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Sunday, 21 October 2018

MALDIVES TOP COURT UPHOLDS PRESIDENT ABDULLA YAMEEN'S VOTE DEFEAT

The Maldives top court Sunday rejected a petition by President Abdulla Yameen to annul last month's election results and call a fresh poll, upholding his defeat.

The five-judge Supreme Court bench unanimously ruled that Yameen had failed to prove his claim that the September 23 vote won by opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was rigged.

Under pressure from abroad, Yameen initially conceded defeat and said he would stand down on November 17 -- but then this month filed his petition despite the threat of sanctions.

Yameen claimed magic ink had been used to rig the election and that ballots marked for him disappeared.

17 DEAD  IN TAIWAN RAIL CRASH  AS TRAIN FLIPS OVER
At least 17 people have died after a train derailed and flipped over in Taiwan Sunday, authorities said.


The Taiwan Railways Administration confirmed the toll and said more than 70 people had also been injured in the accident in northeastern Yilan county.

At least five carriages had flipped over and were lying on their side, according to an  reporter at the scene.

The high-speed Puyuma Express train completely derailed and lying zig-zagged across the track.

Taiwan authorities said the accident had happened at 4:50 pm local time (0850 GMT) with no cause yet given.

The National Fire Agency said there had been 310 people on board the service en route to the southern city of Taitung.

REBELS KILL 11, ABDUCT 15 IN DR CONGO: SECURITY SOURCES
Rebels killed at least 11 people and abducted 15 others, including 10 children, in an overnight raid near Beni, near DR Congo's eastern border with Uganda, security sources said Sunday.

Police recovered the bodies of 11 civilians killed in the town of Matete north of Beni, he said, adding that the missing children were from five to 10 years old, Beni police chief Colonel Safari Kazingufu told AFP.

The attack, thought to have been carried out by members of the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), had targeted Beni, the regional army spokesman Captain Mak Hazukay told AFP.

"We repulsed the attack but unfortunately, there were deaths among the civilians and soldiers," he said, without specifying how many soldiers had been killed.

One local resident told AFP he had seen the bodies of two uniformed men at the site of the fighting.

Earlier, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO told AFP they had been involved in an exchange of fire with suspected rebels near Beni.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

NEWS TODAY

US-Backed Syria Offensive Kills 35 Daesh Fighters
An offensive by U.S.-backed forces against the last redoubt of Daesh (ISIS) in eastern Syria killed 35 militants Saturday, a Britain-based war monitor said.

Twenty-eight Daesh members were killed in air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition around the town of Hajin, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A further seven militants were killed in ground fighting with the Syrian Democratic Forces, who launched a coalition-backed offensive against the Daesh-held pocket in the Euphrates valley last month.

Kidnapped Tanzanian Tycoon Mohammed Dewji Freed
Tanzanian tycoon Mohammed Dewji, who was kidnapped earlier this month, said Saturday he had been released and had returned home safely.

"I thank Allah that I have returned home safely. I thank all my fellow Tanzanians, and everyone around the world for their prayers," he said in a tweeted message.

"I thank the authorities of Tanzania, including the Police Force for working for my safe return."

His father Gullam Dewji confirmed his son's release in comments to the Tanzanian daily Mwanachi. His uncle, Azim Dewji told Mwanachi the kidnappers had released him early Saturday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's economic capital.

"His abductors abandoned him and he was able to phone his father," he said in a video posted at the Mwanachi website, adding that his nephew was in good health. The footage also showed a tired-looking Mohammed Dewji, in a tee-shirt and jogging trousers, thanking the police.

Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa told Mwanachi that he had already spoken with Dewji, who had told him that his abductors spoke an African language. The family had offered a reward of half a million dollars (€435,000) for information that would help police find him.

Jamal Khashoggi Is Dead, Saudi Arabian State Television Confirms 18 Detained
Saudi Arabia has said the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared after visiting the country’s consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, is dead.

The news, which cited preliminary findings from an official investigation, was announced on state television on Friday. It said a fight broke out between Khashoggi and people who met him in the consulate, leading to the death of the reporter. Khashoggi was a US permanent resident who wrote for the Washington Post.

It was also announced the Saudis have set up a commission that will investigate Khashoggi’s death and will have one month to release a report. The commission will consist of national security officials, the foreign ministry and the interior ministry.

