The Danish inventor at the center of the mysterious death of Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall, whose dismembered body was found off the coast of Copenhagen in August, was formally charged with killing her Tuesday. Prosecutors say that during a trip on his private submarine, Peter Madsen, 47, either strangled or cut Wall's throat before severing her body and tossing it into the sea. Madsen is charged with homicide, dismemberment and the indecent handling of a corpse. “This is a very unusual and extremely brutal case which has had tragic consequences for Kim Wall and her relatives,” prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen said in a statement from the Danish prosecution authority. Wall's disappearance and gruesome death has drawn international attention, demonstrating the risks female freelance journalists can face. Friends and family say Wall, 30, was a brave reporter who had reported from Sri Lanka, the Marshall Islands and … [Read more...] about Danish inventor is charged with killing and dismembering reporter Kim Wall on his submarine
The Danish inventor at the center of the mysterious death of Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall, whose dismembered body was found off the coast of Copenhagen in August, was formally charged with killing her Tuesday. Prosecutors say that during a trip on his private submarine, Peter Madsen, 47, either strangled or cut Wall's throat before severing her body and tossing it into the sea. Madsen is charged with homicide, dismemberment and the indecent handling of a corpse. “This is a very unusual and extremely brutal case which has had tragic consequences for Kim Wall and her relatives,” prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen said in a statement from the Danish prosecution authority. Wall's disappearance and gruesome death has drawn international attention, demonstrating the risks female freelance journalists can face. Friends and family say Wall, 30, was a brave reporter who during her brief career reported from Sri Lanka, the Marshall … [Read more...] about Danish inventor charged with killing and dismembering reporter Kim Wall on his submarine
Pope Francis is in Chile this week on something of an apology tour. Chile has historically been a stronghold of the Catholic Church. Nearly half of the population identifies as Catholic. But secularism has made considerable inroads in the South American country lately, thanks in part to a clergy sex abuse scandal that has roiled the faithful. In 2011, after decades of complaints, Chilean priest Fernando Karadima was found guilty of abusing dozens of minors. He was dismissed and sentenced to a life of “penance and prayer.” But Karadima's victims say the church was too slow to investigate and dismiss the priest. They are angry, too, that he was replaced by his protege Juan Barros. Barros's opponents say he knew of Karadima's crimes and did nothing. (Barros has denied this.) “I still don't understand how we, the thousands of victims of abuse, were not protected by our priests, who were silent witnesses to what was … [Read more...] about In trip to Chile, Pope Francis asks for forgiveness amid protests and death threats over clergy sex abuse
UKIP's newly elected leader, Henry Bolton, greets delegates on the first day of the UKIP National Conference in Torquay, southwest England, on Sept. 29. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images) LONDON — The U.K. Independence Party, and especially its flamboyant leader Nigel Farage, were a major force behind Britain’s referendum to leave the European Union, a vote stoked by white British anxieties over immigration and multiculturalism. Farage was popular enough that President-elect Trump tweeted that he should be named British ambassador to the United States. Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016 Ever since its victory in the Brexit referendum in June 2016, UKIP has been circling the drain, with a series of high-level defections and nothing but ruin at the polls. Farage resigned, replaced by four party leaders in 18 … [Read more...] about British politician drops his girlfriend over her racist texts about Prince Harry’s bride-to-be Meghan Markle
UK Trump supporters heckle London's Mayor during a speech at the Fabian Society. (Reuters) An anti-Islamic nationalist wheeled a homemade gallows into central London, led a group of men into a conference hall and attempted to “arrest” the city’s first Muslim mayor as he gave a speech Saturday. The group failed, and was eventually escorted out by the same police officers they had asked to apprehend Mayor Sadiq Khan. They still managed to delay the speech for 15 minutes as they accused Khan of treachery, tyranny and disrespecting President Trump. Trump — who once sought to ban Muslims from U.S. shores and called Khan “pathetic” after a terrorist attack in London last year — earlier this week abruptly canceled plans to visit the city. Khan was one of many Britons who welcomed the news, claiming Trump had been scared off by threats of mass protests. The … [Read more...] about These Trump supporters built a gallows and tried to arrest London’s mayor. People laughed at them.