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Keith Vaz the Longest Serving British Indian MP Announces his Retirement

Keith Vaz,  the longest-serving British Indian

Keith Vaz,  the longest-serving British Indian MP has  announced his decision to retire after 32 years.  A senior Labour MP, Vaz said: “I have decided to retire after completing 32 years as the Member of Parliament for Leicester East. In that time I have won eight general elections. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve my constituency since I came to the city in 1985”.

Keith Vaz, 62, is of Goa origin and has been a prominent figure in the Indian community in the UK, besides forging links with leading politicians in India. Prominent Indian actors have travelled to his constituency of Leicester East to canvass for him during elections.  Vaz, who was first elected in 1987 and went on to win eight subsequent elections in a controversial career, announced his retirement on Sunday, days after being charged with damaging the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons.

Vaz’s announcement spares the Labour party of discomfiture before the December 12 election, with questions raging over his candidature after the Commons Standards Committee recommended a six-month suspension for his role in a 2016 drugs and sex row.

“I want to thank the people of Leicester East for their absolute loyalty and support. Leicester and especially the people of Leicester East will always be in my heart.”

The drugs and sex row hit the headlines in 2016, but Vaz polled more votes in the 2017 election, but his candidature for the December 12 election made senior Labour leaders such as Diane Abott uneasy, suggesting that he step down voluntarily. On Vaz’s decision to step down, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Keith Vaz was among the pioneering group of black and Asian Labour MPs elected in 1987. I was proud to support his selection and incredibly proud when he won, taking the seat from the Tories”.

The first three Indian-origin MPs in British history were Dadabhai Naoroji (1892, Finsbury Central), Mancherjee Bhownagree (1895, Bethnal Green North East) and Shapurji Saklatvala (1922, 1924, Battersea North).

There was then a gap of 63 years before Vaz was elected to the House of Commons in 1987. His election and that of three others in 1987 is seen as a turning point in the history of participation of minority ethnic sections of society in British politics

“Keith has made a substantial and significant contribution to public life, both as a constituency MP for the people of Leicester and for the Asian community across the country. He has helped to pave the way for more BAME (black and minority ethnic) people to become involved in politics”.

“His work in Parliament has been exemplary, as Britain’s first Asian origin Minister, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, a campaigner on diabetes issues and most recently trying to help the peace process in Yemen. And our work together to combat racism and bring our diverse communities together is far from over.”

A former minister for Europe (1999-2011) in the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair, Vaz has been involved in several controversies during his parliamentary career, but invariably bounced back to return to frontline politics.

Vaz was chairman of the influential Home Affairs Committee, but resigned when the drugs and sex row emerged in 2016. He played a frontline role in UK-India relations during Labour governments and intervened on behalf of Indians on immigration and other issues over the decades.

More than Eleven Thousand Experts Around The World Calls For Strategy Of Dumping Fossil Fuels

Climate change

Greater than eleven thousand experts from around the world are calling for a critical addition to the main strategy of dumping fossil fuels for renewable energy: there needs to be far fewer humans on the planet.

Forty years ago, scientists from 50 nations converged on Geneva to discuss what was then called the “CO2-climate problem.” At the time, with reliance on fossil fuels having helped triggerthe 1979 oil crisis, they predicted global warming would eventually become amajor environmental challenge.

The scientists got to work, setting forthproposalson how to attack the problem, setting the stage for the eventual creation of theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s preeminent body of climate scientists. Their goal was to get ahead of the problem before it was too late. But after a fast start, the fossil fuel industry, politics and the prioritization of economic growth over planetary health slowed them down.Now, four decades later, a larger group of scientists is sounding another, much more urgentalarm.

“We declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories frown around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” the scientists wrote in a stark warning published Tuesday in the journal BioScience.

While warnings about the consequences of unchecked climate change have become so commonplace as to inure the average news consumer, this latest communique is exceptionally significant given the data that accompanies it.

When absorbed in sequence, the charts lay out a devastating trend for planetary health. From meat consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and ice loss to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, they lay out a grimportrait of 40 years of squandered opportunities.