The Saudi Press Agency said 18 Saudi nationals have now been detained in the investigation.A royal order has also been issued to release Major General Ahmed al-Assiri from his duty as the deputy of the intelligence services, according the announcement.

Seven-Year Mission  to Mercury Ready for Ambitious Launch
A seven-year, eight-million-kilometer voyage expected to shed light on the mysteries of Mercury, the solar system's least-understood planet, is nearly ready for takeoff.

The ambitious BepiColombo spacecraft will be launched from a European space port in French Guiana early Saturday.  It will begin the most comprehensive journey ever made to the closest planet to the sun, which has puzzled scientists for centuries. When BepiColombo arrives in December 2025, it will place two probes in orbit around the smallest planet in the solar system.  They will tour Mercury for a year before feeding their findings back to earth.


Friday, 19 October 2018

NEWS TODAY

Facebook Shareholders Back Proposal  to Remove Zuckerberg as Chairman
Several public funds that hold shares in Facebook Inc on Wednesday backed a proposal to remove Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg as chairman, saying the social media giant mishandled several high-profile scandals.

State treasurers from Illinois, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, co-filed the proposal. They joined hedge fund Trillium Asset Management, which bought it to the table in June.

The proposal, set to be voted on at Facebook’s annual shareholder meeting in May 2019, is asking the board to make the role of chair an independent position.

“Facebook plays an outsized role in our society and our economy. They have a social and financial responsibility to be transparent – that’s why we’re demanding independence and accountability in the company’s boardroom,” Stringer said. Facebook declined to comment.

Saudi Arabia  Transfers $100 Million  to U.S. Amid Crisis Over Khashoggi
The United States received a payment of $100 million from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a State Department official confirmed Wednesday amid global calls for answers in the case.

The timing of the transfer, first reported by the New York Times, raised questions about a potential payoff as Riyadh seeks to manage the blowback over allegations that Saudi agents were responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

Western diplomats suspect that the kingdom will also compensate Turkey for its willingness to launch a joint investigation on Khashoggi's disappearance - a payback that could come in the form of large-scale debt relief, strategic buyouts or other arrangements that boost Turkey's ailing economy.

Khashoggi's disappearance has hurt the reputation of Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, whose close relationship with President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has put him at the center of the administration's Middle East policy.

When asked if he had learned any details about Khashoggi's disappearance, Pompeo told reporters that "I don't want to talk about any of the facts; they didn't want to, either, in that they want to have the opportunity to complete this investigation in a thorough way."

Preso Maada Bio's Six Months Versus Ernest Koroma's Six Months
In six months, HE Bio managed to provide partially free primary and secondary education, while Koroma also managed to provide partially free education by paying  public exams fees for NPSE, BECE, WASCE and free primary education. In six months, Bio partially increased salary for government workers (only grade 6) by 10% only, while EBK made 25% right across.

In six months' time, Bio spent much time enjoying electricity, while EBK laboured to restore electricity in the once darkest city in the world. In the same vain, in six months' time, Bio spent state coffers on 5 oversea trips, while EBK spent tax payers' money on just two trips.

Likewise, in six months' time, Bio completed zero kilometers of road, while EBK had started work on over a hundred kilometers of road.

In six months' time, Bio cannot mix, mingle and interact with the ordinary man in the streets of Freetown, while EBK by this time was rubbing shoulders with the common man every now and then without AA machine guns at his back, enjoying huge popularity with confidence.

In six months' time, demonstration was staged against Bio for bad governance style, while EBK was widely acclaimed by home citizens and diasporans alike. In six months' time, Bio spent state coffers on 5 oversea trips, while EBK spent tax payers' money on two trips only.

In six months' time, Bio cannot mix, mingle and interact with the ordinary man in the streets of Freetown, while EBK by this time was rubbing shoulders with the common man at street corners without AA machine guns at his back, enjoying huge popularity with confidence

In six months' time a demonstration was staged against Bio for bad governance style, while EBK was widely acclaimed by home citizens and diasporans for a positive start.

