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U.S. Senate committee renews effort to have Christine Blasey Ford testify
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As U.S. President Donald Trump stepped up his defence of Brett Kavanaugh, his nominee for the Supreme Court, on Wednesday the Senate judiciary committee renewed its request to have the woman who accused Kavanaugh's of sexual assault speak to his panel.


U.S. ready to restart talks with North Korea 'immediately'
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The United States is ready to engage in talks with North Korea "immediately," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says, with the aim of completing North Korea's denuclearization by January 2021.


More possible victims identified after California couple charged in drug rapes
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Investigators have identified three more possible victims after a California surgeon and his purported girlfriend were charged with drugging and raping two intoxicated women, prosecutors said Wednesday.


U.S. slashes number of refugees it will accept, citing 'safety and well-being' of Americans
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For a second straight year, the U.S. will slash the number of refugees it accepts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says, insisting amid criticism from human rights groups that the country is still committed to providing sanctuary to people fleeing the world's danger zones.


Britain pleads with EU leaders to drop 'unacceptable' Brexit demands
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British Prime Minister Theresa May appealed directly to fellow European leaders on Wednesday to drop the "unacceptable" Brexit demands she said could rip Britain apart, and urged the bloc to respond in kind to her "serious and workable" plan.


Cody Wilson, 3D-printed gun pioneer, accused of sexually assaulting juvenile
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An affidavit accuses Cody Wilson, the owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns, of paying $500 US cash to have sex with a female under 17.


2 mental health patients die in South Carolina flooding
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Authorities in South Carolina have recovered the bodies of two women who drowned when the van taking them to a mental health facility was swept away by floodwaters.


Progress at Korea peace talks overshadowed by gloom facing both leaders back home
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A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: North and South Korea peace-talks progress is some good news that both leaders sorely need; CBC goes undercover to investigate ticket scalping; Russia faces intense pressure over sports doping legacy


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Yogurt May Not Be So Healthy If It's Pumped Full Of Sugar
A study of some 900 yogurts sold in supermarkets in the U.K. found a shocking amount of sugar is hiding in this so-called healthy food, particularly in organic yogurts.
A Year After Deadly Mexico Quake, Corruption, Negligence And Forgotten Victims Remain
A massive earthquake in Mexico killed hundreds and displaced thousands a year ago today. A new report says corruption is behind much of the destruction.
Some North Koreans Puzzled By U.S. Call For Denuclearization
A summit between the North and South Korean leaders seemed to move the peninsula closer to denuclearization. While in North Korea, NPR asked citizens their thoughts on giving up nuclear weapons.
India Makes Instant Divorce A Criminal Offense
Muslim men could terminate their marriages by repeating "
DNA Test Helps Conservationists Track Down Ivory Smugglers
The cartels that run the ivory trade try to cover their tracks — among other things, they smuggle tusks from the same elephant separately. But DNA testing can help find patterns.
Experts Are Underwhelmed By North Korea's Promise To Dismantle Missile Site
North Korea had already promised to dismantle part of the site. Now, with fanfare, it's offering to let the world watch — which analysts say is not that much of a step forward.
Have A Cool Idea To Help End World Hunger? Pitch It To The U.N.
At the World Food Programme's Innovation Accelerator, teams test out new proposals to stop hunger. Anyone can submit an idea. And September deadlines are coming up.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Released From Prison 2 Months Into 10-Year Sentence
Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to prison after a corruption scandal. Now he, his daughter and his son-in-law are out on bail after a high court suspended their sentences, as they appeal their cases.
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For asylum-seekers on Greece's Lesbos, life 'is so bad here'
Hundreds of asylum-seekers stranded on Greece's Lesbos island are living in makeshift tents in a field overrun by garbage, without electricity or running water.
Britain's May appeals to EU leaders but no sign of Brexit deal
Prime Minister Theresa May appealed directly to fellow European Union leaders on Wednesday to drop "unacceptable" Brexit demands that she said could rip Britain apart, urging the bloc to respond in kind to her "serious and workabl
U.S. ready to resume North Korea talks, seeks denuclearization by 2021
The United States said it was ready to resume talks with North Korea after Pyongyang pledged on Wednesday to dismantle its key missile facilities and suggested it would close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took un
U.N. chief Guterres welcomes outcome of Koreas summit: spokesman
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday welcomed the outcome of the summit between leaders of North and South Korea and said "now is the time for concrete action," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a
Colombia vacates ELN peace negotiator posts until talks resume
Colombia has relieved the negotiating team at peace talks with ELN rebels of their posts in a planned move, the government said on Wednesday, adding the posts will remain empty until the group meets Bogota's preconditions to resta
Japan's Abe to face Trump trade challenge after likely win in party vote
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was expected to win a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the pacifist constitution
Divisive Brazil election careens into 'dangerous' polarization
Brazil's presidential campaign, already the most divisive since the end of military rule three decades ago, is growing increasingly polarized each day and raising concerns about the future of the country's democracy.
Palestinians say Israeli troops fire on Gaza protesters, one killed
Israeli forces opened fire during a demonstration in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing a Palestinian youth, the Palestinian health ministry said.
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Sentencing for Ex-National Security Adviser Set
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has a sentencing date. A judge Wednesday scheduled Flynn’s sentencing for Dec. 18, more than a year after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The move comes just days after prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller said they were ready for Flynn’s case to conclude after months of delays. Flynn has been a key cooperator in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but prosecutors have yet to detail the...

