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African leaders address Nelson Mandela Peace Summit


Addressing the summit, United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, spoke of the growing pressure against human rights around the world and urged everyone to draw inspiration from Nelson Mandela's wisdom, courage and fortitude, to face the challenges. Read More »

Hong Kong launches new China rail link | Life , Sci&Tech


According to the news sites , the railway takes 40 minutes to go from Hong Kong to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou and nine hours from Hong Kong to Beijing, which is the longest route, costing around $157. "To many Hong Kong people, this has damaged "One Country, Two Systems" and the rule of law", Fan added, referring to the principle by which Hong Kong maintained some of its freedoms when sovereignty over it was passed from London to Beijing. Read More »

PM's daughter makes global headlines with United Nations appearance


As world leaders gather in NY for the annual meeting at the UN General Assembly, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived on Monday with her three-month-old baby. "I have the ability to take my child to work, there's not many places you can do that". Ardern's fellow panellists commented on how peaceful Neve was waiting backstage with her father and Ardern joked that she "wasn't at 3:30 this morning". Read More »

Labour may campaign for second Brexit poll

Ever since the United Kingdom voted in 2016 to leave the EU, Labour has said it will respect the result - but it wants a closer relationship with the bloc than the one that Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government is seeking. At a Parliamentary Labour Party event on the fringe of the conference, opinions were split on a second referendum. Now, with European Union divorce negotiations stuck and Britain due to leave the bloc in March, many Labour members think the left-leaning ... Read More »

Attorney Alleges Kavanaugh Targeted Women with Drugs For ‘Gang Rape’

In a follow up interview with Politico on Sunday, Avenatti said he is now representing a group of people who can corroborate the allegations made against Kavanaugh. "She will testify", Avenatti told Politico . My e-mail of moments ago with Mike Davis, Chief Counsel for Nominations for U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Read More »

Not After Iran Regime Change, Says US, But Vows "Maximum Pressure"


There are limits to what the European Union can do to counter the oil sanctions, under which Washington can cut off from the USA financial system any bank that facilitates an oil transaction with Iran. Iran dismissed the offer. However, Iran is rejecting calls to give up its missiles despite strong pressure from the the form of sanctions. Washington maintains a fleet in the Gulf that protects oil shipping routes. Read More »

May says European Union response to UK Brexit plan unacceptable


The British pound, already down Friday against the dollar and the euro, fell sharply following May's comments . The currency was trading down a sharp 1.5 percent on the day at $1.3066. Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller said British officials shouldn't have been surprised. More than half the Cabinet are reportedly in favor of a similar deal that would be modeled closely on the free trade agreement Canada operates with the EU. Read More »

Yale Law Students Stage Sit-In to Protest Brett Kavanaugh

Ford said Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and covered her mouth when she screamed. Yale Law graduate Sen. Blumenthal showed up at the protest at Yale and spoke for about 10 minutes. Chua has had an outsized influence in helping select clerks for Kavanaugh in her role at Yale Law School. The Guardian and the Huffington Post published articles last week that alleged that Chua, the author behind the best-selling book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother , and her husband, Prof Jed ... Read More »

US deputy attorney general heads to White House, expecting to be fired


The lawyers say Rosenstein , Mueller and the entire Justice Department are biased against the president, part of a so-called "Deep State" anti-Trump conspiracy. Mueller III's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Rosenstein is the top Justice Department official overseeing the Trump-Russia investigation. Read More »

Trump admin. seeks to curtail green cards for immigrants on public aid


The Department of Homeland Security posted the new rule online this Saturday . The changes, if adopted, would potentially affect those applying for immigration visas or those with temporary residency seeking to remain in the country. Immigrant advocacy groups said people may avoid or withdraw from public aid programs even at the risk of losing shelter and suffering deteriorating health because they worry they will be denied visas. Read More »

Sexual assault survivors share stories with #WhyIDidntReport


His argument? If her story were true, Christine Blasey Ford would have spoken out back in the 1980s, when she says Brett Kavanaugh pinned her down and muffled her cries as he tried to pull off her clothes at a high school party. In fact, only 34 percent of attempted rapes and 26 percent of sexual assaults were reported to authorities between 1992 and 2000, according to the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics . Read More »

Back at UN, Trump eyes new N.Korea summit 'quite soon'


Mr. Trump said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is working out the details for the second Trump-Kim meeting. The softer tone toward North Korea - once threatened with "fire and fury" - has been replaced by rosy optimism, with Trump reserving tough rhetoric for another potential nuclear aspirant and strategic foe: Iran. Read More »

