Trump asked FBI director to drop Flynn probe: report

16 May

US President Donald Trump asked the former FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation of his national security advisor Michael Flynn, the New York Times reported Tuesday.In an explosive new report that was immediately denied by the Trump adminis…

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Zabaleta bows out as Manchester City climb to third

16 May

Manchester City edged ever closer to a guaranteed place in next season’s Champions League after an entertaining 3-1 win over West Bromwich at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure scored the goals for Pep Guardiola…

Greenpeace says Canadian forestry lawsuit aims to silence critics

16 May

Greenpeace on Tuesday urged major publishing houses to not buy paper from a major Canadian forestry company that is suing the activist group.

The multimillion dollar lawsuit that Resolute Forest Products filed against Greenpeace last year is “aimed at muzzling civil society” and “intimidating critics,” the environmental group said.

Greenpeace urged publishers such as Hachette, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster to refrain from buying paper for their books from the forestry giant in order to show “support for defenders of freedom of expression throughout the world.”

Resolute is seeking Can$300 million (US$220 million) in damages from Greenpeace for alleged defamation, intimidation of customers, and related harms.

Greenpeace warned that a Resolute victory would “create a dangerous precedent” that could “encourage other companies around the world to use similar tactics against their detractors.”

Forestry is one of Canada’s largest industries.

In a statement to AFP Tuesday, Resolute said it is holding Greenpeace accountable for what it called a campaign of misinformation.

“Real peoples’ lives have been impacted,” said spokesman Seth Kursman. “People have lost their jobs and the socio-economic repercussions in communities has been significant.”

– A history of lawsuits –

The lawsuit is hardly the first launched by Resolute in a longstanding row with environmental activists and indigenous peoples.

In 2014 it sued the Rainforest Alliance after the group issued a negative audit of Resolute’s logging practices, and urged that the certificate stating that it adheres to best forestry practices be suspended.

Resolute’s troubles intensified the following year with the Forest Stewardship Council, an international non-profit that promotes responsible forestry management.

The FSC denounced Resolute’s condemnation of activists that accused the company of being a “forest destroyer” responsible for a “caribou death spiral and extinction.”

Following the controversy one of Europe’s largest publishers, Germany’s Axel Springer, stopped buying paper from Resolute.

The Axel Springer said at the time that it no longer felt comfortable supporting a forestry firm that was battling aboriginals and environmental activists.

Macron to meet EU’s Tusk in Paris on Wednesday

16 May

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet EU Council President Donald Tusk in Paris on Wednesday, the new leader’s office said. The two will have lunch at the Elysee Palace before Macron is expected to announce his cabinet appointments.Tusk was one of…

Twitter shares rise on word of Biz Stone’s return

16 May

Twitter shares gained Tuesday on word that co-founder Biz Stone was returning to the social network after six years away.Stone said in an online post that he will be back at work full time at the San Francisco-based operation in “a couple of weeks,” pr…

Trump, Erdogan vow friendship despite anger at US arming Kurds

16 May

Presidents Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan stood side by side at the White House on Tuesday and promised to strengthen strained ties despite the Turkish leader’s stern warning about Washington’s arming of a Kurdish militia.Fresh from securing his…

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UN Security Council weighs new sanctions on North Korea

16 May

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss a new raft of measures, including sanctions, aimed at piling pressure on North Korea after it fired its latest ballistic missile.US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States was …

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Snyman banned for four weeks, Naholo for one

16 May

South African RG Snyman was banned for four weeks and New Zealander Waisake Naholo for one week Tuesday after being sent off in a Super Rugby match last weekend. The suspensions were announced by the competition organisers after a three-man foul play r…

Cyber kid stuns experts showing toys can be ‘weapons’

16 May

An 11-year-old “cyber ninja” stunned an audience of security experts Tuesday by hacking into their Bluetooth devices to manipulate a teddy bear and show how interconnected smart toys “can be weaponised”.American wunderkind Reuben Paul, may be still onl…

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Trump putting US intelligence ties at risk: experts

16 May

With his shoot-from-the-hip tweets targeting US spies and alleged Oval Office leak of secrets to the Russians, President Donald Trump has damaged White House relations with American and allied intelligence agencies and put national security at risk, cu…

Jones defends NZ-born Heinz’s England call up

16 May

Eddie Jones has insisted he is happy to pick anyone qualified to play for England, regardless of their birthplace.Gloucester’s Willi Heinz joined England for their latest training camp in Brighton, with the New Zealand-born scrum-half qualifying throug…

After Young Pope, Sorrentino’s New Pope coming soon

16 May

Paolo Sorrentino, the Oscar-winning film director who scored a small-screen hit with “The Young Pope”, is to make a follow-up series called “The New Pope.”Distributor Fremantle announced Tuesday that the new series, a joint production of HBO and Sky, w…