Russia to Study Israeli Data Related to Downed Plane
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Israel's offer to share detailed information on the Israeli airstrike in Syria that triggered fire by Syrian forces which downed a Russian reconnaissance plane, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Syrian forces mistook the Russian Il-20 for Israeli aircraft, killing all 15 people aboard Monday night. Russia’s Defense Ministry blamed the plane’s loss on Israel, but Putin sought to defuse tensions, pointing at “a chain of tragic accidental...

Celebrity Chef in Hot Water for Hosting Venezuela's Maduro
A Turkish celebrity chef with restaurants all over the world is coming under attack after he posted videos on social media of Venezuelan President Nicola Maduro feasting at his Istanbul restaurant amid claims that people in Venezuela are going hungry because of an ongoing economic crisis.  Dozens of Venezuelans protested outside chef Nusret Gokce's Miami restaurant on Wednesday, even after the videos were deleted Tuesday from Instagram.  Protesters, some draped in the...

Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Donates $10M After Workplace Probe
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced Wednesday he will contribute $10 million to help further the cause of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence after an investigation substantiated numerous incidents of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct within the franchise going back more than 20 years.  The investigation faulted the Mavericks for allowing an environment where workplace misconduct was rampant. "The findings of the independent...

S. Sudan Sees Renewed Fighting After Peace Deal Signed
Just days after the signing of South Sudan's revitalized peace agreement, reports of fighting have surfaced in several parts of South Sudan, according to Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the United Nations' undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations. "Reports indicate that these hostilities are in response to alleged government attempts to install local authorities in opposition-controlled areas. Both sides appear to have mobilized reinforcements to support these operations to...

China's Alibaba Scraps Plan to Create 1M US Jobs
Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma said Wednesday that the Chinese e-commerce giant had canceled plans to create 1 million jobs in the U.S., blaming the ongoing trade war for the decision, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua. "This commitment is based on friendly China-U.S. cooperation and the rational and objective premise of bilateral trade," Ma told Xinhua. "The current situation has already destroyed the original premise. There is no way to deliver the promise." Ma...

US Official: Islamic State, Al-Qaida Determined and Adaptable
U.S. counterterrorism officials say despite major strides in combating and regaining territory from terror groups like Islamic State and al-Qaida, the terror landscape has grown more complex. "ISIS, al-Qaida, and their affiliates have proven to be determined, resilient and adaptable," U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales said Wednesday, using an acronym for Islamic State. "They have adjusted to heightened counterterrorism pressure in Iraq, Syria, Somalia and...

Kabila Candidate Faces Challenges in DRC Election
Joseph Kabila's preferred successor as president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will face a credible election challenge in December from two opposition leaders, the final list of candidates published Wednesday showed. Kabila has ruled since his father's assassination in 2001. He agreed last month not to defy term limits and stand for re-election, opening the door to the Central African nation's first democratic transfer of power. His...

