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Trump denies story he averted paying taxes


US President Donald Trump says allegations by the New York Occasions that he has paid as little as $750 in federal earnings taxes in 2016 and 2017 are “faux information”.

Mr Trump mentioned the tax authorities within the US had handled him “very badly”.

He’s the one US president because the late 1970s to not launch his tax data.


China’s Xinjiang authorities confirms large start fee drop however denies pressured sterilization of ladies


The Xinjiang authorities despatched CNN the six-page fax in response to questions for an article printed in July that documented a marketing campaign of abuse and management by Beijing concentrating on girls from the Uyghur minority, a Muslim ethnic group numbering greater than 10 million folks. The fax did not arrive till September 1, a month after the story was printed.

However CNN’s reporting discovered that some Uyghur girls have been being pressured to make use of contraception and bear sterilization as a part of a deliberate try and push down start charges amongst minorities in Xinjiang.

The article was primarily based on a report by Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow on the Victims of Communism Memorial Basis recognized for his analysis on Xinjiang, who quoted official Chinese language paperwork displaying a surge within the variety of sterilizations carried out within the area — from fewer than 50 per 100,000 folks in 2016 to nearly 250 per 100,000 folks in 2018.
Zenz mentioned that these actions fell below the United Nations definition of “genocide” particularly “imposing measures meant to forestall births inside the group.”

In its response, the Xinjiang authorities strongly denied the claims of genocide, arguing as an alternative that the Uyghur inhabitants has been “rising repeatedly” throughout the previous decade and that Zenz’s report was not “consistent with the true state of affairs in Xinjiang.”

In keeping with the federal government, the inhabitants of Xinjiang rose by greater than three million folks, or nearly 14%, between 2010 and 2018, with the Uyghur inhabitants rising sooner than the area’s common fee.

“The rights and pursuits of Uyghur and different ethnic minorities have been absolutely protected,” the response mentioned. “The so-called ‘genocide’ is pure nonsense.”

Delivery fee plunges

However the authorities did not dispute the rise in sterilizations or the hole within the ratio of recent intrauterine gadgets (IUDs) between Xinjiang and the remainder of mainland China. Whereas IUD implants have plunged in China general, falling to simply 21 per 100,000 folks in 2018, in Xinjiang they’re turning into more and more widespread.

In keeping with native authorities statistics, there have been nearly 1,000 new IUD implants per 100,000 folks in Xinjiang in 2018, or 80% of China’s complete for that yr.

The Xinjiang authorities mentioned in its response that the start fee within the area had dropped from 15.88 per 1,000 folks in 2017 to 10.69 per 1,000 folks in 2018. The fax mentioned that the drop was resulting from “the great implementation of the household planning coverage.”

Up till 2015, the Chinese language authorities enforced a “one-child” household planning coverage countrywide, which allowed most city {couples} no multiple child. Ethnic minorities, such because the Uyghur folks, have been usually allowed to have as much as three however Xinjiang professional Zenz mentioned that households from these teams typically had many extra youngsters.
When China formally started the two-child coverage in January 2016, Uyghur residents residing in cities have been restricted to 2 youngsters for the primary time as effectively — their rural counterparts may nonetheless have as much as three.

The Xinjiang authorities attributed the sudden drop in inhabitants to Beijing’s household planning insurance policies lastly being correctly carried out within the area after 2017.

“In 2018, the variety of newborns decreased by roughly 120,000 in contrast with 2017, of which about 80,000 have been due to higher implementation of household planning coverage in accordance with legislation, in accordance with estimates by the well being and statistics division,” the response to CNN mentioned. The federal government insisted that those that complied with the household planning insurance policies did so voluntarily.

The federal government attributed the remaining 40,000 fewer infants to elevated training and financial improvement, leading to fewer youngsters within the area. The Xinjiang authorities didn’t embody the 2019 start figures for the area.

“As part of China, Xinjiang implements household planning insurance policies in accordance with nationwide legal guidelines and rules, and has by no means formulated and carried out household planning insurance policies for a single ethnic minority,” the response mentioned.

Women in Xinjiang shine a light on a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing

However Zenz identified that modifications to the pure start fee ought to happen over a number of years or perhaps a decade, not within the area of 12 to 36 months.

In reference to the federal government’s claims that compliance with the household planning insurance policies have been voluntary, Zenz questioned how doubtless it was that “17 instances extra girls spontaneously wished to be sterilized.”

“Han Chinese language lecturers from Xinjiang have themselves written that the Uyghurs resist any sort of contraceptive (and particularly sterilization),” he mentioned in an announcement to CNN.

Of their fax, the Xinjiang authorities additionally attacked Zenz personally, saying that he was “intentionally fabricating lies” and accused him of being a non secular fanatic who believed he was “led by God” to oppose China.

Zenz dismissed the Chinese language authorities’s allegations, saying they have been “resorting to non-public assaults” as a result of they could not disprove his analysis. “Much more egregious than these private assaults on me are Beijing’s smears in opposition to the Uyghur witnesses,” he mentioned in an announcement.

Assaults on girls

The Xinjiang authorities additionally zeroed in on claims made by two feminine Uyghurs quoted in CNN’s article — Zumrat Dawut and Gulbakhar Jalilova.

Dawut mentioned she had been pressured into sterilization by the native authorities in Xinjiang when she went to a authorities workplace to pay a superb for having one too many youngsters. Dawut additionally mentioned she had been in a detention heart in Xinjiang for about three months from March 2018.

Of their response, the federal government mentioned that Dawut had by no means been inside a voluntary “training and coaching heart,” the identify utilized by the Chinese language authorities for the alleged detention facilities, and that she had signed a type agreeing to the process often known as tubal ligation.

In CNN’s article, Jalilova, who’s a citizen of Kazakhstan and an ethnic Uyghur, mentioned she was held in a detention heart for 15 months after being arrested out of the blue and with out clarification throughout a enterprise journey to Xinjiang in Might 2017.

Jalilova claimed she suffered humiliation and torture whereas contained in the camps and mentioned she was raped by one of many guards.

Uyghur exile Gulbakhar Jalilova who says she suffered sexual abuse while she was held in detention centers in Xinjiang.

The Xinjiang authorities confirmed Jalilova’s claims that she had been detained for 15 months from Might 2017, alleging she was arrested “on suspicion of aiding terrorist actions.” In August 2018 she was launched on bail, after which she returned to Kazakhstan.

Of their assertion, the federal government denied that Jalilova had been raped or tortured, saying that every one of her “rights have been absolutely assured” and the workers who have been in her cell may show it.

When requested to answer the Chinese language authorities’s assertion, Jalilova stood by her claims and demanded the Xinjiang authorities present their proof. “Why do not they present a video? Why do not they present a photograph throughout my time in jail displaying that I used to be effectively fed and never crushed. The cameras have been working 24 hours,” she mentioned.

“I’m a citizen of Kazakhstan, what proper did they need to detain me for a yr and a half?”


Danny Masterson: That ’70s Present star’s lawyer denies rape expenses in court docket


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Actor Danny Masterson was arraigned on three rape expenses at a court docket in Los Angeles

Actor Danny Masterson, finest identified for his function within the hit collection That ’70s Present, has appeared in court docket accused of raping three girls within the early 2000s.

He’s charged with raping the ladies, who had been all of their 20s, between 2001 and 2003.

Mr Masterson, 44, denies the costs and has argued he was being persecuted for his high-profile membership of the Church of Scientology.

If convicted, the actor may resist 45 years in jail.

Free on $3.3m (£2.5m) bail since his arrest in mid-June, Mr Masterson made his first court docket look over the allegations in Los Angeles on Friday.

Whereas the actor didn’t enter a plea, his lawyer, Tom Mesereau, mounted a vigorous defence of his consumer, dismissing the costs in opposition to him as politically motivated.

The lawyer accused Los Angeles County District Lawyer Jackie Lacey of submitting the costs for political acquire forward of a bid to retain her put up in a November election.

“There have been repeated makes an attempt to politicise this case,” mentioned Mr Mesereau, who additionally defended Michael Jackson in opposition to sexual misconduct allegations in a earlier case. “He’s completely not responsible and we will show it.”

Ms Lacey is but to remark, however Deputy District Lawyer Reinhold Mueller dismissed Mr Mesereau allegations as “false” and “pure hypothesis, with no foundation in truth”.

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Actor Danny Masterson has denied the allegations in opposition to him

Friday’s court docket listening to was attended by all three of Mr Masterson’s accusers, whereas about 20 of the actor’s supporters stood exterior the courtroom, unable to enter as a result of coronavirus rules.

