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Nepal for early solution to boundary dispute, India talks development


Sandeep Dikshit

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 15

Nepal said it discussed the boundary dispute with India at the Foreign Ministers’ meeting on Friday under the rubric of the sixth India-Nepal joint commission. The issue found no mention in the Indian read-out of the meeting chaired by Foreign Ministers S Jaishankar and Pradeep Gyawali, respectively.

The Nepalese Foreign office’s assertion did not find a mention in the Indian statement about the joint commission’s proceedings. Rather, it suggested that both sides had kept aside their political differences to focus on bilateral cooperation, including a railway line to Kathmandu, a second oil pipeline, another integrated check-post and funding of two more cultural heritage projects in Nepal.

But the Nepalese Foreign office said not just the boundary issue, but another political matter of revising the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950 was also discussed.

On Thursday, on being asked if the boundary issue would be discussed, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava had said, “Let me say that the Joint Commission meeting and boundary talks are separate mechanisms.”

Later, Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali publicly underlined both the political issues. “We should sincerely attend to the issues that we have inherited from the past, address them appropriately and creatively work out the agendas for future,” he said, hinting at the unresolved boundary issue. On a review of the treaty, he said the Eminent Persons’ Group had done its work to review the entire spectrum of Nepal-India relations and “it is our job is to receive their report and implement it”.

Both sides discussed connectivity, economy and trade, power, oil and gas, water resources, and political and security issues.

Revising peace and Friendship treaty

The Nepalese Foreign office said not just the boundary issue, but another political matter of revising the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950 was also discussed at the Foreign Ministers’ meeting.





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Donald Trump splits Georgia Republicans with bid to dispute election

The Devil went down to Georgia                                                                                              He was lookin’ for a soul to steal                                                                                              He was in a bind ’cause he was way behind                                                                        And he was willin’ to make a deal                                                                                                – The Charlie Daniels Band: The Devil Went Down to Georgia (1979)

As Georgians go to the polls on Tuesday to decide who runs the United States Senate for the next two years — and the reality of whether Joe Biden’s presidency has a chance of being effective — the party that has held sway in the state for decades is in turmoil.

President Donald Trump’s insistence that he won the state that he actually lost in November’s General Election by nearly 12,000 votes — and his Sunday night phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — has split Republicans down the middle.

And despite its national importance, whether the GOP manages to hold on to the two Senate seats or lose them to the Democrats has now become something of a sideshow.

Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp, previously Trump loyalists, have taken the high road and refused to bow to the president’s demands to manipulate the electorate to give him victory.

But others in the party are fighting one last battle — either to please Trump or to advance their own future electoral chances in a party whose rank and file remains fiercely behind the man who, almost certainly will still hold sway even after he has left the Oval Office.

President Donald Trump’s insistence that he won Georgia in November’s General Election by nearly 12,000 votes has split Republicans down the middle

Raphael Warnock

Jon Ossoff

Republican incumbent Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are running against Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively

Hundreds of thousands of Georgians are expected to vote on Tuesday before the polls close at 7:00 p.m. – after a record-shattering 3 million already voted in the runoff elections early by mail or in-person

Hundreds of thousands of Georgians are expected to vote on Tuesday before the polls close at 7:00 p.m. – after a record-shattering 3 million already voted in the runoff elections early by mail or in-person

‘There’s definitely a civil war, if you will, brewing in the Republican Party, but not just in Georgia,’ Heath Garrett, a Republican strategist who was top aide to former Georgia senator Johnny Isakson, told NPR. 

‘It’s [over] what does a post Trump presidency look like? And can we bring it back together?’

And in Georgia, with its fast-changing demographics that has turned the state purple after four decades of being reliably Republican, these are the men and women who will have to decide the path to turning it back to red in the next few years

Gov. Brian Kemp

Kemp’s election in 2018 was the first sign that The Peach State could go Democrat. He beat Stacey Abrams by just 55,000 votes. Four years earlier his predecessor Nathan Deal had won by more than 200,000. 

At the time he was Secretary of State, and so was the officer in charge of the vote, but he refused to resign, leading to claims from Abrams’s camp that the election was rigged when 300,000 people were flagged as ineligible. 

But this time round, Kemp, 57, has stood firmly against accusations of irregularity, prompting Trump to denounce him.

Kemp's election in 2018 was the first sign that The Peach State could go Democrat. He beat Stacey Abrams by just 55,000 votes

Kemp’s election in 2018 was the first sign that The Peach State could go Democrat. He beat Stacey Abrams by just 55,000 votes

‘Like a schmuck, I endorsed him and he got elected, but I will tell you, he is a disaster,’ Trump said of Kemp during Sunday’s hour-long call to Raffensperger. ‘I can’t imagine he’s ever getting elected again, I’ll tell you that much.’

