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UK Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins Suspended After Sexual Assault Accusations


Mr Hopkins, 76, has been MP for Luton North since 1997 and served as Jeremy Corbyn's shadow culture secretary last summer. Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins (pictured left) has been suspended from the party over allegations of harassment. He has denied acting inappropriately, saying he "simply put an arm around [Ms Etemadzadeh's] shoulder to give her a brief, slight hug". "She waved me off as I drove away and did not say anything whatsoever to suggest that anything had occurred that upset her, ... Read More »

Offshore found 10 million pounds of Queen Elizabeth II


The Duchy says it still holds the Dover Street investment, which is expected to mature in two to three years. "The situation is made worse by revelations her wealth management team have invested in an offshore portfolio", the campaign group said. Read More »

Netanyahu signals Gaza militant bodies to be bargaining chips

Israeli media reported that the deceased fighters are also members of Islamic Jihad, which vowed to ensure their swift return from Israeli custody. Speaking at a ceremony in northern Israel on Monday, Netanyahu indicated Israel would seek to use the five bodies as part of a deal to receive the remains of two Israeli soldiers. Read More »

Manus Island: Turnbull declines New Zealand refugee offer


Ms Ardern will be accompanied by NZ First leader and Deputy Prime Minister Winson Peters and Trade Minister David Parker at the summit, which she heads to on Thursday. Advocates for 600 people detained on Manus Island say the health crisis there is worsening six days after authorities walked away. The issue re-emerged when the Australian prime minister met his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern for the first time Sunday in Sydney . Read More »

Explosive claims about Martin Luther King in JFK docs


The 20-page file dated just three weeks before King's April 1968 assassination, while King was cruising forward with his historic campaign for civil rights. "One room had a large table in it which was filled with whiskey". A section of the declassified Federal Bureau of Investigation report titled "King's Personal Conduct" claims that King had extramarital affairs with at least four women, including folk singer-songwriter Joan Baez. Read More »

PKR lawmaker calls for more federal flood mitigation allocation in Penang


He said flood water had risen to three to four meters, adding that the state government is mobilizing all resources with the assistance of the federal government to handle the situation. Elaborating further, Raja Mohamed Affandi said over 200 military personnel had been deployed to several areas in Penang to help flood victims in that state. Read More »

Turnbull announces plan to have MPs declare citizenship status after election


He has flagged potential changes to the constitution, noting that more than half of Australia's population of 24 million was either born overseas or has a parent who was born overseas. MPs and senators must also disclose their date and place of birth as well as those details for their parents. Australia's constitution states that dual citizens could not be elected. Read More »

Ground Invasion Only Way to Secure N.Korean Nukes, Says Pentagon


The risks involved included a potential nuclear counter-attack by North Korea while USA forces attempted to disable its "deeply buried, underground facilities", he said. Recent drills over South Korea by two USA strategic bombers have further raised tensions. But the president has not come to his senses and instead is "seriously stimulating the DPRK (North Korea) by making foolish remarks, " the paper said in a commentary carried by the KCNA state news agency. Read More »

'Warrior nation': Trump warns China that Japan may act on North Korea


He was quick to add, however, that it'll have to be seen how related developments go and that it's "far too early" to seek such dialogue. One of Trump's first acts as president was withdrawing the USA from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive pact negotiated by the Obama administration that included Japan and several other Asian nations. Read More »

France to contest World Rugby's recommendation

While the actual destination of the tournament has not yet been decided (the decision will be announced on November 15th), it has since become clear that France, the nation whose bid was deemed less preferable than the outstanding candidate, South Africa, have grown aggrieved with the entire process. Read More »

Written-off Real will bounce back, says Ramos


Madrid welcomed the struggling Gran Canarians on the back of successive defeats to promoted Girona, and in the Champions League to Tottenham Hotspur . Asensio has made a habit of netting in spectacular fashion in his first 18 months at Madrid and pounced on a loose ball 30 yards from goal to rifle a shot that rose all the way on its trajectory into the top corner. Read More »

US Service Member Killed in Afghanistan


A US service member was killed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the military said, without giving details of his identity or the circumstances of his death, which occurred as American forces have stepped up operations against the Taliban. Read More »

Trump's cabinet members amongst those named in Paradise Papers

The disclosure of Ross' financial interests in Russia comes as a special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, and three congressional panels are investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, an effort the US intelligence community has concluded was led by Putin in an effort to undermine US democracy and help Trump win the White House. Read More »

US Strikes ISIS in Somalia for 1st Time

Local officials confirmed the airstrikes. According to Voice of America, which cited the chairman of the town of Qandala in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, six missiles hit an ISIS base in Buqa village, 60km away. The AFRICOM statement said that U.S. forces will continue to cooperate with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) to target "terrorists", their training camps and safe havens throughout Somalia. Read More »

UP ATS arrests suspected IS militant in Mumbai


It is said that he was in contact with other operatives who were held from Bijnor and other parts of Western Uttar Pradesh. Security agencies have been tracking the movement of the suspect and then arrested him when he landed in Mumbai . Zaid, who was living in Riyadh, ran a social media group to radicalize young people in India and lure them to IS, Kumar said. Accumulated evidence from the mobile of the arrested accused was also found. Read More »

Fines but No Jail for Deserter Bowe Bergdahl — Military Judge


The judge also gave Bergdahl a dishonorable discharge, reduced his rank to private and ordered him to forfeit pay equal to $1,000 per month for 10 months. But the four-star general in charge of the case moved forward with a court-martial on all charges. "He has lost almost a decade of his life". Bergdahl told military investigators he planned to make the 18-mile trek to another base so he could complain about what he thought was a lack of leadership. Read More »

Twin bomb attacks kill six in northern Iraq


Tillerson engaging in telephone diplomacy aimed at defusing the situation. Kirkuk was among territory seized by Peshmerga forces when the Iraqi military abandoned the city in the face of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) advances in 2014, but it is not within the borders of the KRG's autonomous territory. Read More »

8 police killed in terrorist attack in Yemen claimed by ISIS

Earlier on Sunday, Yemeni security sources had said they suspected Al-Qaeda militants were behind the well-coordinated attack. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the assault, without providing evidence. Militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch and the Islamic State group (IS) are more active in the country's southern part and Yemeni armed forces supported by the UAE started waging large offensives against some hideouts there. Read More »

Trump touts 'crucial' alliance with Japan as he kicks off Asia tour


Trump will play golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later in the day and will also have a working dinner with government officials. The first-year president is also scheduled to attend Asian economic summits in Vietnam and the Philippines, where his criticism of US trade agreements will take center stage. Read More »

Rockford police officer dies following traffic stop

Cox made a traffic stop at State Street and Dawn Avenue according to Rockford police. Shortly after, Cox called for assistance. Officers responded to find Cox critically injured, as well as a single-vehicle crash two blocks north. "As far as suspects, we don't feel the public is in jeopardy right now", he continued. The officer joined the department in December 2016 after working for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Division, the Rockford Register Star reports . Read More »

Campaign adviser says Trump listened to Papadopoulos and 'heard him out'


Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, told CBS News there is "no question" Sessions needs to appear before Congress again in an open session to "reconcile" his testimony. "I was very troubled by Attorney General Sessions comments overall", said Sen. Lieu said Sessions should resign from his post because "the top law enforcement official in the United States cannot have committed a crime and still be there". Read More »

Mueller Has Evidence To Charge Flynn, Son In Russia Probe, Sources Say

Flynn. The elder Flynn was sacked in February after a disclosure that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about Flynn's contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S. Mr Flynn has undertaken paid work as a lobbyist on behalf of the Turkish government. They are also trying to determine if Flynn was behind a request to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation re-review a Turkish extradition request just weeks after Trump took office, and if so, if that request was made in ... Read More »

Qatar WorldSBK: Rea cruises to race-one win


Having set a new outright circuit record lap in Superpole earlier in the evening, Rea pushed his Kawasaki ZX-10RR to the limits over the course of the 17-lap contest around the 5.380km Losail International Circuit. The Racing Ducati rider made "the best start of my career" to dart into an early lead in the 2017 finale but at turn five suffered a heart-in-mouth moment when he nearly high-sided off the bike, only for the Welsh rider to cling on and lose just one position. Read More »

260 detained at anti-Putin protest


It added that officers from the powerful Investigative Committee, which probes serious crime, was questioning detainees at some police stations. Police in helmets and body armour moved in to seize activists, mostly young men, at the authorised event in Lyublino, a suburb of southern Moscow. Read More »

Confident India battle-ready for China in women's Asia Cup final


Then, in the sudden death, captain Rani Rampal scored for India, while Liang Meiyu failed for China to give India a 5-4 win. This was the fourth final that India played after being champions in 2004 and runners-up in 1999 and 2009. On Friday, India came up with a splendid over-all performance to defeat defending champions Japan in the semi-finals and book their place in the summit showdown. Read More »

Man accused of assaulting German tourist proclaims his innocence


For research work, German national Holger Erik had to go to Agori and was looking for directions at the station when Aman Kumar, an electrician of a private company, greeted him. The German citizen has refused to talk to the media. "His passport and visa were deposited in the CJP Court, Kullu which is hearing the matter", UP Police said in a srarement posted on Twitter. Read More »

Bayern were superior to Dortmund, admits Bosz


Saturday's fixture is an opportunity to extend their lead in the title race and heap more misery on a Dortmund side now in crisis. Marc Bartra was able to pull one back late on in the first Klassiker of the Bundesliga campaign, but it was not enough to stop Bayern moving four points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig at the top of the table. Read More »

Breeders' Cup: Gun Runner dominates Classic, goes wire-to


See TDN America for full Breeders' Cup reports. Moore earned his ninth Cup victory. Geroux told NBC after the race that it was not his plan to go to the front immediately but that his horse wanted to run as soon as the gate opened. It was the second year in a row that Lady Eli was a beaten favorite in this race. It was his ninth career Cup victory. At 5-2, he was a rare favorite to come in a victor on a day that saw Bar of Gold, priced at 66-1, win the Filly & Mare Sprint and 30-1 shot ... Read More »

Iraqi Forces Enter al-Qaim in 'Last Big Fight' against ISIS


Iraqi forces launched the operation last week to seize Al-Qaim and its surroundings, a pocket of barren desert along the Euphrates river near the border with Syria . Backed by Russian air raids, the forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad have waged a sustained campaign to retake areas in Deir Az Zor province. Read More »

Turnbull Knocks Back New Zealand's Refugee Offer


Prior to the election, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand should consider retaliatory measures if the policy was carried out. She said the circumstances had changed since the last time the offer was made - by English in February. Read More »

Jail time for disrespecting Chinese anthem


During the past few years, soccer fans in Hong Kong have booed the national anthem during World Cup qualifiers and other matches. Pro-democracy activists fear the law will be used to undermine freedom of speech and protest, after a punishing year of setbacks including the jailing of prominent members of the democracy movement for their roles in anti-government protests. Read More »

Trump Plans to See Putin in Asia Amid Scrutiny of Campaign Ties


Sunday, November 5, he will arrive in Japan on November 6-7 in South Korea, November 8 - in China, November 10, will go to Vietnam, where he will participate in the APEC forum. "Now, another former Trump campaign advisor, JD Gordon, has come forward, and according to CNN , Gordon said, "[Trump] heard him out", in referring to Papadopoulos presenting the idea of meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read More »

Bowl-eligible Virginia scores late, beats Georgia Tech


The Yellow Jackets (4-4, 3-3) had driven 90 yards in nine plays to take the lead. After an A.J. Mejia 36-yard field goal gave Virginia an early 3-0 lead, Georgia Tech responded with a touchdown as Marshall punched it in from 1 yard out. Read More »