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Khashoggi criticizes Saudi prince in newly released interview

Khashoggi criticizes Saudi prince in newly released interview Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "authoritarian rule" shortly before his death, in an interview published following confirmation he died at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate. Speaking off the record to a Newsweek journalist working on a story about the Saudi leadership, he insisted he did not view himself as "an opposition" -- he just wanted "a better Saudi Arabia". "I'm not calling for the overthrow of the regime, because I know it's not possible and is too risky, and there is no one to overthrow the regime," Khashoggi said.


Mercury mission to explore origin of Solar System

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.


'Compelling Evidence' Points To Saudi Prince In Khashoggi Death, Says Ex MI6 Chief

'Compelling Evidence' Points To Saudi Prince In Khashoggi Death, Says Ex MI6 Chief The former head of Britain's foreign intelligence service MI6 believes "very


Democratic Sen. Warren, GOP challenger clash in debate

Democratic Sen. Warren, GOP challenger clash in debate BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her Republican challenger, Massachusetts state Rep. Geoff Diehl, clashed on everything from tax cuts to immigration to Warren's decision to release a DNA test during their first debate Friday.


Midterm election glossary: The terms you need to know to understand American politics

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.


PAC won't end ad saying black men will face rape accusations

PAC won't end ad saying black men will face rape accusations LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A political action committee said Friday that it won't pull radio ads in hotly contested races in Arkansas and Missouri that suggest African American men will face rape accusations if Democrats win midterm elections.


PAC won't end ad saying black men will face rape accusations

PAC won't end ad saying black men will face rape accusations LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A political action committee said Friday that it won't pull radio ads in hotly contested races in Arkansas and Missouri that suggest African American men will face rape accusations if Democrats win midterm elections.


Paul Manafort Appears In Wheelchair At Court Hearing For Sentencing Date

Paul Manafort Appears In Wheelchair At Court Hearing For Sentencing Date Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort appeared in court in a wheelchair


Bolton headed to Russia amid fears US leaving nuclear deal

Bolton headed to Russia amid fears US leaving nuclear deal US National Security Advisor John Bolton will meet Saturday in Moscow with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, amid reports that Washington will tell Russia it plans to quit a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. The visit comes ahead of what is expected to be a second summit between presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump this year. Bolton, who will also meet Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, announced the visit to Moscow in a tweet, saying he would "continue discussions that began in Helsinki," referring to a summit held in July.


Bolton headed to Russia amid fears US leaving nuclear deal

Bolton headed to Russia amid fears US leaving nuclear deal US National Security Advisor John Bolton will meet Saturday in Moscow with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, amid reports that Washington will tell Russia it plans to quit a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. The visit comes ahead of what is expected to be a second summit between presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump this year. Bolton, who will also meet Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, announced the visit to Moscow in a tweet, saying he would "continue discussions that began in Helsinki," referring to a summit held in July.


Just A Reminder Of What Donald Trump Really Thinks About Ted Cruz

Just A Reminder Of What Donald Trump Really Thinks About Ted Cruz President Donald Trump's Houston rally on Monday for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)


Just A Reminder Of What Donald Trump Really Thinks About Ted Cruz

Just A Reminder Of What Donald Trump Really Thinks About Ted Cruz President Donald Trump's Houston rally on Monday for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)


Big numbers of Central Americans arriving at Arizona border

Big numbers of Central Americans arriving at Arizona border PHOENIX (AP) — Large groups of Central American migrants continue to surrender to Border Patrol agents in Arizona with the arrival of one recent group numbering 108 captured in dramatic video images, authorities said Friday.


