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Brett Kavanaugh's future hangs in the balance as FBI begins investigation Brett Kavanaugh's future hangs in the balance as FBI begins investigation
- September 29, 2018

The panel is split, 11 Republicans to 10 Democrats , which means it would only take one GOP senator to break ranks and put Kavanaugh's nomination in jeopardy. Donnelly noted that the American Bar Association, which rated Kavanaugh as "well qualified" for the position, has called for a delay in his confirmation as well as an FBI investigation. (more...)
Kavanaugh supporter calls yearbook revelation 'hurtful' Kavanaugh supporter calls yearbook revelation 'hurtful'
- September 29, 2018

United States senator Jeff Flake has been confronted in a lift by two women who say they have been sexually assaulted. After he took his stance, Republican leaders had little choice but to slow their rush to confirm Kavanaugh , whom they had hoped to have in place shortly after the new court term begins on Monday. (more...)
Maldives Elections commission says no delay in announcement of election results Maldives Elections commission says no delay in announcement of election results
- September 29, 2018

A similar statement was issued by captain Ibrahim Azim, an information officer in the Maldives National Defence Force. "He is attempting to annul this election", said Ahmed Maloof, a spokesman for the opposition coalition. "The Commission has not been briefed on the nature of the complaints yet but there are allegations of fraud from what I understand", he said. "The president has accepted the result of the election as well", said Major Shiyan. (more...)
Death toll jumps to 384 after tsunami, quake in Indonesia Death toll jumps to 384 after tsunami, quake in Indonesia
- September 29, 2018

All victims have been rushed to hospitals, spokesman of the national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Mirza Arisam, a resident of Kendari, the capital of neighbouring Southeast Sulawesi, said his uncle and his family of five, including three children, were on vacation in Palu and he has been unable to contact them since the tsunami hit. (more...)
Sen. Jeff Flake: I Will Vote To Confirm Brett Kavanaugh Sen. Jeff Flake: I Will Vote To Confirm Brett Kavanaugh
- September 29, 2018

Speaking to the AP by phone after the confrontation, Gallagher said she didn't intend to tell Flake about her assault - she had never told anyone before. Ford's allegations against Judge Kavanaugh surfaced two weeks ago, I insisted that she be allowed to testify before the committee moved to a vote ". (more...)
Here’s what to expect from Thursday’s Kavanaugh, Ford testimonies Here’s what to expect from Thursday’s Kavanaugh, Ford testimonies
- September 29, 2018

She alleges that in 1982, whilst they were both in high school Kavanaugh pushed her down, placed his hand over her mouth and attempted to remove her clothing. Democrats on Wednesday demanded that Trump withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination or order an FBI investigation. In a loud voice, the conservative jurist told the Senate Judiciary Committee that his confirmation process had become "a national disgrace". (more...)
Tsunami hits Indonesia's Palu after strong quake Tsunami hits Indonesia's Palu after strong quake
- September 29, 2018

Sutopo, the search has been suspended until the morning. Indonesia had declared a tsunami warning after the strongest quake, which registered magnitude 7.5, but lifted it about half an hour later. An earlier magnitude 6.1 quake in central Sulawsi killed several people, injured 10 and damaged dozens of houses. Footage shared by witnesses showed a tsunami hitting the coast at the Bioskop Palu Grand Mall in Palu, but the extent of the damage and casualties was not immediately known. (more...)
A rundown of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh A rundown of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh
- September 29, 2018

The move would place the panel's decision just a day after it is set to hear testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford , a woman who has accused him of sexual assault during a party in their high school years. According to his accuser, Christine Ford, the incident happened at a house party in 1982, where Kavanaugh allegedly pushed her into a bedroom, groping her and attempting to remove her clothes, keeping his hand over her mouth to keep her from crying for help, all ... (more...)
F35 crash: Military plane smashes in SC F35 crash: Military plane smashes in SC
- September 29, 2018

The Marine F-35B fighter jet was on a routine training mission. The pilot safely ejected from the jet moments before the crash in woodlands just five miles away from Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel in Afghanistan yesterday. Once servicing and maintenance costs for the F-35 are factored in over the aircraft's lifespan through 2070, overall programme costs are expected to rise to US$1.5 trillion. (more...)
Trump orders Kavanaugh FBI probe after Senate delays confirmation vote Trump orders Kavanaugh FBI probe after Senate delays confirmation vote
- September 29, 2018

