‘I will not give them the baby’: the plight of Cambodia’s detained surrogates | Erin Handley and Kong Meta

October 27, 2018

Women seduced by the chance to escape poverty explain how they have gone from being treated as victims to criminals Sopheap* coos as she cradles her newest grandson, only five days age-old. She sets her nose to his head and boozes in his perfume. She searches every bit the picture of the proud grandmother, as her young son and his exhausted wife look on. But this is not a typical…


US woman removed from plane after boarding with ’emotional support’ squirrel

October 17, 2018

Flight from Orlando to Cleveland was delayed due to two hours after female refused to leave and take her squirrel with her The passenger was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even though it was an evening flight. Literally, as it turned out. The passenger was a squirrel. It hadn’t scampered on to the plane while people or purses were being loaded, or anything like that. A human passenger had brought the squirrel…


Speculation over fate of missing Dutchman linked to WikiLeaks

October 5, 2018

Arjen Kamphuis effects found in the sea but his phones were turned on 1,000 miles away On 20 August, Arjen Kamphuis, a leading Dutch cybersecurity expert, checked out of his hotel in Bod, northern Norway. He had told friends that he planned to take the train to Trondheim, 10 hours away. He never boarded the train. Nor, two days later at the supposed end of his holiday, did he catch…


Kevin Spacey will not face charges over Los Angeles sexual assault claim

September 23, 2018

Prosecutors say the alleged sex crime in 1992 falls outside of Californias statute of limitations Kevin Spacey will not be prosecuted over a sexual assault contend because too much occasion has passed since the alleged incident took place. A man alleged the actor had assaulted him in West Hollywood in October 1992, but Los Angeles lawyers said on Tuesday they could not take the lawsuit forward because any alleged sex…


Anti-Trump op-ed prompts guessing game on author’s identity

September 17, 2018

Text of New York Times article is drawn apart in hunt for clues about identity of senior administration official who wrote it An he New York Times by an anonymous senior administration official claiming to be part of a “resistance” running “from within” to thwart Donald Trump’s” worst tendencies” set off a wild guessing game inside and outside the White House on the author’s identity. In an exceptional move, a…


Neil Simon, giant of American stage, dies aged 91

September 6, 2018

Author of The Odd Couple and The Sunshine Boys won a Pulitzer and four Tonys, and predominated Broadway for many years The Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright Neil Simon has died, it was announced on Sunday. He was 91. Simon was prolific – his hit plays and musicals included The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, The Sunshine Boys, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, which built Matthew Broderick a Broadway…


How Insecure made TV gold with a show about regular black people being basic

August 27, 2018

As the third series is broadcast in the UK, Issa Rae, its builder, is breaking down cultural barriers In the two years since Donald Glover and Peabody award, while Golden Globe and Emmy nominations have rolled in for the appearance. She is on the September cover of Ebony publication and has been called one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2018. To say that she is having a moment…


Defiant Donald Trump accuses Michael Cohen of making up hush money stories

August 23, 2018

Ex-fixer says Trump guided him to make payments and lawyer says Cohen is ready to tell all he knows about Russian interference Donald Trump has angrily complained his innocence after the criminal convictions of two associates plunged the White House deeper into turmoil. The US president hit back at his former solicitor and fixer Michael Cohen who, in Trump suffered twin setbacks on Tuesday when Cohen pleaded guilty in national…


Senior Republicans hesitate to criticise Trump after Manafort and Cohen verdicts

August 22, 2018

Paul Ryan and Lindsay Graham eschew mentioning chairman, while republican commentators lambasted Mueller Republican elected officials have hesitated to criticise Donald Trump after his former lawyer Michael Cohenconvicted on eight countsof fiscal crimes. In a statement, a spokesperson for Speaker Paul Ryan said:” We are aware of Mr Cohen’s guilty plea to these serious charges. We will need more information than is currently available at this level .” Senator Lindsey…


Into the Hands of the Soldiers review: how democracy failed in Egypt

August 18, 2018

David Kirkpatrick extended the Arab Spring for the New York Times as takeover followed takeover in Cairo In December 2010, a Tunisian street vendor identified Mohamed Bouazizi specified himself ablaze. His death triggered a conflagration that raged from North Africa to the Levant and all the way to the Gulf. On 11 February 2011, mass demonstrations and the collapse of US support forced Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president, out of office….