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Turkey's exploration for natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean has ramped up tensions with Cyprus and prompted the European Union to scale back contacts with Ankara. The internationally recognised Greek Cypriot government and the European Union accuse Turkey of violating Cyprus' maritime economic zone by drilling off the divided island. Turkey says it is operating in waters on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights.

US troops in northern Syria ordered to leave country: US official
US troops in northern Syria ordered to leave country: US official

The Pentagon has begun removing all its troops in northern Syria, a US official said Monday, after President Donald Trump ordered them to leave in the face of Turkey's attacks on Kurds in the area. Nearly 1,000 troops will vacate the country, leaving behind only a small contingent of 150 in the southern Syria base at Al Tanf, the official said. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been pressing a deadly assault against Kurdish forces -- a key US ally in the five-year battle to crush the Islamic State group -- in northeastern Syria since Wednesday last week.

The impeachment inquiry into Trump, explained in 60 seconds
The impeachment inquiry into Trump, explained in 60 seconds

Here's how it all started, how an impeachment inquiry could play out, and what all the key players are thinking and saying.

After heart attack, campaign battles to keep Bernie Sanders in presidential race
After heart attack, campaign battles to keep Bernie Sanders in presidential race

With all campaign events canceled after an unexpected heart surgery and nothing scheduled until Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate, Bernie Sanders' campaign has been seeking to reassure supporters the 78-year-old senator is still a viable presidential pick. The campaign has blasted the press with policy announcements and attempted to pivot the health scare to a message about his signature Medicare for All policy. Sanders cleared his previously frenetic campaign schedule after a heart attack on Oct. 1 at a time when his candidacy has already been eclipsed by fellow liberal Elizabeth Warren's ascent as a chief contender to early front-runner Joe Biden, who is 76.

Deadly vaping crisis threatens to ensnare Juul
Deadly vaping crisis threatens to ensnare Juul's lucrative marijuana sibling, Pax Labs

Juul spinoff Pax Labs is suddenly immersed in the nation's marijuana vaping crisis as authorities flag deadly illnesses potentially connected to THC.

China reports new African swine fever outbreak in northwest province

The virus, fatal to pigs but not contagious to human beings, has significantly slashed pig output in the world's largest herd since the deadly disease was first detected in August last year. China has reported such outbreaks in all its provinces on the mainland, as well as in Hong Kong and Hainan island in the south.

Multiple arrests in Hong Kong as "flashmob" protests hit pro-Bejing targets
Multiple arrests in Hong Kong as "flashmob" protests hit pro-Bejing targets

Riot police clashed with anti-government protesters across Hong Kong Sunday as masked activists vandalised businesses deemed sympathetic to Beijing in another weekend of chaos in the financial hub. Local television networks also broadcast footage of a man beaten bloody by protesters after they found a baton in his bag and suspected him of being an undercover officer. During cat-and-mouse encounters on Sunday officers made dozens of arrests, but there were fewer protesters than have taken to the streets more recently during the four-month long protest movement.

Anxiety over Supreme Court arguments pervades Coming Out Day
Anxiety over Supreme Court arguments pervades Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day festivities were tempered this year by anxiety that some LGBT folk may have to go back into the closet so they can make a living, depending on what the Supreme Court decides about workplace discrimination law. "I want all members of our community to feel supported by the government, and often for a lot of us and a lot of friends of mine, it's the first time that they feel represented," said Jessica Goldberg, a bisexual senior at the University of Colorado Denver. This year that includes Philadelphia's OutFest on Sunday, billed as the largest National Coming Out Day event, many LGBT people said.

At least 24 dead, over 170 injured after Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan
At least 24 dead, over 170 injured after Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan

The day before Hagibis made landfall in Japan, residents of Tokyo were scraping for the last supermarkets had to sell across the city as they prepared for what the Japan Times reported Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike had called "a typhoon of unprecedented scale."Hagibis rapidly strengthened in the West Pacific to become the third super typhoon of the season last week. The storm went from a tropical depression with sustained winds of 48 km/h (30 mph) to a super typhoon producing winds of 241 km/h (150 mph) only 48 hours later.At a peak strength of 257 km/h (160 mph), the typhoon tied with Wutip from February as the most powerful tropical cyclone in the West Pacific Basin this year....

Hong Kong
Hong Kong 'won't rule out' Chinese help over protests: leader

Hong Kong's under-fire leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday said China intervening to end months of pro-democracy protests is an option following a particularly violent week of unrest that paralysed the city. Hong Kong was virtually locked down over the three-day holiday weekend, with the majority of subway stops closed. It is also the position of the central government (in Beijing) that Hong Kong should tackle the problem on her own.

Court seems ready to require unanimous juries as term opens
Court seems ready to require unanimous juries as term opens

The Supreme Court began a potentially contentious election-year term Monday in seeming general agreement that juries in state criminal trials must be unanimous to convict a defendant. The justices took up a quirk of constitutional law, a 47-year-old ruling that requires unanimity in federal, but not state trials. Earlier in the day, the court also wrestled with whether states must allow criminal defendants to plead insanity.

Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower: Google Boss
Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower: Google Boss' Daughter Scrubbed From Guardian Exposé

Fairfax Media/GettyLONDON-Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, claims that Sophie Schmidt, the daughter of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, successfully campaigned for The Guardian to scrub her name from one of their bombshell data-abuse stories.In a memoir that will be published Tuesday, he says that The Guardian's willingness to back down in the face of Schmidt's legal threats-and "water down" a story that had already been published-convinced him that he could no longer trust the British newspaper alone to publish his allegations about Cambridge Analytica.Wylie had helped The Guardian report on Cambridge Analytica anonymously for months, but he said he was shocked...

Nevada health officials are fighting to stop the spread of
Nevada health officials are fighting to stop the spread of 'Zombie deer disease.' But you could already be eating infected meat without knowing it, one researcher warns.

"Zombie deer disease," which kills deer and elk, has already been reported in 24 states. Health officials are trying to stop its spread in Nevada.

U.S. Supreme Court turns away Puerto Rico pension fund dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a dispute over the assets of Puerto Rico's largest public sector pension fund even as the U.S. Caribbean island territory's bankruptcy enters a major new phase. The justices left in place a January 2019 lower court ruling that found that bondholders who own nearly $3 billion of debt issued by Puerto Rico's Employees Retirement System have a legitimate claim on the pension fund's assets. The justices refused to hear an appeal by Puerto Rico's federally created financial oversight board of that ruling.

UPDATE 1-Turkish ship to begin drilling south of Cyprus by Tuesday -minister

The Turkish drillship Yavuz will begin drilling for oil and gas southwest of Cyprus on Monday or Tuesday, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said, in a move which has intensified tensions between the two countries. Cyprus has accused Turkey of a "severe escalation" of violations of its sovereign rights. "All preparations have been completed, and it (Yavuz) will start its first drilling in the area either today or tomorrow," Donmez told an energy conference on Monday.

Trump Will Deny Immigrant Visas to Those Who Can
Trump Will Deny Immigrant Visas to Those Who Can't Pay for Health Care

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration will deny visas to immigrants who cannot prove they will have health insurance or the ability to pay for medical costs once they become permanent residents of the United States, the White House announced Friday in the latest move by President Donald Trump to undermine legal immigration.Trump issued a proclamation, effective Nov. 3, ordering consular officers to bar immigrants seeking to live in the United States unless they "will be covered by approved health insurance" or can prove that they have "the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs."Trump justified the move by saying that legal immigrants are...

Deadly clashes break out again in Iraq, 11 killed in capital
Deadly clashes break out again in Iraq, 11 killed in capital

Clashes between police and protesters killed 11 people in Baghdad on Saturday in a new flare-up of anti-government unrest, as security forces deployed in their hundreds to keep demonstrations away from central squares in the Iraqi capital. Police and medical sources reported the casualties after days of violence around anti-government protests, bringing the toll in Baghdad and other cities this week to at least 88. One square where protesters had gathered in their hundreds in previous days was packed with hundreds of policemen and other security personnel.

Iron Beam: How Israel Could Use Lasers To Kill Iran
Iron Beam: How Israel Could Use Lasers To Kill Iran's Missiles in a War

Sounds impressive, sure. But it does have some problems.

Legionnaire's outbreak linked to hot tubs kills one, sickens dozens in North Carolina

The 120 people who have fallen ill with Legionnaire's, and eight who contracted its milder version Pontiac Fever, attended or worked at the fair, the state's Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement on Thursday. The infected were likely exposed to Legionella bacteria as they walked by a hot tub display at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, the statement said. Lab results confirmed that water samples from the state fair event center contained the bacteria that causes the disease, a severe form of pneumonia characterized by coughing, aches, high fever.

Sen. Marco Rubio, an outspoken critic of China, says Trump
Sen. Marco Rubio, an outspoken critic of China, says Trump's call for it investigate Joe Biden was not a 'real request'

"I don't think it's a real request," Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said to reporters on Friday. His GOP colleague, Sen. Ben Sasse, strongly disagreed.

Tunisia in Transition Braces for IMF Visit as Funding Needs Rise
Tunisia in Transition Braces for IMF Visit as Funding Needs Rise

(Bloomberg) -- Tunisia's turbulent political scene faces a new potential obstacle, as the government prepares to receive an IMF mission to discuss its economic program while also planning to raise external financing by about 10%.The International Monetary Fund's mission is slated to begin Oct. 8, five days before a tightly contested presidential run-off vote between two political outsiders. Around the same time, parliament is due to start discussing a draft budget for 2020.That document will likely be a key issue for the IMF before it approves the next installment of a $2.9 billion loan it extended to Tunisia in 2016. The government has butted heads with the Washington-based lender over...

Eric Trump: Media would be camping outside my home if I did what Hunter Biden did
Eric Trump: Media would be camping outside my home if I did what Hunter Biden did

Eric Trump weighs in on media hypocrisy over Hunter Biden's ties to China and Ukraine.


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