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  • Lebanon PM Hariri agrees reform package in bid to resolve economic crisis -official sources

    Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has agreed a package of reforms with government partners to ease an economic crisis that has sparked nationwide protests, official sources told Reuters, with a cabinet meeting expected on Monday to approve them. It also includes a plan to privatise its telecommunications sector and an overhaul to its crippled electricity sector, a crucial demand among potential foreign donors and investors needed to unlock some $11 billion in funds to Lebanon.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:49:16 -0400
  • A crude performance: Semi-naked climate activists protest BP art sponsorship

    Visitors to a London portrait gallery were treated to an impromptu performance on Sunday when three semi-naked climate activists were doused with mock crude oil in a protest against arts sponsorship by British oil company BP. The unauthorised stunt at the National Portrait Gallery capped a two-week wave of actions by civil disobedience movement Extinction Rebellion, which led to more than 3,300 arrests in London and cities around the world, the group said. Activists spread a white sheet over the floor of the main hall of the gallery's Ondaatje wing before two women and a man wearing only skin-coloured underwear adopted foetal positions on the covering.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:46:00 -0400
  • South Sudan's Machar says unlikely to be part of unity govt by Nov. 12

    South Sudan's main opposition leader told a visiting United Nations Security Council delegation on Sunday that he will not be part of a unity government next month, dashing the prospects of progress in a stalled peace process. Former rebel leader Riek Machar said the parties have failed to agree on ways to integrate the army, a key condition of a peace accord signed last year, and could not see how they could form a government without it. President Salva Kiir and Machar signed a peace deal in September 2018 after a string of failed agreements to end a civil conflict that has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands, displaced a third of the population and ruined the country's economy.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:39:52 -0400
  • Trump is 'in the hospitality business,' Mulvaney says, after president reverses plan to host summit at his golf club

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    Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday defended President Trump’s decision to host next year’s G-7 summit at his hotel resort, saying the president "still considers himself to be in the hospitality business.”

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:31:55 -0400
  • After delays, New Orleans preps for demolition of cranes

    After two days of delays, New Orleans officials are hoping to use a series of controlled explosions Sunday to take down two cranes that have been leaning precariously over the remains of a partially collapsed hotel. Officials had originally planned to topple the cranes Friday, then pushed back the demolition to Saturday and then to Sunday when officials said the cranes were more damaged than previously thought. "As they got up and got closer they found out some things about it that have changed the way they are going to take it down ... and that's going to take a little longer for them to accomplish," said Fire Chief Tim McConnell.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:18:52 -0400
  • 3 US soldiers killed in accident at Fort Stewart in Georgia

    U.S. Army officials say three soldiers were killed and three others were injured when the armored vehicle they were riding in was involved in an accident during training at Fort Stewart in Georgia. Officials with the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's 3rd Infantry Division said in a news release that the accident occurred early Sunday morning. The release had few additional details, and a spokesman said the Army was not saying anything more.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:12:38 -0400
  • Bride who loves chicken nuggets surprised with nugget bouquet at her wedding

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    Bride who loves chicken nuggets surprised with nugget bouquet at her wedding originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comThis newly married couple celebrated their wedding day like any other couple. They said their vows, danced all night and even shared some cake.But in the end, it was the flower arrangements that left behind the biggest impression. Yes, this bride’s chicken nugget bouquet is everything you’ve ever wanted in wedding decor. And it all started with a simple email to Tyson brand. ...

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:06:28 -0400
  • Chicago Police Superintendent Seeks Investigation Into Himself

