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September 23, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tentative agreement has been reached for a Senate committee to hear testimony Thursday from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault from decades ago. That’s according to a person briefed on the matter who isn’t authorized to discuss it by name. The person says that lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford and bipartisan representatives of the committee came to the tentative agreement Saturday. Other terms of the public hearing will be negotiated Sunday.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is offering condolences to Iranians affected by an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded dozens. A statement issued Saturday by the U.N. says Guterres also “condemns the attack today in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz.” The statement adds that Guterres “expresses his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Iran. He wishes those injured a speedy recovery.”

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting of world leaders Monday and will try once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing threats ranging from Mideast conflicts to the effects of global warming — and also encouraging the glimmer of hope over the nuclear standoff in North Korea. Conflicts in Syria and Yemen will certainly be in the spotlight along with Mideast and African hot spots and Iran.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Activists marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico staged a rally and caravan initially focused on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Organizers said 20 buses carrying Puerto Ricans and members of other Hispanic groups, along with faith leaders, progressives and others around the Palm Beach resort then to a public area for a rally.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and China have announced a breakthrough “provisional agreement” about the appointment of bishops, an issue that for decades has caused conflict between the Holy See and Beijing. The Communist government’s long-held insistence that it must approve appointments of bishops in China had thwarted improved relations between the two sides. The deal, announced Saturday, could help pave the way for eventual diplomatic relations and a papal trip to China.

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