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FBI testing shows no tainted alcohol in Dominican Republic tourist deaths
FBI testing shows no tainted alcohol in Dominican Republic tourist deaths

The results of the toxicology testing to date have been "consistent with the findings of local authorities,"

WKD: Turkey Will Keep Pushing into Syria Despite the Risks
WKD: Turkey Will Keep Pushing into Syria Despite the Risks

Ankara is willing to pay a high cost to crush any semblance of Kurdish independence.

Ethiopia Ruling Coalition to Shake Up Decision-Making Structures

(Bloomberg) -- Ethiopia's ruling coalition plans to overhaul of its decision-making structures and to tear-up its ideology of three decades, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's part of the alliance said.The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, which has Marxist-Leninist roots, is a former rebel movement made up of four ethnically-based regional parties -- including Abiy's Oromo Democratic Party -- and five affiliated regional parties.The ODP announced the plans Friday to restructure the coalition and replace the EPRDF's ideology of "revolutionary democracy," which it branded divisive and "undemocratic."The move comes as the ruling coalition gears up for elections scheduled for next...

Proposed GM contract lifts wages, closes 4 plants
Proposed GM contract lifts wages, closes 4 plants

General Motors' proposed agreement to end a labor strike includes a wage increase and faster transition to fulltime status for temporary workers but permanently shuts four plants, according to a union summary released Thursday. The United Auto Workers said they achieved "key gains" during negotiations held during a strike launched on September 26, according to a 19-page summary released by the union, while UAW leadership met with local chapters to discuss the deal. The UAW announced Wednesday it had reached a preliminary bargain but said the strike would continue until its national council approved the agreement and the stoppage could be extended until the full membership votes.

Turkey
Turkey's operation in northern Syria splits Germany's migrant communities

Turkey's military offensive in neighboring Syria is raising tensions among Germany's large Turkish, Kurdish and Syrian Arab communities, who are bitterly divided over the operation and have made conflicting demands of Berlin on how to respond. The opposing views are voiced most openly in cities like Berlin and Cologne, where those communities are concentrated, and Kurdish protests against the Turkish operation have sporadically spilled into violence. Turkey says it intends to create a "safe zone" extending 20 miles (32 km) into northeast Syria to ensure the return of millions of Syrian refugees and clear the area of Kurdish militia Ankara views as terrorists.

Assad: Syria to Resist Turkish Invasion by
Assad: Syria to Resist Turkish Invasion by 'All Legitimate Means'

After agreeing to an alliance with Kurdish forces on Sunday, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said Thursday that Syrian forces will help the Kurds repel Turkey's invasion by "all legitimate means." Assad's comments come a day after Turkey accused Syria of a "dirty deal" with Kurdish forces.Syria "will respond to [Turkey] and confront it, in all its forms, anywhere in Syria, using all legitimate means at our disposal," Assad said during a press conference with Iraqi national-security adviser Faleh al-Fayad.Although the Kurds and Assad's regime have long been rivals, SDF commander Mazloum Abdi explained in an article published Sunday that - in the absence of American forces - the Kurds...

Former Vice President Al Gore Says President Trump
Former Vice President Al Gore Says President Trump's Conviction After Impeachment Is Unlikely - But Not Impossible

"Listening to what president Trump has said out of his own mouth, when he publicly asks foreign governments to dig up dirt on one of his principal political opponents, that is an impeachable offense," Gore said

This 5-Hour Window Could Be Key to Trump
This 5-Hour Window Could Be Key to Trump's Impeachment Inquiry

"I asked the President: "What do you want from Ukraine?"

Mitch McConnell warns Republicans in private meeting that Trump
Mitch McConnell warns Republicans in private meeting that Trump's impeachment trial could start as soon as November

McConnell explained how the impeachment process would work during a private weekly lunch meeting with GOP lawmakers.

GM-UAW deal calls for 9,000 jobs, $9,000 ratification bonus, e-truck at Detroit-Hamtramck
GM-UAW deal calls for 9,000 jobs, $9,000 ratification bonus, e-truck at Detroit-Hamtramck

The proposed tentative agreement between GM and UAW includes the creation and retention of 9,000 jobs, wage hikes; keeping Detroit-Hamtramck open.

Nancy Pelosi took a photo that Trump tweeted to accuse her of having a
Nancy Pelosi took a photo that Trump tweeted to accuse her of having a 'meltdown' and made it her cover photo

The photo was taken at a meeting after the House voted to condemn the US withdrawal from Syria. Pelosi also said the president had a "meltdown."

