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Indonesian teenager survives 49 days at sea

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His job had been to light the rompong's lamps, which are created to attract fish, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports. The water drew the hut thousands of kilometers away until it was close to Guam, where a Panamanian ship found him. The 18-year-old added that he turned on a lamp every time he sighted a ship and can not remember how many passed by "unaware of my ordeal". Aldi exits the MV Arpeggio cargo ship, which rescued him. Read More »

Trump says China is interfering in midterm elections

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He has previously been vague on the topic, suggesting that he would support whatever the parties might agree to, including possibly a one-state resolution, which might see the Palestinian territories become part of Israel . They believe he will deliver an extremely aggressive address that will denounce both Netanyahu and President Donald Trump . "Very much in favor of what Israel is doing as far as their defense is concerned", he said. Read More »

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

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Christine Blasey Ford's claim that, years ago, Georgetown Prep student Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, tried to take off her clothes, and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream, is "totally unsubstantiated", Trump scoffed. Furthermore, Grassley said he was " unclear " why the claims by Ramirez had any bearing on Ford's testimony. He also accused Judge Kavanaugh of misleading senators in previous hearings. Read More »

Vatican, China sign landmark accord on appointing bishops

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The Vatican press office said Pope Francis said he hopes the agreement will bring about full Catholic unity in China . Chinese Catholics have mixed feelings about the Vatican's landmark deal with Beijing: Some in the unofficial "underground" church remain suspicious of the government while others "pray for the best". Read More »

Mitch McConnell describes attorney questioning Kavanaugh and his accuser a 'female assistant'

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In a separate interview on MSNBC, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said, "We believe Judge Kavanaugh, clear, under penalty of perjury, called for a hearing last week". "I know my lifelong record and I'm not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process". Kavanaugh vehemently denies the accusations, vowing to fight what he has denounced as "smears, pure and simple". Read More »

China protests to United States over planned arms sale to Taiwan

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The United States has proposed a deal to sell arms to Taiwan worth US$330 million, in another move that will risk infuriating Beijing and add further tension to strained US-China relations. Taiwan would still need to finalize details of the sale with US companies. Taiwan's presidential office said the island's government would continue to increase its defence investment and "maintain close communication and cooperation" with the U.S. Read More »

Turkey's Erdogan vows to impose secure zones east of Euphrates in Syria

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Another militant group, Ansar Al Din Front, issued a statement on Sunday carried by Syrian opposition social media pages calling on all insurgent groups in Idlib "during this critical period to overcome their differences because of the existential battle since our enemy does not differentiate between us". Read More »

Breaking SC says Aadhar not mandatory for these things

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There is a fundamental difference between Aadhaar and other identity proof as Aadhaar can not be duplicated and it is a unique identification. Aadhaar-Mobile linking not mandatory: No mobile company can demand mandatory linking of Aadhaar card to their connections. Read More »

Peru wants no military solution on Venezuela: president

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Maduro is widely unpopular but has clung to power through what the US says is rigged elections and corruption. The Trump administration has levied several rounds of sanctions against Maduro's government since 2017. In a media note accompanying the sanctions, the State Department noted that the measure is meant to change behavior and can be lifted once the people sanctioned "take concrete and meaningful actions to restore democratic order, refuse to take part in human rights abuses and ... Read More »

Storm intensifies into typhoon as it nears PAR

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The severe tropical storm with the global name "Trami" rapidly intensified into a typhoon before it was expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility yesterday. Paeng does not have a direct effect on any part of the Philippines at the moment, due to its distance from land. The typhoon may directly affect the extreme Northern Luzon, particularly Batanes and Babuyan Islands on September 28. Read More »

Four sharks killed as Melbourne schoolgirl fights for life

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Ms Palaszczuk said in response to questions about public outcry over the shark kills on Monday. SHARK attack victim Justine Barwick has spoken to her husband Craig for the first time after she was mauled in the Whitsundays. "Sharks are everywhere. We always catch them". "Paramedics are treating a female child in a serious condition with a significant leg injury after being bitten by a shark in waters near Cid Harbour", the Queensland Ambulance Service tweeted. Read More »

5 questions after reading the Rod Rosenstein bombshell report

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The New York Times' story is inaccurate and factually incorrect . Rosenstein assumed oversight of the federal investigation into Russia's election interference past year, after Sessions recused himself due to his own contacts with Russian officials during the campaign. Read More »

