November 12, 2019

Trump visits California fire scene as death toll rises

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From Newsmax President Donald Trump took a helicopter tour Saturday over the Northern California landscape scorched by a killer wildfire. A full cover of haze and the smell of smoke greeted the president upon his arrival at an Air Force base, as did the governor and his successor. Trump planned to hear from those leaders […]

Xi Jinping urges China to become more self-reliant during tour of southern manufacturing hub

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By He Huifeng From South China Morning Post Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that China must become “self-reliant”, state media reported, as he toured the country’s manufacturing hub. Xi arrived in the southern province of Guangdong on Monday, and visited the precision moulding plant and a key laboratory at Gree Electric Appliances in Zhuhai, […]

This absurd parody proves that all TED Talks really do sound the same

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BY MORGAN SUNG From Mashable It’s not just you: A lot of TED Talks sound the same. Comedian and writer Keaton Patti — who imagined what a White House press briefing written by a bot might sound like — just shared a new imagined bot script, this time parodying the language of lofty TED Talks. […]

US: Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi conference boosting pressure on Saudis

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From Newsmax Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin withdrew from an investment conference in Riyadh as the Trump administration shifted course under increasing pressure to hold Saudi Arabia’s leaders accountable for the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mnuchin announced his change of plans on Twitter after meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump and Secretary […]

Meeting between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump would play ‘key role’ in easing tensions

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By Laura Zhou From South China Morning Post China’s top US envoy said a meeting between presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump on the sidelines of next month’s G20 summit would play a “key, irreplaceable role” in easing tensions. But analysts were not optimistic about a breakthrough being reached on the trade war. In an […]

2 last minute anonymous Kavanaugh accusers, but 1 recants

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By Solange Reyner From Newsmax Two additional allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh surfaced Wednesday, but the claims came from anonymous sources and one of the accusers reportedly recanted his story, according to reports. Bloomberg said Kavanaugh on Tuesday was asked about an alleged rape on a boat in Rhode Island […]

Storm Florence: Heavy flooding cuts off Wilmington

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From BBC The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, has been cut off from the rest of the state because of heavy floods following Hurricane Florence. Officials say all roads in and out are now impassable and have warned evacuated residents to stay away. About 400 people have been rescued from flood waters in the […]

New York Times Trump op-ed denied by senior officials

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From BBC A number of top US officials have denied that they are the author of a damning anonymous editorial that attacks President Donald Trump. The New York Times article, said to be written by a senior White House official, says Mr Trump’s appointees are trying to stifle his agenda. There is fierce speculation over […]

John McCain: Tributes as Vietnam veteran and six-term senator dies at 81

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From BBC Tributes from former US presidents and across the political spectrum have poured in for Republican Senator John McCain, who has died aged 81. Barack Obama, who beat him to the White House in 2008, said they had shared a “fidelity to something higher”. George W Bush described him as “a patriot of the […]

White House: ISIS ‘caliphate has been destroyed’

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By Jason Devaney From Newsmax The Islamic State (ISIS) has been severely weakened by way of the destruction of its caliphate, the White House said Tuesday. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about ISIS and its estimated force of around 30,000 militants during the daily briefing. “We know the caliphate has been destroyed,” […]