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31 October 2016

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  • Erdogan rides patriotic wave with crackdown at home, combative policy abroad
    Reuters
    Erdogan rides patriotic wave with crackdown at home, combative policy abroad

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL (Reuters) – In the three and half months since a failed military coup, Turkey has sacked or suspended more than 110,000 people, launched a military incursion into Syria, and repeatedly threatened to do the same in Iraq. To cheers from his supporters, President

    Prosecution rejects banker's lack of control in HK double murder trial
    Reuters
    Prosecution rejects banker’s lack of control in HK double murder trial

    British investment banker Rurik Jutting was calm and aware of his actions when he killed two Indonesian women in his Hong Kong apartment, a prosecutor said on Tuesday, rejecting Jutting’s defense that he had lost control due to drugs and sexual disorders. Prosecutor John Reading cross examined defense

  • Police swoop on Paris migrant camp after Calais Jungle clearout
    Reuters
    Police swoop on Paris migrant camp after Calais Jungle clearout

    By Johnny Cotton and Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) – French riot police swooped on a makeshift migrant camp in northeast Paris on Monday, sparking a brief standoff at a site where numbers have soared since the closure of the Jungle shanty town in the northern port city of Calais. The operation, largely

  • Christian Science Monitor
    How a Rasputin-like scandal in South Korea relates to its dictatorial past

    The relationship between South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye and a family friend and spiritual adviser is a scandal of Shakespearean proportions. The controversy has not only led to a formal apology from Ms. Park, the forced resignation of 10 of her senior aides, and a call for the arrest of her confidante

  • Christian Science Monitor
    Why Clinton is sticking with Huma Abedin

    In recent years probably no aide has worked harder for Hillary Clinton than Huma Abedin. Officially vice chairman of Clinton’s 2016 political organization, unofficially Ms. Abedin is the woman to see – the insider with influence who provides or denies access, dispenses advice, and disseminates Clinton

  • Christian Science Monitor
    How a fish vendor’s death is sparking rare protests in Morocco

    Protests have erupted in several parts of Morocco after a fish vendor was crushed to death Friday in a garbage truck, while trying to retrieve swordfish confiscated by police. The incident, which took place in the northern town of Al-Hoceima, is being compared by some to the spark that ignited the Arab

  • Christian Science Monitor
    A Mideast beachhead for reconciliation

    With multiple wars being waged in the Middle East over religious differences, Lebanon has decided that it must hold even tighter to its constitutional democracy and especially its unique formula of peaceful coexistence between its many sects. On Monday, its parliament ended a long stalemate between

  • Associated Press
    Top Asian News 3:33 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Telling reporters Monday that she “deserves death,” the woman at the center of a scandal roiling South Korea met prosecutors examining whether she used her close ties to President Park Geun-hye to pull government strings from the shadows and amass an illicit fortune

  • Associated Press
    China’s J-20 stealth fighter makes public air show debut

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s J-20 stealth fighter has made its public debut at Airshow China in the southern city of Zhuhai in the latest sign of the growing sophistication of the country’s military technology.

  • Ricky Rubio out indefinitely with sprained right elbow
    Associated Press
    Ricky Rubio out indefinitely with sprained right elbow

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio will be out indefinitely with a sprained right elbow, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced Monday night.

  • China debuts J-20 stealth jet in show of strength at country's biggest air expo
    Reuters
    China debuts J-20 stealth jet in show of strength at country’s biggest air expo

    By Tim Hepher and Brenda Goh 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 Zhuhai, offers

  • Reuters
    Telescope group chooses Canary Islands as alternative to Hawaii

    The team behind a project to build one of the world’s largest telescopes said on Monday it has chosen Spain’s Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean as a possible alternative to Hawaii. The decision follows opposition from Native Hawaiians and environmentalists to plans for constructing the so-called

  • Australia and China agree to share financial crime intelligence
    Reuters
    Australia and China agree to share financial crime intelligence

    Australia and China agreed on Tuesday to share intelligence about potential financial crime as part of a crackdown on cross-border money laundering and terrorism financing. Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan, who is in Beijing, said the agreement between Australian financial intelligence agency

  • AFP
    I. Coast to learn result of vote on new constitution

    Ivory Coast is expected to announce Tuesday the result of an opposition-boycotted weekend referendum on constitutional changes that President Alassane Ouattara says will help end years of instability. The package put to the country’s 6.3 million voters has alarmed opposition leaders and prompted

  • Associated Press
    Bus passenger kills 4 suspected thieves near Mexico City

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Apparently outraged by constant robberies aboard commuter buses on the outskirts of Mexico City, an armed passenger fatally shot four men who had just held up a busload of passengers, prosecutors said Monday.

