Social media giant Twitter permanently banned controversial British political commentator Katie Hopkins

Social media giant Twitter permanently banned controversial British political commentator Katie Hopkins for violating the platform’s “hateful conduct” policy, a report said Friday.

The conservative commentator, who has garnered more than a million followers on the platform, had recently lost her “verified” status on the website, the Guardian reported.

“Keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us. Abuse and hateful conduct have no place on our service and we will continue to take action when our rules are broken,” the company told the Guardian in a statement.

“In this case, the account has been permanently suspended for violations of our hateful conduct policy,” they added.

Hopkins has drawn criticism for a number of her controversial statements, such as referring to immigrants as “cockroaches” and most recently criticizing Black Lives Matter protesters.

She’d also previously suggested a photo of a dead Syrian boy who had washed up on a beach was staged.

For the first time, Cuba enrolls a child with two mothers

After almost a year of starting the process to register their son in the Cuban Civil Registry, Dachelys Valdés and Hope Bastian obtained this Thursday the birth certificate in which both appear as mothers

The Cuban Ministry of Justice (Minjus) issued this week a birth certificate that recognizes two mothers of a child, which is an unprecedented event in Cuban law.

After almost a year of beginning the process to register their son in the Cuban Civil Registry, Dachelys Valdés and Hope Bastian obtained this Thursday the birth certificate in which both appear as mothers, reported the blog Q de Cuir .

The birth certificate, issued in Havana, argues that “registration is practiced by both mothers as it is a case of double maternity, with legal support in article 7 of the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba, which also recognizes the the right to form a family, whatever its form of organization and safeguards the best interests of the child and their right to be registered ”.

Paulo Cesar Bastian was born in Florida, where mothers made use of the assisted reproduction service, an almost impossible procedure for a couple of women in Cuba.

In the United States, the family began the process to register Paulo as the son of a Cuban citizen born outside the Island.

Without acknowledging marriage between women, the Minjus issued an opinion approving to put “mother and mother” as in the original birth registration, issued at the Florida hospital where she was born.

US attacks against Cuba’s medical cooperation repudiated


Saint John, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) The proposal of three United States senators against the medical collaboration of Cuba violates the sovereign right of other countries to establish agreements with Cuba, stated the Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda in Washington, Ronald Sanders.

Sanders, who is also a representative to the Organization of American States, recalled that Cuban medical personnel made a great and beneficial difference in the ability of governments to handle Covid-19 and its spread.

‘It is not an exaggeration to say that without the Cuban staff, the health system of several Caribbean countries would have collapsed’, said Sanders, who is a principal member of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London as well as of the Massey College of the University of Toronto.

In an article published on the Caribbean News Global site, the official stressed that the Caribbean, just like the rest of the world, needs cooperation to improve the human condition and ‘what it does not need is coercion for political purposes.’

Sanders revealed that Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott (Florida) and Ted Cruz (Texas), authors of the project, divert requests for meetings from many Caribbean ambassadors and now propose to punish the countries of that region that receive assistance from Cuban medical personnel.

The text presented by these legislators intends for the State Department to identify the countries receiving Cuban medical missions as a factor to consider when writing the report on human trafficking around the world.

This proposal ignores the sovereignty of other countries to establish agreements with Cuba and despises international law and norms, ‘as if the rights of the States did not matter,’ said the ambassador.


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Trump fires Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, who refused to step down


President Trump has now fired Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney in Manhattan who had refused to step down when ordered to by the Justice Department on Friday night.

Trump’s firing of the powerful federal prosecutor — whose office is investigating multiple cases involving the president’s associates — was announced in a letter to Berman Saturday from Attorney General William Barr.

“Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the President to remove you as of today, and he has done so,” Barr’s letter to Berman reads.

But minutes after Barr’s letter became public, Trump washed his hands of the controversial firing — leaving unclear just who, in fact, was forcing Berman out.

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Berman’s firing was Barr’s doing, not his, Trump insisted to reporters as he left the White House for a rally in Tulsa.

“That’s all up to the Attorney General,” the president said.

“That’s his department, not my department. I’m not involved.”

Also unclear Saturday was whether Berman would leave his post without a court fight.

Berman on Friday night had promised in a statement that he would not resign until “a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate.”

Preet Bharara, the last U.S. Attorney in Manhattan to be fired — by Trump — noted on Twitter that the Justice Departent’s own Office of Legal Councel has ruled that only the president can fire Berman.

“Wrinkle,” Bharara tweeted of Trump’s disowning of Berman’s ouster.

Barr’s letter to Berman concludes by promising that all ongoing investigations and prosecutions in the Southern District of New York will continue as before, “pursuant to the [Justice] Department’s applicable standards, policies and guidance.”

Deputy U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss will step up as acting US Attorney, Barr wrote, “until a permanent successor is in place.”


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