• South Africans can grow and smoke weed at home
South Africans can grow and smoke weed at home

The court upheld a decision made the Western Cape High Court past year which ruled that personal use of marijuana should be legal. Three cannabis users facing prosecution for consuming the drug have argued to the Constitutional Court that the prohibition of cannabis "intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres", breaching their constituti...

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  • Storm Helene could reach eastern parts of Northern Ireland
Storm Helene could reach eastern parts of Northern Ireland

It will be mostly cloudy elsewhere with just scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle, but with limited bright or sunny spells will shine through also. She is now one of a glut of tropical storms in the Atlantic, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as she heads towards landfall in the U.S. states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

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  • Typhoon pounds south China after killing 64 in Philippines
Typhoon pounds south China after killing 64 in Philippines

In Hong Kong on Monday, crews were clearing fallen trees and other wreckage left when the financial hub felt the full brunt of the storm on Sunday. Tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit the region this year, packing gale force winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph), equivalent to a maximum Category 5 "intense hurricane" i...

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  • Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify, her lawyer says
Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify, her lawyer says

In an interview with the Washington Post , Christine Blasey Ford said that as a high school student in suburban Maryland decades earlier, a "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothing.

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  • Dallas Police Affidavit Contradicts Police Officer's Account of Botham Jean Shooting
Dallas Police Affidavit Contradicts Police Officer's Account of Botham Jean Shooting

Guyger was off-duty when the shooting occurred, but still in uniform after completing her shift. Guyger is charged with manslaughter and remains free on $300,000 bond . Many have complained about the police giving Guyger special treatment. A search of a crime scene is standard procedure. This is despicable. Why did the search warrant include...

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  • Brett Kavanaugh accuser speaks about alleged sexual misconduct
Brett Kavanaugh accuser speaks about alleged sexual misconduct

However, if Ms. Ford wishes to provide information to the Committee, I would gladly listen to what she has to say and compare that against all the other information we have received about Judge Kavanaugh . 'He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing'. But now Ford's decision to put her name behind the accusations - made after weeks of r...

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  • Novichok Suspects 'Have Anything To With Putin', Says Russia
Novichok Suspects 'Have Anything To With Putin', Says Russia

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says the two men are Russian intelligence officers, claims which they and the Russian government has denied. Petrov and Boshirov, who claimed they were not using pseudonyms, told RT their friends had told them to visit "this wonderful town, Salisbury, which has a famous cathedral and 123m spire, and is famous for...

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  • Pope Francis summons bishops from all over world for sex abuse summit
Pope Francis summons bishops from all over world for sex abuse summit

The meeting of more than 100 church leaders is believed to be the first of its kind and a recognition that top church officials view the sex abuse scandal as global in scope. catholics to 63 percent from 83 percent 18 months ago. Wuerl, who was bishop of Pittsburg for some 18 years, offered to resign almost three years ago when he turne...

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  • Russia: Xi, Putin Meet at Eastern Economic Forum
Russia: Xi, Putin Meet at Eastern Economic Forum

But a Japanese government spokesman said Japan's position had not changed and that the issue of sovereignty over the islands needed to be resolved before signing any treaties with Russian Federation. Abe told Putin that Japan is "keeping a close eye on" the development, Nogami said, without elaborating further on their exchanges. "It would be nai...

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  • China and Russia to conduct regular war games together, says Russian minister
China and Russia to conduct regular war games together, says Russian minister

China's participation in the exercises, known as the Vostok drills , exemplifies an overall expansion of collaboration with Russian Federation as an ally, the Kremlin has said. "China, by sending a PLA [People's Liberation Army] element to train with the Russians, is signaling that U.S. pressure is pushing it towards much closer military cooperati...

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  • Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to 'plead guilty'
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to 'plead guilty'

Manafort reached a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid his upcoming trial on charges related to his foreign lobbying work, CBS News reported Thursday. In August, in a separate trial in Virginia, a federal jury found Manafort guilty on eight counts of federal tax and banking crimes. Clad in a dark suit and purple tie, the 69-year-old told Jud...

