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'A profoundly heart-breaking day': Celebration and anger for Brett Kavanaugh confirmation


US President Donald Trump and Republicans - convinced the fight has bolstered their efforts to halt a Democratic Party surge in the vote to control Congress - reveled in a victory that will cement a conservative majority on the court. Two further women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the same decade. Kavanaugh fought back against the accusations with a blistering partisan attack at a September 27 Senate hearing on Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that ... Read More »

India suspends bus driver for letting a monkey 'drive'


He even cheerfully allows the langur to take control of the wheel, while he changes gears. While the passenger took his seat, the animal refused to and promptly proceeded to the front of the bus to take over the steering wheel. "He should have been warned not to repeat this", Parag Heda tweeted. The 36-year-old driver is seen smiling and patting the langur monkey as it sits atop the wheel of the moving bus in footage shot by a passenger. Read More »

Kavanaugh steps away from being confirmed as US Supreme Court judge

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh . Republican Lisa Murkowski ( Alaska ) voted not to send the nomination to the full Senate. Collins told reporters she would announce later how she would go. "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", said Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican. Read More »

"Buhari Deserves Your Votes" Zainab Ahmed, Udoma, Enang Tell Nigerians — APC Convention


Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will run for re-election in February 2019 against former vice president Atiku Abubakar , a Muslim from the country's north who was nominated on Sunday as the main opposition party's poll contender. "Our warning to political thugs and other hoodlums is that they should stay away from the venue and even the entire state", state police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni told AFP. Read More »

McConnell: Kavanaugh deserved an up-or-down vote


Wavering voters often move back toward their party's candidates as Election Day nears, and most of the competitive Senate races are in states that voted for Trump by a significant margin. The phrase caught on with Kavanaugh's supporters, who began to post photos of themselves hoisting beers in his honor. A new CBS poll released on Sunday suggested the court battle may have hurt Democratic Senate hopes in states like Texas and Tennessee, where more voters wanted the Senate to confirm ... Read More »

US First Lady Melania Trump concludes two-day visit to Kenya

When the topic of POTUS's itchy Twitter fingers came up, she said , "I don't always agree [with] what he tweets and I tell him that". "Sometimes he listens sometimes he doesn't". Asked about her wardrobe choices, the First Lady lamented the fact that her clothes drew more attention than her work on children's issues. Melania Trump , 48, touched down at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, USA, this morning after spending the week on a whirlwind tour of Africa. Read More »

Japan considers whether to participate in South Korea fleet review


Japan has rebuffed South Korea's request for the removal of the navy's kyokujitsuki or rising sun flag before attending an global fleet review next week in South Korea. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Thursday said Japan should be more considerate about how South Koreans remember its brutal colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula before the end of the war. Read More »

Nobel Peace Prize victor for 2018 to be announced - Ireland


In this Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014 file photo, Doctor Denis Mukwege, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a gynecologist who specializes in treating victims of rape and extreme sexual violence, waves as he gets the Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg eastern France. Read More »

Melania Trump Shoved By Playful Baby Elephant In Kenya


However, Phiri said the protesters could have done better, observing that the timing of their actions did not tally with the work the U.S. first lady came to do in the country. According to an AP report , the first lady was "joyously welcomed at the airport" by a troupe of women singing and dancing, but "a few signs of protest were afoot, too, as President Trump is not widely seen as a friend of Africa". Read More »

US Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court after divisive fight


Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice on Saturday evening in Washington after an extraordinarily fraught nomination that sparked angry protests, nail-biting votes and a national reckoning about sexual assault allegations and who should be believed after Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct when he was a high school and college student. Read More »

Oil giant Aramco IPO by 2021: Saudi crown prince to Bloomberg


Khashoggi's fiancée, who asked that her name be withheld, said he entered the consulate at around 1 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) on Tuesday, as she accompanied him but waited outside. The Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul , Turkey, seen on October 3, 2018. Hatice Cengiz tweeted in the early hours of Saturday. However, the Arab source that spoke to Al Akhbar said Khashoggi had been taken out of another entrance to the consulate in a white vehicle in coordination with a Turkish security ... Read More »

20 killed in upstate NY crash involving limo


Customers in the parking lot were killed when they were hit by the limo coming down a hill on state Route 30 at "probably over 60 miles per hour", the store manager, Jessica Kirby, told The New York Times . Then I heard screaming. Witnesses said they saw pedestrians who had been hit trying to enter the Apple Barrel during the crash, according to WNYT . Read More »

Merkel in Israel says Iran must not obtain nuclear arms


The leaders of Israel and Germany, countries that have built a strong alliance since the horrors of the Holocaust, put on a display of unity in Jerusalem on Thursday, even as the two states continue to grapple with gaping disagreements over Iran and the Palestinians. Read More »

Trump welcomes Kavanaugh's appointment to supreme court

The Senate on Saturday, in a 50-48 vote mostly along party lines, voted to confirm Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court and he was sworn in as a justice hours later. Collins, a key GOP swing vote in the confirmation process, was referring to allegations made by Julie Swetnick, who said she had witnessed Kavanaugh attending more than 10 house parties between 1981 and 1983 where he and his friend, Mark Judge, were present. Read More »

Haiti natural disaster: Where did DEADLY 5.9 magnitude quake strike? How many dead?


