Australia loses 9th legislator in citizenship crisis – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

An Australian senator who is British by descent on Wednesday became the ninth lawmaker to leave Parliament over a 116-year-old constitutional ban on dual nationals running for office that threatens to bring down the government. Skye Kakoschke-Moore, a member of the Nick Xenophon Team minor party, said she discovered she was British while gathering evidence ahead of a Dec. 1 deadline for Australia-born senators to provide documented proof that they had not inherited the citizenship of an immigrant parent or grandparent. “I’m heartbroken by this news,” an emotional Kakoschke-Moore toldRead More

Smithsonian, Christo stole credit from top photographer, lawsuit says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Smithsonian Institution and the artist Christo were sued on Tuesday by a New York photographer who accused them of stealing credit for his photos of “Running Fence,” a 1976 installation that remains one of Christo’s best-known works. FILE PHOTO: Bulgarian-born artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff known as Christo attends a news conference during the presentation of the installation ‘The Floating Piers’, on the Lake Iseo, northern Italy June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini Gianfranco Gorgoni said he never gave permission to use his copyrighted photos of theRead More

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa adds to calls for Mugabe to go

HARARE (Reuters) – Ousted Zimbabwean vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa added his voice on Tuesday to those demanding 93-year-old President Mugabe resign, saying he needed to heed the “clarion call” of his people and step down. Mnangagwa, who said he fled Zimbabwe because of a threat to his life after being purged from the ruling party, said he had been in contact with Mugabe and invited to return but would not do so until his personal security could be guaranteed. “I told the President that I would not return home nowRead More

U.S. to end protected status for Haitians in July 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will end in July 2019 a special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants that protects them from deportation, senior Trump administration officials said on Monday. “It was assessed overall that the extraordinary but temporary conditions that served as the basis of Haiti’s most recent designation has sufficiently improved such that they no longer prevent nationals of Haiti from returning safely,” a senior Trump administration official told a briefing. Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. SourceRead More

Trump open to dropping healthcare provision in Senate tax bill -aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump would not insist on including repeal of an Obama-era health insurance mandate in a bill intended to enact the biggest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s, a senior White House aide said on Sunday. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about his recent trip to Asia in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts The version of tax legislation put forward by Senate Republican leaders would remove a requirement in former President Barack Obama’sRead More

Volkswagen accelerates push into electric cars with $40 billion spending plan

WOLFSBURG/HAMBURG (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) approved a 34 billion euro ($40 bln) spending plan on Friday that accelerates its efforts to become a global leader in electric cars. The world’s largest carmaker by unit sales will spend the money on electric cars, autonomous driving and new mobility services by the end of 2022, it said after a meeting of its supervisory board. “With the planning round now approved, we are laying the foundation for making Volkswagen the world’s No. 1 player in electric mobility by 2025,” Chief Executive Matthias MuellerRead More

Release of Indian film about Rajput queen delayed after protests

(Reuters) – The producers of “Padmavati” – a Bollywood movie based on an epic poem about a Rajput queen, said on Sunday they had indefinitely delayed the release of the film, which has been accused of distorting history and has sparked protests. Demonstrators chant slogans as they protest against the release of the upcoming Bollywood movie ‘Padmavati’ in Bengaluru, November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa The movie, which was due to go on release in India on Dec. 1, has led to protests in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and other states. ItRead More

Fotis Kafatos, distinguished Greek biologist, dies at 77 – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Fotis Kafatos, a Greek molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the United States and Europe and became the founding president of the European Research Council, has died. He was 77. His family announced his death in Heraklion, Crete on Saturday “after a long illness.” on Saturday. Born in Crete in 1940, Kafatos was known for his research on malaria and for sequencing the genome of the mosquito that transmits the disease. He was a professor at Harvard University during 1969-1994, where he also served as chairmanRead More

Freeport evacuating Indonesian mine worker families after shootings

TIMIKA, Indonesia (Reuters) – U.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc is evacuating spouses and children of workers from its giant Indonesian copper mine after a string of shootings in the area raised security concerns. A member of the Indonesian Red Cross (R) assists evacuees from villages authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists, near the Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc, in Timika, Mimika, Papua province, Indonesia November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Yamin The move follows efforts by Indonesian authorities on Friday to evacuate villages near Freeport’s Grasberg mine inRead More

Macron is popular – at least when he’s imprisoned in a snow globe

PARIS (Reuters) – His ratings may be down, but snow globes containing pictures of French President Emmanuel Macron are flying off the shelves in Paris – bought both by fans and by those who want to give a tongue-in-cheek present. Snowglobes depicting French President Emmanuel Macron, made by Bruot company in eastern France, are displayed at a store in Paris, France, November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann While it is common in Britain to find mugs or boxes of biscuits bearing the image of the Queen, it has never been aRead More