E-Club Members: Login Register


ABC - World News
Subscribe To This Feed

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth gave a peek into the royal family, revealing that Princess Charlotte, 2, is the boss of her older brother, 4-year-old Prince George.

Queen Elizabeth, 91, made the remarks Sunday as she was presenting a bible to a 10-year-old girl, Emily Clay, and her mother at Sandringham, the queen's estate in Norfolk.

Queen Elizabeth asked Emily if she “looked after” her younger sister.

When Emily's mom said, “It’s the other way around," Queen Elizabeth replied, "It's like that with Charlotte and George."

The remarks from Queen Elizabeth, Charlotte's and George's great-grandmother, are consistent with what Princess Kate has said about her two children's relationship. Last year, Kate said that Charlotte is "the one in charge."

Charlotte already enjoys ponies and is understood to have started riding lessons along with George, just like their father, Prince William, and uncle, Prince Harry, did when they were young.

On her family's tour of Germany and Poland last year, Charlotte proved she had already mastered her future role as fourth in line to the throne. She was seen curtsying and shaking the hand of her Polish and German hosts.

Charlotte, who will turn 3 in May, also recently started preschool at Willcocks Nursery School, near Kensington Palace in London.

Charlotte showed her confidence, beaming with pride and donning a pink backpack and red coat, in photographs taken by Kate on her first day of school.

George started school at St. Thomas's Battersea School in September. Prior to that, George attended Westacre, a local Montessori school near the family's country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.

The two siblings will soon have a new addition to their relationship. William and Kate are expecting their third child in April.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

Alex Wong/Getty Images(VANCOUVER) -- Top dignitaries ranging from foreign ministers to ambassadors will convene in Vancouver, Canada, Tuesday to discuss the ongoing diplomatic efforts to contain North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The summit, known as the “Vancouver Group,” is being held as North Korea and South Korea continue historic talks at their border about how North Korea will participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.

The Vancouver Group was announced last month, prior to the development of North and South Korea’s Olympic talks. It is being co-hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Canadian counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland.

Attendees include the foreign ministers for the United Nations Command Sending States –- the countries that provided troops and supplies to UN forces to defend South Korea –- as well as allies like South Korea, Japan, Sweden and India.

“The meeting will bring together nations from across the globe to demonstrate international solidarity against North Korea’s dangerous and illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programs,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a press release last week. “Discussions will focus on advancing and strengthening diplomatic efforts toward a secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean Peninsula.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis was scheduled to attend a so-called welcome dinner with Tillerson, but is not expected to attend Tuesday’s summit. The Pentagon said Thursday that Mattis was attending the dinner “in support of Secretary Tillerson,” demonstrating a “comprehensive approach” to North Korea.

Noticeably absent from the summit will be representatives from China and Russia. According to U.S. Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein, Canada and the U.S. jointly agreed to not invite those nations.

Brian Hook, the U.S. State Department’s policy planning staff director, said the U.S. has been “in discussions” with China and Russia leading up to the Vancouver Group and will provide them a “readout” at the summit’s conclusion.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman criticized the summit last week, saying, “It will only create divisions within the international community and harm joint efforts to appropriately resolve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue,” according to Reuters.

But Hook defended their absence, saying the two countries weren’t UN Command Sending States during the Korean War. He also pushed back on the charge that not including them would hinder global efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

“This is not an alternative to everything that we are doing,” Hook said of the summit, adding that China is “working with us” and “has the same policy goal.”

Just last week, the White House released a statement saying China was “sharply reducing its trade with North Korea” –- an action that supported “the United States-led global effort to apply maximum pressure until the North Korean regime ends its illicit programs, changes its behavior, and moves toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

The Trump administration has only recently been more complimentary toward China. In late December, President Trump slammed Beijing over reports that Chinese ships had been caught secretly selling oil to North Korea.

As for the Vancouver Group, Hook said it would focus in part on how to increase pressure on North Korea, especially maritime interdiction to cut off resources and disrupt financing streams. This would include pushing the UN to name ships trading with North Korea to ban them from entering ports.

