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Trump calls Khashoggi's disappearance a "terrible situation". In Istanbul, Turkish authorities have been allowed into the consulate to conduct searches. United States politicians have backed the call for tough punitive action against the Saudis, while Germany, France and Britain have jointly called for a "credible investigation" into his disappearance.
  • Michaëlle Jean to pursue Francophonie post, minus Canada's support

    Michaëlle Jean to pursue Francophonie post, minus Canada's support

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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who travelled to Yerevan with Quebec premier-designate Francois Legault, met with Jean soon after landing Wednesday. Traditionally, the selection of a secretary general is by agreement, not through a vote. In the run up to the Francophonie vote, opposition leader Victoire Ingabire was unexpectedly freed from jail, and government critic Diane Rwigara was granted bail in an ongoing trial after a year in prison.
  • Turkey steps up pressure on Saudi Arabia over missing journalist

    Turkey steps up pressure on Saudi Arabia over missing journalist

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    Donald Trump, the United States president, said he had raised Mr Khashoggi's case with Saudi Arabia "at the highest level" and a couple of times in recent days. "If they don't buy it from us, they're going to buy it from Russian Federation or they're going to buy it from China", he said. "I recognised his photograph immediately", said Ghanem al-Dosari, a Saudi satirist living in exile in London, who knew Mr Mutreb socially.
  • 300,000 without power as Storm Leslie hits Portugal

    300,000 without power as Storm Leslie hits Portugal

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    Leslie, strengthened from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane this week, has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. Portugal has been battered by one of its strongest ever storms as the remnants of Hurricane Leslie left thousands of homes without power.
  • China says US made spy case 'out of thin air'

    China says US made spy case 'out of thin air'

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    The Washington Post reported he was lured to Belgium by us agents. The indictment was unsealed on Wednesday following the suspect's extradition. "This case is not an isolated incident". The arrest of Xu and his extradition represent the first time the USA has been able to bring a Chinese intelligence officer to America to be prosecuted for economic espionage, said John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security.
  • Snowstorm kills nine climbers on Nepal peak

    Snowstorm kills nine climbers on Nepal peak

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    He said all the tents had been flattened, reduced to a tangled mess of tarpaulin and broken polls, and the climbers' bodies were scattered across a wide area, including some in a river bed some 500 metres (1,640 feet) away from the main camp.
  • Brexit deal within reach?

    Brexit deal within reach?

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    Under Mrs May's latest announcement, the need for a hard border in Ireland would be parked as Britain would remain in the customs union for a limited time only - although the government has not said how long this will be. Brexit supporters accept there is likely to be some short-term economic pain but say the government is trying to scare voters about the impact of a no-deal exit.
  • 11 bodies of babies found in ceiling of closed Detroit funeral home

    11 bodies of babies found in ceiling of closed Detroit funeral home

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    A police investigation is ongoing. In April, LARA suspended the mortuary licenses of both the home and its manager Jameca LaJoyce Boone for many violations including the improper storage of decomposing bodies of adult and infants. Friday. Authorities were identifying the remains and notifying parents, he said. "You wouldn't just guess this", Detroit police lieutenant James Demps said.
  • With Cardinal Wuerl stepping down, who's next?

    With Cardinal Wuerl stepping down, who's next?

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    Pope Francis has accepted Wuerl's resignation, following accusations about the cardinal's role in multiple sexual abuse scandals. Wuerl wrote to priests to defend himself on the eve of the scheduled August 14, 2018, release of a grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses.
  • Palestinians to UN Mideast peace envoy: Go 'on vacation with Israeli friends'

    Palestinians to UN Mideast peace envoy: Go 'on vacation with Israeli friends'

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    Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Gaza's ruling Hamas group, attended a funeral Saturday, pledging to keep up the near-weekly protests along the security fence with Israel until a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade is lifted. The Bedouin village is said to be slated for demolition and Palestinian villagers have been protesting against the imminent move. A wave of mainly lone-wolf Palestinian attacks against Israelis in the West Bank erupted in 2015 but had largely abated.
  • Three dead, IMF summit shaken as strong quake hits Indonesia

