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Oct 18, 2019

NBA's Silver says Hong Kong tweet furor already hit league's bottom line
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Thursday that the fallout following a tweet from a Houston Rockets official who backed the Hong Kong democracy protests has already cost the league substantial financial losses in China.

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Oct 18, 2019

Protests sweep Lebanon for a second day
Protesters across Lebanon blocked roads with burning tires on Friday and marched in Beirut for a second day in demonstrations targeting the government over an economic crisis.

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Oct 18, 2019

Trading tires: How the West fuels a waste crisis in Asia
When night falls in the Indian village of Nabipur, the backyard furnaces come to life, burning waste tires from the West, making the air thick with acrid smoke and the soil black with soot.

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Oct 18, 2019

Factbox: Wheeler dealers: how to make money from scrap tires
International trade in waste tires has almost doubled in the past five years, according to data provided by customs departments to the United Nations, generating millions of dollars in business across the supply chain.

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Oct 18, 2019

Ebola survivors battle grief and stigma in eastern Congo
Arlette Kavugho was discharged from an Ebola ward in eastern Congo in March, but her troubles did not end there.

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Oct 18, 2019

Kremlin wants information from Turkey about Syria deal with U.S.: RIA
The Kremlin said late on Thursday it expected to receive information from Turkey after Ankara agreed a deal with the United States to halt its offensive in Syria for five days, the RIA news agency reported.

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Oct 18, 2019

Pompeo to meet Netanyahu in Israel after Turkey meeting
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Friday, hours after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive on Kurdish forces in Syria.

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Oct 18, 2019

Hong Kong tourism fall hits cognac sales at Remy Cointreau
French spirits maker Remy Cointreau said falling tourism in Hong Kong hurt cognac sales in its second quarter, as a revenue decline deepened across the group.

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Oct 18, 2019

Hong Kong police association to build retirement property for staff in mainland China
A Hong Kong police association has told its members it is in talks with Chinese property developer Agile Group to develop a "Hong Kong City" in southern China for their retirement, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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Oct 18, 2019

Holiday Inn-owner IHG bruised by weak bookings in China, Hong Kong
Holiday Inn-owner InterContinental Hotels Group blamed lower business bookings in China and protests in Hong Kong for a 0.8% fall in quarterly revenue per room on Friday, the latest company to be pinched by weaker global travel.

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Oct 18, 2019

Asian shares slump after weak China GDP, pound retreats
Asian stocks stumbled on Friday, erasing earlier gains after China posted its weakest growth in nearly three decades, countering a global lift in sentiment on the UK and European Union striking a long-awaited Brexit deal.

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Oct 18, 2019

Going Dutch? Low interest rates rattle 'world's best' pension system
When Frans Kolkman hung up his police badge in 2017, he was looking forward to a comfortable retirement. Two years later he's among millions of Dutch pensioners facing a cut and fearing there may be worse to come.

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Oct 18, 2019

Factbox: Dutch pension pots stand out among global retirement funds
The world's rich nations face a double-whammy, with ageing populations meaning more retirees -- just as low and negative interest rates make it harder for pension funds to secure the investment returns needed to fill up their coffers.

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Oct 18, 2019

Cartel gunmen terrorize Mexican city, free El Chapo's son
Heavily armed fighters surrounded security forces in a Mexican city on Thursday and made them free one of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's sons, after his capture triggered gunbattles and a prison break that sent civilians scurrying for cover.

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Oct 18, 2019

Shelling heard around Syrian town after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire deal
Shelling and gunfire resounded in the area of northeast Syria's Ras al Ain town on Friday, a day after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw.

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Oct 18, 2019

Hong Kong braces for weekend of fresh anti-government protests
Hong Kong is preparing for a weekend of demonstrations, including a human chain at major subway lines on Friday and a democracy march on Sunday, the latest moves in more than four months of anti-government protests.

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Oct 18, 2019

Apple's Cook meets China regulator after pulling Hong Kong app
Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook met the chief of China's market regulator in Beijing on Thursday, the Chinese agency said, a week after the U.S. firm was thrust into the midst of political tensions between the mainland and protesters in Hong Kong.

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Oct 18, 2019

Man charged with murders of two Alaska Native women
A digital camera card containing videos of a man beating and strangling a woman in a hotel room led to the arrest of an immigrant from South Africa charged with murders of two Alaska Native women who had gone missing, authorities said on Thursday.

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Oct 18, 2019

NBA Commissioner says league hit by huge financial losses due to Hong Kong tweet
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Thursday that the fallout following a tweet from a Houston Rockets official who backed the Hong Kong democracy protests has already cost the league substantial financial losses in China.

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Oct 18, 2019

China's GDP growth grinds to near 30-year low as tariffs hit production
China's third-quarter economic growth slowed more than expected and to its weakest pace in almost three decades as the bruising U.S. trade war hit factory production, boosting the case for Beijing to roll out fresh support.

Reuters Top News
Oct 17, 2019

Cartel gunmen chase away security forces, free El Chapo's son
Heavily armed cartel fighters surrounded security forces and made them free one of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's sons, whose brief apprehension triggered intense gunbattles across the city of Culiacan.

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Oct 17, 2019

Asian shares erase gains after weak China GDP, pound pulls back
Asian stocks stumbled on Friday after China posted its weakest growth in nearly three decades, countering a global lift in sentiment on the UK and European Union striking a long-awaited Brexit deal.

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Oct 17, 2019

Mexican security forces free El Chapo's son to protect lives: minister
Mexican security forces have released captured drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's son from a house where they briefly apprehended him on Thursday, Security Minister Alfonso Durazo told Reuters, saying the decision was taken to protect lives.

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Oct 17, 2019

Instant View: China third-quarter GDP grows 6.0% year-on-year, misses expectations
China's economic growth slowed more than expected to 6.0% year-on-year in the third quarter, the weakest pace in at least 27-1/2 years, as demand at home and abroad faltered amid a bruising Sino-U.S. trade war.

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Oct 17, 2019

China third-quarter GDP grows 6% year-on-year, misses expectations
China's economic growth slowed more than expected to 6.0% year-on-year in the third quarter, the weakest pace in at least 27-1/2 years, as demand at home and abroad faltered amid a bruising Sino-U.S. trade war.

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Oct 17, 2019

China third-quarter GDP grows 6%, slowest pace in almost three decades
China's economic growth slowed more than expected to 6.0% year-on-year in the third quarter, the weakest pace in almost three decades, hit by soft factory production amid a bruising Sino-U.S. trade war and lackluster demand at home.

Reuters Top News
Oct 17, 2019

Six warning lights flashing for China's slowing economy
China's $13 trillion economy is slowing and indicators showing that range from freight shipments to factory power generation and from employment to expenditures on entertainment.

Reuters Top News
Oct 17, 2019

Trump blasts 'crazy' Nancy Pelosi and Democrats, defends Syria pullout
U.S. President Donald Trump defended his Syria pullout at a campaign rally on Thursday and lashed out at "crazy Nancy" Pelosi and other Democrats who are trying to remove him from office through impeachment.

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Oct 17, 2019

Big U.S. liquefied natgas players move fast; smaller ones try to keep up
A gap is emerging in the U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry as big players such as Exxon Mobil Corp and Cheniere Energy Inc race ahead to build export terminals with fewer long-term contracts, while smaller developers struggle to find financing for their first plants.

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Oct 17, 2019

Bored by Brexit? British TV starts Brexit-free news channel
After three years of Brexit crisis, Sky News is betting that some viewers are so bored by the divorce drama that there is a market for a channel dedicated to news that has nothing to do with Britain's exit from the European Union.

Reuters Top News
Oct 17, 2019

Brexit deal at hand in Brussels, Johnson struggles to win support at home
Britain and the European Union were on the verge of a last-minute Brexit deal on Wednesday but Prime Minister Boris Johnson still has work to do at home to ensure his government and factious parliament approve the plan.

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Oct 17, 2019

Asian stocks track Brexit deal cheer but China caution prevails
Asian stocks edged higher on Friday, tracking the global lift in sentiment after the UK and the European Union struck a long-awaited Brexit deal, but concern about the Chinese economy is likely to cap gains with data expected to show weaker growth.

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Oct 17, 2019

U.S. border patrol eyeing facial recognition for body cams
U.S. customs officials are seeking information on facial recognition software for body-worn cameras that agents who police the border could use, according to a government filing.

