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
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
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.
Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. An exhibition is coming to the UK that will focus on the King's later touring years, including more than 40 of his trademark jumpsuits. Philip Norman, a music journalist and the creator of the musical This is Elvis: Viva Las Vegas, reflects on the later period of the performer's career.
"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
Silent Witness actress Liz Carr has said being attacked by a man with scissors was "very frightening" but that she was "relatively unscathed". Carr, who plays forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery, was with her personal assistant when the assault happened near London's Euston station. A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act, police said. "Thanks to everyone who has sent their love and good wishes following last week's stabbing," Carr said. "Just to reassure you that whilst it was very frightening at the time, I came out of it relatively unscathed and was even back home later that night. "Looking forward to returning to filming on Silent Witness next week where thankfully all the violence