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Trump names Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

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Washington, July 10 (IANS):US President Donald Trump has nominated  Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge with extensive legal credentials and a lengthy political record, to succeed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy in the Supreme Court.

“Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials,” Trump said on Monday, shortly after announcing his pick.

In a primetime announcement at the White House, the President praised his pick as a “brilliant jurist”.

The nominee, a District of Columbia appeals court judge, is a former adviser to ex-President George W. Bush.

The decision has far-reaching implications for America on everything from abortion to guns to immigration.

Trump said: “Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law.”

He added: “He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.”

This is the president’s second appointment to the highest court in the land, potentially allowing him to shape the US for a generation after he leaves the White House.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he hoped the Wild Boars team, who were stranded by rising floodwaters two weeks ago, would be rescued in time to watch the World Cup 2018 final in Moscow on July 15.
With reality television-style suspense, he had kept everyone guessing up until the last moment.

The appointee would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who announced last month that he will retire this summer.

At Monday night’s announcement, Judge Kavanaugh said: “Mr. President, thank you. Throughout this process I have witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary.

“No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input abut a Supreme Court nomination.

“I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me.”

Judge Kavanaugh has served since 2006 on the influential US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and was formerly a White House aide under George W. Bush.

He previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

A Yale graduate, he once clerked for Justice Kennedy, the man he would replace.

Judge Kavanaugh recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion.

He wrote a Minnesota law review article in 2009 arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office.

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White House agrees to temporarily reinstate Acosta’s press pass

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Washington, Nov 17 : The US White House has said it will “temporarily reinstate” CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass in response to Federal Judge Timothy Kelly’s order, while insisting that “there must be decorum at the White House.”

The judge granted CNN’s request on Friday morning for a temporary restraining order which will allow Acosta to get access to the White House again at least for now, but didn’t rule on CNN’s lawsuit against US President Donald Trump and several top White House aides over the dispute.

“In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement, Xinhua reported.

White House “will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future,” said Sanders.

She added that the federal judge “made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House.”

CNN on Tuesday sued the administration over the suspension of Acosta’s press pass to the White House following his heated exchange with the president last week, claiming the decision violated the reporter’s First and Fifth Amendment rights to free speech and due process.

The judge said the White House did not provide Acosta with the due process required to legally revoke his press pass, adding that he believes CNN and Acosta are likely to prevail in the case overall, according to a CNN report.

It is thought that based on the judge’s explanation, the White House could seek to revoke Acosta’s press pass again if it provided that due process.

The Justice Department on Wednesday argued in a legal filing that the president and White House possess “broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists

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India, Britain share assessment of global terror threats

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New Delhi, Nov 16: Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, India and Britain on Friday shared their assessment of terror threats across the world, including cross-border terrorism in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region during the 12th Meeting of India-UK Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism here.

“Both sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry said.

“They shared assessment on the prevailing terrorist threats globally and in their region including cross-border terrorism in the Af-Pak region,” it stated.

The meeting came ahead of the 10th anniversary of the four-day cross-border terror attack in Mumbai that started on November 26, 2008, and left over 160 people dead and over 300 injured.

The attack was carried out by the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

In Friday’s meeting, both sides exchanged views on current counter-terrorism challenges, including countering radicalisation and violent extremism, combating financing of terrorism and preventing use of internet for terrorist purposes and agreed to strengthen cooperation in dealing with these challenges.

“The two sides also deliberated upon measures to deepen counter-terrorism cooperation through regular exchange of information, mutual capacity building efforts, sharing of best practices and mutual legal assistance,” the Ministry statement said.

“Cooperation in multilateral fora such as United Nations and Financial Action Task Force was also discussed,” it added.

During the meeting, the Indian side was led by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary (Counter-Terrorism) in the External Affairs Ministry, while the British delegation was led by Jane Marriot, Director of the Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit.

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Sri Lanka MPs hurl chilli powder and chairs in parliament over divisive no-confidence vote

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Colombo, Nov 16 :Sri Lanka’s parliament has been disrupted for a second day as lawmakers came to blows in an extraordinary commotion that lasted around half an hour. One MP threw a dustbin at Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. Legislators allied to the disputed prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, hurling chairs at police officers and allegedly throwing chilli powder at opposing MPs.

It was the latest violent incident in the crisis that erupted three weeks ago, when the president, Maithripala Sirisena, suddenly announced he had sacked the prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and installed Rajapaksa in his place.

Brewing tensions in Sri Lanka’s Parliament over a no-confidence motion against the country’s newly appointed prime minister boiled over to an all-out brawl between lawmakers on Friday.

Mahinda Rajapaksa faced an immediate backlash in the chamber and lost a no-confidence motion against him which has served to further stoke divisions between lawmakers.

122 of the 225 legislators in the Sri Lankan chamber signed the no-confidence motion which must now be presented for ratification by the President.

“I urge all parliamentarians to uphold principles of democracy,” Sirisena said on twitter when ugly scenes broke out in the chamber. “I will not prorogue the Parliament under any circumstances,” he added.

 

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