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Japan typhoon death toll rises to 58 as hopes for missing fade
Japan typhoon death toll rises to 58 as hopes for missing fade

The death toll in the worst typhoon to hit Japan for decades climbed to 58 on Tuesday as rescuers slogged through mud and debris in an increasingly grim search for the missing and as thousands of homes remained without power or water. The storm hit a wide swathe of central and eastern Japan, with 15 missing and some 211 injured nearly three days after Typhoon Hagibis - whose name means "speed" in the Philippine language Tagalog - lashed Japan with high winds and intense rains, NHK national broadcaster said. Some 138,000 households were without water while 24,000 lacked electricity, a far cry from the hundreds of thousands without power just after the storm but cause for concern in...

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Haiti's embattled president faces 5th week of protests

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Haiti's embattled president faced a fifth week of protests on Monday as road blocks went up across the country after opposition leaders said they will not back down on their call for Jovenel Moïse to resign. While Port-au-Prince remained largely quiet, small demonstrations in other cities and towns come a day after tens of thousands of Haitians marched through Haiti's capital in a peaceful protest organized by artists. Business groups, church leaders and human rights organizations also have joined the call for Moïse to step down amid anger over corruption, inflation and scarcity of basic goods including fuel.

Mexico Ambush Kills 14 Cops in Deadliest Attack of AMLO's Tenure

(Bloomberg) -- Fourteen Mexican police were killed in the western state of Michoacan in the biggest attack on law enforcement since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office.The slaying occurred in Aguililla, a town of about 15,000, Mexico's Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection said on Twitter on Monday. Officers were ambushed at the entrance of the town by men in armored trucks, possibly members of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, one of Mexico's most powerful and violent groups, according to TV network Televisa, which broadcast images of burning vehicles at the side of a road.Mexico has fought a decades-long war against drug gangs, with Michoacan serving as one of the...

Kurds Ally with Assad
Kurds Ally with Assad's Forces as Turks Advance into Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces struck a deal on Sunday with president Bashar al-Assad's government to allow Syrian troops to reenter the northeast region of the country for the first time in years, following a withdrawal of U.S. troops and subsequent Turkish invasion of the area.SDF commander Mazloum Abdi outlined his reasoning for making the alliance in an article in Foreign Policy, writing that his forces cannot repel the Turkish military without the aid of allies, and that in the absence of American help his organization would be forced to ally itself with the Syrians and the Russians."We know that we would have to make painful compromises with Moscow and Bashar al-Assad if we go down...

'No forgiveness for this one': Outrage builds over police shooting of Fort Worth woman in her home

The family of a black woman fatally shot by police in her Fort Worth home after playing video games with her nephew is demanding justice.

The Latest: Louisiana governor says he expects GOP onslaught
The Latest: Louisiana governor says he expects GOP onslaught

Gov. John Bel Edwards is telling his supporters to brace for a barrage of national Republican efforts trying to unseat him in the five weeks leading to Louisiana's runoff election. The Deep South's only Democratic governor fell below 50% voter support Saturday night. President Donald Trump held an election eve rally urging Louisiana's voters to reject Edwards.

Why Poland Really Needs the Patriot Missile Defense System (Think Russia)
Why Poland Really Needs the Patriot Missile Defense System (Think Russia)

A robust, modern, integrated Polish air defense will complicate Russian attack planning and help ensure the survivability of both Polish military units and installations, as well as NATO's forward-deployed forces.

Ted Cruz urges Hong Kong protesters to shun violence, accuses Carrie Lam of 'weakness'

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wasn't able to make any inroads with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam during his visit to the city Saturday, but he did get a chance to meet with a few pro-democracy protesters.Cruz was supposed to meet with Lam, but he was informed upon landing that the meeting was canceled. Cruz said Lam's office had asked that the details of their meeting remain secret and requested Cruz not speak to the press about it. Apparently, the senator wasn't keen on those terms, and it looks like the disagreement proved to be a sticking point for both sides. Cruz described the cancelation as a "sign of weakness" and "fear of the protesters on the streets of Hong...

