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Saudi crown prince begins Asia tour with $20 billion Pakistan investment pledge

Saudi crown prince begins Asia tour with $  20 billion Pakistan investment pledgeKicking off his tour of South Asia and China with a far higher Pakistan investment than expected, the crown prince said the $ 20 billion figure represents only the start of an economic tie-up that would bring the historic Muslim allies even closer. “It’s big for phase 1, and definitely it will grow every month and every year, and it will be beneficial to both countries,” said the crown prince. “We have been a brotherly country, a friendly country to Pakistan.



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Ocasio-Cortez Begins to Sketch Out Details of ‘Green New Deal’

Ocasio-Cortez Begins to Sketch Out Details of ‘Green New Deal’Now, as Ocasio-Cortez prepares to release a blueprint, details are emerging. “Next week, we plan to release a resolution that outlines the scope and scale of the Green New Deal,” according to a letter the New York Democrat sent to colleagues.



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US begins withdrawing gear from Syria, but not troops

US begins withdrawing gear from Syria, but not troopsThe US military has begun moving non-essential gear out of Syria but is not withdrawing troops for now, defense officials said amid uncertainty over America’s planned exit from the war-battered nation. Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton on Sunday announced conditions for a withdrawal that appeared to delay it indefinitely. Adding to the confusion, a military spokesman said the US had already begun “the process of our deliberate withdrawal” from Syria.



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Ex-Google driverless car firm Waymo begins charging for self-driving car rides in Arizona

Ex-Google driverless car firm Waymo begins charging for self-driving car rides in ArizonaThe former Google driverless car company will begin charging pre-approved passengers in the Chandler, Arizona, area.



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The past isn’t past in Mississippi as voting begins in Senate contest dominated by race

The past isn’t past in Mississippi as voting begins in Senate contest dominated by raceMississippi’s runoff election for U.S. Senate wound its way to a finish Tuesday after dueling election-eve rallies urged voter turnout in a race that went from safely Republican to too close to call.



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Florida begins vote recount as Democrats and Republicans exchange allegations of fraud

Florida begins vote recount as Democrats and Republicans exchange allegations of fraudRecounts of two key US midterm elections began in Florida on Sunday amid accusations of fraud by both sides in the race for governor and a Senate seat.  Exhausted election office employees in the Sunshine State have been told they have until Thursday to tally up votes cast in last Tuesday's election yet again.  Unofficial results which came in shortly after noon on Saturday showed Republican Rick Scott’s lead in the race for the Senate had narrowed to 12,600 ahead of  Bill Nelson, the Democrat incumbent. Senator Bill Nelson, left, and current Florida governor Rick Scott, right, are facing off in a brutal senate race Credit: Kevin Kolczynski/Reuters Meanwhile Andrew Gillum, a Democrat vying to become the first black to serve as governor of Florida, retracted an earlier concession after the count narrowed to put him within 33,600 votes of Ron Desantis, the Republican candidate. Both counts were affected by the slow counting of postal votes, putting the candidates within a margin of error that triggered an automatic machine recount on Saturday. Accusations of fraud and threats of lawsuits from both sides have conjuring memories of the state's controversial recount during the 2000 presidential election. The recount ran into early problems in Broward country on Sunday, when a voting machine failed to register all ballots and Republicans asked for all voting machines to be tested. Dr. Brenda Snipes (left), the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, looks at a ballot with Betsy Benson, the canvasing board chair.  Credit: AP/Joe Skipper The count got underway after a two hour delay.  The heavily Democratic county, which is due to recount about 700,000 ballots, is one of two where Republicans have made allegations of possible ballot fraud. Speaking on television on Sunday, Mr Scott, who is the current governor of Florida, said that his opponent was a "sore loser" adding: "Sen. Nelson is clearly trying to commit fraud to win this election, that’s all this is."  Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority leader, said: "They don’t want the votes counted. We Democrats, we want every single vote counted. That’s every American's right no matter who they vote for. "We’re willing to abide by the outcome if every vote is counted and nothing is interfered with. We believe that Bill Nelson will be reelected senator if every vote is counted, and that’s what Trump and Scott are so scared of," he added in televised remarks. The development came as top Democrats called on U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to step aside from overseeing a special counsel probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a letter to the Justice Department's chief ethics officer, Mr Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, asked whether any attorneys at the Justice Department have advised Mr Whitaker to recuse himself and demanded details on any ethics guidance he had received. President Donald Trump ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and replaced him with Mr Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, last week.



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Early voting in Texas begins with lines, strong turnout

Early voting in Texas begins with lines, strong turnoutAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Early voting opened across Texas on Monday, bringing long lines and record first-day midterm turnout in Houston and complaints about outdated technology slowing people casting ballots elsewhere.



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The Latest: S. Korea believes North begins demining at DMZ

The Latest: S. Korea believes North begins demining at DMZSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on diplomacy and other moves on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):



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Russia begins missile system delivery to Syria, warns West on peace talks

Russia begins missile system delivery to Syria, warns West on peace talksDefence Minister Sergei Shoigu had said on Monday the system would be delivered to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in two weeks despite strong Israeli and United States objections. A week previously, Moscow had accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military jet in Syria. “The delivery started already and as President (Vladimir)Putin said, after that incident … the measures that we will take will be devoted to ensuring 100 percent safety and security of our men,” Lavrov told a news conference at the United Nations.



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It Begins: Hurricane Florence Starts Its Slow Move Inland

It Begins: Hurricane Florence Starts Its Slow Move InlandFlorence, the hurricane that has been on so many minds, has begun its slow



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