He is a member of the Judiciary Committee, which is set to vote Friday morning on Kavanaugh's nomination. Flake - who forced the committee to agree to the investigation after telling Republican colleagues that it is the only way he will vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation - suggested to NPR on Friday that the decision of which allegations to investigate will be left to the FBI . (more...)
Protesters confront Jeff Flake after he announces Kavanaugh vote
- September 29, 2018

Along the way, he was confronted by two angry women, Maria Gallagher and Ana Maria Archila. She told her story for the first time. "My responsibility is to tell the truth". "I was demanding a connection, demanding that he look at us, demanding that he give us real answers", she said. "If that happens, I'm happy". On the tape, it is impossible to tell what effect the encounter had on Flake. (more...)
Flake casts key vote but asks for Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry
- September 29, 2018

Despite the multiple sexual assault allegations against him, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh through to full Senate to confirm him to the Supreme Court . In his op-ed, Dershowitz lamented that the decision of the narrowly divided Senate "will be based largely on the political dispositions of senators rather than on any desire to arrive at objective truth". (more...)
Trump calls Kavanaugh allegations 'a big, fat con job' Trump calls Kavanaugh allegations 'a big, fat con job'
- September 29, 2018

And Democrats know it, the president insisted. "They laugh like hell at what they've pulled off on you and on the public", he said . "They laugh like hell". Kavanaugh said he did not know the accuser, Julie Swetnick of Washington, who wrote she had "a firm recollection" of seeing boys lined up at parties waiting "for their "turn" with a girl inside the room". (more...)
Indonesia rocked by magnitude 7.5 quake
- September 29, 2018

The tsunami was caused by a 7.5 magnitude quake which hit just off central Sulawesi last night. In the shocking footage, apparently recorded in Palu, Sulawesi, today, enormous waves can be seen surging forward amid terrified screams. The tsunami came after a huge 7.7 magnitude natural disaster struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, leaving one person dead and at least 10 injured. (more...)
President Trump Says He'll Defer to Sen. Grassley on FBI Kavanaugh Probe President Trump Says He'll Defer to Sen. Grassley on FBI Kavanaugh Probe
- September 29, 2018

Wade. Four senators who have not taken firm positions on Kavanaugh met separately after the hearing. "His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting", Trump tweeted . Sen. Jeff Flake , R-Ariz., listens as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Ford delivered her testimony with steady, deliberate certitude. (more...)
'All Messed Up': Trump Casts Doubt On Kavanaugh's Second Accuser 'All Messed Up': Trump Casts Doubt On Kavanaugh's Second Accuser
- September 28, 2018

Eyeing the Kavanaugh nomination fight through the prism of his own experiences with sexual assault allegations, Trump asked: "Who is going to want to go before the system to be a Supreme Court judge or to be a judge, or to be even a politician?" With so much in limbo, there was no grand strategy at play other than Trump's call for a more forceful defense of Kavanaugh. (more...)
Denmark shuts links to Sweden and Germany as police hunt vehicle Denmark shuts links to Sweden and Germany as police hunt vehicle
- September 28, 2018

Danish police have not said exactly where on Zealand they believe the vehicle is, and have not confirmed why the occupants are wanted. Ferry services linking the island with Sweden, the Danish mainland and Germany were also suspended. Police did not confirm the report. Broadcaster TV2, however, says the police do not anticipate the operation will last long. Earlier on Friday, police briefly shut the Oresund bridge and tunnel, a near 16km (10-mile) road and rail link with Sweden that ... (more...)
Trump Reaffirms Support For Top Court Pick, Says Testimony Was Trump Reaffirms Support For Top Court Pick, Says Testimony Was "Honest"
- September 28, 2018

The committee, with tempers flaring on both sides, met the morning after a jarring and emotional hearing into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh that gripped the country, with a university professor named Christine Blasey Ford accusing him of sexual misconduct. (more...)
Powerful quake measuring 7.7 magnitude hits Indonesia Powerful quake measuring 7.7 magnitude hits Indonesia
- September 28, 2018

A 7.5 magnitude quake Friday off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi briefly prompted a tsunami alert the same day a milder tremor brought down houses, and initial reports from the area said "many buildings" had collapsed. He said in a statement there is "much damage" in the Donggala area, which is home to about 300,000 people. "We advise people to remain in safe areas". (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh unwilling to answer questions on FBI investigation, Mark Judge Brett Kavanaugh unwilling to answer questions on FBI investigation, Mark Judge
- September 28, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee [Thursday] clearly demonstrated both the seriousness of her allegation of assault by Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh avoided answering when asked by Democrats whether he would ask for an FBI investigation into Ford's allegations himself. That is a tragedy, not just for him and for Ford, who, as Sen . (more...)
See four months of Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar from 1982 See four months of Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar from 1982
- September 28, 2018

