Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported
Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.
The UN War Crimes Tribunal has convicted former Bosnian Serb Military leader Ratko Mladic of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity from his role in the massacre of Bosnian Muslims during the Bosnian Wars of the 1990s. Some 100,000 people were killed in the violence. He has been sentenced to life in prison but says he will appeal.
The US Navy says a military cargo plane has crashed into the Philipines sea off the coast of Japan on its way to the USS Ronald Reagan. 8 of the 11 on board have been rescued and there is a search for the other 3. The cause is not clear, however, it is being reported there was possible engine trouble.
It has been more than 2 weeks ago since Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri gave a strange televised address from Saudi Arabia in which he said he would resign. Now, he says he will stay in power after all. He said President Michel Aoun asked him to wait and has promised more political dialogue to solve the problems that caused him to want to quit.
Virginia elections officials have postponed a meeting set for today after Democrats filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop them from certifying some of the results of the November 7th election. Control of the VA House of Delegates remains uncertain after an unexpectedly strong showing for Democrats. The suit claims that some voters were mistakenly given the wrong ballot for a neighboring district.
The Dow is down 20 points.
The new ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame is out and voters are getting strong advice from Roy Morgan about candidates with ties to steroids. It appears to be directed to 2 prominent players who are on the ballot for the 6th time. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemons have been accused of taking steroids.
The former Vice Pres. of Zimbabwe has arrived back in Zimbabwe and he is expected to take over as the new president. Robert Mugabe resigned yesterday after pressure from other Zimbabwe leaders and the country’s military.
The Trump Administration has declared that violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is ethnic cleansing. Sec. of State Tillerson said nothing can justify the atrocities committed against the ethnic minorities. More than 600,000 have fled to Bangladesh and report of shocking violence, murders, rapes, and torture. Villages have been burned to the ground
President Trump tweeted, “Prayers for all involved” today as the search at sea continues after a military plane crashed off the coast of Japan shortly after taking off, headed to the USS Ronald Reagan. 8 people survived and 3 are still missing. The 8 survivors are in good condition according to officials and are being treated aboard the aircraft carrier.
President Trump escalated his Twitter war with LaVar Ball, the father of a UCLA basketball player along with 2 teammates who was detained for shoplifting in China, writing, “It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Dept., it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long-term prison sentence, it was me.” Adding, “LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.” Ball has rebuffed the Presidents demands for credit saying it was Chines Pres. Xi Jinping who freed his son. The President later tweeted that LaVar Ball is “an ungrateful fool.”
President Trump appeared to support Roy Moore yesterday as Moore is denying calls from fellow Republicans to quit the race over old allegations of sexual misconduct with teen girls. Trump said, “Roy Moore denies it. That’s all I can say. He denies it. And by the way, he totally denies it.”
Trump also said he doesn’t want a liberal elected, calling the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones weak on crime in the military. Jones says he feels like his “record speaks for itself and he doesn’t have to have the President or anyone else to talk about it or try to label it.” He also said he believes Moore’s accusers.
The US has just declared violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma, also known as Myanmar, ethnic cleansing. Sec. of State Tillerson says there is intolerable suffering. 600,000 have fled to Bangladesh as refugees.
On Wall St. the Nasdaq hit a record high today, the Dow is down 13 points, the S&P slightly up. Meg Whitman announced she is stepping down sooner than expected. Friday is a half day of trading. Price of oil is up nearly a dollar.
Millions of Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving as this year is the busiest travel year since 2005. An official from AAA says people feel more secure in their job situation and have more income to work with. Many are driving, but she said airline ticket prices are down 23% year over year so that is why airports are so busy this year as well.
The co-founder of Pixar, John Lasseter, is taking a leave of absence and said in a statement, “after an exposé of allegations in the Hollywood Reporter, it’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable and that was never my intent. I deeply apologize if I have let you down.” The story detailed accounts of a long history of misconduct, including one where a writer for Toy Story 4 left the project after Lassiter made an unwanted advance.
There has been another hack attack, this time on Uber which tried to keep it quiet. It has taken more than a year for Uber to come clean on a data breach that stole the personal info of more than 57 million customers worldwide. Hackers got names, email addresses, and cell phone numbers of the customers as well as the drivers’ license numbers of 600,000 US drivers. Uber’s CEO said there is no evidence the info was misused. Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to destroy the info. It’s unknown if that happened.
President Trump has been at odds with federal judges over his travel bans, sanctuary cities funding executive order, and his plans to ban transgender troops in the military and there is a 2nd ruling out on that. One US District Judge cited transgender people saying the threat of a ban has caused them to suffer backlash, such as signs of being drummed out of the service and social stigma.
Former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic has been found guilty of genocide and committing crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War and was sentenced to life in prison. He was found guilty of genocide of Bosnian Muslims in 1995 when more than 7,000 men and boys were massacred but cleared of a second count in other municipalities. The judge said the crimes ranked among the most heinous known to humankind; Mladic plans to appeal.
Crowds are gathering at an airbase in Zimbabwe where the former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is due to arrive in South Africa. He will be sworn in as the new head of state on Friday. Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s leader of 37 years resigned on Tuesday, 8 days after a military takeover.
The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he is suspending his resignation, which he unexpectedly announced while in Saudi Arabia 18 days ago. It’s at the request of President Michel Aoun. Later, Mr. Hariri told cheering supporters he was staying with them for the sake of Lebanon’s stability.
The Nigerian Army has given all military personnel a year to learn the country’s 3 main languages. The move is to help with interrogations and intelligence gathering.
A court in Pakistan has ruled that one of the country’s highest profiled suspects, Hafiz Saeed cannot stay under house arrest. He is accused by India and the United States of helping to plan multiple attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai 9 year ago.
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