Reuters Top News
Oct 17, 2019

Gun battles rock Mexican city after El Chapo's son detained
Heavy gunfire on Thursday rocked several neighborhoods in the Mexican city of Culiacan, home to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Sinaloa cartel, after security forces detained a son of the notorious kingpin.

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Oct 17, 2019

AT&T, Elliott in talks after activist campaign launched: sources
AT&T and Elliott Management are talking about issues the activist hedge fund raised last month when it pushed for change at the U.S. telecommunications and media conglomerate, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2019

Judge summons drug company CEOs to discuss opioid settlement: source
The chief executives of the three largest U.S. drug distributors and a drugmaker have been summoned to appear before a federal judge to discuss a proposal to resolve thousands of lawsuits alleging they fueled the U.S. opioid crisis, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2019

Trump defends Middle East policy, says Islamic State is under control
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his Middle East policy, as he comes under bipartisan criticism over his administration's move to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria and an agreement for a 120-hour pause to a Turkish incursion of the area.

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Oct 17, 2019

Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency faces new hurdle from G7 nations
Facebook's plans to launch its Libra cryptocurrency faced a new hurdle on Thursday when the Group of Seven wealthy nations said such "stablecoins" should not be allowed to launch until the profound international risks they pose are addressed.

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Oct 17, 2019

Trump says U.S. Energy Secretary Perry to step down at end of the year
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will step down by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Thursday, a day before a deadline set by congressional Democrats for Perry to turn over documents in the impeachment probe.

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Oct 17, 2019

UK's Johnson agrees to Brexit deal, but must now win over parliament
European Union leaders unanimously backed a new Brexit deal with Britain on Thursday, leaving Prime Minister Boris Johnson facing a battle to secure the UK parliament's backing for the agreement if he is to take Britain out of Europe on Oct. 31.

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Oct 17, 2019

Turkey defends Middle East policy, says Islamic State is under control
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his Middle East policy, as he comes under bipartisan criticism over his administration's move to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria and an agreement for a 120-hour pause to a Turkish incursion of the area.

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Oct 17, 2019

Pentagon official won't testify Friday to House impeachment probe
A top Pentagon official who oversees policy on Ukraine won't testify on Friday before the congressional committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump but is expected to do so next week, two sources told Reuters on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2019

Trump says he has a lot of confidence in acting chief of staff Mulvaney
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he has a lot of confidence in his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, after Mulvaney told reporters that Ukraine's investigation into the 2016 election was one of the reasons Washington had delayed aid to Kiev, before denying the White House had done that.

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Oct 17, 2019

UAW will keep GM strike going while members vote on new contract
The United Auto Workers union said on Thursday workers at General Motors Co will stay off the job while they vote on a proposed contract that delivers higher pay for full-time workers and better terms for temporary workers, but allows the automaker to close three U.S. plants.

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Oct 17, 2019

White House official denies Ukraine investigation into 2016 election was a condition for aid
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said on Thursday that the White House had never required Ukraine to investigate the 2016 U.S. election in exchange for military aid, reversing comments he made earlier that day.

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Oct 17, 2019

New York city council votes to close infamous Rikers Island jails
The New York City Council voted on Thursday to close the city's infamous Rikers Island jail complex by 2026, casting off a detention system plagued by chronic violence and decrepit facilities as part of a national rethinking of mass incarceration.

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Oct 17, 2019

Trump to host G7 summit at his Florida golf resort, sparking criticism
U.S. President Donald Trump will host next year's Group of Seven economic summit of developed nations' leaders at his Florida golf resort, a move Democrats and others decried as more evidence of the president misusing his office for personal gain.

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Oct 17, 2019

U.S. Democrats Pelosi, Schumer call agreement with Turkey to pause Syria assault a 'sham'
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called an agreement between the United States and Turkey on a pause in Ankara's offensive in northeastern Syria a "sham."

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Oct 17, 2019

Saudi Aramco delays planned IPO until after earnings update: sources
Saudi Aramco has delayed the planned launch of its initial public offering in hopes that pending third-quarter results will bolster investor confidence in the world's largest oil firm, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2019

U.S. says struck ceasefire deal knowing Kurdish YPG could not hold territory
The United States struck a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on Thursday that will halt the fighting in exchange for a retreat by Kurdish YPG militia from a "safe zone" area in part because the U.S. believed the Kurds would not be able to hold that area militarily anyway, a top U.S. official said.

