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Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, and he's set to address the committee later Thursday. Even before Prof. Blasey Ford's testimony, the Republican majority on the committee scheduled a vote on the nomination for Friday and are pushing for a vote of the full Senate on his nomination next week.
  • Seal slaps kayaker with octopus | Independent on Saturday

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    A kayaker in New Zealand , Kyle Mulinder , was in for a surprise when a nearby seal popped up and slapped him with an octopus. His friend, Taiyo Masuda , told CNN it was a "beautiful day (and) seals were swimming and enjoying sun on the rocks".
  • How Ford Described Kavanaugh’s Alleged Sexual Assault at Hearing

    How Ford Described Kavanaugh’s Alleged Sexual Assault at Hearing

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    Julie Swetnick said in a statement released by her lawyer that the events took place at parties she attended while a high school student in suburban Maryland. "Every woman of my vintage has not just one story but many stories, but we thought there was nothing you could do about it - boys will be boys - so just find a way to get out of it", said Ginsburg, 85.
  • Jewish woman accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in high school

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    The latest revelation comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hear from Kavanaugh and his initial accuser, Christine Blasey Ford , at a hearing Thursday (Sept. After Avenatti shared the allegations, a spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed they were looking in to the claims . I also witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be " gang raped " in a side room or bedroom by a ...
  • Donald Trump defends 'America 'first' in U.N. General Assembly speech

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    The president then used a U.N. Security Council meeting to make allegations against Beijing over election meddling. Addressing the council after Mr Trump , French President Emmanuel Macron hit back, declaring that concerns about Iran can not be reduced to "a policy of sanctions and containment" that was in place for years before the landmark deal .
  • Trashed by Trump, UN Court is Asked to Investigate Venezuela

    Trashed by Trump, UN Court is Asked to Investigate Venezuela

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    President Donald Trump at the annual United Nations General Assembly in NY. Venezuela's President, Nicholas Maduro, has said that he is willing to reach out to his USA counterpart and discuss mutual grievances. "Today we're stronger than ever", a buoyant Maduro said in a video broadcast from the presidential jet as he and first lady Cilia Flores, who was just hit by USA sanctions, arrived from Caracas.
  • Kavanaugh's accuser has four people to back up her claims

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    Vermont's governor, sworn in last year to a two-year term the same month as President Trump, first spoke about the Kavanaugh allegations last week when he was asked if the allegations seemed credible. Kavanaugh has strongly denied her claims as well as allegations by two other accusers . Mr. Kavanaugh responded that he does not know Ms. Swetnick and that the story is " ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone".
  • Duke ranks 18th in Times Higher Education world rankings

    Duke ranks 18th in Times Higher Education world rankings

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    New Canadian additions to the top 200 include the University of Ottawa (176), Western University (190) and the University of Calgary (199). Stanford maintained its position as the highest ranked USA institution in 3rd place, alongside Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at 4th, and California Institute of Technology at 5th.
  • Trump says he’d ‘certainly prefer not’ to fire Rosenstein

    Trump says he’d ‘certainly prefer not’ to fire Rosenstein

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    The reports on Rosenstein's discussion with colleagues past year about covertly taping the president set off a firestorm in Washington , but the details remain in dispute. Unless you call obstruction the fact that I fight back, I really fight back. Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May 2017, oversees his work and has repeatedly defended the breadth and scope of the probe.
  • US B-52s fly over South and East China Seas

    US B-52s fly over South and East China Seas

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    Also on Tuesday, China demanded the Trump administration cancel a planned $330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan , the self-ruled island that Beijing considers a renegade province. China has claimed large swathes of the strategic waterway and built up a series of islands and maritime features, turning them into military facilities.
  • Trump set for rare news conference amid Kavanaugh, Rosenstein swirl

    Trump set for rare news conference amid Kavanaugh, Rosenstein swirl

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    The declarations will be used by Ford's attorneys during a committee hearing on Thursday that could determine the fate of Kavanaugh's embattled nomination . "So when I see it, I view it differently than somebody sitting home watching television where they say oh, Judge Kavanaugh this or that". Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) suggested in an interview published Tuesday that she could break with her party over Brett Kavanaugh's sexual abuse allegations - a move that could sink the Supreme ...
  • Weather Authority: Rain showers likely on Tuesday

    Weather Authority: Rain showers likely on Tuesday

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    Patchy fog is expected to develop Tuesday afternoon, and highs should reach the mid 60s, forecasters said. All of southeast MI has a slight chance for severe weather at that point. "The trees are literally top heavy now, so any moderate gust of wind can knock them over", he said. It'll also become a windy day. A chilly start to Wednesday is expected with partly cloudy skies and lows in the 40s and 50s.
  • Second accuser in standoff with GOP over Kavanaugh testimony