    It was barely Thursday when someone in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago called 911 to report a person asleep in an SUV at a stop sign.When police officers arrived around 12:30 a.m., they found their boss, Superintendent Eddie Johnson, "slumped over" in his city-issued Chevrolet Tahoe, according to officials and news reports.Officers did not see any signs of impairment, and Johnson, who reported parking his car after feeling lightheaded, was allowed to drive himself home, the police said.Later that day, the superintendent called for an internal investigation into what happened, citing the need for transparency. Speaking to reporters Thursday night, he blamed blood pressure medication for the episode.The superintendent called for an investigation because "whether you are police officer or a superintendent, all officers ought to be held to the highest standard," a Police Department spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, said in a statement Thursday.But the episode took a turn on Friday after Mayor Lori Lightfoot told The Chicago Sun-Times that Superintendent Johnson disclosed to her that he had "a couple of drinks with dinner" before being found asleep in his vehicle.He was not given a sobriety test after officers roused him, and Lightfoot told The Sun-Times that she was awaiting the outcome of the internal investigation to determine if the responding officers skirted rules to protect their boss, and whether Johnson should be held responsible.In a separate statement Friday, Guglielmi said the police "have no indication of impropriety at this time," adding that "this question can only be answered by the internal affairs investigation," which he said was continuing.The mayor declined to say whether the superintendent should have been driving or given a field sobriety test, The Sun-Times reported. The mayor's office did not respond to requests for comment Saturday, and the superintendent could not be reached.The police said Johnson complained of feeling exhausted Wednesday. He sent his driver home that day, but said he should have had one with him.Johnson told reporters that he did not take his blood pressure medication after his doctor changed it this week. He said he threw out his old medication, but "failed to put the new medication in."The superintendent had a blood clot this past summer, The Tribune reported, and in 2017, he underwent a kidney transplant.This episode with the superintendent was the latest to draw attention to the Police Department. In 2018, an officer was convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald and, more recently, 63 men and women were exonerated after having been convicted on drug charges in arrests by two corrupt police officers.Johnson was named to the post in 2016. His predecessor, Garry F. McCarthy, was fired days after the release of the video of McDonald's shooting.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:04:05 -0400
  • Box Office: 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Dominates With Soft $36 Million

    Five years after Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent" cast a spell over the box office, the villainous enchantress has returned to the top of domestic charts. Disney's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," a sequel to 2014's fantasy adventure based on the "Sleeping Beauty" sorceress, debuted to $36 million from 2,790 North American theaters, nearly half of what the first movie made in its inaugural weekend ($69 million). Despite opening below projections heading into the weekend, "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" easily towered over competition including holdover from Warner Bros.' "Joker" and newcomer Sony's "Zombieland: Double Tap." The "Maleficent" follow-up did benefit as one of the few offerings catering to younger female moviegoers in a marketplace that's been largely dominated by male-skewed titles like "Joker" and Paramount's "Gemini Man." Women represented 56% of ticket buyers, about 50% of which were under the age of 25.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:00:26 -0400
  • RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-Tech haves and have-nots face third-quarter tests

    Technology companies, which make up the largest swath of the U.S. stock market, are expected to post a nearly 8% drop in third-quarter profits as reports roll in next week from many of the sector's biggest corporations. The overall sector's earnings performance is being dragged down by semiconductors, which are expected to post a nearly 27% plunge in quarterly profits, according to IBES data from Refinitiv, as analysts point to impact from the U.S.-China tariff conflict and generally weak demand. Growing business IT spending continues to support other pockets of tech, according to investors.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:00:00 -0400
  • White House's Mulvaney did not mull quitting over "quid pro quo" flap

    Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday he had not offered to resign for indicating last week that U.S. President Donald Trump had sought a political favor from Ukraine in exchange for military aid, comments he has since retracted. "I never said there was a quid pro quo because there isn't," Mulvaney told Fox News Sunday, using a Latin phrase meaning a favor for a favor. Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday that Trump's decision to withhold $391 million in aid to Ukraine was linked in part to his desire for an investigation by Kiev into a debunked theory that a Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer server was held in Ukraine.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:57:53 -0400
  • Syria critic Lindsey Graham reverses stance, says Trump's policy could succeed

    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump's decision to move U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria, said on Sunday he now believed "historic solutions" were possible. In an interview with Fox News Channel, Graham said a conversation he had with Trump over the weekend had fueled his optimism that a solution could be reached where the security of Turkey and the Kurds was guaranteed and fighters from Islamic State contained. "I am increasingly optimistic that we can have some historic solutions in Syria that have eluded us for years if we play our cards right," Graham said.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:55:09 -0400
  • 3 US Army soldiers killed during training at Fort Stewart in Georgia, officials say

