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Kavanaugh Accuser Asks for Conditions…UN Concerned Over Chinese Treatment of Muslims…Cohen Provides “Critical Info” to Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) – A woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago may testify before a Senate committee but would like certain conditions met. A Senate aide says California college professor Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyer told Judiciary Committee staff the preference would be for Ford to testify next Thursday and she doesn’t want to be in the same room with Kavanaugh, who denies her allegation. President Donald Trump told Fox News on Thursday it’s a “sad situation.”

ISTANBUL (AP) – As about a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are held in Chinese internment camps that have alarmed a U.N. panel and the U.S. government, there is evidence the children of detainees and exiles are also being placed into dozens of orphanages across the far west region of Xinjiang. Experts say what China is doing echoes how white colonialists in North America and Australia treated indigenous children, while Uighurs fear that their ethnic identity is being wiped out one child at a time.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen says he’s providing “critical information” as part of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance and other charges last month and tweeted Thursday he’s providing the information to prosecutors without a cooperation agreement. The Republican president has repeatedly trashed the investigation and called it a politically motivated and “rigged witch hunt.”

WASHINGTON (AP) – The often low-key Hawaii U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono has stepped into the spotlight as one of the most outspoken senators defending a woman who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago. California college professor Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation has upended the previously smooth confirmation process for Kavanaugh, who denies assaulting her. Hirono said this week she wanted to tell men: “Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing, for a change.”

NEW YORK (AP) – Some investors are seeing and smelling green in marijuana stocks. Canada is getting ready to legalize pot next month, leading to giant gains for Canada-based companies listed on U.S. exchanges. The value of the British Columbia-based company Tilray has jumped tenfold since its initial public offering just two months ago. But Ken Mahoney, CEO of New York based Mahoney Asset Management, is cautious. He says, “We just went through this eight months ago with cryptocurrencies.”

South Korean President Wants to Officially End War…Monday Hearing Scheduled for Kavanaugh, Accuser Testimony…Landslide Kills 15 in Philippines

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea’s president says he will discuss with President Donald Trump next week the issue of a declaration ending the 1950-53 Korean War. President Moon Jae-in spoke with reporters after returning home from a three-day trip to North Korea that included his third summit with leader Kim Jong Un. Moon and Kim are pushing for the end-of-war declaration by December. Moon says he and Kim agreed such a declaration has nothing to do with any pullout of 28,500 U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says his panel still plans a Monday morning hearing that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been invited to attend, as well as the woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers. Christine Blasey Ford initially said through a lawyer that she was willing to appear, but has since said that she first wants a full FBI investigation of her accusation.

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – “I’m just ready for this to be over.” College student Evan Jones is echoing the sentiments of thousands of people in the Carolinas who still haven’t been able to return home, even after the remnants of Florence have gone out to sea. Jones evacuated from Wilmington, North Carolina when the storm hit. In Fayetteville, Roberta and Joseph Keithley have been sleeping on cots set up in a classroom since Friday. They don’t know the extent of damage to their home.

NAGA, Philippines (AP) – At least 15 people are dead after a massive landslide buried dozens of homes near a mountain in the central Philippines. The police chief in Naga city says the slide surged down on about 30 houses in two rural villages after daybreak. It hit while several northern Philippine provinces were still dealing with deaths and widespread damage wrought by Typhoon Mangkhut on Saturday.

TOKYO (AP) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation’s leader. Abe handily defeated his sole challenger, Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister. The decisive victory may embolden him to pursue his long-sought revision to Japan’s U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution.