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10/20/2018 07:32 PM Trump will lead rally for Cruz, keeping hatchet buried
10/20/2018 03:06 AM 'Compelling Evidence' Points To Saudi Prince In Khashoggi Death, Says Ex-MI6 Chief
10/20/2018 05:13 PM Lawyer: Man accused of threats to kill senators has dementia
CENTRAL ISLIP, New York (AP) — A man charged with threatening to kill U.S. senators over Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court confirmation has dementia and isn't dangerous, his lawyer said as the 74-year-old was ordered held without bail.
10/21/2018 06:46 PM Special police force deployed in Nigerian state of Kaduna: Buhari on Twitter
A special police force has been deployed to flashpoints in the northern state of Kaduna on Sunday in the wake of communal violence over the last few days that has killed 55 people, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Twitter. The Kaduna state government imposed a 24-hour curfew on Sunday after violence broke out on the streets of the state's capital city, also called Kaduna.
10/21/2018 12:00 PM Khaled El Mays's Beirut Abode Blurs The Line Between Home and Showroom
10/20/2018 06:19 AM US craze for DNA 'heritage' tests may bolster racism, critics warn
Millions of Americans are using DNA test kits sold online to research their ancestry, either out of simple curiosity or to find answers about their identity. In a country whose population, for the most part, arrived in various waves of migration -- and where genealogy has caught the public imagination -- the DNA tests have proven wildly successful. The main companies offering the service, Ancestry and 23andMe, say they have tested between 15 million people between them.
10/20/2018 01:47 AM Midterm election glossary: The terms you need to know to understand American politics
With the 2018 midterm elections just over two weeks away, the casual reader may be coming across some strange terms in the American political lexicon. For anyone confused by reports on the battle between Democrats and Republicans to control Congress, The Independent has compiled a handy list of some common terms. Battleground State: A state is considered a battleground state if its electorate is split relatively evenly between Republicans and Democrats, making state-wide races especially competitive and hard to predict.
10/20/2018 04:10 PM U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners on Friday
The next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, after no one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night's draw. "Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record," Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement. The current jackpot beats the previous record, a $1.586 billion jackpot for a Powerball drawing in 2016, said Seth Elkin, a spokesman for Mega Millions.
10/21/2018 02:06 PM Prince Harry Flies Solo In Sydney As Meghan Markle's Schedule Is Cut Back
10/20/2018 11:50 PM Trump Says Anybody Voting Democrat ‘Is Crazy’ At Arizona Rally
10/21/2018 02:35 PM Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death not 'credible': UK minister
Saudi Arabia's account of the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside its Istanbul consulate is not credible and the culprits must be "held to account," a British minister said on Sunday. After a fortnight of denials, Saudi authorities admitted Saturday that the Washington Post columnist, a prominent critic of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed after entering the consulate in Turkey on October 2. "I don't think it's credible," Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC, adding there was a "serious question mark over the account that has been given".
10/20/2018 08:43 PM Immunotherapy scores a first win against some breast cancers
For the first time, one of the new immunotherapy drugs has shown promise against breast cancer in a large study that combined it with chemotherapy to treat an aggressive form of the disease. But the benefit for most women was small, raising questions about whether the treatment is worth its high cost and side effects.
10/20/2018 09:44 PM Israel delays eviction of West Bank Bedouin village
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday postponed the forced eviction of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, a government official said. The fate of Khan al-Ahmar has drawn international concern after Israel said it planned to raze the village, a ramshackle camp housing 180 residents. Its residents, backed by foreign activists who have gathered at the site, have been waiting for bulldozers to move in at any time after an Oct. 1 deadline from Israel for the villagers to demolish their own homes expired.
10/20/2018 01:19 PM Ex-India state official: Most train victims migrant workers
10/20/2018 09:40 AM Ted Cruz's Facebook Live Broadcast Goes Hilariously Awry
10/21/2018 04:44 AM Thousands of caravan migrants take shelter in southern Mexico
The migrants pose a tough challenge to the Mexican government's pledge to stop the illegal travelers' plans to press ahead to the U.S. border. More than 5,100 migrants have been registered in three shelters in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Hidalgo, while another 2,000 had camped out for the night in the town's central square, said Gerardo Hernandez, head of the local government's emergency services. "So far, they're all peaceful, thank God." In a statement on Saturday night, Mexico's federal government said "nearly 900 migrants" had arrived by unauthorized means, while 640 had been processed after being allowed to cross into the country via the international border crossing on the Suchite River that divides Guatemala from Mexico.
