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He has done everything he can to stir up racial conflict and hatred, says Democratic candidate

In attack mode: U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaking at the 2020 Public Service Forum in Las Vegas. AFPEthan Miller

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said on Wednesday night that she believed President Donald Trump was a white supremacist, broadly accusing him of dividing Americans along racial lines and providing direct and tacit support to those who believe white people are superior to other races.

Asked in a brief interview with The New York Times if she thought Mr. Trump was a white supremacist, Ms. Warren responded without hesitation: “Yes.”

“He has given aid and comfort to white supremacists,” Ms. Warren said during a campaign swing in western Iowa. “He’s done the wink and a nod. He has talked about white supremacists as fine people. He’s done everything he can to stir up racial conflict and hatred in this country.”

Ms. Warren’s comments amounted to one of the starkest condemnations to date from a leading Democratic presidential candidate about Mr. Trump’s language toward minorities and immigrants.

She spoke hours after former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas gave the same assessment of Mr. Trump. Asked by MSNBC if Mr. Trump was a white supremacist, Mr. O’Rourke replied, “He is.”

“He’s dehumanised or sought to dehumanise those who do not look like or pray like the majority here in this country,” Mr. O’Rourke said.

Mr. Trump has a history of using race for his own gain, and his time as President has been no exception.

‘Invasion of migrants’

In his campaign for the presidency, he denigrated Mexicans, immigrants and other people of colour, including continuing to push the “birtherism” lie about President Barack Obama.

As President, he sought to bar people from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.; said there were “very fine people on both sides” of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia; and used a vulgarity to describe African nations and Haiti. He has warned of an “invasion” of migrants at the southern border. And just this summer, he said that four Congresswomen of colour should “go back” to their countries; only one of them was born outside the U.S.

Mr. Trump has faced condemnations from Democratic presidential candidates in the wake of the mass shooting on Saturday in El Paso, Texas, which the suspect in the case is believed to have described in a manifesto as “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas” — echoing Mr. Trump’s language.

Ms. Warren said Mr. Trump was intent on dividing people.

“Donald Trump has a central message,” she said. “He says to the American people, if there’s anything wrong in your life, blame them — and ‘them’ means people who aren’t the same colour as you, weren’t born where you were born, don’t worship the same way you do.” NY Times

Action came as she was leaving after visiting her father

Maryam NawazK.M. Chaudary

Maryam Nawaz, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, was arrested from the Kot Lakhpat jail here on Thursday in a money laundering case while she was on her way back after visiting her father, who is lodged in the same prison, an official said.

On July 31, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president Ms. Nawaz was questioned by the anti-corruption agency officials in connection with the alleged money laundering and income beyond means charges against her and her family.

According to an official press release issued by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Ms. Nawaz and her cousin Yousuf Abbas have been arrested in connection to the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case.

“We have arrested Maryam Nawaz in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case as she was facing money laundering and income beyond means charges,” an NAB official said.

Ms. Nawaz, 45, has been taken to the NAB headquarters. Her father is serving a seven-year prison term since December 24, 2018 after he was convicted in one of the three corruption cases filed in the wake of the apex court’s July 28, 2017 order in the Panama Papers case.

A team of doctors will conduct a medical examination on both of them, the Dawn reported.

As per the law, Ms. Nawaz and Mr. Abbas will be presented before an accountability court in Lahore for remand on Friday, the press release said.

Ms. Nawaz had been given a questionnaire based on six questions in the CSM case, which she was due to answer by 3 p.m. (local time) on Thursday. However, the NAB officials reached the jail and detained her.

Federal agencies can’t buy telecom equipment from Chinese companies

The U.S. unveiled rules banning Huawei and other Chinese technology firms from government contracts. REUTERSCHINA STRINGER NETWORK

China on Thursday denounced rules unveiled by the U.S. that ban technology giant Huawei and other Chinese firms from government contracts as “abuse of state power” in the latest move in the escalating China-U.S. trade war.

The interim rule, which will preclude any U.S. federal agency from purchasing telecom or technology equipment from the firms, is part of efforts by Washington to restrict Huawei, which officials claim is linked to Chinese intelligence.

“The abuse of state power by the U.S. to unscrupulously and deliberately throw mud at and suppress specific Chinese enterprises seriously undermines the image of the U.S. and its own interests,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

“We firmly support the relevant Chinese companies in taking up legal weapons to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests,” she said.

The ban on Chinese tech firms comes amid a heated dispute between the two economic powers over international trade rules.

Meanwhile, the U.S. hit China with new import duties on Thursday on more than $4 billion in imported wooden cabinets and vanities, after finding manufacturers there benefit from unfair subsidies. Last week, it announced new tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese imports.

Proposal seeks to create a buffer zone in Northern Syria

said on Thursday it strongly rejects a proposed U.S.-Turkish buffer zone for northern Syria, blaming the “aggressive” project on Syria’s Kurds, who gave the proposal a guarded welcome.

Turkish and U.S. officials agreed on Wednesday to establish a joint operations centre to oversee the creation of a safe zone to manage tensions between Ankara and U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria.

No details were provided on the size or nature of the safe zone, but the deal appeared to provide some breathing room after Turkey had threatened an imminent attack on the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, which control a large swathe of northern Syria.

“Syria rejects the agreement on the establishment of a so-called safe zone” in northern Syria, a Foreign Ministry source said.

“Syria’s Kurds who have accepted to become a tool in this aggressive U.S.-Turkish project bear a historical responsibility,” the source added, urging Kurdish groups to return to the fold.

Turkey has already carried out two cross-border offensives into Syria in 2016 and 2018, the second of which saw it and allied Syrian rebels overrun the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in the northwest.

Aldar Khalil, a senior Syrian Kurdish official, gave the deal a guarded welcome. “This deal may mark the start of a new approach but we still need more details”.

Half a billion people live in places that are turning into desert, says report

Time to act: A particular danger is that food crises could develop on several continents at once.Ritu Raj KonwarRitu_Raj_Konwar

The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates”, a new UN report warns, which, combined with climate change, is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself.

The report, prepared by more than 100 experts from 52 countries and released in summary form in Geneva on Thursday, found that the window to address the threat is closing rapidly. Half a billion people live in places that are turning into desert, and soil is being lost between 10 and 100 times faster than it is forming, according to the report.

Climate change will make those threats even worse, as floods, drought, storms and other types of extreme weather threaten to disrupt, and over time shrink, the global food supply. Already, more than 10% of the world’s population remains undernourished, and some authors of the report warned in interviews that food shortages could lead to an increase in cross-border migration.

A particular danger is that food crises could develop on several continents at once, said Cynthia Rosenzweig, a senior research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and one of the lead authors of the report.

“The potential risk of multi-breadbasket failure is increasing,” she said.

The report offered a measure of hope, laying out pathways to addressing the looming food crisis, although they would require a major re-evaluation of land use and agriculture worldwide as well as consumer behaviour. Proposals include increasing the productivity of land, wasting less food and persuading more people to shift their diets away from cattle and other types of meat.

Some authors also suggested that food shortages are likely to affect poorer parts of the world far more than richer ones. That could increase a flow of immigration that is already redefining politics in North America, Europe and other parts of the world. NY Times

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