• Beijing gives support to US-Taliban talks
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    Beijing gives support to US-Taliban talks

    China voiced support Monday for negotiations between the US and Taliban after Chinese officials met the Afghan militants in Beijing, two weeks after US President Donald Trump called off talks on a proposed deal with the insurgents. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China "hopes that the United States and the Afghan Taliban will maintain the momentum of negotiations". Geng also said Beijing "supports the internal dialogue and negotiations among the Afghans in order to achieve national reconciliation, peace and stability at an early date".

  • New York Post blasts Bill de Blasio with 'obituary' for his ended presidential campaign
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    New York Post blasts Bill de Blasio with 'obituary' for his ended presidential campaign

    WASHINGTON – The New York Post published an "obituary" for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's now-concluded presidential campaign. De Blasio, who is currently serving his second term as mayor, was blasted by the newspaper, which wrote that his campaign had "died" from "ego-induced psychosis." Neighbors said the body had been in rigor mortis for some time,” the mock obituary says.

  • Greta Thunberg at UN Youth Climate Summit: 'We young people are unstoppable'
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    Greta Thunberg at UN Youth Climate Summit: 'We young people are unstoppable'

    Around the world, there were many more in her orbit, demanding climate action. "Yesterday, millions of people across the globe marched and demanded real climate action — especially young people," Thunberg said Saturday at the United Nations in New York, where hundreds of young people from nations around the world were gathering at the first UN Youth Climate Summit. "We showed that we are united, and that we young people are unstoppable."

  • Long-live the Electoral College! All of the Reasons to Keep It
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    The National Interest

    Long-live the Electoral College! All of the Reasons to Keep It

    The question is whether it is better for presidential hopefuls to focus on winning over swing states (as they do under the Electoral College) or big cities (as they would if a nationwide popular election was instituted). Given these two realistic alternatives, the Electoral College system is far healthier for the country as a whole. Warren is right that presidential candidates would likely travel to places like Massachusetts and California if the Electoral College were replaced by a nationwide popular vote.

  • 4 die after bus with Chinese tourists crashes in Utah
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    4 die after bus with Chinese tourists crashes in Utah

    A tour bus carrying 30 Chinese tourists left Las Vegas in the morning and set off through the other worldly red-rock landscape of southern Utah toward Bryce National Park. As is common in tour buses, not everyone was wearing a seatbelt when the bus from a tour company based in Southern California rolled, crushing its roof and ramming the guard rail's vertical posts into the cab, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street said. Robert Driedonks, who heard the crash from the wildlife museum he owns nearby, said it sounded like "a bomb going off." He ran to the scene Friday, rushing to check pulses and help the terrified people as best he could, though they were far from home and couldn't understand his words.

  • Missing Marine found safe at Texas rest stop
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    Missing Marine found safe at Texas rest stop

    A U.S. Marine thought to have left Arizona for California's Camp Pendleton never arrived, but was found days later at a Texas rest area, unharmed.

  • Heavy rain, locally severe storms to soak the central US through Sunday night
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    Heavy rain, locally severe storms to soak the central US through Sunday night

    Tropical moisture streaming into the central Plains from the tropical systems in the East Pacific Ocean will help to fuel locally severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours across the region into Sunday night. Drenching rain developed across the Dakotas and northern Minnesota Friday evening and continued into Saturday morning as a storm system began to strengthen over the region. Residents woke up to flooded roadways as over five inches of rain fell in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Friday night.

  • Stacks of cash shown at trial of Sudan's toppled leader Bashir
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    Reuters

    Stacks of cash shown at trial of Sudan's toppled leader Bashir

    Stacks of cash piled high were shown as evidence on Saturday against ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir at his trial on charges of possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption. Millions of euros and Sudanese pounds were found at Bashir's residence in April after he was overthrown and detained by the military following months of demonstrations against his rule. The court heard four defense witnesses on Saturday, including Abubakr Awad, who was minister of state for the presidency until Bashir's fall, before it was adjourned until next Saturday.

  • Here's the truth about the allegations involving Joe Biden's son and Ukraine drummed up by Trump and Rudy Giuliani
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    Business Insider

    Here's the truth about the allegations involving Joe Biden's son and Ukraine drummed up by Trump and Rudy Giuliani

    Controversy has brewed for months among former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, Ukrainian authorities, Rudy Giuliani, and President Donald Trump. At the heart of the controversy are claims out of Trump's camp that the former vice president pushed for a lead prosecutor in Ukraine to be fired to stifle an investigation into a gas company whose board Hunter served on. However, multiple reports have raised concerns about extensive communication from Trump and Giuliani aiming to pressure Ukranian authorities into pursuing investigations that could politically benefit Trump.