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    Dismissing Ramirez's account because she was "totally inebriated and all messed up", Trump also accused Democrats of playing a "con game" in an attempt to derail his Supreme Court choice. "The Senate, the Republicans, could not be nicer in the way they're handling this". Republicans for the committee led by Sen. "Sen. Feinstein, D-Ca, just told me "I have no way of knowing" if Dr.
  • 'This Never Happened.' Kavanaugh Denies Latest Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    'This Never Happened.' Kavanaugh Denies Latest Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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    Reuters was not immediately able to verify the substance of the woman's allegation. "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone ", Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House. Fox News' Martha MacCallum asked . "I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends". "I think we'll all be here all weekend", said Sen. Kavanaugh's Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez told the New Yorker on Sunday that he had pushed his penis in her face and forced her to touch it during ...
  • Without evidence, Trump accuses China of interfering in U.S. midterm elections

    Without evidence, Trump accuses China of interfering in U.S. midterm elections

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    China has responded to Mr. Trump's tariffs by targeting higher duties on US farm exports, hitting especially hard at Mr. Trump's GOP base in Midwestern and southern states. A Chinese official said China can not hold talks on ending the trade dispute while the USA "holds a knife" to Beijing's neck by imposing tariff hikes.
  • Indonesian teenager survives 49 days adrift at sea in fishing hut

    Indonesian teenager survives 49 days adrift at sea in fishing hut

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    He had already drifted almost to Guam when a freighter from Panama passed by, and Adilang remembered an emergency radio frequency his friend had taught him back in Indonesia. After a risky rescue that involved Adilang jumping into the ocean to grab hold of a rope to get aboard the large ship, he was finally safe. When it did not rain for days, he said he "had to soak my clothes in the sea, then I squeezed and drank the water".
  • Avenatti Client Emerges With New Allegations Against Kavanaugh

    Avenatti Client Emerges With New Allegations Against Kavanaugh

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    However, he is refusing to testify under oath, and Senate Republicans are refusing to subpoena him to do so. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. "He's already said what he's going to say". Just hours later, The New Yorker dropped a new bombshell, reporting that a second woman was accusing the Washington appeals court judge of sexual misconduct, while they were students at Yale University around 1983-84.
  • GOP lines up Kavanaugh vote plan as showdown hearing nears

    GOP lines up Kavanaugh vote plan as showdown hearing nears

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    They are both scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Kavanaugh denies the allegations. On Monday, women and their supporters from across the United States walked out of their offices, business and homes to support Ford and Ramirez, as well as all women who have shared stories of sexual assault .
  • Iran's 'Corrupt Dictatorship' Allows Its Leaders To Spread 'Mayhem'

    Iran's 'Corrupt Dictatorship' Allows Its Leaders To Spread 'Mayhem'

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    The top adviser to Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati, rejected the US offer on Tuesday, saying " Trump's and Pompeo's dream would never come to reality", the IRNA news agency said. "So, I might imagine they would take me seriously when I assure them today: If you cross us, our allies, or our partners; if you harm our citizens; if you continue to lie, cheat, and deceive, yes, there will indeed be HELL to PAY", Bolton said.
  • On Kavanaugh allegations, Murkowski sends message to GOP: 'Take them seriously'

    On Kavanaugh allegations, Murkowski sends message to GOP: 'Take them seriously'

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    Blasey Ford , who was a student at a private girls school, said she managed to escape and did not report the assault at the time. The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell owes Christine Blasey Ford an apology for calling her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh a smear job.
  • UK government 'agrees not to favour EU workers after Brexit'

    UK government 'agrees not to favour EU workers after Brexit'

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    Last week, official experts recommended prioritizing high-skilled migrant workers after Brexit and that there should be no preferential treatment for workers from the European Union, proposals that anxious some business leaders. BRUSSELS, Sept 25 (Reuters) - EU negotiators are ready to offer Theresa May a free-trade area after Brexit but say that, contrary to her "Chequers" plan, there must be a customs border that will make trade less than "frictionless", according to an internal EU ...
  • U.N. debut for New Zealand's 'First Baby': diaper change, peace summit

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    Ardern is New Zealand youngest Prime Minister and the first to take maternity leave while in office. Some creative last-minute negotiations allowed Adern's family to accompany her to NY this week for the general assembly. "He will be going to some things, but he's primarily traveling to care for Neve", she tells the Herald . Earlier on Monday, Ardern spoke at the launch of the annual "Climate Week" event.
  • Islamic State group claims Iran parade attack: propaganda agency

    Islamic State group claims Iran parade attack: propaganda agency

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    According to the Iranian Students' News Agency ( ISNA ), Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) spokesman Ramezan Sharif said "The attack by some elements of al-Ahvaziya group which is fed by Saudi Arabia , aimed to overshadow the magnificence of the parade by the Iranian armed forces".
  • Major powers, Iran meet to salvage nuclear deal without U.S.

