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What are the two major issues behind the Brexit 'impasse'?

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She said it was "not acceptable" to simply reject the UK's suggestions without a detailed explanation, adding that until they provide an alternative, progress can not be made. But EU leaders rejected a major part of her plan, saying the new economic partnership she had put forward would "not work" and risked "undermining the single market". Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh: Second woman accuses US Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct

Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Kerri Kupec, an administration spokesperson, claimed that the new allegation was part of a "coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man". Read More »

Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford To Testify Thursday

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But he added "unless there's something more " to back up her accusation , he's "not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this". "Neither did ( The New Yorker reporter)", Popp said. Ford". Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party 36 years ago, pinning her down and trying to take off her clothes, when she was 15 and he was 17. Read More »

Vatican: Catholic bishops to return to China

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Terming the agreement as "epoch making", Wang Meixiu, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, an official think tank, said it could help to normalise relations between the Holy See and China. The Vatican is the only European diplomatic ally of Taiwan, which is viewed by China as a breakaway province. The pope also posthumously recognized an eighth bishop who "had expressed the desire to be reconciled with the Apostolic See" before he died previous year, it said. Read More »

Indonesian teen survives 49 days stranded at sea

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Stranded in the middle of the ocean without supplies and unsure of his fate, "Aldi was scared and cried often" during the experience, said Firdaus. Even before his odyssey began, the 19-year-old already had a lonely job as the solitary worker on a rompong - a floating fish trap with a tiny wooden hut equipped with a gas stove, cooking utensils and a generator. Read More »

Lawyer: Kavanaugh accuser may testify with right conditions

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But her lawyers' email appeared to open a path to negotiations over her appearance before the 21-member panel, which consists of 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. Earlier this week Ford said she wished for the FBI to investigate her allegations before she offers testimony. It appears to be part of a broader Republican strategy to push ahead with Kavanaugh's nomination before the upcoming Supreme Court term. Read More »

Britain's Labour to vote on keeping second Brexit referendum on table

Earlier, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would back a second Brexit referendum if his Labour Party voted to pursue the move, heaping pressure on May, whose plans for a divorce deal with the European Union have hit an impasse. "If Jeremy Corbyn were to come out and support a second referendum, and they had a snap election next month, I think they would win", said Claire Hallett, 60, who was with her dog Desmond, draped in an European Union flag. Read More »

Russia, Turkey agree borders of Syrian demilitarised zone

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Prior to Monday's announcement, the Syrian government, backed by Russian air power, seemed to have geared up to stage an assault on Idlib province, the last bastion held by Syrian opposition forces, as well as home to thousands of hardline militants. Read More »

'Bully' US helped attackers who killed 29, says Iran President Hassan Rouhani

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Two groups have claimed responsibility for the Ahvaz attack - but neither has provided any evidence. "A four-year-old girl and a wheelchair-bound war veteran were among the dead". As former secretary of defense Bob Gates said in 2010, the Saudis " want to fight the Iranians to the last American ". "One of the countries in the south of the Persian Gulf took care of their financial, weaponry and political needs", Rohani added. Read More »

Grassley To Blasey Ford: Witnesses 'And Who Will Question Them' Are 'Non-Negotiable'

The accuser, 53-year-old Deborah Ramirez , described the incident in an interview with the magazine, which contacted her after learning of her possible involvement in an incident with Mr Kavanaugh. After days of relative restraint, Trump lashed out at Ford on Friday, contending that Ford's decision to wait before going public shows the incident probably was not "as bad as she says" - even if this runs counter to what experts say is the typical reaction of sexual assault victims afraid or ... Read More »

Trump points finger at Sessions for Rosenstein controversy

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But in Washington, more cautious voices warned of outcry on Capitol Hill if Trump moved to fire the man who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. At the same time, at a rally in Springfield on behalf of Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley, Trump made a cryptic remark about removing the "lingering stench" from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department but did not explicitly bring up the Rosenstein story. Read More »

Pompeo confident United States will win China trade war

The administration will levy tariffs of 10 percent on the $200 billion of Chinese products, with the tariffs to go up to 25 percent by the end of 2018. Previous US administrations have accused China of stealing technology by forcing firms to reveal secrets as a condition to operate in the Chinese economy. Read More »

Joe Biden invokes 'Deliverance' rape scene in defense of Kavanaugh accuser

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said on the "Today" show Friday that he thinks the FBI should investigate Christine Blasey Ford's claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Thomas denied it and was confirmed. She has also asked that the FBI investigate her claims. If there's no investigation, he says Kavanaugh's nomination should not come to a vote. Read More »