Government spokesman Eddy Jackson Alexis told AFP that 11 people had been reported dead so far, seven of them in Port-de-Paix, the capital of Haiti's Nord-Ouest department. The tremor rattled the capital Port-de-Prince, sparking fear among residents still reeling from the massive 2010 quake that left at least 200,000 people dead and 300,000 more wounded. Read More »

Man's Sea Snake Death Believed to Be Australia's First


According to the Marine Education Society of Australia (MESA ), there have been no previous recorded deaths from sea snake bites in Australian waters. "Most sea snake bites occur on trawlers when the snakes are sometimes hauled in with the catch", the MESA says on its website. Sea snakes are among the most poisonous reptiles in Australia, though they are rarely aggressive under water. Read More »

French rescuers detect signs of life under quake-hit hotel


The death toll following this dual tragedy is reported as 1,424 lives lost, with time running down to rescue survivors. Electricity was restored and some shops reopened in Indonesia's quake and tsunami stricken city of Palu on Thursday, but the fate of many thousands of people in outlying districts was unknown almost a week after the disaster struck. Read More »

China slams Pence's charge of meddling in United States internal affairs


Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore said what the Chinese were accused of doing - trying to influence upcoming United States midterm elections - was something countries like Israel and other American allies have been doing to influence political outcomes in the USA to support their national interests. Read More »

China Warns 'Irresponsible' US to Show Military Restraint


According to the draft proposal, the US Pacific Fleet is mulling to conduct a series of operations for a single week in November. The reports suggested that the United States was going to ramp up military activities in November, in both the South China Sea and the area around Taiwan. Read More »

Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh for US Supreme Court

Kavanaugh's confirmation seemed all but sure on Friday when key Republicans and one Democrats , who had been undecided on the nomination, said they would support the judge. He posted: 'The crowd in front of the U.S. Supreme Court is tiny, looks like about 200 people (& most are onlookers) - that wouldn't even fill the first couple of rows of our Kansas Rally, or any of our Rallies for that matter! Had the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Dr. Read More »

Jamal Khashoggi: Mystery over missing Saudi journalist deepens


On Oct. 2, Khashoggi entered the consulate to get paperwork he needed in order to be married next week, said his fiancee Hatice, who gave only her first name out of fear of retribution. The Saudi authorities have arrested hundreds of people over the past year, often on murky charges, including women's rights advocates, dissidents and popular clerics, according to human rights groups. Read More »

Senators Continue Ongoing Discussion About Kavanaugh


The opinion column went live shortly before The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed written by Kavanaugh, in which he described his testimony as "forceful and passionate" and affirmed his commitment to "keep an open mind in every case". Read More »

Interpol's President Has Been Missing For More Than A Week


The country's interior ministry said they were under police supervision in Lyon - where Interpol's headquarters are located - after Meng's wife was threatened over the phone and on social media. As president, Mr Meng leads the Executive Committee, which provides the overall guidance and direction to Interpol. Mr Meng, who entered politics in 1972, has held several senior positions in China as well as vice minister of public security. Read More »

CPJ expresses concern for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi


A Saudi official said on Wednesday that prominent Saudi commentator Jamal Khashoggi was not in the country's consulate in Istanbul , despite a report from Turkey that he has gone missing there. "We are monitoring the situation closely and try to gather information". "It would be unfair and outrageous if he has been detained for his work as a journalist and commentator", the Post's worldwide opinions editor, Eli Lopez , said in a statement. Read More »

Melania admits she tells Donald Trump to put his phone down


Sporting a white pith helmet, US first lady Melania Trump on Friday went on a short safari outside Nairobi, taking photos and video of a dazzle of zebras with her phone. She was shown a pile of ashes, after the park burnt 105 tonnes of ivory to dissuade people from the trade. Her husband on Thursday tweeted: "Our country's great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa. Read More »

Congo Doctor, Yazidi Activist Awarded Nobel Peace Prize


Mukwege is a world-renowned Congolese surgeon and the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). theaters on October 19. " Nadia Murad is just one of an estimated 3 000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army". Read More »

Chicago police officer jailed after guilty verdicts


He was taken into custody moments after the verdict was read. Ultimately, one juror said he decided Van Dyke "needed to contain the situation". The violent encounter sparked intense demonstrations across the city after a video recording of it was released showing Van Dyke firing 16 shots at McDonald. Read More »

India signs $5 billion deal for Russian air defence systems


Russian Federation has been pushing for this mode of payment for a while but India has been reluctant given the depreciation in Ruble in the past years. Speaking at a business meeting where visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin was also present, Modi said the trade between the two nations has risen 20 per cent in 2017-18. Read More »

Protesters rally ahead of pivotal Kavanaugh vote as Trump slams


Kavanaugh's confirmation hinges on the votes of some other key moderate senators including Sen. Republican senator Susan Collins , who voted to advance Mr Kavanaugh, said she will announce her decision on confirmation later. Under pressure from wavering Republicans, GOP leaders agreed to an extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week that mesmerized the nation as Ford nervously recounted her story and said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker. Read More »