India to restore post-paid cellphone connections in Kashmir
India to restore post-paid cellphone connections in Kashmir

Around 4 million post-paid cellphone connections will be restored in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday, more than two months after New Delhi downgraded the region's semi-autonomy and imposed a security and communications lockdown, an official said Saturday. Rohit Kansal, a government spokesman, said that internet services will remain suspended for now. Landline phones were restored in the region last month.

US-China partial trade deal: the main points
US-China partial trade deal: the main points

US President Donald Trump on Friday announced a partial trade deal with China after talks in Washington with Vice Premier Liu He. "We have a fundamental understanding on the key issues... but there is more work to do," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters. Mnuchin said Liu needed "to go back to do some work with his team, but we have made a lot of progress over the last two days," signaling that approval from the highest level in Beijing would be sought.

1 Cameroon migrant dead, 2 missing in boat capsize in Mexico

One migrant from the African country of Cameroon was found dead Friday and two others are missing after a boat capsized just off Mexico's southern Pacific coast. The Mexican Navy was helping in the efforts. The prosecutors' office in the southern state of Chiapas said the accident occurred early Friday near the Guatemalan border, in an area used by migrant traffickers in the past.

The U.S. Army Has a Plan To Beat Russia
The U.S. Army Has a Plan To Beat Russia's Electronic Warfare Battleplans

AI could just be the answer.

Are Fox News and rightwing media making plans for a post-Trump future?
Are Fox News and rightwing media making plans for a post-Trump future?

Some Fox anchors have become more stridently critical of Trump following the revelations of the impeachment inquiryThe Fox News electronic ticker at the News Corporation building in New York City. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/ReutersIt's often said that hosts on Fox News are playing to an audience of one. Increasingly, he does not like what he's seeing.On Thursday Donald Trump lashed out at the typically loyalist network following a Fox News poll that found that 51% of respondents wanted to see the president impeached and removed from office and an additional 4% said he should be impeached but not removed."From the day I announced I was running for President, I have NEVER had a good @FoxNews...

Why Turkey Wants Their Invasion of Syria to Go Quickly
Why Turkey Wants Their Invasion of Syria to Go Quickly

Ankara wants to be sure it takes its objectives.

Heavy fighting as Syria Kurds hold off Turkish assault
Heavy fighting as Syria Kurds hold off Turkish assault

Fighting raged in northeastern Syria on Friday as Turkish forces and their proxies tried to seize key Kurdish-held towns on the third day of a long-threatened offensive. The Syrian Democratic Forces -- the autonomous Kurds' de facto army -- scrambled to repulse multiple ground attacks along a roughly 120 kilometre (75 mile) long segment of the border. "There is heavy fighting between the SDF and the Turks on different fronts, mostly from Tal Abyad to Ras al-Ain," the Syria Observatory for Human Rights said.

After Fox News released poll that made Trump mad, Barr reportedly met with Rupert Murdoch
After Fox News released poll that made Trump mad, Barr reportedly met with Rupert Murdoch

Attorney General William Barr and media mogul Rupert Murdoch had a private meeting on Wednesday night, not long after Fox News released a poll showing that 51 percent of voters are in favor of impeaching Trump and removing him from office, The New York Times reports.A person familiar with the matter told the Times the pair met at Murdoch's home in New York. It's unclear if they were joined by others, or what exactly they talked about. Many Fox News hosts are pro-Trump, like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, but there are also people like anchor Shep Smith and senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, who have been critical of Trump and his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President...

Report: Pompeo's senior adviser resigns as Ukraine controversy intensifies

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's senior adviser, Michael McKinley, is stepping down, The Washington Post reports. McKinley is not happy that Pompeo has not publicly supported diplomats who have been mentioned as part of the Ukraine scandal, the Post says. A career diplomat who has served as ambassador to Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, McKinley was not directly involved in Ukraine policy, but as a top aide, he lets Pompeo know the mood inside the State Department.Like McKinley, many inside the State Department are disheartened by Pompeo not backing up the diplomats, especially Marie Yovanovitch. Now on leave from the State Department and a fellow at Georgetown University,...

Afghanistan says al Qaeda leader killed in September wedding party clash

Afghanistan's intelligence service said that a top al Qaeda militant commander was among those killed during an operation last month in Helmand province that also caused civilian deaths at a wedding party. Asim Omar, a Pakistani national, and the leader of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was killed in the Musa Qala district of Helmand on Sept. 23, the Afghan National Directorate of Security, (NDS) the country's intelligence agency said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Hong Kong leader Lam does not rule out Beijing help, as economy suffers
Hong Kong leader Lam does not rule out Beijing help, as economy suffers

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday did not rule out asking Beijing for help, as the Asian financial hub struggles to deal with months of often violent anti-government protests that are damaging its economy. Lam said Beijing wanted Hong Kong to solve its own problems, but under its mini-constitution, known as the Basic Law, Hong Kong could ask Beijing for help. "If the situation becomes so bad, then no options could be ruled out, if we want Hong Kong to at least have another chance," Lam said at weekly news conference after a long weekend of violence crippled the city.

Hong Kong cabinet member floats internet curbs to contain unrest
Hong Kong cabinet member floats internet curbs to contain unrest

Hong Kong's government may curb access to the internet in a bid to contain months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests, a cabinet member told AFP on Monday, after an emergency-law ban on demonstrators wearing face masks failed to quell the unrest. The surge in protests was in response to the Hong Kong government's announcement on Friday it would invoke colonial-era emergency laws not used for more than 50 years to ban demonstrators from wearing face masks.

GM
GM's redesigned Corvette Stingray to be delayed by UAW strike

General Motors' much-anticipated redesigned Corvette Stingray will be delayed going on sale because of the ongoing United Auto Workers strike.

The Latest: Justices weigh case over unanimous verdicts
The Latest: Justices weigh case over unanimous verdicts

The Supreme Court appears ready to require that juries in state criminal trials be unanimous. The justices heard arguments on the first day of the term Monday in an appeal by a Louisiana man who is serving a life term for killing a woman after a jury voted 10-2 to convict him. The Supreme Court has begun its election-year term by wrestling over whether states must allow criminal defendants to mount an insanity defense.

Taliban commanders released as hopes rise for resumption of US peace negotiations
Taliban commanders released as hopes rise for resumption of US peace negotiations

Hopes are rising for the resumption of the abandoned Taliban and US peace talks after eleven senior Taliban members were freed from prison in an exchange with three kidnapped Indian engineers. Among those freed are two former provincial governors of the Taliban and Abdul Rashid Baluch, a notorious regional leader sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for trafficking opium. The men were being held near Bagram air base outside Kabul.  It is believed American authorities must have given permission for the swap as Baluch was previously on their 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' list. Last month, Donald Trump cancelled over a year's worth of on-going peace negotiations with the Taliban...

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Trump's decision to abandon the Kurds in Syria sends a dangerous message to US allies around the world

President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the Kurds sends a dangerous message to US allies that they could be abandoned at a moment's notice.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Domino
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Domino's bid to avoid disabilities suit

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by Domino's Pizza Inc to avoid a lawsuit by a blind man who accused the company of violating a law barring discrimination against people with disabilities after he was unable to place an order online. The justices, on the first day of their new nine-month term, declined to hear Michigan-based company's appeal of a lower court ruling allowing the lawsuit by Guillermo Robles invoking the Americans With Disabilities Act to move forward. Robles said in his 2016 lawsuit that the Domino's website and mobile app were not fully accessible for him in violation of the 1990 law that bans discrimination based on disability.

Trump Allies Tried to Install Friendly Management at Ukrainian Gas Company: Report
Trump Allies Tried to Install Friendly Management at Ukrainian Gas Company: Report

A group of businessmen and top Republican donors touted connections to President Trump while trying to recruit management at Ukraine's state gas company in order to advance their own financial interests, according to a report from the Associated Press.Over the past year, real-estate entrepreneurs Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, and oil magnate Harry Sargeant III, all of whom have donated large sums to Republican PACs and campaigns, have worked to recruit Andrew Favorov, a senior executive at Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz, for a plan wherein the company would begin importing American natural gas in order to reduce the country's dependence on Russia.The report highlights the Ukrainian business...

Four killed, five wounded in shooting at Kansas bar
Four killed, five wounded in shooting at Kansas bar

Authorities believe the suspects had been at Tequila KC Bar, a private club, earlier in the night and left before returning around 1:30 a.m. with at least one handgun and started shooting, Kansas City Police Department spokesman Thomas Tomasic told a news conference on Sunday. "We do not have any specific suspect information yet," Tomasic said.

Second Whistleblower Has Given Evidence to IG on Ukraine Call
Second Whistleblower Has Given Evidence to IG on Ukraine Call

Yuri Gripas/ReutersA second whistleblower with first-hand knowledge of the allegations that sparked the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has already given evidence to Michael Atkinson, the head of the intelligence community's internal watchdog office. Mark Zaid, the attorney for the first whistleblower, confirmed to The Daily Beast, that he represents both people. ABC News first reported that the second whistleblower had spoken to the inspector general. It is not clear if the second whistleblower is the same person described in a New York Times article published last week, or if this is a new, third, whistleblower prepared to collaborate with the impeachment investigation....

Saudi Arabia to Allow Unmarried Foreigners to Share Hotel Rooms

(Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia plans to drop a requirement for men and women visiting the kingdom to prove they're related to share a hotel room, part of authorities' efforts to open the country to tourism.While Saudi families will still have to document family ties, visitors will only need to provide a passport, according to the official Twitter account of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.It's the latest move since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman vowed three years ago to develop the country as a tourist destination, shifting away from strict policies that allowed visas for business trips, religious pilgrimages and family gatherings. Officials have said tourism is a...

Why America Should Pay Attention to This Chinese Navy Ritual
Why America Should Pay Attention to This Chinese Navy Ritual

Lunar New Year greetings also show that China is becoming a major naval power.

The Latest: Guyger trial judge accuses DA of contempt
The Latest: Guyger trial judge accuses DA of contempt

The judge presiding over the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who shot and killed her black neighbor has accused the Dallas County district attorney of violating her gag order in the case. In an order setting an Oct. 31 hearing, Judge Tammy Kemp said an on-camera interview with District Attorney John Creuzot (krew-ZOH') that aired Sept. 22 on a Dallas television station was a "direct violation" of her order. In the interview, Creuzot explained why he thought Amber Guyger was correctly charged with murder in the September 2018 shooting of Botham Jean (BOH'-thuhm JAHN).

Inside Ukraine
Inside Ukraine's 'Audit' of Hunter Biden Company Investigation

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APKYIV-Ukraine is reviewing 15 probes related to Burisma Holdings, the energy firm where, for five years, Hunter Biden served on the board. This might look like "favor" that President Donald Trump asked Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky for in a now-infamous July 25 phone call. But it is far too early for Trump to rejoice. Things are never simple in Ukraine's evolving, reforming institutions.Ukraine's new Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka told reporters on Friday that he was "auditing" cases handled by previous prosecutors, including those related to Burisma, but he insisted that the investigation in Ukraine should be "independent from politics." At a...

U.S. presidential hopeful Warren increases fundraising in third quarter
U.S. presidential hopeful Warren increases fundraising in third quarter

Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, has been rising recently in opinion polls and last week edged past former Vice President Joe Biden for the first time in a major national opinion poll. Of the candidates who have reported fundraising during the quarter, only Bernie Sanders raised more, taking in $25.3 million. Biden raised $15.2 million.

Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney's Revenge: Working to Impeach Donald Trump?

Will Romney lead a crusade to topple Trump and restore the old guard of the Republican party?

Ukrainian prosecutors are reviewing their investigation into Burisma, the energy company where Hunter Biden worked
Ukrainian prosecutors are reviewing their investigation into Burisma, the energy company where Hunter Biden worked

"We are reviewing all cases that were closed ... to make a decision on whether this was illegal," Ukraine's prosecutor general told reporters Friday.

Trump Whistleblower Is Registered Democrat: Report
Trump Whistleblower Is Registered Democrat: Report

The whistleblower who filed a complaint against President Trump that now forms the center of an impeachment inquiry against him is a registered Democrat, according to a report from CNN.That fact was reported by inspector general for the intelligence community Michael Atkinson as an "arguable political bias on the part" of the whistleblower.However, Atkinson also wrote in a report on the whistleblower that "such evidence did not change my determination that the complaint relating to the urgent concern 'appears credible.'"> 2/ The attorney for the whistleblower declined to comment. > > The IG said "such evidence did not change my determination that the...

