The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences endu

  red a series of missteps leading up to the telecast, beginning with the proposal to introduce a “popular film” category. That id

ea was quickly scuttled, as was a subsequent plan to move four awards into the commercial breaks to help st

reamline the ceremony, which prompted a rebellion from Academy members.

  In between, Kevin Hart was chosen to host the awards, before the resurfacing of homophobic socia

l-media posts prompted the comic to withdraw. After a period of confusion, it was finally co

nfirmed the awards would be mounted without a host, the first time that’s happened in 30 years.

  Much of the tumult surrounding the 91st annual Oscars can be traced back to la

st year’s awards — and more specifically, a precipitous ratings decline, fall

ing to an all-time low. Shortening the ceremony to three hours, or close to it, has been among the solutions that host net

work ABC has advocated as a means of stopping the bleeding from a Nielsen standpoint.

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said it wanted to capture the on-court tantrum of Ms

  Williams using satire, caricature, exaggeration and humor, and the

cartoon intended to depict her behavior as childish by showing her spitting a

pacifier out while she jumps up and down.”

  Widely criticized

  The cartoon showed Williams with large, exaggerated lips and nose reminiscent of racist depictions of black people in the US during the Jim Crow era.

  Williams’ opponent, Japan’s Naomi Osaka, is depicted as a skinny blonde woman, to whom the umpire is saying: “Can’t you just let her win?”

  The Japanese-American Osaka is of mixed heritage, and has Japanese and Haitian roots.

  ”Specifically, concern was expressed that the cartoon depicted Ms Willia

ms with large lips, a broad flat nose, a wild afro-styled ponytail hairstyle different to th

at worn by Ms. Williams during the match, and positioned in an ape-like pose,” said a statement from the press council.

  ”It was also noted that the cartoon should be considered in the context of the histo

ry of caricatures based on race and historical racist depictions of African-Americans.”

  ’Repugnant’When it was first published, the US-based National Association of Black Journalists said the cartoon was “repugnant on many levels.”

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ashington DC held a housewarming event inside the giant pa

  ”Giant pandas are China’s national treasures,” said Minister Xu Xueyuan, the Chinese embassy in the United States. “Although they are large in size, they are also charm

ing, tolerant, and peace-loving, representing many values of China itself, and are loved by people all over the world.”

  ”Giant pandas are also symbolic of the China-US friendship,” she told a ceremony at the giant panda house.

  The housewarming was jointly hosted by the zoo and the Chinese embassy.

  Giant pandas live mainly in southwest China’s Sichuan Province as well as neighboring Shaanxi and Gansu.

  The latest census in 2014 found there were 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild. The number of pand

as bred in captivity reached 548 globally as of November, 2018, according to China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

  At the zoo’s David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat currently live three giant pandas, Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and their three-year-old son, Bei Bei.

  The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is one of Washington DC’s most popular tourist desti

nations and is part of the Smithsonian Institution, a world-renowned museum and research complex.

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A nun just read the riot act to Catholic bishops over clergy sex

  Sister Veronica Openibo, a Nigerian-born nun, is one of only three women to address an unprecedented Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse.

  She did not waste the opportunity.In clear, direct and unsparing language, Openibo challenged the church’s cult

ure of silence on sexual issues and said priests are too often put on pedestals. Openibo also criticized the pr

actice of letting elderly clergy who had abused children retire quietly with their pension and good names in place.

  ”Let us not hide such events anymore because of the fear of making mistakes,” Openibo said after reading a searing summ

ary of abuse cases she has heard about during her work on sexual education in Nigeria.

  ”Too often we want to keep silent until the storm has passed! This storm will not pass by. O

ur credibility is at stake.”Sister Veronica Openibo stands next to Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Blas

e J. Cupich, left, and Father Tomaz Mavric as they wait for the Pope’s arrival at the beginning of the third day of a Vat

ican’s conference on clergy sex abuse.
At one point, Openibo appeared to look toward Pope Francis, who was sitting on the

dais to her right, when calling for a policy of “zero tolerance” toward clergy who abuse children.

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photo shared by MP John Lamont showed a smiling Berger

  snapping a selfie of the group as they took their seats in the House of

Commons. But non

e of the group asked a question of the Prime Minister, as she appeared before MPs for her weekly grill

ing, and the defections were barely addressed. The mood in the House of

Commons seemed more subdued than usual.

  The closest May came to acknowledging the issue was when she attacked Corbyn over anti-Semitism in

his party, cited as a reason for some of the defectors leaving his party.

  May said she never thought she would see the day when “a once proud

Labour party was accused of institutional Semiti

sm by a member of that party,” or,

equally, when Jewish people in the UK “were concerned about their future.”

  Responding to those accusations, Corbyn said that “anti-Semitism ha

s no place whatsoever in any of our political parties, in our lives, in our society,” be

fore laying into the Prime Minister for “pretending to negotiate” a Brexit deal with just 37 days to go.

  May, who will travel to Brussels later in the day, maintained that she was still working on alternative arrangements on the

Irish backstop — an insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border between

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Irel

and. She also reiterated her position that a no-deal exit from the EU could only be taken off the table by agreeing a deal.

  Speaking at a press conference later, Allen, Wollaston and Soubry said the Prim

e Minister had been bullied by hard-line Brexiteers onto the brink of a no-deal Brexit.

