Russia, Iran & Turkey agree to launch Syrian constitution committee by January

Top diplomats from Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to ensure that a 150-strong committee to draft a new Syrian constitution will convene for the first time early next year as they wrapped up a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday. “We have agreed to take efforts aimed at convening the first session of the Syrian […]

China forms video game ethics committee as part of crackdown

China’s freeze on game approvals is winding down, although gamers and developers might not like what the thaw entails. The country has revealed the existence of an Online Game Ethics Committee that will screen games to ensure they’re “healthy and beneficial” and address “social concerns,” among other issues. To put it another way, the panel […]

Council's Olympic committee will be asked to cancel Calgary 2026 bid and plebiscite

A recommendation will be brought forward to Calgary city council's Olympic assessment committee Tuesday to cancel the bid process for the 2026 Winter Olympics as well as the Nov. 13 plebiscite, CBC News has confirmed. The city and federal government were unable to reach a successful conclusion to funding talks on Monday. Coun. Joe Magliocca said if the negotiations […]

Witnesses supporting and doubting Julie Swetnick’s allegations against Brett Kavanaugh submit statements to the Judiciary Committee as the FBI investigation is rumored to be wrapping up

Michael Avenatti via AP Two witnesses have submitted sworn statements regarding Julie Swetnick’s allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge drugged and gang-raped women on multiple occasions in the 1980s.  Dennis Ketterer, a former Emmy-winning meteorologist in DC, said he did not find Swetnick’s allegations against Kavanaugh credible based on […]

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify before House committee over ‘shadow banning’ & bias claims

Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Sept. 5 to testify about the company’s algorithms that have repeatedly raised suspicions of judgment bias and stealth censorship. The panel plans to grill Dorsey about “the complex processes behind the company’s algorithms and content judgment calls,” and expects him […]

Democratic National Committee serves Wikileaks a summons on Twitter

You’ll have to be creative to serve a secretive online organization like Wikileaks whose founder is hiding out in a foreign embassy. It definitely became an issue for the Democratic National Committee, which filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the group for the role it played in the 2016 cyberattack that targeted the political party. […]

UN committee blasts Trump adm. dismal job in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, urges secession vote

Scores of local and foreign activists have called on Washington to end its “colonial occupation” of Puerto Rico, bashing the US President for his lackluster and “insulting” response to last year’s deadly Maria and Irma hurricanes. In its annual resolution on Puerto Rico, the UN Special Committee on Decolonization demanded the US allow its Caribbean […]

'Time for warnings has passed': EU committee demands sanctions against Viktor Orban's Hungary

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee will ask MEPs to vote for Hungary to be sanctioned over alleged violations of the rule of law, just days after Viktor Orban’s decisive re-election. “Time and time again, Viktor Orbán’s government has undermined the independence of the judiciary, freedom of the press and the […]

Report alleges the House Intelligence Committee failed to investigate a stunning number of leads before closing its Russia investigation

J. Scott Applewhite/AP A new report from a Democrat-aligned group lays out the ways in which the House Intelligence Committee failed to conduct a thorough investigation into the President Donald Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia. The committee’s Republican majority voted to release their final report on Thursday, which officially closed their investigation. But the Moscow […]