Mayo Clinic study suggests
Mayo Clinic study suggests 'toxic chemical fumes' may be to blame for vaping lung illnesses

A new Mayo Clinic study of vaping-related lung injuries finds that "toxic chemical fumes"," not oils, may be the cause.

These Might Be the Best 5 Submarines to Ever Go To Sea
These Might Be the Best 5 Submarines to Ever Go To Sea

The best. Or not? You decide.

3 Dead, 3 Critically Injured After Plane Crashes in Michigan
3 Dead, 3 Critically Injured After Plane Crashes in Michigan

Three people are dead and three others are seriously injured after a small plane from Indiana crashed at an airport in Lansing, Michigan.

$800 mln settlement announced in Las Vegas mass shooting
$800 mln settlement announced in Las Vegas mass shooting

A settlement of up to $800 million dollars was announced Thursday for victims of America's worst mass shooting -- a rampage that left 58 dead and more than 800 wounded in Las Vegas. In the October 2017 massacre, a man named Stephen Paddock opened fire with high-power rifles from the 32nd-floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, unleashing more than 1,000 rounds as he mowed down people among a crowd attending an outdoor country music festival. MGM Resorts International and lawyers for plaintiffs in the massacre said the settlement would provide between $735 million and $800 million, depending on how many plaintiffs take part in the settlement and drop their lawsuits.

Watch These Protesters Lose Control of a Firehose Filled with Fake Blood
Watch These Protesters Lose Control of a Firehose Filled with Fake Blood

They could've used a quick physics lesson.

Perilous times for Trump: By 45%-38%, Americans support impeaching him over Ukraine allegations, poll finds
Perilous times for Trump: By 45%-38%, Americans support impeaching him over Ukraine allegations, poll finds

In perilous times: Americans are now inclined to support impeaching President Trump and removing him from office, a USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds.

Hong Kong set to enact emergency laws as it struggles to contain violence
Hong Kong set to enact emergency laws as it struggles to contain violence

The lawyer for an 18-year-old Hong Kong student protester shot in the chest by police was due to appear in court on his behalf on Thursday, after the teenager was charged over his role in violent demonstrations. Tony Tsang, who was shot at close range as he fought an officer with a metal pipe on Tuesday, was charged with rioting, which carries a maximum 10-year sentence, and assaulting a police officer. The shooting came during a day of clashes in the Asian financial hub, the latest turmoil in months of anti-government protests that have angered Beijing and raised questions about the city's economic prospects.

Three men indicted in connection with rapper Mac Miller
Three men indicted in connection with rapper Mac Miller's death

Three men were indicted Wednesday in connection with the death of rapper Mac Miller who overdosed on counterfeit fentanyl-laced pills at his home in California last year. Cameron Pettit, 28, Stephen Walter, 46 and Ryan Reavis, 36, were charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substances resulting in death and distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, according to the indictment. The 26-year-old singer born Malcolm McCormick died on September 7, 2018 after ingesting a lethal combination of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol, according to the Los Angeles medical examiner.

Former Dallas cop sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting her unarmed black neighbor to death in his own apartment
Former Dallas cop sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting her unarmed black neighbor to death in his own apartment

Amber Guyger, 31, had faced the possibility of 99 years in prison, though the judge told the jury they could sentence her to as few as two years.

A New Study Provides a Clue About Why People Are Getting Sick and Dying From Vaping
A New Study Provides a Clue About Why People Are Getting Sick and Dying From Vaping

One prominent theory may be wrong

Joe Biden to call for spending $900 million to curb urban gun violence, aides say
Joe Biden to call for spending $900 million to curb urban gun violence, aides say

Joe Biden will unveil a gun safety agenda that calls for $900 million in federal spending in some of the nation's cities hardest hit by gun violence.

Juul hires Altria executive to handle regulation amid vaping crisis
Juul hires Altria executive to handle regulation amid vaping crisis

Joe Murillo is the first big hire by Juul's new chief executive officer, K.C. Crosthwaite, who himself moved over from Altria last week. Altria owns a 35.5% stake in Juul, which last week said it would suspend all advertising in the United States where the Trump administration has announced plans to remove all flavoured e-cigarettes from store shelves to rising popularity among teenagers.


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