The National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the U.S., held a rally on April 21, 2018, in Newnan, Ga. Community members have opposed the rally and came out to embrace racial unity in the small Georgia town. Fearing a repeat of the violence that broke out after the Charlottesville, Va., demonstrations, hundreds of police officers were stationed in the town during the rally in an attempt to keep the anti-racist protesters and neo-Nazi groups separated.
A former youth offenders’ centre employee in Texas has been convicted of stealing more than $1.2m (£860,000) worth of fajitas. Gilberto Escamilla, 53, was jailed for 50 years after authorities discovered he was ordering the Mexican food to the Darrel B Hester Juvenile Detention Centre in Cameron County and selling it on for personal profit. Suspicions were raised after a driver from a food company called the centre’s kitchen to tell them an 800-pound (363kg) delivery of fajitas had arrived.
Saudi forces on Saturday shot down an unidentified toy drone that hovered over a Riyadh neighbourhood home to royal palaces, state media said, prompting a security alarm in the capital. “At 1950 (1650 GMT) a security checkpoint in Khuzama neighbourhood of Riyadh spotted a recreational remote-controlled drone,” the Saudi Press Agency reported. The statement followed unconfirmed videos on social media that appeared to show heavy volleys of gunfire in that neighbourhood, triggering speculation of a possible coup attempt.
While past presidents were mourning former First Lady Barbara Bush at her funeral in Houston today, President Trump was on his phone in Mar-a-Lago, having his usual Twitter meltdown. In between excoriating James Comey and tossing around conspiracy theories about Mr. Peepers, President Trump decided to suddenly announce he was considering a pardon for Jack Johnson, the history-making boxer. Trump, as you might imagine, appears to have taken a particular interest in pardons as of late. SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama shared the perfect parenting metaphor for Trump's White House Some background on the controversy: Jack Johnson was the first black man to ever hold the title of world heavyweight champion. By 1912, he hadn't lost a match in four years. Other white boxers refused to fight him. When one, Canadian Tommy Burns, did, Johnson destroyed him soundly. The match incited a series of riots across the country, some of which left people dead. Johnson, a hero for many, was nonetheless arrested and sent to prison twice for violating a law that made it illegal to transport a white woman across state lines. She was his girlfriend. Since then, activists, family members, and folks in the boxing community have been working diligently to secure Johnson a presidential pardon. He was the subject of the movie
The Great White Hope starring James Earl Jones. His life has also been explored in numerous documentaries and theater shows. When President Obama was in office and a pardon was under consideration, the Department of Justice said that they were reserved for living people only. Activists at the time accused the DOJ of performing a historic cop-out. So it's just possible that Trump might do the right thing in this case — if only for purely selfish motives. According to Trump, Sylvester Stallone vouched for Johnson. Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018 The benign interpretation of events is that Trump really really cares about one boxer's historical legacy. A more corrosive reading is that Trump isn't even sure that Johnson has passed — remember Frederick Douglass, y'all? The most accurate version of events comes from Maggie Haberman at the
New York Times, however, who suggested that Trump may have done this to communicate to allies that pardons are coming their way — if they don't collaborate with Mueller. It’s almost like there’s a value right now in reminding some folks he has this power https://t.co/IUv4SdBUcY — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 21, 2018 This is the least offensive of Trump's tweets today, so let's just enjoy it for what it is. Dumb. WATCH: How the Rambo's ’First Blood’ morphed from book to screen
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth attended a star-studded special concert on Saturday as the world’s oldest and longest-reigning living monarch celebrated her 92nd birthday. Welsh singer Tom Jones kicked off the show with his hit “It’s Not Unusual” shortly before Elizabeth appeared in the royal box of London’s Albert Hall, flanked by her family. Kylie Minogue, Sting, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Shaggy were among those on the bill, along with stars of the stage and screen.
Tens of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets in Budapest for a second consecutive Saturday to protest against newly reelected Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Campaigning hard against immigration, the 54-year-old Orban’s overwhelming victory April 8 saw his Fidesz party secure around half the vote. As part of sweeping reforms since he came into power in 2010, Orban has turned the public media channels into what his critics call “government mouthpieces”.
German neo-Nazis hold festival honoring Hitler’s birthday, counter-demonstrators aim to deter future neo-Nazi events.
Arab youth assaulted in Berlin for wearing a kippah explains why he wore it, says bystanders’ indifference was ‘the worst.’