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Turkey summons US ambassador over Washington brawl

Turkey summons US ambassador over Washington brawl

TURKEY – Turkey has summoned the US ambassador in the aftermath of last week’s brawl in Washington DC which left nine people hospitalized.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry protested to John Bass on Monday to object to the way the situation was handled by US officials. In a statement, the ministry said Turkey was protesting against the aggressive and unprofessional actions taken by US security personnel. Turkey said that the lapses of security during Erdogan’s stay were caused by the inability of US authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official program.(CNN)[+]

St Maarten host region’s largest airlift conference

St Maarten host region's largest airlift conference

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten (CMC) – Participants from over twenty countries in the Caribbean and around the world are scheduled to attend the target airlift conference to be held in St Maarten next month.The upcoming Caribbean Aviation Meetup, scheduled for June 13-15 that is being hosted by Princess Juliana International Airport will bring parties from all industry perspectives and geographical areas together.

“The Caribbean Aviation Meetup sets itself apart from any other political summit or industry association meeting that emphasises one particular theme or subject only, be it airline routing, tourism sustainability, or a business sector. These meetings often miss an important point. If one focusses on one segment but cannot bring it in perspective to other segments, it becomes a matter of, popularly”, said the organisers.(Jamaica observer)[+]

Fresh Venezuela clashes after man burned alive

Fresh Venezuela clashes after man burned alive

CARACAS – Doctors rallied in Venezuela yesterday in the latest street protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, as a young man lay in hospital after being set on fire by an angry crowd. The death toll climbed to 48 over the weekend, with hundreds injured and thousands detained, as the unrest entered its eighth week, according to authorities and rights groups.

In the latest gruesome unrest on Sunday, a man was beaten, doused in petrol and set alight during a protest in the capital Caracas, an eyewitness video and photographs showed. The crowd parted as he ran away in flames. Some reports said the man was accused of being a thief but the government alleged he was attacked for being a Maduro supporter.(Jamaica observer)[+]

Wyclef Jean: “Donald Trump renew TPS”


USA – Hip hop star Wyclef Jean came to Miami to help Haitians celebrate their pride and their Little Haiti neighborhood. But the Haiti-born star, concerned about the plight of tens of thousands of Haitians who could face deportation as the Trump administration decides whether to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program or terminate it, also turned his high energy eclectic performance into a plea.

Shortly after taking the stage after midnight Friday at the same Little Haiti Cultural Complex where Trump, on a campaign stop in September, promised to be Haitians biggest champion, Jean, rapped, “Donald Trump renew TPS.”

Then minutes later to the Fugees’ hit “Ready or Not,” rapped: “You need to renew that TPS; too many Haitians are feeling that stress.” Haitian advocates like Marleine Bastien had been hoping that Haiti’s biggest celebrity, known for rocking Haitian pride and peppering his rap and song lyrics with Creole narrations, would say something about TPS. “We are so encouraged,” she said, “by his strong stance for renewal…I know it warmed the heart of thousands of TPS recipients. (miamiherald)[+]

Cassie’s fiancé flees Colombia


COLOMBIA – The fiancé of accused drug mule Cassandra Sainsbury has fled Colombia ahead of an explosive interview to be aired on Seven’s Sunday Night. Lawyers for the Australian prisoner tried to stop the interview from being shown, but late Sunday afternoon their injunction application made to the Supreme Court was dismissed.

As lawyers fight for Cassie Sainsbury in Colombia, it was an advertisement for Seven’s Sunday Night programme that ignited her legal team back home – specifically, comments from the alleged drug mule herself. Her lawyers argued comments made by Ms Sainsbury would jeopardise not only her life, but also her family’s. The 22-year-old South Australian’s lawyers also tried to suppress comments made in phone conversations with fiancé Scott Broadbridge, who was also interviewed by Sunday Night.

Details of Ms Sainsbury’s comments were so sensitive that Justice John Sackar closed the court so arguments could be made in private. He said if there was even a shred of suggestion airing the material would endanger her life, he would shut it down. He did not. “I propose to dismiss the application,” the judge ruled. Scott Broadbridge left Colombia on Sunday fearing for his life while fleeing a country that has reportedly identified him as a person of interest in his fiancée’s drugs case. (Yahoo7)[+]

Alien: Covenant slides past Guardians 2


USA – As the weekend approached, the question lingered if “Alien: Covenant” would be able to unseat “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” from the top spot at the domestic box office.