Saudis Claim Jamal Khashoggi Died During A Physical Altercation

Saudis Claim Jamal Khashoggi Died During A Physical Altercation The missing Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi was killed


The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone

The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in


The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone

The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in


US charges Russian woman Elena Khusyaynova with interfering in US elections

US charges Russian woman Elena Khusyaynova with interfering in US elections The US government on Friday charged a Russian woman with being part of a Kremlin-backed plot to interfere with next month's midterm elections. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, became the first foreigner to be charged in connection with the upcoming elections, rather than the 2016 presidential race. She was accused of having being, since 2014, the chief accountant for "Project Lakhta", a $35 million operation linked to the St Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which led Russian social media disruption in 2016. She is accused of conducting "information warfare" against the United States. Khusyaynova continued to file detailed multi-million dollar budgets through 2017, and into 2018, including expenses for placing disruptive adverts on Facebook, promoting social media posts, registering domain names, and paying activists. The operation was said to have been funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, who is a friend of Vladimir Putin, and two companies he controls. Yevgeny Prigozhin, right, with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his school meals factory in 2010 outside St Petersburg Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik via AP The case was made public shortly after US intelligence agencies, in a rare public statement, warned of concerns about "ongoing campaigns" by Russia, China and Iran, to interfere with the November 6 midterms, and the next presidential election in 2020. Project Lakhta spread misinformation about US political issues including immigration, gun control, the Confederate flag, and protests by NFL players. It also used events including the Las Vegas mass shooting, and the far Right rally in Charlottesville, to spread discord, the US Justice Department said. Using thousands of social media accounts and email addresses and posing as Americans, operatives took different positions on the same issue, in order to inflame tensions. The 38-page US Justice Department complaint included images from Facebook said to have been posted by the Russians, many of them favourable to Mr Trump. One praised the president for "wiping away $22 billion in regulations in his first five months". Inside Russia's 'troll factory': The agency accused of interfering in the US election Another suggested that "every household of illegal immigrants deported saves taxpayers $700,000". Among politicians attacked were Barack Obama and John McCain. Prigozhin and his two companies, Concord Management and Concord Catering, were previously charged in February by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether Mr Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia. The latest charge, against Khusyaynova, was not brought by Mr Muller as he is only looking into the 2016 campaign, not 2018. Prigozhin, who has been sanctioned by the US government, has been nicknamed "Putin's chef" because he has organised banquets for the Russian president. The revelations came as John Bolton, Mr Trump's national security adviser, prepared to make a trip to Moscow next week, during which he is expected to meet Mr Putin. Paul Manafort leaves court after an earlier hearing  Credit: Yuri Gripas/Reuters Meanwhile, Paul Manafort, Mr Trump's former campaign chairman, appeared in court in a wheelchair on Friday to learn the date of his sentencing.  Manafort, 69, who was convicted of tax and bank fraud charges in the summer, had his right foot bandaged and elevated. Kevin Downing, his lawyer, said there were “significant issues with Mr Manafort’s health right now". Manafort was told he will be sentenced on Feb 8 and legal experts suggested he could face at least 10 years in prison.


The Briefing Room: Migrant caravan reaches Guatemala-Mexico border

The Briefing Room: Migrant caravan reaches Guatemala-Mexico border President Trump ramps up his rhetoric as thousands of migrants reach the Mexico-Guatemala border, and he praises Rep. Greg Gianforte, who body-slammed a journalist.


The Briefing Room: Migrant caravan reaches Guatemala-Mexico border

The Briefing Room: Migrant caravan reaches Guatemala-Mexico border President Trump ramps up his rhetoric as thousands of migrants reach the Mexico-Guatemala border, and he praises Rep. Greg Gianforte, who body-slammed a journalist.


Crimea mourns Kerch school shooting victims

Crimea mourns Kerch school shooting victims Students wept over the coffins of classmates Friday at the funeral of 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the “Russian Columbine,” the worst massacre of its kind in the region’s history.


Crimea mourns Kerch school shooting victims

Crimea mourns Kerch school shooting victims Students wept over the coffins of classmates Friday at the funeral of 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the “Russian Columbine,” the worst massacre of its kind in the region’s history.


More than 50 dead in India train disaster

More than 50 dead in India train disaster A speeding train ran over revellers watching fireworks during a Hindu festival in northern India Friday, killing more than 50 people, with eyewitnesses saying they were given no warning before disaster struck. The crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train barrelled down the line at high speed. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.