The allegations in opposition to Mr Masterson first got here to mild in 2017, when the #MeToo motion that impressed girls to go public with misconduct allegations was gathering momentum.

Mr Masterson was faraway from The Ranch – the Netflix comedy wherein he starred – over the allegations.

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On the time, Mr Masterson denied the “outrageous allegations” and vowed to clear his title “as soon as and for all”.

“Clearly, Mr Masterson and his spouse are in full shock contemplating that these practically 20-year-old allegations are instantly leading to expenses being filed, however they and their household are comforted realizing that in the end the reality will come out,” his lawyer Mr Mesereau mentioned in an announcement.

The costs got here after a three-year investigation by the Los Angeles Police Division. Prosecutors didn’t file expenses in two different circumstances as a result of inadequate proof and the statute of limitations expiring.

Mr Masterson has been married to the actor and mannequin Bijou Phillips since 2011.

That ’70s Present – which additionally starred Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis – ran from 1998 to 2006, gaining enormous worldwide success.


Donald Trump: President denies new assault allegation


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Mr Trump’s attorneys have denied the claims

US President Donald Trump has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a former mannequin in New York in 1997.

Amy Dorris advised the UK’s Guardian newspaper that Mr Trump groped varied elements of her physique and forcibly kissed her as she got here out a WC on the US Open tennis match.

Mr Trump’s attorneys have denied the claims, branding it an “try to assault” him earlier than the election.

A number of ladies have accused Mr Trump of inappropriate sexual misconduct.

The president has denied all the allegations towards him.

Ms Dorris, who was 24 years outdated on the time, stated she watched matches along with her then-boyfriend Jason Binn in Mr Trump’s VIP field.

She stated she used the lavatory and alleged Mr Trump was ready for her outdoors.

“He simply shoved his tongue down my throat and I used to be pushing him off. And that is when the grip turned tighter and his palms had been very gropey and throughout my butt, my breasts, my again, all the things,” she advised the Guardian.

“I used to be in his grip, and I could not get out of it.”

She says she advised Mr Trump to cease, however that “he did not care”.

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Ms Dorris stated she determined to return ahead along with her story with a purpose to be a job mannequin to her two teenage daughters. She stated she had thought of talking in regards to the incident in 2016, however selected to not out of worry for her household.

Jenna Ellis, authorized adviser to the Trump marketing campaign, advised CBS Information “the allegations are completely false”.

“We’ll contemplate each authorized means accessible to carry The Guardian accountable for its malicious publication of this unsubstantiated story,” she stated.

Talking to The Guardian, Mr Trump’s attorneys say there would have been different witnesses to the assault and recommended the allegation may very well be politically motivated forward of the November election.

His attorneys additionally stated Mr Binn advised them he didn’t recall Ms Dorris saying something inappropriate or uncomfortable had occurred with Mr Trump.

It’s not the primary time claims of sexual assault have been made towards the president.

Throughout the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Mr Trump confronted a barrage of sexual misconduct claims, bringing his behaviour in direction of ladies into sharp focus.

Many of the accusers got here ahead after video footage of Mr Trump claiming celebrities reminiscent of him can “do something” to ladies.

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One of many ladies was columnist Jean E Carroll who accused Mr Trump of sexually assaulted her in a division retailer in late 1995 or early 1996.

She alleges Mr Trump lunged at her, pinned her towards a wall and compelled himself on her.

Mr Trump accused Ms Carroll of “completely mendacity” in regards to the allegations.


Coronavirus: Trump denies downplaying severity of virus


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In an interview, President Trump mentioned he minimised the virus’s severity to keep away from panic

US President Donald Trump has denied downplaying the seriousness of Covid-19, regardless of admitting in a recorded interview to having finished that.

At a televised occasion with voters, Mr Trump mentioned he had “up-played” it.

The declare contradicts feedback Mr Trump made to journalist Bob Woodward earlier this yr, when he mentioned he minimised the virus’s severity to keep away from panic.

Mr Trump additionally repeated on Tuesday {that a} vaccine could possibly be prepared “inside weeks” regardless of scepticism from well being specialists.

No vaccine has but accomplished medical trials, main some scientists to worry politics relatively than well being and security is driving the push for a vaccine earlier than the three November presidential elections.

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Greater than 195,000 folks have died with Covid-19 within the US for the reason that starting of the pandemic, in accordance with information collated by Johns Hopkins college.

