Italy Hit With Another Earthquake, Americans Leave Turkey Plus More Election Coverage

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Central Italy experiences yet another earthquake.
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The FBI has revealed that the discovery of possibly incriminating emails dealing with the Clinton email server investigation as well as the recent investigation into Anthony Weiner actually occurred weeks ago. Now, it’s being questioned why exactly the FBI waited so long to inform the public, and if their doing so had something to do with the election, just days away. Apparently the Justice Department and FBI are working together to receive government approval to search the newly discovered emails at length, with government lawyers looking to obtain a warrant from a judge to seize the computer belonging to Weiner and his wife.

Turkey announced the dismissal of another 10,000 government employees, as well as the closure of 15 media outlets, due to their affiliation with the failed coup that took place in July. Since the occurrence, more than 100,000 individuals have been suspended or fired, with about 37,000 arrested. Those under fire include teachers, healthcare professionals and judicial experts. The media outlets closed include newspapers, wires and magazines, topping out the media sources closed since the coup at about 160. Many Turkish citizens are speaking out against the actions, saying that the government’s and President Tayyip Erdogan’s actions are in direct violation of justice and democracy.

Meanwhile, the president has extended Turkey’s state of emergency to mid-January, saying actions are needed to stomp out any threats from terrorist organizations. He also announced that he wanted to reinstate the death penalty to assist with this project. While this would essentially wipe out any chance of Turkey’s entry into the European Union, President Erdogan says he is unconcerned.

Accordingly, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning yesterday telling all civilian family members of Istanbul consulate staff to leave the country. The warning indicated that the decision is based off of increasing threats from terrorist groups against U.S. citizens in Istanbul. The travel warning is in addition to another issued earlier last week, that warned Americans against travel in southeast Turkey.

A Trump supporter in Iowa was charged with election misconduct this week, a Class D felony she received for voting twice in the general election. She was released after posting a $5,000 bond and will face a preliminary hearing Nov. 7. Police records state Terri Lynn Rote cast two ballots, one at an early-voting ballot and another at a county satellite voting location. Rote was interviewed by The Washington Post over the weekend, and told the press she didn’t plan out her crime, but rather it was “a spur-of-the-moment thing” that occurred to her when she just happened to walk by the satellite voting location. She says she simply doesn’t know what came over her, but that she did fear her original vote would be changed to a vote for Hillary, as she thinks the polls are rigged. Originally a Mike Huckabee fan, she turned to Trump after Huckabee dropped out of the primaries.

Trump voiced concern over Colorado’s mail-ballot election system over the weekend. “I have real problems with ballots being sent. Like people say, ‘Oh, here’s a ballot. Here’s another ballot, throw it away. Oh, here’s one I like. We’ll keep that one.’ I have real problems,” he said. “We have a lot of people watching you people that collect the ballots,” he went on to warn.

Italy experienced yet another deadly earthquake, the fourth in three months, yesterday morning. The 6.6-magnitude quake is the country’s strongest in years and occurred quite close to the same area where August’s deadly quake happened. Tremors were felt as far as Rome and Venice. No deaths have been registered as of yet, but around 20 have been injured. It’s suspected early evacuations are to thank for the low injury count. Italy’s prime minister is promising a rebuilding of the destroyed villages, but some things can simply not be replaced, such as the medieval basilica which fell yesterday, as well as other ancient and culturally significant structures. Many individuals living in the region are now displaced, and some are even considering moving away from the area altogether, after experiencing this new earthquake so soon after the deathly events in August.

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