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A new 2020 Democratic primary poll shows Warren surging alongside fellow frontrunners Biden and Sanders

A new 2020 Democratic primary poll shows Warren surging alongside fellow frontrunners Biden and SandersThe new poll from ABC News and The Washington Post found Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders slumping, Elizabeth Warren gaining, and Kamala Harris falling.



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'Hold fast, alongside our allies': Read Jim Mattis' farewell letter as he leaves Pentagon

'Hold fast, alongside our allies': Read Jim Mattis' farewell letter as he leaves Pentagon"Our Department is proven to be at its best when the times are most difficult," he wrote. "So keep faith in our country and hold fast."



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New Zealand's 'First Baby' Neve makes history with United Nations debut alongside Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand's 'First Baby' Neve makes history with United Nations debut alongside Jacinda ArdernNew Zealand’s so-called “First Baby” – the three-month-old daughter of prime minister Jacinda Ardern -  has made her debut on the international political stage, appearing at a peace summit at the United Nations with her mother. Ms Ardern kissed Neve Te Aroha before addressing the summit, during which the baby was held by Clarke Gayford, Ms Ardern’s partner. Mr Gayford sent an image of his daughter’s United Nations security pass, which playfully listed her title as “First Baby”. "Because everyone on Twitter's been asking to see Neve's UN ID, staff here whipped one up," he wrote. "I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside the UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change. Great yarn for her 21st." Because everyone on twitter's been asking to see Neve's UN id, staff here whipped one up. I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change. Great yarn for her 21st. pic.twitter.com/838BI96VYX— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) September 24, 2018 Ms Ardern, 38, is her country’s youngest leader and the first to take maternity leave. She is only the second leader in modern history to give birth while in office, after Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto in 1990. Ms Ardern said she and her partner made “a very practical decision” to take Neve with them into the United Nations summit in New York. “Neve is actually nearby me most of the time in New Zealand, she's just not always caught,” she said. Clarke Gayford holds baby Neve while Jacinda Ardern speaks at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit Credit:  CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS  "But here when she's awake we try and keep her with me so obviously that was the occasion.” A United Nations spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said the organisation was delighted to see Neve in the General Assembly hall. “Prime Minister Ardern is showing that no one is better qualified to represent her country than a working mother,” he said. “Just five  percent of the world’s leaders are women, so we need to make them as welcome here as possible.” Jacinda Ardern addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit Credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP Ms Ardern has been feted by the United States media during her visit and appeared on NBC’s Today Show shortly after her arrival. She joked that taking her daughter on a seventeen-hour flight “at the time felt on par” with running the country. "But between Clarke and I we managed it," she said. "You don't know until you are there of course, but [motherhood] has met my expectations, the joy though has far surpassed my expectations."



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Pope Francis Prays Alongside Rohingya Muslim Refugees During Trip To Bangladesh

Pope Francis Prays Alongside Rohingya Muslim Refugees During Trip To BangladeshPope Francis met and prayed alongside 16 Muslim refugees in Bangladesh on Friday, using the word “Rohingya” for the first time during a papal trip to Asia filled with diplomatic tensions.



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Las Vegas gunman pictured dead on hotel room floor alongside weapons, camera and final note