The scientists make specific calls for policy makers to quickly implement systemic change to energy, food, and economic policies. But they go one step further, into the politically fraught territory of population control. It “must be stabilized—and, ideally, gradually reduced—within a framework that ensures social integrity,” they write.

The problem is enormous, yet the signatories still manage to strike an upbeat tone. For all the lost chances, progress is being made, they contend.

“We are encouraged by a recent surge of concern,” the letter states. “Governmental bodies are making climate emergency declarations. Schoolchildren are striking. Ecocide lawsuits are proceeding in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding change, and many countries, states and provinces, cities, and businesses are responding.”

The report, however, comes one day after U.S. President Donald Trump began the formal procedure of withdrawing America from the Paris climate accord.

Matt Bevan, The Republican Governor LossesTo Democratic Challenger Andy Beshear

Matt Bevan, the Republican governor of the Republican state of Kentucky, lost to Democratic challenger Andy Beshear, in an upset defeat largely due to his own unpopularity. But President Donald Trump, who had put his full weight behind him and held an election eve rally for him on Monday, will end up shouldering some of the blame, especially from critics.

The US Republicans lost a key gubernatorial race and conceded a set state legislatures in a handful of state elections that were also seen as the first test of President Donald Trump’s mounting troubles stemming from the impeachment inquiry, which has not been going too well for him.

A key witness in the ongoing inquiry reversed himself and told congressional investigators Tuesday and said he had told Ukrainians they had to give President Trump what he wanted, a public announcement of investigation of corruption, to un-block almost $400 million in military aid it was supposed to get.

Republicans also conceded the assembly and senate in Virginia for the first time in a quarter century, with Democrats now in charge of all the major state-wide offices, in a state that was once considered Republican but has turned into a swing state with a sharp rise in Democratic voters.

These reverses for the Republican party came a year after it lost control of the US House of Representatives to Democrats in the 2018 mid-term elections. Republicans are seen to be losing support in cities and in the suburbs largely on account of the divisive brand of politics popularised by Trump.

There had been no reactions from President Trump himself till late in the night. His 2020 campaign claimed credit for the president for the other victories in Kentucky and said about Bevan, the “President just about dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line, helping him run stronger than expected in what turned into a very close race at the end”.

Earlier in the day, another Trump-loyalist handed the president a fresh set of troubles. US ambassador to EU Gordon Sondland told impeachment investigators in a “supplemental declaration”, adding to an earlier close-door testimony he had indeed conveyed to an Ukrainian official that there were conditions that had to be met to get the security aid, laying out, in effect, a quid pro quo that the president and his allies have denied.

“I said that resumption of the US aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anticorruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,” Sondland said. He is a wealth hotelier from Oregon, who donated generously to Trump’s campaign and inauguration and was given the prestigious ambassadorship as a reward.

The Trump administration is alleged to have pushed Ukraine to order an investigation against former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden about latter’s association with a Ukrainian company.

Sondland did not, however, connect the quid pro quo to the president, and the White House pointed it out in a reaction. He “‘did not know, (and still does not know) when, why or by whom the aid was suspended’”, a spokesperson said, adding, “He also said he ‘presumed’ there was a link to the aid—but cannot identify any solid source for that assumption”.

Current Update On Whatsapp Snooping Episode

Update On Whatsapp Snooping Episode

Describing the entire WhatsApp snooping episode as worrisome, Congress leader Anand Sharma who chairs the parliamentary standing committing on home affairs, said this issue will be taken up at the panel’s next meeting on November 15.

Two parliamentary panels headed by Congress leaders have decided to examine the WhatsApp snooping case and will seek details from top government officials including the Home Secretary.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Thursday said Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using an Israeli spyware Pegasus.

The users span across four continents and include diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials.

Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has askedWhatsAppfor a report on the allegations. Facebook owned WhatsApp has over 1.5 billion users globally, of which India accounts for about 400 million.

The Home Secretary is scheduled to brief the panel on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the next meeting. “In that meeting this issue will also be discussed and we will seek details from the secretary,” Sharma said.