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Guaido has been working with a raft of global partners to br

  Venezuelans desperately needed food and medical supplies. The White House urged the Venezuelan military to allow aid into the country in a statement Friday.

  ”The United States strongly condemns the Venezuelan military’s use of force against unarmed civilians and innocent v

olunteers on Venezuela’s border with Brazil,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

  ”Egregious violation of human rights by Maduro and those who are following his orders will not go unpunished. The Unite

d States strongly urges the Venezuelan military to uphold its constitutional duty to protect the citizens of V

enezuela. The Venezuelan military must allow humanitarian aid to peacefully enter the country. The world is watching.”

  Aid is piling up on Venezuela’s border. Here’s why it’s not getting in

  The violence came as dueling concerts kicked off on the country’s western border with Colombia, where aid deliver

ies from the United States have been languishing since Maduro blocked the Tienditas Bridge.

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Iran parades missile during anniversary of US Embassy takeover

  Iran commemorated the 38th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover Saturday with a potent missile display as thousands of de

monstrators gathered in Tehran to mark the event that triggered the hostage crisis and sparked the decades-old rift in US-Iranian relations.

  On November 4, 1979, Iranian student revolutionaries climbed over the walls of the US E

mbassy in Tehran and seized dozens of Americans, holding them hostage for 444 days.

  The former embassy compound is known locally as the “den of espionage,” and protests take place in front of it annually.

  One of Iran’s most powerful missiles, the Qadr, was prominently featured Saturday, along with anti-US and anti-Israel signs and chanting.

  The medium-range missile is liquid-fueled, with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles), a

ccording to the semiofficial Fars News agency, which says it can reach as far as Israel.

  ”The new version of Qadr H can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in different positi

ons and can escape missile defense shields due to their radar-evading capability,” Fars reported.

  Trump says Iran violating nuclear agreement, threatens to pull out of deal

  Crowds chanted slogans condemning Washington’s policies toward Iran and shouted “Down With the US.”

  The US-Iranian relationship has grown even more strained in recent months, espec

ially after President Donald Trump publicly renounced the Iran nuclear deal in October, refusing to recer

tify the 2015 multilateral agreement in an effort to initiate tougher and more wide-ranging restrictions on Tehran.

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Iranians attack police after women detained for wearing

  group of Iranians attacked a morality police van in Tehran last week after two young women were detained for “impro

perly” wearing a compulsory headscarf, according to state-owned Iranian media and activists.

  Officers fired shots into the air to disperse the crowd of people who to

re off one of the doors of the vehicle, according to a report by the state-owned IRNA news age

ncy about the February 15 incident. Iran’s morality police are tasked with enforcing the country’s strict social rules.

  The group prevented the officers from driving the women away, IRNA said citing an un

named police official. The standoff ended when the women were released from the van, according to the police source.

  The incident took place in the East Tehran neighborhood of Nar

mak, where Iran’s hardline former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lives.

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Desperate and alone, Saudi sisters risk everything

  It was September 6, 2018. The two Saudi sisters were on a family vacation in Colombo, Sri Lanka. For weeks, they had helped their mother organize the trip, feigning

excitement at the possibility of two weeks away from Riyadh, but knowing that if all went to plan, they’d never go back.

  Failure was not an option. Every step of their escape from Saudi Arabia carried the threat of severe punishment or death.

  ”We knew the first time, if it’s not perfect, it will be the last time,” Reem says.

  CNN has changed the sisters’ names and is not showing their faces, at their request for their safety.

  The sisters say years of strict Islamic teaching and physical abuse at home had convinced them that they had no future in a socie

ty that places women under the enforced guardianship of men, and limits their aspirations.

  ”It’s slavery, because whatever the woman will do it’s the business of the male,” Rawan says.

  That’s why they say they renounced Islam.

  And that’s why aged 18 and 20, they stole back their own passports, hid their abayas under the b

edcovers, snuck out of their holiday home and boarded a flight from Colombo to Melbourne, via Hong Kong.

  The Hong Kong stopover was supposed to take less than two hours.

  Two hours has turned into five months.

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Geovanis was quoted by the Moscow Times in 1996 as saying

  officials were “very receptive” to the original Trump Tower project, but Trump’s early designs on the Moscow skyline never got off the ground.

  Discussions two decades later to build another Trump Tower in the Russian capital have been a focal point in the Mueller investigation.

  Trump has often denied that his dealings with Russia continued into the 2016 campaign. Even in late 2018 Trump twe

eted he “never met a single Russian official.”It is not clear what prompt

ed the Senate Intelligence Committee’s interest in Geovanis. But multiple sources famil

iar with its activities tell CNN their inquiries date back to spring last year when it sent him a letter requesting he give

evidence. The sources say he has not yet done so but added that he had appointed US legal counsel.

  Lebow and Lorber changed their company name from Brooke Group to Vector Group, a Nasdaq-listed cigarette and real estate compa

ny. Vector Group’s top three shareholders include Renaissance Technologies, the hedge fund once run by Robert Mercer, the co

nservative donor who was once a patron of business and political ventures of Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist.

  A spokeswoman for Vector did not reply to CNN’s emails requesting comment. A fa

x to BSL Capital, Lebow’s family firm, went unanswered, despite an assistant confirming it had been received.

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