Trump ignores outcry and tweets on ally’s court sentencing Feb 21, 2020 0 1454 12345 AFPWashingtonPresident Donald Trump on Thursday brazenly ignored his attorney general’s plea to stop tweeting about ongoing court cases, again expressing displeasure with how his longtime ally Roger Stone is being treated in court.The president questioned the “fairness” in a tweet to his nearly 73 million followers, right as a Washington, DC, federal judge was opening Stone’s sentencing hearing.Roger Stone was jailed for 40 months on Thursday for impeding a congressional investigation, in a case that ignited a firestorm over the US president’s political interference in the justice system.“They say Roger Stone lied to Congress. OH, I see,” Trump tweeted before listing cases involving opponents like Hillary Clinton that ended without prison terms. “FAIRNESS?” Trump asked.The tweet demonstrated Trump’s disregard for the outcry sparked by his habit of tweeting about the multiple court cases and investigations plaguing his administration.Opponents have long accused Trump of breaking the long-held norms of separation between the White House and the judiciary -- allegedly with the aim of protecting himself and his allies.Stone, a veteran Republican operative and one of Trump’s oldest confidants, was convicted in November of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to cheat in the 2016 election.“The truth still exists,” said US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson as she handed down the sentence. “The truth, still matters. Roger Stone’s insistence that it doesn’t, his belligerence, his pride in his own lies are a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the very foundation of our democracy.” RELATED ARTICLES China sees drop in new virus cases, but more deaths abroad Feb 21, 2020 0 1807 France shuts oldest reactors, but nuclear power still reigns Feb 21, 2020 0 86 Merkel slams ‘poison’ of racism after 9 killed in Germany shootings Feb 21, 2020 0 86 Indonesian minister urges fatwa requiring rich to marry poor Jakarta: An Indonesian minister called for a fatwa, or religious edict, requiring the rich to marry the poor to reduce inequality, local media reported on Thursday. “What happens is the poor marry the poor and they .. Vietnamese hospital discharges 3-month-old after Covid-19 recovery Hanoi: A 3-month-old in Vietnam who contracted the new coronavirus that has spread to dozens of countries since its outbreak in China was discharged from hospital on Thursday. The baby is one of 16 patients who tested .. US, Britain blame Russia for 2019 cyberattacks in Georgia AFP London Britain and the United States on Thursday accused Russia of orchestrating a “reckless” cyber assault against Georgia last year as part of an aggressive campaign of online attacks worldwide. The .. Nepalese newspaper defiant after China slams virus criticism Kathmandu: A Nepalese newspaper on Thursday slammed Beijing for trying to muzzle free speech after it was accused of “deliberate” and “malicious” smearing by the Chinese embassy in the Himalayan nation. The embassy had .. Taliban deputy leader says ‘committed’ to peace in New York Times op-ed AFP Kabul The deputy leader of the Taliban and one of the world’s most wanted militants has written an opinion piece for the New York Times in which he says the Afghan insurgents are “fully committed” to a deal with .. Kashmiri freelance journalist wins AFP’s Kate Webb Prize Hong Kong: Freelance reporter Ahmer Khan was named the winner of the 2019 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize on Thursday for his coverage on the ground in India-controlled Kashmir during Delhi’s lockdown of the .. France, Germany sign prototype contract for future fighter jet Paris: France and Germany on Thursday gave the green light for building a prototype of Europe’s next-generation fighter jet, effectively launching a project long held up by disputes over how the industrial work would be ..