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US Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
- October 07, 2018

What was said in the Senate? Republicans hold 51 Senate seats, while Democrats and two independents aligned with them hold the remaining 49. Lambda Legal, HRC, AIDS United, The Trevor Project, and GLAAD were among 73 national, state, and local organizations that signed a letter opposing Kavanaugh's nomination. (more...)
Debbie Ramirez releases statement ahead of Kavanaugh vote Debbie Ramirez releases statement ahead of Kavanaugh vote
- October 07, 2018

University professor Christine Blasey Ford has said Judge was a witness when Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her at a party in 1982-when they were high school students in Maryland. You know that when the books on Kavanaugh come out, the most rigorous are very likely to be particularly hard on the defenders of the embattled nominee who just couldn't wait to ram him onto the court, much like "Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas" by Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson did in a ... (more...)
Turkey launches probe into Saudi journalist's disappearance Turkey launches probe into Saudi journalist's disappearance
- October 07, 2018

The Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Istanbul initiated the investigation on the day of the incident, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media. Khashoggi, who has been critical of the crown prince, entered the consulate's premises at around 1pm (10:00 GMT) on Tuesday to secure paperwork in order to marry his Turkish fiancee, identified only as Hatice A. (more...)
"Happiness and relief" inside White House with Kavanaugh poised for confirmation
- October 07, 2018

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's vote seems destined to be almost party-line. Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona voted yes, as did Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia. He was confirmed with a 24-23 vote. In 1861, nominee Jeremiah Black was defeated by a vote of 26-25. "If he were present and voting, he would have voted aye", Murkowski said during the roll call vote. (more...)
Turkey summons Saudi envoy over missing writer Turkey summons Saudi envoy over missing writer
- October 07, 2018

Meanwhile, prominent Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey's port city of Istanbul . He was famous for interviewing Osama bin Laden several times and also served as a media aide under Prince Turki al-Faisal, when the latter was Director General of the Saudi intelligence agency. (more...)
Kavanaugh gets the votes to survive Supreme Court fight Kavanaugh gets the votes to survive Supreme Court fight
- October 06, 2018

As moderates who support abortion rights, their joint opposition could have been enough to sink Kavanaugh, whose nomination was thrust into uncertainty following sexual assault allegations. An FBI report sent to the Senate on Thursday said that based on its one-week supplemental background investigation, there is no corroboration of sexual misconduct allegations made against Kavanaugh. (more...)
Opposition to Kavanaugh Confirmation Continues Ahead of Final Vote
- October 06, 2018

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, meaning that if all Senate Democrats oppose Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Trump can not afford to lose more than one Republican vote for his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tiebreaking vote. (more...)
Melania Trump loses footing with elephant, but not with kids Melania Trump loses footing with elephant, but not with kids
- October 06, 2018

While the first lady on her trip highlighted successful programs of USAID, she indicated she would not press the president to increase funding to the foreign aid agency. Who advised you?" a social media user wrote. She laughed as she lost her footing when one baby elephant appeared to storm toward her, and later fed formula to two of the elephants which have been raised in the park. (more...)
Head of Interpol disappears during visit to China Head of Interpol disappears during visit to China
- October 06, 2018

Meng's wife, who has remained in Lyon with their children according to police sources, was receiving protection, it said . The Lyon-based worldwide police agency said in a brief statement Saturday that it used law enforcement channels to submit its request about the status of Meng Hongwei. (more...)
Congo's Dr Mukwege, Yazidi crusader Murad win Nobel Peace Prize Congo's Dr Mukwege, Yazidi crusader Murad win Nobel Peace Prize
- October 06, 2018

Mr Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist who has treated victims. The 450-bed Panzi hospital that Mukwege founded treats more than 3,500 women a year, though not all for sexual abuse, providing free consultations and performing reconstructive surgery on women who have suffered serious internal injuries. (more...)
India quietly seals missile deal with Russian Federation despite U.S. warning India quietly seals missile deal with Russian Federation despite U.S. warning
- October 06, 2018

Russian Federation and India have signed a major defense deal worth more than $5 billion (R73bn) for the supply of advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems during President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi on Friday. "It is. important for India to keep friendly relations with the Russians so that they don't completely move into the Chinese camp", said Manoj Joshi from the New Delhi-based think-tank Observer Research Foundation. (more...)
Why NZ is demanding travellers hand over phone passwords Why NZ is demanding travellers hand over phone passwords
- October 06, 2018

