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Kavanaugh Would Testify Against Sexual Assault Allegation Kavanaugh Would Testify Against Sexual Assault Allegation
- September 20, 2018

Grassley said the standard procedure would be to conduct follow-up telephone calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, and that he meant to work with the senior Democrat on the committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, to schedule the calls but that Democrats have refused to cooperate. (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh: Donald Trump doubts sex assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee
- September 20, 2018

However, Senator Chuck Grassley , chairman of the Republican-dominated judiciary committee, said Tuesday that Ford's presence was not confirmed. She said Kavanaugh, "stumbling drunk", threw her down on a bed, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she was wearing over it. (more...)
Cabinet approves ordinance making instant triple talaq a punishable offence Cabinet approves ordinance making instant triple talaq a punishable offence
- September 20, 2018

The government should bring an ordinance into this, he added. The BJP has been accusing the Congress of stalling the passage of the landmark Bill which was passed in the Lok Sabha on December 29, 2017. The Congress on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP of using the issue of instant triple talaq as a political football for vote garnering rather than ensuring the welfare of Muslim women, and said they have become "habitual offenders". (more...)
Christine Blasey Ford's life 'turned upside down' after accusing Kavanaugh Christine Blasey Ford's life 'turned upside down' after accusing Kavanaugh
- September 20, 2018

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) met July 20 for roughly 90 minutes with Ford , who lives in her Bay Area district and is a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, after Ford contacted Eshoo's office about Kavanaugh . "I did not know her personally but I remember her". Trump did say, however, that it would be "very interesting" if Ford "shows up and makes a credible showing". (more...)
S. Africa's top court legalises personal, private cannabis use S. Africa's top court legalises personal, private cannabis use
- September 19, 2018

South Africa joins Zimbabwe which in April became the second country in Africa, after Lesotho, to legalise the use of marijuana for medical use. A court in the Western Cape region ruled in March that a ban on cannabis use by adults at home was unconstitutional, effectively decriminalising it in the province that includes Cape Town. (more...)
Trump threatens 'economic retaliation' if China goes after USA workers Trump threatens 'economic retaliation' if China goes after USA workers
- September 19, 2018

Trump explained that the new round of tariffs is justified because of unfair trade practices by China. Beijing has warned that it would hit an additional US$60 billion (NZ$92 billion) in American goods if Trump ordered more tariffs . Businesses will be scouring the final list to find out whether their appeals were heard. However, some products that help computer networks operate, such as routers, remain on the latest list. (more...)
Kavanaugh Hearing to Address Sex Assault Allegation Uncertain for Monday, Sources Say Kavanaugh Hearing to Address Sex Assault Allegation Uncertain for Monday, Sources Say
- September 19, 2018

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who has said she was inspired to run for the Senate based on the 1991 Senate Judiciary Committee treated Clarence Thomas accuser Anita Hill , told reporters she had Hill's experience in mind when considering how much time and energy should be devoted to uncovering the facts behind Ford's allegations. (more...)
Iran vows to protect civilians in Syria's Idlib province Iran vows to protect civilians in Syria's Idlib province
- September 18, 2018

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin said on Monday they had agreed to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Syria's Idlib province to separate Syrian regime troops from opposition forces, with Turkish and Russian soldiers patrolling the zone to ensure it is respected. (more...)
$2.5M bond for Border Patrol agent in killings $2.5M bond for Border Patrol agent in killings
- September 18, 2018

According to his booking records he is being held on $2.5million bond. She said Ortiz eventually ripped her shirt off, allowing her to break free and run to a police vehicle that happened to be nearby, according to the affidavit. Ortiz was a 10-year veteran of the Border Patrol. Andrew Meehan, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, said the government is fully cooperating with local Texas authorities. (more...)
Nomination of Trump's Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh thrown into crisis Nomination of Trump's Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh thrown into crisis
- September 18, 2018

Democratic senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is expected to vote this week of sending Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate for a final confirmation vote, quickly called for a delay in the commute vote in order to further investigate the allegation against Kavanaugh, according to NBC News . (more...)
20,336 murders recorded in South Africa from 2017 to 2018 - Police minister 20,336 murders recorded in South Africa from 2017 to 2018 - Police minister
- September 15, 2018