Stakes high in Afghan election as US seeks peace pact

Stakes high in Afghan election as US seeks peace pact KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The stakes in Saturday's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have never been higher, coming just two days after the Taliban assassinated two top provincial officials in an audacious attack on a security conference attended by the top U.S. military commander in the country.


Stakes high in Afghan election as US seeks peace pact

Stakes high in Afghan election as US seeks peace pact KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The stakes in Saturday's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have never been higher, coming just two days after the Taliban assassinated two top provincial officials in an audacious attack on a security conference attended by the top U.S. military commander in the country.


New York Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Senators Over Kavanaugh Confirmation

New York Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Senators Over Kavanaugh Confirmation Long Island resident Ronald DeRisi, 74, was arrested Friday and charged with


New York Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Senators Over Kavanaugh Confirmation

New York Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Senators Over Kavanaugh Confirmation Long Island resident Ronald DeRisi, 74, was arrested Friday and charged with


At least 59 killed as train hits crowd in northern India

At least 59 killed as train hits crowd in northern India Video footage from the scene showed hundreds had gathered to watch the burning of an effigy as part of the Dussehra festival celebrations, when a commuter train ran through the crowd. The toll can rise," State police chief Suresh Arora told Reuters, adding emergency officials were still trying to ascertain the extent of the disaster on the outskirts of Amritsar in Punjab state. A Reuters witness at the scene saw bodies of victims strewn around rail tracks, friends and relatives stood around in shock, many were sobbing and appeared distraught.


At least 59 killed as train hits crowd in northern India

At least 59 killed as train hits crowd in northern India Video footage from the scene showed hundreds had gathered to watch the burning of an effigy as part of the Dussehra festival celebrations, when a commuter train ran through the crowd. The toll can rise," State police chief Suresh Arora told Reuters, adding emergency officials were still trying to ascertain the extent of the disaster on the outskirts of Amritsar in Punjab state. A Reuters witness at the scene saw bodies of victims strewn around rail tracks, friends and relatives stood around in shock, many were sobbing and appeared distraught.


South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To Biting Off Former Girlfriend's Lip

South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To Biting Off Former Girlfriend's Lip A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for biting off


South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To Biting Off Former Girlfriend's Lip

South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To Biting Off Former Girlfriend's Lip A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for biting off


President Trump Praises Melania for Staying 'So Cool' During Plane Mishap

President Trump Praises Melania for Staying 'So Cool' During Plane Mishap First lady Melania Trump was not scared as the flight was forced to return to Andrews Air Force Base, the president said.


Illinois lottery gives away free Mega Millions tickets

Illinois lottery gives away free Mega Millions tickets WLS reporter Diane Pathieu talks to contestants in Chicago who are hoping to grab a ticket and their chance to win $1 billion.


Illinois lottery gives away free Mega Millions tickets

Illinois lottery gives away free Mega Millions tickets WLS reporter Diane Pathieu talks to contestants in Chicago who are hoping to grab a ticket and their chance to win $1 billion.


Afghanistan elections delayed in Kandahar as nation braces for  polling day violence