U.K. and E.U. Come to a New Deal on Brexit
U.K. and E.U. Come to a New Deal on Brexit

The U.K. and the E.U. have come to a new agreement on Brexit, just two weeks before Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union.

Elijah Cummings, U.S. civil rights icon who led House probe of Trump, dead at 68
Elijah Cummings, U.S. civil rights icon who led House probe of Trump, dead at 68

WASHINGTON - (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, a civil rights champion who over the last quarter century became one of the most influential Democrats in Congress and a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, died on Thursday.

Israrel
Israrel's Merkava Tank: The Best on the Planet?

Meaning better than America's M1 Abrams? We take a look.

Why the UAW
Why the UAW's Deal With General Motors Is Unlikely to Give Workers What They Really Want

The strike, which started on Sept. 15, is the longest GM work stoppage since the 1970s

Republican lawmakers unmuzzled in rebuking Trump on Syria
Republican lawmakers unmuzzled in rebuking Trump on Syria

Trump's decision to pull American troops out of northern Syria - triggering a deadly Turkish invasion targeting the U.S.'s erstwhile Syrian Kurdish allies - has unmuzzled GOP lawmakers in a manner seldom seen since Trump entered the White House. In a time when the threat of a caustic Trump tweet is enough to stifle open internal dissent, the extent and strong language Republicans are using to assail his policy is Syria has been striking.

Detectives across US grill serial killer, close cold cases
Detectives across US grill serial killer, close cold cases

Keep him talking, don't interrupt him and, no matter what, don't ask why he killed his victims. Little ultimately spilled forth with chilling confessions, claiming he killed 93 women in all between 1970 and 2005 and smilingly recounting the details with startling clarity. Miami-Dade Police homicide detective David Denmark and his partner interviewed Little last October about two murders in the Miami area from the 1970s.

Trump's businesses reportedly gave different financial figures to lenders and tax authorities as recently as 2017

More questions have arisen surrounding President Trump's businesses after ProPublica obtained documents via New York's Freedom of Information Law.The documents show that for two of Trump's New York properties -- 40 Wall Street and the Trump International Hotel and Tower -- different financial figures were reported to lenders and to tax authorities. For example, the Trump Organization told a lender that 40 Wall Street had been 58.9 percent leased on Dec. 31, 2012, before vaulting to 95 percent a few years later, which reportedly represented borrower-friendly "leasing momentum." But the company reportedly disclosed that the building was 81 percent rented as of Jan. 5, 2013 to tax...

Strong quake in Philippines kills one, injures dozens
Strong quake in Philippines kills one, injures dozens

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Wednesday, killing at least one child and injuring more than two dozen other people. "Our hospital chief reported that a child died because of the earthquake," Reuel Limbungan, mayor of Tulunan town in North Cotabato province, told the DZMM radio station. The earthquake also shook Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte and among the most populous cities in the country.

A CNN anchor asked if a Bernie Sanders endorsement from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib was
A CNN anchor asked if a Bernie Sanders endorsement from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib was 'too urban'

CNN anchor John King mulled after Tuesday's debate on a potential gap between the party's most famous progressive freshman members and the party base.

Matt Lauer Had Romantic Affair With
Matt Lauer Had Romantic Affair With 'Well Respected' NBC Star: Report

Lucas Jackson/ReutersMatt Lauer allegedly had a coerced romantic affair with a "well respected" NBC personality, according to an exclusive report by Page Six. The unnamed woman told the publication that the relationship represented a "clear imbalance of power" and that she was made to sign a nondisclosure or NDA agreement when she left the network. NBC News Chief Unleashes on Ronan Farrow in New Staff MemoPage Six interviewed a corroborative source who said, "Matt had influence over everyone's career-one word and your career would be sunk," the unnamed source, who apparently confirmed the affair, said. "I know there was a clear imbalance of power in this woman's relationship with Matt."...

Democratic front-runner Biden has less campaign cash than top rivals
Democratic front-runner Biden has less campaign cash than top rivals

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden had $9 million in his campaign bank account at the end of September, significantly less than his top rivals in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, data released on Tuesday showed. While Biden leads most national public opinion polls, he has struggled to raise money and is relying heavily on wealthy donors who can write five-figure checks instead of smaller donations made via the internet. Biden raised $15.7 million in the third quarter, according to disclosures filed to the Federal Election Commission, ranking as the fourth highest fundraiser among the 19 candidates seeking to become the Democratic...

