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31 October 2016

Bing’s Propaganda

In this Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, …

China

Iceland's Radical Pirate Party Falls Short in Parliamentary Election
Icelanders opted for continuity over radical change in the country’s parliamentary …

Pirate Party

Amid Government Silence, Venezuela's Microcephaly Babies Struggle
Deep inside a hilly Venezuelan slum, Ericka Torres rocks her three-month-old son Jesus to …

Microce…

United States joins long list of mediators in Venezuela
(CNN)Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro added a US diplomat to a long list of …

Venezuela

Canadian newspaper says Montreal police tracked journalist's iPhone
MONTREAL– A Montreal journalist whose iPhone was monitored by police for …

Canada

Mosul Today: Iraqi forces take last village east of Mosul
BAGHDAD – Iraqi special forces advanced on the Islamic State-held city of Mosul from the east on Monday, taking heavy fire but seizing the last IS-held village before the city’s eastern outskirts and clearing a path that was followed by army units.

Iraqi forces

‘We’re not in perfect control’: U.S. plans operation against Islamic State in Syria despite obstacles
The Obama administration is racing to settle questions that could scuttle a planned offensive against the Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa that Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has said will begin “within weeks . . . and not many weeks.”

The Washington Post

The Latest: Hundreds cheer Pope Francis' arrival in Sweden
Hundreds of people have cheered Pope Francis as he arrived in southern Sweden for a meeting with the country’s royals before his historic commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Francis waved to the crowd on a gray, chilly day …

Pope Francis

China debuts J-20 stealth jet in show of strength at country's biggest air expo
ZHUHAI, China (Reuters) – China showed its Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter in public for the first time on Tuesday, opening the country’s biggest meeting of aircraft makers and buyers with a show of its military clout. Airshow China, in the southern city of …

China

Geert Wilders on trial for 'fewer Moroccans' comment
Anti-Islam PVV party leader Geert Wilders refuses to cooperate in case against him on charges of insulting racial group. Wilders had announced that he will not be in court for the trial [Remko de Waal/EPA] Geert Wilders, the Dutch anti-Islam politician …

Geert Wilders

Mosul, Italy, Michel Aoun: Your Tuesday Briefing
We’re trying something new for our readers in Asia and Australia: a morning briefing to jump-start your day. What do you like? What do you want to see here? Email us with your feedback at asiabriefing@nytimes.com. It is unclear if F.B.I.’s …

Mosul

What Will Ukraine Do Without Uncle Joe?
No one in the U.S. government has wielded more influence over Ukraine than Vice President Joe Biden. As the Obama administration’s point person on Ukraine policy, he has rallied support for Kiev in the face of Russian military intervention and cultivated …

Ukraine

Spain's Rajoy Sworn In as PM, but Minority Government May Struggle
Mariano Rajoy was sworn in for a second term as Spain’s prime minister on Monday but his minority administration may struggle to govern effectively and heal scars left by 10 months of political deadlock. The conservative leader took his oath of office …

Mariano Rajoy

U.S. aircraft to block ISIL militants fleeing Mosul in Iraq
The U.S.-led coalition has developed plans to target Islamic State militants from the air if they attempt to escape the Iraqi city of Mosul and head west toward Syria, as Iraqi ground forces close in on the city from several sides, a top U.S. general said …

Islamic State

'Iraqi army saved us,' residents outside Mosul say
KHAZAR, Iraq — Word that the Iraqi army is nearing Mosul gave hope to traumatized refugees still covered in dust from their recent flight from the battle against the Islamic State militants. “We are proud of the Iraqi army because they saved us …

Mosul

No deaths reported in major Italian quake, but a 14th century basilica was among many buildings destroyed
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck central Italy on Sunday morning, destroying a 14th century basilica built on the birthplace of St. Benedict and bringing down scores of buildings, days after two other shocks left thousands homeless. About 20 people were …

Italian quake

The Latest: Man detained for ramming into prosecution office
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea’s political scandal (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Police say they’ve detained a man who tried to ram an excavator into a gate near a Seoul prosecutors’ office where the woman at the center of a …
Breaking Years of Silence, Key Taliban Envoy Pushes for Peace Talks
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban’s internal debate over whether and how to negotiate with the Afghan government is playing out in the open, even as there have been renewed attempts to restart talks. Breaking with nearly 15 years of public silence …

Taliban

Emotional Carol Vorderman thanks man who saved HER life as he receives Pride of Britain Award
Carol Vorderman has seen dozens of Pride of Britain Awards handed out since she hosted the very first ceremony in 1999. And she has welled up as inspiring stories of everyday heroes moved the gathered stars to tears. But this year one winner was so close …

Carol Vorderman

China and the Philippines have turned the corner on one of their biggest disputes, but the path ahead is unclear
Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shows the way to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, October 20, 2016. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte returned from …

China

China will invest $140 billion by 2020 to relocate its poorest citizens to more developed areas
A man sits on the top of a hill in Yuangudui village, Gansu Province Thomson Reuters BEIJING (Reuters) – China will invest 946.3 billion yuan ($140 billion) by 2020 to relocate its poorest citizens from remote, inland regions to more developed areas, the …

China

Tight security measures in Beirut ahead of presidential vote
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces have tightened security in downtown Beirut where legislators are to convene to elect a new president. Christian leader Michel Aoun, a former army commander and strong ally of the militant Hezbollah group, is widely …

Beirut

Alibaba’s Flying Pig Travel Service Becomes Ethnic Flashpoint in China
Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. hoped that flying pigs would appeal to young Chinese consumers. Instead they’ve become a flashpoint in the country’s rocky ethnic relations. A well-known Muslim snacks entrepreneur from western China criticized the e …

Flying Pig

Jihadist Syrian Rebels Launch Aleppo Offensive Against Assad, Russia

Rebel forces launched a new offensive to break the siege of Aleppo over the weekend, evidently with limited success, as the assault was said to be “slowing” by Monday morning. However, the rebels managed to inflict enough collateral damage with …

Russia

China to show new weapons, stealth fighter jet at biennial air show
An exclusive report putting perspective on the week’s most important developments. HONG KONG, Oct. 31 (UPI) –China is kicking off its biennial Airshow China expo on Tuesday in the southern city of Zhuhai, and several Chinese-made weapons are expected to …

China

OPEC Chief Says Oil Producers On Course to Deliver Supply Deal

OPEC’s most senior official said the organization and other major oil producers are “on course” to deliver a deal this month that will temper the global oversupply. All of OPEC’s 14 members as well as erstwhile rivals such as Russia are committed …

Chief

Russia couple invites a bear to their wedding: 'We will absolutely remember this day forever'
This couple had a BEAR-Y special guest at their wedding — as a giant furry friend turned up. Denis and Nelya, both 30, from Moscow, invited brown bear Stepan along to their very special ceremony. As well as witnessing the couple exchange vows, the bear …

Russia

Brazil shifts right as Rio elects evangelical mayor
Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Rio de Janeiro, the city of sunshine and samba, elected a former evangelical bishop mayor in a municipal election that signals Brazil’s politics are shifting right after 13 years of national leftist rule. Marcelo Crivella, a …

Marcelo Crivella

Hero Cop Rescues Kid Riding His Toy Car Through Real Traffic
A little boy took his toy car out for a spin through traffic in eastern China, with almost disastrous results. Cars and motorbikes swerved around the youngster as he pushed himself the wrong way up a busy street in Lishui, Zhejiang province, last week.

Hero

Lingering xenophobia, immigration clashes bad for business in Germany
BERLIN — Waves of xenophobia and clashes over immigration policy are not only politically explosive in some of Germany’s poorest regions, but they are also bad for business. A quarter-century after reunification, a large part of the once-communist East …

Germany

SEE IT: Zoo intruder in China wakes panda, receives beat down

He entered a world of pain-da. One adorable black-and-white bear left a man’s ego black and blue after the intruder broke in to the panda enclosure at a zoo in Nanchang, China, allegedly to impress his friends. Caught on surveillance video, the invader …

Zoo intruder

U.S. and Russian aircraft came close to crash over Syria
A near miss between U.S. and Russian aircraft over Syria this month was the closest call between American pilots and their Russian counterparts since the Syrian air war began, the Pentagon acknowledged Monday. The Russian fighter jet and an American …

Russia

Nigerian governor accuses UN, NGOs of misusing aid money
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The governor of the Nigerian state most devastated by Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising is accusing some U.N. and international aid agencies of misusing funds meant for refugees. Borno Gov. Kashim Shettima claimed the UN has spent $ …

Nigeria

Lebanon picks president, ending power vacuum
BEIRUT — Michel Aoun, a retired general, polarizing Christian politician, and ally to Hezbollah, was chosen president of Lebanon on Monday, ending a 2½-year year vacuum that had tested the country’s ability to function without political leadership.

