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Trump professes love for Kim and hate for Kavanaugh torment in freewheeling speech

Speaking about his relationship with the North Korean leader, the US president said :’We fell in love.’ He added: ‘No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters.’ He made the remarks during a meandering hour-long speech to promote the candidacy of Republican Patrick Morrisey in West Virginia’s tight Senate race.’ Trump and Kim met in Singapore this year as part of the president’s attempt to push the North Korean regime to disarm after earlier insulting Kim as ‘little rocket man’.

In a meandering hour-long speech in West Virginia, Donald Trump said he “fell in love” with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, while escalating his rhetoric about the supreme court confirmation fight of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Speaking about his relationship with Kim, Trump said “We fell in love.” He added “No really. He wrote me beautiful letters. They were great letters. And then we fell in love.” Trump and Kim met in Singapore this year as part of the president’s attempt to push the North Korean regime to disarm after earlier insulting Kim as “little rocket man”.

He opened his speech by celebrating his trip to the United Nations general assembly earlier this week. “I just left the United Nations, believe me they respect us now again,” said Trump despite the audible laughter when he addressed the body.

He also accused Democrats of “throwing away every standard of decency” and using “meanness and nastiness” in their treatment of Kavanaugh. “They don’t care who they hurt, who they have to run over in order to get power and control and that’s what they want: power and control” said Trump on Saturday night.

The remarks represented Trump’s most fiery comments on Kavanaugh as the FBI reopened a background investigation into allegations the supreme court nominee committed sexual assault in the 1980s. Trump had been uncharacteristically restrained in the aftermath of Thursday’s dramatic hearing where both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate judiciary committee.

The rally was held to promote the candidacy of Republican Patrick Morrisey in West Virginia’s tight Senate race. Morrisey’s opponent, incumbent Joe Manchin, is perhaps the most conservative Democrat and considered a swing vote in the confirmation fight over Kavanaugh. Manchin was one of the key backers of Arizona Republican Jeff Flake’s efforts to delay a final vote on Kavanaugh and reopen the FBI investigation on Friday.

Trump did not directly criticise the West Virginia Democrat on Kavanaugh. Instead he painted him as a Democrat whose victory could give his party control of the Senate which Trump said could lead to the US becoming a “big version” of Venezuela. He added “a vote for Morrisey is a vote for me.”

Instead, Trump focused his ire over Kavanaugh’s nomination towards all Democrats, telling the crowd “the entire nation has witnessed the shameless conduct of the Democrat party”.

He also seemed to turn the midterms into referendum not only on Democratic perfidy but also that of the “fake news media” whom he addressed again as “the enemy of the people”. Trump told the crowd of the press, “This November 6 you have a chance to reject these disgraceful political hacks but you gotta vote Republican.”

Trump also took a veiled shot at former Republican president George H W Bush, mocking his signature “Thousand Point of Light” organisation. Named after a phrase that Bush used in his inaugural, it promotes volunteerism. Trump said mockingly “thousand points of light which nobody has figured out” while imitating a “presidential” figure. It was the second time Trump has mocked the group. A spokesman for the former president did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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‘He wrote me beautiful letters and we fell in love’: Donald Trump on Kim Jong-un – video>>

Speaking about his relationship with the North Korean leader, the US president said :’We fell in love.’ He added: ‘No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters.’ He made the remarks during a meandering hour-long speech to promote the candidacy of Republican Patrick Morrisey in West Virginia’s tight Senate race.’ Trump and Kim met in Singapore this year as part of the president’s attempt to push the North Korean regime to disarm after earlier insulting Kim as ‘little rocket man’.

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Brazil

Demonstrations held against Jair Bolsonaro’s extremist stance ahead of election

Aerial view of a demonstration against presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

Aerial view of a demonstration against presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Photograph: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

The homecoming of Brazil’s far-right presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro from hospital was upstaged this weekend by huge demonstrations as concerns over his authoritarian tendencies grew.

Bolsonaro flew from São Paulo to his home in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, three weeks after being stabbed during campaigning, while tens of thousands of women filled the streets in cities across Brazil to protest against his extremist positions ahead of the 7 October election.

The G1 news site reported anti-Bolsonaro protests in all Brazil’s 27 states grew out of a Facebook group called Women United Against Bolsonaro which nearly 4 million people have joined. Pro-Bolsonaro demonstrations took place in 16 states, the site said. The piauí magazine website called the demonstrations “historic” and printed a photo of an enormous crowd in São Paulo which organisers claimed half a million attended, though police did not provide an estimate.

