Pardon suc­cess

Whanganui Chronicle - - World -

US Pres­i­dent Donald Trump has com­muted the sen­tence of Alice Marie John­son, a woman serv­ing a life term for non­vi­o­lent of­fences, af­ter meet­ing with re­al­ity tele­vi­sion star and so­cialite Kim Kar­dashian West last week to dis­cuss the case. The ac­tion was the lat­est in a re­cent string of par­dons and other acts of clemency from

Trump, and aides haves sug­gested that more could soon be on the way.

Stormy sues

The porn star Stormy Daniels yes­ter­day sued her for­mer lawyer Keith Davidson, ac­cus­ing him of be­ing a “pup­pet” for Pres­i­dent Donald Trump and re­leas­ing text messages that the law­suit says show “col­lu­sion” be­tween Davidson and Trump’s per­sonal lawyer, Michael Cohen. In the fi­nal days of the 2016 elec­tion, Davidson and Cohen ne­go­ti­ated a deal in which Daniels was paid US$130,000 ($184,460) for her si­lence about an al­leged af­fair with Trump a decade ear­lier.

Homes de­stroyed

A neigh­bour­hood called Va­ca­tion­land on Hawaii’s Big Is­land has dis­ap­peared af­ter lava poured into two ocean­front sub­di­vi­sions, smoth­er­ing hun­dreds of homes and fill­ing an ocean bay, turn­ing it into new land that now juts into the sea. Molten rock from the erupt­ing Ki­lauea vol­cano has also de­stroyed at least 117 homes in the La­nipuna Gar­dens and Leilani Es­tates neigh­bour­hoods where lava sur­faced more than a month ago.

Mi­grants drown

The United Na­tions mi­gra­tion agency says 46 mi­grants drowned, in­clud­ing nine women, and 16 re­main miss­ing, pre­sumed dead af­ter their ves­sel cap­sized in high waves while cross­ing the Gulf of Aden. IOM says the at least mi­grants on a boat that left So­ma­lia were try­ing to reach Ye­men and the oil-rich Gulf Arab states to find work there.

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