This is an indication that this so-called new direction is full of intellectual arrogance, 'brag brag' and big talk rather than actions.While people are suffering and looking for the big change they promised, all  their focus is fighting the APC and finding jobs for the hungry paopa caboodle. It's a pity for this country.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

ON THE NEWS

Trump Says Saudi Prince Denies  Knowing What Happened at Consulate

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince told him he did not know what had happened in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing two weeks ago.

“Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate,” Trump said on Twitter, referring to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and leading critic of the crown prince, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in the city on Oct. 2. Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered there and his body removed, which the Saudis strongly deny.

Trump dispatched U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh to discuss the Khashoggi disappearance with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, a U.S. friend for decades and an ally against Iran.

Trump wrote on Twitter that the crown prince was with Pompeo during the phone call with the president “and told me that he has already started, and will rapidly expand, a full and complete investigation into this matter. Answers will be forthcoming shortly.”

Suspects in Khashoggi Case Had Ties to Saudi Crown Prince
One of the suspects identified by Turkey in the disappearance of the Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — seen disembarking from airplanes with him in Paris and Madrid and photographed standing guard during his visits this year to Houston, Boston and the United Nations.

Three others are linked by witnesses and other records to the Saudi crown prince’s security detail, according to "The New York Times".

A fifth is a forensic doctor who holds senior positions in the Saudi Interior Ministry and medical establishment, a figure of such stature that he could be directed only by a high-ranking Saudi authority.

If, as the Turkish authorities say, these men were present at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where Mr. Khashoggi disappeared on Oct. 2, they might provide a direct link between what happened and Prince Mohammed. That would undercut any suggestion that Mr. Khashoggi died in a rogue operation unsanctioned by the crown prince. Their connection to him could also make it more difficult for the White House and Congress to accept such an explanation.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration pushed back on Tuesday against rising condemnation of Saudi Arabia and showed support for its crown prince. In his strongest language to date over the missing journalist, Mr. Trump said in an interview with The Associated Press: “Here we go again with you’re guilty until proven innocent.”

Hours earlier, Mr. Trump’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, appeared in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, smiling and shaking hands with the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

Mr. Pompeo issued a statement saying Saudi leaders had promised a “thorough, transparent, and timely investigation” into what had befallen the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, after he entered the consulate on Oct. 2. Mr. Pompeo also said the Saudi leaders had repeated their emphatic denials of any involvement in Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Monday, 15 October 2018

NEWS HEADLINES

Murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI Raised to Sainthood

Pope Francis raised slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI to sainthood on Sunday in a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims.

Wearing a blood-stained rope belt which belonged to Romero, who was murdered at the altar, Pope Francis led the canonization ceremony in front of some 60,000 pilgrims and heads of state from across the world.

Both men have been hailed by Francis for their courage in turbulent times and their dedication to social justice and the downtrodden.

Their giant portraits were unfurled on Saint Peter's Basilica along with those of five other new saints, including an orphaned youth and a German nun.

Leaders must act tough, Congratulations Tetema Tondeneh! Yvonne Aki-Sawyer denied gender sympathy
Having looked at the video footage of what transpired between the Deputy Minister and Mayor of Freetown, I can now make an objective comment on the subject.

First of all the Minister is Yvonne's boss. Secondly Yvonne has a council with Administrative staff that should be in charge of the management of the process! The Minister did not do anything wrong, neither did he say anything offensive. He was just being a 'footsoldier' of the New Direction.

Freetown City Council is not the only council in SL, why is Aki-Sawyer always involved in confrontation with the change process? She must allow the oganogram of the FCC to work. The celebrity status she is seeking must not see her putting up a funny argument with her superior (Supervisor). A Boss must always be hard! Tondeneh was just doing what a boss should do.

Do we know how President speaks tough in Cabinet? These people have a mandate from the President, please let's allow them to monitor the New Direction program.

An argument about trucks doesn't make anything disrespectful to the Mayor. She must not use her 'femaleness' to seek sympathy for being argued with. Gender games are for the girls not for women in politics. A Mayor relegating herself to counting of vehicles? Ornorshineh or-thasrr! whilst other Mayors around the country were busy moving across their cities boosting morale for an effective cleaning exercise, Yvonne was in an argument with her boss about trucks.

