Evidence before solidarity: German official blasts UK, allies for blaming Russia in Skripal case

The minister president of Germany’s most populous state has lambasted the UK for prematurely pinning the blame for the Skripal poisoning case on Russia, writing that you need “sound evidence” before asking allies for solidarity.
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Samarkand Journal: Where is Googoosha, the Missing Uzbek First Daughter?

Where is Googoosha, the Missing Uzbek First Daughter? Photo President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan, left, and Almazbek Atambayev, then president of Kyrgyzstan, visiting Islam Karimov’s grave in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, in 2016. Credit Kyrgyzstan Presidency, via Anadolu Agency SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan — Every five to 10 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, a fresh group of Uzbek pilgrims troops into the tomb of their late president, the dictator Islam Karimov, to pay homage at his white onyx sarcophagus, and listen to prayers chanted in his honor.
At this point, more than a year after the bejeweled memorial complex to Mr. Karimov opened, one of the few Uzbeks who has not visited is the woman who until recently was Uzbekistan’s most famous person: the late president’s eldest daughter, Gulnara Karimova, 45, who was once talked of as his heir apparent.
Ms. Karimova was also the only family member not to appear at her father’s funeral in 2016 — or at any of the more than 35,000 ..

‘A gift from Stephen’: Professor Hawking’s last act of kindness from beyond the grave

Stephen Hawking carried out one final act of kindness from beyond the grave, as his funeral went ahead. The legendary professor arranged for 50 homeless people to be given a three-course Easter meal in Cambridge.
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Britain’s mainstream is desperate for Russian guilt, and will ignore anything to get it

The UK Foreign Office denies its own on-the-record claims after being undermined by government scientists. The media is ignoring reports which could help avoid a major confrontation with Russia. Welcome to post-Skripal Britain.
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Standoff at Somalia’s Parliament Blocks Move to Oust Opposition Leader

Standoff at Somalia’s Parliament Blocks Move to Oust Opposition Leader
NAIROBI, Kenya — A police contingent loyal to a top opposition leader in Somalia took over Parliament for several hours on Wednesday, pushing a growing political rift to the brink of armed confrontation.
Parliamentary police officers loyal to Mohamed Osman Jawari, the Parliament speaker, disrupted a no-confidence vote against him early Wednesday. The police lined up to block the speaker’s podium, and lawmakers who support Mr. Jawari accused other legislators of taking money to vote against the speaker, chanting, “Down with bribetakers!”
Supporters of the no-confidence motion said the police had refused to let them inside the building.
In response, state security forces loyal to President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who is known as Farmajo, deployed outside the Parliament building, raising fear that tensions between the two men could erupt into an armed confrontation.
Mr. Jawari has been at odds with Somalia’s presid..

‘Ordinary chemists’ know about Novichok– chemical weapons expert refutes ‘state actor’ claim (VIDEO)

A chemical weapon expert slammed claims from the UK that a ‘state actor’ must be behind the Salisbury poisoning.
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With Brazil Ex-President’s Fate in Balance, Army Chief Weighs In

With Brazil Ex-President’s Fate in Balance, Army Chief Weighs In Photo Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil during a campaign rally in in March. He has a significant lead in polls ahead of a presidential election scheduled for October. Credit Eraldo Peres/Associated Press BOA VISTA, Brazil — On the eve of a fateful court ruling that could determine whether a former president of Brazil continues a comeback bid or goes to prison, the army chief made a rare incursion into politics Tuesday night, saying that the armed forces “repudiated impunity.”
The former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, is considered the front-runner in Brazil’s presidential election later this year, despite his conviction on corruption charges. The country’s highest court is expected to decide on Wednesday whether a lower court can send him to prison while he appeals the conviction, which would end his campaign.
In two posts on Twitter on Tuesday night, Gen. Eduardo Villas Bôas declared that the a..

‘We are not in a trade war with China, lost it many years ago’ – Trump

President Donald Trump has denied that the US and China are engaged in a trade war, despite Beijing announcing it would slap import tariffs on American goods in a tit-for-tat move.
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