Previously Trump attacked Kemp for ‘doing nothing’ to help him overturn the vote in Georgia. In response, Kemp said moves to appoint a Republican slate of electors would be ‘unconstitutional.’

Kemp faces re-election in 2022 and is bound to face a Republican challenge, most likely from former Congressman Doug Collins. A poll released this week showed that Collins would win a primary by 52%-32% with 16% undecided.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

Raffensperger, 65, thrust himself into the nation’s consciousness with the release of the tape of his conversation with Trump, in which he said little except one memorable line. ‘Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.’ 

Raffensperger, 65, thrust himself into the nation's consciousness with the release of the tape of his conversation with Trump

Raffensperger, 65, thrust himself into the nation’s consciousness with the release of the tape of his conversation with Trump

With few Republicans willing to take such a stand against Trump even if the president’s claims are clearly false, Raffensperger could be seen as a standard-bearer for the Never-Trump wing of the party.

But the father-of-three hasn’t always been a hero to those fighting for electoral rights. He initially pushed for ballots to be mailed to all registered voters due to the Covid pandemic but failed to follow through, saying the cost would be too high.

‘Lionizing Brad Raffensperger’s a bit wrong-headed,’ Abrams told Stephen Colbert. ‘This man is not defending the right of voters. He’s defending an election that he ran.’

Now his political fortunes depend on whether Trump fades from the spotlight in his post-presidential era or, as seems likely, he remains a force to be reckoned with.

Either way, Raffensperger doesn’t really need the headaches. The father-of-three made a $26 million fortune as CEO of Tendon Systems before entering political life when he joined the city council in Johns Creek, a suburb of Atlanta in 2012. Since then, his ascent has been rapid, but his fall could be even more steep.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler

Loeffler is the richest member of Congress by a country mile. Her $500 million fortune is double that of Florida’s Rick Scott, the next richest senator.

Kemp controversially appointed her a year ago after Isakson stood down because of ill health. Trump had pushed for Collins to get the seat but the governor had the final say.

Since her appointment Loeffler, 50, has committed herself to supporting the president, touting her ‘100% Trump voting record’ during her campaign to win the seat in an election.

Kelly Loeffler is the richest member of Congress by a country mile. Her $500 million fortune is double that of Florida's Rick Scott, the next richest senator

Kelly Loeffler is the richest member of Congress by a country mile. Her $500 million fortune is double that of Florida’s Rick Scott, the next richest senator

She has claimed — without offering any proof — that there were ‘failures’ in the electoral process in Georgia and signed on to a lawsuit that claimed that hundreds of voters had already voted in Senate elections in other states and therefore should be banned from Tuesday’s run-off election.

She has also said she will join 12 other senators in objecting to the certification of the election result when it is presented to the full Senate and House on Wednesday.

Now her fate is in the hands of Georgia’s voters. She was handily defeated by Democrat Raphael Warnock in the original election in November 33%-26%, but that vote was muddied by 18 other candidates— including her nemesis Collins, who won 20% of the vote.

If she loses Tuesday’s run-off, it is hard to see a political future for Loeffler. If she wins she will have to face re-election in just two years’ time.

Former Sen. David Perdue

Unlike Loeffler, Perdue left the Senate — at least temporarily — on Sunday when his term was up and a new Senate installed. Loeffler stays on until a replacement is seated because she was appointed.

So Perdue is not in the difficult position of having to decide whether to accept the result of the election or vote with the dissenters when Congress meets on Wednesday — even though he has said he would have sided with the Trump loyalists led by Sens Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley.

Perdue, 71, was originally elected to the Senate in 2014 and has been a loyal Trump supporter. The former Dollar General CEO originally opposed the president’s positions on tariffs but was won round.

Perdue joined Monday night's rally remotely to address the crowd at one point. He is still quarantining at his home after contracting coroanvirus

Perdue joined Monday night’s rally remotely to address the crowd at one point. He is still quarantining at his home after contracting coroanvirus

Perdue was at the White House in 2018 when Trump allegedly called El Salvador, Haiti and a number of African nations ‘s***hole countries.’ He initially said he didn’t recall Trump making the statement, then later said he definitely did not. But White House officials told the Washington Post that that was because Perdue thought Trump had used the word ‘s***house’ not ‘s***hole.’

Both he and Loeffler have been involved in scandals involving alleged insider trading with claims that they traded stock after being briefed on the potential seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic. Perdue sold stock for $825,000 and bought others for $1.8 million including in companies that make personal protective equipment — in a series of 112 deals.

On Tuesday he faces Democrat Jon Ossoff in the run-off election. He won by a razor-thin majority — less than two percentage points — in November, but fell an agonizing 13,947 votes short of getting 50% of the vote and winning outright.

A win gives Perdue another six years in the Senate. A loss condemns him to political purgatory.

