Jul 08 2019

Six In The Morning Monday 7 July 2019


Trump warns Iran ‘better be careful’ on nuclear enrichment

US warning comes after Iran announces it will begin enriching uranium beyond a cap set in the 2015 nuclear deal.

Donald Trump, the president of the United States, has warned Iran it “better be careful” after Tehran announced it would begin enriching uranium beyond a limit set in an international nuclear accord.

Trump last year unilaterally abandoned the 2015 deal and reinstated punishing sanctions on Iran, prompting it to announce in May a phased reduction of compliance with the landmark pact.

On Sunday, Iran said it was hours away from passing the 3.67 percent uranium enrichment cap set in the deal, and threatened to keep reducing its commitments every 60 days unless the remaining signatories to the accord  – United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China – protected it from US sanctions.

Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war is ‘large-scale murdering enterprise’ says Amnesty

New report details systematic killing of poor and calls for UN investigation into crimes against humanity

The president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte is carrying out a “large-scale murdering enterprise” and should be investigated by the UN for crimes against humanity, according to a new Amnesty report into his so-called war on drugs.

It has been three years since Duterte pledged to wipe out drug abuse in the Philippines by giving police unprecedented powers and near total impunity to kill any suspected drug addicts or dealers. Amnesty’s new report detailed how the systematic killing of the urban poor has continued on such a scale it now amounts to crimes against humanity.

The report told of nightly incidents where police would shoot defenceless suspects, or abduct them and take them to other locations where they would be shot. It found crime scenes were tampered with, evidence fabricated or planted and there was no accountability for the killing of suspects.

Greek conservatives score ‘clear victory’ in snap election

The opposition New Democracy party has won the highest share of the country’s vote, beating out the ruling Syriza party, according to official projections. The party’s leader said he “will not fail to honor your hopes.”

With more than 90% of the votes counted, Greece’s conservative New Democracy (ND) is set to win the country’s parliamentary elections, beating Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s leftist Syriza party.

Greek Interior Ministry projections showed ND with 39.8% of the vote, ahead of Syriza’s 31.5%.

Outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras conceded defeat to his opponent on Sunday evening, saying “we accept the verdict of the people.”

Venezuela opposition says it will meet Maduro envoys in Barbados for next round of talks

Venezuela’s opposition will meet with representatives of President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Barbados for talks mediated by Norway, the parties involved said on Sunday, as part of efforts to resolve an ongoing political crisis.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognised as Venezuela‘s rightful leader by more than 50 governments, has said any talks must lead to a sustained solution to the crisis and cannot be used by the Socialist Party to buy time.

“The Venezuelan people, our allies and the world’s democracies recognise the need for a truly free and transparent electoral process that will allow us to surpass the crisis and build a productive future,” Guaido’s office said in a statement.

She She Wrote a poem about a vagina. It landed her in jail

By Alice McCool, for CNN

How do women get men who are standing in the way of gender equality to listen to them? Grab them by their genitalia.
That’s the radical suggestion offered by jailed Ugandan feminist Stella Nyanzi.
“Unless you grab and squeeze hard, they’re not listening,” she said, wearing traditional African kitenge, red lipstick and a wry smile before a recent court hearing.
The academic, who has been in Luzira Women’s Prison for eight months, is on trial after the government accused her of “cyber harassment and offensive communication” for penning and posting a poem on Facebook.

Journalist Ito says she was ‘desperate to protect’ herself from rape

Japanese journalist Shiori Ito, who has accused a prominent former television reporter of rape, said in a damages lawsuit Monday that she tried to stop him and was “desperate to protect” herself.

The 30-year-old Ito is seeking 11 million yen in compensation from Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a former reporter at Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc, known as TBS. Yamaguchi has denied any unlawful act, saying his act was based on consent.

“I felt dizzy when I was dining together (with Yamaguchi), and when I woke up at a hotel I was being raped,” Ito said in a hearing at the Tokyo District Court. “I was desperate to protect my body, telling him to ‘stop.'”