Africa's 'Youngest Billionaire' Abducted in Tanzania
The man said to be Africa's youngest billionaire has been kidnapped by masked gunmen in Tanzania's main city Dar es Salaam, police say.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, was abducted outside a swanky hotel gym where he was going for his routine morning workout. Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident and two of the abductors were believed to be foreign nationals, police added. The motive for Mr Dewji's abduction is still unclear.

Well-Wishers Gather for the Wedding of  Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank

Well-wishers have begun to arrive in Windsor for the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. Some 850 guests are expected, including X Factor judges Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field, singer Ellie Goulding and model Cara Delevingne. Another 1,200 members of the public selected by ballot will listen to a live broadcast in the castle grounds, and thousands will watch from outside.

Princess Eugenie, who is ninth in line to the throne, is the daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, and the granddaughter of the Queen. She and drinks executive Jack Brooksbank will tie the knot at St George's Chapel - where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married in May.

Facebook Has Removed  More than 800 U.S. Accounts Spreading Fake News

Facebook Inc. said it removed 559 pages and 251 accounts that were coordinating the spread of misinformation and spam in the U.S. — and most originated from within the country.

The social network, which has been under fire for facilitating foreign interference in U.S. politics, has found that domestic actors have also been creating fake pages and accounts to attract people with shocking political news, the way they have in the past with celebrity news or health news. Their motivation is mostly financial, the company said.

“The people behind the activity also post the same clickbait posts in dozens of Facebook Groups, often hundreds of times in a short period, to drum up traffic for their websites,” the company said Thursday in a blog post. “And they often use their fake accounts to generate fake likes and shares. This artificially inflates engagement for their inauthentic pages and the posts they share, misleading people about their popularity and improving their ranking in news feed.”

Sunday, 14 October 2018

NEWS

DR Congo Identifies 'Second Wave' of Ebola in East
A second wave of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where an initial outbreak has already killed 125 people, a minister said Saturday. The latest wave is centred in Beni, a town in North Kivu near the border with Uganda, said Health Minister Dr Oly Ilunga. "We don't yet know the scale of it," he added. "The epicentre, which was in Mangina is now in Beni." The two towns lie about 20 kilometres (12 miles) apart.

This second wave occurred as a result of community resistance to measures taken to tackle the disease, Ilunga said. "The epidemic in Beni is high risk.. and the situation is worrying."

Two new cases were confirmed in the Beni region, according to health ministry statistics published Saturday, taking the total to 127 in the area since August 1. There were 35 other suspected cases.

On Friday, the World Health Organization expressed concern over the growing number of cases in recent weeks, especially in Beni. The latest outbreak is the 10th in DR Congo since Ebola was first detected there in 1976.
Officials in Beni have announced measures to protect health workers after a number of incidents where response teams were assaulted. Fears and misconceptions about the virus have led to widespread mistrust and resistance to Ebola response workers, including those who come into communities wearing hazmat suits to orchestrate burials.

A staff member of the UN peacekeeper mission MONUSCO was among the latest victims of the virus, the UN and health ministry said. The work of health officials is also hampered by violence in a region which has long been ravaged by armed conflict.

First Commercial Flight in 40 Years Links Ethiopia to Somalia
An Ethiopian airline on Saturday made the first commercial flight between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu in 41 years, in yet another sign of warming ties between neighbouring Horn of Africa nations Ethiopia and Somalia.

A plane from the private airline Ethiopia National Airways landed at Mogadishu's Aden Adde airport, and will conduct four flights per week, officials said.

"It's a historical day for us as we launch this direct flight between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu. It has never been easy, we have been trying so many times, but finally we succeeded and this day finally came," said airline owner Abera Lemi at a ceremony in the capital.

Ethiopian Airlines in July launched the first flights between Addis Ababa and Eritrea in two decades in a whirlwind peace process between the two nations after a bloody conflict and extended cold war.

The peace process led by Ethiopia's reformist young Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, has been followed by a flurry of diplomacy in the region that has also seen Somalia mend ties with Eritrea and a move to end tensions between Djibouti and Eritrea.

In June Abiy paid a visit to Mogadishu where he and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed agreed to strengthen relations.

Somalia and Ethiopia have gone to war several times over disputed territory.

In 2006, Ethiopia sent troops into Somalia to crush the Islamic Courts Union which had seized large parts of the country including Mogadishu.

