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Russia's fleet to counter U.S. moves ahead of Syrian offensive

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokeswoman Oana Lungescu, meanwhile, told Haaretz on Tuesday that the navy "has dispatched substantial naval forces to the Mediterranean, including several ships equipped with modern cruise missiles". Meanwhile Russia has cited its own intelligence saying that Syrian armed groups in Idlib are preparing for a staged chemical provocation, which Moscow says the West will use to justify a strike against Syrian government forces. Read More »

Sen. Klobuchar Pays Tribute To ‘Mentor’ McCain

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According to screenshots of the conversation posted on Twitter by Arizona political reporters, the aide, Jonathan Williams, wondered if it was "just a coincidence" that the announcement of McCain ending medical treatment came the day Ward was launching a statewide bus tour, her big push before Tuesday's primary. Read More »

Pope Francis: I found so much faith in Ireland!

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Despite repeated requests from journalists, the Vatican had not responded to the allegations by midday August 26. In his statement , Vigano said he had told Francis in June 2013, just after he was elected pope by his fellow cardinals, about the accusations against McCarrick. Read More »

Seoul may delay opening North Korea office

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The North Korean establishment has accused the United States of " double-dealing " and "hatching a criminal plot" against Pyongyang, after Washington abruptly cancelled a scheduled visit by U.S. USA intelligence and defence officials have repeatedly expressed doubts about North Korea's willingness to give up its nuclear weapons and did not expect Mr Pompeo's trip to yield positive results. Read More »

Candidates gear up to replace Turnbull, as former PM prepares to resign

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He was supported by former prime minister Tony Abbott, who was himself ousted by Mr Turnbull in 2015 (in 2009, when the Liberals were in opposition, Mr Turnbull was unseated as party leader by Mr Abbott). Dutton maintained his role as minister for home affairs, but he created a new position to handle issues related to immigration and appointed David Coleman. Read More »

Manafort juror's message to Trump: Pardon would be 'big mistake'

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District Court in the District of Columbia, obtained by Politico . A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, which has been leading the Cohen probe, declined to comment, as did the White House. Trump critics seized on the report, noting that Trump and Trump Jr. have both denied that the president knew about the meeting until it was reported in the press in July 2017. Read More »

USA prosecutors grant Trump Organization CFO immunity in Cohen probe

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President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty this week to a list of federal crimes as the controversy surrounding him reached a climax. This is why the news that Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance is considering pursuing charges against the Trump Organization may be such a significant development. Read More »

Shooting at video game tournament raises questions of security

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The sheriff's office used Twitter and Facebook immediately after the shooting to warn people to stay far away and to ask anyone who was hiding to call 911. The shooter was competing in the tournament, taking place at a mall called Jacksonville Landing , before killing other contestants. "These things are hard to deal with, especially for people in Florida", he said. Read More »

What Will Happen to John McCain's Senate Seat?

Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio said McCain was "the epitome of a self-sacrificing public servant and an American hero " and "a family man of great integrity". Ducey's office has heard from Vice President Mike Pence's aides about the choice, a person familiar with the discussions said today. As a presidential candidate, Trump - who did not serve in the military himself and avoided the draft through a series of deferments - attacked McCain's record of service and said the Vietnam ... Read More »

Lane downgraded to tropical storm as downpours flood Hawaii's Big Island

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National Weather Service forecaster Maureen Pollard said as of 5am this morning local time Hurricane Lane was located 490 kilometres south of Honolulu and moving to the Northwest at 11 kilometres an hour. The government listed more than a dozen other road and bridge closures . Nearly 2,000 customers on the island lost power, according to Maui Electric , but for most, it was quickly restored. Read More »

New York AG plans criminal investigation into Michael Cohen's taxes

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Prosecutors reached a similar immunity deal with David Pecker , the publisher of National Enquirer magazine, the Journal reported Thursday. In the immediate wake of the news, legal analyst Harry Litman, a former US attorney, told MSNBC there is now "a sense that the dam is breaking over the last week and people are rushing in from all sides". Read More »

Zimbabwe's Top Court to Rule Friday on Presidential Election Challenge

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Therefore, Mnangagwa's failure to deliver an undisputed poll means that the next five years will be very hard for him and the work has to start today with his inauguration speech. Mnangagwa, 75, said he was "not surprised by the court's decision" and called for unity and peace. President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a series of tweets says to opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa "my door is open and my arms are outstretched" as he calls for the country to move forward together. Read More »

Presidency to seek clarity from U.S. embassy over Trump tweet

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South Africa's foreign ministry will seek clarification of Mr Trump's comments from the U.S. embassy in Pretoria, President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokeswoman said , adding that Mr Trump was "misinformed". A spokesperson of the government told reporters that members of the diplomatic corps of the United States in Pretoria were summoned by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to demand from them explanations on those words of Trump in his Twitter account. Read More »

Trump implicated as two of his aides found guilty

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On Tuesday, Cohen pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to eight criminal counts, including tax evasion, false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations tied to his work for Trump . A potential retrial on the ten deadlocked charges . Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani sought to cast the blame exclusively on Cohen in a Tuesday statement, saying: "There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the President in the government's charges against Mr. Read More »

