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Jan 13 2021

‘Modern-day book burners’: Portland bookstore forced to evacuate after protesters demand it pulls book critical of Antifa

Powell’s City of Books in Portland, one of the world’s largest independent bookstores, had to evacuate repeatedly after it was besieged by protesters enraged over its plans to sell a book claiming Antifa is “destroying democracy.” A crowd of protesters flocked to the store on Monday to denounce its decision to distribute a book by a local author, conservative journalist Andy Ngo, known for documenting and highlighting instances of violence associated with Antifa on social media. The owners were forced to evacuate employees and customers out the back door. Later that day, the store announced it would not be putting …

Jan 13 2021

Brazil: Manaus hospitals report record high in admissions amid rise of COVID-19 cases

January has already become the second month with the highest number of COVID-19 patient admissions in Manaus, since the beginning of the pandemic, as hospital occupancy is nearing 100 percent. “We have lived a moment of horror and panic, the pandemic came back to Manaus, we thought it was under control. Lots of people are losing their loved ones. This phase is tragic in our capital,” said local Luciana on Tuesday, outside the Hospital 28 de Agosto. Reginaldo, another local, deplored the fact that many have stopped observing precautionary hygiene measures. Reports indicate daily records of hospitalisations, with numbers in …

Jan 13 2021

Health Ministry: 96 new coronavirus cases registered in Syria, 87 patients recover, and 9 pass away

Damascus, SANA-Health Ministry on Tuesday announced that 96 new coronavirus were registered in Syria, while 87 patients recovered, and 9 passed away. In a statement to SANA, the Ministry noted that the total number of the registered coronavirus cases in Syria up till now has reached up to 12,558 of which 6,185 cases have recovered, while 790 have passed away. The first coronavirus case was recorded on 22nd  on March last year in a person who came from abroad, while the first death was registered on 29th of the same month.   Rafah al-Allouni/ Hala Zain FORUM

Jan 13 2021

Karakurt-Class Corvette (Infographics)

Donate Click to see the full-size image The Karakurt is a class of corvettes developed for the Russian Navy. Karakurt corvettes are intended to be a more seaworthy, blue water complement to the Buyan-M class corvettes, which had been designed for the littoral zone and are currently serving in Russia’s Caspian Flotilla, Baltic Fleet and Black Sea Fleet. The Karakurt is capable of carrying Kalibr or Oniks anti-ship cruise missiles. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Jan 13 2021

YouTube SUSPENDS Trump’s channel for ‘inciting violence,’ becoming 3rd major platform after Twitter & Facebook to do so

13 Jan, 2021 04:49 Follow RT on YouTube has announced that it pulled new content from US President Donald Trump’s verified channel and blocked it from uploading new videos for at least a week, citing violations of its policy against inciting violence. DETAILS TO FOLLOW Follow RT on FORUM

Jan 13 2021

⚡️ BREAKING: House passes resolution invoking use of 25th Amendment against Trump

Ruptly is live outside the United States’ Capitol in Washington DC on Tuesday, January 12, as the House is set to vote on a resolution which would urge US Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump in order to assume the powers of acting president. The vote is a response to last week’s deadly storming of the US Capitol by supporters of Trump, whom the resolution says encouraged the riot and attempted to intervene in and delegitimatise the results of the US presidential election. Pence has given no sign that he would be prepared …

Jan 13 2021

USA: New Yorkers queue up outside newly opened Queens mass vaccination hub

Locals were seen queuing in front of Hillcrest High School in Queens, on Tuesday, where a mass vaccination hub has officially opened for all eligible New Yorkers to receive their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The mass vaccination hub has opened this week alongside several others across US states and is planned to enable vaccination of 5,000 to 7,000 New Yorkers daily. “It didn’t hurt at all, I’m excited, hopefully, I’ll get my second shot in a few weeks,” said local Sheraz Rimtikher, interviewed at the hub after receiving his first COVID-19 vaccine. “To the contrary where is so much …

Jan 13 2021

War-loving senior GOP Rep. Liz Cheney’s support for Trump’s impeachment met with cheers & eye rolls

The number-three House Republican, Liz Cheney, said she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump over the Capitol riot, becoming the latest GOP member to back the move while stoking both joy and outrage from observers online. Cheney (Wyoming), the third ranking Republican in Congress, issued a statement on Tuesday declaring her support for the Democrat-led impeachment drive, citing Trump’s response to the “violent mob” that stormed the US Capitol last week while arguing “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States.” “None of this would have happened without the President. The President could …

