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Saturday, September 22, 2018
Comcast beat Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox in the battle for Sky after offering 30.6 billion pounds ($40 billion) for the British broadcaster, in a dramatic auction to decide the fate of the pay-television group. U.S. cable giant Comcast bid 17.28 pounds a share for control of London-listed Sky, bettering a 15.67 offer by Fox, the Takeover Panel said in a  statement shortly after final bids were made Saturday. Comcast's final offer was... (Full Story)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
A woman who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has agreed to testify before a Senate panel next week, but details of her appearance have not been finalized, her lawyers said Saturday. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had set a Saturday afternoon deadline for Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party 36 years ago, to decide... (Full Story)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Tensions between China and the United States escalated Saturday as China's Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad to issue a harsh protest against U.S. sanctions set for the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles. The move came hours after China canceled trade talks with the U.S. following Washington's imposition of new tariffs on Chinese goods. The statement on the Chinese Foreign Ministry's website called the imposition of... (Full Story)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Pirates kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss merchant vessel on Saturday in Nigerian waters, the ship's operator said in a statement. Massoel Shipping, operator of MV Glarus, said the vessel, with 19 crew members aboard and carrying wheat, was traveling between the southwestern commercial capital, Lagos, and the southern Niger Delta oil hub of Port Harcourt when it was boarded by pirates. It said the attack happened around 45 nautical miles south west of... (Full Story)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
The death toll rose to 167 and one survivor was reportedly rescued Saturday from the ferry boat that capsized in Tanzania's Lake Victoria Thursday. Tanzanian officials continued their search inside the overturned vessel for a third day Saturday as an investigation into the disaster got underway. Search teams spent the day pulling bodies from the MV Nyerere, which sank amid speculation it was overcrowded, as four days of mourning began for victims. The Associated Press reported... (Full Story)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike that killed 18 al-Shabab extremists after U.S. and local forces came under attack in southern Somalia.   The U.S. Africa Command says in a statement the airstrike was carried out in self-defense on Friday about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of the port city of Kismayo.   The statement says two other al-Shabab extremists were killed by Somali forces "with small arms fire during the engagement."   An... (Full Story)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Officials in North and South Carolina are warning residents that the danger of flooding is not over, more than a week after Hurricane Florence pummeled the area with wind and heavy rainfall, killing at least 43 people in the Carolinas and neighboring Virginia. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster warned Friday that "although the winds are gone and the rain is not falling, the water is still there and the worst is still to come." McMaster has estimated damage to his state to... (Full Story)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Pakistan said Saturday an intense gunfight with militants near the border with Afghanistan has killed seven soldiers, including an officer. The clash in North Waziristan erupted while security forces were conducting a counter-terrorism operation based on intelligence information in the remote region, said an army statement.   “A group of terrorists was reported to have infiltrated from across (the border) and hiding in a compound,” it added. Pakistani security forces raided the... (Full Story)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Gunmen opened fire on a military parade in southwestern Iran, killing at least 24 people and wounding more than 53, according to state news media. The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack Saturday in Ahvaz in Khuzestan province. There are conflicting reports giving varying details. Officials said two gunmen were killed.  However, other officials indicated that two others had been arrested in connection with the attack. State television said... (Full Story)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Pope Francis on Saturday urged Lithuanians to use their experience enduring decades of Soviet and Nazi occupation to be a model of tolerance in an intolerant world as he began a three-nation tour of the Baltic region amid renewed alarm over Russia's intentions there. Francis was greeted by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite at the airport and immediately launched into a hectic schedule of political meetings, encounters with Lutheran and Russian Orthodox leaders, and the ordinary... (Full Story)
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