Tillerson told reporters in December the global pressure campaign “is intended to lead to talks,” but “we can’t talk unless North Korea is ready to talk, and I think, as we’ve indicated, we’re waiting for them to indicate a readiness to talk.”

In a statement about Trump’s call with South Korean President Moon Jae-In last Wednesday, the White House said the president “expressed his openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances.”

The U.S. has also expressed support for the bilateral discussions between North Korea and South Korea regarding the Winter Olympics.

In a continuation of those conversations this week, the two countries agreed that the North would send a 140-member orchestra, according to the head of South Korea’s delegation Lee Woo-sung.

North and South Korea will meet with the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland on Saturday.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Police are now disputing a report by an 11-year-old girl that a man cut her hijab while she was walking to school.

On Friday, Toronto Police Service officials said in a press release that the girl, later identified as Khawlah Norman in a press conference, reported that she was en route to school when a man came up behind her and cut her hijab with a pair of scissors.

“We collected a lot of evidence including security camera video and interviews,” Mark Pugash, the director of corporate communications with the Toronto Police, said to ABC News. “It led to the only possible conclusion that what was claimed on Friday did not happen.”

When asked if the department would file charges in the case, Pugash said, “Our view is the investigation is concluded and nothing more will come of it.”

In a press conference last week, Noman said she was "scared and confused" after the alleged incident, saying the man tried to cut her hijab twice. The girl's mother said she "was very sad" and thanked the community for their support. She called upon police to treat the incident as a hate crime.

Reports of the alleged incident reached Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who tweeted Friday, “My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman following this morning’s cowardly attack on her in Toronto. Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this cannot be tolerated.”

Ryan Bird, a spokesperson for the Toronto District School Board, said, “We are very thankful that this assault did not in fact happen. We won’t be commenting further.”

The Noman family could not immediately be reached for comment.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- A pair of suicide bombers shattered three months of relative calm in Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday, killing more than two dozen people and apparently signaling that the Islamic State has not been completely uprooted from Iraq.

The twin bombings erupted around sunrise in busy Tayran Square, in the heart of the country's capital. Witnesses said the bombers, wearing explosive belts, appeared to target day laborers and shopkeepers gathered in the square to begin work.

Brig. Gen. Saad Maan of the Interior Ministry released a statement confirming that at least 27 people were killed in the attack. He said another 90 people were wounded, but a Health Ministry spokesman put the number of injured at 102.

While no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, they bore the hallmarks of Islamic State terrorism.

One witness, Jawad Al-Zaidi of Nasiriyah, about 110 miles south of Baghdad, told ABC News that two of his cousins were killed in the bombings, the first coming about 6 a.m., followed a short time later by the second deadly blast.

Al-Zaidi said his cousins, both 25-year-old married fathers, were also from the Nasiriyah area. He said his cousins were day laborers.

"Who is going to look after those poor children?" Al-Zaidi said of his cousins' offspring.

He said the two suicide bombers simply walked into the crowd of people and detonated their explosive belts without warning. Within minutes, sirens sounded across the city as ambulances raced to the area from all directions and medics began treating bloodied and maimed victims strewn throughout the open-air market.

The attack came about a month after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the leader of Iraq's Shiite majority, declared victory over the Islamic State, which overran the country in 2014 and took over large territories.

"Our battle was with the enemy that wanted to kill our civilization, but we have won with our unity and determination," al-Abadi said at the time.

Following the suicide bombings, al-Abadi met with security officials overseeing Baghdad. His office issued a statement saying the prime minister ordered security to be boosted and for military forces to focus on hunting down and eliminating militant sleeper cells in the country.

On Saturday, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near the northern edge of Baghdad, injuring at least 10 people. The last surprise attack within Baghdad was a car bombing on Sept. 27 that killed two people and injured four. Two other car bombings on May 5, one at a central Baghdad ice cream shop, killed 26 people.

There was no immediate word if Monday's bombing will delay national elections scheduled for May. The attacks occurred just two days after al-Abadi said he plans to lead a "cross-sectarian" list in national elections.