Counterterrorism experts say this invasion fuelled a full-fledged insurgency by the ICU's radical faction Al-Shabaab, which later allied with Al-Qaeda and continues to stage deadly attacks.

Ethiopia supports the transitional government and has troops in Somalia now forming part of an African Union mission to combat Al-Shabaab.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

ON THE NEWS TODAY

China  Spy Attack Hits Apple and Amazon
Apple and Amazon are among US companies and agencies who have had data stolen by Chinese spies, claims Bloomberg. The data had been siphoned off via tiny chips inserted on server circuit boards made by a company called Super Micro Computer, reported the news agency.









The servers had been compromised during manufacturing and the chips activated once they were up and running, it said. Apple, Amazon and Super Micro have rejected Bloomberg's claims, calling them "untrue".

In particular, Apple released a strong statement in response to Bloomberg's article saying it had found "no evidence" to support the allegations.

Bloomberg said a year-long investigation by reporters Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley had uncovered evidence of the wide-ranging attack, which gave Beijing access to 30 large companies and many federal agencies.

It said the first information about the spying campaign had emerged during security testing carried out by Amazon in 2015 before it had started using servers from US company Elemental, which had been manufactured by Super Micro Computer at plants in China.

And this discovery then kicked off a long-running "top-secret probe" by US intelligence agencies, which found compromised servers:in Department of Defense data centres onboard warships  handling data gathered by CIA drones

Apple, Amazon Deny Bloomberg Report on Chinese Hardware Attack
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) denied a Bloomberg report on Thursday that their systems had been infiltrated by malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence, according to statements from the companies released by Bloomberg.

Bloomberg Businessweek cited 17 unidentified intelligence and company sources as saying that Chinese spies had placed computer chips inside equipment used by about 30 companies and multiple U.S. government agencies, which would give Beijing secret access to internal networks.

Representatives of Apple, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security could not be reached for comment by Reuters. A National Security Agency spokeswoman said she had no immediate comment.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to a written request for comment. Beijing has previously denied allegations of orchestrating cyber attacks against Western companies.

Apple said it had refuted “virtually every aspect” of the story in on-record responses to Bloomberg. “Apple has never found malicious chips, ‘hardware manipulations’ or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server,” the company said. Amazon Web Services (AWS) said it found no issues. Bloomberg said its report was accurate.

Judge Orders Tesla's Musk, SEC to Justify Fraud Settlement
A federal judge on Thursday gave Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission one week to justify their settlement to resolve securities fraud charges against the head of the electric car company.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said her regular practice is to have parties submit a joint letter, in this case by Oct. 11, to show why their settlement was fair and reasonable and would not hurt the public interest.

Musk and Tesla agreed to pay $20 million each, and Musk agreed to step aside as Tesla’s chairman for three years, to settle charges that Musk misled investors in a series of tweets on Aug. 7.

These included a tweet saying there was “funding secured” to take the Palo Alto, California-based company private at $420 per share.Tesla was not charged with fraud. The settlement was announced on Sept. 29, two days after Musk was charged.

Fitbit Data Used to Charge US Man with Murder
Fitbit data has been used by US police investigating whether a 90-year-old murdered his stepdaughter. The victim, Karen Navarra, 67, was found with a kitchen knife in her hand, suggesting she killed herself.

Anthony Aiello, who denies murder, told police he had visited her for 15 minutes to drop off pizza. But police say a fitness tracker she was wearing showed a significant spike in heart rate followed by a rapid slowdown at the time he was there. Mr Aiello was arrested in San Jose, California, in September and is due in court later on Thursday.

According to a police statement obtained by USA Today, Ms Navarra's Fitbit Alta device showed a raised heart rate at about 15:20 local time, when video evidence suggested Mr Aiello's car was at her house. It then recorded her heart rate slowing rapidly and stopping at 15:28, five minutes before he left.


Netflix Viewing Eats up World's Data
Video streaming service Netflix is the world's most data-hungry application, consuming 15% of global net traffic, according to research from bandwidth management company Sandvine. Video in general accounts for more than half of net traffic, it suggests.

Other media streaming such as embedded video on websites accounts for 13.1%, YouTube, 11.4% and web browsing, 7.8%.