Accuser of Trump's Supreme Court nominee to testify on Thursday

In a statement to The New Yorker , two of the male classmates who Ramirez alleged were involved the incident, the wife of a third male student she said was involved, and three other classmates, disputed Ramirez's account of events. Ford initially indicated she wanted to tell her story to the committee, but talks dragged on as her lawyers negotiated terms of her appearance. The committee asked the friend if she would agree to have a confidential phone call with minority and majority staff so ... Read More »

Maldives opposition leader wins upset poll victory

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Ibrahim Mohamed Solih , Maldivian presidential candidate backed by the opposition coalition, jumps next to his supporters during the final campaign rally ahead of the presidential election in Male, Maldives September 22, 2018. Yameen's government has jailed many of his main rivals, including former president and his half-brother Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on charges ranging from terrorism to corruption. Read More »

Kavanaugh, Ford Public Hearing Confirmed for Thursday

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Keyser does not remember attending a specific gathering 30 years ago at which nothing of outcome happened to her. That response seemed a setback to Ford supporters' efforts to corroborate her claim. Especially important: White evangelical Christians in large numbers were able to use Trump's promise to name judges friendly to their viewpoint as a rationale for playing down all the ways in which the now-president (to be charitable) fell short of their moral standards . Read More »

Iran summons 3 European diplomats over parade attack: state media

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Speaking before leaving Tehran to attend the UN General Assembly in New York , Mr Rouhani accused US-backed Gulf Arab states of providing financial and military support for anti-government ethnic Arab groups. Since then, the USA has brought sanctions back into place, despite opposition from European Union partners, China and Russian Federation, and warned that anyone trading with Iran would also be punished. Read More »

Woman arrested after sheltering 27 dogs, cats abandoned during Florence

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Crazy's Claws N' Paws in Goldsboro turned over 27 dogs and cats on Monday after Wayne County animal services determined the group was operating an unregistered animal shelter, The (Goldsboro) News-Argus first reported . She was arrested and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. In a Facebook post, a colleague at her non-profit wrote that numerous animals brought to Hedges were ill and she administered care and medication as the natural disaster unfolded and roadways, and a way to ... Read More »

Texan who published 3-D guns plans jailed on sex assault charge

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The 3D printed guns activist is charged in nearby Travis County for the alleged sexual assault of a female minor . According to jail records, Wilson's bond was set at $150,000. The gun, named "The Liberator", is fully functional and can be 3D-printed at home and used to fire real bullets. In the arrest warrant affidavit, Austin police said they received a call from a counselor August 22. Read More »

ME restaurant’s plan to mellow lobsters goes up in smoke

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This is really from the perspective of how we expect verification from humans. "It's just an under-studied field, and maybe they play a role in other animals", he said. "So calm, in fact, that you're able to freely touch the lobster all over without them trying to strike at you or to be aggressive in any way". But not everyone agrees. Read More »

US, Mexico 'very, very close' to reaching deal without Canada

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US officials have said they want to finalize a trade deal before October 1st in order to be able to submit a final agreement to Congress in time to have it approved before the new government of Mexico takes over on December 1. Jim Wilson, the trade minister of Ontario - Canada's most populous province and heart of the country's auto industry - met federal negotiators on Wednesday and tweeted on Thursday, "It is imperative that the feds reach a deal". Read More »

This Caller Got Really Angry By Jeremy Corbyn's Second Vote Revelation

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Mr Corbyn wanted his conference to be an opportunity to sell his alternative vision for Britain's economy, pressing his argument for the renationalisation of rail, mail and utilities, and to rally the party for a possible early election. He spoke out after a survey revealed that 86 percent of Labour members would back another Brexit vote. Party members expected to vote in favour of such a measure on Tuesday, throwing up ideological and practical concerns for veteran socialist Corbyn. Read More »

UC Berkeley employee arrested in 'NorCal Rapist' cases

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A UC Berkeley employee was arrested as he arrived at work in downtown Berkeley on Thursday on suspicion of serially raping women throughout Northern California over a 15-year period. On Friday, several of Waller's coworkers in the Environment, Health and Safety office declined to comment on the arrest of their colleague. Here is what we know so far about Roy Charles Waller and the NorCal rapist. Read More »

$18M worth of cocaine found in bananas given to Texas prison

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Almost $18million-worth of cocaine was found in a shipment of bananas donated to the Texas prison system. The bananas were donated because they were already ripe. The TDCJ posted about the shocking discovery on its Facebook page, writing: 'Sometimes, life gives you lemons. A sergeant freed the box from a strap and opened it. Read More »

'WAR SCENE': Capital region still reeling after intense tornado rips through

The premier was accompanied by city Mayor Jim Watson as he toured houses ravaged by the twister that tore through the tight-knit community before jumping the Ottawa River to Gatineau, Que. It was eerily quiet Saturday inside the police perimeter of one of Dunrobin's most-damaged neighbourhoods, and only a few trees were still standing. Read More »