Monday, August 15News That Matters
Shadow

World

Trump to be sued over foreign payments by attorneys general

Trump to be sued over foreign payments by attorneys general

World
Officials in Maryland and Washington DC are expected to sue Donald Trump for accepting payments from foreign governments via his business empire.The lawsuit cites the US constitution's emoluments clause, which says no federal official should receive a gift or a fee from a foreign government.The legal action alleges "unprecedented constitutional violations" by the US president, the Washington Post reports.It would be the first such lawsuit filed by government entities.A non-governmental organisation, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, lodged a similar legal action in January.At that time, Mr Trump told a reporter in the Oval Office the case was "totally without merit". He has not yet commented on the latest move.Another legal headache - Analysis by Anthony Zurcher, BBC Ne...
Putin critic Alexei Navalny held as thousands attend Russia protests

Putin critic Alexei Navalny held as thousands attend Russia protests

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained at home ahead of a planned unauthorised protest in Moscow, his wife says."Alexei has been arrested in the entrance to our block of flats," Yuliya Navalnaya wrote on Twitter, adding "our plans haven't changed".Thousands of his supporters have heeded his call to protest against corruption.OVD-Info, an NGO, says 121 people have been detained in Moscow and 137 in St Petersburg.Riot police are pushing protesters back along Moscow's main street, Tverskaya, which runs up to the Kremlin.The crowd is shouting "Russia without Putin", and "Down with the tsar," says the BBC's Steve Rosenberg, who is reporting from the demonstration.Mr Navalny, who intends to stand for the Russian presidency next year...
Iran sends food after neighbours isolate Qatar

Iran sends food after neighbours isolate Qatar

World
Iran has started sending fruit and vegetables to Qatar after Gulf nations cut trade links with the emirate.Iran's national carrier has already delivered 90 tons of food and flights will continue "based on demand".Three boats, carrying around 350 tonnes of food, will also be leaving an Iranian port for Qatar, according to Tasnim news agency, quoting local officials.It was not clear whether the shipments were made as aid deliveries or as exports.The deliveries came nearly a week after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates began a blockade against Qatar, sparking an unprecedented diplomatic crisis.Video:Foreign Minister: Qatar provides stability in the regionThe Gulf states expelled Qatari nationals from their territory, cut trade links to the emirate and banned Qatar's national ...
China Eastern Airlines plane lands with large hole in engine

China Eastern Airlines plane lands with large hole in engine

World
June 12 (UPI) -- A China Eastern Airlines plane sustained a major engine failure and returned to Sydney with a massive hole in its engine, witnesses said.The hole in the engine's nose cowl, the metal shroud at the front of the engine, was visible to the 221 passengers aboard the Airbus A330-220 on Flight MU736 to Shanghai as they departed the plane. No one was injured in the incident.The passengers said they heard what sounded like an explosion, and smelled a burning odor.Australia's Transport Safety Bureau launched an investigation focused on the Trent 700 engine manufactured by Rolls-Royce. A statement from Rolls-Royce said it was "aware of the incident and will be working closely with relevant partners to understand the cause of the issue."The engine failure closely resembles a similar ...