In the meantime, the journal Scientific American on Tuesday endorsed a presidential candidate for the primary time in its 175-year historical past, backing Democrat Joe Biden for the White Home.

The journal mentioned Mr Trump “rejects proof and science” and described his response to the coronavirus pandemic as “dishonest and inept”.

What did Trump say?

At Tuesday’s city corridor assembly held by ABC Information in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr Trump was requested why he would “downplay a pandemic that’s identified to disproportionately hurt low-income households and minority communities”.

Mr Trump responded: “Yeah, effectively, I did not downplay it. I really, in some ways, I up-played it, when it comes to motion.”

“My motion was very sturdy,” he mentioned, citing a ban imposed on folks travelling from China and Europe earlier this yr.

“We’d have misplaced hundreds of extra folks had I not put the ban on. We saved plenty of lives after we did that,” Mr Trump mentioned.

The US ban on international travellers who have been lately in China got here into power in early February, whereas a ban on travellers from European nations was launched the next month.

However Mr Trump has been accused of being sluggish implementing measures to curtail the virus.

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In its assertion on Tuesday, Scientific American mentioned regardless of warnings in January and February, Mr Trump “didn’t develop a nationwide technique to supply protecting gear, coronavirus testing or clear well being pointers.”

What did he inform Woodward?

Woodward, who broke the Watergate scandal in 1972 and is likely one of the US’s most revered journalists, interviewed Mr Trump 18 instances from December to July.

In February, Mr Trump indicated in an interview with Woodward that he knew extra concerning the severity of the sickness than he had mentioned publicly.

In keeping with a recording of the decision, the president mentioned coronavirus was deadlier than the flu.

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“It goes by means of the air,” Mr Trump is heard saying on the tape. “That is at all times harder than the contact. You do not have to the touch issues. Proper? However the air, you simply breathe the air and that is the way it’s handed.

“And in order that’s a really difficult one. That is a really delicate one.”

Later that month, Mr Trump mentioned that the virus was “very a lot beneath management”, and that the case depend would quickly be near zero. He additionally publicly implied the flu was extra harmful than Covid-19.

Talking on Capitol Hill on 10 March, Mr Trump mentioned: “Simply keep calm. It’ll go away.”

9 days later, after the White Home declared the pandemic a nationwide emergency, the president instructed Woodward: “I wished to at all times play it down. I nonetheless like taking part in it down, as a result of I do not wish to create a panic.”

Throughout the assembly, a gaggle of unusual folks got an opportunity to pose questions on to the president. It was an uncommon occasion for Donald Trump, who has lengthy most well-liked talking at campaign-style rallies.

One of many individuals – Ellesia Blaque, an assistant professor who suffers from an inflammatory illness – requested concerning the president’s healthcare plan and if it might assist folks with preexisting circumstances.

When Mr Trump interrupted her, she requested him to let her proceed and he fell silent. It was a uncommon second for the president. He sometimes surrounds himself by supporters and when reporters ask powerful questions, he assaults them.

However he couldn’t accuse Ms Blaque of getting an agenda. She and others on the city corridor occasion demanded solutions in a method that few folks have been in a position to. He assured her these with preexisting circumstances could be protected beneath his plan however didn’t supply specifics.

It was the form of real-time change that he has tried to keep away from, and the way she and others within the viewers – and throughout the US – really feel about his responses may assist decide the end result of the election.

What else did Trump say in Philadelphia?

Mr Trump, who’s looking for re-election, repeated his earlier declare that the virus would disappear by itself as a result of folks would “develop… herd mentality”, probably referring to “herd immunity” when sufficient folks have developed resistance to a illness to cease its transmission.

He additionally once more forged doubt on the scientific recommendation of his personal administration on mask-wearing.

“The idea of a masks is nice, however… you are consistently touching it. You are touching your face. You are touching plates. There are folks that do not suppose masks are good,” he mentioned.

The US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention strongly urges using face masks.

Mr Trump has made contradictory feedback on face masks, on the one hand disparaging them as unsanitary, and on the opposite calling on People to “present patriotism” by sporting them.

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The Q&A gathering with undecided voters on Tuesday got here because the presidential election battle entered its remaining stretches.

Mr Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden is predicted to sit down for the same programme in Pennsylvania that may air on Thursday.

Pennsylvania is seen as a key battleground state within the race to the White Home.


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