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Talks of impeachment rises among Democrats in wake of federal court filings

Talks of impeachment rises among Democrats in wake of federal court filingsSpecial counsel Robert Mueller's filings reveal that Michael Cohen has provided "useful" information on obstruction and collusion.



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Indonesia orders inspection of all Boeing 737-MAX airliners in wake of Lion Air crash, as concerns raised over pitot pipe

Indonesia orders inspection of all Boeing 737-MAX airliners in wake of Lion Air crash, as concerns raised over pitot pipeAviation experts have said that a small metal tube located on the wing of commercial airplanes that measures airspeed could have been responsible for the Lion Air crash on Tuesday which killed all 189 on board.  Indonesia has now ordered the inspection of all Boeing 737-MAX airliners as rescue teams recovered more human remains and wreckage from the brand new jet that plunged into the sea. The plane had flown erratically the day before the crash and its instruments recorded inaccurate airspeed and altitude readings, according to a number of sources.   Now experts have said that a fault with a pitot pipe – which was found to have caused the Air France Flight 447 to crash into the Atlantic in 2009 – could have been to blame.  Maintaining correct airspeed is crucial. If a plane flies too slowly it can stall while if it flies too fast it can break up. In the case of the Air France flight, ice was found to have clogged one of the plane's pitot pipes. Personal items recovered the site crash of Lion Air flight JT 610 Credit: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images AsiaPac “The erratic flight path makes us suspect a problem with the pitot-static system,” Gerry Soejatman, an Indonesian aviation expert, told The New York Times. Experts told the newspaper that it was too early to determine the exact cause of the accident and added that it was a combination of equipment malfunctions and human error that often led to crashes. The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just a few months ago, crashed into the Java Sea off Indonesia's northern coast moments after it had asked to return to Jakarta on Monday. Search and rescue personnel examine recovered debris and personal items from Lion Air flight JT 610 Credit: Getty Images AsiaPac Flight JT610 sped up as it suddenly lost altitude and then vanished from radar 12 minutes after take-off, with witnesses saying the single-aisle jet plunged into the water. The accident has resurrected concerns about Indonesia's patchy air safety record which led to a now-lifted ban on its planes entering US and European airspace. On Tuesday Indonesia's transport minister ordered an inspection of all 737-MAX aircraft but he stopped short of grounding the new models. Dozens of divers were taking part in the recovery effort along with helicopters and ships. Authorities are trying to pinpoint the smashed jet's location and flight data recorders expected to be crucial to the crash investigation. There were 178 adult passengers, one child, two infants, two pilots and six cabin crew on board.



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US military grounds entire fleet of F-35s in wake of crash

US military grounds entire fleet of F-35s in wake of crashThe Department of Defense said it was investigating a fuel tube in the planes.



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Confusion, chaos hit Capitol Hill in wake of FBI report on Kavanaugh

Confusion, chaos hit Capitol Hill in wake of FBI report on KavanaughAs the full Senate vote on Brett Kavanaugh nears, the public rancor that has surrounded his nomination shows no sign of abating.



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Hurricane Florence: The Dramatic Rescues in the Wake of Devastating Storm

Hurricane Florence: The Dramatic Rescues in the Wake of Devastating StormThe U.S. Coast Guard has made dozens of rescues as floodwaters continue to rise.



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Former Intel Officials Defend John Brennan In Wake Of Revoked Security Clearance

Former Intel Officials Defend John Brennan In Wake Of Revoked Security ClearanceSeveral former intelligence officials have come to the defense of former CIA



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Wake Forest Coach Charged After Fatally Punching Florida Tourist Who Mistakenly Believed Him to Be Uber Driver

Wake Forest Coach Charged After Fatally Punching Florida Tourist Who Mistakenly Believed Him to Be Uber DriverJamill Jones, 35, turned himself in on Thursday for the Aug. 5 assault on 35-year-old Sandor Szabo.



