How Britain’s Ambassador To Washington Decided Enough Was Enough

Johnson had rung to express his “regret” at his resignation, following one of the most serious breakdowns in relations between an American president and a British diplomat whose job depends on access to the White House. But friends say that Darroch also mentioned another reason: Johnson’s refusal in the ITV Tory leadership debate on Tuesday night to give his explicit support for the ambassador staying in post until his planned departure date in January. For Johnson, the man on course …

Solange shines at London’s Lovebox

It’s an abstract, complex record, with none of the instant hooks of its predecessor, 2016’s A Seat At The Table. But the audience, instead of being alienated, seemed enraptured by the snaking, jazz-like arrangements, and Solange’s sunlit harmonies. Wisely, the singer peppered the set with more-recognisable songs from her back catalogue – the street funk of Losing You, and the soaring ballad Cranes In The Sky – and threaded the new record’s most memorable earworm, Things I Imagined, throughout the …

Investigation into a possible scheme between Russia and Italian political party

London (CNN)Prosecutors in Milan have opened an investigation into possible charges of international corruption, amid fresh claims that representatives from Matteo Salvini’s League party discussed a funding scheme with Russia to plug a black hole in the League’s finances, according to a person briefed on the investigation. Responding to reporters in Rome this week, Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, said he had ‘never taken a rouble, a euro, a dollar or a litre of Vodka in financing from the Russians’ …

Tropical Storm Barry Rolls Into Louisiana, Spares New Orleans

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Saturday night urged residents across south Louisiana to stay “vigilant,” warning that Barry could still cause disastrous flooding across a wide stretch of the Gulf Coast overnight. In Mississippi, up to 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of rain had already fallen in the Jackson area before dawn Sunday — and more was on the way. That prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the city and some of its suburbs. ASSOCIATED PRESS …

The True Origins Of The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory

Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as the SVR, first circulated a phony “bulletin” — disguised to read as a real intelligence report —about the alleged murder of the former DNC staffer on July 13, 2016, according to the U.S. federal prosecutor who was in charge of the Rich case. That was just three days after Rich, 27, was killed in what police believed was a botched robbery while walking home to his group house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, …

More patients ‘struggling to reach GP on phone’

The latest figures have been published just days after it emerged some hospital doctors are refusing to do overtime shifts. This is because they are being landed with large tax bills after changes to the way the pension system works. The figures are fresh evidence of the impact on patients of the stand-off. Around one in eight have been waiting longer than 18 weeks – the maximum length of time they should have to wait. The places with the worst …

Two girls are petitioning McDonald’s and Burger King to scrap plastic toys in kids’ meals

(CNN)When children open their kids’ meals from McDonald’s or Burger King, they’re probably looking forward to one thing the most: the plastic toy inside. The evolution of the Happy Meal “We know our young guests really enjoy their King Jr. meals, and we are working on the development of more sustainable packaging and alternative toy solutions,” Burger King said in a statement. The company has pledged to have a more sustainable toy solution in place by next year. McDonald’s said …

Robinson jailed for contempt of court

Later, journalists filming on College Green outside the Houses of Parliament were verbally abused, physically intimidated and had their equipment attacked before police officers arrived. The BBC News at One cut short a broadcast from College Green as protesters interrupted a live report. Police said no arrests had yet been made in relation to Thursday’s protests. Brand Tommy: Rancour, rhetoric and riches But officers did arrest three people for affray, and one for a public order offence in relation to …

I’m An Ethical Pimp. Here’s What Life Is Like For Me And The Women I Employ.

It’s 8 a.m. on a Tuesday and my workday probably started out a lot like yours: packing lunchboxes, making sure the kids eat a healthy breakfast, finding socks and shoes and homework. But when my 9-year-old daughter Miranda kisses me goodbye to catch the school bus, she knows I won’t be home until long after bedtime. The Bach (rhymes with “catch”), a feminist escort agency I own in the North Island of New Zealand. I was always interested in sex …

Who forced the UK ambassador to resign?

(CNN)So who is the man who forced British Ambassador Kim Darroch’s resignation, even if he’s not yet Britain’s Prime Minister? After years as a journalist, media star and politician, Johnson is now the leading candidate in a run-off race to become leader of the British Conservative Party, following Theresa May’s resignation. And because the Conservative Party holds a (painfully slim) plurality in the British House of Commons, the leader elected by the roughly 160,000 grassroots members traditionally becomes the new …