Former Rep. Doug Collins

No-one stands to win more from the turmoil surrounding the Georgia Republican Party than Doug Collins, who resigned from Congress last year so he could take on Loeffler for the Senate seat.

He lost, but is a favorite of Trump, who urged Kemp to appoint him rather than Loeffler to the seat when it became vacant.

Now Collins, 54, is expected to take on Kemp in 2022 in a fight for the governorship, and as Trump continues to call out the governor he is currently favored to win.

Collins is unapologetically right-wing and outspoken. Just hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September he tweeted: ‘RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws. With @realDonaldTrump nominating a replacement that values human life, generations of unborn children have a chance to live.’

No-one stands to win more from the turmoil surrounding the Georgia Republican Party than Doug Collins, who resigned from Congress last year so he could take on Loeffler for the Senate seat

No-one stands to win more from the turmoil surrounding the Georgia Republican Party than Doug Collins, who resigned from Congress last year so he could take on Loeffler for the Senate seat

In his race against Loeffler he recruited Trump ally Roger Stone to campaign with him as the two candidates tried to outdo each other in their fealty to the president. He attacked Loeffler, claiming she donated money to ‘abortion-on-demand Democrats.’

But as the special elections drew closer, he has thrown his weight behind the Republican candidates. ‘You have Jon Ossoff, who’s a trust-fund socialist. You have Raphael Warnock, who is a pastor who believes that abortion is OK. There’s just things that are really contradictory to conservative lifestyle in Georgia.

‘Not voting is letting the Democrats win this argument… We’ve got to make sure our voters turn out.’

Gabriel Sterling

Sterling, the Chief Operating Officer in Raffensperger’s office could have remained an obscure cog in the state’s governmental machine, but instead has been outspoken in attacking Trump’s claims of irregularities in the election.

It was as his role as voting implementation manager that he first came to public attention in a press conference in December when he accused the president of stoking death threats against his boss. ‘It’s all gone too far,’ he said.

Gabriel Sterling, the Chief Operating Officer in Raffensperger's office, has been outspoken in attacking Trump's claims of irregularities in the election

Gabriel Sterling, the Chief Operating Officer in Raffensperger’s office, has been outspoken in attacking Trump’s claims of irregularities in the election

Since then, he has fired an election director in Georgia’s Floyd County for not counting 2,600 votes and then on Monday set out in a detailed point-by-point takedown of all the ways Trump’s accusations were wrong.

For Sterling, 50, it has been a sudden leap into the spotlight — complete with its own death threats to him.

Sterling, a lifelong Republican, was previously on the city council in Sandy Springs. He campaigned for a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives and ran a failed bid for chair of Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

He is now said to be eyeing a run for mayor of Sandy Springs.

Former council colleague Chip Collins told Reporter Newspapers: ‘You can believe every word that comes out of Gabe Sterling’s mouth. He’s everything that you want in a public servant. He’s in it for the right reasons. And he loves digging into the granular details.’

Now it is to be seen if his sudden fame can rocket him to higher office or whether his criticism of Trump holds him back.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

To many, Greene has become the new face of Georgia Republicans as the first open supporter of the fringe QAnon group to win a seat in Washington.

Marjorie Taylor Greene has become the new face of Georgia Republicans as the first open supporter of the fringe QAnon group to win a seat in Washington

Marjorie Taylor Greene has become the new face of Georgia Republicans as the first open supporter of the fringe QAnon group to win a seat in Washington

Her victory in the rock-ribbed red 14th District in the extreme north-west of the state was assured when she won the primary in August after incumbent Tom Graves announced he was standing down. She was unopposed in the General Election

She fought the primary with the slogan ‘Save America, Stop Socialism’ and posted a Facebook video of her holding an AR-15 warning ‘antifa terrorists’ to ‘stay the hell out of North-west Georgia.’

Her theatrics continued on Sunday when she got into a screaming match with Democratic staffers for refusing to wear a mask, something she has called ‘Democrat tyrannical control’ — but then posed for a picture wearing one emblazoned with the statement ‘Trump Won.’

She got into a Twitter fight with leftist Democrat Ilhan Omar after the Minnesota congresswoman had attacked Loeffler. ‘Back Down. You married your brother, so you’re disqualified from running your mouth,’ Greene tweeted.

Greene, 46, supports criminalizing abortion and says she intends to continue to pull the Republican Party to the right — and could become the new standard-bearer for the most extreme elements of the party.

Or the former gym owner could just as easily flare up and burn out. Only time will tell.

GOP State Chairman David Shafer

Trump loyalist Shafer was thought to be a shoo-in for Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor in 2018 after easily winning the primary, but his campaign was derailed when an old fling who had turned lobbyist accused him of making sexually harassing comments. 