New Zealand can now fine travellers up to 5,000 New Zealand dollars (R48,000) if they refuse to hand over their phone password at the country's border. Thomas Beagle, Chairperson of the NZ Council for Civil Liberties said: "Modern smartphones contain a large amount of highly sensitive private information including emails, letters, medical records, personal photos, and very personal photos". (more...)
Girl, 8, finds 1500-year-old sword in lake Girl, 8, finds 1500-year-old sword in lake
- October 06, 2018

The ancient artefact, which could be up to 1,500 years old, was discovered in Vidöstern lake in the south of the country this summer. "Did someone fall overboard, or through the ice during a winter trek? The mystery will forever be known only to Lake Vidosten", Vanecek mused. (more...)
Greg Gianforte's private plane could be critical to Kavanaugh's confirmation Greg Gianforte's private plane could be critical to Kavanaugh's confirmation
- October 06, 2018

Nearly immediately after Collins finished her speech, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin announced that he, too, would be voting to confirm Kavanaugh , which will make him the only Democrat to do so. More than 100 Alaskan women had made the trip in hopes they could sway such a pivotal vote. GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana had said earlier Friday that he would let Daines use his private plane for transportation if needed. (more...)
Officer Who Shot Laquan McDonald Charged With Second Degree Murder Officer Who Shot Laquan McDonald Charged With Second Degree Murder
- October 06, 2018

They have all pleaded not guilty. They did not divulge their names. And they pointed out the key factors that helped them reach their conclusion. We don't really know what was going on inside of the head of Jason Van Dyke when he shot LaQuan McDonald . (more...)
Kavanaugh Has The Votes To Be Confirmed To The Supreme Court Kavanaugh Has The Votes To Be Confirmed To The Supreme Court
- October 06, 2018

Collins also said she rejected Democratic arguments that Kavanaugh's judicial philosophy was outside the mainstream, pointing to his track record on the D.C. With Republicans controlling the chamber by a narrow 51-49, Collins' "yes" vote essentially assured a minimum of 50 votes for Kavanaugh. The closely guarded collection of interviews is celebrated by Republican leaders as concrete proof that Kavanaugh did not harass or abuse women. (more...)
Trump shrugs off report revealing a fortune in tax dodges, parental gifts Trump shrugs off report revealing a fortune in tax dodges, parental gifts
- October 06, 2018

Eisen said that if Democrats win the House in November, they will have the investigative muscle and subpoena power to scour Trump's latter-day tax records and see whether the tax schemes alleged by the Times have continued. In response to that and other takeaways from the wide-ranging report, de Blasio announced the city's intention "to recoup any money that Donald Trump owes the people of New York City, period". (more...)
Black Man Wins Nobel Peace Prize After Trump Said He Deserved It Black Man Wins Nobel Peace Prize After Trump Said He Deserved It
- October 06, 2018

Mukwege, 63, is the son of a preacher who traveled around eastern Congo in the years before war convulsed the region, taking millions of lives. Berit Reiss-Andersen said after announcing the prize Friday that both laureates, Denis Mukwege of Congo and ethnic Yazidi Nadia Murad , had put their personal security at stake as activists on the issue. (more...)
Toddler shreds $1060 in cash parents had been saving Toddler shreds $1060 in cash parents had been saving
- October 06, 2018

After saving for about a year, they finally had enough to pay back a family member for their season tickets. They started tearing the house apart to search for the cash - under the rugs, in the drawers, in the couch, even in the garbage, News4Utah reported . (more...)
Senate Moves Closer to Kavanaugh Confirmation With Key Vote Friday Senate Moves Closer to Kavanaugh Confirmation With Key Vote Friday
- October 06, 2018

He has denied her allegations, as well as allegations of sexual misconduct from two other women. Taken together, Human Rights Watch said , these unresolved allegations and concerns should lead senators to vote against his confirmation. EDT and announced her support of Kavanaugh. Steve Daines, whose daughter is getting married out of town Saturday. A former Supreme Court Justice even came out against Kavanaugh's confirmation, leading Kavanaugh to write a rare Wall Street Journal op-ed ... (more...)
Justice Dept. announces charges against 7 Russian operatives for cyber attacks Justice Dept. announces charges against 7 Russian operatives for cyber attacks
- October 05, 2018

