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16 October 2018

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  • Brazil's federal police asks top court to indict President Temer on graft charges
    Reuters

    Brazil’s federal police asks top court to indict President Temer on graft charges

    Police have been investigating Temer for allegedly taking bribes in return for helping shape a decree regulating Brazil’s ports, and in particular for extending concessions in the port of Santos to benefit companies of close associates. Temer, a former vice president who took office in 2016 after

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  • Reuters

    Afghanistan blast kills election candidate in southern province

    KABUL (Reuters) – An Afghan election candidate was killed on Wednesday in a blast in his office in the southern province of Helmand, officials said, although there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Abdul Jabar Qahraman, who was preparing to contest Saturday’s parliamentary polls was killed

  • Nine U.N. Security Council members ask to discuss Myanmar inquiry
    Reuters

    Nine U.N. Security Council members ask to discuss Myanmar inquiry

    The move comes as global pressure mounts on Myanmar to act on accountability after a Myanmar military crackdown in the western state of Rakhine last year drove some 700,000 of the largely stateless minority over the border into Bangladesh. Myanmar has denied committing atrocities against the Rohingya

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    China’s cold but cleaner skies bring an economic challenge

    As winter’s approach brings the first days of heavy smog, thanks to coal-burning heaters, Beijing residents are donning air-filter masks or hunkering down indoors. The good news is that China’s air quality has been improving since 2013, though readings are still several times higher than what the World

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    With legal recreational pot, Canada leads way into uncharted territory

    Canada’s capital city is known for being sleepy, sometimes stodgy. In doing so Canada has moved to the forefront of global drug policy. In open breach of the United Nations conventions on drugs, it has clearly stated that in principle, it does not believe that prohibition of marijuana serves the public

  • Christian Science Monitor

    To fight corruption, Kenyans study integrity

    Kenya’s official body for fighting corruption conducted a survey last year, and it was shocked at the results. The number of people paying bribes for government services had risen to 62 percent, up from 46 percent two years earlier. The survey found corruption was now seen as the country’s leading

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    Signs mount of a fundamental shift in US-China ties

    It began as a trade dispute, but it’s becoming much more: a fundamental shift between the United States and China, the single most important great-power relationship in today’s world. One wild card – the initially warm, now decidedly cooler, relationship between President Trump and Chinese leader Xi

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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.

  • Associated Press

    US Navy research vessel docks in Taiwan amid China tensions

    BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. Navy research vessel has docked in Taiwan amid tensions with China over trade and arms sales.

  • Associated Press

    Gaza rocket hits home in Israel, military strikes back

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A rocket fired from Gaza struck a residential home in southern Israel early Wednesday and the Israeli military began attacking militant sites in Gaza in response after days of rising tensions.

  • 58 Australian 'fairy penguins' slaughtered in suspected dog attack
    AFP

    58 Australian ‘fairy penguins’ slaughtered in suspected dog attack

    Sydney (AFP) – Wildlife officials in the southern Australia on Wednesday announced an investigation into the mass death of 58 penguins they believe were killed in a dog attack.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 5:57 a.m. GMT

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in the main city of disputed Kashmir on Wednesday shortly after a gunbattle between militants and government forces killed at least two suspected rebels and a counterinsurgency police official. The gunbattle began early Wednesday after troops

  • Pakistan executes man convicted of killing 8 children
    Associated Press

    Pakistan executes man convicted of killing 8 children

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A man convicted of killing eight children was executed at a Pakistani prison early Wednesday after the country’s top court rejected a request for his public hanging, officials said.

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  • Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town
    Associated Press

    Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

    DUBBO, Australia (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were jokingly thanked for bringing England’s notoriously inclement weather to a drought-stricken Outback town on Wednesday in a rain-drenched visit to Dubbo during their Australian royal tour.