Sunni leaders have called for the elections to be postponed to allow the more than 3 million people displaced by fighting to return to their homes.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

iStock/Thinkstock(PERM, Russia) -- At least 14 children have been hurt in a stabbing incident at a school in the Siberian city of Perm. Russian police said the stabbings began after two boys at the city’s School No. 127 started fighting with knives.

According to police, a teacher and other pupils tried to break up the fight, after which the two students began attacking them.

Police said they have detained the two alleged attackers. One of them also suffered injuries and has been hospitalized, the TASS state news agency reported.

The local health ministry said of the 15 people hurt, 12 had been hospitalized, among them the teacher, who suffered severe injuries. Doctors at the hospital where the victims were being treated told the Russian news agency Interfax that two children were in a serious but stable condition in intensive care after an operation. Seven others were being treated for less severe injuries.

Dmitry Antonov, the chief doctor at the hospital, the Perm Territory Children's Clinic, told Interfax that none the children's lives were now in danger.

Early accounts of the incident itself were confused, with some media reporting that the students had been wearing masks and suggesting it might have been a premeditated attack. A statement released by the regional branch of Russia's Investigative Committee, which handles serious crimes, however, made no mention of that.

Local news sites reported the injured children were in fourth grade, in which students would typically be 9 or 10 years old. Several Russian news agencies quoted an account that the two students had begun fighting in the hallway before bursting into the classroom, where the teacher tried to separate them.

Witnesses told the state news agency RIA Novosti that children came running out of the school, some covered in blood and calling for help.

Some of the children ran into a local shopping mall, where workers called the police.

“They explained, talking over each other, that there had been an attack on them at school,” an unnamed representative of the "Whale" mall told RIA Novosti.

"The shopping mall’s workers immediately pressed the alarm button and called security and called all the emergency services. The paramedics arrived very quickly, practically in 10 minutes," the representative said.

The regional Investigative Committee branch said it has opened a criminal case on charges of attempted murder of two or more people. The committee said it was still investigating the motives behind the stabbings.

The newspaper Kommersant reported that one of the boys was a former pupil at the school, now studying at a college in Perm.

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered Russia's Education Minister Olga Vasilyeva to fly to the city to assist in establishing the reasons for the incident, RIA Novosti reported.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

iStock/Thinkstock(LESOTHO, Africa) -- A whopping 910-carat diamond was discovered in Southern Africa, one of the biggest gems ever found, the mining company that uncovered it said Monday.

The colorless diamond was extracted from the Letseng mine in Lesotho, a small nation completely surrounded by South Africa, and is believed to be the fifth largest diamond to be unearthed, said Clifford Elphick, chief executive of the Gem Diamonds, which runs the mine in partnership with the government of Lesotho.

Elphick released a statement describing the gem as an "exceptional top quality diamond." He said the precious stone is rated D color, the top-rated color for diamonds.

The largest diamond ever excavated is the Cullinan Diamond, a 3,106.75-carat gem found in Cullinan, South Africa, in 1905. The diamond, which is also known as as the Star of Africa I, was cut and used in the British monarchy's crown jewels.

Letseng is the same mine where the 603-carat Lesotho Promise diamond was discovered in 2006, Elphick said. The uncut Lesotho Promise diamond was auctioned off in Belgium that same year for $12.4 million.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- The baguette is one of France’s most famous symbols alongside the Eiffel Tower.

So much so that many French bakers want the crusty, thin loaves to be protected as a world treasure by Unesco, the U.N. cultural organization. And they have gained the support of French President Emmanuel Macron, a likely boost for bakers in their campaign to join the list of Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage.

"The baguette is envied in the entire world,” Macron told French radio Europe 1 Friday. “I know our bakers; they saw that the Neapolitans managed to have pizza as part of world heritage, so they said, 'Why not the baguette?' And they're right.”

The art of the Neapolitan pizza maker joined the largely symbolic Unesco list last month.