He vehemently denied the claim and an ethics investigation cleared him, but the damage was done and he lost the election by 50.1%-49.9%

The following year he was elected party chairman in the state and under his leadership it filed a lawsuit to prevent the certification of election results — which like virtually all similar lawsuits throughout the country was thrown out.

Shafer, 55, has staunchly taken Trump’s side during the battle over certification. He called the tape ‘mind-boggling’ but slammed Raffensperger for leaking it, rather than criticizing the president for what he said. 

David Shafer, 55, has staunchly taken Trump’s side during the battle over certification

David Shafer, 55, has staunchly taken Trump’s side during the battle over certification

After the Washington Post posted snippets online, Shafer claimed the prime reason Trump had called was to discuss settling litigation and it was therefore ‘confidential under federal and state law.’

However, once the entire hour-long call was posted, it was clear that no pending litigation was mentioned. Shafer has not issued any further statement.

Shafer was a state senator from 2002 to 2019 and even before 2018 had his eye on becoming lieutenant governor. He was favored for the job 10 years earlier when then-office holder Casey Cagle said he would run for governor. 

But then Cagle was found to have a debilitating back problem and decided the number two job would be better for his health and Shafer was forced to pull out.

Now his future prospects rest on how popular Trump remains after he leaves Washington.

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Man stabbed in Dubai car park dispute; three arrested

Dubai: A group of Afghani men has been sentenced to two years in jail for assaulting and causing permanent disability to an Emirati man over a car parking dispute.

The Dubai Court of First Instance heard that the 37-year-old Emirati man was with his brother in a parking lot at Naif when a dispute took place between them and four Afghani men over a car parking slot. “One of them hit me on the head with a rock. A second sat on my chest after knocking me on the ground and assaulted me with a fire extinguisher,” the Emirati victim said in official records. “I didn’t notice that a screwdriver was poked into my heart and I fell unconscious.”

A policeman who responded to the emergency call testified that the defendants admitted to attacking the victim. “The victim was talking normally with us when we arrived but all of the sudden, he fell on the ground. He was stabbed with a screwdriver that was hanging from his body,” the policeman said in official records.

Surveillance cameras revealed that the victim was trying to speak to the defendant first before the fight started.

Three defendants were arrested while the fourth remains at large. The medical report said that the victim was assaulted and stabbed severely. He will suffer 15 per cent permanent disability due to the injuries.

The court ordered that the defendants be deported after serving their jail term.

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How Nashville suicide bomber Anthony Warner was sued by his own mom in property dispute

Anthony Warner, 63, was named by the FBI on Sunday as the Nashville Christmas bomber

Nashville bomber Anthony Quinn Warner was involved in an ugly dispute over property that became so bitter that he was sued by his own mom, DailyMail.com can reveal.

Warner, 63, was named by the FBI on Sunday as the lone suspect in the Christmas Day bombing outside an AT&T building, after DNA showed he perished in the attack carried out with an RV rigged to explode. 

According to Davidson County court records, Warner’s 62-year-old brother, Steven Warner, died in September 2018, without leaving a will.

Their mother, Betty Christine Lane, who divorced father Charles B. ‘Popeye’ Warner years before his 2011 death, argued that the former family home, which had passed from Charles to Steven, should then legally belong to her.

Betty Christine Lane, the mother of Nashville bomber Anthony Warner, was seen on Sunday for the first time since the Christmas Day attack. She sued him in 2019 over a property dispute

Betty Christine Lane, the mother of Nashville bomber Anthony Warner, was seen on Sunday for the first time since the Christmas Day attack. She sued him in 2019 over a property dispute

Lane broke cover to take out the garbage

She lives in the home that son Anthony tried to claim possession of after the deaths of his father and brother

Lane, who broke cover to take out the garbage, lives in the home that son Anthony Warner tried to claim possession of after the deaths of his father and brother

Anthony Warner claimed possession of the family home where his mother lives (above) in 2018 and then transferred the deed to California woman Michelle Swing, who ended the dispute by transferring ownership back to his elderly mother Christine Lane

Anthony Warner claimed possession of the family home where his mother lives (above) in 2018 and then transferred the deed to California woman Michelle Swing, who ended the dispute by transferring ownership back to his elderly mother Christine Lane  

But Lane says in her lawsuit that Anthony, acting as ‘attorney-in-fact’ fraudulently claimed the $250,000 home for himself in an August 2018 quitclaim deed transfer.

Lifelong bachelor Anthony then mysteriously gave the home to a 29-year-old, Los Angeles-based woman named Michelle Swing, whose mother he was reportedly in a relationship with in the past.

The bomber's father Charles B. 'Popeye' Warner (above) died in 2011

The bomber’s father Charles B. ‘Popeye’ Warner (above) died in 2011

The mother-son suit appeared to have been resolved by November of this year, however, after Swing used the same transfer process to give the three-bed, single story property back to Lane, who is still residing there today.

