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.
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.
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.
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.