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Duke ranks 18th in Times Higher Education world rankings

Though India has increased its representation again, the majority of its institutions stagnate or decline in the table. "As China and other emerging nations position universities at the heart of national economic growth strategies, they could well challenge the continued Anglo-American dominance of the rankings in future years", Baty said. Read More »

Labour’s Brexit splits exposed. Sir Keir Starmer’s stance stuns party

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But Mr Corbyn did also reveal that Labour would back a "sensible deal", saying he would support an outcome that features a customs union and no hard border on the island of Ireland. Starmer said Labour wanted a general election as a first recourse in a bid to break any Brexit deadlock in parliament. This matters. With the views of pro-Brexit activists in Labour's heartlands in the North at complete odds with the views of Remain enthusiasts in metropolitan London and elsewhere, Mr Corbyn ... Read More »

Chairman of Australian Broadcasting Corp. Resigns, Deepening Leadership Crisis

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After meeting without Milne, the ABC board this morning asked its chairman to step aside following a controversial few days. "The independence of the ABC is something that this government is deeply committed to". Prime minister Scott Morrison tweeted that the chairman and the board made the "right call" and said it was time for the ABC to "resume normal transmission". Read More »

Trump, Iran’s Rouhani exchange threats, insults on U.N.’s world stage

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The UN secretary general further appreciated Iran's efforts to resolve the Syria crisis and called for closer cooperation between Tehran and the world body concerning the counter-terrorism fight and aid delivery to crisis-hit people. Trump stood before United Nations delegates who sneered openly at him and told them that the US will never submit to global controls as long as he is in charge. Read More »

Key events around sexual assault accusations against Brett Kavanaugh

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She said that Kavanaugh's declaration of "innocence" and lack of sexual inactivity in high school on Fox News is a lie. After discussing the problem of "unconscious bias" that leads to gender discrimination, she said she was "cheered on" by the #MeToo movement, a national reckoning with sexual assault and harassment that has brought down dozens of rich and powerful men. Read More »

Supreme Court strikes down adultery law

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There can't be any social licence which destroys a home, the chief justice said. What does the Indian adultery law say? Prashant Bhushan, a lawyer in the Supreme Court , said watershed decisions on gay sex and adultery had shown the judges' "adherence to liberal values and the constitution". Read More »

Rich British retiree, Thai wife murdered in grisly killing in northern Thailand

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He has been arrested, with police saying he has admitted making the order over a family dispute. Bloodstains were reportedly found at their house in the town of Phrae, allegedly with signs someone had tried to wipe it away. He was charged with theft and released on bail - but has since fled. Friends of the couple had alerted police about their concerns over the missing couple as early as last Tuesday, two days before Khun Warut was first arrested. Read More »

'Big Fat Con Job': Trump Swats Away New Allegations Against Kavanaugh

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White House correspondent Jim Acosta suggests President Trump call on female reporters next. Laughing at or with the former reality television star notwithstanding, Wednesday's press conference took on a life of its own. And Trump said he sympathized with the jurist because he's also faced similar accusations. Trump backed off comments from a few days ago questioning why Ford did not report the incident to authorities at the time it allegedly happened. Read More »

What the 4 affidavits supporting Kavanaugh accuser say

The all-male Republican majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee has hired a female lawyer with experience prosecuting sex crimes, Rachel Mitchell, to question Ford . Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said a drunk Kavanaugh attacked her and tried to remove her clothing at a party when both were high school students in Maryland in 1982, when he was 17 years old and she was 15. Read More »

China demands United States cancel arms sale to Taiwan

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday that the sale violated global law and the "basic norms governing worldwide relations". The U.S. said the sale will improve Taiwan's ability to defend itself without altering the basic military balance in Asia, where Washington and Beijing are increasingly competing for dominance. Read More »

New allegations against Kavanaugh submitted to Senate committee

The allegations come from Julie Swetnick , who attended Gaithersburg High School in Maryland. She now holds clearances for her work with the Treasury Department, U.S. "I know a lot about her ". "On numerous occasions at the parties, I witnessed Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively and engage in highly inappropriate conduct, including being overly aggressive with girls and not taking "no" or an answer" as well as "fondling and grabbing girls without their consent", ... Read More »

Salisbury Poisoning Suspect Named As Russian Colonel

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The investigative group said it researched pictures of graduates of Russian military academies and found a man resembling Boshirov in a group photo. The two men have appeared on the state-funded RT channel, saying they visited Salisbury as tourists and had nothing to do with the poisoning . Read More »

Thai universities drop in world rankings

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It was placed in the 201-250 band of institutions alongside the University of Otago after universities such as the University of Calgary and Korea University improved their standing. Professor McCutcheon said the decline would continue unless the government gave universities more support. It was also the only one from Asia in the world's top 25 universities list. Read More »

Trump at UN Press Conference

The European Commission had also been in talks with Japan to avoid USA measures, but Tokyo looks set to stop importing Iranian crude by mid-October after the United States ruled out granting waivers from sanctions to any country. "That's fake news, and it was covered that way", he said. "OK". Meanwhile, the United States is pressing to cut Iran out of the Belgian-based SWIFT global payment network that facilitates the bulk of the world's cross-border money transactions, as it was in 2012 ... Read More »

GOPs Bringing in Woman to Question Ford at Kavanaugh Hearing

Ms. Blasey Ford , in testimony prepared for Thursday, leaves no room for doubt that it was Judge Kavanaugh who she believes assaulted her. "In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now", Kavanaugh said. "Because the committee members will be judging my credibility, I hope to be able to engage directly with each of you", she said. Kavanaugh released a statement denying the new charges. Read More »

Republican staff for Senate committee seeks immediate interview with third Kavanaugh accuser

Ford", he said . She described gang rapes she said occurred in which boys would line up to rape incapacitated girls. And when Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, mocked Ford's accusations in a social media post, Sen. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley rejected that effort. And there will be seven news photographers at any given time , which is more than the three Ms. Read More »

Wyoming disappoints by grizzly bear protections

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Under the changes to the Endangered Species Act proposed by the Trump administration, "threatened" species will not receive the same protection as "endangered" species. "The Service appropriately recognized that the population's genetic health is a significant factor demanding consideration", Christensen wrote in his 48-page decision. Read More »

Russian Federation supplies Syria with new missile defence after friendly fire

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The additional security measures come after a Syrian Soviet-era S-200 missile shot down a Russian military plane by mistake, killing 15, in an incident last Monday that Moscow blames on Israel. Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "According to information from our military experts, this tragedy was caused by deliberate actions by Israeli pilots, which certainly can not but damage our relations". Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh: Who are Supreme Court nominee's accusers?

Mr Avenatti - who also represents porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal battle with Mr Trump over an alleged affair she claims to have been paid to keep quiet about - said he and Ms Swetnick were demanding "an immediate FBI investigation into the allegations". Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh to deny sex assault allegations in Senate testimony

In testimony prepared for the hearing on Friday, he said that while "those who make allegations deserve to be heard", he has never sexually assaulted anyone and will not be withdrawing his nomination. She says he assaulted her at a party in high school in the 1980s. Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to replace Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court is a watershed event that will define America's politics for years. Read More »

President Trump wraps up UN General Assembly

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This is what they were laughing at: "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than nearly any administration in the history of our country", Trump claimed. Macron responded to that, too, by saying he rejects Trump's ideas on globalism. Trump and Guterres had a private one-on-one meeting today, at which the White House said they "discussed their common interest in resolving some of the world's most pressing challenges, including those related to proliferation, ... Read More »

This Is What's on Brett Kavanaugh's High School Calendar

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These two women have come forward with grave allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh , a Yale graduate. Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear before Senate Judiciary Committee to present his case. Four months worth of pages from the green and white 1982 calendar were released by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who has not yet decided how he'll vote on Judge Kavanaugh, and has said he is awaiting the outcome of Thursday's hearing. Read More »

I'd Prefer To Keep Rosenstein, May Delay Planned Meeting On His Fate

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Rosenstein will meet the president at the White House, but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has left it unclear as to whether Trump has confidence in the number two man at the United States Department of Justice. Those details in the Times report - which Rosenstein denied - prompted him to visit the White House on Monday with the expectation that he was going to be fired. Read More »

Here Are the Things President Trump Criticized in His United Nations Speech

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The president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, spoke in support of multilateral institutions, which have long drawn Trump's ire. He said the American economy was "booming like never before" and that his administration has accomplished more in less than two years than nearly any other administration. Read More »

African leaders address Nelson Mandela Peace Summit

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa said Mr Mandela believed the United Nations "was the most valuable instrument to advance peace in the world and to develop equality and to advance the prospects of humanity generally". The Presidential Palace's remarks however come in the wake of media reports, including one by Pajhwok Afghan News, that Ghani canceled his trip because US President Donald Trump refused to meet him on the sidelines of the general assembly. Read More »

Trump Touts 'America First' At The United Nations

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However, Trump had said on Tuesday that he had no plans to meet with Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations "despite requests" to do so. The United States is prosperous, but it can not afford to forget about what's most important: seeking mutually beneficial engagement with all nations when necessary, setting realistic defense priorities that elevate the safety of the American people, defending our way of life, and promoting our economic prosperity above an obsession with the ... Read More »

Rouhani: US Threat to Stop Iranian Oil Exports 'Empty Promise'

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The European Union is creating a new payment mechanism to allow countries to legally trade with Iran amid United States sanctions. EU and Iran agreed late Monday to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iranian imports and exports including oil. Read More »

Kavanaugh and Ford: Americans Are Undecided on Who's Telling the Truth

In a declaration, Julie Swetnick , who attended Gaithersburg High School in Maryland, said she observed Kavanaugh drinking excessively at house parties and engaging "in abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls". Trump said he was "ok with that", but again defended Kavanaugh as a "gem". One of the biggest points of contention remained the outside counsel. The already-fragile Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh took another turn for the worse with fresh ... Read More »

China Blocks US Warship From Port Call in Hong Kong

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China's Defence Ministry has said it would recall navy chief Shen Jinlong from a visit to the United States and postpone planned talks in Beijing between Chinese and US military officials that had been set for next week. Beijing's move came after the US last Thursday penalized China's Equipment Development Department - the agency that oversees the country's defence technology - and its director Li Shangfu for allegedly engaging in the purchase of Russian combat aircraft and S-400 ... Read More »

Kavanaugh denies new sexual misconduct charges, says they’re from the ‘Twilight Zone’

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Avenatti, who first rose to fame for representing Stormy Daniels , had been teasing the announcement earlier this week, but his Wednesday morning tweets were nevertheless a surprise. About 63 percent of sexual assaults in the U.S. are not reported to the police. A call with senators was scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, but Clune says by the time the call happened only Democrats were on the line. Read More »

Bill Cosby trial was racist and sexist, comedian's defenders cry

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Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has described it as a "21st century institution with advanced security features, environmentally efficient infrastructure and modern work and housing spaces". The 81-year-old will owe $43,611.83 in court costs, according to court documents , which he was ordered to pay as part of his sentence. Bill Cosby is pictured wearing prison uniform for the first time since being sentenced for sexual assault. Read More »

Trump says he supports 2-state solution for Israel, Palestinians

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The president has withdrawn the USA from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, accusing the country of destabilizing actions throughout the region and support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah. Beijing has responded by targeting US goods headed to China. US officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. In July at a summit in Helsinki, Trump accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials and the U.S. Read More »

Michael Avenatti Reveals Client Making ‘Gang Rape’ Allegation Against Kavanaugh

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There were at least 10 house parties in the Washington, D.C. area that Swetnick says she attended, and Kavanaugh and Judge, whom she says were very close, were both in attendance, too. Kavanaugh and the White House have not yet responded to these latest allegations. "Oh, gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that?" Swetnick says that Kavanaugh's statement on Fox News about his sexual abstinence during high school "is absolutely false and a lie". Read More »