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Good morning. US Senate Republican align, the West goes to Russia, speculation about the Nobel Peace Prize. Here's what you need to know: Kavanaugh confirmation appears near.
The White House, after reviewing the completed investigation by the FBI, concluded that found no evidence to support sexual misconduct against the Brett Kavanaugh, candidate of the Supreme Court,
The Agency's report – a single Copy was available to lawmakers behind closed doors – also seemed to satisfy the Republican senators and increased the chances of its ratification. Above, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, one of two voters who appeared to be convinced by the results of the report.
But the Democrats challenged their legitimacy and said they left out many important witnesses.
A definitive confirmation could come to that
• Further charges against Russia
Western officials accused Russia of a series of cyber attacks in a coordinated move that targeted investigations against Russian misconduct throughout the world
The US The Department of Justice accused seven of the above-mentioned Russian intelligence officers of hacking into American and Canadian anti-doping agencies.
European officials accused Russia of cyber attacks on an organization that investigated the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. They also pointed to the interference in a Malaysian investigation of the 2014 shot down passenger plane over the Ukraine.
• Vice President Mike Pence took a shot at China.
Mr. Pence accused the country of undermining President Trump and overturning the midterm elections.
"To put it bluntly: President Trump's leadership works, China wants another American president" he said and repeated the rhetoric of Mr. Trump.
He painted China as a global aggressor, touched his militarized islands in the South China Sea and his efforts to isolate them Taiwan
Separately, US prosecutors said that CEFC, a politically linked Chinese oil company, attempted to launch arms deals in Chad, in Qatar and Libya, trying to avoid US sanctions on Iran. A senior manager will be brought to trial in November
• Privatization of the war in Afghanistan
Erik Prince, the American mercenary board, met with senior officials in Kabul to sell off his vision of The Privatization of the War in Afghanistan
But President Ashraf Ghani has refused to meet with Mr. Prince, the founder of Blackwater, the security firm famous for killing civilians in Iraq. "Foreign mercenaries will never be allowed in this country," Mr. Ghani said.
However, Mr. Prince & # 39; s Pitch seems to use Contractors instead of US soldiers to spark a spike in a particularly sensitive moment. The Afghan security forces supporting them are dying in record numbers in clashes with a resurgent Taliban ahead of next month's parliamentary elections.
• The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced today.
Who will get it? There are more than 300 nominees this year, and that's about as much as we know for sure.
The process of winning a prize is known to be opaque, with no public shortlist and no insight into what the Swedish Academy seeks.
Regardless, some bookmakers have bet on President Moon Jae-in of South Korea and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to work towards denuclearization.
Other assumptions are the United Nations Refugee Agency and Pope Francis
So far this week, the Swedish Academy has awarded prizes for medicine, physics and chemistry.
• EBay sent Amazon a cease and desist letter accusing of illegally trying to sack top sellers from its marketplace
• North Korea has attempted, according to a cybersecurity firm, to steal over a billion dollars from global banks in recent years.
• What are household works worth? Approximately $ 1.6 trillion a year in the UK, according to a study by the British government. The most important unpaid contributions to the company include childcare and cooking.
• US stocks had dropped. Here is a snapshot of global markets. The markets in China are closed today.
• The E.U. is considering tariffs against Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis, which threatens an economic lifeline to facilitate the country's transition to democracy.
• Six firefighters in Malaysia drowned in an attempt to rescue a boy who had slipped into a pond, one of the worst disasters ever to happen to the country's ambulance service. The New York Times]
• What happened to Jamal Khashoggi? The Saudi journalist, a critic of his government, has not been seen since visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. [The New York Times]
• Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan halved the number of women in his cabinet and said the remaining minister could do the work of "two or three women." [CNN]
• Mainland Chinese tourists in Hong Kong are adding a new item to their sightseeing list: Roof Selfies. [The South China Morning Post]
• Weeping over Spilled Wine: A vineyard in Italy lost 8,000 gallons of prosecco after one of its fermentation tanks exploded. [CBS]
• Astronomers might have found a moon orbiting a planet in another solar system, which would be the first "Exomoon" discovery. [NPR]
Tips for a Fuller Life
• Yuki Kawauchi will contest his ninth marathon on Sunday – when most top racers in the world make only two a year. The above-mentioned Japanese "citizen runner", who is also a government official, won the Boston Marathon this year. But he is not always the fastest; it is his breadth, resilience and momentum that have made him a global magnet.
• In the Taiwanese kitchen, "Q" is umami for Japanese food or al dente for Italian food: appreciated and essential. The term refers to the unique tough, resilient texture that is found in both sweet and salty foods, from bladder pacioca to sweet potato balls.
• Lady Gaga can not be summed up as one thing. Since coming on stage a decade ago, the pop star has presented several incarnations of herself, skipped old skins and kept surprising her fans. As the main character in "A Star is Born", she has regained her form.
Last week, Scrabble players got some good news as the Merriam-Webster Official Scrabble Players Dictionary added 300 new words. (Think yowza, bibimbap, zen and qapik, an Azerbaijani coin.)
It was the last chapter in the game's long history.
"After carefully reviewing and considering your game, we do not believe that we would like to add this product to our line," said a letter to Mr. Butts of Milton Bradley.
With regret, the company has regretted that the game, which became Scrabble in 1948 following the involvement of a single investor, was rejected.
Despite competition from online games such as Words With Friends, the board version remains popular, selling an estimated one million two million sets annually in North America. It has been translated into about 29 languages, including German.
This reporter, among her proud accomplishments, may call the petition to Words With Friends to add "ew" to her word list. Last week, "ew" also became an acceptable word in Scrabble (along with another two-digit word, "ok," which opens up new strategic opportunities).
Nancy Wartik wrote today's Back Story.
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