The list “is composed of intangible heritage elements that concerned communities and States Parties consider require urgent measures to keep them alive,” according to the Unesco website. “Inscriptions on this List help to mobilize international cooperation and assistance for stakeholders to undertake appropriate safeguarding measures.“

Dominique Anract, the president of the French National Confederation of Baking and Pastry, told ABC News, “We need to reassert the value of the baguette all around the world. French people need to realize the symbolic importance of this product.”

Anract said he hopes “the bid to the U.N. agency will help protect the quality of traditional baguette against the increasing weight of big supermarkets in the sale of the typically French bread. We need to react,“ he added.

There are about 32,000 bakeries across France, down from 36,500 in 1990, according to the baking confederation.

The baguette is "the daily life of the French, in the morning, at midday and in the evening. It's not a matter of beliefs; everyone has it," Macron told Europe 1.

It will certainly take some time before the French baguette joins Belgium beer and Neapolitan pizza-making on the Unesco list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Naples’s launched its bid in 2009 before making the list in 2017, almost a decade later.

“It will be a long process,” baking confederation president Anract conceded, “but this is a very important issue for bakers, French people and our country’s reputation.”

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

ABCNews.com(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- Officials from North and South Korea will meet this week to discuss again North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics amid cooling tensions between the two, but the North warned it could choose to cut off its cooperation at any time.

North Korea Monday proposed the working-level talks for Wednesday during a meeting between the two sides, according to the South Korean Unification Ministry, which said it accepted the proposal.

Officials from the two Koreas met Monday to iron out details about the North’s plan to send a delegation to the South during next month’s Winter Olympic in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

During Monday’s talks, a follow-up to a breakthrough meeting with high-level officials from both sides last week, North Korea said it would send three delegates to attend Wednesday’s meeting.

The two sides met today on the southern side of Panmunjom, a demilitarized zone known as the truce village. It was the second such meeting in less than seven days.

But the relationship between the two Koreas is still a complicated one, which North Korea proved Sunday when it indirectly threatened to pull out of the Olympics to protest what it called South Korea's "sordid acts of chilling" reconciliation efforts, North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said.

"They should know that train and bus carrying our delegation to the Olympics are still in Pyongyang," Korean Central News Agency said. "The South Korean authorities had better ponder over what unfavorable results may be entailed by their impolite behavior."

The Korean Central News Agency also criticized South Korean president Moon Jae-in for suggesting that President Donald Trump deserved credit for bringing the two sides together.

“The South Korean leader shouldn’t be caught up in illusions,” the media agency said, referring to Moon's comments on Trump. “We will, as ever, strive to improve the North-South ties but will never remain an onlooker to sordid acts of chilling the efforts.”

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

ABCNews.com(ONTARIO, Canada) -- One Canadian man has gone back to the basics. And has even built himself a log cabin out in the wilderness -- alone!

Nature lover Shawn James owns 20 acres outside of Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada. After cutting down some 100 trees, he built a cozy log cabin all by himself.

A now-viral time-lapse video captured the 47-year-old Barrie, Ontario, man cutting, hammering and building his 10-foot by 20-foot cabin.

James told ABC News he initially went off the grid in 1991. But after getting a job and having children, he decided to go into the contracting business. Still, during the recession in 2008, James said he "lost everything. But it was a learning experience, you know? I said, 'Let’s go back to basics.'"

Last March, James bought 20 acres of land and decided to grow his own food along with herd a small cattle and take care of some chickens. The father of two teenage girls said it's helped him build confidence.

"Building your own home and acquiring food from the ground and land ... it gives you the confidence needed to tackle anything in life," he said.

James added, "It’s really about what your dream is, and getting off your butt and going out there and doing it. Stop dreaming about it."

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

ABCNews.com(TRABZON, Turkey) -- A commercial jet carrying 168 people overshot an icy airstrip in northern Turkey on Saturday, getting wedged on a cliff just feet from the Black Sea.

Despite the horrifying image of the Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 seen teetering over a muddy cliff at Ankara-Tabzon Airport, all 162 passengers, two pilots, and four cabin crew were unharmed and were freed from its fusillade, the airline confirmed in a statement.

