Top news stories for today – September 3, 2016
US economy adds just 151,000 jobs in August
The tally for June was cut from 292,000 to 271,000, and the July gain was bumped up from 255,000 to 275,000. The unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4.9 percent. Analysts said the hiring slowdown was not shocking, as companies cut investments and had trouble finding workers, and that it probably would delay the Federal Reserve’s next rate hike closer to the end of 2016. Marketwatch, Bloomberg, The Week
Melania Trump files lawsuit against Daily Mail
Melania Trump filed a lawsuit against the Daily Mail and the blogger Webster Tarpley on Thursday over articles that she said contained “defamatory statements,” including suggestions that she once worked as a high-end escort before marrying Donald Trump.
Melania is seeking $150 million in damages for the articles, which she said were “attacks on her reputation which discouraged members of the public from having a positive opinion of her.” Charles Harder, best known for representing Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit against Gawker Media, will represent Melania. The Daily Mail has already posted a retraction and an apology, and Tarpley has retracted his post. CNN, BBC, The Week
Uzbekistan to bury its strongman leader
Uzbekistan is preparing to bury President Islam Karimov, one of Asia’s most authoritarian leaders. His death at 78 was confirmed by the government on Friday, six days after he was taken to hospital suffering from a stroke. He ruled for 27 years, and was accused by human rights groups of harshly repressing dissent. Saturday’s funeral comes amid uncertainty over who will succeed him. However, the event in Samarkand, Karimov’s home city – will be overseen by Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev, seen as a potential successor.
A United Nations report has described the use of torture under Mr Karimov as “systematic”. The late leader often justified his strong-arm tactics by highlighting the danger from Islamist militancy in the mainly Muslim country, which borders Afghanistan. Anna Neistat, a senior director of research with Amnesty International, told the BBC the late leader had repressed dissent unchallenged by the international community. “For years and years Karimov was shutting down any type of opposition, throwing in jail anybody who he believed could challenge the regime,” she said.
Uzbekistan has 28.1 million of population, and major religion is Islam. BBC
Obama arrives in China for G-20 Summit
President Barack Obama arrived Saturday afternoon in Hangzhou, China, where he will join other world leaders for the Group of 20 (G-20) summit.
He will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the summit. After the G-20 summit Sunday and Monday, the U.S. leader will travel to Vientiane, Laos, for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and East Asia summits Tuesday through Thursday.
Obama, on his 11th trip to Asia as president, faces a long list of tough issues during the G-20 summit, where leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies are expected to have a robust debate about how best to stimulate the sluggish global economy and push ahead against climate change. VOA
US Presidential election
Anderson Cooper, Chris Wallace to moderate presidential debates: With the first presidential debate just weeks away, the Commission on Presidential Debates revealed Friday the list of moderators for the three scheduled face-offs between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The first debate, slated for Sept. 26, will be hosted by NBC’s Lester Holt. The second debate on Oct. 9, which The Hill described as “town hall-style,” will be hosted by ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Fox News’ Chris Wallace will finish things off by hosting the third debate on Oct. 19. The vice presidential debate will be hosted by CBS News’ Elaine Quijana, and will take place Oct. 4. The Hill
FBI releases notes from Clinton email server: The FBI released documents Friday from its early July interview with Hillary Clinton on her use of a private email server. One section of the documents revealed that “when asked about the email chain containing ‘(C)’ portion markings that the State determined to currently contain confidential information, Clinton stated she did not know what the ‘(C)’ meant at the beginning of the paragraphs and speculated it was referring to paragraphs marked in alphabetical order.” It also revealed that in 2011, Clinton warned all State employees in an email to “avoid conducting State business from personal email accounts due to information security concerns.” FBI Director James Comey has called Clinton’s actions “extremely careless,” but the FBI ruled they were not criminal. The New York Times, The Week
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