When DailyMail.com asked the 85-year-old Lane on Sunday about her son Anthony Warner she said she could ‘not talk about it’.

The retiree also posted signs in her yard warning she would call the cops if anyone trespassed on her driveway.

On Sunday afternoon, Lane was being comforted by her 59-year-old daughter Teresa Wardrop, who told DailyMail.com: ‘We are not going to speak to you.’

Lane’s February 2019 lawsuit says the rift began when Anthony took it upon himself to administer Steven’s affairs after he died without a will.

Michelle Swing, 29, was given two homes by Warner, who reportedly once courted her mother

Swing now lives in California

Lifelong bachelor Anthony mysteriously gave his family’s home to 29-year-old, Los Angeles-based woman Michelle Swing (above), whose mother he reportedly once courted

When DailyMail.com asked the 85-year-old Lane on Sunday about her son Anthony Warner she said she could ‘not talk about it’

When DailyMail.com asked the 85-year-old Lane on Sunday about her son Anthony Warner she said she could ‘not talk about it’

When DailyMail.com asked the 85-year-old Lane on Sunday about her son Anthony Warner she said she could ‘not talk about it’

The retiree also posted signs in her yard warning she would call the cops if anyone trespassed on her property

The retiree also posted signs in her yard warning she would call the cops if anyone trespassed on her property

Lane’s lawsuit states that on August 27, 2018, Anthony Warner, acting with power of attorney, transferred his mother’s interest in the family home into his own name. 

The transfer ‘resulted in a personal financial gain for [Anthony] Warner’ – who paid the ‘wholly inadequate’ price of $10, according to the court papers.

That was despite tax appraisers valuing the house at $196,000 and property website Zillow estimating its worth at $223,519 at the time. More recently, the property has been estimated to be worth $249,100.

‘When defendant signed the quit claim deed deeding the real property to himself, this was an act of self-interest and as such, violated his duty to act in the best interest of his brother,’ the lawsuit adds.

At a February 2019 circuit court hearing, a judge ruled that Lane was in fact the appropriate person to control Steven’s estate.

Swing gave the property back to the elderly grandmother-of-one on August 7.

When DailyMail.com reached out to Swing on Sunday to confirm details of what happened in the property dispute she declined to answer.

When DailyMail.com reached out to Swing on Sunday to confirm details of what happened in the Warner family's property dispute she declined to answer

When DailyMail.com reached out to Swing on Sunday to confirm details of what happened in the Warner family’s property dispute she declined to answer 

Last month, Warner also transferred ownership to Swing of the $160,000 home (above) where he lived and apparently constructed his RV bomb

Last month, Warner also transferred ownership to Swing of the $160,000 home (above) where he lived and apparently constructed his RV bomb

Swing also failed to respond to questions over what sort of relationship, if any, her mother had ever had with Anthony Warner.

DailyMail.com revealed Saturday that Anthony Warner also passed on his primary residence to Swing for nothing, just a month before launching his bomb plot in downtown Nashville.

Swing, who has family in Knoxville and studied business and marketing at the University of Tennessee, told us she knew nothing about the acquisition despite being involved in the earlier property transfer.

Bizarrely, her cell phone number is scribbled on a note currently pinned to the back door of the neatly-kept duplex, a 15-minute drive south of central Nashville.

Warner was quickly identified as the prime suspect after the FBI received more than 500 tips, including from people who had spotted an RV identical to the one used in the bombing parked up outside his house.

Officials are ‘looking at any and all possible motive’, FBI Special Agent Doug Korneski told reporters Sunday, without revealing more.

This image taken from surveillance video shows the RV that was involved in a blast on Friday. Loudspeakers on the vehicle played the soul hit 'Downtown' before it detonated

This image taken from surveillance video shows the RV that was involved in a blast on Friday. Loudspeakers on the vehicle played the soul hit ‘Downtown’ before it detonated

Three were injured in the blast outside of an AT&T transmission building, which wreaked havoc on phone service in multiple Southern states

Three were injured in the blast outside of an AT&T transmission building, which wreaked havoc on phone service in multiple Southern states

It followed reports that Warner harbored deep paranoia about 5G cellular technology. 

Officials say a large AT&T transmission center appeared to be a target in the attack, which knocked out phone service in multiple Southern states.

‘We’re still following leads, but right now there is no indication that any other persons were involved,’ said Korneski. ‘We’ve reviewed hours of security video surrounding the recreation vehicle. We saw no other people involved.’  

Warner was a retired burglar alarm installer who continued to work as a freelance IT consultant. 

Neighbors described him as an eccentric loner who was often spotted tinkering with unusual antennas outside of his home in Antioch, a Nashville suburb.