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  • Russia prepares for biggest war games in its history
Russia prepares for biggest war games in its history

Some of the first exercises will revolve around anti-aircraft technology, according to Russia's defence ministry. Dubbed Vostok-2018, the war games involve hundreds of thousands of troops, armoured vehicles, tanks, drones and warships. The Vostok 2018 exercise will last until September 17. That alone would be enough to make headlines, but anoth...

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  • Russian Federation says Skripal poisoning suspects are 'civilians'
Russian Federation says Skripal poisoning suspects are 'civilians'

We know who they are, we found them. Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov , who were formally accused of attempting to murder former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, are seen in an image handed out by the Metropolitan Police in London, Britain September 5, 2018.

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  • Hundreds arrested in protests against Russian pension plans
Hundreds arrested in protests against Russian pension plans

Pension reforms have caused widespread public anger, and Mr Navalny's supporters have planned rallies in more than 80 cities to capitalise on this. As in previous rallies, numerous protesters were young, including minors, and pictures of the police manhandling teens went viral on social media .

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  • Obama rips Trump ahead of U.S. midterm elections
Obama rips Trump ahead of U.S. midterm elections

Pirro's comments came following a speech from Obama in which he criticized the president, and comments he made on Friday slamming Trump for his reluctance to disavow Nazi sympathizers over the White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

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  • Powerful Florence still churning toward NC coast
Powerful Florence still churning toward NC coast

Forecasters said it now has maximum sustained winds of about 140 miles per hour and even stronger gusts, in the NHC's latest update . Maps of the storm's trajectory show it is most likely to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks on Thursday, making it the most powerful storm to strike the Carolinas in almost ...

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  • Trump spooked Pentagon with almost-sent tweet on North Korea
Trump spooked Pentagon with almost-sent tweet on North Korea

Actually, Guthrie's question was a softball, giving Woodward a chance to explain, somewhat confusingly, that his sources might be anonymous but the "incidents" are not. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. The Vice President also argued that the author of the Times article was guilty of more th...

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  • North Korea still producing - and hiding - nuclear weapons
North Korea still producing - and hiding - nuclear weapons

North Korea's state-run media published Friday what it said was an "indictment" by its South Korean wing, denouncing USA forces on the peninsula and calling their withdrawal "the irresistible trend of the times". But too militaristic a display this time might have risked upsetting the recent diplomatic dalliance on the peninsula, after Kim's Singap...

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  • Trump Demands Probe of Author Behind Anonymous Op-Ed
Trump Demands Probe of Author Behind Anonymous Op-Ed

Trump said the senior administration official probably has a security clearance and has access to high-level meetings on national security strategy. The op-ed ashed the President as amoral and claimed there is a "resistance" within the administration.

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  • Dead After Gunman Opens Fire At Cincinnati Bank
Dead After Gunman Opens Fire At Cincinnati Bank

As the officers ran toward the building, they spotted the gunman "actively firing shots in the first-floor lobby", the police chief said . It was unclear if the gunman was shot by police or he shot himself, Police Chief Eliot Isaac said at a press conference.

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  • Cops search home of couple who raised funds for homeless man
Cops search home of couple who raised funds for homeless man

Bobbitt's attorney, however, said the veteran had only seen $75,000 of the total $402,706 raised by 14,347 people. "Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign", McClure wrote on the page, which was created on November 10, 2017.

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  • Near-fatal stabbing of presidential front runner stuns Brazil
Near-fatal stabbing of presidential front runner stuns Brazil

The only Brazilian politician now more popular is the leftist ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is in prison for corruption and has been banned from competing in October's election. Flavio Bolsonaro, the candidate's son, wrote on Twitter that his father had been wounded in the liver, lung and intestine. O Globo cites a source in t...

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  • Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway
Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

Firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest this week. As fall - usually California's busiest fire season - approaches, officials say the agency that oversees emergency fire responses is running out of money.

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  • Syria Summit In Tehran To Decide Idlib Military Offensive
Syria Summit In Tehran To Decide Idlib Military Offensive

Turkey , which backed opposition forces against Syrian President Bashar Assad, fears a flood of refugees fleeing a military offensive and destabilizing areas it now holds in Syria . A top United States envoy said there was "lots of evidence" that chemical weapons were being prepared by Syrian government forces in Idlib. Mr Erdogan said an attack...

