futuristic, yet retro, version of the current Dodge Challenger with a more a...