  • Wounded Starc leads Australian Test hopes against Proteas
    AFP
    Wounded Starc leads Australian Test hopes against Proteas

    Australia are pinning their hopes on wounded strike bowler Mitchell Starc and familiar home wickets as they look to halt a wretched run at their three-Test series against South Africa starting Thursday. Starc will wear a knee pad to protect deep cuts on his left leg and his condition will be closely

  • State media: 13 dead, 20 missing in China coal mine blast
    Associated Press
    State media: 13 dead, 20 missing in China coal mine blast

    BEIJING (AP) — 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.

  • Reuters
    China debuts J-20 stealth fighter in flypast at Zhuhai

    ZHUHAI, China (Reuters) – China showcased its Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter for the first time in public on Tuesday, sending it on a flypast over Airshow China, the country’s biggest meeting of aircraft makers and buyers in the southern city of Zhuhai. Beijing hopes the radar-evading fighter, which

  • 2 for 1: Indians home with 2 chances to win World Series
    Associated Press
    2 for 1: Indians home with 2 chances to win World Series

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Terry Francona viewed the mass of humanity from high above.

  • The Latest: Man detained for ramming into prosecution office
    Associated Press
    The Latest: Man detained for ramming into prosecution office

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea’s political scandal (all times local):

  • Associated Press
    The Latest: 13 dead, 20 missing after China coal mine blast

    BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on an explosion in a western China coal mine (all times local):

  • Prosecutors detain woman at core of South Korea political crisis
    AFP
    Prosecutors detain woman at core of South Korea political crisis

    The woman at the centre of the snowballing political scandal engulfing President Park Geun-Hye is a “flight risk” and has been placed under emergency detention, South Korean prosecutors said on Tuesday. Choi Soon-Sil, who faces allegations of fraud and meddling in state affairs over her decades-long

  • Colonial shuts gasoline, distillate lines after explosion, fire in Alabama
    Reuters
    Colonial shuts gasoline, distillate lines after explosion, fire in Alabama

    Colonial Pipeline Co [COLPI.UL] shut down its main gasoline and distillates pipelines on Monday after an explosion and fire in Shelby, Alabama, that injured seven workers – the second time in two months it had to close the crucial supply line to the U.S. East Coast. A nine-man crew was conducting work

  • South Korean prosecutors arrest woman at center of political crisis
    Reuters
    South Korean prosecutors arrest woman at center of political crisis

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) – The woman at the center of a political scandal that has cast the South Korean presidency into crisis was detained late on Monday, a prosecution official said, hours after she had arrived at the office of local prosecutors to answer questions. Prosecutors are investigating

  • Islamic bloc says chief quits after mocking Egypt president
    AFP
    Islamic bloc says chief quits after mocking Egypt president

    The world’s largest pan-Islamic body, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, said its Saudi chief resigned Monday, days after infuriating Egypt over a remark that mocked President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. OIC Secretary-General Iyad Madani “has resigned for health reasons,” the Jeddah-based

  • Turkey detains editor of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet
    AFP
    Turkey detains editor of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet

    Turkish police on Monday detained the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet — a thorn in the side of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — as Ankara widens a crackdown on opposition media. The Cumhuriyet, which had published revelations embarrassing for the government, said at least a dozen journalists

  • Mexico: Deforestation for avocados much higher than thought
    Associated Press
    Mexico: Deforestation for avocados much higher than thought

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Deforestation caused by the expansion of Mexican avocado orchards is much higher than previously thought, authorities said Monday.

  • Colonial's gasoline, distillate lines shut after explosion, fire in Alabama
    Reuters
    Colonial’s gasoline, distillate lines shut after explosion, fire in Alabama

    Colonial Pipeline Co [COLPI.UL] shut down both of its main gasoline and distillates pipelines on Monday following an explosion and fire in Shelby County, Alabama, the second time the pipeline has been closed in two months. A segment of the pipeline was undergoing maintenance on Monday afternoon when

  • Reuters
    U.S. diplomat meets with Maduro to bolster Venezuela dialogue

    By Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) – A senior U.S. diplomat on Monday met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as part of an effort to support dialogue between the government and the opposition amid an escalating political standoff and a worsening economic crisis. The arrival of Tom Shannon,

  • Salvador prosecutors: $246M embezzled while Saca president
    Associated Press
    Salvador prosecutors: $246M embezzled while Saca president

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors in El Salvador say government officials embezzled at least $246 million during President Tony Saca’s 2004-2009 administration.

  • Associated Press
    2 jockeys hospitalized after 4-horse pileup

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s champion jockey, Jim Crowley, and fellow rider Frederik Tylicki were taken to the hospital with suspected spinal injuries following a pile-up involving four horses at Kempton on Monday.

  • British spy chief warns of threats from 'aggressive' Russia
    AFP
    British spy chief warns of threats from ‘aggressive’ Russia

    “Russia is at work across Europe and in the UK today. It is MI5’s job to get in the way of that,” Parker told the Guardian newspaper. The director general of the UK’s domestic security service was speaking after British warships earlier this month shadowed a Russian aircraft carrier

  • Reuters
    Behind Philippines’ ties with China, a billionaire and his rehab centers

    By Adam Jourdan and Jackie Cai SHANGHAI (Reuters) – At the end of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s landmark visit to China last month, he held a brief private meeting with a businessman who may have played a crucial role in improving ties between the two nations. Huang Rulun, a rags-to-riches

  • Police operation creates tension in Paris migrant camp
    Associated Press
    Police operation creates tension in Paris migrant camp

    PARIS (AP) — French authorities finished clearing out the makeshift shelters in the squalid Calais migrant camp known as the “jungle” on Monday, after moving more than 6,000 people to temporary housing in a long-awaited effort to tackle France’s migrant crisis.

  • Bale cements future at Real Madrid with contract extension
    Associated Press
    Bale cements future at Real Madrid with contract extension

    MADRID (AP) — With his focus on winning more trophies, Gareth Bale signed a new deal Monday that ties him to Real Madrid until 2022.

  • US denounces latest Turkish media crackdown
    AFP
    US denounces latest Turkish media crackdown

    The United States issued a stern rebuke to its ally Turkey on Monday after authorities stepped up their persecution of media outlets critical of the government. Washington regularly expresses concern about the increasingly authoritarian treatment of the media by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s

  • Reuters
    Czech human-trafficking gang members sentenced to jail in Britain

    By Umberto Bacchi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Five members of a gang that trafficked people from eastern Europe to Britain and forced them to live in inhumane conditions while working to pay off fictional debts were sentenced by a British court on Monday. Czech nationals Ruzena Tancosova,

  • North Dakota pipeline protester charged with attempted murder
    Reuters
    North Dakota pipeline protester charged with attempted murder

    A demonstrator protesting last week at the construction site of an oil pipeline in North Dakota was charged on Monday with the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, according to court documents. Red Fawn Fallis, 37, was confronted by two officers on the evening of Oct. 27, according to an affidavit

  • Associated Press
    Simon rallies to beat Benneteau in Paris Masters first round

    PARIS (AP) — Gilles Simon rallied to beat Julien Benneteau 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in an all-French match in the first round of the Paris Masters on Monday.

  • Associated Press
    Mexico rescues 2 abandoned jaguar cubs

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Animal welfare activists and authorities in southern Mexico rescued two jaguar cubs found on their own in a farm field near the Calakmul nature reserve, which is also home to a Mayan ruin site.

  • Foes in Venezuela's political crisis agree to cool rhetoric
    Associated Press
    Foes in Venezuela’s political crisis agree to cool rhetoric

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition and government leaders agreed Monday to tone down their heated rhetoric in the first step of Vatican-sponsored talks on defusing Venezuela’s political crisis over efforts to remove embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

  • Associated Press
    Bradley still seeking 1st win as Swansea loses at Stoke

    STOKE, England (AP) — Stoke striker Wilfried Bony scored twice against his former club in a 3-1 victory over Swansea in the English Premier League on Monday, leaving American coach Bob Bradley still seeking his first win in charge of the Welsh club.

  • South Korean prosecutors arrest woman at center of political crisis: Yonhap
    Reuters
    South Korean prosecutors arrest woman at center of political crisis: Yonhap

    The woman at the center of a political scandal that has cast the South Korean presidency into crisis was detained late on Monday, Yonhap News Agency reported, hours after she had arrived at the office of local prosecutors to answer questions. Prosecutors are investigating allegations that Choi Soon-sil

  • Associated Press
    Hackers say they’re revealing more from trove of NSA data

    LONDON (AP) — A group calling itself “Shadow Brokers” says it has released another gem from its trove of high-level hacking tools stolen from the U.S.’s National Security Agency, potentially offering added insight into how America’s spies operate online.

  • Torino slipping away from Europe after draw at Udinese
    Associated Press
    Torino slipping away from Europe after draw at Udinese

    ROME (AP) — Despite the influence of England goalkeeper Joe Hart, Torino’s chances of qualifying for Europe are slipping away match by match.