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Oct 17, 2019

Street fires erupt in Barcelona in fourth day of Catalan protest
Thousands gathered in Barcelona in a fourth day of protests that have led to the worst sustained street violence in Spain in decades after Catalan leaders were sentenced to lengthy jail terms for their roles in a 2017 bid for independence.

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Oct 17, 2019

Highlights: EU leaders meet at summit dominated by Brexit
EU leaders met for a two-day summit on Thursday and Friday, dominated by Brexit. The following are comments from the national leaders and senior EU officials on their arrival.

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Oct 17, 2019

UK Brexit plan has 'decent chance' in key vote on Saturday: Javid
Britain's new Brexit deal has a "decent chance" of clearing parliament on Saturday and the alternative is to leave the European Union in two weeks' time without anything to soften the economic shock, finance minister Sajid Javid said.

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Oct 17, 2019

U.S. stocks gain on upbeat earnings, geopolitical news
Wall Street advanced on Thursday as investor sentiment was buoyed by a string of corporate earnings beats and encouraging geopolitical developments.

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Oct 17, 2019

U.S. Energy Secretary Perry has told Trump he will step down: source
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has told President Donald Trump he will step down, a day before a deadline set by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives for him to turn over documents in the impeachment probe, according to a source familiar with the matter.

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Oct 17, 2019

Two charged in campaign finance case with associates of Giuliani plead not guilty
Two American businessmen charged with conspiring to violate campaign finance laws with former associates of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani pleaded not guilty on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2019

Chicago teachers picket across the city on first day of strike
Chicago teachers went on strike on Thursday and set up picket lines outside many of the city's 500 public schools, as union leaders and officials of the third-largest U.S. school district pushed ahead with negotiations over a new contract.

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Oct 17, 2019

UAW reaches contract deal with 850 Aramark workers at GM plants: sources
The United Auto Workers union on Thursday reached a tentative agreement for a new contract covering 850 Aramark employees who work at General Motors plants in Ohio and Michigan in maintenance, two sources briefed on the matter said.

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Oct 17, 2019

Erdogan says joint U.S. effort on Syria will promote peace
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter on Thursday he is confident that joint efforts with the United States will promote peace and stability after the two sides agreed to pause Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria.

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Oct 17, 2019

Syrian Democratic Forces accept ceasefire agreement with Turkey: SDF commander to Ronahi TV
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will accept a ceasefire agreement with Turkey in northern Syria and do what is necessary to make it work, SDF commander Mazloum Kobani told Ronahi TV on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2019

U.S. lawmakers to keep up Turkey sanctions push despite ceasefire
Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers said on Thursday they would keep up their push for tougher sanctions on Turkey over its offensive in Syria despite the announcement of a five-day ceasefire.

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Oct 17, 2019

U.N. chief welcomes Turkey pause in Syria assault, 'still long way to go' to end Syria crisis
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed "any efforts" to de-escalate the situation in northern Syria and protect civilians, a U.N. spokesman said in a statement on Thursday after Turkey agreed to pause its offensive there.

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Oct 17, 2019

Saudi Aramco delays planned IPO to allow for earnings update: sources
Saudi Aramco has delayed the planned launch of its initial public offering (IPO), as the giant oil company wants to update investors with its latest earnings before proceeding, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2019

Exclusive: Wall Street banks see green light from Fed on reserves - sources
Wall Street banks believe they are getting a green light from supervisors to hold more Treasury debt and less cash after last month's volatility in overnight lending markets, three industry sources told Reuters.

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Oct 17, 2019

Wall Street rises on earnings, geopolitical encouragement
Wall Street advanced on Thursday as investor sentiment was buoyed by a string of corporate earnings beats and encouraging geopolitical developments.

