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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Ten Things of Switch and Witch

A fiery image of Brett Kavanaugh promoting the coven's event/Catland Books
  1. A coven of New York witches placed a hex on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, while a Catholic priest and exorcist in California planned to counter the spell by saying prayers for the justice at Mass.
  2. Villagers in north-eastern Turkey raised the alarm when a cherished 300-year-old bridge seemed to vanish overnight. But the thief was a flash flood rather than treasure hunters.
  3. The UK, France and Germany have denounced journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing, demanding urgent clarification from Saudi Arabia over his death. A joint statement said the explanation that Mr Khashoggi died after a "fist fight" in the consulate in Istanbul needed "to be backed by facts to be considered credible".
  4. US President Donald Trump now says he is "not satisfied" with Saudi Arabia's account of the death of Mr Khashoggi, after initially refusing to hold the kingdom accountable. Adding that sanctions were a possibility, however, he added that halting an arms deal would "hurt us more than it would hurt them".
  5. The US will withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, President Donald Trump has confirmed. Critics say it will spark a new arms race. Russia has condemned US plans to withdraw from the key nuclear weapons treaty and threatened to retaliate over the "very dangerous step".
  6. Heavy weapons have been withdrawn from the frontlines around Syria's Idlib province in line with a deal to create a demilitarised buffer zone being overseen by Turkey, which backs the rebels, and Russia, a key ally of the government. They want to avert a a full-scale battle, which the UN has warned could trigger a "humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict".
  7. Israel's Supreme Court has overturned a ban on a US student from entering the country over her alleged support of an anti-Israel boycott campaign. Her lawyers called the court's ruling a victory for free speech, academic freedom and the rule of law.
  8. Ryanair has been criticised for apparently failing to remove a passenger from a flight after racial abuse of a woman in her 70s.
  9. Cate Blanchett has defended straight actors playing gay roles in film and TV, but openly gay actors say they are not given equal consideration for straight roles. Sir Ian McKellen has pointed out that no openly gay man has ever won the Academy Award for best actor, but straight actors have taken home the prize for playing LGBT roles.
  10. Young people in Western countries have become infatuated with K-pop - Korean pop music - and Korean soap operas. But it's not just Korean entertainment - in the last 18 months, there has also been a rise in Korean beauty trends coming over to the West.

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