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At least 39 feared dead in Congo tanker truck fire At least 39 feared dead in Congo tanker truck fire
- October 08, 2018

Twenty charred bodies had been recovered, and four other people died after arriving at a hospital. "The toll continues to evolve so far, especially for those who are burned to the second degree by fire". Congo's military was sending others, the health ministry said. "Two mobile clinics are evacuating the injured", he said. The crash follows another incident in 2010 when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded, leaving at least 230 people dead. (more...)
Saudi source denies journalist Khashoggi was killed at consulate in Istanbul Saudi source denies journalist Khashoggi was killed at consulate in Istanbul
- October 08, 2018

Saudi Arabia denies what it says are "baseless" allegations. Khashoggi said Saudis were expected to "accept, with gratitude, the social reforms that I have long called for while keeping silent on other matters - ranging from the Yemen quagmire, hastily executed economic reforms, the blockade of Qatar, discussions about an alliance with Israel to counter Iran, and last year's imprisonment of dozens of Saudi intellectuals and clerics". (more...)
Melania Trump: Talk about my actions, not my fashion Melania Trump: Talk about my actions, not my fashion
- October 08, 2018

The criticism was not universal. Mrs Trump signed a guest book at the site. Photo credit: watoday.comMelania Trump receiving flowers from a flower girl on her arrival to the Cape Coast Fante, Ghana. She emerged without a smudge. In kenya during safari she was photographed wearing a white pith helmet. "It's like showing up to a meeting of African American cotton farmers in a Confederate uniform", tweeted Carotenuto. (more...)
Wife of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu goes on trial for fraud Wife of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu goes on trial for fraud
- October 08, 2018

The wife of the Israeli prime minister went on trial in Jerusalem yesterday for fraud and embezzlement, following allegations that she spent £75,000 of taxpayers' money on food prepared by celebrity chefs. The Netanyahus have hit back, calling them grossly unfair smear attempts. Elovitch was arrested in February along with 6 other people, including Nir Hefetz, a former media adviser to the Netanyahu family who has turned state witness. (more...)
UN Agency Vows to Maintain Services in Al-Quds UN Agency Vows to Maintain Services in Al-Quds
- October 08, 2018

Nir Barkat on Thursday said schools, clinics and sports centres, among other services operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in East Jerusalem , will be transferred to Israeli authorities. They and their descendants are now classified as refugees who fall under UNRWA's mandate. Israel has argued that UNRWA perpetuates the problem of Palestinian "refugees" by discouraging their absorption in other countries, as well as inflating their numbers. (more...)
Brexit deal could be agreed within weeks, European Union chief says Brexit deal could be agreed within weeks, European Union chief says
- October 08, 2018

The EU's proposed trade deal will encompass roughly 30-40% of PM May's current Chequers proposals, undercutting May's targets for free trade and security post-Brexit. "I'm not sure Theresa May was humiliated in Salzburg", he told Sky News, "clearly there was political disagreement". "I expect that it will be a bumpy ride but I believe it can be done and will be done because the consequences of not". (more...)
Tropical Storm Michael expected to slam into Florida as hurricane
- October 08, 2018

A powerful storm called "Michael" is churning off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula - and with maximum sustained winds around 75 miles per hour, it's officially a Category 1 hurricane. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Navarre, Florida, to Anna Maria Island, Florida, including Tampa Bay. "We're going to get storm surge, we have wind, we have a chance of flooding, we have a significant chance of tornadoes". (more...)
Susan Rice considering 2020 challenge to Collins in Maine Susan Rice considering 2020 challenge to Collins in Maine
- October 08, 2018

Garland wasn't given a confirmation hearing or Senate vote. The FBI interviewed nine people and reached out to ten, speaking to people including those identified by Christine Blasey Ford , who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago. (more...)
Brazil election: Jair Bolsonaro leads in exit polls Brazil election: Jair Bolsonaro leads in exit polls
- October 08, 2018

For voters, Bolsonaro and Haddad represent starkly different visions for the future. In a seismic shift in Brazilian politics, Bolsonaro's once-tiny Social Liberal Party (PSL) was poised to become the second-largest force in Congress after legislative elections also held on Sunday, giving a boost to his agenda of slashing taxes and state involvement in the economy. (more...)
Susan Rice Says She'll Consider 2020 Run
- October 08, 2018

Susan Collins several times ahead of her announcement Friday that she would support Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court - and he's been out of office for almost a decade. By a vote of 50-48, the deeply-divided Senate gave the lifetime job to Kavanaugh, 53, after weeks of fierce debate over sexual violence, alcohol abuse and his angry response to the allegations that convulsed the nation just weeks before congressional elections on November 6. (more...)
Kavanaugh confirmation marks triumph of tribalism Kavanaugh confirmation marks triumph of tribalism
- October 08, 2018

Adding to the drama, women protesters in the Senate gallery shouting, "Shame on you", briefly interrupted the start of the final confirmation vote on Saturday afternoon. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, told Jonathan Karl on ABC's "This Week". "The partisanship he showed was astounding". The Senate backed Brett Kavanaugh's nomination by 50 votes to 48. (more...)
Boston drone arrest: Man held over rape released Boston drone arrest: Man held over rape released
- October 08, 2018

