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Yesterday β€” August 19th 2018Yahoo! News Politics News

Kofi Annan, former U.N. secretary-general, dies at age 80

Kofi Annan, former U.N. secretary-general, dies at age 80

Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80.

Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his death in the Swiss capital, Bern, after a short and unspecified illness. The statement remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as “radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did.”

He died “peacefully in his sleep,” the president of Ghana, where Annan was born, said after speaking to his wife.

At U.N. headquarters in New York, the U.N. flag flew at half-staff and a bouquet of flowers was placed under Annan’s portrait. Reflecting the widespread regard that won him a groundbreaking uncontested election to a second term, leaders from Russia, India, Israel, France and elsewhere expressed condolences for a man Bill Gates called “one of the great peacemakers of our time.”

Annan spent virtually his entire career as an administrator in the United Nations. His aristocratic style, cool-tempered elegance and political savvy helped guide his ascent to become its seventh secretary-general, and the first hired from within. His two terms were from Jan. 1, 1997, to Dec. 31, 2006, capped nearly midway when he and the U.N. were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. (AP)

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  • August 19th 2018 at 00:00

James Clapper: Brennan’s anti-Trump rhetoric is β€˜an issue in and of itself’

James Clapper: Brennan’s anti-Trump rhetoric is ‘an issue in and of itself’Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that former CIA Director John Brennan’s rhetoric has become “an issue in and of itself.”


  • August 19th 2018 at 19:51

Trump: Mueller’s Russia probe makes β€˜Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!’

Trump: Mueller’s Russia probe makes ‘Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!’President Trump claimed that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Moscow’s interference with the 2016 U.S. elections is more extreme than Sen. Joseph McCarthy's hunt for Communists in the U.S. government in the 1950s.


  • August 19th 2018 at 16:32
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Beto O’Rourke, on a β€˜suicide mission’ against Ted Cruz, is having the time of his life β€” and might even come out of it alive

Beto O’Rourke, on a ‘suicide mission’ against Ted Cruz, is having the time of his life — and might even come out of it aliveFrom left: Willie Nelson, Beto O’Rourke, Lukas Nelson, Amy Nelson and Margo Price perform onstage with Willie Nelson and Family during the 45th Annual Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic at the Austin360 Amphitheater on July 4, 2018, in Austin, Texas. HUTCHINS, Texas — Beto O’Rourke was trying hard to play it cool, but finally, he just couldn’t resist. “I have to show you this,” the Democratic congressman from El Paso, Texas, said, reaching into his pocket to grab his iPhone, where he began scrolling through text messages.


  • August 18th 2018 at 11:00

Tod von Kofi Annan: So rΓΌhrend reagiert das Netz

Tod von Kofi Annan: So rührend reagiert das NetzEr kämpfte sein ganzes Leben lang für eine gerechtere und friedlichere Welt. Als UN-Generalsekretär erhielt Kofi Annan 2001 für seine Verdienste den Friedensnobelpreis. Jetzt ist er im Alter von 80 Jahren verstorben. Auf Twitter kondolieren die Nutzer und erinnern sich an einen engagierten und leidenschaftlichen Mann.


  • August 18th 2018 at 13:14

Omarosa Manigault Newman has President Trump unhinged

Omarosa Manigault Newman has President Trump unhingedThe release of "Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House" and the secret recordings made by its author, Omarosa Manigault Newman, get under the president's skin.


  • August 17th 2018 at 19:06

Trump says he may revoke another security clearance 'very quickly'

Trump says he may revoke another security clearance 'very quickly'President Trump on Friday suggested that he is close to revoking the security clearance of a current Justice Department employee who had been in contact with author of the controversial dossier alleging ties between Trump and Russia.


  • August 17th 2018 at 18:20

Trump blames D.C. pols for raining on his parade

Trump blames D.C. pols for raining on his paradePresident Trump on Friday blamed Washington, D.C., lawmakers for ballooning costs that forced the cancellation of his planned military parade.


  • August 17th 2018 at 15:42

The secret Soviet organization that explains what Russia is doing today

The secret Soviet organization that explains what Russia is doing todayRussian attempts to dupe, confuse or weaken the West date back at least to the early decades of the 20th century. An outfit called the Cheka charted a course that’s still being followed today.