Afghanistan elections delayed in Kandahar as nation braces for  polling day violence Voting for parliamentary elections in Afghanistan's second city has been postponed after a key security official was assassinated and the country braced for widespread insurgent violence on polling day. Taliban commanders on Friday tried to further disrupt the election by issuing a nationwide demand for people to remain at home rather than head to the polls. The vote is seen as a test of president Ashraf Ghani's grip on the country after a grim year of soaring casualties among his forces and civilians and further encroachment by a buoyant Taliban. Dr Ghani's weary international backers, particularly Donald Trump, are desperate for signs of stability and progress after 17-years of pouring troops and money into the country. Yet preparations were dealt a severe blow on Thursday when Kandahar's powerful police chief, Gen Abdul Raziq, was shot dead in an insider attack claimed by the Taliban. Election workers prepare for the country's third parliamentary poll since the Taliban were ousted Credit: Reuters Gen Raziq had been a bastion against Taliban encroachment in the region with a ruthless campaign against the insurgents which had largely stabilised Kandahar and made him the most powerful government figure in southern Afghanistan. The attack at a meeting with US commander, Gen Scott Miller, killed the local intelligence chief and critically wounded the provincial governor, wiping out the local leadership at a stroke. Kandahar, once considered the stronghold of the Taliban movement, was on edge the day after the attack, as funerals were held and officials decided to postpone voting for a week. The Taliban have vowed to disrupt an election they declare a sham and its military council issued a statement warning voters that “participation in this process is aiding the invaders”. It ordered Afghans to “remain indoors and desist from bringing out any means of transport”. A bloody or badly flawed election is predicted to strengthen the Taliban's hand in fledgling talks to find a political settlement to the conflict. More than nine million Afghans are registered to vote in what is only the third parliamentary poll since the Taliban were ousted after the 9/11 attacks. Around 2,500 candidates are standing for 249 seats in a parliament which has in the past decade gained a reputation for graft and greed. This year's polls have already been delayed since 2015 because of rifts within Dr Ghani's government and rows how to clean up the voting system. The vote sees a new generation of election hopefuls, many younger and better educated than previous candidates, take on an old guard frequently tainted with accusations of corruption or involvement in the bloodshed of the 1990s civil war. But the new generation also contains a raft of candidates whose fathers were formerly some of the country's most prominent Mujahideen warlords of the 1990s, and who have been towering figures of Afghan life for decades. This year's voting lists include children of notorious leaders including Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the Uzbek strongman Gen Abdul Rashid Dostum, and the Herat powerbroker Ismail Khan. Jamaluddin Hekmatyar, whose father is remembered for indiscriminately bombarding Kabul as he squabbled with his former comrades in the 1990s, is standing as a member of his father's Hezb-e Islami party. The 42-year-old told the Telegraph he had not gained his candidacy through nepotism and wanted to “represent the people and fight for their rights”. “I have learned from my father to fight for our values, each nation has the right to be independent and we must fight for a good future, no matter how long that fight would be but we should resist.” He said it was not for him to answer for the deeds of the Mujahideen commanders. “I think it’s not a good analysis if we say only Mujahideen leaders committed mistakes here, we should note foreigners role in Afghanistan too.” The possible rise of children whose fathers presided over the destruction of the 1990s is eyed warily by many Afghans. “There will be no deference between the Mujahideen leaders and their children,” said one Herat resident who lost two uncles during the barbarity of the 1990s, “they are just a shadow of their dads”. “Mujahideen leaders want to rule their policies through their children. They are all educated in the West by the money that their dads received by selling the blood of innocent Afghans.”


Fed monitoring Khashoggi case, potential oil market impact: Bostic

Fed monitoring Khashoggi case, potential oil market impact: Bostic Asked about the risks to the U.S. economic outlook at a community group lunch in Macon, Georgia, Bostic mentioned geopolitical risks generally, the Brexit talks and "the Saudi Arabian situation and the question about whether what happened to that journalist is going to lead to sanctions that could impact oil markets." His comments, the first by a U.S. central banker about the case, reflect how it has escalated from a diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Turkey to an international incident with the potential to roil financial markets. Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 to obtain documents for a forthcoming marriage. Bostic singled out the possible fallout if the United States or other countries determine that top Saudi officials were behind Khashoggi's possible murder and begin imposing penalties on Riyadh.