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  • Depardieu coy as North Korea celebrates 70 years with Mass Games
Depardieu coy as North Korea celebrates 70 years with Mass Games

Chung, as Moon's special envoy, led a five-member delegation, which also included the NIS director, to Pyongyang this week and met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The report largely based its conclusion on satellite photos, since the North Korean government has refused to let global inspectors examine its nuclear sites.

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  • Dead, 2 Injured in Shooting at Cincinnati Bank - Hit & Run
Dead, 2 Injured in Shooting at Cincinnati Bank - Hit & Run

We are learning more about gunman Omar Enrique Santa-Perez, who was fatally shot by officers responding to the shooting. The victims apparently were shot at random by the gunman, who had no accomplices, Issac said . "This is abnormal. No other industrialized country has this level of active multiple shootings on a regular basis", Mayor John...

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  • Anonymous 'Resistance' Official Blasts Trump in New York Times Op-Ed
Anonymous 'Resistance' Official Blasts Trump in New York Times Op-Ed

On the internet and in Washington , a guessing game has raged over who the author might be, prompting almost every cabinet-ranked member of the government to deny it was them. On the morning of September 6, 2018 , with speculation about Mike Pence still swirling, his spokesman took to Twitter to issue a denial, although it never directly sa...

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  • South Korean envoys meet North Korean leader
South Korean envoys meet North Korean leader

It will be Chung's second trip to North Korea in less than six months as he headed the same five-member delegation to Pyongyang in early March. South Korean officials said an end-of-war declaration would be among the issues discussed in the meetings between the South Korean envoys and North Korean officials.

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  • 2+2 dialogue: Sushma, Sitharaman meet with American counterparts
2+2 dialogue: Sushma, Sitharaman meet with American counterparts

Defense cooperation, in particular, has emerged as the " most significant dimension" of the U.S. -India relationship, said Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman . The COMCASA will also provide a legal framework for defence technology transfer between the U.S. and India and help New Delhi acquire critical platforms like Sea Guardian drones...

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  • U.S. to charge North Korean hacker over 2014 Sony cyber-attack
U.S. to charge North Korean hacker over 2014 Sony cyber-attack

The US Justice and Treasury Departments said Park Jin Hyok was part of a unit known as the " Lazarus Group " that masterminded the notorious hacks "on behalf of the government of North Korea or the Workers' Party of Korea". The attacks are alleged to have been carried out from North Korea, China and other countries. It is unlikely Park will be ...

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  • Erdogan calls for Idlib ceasefire at Tehran summit
Erdogan calls for Idlib ceasefire at Tehran summit

Turkey is anxious that an attack on Idlib will trigger a mass exodus of refugees fleeing towards the Turkish border. "They are fleeing to areas near Turkey where they hope to be safe from further aerial bombardment". The 2,200 or so troops now stationed in Syria will stay, even though their stated primary goal of ousting ISIS "has almost been comp...

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  • Flake slams Trump's Justice Department attack
Flake slams Trump's Justice Department attack

The two first Republicans to endorse Trump in the Republican presidential primaries were indicted on separate charges - Rep. Duncan Hunter of California for spending campaign funds for personal expenses and Rep. Trump complained to Fox News that he "put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department". Special council Rob...

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  • Trump has warned Iran and Russia about a possible mistake in Syria
Trump has warned Iran and Russia about a possible mistake in Syria

The attack killed a top military scientist. So far, a decision to take action has not been made, but one administration official with direct knowledge of the situation told CNN the military "could respond very quickly" if Syria launched a chemical weapons attack.

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  • Amid 'bloodbath' fears, United States warns Assad against using chemical weapons
Amid 'bloodbath' fears, United States warns Assad against using chemical weapons

More than half of Idlib is controlled by militants from Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), while much of the rest is held by rebels backed by Turkey . President Donald Trump said via Twitter on Monday. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Moscow has accused armed groups in Idlib of sending weaponised...

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  • Hurricane's death toll in Puerto Rico put at almost 3000
Hurricane's death toll in Puerto Rico put at almost 3000

GWU looked at deaths that occurred between Maria's landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, and deaths deemed in excess of Puerto Rico's normal mortality rate through February 2018. Rossello told CNN two days after the storm hit that 13 people had died in the storm. Maria's loss of life toll surpasses that of every Storm Katrina in 2005, ...

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