  • August 17th 2018 at 11:00

Judge says Trump campaign screwed up on wording of confidentiality agreements

Judge says Trump campaign screwed up on wording of confidentiality agreementsA Manhattan judge issued a ruling on Thursday that thwarts the Trump campaign’s attempts to keep a lawsuit out of open court.


  • August 17th 2018 at 04:56

Presidents pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

Presidents pay tribute to Aretha FranklinThe current and former presidents are paying tribute to soul legend Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit. She was 76.


  • August 16th 2018 at 20:05

As newspapers unite to defend press freedom, Trump accuses them of 'COLLUSION'

As newspapers unite to defend press freedom, Trump accuses them of 'COLLUSION'President Trump on Thursday accused national newspapers that are participating in a Boston Globe-led editorial campaign protesting his attacks on the press of colluding against him.


  • August 16th 2018 at 17:14

Beyond Flint: Newark is sued over lead in drinking water

Beyond Flint: Newark is sued over lead in drinking waterThe City of Newark is accused of failing to acknowledge or remove the alarming level of lead in its drinking water — among the highest recently recorded for a major U.S. water system.


  • August 16th 2018 at 16:03

Brennan fires back at Trump: Claims of 'no collusion' are 'hogwash'

Brennan fires back at Trump: Claims of 'no collusion' are 'hogwash'A day after President Trump revoked John Brennan’s security clearance, the New York Times published a blistering op-ed by the former CIA director, who disputes Trump’s assertion that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.


  • August 16th 2018 at 15:13

Unfiltered: β€˜We ruin the lives of a******s, psychos, pervs, and trolls’

Unfiltered: ‘We ruin the lives of a******s, psychos, pervs, and trolls’In Carrie Goldberg’s career as a victims’ rights lawyer, she goes after four different kinds of offenders: “A******s, psychos, pervs and trolls.” An accomplished attorney who has most recently won a $950,000 sexual assault case involving a teen girl in Brooklyn and is currently representing one of the plaintiffs in the Harvey Weinstein case, Goldberg and her firm specialize in sexual assault and sexual privacy violations, including revenge porn, sextortion and other forms of online abuse. Defined as the distribution of sexually explicit images of a person without that person’s consent, revenge porn is a form of abuse that affects approximately 1 in 8 adults — most of them women. Sextortion takes it one step further: “[It’s] when somebody is being blackmailed, and usually their intimate images or videos are used as leverage to get somebody to do more things,” said Goldberg.


  • August 16th 2018 at 01:17

Wisconsin flipped for Trump. Minnesota nearly did. What do their primaries predict for the midterms?

Wisconsin flipped for Trump. Minnesota nearly did. What do their primaries predict for the midterms?The results of Tuesday’s primaries in Minnesota and Wisconsin were the latest in a series of revealing soundings from the region — tremors on the electoral Richter scale that help delineate the underlying forces shaping American politics.


  • August 16th 2018 at 00:42

Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA director who has criticized the White House

Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA director who has criticized the White HouseWhite House press secretary Sarah Sanders began her briefing on Wednesday by reading a statement from President Trump announcing his decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, a prominent critic of the current administration. The statement went on to list other current and former officials whose clearances would be under review.


  • August 15th 2018 at 23:38

Can Manafort's team make a killer close?

Can Manafort's team make a killer close?It has been difficult to discern the defense’s theory of Paul Manafort’s case, but a member of the special counsel’s team has a concise assessment of the defense’s approach, at least when it comes to cross-examination. “We like clarity,” he observed. “They like confusion.”


  • August 15th 2018 at 18:22

Facebook is β€˜a surveillance system,’ sci-fi author Cory Doctorow says

Facebook is ‘a surveillance system,’ sci-fi author Cory Doctorow saysThe novelist reflects on the way that the social media platform spies on its customers.


  • August 15th 2018 at 11:00

Paul Manafort's defense rests without presenting evidence

Paul Manafort's defense rests without presenting evidenceThe trial of President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort is coming to a quieter than expected end.


  • August 14th 2018 at 21:47
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