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Nawaz Sharif, daughter, son-in-law's jail sentences suspended in corruption case


Last week, Sharif along with his daughter Maryam and son-in-law captain Safdar was released on parole following the death of former first lady of Pakistan, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. Hearings in two other corruption cases against Sharif and his family are continuing at an anti-corruption court. He further added that even if National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor failed to conclude arguments a verdict will be announced. Read More »

Ortiz charged with murder of 4 women


Juan David Ortiz , 35, was being held in Laredo on four counts of murder along with charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint, Webb County jail records showed. A Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant didn't return several messages seeking comment on Saturday. After leaving his home, the two stopped at a gas station where Ortiz allegedly pulled a gun on her and grabbed her by her shirt, according to the affidavit. Read More »

Texas Border Patrol Agent Accused of 'Serial Killing Spree' in Laredo

A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor confessed to killing four women earlier this month and planned to die as a "suicide by cop", authorities said Monday. All four were shot in the head and left in a road in rural northwest Webb County. She managed to flee his vehicle after he pointed a gun at her and tried to stop her from escaping. Read More »

Sympathies offered to the Philippines over Typhoon Mangkhut


China Central Television, the state broadcaster, said four people had been killed in Guangdong, China's most populous province of over 100 million residents. Typhoon Mangkhut slammed Hong Kong yesterday , with strong hurricane force winds swaying skyscrapers and a storm surge reaching as much as 3 metres in places. Read More »

Senate GOP to Prof Ford: Take It Or Leave It


The president seems resigned to senators delaying what had been an expected Thursday vote by the judicial committee after the allegation from a professor at a California university threw Kavanaugh's confirmation into some doubt. Trump spoke to reporters Monday afternoon in the White House Roosevelt Room where he was peppered with questions just hours after Kavanaugh strongly denied that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl three decades ago when they both were in high school . Read More »

Venezuela president dines on 'Salt Bae' steaks while his nation starves


But it sparked anger in Venezuela where millions struggle to get enough to eat and red meat is a rare luxury. In another video, Maduro smokes a cigar taken from a box with a plaque of his name. The visit was filmed and shared on Salt Bae's Twitter and Instagram accounts. "I don't know who this weirdo Saltbae is, but the guy he is so proud to host is not the president of Venezuela ", Sen. Read More »

The Justice Department Is Investigating Tesla For Fraud


The criminal probe comes one month after federal prosecutors also opened a fraud investigation relating to the billionaire's claims that funding had been secured to take Tesla private at $420 per share . He said that Musk can "stick his submarine somewhere where it hurts", according to AP. Its stock is now trading 25 per cent lower than it was on the day of Musk's take-private tweet, an indication of faltering confidence in Musk's leadership. Read More »

Don't engage in biz with Iran after Nov 4, warns US


Trump said the deal was ineffective in preventing Iran from building up a nuclear arsenal, pointing to certain restrictions in it that were set to expire after several years, weak inspections of the state's facilities, and several breaches in the agreement by Iran . Read More »

Polish president wants a 'Fort Trump' US military base


As Duda gave his opening remarks and expressed interest in defense projects in conjunction with the USA, he proposed the construction of a permanent military base that would be named after Trump. Trump said Duda had offered the U.S. more than $2 billion to set up a base in Poland. I firmly believe that this is possible. Trump then hailed Poland's offer to pay $2 billion toward US costs, even as he blasted other unnamed "immensely wealthy" countries the USA effectively pays to defend. Read More »

Classmates of Christine Blasey Ford praise her 'honesty'


But privately aides wondered how long the President would go without tweeting on the matter, which has upset him and jeopardized, for now, a history-making opportunity to reshape the high court. "She should not be ignored", presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters in the White House driveway on Monday. If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6 elections, when ... Read More »

Trump orders 'immediate' declassification of FISA documents, DOJ-FBI texts


The president also ordered the declassification of documents related to the Carter Page FISA warrant application process. According to the press release , the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: "(1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Read More »

Kavanaugh and accuser to testify in Senate

Details of the allegations have trickled out since the committee's ranking member, Sen. It was unfair to Kavanaugh, unfair to his accuser and unfair to Feinstein's colleagues - Democrats and Republicans alike - on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read More »

US to sharply limit refugee flows to 30000 in 2019


It will be the lowest ceiling on admissions since the program began in 1980. So far this year, the US has only admitted 20,918 refugees . That is being cut again to a 30,000 cap, Pompeo told reporters at the State Department. By comparison, 53,716 refugees were admitted in the 2017 fiscal year, which included almost four months under President Obama until President Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Read More »

Respond to Hurricane Maria


Ocasio-Cortez's comments come after President Donald Trump last week denied that almost 3,000 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. George Washington University's Milken Institute of Public Health, working with the University of Puerto Rico, conducted a study of "excess mortality" in the aftermath of Maria: i.e., the number of people who actually died beyond the number that ... Read More »

Echoes of Anita Hill in #MeToo allegation against Brett Kavanaugh

Meanwhile, Kavanaugh was at the White House for a second straight day. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, on the other end of the spectrum, said in a statement , "To railroad a vote now would be an insult to the women of America and the integrity of the Supreme Court". Read More »

Body of 1-Year-Old Swept Away in Flood Is Found

She recalled seeing cars coming "in and out", leading her to believe the road was safe . "Her vehicle left the roadway and came to rest amongst a group of trees", sheriff's officials said. Florence was still dumping rain and had top winds around 30 miles per hour early Monday, but forecasters said it was expected to gradually pick up forward speed and complete a big turn toward the Northeast. Read More »

In stunning move, Trump declassifies documents related to Russian Federation probe


Trump requested the release of "all text messages relating to the Russian Federation investigation" from several former senior FBI officials, including James Comey, the former director, and Andrew McCabe, his former deputy. Watters said the documents could show proof of "political persecution" of President Trump and his allies. Trump is taking the extraordinary step in response to calls from his allies in Congress who say they believe the Russian Federation investigation was tainted by ... Read More »

At least 32 dead as a result of Florence


Roy Cooper . For days, crews have been using helicopters and boats to rescue people trapped by still-rising rivers. The White House had earlier said that President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for North Carolina, ordering federal aid in the regions affected by Hurricane Florence. Read More »

Man Used Toddler to Steal Prizes from Mall Arcade Game


The incident was filmed inside a shopping mall at Rockingham Park, New Hampshire, in the evening of September 14. She told the New Hampshire Union Leader , "Two people came [into the restaurant], and I heard them say, 'That's so unsafe.' So I went outside and all I saw was the toddler's head peeping out of the front of the machine". Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh, accuser Christine Blasey Ford, to appear before judiciary committee


Judge Kavanaugh has also said he is willing to testify . Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana told reporters the public session would be a "full opportunity" for both to be heard. Kavanaugh said in his statement he "had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself". The judge was seen arriving at the White House on Monday morning but there was no immediate explanation of the reason for his visit. Read More »

Court to rule on the legality of marijuana


Prince argued that the criminalisation of dagga use and possession was a violation of the right to equality, dignity, and freedom of religion. In March past year, the Western Cape High Court ruled that personal use of marijuana (that's Dagga to you and me) should be legal, declaring that bans on the usage of dagga by adults in private homes are unconstitutional. Read More »

Calls grow to delay Kavanaugh vote amid sex assault allegations

Ford alleged, first in a letter, then in an article to The Washington Post on Sunday, that Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a party in high school . Mr Kavanaugh, 53, says the allegation against him is "completely false". Charles Grassley , the Republican Iowa senator who chairs the panel, released a statement saying Ford's allegations would be considered. Read More »

Kim Jong Un embraces South Korean president before Pyongyang summit


The president said he hoped to hold candid talks with the North Korean leader. Asan Institute for Political Studies Visiting Research Fellow Cheon Seong Whun told VOA, "It's not crystal clear that Kim Jong Un and [the] North Korean regime is willing to give up all those nuclear weapons and programs". Read More »

Russian military jet with 14 servicemen disappears during Israeli strikes on Syria


The ministry specified that "the mark of IL-20 went off the radars disappeared during the attack of four Israeli F-16 aircraft on Syrian targets in the province of Latakia". The zone will be established by October 15 and be 15-20 kilometres deep, with troops from Russian Federation and NATO-member Turkey conducting coordinated patrols, President Vladimir Putin said at the end of a more than three-hour meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi. Read More »

Senate to Hold Public Hearing on Kavanaugh Sexual-Assault Allegation

President Trump indicated earlier he was open to postponing the confirmation proceedings in Congress while allegations against Kavanaugh are investigated. He told Politico , "We need to hear from her". The statements allow for the possibility that Judiciary Committee would receive dueling testimony about the alleged incident decades ago, which could threaten Trump's attempt to install a conservative in the place of frequent swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy , potentially altering the ... Read More »

Russian military plane vanishes from radar over Syria

Russian Federation has previously lost aircraft during its Syria campaign. On Sept. 17, 2018, CNN , citing an unnamed US government official, reported that the USA military believed Syrian surface-to-air missiles had brought down the Il-20. Read More »

Trump orders more Russia-related probe documents to be declassified

Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe. The FBI obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to spy on Page, who worked on Trump's campaign, in part by submitting a now questioned dossier compiled by former British intelligence official Christopher Steele for Fusion GPS. Read More »