Lebanon

U.S. Startup Plans Africa Expansion With Solar Watering Kits
A U.S. startup that sells solar-powered irrigation kits to small-scale farmers in Kenya plans to expand in East Africa, where regular droughts often result in food shortages. SunCulture, which started business in New York four years ago, has sold almost …

Africa

From the crypt, the greatest Halloween story ever told. And it was true
McClatchy’s Matthew Schofield visited Romania in 2004 when the country was up in arms about a recent vampire slaying. His account remains one of McClatchy’s most enduring online stories, repeated here for your Halloween pleasure. MAROTINU DE SUS …

vampire

JFK traveler steals thousands at TSA checkpoint, officials say
A woman traveling from Kennedy Airport was arrested aboard a flight to Dubai on Sunday after she stole $5,600 in cash from a fellow traveler at a TSA screening checkpoint, Port Authority police said. Nadira D. Mallik, 61, of Bangladesh, was tracked through …

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Scenes from the latest earthquake to rock central Italy
On Sunday, a powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake sent shock-waves across the center of Italy, in the latest set of tremors to rock the region. While no deaths have yet to be reported, the quake — which took place near the town of Norcia in the early hours …

latest earthquake

ISIS World Cup Soccer Plot: Saudi Arabia Game Target Of Thwarted Terrorist Attack

Saudi Arabia claimed on Sunday that it had thwarted a plot by the Islamic State (ISIS) to bomb a World Cup 2018 qualifying match between the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates in Jeddah earlier this month. The Saudi interior ministry said two Pakistanis …

Saudi Arabia

Watchdog warns US gains in Afghanistan 'eroding'
A new U.S. government watchdog report says past gains in Afghanistan “are eroding” despite $115 billion in American support since 2002. The report particularly highlighted problems with women’s rights, a top U.S. interest over the past decade …

Afghanistan

Court unreceptive to claims by man dubbed Merchant of Death
The latest effort to nullify the conviction of a notorious Russian arms dealer dubbed the Merchant of Death has met an unreceptive audience of U.S. appeals court judges. All three judges on a panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing an appeal …

Sarkis Soghanalian

Chinese Coal Mine Explosion Leaves 33 Trapped
A coal mine gas explosion in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing has left 33 miners trapped underground. Two of the 35 miners were able to escape, but the condition of the 33 still trapped is unknown, city officials said. Rescue attempts are …

China

South African rand soars as prosecutor drops charges against finance minister
South Africa’s currency, the rand, soared on Monday after a national prosecutor dismissed fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The U.S. dollar USDZAR, -2.5973% slid 2.4% to 13.85 rand Monday afternoon in New York, marking its weakest …

finance minister

Nigerian President Promises Investigation Into Officials’ Abuse Of Boko Haram Victims
1. A new report that accuses Nigerian officials of abusing women fleeing Boko Haram are “deeply disturbing” and will be investigated, Nigeria’s president said on Monday. 2. The report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that nearly 50 women who fled …

Goodluck Jonathan

South Africa has dropped fraud charges against its finance minister and its currency is up—for now
South Africa’s prosecutors have dropped fraud charges against finance minister Pravin Gordhan just two days before he was set to appear in court in what would have been another move in a political game that has wreaked havoc on South Africa’s currency.

South Africa

Rescue underway for 33 coal miners in China who were trapped after a huge gas explosion
Thirty-three miners were trapped in a coal mine in Chongqing, China, after a gas explosion, Chinese state media CCTV reported. Rescue workers have retrieved 18 bodies thus far, yet the fate of the remaining 18 miners remains unknown, according to a CCTV …

coal mine

Tokyo Preps For 2020 With Toyota, Nissan And Honda Road Innovations
Japan’s had its fair share of surprises in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Firstly, the official Olympic logo had to be tossed out and replaced after it was discovered that the artist had plagiarized the design of a certain Belgium theatre logo.

