Record Number 25 Trans People Killed in US in 2017: Report

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A New York City protest in support of transgender lives.

Over 102 transgender people have been killed in the United States over the past five years according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Some 25 transgender people have been killed so far in the United States this year, a number that breaks annual records, according to several advocacy groups in a report released days prior to Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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A recent report sponsored by Trans People of Color Coalition and the Human Rights Campaign indicates that a total of 102 transgender people have been killed in the United States over the past five years, according to ABC Australia.

“Their killings were committed by lovers, acquaintances, family members, neighbors and strangers,” the report outlined.

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Zimbabwe Ruling Party Replaces Mugabe as Leader with Ousted VP

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Grace Mugabe has been expelled from the ZANU-PF party as well.

Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF has removed President Robert Mugabe as head of the party, replacing him with Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had recently been ousted as the country’s vice president. Mugabe remains the president of the country.

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Grace Mugabe, the president’s wife, as well as Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Ignatius Chombo and Patrick Zhuwao, Mugabe’s nephew, were expelled from the party.

The meeting, held by ZANU-PF’s Central Committee, the highest decision-making body in the party, comes one day after a march of tens of thousands of people, in favor of ousting the long-serving leader. Protesters waved Zimbabwean flags and hoisted placards with slogans like, “Mugabe Must Rest Now,” and “No to a Mugabe Dynasty.”

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50% of World’s Wealth Is Controlled by Wealthy 1%: Report

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"The share of the top 1% has been on an upward path ever since [the crisis], passing the 2000 level in 2013 and achieving new peaks every year thereafter," the annual report said.

Nearly 3.4 billion lower income people reside in developing nations and have less than US$10,000 in income.

Fifty percent of the world’s wealth is controlled by the wealthy 1 percent, according to a new Global Wealth report which sheds light on the stunning wealth inequality.

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The annual report published by Credit Suisse states the wealth gap has widened since the 2008 financial crisis in the U.S. According to the report, the world’s wealthiest people held 42.5 percent of the global wealth at the height of the 2008 financial crisis, compared to the 50.1 percent in 2017.

“The share of the top 1 percent has been on an upward path ever since [the crisis], passing the 2000 level in 2013 and achieving new peaks every year thereafter,” the annual report said. Adding, “global wealth inequality has certainly been high and rising in the post-crisis period.”

“This report highlights the huge gulf between the haves and the have-nots—the world’s richest one percent own more than everyone else combined while the poorest half of the population share less than a penny of every pound of wealth,” Katy Chakrabortty, head of advocacy for Oxfam, said in a statement. 

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Zimbabwe’s Military Denies Coup, Zuma Says Mugabe Is ‘Fine’

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South African President Jacob Zuma is reportedly readying an envoy to mediate the situation.

Opposition Member of Parliament, Eddie Cross, told BBC that First Lady Grace Mugabe may have fled to Namibia.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party is reportedly facing an unprecedented mutiny by the head of the armed forces, as troops take up positions in the capital in an escalation of a dispute with 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

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South African President Jacob Zuma, who is reportedly readying an envoy to mediate the situation, said Mugabe is “fine” and urged for “calm and restraint.”

Zuma, who contacted the embattled Mugabe, said the latter was “confined to his home.” The South African leader also contacted the Zimbabwean Defence Force, ZDF, according to a statement cited by the BBC.

Opposition Member of Parliament, Eddie Cross, told BBC that First Lady Grace Mugabe may have fled to Namibia.

According to earlier reports from the capital, Harare, explosions were heard in the streets as troops and armored military vehicles moved throughout the city.

The U.S. embassy reduced its staff due to the “uncertainty” of the country’s climate.

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Science vs. manipulation in alleged sonic attacks

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In the context of an international forum underway in Havana today, the Cuban Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery rejecting the validity of accusations regarding alleged sonic attacks on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Havana.

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ASEAN Protesters Denounce Imperialism, Burn Trump in Effigy

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The 13-foot Trump effigy that served as a “fascist spinner” before being burnt by protesters in the Philippines.

Chalk outlines of bodies marked the ground, denouncing the thousands of murders conducted in the supposed defense of the war on drugs

Outside the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit, over 2,000 Filipinos protested U.S. President Donald Trump, ending their demonstration burning him in effigy.

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“Ban Trump in the Philippines,” signs read while a “fascist spinner,” an image of Trump stood as the backdrop for the event with his four arms holding a gun, a bag of money, a backhoe, and a nuclear bomb.

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Puerto Rico Independence Leader Oscar Lopez Gets Cuba Solidarity Order.

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Lopez Rivera continues to defend Puerto Rico independence and reject its crippling debt.

Lopez Rivera will receive one of the highest honors given by Cuba.

Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera is set to receive the Order of Solidarity in Cuba from the Cuban State Council at the Jose Marti Memorial in Havana, after decades in U.S. prison for demanding his country’s freedom.

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Lopez Rivera vowed to travel to Cuba to thank its people for their support during the 36 years he spent in prison, a visit he said has become a dream come true.

Upon his arrival in Cuba Sunday, invited by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, the freedom fighter said he intends to enjoy every minute he has with the Cuban people.

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Venezuela Considers Initial Debt Refinancing a Great Success

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Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami presides over the refinancing meeting.

A public statement released by the Venezuelan government confirmed that it intends to fulfill its debt obligations.

The Venezuelan government has called the first steps toward refinancing its foreign debt a resounding success after it released a public statement confirming that the process of refinancing the country’s external debt is aimed at complying with its foreign obligations.

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The document also stated that “despite the attempts made by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, an entity linked to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, to prevent this,” with measures aimed at attacking the Venezuelan economy and hindering the country’s foreign economic commitments, the government intends to fulfill its obligations “regardless of the difficulties we face and malicious intentions of blockades.”

This success did not prevent Standard & Poor from downgrading Venezuela’s debt status Tuesday to SD, or selective default, penalizing the country for what it said was late payment, but at the same time, the ratings agency conceded that overall, Venezuela is still committed to honoring its international debts.

The first meeting between Venezuelan authorities and foreign debt holders on Monday was attended by 414 investors, including U.S., European and British banks.

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Trial run for upcoming elections scheduled.

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To be held on November 19 is a full trial run of the election for delegates to Municipal Assemblies of Peoples Power, which will take place on the 26th of the month

Revolutionary elections in our country are not for electing those who are well known, but rather people of merit, people of quality, capable people, patriotic people, revolutionary people…” Fidel Castro Ruz

To be held on November 19 is a full trial run of the election for delegates to Municipal Assemblies of Peoples Power, which will take place on the 26th of the month.

During this exercise, all procedures, mechanisms, and bodies will be activated to ensure their proper functioning, to avoid problems on Election Day.

Speaking with Granma, Tomás Amarán Díaz, vice president of the National Electoral Commission (CEN), summarized the trial run as a comprehensive test. Activities will begin at 7:00am with the opening of more than 24,300 polling stations across the country.

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