Four big drug firms agree to $260m opioid payout hours before trial set to begin

Teva and three drug distributors confirm last-minute settlement before Ohio trial in which they were to be accused of profiting from addiction and death Four major pharmaceutical companies agreed to a multimillion-dollar payout over the US opioid epidemic on Monday, hours before a landmark federal trial in which they were facing accusations of a conspiracy to profit from addiction and death. Teva Pharmaceuticals, the largest manufacturer of generic drugs in the world, and three drug distributors, among the biggest corporations in America, are to pay a total of $260m to settle the first of thousands of lawsuits by communities across the US which accuse the industry of creating an epidemic that that has claimed more than 400,000 lives over the …

Silver defends NBA employees’ right to free speech as China cancels broadcasts

The NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, is scrambling to appease sponsors and broadcasters in China while still preserving the leagues progressive image The NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Moreys since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after Chinas state broadcaster canceled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that country later this week. Silver, speaking on Tuesday at a news conference in Tokyo before a preseason game between the Rockets and the Toronto Raptors, went as far as to say that he and the league are apologetic that so many Chinese officials and fans were upset by Moreys tweet but insisted that the executive …

Richard Gere and Matteo Salvini clash over migrant crisis

Row follows US actor urging Italian government to stop demonising asylum seekers Italys far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, has clashed with Richard Gere over the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, suggesting the Hollywood star should house himself those stranded on rescue ships after the US actor urged the Italian government to stop demonising asylum seekers. Gere who is currently on the island of Lampedusa, Sicily, after a visit onboard Italy without permission could face fines of up to 50,000 (47,000). The new bill, which has been described by aid groups as a declaration of war against the NGOs who are saving lives at sea, aims to put an end to aid groups rescue missions in the central Mediterranean. Meanwhile, …

The response to DRCs Ebola crisis isnt working. Heres what we need to do | David Miliband

War in the country is hampering relief efforts. But we can take positive action, says David Miliband, CEO of International Rescue Committee It is almost a year since an more than 2,300 confirmed cases and 1,500 dead. But the DRC outbreak isnt just notable because of its length and death toll. This is the first Ebola crisis in an more than 5 million people, driven more than 4 million people 2014 174 attacks this year on Ebola workers by local actors suspicious of anyone with ties to the central government. It brings delicate negotiations with local politicians, community leaders and more than 50 armed groups operating in the area. It brings new imperatives, including operating in a neutral and impartial …

Germany says it will stand in ‘full solidarity’ with Ireland over Brexit

German president echoes Angela Merkel in saying the backstop will not be revisited Germany will stand fully in solidarity with Ireland over Brexit, the countrys president has said, and look to underpin rather than undermine the peace process that has kept the border with Northern Ireland invisible in the past 20 years Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Irelands president, Michael Higgins, on a visit to Berlin that Germany stands firmly by Irelands side, raising questions about Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnsons optimism that the Irish border backstop can be revisited. Politically and economically, Ireland is more directly affected by Brexit than any other EU member state. For this reason, too, your country has our full solidarity. We have reiterated this pledge in …

Libyan government forces capture key town from warlord

Strategically significant victory in Gharyan puts pressure on General Haftars backers Egypt and UAE Forces loyal to Libyas UN-recognised Government of National Accord say they have captured a strategic town from General Khalifa Haftar, the warlord mounting a deadly siege of the capital, Tripoli. GNA forces were shown on social media celebrating in Gharyan, a town 50 miles south of Tripoli that served as a supply line for Haftar. The GNAs air force chased convoys of soldiers from Haftars Libyan National Army (LNA) leaving the city, and inflicted further casualties. Although frontlines have swung back and forth in Libya, Haftars forces appeared to acknowledge a reverse, reacting angrily and claiming a counter-attack was already under way. The LNA reverse, if …

Kim Kardashian Wests Kimono shapewear touches nerve in Japan

Twitter users accuse reality star of cultural appropriation with new underwear line The American television star West has caused controversy in Japan by naming her new line of shapewear Kimono, prompting some to accuse her of disrespecting the traditional outfit. The reality TV star and trainee lawyer unveiled her new Kimono line on Instagram, describing it as a collection of skin tone-colored shapewear and stating she had been working for a year on underwear that she claims offers solutions for women that actually work. The announcement received mixed reactions, with some offering their criticism on Twitter at

Nicaragua frees more than 100 political prisoners under new amnesty law

Prisoners jailed for their role in anti-government protests were released Monday and Tuesday, including journalists and activists a year of anti-government protests while also protecting police and others who violently clamped down on the demonstrations. Fifty-six people arrested since the protests began were freed on Tuesday, a day after 50 others were released, bringing the number behind bars to around 80, down from hundreds previously. Those released on Tuesday included the campesino leaders Medardo Mairena and Pedro Mena, and the student leader Edwin Carcache. Miguel Mora and Luca Pineda Ubau, the director and the spokeswoman for the 100% Noticias television channel which was shut down by authorities in December, were also freed. Neighbors and friends gathered to receive the newly …