Jan 13 2021

Venezuela: Maduro calls Trump administration ‘Ku Klux Klan cowboys of the White House’ before National Assembly

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called US President Donald Trump’s administration the ‘Ku Klux Klan cowboys of the White House,’ during his annual address to the National Assembly in Caracas on Tuesday. Maduro said 2020 was the year “the outgoing administration of Donald Trump, in a shameless, illegal, inhuman and criminal way, put a price on my head.” “One more example of the extremist way of viewing politics from the Ku Klux Klan cowboys of the White House. One more example of the desperation and supremacism that made them commit so many blunders for four years and that in this last …

Jan 13 2021

Italy: Council of Ministers holds meeting on recovery plan

The Italian Council of Ministers convened at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome on Tuesday evening, to hold a meeting on the country’s recovery plan. Italy’s Minister of Sports Vincenzo Spadafora told journalists “I think that everyone can still make a gesture of responsibility. There are conditions to do so,” as he was seen arriving on the premises. A new draft detailing Italy’s spending of €209 billion ($255 billion) of EU grants and low-interest loans that the country would get amid the bloc’s COVID-19 recovery efforts was reportedly circulated ahead of the cabinet meeting. It is not known yet whether the …

Jan 13 2021

US House advances bill to urge Vice President to invoke 25th Amendment despite Pence saying ‘NO’

The US Congress has voted to advance a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to initiate a process under the 25th Amendment to oust President Donald Trump from office, despite the VP’s objections to the move. The resolution cleared its first hurdle in the House after a 222-204 vote on Tuesday, with lawmakers voting along party lines. However, while no Republicans openly sided with their rivals across the aisle, seven GOP lawmakers did not cast a vote for the bill, none of whom have yet weighed in publicly to explain their decision. As Congress convened to vote, Vice President …

Jan 13 2021

USA: Trump touches down in Texas to visit border wall

US President Donald Trump touched down in Harlingen, Texas, on Tuesday to visit the wall on the nation’s border with Mexico, as the House is set to vote on a 25th Amendment resolution against him, in the wake of the attack against the Capitol. Trump was seen getting out of the Air Force One and greeting a few supporters, before taking a helicopter to fly to the border wall. The US president reportedly toured the area as he spoke with members of US Customs and Border Patrol. He also signed a ‘Donald Trump’ plaque mounted at the bottom of the …

Jan 13 2021

‘Would set a terrible precedent’: Pence says he WON’T invoke 25th Am to oust Trump

Vice President Mike Pence has stated that he would not cave in to pressure from the Democratic-run House to invoke the 25th Amendment, arguing it should not serve as “a means of punishment or usurpation.” As the House was in the midst of voting on a resolution calling on him to use the 25th Amendment on Tuesday evening, Pence ruled out such a possibility, saying in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he believes such an action does not align with country’s immediate interests. “I don’t believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of …

Jan 13 2021

⚡️ LIVE NOW: See Capitol as VP Pence rejects invocation of 25th Amendment against Trump

Ruptly is live outside the United States’ Capitol in Washington DC on Tuesday, January 12, as the House is set to vote on a resolution which would urge US Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump in order to assume the powers of acting president. The vote is a response to last week’s deadly storming of the US Capitol by supporters of Trump, whom the resolution says encouraged the riot and attempted to intervene in and delegitimatise the results of the US presidential election. Pence has given no sign that he would be prepared …

Jan 13 2021

USA: See Capitol as House votes on 25th Amendment resolution against Trump

Heavy police presence was observed around the US Capitol in Washington DC on Tuesday, as the House has started to vote on a resolution which would urge US Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump in order to assume the powers of acting president. The vote is a response to last week’s deadly storming of the US Capitol by supporters of Trump, whom the resolution says encouraged the riot and attempted to intervene in and delegitimise the results of the US presidential election. Pence has given no sign that he would be prepared to …

Jan 13 2021

Germany: ‘There is nothing to brag about’ – Kozak on negotiations with Normandy Four advisers in Berlin

The Deputy Head of the Russian Presidential Administration Dmitri Kozak stated that there was ‘nothing to brag about,’ as he commented on the negotiations with the political advisers of the Normandy Four in Berlin on Tuesday. “Regrettably, there is nothing to brag about. The only thing that distinguished today’s meeting was a frank exchange of views regarding all issues of the political component of the Paris summit and Minsk agreements. There are no final decisions yet,” he stressed. According to the diplomat, the political advisers of the Normandy Four are going to meet within two weeks so that they will …