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    Three U.S. Army soldiers were killed during training at Fort Stewart in Georgia, according to officials. The soldiers, part of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, were pronounced dead on the scene after the Bradley Fighting Vehicle they were riding in was involved in an accident early Sunday morning, Patrick Husted, division public affairs officer, said in a news release. "Today is a heartbreaking day for the 3rd Infantry Division, and the entire Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community, as we are all devastated after a training accident this morning on the Fort Stewart Training Area," said Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:55:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Unprecedented anti-government protests swell across Lebanon

    Massive protests swelled across Lebanon on Sunday in an unprecedented show of dissent against its ruling elite as hundreds of thousands converged to demand the overthrow of a system they see as riddled with corruption and cronyism. Ending rampant corruption is a central demand of the protesters, who say the country's leaders have used their positions to enrich themselves for decades through favourable deals and kickbacks.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:51:27 -0400
  • Brexit stumble to dent euphoric pound but bulk of gains to hold

    The pound closed just below the $1.30 mark on Friday, right at the peak of a 6.5% surge it has enjoyed since British Prime Minister Boris Johnson first made a breakthrough on striking an EU divorce deal on Oct. 10.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:49:42 -0400
  • Milan seeks US apology for WWII bomb that killed children

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    Milan's mayor appealed Sunday to U.S. authorities to apologize for a World War II bombing raid that killed 184 elementary school children. Mayor Giuseppe Sala made the request following a Mass marking the 75th anniversary of the Gorla massacre, named for the quarter in the city that was struck, the news agency ANSA reported. "I think it's necessary that the American government apologizes, knowing that we are here to forgive," Sala said, adding that he would formalize the request with the U.S. consul in Milan this week.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:40:44 -0400
  • Kurdish militia says it has pulled out from Syria border town

    The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it had pulled out all its fighters from the border town of Ras al Ain as part of a U.S.-brokered deal to withdraw from a "safe zone" that Turkey aims to establish near its border. "We don't have any more fighters in the city," Kino Gabriel the SDF spokesman said in a statement.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:35:44 -0400
  • Secretary Mike Pompeo defends deal brokered with Turkey to temporarily halt military operations in Syria

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    The U.S. and Turkey reached the agreement on Thursday to "pause" Turkey's military operations in northern Syria for five days to allow Kurdish forces to withdraw from a buffer zone. If the withdrawal is complete after that time, Turkey will halt its operation and the U.S. will lift sanctions on Turkish officials.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:24:53 -0400
  • Russian government supports capping IT companies foreign ownership

    The Russian government has supported a draft law on limiting foreign ownership in major IT companies to just under 50 percent, according to a parliamentary website, a move which may further tighten state control over the internet.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:24:42 -0400
  • Erdogan says Turkey expects U.S. to keep promises, not stall Syria truce deal

    Turkey expects the United States to keep its promises and not use stalling tactics in a deal between the NATO allies for Ankara to pause its offensive into northeastern Syria while the Kurdish fighters it is targeting withdraw, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday. Ankara and Washington agreed on Thursday to a five-day truce in northeastern Syria to allow the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to withdraw from a "safe zone" that Turkey aims to establish.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:18:06 -0400
  • Drill rapper banned from using drug dealing slang words in music videos posted on social media

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    A drill rapper has been banned from using specific slang words in music videos in what is believed to be the first case of its kind.  Ervine Kimpalu, who goes by the artist name Rico Racks, was issued with a special five year Criminal Behaviour Order when he appeared at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday preventing him from referring to several drug-related words in his online rap videos.  The Order bars 20-year-old Racks from saying the words bandoe, trapping, Booj, connect, shotting, whipping and Kitty - all colloquial terms associated with dealing drugs. It also bans him from possessing articles linked to drug dealing and from owning more than one mobile phone. Racks, of Kings Cross, central London, features in several music videos posted on social media in which he is said to glamourise drug dealing. Drill is an increasingly popular form of rap music that has been linked to the UK's rising knife violence Credit: REUTERS He pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and two counts of possession of criminal property in the form of cash and was sentenced to three years in prison. When police executed search warrants at several addresses linked to Racks in Camden, north London in June last year they found £3,000 in cash. Another search of Racks' home address in May this year they found more than £5,000 cash, and a further £3,000 in a safe. Banned drill terms | What do they mean? Several mobile phones believed to be used in drug dealing were also found, as well as Class A drugs with a street value of around £7,000. Detective Constable Arif Sheikh, of the Met Police's Central North Command Unit, said: "This sentence should send out a message to others involved in drug dealing that they will be caught and face the full force of the law." The Order against the drill artist comes after police drafted in a "rap translator" last month to jail a gang leader who had threatened to shoot his rivals in a song. Essex Police hired an expert to prove Roland Douherty, 19, known as Valenti, breached an injunction banning him from "featuring in any audio or video online that is threatening, abusive, insulting, incites, violence, promotes criminal activity, shows weapons or makes reference to gang affiliations and the C17". Douherty had denied that the song "Bro Code" made reference to drug dealing or guns. But officers manage to prove that the song referenced weapons thanks to the help of a translator.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:15:44 -0400
  • Canada's Conservatives offer bland option to Trudeau's flash