According to the state, 207 more rapes were reported than the previous year, with a total of 40 035 rapes reported. He said the political "destabilisation" of the past 10 years and changed police commissioners led to structural weakness. (more...)
Authorities Respond to Numerous Gas Explosions, Fires in Northern Massachusetts Authorities Respond to Numerous Gas Explosions, Fires in Northern Massachusetts
- September 15, 2018

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said he urged Columbia Gas to develop a "comprehensive safety inspection plan". About 400 people spent Thursday night in emergency shelters, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). (more...)
Changing LoC against Vijay Mallya was an error of judgement, says CBI Changing LoC against Vijay Mallya was an error of judgement, says CBI
- September 14, 2018

Observing the case from foreign land, Modi commented on the ongoing political turmoil in the country and made a sharp attack on the Union Finance Minister. "Either your passport is impounded or there is an order of a court". The LoC depends on the issuing authority and, unless it asks the BoI to detain a person or to stop him from boarding a plane, no action is taken. (more...)
U.S. House Speaker Ryan doesn't dispute Puerto Rico death toll U.S. House Speaker Ryan doesn't dispute Puerto Rico death toll
- September 14, 2018

Chris Stewart said . Ryan noted he had been in Puerto Rico after the hurricane hit and said it had been "devastating". Some Puerto Ricans are still without power . Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello also has criticized Trump for not providing additional federal funds still needed for emergency housing and debris removal. (more...)
US Seeks to Impose Cost for Election Meddling US Seeks to Impose Cost for Election Meddling
- September 13, 2018

The sanctions would target not just foreign meddling in physical election infrastructure, but propaganda and other tactics, following efforts by a Kremlin-backed outfit use Facebook and other social media to try to create divisions and affect public opinion. (more...)
Sex abuse: Pope to meet Thursday with U.S. bishops Sex abuse: Pope to meet Thursday with U.S. bishops
- September 13, 2018

The Vatican made the announcement September 12 after the pope and members of his worldwide Council of Cardinals wrapped up three days of meetings. Francis has received significant criticism over his handling of abuse, including an open letter from the Catholic Women's forum that has received more than 44,000 signatures. (more...)
Sen. Harris questions Judge Kavanaugh again on Mueller Investigation (C-SPAN) Sen. Harris questions Judge Kavanaugh again on Mueller Investigation (C-SPAN)
- September 13, 2018

After two marathon days questioning Brett Kavanaugh , senators were winding up his Supreme Court confirmation hearing Friday with legal experts making their cases for and against the judge who is likely to push the high court further to the right. (more...)
Bolton to ICC Judges: Go After US, and You'll Pay Bolton to ICC Judges: Go After US, and You'll Pay
- September 12, 2018

The draft speech says the Trump administration "will fight back" if the ICC proceeds with opening an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by USA service members and intelligence professionals during the war in Afghanistan. He was previously the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the George W Bush government and fought against the ICC in the 2000s. "Israel supports the American actions that are meant to clarify to the Palestinians that their refusal to negotiate and ... (more...)
Kerala nun writes to Vatican envoy against Jalandhar diocese bishop Kerala nun writes to Vatican envoy against Jalandhar diocese bishop
- September 12, 2018

Is the Church covering up sexual abuse? The National Commission for Women (NCW) has summoned Kerala MLA P C George on September 20 for using abusive language against a nun who has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a bishop. Senior Kerala minister E P Jayarajan rejected allegations of attempts to sabotage the case and asserted that the probe was proceeding in the "right direction". (more...)
PM Imran Khan, COAS, Zardari offer condolences to Sharif family PM Imran Khan, COAS, Zardari offer condolences to Sharif family
- September 12, 2018

She is survived by her husband and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam, and Asma. Begum Kulsoom, 68, had been placed on life support earlier today as her health began deteriorating, sources at London's Harley Street Clinic had told GeoNews. (more...)
No one really won Sweden's general election and people are utterly confused No one really won Sweden's general election and people are utterly confused
- September 11, 2018

Sweden has become accustomed to coalition governments and no one was expecting an outright winning party in this election . The Moderates party was next at 19.2 percent, while the far-right Sweden Democrats that before the election inspired fear of an anti-migrant backlash that would produce a dramatic ideological swing had 17.9 percent. (more...)
Delta Fire Grows To More Than 36,000 Acres, Interstate 5 Remains Closed Delta Fire Grows To More Than 36,000 Acres, Interstate 5 Remains Closed
- September 11, 2018

