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Brett Kavanaugh was 'belligerent and aggressive' drinker, Yale classmate says

Julia Swetnick says she went to house parties attended by Mr Kavanaugh in the early 1980s, where she said he and his friends tried to "spike" girls' drinks. "On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man's face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail", Ludington alleges in the statement. Read More »

Survivors feel both hope and fear after Kavanaugh hearing, advocates say

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The surge in calls to the hotline didn't come as a surprise to the organization. A culture without accountability for those who hurt - those who abuse and instill lifelong trauma in their victims - is one in which sexual assault is normalized and so trivialized to the point where it can be entirely forgettable to the abusers. Read More »

Indonesia rushes to help quake-hit island; thousands feared dead

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Australia , Thailand , China and the United States have offered help while the European Union announced $2.2 million Cdn in immediate aid. "We will send food today, as much as possible with several aircraft", Widodo told reporters in the capital, Jakarta , adding that a supply of fuel was also set to arrive. Read More »

Kavanaugh nomination: Federal Bureau of Investigation probe underway, another Yale classmate speaks out

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President Donald Trump on Monday decried the "trauma" Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been subjected to in the confirmation process, but says he wants the FBI investigation to be "comprehensive" but "quick". The term's start has been completely overshadowed by the tumult over Kavanaugh's nomination. The senator described Kavanaugh's response as "belligerent, aggressive, [and] angry", and noted that it made him wonder about Kavanaugh's suitability for the high court. Read More »

Iran launches revenge strike on 'terror HQ' in Syria

State television and the state-run IRNA news agency said the attacks "killed and wounded" what it described as "militants". In Monday's statement, the Guard said that based on evidence from the Ahvaz attack, the "terrorists" in eastern Syria are supported and guided by the United States in line with "satanic" plans of the White House, the Zionist regime - Iranian parlance for Israel - and a regional power, a reference to Saudi Arabia. Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh 'belligerent and aggressive' after 'heavy' drinking, ex-classmate says

Amid the new probe, Trump has maintained his support for Kavanaugh , saying that "hopefully at the conclusion, everything will be fine". "Whatever it is they do, they'll be doing things that we've never even though of", Trump said . Smyth, another guest at the party, and Deborah Ramirez , who has also made an allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party at Yale University. Read More »

Amal Clooney calls on Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters reporters

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The 40-year-old barrister was spotted making her way out on Friday (September 28) to the United Nations in New York City. Amal Clooney participating in the Press Behind Bars event at the UN. Myanmar rejected the findings. Earlier this month, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt appealed to Ms Suu Kyi to use her influence to ensure the perpetrators of the genocide are brought to justice. Read More »

Officials scramble to rescue survivors as toll crosses 800

Indonesian rescuers evacuate a survivor from under a collapsed restaurant building in Palu on Sunday. Some survivors have been looting shops for food, water and fuel, telling reporters they have run out of supplies. Damage to the Mutiara Sis Al-Jufri airport is seen in Palu on Sunday. "Our funding will assist the most vulnerable and help provide essential supplies, such as food, shelter, water and sanitation and medical supplies", Christos Stylianides, EU commissioner for humanitarian aid ... Read More »

Iran's revolutionary guards kill four militants near border

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Salami was also addressing the crowd during Friday prayers in Tehran: "Stop creating plots and tensions. You are sitting in your glass palaces, and you can't withstand the blade of the Iranian nation's revenge", he said. Iran had previously also accused the U.S. of providing support to the gunmen that carried out last weekend's attack despite Washington's firm denials that it has any links to the incident. Read More »

At UN, Russia says meddling claims baseless, slams the US

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In response to the threat that Israel's recklessness poses to Russian servicemen, Moscow said that it will send S-300s to Syria and specifically remarked that this will enable it to close parts of the country's airspace. Russian Federation and the United States are at odds over the Iran nuclear deal, although key USA allies France and Britain have also vowed to defend the agreement that Trump ditched in May. Read More »

