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Trump Administration to Deny Visas to Same-Sex Partners of Queer Diplomats

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This rule has applied to heterosexual domestic partners since 2009. "In light of the landmark 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, the US extends diplomatic visas only to married spouses of USA diplomats". It was detailed in a memo circulated to employees at the United Nations' headquarters in NY last month. David Stacy, government affairs director for the Human Rights Council, which advocates for gay rights, said the State Department decision was "unnecessary, ... Read More »

Hundreds of prisoners escape during deadly quake & tsunami in Indonesia

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UNICEF is appealing for USA $5 million to cover education, health, nutrition, sanitation and child protection needs for the current emergency as well as the lasting impact of the Lombok quake. At least 20 police were at the scene but did not intervene. The government has played down worries about looting though witnesses have seen incidents. Read More »

North and South Korea removing landmines along border

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The other area being demined is around the so-called "Arrow Head Hill", where some of the war's heaviest fighting took place over a strategically important hilltop position. It is believed that there are tens of thousands of landmines in the two areas to be cleared. At Arrow Head Hill, where some of the fiercest battles occurred during the Korean War, Seoul officials believe there are remains of about 300 South Korea and United Nations forces, along with an unspecified number of Chinese and ... Read More »

Kavanaugh FBI Investigation Could Be Done Soon

Senator Dianne Feinstein , the panel's top Democrat , wrote to White House counsel Donald McGahn and FBI Director Christopher Wray and asked that the committee be provided with a copy of the written directive the White House sent to the FBI, as well as the names of any additional witnesses or evidence if the probe is expanded. Read More »

Typhoon Trami packing 202km/h winds in Japan

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According to local media, the woman in her 60s was swept away by gusts in a gutter while working with her husband in their ricefield. A powerful typhoon is battering Japan , causing widespread travel disruption. 4, Typhoon Jebi also flooded a terminal and a runway at Kansai International Airport , built on an artificial island, and caused a tanker to smash into and damage a bridge connecting the airport with the mainland, stranding thousands of people at the airport at one point. Read More »

Tropical Storm Rosa nears Mexico’s Baja California coast

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Rosa had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) Sunday evening and was centered about 235 miles (380 kilometers) southwest of Punta Eugenia in Mexico. The National Hurricane Center said Baja California could get 3 to 6 inches. This image shows the projected path of Hurricane Rosa on Friday, Sept. Read More »

How The FBI Will Investigate The Brett Kavanaugh Allegations

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Kavanaugh has also forcefully denied the allegations by Swetnick, calling them completely false and ridiculous. Speaking to supporters at a rally Saturday night in Wheeling, West Virginia, Trump accused Democrats of using "ruthless and outrageous tactics" against Kavanaugh and urged voters to support Republicans in November's midterm elections. Read More »

Optimism mounts for an imminent NAFTA deal

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In an eyebrow-raising news conference Wednesday at the UN, Trump hinted at personal animus between Lighthizer and Freeland when he claimed that he rejected a Canadian request for a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau , a request Ottawa flatly denied making. Read More »

Trump asks FBI to probe claims against Kavanaugh

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The tweet followed Trump telling reporters Saturday the FBI had "free rein" in the investigation, which was launched Friday following an emotional hearing Thursday with testimony by Kavanaugh and professor Christine Blasey Ford , who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school. Read More »

Iranian President Urges EU’s Practical Measures to Save JCPOA

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Trump said. In a major setback to the United States and Trump's administration, the European Union has chose to constitute new ways to enable legal trade with Iran, despite USA sanctions, which are expected in November. Turning to Syria, Mr Trump assailed Russian Federation and Iran for backing President Bashar la-Assad in his brutal war in Syria, saying: "The Syrian regime's butchery is enabled by Russian Federation and Iran". Read More »

Senate Judiciary Committee Votes On Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination

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Kavanaugh said he "will continue to cooperate" with what the Senate asks of him. King spoke Friday after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate. Ford claims he was present when Kavanaugh allegedly attacked her. The one week delay is to enable the FBI to investigate Ford's allegations. "Today I texted my father and I said, 'You're going to hear something that we haven't talked about, and I want you to know that I'm OK, '" she said. Read More »

Venezuela's Maduro making surprise UN trip as pressure grows

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On the same day and at a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, US President Donald Trump called on UN members to support a "restoration of democracy" in Venezuela. Rather, he could be laying the groundwork for even harsher USA sanctions-such as a ban on US oil exports to Venezuela or preventing the USA purchase of Venezuelan crude, either of which would be a body blow to Caracas. Read More »

Search for Maddox Ritch comes to tragic end

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The park's grounds include trails and paved walking paths, an 80-acre lake, about a dozen picnic shelters and an 18-hole disc golf course, according to city of Gastonia's website . Ritch, who said he has foot pain because of diabetes, said he ran after his son but couldn't find him. "Usually when he takes off running he'll slow down and stop for me to catch up on him". Read More »