It has targeted institutions across the world, including the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ( OPCW ) in The Hague. According to John Demers, the assistant attorney general for national security, members of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU engaged in a hacking conspiracy to obtain nonpublic health information about athletes and others in the anti-doping files of multiple sports organizations in the US and overseas. (more...)
PMLN chief Shehbaz Sharif arrested in water scam PMLN chief Shehbaz Sharif arrested in water scam
- October 05, 2018

Besides Ashiana, Shehbaz Sharif has been accused of corruption in Punjab Power Development Companies (PPDC), Punjab Saafi Pani Companies (PSPC), and Multan Metro Bus Project. "NAB has seen that there is potential in the cases and major corruption has taken place", he said, adding, "Corruption amounting to Rs56 billion is to have taken place in Ashiana and other cases". (more...)
US, North Korea: South Korea Pushes for Compromise Deal US, North Korea: South Korea Pushes for Compromise Deal
- October 05, 2018

Pompeo said he expects to a plan for a second summit between Kim and Trump, and to make progress on a "pathway for denuclearisation ". "Of course, we have quite a ways to go but we look forward to the next steps in this conversation". "We have a very good relationship". The US has said sanctions will remain in place until the denuclearization process is complete. The US has not publicly announced its position on an end-of-war declaration, hesitant to do so in the absence of substantial ... (more...)
Trump rails against 'very rude' Kavanaugh protesters after 302 people arrested Trump rails against 'very rude' Kavanaugh protesters after 302 people arrested
- October 05, 2018

Trump tweeted on Friday morning that the "very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad". "Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs", he wrote. More than 300 protesters were arrested , including comedian Amy Schumer, who is a second cousin of Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY, and model Emily Ratajkowski. (more...)
'Radical Islamist' groups are top USA terrorist threat -Bolton 'Radical Islamist' groups are top USA terrorist threat -Bolton
- October 05, 2018

On Thursday, National Security Adviser John Bolton called the new plan the "first robust counterterrorism strategy" since 2011. In line with the Trump administration's "America First" policy, the strategy also calls for sharing the burden and expense of fighting terrorism with allies. (more...)
Nobel Peace Prize for Nadia Murad, Congolese Denis Mukwege Nobel Peace Prize for Nadia Murad, Congolese Denis Mukwege
- October 05, 2018

Denis Mukwege was awarded the prize for his work as a gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was 21 when IS militants attacked her village in northern Iraq, close to the border with Syria. (more...)
Tensions high as US Senators send Brett Kavanaugh nomination to final vote
- October 05, 2018

But he said he remains the same "hardworking, even-keeled" person he has always been. The op-ed comes as some have questioned whether he can remain politically neutral on the court after the Democratic Party launched a vicious smear campaign against him that dominated national headlines for almost three weeks. (more...)
South Korea's ex-President Lee jailed for 15 years South Korea's ex-President Lee jailed for 15 years
- October 05, 2018

Lee faced charges of having accepted around $10 million in illegal funds from companies such as conglomerate Samsung and his own intelligence service, but he denied any wrongdoing, saying the investigation was politically motivated. His lawyer said the live broadcast would hurt South Korea's worldwide image and undermine national unity, according to Yonhap news agency. Prosecutors had sought a 20-year jail term. (more...)
Probe opened in France after Interpol chief reported missing Probe opened in France after Interpol chief reported missing
- October 05, 2018

Meng, 64, is the first Chinese official to head Interpol . His wife has not seen or heard from him since. Meng's term is scheduled to run until 2020. Xi has also placed a premium on obtaining the return of officials and businesspeople accused of fraud and corruption from overseas, making Meng's position all the more sensitive. (more...)
Russia: Accusations of Spies Behind Cyber Attacks Are 'Diabolical' Cocktail
- October 05, 2018

The allegations are part of an organised push-back against alleged Russian cyber attacks around the world . More than 70 people were killed in the attack by the Kremlin-backed Damascus government on Douma on April 7 this year. Instead, the four were immediately escorted out of the country, he added. The Netherlands released copies of their passports which identified them as Alexey Minin, Oleg Sotnikov, Evgenii Serebriakov and Aleksei Morenets, all in their 30s or 40s. (more...)

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