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India wins seat to Human Rights Council at United Nations with highest votes India wins seat to Human Rights Council at United Nations with highest votes
- October 13, 2018

The United States withdrew from the Council earlier this year after its Permanent Representative Nikki Haley questioned its legitimacy because of the presence of several dictatorial regimes violating human rights on it. The UN set up the council in 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights, which faced widespread criticism for letting countries with poor human rights records become members. (more...)
Hillary Clinton Says Democrats 'Can't Be Civil' Until They Win Hillary Clinton Says Democrats 'Can't Be Civil' Until They Win
- October 13, 2018

Three-and-a-half years - or 1,279 days - after The New York Times exposed her use of a private email server to conduct official USA diplomatic business, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (pictured above right) finally lost her security clearance. (more...)
China has recognized the existence of concentration camps for Muslims China has recognized the existence of concentration camps for Muslims
- October 13, 2018

But the government of the world's most populous nation has come in for criticism on multiple fronts, including the United Nations, which in August decried as "deeply disturbing" recent allegations of large-scale arbitrary detentions of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. (more...)
'Babysitting while black:’ Woman calls police on male babysitter with white children 'Babysitting while black:’ Woman calls police on male babysitter with white children
- October 13, 2018

The officer, seeming slightly befuddled, asked to speak with the children - identified by " Good Morning America " as 10-year-old Addison and 6-year-old Nicholas - who confirmed that Lewis was charged with picking them up after school, seen in the video. (more...)
Strong quake strikes Papua New Guinea, Bali Strong quake strikes Papua New Guinea, Bali
- October 13, 2018

The official said there were no immediate reports of damage from the quake but these typically took several hours to reach the capital after a major shake. The quake hit part of New Britain, about 200 kilometres south-west of the town of Rabaul at a depth of nearly 40km, just before 7:00am local time, the United States Geological Survey reported. (more...)
Crocodile 'takes' Aboriginal ranger in Arnhem Land community, sparking police search Crocodile 'takes' Aboriginal ranger in Arnhem Land community, sparking police search
- October 13, 2018

The ranger's body and the crocodile were found just before 5pm less than one kilometre from the scene of the attack. The female park ranger who was declared missing after being taken by a crocodile has been found dead. The indigenous woman was attacked in a remote area 206 kilometers (128 miles) southwest of the community of Yirrkala, NT WorkSafe said. "NT WorkSafe has commenced an investigation into the incident", it said in a statement. (more...)
Michael Bloomberg makes it official: He’s a registered Democrat again Michael Bloomberg makes it official: He’s a registered Democrat again
- October 12, 2018

He said: "I don't see how you could possibly run as a Republican". On Instagram , many people commenting on his post seemed elated at the idea of Bloomberg, who has reportedly considered running for the nation's highest office in the past, making a run for the presidency. (more...)
Syria: jihadists in the face of a new key deadline in Idleb Syria: jihadists in the face of a new key deadline in Idleb
- October 12, 2018

HTS and smaller militant factions quietly began withdrawing theirs on Saturday in an operation that continued through Monday night, the Observatory said. "The presence of Turkish forces and their posts will prevent any military action", the source said. The pro-Ankara National Liberation Front said it finished pulling out its heavy weapons on Monday. (more...)
Brexit: PM's compromises a 'concern' for cabinet ministers Brexit: PM's compromises a 'concern' for cabinet ministers
- October 12, 2018

Cabinet ministers briefed on the Brexit talks said the issue of the Irish backstop was close to being settled, the FT said. Agreeing on how to maintain an open Irish border after Brexit is the key hurdle now to sealing a divorce deal between the European Union and Britain. (more...)
Thousands without power as Storm Callum sweeps in Thousands without power as Storm Callum sweeps in
- October 12, 2018

Clare County Council , together with the county's emergency services, are continuing to monitor the storm as it develops over the coming hours. The Warningsford Road, Banbridge is partially closed due to fallen trees, while there are also reports of a fallen tree on the Hillsborough Road, Monyreagh. (more...)
Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Donal Wuerl Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Donal Wuerl
- October 12, 2018

