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Donald Trump nominates Mark Esper as next US Defence Secretary

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Esper was already set take over from Shanahan as acting secretary, at 12:01 a.m. Monday, amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran . This situation weakens the Pentagon at a time when the United States is waging two wars, in Syria and Afghanistan, and as tensions with Iran intensify. Read More »

US targeted Iran with retaliatory cyberattacks

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In recent weeks, hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have targeted US government agencies, as well as sectors of the economy , including finance, oil and gas, sending waves of spear-phishing emails, according to representatives of cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike and FireEye, which regularly track such activity. Read More »

John Lewis defends Joe Biden: 'I don't think the remarks are offensive'

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Let's get this straight: Joe Biden is leading in the polls for the Democratic presidential nomination because he's the most "electable" candidate in the party field? Instead, he's infuriating Democrats who say he's out of step with the diverse party of the 21st century and potentially undermining his argument that he's the most electable candidate in the race. Read More »

Booker is 'disappointed' in Biden for defending praise of Senate segregationists

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SC became the epicenter of the Democratic presidential primary contest this weekend as 22 candidates descend on the state's capital to make their pitch for the party's nomination for president of the United States. "You don't have to like the people in terms of their views", he said. But it's with the same message: "I have a plan, and this is how we can make your life better". Read More »

Killed, Several Others Injured in Shooting Outside South Bend Bar

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Jim Clyburn's World Famous Fish Fry in SC, had the hard job of facing the grief and anger of black South Bend residents who believe he is not doing enough to prevent deaths like that of 54-year-old Eric Logan's. Five of the wounded remained in hospital in stable condition later Sunday. "It is overall total acceptance of this behavior by the South Bend Police Department and the city itself", Coffman said in an interview. Read More »

Yemen's Houthis say they hit Saudi power station with missile

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Al-Malki said the coalition would take appropriate measures to deal with all hostile and terrorist acts in line with International Humanitarian Law. On Thursday, White House officials confirmed US President Donald Trump had been briefed about an alleged strike on the kingdom's "critical infrastructure", without giving details of possible damage or casualties. Read More »

Trudeau to talk China with Trump, set table for G20 summit

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And even though he held to his tough talk on tariffs, refusing to rule out using them in the future, he praised his North American neighbours for crafting an excellent new trade agreement. Canada has started the ratification process, with legislation making its way through Parliament. But the pact's ratification by US lawmakers is uncertain because Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, are seeking tougher enforcement measures. Read More »

US Redesignates N. Korea as CPC in Religious Freedom Report

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Speaking at the release of the report on the International Religious Freedom of the State Department for the year 2018, secretary of state Mike Pompeo noted how the Pakistan's Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi, a Catholic, of blasphemy, sparing her the death penalty after she spent almost a decade in prison. Read More »

Officials say 44 dead in India gorge bus plunge

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Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. In what can only be called extremely tragic, the death of at least 32 people following a bus skidding of a mountain and falling down 500 feet, has been recorded. Read More »

Gave 2 warnings before downing USA drone: Iran

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Thursday's downing - which Washington insists was above worldwide waters - has seen tensions between the two countries spike further after a series of attacks on tankers the U.S. "We meant to send a message to American terrorists in the region", Gen. Hajizadeh said, claiming that Iran had issued multiple warnings to USA aircraft in the past that had been ignored. Read More »

7 workers dead, 21 injured in Cambodia building collapse

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Yun Min, the governor of Preah Sihanouk province, said by telephone that the building was owned by a Chinese investor who leased land for a condominium - one of many Chinese projects in the thriving beach resort. Cheap Sotheary, the provincial coordinator for the domestic human right groups Adhoc told RFA's Khmer Service that the collapsed building was the latest example of illegal construction enabled by systematic corruption in Cambodia . Read More »

Woman Escorted From Flight After Trying To Open The Aircraft Doors

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Varol continued: "She kept getting up and running back towards the door". When the flight returned to Stansted, local authorities were waiting to take the woman into custody. Several residents in Harlow, Epping, Chelmsford and Stansted called 999 to report a "loud explosion" when they heard it on Saturday evening, police said. Read More »

US blocks more Chinese tech firms on 'national security' concerns

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This is not the first time the US has placed on the Entity List a Chinese organization involved in supercomputer development with military uses. The companies' addition to the entity list requires them to seek US government approval before they can purchase American parts and undergo a license review, effectively blacklisting them. Read More »

Ethiopia's army chief killed in attempted coup amid growing ethnic violence

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The Addis Fortune newspaper said Kebede was seriously injured in the attempt and "active hostilities" were continuing in the regional state's headquarters and the ruling party's office in Bahir Dar. Since coming to power a year ago, Abiy has tried to spearhead political reforms, to open up the once isolated, security-obsessed country of 100 million people on the Horn of Africa. Read More »

At least 30 killed in Indonesia matchstick warehouse fire

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TV footage showed plumes of black smoke billowing from the home in the town of Binjai in North Sumatra, about 44 miles west of provincial capital Medan. One of the four workers who survived - because they were outside during the incident - said that the children were visiting their parents who worked at the site. Read More »

Ethiopias army chief of staff has been shot

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Also, earlier reports came out from Bahir Dar, capital of the regional state, that there were some gunshots fired at the regional government's building and people were seen running for their lives. The US Embassy reported gunfire in the capital Saturday and urged people to be careful. Ethnic bloodshed has flared up in many areas, including Amhara. Read More »

U.S. unveils economic portion of Middle East peace plan

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Travel corridor - Kushner's proposed investment fund would be administered by a "multilateral development bank", which would reportedly launch a signature project to construct a travel corridor for Palestinian use that would cross Israel to link the West Bank and Gaza , including a highway and, possibly, a rail line. Read More »

