Former Fox News anchor Shep Smith took a thinly-veiled swipe at President Donald Trump at a journalism gala last night in his first public comments since he abruptly quit the network. Smith told guests at the International Press Freedom Awards that 'vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon - we don't have to look far for that'. The 55-year-old did not mention Trump by name but there was little doubt who he had in mind after clashing with Trump supporters and even drawing the anger of the President himself before his departure last month. Smith, who was hosting the event in New York City last night, also revealed he was donating $500,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists which hosted the awards. Attack: Former Fox News anchor Shep Smith speaks at a journalism gala in New York City last night where he took a thinly-veiled swipe at President Donald Trump In his opening remarks, he said: 'The free press is the underpinning of a democracy, … [Read more...] about Former Fox News anchor Shep Smith takes thinly-veiled swipe at Donald Trump over ‘vilification of the press’ in first public comments since he quit the network
Today's PMQ's "backlash" over the PM's burqa joke was a testament to the chatterati's damning myopia It's probably fair to say that Boris Johnson's first PMQs didn't go exactly as he and his team had hoped. Hours after losing his majority, the PM seemed tense and uneasy amid a barrage of heckling from opponents and former colleagues. John Bercow managed to exceed his usual (extraordinarily biased) standards with a nakedly partisan display. Fresh from a summer break spent plotting with Tory rebels from a Turkish sun lounger, the egomaniacal Speaker barely concealed his contempt for the PM, bellowing "Sit down!" like an exasperated supply teacher. Then followed sneering interventions from former... … [Read more...] about The liberal Left’s pious outrage over Boris and Brexit is playing into the PM’s hands
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Germany’s foreign minister is calling into question the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, after the kingdom acknowledged that writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed in its Istanbul consulate. Heiko Maas told German public broadcaster ARD on Saturday that “as long as these investigations continue, as long as we don’t know what happened there, there’s no basis for reaching positive decisions on arms exports to Saudi Arabia.” Maas spoke after he and Chancellor Angela Merkel released a joint statement calling on Saudi Arabia to hold to account those responsible for the Washington Post columnist’s death. Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest buyers of German arms. Asked whether German companies should decline attending a business conference in Saudi … [Read more...] about The Latest: Germany reassessing arms sales to Saudi Arabia
Police officers have stopped standing guard outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is holed up, for the first time in more than three years. Scotland Yard said yesterday that they have removed the permanent guard of officers who have been stationed outside ready to arrest Assange since 2012 - at a total cost of £12.6million The controversial activist has been living in the embassy to avoid being extradited to Sweden over rape allegations. Assange appeared to celebrate the announcement by ordering himself a celebratory pizza, as a £12.99 Domino's order marked for 'J Assange' was delivered to the embassy yesterday afternoon. Scroll down for video Police said they have removed the permanent guard of officers who have been stationed outside the embassy ever since Julian Assange (pictured at the embassy) took refuge there in 2012 in a bid to avoid extradition Scotland Yard said that while they are removing the … [Read more...] about Free to go? Julian Assange celebrates with a £12.99 Domino’s pizza after police end their 24-hour watch at the embassy where he fled three years ago… so will he now walk out?
Idi Amin, who has died at an age thought to be 78, was one of the most brutal military dictators to wield power in post-independence Africa. While chief of staff of the Ugandan army, under Dr Milton Obote's civilian government, he seized power in 1971. He made himself president, with the rank of field marshal, and after eight years of power left Uganda a legacy of bloodthirsty killings and economic mismanagement. Parliament was dissolved; no elections were held; secret police - most of them in plain clothes - exercised absolute power of life and death; and the courts and the press were subjugated to the whims of the executive. The death toll during the Amin regime will never be accurately known. The best estimate, from the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, is that it was not less than 80,000 and more likely around 300,000. Another estimate, compiled by exile organisations with the help of Amnesty International, put the number killed at 500,000. For Tanzania's president, … [Read more...] about Idi Amin