Trump move to free ally Stone is ‘historic corruption’: Romney Jul 12, 2020 0 873 12345 AFPWashingtonDonald Trump’s commutation of the prison sentence of longtime ally Roger Stone was a case of “unprecedented, historic corruption,” Senator Mitt Romney tweeted on Saturday, making his a rare Republican voice raised in criticism of the president.Stone, who is 67, had been set on Tuesday to begin serving a 40-month prison term after his conviction on seven felony charges originally brought by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. The charges include tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to help him win the 2016 election.Romney, who infuriated Trump when he became the only Republican to vote to convict the president in his impeachment trial, pulled no punches on Saturday.“Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” he tweeted.His blunt criticism set him apart from most Republicans, but it aligned him with the unanimous condemnation coming from the president’s Democratic critics, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.“President Trump’s decision to commute the sentence of top campaign advisor Roger Stone, who could directly implicate him in criminal misconduct, is an act of staggering corruption,” she tweeted on Saturday.Pelosi called for legislation “to ensure that no president can pardon or commute the sentence of an individual who is engaged in a cover-up campaign to shield that president from criminal prosecution.” RELATED ARTICLES Serbia arrests 71 over virus protest violence, including Briton and Tunisian Jul 12, 2020 0 635 Guatemala stand-alone Jul 12, 2020 0 838 Bosnia stand alone Jul 12, 2020 0 838 WHO urges aggressive virus measures as world’s cases double in six weeks AFP Geneva The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some nations clamp fresh restrictions on citizens. .. Calls for harsh punishments after death of bus driver in France PARIS: French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Saturday vowed to come down hard on the perpetrators of a brutal attack on a bus driver who reportedly would not allow them to board without face masks. He promised that the .. Bulgarian president demands resignation of ‘mafia’ type government SOFIA: Bulgarian President Roumen Radev on Saturday called for the resignation of the government, which he described as having a “mafia character”, after police raids on his offices during the week which Radev blamed on .. Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge PANAMA CITY: Hospitals in Panama are on the brink of collapse as coronavirus cases spike in the Central American country worst hit by the pandemic, where doctors are already exhausted. With a population of four million, .. Brazil surges past 70,000 virus deaths AFP Rio de Janeiro Brazil surpassed 70,000 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the health ministry said, though the number of daily fatalities appears to be stabilising. The ministry said there had been 45,000 new infections .. California to release 8,000 more prisoners over virus fears AFP Los Angeles California will release up to 8,000 more prisoners to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in its crowded jails, according to authorities in the US state, one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. The inmates .. US breaks own daily COVID-19 record, more than 66,000 new infections DPA Washington The United States again broke its own record for new coronavirus cases in a single day, with more than 66,600 fresh infections documented over the course of Friday, according to the latest data from Johns ..