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11 October 2018

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  • Exclusive: Five Eyes intelligence alliance builds coalition to counter China
    Reuters

    Exclusive: Five Eyes intelligence alliance builds coalition to counter China

    The increased cooperation by the Five Eyes alliance – grouping Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States – with countries such as Germany and Japan is a sign of a broadening international front against Chinese influence operations and investments. Some of the officials, who spoke

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  • Reuters

    Landslide kills 31 in eastern Uganda

    At least 31 people were killed when a floodwaters triggered by a landslide swept debris through a town in eastern Uganda, destroying homes and burying livestock, a government official said on Friday. A picture tweeted by Uganda Red Cross showed uprooted and twisted trees.

  • Russia says Putin-Trump meeting in Paris on November 11 possible
    Reuters

    Russia says Putin-Trump meeting in Paris on November 11 possible

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump could meet in Paris on Nov. 11 if both leaders take part in the same event to commemorate the end of World War One, RIA news agency cited the Russian foreign ministry as saying on Friday. Russia is open to dialogue and

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    Cash bail: why some call for changes

    In August, California passed a bill that abolishes cash bail and replaces it with a risk-assessment program. Although some say the existing system is unfair and costly, the new measure has faced criticism from more than one camp. Under British common law, the release of a suspect before his or her

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    Iran: As economy stumbles, tension grows between rich and poor

    There is wealth in Iran. Decades ago, money here was a well-hidden secret, rarely flaunted, in keeping with the socialist ideals of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution. Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini sports cars navigate as best they can through Tehran’s ever-congested traffic, their finely tuned engines

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Brazil alters a ‘destiny’ of corruption

    Until last Sunday, when Brazilians voted in a pivotal election, corruption in Brazil was generally seen as an intrinsic part of the national character. In addition, voters all but ensured that a little-known legislator, Jair Bolsonaro, would be the next president.

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    Meanwhile in … the Solomon Islands, there’s talk of crocodile tourism

    The United Arab Emirates, there’s a lot of excitement about space. The Middle Eastern nation has just selected its first two astronauts – Hazza al-Mansouri and Sultan al-Neyadi – to go on a mission to the International Space Station. According to France24, the UAE is one of a handful of states in the

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  • Associated Press

    Tensions in Baghdad after mortar attack, violence in south

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government says security forces have launched a search operation to determine the source of three mortar shells that landed inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, the first such attack in several years.

  • Germany's Greens flourish while mainstream rivals flounder
    Associated Press

    Germany’s Greens flourish while mainstream rivals flounder

    BERLIN (AP) — While other mainstream political parties in Germany flounder in polls and struggle to answer a far-right challenge, the Greens have gained strength as a magnet for liberal-minded voters.

  • Markets rebounding on China data, report of Trump-Xi meet
    Associated Press

    Markets rebounding on China data, report of Trump-Xi meet

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Share prices in Asia rebounded Friday on a report that President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping may meet at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina in late November.

  • Ukraine wins approval for historic split from Russian church
    Reuters

    Ukraine wins approval for historic split from Russian church

    A three-day synod presided over by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul, seat of the global spiritual leader of roughly 300 million Orthodox Christians, endorsed Ukraine’s request for an “autocephalous” (independent) church. The synod will “proceed to the granting of Autocephaly to

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 7:31 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $34.1 billion in September as exports to the American market rose by 13 percent over a year earlier despite a worsening tariff war. Exports to the United States rose to $46.7 billion, down from August’s 13.4 percent

  • Associated Press

    Wildlife ranger taken by crocodile in northern Australia

    DARWIN, Australia (AP) — A wildlife ranger was taken by a crocodile Friday in Australia’s Northern Territory.