Now, we have an answer. As of Sunday morning, “Covenant,” from 20th Century Fox and Scott Free Productions, looks to be the winner with a three-day estimate of just over $36 million from 3,761 locations. That’s just above Disney’s “Guardians” sequel which is raking in an additional $35.3 million from 4,347 spots. The super sequel is seeing only a 46% drop from last weekend, and its total domestic earnings now exceed $300 million.

While “Alien” may have won, the film’s price tag in the $100 million range and marketing costs detract from the victory. The sixth installment in the Alien franchise (not counting the two Alien vs. Predator films) was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, and Danny McBride. It holds a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is in line with 2012’s “Prometheus.” Although it came in already having made $42 million overseas and $36 million was enough to land in the top slot, “Alien” grossed less during its first weekend in the U.S. than “Prometheus” did in 2012 ($51 million). Its final domestic earnings also came in below earlier projections, which pegged the horror flick at at least $40 million. (Variety)[+]

No such thing as fat but fit

No such thing

PORTUGAL    –  People who are obese run an increased risk of heart failure and stroke even if they appear healthy, without the obvious warning signs such as high blood pressure or diabetes, according to a major new study.

The findings, presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Porto, Portugal, may be the final death knell for the claim that it is possible to be obese but still metabolically healthy or “fat but fit” say scientists.  Several studies in the past have suggested that the idea of “metabolically healthy” obese individuals is an illusion, but they have been smaller than this one. The new study, from the University of Birmingham, involved 3.5 million people, approximately 61,000 of whom developed coronary heart disease.(The guardian)[+]

Germany asks U.S. for classified briefing on Lockheed’s F-35 fighter

A Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth fighter jet lands at the Avalon Airshow in Victoria, Australia, in this file photo dated March 3, 2017.    Australian Defence Force/Handout via REUTERS

GERMANY   –  The German Air Force this month sent the U.S. military a written request for classified data on the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet as it gears up to replace its current fleet of fighter jets from 2025 to 2035.

The letter, sent by the Air Force’s planning command and seen by Reuters, makes clear that the German government has not yet authorized a procurement program and is not committed to any particular aircraft to replace its current warplanes. It said the defense ministry would carry out “an in-depth evaluation of market available solutions, including the F-35, later this year,” with a formal “letter of request” to be issued in coming months.

Germany’s interest in the F-35 – the Pentagon’s most advanced warplane and its costliest procurement program – may surprise some given that it is part of the four-nation consortium that developed the fourth-generation Eurofighter Typhoon, which continues to compete for new orders.(Reuters)[+]

Former John Lewis boss poaches Labour voters

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street tour the UTC Aerospace Systems factory during a campaign visit on May 6, 2017 in Wolverhampton. REUTERS/Jack Taylor/Pool

UK   –  Andy Street’s mayoral victory in Britain’s second largest metropolitan area may give the best indication yet of just how far Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives are poaching traditional Labour supporters ahead of the June 8 national vote.

Street quit his $1-million-a-year job as managing director of department store chain John Lewis to stand for the top political job in the West Midlands region of central England, which has a population of about 3 million. His victory this month was a surprise because the seven cities and boroughs, including Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton, that make up the West Midlands Combined Authority are a traditional stronghold of the opposition Labour Party.(Reuters)[+]

Yahoo to buy back $3 billion shares

FILE PHOTO: A tattered flag bearing the Yahoo company logo flies above a building in New York, U.S., October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK   –   Yahoo Inc said yesterday it would buy back $3 billion of its common shares to provide liquidity to stockholders looking to sell shares ahead of the company’s pending deal with Verizon Communications Inc.

Shares in Yahoo, which has a 15 percent stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, were up 2 percent at $50.81. Yahoo said it would pay between $50.79 and $44.74 per share based on its calculations, Alibaba’s share price and timing of the buyback. The Dutch auction tender offer will expire on June 13, the company said. Yahoo said its directors and executive officers will not tender any shares in the buyback offer.

Verizon agreed to buy Yahoo’s core internet properties last year for $4.83 billion in cash. It lowered the original offer by $350 million in February following two massive cyber attacks at the internet company.(Reuters)[+]