OSCARS-THE LATEST The Latest: Rami Malek falls, but recovers, after Oscar win LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rami Malek may have had a brief fall from the heights of his best-actor Oscar victory for “Bohemian Rhapsody”…
The Latest: Rami Malek falls, but recovers, after Oscar win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rami Malek may have had a brief fall from the heights of his best-actor Oscar victory for “Bohemian Rhapsody” but he recovered in time to visit reporters in time to deliver emotional remarks on how much it meant to him to win his award.
The actor was checked by medical personnel after he took a tumble inside the auditorium shortly after winning.
He appeared fine when he came backstage to answer reporters’ questions.
Malek says, “The fact that I have this in my hand right now is beyond my expectation that myself or perhaps my family ever could have had,” he said, clutching his Oscar backstage.
— Lynn Elber and John Rogers in a backstage media room at the Oscars.
Vietnam vows ‘maximum level’ security for Trump-Kim summit
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is on an armored train barreling through China on his way to Hanoi. U.S. President Donald Trump is about to board a jet for Vietnam’s capital. And officials in Hanoi are scrambling to put the finishing touches in place for the summit of the two leaders.
Vietnamese officials said Monday they only had about 10 days to prepare but are vowing to provide airtight security for a rushed summit meant to address North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear program that’s on the verge of viably threatening any target on the planet.
Many experts are deeply skeptical that Kim will give up his nukes, but there is a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many here in Hanoi ahead of a summit that will capture world attention.
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Expectations low as Trump looks for win in NKorea summit
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will head into his second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un lowering expectations for Pyongyang’s denuclearization while eager to declare a flashy victory to offset the political turmoil he faces at home.
Trump was the driving force behind this week’s Vietnam summit, aiming to re-create the global spectacle of his first meeting with Kim, although that initial summit yielded limited results and the months that followed left many questions about what will be achieved in the sequel.
Trump once warned that North Korea’s arsenal posed such a threat to humanity that he may have no choice but to rain “fire and fury” on the rogue nation, yet last week he declared that he was in “no rush” for Pyongyang to prove it was abandoning its weapons.
US and Venezuela opposition to discuss ways to oust Maduro
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is planning new ways to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give up power and other means to provide assistance to the people of the economically devastated South American nation.
Vice President Mike Pence travels Monday to the Colombian capital to meet with members of a regional coalition and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to discuss the next steps aimed at ousting Maduro.
A senior administration official says Pence is expected to announce “clear actions” to restore democracy and get humanitarian aid into the country.
Pence’s appearance before the Lima Group of nations comes after a U.S.-backed effort to deliver humanitarian across the border ended in violence. Forces loyal to Maduro fired tear gas and buckshot on activists accompanying supplies, killing two and wounding at least 300.
The Latest: Shanghai shares soar after US tariff hike delay
BEIJING (AP) — The Shanghai Composite index has jumped 5.5 percent after President Donald Trump announced he was extending a deadline for escalating tariffs on Chinese imports.
The benchmark was trading at its highest level in about 8 months on the news that the truce in a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies would persist as the two sides talk out their differences.
Other markets in the region also rose, but by smaller margins. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index added 0.5 percent while Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 also climbed 0.5 percent.
Former US security officials to oppose emergency declaration
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of former U.S. national security officials is set to release a statement arguing that there is no justification for President Donald Trump to use a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The statement reviewed by The Associated Press has 58 signatures from prominent former officials, including former Secretaries of State Madeline Albright and John Kerry, former Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel and Leon Panetta and former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
The statement to be released Monday says “there is no factual basis for the declaration of a national emergency.”
Trump declared an emergency in an effort to obtain wall funding beyond the $1.4 billion Congress has approved for border security.
Democrats ready to fight to make Mueller report public
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Democrat has threatened to call special counsel Robert Mueller to Capitol Hill, subpoena documents and sue the Trump administration if the full report on Mueller’s Russia investigation is not made public.
Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that his committee will keep close watch on new Attorney General William Barr to see if he were “to try to bury any part of this report.” Schiff also pledged to “take it to court if necessary.”
He said anything less than complete disclosure would leave Barr, who now oversees the investigation, with “a tarnished legacy.”
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The Latest: Lawyer: R. Kelly to stay jailed 1 or 2 more days
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly’s attorney says the R&B singer won’t get out of jail until Monday or Tuesday as arrangements are made to pay the $100,000 bail needed to free him while he awaits trial for aggravated sexual abuse.
Steve Greenberg told The Associated Press on Sunday that Kelly is capable of paying and should be released in a day or two. But he said others have to act for him and the coordination is complicated because Kelly is behind bars.
Charges were announced Friday. The 52-year-old Kelly faces 10 sexual abuse counts involving four victims, three of whom were minors. Through Greenberg, he denied the allegations.
A bond court judge Saturday set bond at $1 million, requiring Kelly to pay 10 percent of that to go free. Greenberg told the judge that Kelly isn’t wealthy despite decades of success creating hit songs. Greenberg said later he was happy with the bail amount.
Billy Porter kicks off Oscars carpet in velvet tuxedo gown
NEW YORK (AP) — Thank you, Billy Porter, for getting the Oscars red carpet off to a fierce start.
Often a fashion adventurer, the stage performer, singer and actor stood tall and proud in a bombshell velvet tuxedo gown created by Christian Siriano. There was a bow tie, ruffle-cuff white shirt and classic tuxedo jacket on top paired with a strapless full-skirted gown in inky black.
Nobody was more excited than Siriano himself. He tweeted the look as soon as Porter hit the carpet.
Constance Wu of “Crazy Rich Asians” also walked early in Los Angeles on Sunday. She was in a delicate, sunshine-yellow gown with full pleats, asymmetrical sleeves and a sweetheart neckline. She pulled her hair back in a youthful high ponytail, allowed her drop diamond earrings to shine.
The Latest: UN rights chief condemns Venezuela violence
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.N.’s high commissioner for human rights is condemning violence at points on the Venezuelan border where opposition figures have been trying to bring in aid shipments.
Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet focused her criticism on excessive use of force used by the Venezuelan security forces, as well the involvement of pro-government groups. She said Sunday that has led to at least four confirmed deaths and more than 300 injuries over the previous two days.
She said, “The Venezuelan government must stop its forces from using excessive force against unarmed protesters and ordinary citizens.”
Socialist President Nicolas Maduro is using his troops to block shipments of aid that are meant to undermine his authority and bolster that of opposition leader Juan Guaido.
Bachelet urged Maduro’s government “to rein in” pro-government groups reportedly using force against protesters.
She said: “The use of proxy forces has a long and sinister history in the region,” and added, “it is very alarming to see them operating openly in this way in Venezuela.”
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