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More than 50 dead in India train disaster

More than 50 dead in India train disasterA speeding train ran over revellers watching fireworks during a Hindu festival in northern India Friday, killing more than 50 people, with eyewitnesses saying they were given no warning before disaster struck. The 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 high speed. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital,” Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.



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Anticipation builds as jackpot swells to more than $600 million

Anticipation builds as jackpot swells to more than $  600 millionThe Mega Millions jackpot is currently $ 654 million dollars as drawing nears.



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Trump Has Raised More Than $100 Million For 2020 Re-Election Effort

Trump Has Raised More Than $  100 Million For 2020 Re-Election EffortPresident Trump has raised more than $ 100 million for his re-election effort in 2020, less than two years after he took office, according to campaign finance disclosures.



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Melania Trump has 'more important things to think about' than husband's alleged affairs

Melania Trump has 'more important things to think about' than husband's alleged affairsMelania Trump dismissed allegations that her husband cheated on her with a porn star, saying she had "much more important things to think about". In an interview with ABC News, excerpts of which were broadcast early on Friday, the US first lady was asked about "your husband's alleged infidelities". She said: "It is not a concern and focus of mine. I'm a mother and a first lady, and I have much more important things to think about, and to do." Mrs Trump, 48, added: "I know people like to speculate and media like to speculate about our marriage, and circulate the gossip. I understand the gossip sells newspapers, magazines and, unfortunately, we live in this kind of world today. "It's not always pleasant, of course, but I know what is right and what is wrong and what is true, and not true." Asked whether she loved her husband, the first lady replied: "Yes, we are fine. Yes. It's what media speculate, and it's gossip. It's not always correct stuff." Mrs Trump gave a wry smile when asked about comments about her marriage Credit: AFP ABC conducted the rare interview with the Slovenia-born former model, the president's third wife, while she was on a solo visit to Africa last week. The network said no subjects had been declared off limits before the interview. In asking about the president's "alleged infidelities" the interviewer was referring to allegations by women including porn star Stormy Daniels, who has claimed she had an affair with Mr Trump in 2006. Mr Trump has denied the allegation. Mrs Trump, dressed in jodhpurs with a safari pith helmet at her side, kept her answers short and to the point. She gave a wry smile when asked about comments about her marriage made by the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Mr Giuliani said in June that the first lady believes her husband's denials about the alleged affair with Ms Daniels. Mrs Trump told ABC: "I never talked to Mr Giuliani." She also rejected speculation that she wants to move back to New York. Mrs Trump said: "I am enjoying it. I really love to live in Washington and the White House,"  Polls show her current approval rating at 54 per cent, higher then her husband's.



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Yahoo News Explains: Why we’re closer to climate catastrophe than we thought

Yahoo News Explains: Why we’re closer to climate catastrophe than we thoughtThe planet is even closer to catastrophe than scientists previously predicted, according to a new report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report, that took 3 years to create and included 91 authors from 40 countries, says the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels as early as 2040. Scientists predict that any higher than 1.5°C and the effects will be irreversible.  “There is extreme urgency and countries were giving their pledges after the Paris agreement and so far, the progress has not been good enough,” said World Meteorological Organizations secretary, Petteri Taalas.



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Fears grow that more than 1,000 still missing in Indonesia disaster

Fears grow that more than 1,000 still missing in Indonesia disasterMore than a thousand people could still be missing after Indonesia’s devastating quake-tsunami, officials said Friday, drastically upping the number of people unaccounted for a week after the disaster. Palu city on Sulawesi island has been left in ruins after it was hit by a powerful quake and a wall of water which razed whole neighbourhoods to the ground, with the official death toll now 1,571. “Maybe more than 1,000 people are still missing,” Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, told AFP.



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More Than 500 Law Professors Condemn Kavanaugh For ‘Lack Of Judicial Temperament’

More Than 500 Law Professors Condemn Kavanaugh For ‘Lack Of Judicial Temperament’More than 500 law professors from nearly 100 law schools around the nation



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Why North Koreans are now more willing to stay than defect to the South

Why North Koreans are now more willing to stay than defect to the SouthThe number of North Koreans fleeing to South Korea has declined significantly since Kim Jong-un came to power in Pyongyang, with human rights groups saying security crackdowns on the border with China and the rising prices being demanded by brokers for safe passage are putting many would-be defectors off.  Others have opted to bide their time out of a growing hope that reunification of the two Koreas is a genuine possibility and that they might have the standard of living they know their counterparts in the South enjoy, a defector told The Telegraph.  According to new figures released by the Ministry of Unification, 2,706 North Koreans defected to the South in 2011, although that figure fell to 1,502 the following year. The total had declined to 1,127 successful escapes last year, while the 703 defections in first eight months of this year suggests that the total for 2018 will be only narrowly above the 1,000 level.  “There has been a very clear decline since 2011, the last year that Kim Jong-il was in power, but it also coincides with the rise to power of Xi Jinping in China”, said Park Sokeel, director of research and strategy at Seoul-based Liberty in North Korea.  “The primary factors are the increased security on North Korea’s border with China but also within China, which defectors have to cross to get to countries in south-east Asia with little money, no identification papers and usually knowing no Chinese”, he said.  In numbers | North Korean defectors The cost of brokers willing to smuggle people over the border has also gone up steeply, he said, from a couple of thousand dollars in 2011 to around $ 15,000 per person today – a price that reflects the risks that the brokers are taking. For North Koreans who have just arrived in the South and are desperate to get the rest of the families out, that price is too steep.  Another factor is the gradual improvement that has become visible in the North Korean economy and the people’s standard of living, Park said.  “In the past, people were desperate to leave because they feared they would starve to death if their stayed”, he said. “We are not hearing that now; we are hearing that they are not hungry for food, they are hungry for freedom”.  FAQ | North Korean defection Chu Gyon-bae, himself a defector who now works for The Worldwide Coalition to Stop Genocide in North Korea, agrees that an improving economic situation in the North has made life easier for many people.  “They do not need to escape just to survive”, he said.  “And they have expectations and hopes for the first time”, he said. “The North Korean government is spending on construction and light industries that make products that people want and need. “But the changes we have seen since the end of the year gives people hope that something much bigger is happening”, he added. “They have high expectations for reunification with the South and a better life”.



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Yet Another Former Classmate Of Brett Kavanaugh Says He Drank More Than He Lets On

Yet Another Former Classmate Of Brett Kavanaugh Says He Drank More Than He Lets OnNorth Carolina State University professor Chad Ludington has joined a handful



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Republicans can do better than Kavanaugh

Republicans can do better than KavanaughThe fact is that at this elite level of the American judiciary, everybody's smart. But not everybody's good, Matt Bai writes.



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