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North Korea warns U.S., Europeans against raising its missile tests at U.N. – Reuters Canada

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea warned the United States, Britain, France and Germany on Monday that raising the issue of Pyongyang’s missile tests at the United Nations Security Council would “further urge our desire to defend our sovereignty.”

North Korean ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song speaks during a news conference in New York, U.S., October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The 15-member council is due to meet behind closed doors on Tuesday after North Korea said it had test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last week. The discussion was…

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Macron pays homage to "victims of Islamic terrorism" – ABC News

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French President Emmanuel Macron led a national tribute Tuesday to the four police employees slain in last week’s knife attack in Paris, calling them “victims of Islamic terrorism.”

At a ceremony at the police headquarters where they were stabbed to death in last Thursday’s bloody rampage, a solemn Macron endured drizzle as he paid homage to the three police officers and one police administrator killed by their own colleague, a 45-year-old deaf technology administrator and Muslim convert.

“They had made the choice to wear the uniform, to devote their lives to protecting others.

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Groom sexually assaulted wife's bridesmaid days before their wedding, police say – NBC News

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A Pennsylvania man has been charged with sexually assaulting a bridesmaid from his wife’s bridal party two days before his wedding, according to police. The wedding went on as planned.

Danieal J. Carney allegedly assaulted a 29-year-old Oregon woman on Aug. 30 in a men’s locker room following a day of rafting and paddle boarding on the Delaware River near Smithfield Township, according to the criminal complaint.

The 28-year-old was arrested a month later on Oct. 3 and charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of an unconscious person, simple assault and indecent assault,…

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Judge's order releasing Trump's tax returns and blasting 'repugnant' immunity claim put on hold – Reuters
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Judge’s order releasing Trump’s tax returns and blasting ‘repugnant’ immunity claim put on hold – Reuters

A federal judge on Monday said eight years of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns must be provided to Manhattan prosecutors, forcefully rejecting the president’s argument that he was immune from criminal investigations. Trump’s returns will not be turned over immediately, after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan granted the president’s request to temporarily block the order, handed down by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero.
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Video appears to show hundreds of blindfolded prisoners in China – CNN

A drone video appearing to show hundreds of blindfolded men being led from a train in China has raised new concerns over the ongoing crackdown on Muslim Uyghurs in the far western region of Xinjiang. The video -- which was posted online anonymously last week -- shows hundreds of men, most of whom are dressed in purple and orange vests with the words "Kashgar Detention Center" printed on them, seated in rows on the ground of what appears to be a large courtyard outside a train station.
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Woman lived with mother’s corpse for months while collecting her welfare payments – Independent UK

Woman lived with mother’s corpse for months while collecting her welfare payments – Independent UK

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A 60-year-old woman has been charged after allegedly hiding her mother’s corpse in her basement for as long as four months while living off her social security cheques.

Paula Bergold is accused of placing the body of her 89-year-old mother, Ruby, in a small plastic tub before stowing her underneath her home in Peshtigo, eastern Wisconsin.

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11-year-old boy drives stolen car 200 miles for Snapchat meetup: South Carolina police – USA Today

11-year-old boy drives stolen car 200 miles for Snapchat meetup: South Carolina police – USA Today

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Police in South Carolina say they reunited an 11-year-old boy with his family after he drove about 200 miles overnight.

According to a release shared to social media by the Charleston Police Department, the boy pulled up next to an officer around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in downtown Charleston.

The boy was alone in the vehicle and he told the officer he’d driven by himself from Simpsonville, South Carolina, and became lost when the tablet he was using lost GPS signal, according to the release.

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Brexit: Boris Johnson to address MPs as minister brands parliament ‘dead’ with ‘no moral right to sit’ – live news – The Guardian

Brexit: Boris Johnson to address MPs as minister brands parliament ‘dead’ with ‘no moral right to sit’ – live news – The Guardian

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If there was a previous transport secretary that the incumbent, Grant Shapps, might hope not to imitate, it would surely be his notoriously calamity-stricken predecessor Chris Grayling.

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Two children beaten to death by furious men after defecating outside – Mirror UK

Two children beaten to death by furious men after defecating outside – Mirror UK

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A young girl and her 10-year-old nephew were beaten to death by two men after they defecated outside.

In what appears to be the latest case of violence against lower-class – or ‘caste’ – children in India, a 12-year-old girl, named only as Roshni, and her nephew Avinash were violently attacked by the men.

The shocking killings happened at around 6.30am on Wednesday.

