While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 30 edition

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leaves after giving a press conference about the FBI's reopening of a probe into her use of a private email server while secretary of State, in Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct 28, 2016.
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leaves after giving a press conference about the FBI's reopening of a probe into her use of a private email server while secretary of State, in Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct 28, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Clinton campaign urges FBI to detail new developments in email case

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s top aides on Saturday (Oct 29) lashed out at FBI Director James Comey for igniting a new controversy over a long-running private email investigation less than two weeks before the presidential election, saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing and accusing him of spreading “innuendo.”

Comey, who has headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2013, notified the US Congress on Friday that the agency is again reviewing emails, even though in July it decided not to seek prosecution of Clinton for her handling of classified materials on a private email server while she was secretary of state.

John Podesta, who heads Clinton’s presidential campaign, told reporters that Comey’s letter to Congress was “light on facts, heavy on innuendo,” and he urged Comey to “come forward and give those answers to the American public” about the exact nature of the FBI’s latest review of emails.

Sources close to the investigation on Friday said the latest emails were discovered as part of a separate probe into Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

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Iceland's 'Pirates' eye power in snap vote after Panama Papers scandal

Icelanders voted on Saturday (Oct 29) in a snap election that could see the anti-establishment Pirate Party form the next government in the wake of the Panama Papers tax-dodging scandal and lingering anger over the 2008 financial meltdown.

Voters are expected to punish the incumbent coalition after the Panama Papers revealed a global tax evasion scandal that ensnared several senior politicians and forced former prime minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson to resign.

Although the current government of the conservative Independence Party and the centrist Progressive Party survived the scandal, it promised a snap election six months before the end of its term in spring 2017.

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Spain's conservative Rajoy voted back to power, ending crisis

Spain's parliament voted conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy back into power Saturday (Oct 29), ending a rollercoaster, 10-month political crisis despite bitter opposition and lingering divisions.

One hundred and seventy lawmakers voted for Rajoy, 111 against, and 68 abstained - all Socialist MPs, in line with the party's reluctant decision to let its arch-rival govern rather than trigger a third round of elections in the poll-weary country.

Rajoy pledged to plough on with economic policies deeply unpopular with the opposition which blames austerity measures taken in his first term for rising inequality.

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Jesus's tomb opened for first time in centuries

Preservation experts have opened for the first time in at least two centuries what Christians believe is Jesus's tomb inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Some of the historic work was witnessed by AFP photographer Gali Tibbon who captured images of the site believed to contain the rock upon which Jesus was laid in around 33 AD as it was uncovered as part of ongoing restoration at the site.

A marble slab covering the site, among the holiest in Christianity, was pulled back for three days as part of both restoration work and archaeological analysis, experts on the scene told AFP.

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Football: City and Arsenal forge ahead but Burnley goalie Heaton thwarts United as Herrera sees red

Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan each scored twice, as Manchester City crushed West Bromwich Albion 4-0 on Saturday to reclaim first place in the English Premier League football standings from Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger's side won 4-1 at Sunderland, with substitute Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez both scoring twice, but City's win kept Pep Guardiola's side top on goal difference.

Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands and Ander Herrera was dismissed as Manchester United drew 0-0 with Burnley despite dominating the game, while champions Leicester City drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur.

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