'At least 50' dead as train ploughs through festival crowd in India

'At least 50' dead as train ploughs through festival crowd in India At least 50 people were killed on Friday after a train ploughed into revellers celebrating a Hindu festival in northern India, police said, the latest major accident on the country's crumbling rail network. A crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train barrelled down the line at speed. "There are more than 50 dead. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner SS Srivastava told reporters. More than 60 people who were injured were being given emergency treatment at various hospitals across the city, he added. An AFP photographer at the scene said some victims had lost limbs in the accident while others suffered head wounds. A crowd gathers at the site of the train accident Credit: Prabhjot Gill/AP "There was a lot of noise as firecrackers were being let off and it appears they (victims) were unable to hear the approaching train," a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity. An eyewitness told a local TV channel there was "utter commotion" when the crowds noticed the train "coming very fast" towards them. "Everyone was running helter-skelter and suddenly the train crashed into the crowds of people," he said. Indian relatives and revellers gather around the bodies of the victims of a train accident during the Hindu festival of Dussehra in Amritsar  Credit: NARINDER NANU/AFP Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an investigation into the deadly accident and announced a monetary compensation of 500,000 rupees ($6800) each to the family of the victims. "We have reports that some 50-60 people have died. We have asked all hospitals to remain open through the night so that the injured can be treated," Singh told reporters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was extremely saddened by the "heart-wrenching tragedy" and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured. Some relatives of the deceased blamed the authorities for allowing a "big function" to be held next to the railway track. An eyewitness said people were taking pictures on their mobile phones and "they were not given any warning that they should not stand on the tracks." India's railway network is the world's fourth largest and remains the main form of travel in the vast country, but it is poorly funded and deadly accidents often occur. The country is home to hundreds of railway crossings that are unmanned and particularly accident prone, with people often ignoring oncoming train warnings.


'At least 50' dead as train ploughs through festival crowd in India

'At least 50' dead as train ploughs through festival crowd in India At least 50 people were killed on Friday after a train ploughed into revellers celebrating a Hindu festival in northern India, police said, the latest major accident on the country's crumbling rail network. A crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train barrelled down the line at speed. "There are more than 50 dead. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner SS Srivastava told reporters. More than 60 people who were injured were being given emergency treatment at various hospitals across the city, he added. An AFP photographer at the scene said some victims had lost limbs in the accident while others suffered head wounds. A crowd gathers at the site of the train accident Credit: Prabhjot Gill/AP "There was a lot of noise as firecrackers were being let off and it appears they (victims) were unable to hear the approaching train," a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity. An eyewitness told a local TV channel there was "utter commotion" when the crowds noticed the train "coming very fast" towards them. "Everyone was running helter-skelter and suddenly the train crashed into the crowds of people," he said. Indian relatives and revellers gather around the bodies of the victims of a train accident during the Hindu festival of Dussehra in Amritsar  Credit: NARINDER NANU/AFP Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an investigation into the deadly accident and announced a monetary compensation of 500,000 rupees ($6800) each to the family of the victims. "We have reports that some 50-60 people have died. We have asked all hospitals to remain open through the night so that the injured can be treated," Singh told reporters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was extremely saddened by the "heart-wrenching tragedy" and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured. Some relatives of the deceased blamed the authorities for allowing a "big function" to be held next to the railway track. An eyewitness said people were taking pictures on their mobile phones and "they were not given any warning that they should not stand on the tracks." India's railway network is the world's fourth largest and remains the main form of travel in the vast country, but it is poorly funded and deadly accidents often occur. The country is home to hundreds of railway crossings that are unmanned and particularly accident prone, with people often ignoring oncoming train warnings.


At least 50 dead in India train disaster: police

At least 50 dead in India train disaster: police At least 50 people were killed Friday after a train plowed into revellers gathered to watch a Hindu festival in India's northern Amritsar city, police said. The train hit a crowd standing on the railway line to watch a fireworks show during Dussehra celebrations, police and eyewitnesses said. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.


Sen. Dianne Feinstein Would 'Absolutely' Reopen Kavanaugh Investigation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Would 'Absolutely' Reopen Kavanaugh Investigation Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made some waves Wednesday when she said she


9-Year-Old Falsely Accused Of Groping White Woman Says He 'Felt Humiliated'

9-Year-Old Falsely Accused Of Groping White Woman Says He 'Felt Humiliated' Jeremiah Harvey, the 9-year-old boy accused of groping a woman at a Brooklyn