Trump also applauded his work in North Korea and highlighted his positive relationship with dictator Kim Jong Un. Republicans are concerned that, win or lose, the battle over Mr Kavanaugh's nomination is further animating women already inclined to vote against Mr Trump's party in November's elections in which control of the next Congress is at stake. (more...)
SC lifts ban on women entering Sabarimala SC lifts ban on women entering Sabarimala
- September 28, 2018

He said that the judgment was in tune with the raging debate over the gender justice. Justice Indu Malhotra , the only woman in the five-member judge bench dissented the ruling of the Supreme Court . Ban is religious patriarchy. The temple prohibits entry of women who are in their menstruating years. What is the significance of the Sabarimala temple? Justice DV Chandrachud had also highlighted that a woman can not be stopped entry simply due to their gender. (more...)
EU, Iran set financial 'vehicle' to ease trade between them EU, Iran set financial 'vehicle' to ease trade between them
- September 28, 2018

The crux of the 2015 nuclear deal , negotiated over nearly two years by the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama, was that Iran would restrain its nuclear program in return for the relaxation of sanctions that had crippled its economy. (more...)
Dutch police arrest 7 men suspected of plotting major terror attack
- September 28, 2018

An investigation into other potential targets is continuing. The men were looking to obtain AK-47s, hand grenades and raw materials to make bombs and were seeking firearms training. The suspects came from Arnhem, the port city of Rotterdam and villages close to those two cities. The Dutch anti-terror coordinator's office said in a tweet that the alleged plot fit the current threat profile for the Netherlands, which is at four on a scale that tops out at five. (more...)
Passengers narrowly escape after flight crashes into sea Passengers narrowly escape after flight crashes into sea
- September 28, 2018

A plane has reportedly overshot the runway in Micronesia this morning. The plane was being operated by Air Niugini , the national airline of Papua New Guinea. Passengers can be seen evacuating the submerged aircraft. "We're trying to arrange a team to go there but I can not give you any more information because I simply don't have it", a spokesman told AFP. (more...)
After a historic Senate hearing, what comes next for Brett Kavanaugh? After a historic Senate hearing, what comes next for Brett Kavanaugh?
- September 28, 2018

The hearing will last for hours and the Committee has 3 options - voting to recommend confirmation of Kavanaugh and then sending the matter to the full Senate for a vote, voting to reject Kavanaugh and sending it to the full Senate, or not voting at all and sending the matter to the full Senate. (more...)
New rankings put UWI among top 5 percent of best universities globally New rankings put UWI among top 5 percent of best universities globally
- September 28, 2018

Meanwhile nine Australian universities were listed among the top 200, but two-thirds of those have slid on previous rankings. Covenant University has been ranked the best university in Nigeria by Times Higher Education (THE). Like past year, Oxford was ranked as the top global university by THE in 2018/19. The United States still dominates the listings, now in its 15th year, but China's ascent up the rankings continues. (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh: The nomination and the allegations in 300 words
- September 28, 2018

That's a change - at Ford's request - from Kavanaugh's first four days of hearings in the massive, lit-for-television hearing room often used for high-profile proceedings. The Judiciary panel's 11 Republicans - all men - let Rachel Mitchell , a veteran sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona, asked their questions. He also reiterated his position that all four accusations are a result of a smear campaign concocted by the Democrats to hinder his confirmation to the Supreme Court. (more...)
Kavanaugh clashes with Democratic senator over yearbook entries Kavanaugh clashes with Democratic senator over yearbook entries
- September 28, 2018

Kavanaugh and Ford are expected to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. According to the Times , Kavanaugh's yearbook revealed his love of partying, sports and drinking. "I'm known to have a weak stomach and always have", he said, adding that it could be caused by "beer" or "spicy food". "We want to talk about flatulence at age 16 on a yearbook page?" A defiant Kavanaugh spoke to Fox News' Martha MacCallum for her show, "The Story" on Monday and said, "I'm not going ... (more...)
President Trump says he may delay meeting with Rosenstein President Trump says he may delay meeting with Rosenstein
- September 28, 2018

The postponement of the meeting marks a dramatic de-escalation of a conflict that on Monday seemed certain to end with Rosenstein leaving the Justice Department, and the special counsel investigation of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin facing an uncertain future. (more...)

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