Ex-Ecuadorian president confirms Assange meddled in US election from London embassy

Ex-Ecuadorian president confirms Assange meddled in US election from London embassy

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said Tuesday his country was aware that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was interfering in the 2016 US presidential election from the safety of Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he lived under political asylum until this year. “We did notice that he was interfering in the elections and we do not…

Why people with mental illness may face poorer physical health and early death

Why people with mental illness may face poorer physical health and early death

Around the world, people with mental illness die up to 20 years earlier than the general population, and a comprehensive new report suggests that governments and health care providers must do more to stop the deaths. “The disparities in physical health outcomes for people with mental illness are currently regarded as a human rights scandal,”…

Climate change driving growth of California wildfires, study says

Climate change driving growth of California wildfires, study says

Climate change caused the increase in size of wildfires occurring across California in the last 50 years, according to a new study published in this week’s journal Earth’s Future. Since the early 1970s, California wildfires have increased in size by eight times, the study says, and the annual burned area has grown by nearly 500%.…

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

Justice John Paul Stevens, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by Republican President Gerald Ford in 1975 in the wake of Watergate and stepped down almost 35 years later as a leader for the liberal side of the bench, has died. He was 99. Stevens, known as a soft spoken midwesterner with a searing…

Slain Baton Rouge activist exuded a ‘quiet power’ as she enriched her community

Slain Baton Rouge activist exuded a ‘quiet power’ as she enriched her community

When officials in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refused to make black history part of the mandatory school curriculum, Sadie Roberts-Joseph created a museum dedicated to African-American heritage, friends say. Today, the Baton Rouge African-American Museum occupies a four-room building under Interstate 10. It was first named for educator Odell S. Williams, whose paintings of black inventors…

US sanctions four Myanmar military leaders for human rights violations

US sanctions four Myanmar military leaders for human rights violations

The State Department on Tuesday sanctioned four top Myanmar military officials for human rights abuses against the Rohingya population in the country’s northern Rakhine State. In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the officials were responsible “for gross human rights violations,” including extrajudicial killings, during the campaign of violence beginning in August 2017.…

Trump makes 13 false claims in Cabinet meeting

Trump makes 13 false claims in Cabinet meeting

President Donald Trump uttered a rapid series of false claims, at least 13 in all, during his Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. He made another claim for which there is no public evidence, and he offered positive words about an ally’s accusation for which there is no public evidence. Let’s go through the 13 false claims…