The report also found that gaming and file-sharing are becoming a significant force in traffic volume. Video accounts for 58% of the total volume of downstream traffic on the internet, followed by web browsing (17%), gaming (7.8%) and social media (5.1%), according to the report.

That is putting huge pressure on networks around the world and that pressure is likely to get worse, according to Sandvine's Global Internet Phenomena Report.

"The numbers for video are going to get higher as more and more content goes high definition and users turn more to 4K," said vice-president of marketing Cam Cullen.

During peak evening hours, when networks are under "the most stress", Netflix can be accounting for 40% of all download traffic in the US, according to the report. However, the encoding technology used by the video streaming service makes it the most efficient video provider on the net.

Tesla's Musk Appears to Mock SEC on Twitter  After Settlement
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk appeared to mock the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a tweet on Thursday by calling it the “Shortseller Enrichment Commission” days after settling fraud charges it brought against him.

A federal judge is still considering the settlement of the SEC lawsuit.

“Just want to (say) that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!,” Musk said in the tweet.

US Senate Votes 51-49 to Advance Kavanaugh Nomination to Final Vote  Tomorrow
The Senate on Friday advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, 51-49, taking a critical step to open debate before a planned final vote this weekend.

It was still unknown whether Republican Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia planned to support the embattled nominee in the final vote. It appears at least one of their votes will be needed in order for Kavanaugh to be confirmed.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who had also been considered undecided, voted against the motion to move forward Friday morning, later calling the cloture vote itself "a mistake."

"I did not come to a decision on this until walking into the floor this morning," she told reporters. "I believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a good man, I believe that he is a good man, it just may be that in my view he’s not the right man for the court at this time."

Brett Kavanaugh: 100s Arrested in Supreme Court Protest
Hundreds of protesters against US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have been arrested in Washington, DC. Comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski were among 302 people held for demonstrating against the nominee.

Republicans earlier declared an FBI report had exonerated him of sexual assault allegations. But Democrats said the five-day inquiry was "incomplete" because it was limited by the White House.

The Senate will hold a procedural vote on the nominee on Friday. The likelihood of Judge Kavanaugh winning a full Senate vote appeared to increase on Thursday after two Republicans whose backing will be essential gave a positive account of the FBI inquiry.

Sens. Manchin, Collins Will Vote 'Yes'  on Kavanaugh; Republicans May Now Have Enough Votes to Confirm
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Joe Manchin III said Friday that they will vote to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, likely ensuring that President Trump’s nominee will ascend to the Supreme Court after a bitter partisan fight that has included allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Collins, a swing vote, said Kavanaugh had “received rave reviews” for his 12 years as a federal appeals court judge and that the misconduct allegations against him failed to meet a standard of “more likely than not.”

“I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” Collins said at the end of remarks lasting about 45 minutes, prompting appaluse in the chamber.

The final confirmation vote, scheduled for Saturday, needs support from at least 50 senators. Vice President Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote if necessary.Collins’s announcement followed a 51-to-49 vote earlier Friday on a procedural motion to advance Kavanaugh's’s nomination.

UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Defeats Conor McGregor By TapOut
Khabib Nurmagomedov has defeated Conor McGregor in the fourth round of their eagerly anticipated lightweight title fight before vaulting over the Octagon to attack his rival's corner. One of Khabib's team meanwhile entered the Octagon and attacked a still dazed McGregor, before police and security guards intervened.

McGregor was immediately hurried out of the T-Mobile Arena, with Dana White deciding to cancel the traditional post-fight ceremony.Khabib was then given a police cordon out of the Arena, as Irish fans threw drinks at the lightweight champion and attempted to reach him.

The undefeated Russian dominated the fight and secured a submission victory in the fourth round of the contest, billed as the biggest event in the history of the UFC.

At Least 11Dead as Quake Topples Homes in Northern Haiti
An earthquake that struck off the northern coast of Haiti late on Saturday killed at least 11 people and injured more than a hundred when several buildings collapsed.

The magnitude 5.9 quake was centred about 12 miles west-northwest of the coastal town of Port-de-Paix, at a depth of 11.7 km. The tremor was one of the strongest to hit Haiti since a 7.0 magnitude quake struck near the capital, Port-au-Prince, in 2010, killing tens of thousands of people.










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