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Pence slams China's 'opaque' chequebook diplomacy, trade practices

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Rejecting criticism that China was engaged in "debt diplomacy", Xi said , "Let me make this clear, the Belt and Road Initiative is an open platform for cooperation". President TrumpDonald John TrumpMia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey Trump congratulates Kemp, says Abrams will have "terrific political future" MORE on Saturday blasted a New York Times report that said he was privately ... Read More »

Netanyahu avoids early elections for now after minister's about-face

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Interior Minister Aryeh Deri of the Shas party also called for an election " as soon as possible, for the sake of the country ". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayhu's right-wing government narrowly avoided collapse Monday morning, after hawkish education minister Naftali Bennett backtracked on an ultimatum to quit the ruling coalition if he were not appointed defense minister. Read More »

Trump calls CIA's assessment of Saudi journalist's murder premature

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Khashoggi ", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Saturday afternoon. "I think the evidence is overwhelming that the crown prince was involved", adding: "We need to punish who ordered this - who's in charge". According to Turkish officials, an audio recording proves that Khashoggi was deliberately killed and dismembered soon after entering the consulate. Read More »

Finnish president confirms forestry chat with Donald Trump

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He told CBS's Face the Nation that Trump has "got our back" and has committed emergency support. The reaction from Finland included many people posting on Twitter with the hashtag "haravointi", Finnish for raking . "And they're raking them and they were on fire and that should have been all raked out and you wouldn't have had the fires". Brian Rice, president of California Professional Firefighters, called Trump's earlier remarks "ill-informed", noting the federal government had ... Read More »

Trump Suggests California Wildfires Can Be Avoided By 'Raking'

The Finnish president "reckons raking perhaps came to Trump's mind after seeing the firefighters raking the burned-down areas in California", the Ilta-Sanomat reported . Trump's comment generated amusement on social media in Finland, which manages its vast forests with scientific seriousness. "They were raking areas where the fire was right over there", he said gesturing to a corner of the room. Read More »

Fight over Jim Acosta's White House press pass seems far from over

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Trump signaled his support for the First Amendment and said he would consider leaving any press conference in which a reporters are acting out of line. "These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations", the statement continued. CNN's legal team suggested that the administration work over the next 14 days with the White House Correspondents Association to "formulate agreed upon protocols for future press conferences". Read More »

Pres. Trump heading to California as wildfire death tolls climbs to 74

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The president on Saturday is expected to get a look at the grief and damage caused by the deadliest USA wildfire in a century, and he could face resentment from locals for blaming the inferno on poor forest management in California . By intentionally lighting fires, property owners or land managers can remove dead and low-lying trees and brush - material that otherwise accumulates and can accelerate the growth of fires. Read More »

Andrew Gillum congratulates DeSantis on becoming next governor

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Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded the contentious Florida gubernatorial battle Saturday - for the second time in less than two weeks - to Republican challenger Ron DeSantis . Rick Scott, a Republican. "This fight for Florida continues". "This was not just about an election cycle. He never gave up and never will", the president tweeted , before saying Mr Gillum would become a "strong Democrat warrior" in the future and "a force to reckon with". Read More »

Brian Kemp wins Georgia governor's race as Stacey Abrams gives up fight

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She slammed Kemp, a former secretary of state who she said was "deliberate and intentional in his actions" to suppress the vote, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . Abrams, a 44-year-old Yale-educated lawyer, has been a Democrat in the Georgia legislature for about 10 years, serving as minority leader from 2011 to 2017 in the traditionally Republican southern state. Read More »

Deputy national security adviser bashed by Melania is reassigned

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Two presidential aides said Trump was considering forcing out deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel , but as of Tuesday afternoon, the adviser remained in her West Wing office. Officials did not dispute that other people, beyond the first lady's office, have complained about what they consider to be Ricardel's abrasive, yelling manner. Read More »

Couple, homeless man charged in charitable scam

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The story spread like wildfire online, and resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations being sent from people who wanted to also help Bobbitt Jr. All were charged with theft by deception. The three face potential sentences of five to 10 years for the second-degree crimes. The story originally gained popularity after the large amount of money was raised, however trouble struck when the couple allegedly stole some of the funds for their personal use and were later sued by ... Read More »

1,600 Lawyers Send Powerful Message To Senate Republicans: ‘Protect Robert Mueller Probe’

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While the full scope of Mueller's investigation remains classified, Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed him in May 2017 to investigate allegations of collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation. But Mueller has quietly chipped away, indicting several dozen people, a lot of them Russians. Now Washington is on tenterhooks while waiting for Mueller, who works in near total secrecy, to issue his final report . Read More »

Narendra Modi meets Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in Singapore

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Still, any mention of weapons testing could influence the direction of stalled diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang that's meant to rid the North of its nuclear weapons. Since Mr Kim and Mr Trump's summit in June, Washington has called for more action on nuclear disarmament and Pyongyang has called for the USA to first approve a peace declaration to formally end the Korean war. Read More »

Trump rejects North Korea 'undeclared' missile site report

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A report by a Washington D.C. think tank suggests North Korea's Kim Jong Un is expanding his country's nuclear missile program, building new missile hosting facilities at sixteen different locations across the country. "The United States and North Korea have yet to conclude an agreement that inhibits deployment of missiles by Pyongyang , never mind requiring their dismantlement". Read More »

California wildfire likely to become deadliest in state history

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Los Angeles County firefighters attack flames approaching the Salvation Army camps in Malibu Creek State Park during the Woolsey Fire on November 10 near Malibu. He said: "Currently we don't really know because we haven't been able to go back, all we've been able to encounter are videos and pictures but not clear evidence". Read More »

Overheating machines complicate Florida's midterm elections recount battle

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All 67 counties face a state-ordered deadline of Thursday to finish their recounts. Scott on Sunday had asked a Broward County judge to issue an emergency injunction calling for law enforcement to seize all voting machines, tallying devices and ballots when they are not being used until the end of the recount and any related litigation. Read More »

John Bolton: Khashoggi murder tape does not implicate Saudi prince

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According to The New York Times , the killing tape that Turkey shared with the U.S. included a line from one of the team that murdered Khashoggi telling someone on the phone to "tell your boss" that "the deed was done ". "In the beginning we said we formed a working group with Saudi Arabia and that we had no plans to take the (murder) into global court", Cavusoglu said in parliament. Read More »

Lynching remark puts spotlight on Mississippi Senate race

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In August, President Trump endorsed Hyde-Smith over another Republican in Mississippi's State Senate, Chris McDaniel. "Cindy Hyde-Smith's comments are reprehensible ", he said. Journalist Lamar White Jr . posted the 10-second video clip Sunday morning on social media. Between the years of 1882 and 1968, MS had the highest number of lynchings in the entire country with 581, according to the NAACP , including the lynching of Emmett Till. Read More »

Migrant caravan groups arrive by hundreds at United States border

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Hundreds of migrants who had split off from the main "caravan" arrived in Tijuana early Tuesday on nine buses. They are largely reinforcing existing border fencing with concertina wire. As with the others, the LGBT faction are hoping to get political asylum either at the San Ysidro or Otay Mesa ports of entry. The report also included a statement from the Mexican ambassador to the US, who said that caravan members were "very violent", noting: "Unfortunately, some of the people in the ... Read More »