ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday agreed to dismiss a case against Turkish state lender Halkbank filed by victims of attacks by groups linked to Iran, on the condition that the sides reach an agreement to carry on with the case in Turkey. Halkbank has been at the centre of a major dispute between Ankara and Washington. It was indicted in a separate case in New York in 2019, accused of helping Iran evade American sanctions. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote agreed to dismiss the case brought against Halkbank by 876 plaintiffs who were victims or related to victim of "an overseas terror...
More than 1 million people in Puerto Rico were left in the dark this month after power transmission and distribution for the island was taken over by a private company under a 15-year contract. Much of Puerto Rico lost power after a fire at an electrical substation caused a massive blackout just days after the private U.S. and Canadian company LUMA Energy formally took over management of the island's electric grid from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Many people are still without power or facing ongoing blackouts. "This is a classic example of disaster capitalism," says Arturo Massol-Deyá, executive director of Casa Pueblo, a community-based natural resources conservation and sustainable development group.
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Newly released emails confirmed that former president Donald Trump pushed out Atlanta's top federal prosecutors as part of his effort to overturn his election loss.
White House officials pressured Byung Pak to resign Jan. 4 as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia as the then-president and his allies attempted to involve the Department of Justice in a scheme to discredit Joe Biden's election win, which Trump baselessly claimed was fraudulent, reported the Wall Street Journal.
The resignation came one day after news outlets published a recording of a call between Trump and Georgia's secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, which showed the ousted president pressuring his fellow Republican to "find" enough votes to overturn his loss in that state.
Pak, a lifelong Republican appointed by Trump as U.S. Attorney in 2017, had previously pledged to stay on through Inauguration Day, when the next U.S. attorney general decides whether to keep them on, but cited "unforeseen circumstances" for his sudden resignation.
Principal demoted for ‘slip of the tongue’ use of N-word — and some school board members are furious
A Connecticut school principal will be transferred to another district and demoted as punishment for using a racial slur, but some school board members say that's not enough.
Principal Laura Roblee will leave Brennan-Rodgers Magnet School for another as-yet-undetermined New Haven school and demoted to assistant principal for using the N-word in discussion about "white privilege" during anti-racism training, reported the New Haven Independent.
"She was apparently talking to some teachers and said, 'What if I started saying [N-word] this, [N-word] that?'" said Darnell Goldson, one of two vocal opponents to the reassignment.
Superintendent Ilene Tracey said Roblee deserved a second chance.
"I don't think it is in the best interest of any of us to destroy a person's life over a slip of the tongue or something said in private to someone else," Tracey said. "People are treating me as if I'm not a Black superintendent. Don't you believe I also have feelings when people say something about Black people?"
But Goldson and fellow board member Tamiko Jackson-McArthur argued the issue was deserving of more than an apology.
"I don't agree with keeping this hush-hush," Jackson-McArthur said. "Black people have been conditioned to take things and say, 'Oh it's okay, that person didn't mean it.' Anybody leading a school is old enough to understand what they are saying."
"I believe in restoration, second chances and forgiveness," Goldson added. "I'm a Catholic. But I haven't heard or seen any mea culpa — any admission of guilt or request for forgiveness. This is not just about the two or three people the slur was made to. It's about all of the parents and students in school affected by that language and the employees in the district affected by the slur."
The board voted 4-3 to transfer and demote Roblee starting July 1.
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