Carney dismisses Johnson trade claim

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But of the seven months between 29 March (the original date for Brexit ) and 31 October, almost three have already passed. Johnson, the former foreign secretary who is the favorite to replace Theresa May as United Kingdom prime minister, has suggested taking the " good bits " from the existing withdrawal agreement and securing alternative arrangements to the Irish backstop during a transition period. Read More »

China’s Xi presses economic theme in Pyongyang speech

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South Korea's former Unification Minister Jeong Se-hyun analyzed Thursday's summit at a local forum and said Seoul will have to devise "new measures" for solving North Korea's nuclear crisis after Xi's visit to Pyongyang , stressing that what used to be a three-party system involving the United States and both Koreas has turned into a four-party system including China . Read More »

Pelosi warns Trump on unapproved move against Iran

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Donald Trump says he was about to strike Iran after the downing of a USA drone, then backed off, fearing loss of lives. The shooting down of the drone followed accusations by the United States that Iran had attacked two oil tankers with mines just outside the Strait of Hormuz. Read More »

Boris Johnson to attend leadership hustings after row with partner

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A neighbor called the police emergency number as the argument escalated. Johnson, a pal of President Trump , was heard refusing to leave the home after telling Symonds to "get off my f-king laptop". However, former attorney-general Dominic Grieve told BBC Radio 4's Today Show that character would be an important element for voters to consider. Read More »

Iran executes Ministry of Defence official on charges of spying for US

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The Saturday report says Jalal Hajizavar was hanged last week in a prison near Tehran . He was identified as a spy by the defence ministry's intelligence unit, ISNA said. Tensions in the region began to worsen significantly when Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six powers and reimposed sanctions on the country. Read More »

Kim Jong Un receives ‘excellent’ letter from Donald Trump

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North Korea is seeking a step-by-step approach in which moves towards denuclearisation are matched by concessions from the USA, notably a relaxation of the sanctions. The visit comes a week before Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump are due to meet at a Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, amid a trade dispute that has rattled global financial markets. Read More »

Nine people killed in Hawaii plane crash

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Some family members of those on board were at the airport waiting for the plane to return when the crash occurred. Police said the plane was fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived, Hawaii News Now reported. Those onboard were believed to have been both employees and customers. The phone for Oahu Parachute Center went unanswered Saturday. The Dillingham Airfield will be closed indefinitely in the wake of the crash, the state said. Read More »

United States to kick off migrant crackdown on Sunday

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Also challenging the raids was Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, whose city hosted the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials annual conference on Friday and Saturday. She says she has lived in Chicago for 24 years with her children and is now anxious about potential U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in her neighborhood. Read More »

Iran renews threats against USA as tensions escalate

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Trump, who was speaking to reporters at the White House , made his comments after recently calling off military action against Iran to retaliate for the downing of a US military drone. British diplomat Andrew Murrison planned to visit Iran on Sunday and call for the "urgent de-escalation in the region and raise the United Kingdom and global concerns about Iran's regional conduct" during talks with Tehran's government, Britain's Foreign Office said in a statement Saturday. Read More »

Devin Nunes Says ‘Pervy’ Democrats Asked Hope Hicks About Her Love Life

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The White House declared that Hicks was "absolutely immune" from discussing her time working at the White House because of separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches. "This was not a comment that was intended as an instructive or a directive to a foreign government". "We are now through the majority's first hour and they have not uncovered a single fact from Ms. Read More »

Storm-chasing Australian photographer dies in freak accident

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The post says Sharpe was driving on Highway Two north east of Harper when he struck a deer. Mr Sharpe tried to jump into a ditch to avoid being hit but he was struck by the other vehicle. According to his website, he made photography his full time career five years ago when he began to focus heavily on landscapes. 'Dale's vehicle was disabled on the road and he sought safety calling for assistance. Read More »

Journalist Claims President Trump Raped Her More Than 20 Years Ago

A senior White House official calls it a lie. "But here's a case, it's an absolute disgrace that she's allowed to do that". Carroll is out with a new book. "It should be sold in the fiction section", Trump said. Kudos to @ejeancarroll for coming forward with her account. Jill Harth, one of the women who has accused Trump, tweeted Saturday morning, "Deja Vu?" He replied, "standing with my coat on in a line, give me a break". Read More »

We didn't shoot down United States plane with 35 onboard: Iran

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The US claimed that its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was over neutral waters when it was downed, with Donald Trump saying that he'd only called off retaliatory strikes against Iran just 10 minutes before they were to be carried out. Though most of the oil that flows through the Strait comes to Asia Pacific, Europe and North America, the oil market is globally integrated and a disruption anywhere can contribute to higher oil prices everywhere. Read More »

Jean Carroll Says Les Moonves, Donald Trump Assaulted Her in ’90s

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Carroll said that, in a "colossal struggle", she pushed him off and ran from the store. She said Trump invited her to help him buy a present for an unidentified "girl" and she agreed. The alleged Moonves assault occurred in the late '90s after she interviewed the then-president of CBS Entertainment for an Esquire story, she details in the piece. Read More »

UN's Khashoggi report piles the pressure on Saudi Arabia's crown prince

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The UN special rapporteur said there were "credible" grounds for an investigation into whether the crown prince bears responsibility. The trial proceedings are being followed up and held in the presence of all parties involved in the case, including the family of Khashoggi and their legal representative, as well as representatives of HRC, National Human Rights Society, the civil society, and diplomatic missions of a number of countries, including Turkey, the Commission said and emphasized ... Read More »