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Typhoon Mangkhut: Deadly typhoon takes aim at south China

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The typhoon has weakened to a tropical storm . About 87,000 people have been evacuated from high-risk areas of the Philippines , where they were advised not to return home until the danger had passed. The Hong Kong government said Mangkhut will pose "a severe threat to the region" as many residents in the city and neighbouring Macau stocked up on food and supplies. Read More »

There’s a GoFundMe raising $100K to keep Christine Blasey Ford safe

Mr Trump was answering reporters' questions about Mr Kavanaugh, whose nomination is now in jeopardy in the Senate, as he left to visit hurricane-ravaged areas in North Carolina and SC. Kavanaugh has said that he is willing to testify on this matter "if the Senate is willing to hear him", according to White House spokesman Raj Shah. Read More »

Kellyanne Conway says Kavanaugh's accuser 'should not be ignored or insulted'

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Chuck Grassely of Iowa, wants Kavanaugh and Ford to be interviewed by phone by bipartisan staff. Richard Blumenthal of CT, said staging the hearing without the FBI investigation would make it a "sham". He said Democrats never raised it throughout the several days of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing that he said included "sometimes weird innuendo". A spokesman said the five-term congressman "believes the committee and full Senate should thoroughly evaluate the claims and Judge Kavanaugh ... Read More »

Brexit: Theresa May begins critical 48 hours with plea to European Union leaders

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Speaking at a news conference in Brussels, Barnier said: 'It is then we shall see whether agreement we are hoping for is in our grasp. The Prime Minister has faced growing pressure over her Brexit plan - which has come to be dubbed as the " Chequers Plan " (after the location at which it was forged) that would result in Britain maintaining a common rulebook for goods, including agricultural products, with the European Union after Brexit. Read More »

Trump orders declassification of documents in Russian investigation - White House

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The dossier was the product of now-embattled research firm, Fusion GPS, which was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. It's not yet clear when and how the declassified documents and texts will be released. We look forward to the transparency... A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment on Trump's directive. Read More »

Senate Hearing on Accusations Against Kavanaugh in Doubt

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) helped to derail, at least momentarily, the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court after she revealed allegations of sexual assault from Kavanaugh's past. Both have indicated they are willing to testify about the allegations. "It's good to hear from both the accuser and the accused here", Conway said, "and allow the Senate to weigh what they learn in those exchanges, along with the mountain of other testimonial evidence and ... Read More »

Kavanaugh accuser wants Federal Bureau of Investigation probe before she will testify

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Democrats have said they wanted more time for the FBI to investigate - and more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what would turn into merely a "he-said-she-said" moment. Finally, refer to Christine Blasey Ford by her name. In modern times , that view helped derail President Lyndon Johnson's hope in 1968 to elevate Justice Abe Fortas, already on the court, to be the Chief Justice; Republicans and Southern Democrats, concerned about charges of financial irregularities, ... Read More »

Kim Jong-un welcomes South Korean leader in Pyongyang for historic summit

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Consider one telling scene, not long after Moon's arrival Tuesday, when cameras caught Kim and his sister, Kim Yo Jong, who acts as her brother's chief propagandist, both maneuvering Moon so that he had the ideal view - and could be perfectly seen on a reviewing stand, Kim by his side - as an honor guard of goose-stepping troops armed with bayonet-tipped rifles marched by. Read More »

Poland offers $2bn to host U.S. military base

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Duda noted the purchases of American weapons by Poland and said he wants to buy more. Poland and other Eastern European countries have been lobbying the United States to increase the number of troops on the continent as they worry about combating an increasingly aggressive Russian Federation. Read More »

Despite guilty plea, Paul Manafort still holds the Trump card

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Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, said his client had agreed to the deal before the Washington trial was to begin because he "wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life". "This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement. Read More »

Israeli Military Blames Syria for Downing Russian Warplane

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Russia's Defense Ministry specified that "the mark of IL-20 went off the radars and disappeared during the attack of four Israeli F-16 aircraft on Syrian targets in the province of Latakia ". A United States official with knowledge of the incident said the regime was actually trying to stop a barrage of Israeli missiles that occurred on Monday. Read More »

SA legalises personal, private cannabis use

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Marijuana advocates and members of South Africa's Rastafarian community went into wild jubilation after the judgment. These are all popular misconceptions and people should inform themselves with the truth. At the moment, possessing, growing or using marijuana - even in small quantities - can technically lead to jail time, a fine and a criminal record. Read More »

Kavanaugh, accuser say they're ready to testify - but how?