In Rio the huge crowds that filled the city centre were notable for their diversity – with women of all ages, many of whom had brought children, male and LGBT demonstrators, chanting “not him”, an anti-Bolsonaro hashtag that has become a campaign slogan shared by celebrities like Madonna.

Many demonstrators expressed concerns over Bolsonaro’s declaration in a television interview on Friday that he would not accept any election result he did not win because of his endorsement of the military dictatorship which ran Brazil for two decades.

Jair Bolsonaro sits on a plane at the airport in São Paulo.

Jair Bolsonaro sits on a plane at the airport in São Paulo. Photograph: STRINGER/Reuters

Flavia Carvalho, 40, a civil servant, carried a “not him” banner designed around an Adolf Hitler cartoon. “He is preaching fascism,” she said. Others said they were protesting against the sexist, racist and homophobic views Bolsonaro has expressed.

“He is sexist. He is misogynist. He is racist,” said Ana Paulo Gonçalves, 24, a teacher. “He wants to go back to the military dictatorship,” said her sister Christine, 29, a designer.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain and veteran lawmaker, currently leads polling for a first-round vote on 7 October. Running second is Fernando Haddad, a former mayor of São Paulo who took the place of formidably popular former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva after Lula’s candidacy was barred because he is serving a prison sentence for graft. Bolsonaro and Haddad are expected to face off in a run-off vote on 28 October.

Making adept use of WhatsApp and social media, Bolsonaro has built support across Brazil, attacking Lula’s Workers’ party for its involvement in a huge graft scheme and espousing a hardline approach to law and order. His views have resonated with Brazilians angry and fearful over endemic corruption and rising violent crime. Supporters stage drive-by demonstrations, racing through towns across Brazil in convoys of cars and motorbikes, waving flags and blasting horns.

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Campaigners say sediment has not been tested properly and may do ‘irreversible harm’

Cian Ceiran is spearheading a campaign against the dumping of radioactive mud from Hinckley Point into the Severn Estuary

Cian Ceiran is spearheading a campaign against the dumping of radioactive mud from Hinckley Point into the Severn Estuary Photograph: Gareth Phillips for the Guardian

An eclectic group of activists including scientists, surfers and a member of the Welsh band Super Furry Animals is attempting to halt the dumping of “nuclear mud” excavated as part of the vast Hinkley Point C construction project.

The activists are appearing in court in Cardiff on Tuesday to try to obtain an injunction to stop 300,000 tonnes of sediment from the power station site in Somerset being disposed of a mile and half from the Welsh capital.

If the legal action does not succeed, a Welsh assembly member, Neil McEvoy, is calling for boat owners to form a “people’s flotilla” to take direct action and blockade a sandbank called Cardiff Grounds, where the mud is being dumped. McEvoy has already boarded a barge disposing of the mud to try to block the operation.

Campaigners claim the mud has not been tested properly and could contain particles that may pose a health risk. They have dubbed the sediment “nuclear mud” and nicknamed the sea off Cardiff “Geiger Bay”, a play on “Tiger Bay”, the old slang name for the city’s docklands. One of their main concerns is that the sediment could be washed ashore in a storm.

EDF Energy, which is building Hinkley Point C on the English side of the Bristol Channel, along with the Welsh government and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have insisted the mud is safe.

The legal action is being financed by crowdfunding and is being fronted by the keyboard player from Super Furry Animals, Cian Ciarán, who said he was angry and sad the mud was already being dumped at Cardiff Grounds.

He told the Guardian: “I’m involved as a Welshman and a concerned earthling. I felt compelled to play a part. I felt at a loss over the lack of action by the Welsh Labour government and the apathy of NRW. This is about reasonable people asking reasonable questions.”

Ciarán said he did not have faith in the international standards that EDF, by which the Welsh government and NRW said they were bound. “They try to convince us that the mud is safe and there’s nothing to worry about but I can’t take the nuclear industry’s word for it.

“The Welsh government has had ample opportunity to stop it but they haven’t. They’ve put their heads in the mud rather than sand.”

Ciarán said he had been out to Cardiff Grounds to view the mud dumping at close hand. “I felt angry, saddened, desperate. Potentially it’s causing irreversible harm,” he said.

Among those backing the objectors is the Emeritus Prof Keith Barnham, a distinguished research fellow in the physics department at Imperial College London, who argues it is possible that large amounts of uranium and dangerous levels of plutonium could have reached the mud when cooling water from the decommissioned Hinkley Point A was discharged.

Surfers from the Gower peninsula to the west of Cardiff were among those who joined a demonstration against the dump at the Welsh assembly last week.

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