10/20/2018 03:03 AM Mega Million winning numbers drawn for $1 billion jackpot
10/21/2018 07:03 PM LeBron James' First Lakers Home Game Turns Into A Brawl
10/21/2018 12:47 AM The Nevada Senate Race Was Supposed To Be Easier For Democrats. It's Still Up For Grabs.
10/21/2018 12:08 AM Israel reopens people, goods crossings to Gaza after lull
Israel ordered the country's goods and people border crossings with Gaza to be opened on Sunday, just four days after shuttering them following a Palestinian rocket attack that sparked retaliatory air strikes. The move followed efforts to prevent an escalation in violence that has raised fears of a new war between Israel and the Palestinian territory's Islamist rulers Hamas. "The decision comes after a decrease in the violent events in Gaza over the weekend and efforts Hamas made to restrain" demonstrators, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman's office said in a statement.
10/22/2018 12:16 AM 6 shot on street near north Florida stadium before NFL game
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Six people have been wounded in a street shooting blocks from the Florida stadium where the NFL's Houston Texans played and defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
10/20/2018 05:15 PM Turkey 'will not allow a cover up' as Saudi Arabia admits Jamal Khashoggi was killed at consulate
Turkey vowed on Saturday that it would not allow any cover up in the Jamal Khashoggi case after Saudi Arabia admitted its operatives had killed the journalist but insisted that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, was not involved. After more than two weeks of protesting its innocence, Saudi Arabia changed course and said that Mr Khashoggi, 59, died during “a fist fight” inside the Saudi consulate on October 2. The kingdom said it had arrested 18 Saudis in connection with the killing and sacked General Ahmed al-Assiri, the deputy intelligence chief, and Saud al-Qahtani, a close aide to Crown Prince Mohammed. Saudi officials insisted that the crown prince had no knowledge of the murder or subsequent cover up. King Salman tasked him with reforming the Saudi intelligence services, a sign that Crown Prince Mohammed's position remains secure. Donald Trump, the US president, said he found the explanation “credible” but the Saudi narrative was met with a wave of scepticism by American spy agencies and leading members of Congress. “To say that I am sceptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr Khashoggi is an understatement,” said Lindsey Graham, a powerful Republican senator. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said the explanation “is not at all credible”. The claim that Khashoggi was killed while brawling with 15 men dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not at all credible. If he was fighting with those sent to capture or kill him, it was for his life. The Kingdom must be held to account. If Administration doesn’t lead, Congress must.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 19, 2018 Omer Celik, a spokesman for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), said the country had “a debt of honour” to solve Mr Khashoggi’s death and would continue its own investigation. "Turkey will reveal whatever had happened. Nobody should ever doubt about it,” Mr Celik said. “We are not accusing anyone in advance but we don’t accept anything to remain covered [up].” His statement stopped short of saying Turkey did not believe the Saudi explanation but indicated that Turkish officials did not intend to immediately accept Riyadh’s version of events. Turkish police continue to search for Mr Khashoggi’s body. Saudi Arabia said that his killers handed the corpse to a local accomplice and that the kingdom did not know where it was. Turkish officials also claim to have gruesome audio tapes showing Mr Khashoggi was tortured before he was murdered and cut apart with a bone saw. The tapes, if confirmed, could undercut Saudi Arabia’s claim about a fist fight. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, became the first major leader to say she did not accept the Saudi explanation of the "horrific events" in Istanbul. “They still haven’t been cleared up and of course we demand that they be cleared up,” she said on Saturday. The Saudi government has been under days of intense pressure to explain what happened to the dissident journalist after he entered the consulate more than two weeks ago. Jamal Khashoggi death | The unanswered questions Saudi officials said that the kingdom had issued a general order for Saudi dissidents to return home but that Gen Assiri had acted on his own to plan an operation to capture Mr Khashoggi in Turkey. "There were no orders for them to kill him or even specifically kidnap him," a Saudi official said. “[Crown Prince Mohammed] had no