Michael Moore leads audience of Broadway play to Trump Tower

Michael Moore attends "The Terms Of My Surrender" Broadway Opening Night - After Party at Bryant Park Grill on August 10, 2017 in New York City. (AFP)
Updated 16 August 2017

Michael Moore leads audience of Broadway play to Trump Tower

NEW YORK: Michael Moore has led the audience of his Broadway play to Trump Tower to protest President Donald Trump’s comments about the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
On Facebook, Moore urged people to join him at Trump Tower after Tuesday night’s performance of his one-man show “The Terms of My Surrender” to “nonviolently express our rage.”
After the play, Moore is seen on a Facebook Live video leading a group of people to the tower, where the president is currently staying for the first time since his inauguration. He was joined by actor Mark Ruffalo. They led the group in chants including “hey, hey, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go.”
Earlier Monday, Trump again said both sides were to blame for last weekend’s deadly violence in Virginia.


Afghan head of peace talks says ready for dialogue with Taliban

Updated 7 min 34 sec ago

Afghan head of peace talks says ready for dialogue with Taliban

  • Abdullah Abdullah: ongoing lull in violence set the tone for launching the peace talks
  • Taliban offered a rare three-day cease-fire that ended on Tuesday night to mark the Eid Al-Fitr

KABUL: A top Afghan official appointed to lead the much-awaited peace talks with the Taliban said Saturday his team was ready to start “at any moment” with the insurgents.
Abdullah Abdullah, who heads a council to represent the government in negotiations, said an ongoing lull in violence triggered by a surprise cease-fire offered by the insurgents had set the tone for launching the peace talks.
“The announcement of the cease-fire, a reduction in violence and the exchange of prisoners have all paved the way for a good beginning,” Abdullah said at his first press conference since taking on the role.
“The negotiating team is ready to begin the talks at any moment,” he said.
However, he added that there must be a fresh cease-fire during the talks.
The Taliban offered a rare three-day cease-fire that ended on Tuesday night to mark the Eid Al-Fitr festival.
Officials have blamed the Taliban for carrying out some deadly attacks against security forces since the cease-fire ended, but also acknowledged that the temporary truce has led to an overall fall in violence across much of the country.
The government responded to the cease-fire by accelerating the release of hundreds of Taliban prisoners.
The peace talks between the government and Taliban were scheduled to begin before March 10.
The United States has pushed the two sides to begin negotiating with an aim to end the nearly two-decades old war in the impoverished country.
Washington has signed a separate deal with the Taliban, which stipulates that all foreign forces will be withdrawn from the country by May next year.
Abdullah was appointed to lead the peace talks after he ended his bitter political feud with President Ashraf Ghani earlier this month.
Abdullah had announced himself as a rival president after he rejected the result of the September election which was won by incumbent Ghani.