Warren
Warren's Honeymoon Is Over With Plans Dismissed as 'Pipe Dream'

Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyWESTERVILLE, Ohio-Elizabeth Warren has plans. And on Tuesday evening they were put through the wringer.The Massachusetts Democrat spent much of the evening's Democratic primary debate being dragged by her opponents. It was a different treatment from what she received in the past, when she often managed to skate through the debates without drawing attacks or ire.But that ended on the stage inside Otterbein College's Rike Center. And it signified that Warren's steady rise in the polls has turned her insurgent candidacy into that of a frontrunner. After The New York Times' Marc Lacey asked Warren to answer yes or no whether her Medicare...

Rudy Giuliani Gives Congress the Legalese Version of a Middle Finger
Rudy Giuliani Gives Congress the Legalese Version of a Middle Finger

An official said Giuliani's failure to comply will be used as evidence of obstruction

Turkey slams
Turkey slams 'dirty deal' between Syria's Assad and Kurdish forces

Turkey dismissed global opposition to its military operation in Syria on Tuesday and slammed a "dirty deal" between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and Kurdish forces as US troops began their withdrawal from the battle zone. Turkey's operation against Kurdish militants in Syria, launched a week ago, has been widely criticised by the international community, with the US, a NATO ally, slapping sanctions on Ankara. "We will continue to combat all terrorist groups, including Daesh (the Islamic State group), whether or not the world agrees to support our efforts," Fahrettin Altun, communications director at the Turkish presidency, told AFP.

Trump Faces Giuliani Dilemma as House, Justice Probes Converge
Trump Faces Giuliani Dilemma as House, Justice Probes Converge

(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump is facing a new dilemma in the expanding Ukraine probe: whether to cement his bond with personal attorney Rudy Giuliani or distance himself from the confidant whose own legal peril threatens to ensnare the president.As Trump's personal emissary to Ukraine, Giuliani has been privy to the president's thinking, strategy and behind-the-scenes efforts to push President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's government to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. That makes him a key potential witness in the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.With lawmakers returning to Washington from a two-week break on Tuesday -- eager to lay out their next steps in the impeachment inquiry --...

US condemns executions by Turkish-allied Syria groups
US condemns executions by Turkish-allied Syria groups

The United States said Monday it was appalled and seeking more information after accounts that pro-Turkish fighters in Syria have summarily executed civilians including a female Kurdish politician. The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces said that at least nine civilians were "executed" as part of Turkey's invasion that it launched Wednesday against the former US allies. Among them was 35-year-old Hevrin Khalaf, the secretary-general of the Future Syria Party, who according to the forces was taken out of her car and killed by Turkish-allied Syrian forces.

Texas policeman faces murder charges after killing black woman in her home
Texas policeman faces murder charges after killing black woman in her home

Atatiana Jefferson was killed on Saturday at about 2:30 a.m. when officer Aaron Dean fired a single shot through a window into her home as she cared for her 8-year-old nephew. Dean was responding to a call from a concerned neighbor who said Jefferson's door was open. "Aaron Dean was arrested by Fort Worth Police on Oct. 14.

Nancy Pelosi doesn
Nancy Pelosi doesn't have to hold House impeachment inquiry vote. But the speaker should.

Donald Trump is wrong on what the Constitution needs on impeachment inquiry. But a full House vote would give investigators a stronger hand: Our view

Vaping illness, deaths likely very rare beyond U.S., experts say
Vaping illness, deaths likely very rare beyond U.S., experts say

E-cigarette or vaping-linked lung injuries that have killed 29 and sickened more than 1,000 people in the United States are likely to be rare in Britain and other countries where the suspect products are not widely used, specialists said on Monday. Experts in toxicology and addiction said they are sure that the 1,299 confirmed and probable American cases of serious lung injuries linked to vaping are "a U.S.-specific phenomenon," and there is no evidence of a similar pattern of illness in Britain or elsewhere. "What's happening in the U.S. is not happening here (in Britain), nor is it happening in any other countries where vaping is common," said John Britton, a professor and respiratory...

Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade says Trump's Syria pullout has 'been worse than anyone could have imagined'

Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade knows exactly how President Trump could reverse this whole Syria mess.When Trump announced last week that U.S. troops would leave the Kurdish-held area of Syria and essentially open the area up to Turkish invasion, Kilmeade promptly ripped him apart. Now, after Turkey quickly and unsurprisingly attacked the Kurds, Kilmeade is firing back by calling Trump's decision "worse than anyone could have imagined."While Trump encouraged the Kurds to back off and "ease the tensions with Turkey," they "instead" ended up "unprotected," Kilmeade said on the show Monday before outlining a course of action for Trump to reverse his...