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North Korea’s New Nuclear Promises Fall Short of U.S. Demands
Kim Jong-un agreed to “permanently dismantle” key facilities in a bid to ease tensions with South Korea, but his offers stop short of denuclearization.
Talk of Ethnic Partition of Kosovo Revives Old Balkan Ghosts
The suggestion, which has many worried about a resurgence of violence, would effectively concede the failure of decades of American policy.
A Year After a Quake Crumbled a Mexico School, Grieving Parents Seek Justice
Twenty-six students and teachers died at the Enrique Rébsamen School during an earthquake. An investigation suggests negligence was partly to blame.
Typhoon Mangkhut Leaves Ruin Where Surfing Gained Foothold in China
Members of China’s small surfing subculture were drawn to Xichong, a peaceful coastal village a world away from the bustle of nearby Shenzhen, a city of 13 million.
Merkel Wins a Round but Emerges Weaker in Bout Over Spy Chief
Chancellor Angela Merkel tried for days to find a way to fire her intelligence chief. In the end, he was promoted, to the outrage of many.
Walmart Pulls Soviet-Themed Shirts After Lithuania Objects
The removal of the hammer and sickle T-shirts sold online has ignited a war of words between Russia and the former Soviet republic.
Professor in Yoga Ball Murder Trial Faces Life in Prison
In a case with bizarre details and unusual family dynamics, Dr. Khaw Kim-sun was found guilty of killing his wife and 16-year-old daughter with carbon monoxide.
Poland, Making a Play for a U.S. Military Base, Offers to Call It Fort Trump
President Andrzej Duda offered to host the structure as a bulwark against Russia. President Trump said Warsaw would have to pay billions to use his name.
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Trump on Sessions: 'I don't have an attorney general'
In his fiercest attack yet on Jeff Sessions, the US president says he is "very disappointed".
Brexit: May urges EU leaders to consider 'serious' UK plans
The PM urges EU leaders to focus their minds on getting a deal, saying talks will not be extended.
Ronaldo weeps after Juventus red card
Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off but Juventus still claim an important win at Valencia in their opening Champions League game.
Colombia cocaine production acreage at 'record level'
UN statistics show the total cocaine production area rose to its highest recorded level in 2017.
Salisbury incident: Hoax 'likely' to be one line of inquiry
The man who prompted Sunday’s major incident after ‘falling ill’ at a restaurant once hoaxed Prince Charles.
Which is real - and which is the drawing?
"It's about creating an illusion whereby you don't know which item is real and which is a drawing".
US 'ready to restart negotiations' with North Korea
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the aim is North Korea's denuclearisation "by January 2021".
Storm Ali: 100mph winds disrupt Great Britain
Flights fail to land and trees and trampolines are pulled from the ground, as high winds cause devastation in UK and Ireland.
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Goodnight, and good luck
A valedictory note from Al Jazeera America on what we tried to bring to the online news landscape

A long road to reintegration for Rwandan ex-combatants
Despite programs aimed at helping former fighters recover and rebuild, many struggle to find their place in society

The Cabula 12: Brazils police war against the black community
Brazil's anti-police movement continues to fight for the soul of Cabula, even as death threats intensify

Nevada governor says he doesn't want Supreme Court consideration
Republican Brian Sandoval, reportedly under consideration by Obama for the nation's top court, says he's not interested

Elegy for a website where Native voices mattered
AJAM reported on tribal communities and offered coverage on Indian Country that few could match

As thousands enter Europe, EU flails in anti-smuggling efforts
Why did Frontex, the EU border agency, abruptly cancel a successful anti-smuggling pilot program in Greece?

New Orleanians see tourism bias in post-Katrina public transport
While 62 percent of transportation has been restored, locals say bus service has been left behind

The cancer cluster of Piketon, Ohio
How the legacy of the Cold War poisons people still

