Pakistan ordered to review death sentence of Indian accused of spying
- In a ruling Wednesday, the United Nations' top court found Pakistan authorities broke international law by not informing Kulbhushan Jadhav of his rights and depriving the Indian government of consular access.
- Pakistan breached the Vienna Convention by denying India "the right to communicate with and have access to (Jadhav), to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation," the ruling stated.
- Jadhav was arrested in Pakistan in March 2016 and accused of being an Indian spy.
- Pakistan authorities claimed they detained him in the restive Balochistan province, which is home to a separatist insurgency that Pakistan accuses India of backing.
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said he welcomed the verdict.
- Based in The Hague, the 15 judges of the ICJ are tasked in part with settling legal disputes between states.
Asia's meth trade is worth an estimated $61B as region becomes 'playground' for drug gangs
- A UNODC report published Thursday found the methamphetamine trade is now worth between $30 billion and $61 billion per year in East and Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh.
- Meth is being sold at rock-bottom prices, seizures appear to be doing little to dent the operations of drug traffickers, and crystal meth from the region is feeding demand as far away as New Zealand.
- More than half of those busts took place in Thailand, where authorities confiscated more than 515 million meth pills, according to UNODC.
- The UNODC report noted that it has found "large quantities" of meth are also being trafficked through Laos -- which also borders Myanmar -- to Vietnam, which has ample coastline for shipping to nearby markets such as Malaysia and the Philippines, but also to Australia and New Zealand.
Media react to 'send her back' chant at Trump rally
- While hosts and guests on other networks expressed shock at what happened, things were of course different on Fox. I tuned into Laura Ingraham's program, and heard her excitedly exclaim, "The president was on fire!" And earlier in the evening, Tucker Carlson hosted a guest who bizarrely claimed the term "people of color" is a "racist term." Truly an alternative news universe...
- That has not been the case with the racist comments Trump has directed at the four minority congresswomen.
- Compare that to how Murdoch's outlets have covered Trump's racist comments.
- And instead of the Post blasting Trump on the cover for the comments (the newspaper never did), Tuesday's edition of the front page zeroed in on the "far left" congresswomen.
- And while it was covered Wednesday, it felt like the vote just came and went, as if it was just a normal course of business.
Attorneys for alleged Harvey Weinstein victim will do 'everything in their power' to fight tentative $44 million settlement
- A judge needs to approve the proposed settlement.
- The settlement has nothing to do with the criminal case.
- Weinstein is accused of raping a woman in a New York hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on another woman at his Manhattan apartment in 2006.
- He faces two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree, and one count each of first-degree rape and third-degree rape.
- He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and vigorously denied all of the allegations of rape.
- While his charges relate to the two women, more than 80 others have publicly accused him of wrongdoing ranging from unwanted advances to rape.
- His trial is set to begin on September 9.
An antioxidant in red wine might power astronauts on Mars, study says
- Exercise has become an important part of providing that force for astronauts on the International Space Station.
- But diet and supplements could also be key for combating the challenges of a zero gravity, according to a new study.
- Over time, astronauts staying for six months on the International Space Station can experience the weakening and loss of bone and atrophying muscles.
- Exercise was developed as a countermeasure to reduce the amount of bone mass and muscle loss.
- Reduced gravity led to a loss of grip, muscle weight, calf circumference and slow-twitch muscle fiber in the rats who did not receive resveratrol.
- But the ones who received the supplemented water recovered their grip, which was comparable to the control rats experiencing normal Earth gravity.
Report: Border patrol agent in Texas accused of harassing migrant child's mother
- The story was based on an April complaint filed with US Customs and Border Protection obtained by the Post, and interviews with the child's mother, according to the Post.
- The agent has not been charged, the Post reported.
- The Post tried unsuccessfully to reach the agent.
- The newspaper did not name him nor the child's mother.
Britain's new Prime Minister will have only 30 days to get Brexit done
- Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, the men vying to replace her, both say that not only can they secure a brand new Brexit deal, but that they will also be able to convince enough lawmakers in the House of Commons to vote it through.
- There are real concerns among the UK's lawmakers that in order to stop them sabotaging Brexit on October 31, Johnson will suspend parliament, making a no-deal Brexit inevitable.
- As recently as this week, British media reported that Johnson's campaign team were discussing a plan to bring a Queen's Speech before parliament in early November.
- So if a Prime Minister Johnson wants to hold the event in early November, lawmakers would vacate parliament in those crucial days before October 31, therefore robbing them of the opportunity to stop a no-deal Brexit.
Protesters call for justice for Eric Garner on anniversary of his death
- The rallies took place a day after the Justice Department said it was declining to bring federal charges against New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is accused of using a chokehold on Garner in July 2014.
- Protestors demanded justice for Garner's death and called for Pantaleo and other officers to be fired, directing anger at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
- Federal investigators have been examining the circumstances of Garner's death since 2014, after a grand jury in New York declined to indict the Staten Island officer.
- Attorney General William Barr sided with a Justice Department team in New York over the Civil Rights Division in Washington when he made the decision not to bring charges against Pantaleo.
- Activists and lawyers for the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the city agency charged with overseeing the NYPD, said Pantaleo used an illegal chokehold, which is banned by the department.
A judge will decide today whether Jeffrey Epstein will remain in jail
- They say his wealth -- including his ownership of a private jet and multiple homes, one abroad -- the seriousness of the charges he faces, and his behavior in recent weeks should render him ineligible for bail.
- In addition, the sex trafficking charge against Epstein carries the presumption that no combination of bail conditions could guarantee the defendant's appearance in court or protect the public.
- And finally, Epstein's attorneys have argued that because he traveled abroad and voluntarily returned to the country during a period in recent months when he was under public scrutiny -- he was arrested on his private jet after arriving in Teterboro, New Jersey, from Paris, France -- he shouldn't be presumed to be a flight risk.
'Send her back!' chant shows Trump's ugly plan to get reelected
- Reinforcing days of attacks on the four progressive Democratic women, known as "The Squad" on Capitol Hill, Trump questioned their patriotism and highlighted some of their controversial comments on issues including Israel, law enforcement and the September 11th terrorist attacks, in some cases distorting their records.
- And health care, on which Democrats based their campaign, was the defining issue of the election and for 41% of voters.
- A less controversial Democratic nominee would make Trump's path back to the White House even more narrow -- a fact that explains his need to rough up his opponent with the most toxic, polarizing campaign possible.
- An approval rating that has never hit 50% in most polls and is in the historical danger zone for presidents seeking a second term means Trump will likely lose a referendum on his term.