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Wed, 20 Mar 2019

Trump changes his mind on Electoral College, now wants to keep itIn a not-totally-unexpected reversal of policy, President Trump, who before being elected president called the Electoral College "a disaster for democracy," now says it's "far better for the U.S.A."



Wed, 20 Mar 2019

Justice Thomas speaks as U.S. top court confronts racial bias in jury selectionU.S. Supreme Court justices appeared poised to side with a black Mississippi death row inmate put on trial six times for a 1996 quadruple murder who accused a prosecutor of repeatedly blocking black potential jurors, though the court's only black member sounded skeptical. Justice Clarence Thomas, who had not posed a question during an oral argument in three years, asked several in the case involving Curtis Flowers, 48, who has argued that his constitutional right to a fair trial was violated. Thomas, an idiosyncratic conservative and only the second African American ever appointed to the court, signaled through his questions he might vote against Flowers, who otherwise drew broad support among the other justices, both liberal and conservative.



Wed, 20 Mar 2019

Kentucky Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Abortions Based on Unborn's Sex, Race, or DisabilitiesKentucky governor Matt Bevin on Tuesday signed a bill that bans abortions chosen on the basis of an unborn child's sex, race, or disability.A court filing in the U.S. District Court in Louisville indicated that the governor has signed the bill, which included an "emergency clause" stipulating that it would go into effect immediately.Physicians must now certify in writing that the patient did not request the abortion for a reason related to the baby's sex, race, or disabilities. Flouting the new law puts doctors at risk of losing their medical license or being prosecuted for a felony, although the mother of the unborn child would not be targeted.The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the bill in federal court as an unconstitutional restriction on a woman's right to abortion."Instituting laws that instantly affect critical patient care should not be a cat-and-mouse game," the group said, asking that it be notified when the bill is signed.Another new law that bans abortions after about six weeks or when a heartbeat can be detected forced Kentucky's sole abortion clinic, EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, to cancel some appointments on Friday until a federal judge intervened."EMW and its abortionists have responded with a novel claim: Women have a constitutional right to undergo race-based abortions, gender-based abortions, and disability-based abortions. In plaintiffs' view, somewhere in the Fourteenth Amendment's penumbra lies a protection for eugenics," the governor's lawyer M. Stephen Pitt wrote in defending the ban on eugenics-based abortions. "This is a perverse distortion of Roe v. Wade."



Wed, 20 Mar 2019

'Generation Nazarbayev' jokes, hopes after Kazakh leader resignsPeople under 30 in Kazakhstan have only known one leader -- Nursultan Nazarbayev, who announced his resignation this week after shepherding the country from the Soviet era. "The word 'Nazarbayev' means something like the word 'parent'," said 18-year-old film student Madi Makanov, who lives in the country's largest city Almaty. Kazakhstan has a young population, with around 40 percent of people under 24, according to estimates based on UN figures.



Thu, 21 Mar 2019

Harvard 'shamelessly' profits from photos of enslaved people, descendant claims in lawsuitA descendant of enslaved people has sued Harvard University, alleging that the Ivy League institution has "shamelessly" profited from photos of her ancestors. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, claims that Harvard has ignored requests to surrender images of a man named Renty, whom she says is her great-great-great grandfather, and his daughter Delia. Lanier is suing Harvard for "wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation" of the images, asking the university to return the photos to her, pay unspecified damages, and recognise her ancestry.



Wed, 20 Mar 2019

Nebraska underwater: 74 cities, 65 counties declare emergencies as flooding envelops stateSeventy-four cities, 65 counties and four tribal areas in Nebraska declared states of emergency Tuesday as swaths of the Midwest battled flooding rivers.



Wed, 20 Mar 2019

Australian fury as Erdogan invokes Gallipoli after Christchurch massacreRecep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, has sparked a diplomatic confrontation with Australia and New Zealand over the Christchurch massacre by threatening that anti-Muslim Westerners would be sent home "in coffins" like those killed the Battle of Gallipoli.  The Turkish leader has made the killings in New Zealand a centre-piece of his political campaign ahead of local elections at the end of the month and has been playing footage of the mass killing before crowds at his rallies.    In a speech near the site where thousands of New Zealander and Australian troops were buried after the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli, Mr Erdogan said the Christchurch shooter and the First World War soldiers were both motivated by anti-Islamic sentiments.  "Your grandfathers came and saw that we're here. Then some of them walked back, while others left in coffins," Mr Erdogan said. "If you come with the same intention, we'll be waiting for you." His comments were met with fury in Australia, where Scott Morrison, the prime minister, summoned Turkey's ambassador and demanded that Mr Erdogan retract his remarks.  "Remarks have been made by the Turkish President Erdogan that I consider highly offensive to Australians, and highly reckless in this very sensitive environment," Mr Morrison said. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would consider 'all options' in reviewing ties  Credit: Getty "I will wait to see what the response is from the Turkish government before taking further action, but I can tell you that all options are on the table." Mr Morrison said Australia was reviewing its travel advice for Turkey. Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders are expected in Turkey on April 25 to commemorate Anzac Day, marking the first landings in Gallipoli.  Around 8,000 Australians and nearly 3,000 New Zealanders were killed during the disastrous year-long campaign against Ottoman forces, which was overseen by Winston Churchill. Around 130,000 were killed in total on both sides.  Mr Morrison said Mr Erdogan's comments violated a pledge made by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, who reportedly said "after having lost their lives on this land [the fallen soldiers] have become our sons as well." New Zealand mosque massacre - In pictures Mr Erdogan had already been sharply rebuked by New Zealand for his comments and for using gruesome video shot by the Christchurch mosque gunman as an election campaign prop. New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters protested on Monday that such politicisation of the massacre "imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people abroad, and it's totally unfair". Mr Peters announced on Tuesday that he would be travelling to Turkey this week at Istanbul's request to attend a special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. "Our deputy prime minister will be confronting those comments in Turkey," Ms Ardern told reporters in Christchurch. "He is going there to set the record straight, face-to-face." Turkey's Vice-President Fuat Oktay (R) and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (C) speak to the media after visiting Al Noor mosque in Christchurch Credit: Getty Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, said she was dispatching her deputy prime minister, Winston Peters, to Turkey to confront Mr Erdogan's comments about the massacre which left 50 people dead at the hands of a white supremacist gunman.  "Our deputy prime minister will be confronting those comments in Turkey," Ms Ardern said in Christchurch. "He is going there to set the record straight, face-to-face." Mr Erdogan earlier threatened that if "If New Zealand fails to hold the attacker accountable, one way or another we will hold him to account." However, in a comment piece in the Washington Post, Mr Erdogan praised Ms Ardern for showing "courage, leadership and sincerity". He called on all Western leaders to follow her example and "embrace Muslims living in their respective countries". He also said there was no difference between the hateful ideology of Brenton Tarrant, the mosque gunman, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).  Mr Erdogan has made a habit of provoking fights with foreign governments ahead of elections as a way of whipping up his base of nationalist voters.  Ahead of a referendum to change Turkey's constitution in 2017, Mr Erdogan accused Dutch and German ministers of being Nazis. He expelled Israel's ambassador from Ankara a month before the 2018 presidential elections.  Mr Erdogan often presents himself as a global champion of Muslims facing repression, from the occupied Palestinian territories to western China, where up to 1 million Uighur Muslims are believed to be detained by the Chinese government.  Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.



Wed, 20 Mar 2019

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