The plane came dangerously close to going into the Black Sea.

Afterward, the airport shut down operations until Sunday morning, and a probe was launched to figure out why the plane skidded off the runway, Trabzon Gov. Yucel Yavuz told Reuters.

Local prosecutors questioned four crew members and two pilots in the wake of the incident, authorities said. They said there were no signs of alcohol in the pilots’ systems.

One of the two pilots on board told prosecutors that the plane’s right engine had suddenly started to speed up during the landing process, which pushed the plane towards the sea, authorities said.

Accounts from passengers on the plane appeared to confirm the pilot's testimony, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing and officials said they were still working to access the plane’s black boxes.

Pegasus said it would provide further updates when more information is available.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(TEMUCO, Chile) -- When Pope Francis goes to South America this week, he will meet with indigenous tribes in Chile and visit the native people in the Amazon in Peru, a first for any pontiff.

But the trip, the 22nd foreign trip during his tenure, could be overshadowed by security concerns, protests and church-related scandals.

The six-day trip will take Pope Francis, who is 81 years old, to Santiago and Lima, the countries' capitals, to celebrate Mass and deliver speeches. The Argentine Pope has visited both countries before becoming pope and lived in Chile for over a year while studying with the Jesuit order to become a priest.

Although this is Pope Francis’ first trip to both countries as pope, both countries have had visits from Saint Pope John Paul II in the past: Chile in 1987, and Peru twice in 1985 and 1988.

As is his custom, he is expected to focus on the people living on the margins of society, the poor and the sick, including meeting female convicts and their children at a Santiago prison. He also has a scheduled lunch with eight of the Mapucho people in Chile who have grievances with the Catholic church.

And massive crowds are expected at nearly every place Pope Francis will visit, and to line the streets to see his Pope-mobile.

But the pope's visit -- he is scheduled to give 21 speeches on issues like corruption in politics, the rights of indigenous peoples and clerical sex abuse -- will ignite protests in both countries. The pope’s critics in both Chile and Peru, like elsewhere around the world, accuse him of not doing enough to rid the church of sexual abuse, especially of allegedly not holding bishops accountable for covering up or mishandling sexual abuse.

At least three homemade bombs went off in churches in Santiago last week, causing minor damage yet no injuries. Threats to Pope Francis were found in notes. And protests are expected there over a bishop whom Pope Francis appointed in 2015.

The bishop, who was appointed to a town near Santiago, is accused of covering up sexual abuse by a priest in the 1980ss and 1990s. Some parishioners in the town say they were denied requests to meet with the pope during his trip and are now planning to protest during his stay.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told journalists at a briefing Thursday there's a chance Pope Francis would meet with victims of clerical sex abuse privately in Chile, describing it as "not impossible." The meeting had not been set up, though.

On his last day in Chile before traveling on to Peru, the pope is scheduled to meet two victims of the country’s military dictatorship under the late Augusto Pinochet. Burke, the Vatican spokesman, did not say who they were or why they were chosen, but said they will present a letter to Pope Francis during the meeting.

Tens of thousands of people were killed, tortured or imprisoned for political reasons in Chile during Pinochet’s reign and many others went into exile.

Sex abuse cases have hurt the church's reputation in Peru, too. Last week, the Vatican announced it had taken over a Peru-based Catholic movement, Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, whose founder was accused of sexual and psychological abuse. The conservative movement has about 20,000 members throughout South America and the U.S.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis will not be visiting Argentia, drawing great speculation and questions. Asked why the Pope will be returning to South America for the sixth time but has still not been back as pope to Argentina, Burke cited "personal reasons."

He added, however, that the Pope’s plane will fly over the country, and that the pope is expected to issue a "significant message" to his native land.

Argentina will not be sending any special representative to neighboring Chile for his visit but up to 1 million Argentine pilgrims are expected to cross the border to catch a glimpse of their native son.

This will be the Pope’s first foreign trip in 2018. Future trips have yet to be announced officially, but a visit to Ireland in August is being planned.