knowledge of this specific operation and certainly did not order a kidnapping or murder of anybody. He will have been aware of the general instruction to tell people to come back.” In the Saudi explanation, the 15-man squad confronted Mr Khashoggi when he entered the consulate and a fight broke out, resulting in the journalist's death. A Saudi statement said the interaction between Mr Khashoggi and his kidnappers “did not go as required and developed in a negative way, led to a fight and a quarrel between some of them”. Mohammed bin Salman's reputation as a reformer has come under scrutiny amid questions over Khashoggi's death Credit: Francois Mori/AP All 15 men, mainly spies and soldiers, were arrested along with two consular staff and a driver. Saudi Arabia said the 18 would be tried in Saudi courts. Three other intelligence officials were also sacked. Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institute, said it was “ludicrous” to claim Saudi officials had mounted the elaborate operation without Crown Prince Mohammed’s knowledge. “If this is the best cover up they’re going to be able to put forward it’s not going to pass muster,” he said. Regional allies - including Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates - issued statements in praise of the king. Critics of Saudi Arabia pointed to several tweets by Mr al-Qahtani as evidence that the crown prince was fully aware of what his aides were doing. Inside the House of Saud In one 2017 tweet, Mr al-Qahtani said he would never act on his own initiative and described himself as “a faithful executor” of the orders of the king and crown prince. On the same day he warned a Saudi dissident living in London that the “assassination file has been reopened”. After his sacking, Mr al-Qahtani tweeted his thanks to the king and the crown prince for the "great confidence" they put him in and said he would continue to be "a loyal servant". Mr Khashoggi's Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, tweeted in Arabic: "The heart grieves, the eye tears, and with your separation we are saddened, my dear Jamal," she said, also asking "#where is martyr Khashoggi's body?" Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques directs that a ministerial committee be formed under chairmanship of HRH Crown Prince to restructure the General Intelligence Presidency and modernize its regulations and define its powers precisely.#SPAGOV— SPAENG (@Spa_Eng) October 19, 2018 Saturday's announcements confirmed days of speculation that the royal family would blame Gen Assiri for Mr Khashoggi's death. The commander, who trained at Sandhurst, had only recently taken up the number two position in the Saudi intelligence community. It was not clear if he would face any judicial proceedings. Supporters of Saudi Arabia insisted that the dismissal of senior officials was proof that the kingdom was not engaging in a cover up to protect the crown prince. "This is unprecedented," said Ali Shihabi, founder of the pro-Saudi Arabia foundation. The removal of two top officials, a cabinet ranking, very powerful and close advisor of MBS and the Deputy Head of Foreign intelligence + 4 other Generals in foreign intelligence (virtually its whole top leadership) cannot be written off as a cover up. This is unprecedented.— Ali Shihabi (@aliShihabi) October 19, 2018 Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, is "deeply troubled" by the admission, said a spokesman. The UN chief called for a "prompt, thorough, transparent" probe into the circumstances of Khashoggi's death and urged full accountability for those who were involved. The alleged killing has sent shockwaves through the world, dwarfing outrage over the kingdom’s recent arrest of women’s rights activists and its involvement in the deaths of civilians in the war in Yemen. The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi In the past few days, foreign diplomats have suspended scheduled visits to the kingdom and more than two dozen senior officials and executives from the US and Europe have cancelled plans to attend the Future Investment Initiative, dubbed the “Davos of the Desert”. The announcement that Mr Khashoggi was killed at the consulate will heap more pressure on Britain to act against Saudi Arabia. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is considering the "next steps" in Britain's response to the case, officials said. Mr Hunt had earlier warned there would be "consequences" for the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia if it was found the journalist was murdered.
10/20/2018 01:49 AM Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 60 dead
NEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 people and injuring dozens more, police said.
10/20/2018 12:04 PM F/A-18E/F Super Hornet: A Killer in the Sky (So Why Aren't They Selling?)