Tokyo

Bank of England Governor Carney to stay until June 2019
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says he will extend his term in office by one year and stay in the position through June 2019. Carney’s announcement of his decision Monday may help settle speculation about his future. He has played a key role in …

Mark Carney

Earthquake in Italy topples landmarks, injures at least 20

Italy’s prime minister is promising to rebuild after the most powerful earthquake to hit the country in more than three decades. The magnitude 6.6 quake toppled historic landmarks northeast of Rome and injured at least 20 people. 2:23 Sponsored Content …

The Today Show

Powerful quake spares lives, but strikes at Italy’s identity
NORCIA, Italy — The third powerful earthquake to hit Italy in two months spared human life Sunday but struck at the nation’s identity, destroying a Benedictine cathedral, a medieval tower and other beloved landmarks that had survived the earlier jolts …

Powerful quake

Aviation executives doubt a third runway at Heathrow will be built anytime soon
LAST week, the British government gave London Heathrow airport the go-ahead to expand. The decision to allow it to build a third runway had been a long time coming. It is 70 years since the area around London last saw a new one built, and Heathrow, Europe …

Heathrow

Number of early voters in Maryland slows on weekend after initial surge
The number of people voting early in Maryland has slowed after a surge in the first couple days. The number of people voting early has slowed after an early surge in the first couple days, according to Maryland Elections data. In the first two days of …

early voters

Fish vendor’s death in garbage truck sparks protests in Morocco
MARRAKECH, Morocco — Protests erupted across Morocco over the weekend after the death of a fish vendor who, according to witnesses, was crushed by a compactor after he jumped into a garbage truck to retrieve his merchandise. Grainy images of the man …

garbage truck

Ex-jihadi explains ISIS brainwashing: ‘It kind of takes control of you’

A convicted jihadi from Minnesota says he was so brainwashed that he would have had no qualms about carrying out brutal ISIS executions — as he warned other young Muslims against turning to terror. “I say it’s not worth it. It’s not worth your …

ISIS

The Philippines’ Donald Trump
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the Philippines-China Trade and Investment Fourm at the Great Hall of the People on Oct. 20 in Beijing. Wu Hong-Pool/Getty Images While Americans are busy fretting about which historical European …

Donald Trump

Pirate Party victory gives it a real chance of influencing politics
As of now, the Pirate Party is more than just a symbolic vote for internet freedom, copyright reform or straight-up democratic change — in Iceland, it could have a tangible effect. The party just won 14.5 percent of the total vote and 10 seats in Iceland …

Pirate Party

It's official - Bhoomi is the best restaurant in Gloucestershire
Kerala is very different from other parts of India and the same can be said of a Cheltenham restaurant inspired by this verdant state compared with other eating out establishments rooted in the cuisine of southern Asia. Diners at Bhoomi in Cheltenham’s …

Gloucestershire

Krauthammer: Two-state decree from Obama would bring war, damage Israel
The United Nation’s premier cultural agency, UNESCO, recently approved a resolution viciously condemning Israel (referred to as “the Occupying Power”) for various alleged trespasses and violations of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Except that the …

Israel

After Courting China, Rodrigo Duterte Pays a Call on ‘Runner-Up’ Japan
His visit is shorter, and with far less financial and geopolitical incentive at stake Japan is the Philippines’ largest trade partner and aid donor. Both longtime American allies, the two nations are also embroiled in protracted maritime disputes with China.

Rodrigo Duterte

Oh, Prudence: Chinese Official Waxes Lyrical on Banking Regulation
The uplifting power of verse, for centuries a refuge of rarefied mandarins, has never been lost on China’s government, regardless of how awkward the modern results. Five-year economic blueprints have been rendered in song. Authorities made a rap video …

Official Waxes Lyrical

Syria and the Cycle of American Intervention
To revisit the U.N.’s anointing of Aleppo as a World Heritage Site is a haunting exercise. The U.N. celebrated the city’s “13th-century citadel, 12th-century Great Mosque and various 17th-century madrasas, palaces, caravanserais and hammams,” all …

Syrian Arab Republic

Pirates for Iceland and Danes Against Donald: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing
“With less than three weeks before election day and three bizarre presidential debates behind us, an unexpected group is on the ground stumping hard for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: the Social Democratic Youth of Denmark. Forty members of the …

The Week

Google’s Propaganda

World

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Mosul battle: Iraqi PM Abadi urges IS to surrender

BBC News  – ?55 minutes ago?
The prime minister of Iraq has urged the Islamic State group to surrender as government troops close in on its last urban stronghold in the country, Mosul.

Lebanon chooses a president supported by Iran and Hezbollah

USA TODAY  – ?8 hours ago?
Lebanon’s lawmakers elected Michel Aoun, an lran-backed politician and former general, as president Monday, ending more than two years the country has gone without a leader.