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    Even members of his own party say Canada's Conservative leader is bland. "Andrew is what I call a severely normal Canadian," said Jason Kenney, Alberta's conservative premier and the godfather of one of Scheer's five kids.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:05:58 -0400
  • Italian experts defuse WWII bomb in northern city

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    Italian authorities evacuated 4,000 people from the center of the northern city of Bolzano on Sunday to defuse a World War II bomb found during construction. An alarm signaled the all-clear to reopen the city center just before noon, as well as a nearby north-south highway and rail line both connecting Italy with Austria and Germany. The online news site Neue Suedtiroler Tageszeitung said after being defused, the bomb was brought to a secure site nearby for a controlled explosion.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:45:14 -0400
  • Four killed in Bangladesh over Facebook post

    At least four people were killed and about 50 injured on Sunday in clashes with police in Bangladesh over a Facebook post that offended Muslims, officials said. The clashes in the southern district of Bhola, 195 km (120 miles) from the capital Dhaka, broke out when angry crowds protested against a Facebook post in which a Hindu reportedly made derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammad. Police said the Facebook had actually been hacked and all the hackers had been detained.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:45:09 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Surprised over Doral flap, Trump thinks he's still in hospitality business -Mulvaney

    U.S. President Donald Trump was surprised at the resistance to his now-revoked decision to host next year's Group of Seven summit at his Florida golf resort, his acting chief of staff said on Sunday, adding that Trump still considers himself to be in the hospitality business. Trump on Saturday announced on Twitter that he was abandoning the move to host the meeting at Trump National Doral near Miami in June, citing "Crazed and Irrational Hostility" from Democrats and the news media. "At the end of the day, he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business, and he saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best show, the best visit that he possibly could and he was very confident of doing that at Doral," Mulvaney said.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:43:51 -0400
  • Surprised over Doral flap, Trump thinks he's still in hospitality business: Mulvaney

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    U.S. President Donald Trump was surprised at the resistance to his now-revoked decision to host next year's Group of Seven summit at his Florida golf resort, his acting chief of staff said on Sunday, adding that Trump still considers himself to be in the hospitality business. Trump on Saturday announced on Twitter that he was abandoning the move to host the meeting at Trump National Doral near Miami in June, citing "Crazed and Irrational Hostility" from Democrats and the news media. "At the end of the day, he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business, and he saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best show, the best visit that he possibly could and he was very confident of doing that at Doral," Mulvaney said.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:39:03 -0400
  • Secondary circuit of Iran's Arak nuclear reactor to be operational within two weeks- official

    The secondary circuit of the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor will be operational within two weeks, Ali Asghar Zarean, a special assistant to the chief of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, was quoted as saying on Sunday by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. The starting of the secondary circuit will not violate restrictions placed on Iran's nuclear program under a landmark 2015 deal with world powers. Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran will continue to reduce its commitments to the deal, removing curbs on its nuclear program, until European parties to the pact protect Iran’s economy from U.S. penalties.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:37:14 -0400
  • Elizabeth Warren gets taste of what it really means to be a front-runner

