UN experts decry Iran’s reported plan to execute Iranian-Swedish academic


Iran must halt any planned execution of Iranian-Swedish academic Ahmadreza Djalali, who has not been given a fair trial and was forced to confess under torture, two experts advising the UN Human Rights Council said on Wednesday. 

Build on momentum to end violence against women and girls: Secretary-General


Although much progress has been made in highlighting the pressing issue of violence against women and girls, UN Secretary-General António Guterres is pushing the world to go further towards ending what he has characterized as a blight on all societies. 

Trump's outcasts in the civil and foreign service may get a second chance under Biden – CNN


But President-elect Joe Biden's early picks for top positions are giving hope to career professionals throughout government -- and maybe also to some who left in scorn. Some of the names Biden is floating right now are merely trial balloons, meant to gauge how much fire he can expect from Republicans and from the ranks of his fellow Democrats. Fundraisers...

New Michigan election hearing called after Trump campaign touts meeting – Detroit Free Press


CLOSE Critics took jabs at President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani after dark liquid was seen dripping down his face during a press conference. USA TODAY A Michigan Senate committee will meet next week to discuss vote counting in Detroit, an announcement that comes one day after a news release from the campaign of President Donald Trump touted legislative hearings examining election...

‘Incredibly hard’ winter beckons for Syrians, more assistance urgently needed 


Against the backdrop that 6.7 million people in Syria are internally displaced – a third of whom lack proper shelter and live in damaged buildings, or public spaces like schools or tents – Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs told ambassadors online that “winter weather is proving to be incredibly hard for those without adequate shelter” or...

Alyssa Milano extends 'olive branch' to Trump supporters after months of scathing rebukes – Fox News


After months of condemnations of President Trump and his administration, Alyssa Milano says she's extending an "olive branch" to his supporters. The left-leaning activist and actress, who voiced an exorbitant amount of support for President-elect Joe Biden leading up to the 2020 election, took to Twitter on Tuesday with her peace offering. "I'd like to extend an olive branch to Trump supporters. I am ready to move #ForwardTogether," the...

Ravens-Steelers game moved from Thursday to Sunday –


The NFL has moved the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers bout from Thanksgiving night to Sunday. The league announced the schedule change as the Ravens deal with multiple positive COVID-19 tests this week. "This decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical...

The Weeknd criticizes Grammys over nominations snub – Associated Press


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Weeknd angrily slammed the Grammy Awards, calling them “corrupt” after the pop star walked away with zero nominations despite having multiple hits this year. The three-time Grammy winner criticized the Recording Academy on Tuesday after he was severely snubbed despite having one of the year’s biggest albums with “After Hours” and being tapped as the...

New York Gov. Cuomo says 'states are broke' and need federal funding to distribute Covid vaccine – CNBC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a daily briefing following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, July 13, 2020. Mike Segar | Reuters New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday urged the federal government to provide funding to distribute a coronavirus vaccine, saying states currently don't have the money. "The states are...

Slack's stock spikes up after WSJ report of buyout talks with Salesforce – MarketWatch


Shares of Slack Technologies Inc. WORK, +23.56% spiked up 27.6% in midday trading Wednesday, after The Wall Street Journal reported that the business communications software company has held talks to be acquired by Inc. CRM, -3.00%. Citing people familiar with the situation, the WSJ report said any deal would likely value Slack at more than its current market...