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September 23, 2018

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has declared victory in the Maldives’ third-ever multiparty presidential elections. Independent newspaper website mihaaru.com reports that Solih has 58.3 percent of the vote, with nearly 92 percent of ballots counted.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democrats are asking President Donald Trump again to direct the FBI to investigate Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers. They say the FBI has more than enough time before Ford and Kavanaugh testify on Thursday. Trump and Senate Republicans have repeatedly said an investigation is not necessary.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — A big story had broken, and President Donald Trump was seeking opinions about what to do. Reports said the second-ranking Justice Department official had suggested wearing a wire to secretly record Trump, and also raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment, which deals with removing a president from office. On Air Force One, Trump polled his staff, called his outside network of advisers and kept watch on what Fox News hosts were recommending about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president is accusing an unnamed ally of the U.S. of aiding the militants who attacked a military parade in southwestern Iran. Arab separatists have claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack, which killed 25 people and wounded 60. Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard says those responsible will face “deadly and unforgiving revenge in the near future.”

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On the same day Arab separatists killed at least 25 people in an attack targeting a military parade in Iran, President Donald Trump’s lawyer declared that the government would be toppled. Iran fears that America and its Gulf Arab allies are plotting to tear the Islamic Republic apart. From Saturday’s attack in Ahvaz to America resuming sanctions despite Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, pressure on Tehran is rising and its leaders are growing more combative toward the West.

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