    Three dead, IMF summit shaken as strong quake hits Indonesia

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    The official death toll had risen to 2,073 as of Thursday. Last month, a magnitude-7.4 quake in Central Sulawesi killed more than 2,000 people and destroyed tens of thousands of houses. Assessments of the cost of reconstruction are still being carried out, Nugroho said. So it took days for rescuers to reach the neighborhoods of Balaroa, Petobo, and Sigi, where traumatized survivors said the ground came alive when the quake hit, swallowing up people, vehicles and thousands of homes.
  • Eritrea, Cameroon among African reps on UN Human Rights Council

    Eritrea, Cameroon among African reps on UN Human Rights Council

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    It has been elected for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2019. "Our successful bid to keep our seat in the Council is proof that many in the global community remain convinced the Philippines respects and protects human rights and have seen through the efforts of some to politicize and weaponize the issue", former Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement.
  • Bloomberg becomes Democrat again, looks at presidential run

    Bloomberg becomes Democrat again, looks at presidential run

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    In 2007, he left the Republican Party and declared himself a registered independent or unaffiliated voter as the party swung to the right. He later became an Independent. The change in party affiliation comes after Bloomberg made a decision to spend millions in the 2018 election to help elect Democrats. "I believe that the Republicans have not done what they should have done in terms of providing some counterbalance to the executive branch".
  • Magnitude 7.0 quake hits Papua New Guinea

    Magnitude 7.0 quake hits Papua New Guinea

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    Papua New Guinea , one of the world's poorest countries, sits on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and is still recovering from a magnitude-7.5 quake that hit some 900km to the west in February, killing at least 100 people. Magnitudes between 7.6 and 7.8Earthquakes of this size may produce destructive tsunamis especially near the epicenter; at greater distances small sea level changes may be observed.
  • Pope Francis Accepts Washington Cardinal’s Resignation Amid Sex Abuse Coverup Claims

    Pope Francis Accepts Washington Cardinal’s Resignation Amid Sex Abuse Coverup Claims

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    Francis clearly believes that it would be good for the Church if Wuerl stayed on as the Archbishop of Washington , D.C. and praised Wuerl further for not defending himself. "I cannot understand how you could have allowed yourself to be convinced of this monstrous accusation which has no standing". "Your resignation is a sign of your availability and docility to the Spirit who continues to act in his Church".
  • Dutch PM 'cautiously optimistic' about progress on Brexit talks

    Dutch PM 'cautiously optimistic' about progress on Brexit talks

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    Brussels has rejected any time limit to this "backstop" to maintain the status quo at the border, prompting anger from Brexiteers who believe the plan would keep the United Kingdom in limbo under European Union trading rules. The Guardian said House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom was also concerned about May's reported plan to accept keeping Britain in the EU customs union for an indefinite period after it withdraws.
  • Latest Storm Callum update from Met Éireann and ESB

    Latest Storm Callum update from Met Éireann and ESB

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    South Wales will get up to a month's worth of rain on Friday and Saturday, and double that in high and exposed locations. "So do watch out for potential flooding impacts". "Elsewhere, however, the winds should remain below warning thresholds". "Road users should also be aware of the risk of their vehicles aquaplaning on standing water".
  • Air India jet hits wall, keeps flying

    Air India jet hits wall, keeps flying

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    The incident took place around 1.20 am and the flight landed around 5:35 am in Mumbai. Air India Express thereby issued a statement saying that an internal inquiry has been set up, the pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered until the investigation is complete.
  • Cyclone weakens; nine dead in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha

    Cyclone weakens; nine dead in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha

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    So far, over 3 lakh people have been evacuated and shifted to shelter homes. "Spoke to Shri @ncbn Ji and Shri @Naveen_Odisha Ji regarding the situation arising due to cyclone-related conditions in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha". He assured full support to the three states from the Centre, the statement said. Strong gusts caused a storm surge with waters inundating low-lying areas in the eastern states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, and the winds, on par with a Category 2 hurricane, ...
  • US F-35 Jets are Grounded Following Crash