Overnight mapping determined that the fire has burned nearly 37,000 acres. The Delta Fire 24 miles north of Redding, California on Friday added another 12,000 acres moving north, south, east, and west through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. (more...)
Barack Obama urges voters to mobilise against the 'politics of fear' Barack Obama urges voters to mobilise against the 'politics of fear'
- September 11, 2018

The next day at a campaign for democratic congressional candidates, the former president said the midterm election in November will give Americans the chance to "restore some sanity in our politics". "In two months we have the chance, not the certainty, but the chance to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics", he said in a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign. (more...)
Police respond to active shooter in downtown Cincinnati Police respond to active shooter in downtown Cincinnati
- September 10, 2018

According to local sources, four victims have been transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds. First responders tend to a victim of a shooting near Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati . Police do not know what why the shooter chose to open fire in the lobby of the skyscraper that houses the banks headquarters. The situation appeared to be under control shortly before 7 a.m. (more...)
Anonymous New York Times op-ed sparks frenzy of amateur linguists, sleuths Anonymous New York Times op-ed sparks frenzy of amateur linguists, sleuths
- September 10, 2018

Bob Woodward spoke out about the Trump administration in his first interview on his book this Sunday, and warned that people need to "wake up" to what's going on inside the White House . If anything, the anonymous sources in Woodward's book, and the author of the op-ed, are seeking to protect the American people and the U.S. government from a president and top advisors who seek to dismantle it. (more...)
Giuliani Says Trump Will Not Answer Mueller's Obstruction Questions Giuliani Says Trump Will Not Answer Mueller's Obstruction Questions
- September 10, 2018

But in a subsequent interview on NBC , he said those questions are "not ruled in or out". "I'd do it under certain circumstances", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. There is an internal debate brewing within Trump's personal legal team regarding an in-person interview with the special counsel. "Show us why you didn't get there the first time", Mr. (more...)
Dallas police officer arrested in shooting death of man in wrong apartment Dallas police officer arrested in shooting death of man in wrong apartment
- September 10, 2018

Dallas police officer Amber Guyger is accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man in his own apartment. Protesters in Texas are demanding immediate jail for a Dallas police officer who entered the wrong apartment, mistaking it for her own, and shot dead the black man who lived there. (more...)
US cop walks into apartment she thought was hers, kills man US cop walks into apartment she thought was hers, kills man
- September 10, 2018

The responding officers administered first aid to Jean, a native of the Caribbean island country of St. Lucia who attended college in Arkansas and worked for accounting and consulting firm PwC. "There is no evidence at this time to suggest that he was armed", Dallas police spokeswoman Debra Webb said in an email. Botham Jean , the son of Mrs. (more...)
Two Russian Nationals Named in Poisoning of Ex-Spy, Daughter Two Russian Nationals Named in Poisoning of Ex-Spy, Daughter
- September 10, 2018

Moscow has denied involvement in the poisonings since the beginning of the case and the issue reared up again on Wednesday when Britain said it had identified two alleged agents of Russia's GRU military intelligence service as suspects. Hours later, the men left the United Kingdom on a flight from Heathrow to Moscow - two days after they had arrived at Gatwick. After the attack , allies in Europe and the United States sided with Britain's view of the attack and ordered the biggest ... (more...)
Trump aide Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison Trump aide Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison
- September 08, 2018

In court papers filed ahead of the sentencing, prosecutors say those lies caused irreparable harm to the investigation during its early months. "Caught off-guard by an impromptu interrogation, Mr Papadopoulos misled investigators to save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master", the statement said. (more...)
4 people dead, including gunman, in downtown Cincinnati shooting 4 people dead, including gunman, in downtown Cincinnati shooting
- September 08, 2018

September 6, 2018; Scenes from an active shooter situation in downtown Cincinnati at Fountain Square on Sept. 6, 2018. An ongoing investigation has provided no indication of the shooter's motive, according to Isaac, but "mental health issues" may have been a factor, he said. (more...)
British Airways probes customer data theft, says 380,000 transaction details compromised British Airways probes customer data theft, says 380,000 transaction details compromised
- September 07, 2018

