Canadian environmental groups fear losing their tax-free charity status if they run paid climate change advocacy adverts ahead of the October national election, after a warning from the federal election watchdog. Elections Canada, a non-partisan body that manages federal elections, has said that such advertising campaigns could be interpreted as partisan politics. The watchdog strictly regulates advertising during campaign periods, and one small right-wing party running in the October election - the People's Party of Canada (PPC) - denies climate change is man-made.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies say the boy feared for his mother's life. Deputies says 44-year-old Panagiotis Karamanlis pulled the woman's hair, held her to the ground and punched her in the face multiple times after they got into an argument over text messages. News reports say Karamanlis denied punching the woman, but she had bruises on her face.
Traders are also awaiting the Fed's Jackson Hole seminar and a Group of Seven summit this weekend for clues on what additional steps policymakers will take to boost economic growth. "Market expectations for Jackson Hole and the central banking community in aggregate are extremely dovish," said Brad Bechtel, managing director at Jefferies in New York.
India further eased movement restrictions in Kashmir's main city Srinagar on Tuesday, even as large swathes of the historically-restive old quarter remained locked down to curb protests over New Delhi's move to strip the region of its autonomy. In Soura, a densely populated enclave in Srinagar that has been a hotbed of protests since Aug 5, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi withdrew the special rights granted to Jammu and Kashmir, locals have built a series of makeshift barricades to keep security forces out.
A commission tasked with studying gun safety proposals after a mass shooting left 12 people dead in Virginia Beach is hearing from members of the public and special interest groups from across the ideological spectrum. The Virginia State Crime Commission was scheduled to hear hours of testimony from dozens of speakers Tuesday and then review bills introduced during a special legislative session in July. Members of the public and interest groups are expected to testify during a hearing before a Virginia commission tasked with studying gun safety proposals following a mass shooting that left 12 people dead in Virginia Beach.
The southern Somali state of Jubbaland has blocked access to the capital city Kismayo and its main airport ahead of Thursday's vote to elect a president of the semi-autonomous region, a senior regional official said on Tuesday. "We have closed all the approaches to Kismayo to prevent the Somali federal government, which is using all possible ways including Ethiopian forces, to disrupt the Jubbaland election," Mohamud Sayid Aden, vice president of Jubbland, told Reuters. Somalia's central government said on Saturday it would not recognise the result of the election in Jubbaland, a key battleground state for counter-terrorism operations, saying the candidate selection process violated the national constitution.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wrapped up a parliamentary debate on his government's future on Tuesday and confirmed he would head straight to President Sergio Mattarella to resign. The debate was triggered by the coalition party the far-right League, which earlier this month presented a motion of no confidence in the government and demanded snap elections. In a tactical ploy, the League withdrew its motion on Tuesday, but Conte said the move was meaningless.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday it fears that a boat packed with migrants sunk off the Libyan coast with more than a hundred people dead. The Libyan coast guard was not immediately available for comment. Libya is a hub for migrants and refugees, many of whom try to reach Europe in unseaworthy boats.
Air pollution chokes lungs and shortens lives but is also linked to a higher risk of mental illnesses, said researchers on Tuesday in a study based on health data from millions of patients in the United States and Denmark. People exposed to poor quality air in both countries were more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, found the study, although critics argued it was flawed and said more research was needed to draw firm conclusions. "There's quite a few known triggers (for mental illness) but pollution is a new direction," study leader Andrey Rzhetsky, of the University of Chicago told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
In a filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the House Ways and Means Committee said "time is of the essence" in resolving the case it brought last month seeking to compel the Treasury Department to hand over years of Trump’s individual and business federal tax returns. In the filing, lawyers for the Democrat-led committee said the current Congress will end on Jan. 3, 2021, and that a prompt resolution of issues in the case was needed to give the committee enough time to investigate Trump's tax returns and to pass any legislation in response.
A U.S. House of Representatives committee on Tuesday urged a federal judge to quickly resolve its bid to obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns, which the Trump administration has refused to turn over. In a filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the House Ways and Means Committee said "time is of the essence" in resolving the case it brought last month seeking to compel the Treasury Department to hand over years of Trump’s individual and business federal tax returns. In the filing, lawyers for the Democrat-led committee said the current Congress will end on Jan. 3, 2021, and that a prompt resolution of issues in the case was needed to give the committee enough time to investigate Trump's tax returns and to pass any legislation in response.
Officials believe an arsonist may be responsible for a fire that destroyed a home being built by the only named suspect in a woman's high-profile disappearance. News outlets report the home owned by Brooks Houck burned down in Bardstown on Sunday night. Houck was named as a suspect in the 2015 disappearance of his ex-girlfriend Crystal Rogers, who is presumed dead.
Kenya will become the first African country to recognise its intersex population in a census on Saturday that counts people born with a sexual anatomy that does not fit typical definitions for male or female bodies, according to a top official. The census will help end stigma and recognise the rights of intersex people who face challenges in accessing healthcare and education, said Kenya's Senator for Persons with Disabilities Isaac Mwaura. It is very germane that intersex persons are going to be counted for the first time in this country," Mwaura told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview on Tuesday.
ASPEN, Colo./WASHINGTON Aug 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is working with a group of more than a dozen state attorneys general as it investigates the market power of major technology companies, the department's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, said on Tuesday. Delrahim said at a tech conference the government is studying acquisitions by major tech companies that were previously approved as part of a broad antitrust review announced in July of major tech firms with significant market power.
An Italian prosecutor ordered to seize the Open Arms ship that has been stranded at sea by the Italian island of Lampedusa for the past 19 days with almost 100 migrants aboard, the prosecutor's office said on Tuesday. The migrants are expected to be removed from the boat tonight, the prosecutor's office said, but details were yet to be formalized.
President Donald Trump's administration has been scrambling to stem the tide of rising anger in Farm Belt states after its decision this month to allow numerous oil refiners to mix less ethanol into their gasoline, sources told Reuters on Tuesday. Trump held a two-hour meeting on Monday with members of his cabinet after hearing blowback from farmers' groups over the decision to grant exemptions from the nation's biofuel laws to 31 refineries, two sources familiar with the discussions said. It remained unclear what actions Trump would be able to take to appease farmers upset that he had granted the waivers.
Ebola outbreak spreads to remote, militia-controlled territory in Democratic Republic of Congo originally appeared on abcnews.go.comA new case of Ebola has popped up in a remote, militia-controlled area in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, hundreds of miles away from the epicenter of the yearlong outbreak.The patient is a 70-year-old woman living in Pinga, a rural village located in Walikale territory in North Kivu province, according to a recent statement from the technical committee running the country's Ebola response and reporting directly to the president. ...
Mom holds 'job fair' for her kids after they kept asking for money, cellphones originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comA Georgia mom is winning parental praise for the way she’s teaching her children, ages 13, 10 and 6, about money.Shaketha McCregor, a single mom in Dublin, Georgia, said she knew she needed a creative solution after constant requests from her three kids for things like cell phones and money to do things with their friends.“I was like I don’t want to just give it to them,” she told “Good Morning America. ...