Vatican says Pope recognises legitimacy of seven Chinese bishops


Catholic communities that have refused to register with the government and refused to follow government-appointed bishops commonly are referred to as the underground church. Neither side released the full text of the agreement. But Francesco Sisci, an Italian sinologist and researcher at Renmin University in Beijing, said the Holy See had consulted all bishops in China before the deal. Read More »

Gunmen attack Iranian military parade in Ahvas, killing dozens


Speaking in NY on Saturday, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed that U.S. sanctions were working in Iran and that the coercive measures could lead to a "successful revolution". Rouhani did not name the "mercenary" USA allies but he could be referring to regional foe Saudi Arabia , and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Read More »

Rare two-headed snake discovered in America


X-rays revealed the two-headed snake has two tracheas, which has better developed in the left head, and two oesophagus's, which is better developed in the right head. One day, he said, they hoped it would be put on display at a zoo for the public to see. The two-headed snake was around six-inches but when fully grown, copperheads can measure 18-36-inches. Read More »

Swiss bulk carrier attacked, 12 crew hijacked, Nigeria Update


AP reported quoting company sources that the pirates boarded the ship using long ladders and cut razor wire on the deck to make their way to the bridge. "The safety and well-being of those taken hostage is the first and absolute priority of Massoel Shipping". Switzerland's foreign ministry said it had learned from the company that none of the crew members were from Switzerland itself. Read More »

Trump sticks with Kavanaugh, calls sexual assault allegations "totally political"


Graham, speaking on " Fox News Sunday", promised a fair hearing in which both Ford and Kavanaugh "will be challenged" but said "unless there's something more" to back up her accusation, he indicated he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh . I want to hear her. Asked why he thought Ramirez was making the allegation, he responded, "I have no idea". "The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so". Read More »

UK's Labour opposition says it might back new Brexit vote

More than 100 local Labour associations have submitted motions to the conference, which starts Sunday, urging a "People's Vote" - a new referendum - with a choice between leaving on terms agreed by the government or staying in the EU. Home Secretary Sajid Javid is to propose that European Union citizens be waved through the border for more than two years after a no-deal Brexit, The Times says. Read More »

Dallas police officer accused in neighbor’s death fired


She lived on the third floor, but mistook Jean's fourth floor residence for hers, according to the arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News . On Sept. 14, protesters rallied from the Dallas Police Department, near the apartments where Guyger shot Jean, to downtown. Guyger was hired in November 2013 and assigned the Southeast Patrol Division. Read More »

Indonesian teenager survives 49 days adrift at sea in 'fishing hut'


At that point, the teenager was stranded and only had a limited supply of water, food, gas and fuel. Aldi, who spent months at sea as part of his job, survived by catching fish from the sea and using parts of his raft for firewood. His father, Alfian Adilang, said the family is overjoyed at his return but angry with his employer. His distress message - "Help Help Help" - reached the cargo ship's chief mate, Emmanuel Soriano, who informed the captain, Narciso Santillan - who ordered the ... Read More »

Now that Kavanaugh has a second accuser, what do Senate Republicans do?

I'm with him all the way. On Sunday, The New Yorker reported that a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's claimed the nominee exposed himself to her at engaged in unwanted contact at a dormitory party 35 years ago. He suggested that the confirmation process needs to move ahead with the hearing as now scheduled for Thursday with a final committee vote "soon thereafter". Read More »

As he considers 2020, Joe Biden airs regrets of Anita Hill hearings


Putting aside the fact that Dr. Ford in fact alleged that only Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" and she herself had only had one beer, alcohol does not equal consent. "I wish I could've done more to prevent those questions, the way they asked them". Hill has always been critical of Biden's approach to the hearings and earlier this week, said she has yet to receive a direct apology from the former vice president. Read More »

Russia to send newer, S-300 missile defense systems to Syria

Last week's downing has put Russia's relationship with Israel to the test. Shoigu meanwhile said "we are certain that the realisation of these measures will cool the "hot heads" and will keep them from poorly thought-out actions which threaten our servicemen". Read More »

$18M Worth Of Cocaine Found In Bananas Given To Texas Prison


It was in a Facebook post that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced that the drugs were found in two pallets of bananas. After taking a look inside, they found a bundle under the bananas of white powdery substance. "Customs agents then searched each box on the two pallets, and they were all ripe and loaded. They immediately notified port authorities and awaited their instruction". Read More »