'They were laughing': Ford says her attacker was Kavanaugh

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In her written testimony submitted Wednesday, Ford pushed back against Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans who have cast her as part of a smear campaign meant to thwart Kavanaugh's confirmation. Ford broke her silence after 36 years, telling senators she originally wished to remain anonymous but once her story became public, she believed it was her "civic duty" to come forward. Read More »

Senate panel receives new Kavanaugh allegations

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In a declaration released Wednesday by her lawyer Michael Avenatti , Swetnick said Kavanaugh had been present at house parties where women were plied with alcohol and drugs and then repeatedly raped. "Under no circumstances should Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed absent a full and complete investigation", he said on Twitter. She claimed that she witnessed them "drink excessively and engage in highly inappropriate conduct , including being overly aggressive with girls and not taking ... Read More »

Prosecutor to Ford: I'm 'Very Sorry' You Feel 'Terrified'

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Constitution while answering questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the second day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 5, 2018 in Washington, D.C. ( He also screamed his way through his questioning of Kavanaugh.) He said the hearing was a "political game" on the behalf of the Democrats . In a statement , committee chair Sen. Read More »

Passenger Plane Misses Runway, Crash-Lands in Ocean

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In the pictures the aircraft is partially submerged, but has not sunk. An Air Niugini passenger plane was sinking in the ocean on September 28 after the plane landed before reaching the air strip at Chuuk Airport in Micronesia. Passengers could be seen being picked up in small boats, the BBC reported. Papua New Guinea officials say investigators from the country will head to Micronesia. Read More »

Some GOP governors call for delay on Kavanaugh vote

President Donald Trump has nominated Mr Kavanaugh for a vacancy on the Supreme Court , the body that has the final word on key issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. Kavanaugh's teetering grasp on winning confirmation was evident when Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) suggesting that Ford's testimony could have a tangible effect on sexual assault survivors across the nation. Read More »

Trump assails Boulder woman accusing Kavanaugh: ‘She admits that she was drunk’

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Trump said the allegations of the three women "are all false to me", bemoaning "what they've done to these children - these lovely children of ( Kavanaugh's ), and what they've done to his wife". Ford has accused a friend of Kavanaugh's named Mark Judge of being present at the time of the alleged sexual assault. Attorney Avenatti tweeted a sworn testimony from the third accuser Swetnick. Read More »

China Rules Out New Talks with United States to Resolve Trade Dispute

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Monday's U.S. -China tariff increase follows reports by The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News that Chinese officials pulled out of a meeting to discuss possible talks proposed by Washington . TRADE FIGHT: China issued a report accusing Washington of abandoning "mutual respect" required for worldwide relations and "trade bullyism" toward other governments. Read More »

Russian Federation to provide Syria with new S-300 air defense missiles

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The Russian Il-20 military reconnaissance aircraft was downed by Syrian air defenses that mistook it for an Israeli aircraft, killing all 15 people on board. Israel has sent military officials to Moscow in an attempt to amend relations but so far to no avail. Israel regularly bombs Syrian air defenses, and if they kill Russians, it could quickly escalate into war. Read More »

Trump Dismisses Claims of Second Kavanaugh Accuser, Notes She Was ‘Inebriated’

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He said he may have met Ford , who went to a different school, but he added, "We did not travel in the same social circle". I'm not going anywhere. "He will be confirmed in the very near future". "Does that sound like someone who's treating these allegations with respect and fairness and evenhandedness?" "I think it's really smart of them to get outside counsel", Sen. Read More »

Trade War With China Could Cost Auto Industry Billions

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China said Tuesday that it will hit back against President Donald Trump with retaliatory duties of five or 10 percent against another $60 billion worth of American products. Officials have not confirmed if the US would be affected by the move. Such a move would mean roughly all of China's exports to the U.S. would be subject to new duties. Read More »

5 questions after reading the Rod Rosenstein bombshell report

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McCabe was sacked this year, and a grand jury is weighing possible charges against him for allegedly misleading investigators in a leak probe. McCabe's memos, which were later turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller's office, had remained at the Federal Bureau of Investigation until McCabe was ousted in January and McCabe doesn't know how any reporters could've obtained those memos, Bromwich said. Read More »

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to be fired

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But NBC News says that Rosenstein had no intention of stepping down of his own accord and wanted to force Trump to fire him instead. Last March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation of Russian activities in the 2016 presidential campaign, leaving Rosenstein in charge of the probe. Read More »

Jack Ma says 1m U.S. jobs promise no longer feasible

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Beijing had in July announced a 25 percent increase in tariffs on soybeans, dealing a blow to Trump's rural base in the soy-growing American heartland. Seafood, handbags, baseball gloves and thousands of additional items were also affected by the latest Trump tariffs. "The new U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, mostly consumer-oriented, will depress spending and hurt the retail sector beginning in 2019", Seema Shah and Danielle McIntee, analysts with Bloomberg Intelligence, wrote in a note ... Read More »