Donald Trump rejects CIA Russia hacking report

 

President-elect Donald Trump has rejected as "ridiculous" a CIA assessment that Russian hackers tried to sway the election in his favour.

He told Fox News the Democrats were putting out the reports because they were embarrassed at the scale of the election defeat.

On Friday, CIA officials told US media they had concluded that Russians hackers were trying to help Mr Trump.

Russian officials have repeatedly denied the hacking accusations.

Mr Trump said it might have been Russia but it was impossible to know.

"They have no idea if it's Russia or China or somebody sitting in a bed some place," he said.

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I was never a sex worker, says Trump’s wife


Melania Trump, wife of US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, is suing a Slovenian journalist for defamation over claims that she previously worked with an escort agency, her attorney said Wednesday.
The suit, filed last Friday at a court in the capital Ljubljana, accuses journalist Tomaz Mihelic of defamation as well as making false and unverified statements against the Slovenian-born former model.
The claims were published in Slovenian celebrity magazine Suzy in August and repeated in Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, in which Mihelic was interviewed under the fake initials S.S.

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Clinton campaign accuses FBI of ‘blatant double standard’

Hillary Clinton's campaign accused FBI Director James Comey Monday of engaging in a "blatant double standard."

Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook slammed Comey in the wake of reports that the FBI director refused to publicly comment on potential Donald Trump campaign ties to Russia's alleged efforts to meddle with the US election, but did weigh in on an updated investigation involving Clinton's email server.

"It is impossible to view this as anything less than a blatant double standard," Mook, Clinton's campaign manager, said on a call with reporters. "That Director Comey would show more discretion in a matter concerning a foreign state action than one involving the Democratic nominee for president is nothing short of jaw-dropping."

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US election: Trump ‘fool’ and Clinton ‘weak’, say VPs

Donald Trump was likened to a "fool or maniac" while Hillary Clinton was dismissed as "weak and feckless" in a punchy vice-presidential debate.

Democratic Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence clashed on a series of topics ranging from abortion to Russia.

But they focused their sharpest exchanges on Mrs Clinton and Mr Trump.

The running mates tangled at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, 34 days before Americans go to the polls.

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UK accuses Russia of ‘war crimes’ over Aleppo bombing

Britain has accused Russia and Syria of war crimes during a special meeting of the UN Security Council in New York to discuss the crisis in Aleppo. 

Russian and Syrian jets have been accused of using phosphorous and cluster munitions on civilian areas. 

Also, the regime has been targeting emergency workers responding to attacks with barrel bombs.  

The British ambassador to the UN said Russia is partnering with Syria to commit war crimes. 

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Egypt marks 150th anniversary of parliament

The Arab Republic of Egypt, will on October 9, 2016, mark the 150th anniversary of its legislature, which is one of the oldest in the world.

The celebration, which would hold at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, will be attended by the President of Egypt, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Egypt’s 596 Members of Parliament.

Speakers of Russian, American, European, Chinese and Japanese parliaments and Arab legislatures, are also expected at the event, a statement on Monday by Ahmed Maher, Information Officer, Egyptian High Commission, Abuja, stated.

It said that the history of Egypt’s parliament,  the first in the Arab, African and Middle East regions, dates back to October 22, 1866 when the 75-member Council of Consultative Deputies (Maglis Shura Al-Nuwab) was formed.

The statement noted that the council, which was inaugurated during the era of Khedive Ismail (1863-1879), held its first meeting on November 25, 1866.

It read in part, “According to the 2014 Constitution of Egypt ,the new parliament, which was inaugurated on January 10, this year, is the most empowered and diverse parliamentary body in Egyptian history.

“For instance, women made extraordinary gains and now hold 89 seats in the House of Representatives, making the highest percentage of female representation (14.9 percent) in Parliament’s 150-year history.

“The same is also true about Christians whose number now stands at 39 (6.5 percent) while the number of political parties represented in parliament rose to 19, with 245 MPs (41.1 per cent).”

Meanwhile, the 3rd session of the 4th legislative term of the African Parliament will be held at Sharm El-Sheik from October 9-19, 2016.

Egypt played a significant role in the formation of African Union as one of its founding members. It hosted the first African summit in 1964.

Source: Punch

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