  • Reuters
    Morocco protesters take to streets again over fishmonger’s death

    The death in Al Hoceima on Friday of Mouhcine Fikri has triggered one of the largest protests nationwide since 2011 when the February 20 movement organized demonstrations for democratic reform inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings across the region. Large-scale protests are rare in Morocco, where the

  • Reuters
    Australia, Indonesia consider joint South China Sea naval patrols

    Australia is considering joint naval patrols with Indonesia in the contested South China Sea, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Tuesday. Bishop said Indonesia’s request for joint patrols at a bilateral meeting in Bali last week was “consistent with our policies of exercising

  • Reuters
    Turkey wants Raqqa offensive to begin after Mosul campaign completed

    Turkey wants the operation on Raqqa, Islamic State’s main stronghold in Syria, to start after Mosul and Euphrates Shield operations have been completed, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday. “Turkey’s stance on the Raqqa operation is clear. It would be better both militarily

  • Associated Press
    Valencia draws at Deportivo as struggling ex-champions meet

    LA CORUNA, Spain (AP) — Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia, two former champions fallen on hard times, drew 1-1 in the Spanish league on Monday.

  • Reuters
    China set to show off stealth jet at national air show

    By Tim Hepher and Brenda Goh ZHUHAI, China (Reuters) – China prepared to unveil its latest military capabilities and new partnerships in civil aerospace at the opening of an air show in the southern city of Zhuhai on Tuesday. Airshow China is seen as an opportunity for China, which is set to overtake

  • Reuters
    Practical matters will outweigh puritanism for evangelical Rio mayor

    By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – In a city best known for bacchanalia and flesh-filled beaches, the election of an evangelical bishop as mayor has some free-wheeling residents of Rio fretting. “Don’t expect a theocracy in Rio anytime soon,” said Mauricio Santoro, a political

  • Hezbollah ally elected as Lebanon's new head of state
    Associated Press
    Hezbollah ally elected as Lebanon’s new head of state

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament elected former army commander Michel Aoun as president on Monday, filling a post that had been vacant for more than two years and injecting hope that the country’s long-running political paralysis would come to an end.

  • Reuters
    U.N. says tank shell hits its Aleppo office

    A tank shell hit the United Nations office in western Aleppo on Sunday, damaging the top floors of a building that is well known to be the U.N. base in the contested Syrian city, a U.N. statement said on Monday. “It is appalling that the building that houses the U.N. offices was directly targeted,”

  • Canada to lift Romania, Bulgaria visa requirement
    AFP
    Canada to lift Romania, Bulgaria visa requirement

    Canada will lift a visa requirement for Romanian and Bulgarian travelers at the end of next year and ease some restrictions before then, the government announced Monday. The two EU nations had made visa-free travel a key condition for their support of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (

  • France clears Calais camp as concern mounts in Paris
    AFP
    France clears Calais camp as concern mounts in Paris

    French demolition teams cleared the last shacks in the Calais “Jungle” on Monday, signalling the end of the notorious camp as concerns mount for thousands of migrants sleeping rough in Paris. Squads of workers using diggers, tractors and cranes had torn down the final tents and makeshift migrant

  • Turkey detains opposition newspaper editor, columnists
    Associated Press
    Turkey detains opposition newspaper editor, columnists

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police detained the chief editor and at least 11 senior staff of Turkey’s opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper on Monday, a move that signals a widening crackdown on dissenting voices.

  • Associated Press
    UN extends Syria chemical weapons inspection mandate

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted Monday to extend the mandate of inspectors charged with determining who is behind confirmed chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

  • Saudi finance minister sacked by royal decree
    AFP
    Saudi finance minister sacked by royal decree

    Saudi Arabia on Monday sacked its veteran finance minister as the kingdom undergoes a major economic restructuring because of lower oil revenues. Ibrahim al-Assaf “has been removed from his position”, said a royal decree, one of a series of orders from King Salman, published by the official

  • Trump warns of 'constitutional crisis' if Clinton elected
    AFP
    Trump warns of ‘constitutional crisis’ if Clinton elected

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded fierce campaign trail attacks Monday, as the Republican underdog barnstormed Democratic territory in the race’s final week and warned of a “constitutional crisis” should his rival win the White House. Trump, aiming to disprove polls that show him

  • El Salvador ex-president 'embezzled' millions, prosecutor says
    AFP
    El Salvador ex-president ’embezzled’ millions, prosecutor says

    A former president of El Salvador, Elias Antonio Saca, arrested with six other people over the weekend, stole $246 million from state coffers, the Central American nation’s chief state prosecutor said Monday. “An overall amount of $246 million was embezzled into the accounts of individuals,

  • Study: Next US president must act fast on Colorado River
    Associated Press
    Study: Next US president must act fast on Colorado River

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The next U.S. president will have to act quickly to chart a course so the Colorado River can continue supplying water to millions of city-dwellers, farmers, Indian tribes and recreational users in the Southwest, according to a university research study made public Monday.

  • UN agrees to press on with Colombia mission
    AFP
    UN agrees to press on with Colombia mission

    The UN Security Council agreed Monday to press on with the deployment of a new UN mission for Colombia that will monitor a ceasefire until a final peace deal is reached. The council endorsed recommendations from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to deploy 400 observers in Colombia after President Juan

  • Facebook users 'check in' to support North Dakota pipeline protests
    Reuters
    Facebook users ‘check in’ to support North Dakota pipeline protests

    Thousands of supporters of a Native American tribe and environmental activists fighting construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota turned to social media on Monday in a bid to confuse police who they believe are using it to track the protesters. More than 4,600 people used Facebook’s location

  • Bank of England boss Carney to stay until 2019
    AFP
    Bank of England boss Carney to stay until 2019

    Bank of England governor Mark Carney put an end to speculation over his future Monday by announcing he would extend his contract for one year to 2019 to help secure an “orderly transition” to Brexit. “I would be honoured to extend my time of service as governor for an additional year

  • Venezuela rivals seek to ease political crisis
    AFP
    Venezuela rivals seek to ease political crisis

    Venezuela’s embattled government and opposition leaders agreed Monday to hold talks to defuse a growing political crisis, but mistrust lingers after a recall bid against the president was scuttled. “Whether this dialogue has or doesn’t have continuity will depend on concrete gestures from

  • Exclusive: U.S. stopped Philippines rifle sale that senator opposed - sources
    Reuters
    Exclusive: U.S. stopped Philippines rifle sale that senator opposed – sources

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department halted the planned sale of some 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippines’ national police after Senator Ben Cardin said he would oppose it, Senate aides told Reuters on Monday. Aides said Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate

  • Italy pledges to help displaced, rebuild after quake
    Reuters
    Italy pledges to help displaced, rebuild after quake

    Italy set out plans on Monday to help thousands of people staying in hotels and temporary accommodation in central Italy after the fiercest earthquake in decades struck regions already rocked by repeated tremors in the past two months. No deaths or critical injuries have been reported after Sunday’

  • Mark Carney: Bank of England chief and crisis manager
    AFP
    Mark Carney: Bank of England chief and crisis manager

    Mark Carney won a reputation for his handling of the global financial crisis and now faces one of the toughest challenges of his career — steering the Bank of England through Brexit. Carney on Monday said he would extend his term as governor by one year to guide the Bank of England as Britain negotiates

  • Canada sets 300,000 annual immigration target
    AFP
    Canada sets 300,000 annual immigration target

    Canada will start welcoming a minimum of 300,000 immigrants annually in 2017 in order to ease economic pressures linked to an aging population, Immigration Minister John McCallum announced Monday. The figure, which is in line with this year’s unusually high intake number, however, falls far short

  • Argentina ex-leader Fernandez in court over corruption case
    Associated Press
    Argentina ex-leader Fernandez in court over corruption case

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez went before a judge on Monday as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in the granting of public works contracts.

  • World Cup trophy designer Silvio Gazzaniga dies at 95
    Associated Press
    World Cup trophy designer Silvio Gazzaniga dies at 95

    MILAN (AP) — Silvio Gazzaniga, the sculptor who designed the World Cup trophy, has died. He was 95.

  • Canada presents parliament with EU trade deal to ratify
    AFP
    Canada presents parliament with EU trade deal to ratify

    Canada’s government presented Parliament Monday the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement signed with the European Union to parliament for ratification. Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland did not specify when CETA would pass, but it is likely to coincide with the European Parliament’s vote on

  • Associated Press
    Madrid defender Pepe set to miss Champions League match

    MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid defender Pepe will likely miss Wednesday’s Champions League match at Legia Warsaw due to injury.

  • Italy counts homeless, heritage cost of quake
    AFP
    Italy counts homeless, heritage cost of quake

    Italy’s most powerful earthquake in 36 years has left more than 15,000 people homeless, authorities said Monday as the scale of the damage done to irreplacable historic buildings became apparent. The series of tremors, all followed by powerful aftershocks, proved the final straw for a number of

  • Associated Press
    Fallout from Kirk’s comment weakens bid for 2nd Senate term

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, already facing an uphill battle for re-election, is entering the crucial final week before Election Day weakened by comments about his opponent that critics attacked as racist and “beyond reprehensible.”

