Election Briefs: Trump's controversial guests

The Trump and Clinton campaign planes at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Tuesday, ahead of today's third and final presidential debate.
The Trump and Clinton campaign planes at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Tuesday, ahead of today's third and final presidential debate.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Trump's controversial guests

NEW YORK • Mr Donald Trump has invited two eyebrow-raising guests to his presidential debate today with Mrs Hillary Clinton: US President Barack Obama's estranged half-brother and the mother of an American official who died in Benghazi, Libya.

Mr Malik Obama will be in Las Vegas together with Ms Pat Smith, whose son Sean died in the 2012 attack on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi. Ms Smith has been a vocal critic of Mrs Clinton and delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention in July.

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Dad's on-tape comments offensive, says Ivanka

WASHINGTON • Ms Ivanka Trump has finally spoken about the 2005 tape in which her father Donald Trump made sexually aggressive remarks about women, saying his words were "clearly inappropriate and offensive".

In her statement on Monday to Fast Company, she added: "The greatest comfort I have is the fact that I know my father. Most of the people who write about him don't. I do. So that gives me an ability to shrug off the things that I read about him that are wrong."


Nobel laureates endorse Clinton

NEW YORK • A group of the world's leading experts in science, medicine and economics have argued that Mrs Hillary Clinton's election is crucial to safeguard freedom and preserve a constitutional government.

Tuesday's forceful endorsement came in a letter signed by 70 Nobel laureates from a variety of fields and making the case that Mrs Clinton is the candidate who best understands the importance of investing in science and technology at a time when the world faces challenges on several fronts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2016, with the headline 'Election Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe