Mali junta opens talks on power handover
Mali’s military junta began talks with opposition groups on Saturday on its promise to hand power back to civilians, after mounting pressure from neighbouring countries in the weeks since it overthrew the nation’s leader.
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At Least 4 Boats Sink During Disastrous Trump Parade in Texas
A parade of boats near Austin, Texas meant to honor President Donald Trump ended in disarray Saturday afternoon as at least four watercraft sank and boaters continually rang local authorities in distress. > Trump supporters on Lake Travis, Texas. What a site to see at least three to four hundred boats. See if it make news today! pic.twitter.com/2K1uJ8Ln3i>> — Linda Hawthorne (@l_hawth67) September 5, 2020With temperatures at 90 degrees and helicopters buzzing overhead, the Lake Travis Trump Boat Parade, as the event was known on Facebook, began at noon. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office received its first call for help related to the event at 12:15, spokesperson Kristen Dark told The Daily Beast. The sheriff’s office responded to similar calls for the nearly two-hour duration of the demonstration, according to Dark. “We’ve responded to multiple calls of boaters in distress, and some of the craft did sink,” Dark said. Captain Christa Stedman of Travis County Emergency Medical Services said at least four boats had been reported swamped, though, she said, “That might be on the low side.” The sheriff’s office said the final count of vessels that sunk might increase, as deputies were still occupied responding to various emergencies more hours after the parade concluded.> Swamped boat near Emerald Point as hundreds of boats parade for President Donald Trump, at least three craft swamped with no injuries reported statesman @bobphoto pic.twitter.com/eY3yyAXvyp>> — bobphoto (@bobphoto) September 5, 2020As for how many boats participated, Dark simply said, “a lot.” The calls to 911 were not localized to one section of the parade route but came from all along its course.No fatalities have been recorded, and Stedman said EMS had not received reports of serious injury.> HAPPENING NOW: Supporters of President @realDonaldTrump are gathered for a “Trump Boat Rally” on LakeTravis. The first photo was taken by KVUE viewer Tricia from Lakeway and the second by KVUE’s @ToriLarnedtv, who will have the story tonight. MORE: https://t.co/3LdLJJx3sS pic.twitter.com/89avRlrZ1E>> — KVUE News (@KVUE) September 5, 2020Impromptu boat parades in honor of the commander-in-chief have sprung up multiple times this summer, with several happening in Florida, New Hampshire, California and New York. Trump has said he appreciates the support, referring to the paraders as “our beautiful boaters” in speeches and tweets. A Facebook page for Saturday’s event promised four skydivers as a pre-parade display, two military veterans and one amputee. It came as Trump is mired in a scandal over reports that he disparaged dead U.S. military soldiers as “losers” and “suckers” and expressed special disgust at the prospect of amputee veterans appearing in a military parade.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Israelis protest against PM as coronavirus infections spike
Thousands of Israelis gathered outside the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem on Saturday despite record levels of coronavirus infections, calling on Benjamin Netanyahu to resign because he is on trial for corruption charges. The death toll has surpassed 1,000 and the country is mulling a new lockdown to stop the rapid spike in daily infections. Israel currently has over 26,000 active COVID-19 patients.
Trump to campaign in Florida, N.C. battlegrounds on Tuesday
President Donald Trump will highlight his environmental agenda as he campaigns in the battleground states of Florida and North Carolina on Tuesday. The White House says Trump will stop in Jupiter, Florida, on Tuesday to remind voters there of his conservation and environmental protection efforts in the Everglades region. For the federal budget year beginning Oct. 1, the White House said, Trump asked Congress for $250 million in annual funding to accelerate construction of infrastructure for the Everglades as part of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration.
Lawyer of accused Kenosha shooter resigns from defense fund
A lawyer representing a 17-year-old charged with shooting three people during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has resigned from his position with a defense fund that has raked in more than $700,000 to defend his client and conservative causes. Attorney John Pierce is defending Kyle Rittenhouse against intentional homicide charges for shooting two people to death and wounding a third during a night of unrest last month over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down. Pierce said he resigned from the #FightBack Foundation fund, which has raised money to defend Rittenhouse, to avoid any “appearance of conflict,” USA Today reported.