  • EU to claim 340,000 euros from French far right leader
    AFP
    EU to claim 340,000 euros from French far right leader

    The EU Parliament will ask French far-right leader Marine Le Pen to reimburse it nearly 340,000 euros paid to two of her aides as they allegedly carried out party business, sources told AFP on Monday. The anti-EU Le Pen is suspected of illegally paying wages to two parliamentary assistants who were

  • Montreal police spied on journalist: report
    AFP
    Montreal police spied on journalist: report

    Police with the backing of a Canadian judge tracked a prominent Montreal journalist’s movements and communications over several months, hoping to identify his sources, a Canadian newspaper reported Monday. At least 24 surveillance warrants were issued in 2016 for the smartphone of La Presse reporter

  • Nun recounts roar of earth during morning prayers
    Associated Press
    Nun recounts roar of earth during morning prayers

    TREVI, Italy (AP) — Sister Caterina was praying with the eight nuns of her Benedictine order in the central Italian town of Norcia when the earth began to roar.

  • Kosovo urges citizens to avoid Serbia over arrests
    AFP
    Kosovo urges citizens to avoid Serbia over arrests

    Pristina on Monday advised its citizens not to use neighbouring Serbia as a transit country after the second arrest of a Kosovo Albanian in a month. Serbian authorities on Friday arrested Hilmi Kelmendi, 36, as he was travelling from Kosovo to Germany on suspicion of committing war crimes during the

  • Argentina's ex-president Kirchner testifies in graft probe
    AFP
    Argentina’s ex-president Kirchner testifies in graft probe

    Argentina’s ex-president Cristina Kirchner received a rock-star welcome from thousands of supporters as she appeared in court Monday to request a graft probe against her be dropped, claiming it was “persecution” by the current government. It’s manipulation by the current government

  • Canada OKs second gas pipeline project in two months
    AFP
    Canada OKs second gas pipeline project in two months

    Canada on Monday gave the green light to a Can$1.3 billion (US$970 million) expansion of natural gas pipelines in Alberta province. It was the second pipeline project to be approved by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government since he took office a year ago. Canada is the world’s

  • Lebanon elects Aoun president, ending two-year vacuum
    AFP
    Lebanon elects Aoun president, ending two-year vacuum

    Lebanese lawmakers ended a two-year political vacuum Monday by electing as president ex-army chief Michel Aoun, who promised to protect the country from spillover from the war in neighbouring Syria. The deeply divided parliament took four rounds of voting to elect 81-year-old Aoun, whose supporters

  • Morocco vows probe after protests over fish seller's death
    AFP
    Morocco vows probe after protests over fish seller’s death

    Moroccan authorities were promising Monday to investigate the death of a fish seller whose crushing in a rubbish truck sparked widespread demonstrations. Mouhcine Fikri, 31, was crushed to death on Friday in the truck in the northern city of Al-Hoceima as he reportedly tried to protest against authorities

  • Iraq's 'Mosul Regiment' wants its base and honour back
    AFP
    Iraq’s ‘Mosul Regiment’ wants its base and honour back

    Iraq’s elite “Mosul Regiment” was the last out when the jihadists overran the city, and now wants to be the first back in. “June 10, 2014, at exactly 10:00 am.” The moment stayed etched in Lieutenant Colonel Muntadhar Salem’s mind, and righting that wrong has been an obsession

  • Olympic broadcaster says impounded equipment in Rio released
    Associated Press
    Olympic broadcaster says impounded equipment in Rio released

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The official broadcaster for the Olympic Games said Monday that equipment held by Brazilian authorities for more than a month, as collateral for any salary claims by workers, is being released.

  • 'Swedish Schindler' declared dead by his homeland
    AFP
    ‘Swedish Schindler’ declared dead by his homeland

    Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews during World War II, was finally declared dead by his homeland on Monday over 70 years after disappearing into the hands of the Soviet Union. The announcement brings only a partial closure to one of the greatest mysteries of the

  • Pope takes Christian unity bid to Protestant heartland
    AFP
    Pope takes Christian unity bid to Protestant heartland

    Malmö (Sweden) (AFP) – Pope Francis and Lutheran leaders expressed deep regret Monday over the conflict between Catholics and Protestants during Christianity’s nearly 500-year-old schism, calling for unity on the pontiff’s landmark visit to Sweden. The Argentine pope visited the southern cities

  • With CETA signed, Canada trade opponents shift focus to TPP
    AFP
    With CETA signed, Canada trade opponents shift focus to TPP