10/20/2018 06:00 PM Long queues as Afghan voters defy election day attacks, delays
A suicide bomber killed 15 people in Kabul, the most serious of a series of smaller-scale attacks that caused dozens of casualties across the country but did not deter voters who endured long queues to cast their ballot. "Today the people gave an unanswerable response to the enemies of Afghanistan," government spokesman Haroon Chakansuri told reporters. Voting should have been over by the time the suicide bomber struck a polling station in the north of Kabul, killing 10 civilians and five police, but polling stations were kept open longer than normal to cope with large numbers of people who had been unable to cast ballots.
10/21/2018 12:12 AM 17 dead after train flips in Taiwan
At least 17 people have died after an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal route in Taiwan on Sunday. The Taiwan Railways Administration confirmed 17 people had been killed and said 132 people had also been injured in the accident in northeastern Yilan county. Images from the site showed the Puyuma Express train completely derailed and lying zig-zagged across the track.
10/21/2018 08:39 PM Selma Blair Reveals She Has Multiple Sclerosis
10/20/2018 12:00 PM Martin Brudnizki's Debuts Dreamy Light Fixtures for Urban Electric Co.
10/21/2018 03:21 PM Russia: U.S. Withdrawal From Nuclear Treaty Would Be A ‘Very Dangerous Step’
10/21/2018 12:43 PM Brett Kavanaugh: Witches placed mass hex on Supreme Court Justice during New York protest ritual
Witches placed a hex on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during a protest ritual in New York. The spell, which was livestreamed on Facebook and Instagram on Saturday, was also targeted at “all rapists and the patriarchy which emboldens, rewards and protects them”. Organisers at the Catland occult bookshop in Brooklyn said the hex was as “an act of resistance and resilience” following the controversy over allegations of sexual assault against Mr Kavanaugh.
10/21/2018 01:09 PM Schiff: Khashoggi killing should be 'relationship-altering event for' US and Saudis
10/21/2018 05:00 AM 2 men charged in Georgia officer's shooting death
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Two teen-aged suspects have been charged, including one man who remains on the loose, in connection with the fatal shooting of a George police officer who was killed while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school, authorities said Sunday.
10/20/2018 04:45 AM Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Sussex unveil Sydney's Anzac memorial
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have paid tribute to Australia’s war dead as they attended the unveiling of an Anzac memorial 84 years in the making. The Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park, which commemorates the sacrifices made by those who served for Australia and New Zealand, was designed in the 1930s by Bruce Dellitt. But following the Great Depression, the finances were not available to make Mr Dellitt's vision - including a four-tier cascading waterfall on the Liverpool Street side of the monument - a reality. The Duke, wearing the tropical dress of his regiment, the Blues and Royals, with medals, KCVO and sword, and Duchess, wearing an Emilia Wickstead dress and Philip Tracey hat, were met by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian and David Elliott, minister for Veterans Affairs on an overcast Sydney morning. There were also crowds along Liverpool Street, while more people - and a cardboard cutout of Harry and Meghan - watched on from balconies as the royals arrived. Harry and Meghan arrive for the unveiling ceremony with the governor of New South Wales and his wife Credit: Ryan Pierce/Getty Images Twins Krystal and Sienna Dawson presented the royal couple with a medallion and a painting during the visit. The girls, aged nine, are from the Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe and both said they were nervous about meeting and performing for Harry and Meghan. Krystal, who did an Aboriginal art floral painting, said: "They said hi and 'nice to meet you'." The medallion, presented by Sienna, said "play the game", the motto of the Beverly Hills public school which they attend. Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour of Australia - in pictures She said: "I didn't want to dance at first, but then it was fun." The Sussexes will visit the Hall Of Service, which contains 1,700 soil samples from each town, suburb and district in New South Wales listed as an address for First World War enlistees. The completion of the extension, which cost £22 million, coincides with the 100th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in the war.
10/21/2018 11:08 AM Mnuchin says premature to comment on sanctions against Saudi Arabia
Mnuchin said information so far on the investigation was "a good first step but not enough" as Riyadh faced international pressure to disclose what happened to Khashoggi, who disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. U.S. President Donald Trump emphasized on Saturday that he was not satisfied with the Saudis' handling of the case, further raising questions over whether he would act to impose sanctions on Saudi officials believed to be behind Khashoggi's death. "It would be premature to comment on sanctions and premature to comment on really any issues until we get further down the investigation and get to the bottom of what occurred," Mnuchin told reporters in Jerusalem at the start of a Middle East visit.