But Ouellet said the "exhortation" to live a discreet life of prayer stopped short of binding canonical sanctions, precisely because the rumors lacked proof. "I strongly doubt that McCarrick interested him as much as you would like us to believe, given the fact that he was an 82-year-old archbishop emeritus who had been without a post for seven years". (more...)
Air India flight hits compound wall at Trichy Airport, all passengers safe Air India flight hits compound wall at Trichy Airport, all passengers safe
- October 12, 2018

The extent of the damage to the aircraft was not immediately reported. The communication was revived after a few minutes with ATC Mangalore that asked the pilots for an emergency landing at the Mumbai airport. "It was made a decision to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure. No one suffered any injuries", it added. Alternative arrangements were being made to take the passengers to Dubai from Mumbai, they said. (more...)
Soyuz rocket failure: What went wrong, and what happens next Soyuz rocket failure: What went wrong, and what happens next
- October 12, 2018

A Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut were recovered unharmed early Thursday after the Soyuz booster they were aboard on a launch to the International Space Station failed . Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin retained an enviable sang-froid Thursday as he realised while travelling at thousands of miles an hour that his spacecraft would have to make an emergency landing +. (more...)
United States in 'secret deal' with Turkey to release pastor United States in 'secret deal' with Turkey to release pastor
- October 12, 2018

Under an agreement senior Trump administration officials recently reached with Turkey, Brunson is supposed to be released after certain charges against him are dropped at his next court hearing, now scheduled for Friday, the senior administration officials and a person briefed on the matter said . (more...)
India embarks on mass evacuation as cyclone kills 8 India embarks on mass evacuation as cyclone kills 8
- October 12, 2018

As a precautionary measure about 1,000 people in Ganjam district were shifted on Wednesday before cyclone "Titli" made a landfall. There were reports from Odisha's districts of Ganjam and Gajapati of trees being uprooted along with electricity and communication poles, news agency dpa said. (more...)
Africa's youngest billionaire kidnapped in Tanzania Africa's youngest billionaire kidnapped in Tanzania
- October 12, 2018

The two kidnappers fired a gun and then they opened the gate, Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda said, adding that the two were believed to be foreign nationals. The kidnappers, two of which were described as white men, fired shots into the air before peeling off with Dewji in a vehicle, witnesses said. His current net worth is about US$1.5 billion, according to the Forbes Billionaires list. (more...)
De Lima calls for renewed, sustained campaign against death penalty De Lima calls for renewed, sustained campaign against death penalty
- October 12, 2018

Foreign diplomats and worldwide human rights groups on Thursday praised Malaysia for plans to abolish the death penalty in the next legislative session. The abolition of the death penalty could save the life of Sydney grandmother Maria Exposto, who was found guilty of drug trafficking by the Court of Appeal of Malaysia in May . (more...)
Chinese intelligence officer charged in US with economic espionage Chinese intelligence officer charged in US with economic espionage
- October 11, 2018

A senior justice department official said the case was "part of an overall economic policy of developing China at American expense". Federal agents lured a Chinese government spy to Belgium and arrested him. Using the alias Qu Hui, deputy secretary general of Jiangsu Science and Technology Association, Xu was making arrangements in January 2018 to obtain "signature material design and manufacturing technology", focusing on "highly-technical topics, including the latest developments in ... (more...)
Family Turns Awkward ‘#HimToo’ Tweet into Something Good Family Turns Awkward ‘#HimToo’ Tweet into Something Good
- October 11, 2018

A NAVY mum's lighthearted post about why her son was still single has gloriously backfired and instead ended with the whole family being trolled on Twitter . "This is my son", the tweet read. He was awarded the USO award. One son, Jon Hanson - brother to the man pictured in the tweet, Pieter Hanson - made a decision to set the record straight. (more...)
F-35 jets: US military grounds entire fleet F-35 jets: US military grounds entire fleet
- October 11, 2018

Planes known to have working fuel tubes installed will return to the skies. Inspections were expected to be completed within the next 24 to 48 hours. The Marine Corps declared the F-35B operational in 2015, becoming the first service to integrate the joint strike fighter into its fleet. The more complex Navy and Marine Corps variants of the plane remained above $100 million. (more...)
Woman visits fiancé’s grave on wedding day in her bridal gown Woman visits fiancé’s grave on wedding day in her bridal gown
- October 11, 2018