  • Reuters

    South Korea’s Moon says North Korea means to abolish all nuclear weapons

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un means to abolish all nuclear weapons, materials and facilities to achieve “complete” denuclearization, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Friday. Moon also said the North and the United States are in working-level discussions to arrange a second summit

  • Branson suspends Saudi links over missing journalist
    AFP

    Branson suspends Saudi links over missing journalist

    British entrepreneur Richard Branson is suspending two directorships linked to tourism projects in Saudi Arabia following the unexplained disappearance in Turkey of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In a statement late Thursday, Branson said also that his Virgin group would suspend discussions with

  • Brexit talks positive but still big issues to resolve, UK finance minister says
    Reuters

    Brexit talks positive but still big issues to resolve, UK finance minister says

    Brexit negotiations have changed pace and have become more positive over the past week though there are still some big differences to resolve, British finance minister Philip Hammond said. “What has happened over the last week, ten days, is that there has been a measurable change in pace,”

  • Anger as poverty-hit PNG buys 40 Maseratis for APEC
    AFP

    Anger as poverty-hit PNG buys 40 Maseratis for APEC

    Papua New Guinea has bought 40 Maserati sports cars to chauffeur world leaders around next month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, triggering an outcry from critics who say the poverty-stricken country has better things to spend its money on. Two charter flights from Italy — home of the

  • China says Japanese PM Abe to visit this month
    Reuters

    China says Japanese PM Abe to visit this month

    BEIJING (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit China from Oct. 25-27, China’s foreign ministry said on Friday, amid intensifying U.S. trade pressure on Beijing and Tokyo. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the announcement at a regular briefing in Beijing. (Reporting by Michael Martina

  • Zverev qualifies for ATP Finals with quarterfinal win
    Associated Press

    Zverev qualifies for ATP Finals with quarterfinal win

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev has secured a spot in the ATP Finals next month with a 6-4, 6-4 quarterfinal win over Kyle Edmund on Friday at the Shanghai Masters.

  • Israel captures Palestinian knife attack suspect: army
    AFP

    Israel captures Palestinian knife attack suspect: army

    Israeli forces detained a Palestinian suspected of stabbing and wounding a soldier but a manhunt continued for a second Palestinian who shot dead two Israeli civilians, the army said Friday. The army spokesman’s office released video it said had been taken late on Thursday showing a cuffed and blindfolded

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  • Associated Press

    34 die in Uganda mudslides triggered by heavy rains

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least 34 people have died in mudslides triggered by torrential rains in a mountainous area of eastern Uganda that is prone to such disasters, a Red Cross official said Friday.

  • Reuters

    Sparks fly over Maseratis at South Pacific APEC meeting

    Papua New Guinea has taken delivery of 40 luxury Maserati cars, valued around $300,000 each, to ferry world leaders around its capital Port Moresby during next month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation meeting, sparking anger on social media. The majority of the population in the South Pacific island

  • Woodland's 61 leaves him tied for CIMB lead with Leishman
    Associated Press

    Woodland’s 61 leaves him tied for CIMB lead with Leishman

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Gary Woodland shot an 11-under 61 to tie the course record Friday and join Marc Leishman in a share of the second-round lead at the PGA Tour’s season-opening CIMB Classic.

  • Political rift in Ivory Coast raises concerns for 2020
    Reuters

    Political rift in Ivory Coast raises concerns for 2020

    The alliance struck in 2005 between President Alassane Ouattara’s RDR and former President Henri Konan Bedie’s PDCI was meant to dominate for generations and help heal the political rifts that led to civil war three years earlier. Now, both the RDR (Rassemblement des Republicains) and PDCI (

  • Associated Press

    Pik Botha, apartheid-era minister, dies in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pik Botha, South Africa’s foreign minister in the last years of apartheid, has died at the age 86.

  • North, South Korea to hold high-level talks on October 15
    Reuters

    North, South Korea to hold high-level talks on October 15

    At their third summit in Pyongyang last month, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to resume economic cooperation, including relinking railways and roads and reopening a joint factory park and tours to the North’s Mount Kumgang resort, when conditions

  • Indonesian president says trade wars too destructive
    Associated Press

    Indonesian president says trade wars too destructive

    NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo added to the chorus of criticism Friday over trade friction between the U.S. and China, telling financial leaders gathered in Bali, Indonesia, that victory in a trade war would be pointless in a “sinking world.”

