Germany’s far right shows its true strength: feeding political chaos

The action by the Alternative for Germany, or AfD, in the eastern German state of Thuringia earlier this month—where the party voted with two centrist parties, the Christian Democrats and the Free Democrats, to help oust the state’s left-wing prime minister—shattered traditional parties’ long-standing refusal to cooperate with the far right, either formally or informally. That this occurred… Read More »

France launches bedbug hotline in campaign to stamp out the itchy menace

In response to this unwelcome resergence, the French government launched an anti-bedbug campaign Thursday, which includes a dedicated website and an information hotline. “We can all be affected,” reads the website, which provides information on “strict measures” to prevent the spread of the small, flattened insects, which are about the same size as an apple seed. Bedrooms and… Read More »

Rep. Kathleen Rice tells GOP to ‘get a backbone’ against Russian election interference – CNN Video

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) chastises her Republican colleagues and says none of them have responded to the briefing delivered to lawmakers warning them that the intelligence community believes Russia is already taking steps to interfere in the 2020 election with the goal of helping President Donald Trump win, which three sources familiar with the matter have told CNN.… Read More »

The rise of the ’50 Shades’ defense in murder trials

On Thursday her killer, a 28-year-old man, was sentenced to life imprisonment with minimum 17 year non-parole period. The Courts of New Zealand said in a statement: “Overall, the circumstances of the murder showed a high-level of callousness, including: the intimate nature of the murder itself.” In his November 2019 trial, the prosecution argued that the man –… Read More »

China changed how it counts coronavirus cases again. Here’s why

On Thursday, China announced just 394 new confirmed cases, the lowest number of daily infections reported in weeks. But on Friday, the confirmed number of cases in mainland China increased to 889, according to the country’s National Health Commission. This fluctuation could be partly down to a change this week in what is counted as a “confirmed case” in… Read More »

Lesotho Prime Minister fails to show up in court to face murder charge

Lipolelo Thabane was killed outside her home in the capital Maseru just days before the Prime Minister’s inauguration in June 2017. A statement from his office confirmed that the Prime Minister had traveled to South Africa early Friday morning for “urgent medical attention.” “The reason we are making this press statement is to put down the rumours that… Read More »

The rise of the ’50 Shades’ defense in murder trials

On Thursday her killer, a 28-year-old man, was sentenced to life imprisonment with minimum 17 year non-parole period. The Courts of New Zealand said in a statement: “Overall, the circumstances of the murder showed a high-level of callousness, including: the intimate nature of the murder itself.” In his November 2019 trial, the prosecution argued that the man –… Read More »