Several international human rights groups sent a letter to the UNHCR on Monday, asking them to reject a move by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, and Egypt to have the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar removed from the 'A' rating of the International Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions list. "As human rights organisations, we call upon your esteemed office to reject this complaint, we also hope that you will call on the four countries, through their permanent representatives at the UN headquarters in Geneva, to stop harassment on human rights defenders, and work to upgrade their national bodies, so as to work efficiently to defend the human and his rights, in accordance with international
In the first six weeks since he began representing President Trump, Jay Sekulow went on television so much on the president's behalf that Axios dubbed him Trump's "TV Lawyer." But lately, Sekulow's TV strategy has been to avoid questions about Trump and instead to use Fox News, and particularly Sean Hannity, to raise awareness for his campaign against the Obama Justice Department. The strategy is right out of the Trump playbook, and likely one that pleases the president. Instead of playing defense, Sekulow is playing offense. Instead of meeting the media on its terms, he is talking to reliable boosters. And the icing on the cake: he is drawing attention -- and, likely, dollars -- to his business.
One of President Trump's favorite news sources is calling him out for failing to condemn white supremacists. The New York Post laid into Trump on Monday in an editorial titled "Trump badly missed the mark on Charlottesville." White nationalists and counter-protesters clashed there on Saturday, and a woman was killed when a car plowed into a crowd. Trump condemned the "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides." "Really: That was it," the Post's editorial board wrote. "It shouldn't be that hard to summon up a few Trumpian terms like 'losers' and 'really, really bad people' to describe the hundreds of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white supremacists and the like who
A childhood friend of Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett is developing a hospital garden in his honour. Syd's Garden will be "laced with little clues" about the singer, according to Stephen Pyle. Designed as a restful area for patients and staff, it will open in the grounds of Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in 2018. Barrett, a founder member of Pink Floyd, died in 2006 after living locally as a semi-recluse. The garden has been designed by sculptor Mr Pyle and Paul Herrington, a garden designer. Their charity, Art Garden Health, creates and maintains green spaces for NHS hospitals at no public cost. Addenbrooke's offered them a plot a year ago - and fundraising got under way. Mr Pyle knew Barrett
"Hamilton," which blends hip hop and other musical styles to recount the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, has been the toughest ticket on Broadway since late 2015. The musical by composer-star Lin-Manuel Miranda (second from right) won 11 Tonys, including best musical, and has become a genuine phenomenon. It follows in a long tradition of hugely popular Broadway shows. Click through to see others.
Maternity services at a health trust at the centre of a baby deaths inquiry must improve, inspectors have said. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in April. A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report said overall care had got better but safety in maternity services "needed further improvement". The trust said challenges needed to be resolved and it wanted to work more closely with GPs. Inspectors visited the trust's Princess Royal Hospital, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and its five midwife led maternity units, in December and January to check whether improvements had been made following its previous inspection in October 2014. They
(CNN)Chris Pratt has made his first public appearance since the actor and wife Anna Faris announced they were separating. Pratt accepted an award for his performance in "Guardians of the Galaxy" during Sunday's Teen Choice Awards, one week after fans were surprised to learn he and Faris were splitting. During his acceptance speech, Pratt talked about moving to Hollywood from Hawaii when he was first starting out in the industry. Pratt told him yes, he did.