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    The spotlights at the fourth Democratic debate beamed down on the 12 candidates on stage, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., faced an especially hot glare getting her first taste of what it really means to be a front-runner. Many of the remaining 2020 Democrats accused her of being "evasive" on some of the core points that buttress the narrative of her candidacy and her origin story. "We are accustomed to seeing a particular model of what it looks like to be a candidate for the presidency," Kelly Dittmar, a professor of political science at Rutgers University-Camden and scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics, told ABC News.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:36:00 -0400
  • Surprised over Doral flap, Trump thinks he's still in hospitality business -Mulvaney

    U.S. President Donald Trump was surprised at the resistance to his now-revoked decision to host next year's Group of Seven summit at his Florida golf resort, his acting chief of staff said on Sunday, adding that Trump still considers himself to be in the hospitality business. Trump on Saturday announced on Twitter that he was abandoning the move to host the meeting at Trump National Doral near Miami in June, citing "Crazed and Irrational Hostility" from Democrats and the news media. "At the end of the day, he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business, and he saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best show, the best visit that he possibly could and he was very confident of doing that at Doral," Mulvaney said.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:29:56 -0400
  • Burmese fishermen 'faint' after mistaking $20 million of floating crystal meth for natural deodorant

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    Sacks of crystal meth scooped from the sea by Burmese fishermen who mistook it for a deodorant substance had a street value of $20 million (£15.4m), an official said on Sunday, in a country believed to be the world's largest methamphetamine producer. The accidental drug haul off Burma's coastal Ayeyarwady region occurred when fishermen spotted a total of 23 sacks floating in the Andaman Sea on Wednesday. Each one contained plastic-wrapped bags labelled as Chinese green tea - packaging commonly used by Southeast Asian crime gangs to smuggle crystal meth to far-flung destinations including Japan, South Korea and Australia. Locals were mystified by the crystallised substance in the sacks, Zaw Win, a local official of the National League for Democracy party who assisted the fishermen and police, told AFP. At first, they assumed it was a natural deodorant chemical known as potassium alum, which is widely used in Burma. "So they burned it, and some of them almost fainted," he said. They informed the police, who on Thursday combed a beach and found an additional two sacks of the same substance - bringing the total to 691 kilogrammes (1,500 pounds) which would be worth about $20.2 million (£15.6m), Zaw Win said. "In my entire life and my parents' lifetime, we have never seen drugs floating in the ocean before," he said. The massive haul was sent on Sunday to Pyapon district police, who declined to comment on it. Burma's multi-billion-dollar drug industry is centred in eastern Shan state, whose poppy-covered hills are ideal cover for illicit production labs. Made-in-Burma crystal meth - better known as ice - is smuggled out of the country to more lucrative markets using routes carved out by narco gangs through Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. A study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says that Southeast Asia's crime groups are netting more than $60 billion a year - a conservative estimate, according to experts - thanks to a sophisticated smuggling and money-laundering operation. In March, Burma authorities seized more than 1,700 kilogrammes of crystal meth worth nearly $29 million, which police said at the time was their biggest drug haul this year.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:18:41 -0400
  • Environmentalist Greens gain as Swiss elect parliament - projection

    The far-right Swiss People's Party was on track to remain in first place in a parliamentary election in Switzerland on Sunday although a strong showing by the environmentalist Greens could dilute the centre-right's grip on power, an initial projection for broadcaster SRF showed. The Greens were expected to finish in fourth place but that could vault them and allies into the mix for a seat in the grand coalition that has governed for decades.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:16:59 -0400
  • 'I never saw that': Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Mulvaney quid pro quo admission

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    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he never saw the kind of quid pro quo that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney referred to on Thursday with regard to the decision-making process he was involved in. "The conversation was always around what were the strategic implications," Pompeo said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:10:00 -0400
  • At home of Mona Lisa, a retrospective on da Vinci's life and work

    France's Louvre museum, home to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, is putting the final touches to one of the biggest ever exhibitions of the Italian master's work with the presence of the world's most expensive painting agonisingly unresolved. The Louvre has assembled more than 160 paintings, sculptures, letters and drawings from the Renaissance era in an exhibition to mark the 500th anniversary of the Italian master's death. Whether Salvator Mundi, a painting attributed to da Vinci and sold by auctioneers Christie’s in 2017 for $450 million, and believed by many art experts to be in the Gulf, will be part of the show remains to be seen.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:00:00 -0400
  • Man missing after falling into sinkhole and getting swept away in drain pipes

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    Crews from the Phoenix Fire Department have returned from helping local authorities search for a man who fell into a sinkhole and was swept away in a storm drain. The incident happened last Monday when a large sinkhole opened up in Hermosillo, Mexico, and the man was swallowed up by it and carried away by the underground water currents. Phoenix, a sister city to Hermosillo, sent technical advisers from the Phoenix Fire Department to help with the rescue operation on Friday morning, according to ABC Phoenix affiliate station KNXV.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:57:00 -0400
  • The National Zoo says bye bye to Bei Bei: 4-year-old panda to leave for China on Nov. 19

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    Bei Bei, one of three giant pandas at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, is scheduled to leave the nation's capital on Tuesday, Nov. 19 to live in China, zoo officials said Friday. The expected move is part of an agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, which dictates that any giant panda cub born at a U.S. zoo be sent to a breeding program in China after their fourth birthday.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:48:00 -0400
  • EU's incoming economy chief calls for less restrictive budget policies

    The European Union needs looser budgetary policies and an overhaul of its fiscal rulebook, the bloc's designated economics commissioner said in an article published on Sunday. Writing in Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore, Paolo Gentiloni said that while the EU's deficit and debt rules must not be ignored, they needed to be "reviewed and updated". "It's time for countries which have fiscal space to use it, in an overall context of less restrictive budgetary policies," Gentiloni, due to replace Pierre Moscovici as economic and financial affairs commissioner on Nov. 1, said.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:24:09 -0400
  • Three die after supermarket set on fire, flights out of Santiago delayed due to Chile riots

    At least three people died after a supermarket in the Chilean capital Santiago was set alight by demonstrators, while many flights into the city's airport were suspended as crew were unable to get to work, the city's governor said on Sunday. Santiago and other Chilean cities have been engulfed by several days of rioting as protests over an increase in public transport costs prompted President Sebastian Pinera to declare a state of emergency. Santiago governor Karla Rubilar confirmed that three people died in a supermarket in the capital that was set on fire by demonstrators on Saturday.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:19:27 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Bangladesh to move Rohingya to flood-prone island next month

    Bangladesh will start relocating Rohingya Muslims to a flood-prone island off its coast next month as several thousand refugees have agreed to move, a government official said on Sunday. Dhaka wants to move 100,000 refugees to Bhasan Char – a Bay of Bengal island hours by boat from the mainland – to ease overcrowding in its camps at Cox’s Bazar, home to more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims who have fled neighbouring Myanmar. "We want to start relocation by early next month," Mahbub Alam Talukder, the Relief and Repatriation Commission chief based in Cox’s Bazar, told Reuters, adding that "the refugees will be shifted in phases".

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:08:33 -0400
  • Australian newspapers unite in protest against media restrictions

    Australia's biggest newspapers were expected to run front pages on Monday made up to appear heavily redacted to protest against recent legislation that restricts press freedoms, a rare show of unity by the usually tribal media industry. Mastheads from the domestic unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, Australian Financial Review publisher Nine Entertainment and the website of the government-funded Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) were expected to show current news stories with most of the words blacked out. The protest was designed to put public pressure on the government to exempt journalists from laws restricting access to sensitive information, enact a properly functioning freedom of information system, and raise the benchmark for defamation lawsuits.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:01:00 -0400
  • Reuters World News Summary

    Following is a summary of current world news briefs. Turkey and Russia will discuss the removal of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from the northern Syrian towns of Manbij and Kobani during talks in Sochi next week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday. Turkey paused its military offensive into northeastern Syria after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Thursday, in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, a five-day ceasefire to allow the YPG to withdraw from a "safe zone" Ankara aims to establish near its border.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 08:58:25 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders returned to the campaign trail in New York City on Saturday, three weeks after suffering a heart attack, and pledged to resume at full throttle his battle against the business and political establishment, including members of his own Democratic Party. "I am more than ready to assume the office of President of the United States.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 08:58:25 -0400
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    The world's first Ebola vaccine was recommended for approval by European drugs regulators on Friday in a move hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a "triumph for public health" that would save many lives. The vaccine, developed by U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co, is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to protect people against the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. Women who go through menopause earlier in life may be more likely to have a heart attack or stroke before they reach age 60 than their counterparts who go through menopause later on, a recent study suggests.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 08:58:23 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Lebanon protesters keep pressure on government as reform deadline nears

