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Saudi Arabia's admission -- after emphatic denials -- over the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi is aimed at shifting the responsibility away from the powerful crown prince, whose position so far appears unshaken, analysts say. The kingdom sacked two top aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as well three intelligence officials and arrested 18 Saudi suspects, in what some analysts called a scapegoating to quell the global outrage over Khashoggi's killing. After 17 days of vehement denials, the kingdom's assertion on Saturday that the journalist was killed in a "brawl and fist fight" inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul –- without revealing the whereabouts of his body -- fell on sceptical ears around the world.
In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until service is restored, utilities said.
John Bolton, US national security adviser, will meet Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, on Saturday in Moscow, amid reports that Washington will tell Russia it plans to quit a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. Mr Bolton, who will also meet Nikolai Patrushev, Russian security council secretary, announced the visit to Moscow in a tweet, saying he would "continue discussions that began in Helsinki," referring to a summit between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in July. The New York Times said that the Trump administration plans to inform Russian leaders in the coming days that it is preparing to leave the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF. The newspaper said the US accuses Russia of violating the deal, signed in 1987 by Ronald Reagan, by deploying tactical nuclear weapons to intimidate former Soviet satellite states that are now close to the West. Relations between the United States and Russia are under deep strain from accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election, as well as tension over Russian support for the Syrian government in the country's civil war, and the conflict in Ukraine. Mr Trump met Mr Putin in Helsinki in July Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP However, Washington is looking for support from Moscow in finding resolutions to the Syria war and putting pressure on both Iran and North Korea. No new summit between Mr Trump and Mr Putin has been announced, but both leaders will be in Paris on November 11 to attend commemorations marking the end of World War One.
The US midterm elections are fast approaching, and Tennessee is one of the key states to watch. Although the southern state has been solidly Republican in recent years, there are a few races that could shake things up. It is the Senate race that is most exciting to look out for in Tennessee this year.
The diocese of Buffalo in New York state acknowledged Friday having received a demand for documents believed to be linked to a federal investigation into sexual abuse. On Thursday, the US for the first time opened a federal investigation into abuse committed by Catholic clergy, issuing a subpoena to dioceses in Pennsylvania two months after the publication of a report on decades of sexual abuse in the state. Local media in Buffalo earlier said they had obtained internal messages from the Buffalo diocese dated from May and June and indicating that the attorney's office had demanded documents related to allegations of clergy sex abuse.
The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall, who practiced at USC until he was suspended in 2016 after a complaint from a health worker accusing him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients. Hundreds of women have since then accused Tyndall of sexual abuse.
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 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 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.
There are those in the Conservative Party so against Brexit that they are willing to gang up with the opposition to vote down Theresa May’s deal in order to secure a second referendum. For a start, there isn’t time before Britain leaves the European Union. This means that to have any chance of a referendum affecting the outcome of Brexit, Britain would need to extend the Article 50 process that governs its departure, something that would require both the EU’s agreement and fresh legislation in Parliament.
China is planning to launch its own 'artificial moon' by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported Friday. Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing "illumination satellites" which will shine in tandem with the real moon, but are eight times brighter, according to China Daily. The first man-made moon will launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, with three more to follow in 2022 if the first test goes well, said Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society, the organization responsible for the project.
Canada's recent marijuana legalization is set to bring a wave of economic benefits. While the country's government is set to benefit from taxes, and the cannabis industry is sure to grow, the policy has already done wonders for a Girl Guide in Edmonton. SEE ALSO: A cheerleader attempted to swap pot brownies for homecoming votes Elina Childs, 9, sold C$120 worth of sandwich cookies and mint thins to a line of people waiting to buy legal marijuana at Nova Cannabis on Wednesday, as reported by CBC. It took her less than 45 minutes to sell all 30 boxes, compared to how slow it was selling cookies to people in her neighborhood. "It amazed me how quickly they went," her dad Seann Childs told the broadcaster. "Even people in cars driving on the avenue there would stop and roll down their window and ask for cookies." God bless this girl selling girl guide cookies outside of nova cannabis. ????????????????????????????????????#yeg pic.twitter.com/dnI9HdBXPc — Emily Fitzpatrick (@_emilyfitzCBC) October 17, 2018 Edmonton Girl Guide sells out of cookies outside cannabis store https://t.co/QmTDd3h3Yb pic.twitter.com/NDTBQ3NbFF — CBC Edmonton (@CBCEdmonton) October 18, 2018 While a clever business scheme, it was also an opportunity for dad to teach Elina, who has cystic fibrosis, about cannabis and its recent legalization. The Girl Guides were also cool with it. "Good on her and her family for thinking of it," Edmonton commissioner Heather Monahan told the Canadian Press. "It’s fun and it’s different and what better way to get rid of cookies." In February, a girl scout in San Diego did the same thing outside a dispensary, managing to sell 300 boxes in six hours. Smart cookies, both of them. WATCH: This 11-year-old genius is also an award-winning DJ — Mashable Originals
A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the rape and kidnapping of a British backpacker in Australia after holding her captive during a brutal 900-mile road trip across the outback. Appearing via video in a court in Cairns in north Queensland, Marcus Allyn Keith Martin pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one count of deprivation of liberty following his horrific treatment of a 22-year-old British traveller spanning about two months in 2017. The woman was rescued after she appeared shaken and traumatised at a petrol station in south-west Queensland. She failed to pay possibly as part of a deliberate ploy which prompted the cashier to contact the police. Beverley Page, the owner of the petrol station, later said she immediately realised something was wrong. “She came in, she couldn’t pay for her fuel,” Ms Page said. “She was crying and shaking the whole time — she was really upset. There were two marks on her neck along with the black eyes.” Map of British backpackers journey When police located Martin’s four-wheel-drive near the outback town of Mitchell, a small rural town about 900 miles south of Cairns, they reportedly discovered Martin hiding in an alcove in the back. The pair reportedly met at a dance party outside Cairns before starting a relationship. The woman, who arrived in Australia on a working visa in April 2015, told police that Martin had begun abusing her shortly after they met. Detective Inspector Paul Hart said the backpacker showed remarkable courage and had no real opportunity to escape. “What she's experienced is no doubt horrific and terrifying,” he said in 2017. A four-wheel drive vehicle is parked at the police station in Roma, Australia Credit: AP “She is a tourist, a lot of the areas where she would have been would have been unknown to her, and she wouldn't have known anyone there, so it would have been difficult for her to make an escape.” Following Martin’s guilty plea, prosecutors discontinued ten other charges including eight counts of rape, one of serious cruelty to animals, and torture. Martin earlier pleaded guilty to supplying dangerous drugs, wilful damage, assault occasioning bodily harm and choking or strangulation. He has been remanded in custody and will appear in court next February at a hearing to set his sentencing date.
Albury's sentence is much harsher than his defense lawyers had hoped, but slightly less severe than the 52-month prison term that federal prosecutors were seeking. Albury pleaded guilty to two counts of leaking classified materials earlier this year. Joshua Dratel, Albury's lawyer who earlier confirmed the sentence to Reuters, declined to comment further.
As they monitored trends on the company’s sites -- like articles that were going viral and spikes in political-ad spending -- they noticed a suspicious surge in user reports of hate speech. The data scientists in the room told the policy experts that the malicious posts were targeting people in a certain area of Brazil, the poorer Northeast -- the only region carried by the leftist presidential candidate. The policy folks determined that what the posts were saying was against Facebook’s rules on inciting violence.