The home on Bakertown Road is festooned with security cameras, spotlights, and ‘no trespassing’ signs, as well as odd antennas. 

The RV used in the bombing was normally parked in this fenced-off area next to Warner's duplex in Antioch, a Nashville suburb

The RV used in the bombing was normally parked in this fenced-off area next to Warner’s duplex in Antioch, a Nashville suburb

The home was festooned with security cameras and 'no trespassing' signs, particularly in the area where Warner kept the RV parked

The home was festooned with security cameras and ‘no trespassing’ signs, particularly in the area where Warner kept the RV parked

A 'no trespassing' sign also adorned the front door of Warner's duplex

A ‘no trespassing’ sign also adorned the front door of Warner’s duplex

Warner was often spotted fiddling in his yard with odd antennas, including this one behind his house, which appears to be a ClearStream HD digital television antenna

Warner was often spotted fiddling in his yard with odd antennas, including this one behind his house, which appears to be a ClearStream HD digital television antenna

Spotlights and motion sensors were also clustered around the area where he kept the RV

Spotlights and motion sensors were also clustered around the area where he kept the RV

Several neighbors have described Warner as an ‘oddball’ and said they’d seen an RV parked outside the home which matched the one used in the attack. 

Three were injured in the massive explosion early on on Christmas Day, after the RV played a warning to evacuate minutes before the explosion.

In a bizarre twiste, the RV’s loudspeakers then blasted Petula Clark’s 1964 soul hit ‘Downtown’ immediately before the bomb went off.

The attack devastated the heart of Nashville’s tourist scene, a downtown strip packed with honky-tonks and bars. 

Authorities said Warner was not known to law enforcement before the Christmas blast.  

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Trump will continue to dispute the results of the elections he lost to Biden | The State

Outgoing President Donald Trump.

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Neither the Supreme Court’s rejection of an electoral demand stops Donald Trump from contesting the results of the elections he lost against Democrat Joe Biden.

The outgoing president announced this Sunday that his battle to overturn the results of the election is far from over.

“No, it is not over,” Trump told Fox & Friends Weekend. “We will continue fighting, we will continue forward.”

The Electoral College meets this Monday to proclaim Biden as president-elect, something that several media already did. Trump and his allies tried all kinds of lawsuits to change the results, but all efforts have been in vain. The last hope I had was a Texas lawsuit before the Supreme Court, but this did not prosper either.

Trump continued to denounce electoral fraud during the show, but never offered evidence.

“No judge has had the courage [de ver la supuestas pruebas]including the Supreme Court, ”Trump said. “I am so disappointed in them. No judge, including the United States Supreme Court, has had the courage to let it go unheard. “

Attacks on Governor of Georgia

Trump followed up with his attacks on Georgia Governor Brian Kemp for refusing to revoke the results. The outgoing president assured that Kemp It will cost the Senate elections to Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who on January 5 are measured in a second round of Democratic candidates, which defines the future of the legislative body.

“We have a governor, a Republican governor, who is worse than a Democrat. It’s terrible, and it’s hurting a lot Kelly and DavidSenators who are great people, ”Trump said.

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UK PM in Parliament confuses farmers’ protest with India-Pak dispute


London, December 9

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday seemed to confuse two separate issues when he reiterated the UK government’s stance that any dispute between India and Pakistan was for the two countries to settle bilaterally.

British Sikh Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, who has been leading a drive to keep the protests by the Indian farmers against the government’s agricultural reforms in the news in Britain, repeated one of his previous Twitter statements on the issue in the House of Commons during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) session.

“Many constituents, especially those emanating from Punjab and other parts of India, and I were horrified to see footage of water cannons, teargas and brute force being used against peacefully protesting farmers. However, it was heart-warming to see those very farmers feeding those forces who had been ordered to beat or suppress them. What indomitable spirit and it takes a special kind of people to do that,” the Opposition lawmaker said.

“So, will the Prime Minister (Johnson) convey to the Indian Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) our heartfelt anxieties, our hopes for a speedy resolution to the current deadlock and does he agree that everyone has a fundamental right to peaceful protest,” he questioned Johnson.

Johnson, in his brief response, went on to address a completely unrelated matter instead.

“Our view is that of course we have serious concerns about what is happening between India and Pakistan but these are pre-eminently matters for those two governments to settle and I know that he appreciates that point,” said Johnson.

Dhesi, who looked visibly perplexed, was quick to take to social media once again as he posted the exchange on Twitter, adding: “But it might help if our PM actually knew what he was talking about!”

The UK government has so far refused to be drawn into the ongoing protests in India, with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) saying the matter of handling protests was an internal one.

“The police handling of protests is a matter for the government of India,” an FCDO spokesperson said last week, following a letter initiated by Dhesi and signed by 35 other UK MPs over the issue.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and several other states have been protesting on various borders of Delhi since November 26, seeking repeal of the three farm laws enacted in September.

