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by | September 29, 2018 | 07:59

Communications with the area in Central Sulawesi are down and the search and rescue effort is being hampered by darkness, he added. The Indonesian city of Palu was slammed by waves from a tsunami set off by a powerful quake that rippled across the region, the disaster agency said, as the huge tremor destroyed buildings and sent panicked residents fleeing into the streets.

by | September 29, 2018 | 07:58

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said Wednesday he's seeking an injunction in federal court created to stop a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. "I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford", Kavanaugh will say. Swetnick said in the affidavit that in 1982, she was the victim of one of the gang rapes at a party where Kavanaugh and Judge was present .

by | September 29, 2018 | 07:52

Speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement, a defense official told AFP that the Marine Corps F-35 had crashed outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in SC. Multiple Marine Corps F-35s struck Taliban targets in Afghanistan. Once servicing and maintenance costs for the F-35 are factored in over the aircraft's lifespan through 2070, overall program costs are expected to rise to $1.5 trillion.

by | September 29, 2018 | 06:55

It was unclear whether President Donald Trump backed the new timeline, cobbled together in private negotiations Friday. An initial procedural vote tomorrow in the Senate could pave the way for a vote to end debate on the nomination Monday and a final vote on Kavanaugh on Tuesday.

by | September 29, 2018 | 05:51

Christine Ford . Within moments of the eight-hour proceedings concluding, he tweeted his approval of Mr Kavanaugh's performance and called on the Senate to move swiftly to a vote. Many will say that Flake should have done more. Jeff Flake of Arizona, said he could not promise to vote for Kavanaugh on the Senate floor and called for a delay of up to a week for a further investigation.

by | September 29, 2018 | 05:48

At a GOP fundraiser at his Washington hotel later Thursday, Trump described the hearing as "brutal" and "hard to watch" but praised Kavanaugh's performance. And Trump said he sympathized with the jurist because he's also faced similar accusations. "This is one of the highest quality people that I've ever met", Trump said about Kavanaugh.

by | September 29, 2018 | 04:24

Indonesian disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the quake also caused a tsunami to hit another city, Donggala. "People are running on the streets and buildings have collapsed", Karnawati told Reuters . 28, 2018. Many buildings had collapsed in the aftermath of the huge tremor. In December of 2004, the devastating "Boxing Day Earthquake " and ensuing tsunami killed 230,000 people across more than 10 countries.

by | September 29, 2018 | 04:22

Independent prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who the Republicans hired to question Ford, apologised for Ford's fear. The prosecutor's questions to Ford were viewed by many as meandering and picayune. "This hearing is a sham and Dr. Ford and the American people deserve better". "I've taken this additional step to have questions asked by expert staff counsel to establish the most fair and respectful treatment of the witnesses possible".

by | September 29, 2018 | 01:09

Ford says she eventually escaped. He lashed out over the time it took the committee to convene the hearing after Ford's allegations emerged, singling out the Democrats for "unleashing" forces against him. "But those of us on the committee have to be prepared for the possibility, indeed the likelihood, that there will be no definitive answers to the very large questions before us".

by | September 29, 2018 | 00:59

Most recently, China denied the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis access to Hong Kong in 2016 after the ship hosted then US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on a visit to the South China Sea. Also at stake are USA hopes to gain China's help in persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. China and the United States are also embroiled in an increasingly bitter trade war .

by | September 29, 2018 | 00:26

During the delay, senators and aides could be seen in the committee room having hushed conversations, with some going back and forth to an anteroom of the committee chamber. Senator Joe Donnelly, a moderate Democrat who a year ago voted for Trump's previous Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch , announced he would vote against Kavanaugh.

by | September 29, 2018 | 00:27

Police issued an appeal for sightings of a black Swedish-registered Volvo vehicle, saying there were likely to be three people inside involved in "serious crime". They said there were likely three people in the vehicle "who were involved in a serious crime". A traffic jam is seen after police closed the Oresund Bridge near Copenhagen.

by | September 28, 2018 | 22:08

He also claimed his administration had accomplished more in less than two years than any predecessor had by this same point in their terms. Trump was forced to pause and, to his credit, recovered by saying: "Didn't expect that reaction but that's OK".