Concerned about this development, Shashi Tharoor, who heads the parliamentary standing committee on information technology, said the panel would share its concerns.

He said he will consult other members by email on the matter.
“In any case Cybersecurity is a major issue on our agenda and we are definitely going to take this up under that rubric. And we will be seeking clarifications from the government,” Tharoor said.

He said as the WhatsApp NSO issue has emerged in the open it is important to ensure that no other social media platform can be similarly used, and the panel will seek to learn how exactly the government can ensure that.

“It is vital that as a democracy, India remains vigilant about the risk of our freedoms being eroded by technological means. We must not, at any price, become a surveillance state like China,” he said.

Meanwhile, the WhatsApp had said it was suing NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance firm, that is reportedly behind the technology that helped unnamed entities hack into phones of roughly 1,400 users.

Johnson Faces a Brexit Showdown With Parliament On Saturday

Brexit Deal

In an extraordinary Saturday sitting, the first since 1982, parliament will vote on approving Johnson’s deal. Britain is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a Brexit showdown with parliament on Saturday after clinching a last-minute divorce deal with the European Union that his Northern Irish allies oppose.

Johnson, whose Conservative Party has no majority in the 650-seat House of Commons, will face a deeply divided parliament where his opponents are trying to force both a delay to Brexit and another referendum. Other options include collapsing his government so that others can take control of Brexit negotiations.

Parliament will sit from 0830 GMT on Saturday Oct. 19 - the first time since April 3, 1982 when it discussed the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands. Johnson will make a statement to lawmakers, after which there will be a 90-minute debate and then a vote. The final vote is intended to meet one part of the criteria for ratifying the exit deal. Legislation would then need to be passed by Oct. 31 in order to complete the ratification.

Johnson said he had agreed a “great” new Brexit deal. He is framing Saturday’s vote as a choice between his deal or a no-deal exit. Others say the choice is more complex. If the deal is approved, Johnson can proceed with his plan to leave the EU on Oct. 31. If it is rejected, he may seek approval to leave the EU without a deal on Oct. 31.

The Democratic Unionist Party said it could not support the deal. The opposition Labour Party, the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats have all said they will oppose it. If Johnson loses a vote on a deal and does not get approval for no deal by Saturday, he is required by law to write a letter to the EU requesting more negotiating time, delaying Brexit until Jan. 31, 2020.

The government has said both that it will comply with this law and that Britain will leave the EU on Oct. 31 whatever happens. Johnson has not explained how he plans to take these two apparently contradictory steps.

Lawmakers will try to amend the wording of the motion which is voted upon to change its meaning. These so-called amendments need to be approved by a vote in parliament, which would take place before a vote on approving the final text of the motion. So far three have been submitted, and more could be added on Saturday. The speaker has discretion over which ones he thinks lawmakers should be able to debate and vote upon.

Amendment A
This has been submitted by a cross-party group of lawmakers. Its effect would be to withhold approval for a deal until legislation implementing the deal has been passed by parliament. This could require a delay to Brexit if the legislation cannot be passed before Oct. 31.

Amendment B
This changes the vote from being about approving Johnson’s deal, to being about cancelling Brexit altogether. It seeks lawmakers’ approval to revoke the ‘Article 50’ notice that notified the EU of Britain’s intention to exit.

Amendment C
This calls for lawmakers to reject Johnson’s deal and request a delay to Brexit in order for a general election to be held. A group of Labour lawmakers who favour a second referendum could put forward an amendment calling for approval of any deal to be subject to another public vote. If passed, this would not be binding on the government, but would be hard to ignore and would be a big step forward for the long-running campaign for a new vote.

The prime minister needs the support of 320 lawmakers to be certain of victory in the 650-seat parliament. This number is lower than a simple majority of 326 because seven Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party members do not sit or vote, three deputy speakers do not vote, and the speaker, John Bercow, votes only in the event of a tie. There are also four “tellers” who help count votes, but do not vote themselves. However two of the tellers must support the deal and two must be against. This means that if the vote in favour of the deal is 318 or above, Johnson has won. He could win with fewer votes if there are abstentions.