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Oct 17, 2019

Timeline: UAW wrings higher pay from GM in deal to end strike, agrees to plant closings
The United Auto Workers union wrung higher pay and other benefits from General Motors Co as part of a tentative deal to end a month-long U.S. strike by about 48,000 workers, the union disclosed on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2019

Advisor to Assad: U.S.-brokered ceasefire with Turkey is 'vague' - Al-Mayadeen TV
A ceasefire announced by the United States to end hostilities in northern Syria with Turkey is "vague," a senior adviser to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told Al-Mayadeen TV on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2019

UK's Johnson agrees Brexit deal, but must now win over parliament
European Union leaders unanimously backed a new Brexit deal with Britain on Thursday, leaving Prime Minister Boris Johnson facing a battle to secure the UK parliament's backing for the agreement if he is to take Britain out of Europe on Oct. 31.

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Oct 17, 2019

Less than 10 Labour MPs to back UK PM's Brexit deal on Saturday: BBC reporter tweet
Less than ten Labour Party MPs will back the British government on Saturday when the parliament votes on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, BBC political correspondent Nick Eardley said in a tweet https://twitter.com/nickeardleybbc/status/1184908140174893058, citing senior Labour sources.

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Oct 17, 2019

Top Kurdish politician welcomes Turkey ceasefire but says will defend against assault: Al Arabiya
Top Kurdish politician Aldar Xelil said he welcomed a halt to fighting in northern Syria with Turkey but the group would defend itself if subjected to an assault, speaking to Al Arabiya after a ceasefire announced by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

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Oct 17, 2019

U.S. lawmakers continuing Turkey sanctions push despite ceasefire
Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen will move "full steam ahead" with their plans to impose stiff sanctions on Turkey, despite a temporary ceasefire agreement.

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Oct 17, 2019

Thousands gather in Barcelona for fourth day of protests for separate Catalonia
Thousands gathered in Barcelona in a fourth day of protests that have led to the worst sustained street violence in Spain in decades after Catalan leaders were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences for their roles in a 2017 bid for independence.

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Oct 17, 2019

Striking Chicago teachers picket as contract talks gear up
Teachers in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system picketed outside of schools on Thursday during their first day of a strike after protracted labor negotiations between the union and district leadership failed to produce a deal.

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Oct 17, 2019

Turkey agrees with U.S. to pause Syria assault while Kurds withdraw
Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by Washington but which Turkish leaders cast as a complete victory.

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Oct 17, 2019

Juul halts all U.S. sales of many flavored nicotine liquids
E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc said on Thursday it will completely halt U.S. sales of all flavors except tobacco, mint and menthol, as the company faces heightened scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and state attorneys general over the appeal of its nicotine products to teenagers.

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Oct 17, 2019

Southwest delays return of its Boeing 737 MAX jets to February
Southwest Airlines Co said on Thursday it was postponing the return of Boeing Co's 737 MAX jets to its flight schedule until Feb. 8, the latest delay for the plane involved in two fatal crashes with other carriers over five months.

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Oct 17, 2019

U.S., Turkey agree Ankara to primarily control Syria 'safe zone'
Turkey's military will primarily enforce a "safe zone" in northern Syria, according to a joint U.S.-Turkish statement after high-level talks in Ankara at which the sides agreed a temporary ceasefire in a campaign against a Kurdish militia.

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Oct 17, 2019

EU leaders 'sorry' to see Britain go as Johnson secures Brexit deal
European Union leaders unanimously backed a Brexit deal with Britain on Thursday, leaving Prime Minister Boris Johnson facing a battle to secure the UK parliament's backing for the agreement if he is to take Britain out of Europe on Oct. 31.

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Oct 17, 2019

White House acknowledges strings attached in Trump withholding Ukraine aid
President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff on Thursday acknowledged that Trump held up $391 million in military aid to Ukraine in part to make the money contingent upon the Ukrainians investigating a U.S. domestic political matter involving the Democratic Party.

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Oct 17, 2019

Presidential candidate Biden has less campaign cash than top Democratic rivals
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 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, data released on Tuesday showed.

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Oct 17, 2019

U.S. homebuilding retreats, manufacturing still struggling
U.S. homebuilding tumbled from more than a 12-year high in September, but single-family home construction rose for a fourth straight month, suggesting the housing market remains supported by lower mortgage rates even as the economy is slowing.