    US F-35 Jets are Grounded Following Crash

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    The Navy plans to have their own version of the F-35 flying from aircraft carriers by February 2019. If the faulty part is found, it will be removed and replaced. Now the US military has purchased 245 aircraft from Lockheed Martin. When the planes first touched down on United Kingdom soil, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "These formidable fighters are a national statement of our intent to protect ourselves and our allies from intensifying threats across the world".
  • Florida Governor To Declare State Of Emergency Ahead Of Possible Hurricane

    Florida Governor To Declare State Of Emergency Ahead Of Possible Hurricane

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    Hurricane Michael strengthened into a Category 4 storm early Wednesday as it made a final approach to the northwestern Florida coastline before it arrives on land. However, forecast information will change and anyone with interests from Biloxi, Mississippi to Gulf Shores, Alabama to the Big Bend of Florida should continue to monitor this situation.
  • Status Orange Weather Alert Issued For Clare

    Status Orange Weather Alert Issued For Clare

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    Also issued by Met Eireann at 10:00am this morning, this warning will be in effect for the longer time of 10:00pm tomorrow night through to 12:00pm on Friday. Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: " Storm Callum is coming from the middle of the Atlantic". High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds - slow down and give extra space to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Next Summit With N. Korea's Kim to Be After Nov. US Elections

    Next Summit With N. Korea's Kim to Be After Nov. US Elections

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    Trump's response when he was asked about Kang's comments implied friction between the allies over the pace of inter-Korean engagement amid concerns in Washington that North Korea is lagging behind in its supposed promise to denuclearize. The doveish Moon, who will attend a "peace Mass" for the Korean peninsula in Saint Peter's on October 17, has pushed rapprochement with Kim, meeting him three times in the previous year.
  • US Calls for ‘Thorough’ Probe Into Missing Saudi Journalist

    US Calls for ‘Thorough’ Probe Into Missing Saudi Journalist

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    Turkey's criminal investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is focusing on seven suspects who were filmed near the Gulf country's consulate in Istanbul , according to local media reports. Khashoggi was at the consulate to obtain paperwork so he could marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. Turkish officials say they fear Khashoggi was killed , an allegation dismissed as " baseless " by Saudi Arabia.
  • Read David Davis' letter on Brexit to all Tory MPs

    Read David Davis' letter on Brexit to all Tory MPs

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    Just six months before Britain is due to leave the European Union, the two sides differ on their view of the talks - the bloc says a withdrawal deal is within reach, while British officials say "big issues" still lie in the way of any agreement.
  • Bulgarian man arrested in Germany and charged with TV journalist's murder

    Bulgarian man arrested in Germany and charged with TV journalist's murder

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    She is the third journalist killed in the European Union in the past year. He said it evidence suggested it was "a spontaneous attack, not premeditated". Authorities are working to identify witnesses and potential motives for her murder. The European Commission has called for a "swift and thorough investigation" into Ms Marinova's killing.
  • US Gulf Coast bracing for 'monstrous' Hurricane Michael

    US Gulf Coast bracing for 'monstrous' Hurricane Michael

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    With Hurricane Michael rapidly intensifying and threatening to smash Florida's Panhandle with risky storm surge, flooding and winds , Gov. Rick Scott didn't mince words on Monday night: "Making decisions tomorrow might be too late". The Hurricane Center predicts that Michael will reach hurricane intensity with 80 miles per hour (or Category 1) winds by Tuesday , increasing to 100 miles per hour by Wednesday (or Category 2) around the time of landfall.
  • 'Palpable sense of relief' as NZ Defence Force evacuates quake victims

    'Palpable sense of relief' as NZ Defence Force evacuates quake victims

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    Life is on hold for thousands living in tents and shelters in the Indonesian city hit by a powerful natural disaster and tsunami . Indonesian soldiers help offload the 10.6 tonnes of supplies brought by a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft to Palu , the Indonesian port city devastated by a 7.5-magnitude natural disaster and tsunami on 28 September.
  • Rand strengthens as Nhlanhla Nene flies to International Monetary Fund meeting

    Rand strengthens as Nhlanhla Nene flies to International Monetary Fund meeting

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    Last week, Nene told an inquiry panel about the meetings he had held with the business family, a fact that he had earlier denied. "I should have disclosed early, and fully, the details of these meetings". It's understood the minister offered to resign during a phone call to the president. The nuclear project was eventually shelved. Questions have also been raised about a PIC deal involving Nene's son, while he was chairman of the PIC.
  • 'Team player' Brett Kavanaugh sworn in again as US Supreme Court Justice

    'Team player' Brett Kavanaugh sworn in again as US Supreme Court Justice

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    Within a half hour of the start of his first oral argument on the Supreme Court Tuesday, Kavanaugh had already proved he wouldn't be a silent presence on the bench like Justice Clarence Thomas, who went through a similarly bruising confirmation process in 1991 but was famously quiet during questioning.
  • Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 3 as it menaces Florida

    Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 3 as it menaces Florida

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    Michael was moving north at 12 mph, about 255 miles south of Panama City, Florida and 375 miles from Apalachicola, Florida, the National Hurricane Center said in its evening advisory. From left, Haskel Johnson, Daniel Tippett, Jennifer Tippett and Nobuko Johnson fill sand bags at the Lynn Haven Sports Complex in Lynn Haven, Fla., Oct.
  • Hurricane Michael reaches Category 2, threatens southern US

    Hurricane Michael reaches Category 2, threatens southern US

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    By 5 a.m. Tuesday, Michael's top sustained winds had risen some to 90 miles per hour (144 kph) as it headed north at 12 miles per hour (19 kph). Hurricane Michael is threatening more than 300 miles of the Gulf Coast, prompting emergency declarations in more than 35 counties from Mobile, Alabama through the Florida Panhandle and into the state's Big Bend region.
  • Nikki Haley resigns as United Nations ambassador

    Nikki Haley resigns as United Nations ambassador

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    Along with Grenell, other names being floated to replace Haley include U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Hunstman and acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Heather Nauert , even first daughter Ivanka Trump . "We've done a fantastic job together", he continued. "We've solved a lot of problems and we're in the process of solving a lot of problems", he said.
  • Jeremy Hunt demands answers over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

    Jeremy Hunt demands answers over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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    In a statement sent to journalists Monday, Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to Washington , said that reports the kingdom had detained or killed Khashoggi were "absolutely false and baseless ". Hiatt added that the "idea of a government luring one of its own citizens onto its own diplomatic property in a foreign country to murder him for the peaceful expression of his views would be unimaginable".
  • N. Korea’s Kim invites Pope Francis to Pyongyang

    N. Korea’s Kim invites Pope Francis to Pyongyang

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    He flew back to the USA with little new to show for three days of lightning diplomacy. Meanwhile, Trump has accused Beijing of "meddling" in the upcoming mid-terms by running a four-page editorial-style supplement in the Des Moines Register, trying to tap into Iowa farmers' frustration over the tariffs.
  • Bellingcat investigators say second Skripal poisoning suspect identified

    Bellingcat investigators say second Skripal poisoning suspect identified

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    Bellingcat named him as Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, 39, who was charged by Britain last month under the name of Alexander Petrov. The Skripals were found unconscious on March 4 on a bench in the southern English town of Salisbury. Bellingcat said its "identification process included multiple open sources, testimony from people familiar with the person, as well as copies of personally identifying documents, including a scanned copy of his passport".
  • Five things we have learned from the IPCC report

    Five things we have learned from the IPCC report

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    While an extra half a degree over that limit of 1.5 degrees might seem insignificant‚ a shocking landmark report just released by the United Nations has taken the world by storm‚ showing how hitting a 2 degree rise would spell doom. Scientists have been sounding the alarm on climate change for decades, yet global emissions are expected to rise again in 2018 . Panmao Zhai, co-chair of the IPCC Working Group I (which assesses the science of climate change), said: "One of the key messages ...