If there is a tied vote, the speaker casts the deciding ballot. Parliament’s website states that in the event of a tie: “The Speaker casts his vote according to what was done in similar circumstances in the past. Where possible the issue should remain open for further discussion and no final decision should be made by a casting vote.”

Conservative Party
Johnson’s party does not have a majority in parliament and is not united about the best plan on Brexit. There are 288 Conservative seats and most would be expected to vote with the prime minister. But there is a faction of committed Brexiteers who could rebel if they feel the deal does not provide a satisfactory break from the EU. Lawmakers in that group, who can number as many as 80 but have a hard core of around 28, are unlikely to vote as a single bloc and are difficult to predict.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)
Its 10 lawmakers are also pivotal to Johnson’s chances of success. The party is allied with the Conservatives under a formal arrangement, but the DUP says it cannot support the Brexit deal. The DUP’s decision is expected to influence some of the Brexit-supporting Conservatives’ votes.

Conservative Exiles
Johnson expelled 21 Conservatives from his party in September because they did not support his plan to leave the EU on Oct. 31, with or without a deal. Another, former cabinet minister Amber Rudd, quit the party over Brexit and also sits as an independent. Some could support his deal, others are more likely to reject it and back a delay to hold a second referendum.

Labour Party
Labour has 244 members of parliament.Leader Jeremy Corbyn said he could not support the deal, and he will order his lawmakers to vote against it. Asked whether he would put forward a motion of no-confidence to try to bring down Johnson on Saturday, Corbyn said the weekend was a time to discuss the Brexit deal and other issues would be for next week.

Labour Rebels
Labour rebels are crucial to Johnson’s hopes of getting a deal approved. A small number of Labour lawmakers are explicitly pro-Brexit and have supported previous attempts to back a deal.
Another larger group of around 20 Labour rebels who want Britain to leave the EU with a deal could also back Johnson, depending on the final terms.

Other Parties
Most remaining lawmakers are expected to vote against a deal. They are made up of 35 Scottish National Party members, 19 Liberal Democrats and the rest from smaller parties or independents. The SNP and Liberal Democrats said they opposed the deal. Some independents are likely to vote for it.

Parliament rejected an earlier Brexit deal, negotiated by Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May, three times.Jan. 15 - Government lost by 230 votes when parliament voted 432-202 against the deal. March 12 - Government lost by 149 votes when parliament voted 391-242 against the deal. March 29 - Government lost by 58 votes when parliament voted 344-286 against the deal

President Donald Trump wants to meet whistleblower in Ukraine

President Donald Trump wants to meet whistleblower in Ukraine

The whistleblower filed a complaint over the contents of the conversation back in August, saying President Donald Trump had tried to get a foreign power to interfere in a US election for his own gain.

“Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called ‘Whistleblower,’ represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way,” President Donald Trump tweeted.

President Donald Trump has been relatively quiet this weekend but in a series of evening tweets he also blasted Democratic lawmakers and the media as he railed against the impeachment inquiry launched last week.

That probe was triggered by the release of a rough transcript of a July phone call in which President Donald Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, a potential Democratic candidate in the 2020 US election.He also enlisted his attorney general and personal lawyer to help in that effort.

He also said the de facto leader of the congressional inquiry, Adam Schiff, lied to Congress last week about what President Donald Trump said to the president of Ukraine and should be punished.

“His lies were made in perhaps the most blatant and sinister manner ever seen in the great Chamber,” President Donald Trump tweeted. “He wrote down and read terrible things, then said it was from the mouth of the President of the United States. I want Schiff questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason,” he wrote.

China Reels Out Patriotic Films As The Communist Party Prepares To Celebrate 70 Years In Power

China reels out patriotic films as the Communist Party prepares to celebrate 70 years in power
Highlighting the link between the Communist Party and its use of movies to further its ideology, an official at the then-State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television told industry representatives in December 2017 that movies should serve the purpose of “promoting the prosperity of socialist culture and realizing the Chinese dream” as defined by Xi’s thought.

China is reeling out a string of patriotic films as the Communist Party prepares to celebrate 70 years in power amid challenges to its authority from the unrest in Hong Kong and an economy weakened by the trade war.