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Yogurt May Not Be So Healthy If It's Pumped Full Of Sugar
A study of some 900 yogurts sold in supermarkets in the U.K. found a shocking amount of sugar is hiding in this so-called healthy food, particularly in organic yogurts.
A Year After Deadly Mexico Quake, Corruption, Negligence And Forgotten Victims Remain
A massive earthquake in Mexico killed hundreds and displaced thousands a year ago today. A new report says corruption is behind much of the destruction.
Some North Koreans Puzzled By U.S. Call For Denuclearization
A summit between the North and South Korean leaders seemed to move the peninsula closer to denuclearization. While in North Korea, NPR asked citizens their thoughts on giving up nuclear weapons.
India Makes Instant Divorce A Criminal Offense
Muslim men could terminate their marriages by repeating "
DNA Test Helps Conservationists Track Down Ivory Smugglers
The cartels that run the ivory trade try to cover their tracks — among other things, they smuggle tusks from the same elephant separately. But DNA testing can help find patterns.
Experts Are Underwhelmed By North Korea's Promise To Dismantle Missile Site
North Korea had already promised to dismantle part of the site. Now, with fanfare, it's offering to let the world watch — which analysts say is not that much of a step forward.
Have A Cool Idea To Help End World Hunger? Pitch It To The U.N.
At the World Food Programme's Innovation Accelerator, teams test out new proposals to stop hunger. Anyone can submit an idea. And September deadlines are coming up.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Released From Prison 2 Months Into 10-Year Sentence
Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to prison after a corruption scandal. Now he, his daughter and his son-in-law are out on bail after a high court suspended their sentences, as they appeal their cases.
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A year later, Mexico pauses to remember deadly earthquake: 'I dreaded even thinking of this day'

Olga Matamoros recalls running out of her swaying apartment building, certain that the six-story structure would collapse before she reached safety.

“When I got outside I saw a disaster: Dust everywhere, the building in ruins, and I unable to move,” said Matamoros, 65, sobbing at the recollection....


U.S. praises North Korea's offer to shutter missile site and extends invitation for more high-level diplomatic talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offered Wednesday to shut down a nuclear missile testing and launch site in a development welcomed by President Trump, raising hopes of a second meeting between the two leaders in the quest for a long-sought Korean peninsula denuclearization deal.

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Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is freed on bail in corruption case

A Pakistani court on Wednesday suspended the corruption sentences of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members and ordered them released on bail pending their appeals.

An anti-graft tribunal in July had convicted Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar of...


Trump administration faces criticism for seeking sharp cut in refugees settled in the U.S.

Facing backlash over the decision to drastically limit the number of refugees who will be permitted to settle in the United States, State Department officials are attempting to defend the move and soften its impact.

But ultimately, the proposed new quota — a third of last year’s number and an all-time...


El Chapo's twin daughters had a decadent Barbie-themed birthday. Mexicans aren't happy about it

It was a Barbie-themed birthday party most kids could only dream about, with carnival rides, hundreds of pink balloons and a theater-worthy set featuring gold chandeliers and a rosé-colored throne.

The guests of honor were the 7-year-old twin daughters of the world’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin...


Saga of truck filled with bodies of homicide victims sparks scandal in Mexico

In Mexico, officials and citizens routinely announce the discoveries of clandestine graves baring skeletal remains from the gang violence that has convulsed the country for years.

The official count of the “disappeared” nationwide exceeds 30,000, and relatives of the legions of missing call that...


Russia blames Israel after its jet is downed off Syria, after breakthrough deal to avert bloodshed in the country

Russian officials Tuesday blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian military aircraft near Syria’s Mediterranean coast that killed 15 people, even though the plane was shot down by Syrian air defenses.

The aircraft, an Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance turboprop, disappeared from radar screens late...


Mueller document leads to Israeli whodunit over anti-Semitism

A single paragraph in lengthy legal papers filed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller in the case of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has provoked a political whodunit in Jerusalem, where a statement that Manafort “coordinated privately with a senior Israeli government...


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Chamber of Commerce opposes a trade war. But can it deter Trump?

Chamber of Commerce opposes a trade war. But can it deter Trump?If ever there was a good time for America to launch a trade war, this is it.



An African model for ethnic reconciliation?

An African model for ethnic reconciliation?With its great diversity of ethnic groups, Africa has long needed models of governance that are inclusive, especially after conflicts driven by ethnic differences. For nearly six months, Ethiopia has shown promise of being such a model. A new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has so far achieved a whirlwind of reforms, such as releasing political prisoners and making peace with neighboring Eritrea.



Can Islamist moderates remake the politics of the Muslim world?

Can Islamist moderates remake the politics of the Muslim world?Alaa Faroukh insists he is the future. The jovial psychologist with a toothy smile, who can quote Freud as easily as he can recite the Quran, is speaking from his airy Amman clinic, located one floor below the headquarters of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, the very movement he left. Faroukh is symbolic of a shift sweeping through parts of the Arab world.