Las Vegas gunman pictured dead on hotel room floor alongside weapons, camera and final noteHigh-powered guns, shell casings and two tripod-mounted weapons litter the room that Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock used as a sniper's nest. Inside room 32135 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, and near Paddock's lifeless body, officers also found a paper and a pen on a table, suggesting he may have left a note. The first pictures from the scene also reveal that Paddock, 64, had mounted a camera inside the room, possibly to film the slaughter, and at least one outside it on an abandoned room service trolley. Another camera was in the peep hole of the door. Sheriff Joe Lombardo said: "I anticipate he was looking for anyone coming to arrest him." The pictures showed the door battered in with seven bullet holes near the base, where he had fired and hit an officer in the leg. Weapons on the ground inside the hotel room where the Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock stayed Credit: @MikeTokes/Twitter Paddock was already dead when armed police blasted their way into his 32nd floor suite at the hotel at 10.24pm on Sunday night, ending a nine to 11-minute killing spree that left 59 dead and more than 500 injured. Police said he had shot himself.  One photograph from the scene shows Paddock lying in a pool of blood from a head wound among dozens of spent cartridge casings. A revolver lies near the body.  Fresh details about the massacre and the arsenal Paddock amassed emerged on Tuesday. A photo from inside the Mandalay Bay hotel room shows one of Paddock's guns Credit:  @Boston25/Twitter A total of 47 firearms were recovered from three locations searched by investigators – Paddock's hotel suite, his home in Mesquite, and another property associated with him in Reno, Nevada, according to Jill Snyder, special agent for the US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Ms Snyder said 12 of the guns found in the hotel room were fitted with so-called bump-stock devices that allow the guns to be fired virtually as automatic weapons. The devices are legal under US law, even though fully automatic weapons are for the most part banned. Haunting video from 2016 shows the exact same room used by the Las Vegas shooter 01:10 The rifles, shotguns and pistols were purchased in four states – Nevada, Utah, California and Texas – Snyder told reporters at an evening news conference. Investigators sweeping the room found no fewer than 23 guns, including a Kalashnikov and AR-15 assault rifles, and a vast stockpile of  of military grade .223 calibre ammunition.   Graphic: How 'Bump-stock' devices work At least two of the weapons had been set up on tripods at windows overlooking the concert site.  Police said they believed he had used 10 suitcases to smuggle the weapons up to the room, which he had checked into using an ID belonging to his girlfriend, Marliou Dandy, four days earlier. Officers also found Ms Danley's slot machine card, which he had apparently been using to gamble with. Marilou Danley, who has returned to the US Credit: REUTERS "Danley arrived in the Philippines last month, and then there was a wire transfer to her account for $ 100,000 from Stephen," Nick Suarez, spokesman for the Philippines' National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), said.  Relatives said Paddock, a former accountant, was worth at least $ 2million and obsessively gambled tens of thousands of dollars.  The gunman's brother, Eric Paddock, said he recently received a text message showing his brother had won $ 40,000. "He'd grouse when he'd lost. But he never said he'd lost $ 4million or something. I think he would have told me," he said. Las Vegas gunman's brother: 'It's like an asteroid fell out of the sky' 01:03 But Paddock appears to have been gambling particularly heavily in the weeks ahead of the massacre, with records kept by Las Vegas casinos showing he engaged in 16 transactions of more than $ 10,000 in recent weeks. It was not clear if they represented wins or losses.  Police were still trying to find a motive to explain why Paddock fired hundreds of bullets into crowds who gathered for an open-air concert on Sunday night. Unlike other mass shooters in recent history, Paddock appears to have left no manifesto to justify his actions. Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock Credit: REUTERS FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt said usually after a mass shooting "people two or three days later say 'Ah, now I understand, I know what was going on in this guy's life'." But with Paddock "we don't know," he said. "He knew what he wanted to do. He knew how he was going to do it, and it doesn't seem like he had any kind of escape plan at all." Early on Monday, police found another arms cache including 19 weapons, several pounds of a commercially available explosive, and thousands of rounds of ammunition at his home in Mesquite, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. They found traces of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which can be used to make homemade bombs, in his car.  Paddock's arsenal of high-powered weapons appears to have been assembled over several days in preparation for the massacre.  Inside a Mandalay Bay Hotel suite similar to the one used by Paddock  Paddock began his killing spree at 10.08pm on Sunday night, opening fire from his hotel room windows on concert goers at the the Route 91 country music festival below.   Craig Herman, 57, a contractor, told the Telegraph: "I was right in front of the stage.  I heard 'pop, pop, pop' over and over again. When he was reloading I ran. I stepped over a guy with blood pouring out of his head. He was dead. Gone. I saw maybe 15 others like that before I got out. "There were people screaming, lying on the ground. I've never seen so much blood. I kept thinking what type of person would do this, who would be that kind of stupid? Was it the Taliban? Mexican cartels? Gang related? But it was someone a bit like me."  Videos filmed by concert goers show that Paddock’s first volley lasted only about ten seconds – a time scale consistent with emptying the magazine on an automatic assault rifle. He fired several similar volleys over a period of about ten minutes.  Mandalay Bay hotel shooting As casualties mounted, dozens of bystanders, including off duty soldiers, policemen, and nurses, but also ordinary civilians scrambled to attend to the wounded.  They included Ross Woodward, a trooper with 1st Queens Dragoon Guards who had just completed a training deployment in the Nevada desert.  Recognising the sound of automatic fire, Woodward and two other off duty soldiers from the Welsh regiment ran towards the scene to tend to the wounded and shepherd people to safely. "He just said that he helped the injured and to get people to safety and that was it really,” Curtis Dyer, his brother, told the Press Association. "I'm dead proud of what he's done, that he was able to do it." A woman leaves flowers at a makeshift memorial on the Las Vegas Strip Credit: Reuters Julian Ness, 31, one of the first paramedics on the scene, told the Telegraph: "I started treating someone who'd been shot in the leg. Then someone ran up telling me about someone shot in the head, then there was someone shot three times in the chest. "There was blood everywhere. I never imagined seeing anything like this. We wanted to help everyone but we just had to make difficult decisions based the ones we could save. It breaks your heart." Taylor Winston, a 29 year old former US marine who was attending the concert with his friend, Jenn Lewis, also used skills learnt on the battlefield to save lives. “Jenn and I luckily found a truck with keys in it and started transporting priority victims to the hospital and made a couple trips and tried to help out the best we could until more ambulances could arrive,” the Iraq war veteran, from San Diego, told the Daily Beast. 50 dead in Las Vegas shooting, in pictures He and an off duty trauma nurse then set up a makeshift triage point, prioritizing casualties and telling victims to apply pressure to their wounds to stop the bleeding. Officers had identified the source of the shooting and arrived outside room 32135 by 10.24pm, 16 minutes after the massacre began. Paddock shot through the door as they approached, wounding a hotel security guard in the leg.  Sonny Morgan, who was on the 32nd floor at the time of the shooting, said: "I could smell the gun powder. It just kept going and going. I honestly thought it was like a terrorist attack, that someone was trying to blow up the hotel." In brief | Worst US mass shootings



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Will Meghan Markle appear alongside boyfriend Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games?

Will Meghan Markle appear alongside boyfriend Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games?Prince Harry has officially landed in Toronto to launch the 2017 Invictus Games on Saturday, but is his talked-about girlfriend Meghan Markle going to join him?



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Al-Qaeda claims it is ‘fighting alongside’ US-backed coalition forces in Yemen

Al-Qaeda claims it is ‘fighting alongside’ US-backed coalition forces in YemenThe leader of al-Qaeda’s forces in Yemen has said his fighters have worked with government-allied factions in the civil war towards their common goal of ousting Houthi rebels. Qasim al-Rimi, who has led the branch of the global jihadist movement known as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap) since his predecessor was killed in 2015, told the group’s media arm al-Malahem on Sunday that his followers were de facto aligned with an array of forces in the complex conflict. While al-Rimi did not elaborate on what he meant by “alongside”, many Sunni tribal militias, as well as the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood movement and conservative Salafis, are allied to the exiled Yemeni government fighting against Shia rebels known as Houthis who seized control of the capital Sanaa in 2014.



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