Vatican officials are studying the possibility of at least another trip this year, possibly to the Baltics or Asia.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

Fatih Erel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- World condemnation came quickly on Friday after President Donald Trump's remarks calling Haiti and other African countries "s---hole countries"

Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, characterized the remarks as "racist."

"This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia," he told reporters at a briefing in Geneva Friday. "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States."

In an Oval Office meeting at the White House Thursday, Trump grew frustrated at a proposed bipartisan immigration plan that would scale back the visa lottery program, but not eliminate it, asking those in the room why they would want people from Haiti, Africa and other "s---hole countries" coming into the United States, according to multiple sources either briefed on or familiar with the discussion.

For his part, Trump denied he used "derogatory" language about Haitians in a tweet this morning. Trump, however, did not deny accounts from multiple sources either briefed on or familiar with the discussion who told ABC News the president's comments extended to African countries as well.

Colville also expressed concern for previous remarks by Trump that had what he called racial undertones, including campaign events in which the then-candidate had called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, and Trump's response last year to a white supremacist march saying that "both sides" deserved blame.

"These comments are against the universal values the international community has been striving for since World War II," Colville said.

The government of Botswana summonsed U.S. Ambassador Earl Miller “to express its displeasure for alleged utterances” and ask for clarification on whether its country is being called a “s---hole.”

“The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the U.S. has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years,” wrote the Botswana Ministry of International Affairs in a statement.

Meanwhile, The Nigerian Daily Post had the headline, "Trump allegedly calls Africa ‘s---hole,’ orders 259,000 immigrants out of U.S." The newspaper also repeated the claim first reported in a New York Times story in December that Trump had said once Nigerians immigrants had seen America, they would never "go back to their huts." The White House denied Trump ever uttered those words.

In South Africa, the party of Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress, called Trump’s comments “extremely offensive.” In an editorial, the local Daily Maverick called the comments "a new low," adding, "Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate."

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- H&M closed its stores in South Africa on Saturday after reports of protesters trashing the outlets over a racially insensitive advertisement.

Last week, the brand's image of a black child modeling a green hoodie with "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle" written on it drew swift backlash online and from celebrities, leading to an apology from H&M.

On Saturday, the South African Police Service said on Twitter there were "several incidents of protests at H&M stores" and protesters at the East Rand Mall "managed to enter the shop & stole several items."

Police said they had to intervene and used rubber bullets to disperse the group.

The protests were reportedly organized by the Economic Freedom Fighters' party (EFF).

The retailer said in a statement it was temporarily shutting the stores "out of concern for the safety of our employees and customers."

"We strongly believe that racism and bias in any shape or form, deliberate or accidental, are simply unacceptable.

"We stress that our store staff had nothing to do with our poor judgement of producing the children's hoodie and the image."

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- President Donald Trump’s tweeted threat last fall that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" became the title of a new book. The book became a blockbuster. And now the man whom Trump threatened, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, is using Michael Wolff’s bestseller to strike back.

The latest plot twist in what has been an epic war of words between Trump and Kim Jong Un came Thursday in the pages of North Korea’s main newspaper, which cited the popularity of Wolff's book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, as evidence of “rapidly surging anti-Trump sentiments in the international community,” according to official reports.

While Kim has been on the receiving end of Trump’s most colorful intercontinental insults, which have ranged from "Little Rocket Man" to "sick puppy," the Islamic Republic of Iran -- a "murderous regime," according to the president -- is a close second.

Apparently, they’ve been reading Wolff’s work in Tehran too.

On Wednesday, the Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran’s state media, drew on Wolff’s work to make the case that Trump is unbalanced, and that the world should resist any U.S. effort to tear up the nuclear deal.

“The promises and attempts made by the U.S. president in the first year of his presidency have been increasingly encouraging the idea that he has some sort of mental problem,” the article read. “Trump's pledge to rip up the July 2015 Iran nuclear deal is an example.”

