By CNN.com Wire Service PUBLISHED: September 27, 2019 at 4:21 pm | UPDATED: September 27, 2019 at 4:28 pm By Jay Shaylor, Evan Perez and Devan Cole | CNN Kurt Volker, US special envoy to Ukraine, has resigned one day after the release of a whistleblower report alleging a coverup by the White House of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine’s President, three sources familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. Volker was named in the report. The State Department has not returned messages seeking comment. The State Press, the school paper of Arizona State University, first reported Volker’s resignation.Volker has become a key player in the unfolding scandal surrounding the whistleblower complaint concerning Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. CNN previously reported that Zelensky had joked with Volker about Rudy Giuliani, … [Read more...] about Kurt Volker, Trump’s envoy to Ukraine, resigns
Sep 27, 7:09 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By AFP News 09/27/19 AT 6:56 PM A federal judge in California on Friday blocked a bid by the Trump administration that would have allowed for undocumented migrant children to be detained indefinitely.The decision by US District Judge Dolly Gee relates to the so-called Flores Agreement which stipulates that the government could not detain migrant children for more than 20 days.In the face of a massive influx of migrant families crossing into the United States this year, the White House sought to scrap the 22-year-old agreement, in order to deter migrant expectations that they would be released after being arrested by border agents.President Donald Trump's administration has faced numerous court challenges over its efforts to curb migration."The blessing or the curse -- depending on one's vantage point -- of a binding contract is its certitude," Gee said in her … [Read more...] about Judge Blocks Trump’s Bid To Detain Migrant Kids Indefinitely
Sep 27, 7:23 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Blanca MOREL, Julia RIOS 09/27/19 AT 7:04 PM One of Nicaragua's main newspapers critical of President Daniel Ortega announced it had published its last edition Friday, citing government repression.El Nuevo Diario said it was ceasing publication "due to economic, technical and logistical difficulties that make its operation unsustainable.""We know that this is part of the government's repression against journalists," said Blanca Reyes, an editor at the newspaper."Since April 2018 we have been under bullets, siege and persecution," she said.The Central American state, led since 2006 by Ortega, has been gripped by crisis since April 2018, when opposition protests mushroomed into a popular uprising that was met with a brutal crackdown.Political violence left more than 300 people dead and 2,000 wounded, according to rights groups, while hundreds of opposition … [Read more...] about Nicaragua Daily Critical Of Ortega Forced To Close
Sep 27, 6:39 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Paul HANDLEY 09/27/19 AT 6:25 PM Democrats charged aggressively into an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump on Friday, ordering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to turn over Ukraine-related documents and scheduling testimony for witnesses to alleged abuse of power by the US leader.Three House committees gave Pompeo one week to produce the documents, saying multiple State Department officials have direct knowledge of Trump's efforts to enlist the Ukraine government's help in his US domestic political campaign for reelection.They also announced interviews scheduled with five State officials, including former ambassador to Ukraine Masha Yovanovitch, whom Trump reportedly forced out earlier this year for resisting his efforts to pressure Kiev to probe Democratic rival Joe Biden."The Committees are investigating the extent to which President Trump … [Read more...] about Pompeo Subpoenaed As Democrats Press Trump Impeachment
A senior Iran regime official demanded a “world without nuclear weapons” at the United Nations this week, particularly condemning America for having nuclear weapons legally. Iran has possessed an illegal nuclear weapons program for years while its regime demands the total destruction of Israel and death to the United States and its allies. Its complaints at the United Nations were issued in the context of President Donald Trump’s 2018 decision to pull out of the 2015 Obama administration’s nuclear accord with Iran, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany.The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the deal is officially known, required Iran to limit its nuclear development in exchange for sanctions relief. Tehran repeatedly violated the terms of the deal, leading to Trump reimposing sanctions. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Gholamhossein Dehghani began a meeting on the outside of the U.N. General … [Read more...] about Iran Calls for ‘World Without Nuclear Weapons’ at U.N.