ADL skewers Trump for tweet on white South African conspiracy theory

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Ramaphosa said that creating employment, in particular for young people and women, is the most urgent and critical priority for the government. South Africa's foreign ministry called the remarks, which sources said Trump made during a meeting on immigration legislation, "crude and offensive" and said Trump's subsequent denial was not categorical. Read More »

Saudi Arabia introduces 'nap pods' for those performing Hajj

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The potential for disease spreading among pilgrims, who spend five days in close quarters, often eating outside and sleeping on the ground near holy sites, is a perennial concern. Officials aim to increase the number of umrah and haj pilgrims to 15 million and 5 million respectively by 2020, and hope to double the umrah number again to 30 million by 2030. Read More »

Air quality reaches hazardous levels in Spokane

With a 10+ rating, the province advises the general population to reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors, particularly if you have symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation. The National Weather Service predicts "widespread smoke" will turn to "widespread haze" by Wednesday as onshore winds return. Check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's website for the most recent conditions. Read More »

Lombok quake: Indonesian island hit by fresh tremor

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A week before that quake, a tremor surged through the island and killed 17. Power was still off across Lombok , several hours after the quake, and building collapses were reported. Almost 100 houses near the epicentre were also severely damaged, the disaster agency said. "Fortunately nobody was hurt here but people are still in shock", East Lombok resident Ujip Udin told AFP Monday. Read More »

Omarosa says President Donald Trump wants 'a race war'

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A former White House employee is causing chaos for US President Donald Trump , releasing juicy details about her time working with him in a tell-all memoir. 'It was such a vulgar slur. While speaking with NPR's Rachel Martin about the passage, Omarosa was confronted about how she claimed to have heard the tape even though in her book she doesn't say that. Read More »

Flood crisis death toll jumps to 357

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Thousands of people have been saved by the state's fishermen , many of whom headed into the floodwaters to help. "Relief and rescue efforts have really gained momentum over the last 48 hours, particularly with the army , navy , air force and the National Disaster Response Force stepping in". Read More »

Afghan president visits key city, week after Taliban raid

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With parliamentary elections due on October 20, the government had been bracing for more attacks in Kabul and other cities, even while hopes of peace talks with the Taliban had been fuelled by a three day truce during the Eid al-Fitr holiday in June. Read More »

Lavrov: Syria has the right to attack terrorists

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Cavusoglu spoke about the current situation in Turkey during the phone call and said his government was willing to strengthen strategic communication with China, the statement said. Russian Federation backed Erdogan in urging countries to do business in their own national currencies rather than dollars. It will be sinking, and more and more countries-even those which are not affected by the USA sanctions-will go away from the dollar, just to be on the safe side, and count on more reliable ... Read More »

Vatican voices shame and sorrow over USA sex abuse report

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There's a message for the victims of abuse: " the Pope is on their side" and "the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror", the statement adds. James Faluszczak is one of the witnesses who testified before a Pennsylvania grand jury about being abused by a priest when he was a teen. "My heart goes out to the victims who suffered abuse at the hands of church leaders", he said. Read More »

Trump makes good on threat to revoke Brennan's clearance

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Brennan said he was anxious Trump was sending a message to other former and current officials with security clearances that they shouldn't say critical things about the president. Instead the White House statement spoke of Mr Brennan's "erratic behaviour", "wild outbursts" and "frenzied commentary". Mr Trump announced the decision in a statement read by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders at her daily news briefing . Read More »

Who is Omarosa? And why is she causing such a stir?

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Lara Trump , in a statement made public shortly after the Omarosa tape dropped, confirmed the conversation. "We still wanted her on our team because we cared so much about her personally". "I said, 'Well, sir, can you think of anytime where this happened?' And he said, 'no.'" Omarosa responded, "Well, that is not true". "Goddamn it, I don't love you leaving at all". Read More »

Sea of mourners join Atal Bihari Vajpayee's funeral procession

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The 93-year-old BJP stalwart breathed his last at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) yesterday in the national capital after struggling with health ailments for nine weeks. In many ways Vajpayee was a complicated figure, a leader of the moderate wing of India's often-strident Hindu nationalist movement and a lifelong poet who oversaw India's growth into a strutting regional economic power. Read More »

Four-member Pakistan delegation to attend last rites of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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The former prime minister was admitted to the facility in June with a urinary tract infection, a lower respiratory tract infection and kidney-related ailments but the hospital had said days later that he was recovering. "Despite the best efforts, we have lost him today", AIIMS said in a statement. Modi's government presented Vajpayee as an icon, seeking inspiration from his political career and cashing in on his stature and popularity as a statesman acceptable across political divides. Read More »

USA ex-spymaster says Trump colluded with Russian Federation

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Trump announced Wednesday that he had revoked Brennan's clearance , part of an ongoing effort to retaliate against those who have criticized the administration. "Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation", he wrote, vowing, "The criticism will continue until you come the leader we prayed you would be". Read More »

Colorado father denied bail after wife and two daughters disappear

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His arrest warrant had been sealed by court order, and he remained jailed on three counts of evidence tampering and three counts of first-degree murder. However, the family of Shanann Watts has also been told that Chris Watts has agreed to bring officers to the location of the bodies, so they may be recovered. Read More »