She thought it would be a good way to honor Murphy and help Padgett with the healing process. It was taken in Glendale, Indiana - where the couple had their engagement photoshoot. "She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings", Ms Knepp wrote. "I wanted to be where he was", said Jessica. (more...)
Storm Callum: Amber weather alert issued for Wales Storm Callum: Amber weather alert issued for Wales
- October 11, 2018

Saturday is then set to see persistent and heavy rain, particularly through the morning. An amber warning for heavy rain has been issued for most of south Wales on Friday, as Storm Callum approaches. The warning is in effect until Saturday, October 13 at 9pm. A road that was closed after an accident at Slieve Gullion forest park near Newry, Co Down, where a contractor working for Northern Ireland Water died after he was hit by a falling tree as Storm Ali wreaked havoc across Ireland. (more...)
Planned Kim summit narrowed down to 3 or 4 locations Planned Kim summit narrowed down to 3 or 4 locations
- October 11, 2018

Kang Kyung-wha told lawmakers on Wednesday that the government is reviewing whether to lift sanctions South Korea imposed on the North in 2010 following a deadly attack on a warship that killed 45 South Korean sailors. "The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant about us, but the problem is that the continued sanctions are continuing our mistrust", Ri said. (more...)
AP Analysis: Missing writer shows Saudi Arabia's dark side AP Analysis: Missing writer shows Saudi Arabia's dark side
- October 11, 2018

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a longtime critic of the Saudi government, has said he'll try to force a vote in the Senate blocking US arms sales to Saudi Arabia . "Perhaps I'm simply trying to hide from the thought that I have lost a great man whose love I had earned". What have the Saudis said? A friend of Khashoggi's said officials told him to "make your funeral preparations". (more...)
Saudi Arabia to let Turkey search its Istanbul consulate Saudi Arabia to let Turkey search its Istanbul consulate
- October 11, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi has been missing since visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul Oct. 2. "Riyadh is our only rational (Arab) partner because they agree with most of our long-term goals", said Hussein Ibish, with the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington . (more...)
Pipeline ruptures, sparks massive fire north of Prince George, B.C. Pipeline ruptures, sparks massive fire north of Prince George, B.C.
- October 11, 2018

Several homes were evacuated after a pipeline ruptured and caused a large fire near Prince George , B.C. Tuesday. Doug Stout, Fortis BC vice-president of external relations, said Wednesday that 85 per cent of the gas his company feeds to homes and businesses is carried by the twinned pipeline that runs from northern B.C.to the United States border south of Vancouver. (more...)
British tourists among Majorca flood victims
- October 11, 2018

After opening his academy to flood victims, Rafael Nadal volunteered to help clear homes of water and mud. Images posted on social media showed cars being swept along narrow streets by torrents of water. "This looks like the end of the world". "We are grateful that we are all alive, but we pray for those that have lost their lives to this huge flood", Oliver said. (more...)
Tropical Storm Michael could bring heavy rainfall to Mexico, Cuba, Gulf Coast Tropical Storm Michael could bring heavy rainfall to Mexico, Cuba, Gulf Coast
- October 11, 2018

Thankfully, Michael is not expected to be a huge rain maker for SWFL, as the heaviest rain from the storm will stay well to our west. Governor Rick Scott issued an executive order on Sunday declaring a state of emergency in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend as the state braces for Michael, his office said. (more...)
Iraq, Afghanistan the worst passports for travel, Japan the best: Index Iraq, Afghanistan the worst passports for travel, Japan the best: Index
- October 11, 2018

According to the Henley Passport Index , Japan has the best passport in the world, ranked number one with a total of 190 points. Singapore: 189 3. Germany, France, South Korea: 188 4. The US and the United Kingdom, which jointly occupied the top spot in 2015, have since slid to 5th place - with Germany, China and Russian Federation also dropping down the list, according to the Daily Mail . (more...)
European Union officials warned to prepare for no-deal Brexit European Union officials warned to prepare for no-deal Brexit
- October 10, 2018

It comes amid informed reports that Mrs May will present the backstop agreement to her inner Brexit cabinet on Thursday afternoon. The discussion is expected to include a commitment to keep the whole of the United Kingdom in an effective customs union with the EU after Brexit, but with a "clear process" of steps to exit. (more...)

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