China has historically used movies to instill ideology and patriotism, the goal of the latest releases is to reinforce nationalism, Chinese pride and aid President Xi Jinping’s drive to bring the party, and the country, in line. The campaign comes at a time when Beijing is looking for ways to resolve Hong Kong’s protests, as well as shore up economic growth.

At least three movies featuring the accomplishments of ordinary Chinese opened in mainland theaters Monday, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The country is set to celebrate its National Day on Tuesday.

Beijing would expect the vignette on Hong Kong’s return to rally Chinese around the world to recognize that the special administrative region is of course Chinese territory, and it would contrast with those in the city holding up American or British flags, said Rosen. “So the timing and the intended audience are related to the events in Hong Kong, but not just Hong Kong since it’s also the 70th anniversary, of course,” he said.

“My People, My Country,” directed by seven of China’s best-known filmmakers, is a collection of stories of citizens in proud moments of the nation’s history. “The Climbers” chronicles the first Chinese team that scaled Mount Everest in 1960, and “The Captain” is the story of pilots who used their skills to save a passenger aircraft from disaster.
“Definitely there’s an importance, and they are definitely going to push” these movies, said Sean Tierney, a Hong Kong-based film critic. The three movies are “too red to fail” at China’s box office, he said.

Months of protests, triggered by a controversial extradition bill, have turned into the biggest crisis for Beijing’s rule over the former British colony since it returned to China in 1997. The rallies against the now-withdrawn legislation have gradually morphed into a pro-democracy, anti-Beijing movement, with universal suffrage among the key protester demands.

The protracted trade war with the U.S. has also hurt the $13.6 trillion economy. It has hit consumer spending, factory output and the jobs market, with growth headed for the slowest pace in almost three decades.

Highlighting the link between the Communist Party and its use of movies to further its ideology, an official at the then-State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television told industry representatives in December 2017 that movies should serve the purpose of “promoting the prosperity of socialist culture and realizing the Chinese dream” as defined by Xi’s thought.

In 2017, “Wolf Warrior 2” -- a movie about a renegade officer in China’s special operations force who single-handedly rescues hundreds of Chinese nationals from a war-torn country in Africa -- racked up about $800 million in ticket sales, making it the country’s top grossing film ever. “Operation Red Sea,” out the following year about a military squad saving compatriots from terrorist attacks in a fictitious Arab country, was the fifth-highest.

Spreading national pride, about 70 cinemas across mainland China will screen the National Day celebratory activities live on Tuesday, according to state media Xinhua News Agency. The main event would be the grand military parade through the capital, featuring tanks, troop carriers and columns of goose-stepping soldiers in an 80-minute procession past Tiananmen Square. While a movie like “My People, My Country” may barely register with the residents of Hong Kong, given the mood, it’s likely to score well in the mainland.

Maoyan, a local ticketing platform, said the films have already exceeded 1 billion yuan ($140 million) each in collections, including pre-sales, an amount considered a benchmark for a blockbuster, according to Stanley Rosen, a professor at the University of Southern California. “My People, My Country” had grossed 2 billion yuan, Maoyan said.
Midnight Flag

Sales could also be bolstered by bulk ticket purchases by government organizations for their members, said Rosen, who’s been tracking China’s movie industry and its relationship with the government for more than a decade.

The gulf between expectations for the film in Hong Kong and in the mainland also shows the challenge Beijing faces in winning over hearts and minds in the city. Britain’s handover of Hong Kong’s sovereignty to China on July 1, 1997 is one of the seven big moments in the film “My People, My Country.”

The segment features a policewoman and a watchmaker whose stories intertwine heading into handover day, when China’s flag must be raised right at midnight. “It cannot be delayed for one second,” characters in the segment repeatedly say.

President Ram Nath Kovind Accepts The Resignation Of The Chief Justice Of Madras High Court

President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of the Chief Justice of Madras High Court, VK Tahilramani, after the Supreme Court Collegium transferred her to the Meghalaya High Court. In a notification late on Friday, the Union Law Ministry said the resignation has been accepted with effect from the afternoon of September 6.

The Madras High Court has reserved orders on the maintainability of a petition, filed by an advocate, challenging the transfer. Justice Vineet Kothari, the seniormost Judge of Madras High Court will officiate as the Chief Justice.Chief Justice of Meghalaya AK Mittal is yet to take over as the Chief Justice of the Madras HC in place of Justice Tahilramani as per the resolution of the SC collegiums.

The SC Collegium passed a resolution, deemed as an administrative order, to transfer her to the Meghalaya HC on August 28. Subsequently, she requested a reconsideration of that but, it was turned down.Her transfer to a much smaller HC had raised eyebrows since she happens to be the senior-most Judge among the High Court judges. While the sanctioned strength of Madras HC is 75 Judges, it is just three for Meghalaya HC. So she put down her papers, apparently upset over her transfer.

Having tendered her resignation to the President with a copy of the same to the Chief Justice of India on September 6, Justice Tahilramani, abstained from work since then and the cases posted before the Bench headed by her were placed before other Judges. She had first informed of her decision to quit to her brother and sister judges during a dinner on the same night. She had already started moving out her belongings from the official residence in Chennai.

Having been a Judge for nearly two decades, Justice Tahilramani is due to retire on October 2, 2020. As such, the transfer has evoked criticism among the legal fraternity. Lawyers across the state boycotted court proceedings on September 10, condemning the transfer and to press for rescinding the same. A representation from a section of lawyers was also sent to the CJI and the SC collegiums to withdraw the ‘arbitrary and undemocratic’ transfer.

She was elevated as a Judge of the Bombay High Court in June 2000 and appointed Chief Justice of the Madras HC, one of the three chartered High Courts in the country, in August 2018. Earlier, she had officiated twice as the acting CJ of Mumbai High Court.

Food and Drug Administration Detects Salmonella Bacteria In Sambhar Samala food Sold in US

Food and Drug Administration Detects Salmonella Bacteria In Sambhar Samala  food Sold in US

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detected Salmonella bacteria in Sambhar Samala  food sold in US. Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses.

The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrohea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.

The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrohea may be so severe that the patient requires hospitalisation. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe symptoms.

In the consequences of the above , after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected the salmonella bacteria in the MDH brand ‘sambar masala’, the company is withdrawing at least three lots of the product from the shelves.

MDH Sambhar Samala brand is produced by R Pure Agro Specialities and distributed by the House Of Spices (India), the product was tested by the FDA through a certified laboratory and found positive for salmonella.

The recalled MDH sambar masala was distributed in northern California retail stores, House Of Spices (India) said in a statement.

The recall was initiated after it the FDA discovered that the salmonella contaminated products were distributed. “Consumers who have purchased the MDH SAMBAR MASALA, 3.5 oz (100g) are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund,” House Of Spices said in the statement issued last week.

President Jair Bolsonaro Undergoes Surgery For The Fourth Time

President of Brazil that went for surgery for the fourth time after being stabbed

The President of Brazil , President Jair  Bolsonaro underwent surgery for the fourth time after being stabbed in the stomach one year ago at political campaign rally.

Bolsonaro underwent surgery on Sunday to repair an abdominal hernia, his fourth operation since being stabbed in the stomach a year ago at a campaign rally, his doctors said.

The operation at Sao Paulo’s Vila Nova Star hospital lasted more than five hours, the medical center reported in a statement signed by his surgeon, Antonio Luiz Macedo.

Bolsonaro is expected to spend five days in hospital and should be able to travel by plane after a week, Macedo said.

Vice President Hamilton Mourao temporarily assumed the powers of the presidency on Sunday and will remain in office at least until Thursday, a presidential spokesman said.

Bolsonaro was stabbed on September 6, 2018 at a campaign rally in the state of Minas Gerais by a 41-year-old man, who was found to be delusional and psychologically unfit for trial.

The assailant, Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, is being held in the psychiatric unit of a maximum security prison

He said a significant part of Bolsonaro’s intestine had to be removed after it had become strongly attached to the abdominal wall. Doctors used a mesh implant to strengthen muscle tissue, Macedo added. He said about 10 percent of patients who undergo such abdominal surgery develop a hernia, but that while there was a chance of a new hernia, it was unlikely.