The airline said 380,000 payments were compromised. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said: "We are aware of reports of a data breach affecting British Airways and are working with partners to assess the best course of action". "No passport or travel details were stolen". Mat Thomas said he placed a booking on 27 August, but had not been contacted about the breach. "Unfortunately, this is likely to be another PR disaster for British Airways, especially as it includes tickets bought in ... (more...)
Thai cave boys honoured by Thailand's prime minister Thai cave boys honoured by Thailand's prime minister
- September 07, 2018

Ratrawiphukkun also stated that she had been dating Unsworth for seven years and lived with him in a home near Chiang Rai in Thailand . The interview took place on August 15 but a 17-minute video was uploaded by Brownlee on YouTube on Friday - a week after Musk tweeted about taking Tesla private with "funding secured" that created a storm at the Tesla board and amid market watchers. (more...)
Founder of Taliban’s Haqqani network dies inside Afghanistan Founder of Taliban’s Haqqani network dies inside Afghanistan
- September 07, 2018

The rise of groups like ISIS in Afghanistan can partly be attributed to the radical ideology he so aggressively propounded. Haqqani was praised by the late USA congressman Charlie Wilson as "goodness personified". Embassy. Jalaluddin Haqqani (R), the Taliban's Minister for Tribal Affairs, points to a map of Afghanistan during a visit to Islamabad, Pakistan, Oct. (more...)
Third body found after boat collision at California-Arizona border Third body found after boat collision at California-Arizona border
- September 07, 2018

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office in Kingman, Arizona , said the body of 24-year-old Kirra Drury of Ventura, California was located Tuesday afternoon. The name of the boater still missing hasn't been released. Divers have been sent out into the river's waters, which can range from shallow to 30 feet (9 meters) deep. (more...)
Mueller will reportedly accept written responses from Trump on Russian collusion Mueller will reportedly accept written responses from Trump on Russian collusion
- September 07, 2018

Giuliani, who like the president has repeatedly described the Russian Federation probe as a "witch hunt", told journalist Jeffrey Toobin that Trump's original legal team had struck a deal with Mueller about his expected final report that would allow the White House to "object to the public disclosure of information that might be covered by executive privilege". (more...)
Quake halts all trains on Japan island Quake halts all trains on Japan island
- September 07, 2018

In the Hokkaido quake, more than 20 houses were flattened in Atsuma and Abira after mountain slopes collapsed over them across wide areas, leaving vegetation only on the mountain ridges. The central government set up a crisis management taskforce at the prime minister's office. Over 120 people were injured, while dozens more feared missing under collapsed structures. (more...)
After Rio museum fire, questions about cause, what survived After Rio museum fire, questions about cause, what survived
- September 07, 2018

The Museum of Natural History in Brussels is to join a consortium of 11 worldwide institutions set up to help the National Museum in Brazil, which suffered widespread damage in a fire at the weekend. The National Museum's collection ranged from archaeological finds to historical memorabilia. Notably, Rede Sustentabilidade presidential candidate Marina Silva echoed his concerns, claiming that the fire was a "tragedy foretold" that had been caused by the financial shortages experienced ... (more...)
Iran foreign minister arrives in Damascus for talks with Syrian officials Iran foreign minister arrives in Damascus for talks with Syrian officials
- September 06, 2018

He met with Mr Assad and his foreign minister Walid al-Moallem, who is just back from a visit to Moscow. Israel is alarmed by the the expansion of operations by Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah to support President Bashar Assad in Syria's seven-year-long civil war. (more...)
Trump says he did not discuss assassinating Syria's Assad Trump says he did not discuss assassinating Syria's Assad
- September 06, 2018

The White House on Tuesday threatened military intervention if the Syrian government used chemical weapons. US President Donald Trump warned that "the world is watching" as Syrian troops mass on the edges of the province that borders Turkey , raising fears of a humanitarian disaster. (more...)
India decriminalizes gay sex in landmark verdict India decriminalizes gay sex in landmark verdict
- September 06, 2018

People celebrate after the Supreme Court's verdict of decriminalizing gay sex and revocation of the Section 377 law, inside the Supreme Court premises in New Delhi , India , September 6, 2018 . "The constitution is a dynamic document, having the primary objective of establishing a dynamic and inclusive society", the judgment of CJI Misra and J Khanwilkar. (more...)
North's media say Kim vows nuclear-free Korea amid standoff North's media say Kim vows nuclear-free Korea amid standoff
- September 06, 2018