Trump, Putin, and the Alt-Right International

The Atlantic  – ?7 hours ago?
One of the double-edged aspects of being a writer is that you can become known in all kinds of unlikely circles. That was what I was thinking when I pulled a large envelope out of my mailbox.

State Media: 13 Dead, 20 Missing in China Coal Mine Blast

New York Times  – ?1 hour ago?
BEIJING – Thirteen people have been found dead after a gas explosion in a Chinese coal mine and the status is unknown of 20 others still trapped, state media said Tuesday.

Politics|Investigating Donald Trump, FBI Sees No Clear Link to Russia

New York Times  – ?2 hours ago?
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia after a meeting in October about Ukraine and Syria. Credit Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/European Pressphoto Agency.

Why confederation can work in Syria

Washington Times  – ?3 hours ago?
Given our current strategy, many have understandably criticized the idea of doing more to address the war in Syria. For the United States, many of the options on the table – no-fly zones, arming insurgents, stepping up the use of American commandos …

Italian quake survivors resist relocation

The Boston Globe  – ?2 hours ago?
NORCIA, Italy – Residents of a mountainous region of central Italy displaced by a series of powerful earthquakes resisted being relocated Monday and appealed for campers and tents so they could remain close to their homes and businesses.

Last shelter destroyed at Calais migrant camp

BBC News  – ?9 hours ago?
The final shelters at the Calais migrant camp have been demolished, bringing an end to the “Jungle” camp in northern France.

Indian police kill 8 militants who fled from prison

Xinhua  – ?3 hours ago?
Indian policemen carry a body at the site of an encounter in Bhopal, central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Oct. 31, 2016. Indian police Monday gunned down eight suspected militants of the banned group Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in an …

Orgreave: Rudd explains inquiry rejection decision

BBC News  – ?20 minutes ago?
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has written to campaigners explaining why she ruled out an inquiry into clashes between police and miners at Orgreave.

Salvador prosecutors: $246M embezzled while Saca president

Fox News  – ?3 hours ago?
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Prosecutors in El Salvador say government officials embezzled at least $246 million during President Tony Saca’s 2004-2009 administration.

Cracks in the International Criminal Court

Wall Street Journal  – ?4 hours ago?
The International Criminal Court—established by an international treaty and operating since 2002 in The Hague—is under assault from within.

Syrian Military Vows to Repel Aleppo Insurgent Attack

New York Times  – ?11 hours ago?
BEIRUT – Syria’s military said Monday that it is determined to repel an attack on the government-controlled western part of Aleppo as it continued to battle insurgents in intense battles on the city’s edge.

Dutch anti-Islam crusader Geert Wilders boycotts hate-speech trial

Christian Science Monitor  – ?7 hours ago?
Geert Wilders, the Dutch lawmaker who has opposed what he views as the Islamization of his country, has refused to attend the opening of his hate-speech trial.

Why clearing Gordhan is good news for South Africa

BBC News  – ?9 hours ago?
The U-turn by the head of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Shaun Abrahams, dropping controversial fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, signals a turning point in the nation’s politics.

Rogue Tech Billionaire Thiel Defends Trump — And Says He’s Not Alone

NBCNews.com  – ?3 hours ago?
Billionaire Peter Thiel said Monday he is not the only person in Silicon Valley who supports Donald Trump, claiming that his very public endorsement of the Republican presidential nominee has “surfaced a small number of those people who all feel that

EU ethics committee clears Barroso of wrongdoing over Goldman job

Reuters  – ?12 hours ago?
Outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso addresses a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels October 29, 2014.

Christ’s tomb uncovered: This is what experts discovered

Fox News  – ?10 hours ago?
After uncovering the stone slab venerated as Jesus Christ’s burial place, archaeologists have now examined the interior of the tomb in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Ari Shavit, Celebrated Israeli Columnist, Resigns After Sexual Harassment Accusations

New York Times  – ?Oct 30, 2016?
Ari Shavit in 2015. Mr. Shavit said on Sunday that he was “ashamed of the mistakes I made with regards to people in general and women in particular.

Choi Soon-sil, at Center of Political Scandal in South Korea, Is Jailed

New York Times  – ?1 hour ago?
Choi Soon-sil, center, on Monday outside the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office. Ms. Choi was accused of using her influence to extort $69 million from big businesses in the form of donations to two foundations she controlled.

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