  • Cory Booker campaign warns he 'might not be in this race for much longer' without fundraising surge
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    Cory Booker campaign warns he 'might not be in this race for much longer' without fundraising surge

    WASHINGTON – Sen. Cory Booker's presidential campaign warned Saturday in a memo that he "might not be in this race for much longer" if there's no fundraising surge by the end of this quarter – which is in just 10 days. Addisu Demissie, Booker's campaign manager, wrote to the senator's supporters saying that "Cory 2020 needs to raise an additional $1.7 million by September 30 to be in a position to build the organization necessary to continue competing for the nomination. “The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race and compete to win the nomination,” the memo states.

  • Rohingya 'bandit' couple killed in Bangladesh gunfight
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    Rohingya 'bandit' couple killed in Bangladesh gunfight

    A Rohingya couple was shot dead during a gunfight in a border town camp hours after they were detained by Bangladesh police, officials said Sunday, the latest killings amid growing tensions between the refugees and authorities. Police in Teknaf town said the refugee couple -- Dil Mohammad, 32, and his 26-year-old wife Jaheda Begum -- were members of a Rohingya "bandit group". Authorities claim the gang killed a local ruling party official, Omar Faruk, in a refugee settlement in southeastern Bangladesh last month.

  • Israel's Arab party throws its support to Benny Gantz in bid to oust Netanyahu
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    The Telegraph

    Israel's Arab party throws its support to Benny Gantz in bid to oust Netanyahu

    Benjamin Netanyahu's grip on power slipped further last night after Israel's Arab minority party threw its support behind his rival Benny Gantz, virtually guaranteeing that Mr Gantz will get the first chance to form a government. The decision by the Joint List, which mainly represents Israel's 2 million Palestinian citizens, is the first time since 1992 that an Arab party has endorsed a Jewish candidate like Mr Gantz to be prime minister. Ayman Odeh, the Joint List leader, said he was backing Mr Gantz to bring an end to Mr Netanyahu's 13 years in power.

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    Mike Pence takes eight-vehicle motorcade across island where cars have been banned for a century

    For more than a century, motorised vehicles have been banned from Mackinac Island in Michigan - giving the former Revolutionary War battle site a unique charm and turning it into a tourist haven. The ban is so strictly enforced that when President Gerald Ford visited in 1975, he and first lady Betty Ford travelled by horse-drawn carriage. Mr Pence was on the island to speak at the Michigan Republican Party's leadership conference, the first ever sitting vice president to address it in its 60-year history.

  • Number One Priority: The Pentagon Is Doubling-Down on Hypersonic Missiles
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    The National Interest

    Number One Priority: The Pentagon Is Doubling-Down on Hypersonic Missiles

    Key point: Russia and China are charging ahead with hypersonics and America cannot afford to fall behind. WASHINGTON – Hypersonic weapons, which fly five-times faster than the speed of sound, are at the top of the Army's weapons procurement agenda, Ryan McCarthy said during his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday to be the next Army secretary. 19 Sept. 2019 -- After years of putting boots on the ground in the Middle East, while adding wear and tear on helicopters, tanks, and other ground vehicles, the Army's focus on superfast missiles reflects the Pentagon shift to near-peer rivals like Russia and China.

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    Bloomberg

    South Korea Justice Minister’s Home Raided in Corruption Investigation

    Investigators entered Cho's house shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, Yonhap said, citing the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office. The move comes amid a range of inquiries into issues involving Cho and his wife including their children's university applications and an investment in a private equity fund. The Seoul Central Prosecutors Office, the Justice Ministry and the presidential office declined to comment when reached by phone Monday.

  • Climate Migrants May Number 143 Million by 2050
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    The Daily Beast

    Climate Migrants May Number 143 Million by 2050

    The World Bank estimates that by the year 2050, at least 143 million additional migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America—already the greatest migrant and refugee-producing areas—will be on the move because of rising seas, droughts, and extreme weather. Adding to the injustice for those most affected is the fact that the climate change crisis is not the fault of those on the move. Founder and executive director of the Environmental Justice Foundation, Steve Trent, tells The Daily Beast that the poorer communities, affected first and worst, are those least able to mitigate the impacts of the heating planet.