The decision marked a rare note of skepticism from Trump , who proclaimed after his meeting in Singapore with Kim in mid-June that North Korea is "no longer a nuclear threat". "Chairman Kim asked us to convey the message to the USA that the U.S. [should] help create situations where he would feel his decision to denuclearise was a right move", the South Korean official added. (more...)
Majerhat Flyover Collapses in Kolkata, Rescue Operations Underway Majerhat Flyover Collapses in Kolkata, Rescue Operations Underway
- September 05, 2018

The Army field hospital detachment in Kolkata near the collapsed Majerhat bridge has been called in to help in rescue operations. " Bridge deserved better maintenance. Four NDRF teams along with fire brigade personnel were pressed in the rescue operations. There was a pit in the bridge and the PWD and Railways should have noticed that and maintained the bridge . (more...)
Supreme Court Nominee to Face Tough Questions on Range of Issues Supreme Court Nominee to Face Tough Questions on Range of Issues
- September 04, 2018

Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, said in an interview on ABC's "This Week". The Senate judiciary committee was notified of the decision to withhold documents on Friday. Kavanaugh's confirmation is complicated by the sheer number of emails that exist during his years in the White House . A senior Senate Democratic aide said Democrats believe this would be the first time a sitting president exerted privilege under the records law to prevent disclosure of presidential documents to ... (more...)
Pentagon moves to scrap US$300 million in aid to Pakistan Pentagon moves to scrap US$300 million in aid to Pakistan
- September 03, 2018

The Defence Department has sought to cut aid by US$300 million "due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy", Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner said in an email to AFP . "This is our own money which we have used for improving regional security situation and they had to reimburse it to us", Qureshi said. Global relations expert Huma Baqai said the Pakistan-US ties had deteriorated like 'never before.' "We still have a chance as Pompeo and Dunford are ... (more...)
New Pakistan PM to Skip UN General Assembly to Focus on Economy New Pakistan PM to Skip UN General Assembly to Focus on Economy
- September 03, 2018

On Saturday, he constituted an 18-member Economic Advisory Council to ensure the availability of best possible professional advice to the government. The head of the selection committee is optimistic that global cricket will return to Pakistan. Early next week the committee would brief the apex court in a hearing on the issue. (more...)
Judge orders couple to give money from GoFundMe campaign to homeless man Judge orders couple to give money from GoFundMe campaign to homeless man
- September 03, 2018

When he bought her the petrol, she didn't have money to repay him at the time, but sought him out days later to give him the money, and visited him a few more times to bring food and water. The twosome appeared on the Megyn Kelly Today show, where D'Amico claimed Bobbitt squandered $25,000 within 13 days. Their lawyer argued in court that Mr Bobbitt had received more than $200,000 from the fund. (more...)
African leaders trooping to Beijing for 2018 FOCAC summit African leaders trooping to Beijing for 2018 FOCAC summit
- September 03, 2018

Focac will bring together 52 African countries, the African Union (AU) Commission and the People's Republic of China, as equal partners in fostering greater unity and cooperation. The UN should help African countries speed up development, support their unity, self-improvement and integration, and make their voice and influence greater in global affairs, Xi said. (more...)
McCain's casket carried into church for service - 8/30/2018 12:01:20 PM McCain's casket carried into church for service - 8/30/2018 12:01:20 PM
- September 02, 2018

She said she was especially touched to see leaders from both sides of the aisle speaking, showing just how hard McCain worked to make a difference for all, with Republicans and Democrats. McCain stood out during the last two years as a key rival and critic of U.S. President Donald Trump , a fellow Republican whom McCain's family has asked not to attend the funeral. (more...)
Trump Steps Up Attacks Against FBI, Justice Department Over Russian Collusion Probe Trump Steps Up Attacks Against FBI, Justice Department Over Russian Collusion Probe
- September 02, 2018

When speaking about his possible intervention in the Justice Department, Trump seemed to have in mind the other issue that irks him regarding Sessions' department: his alleged reluctance to investigate and punish Trump's political enemies. The poll also comes in the wake of last week's guilty verdicts in the trial of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on various tax and banking charges and a plea deal with the President's former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, who ... (more...)