    Protesters in Lebanon flooded the streets on Sunday, keeping pressure on Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri as a self-imposed deadline to deliver a package of badly needed reforms for the country's crumbling economy drew near. Anti-government protests that have swept the country since Thursday have pulled together all segments of Lebanese society in an unusually unified call for the downfall of a political elite that protesters blame for plunging the economy into crisis. Loudspeakers blared nationalistic music as energised protesters chanted calls for the government's fall.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 08:52:16 -0400
  • Bangladesh to move Rohingya to flood-prone island next month

    Bangladesh will start relocating Rohingya Muslims to a flood-prone island off its coast next month as several thousand refugees have agreed to move, a government official said on Sunday. Dhaka wants to move 100,000 refugees to Bhasan Char – a Bay of Bengal island hours by boat from the mainland – to ease overcrowding in its camps at Cox’s Bazar, home to more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims who have fled neighbouring Myanmar. "We want to start relocation by early next month," Mahbub Alam Talukder, the Relief and Repatriation Commission chief based in Cox’s Bazar, told Reuters, adding that "the refugees will be shifted in phases".

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 08:44:18 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Anti-separatists rally in Barcelona after pro-independence unrest

    One of the most prominent figures against independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia staged a counter-protest on Sunday after a week of separatist unrest and called for an end to the violence. Albert Rivera, head of the pro-unionist Ciudadanos party, told hundreds of flag-waving supporters that Spain's acting Socialist government was not doing enough to end the chaos sparked by the jailing of separatist leaders. "People can't take their children to school, they can't open their businesses," Barcelona-born Rivera said.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 08:44:11 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-EU plays for time as Johnson spars with UK parliament on Brexit

    The European Union will play for time rather than rush to decide on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's reluctant request to delay Brexit again, diplomats with the bloc said after a 15-minute meeting on Sunday. Johnson's plan to put his Brexit withdrawal deal to the UK parliament on Saturday was derailed after lawmakers voted to withhold a decision on the deal, a move that forced him to seek a third postponement of Britain's departure from the bloc. At a rare Sunday meeting of ambassadors of the 27 states that will make up the EU after Brexit, the diplomats decided to forward Johnson's deal to the European Parliament for its required approval.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 08:21:35 -0400
  • Anti-separatists rally in Barcelona after pro-independence unrest

    One of the most prominent figures against independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia staged a counter-protest on Sunday after a week of separatist unrest and called for an end to the violence. Albert Rivera, head of the pro-unionist Ciudadanos party, told hundreds of flag-waving supporters that Spain's acting Socialist government was not doing enough to end the chaos sparked by the jailing of separatist leaders. "People can't take their children to school, they can't open their businesses," Barcelona-born Rivera said.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 08:00:52 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Pentagon chief in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

    U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States' longest war. Esper's trip to Kabul comes amid questions about the United States' commitments to allies after a sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria and Trump's long-time desire to get out of foreign engagements. "The aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, a political agreement.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 07:58:08 -0400
  • Pentagon chief in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

    U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday, as the United States seeks to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States’ longest war. "The aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, a political agreement, that is the best way forward," Esper told reporters traveling with him to Afghanistan.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 07:21:41 -0400
  • EXPLAINER-What happens next after UK PM Johnson writes Brexit delay letter?

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent an unsigned letter to the European Union requesting a delay to Britain's exit from the bloc, as well as a second note saying he did not want a "deeply corrosive" Brexit extension. Johnson was required by law to send the first letter, after parliament voted on Saturday to withhold its approval of his Brexit deal until it has passed legislation to formally ratify the agreement. Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the lower house of parliament, or House of Commons, said on Saturday the government planned to put Johnson's exit deal to a debate and vote on Monday.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 07:18:54 -0400
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