10/21/2018 04:34 PM Blast kills five civilians at scene of shootout in Kashmir
Indian police said "leftover explosives" were responsible for a blast in Kashmir that killed at least five civilians Sunday as they protested against government forces shooting dead three alleged militants. Protesters had surged the site of a shootout in southern Kulgam town, chanting slogans against Indian rule and hurling rocks at troops as they fired at unidentified gunmen. Three alleged rebels were shot dead in the exchange but a subsequent explosion at the scene killed five demonstrators, said inspector-general of police Swayam Prakash Pani.
10/20/2018 03:11 AM Man who killed 3 in Colorado Walmart gets life in prison
BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — The man who gunned down three people in a suburban Denver Walmart last year was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. But more than 11 months after the crime, his motive remains a mystery.
10/20/2018 11:00 AM The Two Things Air Force F-22 Raptors Can't Defeat
10/20/2018 09:36 PM 5 Moments From Trump's Nevada Rally That Need A Fact Check
10/20/2018 02:31 AM Bay Area residents line up to buy tickets as Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1B
10/21/2018 05:34 AM Prince Harry inspires athletes as pregnant Meghan trims Australia schedule
The pregnant wife of Britain's Prince Harry, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will cut back her busy schedule as the royal couple enter the last week-and-a-half of their tour to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Meghan curtailed her activities after attending the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games on Saturday night at Sydney's Opera House.
10/20/2018 05:40 PM The Latest: Alaska governor seeks to boost Begich's odds
10/20/2018 06:16 AM Mercury mission to explore origin of Solar System
Is Mercury's core liquid or solid, and why -- on the smallest planet in our solar system -- is it so big? What can the planet closest to the Sun tell us about how our solar system came into being? An unmanned European-Japanese space mission, dubbed BepiColombo, blasted off early Saturday morning from French Guiana, to probe these and other mysteries.
10/21/2018 02:36 PM Canada's Freeland says Saudi Khashoggi explanations 'lack credibility'
Canada's foreign minister, whose tweets on human rights led to a diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia earlier this year, said the kingdom's explanations on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul "lack credibility." After denying any involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, 59, for two weeks, Saudi Arabia on Saturday said the journalist and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had died in a fistfight at the consulate. An hour later, another Saudi official attributed the death to a chokehold.
10/21/2018 09:45 AM Religious Extremists Got Their Justice. Now They're Going To Strip LGBTQ Rights.
10/21/2018 09:14 PM Coalition airstrike targets mosque used by Islamic State
AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) — An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group targeted a mosque in Syria last week because it was determined to be an insurgent command-and-control center, the U.S. said Sunday.
10/20/2018 01:55 AM Worried Britons to rally for new Brexit vote
Britons dreading life outside Europe will rally from all corners to London Saturday to try to stop their country's looming breakup with the EU. The march on parliament is set to be a noisy and festive affair uniting tens of thousands in the seemingly hopeless task of convincing Prime Minister Theresa May to hold a second Brexit referendum. Organisers of the so-called People's Vote March are asking people to dress up their favourite pets in costumes so that they could bark along the scenic route through the historic heart of London.
10/21/2018 05:58 AM Twitter Agog At Trump Whopper That Californians Are 'Rioting' Over Sanctuary Cities
10/21/2018 08:25 AM Brooks Koepka has golf's top ranking with win in South Korea
10/21/2018 02:34 PM Meghan Markle Cuts Back on Tour Schedule to Rest: 'Being Pregnant Takes Its Toll'
10/21/2018 07:29 PM Poland's local vote result a good sign for PiS: party chief Kaczynski
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's regional elections on Sunday bode well for the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party during a parliamentary vote next year, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said. "We have won ... and this bodes well when it comes to the future, especially for the parliamentary election," Kaczynski said on Sunday after exit poll showed PiS had scored 32.3 percent in the vote for provincial assembly members. (Reporting by Warsaw Newsroom)
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