Yemen Separatists Hold Protest in Oil-Rich Hadhramaut Province
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Thousands of people protested today in Mukalla, the provincial capital of Yemen’s oil-rich Hadhramaut province, in support of southern separatists.
The protesters, who carried the flags of the former South Yemen republic and pictures of the leaders of the UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC), demanded the implementation of the self-rule announced by the STC in April. Ahmed Saeed bin Buraik, chief of the STC, said in a televised speech that they will not retreat from self-rule and the goal of acquiring independence of the south, which united with the north in 1990. He also said that the STC will make its best efforts to implement self-rule in the province.
Hadhramaut is under forces loyal to the government and the rally by the separatists is a signal that they have strong presence in the strategic province.
This protest comes as both the government and STC continue their negotiations in the Saudi capital to implement the power-sharing deal signed in November which states that the STC be included in the government. President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi demanded that the STC withdraw its self-rule announcement before the formation of a new cabinet, as the Riyadh peace deal requires.
BLM Mural Near Trump Tower Defaced For Second Time In A Week
Four people threw blue paint on the “Black Lives Matter” mural on New York City’s Fifth Avenue on Friday, the second attack on the artwork in a week.
The vandals were arrested after the 4 PM Friday incident, police said. The mural is located near Trump Tower on the famed street.
Earlier in the week, a man dumped red paint on the yellow letters of the mural, which passing vehicles then spread over the rest. Authorities have since stepped up their presence in the area.
The mural was commissioned by Mayor Bill de Blasio and has been a flashpoint for confrontations between pro- and anti-Trump demonstrators.
Trump Orders Flags at Half-Staff for a Day in John Lewis Salute
President Donald Trump ordered U.S. flags be flown at half-staff at government buildings and military installations throughout the country and abroad in honor of Representative John Lewis.
The proclamation recognized Lewis, thecivil rights leader and lawmaker who died late Friday, for his “longstanding public service.” The order runs through Saturday only.
Trump, who left for his Virginia golf course early on Saturday morning, hasn’t issued a separate comment on the death of Lewis at age 80.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted a tribute to Lewis, calling him an “icon of the civil rights movement.”
New York City To Enter Phase 4 Of Reopening Monday – But No Indoor Dining, Malls, Museums
New York City will be open for TV and movie crews to film as of Monday, entering the “Phase 4” of the plan to reopen facilities and services shuttered by the pandemic.
NYC was cleared Friday for the phase, but with some restrictions still in place. There will be no indoor dining, and malls and museums remain shuttered. Zoos will be open, but pro sports will be staged without a live audience.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that everyone should be cautious, citing the rollbacks occuring in other parts of the country that previously opened.
‘I feel like we’re standing on a beach and we’re looking out at the sea and we see the second wave building in the distance, so I want all New Yorkers to be on high alert,’ Cuomo said in a telephone briefing.
New York City trails the rest of the state in reopening because it had the bulk of coronavirus cases and deaths. Phase 4 usually permits malls and other facilities to open.
Zimbabwe education: School lessons broadcast on the radio
English lessons are being taught over the radio instead of in the classroom because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Zimbabwe, schools have remained closed following an increase in coronavirus cases.
For now, children in poor households who do not have access to the Internet, are listening to their lessons on the radio.
Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from Harare.
German finance minister sees concrete proposals on int'l tax reform by Oct
BERLIN, July 18 (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Saturday that he expects concrete proposals on international tax reform by October.
“Fair taxation of international companies and large digital groups is more urgent than ever,” Scholz said after a virtual meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors. (Reporting by Christian Kraemer; writing by Tom Sims; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
Kuwaiti crown prince to temporarily fill some of emir's roles
DUBAI (Reuters) – Kuwait’s crown prince will temporarily exercise some of the ruling emir’s constitutional duties, per a royal decree, the state news agency KUNA said on Saturday, without giving details.
The 91-year-old emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah, was admitted to hospital on Saturday for medical checks, the state news agency KUNA reported earlier.
Kansas Dog Makes 50-Mile Trek to Her Old Home in Missouri
Lawson, Mo. (AP) — A dog named Cleo who disappeared from her home in Kansas earlier this month turned up a few days later at her old home in Missouri, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) away.
Colton Michael told television station KMBC that the 4 -year-old Labrador retriever-border collie mix showed up on the front porch of his family’s home in Lawson, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Kansas City.
At first, she wouldn’t let anyone get near her, said Michael, who has lived in the home for nearly two years.
“She finds her way home, and there’s some strangers living in it. That would be scary for anybody,” he said.
Eventually, he was able to gain Cleo’s trust and to get her checked for a microchip, which showed that she belonged to the former owners of his house.
Cleo’s owners, who had moved to Olathe, Kansas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Lawson, couldn’t believe it when Michael called and said the dog had turned up at their old home. They had posted on Facebook a week earlier about the missing dog. Neither family knows how Cleo made the trip, which would have required her to cross at least one river.