2019.03.24

News Headlines - 24 March 2019

US-backed forces claim final victory over so-called Islamic State in Syria | Euronews

The so-called Islamic State (IS) has lost its final territorial enclave in the village of Baghuz after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared "total elimination of the so-called caliphate".
The spokesperson for the American backed forces tweeted that the last so-called IS stronghold in Syria, Baghuz, has been freed, declaring the final military victory over the militant group in Syria.

Cabinet coup to ditch Theresa May for emergency PM | The Sunday Times

Theresa May was at the mercy of a full-blown cabinet coup last night as senior ministers moved to oust the prime minister and replace her with her deputy, David Lidington.
In a frantic series of private telephone calls, senior ministers agreed the prime minister must announce she is standing down, warning that she has become a toxic and “erratic” figure whose judgment has “gone haywire”.

Italy home circumcision kills child - BBC News

A five-month-old boy has died after parents performed a circumcision at their home in Italy, officials say... Authorities in the northern Reggio Emilia province have opened an investigation against the parents, who are reported to be of Ghanaian origin.
In a similar case, a two-year-old boy died after a failed circumcision at a migrant centre in Rome in December.

Harvard sued over profiting, use of slave photography

In 1850, a Harvard professor with a twisted theory of white superiority had research photographs taken of two slaves from South Carolina - a father and daughter, stripped to the waist, who stare hauntingly into the camera.
Enlarge ImageA copy of a 1850 daguerreotype of Renty
A copy of a 1850 daguerreotype of RentyAP
Now, 169 years later, a Connecticut woman who believes that the father and daughter, identified only as “Papa Renty” and “Delia,” are her direct ancestors and is suing Harvard to get the photos back.Tamara Lanier, 54, a retired chief probation officer from Norwich, filed suit Wednesday in Massachusetts.

First Indonesia Underground Opens, Making 34-Year Dream Reality - Bloomberg

Indonesia rolled its first train through a new underground rail network in the capital city of Jakarta on Sunday, another step in its struggles to overcome traffic gridlock in one of the busiest cities in Southeast Asia.
President Joko Widodo, who got the project off the ground in 2013, inaugurated the project, making the 34-year-old dream come true.

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