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, speaks at the Confederation of African Football 2017 Awards on Jan. 4, at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana. (Cristina Aldehuela/AFP) Two days after President Trump described African nations, along with Haiti and El Salvador, as “shithole countries” whose inhabitants were not desirable as immigrants to the United States, the president of Ghana called the language used by the American leader “extremely unfortunate” and said that his nation was not a “shithole country.” Nana Akufo-Addo, who assumed the presidency last January, made the comments on his Twitter account on Saturday. The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are “shithole countries” is extremely unfortunate. We are certainly not a “shithole country”. We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful. — … [Read more...] about Ghanaian president to Trump: We are not a ‘shithole country’
Demonstrators stood in front of a banner with a crossed-out swastika to protest a planned rally of so-called “Berlin Patriots against the Islamization of the West” in Berlin on Jan. 5, 2015. (Markus Schreiber/AP) BERLIN — When 32-year-old German teacher and academic book author Bahar Aslan took to Twitter this week to accuse authorities of not doing enough to investigate several alleged xenophobic crimes, she hardly assumed that in doing so she would soon be accused of having broken the law, too. After all, freedom of speech is enshrined in the German Constitution. But her tweet soon disappeared, and Aslan says Twitter later messaged her saying that she had violated a new German hate crime law. Aslan was not alone. She and hundreds of other affected social media users have voiced criticism and concerns about censorship over the controversial new social media law that took effect Jan. 1. Originally conceived to fight online … [Read more...] about Can social media become less hateful by law? Germany is trying it — and failing, critics say.
Peter Hoekstra, the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, during a tense news conference Wednesday, his first since taking the post. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images) The embattled U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Hoekstra apologized Friday for making unsubstantiated anti-Muslim claims at a conference in 2015, after his first week in the post was clouded by questions about the incendiary statements. Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman from Michigan and recent political appointee, made the apology during an interview Friday with De Telegraaf, one of the largest Dutch newspapers, at the end of a particularly rough introduction for the new ambassador. “Looking back, I am shocked I said that,” he told the newspaper. “It was a wrong statement. It was wrong.” Hoekstra made the remarks in question during a conference on terrorism hosted by the right-wing David Horowitz Freedom Center. He talked about the supposed “chaos” … [Read more...] about After drubbing by media, Trump’s ambassador to the Netherlands apologizes for anti-Muslim remarks
In a tweet sent late Thursday evening, President Trump said he had canceled his trip to Britain next month because he was unhappy with the new U.S. Embassy in London — and accused the Obama administration of making a “bad deal” for an “off location.” Many Britons disagreed, suggesting instead the president was simply worried his arrival in London would be greeted by mass protests. Those involved in the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in London also say Trump, a former real estate mogul in New York City, has a bad understanding of the deal. “As usual, he's dead wrong,” said former ambassador Louis Susman, who served under the Obama administration between 2009 and 2013. “He's 100 percent wrong.” The old U.S. embassy in London was certainly impressive. Located next to a large garden square in the heart of the posh Mayfair neighborhood, its distinctive modernist style was designed by the … [Read more...] about ‘As usual, he’s dead wrong’: Former U.S. ambassadors explain London Embassy move after Trump criticism
View of the new U.S. Embassy in London in September. (Richard Bryant/arcaidimages.com) LONDON — In theory, embassies are usually supposed to be the homes of subtle diplomacy and quiet negotiations. But in the Trump era, they appear to have become the subject of tense public debate more so than in the past. In the latest case of a U.S. embassy dominating the news cycle, President Trump said on Friday that he had called off a planned ceremonial visit to Britain. On Twitter, the president cited frustration with what he considered to be a bad real estate deal agreed to by the Obama administration. “Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO,” Trump wrote. Meanwhile, British media speculated that the … [Read more...] about From London to Jerusalem, a look at Trump’s trail of embassy controversy