    One of Canada’s largest unions wasted no time Monday voicing opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), just one day after the country signed a landmark free trade deal with the EU. Unifor, which represents more than 300,000 workers in several sectors across the country and is generally

  • Iraqi forces move within striking distance of Mosul
    AFP
    Iraqi forces move within striking distance of Mosul

    Iraqi forces advanced to within a few hundred metres of Mosul on Monday, moving within striking distance of a city they lost to the Islamic State group two years before. Forces from the elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) faced mortar fire as they pushed from the Christian town of Bartalla towards

  • Syria's Assad congratulates Lebanon's new president
    AFP
    Syria’s Assad congratulates Lebanon’s new president

    Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad Monday congratulated his new Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun on his election, hoping it would contribute to “reinforcing stability” in Lebanon, state news agency SANA said. Lebanese lawmakers earlier Monday elected the 81-year-old ex-army chief, who promised

  • Guardiola calls for City to keep cool head against Barcelona
    Associated Press
    Guardiola calls for City to keep cool head against Barcelona

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It’s hard enough to compete with Barcelona with 11 men. With 10 players, it’s pretty much impossible.

  • Romania: 2 Canadians to sleep in coffins at Dracula's Castle
    Associated Press
    Romania: 2 Canadians to sleep in coffins at Dracula’s Castle

    BRAN, Romania (AP) — A Canadian brother and sister are passing Halloween night curled up in red velvet-lined coffins in the Transylvanian castle that inspired the Dracula legend, the first time in 70 years anyone has spent the night in the gothic fortress.

  • Ruling party in Georgia wins constitutional majority after vote run-off
    Reuters
    Ruling party in Georgia wins constitutional majority after vote run-off

    By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia’s ruling party decisively won a second round of voting on Sunday, giving it more than three quarters of seats in parliament, enough to change the constitution if it wants, data from the Central Election Commission showed on Monday. The result cements

  • Key dates in history of Calais 'Jungle'
    AFP
    Key dates in history of Calais ‘Jungle’

    The notorious “Jungle” migrant camp on the outskirts of the French port of Calais has for years been a staging post for migrants trying to smuggle across the Channel to Britain. Following are key dates in the history of the sprawling settlement which on Monday was finally closed by the French

  • Pope on Reformation: Forgive 'errors' of past, forge unity
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    Pope on Reformation: Forgive ‘errors’ of past, forge unity

    LUND, Sweden (AP) — Pope Francis urged Catholics and Lutherans on Monday to forgive the “errors” of the past and forge a future together, including sharing the Eucharist, as he marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by traveling to secular Sweden with a message of Christian

  • Bank of England Governor Carney to stay through June 2019
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    Bank of England Governor Carney to stay through June 2019

    LONDON (AP) — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney announced Monday that he will extend his term in office by one year and stay in the position through June 2019, a decision that may help settle speculation about his future guiding Britain’s monetary policy.

  • Ukrainians shocked as politicians declare vast wealth
    Reuters
    Ukrainians shocked as politicians declare vast wealth

    By Alessandra Prentice KIEV (Reuters) – An anti-corruption reform requiring senior Ukrainian officials to declare their wealth online has exposed a vast difference between the fortunes of politicians and those they represent. Others said they owned fleets of luxury cars, expensive Swiss watches, diamond

  • Associated Press
    Stars’ Ales Hemsky out 5-6 months following hip surgery

    DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Stars forward Ales Hemsky will miss five to six months after surgery for a hip injury that general manager Jim Nill said was sustained during the World Cup of Hockey.

  • Reuters
    U.S. concerned about press freedom in Turkey after arrests: State Department

    The United States said it was “deeply concerned” about Turkey’s continuing pressure on opposition news media on Monday after Turkish police detained the editor and a dozen senior staff from the main secularist opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet. State Department spokesman John Kirby said

  • Kerry, UK foreign secretary host meeting on Libya stalemate
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    Kerry, UK foreign secretary host meeting on Libya stalemate

    LONDON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson hosted a London meeting Monday designed to help break Libya’s political stalemate and resolve its acute cash shortage.

  • UN extends Syria gas attacks probe
    AFP
    UN extends Syria gas attacks probe

    The UN Security Council on Monday extended the mandate of a panel investigating chemical attacks in Syria until November 18 to allow time to negotiate a one-year renewal of the probe. The council unanimously backed a US-drafted resolution on the short extension as a bigger battle loomed over the findings

  • Zika ravages testes of mice; study raises concern about men
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    Zika ravages testes of mice; study raises concern about men

    NEW YORK (AP) — Zika virus ravages the testes of male mice, sharply reducing sperm counts and fertility, says a study that raises a new specter about its threat to people.