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Oct 17, 2019

Request for 2016 election probe was factor in frozen Ukraine aid: White House
A top White House official on Thursday acknowledged that U.S. President Donald Trump held back military aid for Ukraine earlier this year in part to pressure Kiev to look into allegations about the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Oct 17, 2019

Pence says U.S. to halt sanctions after Turkey ceasefire deal
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that Washington will impose no further sanctions on Turkey once there is a ceasefire in northern Syria, and that it will withdraw existing sanctions once the Turkish military operation is done.

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Oct 17, 2019

Wall Street edges higher on robust earnings, Brexit deal
Wall Street gained ground on Thursday as positive geopolitical developments and a string of corporate earnings beats put investors in a buying mood.

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Oct 17, 2019

Hong Kong assembly in chaos; attack on democracy leader a 'chilling signal'
Hong Kong's parliament descended into chaos on Thursday, with lawmakers dragged out by security guards for heckling leader Carrie Lam as they demanded an inquiry into a brutal attack on a prominent human rights activist ahead of a major rally.

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Oct 17, 2019

Hoping to push Trump on Syria, U.S. lawmakers offer Turkey sanctions bills
Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers called for more sanctions on Turkey on Thursday over its offensive in Syria, saying they hoped to push Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan - and U.S. President Donald Trump - to change course.

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Oct 17, 2019

UK PM Johnson expresses confidence parliament will back his Brexit deal
Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed confidence on Thursday that British lawmakers would back the Brexit deal he clinched with the European Union, saying most agreed it was time to "get this thing done".

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Oct 17, 2019

Pence says Turkey, U.S. agree ceasefire in northeast Syria
Turkey has agreed to a five-day ceasefire in northeast Syria to allow for withdrawal of Kurdish forces, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

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Oct 17, 2019

Venezuela wins seat on U.N. rights council despite U.S. opposition
Venezuela was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday with 105 votes and a round of applause, despite fierce lobbying against it by the United States and rights groups, and the late entry of Costa Rica as competition.

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Oct 17, 2019

Gunmen raid cafes in Libya capital to curb social freedoms
Gunmen raided two trendy seafront cafes in the Libyan capital Tripoli this month to banish unmarried couples and impose strict religious codes, witnesses said, in a move that has alarmed civil liberties defenders.

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Oct 17, 2019

Trump directed his energy secretary to work with Giuliani on Ukraine: Mulvaney
President Donald Trump asked U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to work with personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on matters involving Ukraine, acting White House chief of staff Mike Mulvaney said on Thursday, adding that he himself was not asked to do so.

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Oct 17, 2019

UK heading for 'fairly hard' Brexit if Johnson deal passes
Britain will be on course for more distant economic ties with the European Union, making the country poorer, if Prime Minister Boris Johnson wins parliamentary backing for the Brexit deal he clinched with Brussels on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

Johnson & Johnson agrees to pay about $117 million to settle U.S. states' mesh probe
Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay nearly $117 million to resolve allegations that it deceptively marketed transvaginal surgical mesh devices, U.S. state attorneys general said on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2019

Trump to host next year's G7 summit at his Florida golf resort, White House says
U.S. President Donald Trump will host next year's Group of Seven economic summit of developed world leaders at one of his own properties, the Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, a White House official said on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2019

Johnson says confident UK lawmakers will back his Brexit deal
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was confident that British lawmakers would back the Brexit deal he has agreed with the European Union in a parliamentary vote on Saturday.

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Oct 17, 2019

White House adviser says China agricultural purchases will depend partly on markets
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Thursday that China's "serious commitment" to buy $40 billion to $50 billion worth of U.S. agricultural goods as part of a phase 1 trade deal would depend in part on private companies and market conditions.

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Oct 17, 2019

China says it hopes to reach phased trade pact with U.S. as soon as possible
China hopes to reach a phased agreement in a protracted trade dispute with the United States and cancel tariffs as soon as possible, the Commerce Ministry said on Thursday, adding that trade wars had no winners.

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Oct 17, 2019

U.S. senators announce sanctions bill on Turkey over Syria offensive
U.S. senators on Thursday announced legislation carrying wide-ranging sanctions on Turkey over its offensive in Syria.

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Oct 17, 2019

Trump ordered U.S. officials to work with his lawyer on Ukraine, envoy says
President Donald Trump directed senior U.S. officials to talk directly to his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, about U.S. policy in Ukraine, raising concern that the president was outsourcing American foreign policy to a private citizen, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union said on Thursday.

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