China presents draft intelligence law for public discussion

16 May

The Chinese authorities have submitted the first draft of the new intelligence law for public consideration. The bill expands powers of the Chinese security services in countering threats to national security. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Libyan released over WPC Yvonne Fletcher’s killing

16 May

A Libyan man suspected of killing a British police officer during a 1984 London protest against Moamer Kadhafi was released Tuesday because evidence against him could have breached national security.The suspect, aged in his fifties, was arrested in Nov…

Djokovic starts with Rome win, Sharapova snubbed

16 May

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic overcame Britain’s Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 on Tuesday for a place in the third round of the clay-court Rome Masters.The world number two came through a tight opening set by dominating the tiebreaker before finishin…

Dumoulin’s pink jersey ambitions go sky-high

16 May

Giro d’Italia leader Tom Dumoulin admits training at altitude may not be enough to stop Colombian rival Nairo Quintana reclaiming the pink jersey when the race hits the high mountains.Dumoulin, the Olympic time trial silver medal winner from Rio, cruis…

Barritt battling for Saracens semi-final fitness

16 May

Saracens captain Brad Barritt could be available for Saturday’s English Premiership semi-final against Exeter as the reigning champions continue their quest for a ‘double Double’.The London club completed the first half of their trophy mission by retai…

Jimmy Kimmel to return as Oscars host

16 May

Late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars, the Academy said Tuesday, as the glitzy annual show moves on from the biggest mix-up in its history.The 49-year-old comedian will be reunited with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer T…

Italian lawmakers want police on charity boats

16 May

An Italian parliamentary commission on Tuesday called for police to be deployed on or close to charity boats rescuing migrants in waters off Libya.Nicola Latorre, chairman of the defence commission of the Senate, said the move would ensure investigatio…

Gallant Thomas battles on, but plays down Giro hopes

16 May

Crash-hit Sky rider Geraint Thomas will battle on but played down his chances of fighting for Giro d’Italia honours despite a valiant second-place finish in the 10th stage time trial Tuesday.Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, of the Sunweb team, sent heads spinnin…

Canada bans bumping passengers from commercial flights

16 May

Canada introduced a ban Tuesday against bumping passengers from commercial flights following a public outcry over a passenger being dragged off a plane in the United States, and other incidents.The passenger bill of rights is part of a package of trans…

Trump to address religious divides in first trip abroad

16 May

US President Donald Trump will urge unity between the world’s major faiths on an ambitious first foreign trip that will take him to Saudi Arabia, the Vatican and Jerusalem, the White House said Tuesday.National Security Advisor HR McMaster laid out a d…

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Journalist killings unpunished in Mexico: campaigners

16 May

Journalists are being shot dead in broad daylight in Mexico and the killers are going unpunished, rights groups said after prominent reporter Javier Valdez became the fifth such victim this year.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranks Mexico as the third…

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Sharapova denied French Open wild card

16 May

Two-time champion Maria Sharapova will not play at Roland Garros this year after the French tennis federation denied her a wild card, FFT president Bernard Guidicelli said on Tuesday.The former world number one, who only returned from a 15-month doping…

W.House denies Trump caused ‘lapse in national security’

16 May

Donald Trump’s national security advisor on Tuesday denied the US president had caused a “lapse in national security” following reports he disclosed highly-classified information about the Islamic State group to Russian officials.”The premise of that a…

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Canada blocked climate change audit: official

16 May

Canada’s auditor general blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government Tuesday for effectively blocking an audit of efforts to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies in the fight against climate change.Canada committed at a G20 summit in 2009 “to phase o…

Four killed in Kenyan car bomb attack

16 May

At least four people died on Tuesday when their vehicle set off an improvised explosive device in a small Kenyan town near the border with Somalia, police said.The blast was the second in two days to hit border towns after suspected Shabaab militants a…

Cosby says won’t testify at looming sex assault trial

16 May

Disgraced US megastar Bill Cosby says he does not expect to testify when he goes on trial for sexual assault next month, breaking his silence in a rare interview broadcast Tuesday.”I just don’t want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is…

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Open SESAME: science centre inaugurated in Jordan

16 May

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Tuesday formally launched an international research centre whose members include experts from around the world including arch-rivals Iran and Israel.The International Centre for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science an…

EU extends talks with Poland over rule of law fears

16 May

The EU agreed Tuesday to continue long drawn-out talks with Poland in a bid to stop its alleged breaches of the rule of law, backing away for now from threatening sanctions.The move came after ministers from the 28 member states discussed for the first…

Pope reminds Cup final stars of duties to young

16 May

Pope Francis on Tuesday received a group of footballers from Juventus and Lazio on the eve of their Italian Cup final clash.The 80-year-old pontiff, a keen player himself in his youth and a fan of Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo, told the players they ha…