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Midterm elections about Donald Trump despite his denials, analysts say

Midterm elections about Donald Trump despite his denials, analysts say

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Despite his denials, President Trump is very much the center of the 2018 election, political pros say -- and the leader of the Republican Party will earn at least some of the blame should the GOP fail to hold its majorities in Congress.
Jamal Khashoggi killing sparked by Muslim Brotherhood ties

Jamal Khashoggi killing sparked by Muslim Brotherhood ties

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Some deeper subplots played into the disappearance of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi -- stemming from his long career of political activism, ties to Saudi intelligence and Mr. Khashoggi's past relationship with the Islamist group the Muslim Brot…
Banksy: Shredding of auctioned painting failed

Banksy: Shredding of auctioned painting failed

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Banksy has posted a video to his website in which he implies the shredding of his "Girl With Balloon" at a Sotheby's auction in London was supposed to have been complete.
Jon Tester-Matt Rosendale Montana Senate race highlights Trump anger over Ronny Jackson

Jon Tester-Matt Rosendale Montana Senate race highlights Trump anger over Ronny Jackson

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A messy, partisan Senate confirmation fight may play the deciding role in Montana's too-close-to-call U.S. Senate race, but it may not be the fight that first comes to mind.
Gun-control advocates fund abortion midterm ads

Gun-control advocates fund abortion midterm ads

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Gun control has receded so far into the background of the midterm congressional elections that Everytown for Gun Safety, a major player in gun control, is spending its money on ads covering abortion, health care and the Republican tax bill.
Saudi Arabia’s alliances are being tested as never before

Saudi Arabia’s alliances are being tested as never before

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WHEN AMERICA’S secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, met Saudi officials in Riyadh on October 16th, they smiled, posed for photos and talked about jet lag. They did not dwell on the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, allegedly carved up with a bone saw. Two weeks earlier Mr Khashoggi, who lived in self-imposed exile, walked into the…
The UN Human Rights Council’s lousy election

The UN Human Rights Council’s lousy election

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THOSE WHO argue that the UN’s Human Rights Council is a force for good were greatly disappointed last week by the election to the council of Bahrain, Cameroon, Eritrea and the Philippines; those who praised President Donald Trump’s decision in June to pull the United States out of the council have taken succour from the…
Paul Allen leaves a lasting legacy both at Microsoft and in Seattle

Paul Allen leaves a lasting legacy both at Microsoft and in Seattle

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“MICROSOFT WOULD never have happened without Paul.” You would expect Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and now one of the world’s leading philanthropists, to say something like this after the death of Paul Allen, his former business partner, who passed away on October 15th following complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer. But without…
A court ruling knocks another hole in Swiss banking secrecy

A court ruling knocks another hole in Swiss banking secrecy

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DURING his decade-long legal battle with the Swiss authorities, Rudolf Elmer, a bank whistleblower, endured 48 prosecutorial interrogations, spent six months in solitary confinement and faced 70 court rulings. None, though, was more important than the decision by Switzerland’s supreme court on October 10th, which set strict limits on the country’s famous bank-secrecy laws. Mr…
The main high from Canada’s cannabis legalisation is financial

The main high from Canada’s cannabis legalisation is financial

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A BLACK dragon with white claws, its wings etched with Escher-like designs, has a vitrine of its own at the centre of the Boroheads glass gallery in Toronto. The “dab rig” (for smoking cannabis oil) sells for C$8,000 ($6,170). Such items are in high demand, according to the gallery’s co-owner, who calls himself James Bongd.…