As cannabis comes to Canada, communities welcome accompanying job boom

As cannabis comes to Canada, communities welcome accompanying job boom“All of you who have come in right now are coming into a business that’s right at the very beginning,” Mr. Davloor tells the three dozen employees gathered at company headquarters in Kincardine, a municipality of about 11,000 on Lake Huron. Adam Schacher, a team lead hired six months ago, breaks in.



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Accuser's schoolmate says she recalls hearing of alleged Kavanaugh incident
Cristina King Miranda says she recalls it being discussed at their school, but has no first-hand knowledge of the alleged assault by Brett Kavanaugh.
Four injured in shooting at Wisconsin, business; gunman dead
Police said that the gunman at WTS Paradigm, a software company, was heavily armed and that officers prevented significant further bloodshed.
Khalil Mack trade haunting coach Jon Gruden, Raiders
Khalil Mack has made the Raiders look silly through the first two weeks as Jon Gruden and Oakland try to move on from trading their elite pass rusher.
London terrorist had a grudge against Trump, jury told
Khalid Masood was in debt, unemployed and estranged from his wife, witnesses say.
Lawmaker says U.S. Senate staff targeted by state-backed hackers
"The November election grows ever closer, Russia continues its attacks on our democracy, and the Senate simply does not have the luxury of further delays."
Man at center of 3D gun case charged with sexual assault
Wilson allegedly exchanged text messages with a juvenile woman and identified himself, saying he was "a big deal."
Ashley Judd may pursue Weinstein defamation case, judge says
Judd, who alleges the disgraced producer blackballed her, won't be able to move forward with her sexual harassment claim.
Trump says he found border wall inspiration at Flight 93 memorial
The president visited the site, where 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died after terrorists hijacked the plane Sept. 11, 2001, this month.
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Pompeo sets 2021 goal for complete denuclearization in North Korea
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said he would restart negotiations with North Korea to completely denuclearize the country by January 2021.

Hanford nuclear workers to receive protections in settlement with Energy Dept.
Workers at Washington's Hanford nuclear plant will get new health protections following decades of reported exposures to radioactive vapors.

'Liking gap' might stand in way of new friendships
When you meet new people, they probably like you a lot more than you think, a new study suggests.

Why eczema is tougher to treat for black patients
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, can be very difficult to control in some people.

Holyfield, Georgia look to knock out Missouri
Invariably, every time Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield conducts an interview he's asked about his famous father -- former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield.

Panthers intent on shoring up leaky defense
Even the areas that went awry on the offensive end for the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 were overshadowed by defensive malfunctions.

Broncos QB Keenum (knees) misses practice
Quarterback Case Keenum did not practice with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday because of what was described as "mild" soreness in his knees, according to local media reports.

Lions coach Patricia vs. Brady is for real this time
Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia has seen his fair share of star quarterback Tom Brady over the years.

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US wants to restart nuclear talks with Pyongyang after North-South summit

Trump hails ‘tremendous progress’ as analysts warn the two leaders have different ideas of what denuclearization entails

The US has said it is ready to “immediately” restart stalled negotiations with North Korea about nuclear disarmament in light of agreements reached at a summit of the two Koreas in Pyongyang.

At that meeting, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, promised to dismantle a missile engine test site and launch pad, and made a conditional offer to shut down his country’s main nuclear complex at Yongbyon.

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Theresa May tells EU27 she won't delay Brexit despite lack of a deal

Comments at Salzburg summit aimed at pressuring EU to be more flexible in future talks

Theresa May has tried to threaten EU leaders over dinner at a special summit in Salzburg by telling them the UK would not seek to delay Brexit, prompting European leaders to warn that the two sides remained far apart on trade and the Irish border despite months of negotiations.

The prime minister told her counterparts “that the UK will leave on 29 March next year” and as a result “the onus is now on all of us to get this deal done” by the end of an emergency summit that the EU confirmed would happen in mid-November.

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Former Malaysia PM Najib Razak faces charges over missing $628m

The ousted leader’s bank accounts allegedly swelled with millions from the state investment fund 1MDB

The ousted Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak, has been arrested and will be charged over allegations that $628m linked to state investment fund 1MDB ended up in his personal bank accounts, officials said.

Najib will appear in court on Thursday afternoon where he faces several charges related to abuse of power, the anti-corruption commission said.

