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October 7, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Donald Trump turned to a political rally in Kansas to celebrate Brett Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court. The president condemned Democrats for what he called a “shameless campaign of political and personal destruction” against his nominee. To cheers Saturday night in Topeka, Trump declared it an “historic night” shortly after signing the paperwork to make Kavanaugh’s status official. Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice Saturday evening in Washington.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Cory Booker is urging Democrats disappointed by Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court to turn their despair into action. It’s a political message that blends with the New Jersey Democrat’s national debut as a presidential prospect. Booker raced from Saturday’s Senate vote on Kavanaugh to the Iowa Democratic Party’s top fall fundraiser to try to make a positive impression on roughly 1,000 activists in Des Moines.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wrapped up his fourth visit to North Korea after meeting Kim Jong Un to seek elusive progress in efforts to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons. Pompeo tweeted on his arrival in Seoul that he had met with Kim and that they “continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore Summit.”

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Christians dressed in their tidiest clothes flocked to Sunday sermons in the earthquake and tsunami damaged Indonesian city of Palu, hoping for answers to the double tragedy that inflicted deep trauma on their community. Indonesia’s disaster agency said Sunday that the death toll had climbed to 1,763, with more than 5,000 feared missing. An agency spokesman says they’re still trying to confirm the number still missing.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament has voted to join a global convention to cut off terror financing, hoping to avoid further international sanctions as the 2015 nuclear accord unravels. Parliament speaker Ali Larijani says 143 out of 268 lawmakers present voted Sunday to join the “Combating the Financing of Terrorism,” or CFT. Iran has long provided support to the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group as well as Palestinian armed groups.

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