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NIKKI HA­LEY’S RES­IG­NA­TION JUST BE­FORE THE MIDTERM ELEC­TIONS HAS FUELD SPEC­U­LA­TION. SHE MAN­AGED TO AVOID ANTAGONIZING TRUMP, WHILE RAIS­ING HER PRO­FILE. HER TIM­ING IS PER­FECT AS SHE LEFT BE­FORE HER RE­LA­TION­SHIP VIS­I­BLY DECAYED. NIKKI HA­LEY Nikki Ha­ley re­signed on Tues­day as the US am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, in the lat­est de­par­ture from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s na­tional se­cu­rity team. Ha­ley was coy on her rea­sons for quit­ting, say­ing only that it was “im­por­tant to un­der­stand when it’s time to stand aside” af­ter a string of chal­leng­ing jobs. Re­spond­ing to me­dia spec­u­la­tion, she in­sisted that she was not plan­ning to run for Pres­i­dent against Trump in 2020, when she might be seen as a more mod­er­ate Re­pub­li­can. BRETT KA­VANAUGH Con­ser­va­tive US judge Brett Ka­vanaugh was con­firmed to the Supreme Court by a ra­zor­thin mar­gin in the Se­nate, end­ing months of par­ti­san ran­cor over his nom­i­na­tion and of­fer­ing Don­ald Trump one of the big­gest vic­to­ries of his pres­i­dency. Ka­vanaugh’s as­cent to the SC was thrown into doubt when univer­sity re­search psy­chol­o­gist Chris­tine Blasey Ford tes­ti­fied that he had sex­u­ally as­saulted her at a party. G.D. AGAR­WAL En­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist G.D. Agar­wal died at a Rishikesh hos­pi­tal on Thurs­day, 111 days af­ter he be­gan a fast for a pol­lu­tion-free Ganga. He was 86. G.D. Agar­wal, also known as Swami Gyan­swa­roop Sanand in his later years, had been a pro­fes­sor at the In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Kan­pur and served on the Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board. He was protest­ing against hy­dro­elec­tric projects on the Ganga’s trib­u­taries and had sought a law to pro­tect the river. INDRA NOOYI Pep­siCo’s In­dia-born for­mer CEO Indra Nooyi, 62, has said she would cause a third World War if she joins pol­i­tics as she is too out­spo­ken. Asked if she would like to join US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Cab­i­net now that she has stepped down as Pepsi CEO, Nooyi said, “Me and pol­i­tics don’t mix at all. I am too out­spo­ken, I am not diplo­matic. I don’t even know what diplo­macy is. I would cause a third World War. Don’t do it”. Af­ter work­ing 18 to 20 hours a day for 40 years, Nooyi said it was “lib­er­at­ing.” JA­MAL KHASHOGGI Khashoggi, a Wash­ing­ton Post con­trib­u­tor, van­ished on Oc­to­ber 2 af­ter en­ter­ing the king­dom’s con­sulate in Is­tan­bul to ob­tain doc­u­ments for his up­com­ing mar­riage. Turk­ish po­lice and nu­mer­ous me­dia have claimed he was tor­tured and killed at the con­sulate. Khashoggi has been a long­time regime dis­si­dent. Re­cently he was crit­i­cal of their on­go­ing war in Ye­men. Khashoggi was work­ing qui­etly with in­tel­lec­tu­als and re­formists to launch a group called Democ­racy for the Arab World Now.

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