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'Boorish' tourists in Venice targeted in mooted 'no sit' rule

Residents’ groups are kicking back against the latest in a long list of banned activities

Authorities in Venice have proposed banning people from sitting and lying on the ground as the city pursues its quest to clamp down on what some officials describe as “boorish” tourists.

The potential rule was suggested by the mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, and would mean transgressors being fined between €50 and €500 if implemented.

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Republicans refuse to delay Kavanaugh hearing as Trump defends nominee

Chuck Grassley maintained the hearing would take place Monday morning after Ford’s lawyers demanded an FBI investigation

Senate Republicans are refusing to delay a high-stakes public hearing with supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who accused him of sexual assault, as Donald Trump offered a vigorous defense of his embattled nominee.

The hearing was thrown into doubt when Ford’s lawyers demanded an FBI investigation as a pre-requisite to her appearance on Capitol Hill on Monday, setting up a showdown with Senate judiciary committee chairman Chuck Grassley. He said on Wednesday that the hearing would take place on Monday at 10am in Washington, as scheduled. In a letter to Ford’s lawyers, he gave her until 10am Friday to submit her biography and prepared remarks “if she intends to testify”.

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Danske bank chief resigns over €200bn money-laundering scandal

Thomas Borgen admits most of £180bn that passed through Estonian branch was fraudulent

The boss of Denmark’s biggest bank has resigned after admitting that the vast majority of €200bn (£178bn) flowing through its Estonian branch was money-laundered cash flowing illegally out of Russia, the UK and the British Virgin Islands.

“It is clear that Danske Bank has failed to live up to its responsibility in the case of possible money laundering in Estonia. I deeply regret this,” Thomas Borgen said in his resignation statement on Wednesday.

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Donald Trump urged Spain to 'build the wall' – across the Sahara

Spanish foreign minister says US president advised tactic to stem migration across the Med

Donald Trump suggested the Spanish government tackled the Mediterranean migration crisis by emulating one of his most famous policies and building a wall across the Sahara desert, the country’s foreign minister has revealed.

According to Josep Borrell, the US president brushed off the scepticism of Spanish diplomats – who pointed out that the Sahara stretched for 3,000 miles – saying: “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.”

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Colombia continues to break records for cocaine production, report says

The South American nation produced a record estimated 1,379 tonnes of cocaine last year – up 31% on 2016

Colombia is desperate to shed its reputation as a nation dogged by the drug trade, but new figures from the United Nations show that it continues to break records for producing cocaine.

In 2017, around 171,000 hectares (423,000 acres) of the South American nation’s land was used to grow coca, the plant whose leaf is the base ingredient of cocaine – up 25,000 hectares (17%) on the year before, according to a report published on Wednesday by the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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Roofer at cathedral finds a decades-old message from his grandfather
On March 26, 1930, four roofers in a small west German town inscribed a message to the future, rolled the message into a clear glass bottle and hid it in the roof of a 12th-century cathedral.
Australia proposes new laws after ‘some idiot’ hides needles in strawberries
In total, there were more than 100 reports of people finding needles in strawberries and other fruits, officials have said.
Terrorism is down worldwide, but State Dept. says Iran has ‘near-global reach’
In an annual report, the State Department said attacks were down 23 percent. But it castigated Iran as the leading state sponsor of terrorism.
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Leak reveals airport safety risks of 'no-deal' Brexit
European airports have privately warned that a "no-deal" Brexit would cause "major disruption and heightened safety risks", Sky News has learned.

North Korea 'agrees to close missile test site'
North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un has vowed to permanently dismantle a missile test site and a launch pad after talks with South Korea.

Trump defends nominee over sex assault claims
Donald Trump has cast doubt on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Don't travel to Iran, dual-nationals warned
British-Iranian dual nationals have been warned by the UK Foreign Office against all but essential travel to Iran.

Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper released from prison
A woman who helped abduct Elizabeth Smart in 2002 and stood by as the Utah teenager was sexually assaulted has been released from prison.

US doctor and girlfriend charged with drug rapes
A doctor who appeared on a dating show has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women with his girlfriend - and police suspect there may be many more victims.

Captain Cook's ship 'found' after a centuries-long search
Marine archaeologists believe they may have located the remains of Captain James Cook's famed ship Endeavour after a centuries-long search.

Hunt vows to raise Rohingya crisis with Aung San Suu Kyi
Jeremy Hunt has promised to raise the Rohingya crisis when he meets Myanmar's embattled civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


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