  • Longer Brexit transition period would not hurt Europe: Asselborn
    Reuters

    Longer Brexit transition period would not hurt Europe: Asselborn

    BERLIN (Reuters) – It would not hurt Europe if Britain was allowed to remain in the European Union customs union and internal market beyond an agreed transitional arrangement, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said. “What can be extended with no major problem is the Jan. 1, 2020 date for

  • Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza following rocket fire
    AFP

    Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza following rocket fire

    Israel launched raids against targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian territory that caused damage in a southern city, the Israeli army said. “Israeli jets started to attack terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli army said. Six sites

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  • Reuters

    Israeli jets strike Gaza after rocket lands in Beersheba-army

    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli jets struck targets in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants enclave struck a house in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, the Israeli military said. A medical official told Israel Radio that three people were taken to

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  • Nearly half the world lives on less than $5.50 a day: World Bank
    AFP

    Nearly half the world lives on less than $5.50 a day: World Bank

    Despite progress in reducing extreme poverty, nearly half the world’s population lives on less than $5.50 a day, with a rising share of the poor in wealthier economies, the World Bank said Wednesday. In a twice-yearly report, the bank took a broader look at poverty to see where countries were lagging

  • Analysis: Trump's Saudi bet has become much riskier
    Associated Press

    Analysis: Trump’s Saudi bet has become much riskier

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump put a big and risky bet on Saudi Arabia and its 33-year-old crown prince. It’s now become much riskier.

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  • After long hiatus, Rio's ballet dancers return to the stage
    AFP

    After long hiatus, Rio’s ballet dancers return to the stage

    Ballet is a world conjuring images of luxury and entertainment, a preserve for the cultured, the elite. The Art Nouveau building that is Rio’s Municipal Theater rises in the center of the coastal city. Built in the early 20th century, it was inspired by Paris’s ornate Opera Garnier.

  • Associated Press

    Fighting in Kashmir’s main city leaves 3 combatants dead

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in the main city of disputed Kashmir on Wednesday shortly after a gunbattle between militants and government forces killed at least two suspected rebels and a counterinsurgency police official.

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  • Associated Press

    The Latest: 3 combatants dead in fighting in Kashmir city

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Latest on clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir (all times local):

  • British royals reign over drought-stricken Australian town
    Reuters

    British royals reign over drought-stricken Australian town

    Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, arrived with the gift of much-needed rain and cheer on Wednesday for the rural Australian city of Dubbo, where farmers are struggling with a prolonged drought. The prince charmed the crowd at a picnic in the town’s main park, standing at a podium

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  • Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace
    Associated Press

    Canada now world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace

    TORONTO (AP) — Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it.

  • Pompeo heads to Turkey as probe into Khashoggi case heats up
    Associated Press

    Pompeo heads to Turkey as probe into Khashoggi case heats up

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police searching the Saudi Consulate found evidence that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed there, a high-level Turkish official said, as America’s top diplomat flew to the country on Wednesday to discuss the probe.

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  • Russian director Serebrennikov set for trial over fraud case
    AFP

    Russian director Serebrennikov set for trial over fraud case

    The trial of Russian stage and screen director Kirill Serebrennikov will start Wednesday, more than a year after he was placed under house arrest in a controversial embezzlement probe. Prosecutors say Serebrennikov embezzled over $2 million of state funding for a theatre project. Supporters see the

  • Britain's May confronts EU leaders amid Brexit crisis
    AFP

    Britain’s May confronts EU leaders amid Brexit crisis

    Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May faces a Brexit showdown with frustrated EU leaders Wednesday with talks on agreeing an orderly break-up at an impasse. This week’s summit in Brussels was billed as a “moment of truth” for negotiations on Britain’s exit from the bloc — but it

  • US says Saudis promise accountability but deny knowledge over missing writer
    AFP

    US says Saudis promise accountability but deny knowledge over missing writer

    Saudi Arabia promised to ensure a thorough probe and accountability over a missing Saudi journalist but stood by denials the kingdom killed him, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, as he paid a supportive visit to the under-fire ally. President Donald Trump dispatched Pompeo on an urgent

  • Migrant caravan marches on in Guatemala amid Trump's threats
    Associated Press

    Migrant caravan marches on in Guatemala amid Trump’s threats

    CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala (AP) — A caravan of some 2,000 migrants hoping to reach the United States marched deeper into Guatemala as President Donald Trump threatened to cut off aid to Central American countries that don’t stop them.

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  • Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use
    AFP

    Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

    Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition came to an end Wednesday as Canada became the first major Western nation to legalize and regulate its sale and recreational use. The change was praised by pot enthusiasts and investors in a budding industry that has seen pot stocks soar on the Toronto and New

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  • Suspects in Saudi journalist case tied to top prince: report
    AFP

    Suspects in Saudi journalist case tied to top prince: report

    A suspect identified by Turkey in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of the kingdom’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Three other suspects are linked to Prince Mohammed’s security detail and a fifth is

  • Dread of sharia haunts Malian town besieged by jihadists
    AFP

    Dread of sharia haunts Malian town besieged by jihadists

    Toguéré-Koumbé (Mali) (AFP) – With a trembling finger, Amadou Koita points to the square where he was lashed 30 times in public. For several months, this remote town in central Mali was occupied by jihadist rebels who have unleashed a spiral of violence in the region. As the army moved into Toguere-Koumbe

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  • What's holding up Brexit talks? The Irish issue explained
    AFP

    What’s holding up Brexit talks? The Irish issue explained

    The main sticking point in Brexit negotiations is how to keep Britain’s land border with the Republic of Ireland open after it leaves the European Union. London believes frontier checks can be avoided through a new trade agreement with Brussels, but accepts the need for a fallback plan to address

  • Associated Press

    Former Tropical Storm Tara dissipates in Pacific off Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Tara weakened to a depression Tuesday and dissipated several hours later, after drenching Mexico’s central Pacific coast while moving just offshore.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:48 a.m. GMT

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Militants and government forces are fighting a gunbattle in the main city of Indian-controlled Kashmir. Police say the fighting began early Wednesday after troops cordoned off a neighborhood in Srinagar. Communications were limited in the city, as is routine during troop activity

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  • Weeping relatives receive bodies of South Korean climbers
    Associated Press

    Weeping relatives receive bodies of South Korean climbers

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Relatives dressed in black funeral suits wept in grief on Wednesday as the bodies of five South Korean mountain climbers arrived home from Nepal where they had died in a storm last week.

  • Brazil federal police ask for president to be indicted for corruption
    AFP

    Brazil federal police ask for president to be indicted for corruption

    Brasília (AFP) – Brazil’s Federal Police on Tuesday asked the Prosecutor General’s office to charge President Michel Temer and ten others, including his daughter, with corruption, money laundering and racketeering. The federal police investigated for more than a year whether Temer, who has been

  • Trump warns Honduras to halt migrant caravan or lose US aid
    AFP

    Trump warns Honduras to halt migrant caravan or lose US aid

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Honduras he will cut millions of dollars in aid if a group of about 2,000 migrants is allowed to reach the United States. A migrant caravan set out on Saturday from the impoverished, violence-plagued country and was headed north on the long journey through Guatemala

  • The Latest: IMF's chief Lagarde defers Mideast trip
    Associated Press

    The Latest: IMF’s chief Lagarde defers Mideast trip

    ISTANBUL (AP) — The latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local):

  • US defense secretary sees the enduring costs of Vietnam War
    Associated Press

    US defense secretary sees the enduring costs of Vietnam War

    BIEN HOA, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is getting a firsthand look at the enduring costs of fighting the Vietnam War.

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  • Rocket fired on Israel from Gaza: Israeli army
    AFP

    Rocket fired on Israel from Gaza: Israeli army

    A rocket was fired on Israel from the Gaza strip early Wednesday, the Israeli army and police said, causing damage in a southern city. It is one of the first projectiles fired in recent weeks from the Palestinian territory under Israel’s blockade and comes at a time of renewed tensions between Israel

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  • US sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain
    AFP

    US sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain

    US officials announced Tuesday negotiations for separate trade agreements with Britain, the European Union and Japan as part of efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to rebalance global commerce. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the administration notified Congress of

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  • Indian state won't ease crackdown on crime despite Apple manager's death
    Reuters

    Indian state won’t ease crackdown on crime despite Apple manager’s death

    Police have said the shooting was an accident, but are adamant there will be no let-up in the anti-crime campaign, which is popular with many people in India’s most politically important state. “Goons and criminals have held back the state for years,” said Rana, 31, who guards a river-front

  • Honduras, Guatemala move to stop migrant caravan after Trump threats
    Reuters

    Honduras, Guatemala move to stop migrant caravan after Trump threats

    The Honduran Foreign Ministry called on its citizens not to join the group. Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez said in a public address on Tuesday evening some Hondurans in the caravan had already returned home and the government was preparing to support them. Over the border, Guatemalan police

  • Trump criticizes rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi
    Associated Press

    Trump criticizes rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning of a rush to judgment and echoing the Saudis’ request for patience.

  • Australia shifts on refusal to send refugees to New Zealand
    Associated Press

    Australia shifts on refusal to send refugees to New Zealand

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The prime minister has signaled that he could accept New Zealand’s longstanding offer to resettle 150 refugees exiled to Pacific islands as long as the Australian Parliament legislates to ban them from ever setting foot in Australia.

  • Canada braces for cannabis gold rush
    AFP

    Canada braces for cannabis gold rush

    When Canada legalizes recreational pot Wednesday, market watchers predict the birth of a new industry — creating thousands of jobs, investor euphoria, a new tax source for governments and maybe even tourism. Hundreds of licensed growers have sprouted in anticipation of the end of pot prohibition, attracting

  • Bodies of South Korean climbers killed in Himalayas are returned home
    Reuters

    Bodies of South Korean climbers killed in Himalayas are returned home

    The bodies of five South Korean mountaineers who lost their lives climbing in the Himalayas were returned to their home country on Wednesday, with officials blaming the disaster on a “sudden gust of wind.” The team of nine, including four Nepali guides, died in Nepal’s worst climbing disaster

  • Associated Press

    A-League: Question marks over Usain Bolt, attendance decline

    As the A-League begins its 14th season, the biggest question in Australia seems to be: Will he or won’t he?

  • Trump gives Saudi Arabia benefit of doubt in journalist's disappearance
    Reuters

    Trump gives Saudi Arabia benefit of doubt in journalist’s disappearance

    “I think we have to find out what happened first,” Trump told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. Earlier, in a Twitter post, Trump said that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman denied knowing what happened in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi vanished

  • Trump warns of aid cut over migrant caravan now in Guatemala
    Associated Press

    Trump warns of aid cut over migrant caravan now in Guatemala

    CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to cut aid to three Central American nations if they let people travel to the U.S. illegally, reacting to a caravan of some 2,000 migrants advancing through Guatemala with hopes of reaching the U.S. border.

  • Associated Press

    Davies takes 2-shot lead into final round of Senior LPGA

    FRENCH LICK, Indiana (AP) — Laura Davies recovered from a pair of early bogeys Tuesday for a 2-under 70 that gave her a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Senior LPGA Championship as she attempts to win a second senior major.

  • Canada to pardon pot possession as it legalizes marijuana
    Associated Press

    Canada to pardon pot possession as it legalizes marijuana

    The government is ready to pardon those with a pot possession record of 30 grams or less after Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace.

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  • The Latest: Trump expands aid threat over migrant caravan
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Trump expands aid threat over migrant caravan

    ESQUIPULAS, Guatemala (AP) — The latest on a caravan of Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States (all times local):

  • Saudis have a $6 million lobbying payroll despite departures
    Associated Press

    Saudis have a $6 million lobbying payroll despite departures

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia is paying influential lobbyists, lawyers and public relations experts nearly $6 million a year to engage U.S. officials and promote the Middle East nation, even after three Washington firms cut ties with the kingdom following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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  • Wallabies' Foley signs up to stay in Australia
    AFP

    Wallabies’ Foley signs up to stay in Australia

    The Wallabies’ experienced stand-off Bernard Foley has rebuffed foreign offers and opted to stay in Australia beyond next year’s Rugby World Cup, sporting authorities announced Wednesday. Rugby Australia said the 29-year-old — who successfully returned to the test XV fold this month in a stunning

  • Associated Press

    Former round-the-world sailor Ian Kiernan dies in Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Ian Kiernan, an environmental campaigner and accomplished round-the-world sailor who raced for more than 40 years, died Wednesday after a short battle with cancer, his family said. He was 78.

  • China says interning Muslims brings them into 'modern' world
    Associated Press

    China says interning Muslims brings them into ‘modern’ world

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday characterized its mass internment of Muslims as a push to bring into the “modern, civilized” world a destitute people who are easily led astray — a depiction that analysts said bore troubling colonial overtones.

  • Brazil's Temer charged with corruption, money laundering
    Associated Press

    Brazil’s Temer charged with corruption, money laundering

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s federal police filed new charges against President Michel Temer on Tuesday, recommending he be put on trial for corruption, money laundering and criminal association for allegedly taking bribes to favor port management companies.

  • Turkish official: Police found evidence of Khashoggi slaying
    Associated Press

    Turkish official: Police found evidence of Khashoggi slaying

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Police searching the Saudi Consulate found evidence that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed there, a high-level Turkish official said Tuesday, and authorities appeared ready to also search the nearby residence of the consul general after the diplomat left the country.

  • Guantanamo prison to stay open at least 25 years: US admiral
    AFP

    Guantanamo prison to stay open at least 25 years: US admiral

    Former president Barack Obama had vowed to close the US military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but now it will stay open for at least 25 years, the officer in charge of the facility said Tuesday. In January, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, reversing his predecessor Obama’

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  • Ascot glitz hides problems for British racing
    AFP

    Ascot glitz hides problems for British racing

    Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday carries £4.35 million ($5.7 million) in prize money, with the size of the purse suggesting British racing is in rude health. At the recent Betting on Sports conference in London a panel of three racing experts were asked how they would address key problems facing the

  • Leishman goes for 2 straight PGA wins, feels right at home
    Associated Press

    Leishman goes for 2 straight PGA wins, feels right at home

    JEJU ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — Marc Leishman goes into the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges after winning his fourth title on the PGA Tour last week in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Anna Burns wins Booker Prize with Troubles tale 'Milkman'
    Associated Press

    Anna Burns wins Booker Prize with Troubles tale ‘Milkman’

    LONDON (AP) — Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday for “Milkman,” a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern Ireland’s years of Catholic-Protestant violence.

  • 2 die in fighter jet crash in Ukraine, US pilot "involved"
    Associated Press

    2 die in fighter jet crash in Ukraine, US pilot “involved”

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Ukrainian fighter jet crashed during a joint exercise with U.S. and other NATO air forces Tuesday, killing both pilots, Ukraine’s military said.

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  • Brazil presidential candidates exchange insults on Twitter
    Associated Press

    Brazil presidential candidates exchange insults on Twitter

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The right-wing front-runner in Brazil’s presidential race called his leftist rival a “puppet” while his opponent mocked him for avoiding debates, engaging in a heated Twitter exchange Tuesday less than two weeks before their runoff election.

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  • UN anti-graft body in Guatemala says visas denied, revoked
    Associated Press

    UN anti-graft body in Guatemala says visas denied, revoked

    ESQUIPULAS, Guatemala (AP) — A U.N. commission investigating corruption in Guatemala said Tuesday that President Jimmy Morales’ government has denied or revoked visas for about a dozen of its personnel including staffers probing the president, his relatives and the ruling party.

  • Germany's struggles continue with loss to France
    Associated Press

    Germany’s struggles continue with loss to France

    GENEVA (AP) — Germany is out of contention for another international trophy after France handed Joachim Loew’s struggling team its latest loss on Tuesday.

  • Reuters

    Bodies of South Korean climbers killed in Himalayas are returned home

    The bodies of five South Korean mountaineers who lost their lives climbing the Himalayas were returned to their home country on Wednesday, with officials attributing the disaster to a “sudden gust of wind.” The team of nine, including four Nepalese, led by climber Kim Chang-ho, died in Nepal

  • Women candidates face 'small-scale war' in Afghan election
    Reuters

    Women candidates face ‘small-scale war’ in Afghan election

    “Elections in my country are not just about victory or defeat,” said Dewa Niazai, a 26 year-old candidate from the eastern province of Nangarhar, who holds a degree in computer science from India. “In comparison with male candidates, women have more problems in the election race … insecurity

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  • Indonesians seek talismans of former lives in quake rubble
    Reuters

    Indonesians seek talismans of former lives in quake rubble

    After an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 hit Indonesia’s coastal city of Palu, a pile of broken pink concrete is all that remains of fruit vendor Kaharuddin’s home. “I’m just waiting here and hope that I can find my child,” said Kaharuddin, 40, who goes by one name, like many Indonesians

  • Australian government braces for voter anger in make-or-break by-election
    Reuters

    Australian government braces for voter anger in make-or-break by-election

    The Saturday by-election in Sydney’s diverse, affluent Wentworth constituency is the first major test of Morrison’s standing with voters, many of whom are angry over the ousting of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in August following a backbench revolt. Wentworth was Turnbull’s seat

  • Associated Press

    Cuban diplomats disrupt UN meeting called by US on prisoners

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — About 20 Cuban diplomats and supporters disrupted a U.N. meeting called Tuesday by the United States to spotlight the island nation’s political prisoners, loudly banging on tables and shouting in Spanish, “Cuba, yes! U.S. blockade, no!”

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  • Associated Press

    Detroit’s Svechnikov has knee surgery, out 5-6 months

    DETROIT (AP) — Red Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov is expected to miss five to six months after having surgery on his right knee.

  • Two Koreas, U.N. Command wrap up first talks on disarming border
    Reuters

    Two Koreas, U.N. Command wrap up first talks on disarming border

    The two Koreas agreed this week to begin reconnecting rail and road links, in spite of U.S. concerns that a rapid thaw in relations could undermine efforts to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. Tuesday’s meeting followed a North-South summit last month at which the Koreas agreed to

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  • Associated Press

    US-Italy soccer exhibition to be played in Genk, Belgium

    CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. men’s national team’s year-ending exhibition against Italy on Nov. 20 will be played in Genk, Belgium.

  • Mining initiative foes accused of taking foreign donations
    Associated Press

    Mining initiative foes accused of taking foreign donations

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Backers of a Montana citizen’s initiative that would add new mining regulations say a foreign-owned company is illegally bankrolling an industry campaign against the proposal.

  • Associated Press

    Confessed killer of women in Mexico City held for trial

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican man and his female companion have been ordered held in prison pending trial for the slaying of a woman, though the man has confessed to murdering at least nine more.

  • Trump gives Saudi Arabia benefit of doubt in journalist's disappearance
    Reuters

    Trump gives Saudi Arabia benefit of doubt in journalist’s disappearance

    “Here we go again with you’re guilty until proven innocent,” Trump told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. Trump had used a similar formulation of language when his nomination of Brett Kavanuagh to the U.S. Supreme Court ran into trouble in the Senate after several women

  • Germany loses again in 2-1 defeat to World Cup winner France
    Associated Press

    Germany loses again in 2-1 defeat to World Cup winner France

    PARIS (AP) — Germany’s year just keeps getting worse.

  • Brazil front-runner's planned ministry merger could hurt farm trade: official
    Reuters

    Brazil front-runner’s planned ministry merger could hurt farm trade: official

    Eumar Novacki said that he was not opposed to the idea of combining the ministries but that it would likely be viewed abroad as a step backward in the country’s environmental protection and hurt consumer perceptions of its agriculture industry. Bolsonaro has a commanding lead in opinion polls over

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  • Armenian PM Pashinyan resigns to trigger snap election
    AFP

    Armenian PM Pashinyan resigns to trigger snap election

    Armenia’s reformist Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday announced his resignation on television, paving the way for snap elections. Pashinyan’s resignation is seen as a manoeuvre to return ultimately as prime minister and with control of parliament. The new government quickly found itself

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  • US to enter trade talks with Japan, European Union, Britain
    Associated Press

    US to enter trade talks with Japan, European Union, Britain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration notified Congress on Tuesday that it plans to pursue trade agreements with the European Union, Japan and Britain.

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  • In Canada's wine country, greenhouse drops orchids to grow cannabis
    AFP

    In Canada’s wine country, greenhouse drops orchids to grow cannabis

    Dressed in white overalls, horticulturists carefully tend to small pot plants lined row after row. Not long ago, orchids were growing in this greenhouse south of Toronto where cannabis plants are now budding. On one side of the large sanitized greenhouse, workers are busy filling earthen pots: 12,000

  • Associated Press

    Chaldean cardinal says promised US aid for Iraq hasn’t come

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church complained on Tuesday that promised U.S. aid for religious minorities in Iraq hasn’t materialized, issuing an unusual public rebuke of the United States on the same day Washington announced a new infusion of assistance.

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  • Associated Press

    US tops revised competiveness ranking for 1st time since ’08

    GENEVA (AP) — Organizers of the annual Davos conference ranked the United States first in their ranking of the world’s most competitive economies for the first time in a decade Wednesday, saying the No. 1 spot reflects a new methodology and long-term factors more than recent policies of the Trump

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  • US sanctions key Iranian paramilitary force
    AFP

    US sanctions key Iranian paramilitary force

    The US Treasury Department slapped sanctions Tuesday on an Iranian paramilitary group along with a network of businesses that were providing it financing, as part of Washington’s campaign of maximum economic pressure against Tehran. In announcing the sanctions, the Treasury said a network of more

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  • U.S. general says conditions for Islamist extremism still linger
    Reuters

    U.S. general says conditions for Islamist extremism still linger

    “Little progress has been made in addressing the underlying conditions that lead to violent extremism,” said Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. U.S.-backed forces and Iraqi militias liberated nearly all of the territory that Islamic State, also known as ISIS

  • Reuters

    Honduras urges citizens to not join migrant caravan heading to U.S.

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The government of Honduras on Tuesday urged its citizens not to join a migrant caravan heading to the United States, dismissing the journey as a political ploy. “The government of Honduras urges Hondurans who are participating in this irregular mobilization to not let themselves

  • Brazil right-winger to skip debates, cannot campaign: aide
    Reuters

    Brazil right-winger to skip debates, cannot campaign: aide

    Congressman Onyx Lorenzoni, slated to become presidential chief of staff if Jair Bolsonaro wins the election, said the debates were pointless anyway and would make no difference to his candidate’s commanding lead in the race. “The main reason (Bolsonaro cannot take part) is that he has a colostomy

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  • Miranda scores to give Brazil 1-0 win over Argentina
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    Miranda scores to give Brazil 1-0 win over Argentina

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Defender Miranda headed in a stoppage-time goal Tuesday to give Brazil a 1-0 win over archrival Argentina in a friendly in Saudi Arabia.

  • Reuters

    Pompeo says Saudi leaders pledge thorough probe of Khashoggi disappearance

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that Saudi leaders strongly denied any knowledge of what took place in their Istanbul consulate during a visit by U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and promised a serious and credible investigation. “During each of today’s meetings

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  • IAAF delays testosterone rules until Semenya case verdict
    Associated Press

    IAAF delays testosterone rules until Semenya case verdict

    MONACO (AP) — The governing body of track and field will not apply rules to limit natural testosterone levels in female runners until the Court of Arbitration for Sport concludes an appeal case brought by Olympic champion Caster Semenya.

  • Northern Irish author Anna Burns' 'Milkman' wins Man Booker Prize
    Reuters

    Northern Irish author Anna Burns’ ‘Milkman’ wins Man Booker Prize

    LONDON (Reuters) – “Milkman” by writer Anna Burns scooped the 2018 Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, with the Northern Irish writer winning the literary award for her third full-length novel. Set in an unnamed city during the bloody “Troubles” of Northern Ireland, the “Milkman”

  • Associated Press

    Sandgren upsets fifth-seeded Pouille in Stockholm

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — American Tennys Sandgren upset fifth-seeded Lucas Pouille of France 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday to reach the second round of the Stockholm Open.

  • Palestinians win UN backing to lead developing country bloc
    AFP

    Palestinians win UN backing to lead developing country bloc

    The Palestinians won backing Tuesday to lead the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, raising their profile at the world body despite opposition from the United States. The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to grant the observer-state of Palestine temporary rights to act as

  • At U.N., Cuban diplomats shout down U.S. event on political prisoners
    Reuters

    At U.N., Cuban diplomats shout down U.S. event on political prisoners

    U.S. envoy to the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Kelley Currie persisted, delivering her remarks in the ECOSOC chamber, followed by several other speakers, including Secretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro. “I have never in my life seen diplomats behave

  • US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants: Pentagon
    AFP

    US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants: Pentagon

    The United States conducted its largest air strike in nearly two years against militants in Somalia, killing about 60 Al-Shabaab fighters.