Turkey says Kurdish forces emptied Islamic State prison in northeast Syria
Turkey says Kurdish forces emptied Islamic State prison in northeast Syria

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters had emptied a jail holding Islamic State prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive, and that the prisoners there had been abducted. Turkey launched a cross-border operation against the YPG militia in northeastern Syria last week, after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw forces from two posts in the area in a move that drew strong international criticism.

UPDATE 2-Kremlin tells Turkey to ensure Syria operation is proportionate

RIYADH/MOSCOW, Oct 14 (Reuters) - The Kremlin complained on Monday that Turkey's incursion into northern Syria was "not exactly" compatible with Syrian territorial integrity, and Ankara should ensure its actions were proportionate. The Kremlin was commenting as Russia-backed Syrian forces deployed deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier, less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal.

NATO
NATO's Stoltenberg defends stance on Turkey's offensive in Syria

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday defended his stance on Turkey's attack on Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria as he came under pressure from some members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to be tougher with Ankara. Splits in the military alliance have emerged after NATO member Turkey began its offensive in Syria last week, with the governments of EU countries that are also NATO members suspending weapon sales to Turkey.

China Denied U.S. Lawmakers Visas Over Taiwan Visit
China Denied U.S. Lawmakers Visas Over Taiwan Visit

(Bloomberg) -- China denied entry visas to a U.S. congressional delegation, with Chinese officials telling one congressman's staff members the visas would be granted for their trip only if they canceled a stop in Taiwan.Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a New York Democrat, said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that the quid pro quo amounted to "visa blackmail, designed to stanch the longstanding tradition of robust U.S. congressional engagement with Taiwan."Maloney warned Beijing that "ham-handed and obtusely enforced pressure campaigns" will only "invigorate congressional support for Taiwan." He said he will be exploring ways for Congress to "reinforce U.S. support for Taiwan" in the...

Joe Biden:
Joe Biden: 'No one in my family will have an office in the White House' or be 'a cabinet member' if I'm president

Joe Biden's visit to Iowa came the same day his son, Hunter, announced he would step down from the board of a Chinese company.

Hunter Biden to step down from Chinese board
Hunter Biden to step down from Chinese board

Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden said Sunday he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies should his father

Can The U.S. Army
Can The U.S. Army's Latest Air Defense System Handle 21st Century Warfare?

A demonstration might give us hints.

Syria's Assad Sends Troops North As Turkish Offensive Escalates

(Bloomberg) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent troops to the northeast of the country to confront a Turkish offensive, raising risks of an escalation after Kurdish fighters turned to Damascus in the absence of U.S. support.The state-run SANA news agency said soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army had begun to move northwards. The Kurdish command for the northeast said it had reached a deal with Assad. The deployment comes after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered remaining U.S. forces in northern Syria to withdraw in the face of a rapid Turkish advance that has drawn international condemnation and the threat of sanctions.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his offensive aims to push...

India tightens security clampdown ahead of divisive temple ruling
India tightens security clampdown ahead of divisive temple ruling

Authorities have tightened security restrictions in the northern Indian flashpoint city of Ayodhya ahead of a crucial Supreme Court ruling over the disputed site fiercely contested between Hindus and Muslims. Hindus and Muslims have for decades been bitterly divided over the 16th-century Babri mosque in Ayodhya, a city in Uttar Pradash state. The Supreme Court is expected to conclude on October 17 hearings into appeals against a key 2010 court ruling that both groups should split the site, with Hindus granted the lion's share.

In 1986, a Russian Submarine with 27 Nuclear Missiles Sank (And Exploded)
In 1986, a Russian Submarine with 27 Nuclear Missiles Sank (And Exploded)

"Seawater combined with missile fuel to produce heat and toxic gases. Despite a crewman venting the tube, an explosion erupted in the silo, ejecting the missile and its warheads into the sea."

Pakistan PM in Tehran on mission to
Pakistan PM in Tehran on mission to 'facilitate' Iran-Saudi talks

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Iran on Sunday on a mission to act as a "facilitator" between Tehran and Riyadh and try to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf. Khan held talks with President Hassan Rouhani at the presidential palace and later met with Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to the leader's official website. "The reason for this trip is that we do not want a conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran," Khan told reporters as he stood alongside Rouhani.