She was unable to give her location accurately, though managed to describe still being with her attacker in an old industrial complex, which she told police was surrounded by high fencing. She said she was in a "huge old industrial complex surrounded by an eight foot fence". 'Officers from our Emerald Team, who are specifically trained to support victims of rape and sexual assaults, are supporting the victim'. (more...)
Economics of climate change win Nobel Prize for US duo
- October 08, 2018

The committee that awarded the prize said he was the first person to design "simple but dynamic and quantitative models of the global economic-climate system, now called integrated assessment models (IAMs)". He teaches economics at New York University, where he founded the Stern Urbanisation Project, which researches how policymakers can harness the rapid growth of cities to create economic opportunity and undertake systemic social reform. (more...)
US Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice
- October 08, 2018

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican who did not vote to confirm; rather than a "no" vote, she voted "present". Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of NY says there's one fundamental question for senators when they decide Kavanaugh's fate: "Do we, as a country, value women?" That rare procedural maneuver left Kavanaugh with the same two-vote margin he'd have had if Murkowski and Daines had both voted. (more...)
Pompeo says North Korea to let inspectors visit weapons sites
- October 08, 2018

The US has said that it will not make such concessions unless the North takes substantive steps to do away with nuclear weapons. North Korea on Monday said it was ready to allow an worldwide group of inspectors into the country's clandestine nuclear and missile sites, a move that could be seen as more evidence in Washington and Pyongyang's thawing relationship. (more...)
Premier defends controversial decision to promote horse race on Opera House Premier defends controversial decision to promote horse race on Opera House
- October 08, 2018

Mr Morrison said on Sunday. Why stop at the Sydney Opera House? The event this Saturday is the world's richest horse race with $13million in prizemoney and will feature a performance from One Direction's Liam Payne. "We have no problem with that". The amended design retains the word "Everest" and jockey numbers - elements that had been classified by the opera house as commercial logos. (more...)
Pres. Assad: Deal on Idlib temporary Pres. Assad: Deal on Idlib temporary
- October 08, 2018

Assad said the Syrian army's victory in Idlib will foil the ill-wishers' plots against his country. The United Nations had warned that such an attack would create a humanitarian catastrophe in the Idlib region, home to about three million people. (more...)
Brazil's right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro faces run-off in presidential election
- October 08, 2018

Bolsonaro obtained 46.7% of the votes in Sunday's first-round vote, and Haddad got 28.37%. Despite his complaints, Bolsonaro did not formally contest Sunday's result, saying his voters "remain mobilized" for the second round . "We've had enough of corruption". Still, preliminary results showed unexpectedly big congressional wins by Bolsonaro proxies including former military police Major Olimpio Gomes, his campaign manager in Sao Paulo, who was elected to Senate. (more...)
French Volunteers in Palu Search for Bodies in Jumbled Mire French Volunteers in Palu Search for Bodies in Jumbled Mire
- October 08, 2018

The September 28 7.5-magnitude quake that triggered a tsunami on the island had also left rescue workers and officials trying to determine how many people were still missing after several villages were destroyed, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. (more...)
McConnell says Kavanaugh fight will help Republicans in November McConnell says Kavanaugh fight will help Republicans in November
- October 08, 2018

Republican Senator Susan Collins , who voted for Kavanaugh after a cliff-hanger, said it was a "confirmation process that has become so dysfunctional, it looks more like a caricature of a gutter-level political campaign than a solemn occasion". (more...)
Pro-Russia party wins Latvian vote; populists surge
- October 08, 2018

The party, whose main support comes from Latvia's ethnic Russian minority, won most seats at the last election but was sidelined from power when mainstream parties refused to include it in any deal due to its ties with the Kremlin. 6, 2018. The poll conducted by national broadcaster LTV said Harmony got 19.4 percent while Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis' party Union of Greens and Farmers got 9.7 percent and populist newcomers KPV LV got 11.5 percent. (more...)
Hong Kong denies visa renewal for FT reporter Hong Kong denies visa renewal for FT reporter
- October 08, 2018

The Financial Times on Friday said that immigration authorities in Hong Kong had declined to renew Mallet's visa, a decision that rights groups and media organizations said was unprecedented. The London-based Financial Times said in a statement that it was given no reason why Asia editor Mallet's application was rejected. "It mirrors problems faced by global journalists in the Mainland and appears inconsistent with the principles enshrined in the Basic Law", US consulate ... (more...)
Anti Susan Collins Crowdfunding Site Raises $2 Million Anti Susan Collins Crowdfunding Site Raises $2 Million
- October 08, 2018

In a speech that touched on her "little "believees" about Kavanaugh's judicial record-including her steadfast opinion that he will not vote to overturn Roe v. She supports the #MeToo movement, Collins said, calling it badly needed and long overdue. Confirmation would be a crowning achievement for Trump, his conservative base and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (more...)
Melania: Of Course I Tell Him to Put Down the Phone Melania: Of Course I Tell Him to Put Down the Phone
- October 08, 2018

On Friday, Ms Trump was told she had made a "silly sartorial choice" by wearing a pith helmet while on safari in Kenya. "I'm against any kind of abuse or violence", she added. "I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear", she said. "It's likely that including Egypt on the agenda is meant to serve as an expression of Donald Trump's friendship with President Sisi", said Timothy Kaldas of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. (more...)
Collins defends Kavanaugh vote, doesn't believe he assaulted Ford Collins defends Kavanaugh vote, doesn't believe he assaulted Ford
- October 08, 2018

Protesters rallied against Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday as the Senate voted to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court . "Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. (more...)

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