Cosby accuser in court for sentencing hearing

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Cosby, wearing a dark suit, sat quietly between his lawyers and leaned forward in his seat, appearing to pay close attention to the proceedings. Judges can't help being influenced a little by the "optics" of a case - that is, how it is going to look to the public, said Daniel Filler, dean of Drexel University's Kline School of Law. Read More »

Rafale Deal: Nirmala Sitharaman admits to perception problem for Modi Govt

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Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafale fighter aircraft, says the reason it picked Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Defence as its offset partner in India was that it was registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Addressing a meeting in his parliamentary constituency of Amethi, Gandhi alleged that the country's " chowkidar " Modi snatched money from the poor martyrs and the jawans, and handed it over to industrialist Anil Ambani. Read More »

Trump questions credibility of second Kavanaugh accuser

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President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh hit back Monday at twin accusations of sexual misconduct as "smears", vowing he would not be intimidated into withdrawing from consideration for the high court. "What message will we send right now in 2018 and the Me Too movement if the Senate rushes through this?" asked Democratic Senator Patty Murray. In a statement provided by the White House, Mr Kavanaugh said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a ... Read More »

Kavanaugh accuser Ford agrees to testify Thursday; 2nd accuser steps forward

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According to The New Yorker , 53-year-old Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when they were both students at Yale University in the 1980s. Sen. Kavanaugh's confirmation would firm up conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right. Read More »

Texan who published 3-D guns plans jailed on sex assault charge

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Wilson, who was in Taiwan last week, was transferred to Houston by USA marshals on a warrant over the sex assault of a minor. Austin, Texas , police commander Troy Officer has said that his department is working with national and worldwide law enforcement agencies to find Mr Wilson, whose last known location was Taiwan's capital, Taipei . Read More »

Sweden PM booted from office in parliament vote of no confidence

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With neither bloc able to build a majority, the far-right, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who won nearly 18 percent of votes in the election and is the country's third-biggest party, has demanded it be given influence over Swedish politics in exchange for its support in parliament. Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh: Other accuser comes forward, Michael Avanetti third accuser, more

This is a breaking news story. He said he was not present at a party like the one described by Ford and noted that others Ford said were at the gathering had no recollection of it. "Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person. I am with him all the way", Trump said, calling the allegations politically motivated. Blasey Ford is scheduled to testify regarding her allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Read More »

Thai police discover bodies of British man, Thai wife

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Over the weekend, police Major-General Sanpat Praputsra told reporters that investigators were "certain" that the disappearances were connected to a "long-standing conflict within the family" and that they were "confident" the culprit would be brought to justice. Read More »

Trump criticises Iran as 'corrupt dictatorship' in United Nations speech

Pyongyang has also been seeking relief from crippling US and worldwide sanctions , though Washington has said it remains too early in the process for such a move. "[They cannot] possess the means to deliver a nuclear warhead", he said. Velayati also dismissed as "unlikely" the threat of Iran's oil exports dwindling to zero as a result of pressure from the USA and its allies. Read More »

STORM ALERT | Severe weather risk now lower for St. Louis Tuesday

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Of greater concern is that the winds will increase steadily as you head aloft - to 60 to 70 miles per hour by 18,000 feet or so. You can follow my updates here and on Twitter @growingwisdom . The models disagree greatly about a weak upper level disturbance crossing the area to start the weekend. However, overnight showers and a few rumbles of thunder can be expected. Read More »

Duterte critic arrested as 'darkness and evil' prevail in Philippines

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Roque also said Trillanes' rebellion case should proceed, adding, "He will have his day in court". Trillanes is the second senator critical of Duterte's drug war to be detained. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra welcomed the order of the Court, saying that the DOJ was confident from the very start that its bid to bring Trillanes back to jail will be granted by the court. Read More »

Virginia wildlife officials share 'extremely rare' photos of two-headed copperhead snake

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The baby Eastern Copperhead was taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro for radiographs so officials could determine how both the heads functioned with the body. Perry's business later posted the photos, without many details, on Facebook. At least one person asked if it's possible the two heads would fight over food, a question that has not yet been answered by wildlife officials. Read More »

Pound bounces back after Raab says confident of Brexit deal

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According to The Sun, one Cabinet minister said: "There was a feeling that the PM did well on Friday with her No.10 statement on Brexit, and she has earned some breathing space". On Friday Theresa May that the European Union bring to the negotiating table a new set of proposals to break the "impasse", declaring she will not "overturn the result of the referendum nor will I break up my country". Read More »

African leaders address Nelson Mandela Peace Summit

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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 »