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  • West Indies lose Hope on stroke of lunch, day 1 in 2nd test
    Associated Press

    West Indies lose Hope on stroke of lunch, day 1 in 2nd test

    HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Shai Hope struck five boundaries and scored a confident 36 before being trapped on the last ball of the first session as West Indies slipped to 86-3 at lunch Friday in the second test against India.

  • 1968 Olympics, symbol of turbulent times, turn 50
    AFP

    1968 Olympics, symbol of turbulent times, turn 50

    It was 1968, revolt and upheaval were sweeping the world, and the Olympic Games could hardly avoid being swept up, too. It was the year that Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. At the Olympics, it was the year of George Foreman, Mark Spitz, Dick Fosbury and his famous “

  • 'Our fans are everywhere': NBA still growing internationally
    Associated Press

    ‘Our fans are everywhere’: NBA still growing internationally

    It was the final minute of a preseason game between Philadelphia and Dallas, the 76ers were up by four points with the ball, and thousands of fans were screaming “defense” at the top of their lungs.

  • Another royal wedding for Britain as Princess Eugenie weds
    Associated Press

    Another royal wedding for Britain as Princess Eugenie weds

    LONDON (AP) — Britain will have its second royal wedding of the year when Princess Eugenie weds a tequila brand ambassador in a gala ceremony on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

  • Associated Press

    Italy announces return of fishing boats seized by Libya

    ROME (AP) — Italy’s premier says two Italian fishing vessels seized by Libyan forces earlier this week are returning home.

  • U.S. 'hopeful' on pastor's release, unaware of a deal with Turkey
    Reuters

    U.S. ‘hopeful’ on pastor’s release, unaware of a deal with Turkey

    NBC News and The Washington Post reported on Thursday that the United States and Turkey had reached an agreement in which some charges against Brunson would be dropped and he would be released at the hearing or soon after. In addition to the U.S. State Department, Vice President Mike Pence, speaking

  • American pastor back in court for spying and terror trial
    Associated Press

    American pastor back in court for spying and terror trial

    ALIAGA, Turkey (AP) — The trial of an American pastor at the heart of a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the United States resumes Friday in Turkey, with observers waiting to see if authorities will release him amid threats of further U.S. sanctions.

  • IS reverting to insurgency tactics after losing caliphate
    Associated Press

    IS reverting to insurgency tactics after losing caliphate

    BEIRUT (AP) — Analysts say the Islamic State group has reverted to what it was before its spectacular conquests in 2014 — a shadowy insurgent network that targets civilians with guerrilla-style attacks and exploits state weaknesses to incite sectarian strife.

  • Indonesia's double disaster exposes earthquake lessons not learned
    Reuters

    Indonesia’s double disaster exposes earthquake lessons not learned

    “This is something that happens all the time in Indonesia. A 7.5-magnitude earthquake on Sept. 28 triggered a tsunami and extensive soil liquefaction, a phenomenon that turns soft soil into a seething mire, killing 2,073 people, according to the latest official estimate. “In every disaster

  • Groups hope to stop animal sacrifice during biggest festival
    Associated Press

    Groups hope to stop animal sacrifice during biggest festival

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Animal-rights campaigners are hoping this year’s festival season in Nepal will be a little less bloody.

  • Saudi crown prince's carefully managed rise hides dark side
    Associated Press

    Saudi crown prince’s carefully managed rise hides dark side

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In a kingdom once ruled by an ever-aging rotation of elderly monarchs, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands out as the youthful face of a youthful nation. But behind the carefully calibrated public-relations campaign pushing images of the smiling prince meeting

  • Australia assigns warship to enforce North Korean sanctions
    Associated Press

    Australia assigns warship to enforce North Korean sanctions

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has assigned a guided missile frigate to the East China Sea to boast international efforts to enforce sanctions against North Korea, an Australian officer said on Friday.