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    Reuters

    Ethiopia says detains suspected Islamist militants planning attacks

    Ethiopia said on Saturday it had arrested an unspecified number of Islamist militant members of the Somali group al Shabaab and Islamic State who were planning to carry out attacks in the country on various targets including hotels. Some of those arrested were carrying out intelligence work including photographing potential targets, the National Intelligence Security Services (NISS) said in a statement read out on state-affiliated broadcaster Fana. "The group was ... preparing to attack hotels, religious festivities gathering places and public areas in Addis Ababa," NISS said.

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    Associated Press

    The Latest: Anti-Taliban raid kills at least 40 civilians

    An Afghan official says that at least 40 civilians have been killed during an Afghan special forces raid and airstrikes conducted against of Taliban in southern Helmand province. Abdul Majed Akhand, deputy provincial councilman, says that the majority of the dead are women and children who were at a wedding ceremony in Musa Qala district. Akhund said that 12 other civilians were wounded and are in the hospital in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the province.

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    Michelle Carter, who encouraged boyfriend to kill himself, denied early release from prison

    Michelle Carter, the Massachusetts woman serving 15 months in prison for encouraging her boyfriend through text messages to kill himself, was denied early release by the state's parole board Friday. Two members of the Massachusetts Parole Board wrote the decision for the seven-member panel, saying "the (board) is troubled that Ms. Carter not only encouraged Mr. Conrad to take his own life, she actively prevented others from intervening in his suicide." Carter, 22, appeared before the board Thursday to ask for early release in the high-profile case that stems from the 2014 suicide death of Conrad Roy III, then 18 years old.

  • Israel cuts power in parts of West Bank over debts
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    AFP

    Israel cuts power in parts of West Bank over debts

    Israel's national electricity company said Sunday it was cutting power to parts of the occupied West Bank due to outstanding payments amounting to nearly $483 million. The Israel Electric Corporation said it was owed 1.7 billion shekels in debts from the main Palestinian power distributor for the West Bank, which is based in east Jerusalem. From Monday, the company "will reduce the current in some areas of the West Bank" because of the debts, it said in a statement.

  • Four flashpoints to watch for at the UN General Assembly
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    The Telegraph

    Four flashpoints to watch for at the UN General Assembly

    The annual gathering of political leaders at the United Nations is meant to be a chance to make the world a better place - tackle climate change, reduce poverty, improve women's rights. Over the summer there had been growing signs that Donald Trump is looking to change his "extreme pressure" campaign against Tehran into one focused on deal-making. There was speculation the US president floated the idea of lowering sanctions on Iran and even, reportedly, flirted with a £15 billion bailout for the country.

  • Chasten Buttigieg goes from opening act to fundraising star
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    Politico

    Chasten Buttigieg goes from opening act to fundraising star

    Chasten Buttigieg has gone viral on social media and supported his husband on the presidential campaign trail. Chasten is slated to be the sole headline draw for several Pete for America fundraisers over the next month, starting with an event in Chicago this week. In October, Chasten will swing through New York City for another fundraiser, followed by a trip overseas to raise money from Americans living in London on Oct. 22, according to event invitations obtained by POLITICO.

  • Facial Recognition Meets the Fourth Amendment Test
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    Facial Recognition Meets the Fourth Amendment Test

    After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, law enforcement officials were able to secure grainy images of hijackers as they navigated the airports on the morning of their assault.  The authorities were frantically trying to establish their identities in order to determine who helped them carry out the attacks and whether they had associates on the lam, planning other assaults. As of September 28, 2001, the FBI was still working to confirm their identities. Unable to close the matter on its own, the FBI released nineteen photographs, along with possible names and numerous aliases, seeking help from the public to fully identify the terrorists.

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    Delta has an incredible fare sale through Wednesday with flights as low as $97

    Regular travelers probably don't associate the idea of sales and low-fares with a carrier like Delta Airlines, which are more in the wheelhouse of a low-cost brand like Southwest that offers up flash fare sales on the regular. Nevertheless, that's exactly what Delta has going at the moment — a fare sale with deals that start as low as only $97, though they come with a few important catches. One is that you've only got until September 25, to lock one of these fares in.