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India to Address the United Nations General Assembly Today

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Addressing the United Nations General Assembly , the Indian foreign minister denied that her government had sought a pretext to derail the offer to sit down with her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi. She was addressing the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in NY. All the schemes that Swaraj spoke about had the welfare of women at their core. Read More »

Flake gets a firsthand look at rage about Kavanaugh

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When Dolphin, who attended a nearby Catholic girls' school and was then known as Renate Schroeder, signed the September 14 letter , the Times reports , she wasn't aware of the "Renate" yearbook references about herself on the pages of Kavanaugh and his football teammates. Read More »

European Union pledges 'legal entity' for trade with Iran

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On Wednesday, Rouhani told reporters at the United Nations that the US withdrawal from the deal was "a mistake" and that he believes America will "sooner or later" support the deal. On North Korea, Trump called for sanctions to be strictly enforced against Pyongyang - a message directed at Russian Federation and China which are pushing for an easing of punitive measures to reward North Korean leader Kim Jong Un . Read More »

Indonesia tsunami: Air traffic controller died in hero mission

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Thousands of homes have collapsed, along with hospitals, hotels and a shopping centre. The quake and tsunami caused a major power outage that cut communications around Palu making it hard for authorities to coordinate rescue efforts. Earlier this year, a series of powerful quakes hit Lombok, killing more than 550 people on the holiday island and neighbouring Sumbawa. Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes . Read More »

U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee, then and now

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Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick , came forward this week with sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, also from the 1980s. She warned colleagues that "the entire country is watching how we handle these allegations" and criticized a "rush to judgement" on the allegations and quick push for confirmation, calling it a "real question of character for someone who is asking for a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court". Read More »

FBI contacts Kavanaugh Yale classmate in its investigation

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US President Donald Trump later ordered an FBI supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file. Kavanaugh denies both Ford's and Ramirez's allegations. Lawmakers and Trump administration officials had few expectations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would settle Ford and Kavanaugh's dueling accounts. Read More »

SA govt sends condolences to Indonesia after deadly tsunami-quake

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Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said "many bodies" had been found along the shoreline of the Indonesian city of Palu on Sulawesi island which was hit by a major quake and a tsunami on Friday. Yohannes Sirait, spokesman for Air Navigation Indonesia said the decision cost him his life, but potentially saved hundreds of others. In 1938, a tsunami killed more than 200 people and destroyed hundreds of houses in Donggala. Read More »

Kavanaugh approved by Judiciary Committee, moves to full Senate vote amid turmoil

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The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on advancing the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate floor. But following the committee's decision to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to a full Senate vote on Friday - a move that Senate leaders agreed to delay until after the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducts a new background check on Kavanaug - Judge, through his attorney, said he was willing to speak to investigators on the alleged incident. Read More »

Ford Rejects One-Week Cap on FBI Kavanaugh Query

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote at 1:30 p.m. on whether to recommend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate. That's what you're telling me. Flake criticized President Trump for tweeting about Ford earlier this month, questioning her allegations. Both women cried as they spoke to him. Read More »

European Union has more pressing priorities than Brexit, says French Finance minister

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Content - until now - to oppose the Government for opposition's sake, days of toing and froing appear to have ended in a classic compromise which is also open to numerous interpretations. Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday signalled that she would prefer a "no-deal" Brexit to the offer now put forward by the European Union, stressing that Britain needs to see counter-proposals from the EU to move Brexit negotiations forward. Read More »

‘My friends and I cringed’ over high school yearbook, Kavanaugh says

But Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee that this was a reference to a "drinking game" with three cups arranged in a triangle. Kavanaugh's lawyer said "Judge Kavanaugh and Ms. Christine Blasey Ford in high school , nor was he the man who drunkenly shoved his penis in the face of Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez while his buddy cheered him on, yelling "kiss it!" Because this "great friend" - Renate Schroeder Dolphin - was horrified to have discovered that her name was cited so many ... Read More »

Trump questions George Washington’s past to defend Kavanaugh

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I'm going to be watching. He smiled and said, "I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK". " Republican senators have delayed this for weeks now", Mr Trump said. Kavanaugh's opening statement was also released with him continuing to deny the allegations and saying he would not be intimidated into withdrawing. Read More »

Kavanaugh hearing: Republican senators abandon female prosecutor Rachel Mitchell

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But her boss says Rachel Mitchell is a hard-hitting attorney who is used to handling high-profile cases and is one of the few prosecutors in the country with a deep understanding of working with sexual abuse victims. Trump's allies, however, felt that Mitchell did not press Ford hard enough, failing to poke holes in her story. "It's a recipe for disaster", Romley said. Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh Savages Michael Avenatti Client Claims: "Twilight Zone"