  • Iraqi special forces poised on eastern edge of Mosul
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    Iraqi special forces poised on eastern edge of Mosul

    BAZWAYA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi special forces stood poised to enter Mosul in an offensive to drive out Islamic State militants after sweeping into the last village on the city’s eastern edge Monday while fending off suicide car bombs without losing a soldier.

  • Bosnia jails seven jihadists for joining IS
    AFP
    Bosnia jails seven jihadists for joining IS

    A Sarajevo court in charge of terrorism cases Monday sentenced seven Bosnian jihadists to up to three years in prison for having joined the Islamic State group in Syria. “These men were found guilty of having left Bosnia in 2013 and 2014 and joining the ranks of the Islamic State terrorist organisation

  • Moldovan presidential election goes to runoff
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    Moldovan presidential election goes to runoff

    CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova’s presidential election will go to a runoff between the pro-Russian front-runner and a pro-European candidate who both tapped into widespread anger about corruption.

  • Associated Press
    Britain’s MI5 spy agency looks to science to keep UK safe

    LONDON (AP) — Perhaps “Q” needs a hand.

  • Rebel assault on Aleppo slows as UN slams civilian deaths
    AFP
    Rebel assault on Aleppo slows as UN slams civilian deaths

    A rebel assault to break the siege of Syria’s Aleppo slowed Monday amid fierce resistance from regime forces, as the UN said it was “appalled” by opposition fire on civilians. Rebels launched a major assault Friday, backed by car bombs and salvos of rockets, to break through government

  • Hurricane Matthew damage to U.S. sand dunes less than forecast
    Reuters
    Hurricane Matthew damage to U.S. sand dunes less than forecast

    Hurricane Matthew washed away at least 162 miles (261 km) of U.S. Atlantic sand dunes this month, less than predicted for the powerful storm, a government agency said on Monday. During its brush with the U.S. coast, Matthew wiped out a 17-foot (5.2-m) dune and a coastal highway at Flagler Beach, Florida

  • NCAA rules NC State freshman Yurtseven must sit 9 games
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    NCAA rules NC State freshman Yurtseven must sit 9 games

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has ruled that North Carolina State freshman center Omer Yurtseven must sit the first nine games after examining his amateur status following Yurtseven’s overseas career.

  • Backers of Paris climate pact play down Trump threat to deal as election looms
    Reuters
    Backers of Paris climate pact play down Trump threat to deal as election looms

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) – Backers of a global accord to fight climate change that formally comes into force on Friday say they are confident the deal can survive any legal challenges by U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump if he wins next week’s presidential election. Trump has threatened

  • Adele opens up on postpartum depression battle, alcohol use
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    Adele opens up on postpartum depression battle, alcohol use

    NEW YORK (AP) — Adele has opened up about parenting, her struggle with postpartum depression and alcohol use in a new interview.

  • Associated Press
    Israel asks for delay in West Bank outpost demolition

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has asked the country’s Supreme Court to delay the court-ordered evacuation of an illegal West Bank outpost slated for later this year.

  • Associated Press
    French troops end mission to Central African Republic

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — France is ending its military peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, the French defense minister said Monday on a visit here.

  • Georgia's governing party wins large majority in Parliament
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    Georgia’s governing party wins large majority in Parliament

    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The governing party in Georgia has solidified its control of the ex-Soviet nation’s Parliament, winning enough seats to change the country’s Constitution, according to early runoff election results released Monday.

  • Netanyahu seeks to soothe settlers as storm clouds loom
    AFP
    Netanyahu seeks to soothe settlers as storm clouds loom

    Fearing political storms at home and a last-ditch diplomatic gambit by US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called on Jewish settlers to show restraint. Speaking at the opening of parliament’s winter session, he said that government officials earlier on

  • Associated Press
    2 more 2018 World Cup stadiums in Russia delayed

    MOSCOW (AP) — Two more stadiums for the 2018 World Cup in Russia have fallen behind schedule, this time in the cities of Volgograd and Nizhny Novgorod.

  • Syrian military vows to repel Aleppo insurgent attack
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    Syrian military vows to repel Aleppo insurgent attack

    BEIRUT (AP) — 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.

  • Associated Press
    Ireland’s Jackson, O’Brien, O’Mahony to miss NZ in Chicago

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland left behind flyhalf Paddy Jackson and flankers Sean O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony when it headed to Chicago on Monday for a test against New Zealand at Soldier Field this weekend.

  • Associated Press
    Pakistan: Indian fire kills 4, wounds 6 civilians in Kashmir

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani army says Indian troops have opened fire across the Line of Control in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing four civilians and wounding six others.

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