by | September 28, 2018 | 20:48

Christine Blasey Ford ". The California psychology lecturer has accused Brett Kavanaugh of drunkenly trying to remove her clothing in 1982 when they were both teenagers. But he did say that that attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing Kavanaugh's third accuser Julie Swetnick, is a "low-life". Trump once again claimed China has tried to meddle in the upcoming midterm elections in retaliation for Trump's tough trade policies - but declined to offer proof.

by | September 28, 2018 | 19:58

Ford testified Thursday that Kavanaugh groped her and attempted to rape her in high school, while Kavanaugh testified that he never did so; both were under oath. They come from Ford's husband and three family friends, who say Ford mentioned the incident in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017. A third woman, Julie Swetnick, has also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

by | September 28, 2018 | 17:23

An natural disaster measuring 7.7 magnitude struck off the coast of Sulawesi island, Indonesia, on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey, just hours after a fatal quake in the region. People are encouraged to gather in safe areas. The latest quake was a higher magnitude than those that killed hundreds on the island of Lombok earlier this year.

by | September 28, 2018 | 17:15

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, told Blasey Ford he found her testimony "powerful and credible". Republicans have accused Ford and the other women of making unproven allegations and have questioned why they'd not publicly revealed them for decades.

by | September 28, 2018 | 17:01

They were also trying to obtain AK47 assault rifles, handguns, bomb vests, grenades and raw materials for bombs and were looking for opportunities to train with the weapons, according to prosecutors. Authorities are still investigating the target of the attack. The men, aged between 21 and 34, were arrested on Thursday. Surveillance was stepped up this month as the suspects searched for grenades, raw materials for the vehicle bomb and weapons including the Kalashnikov guns.

by | September 28, 2018 | 16:44

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said there can be no discrimination to worship on the basis of gender or otherwise. "What constitutes essential religious practice is for the religious community to decide, not for the court.

by | September 28, 2018 | 15:43

Mr Trump argued that since the deal was signed in 2015, "Iran's aggression only increased" and that funds released from the lifting of sanctions had been used "to support terrorism, build nuclear capable missiles and foment chaos". "Trump was left alone at the session, and this was yet another instance of USA isolation", the Iranian president said. Iranian "ghost tankers" are dismantling their vessel tracking systems upon leaving the Strait of Hormuz in a bid to sell oil secretly around ...

by | September 28, 2018 | 14:39

Wednesday in New York, President Trump hinted that he would postpone his scheduled meeting with the deputy attorney general. "I may call Rod tonight or tomorrow and ask for a little bit of a delay to the meeting, because I don't want to do anything that gets in the way of this very important Supreme Court pick", Trump said .

by | September 28, 2018 | 10:41

Lawyers for Kavanaugh sent five pages from his decades-old calendar to the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, notifying them they meant to use the pages to prove Kavanaugh wasn't at a 1982 house party where Ford alleges Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her, tried to remove her clothes and put his hand over her mouth.

by | September 28, 2018 | 10:27

He described the case as "an attempt to muzzle the opposition", Trillanes told reporters. He was then taken to Makati RTC Branch 150 to post the bail of P200,000 (NZ$5600). "Since Sen. Trillanes cannot produce the copy of the official application form for amnesty, which he purportedly filed with the DND Amnesty Committee containing the admission of guilt expressly made, it can be safely stated here that Sen".

by | September 28, 2018 | 08:54

While Republicans want to move forward, they are mindful of the fallout if they don't take the accusations seriously. When Ford screamed, Kavanaugh tried to stifle her by placing his hand over her mouth, she said. She says they thrust her into an upstairs bedroom at the house and locked the door. The writer said the alleged incident was seen by "at least four witnesses including my daughter".

by | September 28, 2018 | 08:24

A passenger plane has crashed into the sea after missing the runway of a tiny Pacific island. Air Niugini management staff are now in a crisis meeting. "It was sinking. It's under water now", he said. Locals rushed out to the scene of the crash on small boats to help rescue passengers, who escaped the aircraft and were standing on the wings.