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Palestinian official says USA will never present Middle East peace plan

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Palestinian officials, however, have continued to rule out any American role in the peace process since Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital past year. The funding reductions come as the Trump administration prepares to unveil a controversial Mideast peace plan dubbed the "Deal of the Century", details of which have yet to be publicized. Read More »

Almost stalled, Florence besieges Carolinas with floodwaters

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Volunteers help rescue residents from their flooded homes on Friday in New Bern, North Carolina. Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed motel. Florence flattened trees, buckled buildings and crumpled roads. The storm is some 400 miles (645 kilometers) wide. Officials in New Bern, which dates to the early 18th century, said more than 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown are was under water by Friday afternoon. Read More »

Dem lawmaker from Kavanaugh accuser's district: ‘I’m proud of my constituent’

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called for the delay shortly after The Washington Post published a story naming the woman who says that Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her when they were both teenagers. She said Mr Kavanaugh and a friend had allegedly "corralled" her into a bedroom at a gathering. Ford first came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of assault in July, sending Sen. Read More »

White House, Grassley Back Kavanaugh After Accuser Goes Public

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Following the reveal of Ford's letter, a spokesperson for Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley - the Republican senator who set the timeline for Kavanaugh's confirmation - told The New York Times that Grassley has no plans to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation vote, which is set to take place this Thursday. Read More »

SC governor names state fatalities from Florence

The Swansboro total of 86.08 centimetres is the most for any tropical storm or hurricane north of Florida along the East Coast and represents a new two-day and three-day rainfall record for North Carolina. CORRECTING GRAMMAR AND TYPO IN CITY NAME A family is stalled in water as they wait to be rescued during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018. Read More »

Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into Hong Kong, and the scenes were apocalyptic

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The eye of Mangkhut, the Thai name for Southeast Asia's mangosteen fruit, skirted 100 kms (62 miles) south of Hong Kong but the former British colony was still caught in the typhoon's swirling bands of rain and gale-force winds. Emergency workers navigated the roads on jet skis and dinghies, rescuing trapped residents. Police and their vehicles could not immediately reach the landside-hit area because the ground was unstable and soaked from the heavy rains, regional police chief Rolando Nana ... Read More »

Monica Lewinsky Thanks Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford for Coming Forward

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While Senate Democrats are again calling on Kavanaugh's vote to be delayed, the White House is also standing behind Kavanaugh, whom President Donald Trump tapped in July to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) plans to move forward with the vote after a woman wrote a letter to lawmakers alleging Kavanaugh held her down and tried to force himself on her during an alcohol-fueled high school party in the '80s, Politico ... Read More »

Koreas to open joint liaison office in Kaesong

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The issue of declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War will be high on the agenda in Pyongyang . "There is no need for the north and the south in their relations to read other's face and hesitate", North Korea's most influential newspaper added, emphasizing a thaw in inter-Korean ties. Read More »

MA residents cleared to return to areas hit by gas explosions

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CreditSights Inc. analysts said Friday in a note that the MA incident "appears to have been caused by the utility working on the gas lines immediately before the explosions occurred". Investigators will also look at how local Columbia Gas officials responded to a "pressure increase" in the Lawrence area that was detected at the company's pipeline control center in Columbus, Ohio, prior to the explosions and fires. Read More »

Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh accuser, details sexual assault allegation

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According to the Post , Ford is now a professor at Palo Alto University who teaches in a consortium with Stanford University, training graduate students in clinical psychology. As her private outreach to California Democratic Sen. Feinstein on Sunday called on the FBI to investigate Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee". Read More »

Protests continue: 16-year-old Gazan succumbs to wounds

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A total of 19,139 Palestinians have also sustained injuries. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday welcomed the latest United States moves. "They are telling us "peace based on the truth", Erekat said. Some U.S. officials have privately said they were counting on Arab states to use their influence with the Palestinians to convince them to come to the negotiating table. Read More »

Trump's Court Pick BREAKS SILENCE on Feinstein's Letter — KAVANAUGH SPEAKS

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According to CNN.com , "Kavanaugh physically pushed her into a bedroom, the accuser said". She said she tried to scream and he put his hand over her mouth. The allegation came just one week before the Senate Judiciary Committee is to vote on his nomination. 'Why suffer through the annihilation if it's not going to matter?' she told the paper. Read More »

SANA: Syrian air defenses shoot down several Israeli missiles

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Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the attack targeted an arms depot near the airport where new weapons recently arrived for the Iranians or Lebanon's Hezbollah group. Local sources reported the strike was aimed at Iranian military targets near the airport, and said at least four explosions were heard, adding there appeared to be an attack on an underground compound near the airport. Read More »

No evidence deadly gas explosion near Boston was 'nefarious'

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Mansfield. Leonel Rondon, 18, was killed inside a auto in the town of Lawrence when a chimney fell on his vehicle from a house explosion, a spokeswoman with the Essex County District Attorney's office said. There is no evidence that anything nefarious contributed to the fires, Sumwalt said. The integrity management system of the pipeline operator Columbia Gas. Read More »

5 a.m. update: Hurricane Florence continues to approach Southeast coast

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A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis, Saba and St Eustatius. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been posted for several Caribbean islands as a weakening Tropical Storm Isaac continues its trek toward the Leeward and Windward Islands. Read More »

Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence

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While the storm has since weakened, a storm surge of more than 12-feet and almost 30-inches of rain is still expected. "Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km)". Read More »

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks world record at Berlin marathon

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By the half way mark, Kipchoge had completely imposed himself on the race with chasing compatriot Wilson Kipsang and Amos Kipruto nowhere in sight. It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967. In another victory for Kenyan athletics, Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds, setting a new women's record for the course in Berlin . Read More »

Experts disagree on whether Dallas officer could be credible

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Nine days after the shooting, there has been a sloppy investigation, Guyger has changed her story multiple times and the police have tried to blame the victim by saying there was marijuana his home. O'Donnell said it would require a full investigation to determine all the factors that went into her shooting Jean , and that one or two details could make a difference. Read More »

Man dead after suspected shark attack at MA beach

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Great white shark sightings in Cape Cod have soared this year , with experts blaming increased seal levels close to the region's beaches. The 26-year-old man from Revere was attacked as he was boogie boarding with a friend on Saturday afternoon at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, cops say. Read More »

Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas

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With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, stranded people were being rescued by boat and by helicopter, while tens of thousands of others hunkered down in shelters. On Thursday, Florence was a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds (193 km). It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wilmington. Read More »

Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert Respond To Donald Trump’s Claims About Puerto Rico

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Trump visited the island in early October to assess the situation amid widespread criticism over the recovery efforts. Ron DeSantis ― who during the primary campaign dressed his infant son in a "Make America Great Again" onesie for a TV commercial to show his adoration of Trump ― released a statement disagreeing with Trump's assertion that 3,000 people did not die because of the storm and that the number was the work of Democrats . Read More »

Arrested Texas border agent described as 'serial killer'

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Cuellar said his department has "very strong evidence" to believe Ortiz killed the women, who he said were sex workers. Mr Ortiz fled but was arrested in a hotel parking lot in the city of Laredo. "While it is CBP policy to not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated", his statement read. Read More »

Russia is peace-loving state: Putin

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On site, Mr Putin praised the "mastery" of the Russian army and its "ability to deal with potential threats". " Russia is a peaceful nation", Putin said Thursday, according to the AP, before adding that it must "be ready to protect its sovereignty, security and national interests, and, if necessary, support our allies". Read More »

Accused Russian Hit Men: We Were in Salisbury for Sightseeing, Not Poisoning

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The men said that far from plotting to poison a turncoat spy with a deadly nerve agent, they were actually just in England to admire the Gothic architecture in the city of Salisbury . "Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town", the man known as Petrov told the RT TV network. "Maybe we did [approach] Skripal's house but we don't know where it's located". Read More »

As Florence weakens, live surf cam videos show impact on Carolinas

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In addition to the coastal flood warning, a tropical storm warning is in effect for Hampton Roads from Poquoson to the Virginia-North Carolina border because of Hurricane Florence . Hurricanes are categorized on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the strongest. Outer bands from the hurricane are now lashing land, at least a full day before the National Hurricane Center expects the slow-moving storm's eye to blow ashore around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. Read More »

Seven hurt in Greek island beach rockslide

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None of the injuries sustained in the incident on Thursday afternoon are believed to be life-threatening. The 21-year-old, who works for a tour company on the island, said: "The rock that fell, oh gosh, it would be like a four storey building falling onto the beach ". Read More »

US imposes North Korea-related sanctions on Russian, Chinese firms

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The US announced new sanctions against North Korea on Thursday, taking aim at a Chinese company, its North Korean CEO and its Russia-based sister company. Russian Federation has said the USA had acted without evidence on the basis of groundless accusations. MsHaley called for the initial version of the report - dating from early August - to be published. Read More »

European Union parliament votes to punish Hungary over 'breaches' of core values

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A breach of EU values justifies a reaction at EU level and this is what the procedure under Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union aims to achieve. Similarly, the stance being taken by the Orban government is also being echoed in other countries such as Italy. They strongly deny it was to secure Hungary's support in the Brexit process or out of admiration for the country's leader. Read More »

Germany urges Russian Federation to avert Syria humanitarian crisis

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, August 14, 2018. According to the report, Turkey was represented by Ibrahim Kalin, Mr Erdogan's special adviser; Germany by its national security adviser John Hacker; France by Philipe Etienne, senior diplomatic counselor for French President Emmanuel Macron; and Russian Federation by Yuri Ushakov, senior adviser to Mr Putin. Read More »

Trump Falsely Claims Nearly 3,000 Americans In Puerto Rico ‘Did Not Die’

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Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports . And she was quick to respond to Trump's tweets on Puerto Rico's death toll, declaring that the comments " might be a new low ". John McCain. And Navarro has been absolutely livid about Trump's recent claims that the 2975 death toll in Puerto Rico is merely a Democratic Party fabrication. Read More »