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Death toll from Indonesian quake, tsunami rises to 844


The European Commission also deployed a humanitarian expert to Palu to help coordinate the EU's relief efforts and made its emergency Copernicus satellite mapping service available to the Indonesian disaster mitigation team. Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said conditions in the Petobo neighbourhood of Palu city are particularly bad because the quake caused a phenomenon called liquefaction, which occurs when loose water-filled soil near the surface loses its strength and ... Read More »

Judge Says Democrats Can Sue Trump Over Emoluments Clause


In a separate case, U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte ruled in July that the emoluments clause lawsuit filed in a Maryland federal court could proceed against Trump. The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment. This summer , Blumenthal told reporters that he was concerned by recent trademarks China awarded to Trump businesses, "the deals with the Trump organization around the world, the pattern of dealings by the Trump Hotel here in Washington with ... Read More »

Supreme Court term amid starts in shadow of Kavanaugh


Ludington said he often saw Kavanaugh "staggering from alcohol consumption", and said he often became "belligerent and aggressive" while drinking. He added: "Sometimes I had too many beers, sometimes others did". Roche also said he believed Deborah Ramirez , another Yale classmate who claimed sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. It's a Senate process. The sex crimes prosecutor who questioned a California women accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault is explaining why she would ... Read More »

Hundreds of prisoners escape during deadly quake & tsunami in Indonesia

Hundreds more were feared buried in landslides that engulfed villages. "The evacuation is not finished yet". As many as 2.4 million people could have felt the quake, it is believed. Meanwhile, 10 Vietnamese are safe and at Palu's Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport camp. Access to many areas is being hampered by damaged roads, landslides and collapsed bridges. Read More »

UK's Brexit minister Raab tells EU: Do not try to bully us


Just six months before Britain is due to leave the European Union in the country's biggest shift in foreign and trade policy in more than 40 years, the debate over how to leave the bloc is still raging in the centre-right Conservative Party , and even in government. Read More »

Sen. Lindsey Graham Calls for Investigation of Democrats


Lindsey Graham suggested that there is no need for the FBI's supplemental investigation of Brett Kavanaugh to include talking to his former classmates about his drinking habits in college. The heated exchange during a recess in the a high-stakes hearing where Ford vividly and repeatedly testified to her experience, addressing questions from Mitchell and Senate Democrats. Read More »

Now Multiple Women Have Come Forward with Allegations Against Kavanaugh


Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti , told the AP that court cases involving her have no bearing on the credibility of her claims about Kavanaugh . Avenatti released a sworn statement by Swetnick this past week in which she says she witnessed Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s". Read More »

College Friend Goes to FBI With Tales of Kavanaugh’s Violent Drunken Behavior

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusation, as well as those of two other women. A swift investigation by the FBI - should it produce no new information about Kavanaugh's past that hurts his chances - could permit Republicans to fire up the machinery of the Senate and potentially call procedural votes to advance the nomination by the end of the week. Read More »

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway: 'I'm a victim of sexual assault'


Conway then went on to explain that perpetrators should be held responsible, not every man. She expressed her empathy to the survivors of assault and harassment and said that she, too, was sexually assaulted. "The White House is not getting involved in the FBI investigation in that way", Conway said. Flake, an Arizona senator, called Friday for a one-week delay to a Senate vote on Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment to allow an FBI investigation of allegations of sexual assault against him. Read More »

American Bar Association seeks delay in Brett Kavanaugh nomination


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 »