ARMISTICE DAY: WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS TRUMP WW1 NO-SHOW


The White House has defended US President Donald Trump's decision to miss a memorial event on Saturday after he faced a critical backlash. Mr Trump, who was in France to mark the centenary of World War One's end, cancelled a visit to a US military cemetery amid heavy rain. Bad weather and "near-zero visibility" grounded the presidential helicopter.

Mr Trump did not want to cause extra Paris traffic for a last-minute motorcade, officials said. "President Trump did not want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption to the city and its people," press secretary Sarah Sanders said, noting the trip was 60 miles (96km) north-east of Paris.

Ex-asylum Seekers Call For Respect And Fair Treatment
In a bid to improving their image and integrity and security after facing deportation from Europe, United State of America etc; Ex-asylum seekers in Sierra Leone, West Africa have called for government attention to their plight. Speaking to News Watch, the National Coordinator of the Network of Ex-asylum seekers (NEAS-SL), Abdulia Daramy, Ex-asylum seekers from Sierra Leone are usually stigmatized, discriminated, against, and brutalized with impunity during the deportation and therefore he is appealing to government to look into making laws and implement policies that would protect asylum seekers and ensure that asylum seekers Sierra Leoneans who are facing deportation are treated on the basis of best international practices.
Daramy said that the Network is a Non-profit organisation that was set up to identify and help pursue the interest of Ex-asylum seekers in the country.
The program Manager Action for Children and Woman in Crisis Sierra Leone (ACWC-SL), Usif Manseray said that the organisation is focused on the economic and social security of their members.
Manseray added that, ten civil societies came together to form the network in order to create awareness and galvanises support from the central government. He said that the Network has made a lot of effort since it was formed on 2010 but no attention has been given to their fate, even though they deals with all works of life couple with gender equality.

Sri Lanka's Top Court Stays President's Order to Sack Parliament
Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament until next month in a further twist in the country’s political crisis.

Sirisena dissolved parliament on Friday night and called a general election for Jan. 5, two weeks after removing his coalition prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The top court, hearing a bunch of petitions by supporters of Wickremesinghe, stayed the president’s order on technical grounds.

According to PTI, a three-member bench including the country’s chief justice Nalin Perera delivered its ruling after two days of deliberations on as many as 13 petitions against and five for Sirisena’s November 9 decision to dissolve Parliament. All petitions filed against Sirisena’s decision will be heard on December 4, 5 and 6, the apex court ruled.

'Profoundly Dismayed': Amnesty Strips  Suu Kyi of Top Honour
Amnesty International has stripped Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour over her "indifference" to the atrocities committed by the country's military against the Muslim-majority Rohingya.

The UK-based human rights group on Monday said it was revoking the Ambassador of Conscience Award it gave Aung San Suu Kyi in 2009 during her 15-year house arrest.

"Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights," Amnesty chief Kumi Naidoo said in a letter to Aung San Suu Kyi released by the group.

"Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so, with great sadness, we are hereby withdrawing it from you." The group said it informed Myanmar's leader of the decision on Sunday. She has so far issued no public response.

Caravan Marks One Month on The Road: ‘We Keep on Going, Laughing or Crying’
Several thousand Central American migrants marked a month on the road on Monday as they hitched rides to the western Mexico city of Guadalajara and toward the US border.

Most appear intent on taking the Pacific coast route northward to the border city of Tijuana, which is still about 1,550 miles (2,500km) away. The migrants have come about 1,200 miles since they started out in Honduras around 13 October.

But whereas they previously suffered from the heat on their journey through Honduras, Guatemala and southern Mexico, they now trek to highways wrapped in blankets to fend off the morning chill. Karen Martínez of Copán, Honduras, and her three children were bundled up with jackets, scarves and a blanket.“Sometimes we go along laughing, sometimes crying, but we keep on going,” she said.

While the caravan previously averaged only about 30 miles per day, they are also now covering daily distances of 185 miles or more, partly because they are relying on hitchhiking rather than walking.

Uber Says It's One Step Closer to Delivering Data  on Sexual Assaults
Uber released a report Monday that outlines how it will categorize sexual misconduct, sexual assault and rape claims involving its drivers and passengers, which the company says is a first step toward getting out its promised safety transparency report putting numbers to sexual assaults and other incidents that occur on its platform.

Uber's pledge to release that report came on the heels of CNN's investigation that found that at least 103 Uber drivers in the United States had been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the previous four years. The drivers were arrested, wanted by police, or had been named in civil suits related to the incidents. It was the first time that any numbers had been put to the issue.