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He also expressed disbelief over the woman's allegations against Kavanaugh, saying he has " a lot of facts, evidence, that what she's saying is not true at all ". Swetnick is now the third woman to come forward by name with accusations against Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has disputed all allegations made from Ford, Ramirez and Swetnick. Read More »

China Is Out to Get Me

The Trump administration says China is stepping up covert and overt activities to stifle free speech, punish those who support the president's tough trade stance against China and interfere in the US political system. "And now Trump is anxious about being blamed if there is a GOP loss in Iowa, so he's trying to get ahead of that", said Haenle, now director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in Beijing. Read More »

ABC chairman Justin Milne quits following attempts to seek sacking reporters

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Fairfax Media claimed Mr Milne emailed Ms Guthrie in May to insist senior journalist Emma Alberici be fired. The board held an urgent meeting on Wednesday afternoon and afterwards Mr Milne said he meant to stay on as chairman. According to the act, the board's duties include ensuring the functions of the ABC are performed efficiently, maintaining the integrity of the organisation, and ensuring news reporting is accurate and impartial. Read More »

Body found off highway believed to be missing autistic boy

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This little boy became our little boy, not just his mom and dad's". "He likes playing outside". Maddox Ritch went missing Saturday. He has blond hair, blue eyes, weighs 45 pounds, is 4 feet tall and was wearing an orange T-shirt with lettering "I am the Man", black shorts, and closed toe sandals. Read More »

Syrian official says S-300 defenses will give Israel pause

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Military deconfliction, given the extent of both Israeli and Russian military operations in Syria, thus has been as useful to Israel as it has been to Russia . An unnamed source in the Syrian Army say that Russia has already deployed the first S-300 systems to the Khmeimim (Russian military airbase in Syria). Read More »

1600 men say they believe Christine Blasey Ford in full-page newspaper ad

Avenatti also represents porn star Stormy Daniel's in her defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump . Ford claims Kavanaugh attacked her at a house party while they were both high school students in the '80s. She said she was 15 when she attended a party where she encountered Kavanaugh, who was 17 at the time. If Senate Republicans confirm Kavanaugh, the left will forever claim that the GOP ignored "credible claims" from women and put a rapist on the Supreme Court. Read More »

Women can't be treated as cattle: Supreme Court strikes down adultery law

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Section 497 of IPC criminalises the offence of adultery , but only a man is liable to be punished for the offence. Of course, the law was not partial to women at all - what it did was assume that women had no agency, no power to make sexual choices, and if a woman was sleeping with a man not her husband, the poor, brainless thing had been "seduced". Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford to deliver conflicting testimonies

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According to NBC News , "A Democratic source said the minority wasn't satisfied by the Republicans' questions about the incident during the call, calling them cursory, and believed it should be investigated more deeply". He also expressed frustrations with the delays in the process guided by Republicans and took a shot at lawyer Michael Avenatti, who is representing the latest accuser. Read More »

Blasey Ford Attorney's Firm Once Represented Swetnick

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She alleges that the pair spiked party punch with drugs or grain alcohol to lower girls' inhibitions and says she witnessed boys including Kavanaugh and Judge lining up to gang-rape an inebriated girl. She says that he and his friend Mark Judge would "target" a vulnerable girl, get her drunk, and then pull her into a side bedroom where they could have sex with her. Read More »

Millionaire couple killed, wife's brother arrested

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Three suspects have been held. The men also implicated Hogg's brother-in-law, Warut Satchakit, in the crime. Blood stains were found in the sink and changing room area around the pool at their home, with signs they had been wiped down, but no bodies have been found. Read More »

Lawyer for second Kavanaugh accuser says her client is 'willing to testify'

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Blasey Ford said Brett Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her in 1982, according to her testimony. She said in her statement that there are two witnesses who can attest to her account, but she has not identified them publicly. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations against him, including those of Ford and Swetnick. "The Democrats are working hard to destroy a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices ever, with an array of False ... Read More »

'Real identity' of Russian Novichok poisoning suspect revealed

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Britain has charged Boshirov and Petrov with trying to kill Skripal and his daughter on March 4 with the Soviet-designed nerve agent Novichok in the English city of Salisbury . Investigative journalists have claimed to have identified one of the two suspects in the Salisbury poisoning as a highly decorated officer in Russia's military intelligence service (GRU). Read More »

Speech: ‘They were laughing with me’

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In addition to his keynote speech , Trump is to chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council about nuclear proliferation on Wednesday. Hours later, when asked by reporters about the laughter, Trump said , "Well, that was meant to get some laughter, but it was great". Read More »