Iran FM demands protection for diplomatic missions in Iraq
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed on Saturday called for the protection of diplomatic installations in Iraq as he hosted his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Tehran.The top diplomats also discussed the US killing in Baghdad of top Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani in January, and bilateral cooperation between the two neighbours.Zarif, in an English-language tweet, said they discussed "attacks on Iranian diplomatic premises" in Iraq, adding that he had underlined to Hussein the "imperative of protection of diplomatic posts".They also "reviewed practical steps to further enhance bilate...
Israelis protest against Netanyahu despite coronavirus lockdown
Thousands of Israelis gathered in Jerusalem late Saturday demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a day after the country tightened its lockdown aimed at stemming surging coronavirus cases.Long processions of cars carrying people from throughout the country caused traffic jams in the city, with hundreds of small protests held at bridges and junctions nationwide.Israel began a second nationwide lockdown on September 18 in a bid to bring down the world's highest coronavirus infection rate per capita.On Friday, restrictions were tightened further, including limiting intern...
Trump names 'brilliant' conservative to US Supreme Court
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump named Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, setting in motion a rush by Republicans to cement a conservative majority on the court on the eve of a tense and potentially disputed US election.Trump stood alongside Barrett at a White House Rose Garden ceremony to announce his decision, calling her "one of the most brilliant and gifted minds" in the legal world.Despite strong opposition from Democrats, he predicted a "very quick" and "straightforward" confirmation in the Republican-led Senate.If confirmed, Barrett will fill the seat left by t...
QB Kyle Trask's 6 TD passes leads Florida to 51-35 romp over Ole Miss
The Florida Gators appear to have a championship quarterback in Kyle Trask.A championship defense? Not so much.Trask’s career-high six touchdown passes carried UF to a 51-35 season-opening road win over Ole Miss and helped his team overcome a shaky defensive effort that allowed the Rebels to keep things interesting on a chilly, drizzly day at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.The Gators’ redshirt senior signal caller was on the mark from the start as coach Dan Mullen’s fifth-ranked squad never trailed Ole Miss, led by first-year coach and offensive whiz Lane Kiffin.Trask looked to his most reliable tar...
Donald Trump Nominates Right-Wing Judge Amy Coney Barrett For Supreme Court
Since the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Trump Administration has made a push to fill the vacant seat before Election Day, despite Ginsburg’s dying wish that her seat not be replaced until a new president is installed. Speculation arose as to who President Donald Trump would nominate, with potential names including Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), but since Trump declared at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina last Saturday that he would be nominating a woman, Amy Coney Barrett shot to the top of his list.On S...
Amy Coney Barrett: Religious conservative US Supreme Court pick
Washington (AFP) - Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was nominated Saturday to the US Supreme Court, is a darling of conservatives for her religious views but detractors warn her confirmation would shift the nation's top court firmly to the right.A practising Catholic and the mother of seven children, including two adopted from Haiti and a young son with Down's Syndrome, Barrett is personally opposed to abortion, one of the key issues dominating the cultural divide in the United States.As a federal appeals court judge since 2017, she has taken positions backing gun rights and against migrants, wome...
Giants cut Jeff Samardzija with two days left in regular season
Before taking the mound at Oracle Park for the final regular-season start with the San Francisco Giants, Jeff Samardzija sat on the dugout bench and thought about the memories he made during a five-year tenure with the club.“It’s like you’re always going to be there, always going to have that opportunity,” Samardzija said. “But we all know time goes by real fast. Looking at the stadium, it’s tough. I’ve had a lot of fun here. I very much enjoyed my time here. I was taking it all in.”Samardzija didn’t have much time to reflect after a 6-5 walk-off loss on Friday. The Giants designated him for a...
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Former Giants outfielder Hunter Pence announces retirement from baseball
If everything unfolded according to plan, Hunter Pence would be playing the outfield, giving fiery pregame speeches and willing the Giants toward a surprise playoff berth during the 2020 season.With two days left in the regular season and more than a month after he last wore the Giants uniform, Pence announced he’s retiring from baseball.“My goal was to go as hard as I could for as long as I could,” Pence wrote in an Instagram post. “I love to play baseball and I cherished every day, every teammate, every victory and every defeat, along with the lessons that came with them. Giving it everythin...
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As Trump questions US election system, Sen. Blunt says it's 'secure as it's ever been'
While President Donald Trump has refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power should he lose, saying he wasn’t sure the election could be honest with the proliferation of mail ballots, Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt says the U.S. election system is “secure as it’s ever been.”Blunt, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, took to the Senate floor earlier this week to talk about the $1.2 billion made available to help states update systems, increase cybersecurity and address COVID-19 issues.“I want to talk about the election system...
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Dangote eulogises Elumelu over enlistment in 2020 ‘TIME 100’
Eulogies have continued to come the way of Tony Elumelu, who was recently named among the 100 most influential people of 2020 in “TIME 100”.In his commendation for the feat, Aliko Dangote, president, Dangote Industries Limited, in a flowery prose contained in statement he personally signed, noted that the Chairman of the United Bank for Africa had achieved everything he set his hands on to.“A mere handshake says a lot about Tony Elumelu,” Dangote began.“His gritty grip underlines his charming, tenacious personality: a man who hardly backs down from any challenge. The same engaging qualities ha...