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A fierce political battle shaped up over the future of the US Supreme Court on Saturday, with Trump saying he would quickly name a successor to liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a move that would tip the court further to the right.

“The monarchy is no longer relevant to a younger generation” Spain Deputy PM Pablo Iglesias said He added that a financial scandal which rocked the royal family had presented an “historic moment” and time is right to push for a republic.

Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins said the U.S. Senate should not fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court until after the Nov. 3 presidential election, and the winner of that race should pick the nominee.

An envelope addressed to the White House and intercepted by U.S. authorities contained a substance identified as ricin, a deadly poison that appeared to have been sent from Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said

Tens of thousands protests in #Belarus  capital MinskDemonstrators holding red-and-white protest flags gathered for the "March for Justice" the latest in a series of mass protests held every weekend since a disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko on August 9 #AFP 

From foe to friend: how Iran transformed post-war Iraq ties In the four decades since #Iran  and #Iraq  went to war, Tehran has turned enmity into influence, seeing its allies installed in Baghdad's halls of power and becoming its top trading partner

#Lebanon top Christian cleric took a swipe at leaders of the Shi’ite Muslim community on Sunday for making demands he said were blocking the formation of a new government and causing political paralysis in a nation in deep crisis.


#Israel military said it would investigate unexpected civilian casualties in a strike yesterday on an Islamic Jihad target in the #Gaza  Strip. The airstrike overnight struck a home killing 8 people, including 2 women and 5 children under the age of 13.

Israelis urge Netanyahu to quit over coronavirus, corruption charges About 2,000 Israelis rallied outside #Netanyahu ’s residence in Jerusalem as protests mounted against him over his handling of a worsening coronavirus crisis and alleged corruption.

Hollywood actor Benicio del Toro joined Palestinians at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday in a demonstration against the Israeli army's killing of 60 Palestinians on the Gaza border. #Palestinians  #Gaza  #Israel  #Cannes2018 

Survivors of slave auctions in Libya have described a "total hell" that they wouldn't wish on their "worst enemy" as global outrage grows over footage showing migrants being sold off in the war-torn country #Libya  #SlaveAuction 

#Trump pardoned former U.S. Army Lieutenant Michael Behenna, who was imprisoned for five years for killing an Iraqi prisoner in 2008. Behenna, who stripped Ali Mansur naked for questioning and then shot him twice, claimed he was acting in self-defense.

Death toll soars to 20, stores ransacked for food in deadly night of anti-government protests in Caracas#Venezuela 

The World Health Organization#WHO  voiced deep concern about the rapid escalation and global spread of the coronavirus. “In the next few days, we will reach 1 million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths worldwide,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.