“The procedure was a success,” Macedo’s statement said, adding that the president was recovering and in stable condition.

Mail Carrier Killed And 22 Injured Following A Shooting In Odessa

International news for today

A mail carrier was among the seven people between the age range of 15 and 57 killed on Saturday in which 22 others were also injured plus a toddler at a local car dealership following a shooting in Odessa, Texas, US. US Postal Service officials said in a statement Sunday that they were “shocked and saddened” by the events, but were “especially grieving the loss of our postal family member.”

Mail carrier Mary Granados was alone in her US Postal Service truck when she was shot and killed by a gunman who hijacked the white vehicle amid his frenzy of violence. Mary Granados, 29, was among seven people between the ages of 15 and 57 killed Saturday. Another 22 were injured including a toddler.

He’s not exactly clear, but it appears one shot hit the engine, another struck the driver’s side window and a third a rear window. Some shattered glass punctured his left shoulder, causing him to bleed a lot and go to a nearby hospital. He said he’s physically OK but bewildered by the experience. “This is my street instincts: When a car is approaching you and you see a gun of any type, just get down,” Munoz, who moved from San Diego about a year ago to work in oil country, according to report. “Luckily I got down. Sure enough, I hear the shots go off. He let off at least three shots on me.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the 17-month-old girl is recovering but faces surgery on Monday to remove shrapnel from her right chest. She also suffered injuries to her face. Abbott says the mother texted: “Her mouth is pretty bad, but will heal and can be fixed. Thankfully it doesn’t seem like her jaw was hit. Just lips, teeth and tongue...We are thanking God for healing her and appreciate continued prayers.”

Daniel Munoz, 28, who also was injured, recalled the harrowing tale of coming into the path of the gunman, who was later killed by officers. Munoz was in his car on the way to meet a friend for a drink, when he yielded to a car coming off Interstate 20. He immediately noticed what he feared to be a barrel of a rifle in the hands of the driver.

“I’m just trying to turn the corner and I got shot — I’m getting shot at?” Munoz said. “What’s the world coming to? For real? I’m just over here minding my own business, getting my own gas.”

65 Migrants From Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Wandering in Veracruz

The Mexican authorities reported that the federal police found 65 severely dehydrated and hungry migrants from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka wandering on a highway in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

The migrants reported they set out April 24 from an airport in Qatar and flew to Turkey and Colombia. From there, they moved through Ecuador, Panama and Guatemala before reaching Mexico.

Once in Mexico, the migrants said, they boarded boats and travelled on the Coatzacoalcos River, though it is not clear why.

The river does not lead anywhere near the U.S. border.

This was reported on Thursday by the federal Public Safety Department that the migrants recounted a long, complicated trip in a bid to reach the U.S. border.

Nine Victims Were Deceased and 16 More Victims Hospitalized in Dayton


According to the report, nine victims were deceased and consequently, approximately 16 more victims hospitalized right now in unknown conditions in a mass shooting early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, police said, adding that the assailant was shot dead by responding officers.

The suspect had opened fire on the street firing “a long gun with multiple rounds.” Police were working to identify the shooter and the FBI were on scene to provide any necessary assistance, he said.

The incident occurred shortly after 1:00 am in the popular bar and nightlife Oregon district of the city, Police Lieutenant Colonel Matt Carper said. “We had one shooter that we are aware of and multiple victims,” he told reporters. “The shooter is deceased, from gunshot wounds from the responding officers,” he said, adding no police were injured.

Further more, Carper said Oregon was “a very safe part of downtown” Dayton and very popular with visitors. “Fortunately we had multiple officers in the immediate vicinity when this incident started so there was a very short timeline of violence, for that we’ve very fortunate.

Moreso, “It’s a very tragic incident and we’re doing everything we can to investigate it and try to identify the motivation behind this,” said Carper.“We’re still interviewing obviously a lot of witnesses as well as officers to determine if anyone else was involved,” he said.