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South Korea plans £26bn rail link with Russia in wake of North Korea summit

South Korea plans £26bn rail link with Russia in wake of North Korea summitA $ 35 billion (£26 billion) railtrack that would link North and South Korea to Moscow is among a flurry of ambitious economic projects being discussed in the wake of the Singapore summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, the US president.  The fragile international détente has spurred a wave of excitement among global investors keen to capitalise on the opening up of the mineral-rich hermit kingdom, despite sanctions over its nuclear and weapons programmes still remaining in place.  Key to that investment would be an upgrade of North Korea’s creaking infrastructure and ageing railway system, stretches of which can only allow slowing moving trains travelling at about 30mph, reported the website, Noon in Korea.  On a rare South Korean state visit to Russia at the weekend, President Moon Jae-in suggested a “Northern Silk Road” that would enable the connection of the whole of the Korean Peninsula with the Trans-Siberian railway, the longest railway line in the world and a key transport link to Europe.  Mr Moon, accompanied by South Korean rail officials, made his proposal to President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and the Russian parliament, along with plans to boost energy links across the region and to raise South Korea-Russia trade to over $ 30 billion by 2020.  Moon Jae-in held talks with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, at the weekend Credit: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters Draft proposals reportedly suggest a high speed line connecting the South Korean capital, Seoul, with Sinuiju, on the border with China, via Pyongyang.  “Among the trilateral cooperation on the railway, electricity, and energy, connecting railways (between Russia and the two Koreas) appears to be most likely,” Mr Moon told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reported the Korea Herald.  “Through permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, I’m hoping that the Trans-Siberian Railway will extend all the way to the southern port city of Busan, where I grew up. I hope you will join our efforts to open up new possibilities and common prosperity on the Korean Peninsula,” he told the parliament.  President Moon is said to have given Kim Jong-un a thumb drive containing the railway plan during their summit at the end of April, as part of a series of economic incentives to push him along the path to peace.  The South Korean president, who has staked his reputation on building stronger ties with the North, has also repeatedly suggested an East Asian bid, including North Korea, to host the World Cup in 2030.  According to South Korean media reports, he reiterated the idea to FIFA boss, Gianni Infantino, while watching South Korea’s two-nil defeat to Mexico on Saturday.  Besides grand designs for future relations, ties between the two Koreas are warming slowly day by day.  South Korea may be planning a joint World Cup bid with North Korea  Credit: Sergei Savostyanov/TASS Senior South and North Korean army officials met on Monday to discuss moving artillery on the northern side of the border, primarily aimed at Seoul, and also the restoration of telephone and fax lines to avoid military clashes.  Pyongyang’s relations with Washington also appear to be on track since the Singapore summit, although a senior US defence official stressed over the weekend that the US would soon present North Korea with a timeline of “specific asks” on denuclearisation.  “We’ll know pretty soon if they’re going to operate in good faith or not,” the official told reporters travelling with James Mattis, the US defence secretary, on a trip to Asia.  On the surface, however, Pyongyang has made conciliatory gestures to its once sworn enemy.  On Monday it took the small but significant decision to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of the year: the annual “anti-US imperialism” rally marking the start of the Korean War in 1950.  In addition to toning down its anti-US rhetoric, North Korea has also reportedly transferred the remains of soldiers who died in the 1950-53 war to the border with South Korea.  Over the weekend, US forces moved 100 coffins to receive the bones, although verification of identities will be a long process.  More than 36,500 US troops died in the war, and about 7,700 military personnel remain unaccounted for.  Despite the rapprochement, North Korea’s dire human rights situation remains a sore point that is apparently still off the agenda for talks.  On Sunday, Pyongyang made the bold demand for South Korea to scrap a state-run foundation intended to improve rights in the reclusive North.  North Korean propaganda website, Uriminzokkiri, called the foundation a “plot against our republic” that “ought to be buried away.”  



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In volcano's wake, Guatemalan town became a cemetery

In volcano's wake, Guatemalan town became a cemeteryGuatemalan authorities reacted slowly to signs of the Fuego volcano’s impending eruption on June 3, contributing to one of the most tragic natural disasters in recent Guatemalan history. At least 110 people have died and close to 200 are thought buried under the rubble in the hamlet on the fertile lower slopes of the volcano.



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University of Southern California president to step down in wake of scandal

University of Southern California president to step down in wake of scandal(Reuters) – The president of University of Southern California is resigning after criticism over the school’s handling of complaints that a campus health clinic gynecologist sexually abused his patients during pelvic exams, the school said on Friday. C.L. Max Nikias will step down after serving as the school’s president for nearly eight years, the university’s executive committee of the board of trustees said in a statement. “President Nikias and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees have agreed to begin an orderly transition and commence the process of selecting a new president,” committee chairman Rick Caruso said.



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