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault more than three decades ago, Christine Blasey Ford , will both testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 24. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time ", Mr Kavanaugh said through the White House. On Monday (Tuesday NZT), a raft of key senators called for both Kavanaugh and his accuser to testify about the matter in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee ... Read More »

Global shares knocked after new U.S. tariff threat on Chinese goods

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Here is a summary of the ongoing conflicts:. That would mean imposing new taxes on all of the goods the United States imports from China . After weeks of threats, Trump followed through with 10 per cent tariffs on US$200 billion in imports from China , which take effect Sept 24, and are on top of the US$50 billion already subject to 25 per cent duties. Read More »

Met Office issues weather warning as Tropical Storm Helene heads for UK

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BRITAIN has been warned to "stay tuned" to the weather forecast as Storm Helene threatens to ravage the nation with powerful winds and torrential rain within 48 hours. Many parts of the country had an unexpectedly balmy weekend. . Met Éireann said yellow warnings may still be extended to counties Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow, Dublin, Meath and Louth. Read More »

FEMA to test 'Presidential Alert' system next week

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On Thursday September 20, the Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA ) will test a new " presidential alert " system which will have Trump text almost every person in the U.S. UCLA communications professor Tim Groeling stated by email to the news agency that alert systems under multiple presidents have existed for decades and remained impartial in that time. Read More »

Monica Lewinsky Thanks Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford for Coming Forward

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Judge Kavanaugh's background has been thoroughly vetted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on six different occasions throughout his decades of public service, and no such allegation ever surfaced. "I have received medical treatment regarding the assault", she writes at the end. Conway, though, noted that Ford's account, while it should be considered, should also be "weighed against" other evidence. Read More »

Orrin Hatch says Kavanaugh accuser may be 'mixed up'

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In a statement on Friday, Kavanaugh denied the reported allegations that while at a party during his time in high school, he pushed a woman into a room, locked the door to the room along with another male and tried to take off the woman's clothes. Read More »

Syria war: Russian Federation and Turkey to create buffer zone in Idlib

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The zone will be set up along 9-12 miles of land that would separate the warring sides along the southern fringes of Idlib province. Turkey's diplomatic win: The creation of a demilitarized zone around Idlib marked a significant U-turn by Putin , who just last week during talks in Iran dismissed Erdogan's calls for a ceasefire. Read More »

Trump taunts US media over Obama error

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Also appearing with Obama at the rally Thursday in Cleveland will be U.S. Sen. "Thank you, President Obama", Cordray wrote on Twitter . Obama selected Cordray as the first director of the CFPB, established after the 2008 financial crisis to police mortgages, credit cards and other products. Read More »

House panel backs bill to make Trump tax cuts permanent

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The tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee took up the legislation , with the Republican majority prevailing to approve it in a 21-15 party-line vote. But that has been undercut on the campaign trail by worries about Trump's policy on trade tariffs and a lack of evidence that tax cuts have delivered promised pay increases to workers. Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh: 'This is a completely false allegation'

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who chairs the judiciary committee, said in a statement Monday that he's looking for a way that lawmakers can hear from Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford , "in an appropriate , precedented, and respectful manner". Read More »

Two Koreas set up joint office in Northern city

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Moon is also eager to mediate differences between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in order to bring the denuclearization process back on track. "We will get it done together!" And it said North Korea is violating sanctions by transferring coal at sea and flouting an arms embargo and financial sanctions. Read More »

Botham Jean was killed in his own home

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A police affidavit shows that among other items, officers seized 10.4 grams of marijuana and a marijuana grinder from Jean's apartment. Guyger told investigators that she had just ended a 15-hour shift Thursday when she returned in uniform to the South Side Flats apartment complex. Read More »

Kavanaugh accuser goes public

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Like Hill, Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford is a professor who made her accusation in the expectation of anonymity, never dreaming that newspapers from coast to coast would blazon her name across Page One. Kavanaugh said he "categorically" denied the accusation, and Judge said the story is "absolutely nuts". Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that while he agrees with the committee's stated concern "about the ... Read More »

RT: Novichok poisoning accused will never speak to journalists again

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United Kingdom authorities have since charged the men with trying to kill double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, with nerve agent Novichok . "I mean people who often work undercover, including the intelligence services". She also said they had agreed to send photos taken during their visit to Salisbury but their phone no longer appeared to be in use. Read More »