  • Legalised pot: a rarity around the world
    AFP

    Legalised pot: a rarity around the world

    Canada is about to legalise recreational use of marijuana, which will make it the second nation in the world to do so after Uruguay more than five years ago. While many countries have decriminalised the use and possession of the drug, abandoning prison sentences for consumers, just a handful have gone

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  • Canada makes final preparations before cannabis becomes legal
    AFP

    Canada makes final preparations before cannabis becomes legal

    Canada on Friday will become the second country in the world to legalize cannabis — with the provinces left to work out the details of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s landmark measure. A $400 million tax revenue windfall is forecast as a result — with the provinces, municipalities and federal

  • In Milwaukee, Yelich's success stirs Serbian pride
    Associated Press

    In Milwaukee, Yelich’s success stirs Serbian pride

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — When Brewers slugger Christian Yelich takes the field against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he’ll have one group of Milwaukee fans rooting especially loud for his success: Serbian-Americans.

  • US-Saudi relations hit snag over journalist's disappearance
    Associated Press

    US-Saudi relations hit snag over journalist’s disappearance

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sword dancers. Gleaming palaces. Military jets streaming red, white and blue trails.

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  • Maduro says Trump administration wants to have him killed
    Reuters

    Maduro says Trump administration wants to have him killed

    Socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the Trump administration on Thursday of seeking to assassinate him, as relations strain between the ideologically opposed nations. Asked about Maduro’s comments, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council said: “U.S.

  • US pastor back on trial in Turkey as calls grow for release
    AFP

    US pastor back on trial in Turkey as calls grow for release

    US pastor Andrew Brunson, whose two-year detention in Turkey sparked a crisis with the United States, returns to court on Friday with pressure growing for him to be released and allowed home. Brunson’s detention caused not just one of the worst diplomatic rows of recent times between the NATO allies

  • Canonisation: how to become a Catholic saint
    AFP

    Canonisation: how to become a Catholic saint

    The canonisation Sunday of Archbishop Oscar Romero, assassinated in 1980, and of Paul VI, who was pope from 1963 to 1978, is the last stage in the Vatican’s arduous process of creating saints. The Roman Catholic Church puts candidates through meticulous vetting. In most cases the dossier must contain

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  • Cancer-hit badminton ace shelves appearance to focus on recovery
    AFP

    Cancer-hit badminton ace shelves appearance to focus on recovery

    Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei has shown he’s a “true fighter” after treatment for nose cancer but he has put public appearances on hold to focus on his recovery, a senior official told AFP on Friday. Badminton Association of Malaysia president Norza Zakaria said the former world

  • Associated Press

    Canada downs Costa Rica 3-1 in World Cup qualifying tourney

    EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Janine Beckie and Nichelle Prince scored in the first half and Canada went on to beat Costa Rica 3-1 on Thursday night in the final game of the group stage at the CONCACAF women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

  • Japan unveils plan to attract more foreign workers
    AFP

    Japan unveils plan to attract more foreign workers

    Japan on Friday unveiled a plan to attract more foreign blue-collar workers, as the world’s number-three economy battles a crippling labour shortage caused by an ageing and shrinking population. Under the draft legislation, foreign nationals with skills in fields identified as facing shortages would

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
    Associated Press

    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

    This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week.

  • West Indies bat first against India in second Test
    AFP

    West Indies bat first against India in second Test

    Hyderabad (India) (AFP) – West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bat against India in the second and final Test in Hyderabad on Friday.

  • Philippines' U.N. envoy named foreign secretary as Duterte eyes cabinet revamp
    Reuters

    Philippines’ U.N. envoy named foreign secretary as Duterte eyes cabinet revamp

    The Philippines’ ambassador to the United Nations was named the country’s new foreign secretary on Friday, the first of several cabinet changes expected ahead of mid-term elections next year. President Rodrigo Duterte said he asked ambassador Teodoro Locsin to replace Alan Peter Cayetano, who

  • Asian markets mixed on strong Chinese trade data
    Associated Press

    Asian markets mixed on strong Chinese trade data

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed on Friday as better-than-expected Chinese trade data gave some markets a breather from worries about the impact of punitive tariffs.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:54 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $34.1 billion in September as exports to the U.S. market rose by 13 percent over a year earlier despite a worsening tariff war. Customs data on Friday showed growth in Chinese imports of U.S. goods decelerated to 9 percent

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  • AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
    Associated Press

    AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

    People whose relatives were lost in the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami waited for word on the searches and grieved when bodies were recovered from the rubble and mud. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on Sept. 28 killed more than 2,000 people, most of them in the city of Palu. Many of the hundreds

  • Turkey, US press Riyadh to explain fate of missing journalist
    AFP

    Turkey, US press Riyadh to explain fate of missing journalist

    Turkey and the United States on Thursday ratcheted up the pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain how a journalist vanished after entering its Istanbul consulate last week, with US lawmakers warning that military ties were at risk. President Donald Trump became more forceful in his call for answers from

  • Pope to make slain Salvadorian, Paul VI saints
    AFP

    Pope to make slain Salvadorian, Paul VI saints

    Pope Francis on Sunday will elevate to sainthood Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero, slain by a right-wing death squad as he said mass, and free love naysayer Pope Paul VI. Pilgrims from across the globe are expected to flock to Saint Peter’s Square to pay tribute to two men hailed by Francis for

  • Moscow-backed land swap opens old wounds in volatile Caucasus
    AFP

    Moscow-backed land swap opens old wounds in volatile Caucasus

    Looking at the lush green hills around his native village in Russia’s Ingushetia region, 59-year-old Ruslan says that even if this does not seem like much, it should still belong to his people, not their neighbours in Chechnya. “I was born here and lived here,” said Ruslan standing in

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  • Brazil presidential frontrunner Bolsonaro: 'admirer' of Trump
    AFP

    Brazil presidential frontrunner Bolsonaro: ‘admirer’ of Trump

    Brazil’s frontrunner for the presidency, Jair Bolsonaro, on Thursday declared “I am an admirer of Trump” and rejected being labeled an extreme-right candidate because of his rhetoric blasting crime, current migration policies and past views favoring torture. Speaking during his first news

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  • What is the 'real' Brexit deadline?
    AFP

    What is the ‘real’ Brexit deadline?

    Next week’s EU summit has been billed as a last chance to negotiate an orderly Brexit, but is the cliff edge really that close? Officials from both London and Brussels say the draft of a Brexit deal must be reached by the summit dinner on October 17 — or at the very most by mid November. This

  • Russia probes ISS rocket failure
    AFP

    Russia probes ISS rocket failure

    Russian investigators have launched a probe into why a Soyuz rocket failed shortly after blast-off, in a major setback for Russia’s beleaguered space industry. US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were forced to make an emergency landing after the incident on Thursday,

  • Media companies, executives drop out of Saudi event over missing journalist
    Reuters

    Media companies, executives drop out of Saudi event over missing journalist

    Economist Editor-In-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes will not participate in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, spokeswoman Lauren Hackett said in an email. Andrew Ross Sorkin, a CNBC anchor and New York Times business journalist, tweeted that he was not attending the conference, saying

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  • US 'terror' listing blocks Sudan's economic revival
    AFP

    US ‘terror’ listing blocks Sudan’s economic revival

    Sudanese businessman Samir Gasim was delighted when Washington dropped sanctions against Sudan a year ago, but since then, mounting losses have forced him to lay off dozens of workers at his Khartoum factory. Many expected Sudan’s crisis-hit economy to recover after the US dropped a tranche of decades-old

  • Sainthood for slain Romero, 'voice of the voiceless'
    AFP

    Sainthood for slain Romero, ‘voice of the voiceless’

    Oscar Romero, the murdered Salvadoran cleric who will be canonized Sunday by Pope Francis, was a powerful orator who used his pulpit to denounce rampant military repression and social injustice. As archbishop of San Salvador, Romero emerged as a “voice of the voiceless” during intense social

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  • Associated Press

    7 dead, 9 missing in collapse of northern Mexico mall

    MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — A shopping mall under construction in the Mexican city of Monterrey collapsed Thursday, killing at least seven people and leaving another nine missing, officials said.

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  • UN approves 'final' extension of Abyei peace mission
    AFP

    UN approves ‘final’ extension of Abyei peace mission

    The UN Security Council on Thursday approved a final extension of its peacekeeping mission in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan — unless the two sides make progress on border demarcation and other benchmarks. It repeated a previous warning that the situation in Abyei and along

  • World's longest flight departs Singapore for New York
    AFP

    World’s longest flight departs Singapore for New York

    The world’s longest commercial flight took off from Singapore on Thursday, with excited and apprehensive passengers on board settling in for a marathon 19 hours in the air to New York. A spokeswoman for Singapore Airlines told AFP that Flight SQ22 departed at approximately 11:35pm (1535 GMT) with

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  • Ronaldo accuser's lawyers demand proof documents are false
    Associated Press

    Ronaldo accuser’s lawyers demand proof documents are false

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys for a Nevada woman accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of rape challenged the international soccer star’s legal team on Thursday to prove that documents cited in European media reports about their 2009 encounter in Las Vegas are false.

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  • Remains of US submarine innovator exhumed in Panama
    Associated Press

    Remains of US submarine innovator exhumed in Panama

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — The remains of a German-American who invented the first submarine able to dive and resurface by itself were exhumed in a Panamanian cemetery Thursday and will be reburied alongside U.S. war veterans near the Panama Canal.

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  • A friendly for China and India has billions interested
    Associated Press

    A friendly for China and India has billions interested

    When the world’s most heavily populated countries meet on the football field for the first time in 21 years, there’s destined to be billions of people interested in the outcome.

  • Associated Press

    Jamaica routs Cuba 9-0 in Women’s World Cup qualifying

    EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Jody Brown scored three goals and Jamaica routed Cuba 9-0 on Thursday night in their final group stage match at the CONCACAF women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

  • Amid violence, Brazil presidential candidates call for calm
    Associated Press

    Amid violence, Brazil presidential candidates call for calm

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The two presidential candidates who will square off in Brazil’s runoff this month are calling for an end to politically motivated violence— an issue emerging as a central theme of the elections.

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  • Reuters

    China human resources ministry says National Energy Administration director removed from post

    BEIJING (Reuters) – The director of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has been removed from his position, the country’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said on Friday. Nur Bekri, who was appointed to the top NEA post in late 2014, is under investigation for “suspected

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  • In race to parliament, Malaysia's Anwar faces down critics
    Reuters

    In race to parliament, Malaysia’s Anwar faces down critics

    “If he wins by a smaller margin, he may be seen as merely riding on the popularity of Mahathir, without winning new support to the coalition.” Mahathir led the Pakatan Harapan, or Alliance of Hope, coalition to a shock victory in a general election in May, unseating his former protege Najib

  • APNewsBreak: Army expelled 500 immigrant recruits in 1 year
    Associated Press

    APNewsBreak: Army expelled 500 immigrant recruits in 1 year

    Over the course of 12 months, the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees who were recruited across the globe for their language or medical skills and promised a fast track to citizenship in exchange for their service, The Associated Press has found.

  • India's #MeToo comes amid calls for 2013 law's enforcement
    Associated Press

    India’s #MeToo comes amid calls for 2013 law’s enforcement

    Indian actresses and writers are flooding social media, releasing pent-up frustration with a law that was lauded internationally.

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  • Pence promises U.S. backing for Central America if they strengthen borders
    Reuters

    Pence promises U.S. backing for Central America if they strengthen borders

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Central American countries on Thursday the United States was willing to help with economic development and investment if they did more to tackle mass migration, corruption and gang violence. Speaking at a meeting with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Guatemalan

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  • Reuters

    Journalist’s disappearance hardens U.S. Congress stance on Saudi arms deals

    President Donald Trump was wary of halting arms sales over the case, saying on Thursday the kingdom would just move its money into Russia and China. U.S. lawmakers, Democrats and some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, said reports that Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate had heightened concerns

  • Trump says Fed 'out of control' but won't fire Powell
    AFP

    Trump says Fed ‘out of control’ but won’t fire Powell

    President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on the US central bank on Thursday, saying it was “out of control” in raising interest rates but that he had no plans to dismiss Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Trump blamed the Federal Reserve for the global stocks rout that continued Thursday

  • Buyer of shredded Banksy work goes through with deal
    AFP

    Buyer of shredded Banksy work goes through with deal

    The buyer of a work by street artist Banksy that was partially destroyed moments after it sold has gone through with the purchase, Sotheby’s auction house said Thursday. The modified version has now been certified by Banksy’s authentication body Pest Control as a new piece of work in its own

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  • Russia condemned for calling Syrian White Helmets a 'threat'
    AFP

    Russia condemned for calling Syrian White Helmets a ‘threat’

    Russia was denounced at the United Nations Thursday after describing the Syrian rescue volunteers known as the White Helmets as a “threat” and demanding their removal from the war-torn country, diplomats said. “(The) presence of White Helmets is a source of threat,” the Russian representative

  • Associated Press

    FIFA threatens to suspend Peru if law is changed

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — FIFA has threatened to suspend the Peruvian soccer federation if the country’s congress changes a law affecting the local body’s statutes.

  • Brazil's Bolsonaro denies ties to strategist Steve Bannon
    Associated Press

    Brazil’s Bolsonaro denies ties to strategist Steve Bannon

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday his campaign has no ties to former White House strategist Steve Bannon, contradicting claims by one of Bolsonaro’s sons.

  • In race to parliament, Malaysia's Anwar faces down critics
    Reuters

    In race to parliament, Malaysia’s Anwar faces down critics

    “If he wins by a smaller margin, he may be seen as merely riding on the popularity of Mahathir, without winning new support to the coalition.” Mahathir led the Pakatan Harapan, or Alliance of Hope, coalition to a shock victory in a general election in May, unseating his former protege Najib

  • Trump wary of halting Saudi arms sales over journalist
    Reuters

    Trump wary of halting Saudi arms sales over journalist

    Trump also said the United States may be closer to finding out what happened to Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Turkish sources have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the building and his body removed,

  • Reuters

    Media companies, journalists drop out of Saudi event after Khashoggi disappearance

    Economist Editor-In-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes will not participate in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, spokeswoman Lauren Hackett said in an email. Andrew Ross Sorkin, a CNBC anchor and New York Times business journalist, tweeted that he was not attending the conference, saying

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  • Doctors warn of global C-section 'epidemic'
    AFP

    Doctors warn of global C-section ‘epidemic’

    Worldwide Caesarean section use has nearly doubled in two decades and has reached “epidemic” proportions in some countries, doctors warned Friday, highlighting a huge gap in childbirth care between rich and poor mothers. In 2015, the most recent year for which complete data is available, doctors

  • Ace helps Pepperell claim share of British Masters lead
    Associated Press

    Ace helps Pepperell claim share of British Masters lead

    WALTON HEATH, England (AP) — Eddie Pepperell recorded a hole-in-one on the way to claiming a share of the lead on 5-under 67 after the first round of the British Masters on Thursday, while tournament host Justin Rose struggled to a 74.

  • UN envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians
    AFP

    UN envoy ‘no longer acceptable’ for Palestinians

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    Portugal keeps winning in Nations League without Ronaldo

    MADRID (AP) — No Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem.

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    Bolsonaro: I ‘admire’ Trump

    Jair Bolsonaro, the favorite to win the second round of Brazil’s presidential elections, on Thursday declared himself an “admirer” of US President Donald Trump. Speaking during his first news conference since securing 46 percent of the vote in Sunday’s first round — trailed by leftist

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    US pastor detained in Turkey may soon be released

    An American pastor may soon be released after two years of captivity in Turkey.