To the White House, books like Fire and Fury, which press secretary Sarah Sanders called trash and “full of lies,” are damaging not only to the president, but also to America’s national interests.

No wonder then that Trump called for changes to U.S. libel laws.

“If somebody says something that's totally false and knowingly false, the person that has been abused, defamed, libeled will have meaningful recourse,” Trump said Thursday. “Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace, and do not represent American values or American fairness, so we're going to take a strong look at that. We want fairness.”

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Subscribe To This Feed

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As President Trump’s words are being widely condemned, some legal experts believe that the “s---hole” remark could also impact his case for the travel ban.

But given his previous call for a “Muslim ban” and other public statements, other experts aren’t sure this latest comment makes much legal difference.

Attorneys fighting the president’s executive action restricting travel in court connected the president’s latest comment to what they say is a “racist” ideology.

“The travel ban is a de facto quota -- a return to a discredited national origin quota system that was in our law until Congress wisely abolished it in 1965,” said Peter Margulies, professor at Roger Williams School of Law. Trump's alleged statement “couldn’t have been a clearer example of what Congress wanted to abolish.”

According to Margulies, the latest travel ban should be struck down in court on statutory grounds as a violation of a 1965 immigration law prohibiting discrimination based on national origin.

In other words, Trump’s comments further clarified what was already unlawful about the ban, he said.

On Thursday, during a bipartisan meeting on immigration reform in the Oval Office, the president asked those in the room why they would want people from Haiti, Africa and other "s---hole countries" coming into the United States, according to multiple sources either briefed on or familiar with the discussion.

Trump denied that he used "derogatory" language about Haitians, but did not specifically address the comments.

“The president has interjected race and ethnicity into the making of immigration policy in a way this country hasn’t seen since the 1920s,” said Hiroshi Motomura, professor at UCLA School of Law and author of two award-winning books on immigration law and policy.

"Yesterday’s statement makes it more reasonable for courts to decide that the travel ban can be struck down as unlawful -- beyond the president’s authority under immigration statutes, and as unconstitutional -- without necessarily intruding on the national security authority of a president who exercises that authority in a nondiscriminatory and rational way,” said Motomura.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in December that the travel ban, currently in its third iteration, could go into effect while the lower courts continued to hear appeals in the cases.

Later that month, a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a Hawaii district court injunction against travel ban 3.0, agreeing with the lower court that the policy violates federal immigration law and exceeds the authority of the executive branch.

But the ban remained in effect, pending the final U.S. Supreme Court review.

Another appeal that was heard in the 4th Circuit is still awaiting a ruling.

Yale Law School professor Peter Schuck said he thinks the court will be “very reluctant to take into account informal comments made in a closed political bargaining session a year after the ban was imposed and not relating to Muslims.”

Schuck believes Trump’s call for a “Muslim ban” was more legally fraught than his alleged "s---hole" comment, and so he “can’t see the courts focusing on this particular language as being important, as odious as it is.”

Similarly, Josh Blackman, a constitutional law expert at George Mason University School of Law, said, "I don't think these statements, as odious as they are, have any bearing on this case."

“As a general matter, I think the president's statements are fair game, but in the context of foreign policy, judges have to be deferential to the president,” he added.

Meanwhile, Neal Kaytal, who is the lead lawyer in the Hawaii travel ban challenge and had a brief due at the Supreme Court on Friday, took to Twitter in the wake of Trump’s comment.

“Past immigration decisions have been made by presidents who have not harbored this sort of animus. It is a daunting, and un-American, thing to have a president who not only says such vile comments, but acts on them,” he told ABC News when asked if he could expand on his tweet.

Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, who litigated the 4th Circuit appeal, said the “s---hole” comment was “more fuel on the fire.”

“I think it’s further confirmation that prejudice and racism underlie a lot of the president's approach to foreign policy,” he said.

The Department of Justice, which is responsible for defending the president’s policies in court, did not provide a comment on the matter.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Fox News
Local Weather
What Do You Want This Weeks Hog Country #1 to be?
Add a Comment
(Fields are Optional)

Your email address is never published.

Request Line: