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American Bar Association seeks delay in Brett Kavanaugh nomination

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Asked by Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, for her strongest memory of the alleged incident, Ms Ford mentioned the two boys' "laughter - the uproarious laughter between the two and they're having fun at my expense". Soon after the hearing ended, Trump issued a tweet praising Kavanaugh's testimony as "powerful, honest, and riveting". Control of the Senate hangs in the balance; a Democratic takeover could block any future Trump nominees. Read More »

Tsunami sweeps away homes on Indonesian island of Sulawesi

The national disaster agency put the official death toll so far at 384, all of them in the tsunami-struck city of Palu, but warned the toll was likely to rise. "People ran out in panic". The main shock rattled about three hours after a revised 6.0-magnitude quake jolted the area, killing one person and injuring 10 others with scores of houses damaged . Read More »

Former minister predicts "people's vote" will stop Brexit

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Britain's ruling Conservatives have been deeply divided over the country's membership of the European Union for decades. The Labour party announced at the annual party conference in Liverpool this week that they will push for a general election if a deal reached by Theresa May's government is voted down in parliament. Read More »

Death toll from Indonesia quake and tsunami rises above 800

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Most of the confirmed deaths were from Palu , but officials are bracing for the toll to climb as connections with outlying areas are restored. Others offered her food and water. Dramatic video footage captured from the top floor of a parking ramp as the tsunami rolled in showed waves bringing down several buildings and inundating a large mosque. Read More »

India to make sovereign decision on Russian weapons purchase Lavrov

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India will need exemptions from U.S. sanctions on Russian Federation to buy the S-400 Triumf missile defence system as well as frigates and helicopters. Russia's foreign minister trashed accusations of Russian meddling overseas as "baseless" and used the podium at the UN's biggest event to tear into USA policies in Iran, Syria and Venezuela. Read More »

Trump says Federal Bureau of Investigation has ‘free rein’ in Kavanaugh probe

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News incorrectly reported (as usual) that I was limiting the FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh, and witnesses, only to certain people. Republicans hold a slim 51-49 margin in the Senate. Kavanaugh, in testimony that alternated between anger and tears, denied ever doing such a thing to Ford or anyone else. His only confused them, Ford's sisters-in-law, Deborah Peters and Sandra Mendler, told CNN on Friday. Read More »

Iraq regrets USA decision to close consulate in Basra

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Friday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had placed the US consulate in Basra on " ordered departure", temporarily relocating the US diplomatic personnel in the Arab country. The protesters earlier this month torched the Iranian Consulate in Basra and ransacked and set alight Iraqi government buildings there, shouting denunciations of what they said was Iran's sway over Iraqi domestic affairs. Read More »

Rosenstein agrees to private meeting with House lawmakers

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The Virginia Republican said Friday he was working out details with the Justice Department for a closed-door session. Rosenstein agreed to a meeting after speaking with Goodlatte on Thursday, said an administration official with knowledge of their discussion. Read More »

Merkel clashes with Erdogan in row over press freedom

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Dozens of journalists, including foreign reporters, have been imprisoned without trial in Turkey on terror charges since a failed coup attempt in 2016, according to reports. "I think you have received false information", Erdogan said. Merkel said she didn't want to discuss specifics, but that it was "no secret" that Turkey and Germany differed in the case of Dundar, who fled to Germany. Read More »

Britain's BOOZY Brexit: May backs plan for UK FESTIVAL after European Union divorce

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Referring to his reported "f*** business" dismissal of industry's concerns over Brexit, Lord Jones of Birmingham said: "It showed him for the irrelevant and offensive person he really is". Setting out her plans for a festival in post-Brexit Britain, she said: "We want to showcase what makes our country great today". "I believe that we can get a deal", she added. Read More »

Suspect in poisoning of ex-spy reportedly a Russian colonel

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This month, British prosecutors charged two Russians with attempted murder for the poisoning, but said they believed the names in their passports - Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - were fake. United Kingdom officials have said they believe the men charged in the attack work for Russia's GRU, or military intelligence unit. The group, Bellingcat, said Wednesday that the suspect, whose passport name was Ruslan Boshirov, is in fact Col. Read More »

All you need to know about the Brett Kavanaugh sex abuse row

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of forcing her onto a bed, groping her and trying to remove her clothes at a house party when they were high school students in 1982. Then Ford will be sworn in as a witness and deliver her opening statement. "Today encompasses so many issues", she wrote, "the extreme partisanship of politics, #metoo, raising boys, leadership, media coverage, sexual abuses that lie deep within our culture". Read More »

Swept away in tsunami

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He said "many victims" were still to be accounted for. A photo from a 6.1-magnitude natural disaster that hit Donggala, Indonesia hours before a 7.5 quake struck the region. A powerful quake sparked a violent tsunami caught on video in Indonesia on Friday - after a tsunami warning had already been lifted. Writing on his official Twitter account Friday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that he was monitoring the situation and preparing for any post-earthquake eventualities. Read More »

Ramirez attorney: Boulder client to cooperate with FBI Kavanaugh investigation

Ramirez and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation", Boulder attorney John Clune said on Twitter. Judge, who Ford says was in the room when a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, said that he will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that will "confidentially investigate" sexual misconduct allegations against him and Kavanaugh. Read More »

13-year-old boy attacked by shark, airlifted to trauma center

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Chad Hammel was diving nearby for lobsters with his two friends when he suddenly heard the boy "scream." "His whole clavicle was ripped open", Hammel said". But he "kept screaming, and then I. heard, 'I got bit!'". There have been no other reports of shark sightings and officials are unsure what type of shark attacked the boy, though it was estimated to have been about 11 feet long. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached out to Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez

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Ramirez and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation", Ramirez's attorney, John Clune, said in a statement . FBI agents investigating U.S. He said that the Democrats have used the tactic of coordination, delaying Kavanaugh's confirmation to the high court. Joe Manchin said he supported Flake's call to push off a full Senate vote until the FBI investigates Ford's allegation. Read More »

North Korea says denuclearization hinges on US reducing sanctions

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Pompeo will make his fourth trip to the North Korean capital next month. "Those in the political opposition in the USA make it their daily business to slander the DPRK claiming that we can not be trusted, with the sole goal of attacking their political opponent and they are forcing the administration to make unreasonable unilateral demands to our side, thereby impeding the smooth progress of the dialogue and negotiations". Read More »

Powerful typhoon approaches southern Japan, charts course for main island

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NHK also said airlines had cancelled more than 390 flights, mainly those flying in and out of Okinawa. Japan issued evacuation orders and warnings to about 700,000 households in southern and western Japan and more than 300,000 households have suffered power outages in southern Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures, said NHK, adding almost 50 people had been injured in Okinawa and Kagoshima. Read More »

Hurricane Center: TS Kirk likely to dissipate in Caribbean

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Rosa had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph) and was located about 570 miles (915 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. There, rain was falling at a rate of 100 mm (about 4 inches) per hour.Rain extended east of the center over the island chain where rain was falling between 10 and 40 mm (0.4 and 1.5 inches) per hour. Read More »

Locals in heroic rescue as plane overshoots runway into lagoon

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Passenger Bill Jaynes, editor of the Pohnpei-based Kaselehlie Press newspaper said he did not even realise there had been an accident until he saw water gushing into the fuselage. "They were awesome and I was really impressed", he said. "They immediately starting coming out in boats". In the "Miracle on the Hudson", both engines on a U.S. Read More »

"Pakistan Sheltered Osama Bin Laden": Top Quotes Of Sushma Swaraj At UN

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Referring to Quereshi's speech at the UNGA, Akbaruddin said the Pakistan termed the gruesome killing of Indian security personnel by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists as "flimsy grounds" [to cancel foreign minister-level talks]. He warned that India will have to face a befitting response if it attempts to start a limited war with Pakistan. Naming terrorism and climate change as the two existential threats to humanity, Ms. Read More »

Rescuers scramble to reach tsunami-hit Indonesian city

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People including dancers were still busy on the beach in Palu (population: 335,000), preparing for a festival, and were caught when waves up to 3m in height swept in. On Saturday, authorities were still having difficulties coordinating rescue efforts without power and communications as the area was rocked by aftershocks. Read More »

The United States first applied the newest fighters in Afghanistan

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Essex amphibious warship and the operation was carried out in support of the USA counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan, dubbed Operation Freedom's Sentinel . Model of the F-35B is the only one of three in the line, which is able to perform vertical landing. The operation involved Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit , based out of Camp Pendleton, and the USS Essex , which is homeported at Naval Base San Diego. Read More »

Four undecided Senators meet privately on Kavanaugh vote: 'There's some concerns'

The timing matters because Republicans are keen to get their Supreme Court nominee confirmed before the U.S. mid-term elections on 6 November. On Friday morning, he announced that he would support Kavanaugh's nomination. Judge Stephen Breyer, also nominated by Clinton, has been a Supreme Court judge for more than 24 years now. The Democrats on the committee didn't care who their dirty tricks or sleazy accusations hurt - Ford and her family, Kavanaugh and his family or Kavanaugh's high ... Read More »

FBI investigation into Kavanaugh is 'uncharted territory,' expert says

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Flake indicated he would take the next steps - leading to full Senate approval - only after the further background probe, and there were suggestions that other moderate Republicans might join his revolt. The Delaware Democrat, also 55, afterward told reporters in the Capitol, "As I was preparing my remarks today, I at one point turned to my counsel and said: 'Am I trying to make an argument that could possibly persuade my friend, Jeff Flake?' " They decided that he was. Read More »

'Many dead' as Tsunami hits Indonesia

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Road access to Palu from the east and the south are disconnected, making relief efforts hard, authorities said. A shopping mall in the paralyzed city of more than 380,000 people had been reduced to a crumpled hulk. "All the things in my house were swaying and the quake left a small crack on my wall", he said. "Last week we felt an natural disaster that had a stronger tremor so this time we didn't panic, just avoided the buildings and now everything has returned to normal", Mr Fikri said. Read More »

Kavanaugh FINALLY voted out of committee after Flake drama

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Unfortunately, Judge Kavanaugh couldn't find time to discuss these concerns with me in person, so the only information I have is from what he said in his hearings. Grassley read a letter that Judge delivered to the committee, under penalty of felony, on Thursday stating again that he does "not recall the events" described by Ford. Read More »

Trump's Supreme Court nominee, accuser face scrutiny at Senate hearing

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Some on Twitter have dismissed Swetnick's claims as far-fetched, suggesting it was odd that she and others continued showing up at parties where they knew a gang of serial rapists were terrorizing girls. A number of Democrats have embraced the idea that the onus is on Kavanaugh, as he is up for a promotion. Sen. Deborah Ramirez, who claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the 1980s at Yale University, has signaled through her attorney she's willing to provide information to ... Read More »

New allegations against Kavanaugh submitted to Senate panel

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According to a committee aide, in an email to Avenatti on Wednesday, Republican committee staff said that "yesterday committee investigators interviewed Judge Kavanaugh again, under penalty of felony". Ford later said only two males-Kavanaugh and Judge-were present , and that the four people at the party besides herself included a woman, Keyser. She said in her statement that there are two witnesses who can attest to her account, but she has not identified them publicly. Read More »