The Arab bloc in Israel's parliament has endorsed Blue and White party chairman Benny Gantz for prime minister. With that nod, Gantz looks to edge by incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu in the number of lawmakers who will endorse him. Representatives of the Joint List of Arab parties told President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday that they recommend the former military chief.
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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.
NAIROBI, Sept 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African countries plan to call on the United Nations to declare a global climate emergency, among a set of demands to be presented at a climate summit in New York on Monday organised by the U.N. chief. Backed by African climate change negotiators, the statement is also expected to say that countries' climate action plans should be made legally binding, to ensure the 2015 Paris Agreement goals to limit global warming are met. African governments will also likely request more international funding to implement their plans to brake heat-trapping emissions and help their people adapt to more extreme weather and rising seas.
Hong Kong is a "police state" where officers -- once dubbed "Asia's finest" -- are conducting abuses in the service of the city's pro-Beijing leadership, prominent voices in the global financial hub's weeks-long protest movement told AFP Saturday. The comments came as riot police and demonstrators in Hong Kong fought brief skirmishes Saturday near the Chinese border. "Within these three-and-a-half months we have seen the police in Hong Kong getting totally out of control," activist and pop star Denise Ho said in an interview with AFP.
Amid calls from Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, for the White House to release a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine, Trump told reporters he talked about both Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, because of "all of the corruption taking place." On a July 25 call with President Vladimir Zelensky, Trump asked the Ukraine leader to investigate Hunter eight times, multiple news outlets reported Friday, citing intelligence sources. Now, Trump says he hopes "they release" the call.
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are considering acquiring small transport ships in order to complement existing large amphibious vessels and give the fleet more ways of landing troops during a major war. The new small transports, perhaps based on the oil and gas industry's typical offshore support vessel, could represent a revival of a defunct class of warship that once filled a variety of roles in the American fleet. “As the Navy and the Marine Corps narrow in on what their future amphibious operations might look like, they are considering acquiring something akin to an offshore support vessel to help Marines distribute around a littoral environment in a future fight,” Megan Eckstein wrote for the news website of the U.S. Naval Institute.
General Motors has been promising major increases in its electric-vehicle lineup, even though the company reportedly loses up to $9000 on every Bolt EV it sells. Now CEO Mary Barra has stated, without giving specifics, that GM will sell a million EVs a year in the near future. An important factor will be the cost of batteries, which has been dropping.
The Latest on the nonfatal shooting of a Chicago police officer (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Chicago police say a man believed to be the suspect in the shooting and wounding of an officer has been shot and captured. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-lee-EHL'-mee) tweeted Saturday that officers apprehended a "person of interest" believed to be 45-year-old Michael Blackman following an armed encounter with officers and a daylong manhunt.
Iran's president called Sunday on Western powers to leave the security of the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran, criticizing a new U.S.-led coalition patrolling the region's waterways as nationwide parades showcased the Islamic Republic's military arsenal. Hassan Rouhani separately promised to unveil a regional peace plan at this week's upcoming high-level meetings at the United Nations, which comes amid heightened Mideast tensions following a series of attacks, including a missile-and-drone assault on Saudi Arabia's oil industry. The U.S. alleges Iran carried out the Sept. 14 attack on the world's largest oil processor in the kingdom and an oil field, which caused oil prices to spike by the biggest percentage since the 1991 Gulf War.
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.
Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner's appearance at the 2019 Emmy Awards didn't exactly go according to plan. The reality star sisters took the stage during the 71st annual ceremony on Sunday night to present the the award for Outstanding Competition Series to "RuPaul's Drag Race," and their introduction was slightly interrupted by an unplanned laughing fit from the audience. Kim and Kendall walked out onto the stage to Sister Sledge's hit, "We Are Family," before the KKW Beauty founder started their introduction of the category.
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.
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.
From the left, many progressives are describing former Vice President Joe Biden as out of touch, old, too conservative, maybe even a bit racist. From the center, many Democrats are describing Senator Elizabeth Warren as unelectable, unlikable, unrealistic, disconnected from the values and beliefs of ordinary Americans. A recurring question, mostly faced by Republicans in the age of Trump, is whether to work for a party nominee or an elected official with whom they have intense disagreements.
The Massachusetts woman convicted of encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself via text messages has been denied early release.
Key point: Israeli missile defense technology is cutting edge. On July 15th, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced it was deploying more Iron Dome missile defense systems near Tel Aviv and other parts of southern Israel. The Iron Dome is Israel's most effective defense system against short-range projectiles.
Greek police said Saturday they have arrested a suspect in the 1985 hijacking of a flight from Athens that became a multi-day ordeal and included the slaying of an American. Police said a 65-year-old suspect in the hijacking was arrested Thursday on the island of Mykonos in response to a warrant from Germany. Lt. Col. Theodoros Chronopoulos, a police spokesman, told The Associated Press that the hijacking case involved TWA Flight 847.
A fresh inquiry into the Easter suicide bombings that hit Sri Lanka killing at least 258 people was ordered by president Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday, after concerns from the Catholic Church that current probes are not independent. The government has blamed a local jihadi group, the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) for the April 21 attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels, while the Islamic State group also claimed responsibility. Sirisena said the commission has wide judicial powers to gather evidence on those responsible for the bombings, and to probe security and intelligence lapses.
A bus driver in Washington is facing charges of driving under the influence and reckless endangerment after a young passenger called 911 to report that she was intoxicated. Catherine Maccarone, 48, was arrested after a child who had just gotten off the bus told police her breath smelled of alcohol, according to audio from the 911 call obtained by several media outlets. The caller told dispatchers he'd tried to get his friends to get off the bus with him but Maccarone wouldn't let them.
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.
Iran will pursue any aggressor, even it carries out a limited attack, and seek to destroy it, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday, after attacks on Saudi oil sites which Riyadh and U.S officials blamed on Tehran. "Be careful, a limited aggression will not remain limited. We are after punishment and we will continue until the full destruction of any aggressor," he head of the Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said in remarks broadcast on state TV.
Cars were crushed by bricks falling from buildings in Albania's capital Tirana, as the country was struck by a pair of strong earthquakes on Saturday. According to the Ministry of Health, at least 68 people were injured, but some reports say there are as many as 105 people injured. It also damaged about 600 homes and temporarily cut power and water facilities in Tirana and Durres.
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.