Headlines on 2018-12-05

  • Nepal: first came the earthquake, then came the debt

    Survivors of the 2015 quake that killed almost 9,000 people around Kathmandu now face another challenge they didn’t expect Ratna Awale counts herself lucky. She and her husband, Prem, and their two sons survived the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal on 25 April 2015 that killed almost 9,000 people. But her narrow four-storey home in Patan, a sprawling, historical city south of Kathmandu, was badly damaged. “There were big cracks from the back of the house to the front wall, and half...

    the Guardian
  • Clooney foundation launches global effort to monitor court trials

    A justice foundation created by George and Amal Clooney is set to announce on Wednesday a global initiative called TrialWatch to monitor court trials where there is a risk of abuse and to rank countries’ judicial systems. Working with the Columbia University Law School and the American Bar Association, the TrialWatch initiative will train an international network of court monitors, including non-lawyers, whose reports will be used by legal experts to grade trials according to …

    Raw Story
  • The Latest: Republican wins Georgia elections chief runoff

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Latest on Georgia's Secretary of State race (all times local): 10:20 p.m. Republican Brad Raffensperger has been elected Georgia's new elections chief amid a debate over access to the polls and election security. Raffensperger defeated former Democratic congressman John Barrow in a Tuesday runoff for ...

    www.washingtontimes.com
  • Kim Jong Un clears schedule for historic visit to Seoul

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has cleared three days later this month to make a historic first visit to Seoul to discuss ridding the Korea peninsula of nuclear weapons, according to a report Wednesday. Kim’s visit Dec. 18 would come three months after South Korean President Moon Jae-in traveled to Pyongyang for a state...

    New York Post
  • How Patrick Corbin stole wife’s heart before breaking Yankees’

    Before the infamous — and ultimately unsuccessful — toast, there was an intricate proposal plan. Patrick Corbin, who accepted a six-year, $140 million package from the Nationals on Tuesday, said he had to trick his wife, Jen, before popping the question last year. “Yeah, I just kind of lied to her about it,” Corbin said...

    New York Post
  • Wally Backman can’t shake Mets regrets: Thought I’d be manager

    Wally Backman always thought he was the next Mets manager in waiting, and apparently Terry Collins did, too. “I was very close to Terry Collins. I thought we worked well together. I thought I was the guy in waiting,” Backman said Tuesday on WFAN’s “Joe and Evan” show. “And it basically didn’t happen. Like I...

    New York Post
  • What happened after ‘really sad’ DJ asked female soccer star about twerking

    Ada Hegerberg revealed that French DJ Martin Solveig came up to her and was “really really sad” after his Ballon d’Or “twerk” comment. And the Norwegian soccer star attempted to downplay the incident, insisting she “didn’t consider it as a sexual harassment.” The Lyon and Norway striker had just collected the inaugural Women’s Ballon d’Or...

    New York Post
  • 'Brutal news': global carbon emissions jump to all-time high in 2018

    Rapid cuts needed to protect billions of people from rising emissions due to increase in use of cars and coal Global carbon emissions will jump to a record high in 2018, according to a report, dashing hopes a plateau of recent years would be maintained. It means emissions are heading in the opposite direction to the deep cuts urgently needed, say scientists, to fight climate change. The rise is due to the growing number of cars on the roads and a renaissance of coal use and means the world...

    the Guardian
  • RFU refuse to rule out bringing back Stuart Lancaster as England coach once Eddie Jones leaves

    Lancaster left after the dismal 2015 Rugby World Cup but has rebuilt his career in Ireland along with Andy Farrell and has not been discounted from a future return

    www.independent.co.uk
  • Roger Stone won't shut up

    A defiant effort to exonerate himself in the Trump-Russia saga also looks like a campaign to raise money and sell books.

    POLITICO
  • Firearms cause sharp drop in life expectancy for black Americans: study

    Guns caused the life expectancy of black Americans to drop by more than four years from 2000 to 2016, twice as much as the decline in life expectancy of white Americans during the same period, according to an academic study published on Tuesday. Assault with firearms accounted for more than three years of the drop among black Americans, while the rest reflected suicides by gun, according to the report in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. The life …

    Raw Story
  • 7.5 quake off New Caledonia triggers tsunami but no damage

    A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck near New Caledonia Wednesday, triggering a tsunami alert and emergency evacuations across a swathe of the South Pacific, but there were no reports of serious damage or injuries. Authorities said the quake, followed by at least 20 strong aftershocks, was centred about 170 kilometres (100 miles) southeast of New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands at a depth of just 10 kilometres. Island residents said the initial quake shook the walls of buildings …

    Raw Story