Dubbing these laws as “anti-farmer”, these farmers claim that the newly enacted legislations would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporations.

However, the government has maintained that the new laws will bring farmers better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture. — PTI





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Dolly Parton says Elvis Presley dispute led her to ‘cry all night’ over decision

Dolly Parton has spoken out about a dispute she had with Elvis Presley and how her decision meant she “cried all night long”.

The 74-year-old country icon has revealed that she turned down the pop legend when he requested the opportunity to record a version of her song I Will Always Love You.

The singer released the original recording in 1974 before it was famously covered by Whitney Houston for the 1992 film The Bodyguard.

Elvis, known to fans as The King, had also wanted to record a version of the ballad but Dolly had to say no due to a dispute over money.

Dolly Parton has said that she “cried all night long” after dispute with Elvis

Writing in The Big Issue’s Letter To My Younger Self, she said: “I’d been invited down to the studio to meet Elvis and be there when he sang my song.

“That was the most exciting thing that had ever happened to me. Who doesn’t love Elvis?

“But then Colonel (Tom Parker, Presley’s manager) called me the afternoon before the session and said ‘You do know we have to have at least half the publishing on any song that Elvis records?’

“And I said ‘No, I did not know that’. He said ‘Well, it’s just a rule’. So I said ‘Well, it’s not my rule’.”

Elvis Presley wanted to record a version of one of Dolly Parton’s songs

She added: “And I cried all night long, ’cause I was so disappointed. It wasn’t Elvis, I loved Elvis. And I’m sure he was as disappointed as I was because he had it all worked up and ready to go. I know he loved the song.”

Speaking about Presley’s wife of six years, Parton said: “Priscilla told me later that he sang that song to her when they were coming down the steps of the courthouse after they divorced. That really touched me and I thought ‘Oh well, I can only imagine’. But it wasn’t his fault.”

Parton said she would choose Presley as her “last conversation” if she could speak to anyone from history, in order to clear up the dispute.

Dolly Parton has said that money became an issue

She said: “I’d probably talk about I Will Always Love You and say ‘Hey, I bet you were as disappointed as I was about all that and I still dream about you singing that song’.

“Matter of fact, I even wrote a song called I Dreamed About Elvis Last Night and I had an Elvis soundalike sing it with me and we actually sing ‘I will always love you’ in it.

“And one day, I’m going to put that track out. So I think that I’d talk to Elvis, and just clear that up with him.”

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America’s Got Talent stars arrested amid custody dispute


America’s Got Talent magicians The Rocketts, ages 13 and 15, are ARRESTED for refusing to leave their father and return to their mother amid bitter custody battle

  • Kadan and Brooklyn Rockett were semi-finalists on the 2016 season of America’s Got Talent
  • The pair have been living with their father in California for the past several years, according to TMZ 
  • The Rocketts returned to Louisiana to attend their grandmother’s funeral last week, before cops attempted to transport them back to their mother
  • The teenage siblings refused, and were subsequently placed under arrest 
  • They were held in a detention center overnight before a judge ordered them to be reunited with their dad  

Two teenage siblings who shot to fame on America’s Got Talent have been arrested for refusing to leave their father amid a heated custody battle. 

Kadan and Brooklyn Rockett were semi-finalists on the 2016 season of the FOX variety show, wowing judges and audiences alike with their magic tricks. 

But the child magicians – known to fans as ‘The Rocketts’ – have been embroiled in family drama in the years since, as their parents fight for custody. 

Last week, Kadan, 15, and Brooklyn, 13, were detained in Farmerville, Louisiana after they failed to comply with police, who were trying to return them to their mother. 

Kadan and Brooklyn Rockett – siblings who shot to fame on America’s Got Talent – have been arrested for refusing to leave their father amid a heated custody battle

The teenagers are pictured with their father, Bart, following their release from custody last week

The teenagers are pictured with their father, Bart, following their release from custody last week 

According to TMZ, the siblings have been living in California for the past several years with their father, Bart, but had returned to Louisiana for their grandmother’s funeral. 

Video obtained by the news network shows police placing the two teens in handcuffs as they beg not to be separated from their father, who is seen watching on. 

‘You do not have a choice, this is nothing to argue about. You have to go with us. Let’s go,’ one of the officers can be heard ordering. 

‘I’m afraid,’ Kadan can be hears saying, as Brooklyn sobs at the thought of leaving her dad. 

The officers read the pair their Miranda rights before placing them in the handcuffs. 

Kadan and Brooklyn are pictured with their mom in an old social media snap

Kadan and Brooklyn are pictured with their mom in an old social media snap 

Louisiana police say they were simply following court orders, and the Rocketts were held at at the Glen Oaks Detention Center in Monroe overnight. 