  • Associated Press

    Konta beats Mertens at Kremlin Cup

    MOSCOW (AP) — Johanna Konta of Britain upset seventh-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday.

  • Quebec offers a sneak peek inside new cannabis stores
    AFP

    Quebec offers a sneak peek inside new cannabis stores

    No self-service, no glossy advertising, and proof of age is require to enter: Quebec’s cannabis stores, which will open to the public on Wednesday, provide a minimalist experience to pot buyers. From the outside, it’s hard to imagine what goes on beyond the front doors, obscured from prying

  • Associated Press

    Ex-Equifax manager gets home confinement for insider trading

    ATLANTA (AP) — A former Equifax manager was sentenced Tuesday to serve eight months home confinement for engaging in insider trading in the wake of the company’s massive data breach last year.

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  • US announces 15 indictments against Mexican drug cartel
    Associated Press

    US announces 15 indictments against Mexican drug cartel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced 15 indictments against members of one of Mexico’s largest drug cartels on Tuesday.

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  • Wilson magic inspires Wales to Nations League win against Ireland
    AFP

    Wilson magic inspires Wales to Nations League win against Ireland

    Wales midfielder Harry Wilson produced another brilliant free-kick following his heroics against Manchester United to seal a 1-0 Nations League victory against toothless Ireland on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Derby player, who shocked Old Trafford from a set-piece in the League Cup last month, curled in

  • 7 killed, almost 80 injured in Morocco train derailment
    Associated Press

    7 killed, almost 80 injured in Morocco train derailment

    SIDI BOUKNADEL, Morocco (AP) — At least seven people died and nearly 80 were injured after a shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital to a town farther north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, authorities at the accident site said.

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  • 'Disorderly' Brexit could harm US economy: Fed's Powell
    AFP

    ‘Disorderly’ Brexit could harm US economy: Fed’s Powell

    A “disorderly” European Union exit by Britain could have a negative knock-on effect on the American economy, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve warned Tuesday. The US banking system’s exposure to British banks is small but American financial institutions’ exposure to the European

  • 12 killed in fresh Mali violence
    AFP

    12 killed in fresh Mali violence

    Eleven people were shot dead in restive central Mali on Monday by unidentified gunmen, while a blast killed one person and injured two, sources said. The gun attack took place in the village of Telly, a few dozen kilometres (miles) from the town of Tenenkou, a local official said. A Malian security

  • Canada primed for pot legalization
    AFP

    Canada primed for pot legalization

    Pot stores across much of Canada were poised to throw open their doors Wednesday as the sale and recreational use of cannabis is made legal for the first time by a major Western country. Stores in St. John’s, capital of eastern Canada’s Newfoundland province, will be the first to open their

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  • US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants: Pentagon
    AFP

    US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants: Pentagon

    The United States conducted its largest air strike in nearly two years against militants in Somalia, killing about 60 Al-Shabaab fighters, the US military said Tuesday. “This precision air strike was the largest air strike against Al-Shabaab since November 21, 2017,” when air-dropped US munitions

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  • Cuban diplomats at UN stage noisy protest at US event
    AFP

    Cuban diplomats at UN stage noisy protest at US event

    Cuban diplomats shouted slogans and noisily pounded tables at the United Nations on Tuesday, disrupting a meeting organized by the United States on the plight of Cuban political prisoners. The diplomats managed to drown out the US representative, Kelley Currie, during her remarks at the UN’s Economic

  • What US aid is on the line to Honduras
    Associated Press

    What US aid is on the line to Honduras

    A look at President Donald Trump’s warning that he may suspend cooperation with Honduras over a group of some 2,000 Honduran migrants who have crossed into Guatemala and headed for the U.S. border:

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  • Associated Press

    The Latest: Anna Burns wins Man Booker prize for ‘Milkman’

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Man Booker Prize for fiction (all times local):

  • NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch
    Associated Press

    NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The NASA astronaut who survived last week’s failed launch and emergency landing knew he needed to stay calm.

  • Reuters

    Turkish police say will not search Saudi consul’s Istanbul residence on Tuesday

    Turkish police will not search the Saudi consul’s Istanbul residence on Tuesday, officers at the scene said, as Turkey continues the investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The search was called off for the day because Saudi officials were not able to join, the

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