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    The Latest: Lawyers want proof that documents altered

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    Bosnian Croat nationalists protest election of moderate

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    Reuters

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    Reuters

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    Associated Press

    Trump defends Saudi arms sales amid fury over missing writer

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    Associated Press

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    Reuters

    U.S. ‘hopeful’ on pastor’s release, unaware of a deal with Turkey

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  • Trump not keen to limit Saudi arms sales amid Khashoggi probe
    AFP

    Trump not keen to limit Saudi arms sales amid Khashoggi probe

    US President Donald Trump said Thursday he was not yet prepared to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, but he faced mounting pressure from concerned American lawmakers. Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s largest arms purchasers, with most of them

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    Associated Press

    US asks Central America to do more on illegal immigration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told leaders of three Central American countries on Thursday that the U.S. is ready to do more to help their economies if they make a greater effort to fight illegal immigration.

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  • US to restrict nuclear technology exports to China
    AFP

    US to restrict nuclear technology exports to China

    The United States said Thursday that it will increasingly restrict exports of civilian nuclear technology to China for fear it will be stolen for economic benefit or diverted to military use. “The United States cannot ignore the national security implications of China’s efforts to obtain nuclear

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    Associated Press

    Nevada regulator suspends Khabib, McGregor for UFC brawl

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    Associated Press

    Border officials alarmed by migrants abandoned in the desert

    PHOENIX (AP) — Smugglers in recent weeks have been abandoning large groups of Guatemalan and other Central American migrants in Arizona’s harsh cactus-studded Sonoran Desert near the border with Mexico, alarming Border Patrol officials who say the trend is putting hundreds of children at risk.

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    Reuters

    Space crew survives plunge to Earth after Russian rocket fails

    The two-man crew, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and American Nick Hague, landed unharmed on the Kazakh desert steppe as rescue crews raced to reach them, according to the U.S. space agency NASA and Russia’s space agency Roscosmos. The mishap occurred as the first and second stages of a Russian

  • O'Rourke's improbable Senate run still needs Latinos to win
    Associated Press

    O’Rourke’s improbable Senate run still needs Latinos to win

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Beto O’Rourke’s improbable U.S. Senate campaign has challenged expectations of what was thought possible by a Democrat in Texas. But with just weeks before Election Day doubts remain over whether he can pull off another crucial feat: getting a surge of Latinos to the polls.

  • Support for German coalition parties hits record lows: poll
    Reuters

    Support for German coalition parties hits record lows: poll

    Support for Angela Merkel’s conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partner hit record lows, a survey showed on Thursday, as the German chancellor struggles to prevent her fractious government from falling apart. Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU bloc and the SPD each saw their voter

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  • The Latest: US requests report from Saudi ambassador
    Associated Press

    The Latest: US requests report from Saudi ambassador

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local):

  • Brazil's leading candidate Bolsonaro confirms Guedes would be economy minister
    Reuters

    Brazil’s leading candidate Bolsonaro confirms Guedes would be economy minister

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s leading presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that if elected in the Oct. 28 runoff ballot, he would name banker Paulo Guedes as economy minister to oversee a “super ministry” combining the current finance, planning and development portfolios

  • Ex-Nigerian president Obasanjo backs former deputy for 2019 election
    Reuters

    Ex-Nigerian president Obasanjo backs former deputy for 2019 election

    Nigerian ex-head of state Olusegun Obasanjo backed his former deputy on Thursday for next year’s presidential election, ending a public feud that had threatened to undermine the main opposition candidate. Atiku Abubakar, who on Sunday won the race to be the candidate of the opposition People’

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  • Reuters

    U.S. senator: journalist’s death may merit sanctions at ‘highest’ level of Saudi government

    The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Thursday that sanctions would have to be imposed at the “highest levels” of the Saudi government if it were found that the government was behind the disappearance and reported death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Turkish

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  • Reuters

    U.S. expects information from Saudi ambassador on missing journalist: State Dept.

    Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to United States is headed back to Riyadh and the U.S. government expects him to provide information on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he returns to Washington, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday. “I’m told that he&

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  • Reuters

    Trump: missing journalist no reason to stop Saudi investments

    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he saw no reason to block Saudi Arabian investments in the United States despite concern over a missing Saudi journalist, saying the Gulf nation would then just move its money into Russia and China. Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, also said

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