An Uber spokesperson said Business the company hasn't yet determined what data will be released in the report, but it confirmed it will include "more serious incidents," including sexual assault and fatal car accidents.

The 53-page taxonomy report was authored by staff at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Urban Institute. Uber partnered with the organizations, which work with sexual violence survivors, because of their experience with data collection around the issue. It defines 21 categories of complaints ranging from staring or leering to masturbation to non-consensual sexual penetration. The company said it plans to release the report in 2019.

The 22-Inch Trumpy Bear  You've Never Wanted Is on Sale with 'Added Bonus'
These are the words that mark the beginning of the most “that-can’t-be-an-actual-thing-but-it-actually-really-is” TV advert you shall ever see. Introducing Trumpy Bear - a “fearless, super-plush American grizzly”, apparently. Oh and it’s modelled on Donald Trump if you hadn’t already worked that out.

Originally released in July of last year, TRUMPY BEAR is getting a new lease of life after the ad apparently aired on Fox News this week, prompting a general cry of “WTAF”.

The advert’s not-quite sincere testimonials suggest someone might be having one huge joke but then again, this is the USA in 2018.

But as noted above, it is an actual thing. You can even buy it on Amazon where the reviews reveal two disturbing things.Firstly, people have actually ordered Trumpy Bear. We kid you not.

California Wildfires Death  Toll at 31, More than 220 Missing
As wildfires raged at both ends of the state of California, officials released another grim statistic: six more bodies discovered in the burned-over town of Paradise and outlying areas, bringing the death toll there to 29 and matching the record for the deadliest single fire in California's history.

Statewide the death toll stood at 31 on Monday, including two dead in southern California, with authorities still searching for bodies and 228 people unaccounted for.

Search teams were working in Paradise, a town of 27,000 that was largely incinerated Thursday. and in surrounding communities in northern California's Sierra Nevada foothills.

Authorities called in a DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify what, in some cases, were only bones or bone fragments.

Kabul: Suicide Bomber  Targets Protesters Demanding Security
At least six people have been killed and 20 others wounded after a suicide bomber hit a protest site in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, officials said. The blast on Monday took place close to the city's Pashtunistan Square, where hundreds of people had been protesting over insecurity in the country.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the interior ministry, said, "The suicide attacker on foot wanted to target protesters, but he was stopped at a security checkpoint some 200 metres from the site."

"There have been casualties and I can say most of them are security forces." Twenty people were wounded in the blast, which struck in front of a high school in downtown Kabul, according to Najib Danish, an interior ministry spokesman.

North Korea  Is Operating at Least 13 Secret  Missile Sites
U.S. analysts said Monday they have located more than half of an estimated 20 secret North Korean missile development sites, highlighting the challenge the Trump administration faces in ensuring that North Korea complies with any eventual agreement to end its nuclear and missile programs.

The findings, which were released amid signs the administration’s negotiations with the North have stalled, draw on commercial satellite imagery and identify 13 secret facilities used to produce missiles and related technology. They suggest that Pyongyang is continuing its missile work, even though it has halted test launches in what President Donald Trump and his administration have claimed as a success since his historic June meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Although the sites are not launch facilities and in some cases are rudimentary, the authors of the report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies say they are hidden and illustrate the scope of the North’s weapons program and the country’s determination to conceal its military might.

“The dispersed deployment of these bases and distinctive tactics employed by ballistic missile units are combined with decades of extensive camouflage, concealment and deception practices to maximize the survival of its missile units from pre-emptive strikes and during wartime operations,” they said.

The authors say that the sites, which can be used for all classes of ballistic missile, therefore should be declared by North Korea and inspected in any credible, verifiable deal that addresses Pyongyang’s most significant threats to the United States and its allies.

Iran Honoring Nuclear Deal as New Sanctions Hit, IAEA Report Shows
Iran has continued to implement the main nuclear restrictions set by its 2015 deal with major powers even as the United States reimposed sanctions against Tehran, a U.N. atomic watchdog report showed on Monday.

Iran has kept its stock of low-enriched uranium as well as the level to which it refines uranium within the limits set by the landmark deal, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency report to IAEA member states.

Several of the main items curbed under the deal, designed to lengthen the time Iran would need to build a nuclear bomb if it ever chose to do so, were verified shortly before U.S. sanctions were reimposed on Nov. 5 as a follow-up to Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear accord announced in May. A senior diplomat, however, later said that there was no sign Iranian behavior had changed since that date.

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