Kazakhstan's president fired his defense minister on Wednesday amid high tensions in the Central Asian country, which has been rocked by recent violent protests. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev fired Murat Bektanov , accusing the defense minister of lacking leadership and "commanding qualities," Reuters reported . "During the January events the armed forces, due to the fact that their leadership was highly uncertain and lacking in initiative, were unable to worthily fulfill the tasks assigned to them," he said, according to Reuters. ADVERTISEMENT Kazakhstan exploded into unrest earlier this month when the government lifted a price cap on fuel, leading to an increase in prices. While the initial unrest centered on fuel prices, thousands of citizens poured out in the former Soviet nation to protest other issues. Government buildings were set on fire and protesters clashed with police in violent exchanges. As of Jan. 15, 225 people were reported to have died during … [Read more...] about Kazakhstan defense chief fired in wake of protests
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The state trial for three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death will begin months later than originally scheduled. On Wednesday, the Hennepin County Court ruled that the joint trial will now start on June 13. All parties previously motioned for a continuance, filed on the grounds that continuance would “be in the interests of justice.” READ MORE: Who Are The 3 Other Former Officers On Trial In George Floyd's Death? The decision comes as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng also face a federal trial for depriving Floyd of his civil rights, which is set to begin Thursday. READ MORE: Media Groups Protest Restrictions For Federal Trial Of Ex-Officers Charged In George Floyd's Death In the state trial, Thao, Lane and Kueng are charged with aiding and abetting Derek Chauvin, another former Minneapolis officer, in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd. Last April, Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder for … [Read more...] about State Trial Moved To June For 3 Fmr. MPD Officers Charged In George Floyd’s Death
Presented by Facebook Chuck Schumer Chuck Schumer The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Voting rights week for Democrats (again) Kelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Hundreds attend mass funeral for victims of Bronx apartment building fire MORE of N.Y., speaks during a news conference" width="580" height="387" data-delta="1" /> Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each day this week: Monday, 850,605; Tuesday, 851,730; Wednesday, 854,074. Senate Democrats have their game plan to deal with voting … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote
The police raided a reporter’s house after he investigated an elite Catholic society. A court ordered journalists’ assets frozen following a defamation complaint from a powerful figure. A sports journalist called the head of a soccer club inept , and was sentenced to a year in prison. And then, last week, a judge sentenced a Peruvian journalist to two years in prison and imposed a $100,000 fine following a defamation lawsuit brought by a powerful, wealthy politician . Media experts called the decision the most direct threat to freedom of expression in Peru in years. And, they said, it was part of a worrying trend across the region — but particularly strong in Peru — in which powerful figures are using the courts to intimidate and punish journalists who investigate them. “It absolutely sidesteps the fundamental principles of freedom of expression,” said Ricardo Uceda, who leads the Press and Society Institute of Peru, of the ruling. The politician in this case, … [Read more...] about In Peru, Courts ‘Used Like Whips’ to Silence Journalists
The conditions on 10 South are bleak. Its half-dozen cells are never dark and are perpetually monitored by cameras. The prisoners inside never go outdoors. Most days, they get an hour to themselves in a tiny “recreation” room with a treadmill, a stationary bike, a television and a window offering fresh air and a view of Lower Manhattan. Many are not allowed to speak with one another, but then again they rarely come face to face. As the most secure wing of the Metropolitan Correctional Center , the federal jail in Manhattan, 10 South is so austere that a high-ranking mobster who spent several years there once described it as “a torture chamber.” The unit has housed some of the country’s most notorious defendants, from operatives for Al Qaeda to at least one notorious foreign arms dealer — all of whom were subjected to its harshness before they were convicted of a crime. The most recent — and perhaps most renowned — prisoner of 10 South is Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican … [Read more...] about El Chapo Complains About Conditions at Manhattan Jail
One afternoon last August, at a hospital on the outskirts of Los Angeles, a former beauty queen named Emma Coronel gave birth to a pair of heiresses. The twins, who were delivered at 3:50 and 3:51, respectively, stand to inherit some share of a fortune that Forbes estimates is worth a billion dollars. Coronel’s husband, who was not present for the birth, is a legendary tycoon who overcame a penurious rural childhood to establish a wildly successful multinational business. If Coronel elected to leave the entry for “Father” on the birth certificates blank, it was not because of any dispute over patrimony. More likely, she was just skittish about the fact that her husband, Joaquín Guzmán, is the C.E.O. of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, a man the Treasury Department recently described as the world’s most powerful drug trafficker. Guzmán’s organization is responsible for as much as half of the illegal narcotics imported into the United States from Mexico each year; he may well be the most-wanted … [Read more...] about Cocaine Incorporated
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former Minneapolis officers headed to a federal trial on civil rights charges this week in the death of George Floyd aren’t as familiar to most people as Derek Chauvin, a fellow officer who was convicted of murder last spring. Thomas Lane and J. Kueng were the first officers to respond to a report that Floyd had tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill, and they helped Chauvin restrain Floyd. Tou Thao, the second-most senior officer on the scene after Chauvin, held back a group of bystanders shouting at the officers to get off Floyd. READ MORE: Media Groups Protest Restrictions For Federal Trial Of Ex-Officers Charged In George Floyd's Death Lane and Kueng were rookies just a few days into their jobs as full-fledged officers. Though both took note of Floyd’s deteriorating condition — Kueng remarked that he couldn’t find a pulse, and Lane asked if they should flip Floyd onto his side — neither tried to stop Chauvin as he pressed his knee into the … [Read more...] about Who Are The 3 Other Former Officers On Trial In George Floyd’s Death?
Creators of an app want the name Breonna Taylor to conjure up more than visions of a young woman killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2020 in a late-night raid of her apartment. Tap on the "Breonna’s Garden" app and you see her contagious smile, perfectly coiffed hair and joyful eyes. You hear the refrain from Mary J. Blige’s “Everything,” the song Taylor planned to play at her wedding to boyfriend Kenny Walker. In augmented reality, Taylor is alive, laughing with relatives, being kissed by her mother, bouncing in a car with her cellphone in her hand, standing and grinning, with her arm draped over her sister’s shoulder. “Because of the injustice and the trauma around it, for her family, we can’t lose the memory of her life ,” said Lady Pheønix, creative director and founder of " Breonna’s Garden ." “The news media will never let you forget … that Breonna Taylor was brutally shot. It’s our responsibility to continue to say her name and change the energy of … [Read more...] about Breonna Taylor’s memory is being preserved in an augmented reality app