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Dozens of US Republican leaders have abandoned presidential nominee Donald Trump after the release of a video showing him speaking about women in vulgar sexual terms

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  • A group of Senators and House members on Saturday withdrew support for Trump, with some demanding that he step aside, fearing his candidacy was on the verge of undermining the entire Republican ticket in the upcoming poll in November
  • The growing wall of opposition recalled the determination of the party this year to deny Trump the nomination in the first place
  • The situation has grown so dire that many in the party were all but pleading with him to withdraw and let Pence serve as the presidential nominee

Washington, October 9, 2016: Dozens of US Republican leaders have abandoned presidential nominee Donald Trump after the release of a video showing him speaking about women in vulgar sexual terms, delivering a punishing blow to his campaign and plunging the party into crisis just a month before the election.

A group of Senators and House members on Saturday withdrew support for Trump, with some demanding that he step aside, fearing his candidacy was on the verge of undermining the entire Republican ticket in the upcoming poll in November.

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Trump, however, vowed to stay in the race, saying he “will never quit”, the New Yort Times reported.

The list of party figures publicly rejecting Trump included a host of prominent elected officials, perhaps most notably Senator John McCain of Arizona, the 2008 nominee.

“I thought it important I respect the fact that Trump won a majority of the delegates by the rules our party set,” McCain said in a statement.

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“But Trump’s behaviour this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy,” McCain said.

In an unheard-of rebuke by a running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence — the Republican vice-presidential candidate — declined to appear on Trump’s behalf at a party gathering in Wisconsin.

Pence said he was “offended by the words and actions described by Trump” in the 2005 video, and cast his second debate with Democratic presedential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday as an urgent moment to turn around the campaign.

“I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them,” Pence said, adding: “We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow (Sunday) night.”

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 By Saturday evening, no fewer than 36 Republicans of Congress and governors who had not previously ruled out supporting Trump disavowed his candidacy, an unprecedented desertion by the institutional party of its own standard-bearer just a month before the Election Day.

The growing wall of opposition recalled the determination of the party this year to deny Trump the nomination in the first place.

Aides described Trump as shaken, watching news coverage of the video with a mix of disbelief and horror.

Shortly after midnight, Trump had released a video, saying: “I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them.”

In a brief interview on Saturday, he shrugged off the calls to leave, saying he would “never drop out of this race in a million years.”

“I haven’t heard from anyone saying I should drop out, and that would never happen, never happen,” Trump said. “That’s not the kind of person I am. I am in this until the end.”

Far from sounding rattled, Trump insisted that he could still prevail in November.

“Oh, yeah, we can win — we will win,” he said. “We have tremendous support. I think a lot of people underestimate how loyal my supporters are.”

The situation has grown so dire that many in the party were all but pleading with him to withdraw and let Pence serve as the presidential nominee.

Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the chairman of the Republican Conference, became the most senior Republican to call on Trump to make way for Pence.

The exodus began late Friday night when a handful of Utah Republicans who said they would support Trump indicated that they could no longer tolerate their nominee.

But it was not until a pair of conservative women, Representatives Barbara Comstock of Virginia and Martha Roby of Alabama, implored Trump to withdraw that previously hesitant Republicans stepped forward to reject his candidacy.

Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire was the first Republican Senator facing a competitive re-election to say she would no longer back Trump, announcing that she would write in Pence for President instead.

“I’m a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for President who brags about degrading and assaulting women,” she said.

According to the New York Times, Ayotte was joined just hours later by McCain, who is also running for re-election, and Representative Joe Heck of Nevada, who is locked in a close race for the Senate seat now held by Harry Reid, the Democratic minority leader, who is retiring.

Trump crassly boasted about groping women’s genitals, vulgarly commented on their bodies and generally described women as sex objects who could not resist his advances.

In his statement, Trump said: “Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologise.”

“I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down,” he added, before ending the message with a promise to bring up the sex scandals of Bill Clinton’s presidency and Hillary Clinton’s response to them. (IANS)

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)