    Major powers, Iran meet to salvage nuclear deal without U.S.

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    Under the accord, most global sanctions against Tehran were lifted in 2016 in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program. European Union foreign secretary Francisca Mogherini said today that the European Union will attempt to continue trade with Iran.
  • Shadow Minister Pushed On Whether New Brexit Referendum Should Include Remain

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    Britain's main opposition Labour Party confirmed Sunday it will hold a major debate on Brexit at its party conference this week, buoying Labour members hoping to stop the country from leaving the European Union. Mr McDonnell said: "The next leader of the Labour party has to be a woman". His comments sparked concern among People's Vote supporters who staged a march and rally in Liverpool on the conference's opening day.
  • Plane Downing Result of 'Premeditated' Actions by Israeli Pilots: Russia

    Plane Downing Result of 'Premeditated' Actions by Israeli Pilots: Russia

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    The Kremlin justified the decision after Syrian air defenses shot down a Russian reconnaissance plane last week, killing 15 Russians on board. 24 announced new security measures to protect its military in Syria, including supplying the Syrian army with a new S-300 air defense system and jamming radars of nearby warplanes following the downing of a Russian plane last week.
  • Republican congressman trashed by his own siblings in savage political ad

    Republican congressman trashed by his own siblings in savage political ad

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    David Gosar tell viewers, "Paul's absolutely not working for his district". Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar , a Republican from the party's most conservative wing, is standing for re-election in November. "I greatly appreciate and admire the courage of the Gosar family in stepping into the national spotlight for this vital message ", he said. Paul Gosar is the oldest of ten siblings.
  • Rare two-headed copperhead snake found in the US

    Rare two-headed copperhead snake found in the US

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    Virginia Wildlife Management and Control shared photos of the two-headed reptile after it was recovered from a Woodbridge resident's yard. According to J.D. Experts stated both heads of the weird creature are capable of delivering a venomous bite, but snake expert JD Kleopfer said its chances of survival are slim as creatures with two heads die young as both heads "want to do different things".
  • Judge Kavanaugh's Accuser's Lawyers Reject Offers to Testify as 'Unfair'

    Judge Kavanaugh's Accuser's Lawyers Reject Offers to Testify as 'Unfair'

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    It said the telephone discussion ended with no decision. What did Dr Ford's lawyer say? Ford now says that she does not plan to testify until the FBI investigates her allegations. The confirmation fight has unfolded ahead of November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.
  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to be fired

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to be fired

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    The White House announced earlier Monday that Trump will meet with Rosenstein Thursday amid breathless and sometimes conflicting reports anticipating his imminent departure. The New York Times report said Rosenstein had discussed wearing a "wire" to tape Trump and pursuing his removal from office in meetings and conversations with Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.
  • Iran Warns US, Israel of Revenge After Parade Attack

    Iran Warns US, Israel of Revenge After Parade Attack

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    In his address, IRGC deputy head Hossein Salami reiterated accusations against the United States and Israel and warned the two countries to expect a "crushing and devastating" response from Tehran. Iran's Revolutionary Guards have charged that the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel were behind the attack Saturday in the oil province of Khuzestan and vowed to "take revenge", but Mattis said it was "ludicrous to suggest we had anything to do with it".
  • Kavanaugh tells senators he will not withdraw nomination

    Kavanaugh tells senators he will not withdraw nomination

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    The New Yorker magazine reported that Senate Democrats are investigating the new allegation against Kavanaugh that dates to the 1983-84 academic year, when Kavanaugh was a Yale freshman. "Following Dr Ford's testimony, Judge Kavanaugh will appear again before the committee", a media statement said. He is set for a dramatic hearing this week involving a university professor who recently came forward accusing him of assaulting her when they were in high school .
  • Trump's tariffs on $200b of Chinese imports kick in

    Trump's tariffs on $200b of Chinese imports kick in

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    LONDON - European and Asian markets were lower on Monday after China said it won't negotiate with the U.S. on trade if the Trump administration continues to threaten higher tariffs. and China. American officials say Chinese plans for state-led development of global competitors in robotics and other technologies violate its market-opening obligations and might erode US industrial leadership.