Disney World retesting Skyliner after malfunction grounds cable cars, reports say
Disney World retesting Skyliner after malfunction grounds cable cars, reports say

Disney World's Skyliner system is back up and running, but without passengers, as the park begins testing the system before reopening to guests.

British orphans missing in northern Syria after mass escape of Islamic State families
British orphans missing in northern Syria after mass escape of Islamic State families

Three British Islamic State orphans have gone missing in northern Syria after the camp they were in was shelled by Turkish forces. Ten-year-old Amira, her sister Hiba, eight, and brother Hamza, around the same age as Hiba, were discovered in the Kurdish-run Ain Issa camp by a BBC reporting team last week.  But they vanished on Sunday after hundreds of women linked the caliphate fled the camp in what Kurdish-led forces described as a mass escape facilitated by Turkish forces.   They had been living with 21 other orphans at the camp since they were evacuated from the wreckage of Baghouz, Isil's last redoubt, in March. The three siblings, whose surname is unknown, emerged from Isil's last...

Bernie Sanders differentiates himself from Warren, says he's the only candidate willing to stand up to corporate elite

It looks like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is beginning to distance himself from his good friend Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) policy-wise.The two Democratic presidential candidates have always gotten along well and are generally ideological allies, especially relative to many of their primary competitors. But Sanders was pretty clear in an interview that aired on Sunday's edition of ABC's This Week that Warren has a ways to go before she's at the same point on the political spectrum. Sanders praised Warren's tenure as a senator and reaffirmed their friendship, but he said "there are differences" in their platforms, namely the fact that Warren has maintained she is a capitalist...

Trump tells Pentagon to begin withdrawing remaining troops from northern Syria
Trump tells Pentagon to begin withdrawing remaining troops from northern Syria

The United States is poised to move about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria amid an ongoing Turkish incursion into the region, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, calling the situation "untenable" for U.S. forces. The pull-back of troops from the region dovetails with President Donald Trump's long-standing desire for the United States to extract itself from foreign conflicts. It comes after Trump a week ago withdrew some U.S. troops deployed to support Kurdish forces in the fight against Islamic State.

U.S.
U.S. 'Withdraws' Forces to Let Turks Advance on America's Allies

Khalil Ashawi/ReutersIn the latest surge of anti-war rhetoric from the Trump administration, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the U.S. is launching a "deliberate withdrawal" of American forces from northern Syria, but refused to say how long it will take."We want to conduct it safely and quickly as possible," Esper told CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday morning, adding, "I'm not prepared to put a timeline on it, but that's our general game plan." Two knowledgeable U.S. officials told The Daily Beast that the troops are just withdrawing further away from the advance of Turkish forces massacring the Syrian Kurds whom America relied upon to destroy the so-called Islamic State's...

Israel asks Putin to pardon U.S.-Israeli jailed for Moscow airport transit drugs

Israel asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday to pardon a U.S.-Israeli woman given a 7.5-year jail sentence for drugs found in her luggage as she transited through a Moscow airport. Naama Issachar's case has opened up an unusually public rift between Israel and Russia. Issachar was arrested in April during a layover in flights from India to Israel.

Trump Threatens to Sue Schiff in Speech to Conservatives

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump spent a third consecutive night drinking in the adulation of his most diehard supporters, airing his grievances about the Democratic impeachment investigation to a meeting of religious conservatives. Among other things, the president suggested that he should sue Representative Adam Schiff of California, chairman of the House intelligence panel, for misrepresenting what he said on the now infamous call with Ukraine's president. "I actually told my lawyers, I said, 'sue him anyway,'" Trump said. "'He has immunity...' I said, 'sue him anyway. Even if we lose, the American public will understand.'"Trump made lengthy campaign-style speeches Thursday in...

Putin says Trump not to blame for lack of improvement in Russia-U.S. ties
Putin says Trump not to blame for lack of improvement in Russia-U.S. ties

Moscow is not blaming U.S. President Donald Trump for failing to improve U.S.-Russian relations, a pledge he had made during his election campaign, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Arab broadcasters. "We know that, including during his previous election campaign, he spoke in favor of a normalization (of U.S.-Russia relations), but unfortunately it has not happened yet," Putin told Al Arabiya, Sky News Arabia and RT Arabic. Putin said the "internal political agenda" was not allowing Trump to take steps aimed at a drastic improvement of bilateral relations, adding Moscow would in any case work with any U.S. administration to the extent that Washington itself wants.


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