India: six guilty of child rape and murder that outraged nation

Eight-year-old girl was drugged, held captive, sexually assaulted and beaten to death An Indian court has convicted six men of involvement in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indias Jammu and Kashmir state last year, in a case that sparked outrage and criticism of the countrys ruling party after some of its members opposed charges being laid. The girl, from a nomadic Muslim community that roams the forests of Kashmir, was drugged, held captive in a temple and sexually assaulted for a week before being strangled and battered to death with a stone in January 2018. The abduction, rape and killing of the child was part of a plan to remove the minority nomadic community from …

Edi Rama, Albania’s unconventional PM who wants to escape the ‘curse of history’

The artist and ex-basketball player faces an uphill battle to put Albania on the path to EU membership Albanias prime minister, Edi Rama, wants to be the man who puts his country on the path to European Union membership, but he is facing two major problems. In Europe, enlargement-fatigued leaders are playing hardball, wary of accepting new potential members at a time of rising populist and Euro-pessimist sentiment, while at home Rama is facing weekly demonstrations against his rule, from an opposition that is also pro-EU but accuses his government of corruption and links to organised crime, and is demanding early elections. In an interview at his office in central Tirana last week, Rama said that for Albania, joining the …

Former baseball star David Ortiz wounded in Dominican Republic shooting

Former Boston Red Sox slugger was at an entertainment centre when the shooting took place Former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz has been shot and wounded in the Dominican Republic. His father Leo Ortiz told ESPN that he was shot while at an entertainment centre in Santo Domingo on Sunday. They called to tell me that David is injured and that they took him to a medical centre, but they did not tell me how he is or exactly where he was transferred, Leo Ortiz said, adding: At the moment, everything is confusing. Dominican national police director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50pm on Sunday when the …

Trump on UK visit: ‘People had never seen the Queen have a better time’

US president claims he had automatic chemistry with the British monarch The US president, Donald Trump, has boasted about having automatic chemistry with the Queen during his state visit to the UK. Trump, during an interview with Fox News, said people had noticed how well he and the Queen had connected. He said: The meeting with the Queen was incredible. I think I can say I really got to know her because I sat with her many times and we had automatic chemistry, you will understand that feeling. Its a good feeling. But shes a spectacular woman. When asked by the broadcasters Laura Ingraham if he fist-bumped the Queen, Trump said: I did not, but I had a great relationship, …

Oklahoma: family says inmate died of appendicitis as pleas for help were ignored

Lawsuit says Joshua England, 21, made five written requests for medical help only for staff to film his distress The family of a man who died in a Oklahoma prison last year are suing correctional officials and medical staff for allegedly ignoring his repeated pleas for help as he died from untreated appendicitis. Joshua England, an attorney for the family. In 2019, no one should die in prison of appendicitis. If he had been given the most basic medical treatment, Joshua would still be alive today. England was serving a 343-day sentence for Oklahoma overtook Louisiana to have the highest incarceration rate in the US. With more than one in every 100 people in prison, the state has one of …

Last known US slave ship found in Alabama

The Clotilda was found by SEARCH Inc in collaboration with the Alabama Historical Commission The last ship known to smuggle slaves from Africa to the US has been discovered in Alabamas Mobile River, nearly 160 years after it was deliberately sunk, a historical commission has said. The Alabama Historical Commission, in a post on its Facebook page, called the effort to locate the ship, the Clotilda, a year-long scientific investigation.. The Clotilda was discovered by a company called SEARCH Inc in collaboration with the commission and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Historians have documented the Clotilda as the last ship known to bring African captives to the US. It operated in secret, decades after Congress …

China wants us to forget the horrors of Tiananmen as it rewrites its history | Louisa Lim and Ilaria Maria Sala

The state is enforcing a collective amnesia about not only recent political events but those that happened thousands of years ago Remembering the deaths of burden and an Zhang Xianling, said she had once managed to hold a small act of remembrance at the spot where her 19-year-old son, Xinjiang scholars: with one million Uighurs held in retrofits its history into a vision that starts in the stone age and ends with the Communist party, a single continuum that serves to legitimise the current leadership and its narrative of the past, the present and the future. Beijing is not alone in this exercise of left Africa for China earlier than previously assumed. The debates can get arcane and heated for …

Grindr and the ‘new cold war’: why US concerns over the app are dangerous

The Chinese-owned app does pose data risks but wrongly framing such fears can fuel racism and homophobia For years, American leaders claimed that the internet would bring free markets and liberal democracy to China. Today, they are more likely to express worry about how Chinese power and Chinese money are reshaping American tech. Conventional strategic areas, like artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, have received the most scrutiny. But this week the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) target: the popular gay social networking app Grindr. Grindr is based in West Hollywood and boasts more than 27 million users. The Chinese gaming firm Beijing Kunlun Tech Company acquired it over two years, purchasing a 60% stake in January 2016 and …