Kavanaugh accuser was target of South Florida man's restraining order, report says

Ford's accusations were followed by allegations by Deborah Ramirez , who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a dorm party at Yale University when they were both students there. The claims by Swetnick have been scrutinized by conservative commentators and publications, that pointed to what appears to be several odd moments or discrepancies in her sworn affidavit, posted by Avenatti on Twitter Wednesday. Read More »

Dominic Raab: Britain would choose no-deal Brexit over soft Brexit

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Senior Tories took turns to attack Boris Johnson yesterday after he delivered a brutal assessment of Theresa May's Brexit strategy branding it "deranged" and "preposterous". "We want to capture that spirit for a new generation, celebrate our nation's diversity and talent, and mark this moment of national renewal with a once-in-a-generation celebration", May said. Read More »

Kavanaugh Nomination Voted Out Of Committee Amid Flake Proposal

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But Kavanaugh, she said, was not that somebody. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled its vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. "There have been no decisions", Manchin reportedly said outside the hearing room. Graham said that he is "convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that Brett Kavanaugh is not the man that they're trying to make him [into], and this is all political". Read More »

Tsunami sweeps away homes on Indonesian island of Sulawesi

INDONESIA'S geophysics agency says a powerful Sulawesi quake caused a tsunami, apparently after the agency lifted a tsunami warning. Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo tweeted late on Friday evening: "At sunset an natural disaster hit Central Sulawesi and surroundings". Read More »

Macedonians vote on new country name, future with West

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Few Macedonians turned out to vote in a referendum on whether to change the name of their country - a move that could pave the way for it to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union . "I expect a massive vote, a huge turnout to confirm the multiethnic nature of this country and the political unity of this country". If "Yes" wins, Macedonia will have to amend parts of its Constitution to ensure it doesn't contain anything that could be considered a means to claim Greek ... Read More »

Syria demands all foreign ‘occupying forces’ withdraw immediately in United Nations address

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A picture taken on July 19, 2018 from the Golan Heights shows smoke rising in an area where Russian-backed government forces in Syria have been carrying air strikes near the village of al-Rafid in the southern Syrian province of Quneitra. The United States, aided by Syrian Kurdish-led fighters, helped rout the Islamic State extremist group from all urban areas in Syria but remains in the country because pockets of IS militants remain. Read More »

Boris Johnson Calls Chequers Brexit Plan 'Deranged'

She said her Chequers plan is the only realistic option on the table and it's now up to the European Union to bring forward proposals of their own in order to negotiate an agreement. You can't beat ( Jeremy) Corbyn by becoming Corbyn'. Mr Grieve warned that the crisis over Brexit was "paralysing government" and damaging the Tories' reputation. Read More »

Graham defends Kavanaugh temperament at hearing as 'innocent' man being 'destroyed'

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Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "All I can tell you is it came from somebody with a political motive". "This is Hell", erupted Graham on Thursday. "He's corrupted by ambition, corrupted by politics, and it's tragic because this country could use a statesman right now". Read More »

Death toll from Indonesia's quake-triggered tsunami tops 800

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Their fate was unknown. People including dancers were still busy on the beach in Palu (population: 335,000), preparing for a festival, and were caught when waves up to 3m in height swept in. Many people return day after day to undertake the grim task of looking through the bodies. It was reported as being 3 metres high in some areas and double that height elsewhere. Read More »

PoK chief, onboard chopper that crossed into India, denies violating airspace

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Army Public Relations Officer Lt Col Devender Anand said the Pakistani helicopter violated the airspace around 12.10 pm. The sources added, as reported by NDTV , no large-calibre anti-aircraft weapon was used. "Our neighbour's expertise is not restricted to spawning grounds for terrorism; it is also an expert in trying to mask malevolence with verbal duplicity", said Swaraj. Read More »

MS police officers die in early morning shooting

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White had just joined the department for a second time, Collins said. White arrived on the scene first, and Moak arrived next. He is the only suspect involved, officials said. Strain said the investigation is in its initial stages. "We speculate there will be body camera footage, and there were dash cams, but we'll wait and see". Read More »

Kellyanne Conway comes forward as a victim of sexual assault

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She said: " Jake , they should all be heard". Conway brought up her own experience while discussing the outcry over the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh , who defended himself at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this week. Read More »

Event with Sen. Flake relocated due to Kavanaugh protest

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Don McGahn is the current White House counsel, and a friend of Kavanaugh. Evangelical leaders in contact with the White House have quietly launched an influence campaign created to rally 1.5 million evangelical voters behind Kavanaugh across five key states: Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia, Florida and North Dakota. Read More »

Boris Johnson bashes Brexit again in Telegraph column

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Speaking to reporters on her way to NY to attend the United Nations General Assembly, May said she welcomed a subsequent acknowledgement from European Council President Donald Tusk that the bloc still wanted to strike a deal. "There has been a collective failure of government, and a collapse of will by the British establishment, to deliver on the mandate of the people". He advocates a looser "Canada-style" agreement that would leave Britain freer to strike new worldwide trade deals. Read More »

Rosenstein agrees to meet with members of Congress

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Trump had expected to meet with Rosenstein to discuss a news report that he had suggested secretly recording the president and recruiting Cabinet members to remove him from office. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of OH, said they believed Rosenstein would be coming for a transcribed interview as part of the congressional investigation into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton and Russian Federation investigations. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation reaches out to Boulder woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

The bureau has, however, contacted Deborah Ramirez , a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh's who has said he was sexually aggressive toward her at a party, the Washington Post reported . Ford testified Thursday that she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh, not another man, assaulted her in 1982. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are similarly affected. Read More »

Erdogan comes seeking rapprochement with wary Berlin (UPDATE 3)

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His call, in a newspaper article as he arrived for a three-day state visit, highlighted the gulf Erdogan must bridge if he is to fix strained political and commercial ties. That difference of opinion was made clear by Erdogan, who described Dundar as an "agent who has revealed state secrets to the public" and "who should be in prison". Read More »

Hurricane Rosa Expected To Soak Los Angeles, Increase California Surf

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It is expected to become a tropical storm by late Sunday as it heads northeast toward the Baja California peninsula. Heavy rainfall is expected across the Baja peninsula as well as the southwestern United States, with the potential for life-threatening desert flash flooding and mountain landslides, the hurricane center said. Read More »

UK's Johnson brands Theresa May's Brexit plan 'deranged'

Elsewhere, the Mail on Sunday leads on a campaign to save the country's parks, which it says are falling into disrepair or being sold off by cash-strapped councils. She said the onus was on the European Union to come forward with detailed explanations of its concerns, along with counter-proposals for discussion. Read More »

Villagers ID Russian suspect in United Kingdom poisoning

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British investigators now say a third Russian military intelligence officer was involved in the poisoning in March this year of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the southern English cathedral town of Salisbury. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the allegations made by British-based investigative group Bellingcat and others can't serve as a basis for such an inquiry, adding that Russian Federation expects Britain to produce official information. Read More »

Kavanaugh accuser says he doesn’t belong on Supreme Court

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Mr Kavanaugh could tilt the court conservative for decades. While Ford is not the only woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct , she is the only one scheduled to testify publicly. "Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming". "I don't have all the answers, and I don't remember as much as I would like to", Ford said. Read More »

Judge: Democrats in Congress can sue Trump over emoluments

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The lawsuit , filed in June 2017, is the third constitutional challenge to Trump's business interests while in office, but it is notable because the plaintiffs are themselves members of Congress. Richard Blumenthal of CT and Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, had standing to sue Trump because he did not ask Congress before accepting anything that could be considered a foreign emolument . Read More »