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Nicaragua Police Beat Journalists in Crackdown on Free Press
By Ismael Lopez
MANAGUA (Reuters) - Nicaraguan police on Saturday beat at least seven journalists with batons, including one of the country's best known editors, in an escalating crackdown on independent media in the aftermath of protests against President Daniel Ortega.
Earlier this week police occupied the offices of prominent editor Carlos Fernando Chamorro, along with buildings used by several civil society organizations it had banned.
Mueller Rebukes Flynn, Saying He Knew Better Than to Lie to FBI
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn knew better than to lie to the FBI and does not deserve sentencing leniency because he was not warned that lying to federal agents was a crime, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.
The rebuke by Special Counsel Robert Mueller came after Flynn's lawyers argued that the lack of an explicit warning before an interview with FBI agents in January 2017 should be a mitigating factor in his sentencing on Tuesday.
One of Khashoggi Killers Said 'I Know How to Cut' on Audio, Erdogan Says
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - One of the killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was heard saying "I know how to cut" on the audio of the killing Turkey shared with U.S. and European officials, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.
Erdogan also slammed Riyadh for its changing account of how Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and prominent critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct.
U.N. Climate Talks Go into Overtime as Negotiators Grapple with Text
By Nina Chestney and Bate Felix
KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) - The United Nations' climate talks went into overtime early Saturday morning as negotiators from nearly 200 nations grappled with disagreements over parts of a package of rules to implement a landmark agreement to combat global warming.
Countries are on a self-imposed deadline to produce a "rulebook" to flesh out details of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius and which comes into force in 2020.
North Carolina Republican Says He Hired Consultant at Heart of Fraud Probe
(Reuters) - The North Carolina Republican embroiled in a vote fraud controversy said on Friday he hired the political operative at the center of a probe into possible absentee ballot irregularities in a disputed U.S. congressional election.
North Carolina's board of election has refused to certify Republican candidate Mark Harris as the winner of the Nov. 6 vote for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as it investigates possible fraud involving absentee ballots linked to Leslie McCrae Dowless, the consultant.
Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional
(Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a case that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of 20 states that a change in tax law last year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidated the entire Obamacare law.
CDC Reveals Deadliest Drug in the US
According to the latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug that is involved in drug overdoses.
The new report says that the rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid increased by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016.
What is fentanyl?
Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain.
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