Today in the world: no evidence that Trump’s campaign conspired with the Russian government during the election; and East threatens trash war on West

Special counsel Robert Mueller could not conclude Trump committed a crime

Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, announced that he’s done, and he’s leaving.

After nearly two years of rampant speculation, in his parting remarks, he reiterated that his office did not clear President Donald Trump of wrongdoing.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said. “Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider. Under longstanding department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional.”

Following Mueller’s remarks, Trump tweeted that “nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.”

The Kremlin said that there was nothing new in the Russia-Trump Links in Mueller’s Report and the report still does not include any reasonable evidence at all that Russia allegedly interfered in the U.S. election, and Russia, as before, do not accept such allegations.

East threatens trash war on West

East threatens a real trash war on West. Developed countries from West have long shipped via Pacific Ocean recyclable waste to poorer developing countries in the Southeast Asia for processing. Now these countries tired from receiving and decided to send tons of garbage back.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened “war” with Canada over tons of trash a Canada-based company shipped to Manila sevveal years ago. Philippines ships 69 containers of dumped rubbish back to Canada illegally sent from there to Manila during last 6 years.

The Philippine government recalled its ambassador and consuls in Canada earlier this month over Ottawa’s failure to comply with a May 15 deadline to take back the waste.

“We’ll give a warning to Canada that they better pull that (trash) out,” Salvador Panelo, press secretary of the President of the Philippines, said. “We’ll declare war against them, we can handle them anyway.”

Recycled plastic can be exported legally, but sometimes it is fraudulently mixed with low-grade garbage.

In the process of burning such wastes, toxic fumes are released causing respiratory diseases and water pollution problems.

During the period of 1988-2016, China had received 168 tons of scrap plastic from around the world, including the U.S., Japan and Great Britain, but closed its doors to foreign refuse last year in an effort to clean up its environment.

Garbage war between the Philippines and Canada has attracted the attention of environmentalists. Some activists are calling for ratification of the UN Basel Convention, which controls the transport of plastic waste. For others, the problem lies primarily in the irresponsibility of the countries from which this garbage comes.

Garbage war between the Philippines and Canada has attracted the attention of environmental groups who urged to ban all imports of waste and ratify the Basel Ban Amendment, which prohibits the import of waste for any reason, including recycling, to combat the dangerous effects of plastic pollution worldwide. While for others, the point is the irresponsibility of the countries from which this trash comes.

UN starts investigating a police operation in Kosovo

The UN is launching an investigation into the actions of Kosovo during a police operation in Kosovo’s Serb-populated north of the partially recognized state. It was stated on television by a UN official, Russian Mikhail Krasnoshchekov, seriously injured and detained during this operation.

The United Nations says a Russian staff member has been released from the hospital and is calling for the immediate release of a second staff member who is a Kosovar citizen. The UN Mission in Kosovo is concerned about the detention of its staff members “who were carrying out their duties.”

Pristina claims that Krasnoshchekov interfered with the conduct of the police operation, and on this basis demands him to be deprived of the immunity and handed over to the court.

In Russia, the response to aggravation of tensions in unrecognized Kosovo was sharp.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the incident was “provoked by those who wish to turn the Balkans into a “sanitary cordon” against Russia.” According to the Russian minister, the EU-facilitated Pristina-Belgrade dialogue has stalled.

The European Union states that it is necessary for both sides – Serbia and Kosovo – to hold a meeting and agree on the normalization of the situation. At the same time, Brussels is ready to be a mediator.

Israel’s parliament, voted to dissolve a mere 8 weeks after it was sworn in

The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, voted to dissolve a mere 8 weeks after it was sworn in, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to meet the deadline to form a new government, triggering an unprecedented second national election this year.

Lawmakers voted 74 to 45 in favor of the Likud-drafted bill to dissolve the Knesset.

Netanyahu noted that the Knesset’s self-dissolve would benefit for his party: “We will run a sharp and clear election campaign and we will win, the party will win, and society will also benefit.”

The major sticking point was a military draft law that divided two parts of Mr. Netanyahu’s right-wing alliance: the secular ultranationalist faction and the ultra-Orthodox parties. Netanyahu has demanded that the parliament pass pending legislation that requires young ultra-Orthodox men to be drafted into the military.

In the April general election, also extraordinary, but already past, Mr. Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party won 35 of the 120 parliamentary seats. For a governing coalition, it was important to enlist the support of the entire rightwing spectrum, including the ultranationalist party. That did not happen.

A second election in Israel has been scheduled for September 17.

Scotland wants to hold a new referendum on leaving Britain

Legislation to enable a second referendum on independence has been published by the Scottish government, The Guardian informs.

According to the document, Scotland should hold a new referendum on independence from the United Kingdom by 2021.

Edinburgh has repeatedly opposed the Brexit issue of Britain and, according to the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, “an independence referendum will give Scotland the opportunity to choose to be an independent European nation – rather than have a Brexit future imposed upon us.”

The last such referendum took place in 2014 with 55.3% of Scots voting against independence.

At the same time in April of this year, when Edinburgh reiterated its plans to hold a referendum, in the British prime minister’s office, they noted that this option was excluded.

Girl believed to be tiniest newborn weighed as much as apple

When she was born, the baby girl weighed just 245 grams about the same as an apple.

A San Diego hospital revealed the birth of the girl who was born 23 weeks and three days into her mother’s 40-week pregnancy. In this case, the girl weighed half as much as the other six-month-old babies. Thus, she believed to be the world’s tiniest surviving newborn, RIA Novosti informs.

Back in December last year, the mother of the girl was told she had preeclampsia, a serious condition that causes skyrocketing blood pressure, and that the baby needed to be delivered quickly.

Under the guidance of a large team of doctors, the tiny girl slowly gained weight before she was discharged as a healthy infant. She was sent home this month weighing 2 kilograms after nearly five months in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. And only now the staff of Sharp Mary Birch hospital (San Diego) told about their success.

Nury AMANOV

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