The pair appeared before a judge the following day, who allowed them to return to their father. The contents of the court hearing have been sealed. 

Bart Rockett posed for a photograph with his two famous children following their release from the detention center.

‘My ‘babies’ are FREE and SAFE!!!! I am not allowed to post any court details at this time because of a gag order but I can tell you they are free and safe!!!’ he wrote beneath the snap, which he shared on Facebook.  

‘Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the prayers and support!!!! We can never say thanks enough. I have tears in my eyes trying to type this. It appears this lengthy nightmare may just be over.’

The Rocketts’ mother has not publicly posted about the saga.  

Kadan and Brooklyn have been living in California for the past several years with their father, Bart. The trio are pictured together

Kadan and Brooklyn have been living in California for the past several years with their father, Bart. The trio are pictured together



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NSE Warned Future Retail of Action Over Disclosures on Amazon Dispute


India’s National Stock Exchange (NSE) privately warned Future Retail it risked regulatory action for not making timely market disclosures about efforts by Amazon.com to block a disputed asset sale, according to e-mails reviewed by Reuters.

Future Retail, one of country’s top retailers, has been locked in a bitter dispute with Amazon over its $3.4 billion (roughly Rs. 25,300 crores) retail assets deal with Reliance. Amazon is a business partner of Future and argues the Indian firm’s asset sale breached some of their pre-existing agreements.

Amazon had complained to stock exchanges, accusing Future of misleading public by making incorrect market disclosures, allegations the Indian group denies.

The complaint came after Amazon on October 25 won an injunction from an arbitrator to halt the Future-Reliance deal.

Previously unreported e-mails exchanged between the NSE and Future show the stock exchange repeatedly requested the company submit more details of the arbitration order, seeking details of possible impact on financials, lenders and the Reliance deal.

On October 27, NSE asked Future why it had not disclosed the commencement of the arbitration proceedings and not shared the impact of the order. Future in response said it believed a disclosure wasn’t required.

NSE’s listing compliance division rejected that argument. It demanded a series of disclosures be made within hours, “failing which appropriate actions may be initiated”, the emails showed.

Future Retail’s Company Secretary, Virendra Samani, answered most of NSE’s queries in a late night e-mail on October 30, saying it was doing so “in the best interest of all stakeholders”, the communications showed.

Many of those responses were made public on directions of the NSE two days later in a six-page exchange filing by Future.

Before that, Future had only submitted a disclosure on October 26 in which it attached a media release saying it would ensure its deal with Reliance proceeded unhindered and that it was reviewing the arbitration order.

The NSE and Future Retail did not respond to requests for comment.

The legal dispute has now reached the Delhi High Court, where Future Retail has urged the court to stop Amazon from writing letters to regulators to block its Reliance deal, which is pending approvals from the market regulator and stock exchanges. The judge is expected to rule on the plea in the coming days.

Amazon had separately asked India’s market regulator to investigate Future for insider trading, saying it disclosed to Reliance price sensitive details of the arbitration order before its exchange filing in late October.

Future has said its communications with Reliance, which is led by Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, were for a “legitimate purpose”.

NSE in e-mails at least twice asked Future Retail to provide a copy of the arbitration order to vet the disclosures, and also why it should not be disclosed as material price-sensitive information, emails between October 27 and October 30 showed.

Future’s Samani at first declined the request, stating in an e-mail that the order was “confidential in nature” and sharing further information could be “deterimental” to the company. A copy was provided following NSE’s warning.

© Thomson Reuters 2020


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“I feel betrayed”: Celine Dion reacts after losing a dispute against her former agency


Celine Dion feels “betrayed” after she lost the legal standoff between her former agent and agency, Rob Prinz and ICM Partners.

According to Deadline and Variety, the California Labor Commission concluded that the Quebec artist will have to compensate ICM Partner for its lucrative C $ 650 million contract concluded in 2017 with AEG, while it was still with the agency. This agreement concerned the shows she would give from 2017 to 2026.

The Commission ruled that Celine Dion will have to pay the amounts provided for in the agreement even if she terminated her contract with ICM Partners in 2018.

In a written statement released by Deadline, the superstar reacted to the verdict.

“When René was alive, he took care of all my business and was always very fair to the people we worked with. And that’s one of the things he passed on to me. Because René was not there to defend me at the hearing, I feel that Mr. Prinz and ICM took the opportunity to make abusive requests for money and to reveal confidential information about my agreement with AEG. I feel betrayed.”

Celine Dion says she has paid “several million dollars” to Mr. Prinz over the years. “I’m not saying Mr. Prinz hasn’t done anything, but he doesn’t deserve all the credit he takes for my career. Mr. Prinz never asked to be paid for 10 years for a few months of work, and I never made a commitment to do so. “

In a separate statement, Celine Dion’s lawyer says they will appeal and ask a jury to rule.



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