Rajesh Chandel, superintendent of police in Shivpuri, a district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, told news agency Reuters that two men have been arrested.

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Trump is on track for a level of defeat in California not seen since the Civil War – LA Times

Trump is on track for a level of defeat in California not seen since the Civil War – LA Times

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President Trump lost overwhelmingly in California in 2016, and 2020 could be even worse, putting him on track for the poorest showing by a Republican presidential candidate in the state since the Civil War, a new poll finds.

Just 29% of likely California voters say they plan to vote for Trump, compared with 67% who say they do not, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, conducted for the Los Angeles Times.

Trump lost the state to Hillary Clinton by 30 points in 2016, and the state’s voters have moved further from his party since then.

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Jaguar Land Rover to close UK factories for a week over Brexit – Yahoo News

Jaguar Land Rover to close UK factories for a week over Brexit – Yahoo News

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GAYDON, England (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest carmaker, Jaguar Land Rover, will close its British factories for a week in November to cope with Brexit, its boss said on Thursday, a plan automakers are adopting to help prepare for any disruption resulting from a no-deal.

Asked whether the firm was thinking about shutting its British factories, which include three car facilities and one engine plant, in the month after Brexit is due to take place on Oct. 31, Chief Executive Ralf Speth said: “We cannot think about it, we just have to do it.”

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UK leader Boris Johnson criticized for confrontational tone – ABC News

UK leader Boris Johnson criticized for confrontational tone – ABC News

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British lawmakers accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday of whipping up anger and division with his charged language about opponents of Brexit, and the speaker of the House of Commons pleaded for an end to the “toxic” political atmosphere.

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But government and Parliament remained at loggerheads, as lawmakers rejected a request to adjourn for a week so that Johnson’s Conservatives can attend the governing party’s annual conference.

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'OK' hand gesture, 'bowlcut' added to hate symbols database – NBC News

'OK' hand gesture, 'bowlcut' added to hate symbols database – NBC News

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The “OK” hand gesture, a mass killer’s bowl-style haircut and an anthropomorphic moon wearing sunglasses are among 36 new entries in a Jewish civil rights group’s online database of hate symbols used by white supremacists and other far-right extremists.

The Anti-Defamation League has added the symbols to its online “Hate on Display” database , which already includes burning crosses, Ku Klux Klan robes, the swastika and many other of the most notorious and overt symbols of racism and anti-Semitism.

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Jacques Chirac: Former French president dies at 86 – BBC News

Jacques Chirac: Former French president dies at 86 – BBC News

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Jacques Chirac, the former French president who championed the European Union, but whose later years were blighted by corruption scandals, has died aged 86.

“President Jacques Chirac died this morning surrounded by his family, peacefully,” his son-in-law told AFP.

Chirac served two terms as president, one as prime minister, and took France into the single European currency.

The French National Assembly observed a minute’s silence in his memory.

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TV cameras have given us a hysterical parliament where rules and respect are deemed old-fashioned – Telegraph.co.uk

TV cameras have given us a hysterical parliament where rules and respect are deemed old-fashioned – Telegraph.co.uk

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Can you remember where you were on the day that the House of Commons took its terminal turn for the worse? When the most revered democratically-elected debating chamber in the world began its long, slow descent into the children’s pantomime…

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IMF sends warning to Cyprus on hazards for its economy – Xinhua | English.news.cn – Xinhua

IMF sends warning to Cyprus on hazards for its economy – Xinhua | English.news.cn – Xinhua

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NICOSIA, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) — Efforts by Cypriot opposition parties to undo key reforms to the foreclosures framework are undermining the hard-won gains in restoring macro-financial stability, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned in a…

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Trump has no ‘sweeping immunity’ from criminal probe into his tax returns, prosecutors say – Fox News

Trump has no ‘sweeping immunity’ from criminal probe into his tax returns, prosecutors say – Fox News

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New York prosecutors urged a federal judge Monday to reject President Trump’s efforts to block a subpoena for eight years of his tax returns, arguing in court documents that the commander-in-chief has no “sweeping immunity” from a criminal probe despite holding the highest office in the land.

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Fed to Continue Repo Effor
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The Repo Will Continue Indefinitely

Citi’s Buiter Says Fed Repo Actions Will Need to Be a Daily Event – Bloomberg News Willem Buiter, special economic adviser at Citigroup, explains why he sees the Federal Reserve’s interest rate cuts as a temporary relaxation of liquidity. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”
Israel’s Elections Are Over But the Battle For Who Will Lead Has Only Begun – CBN News
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After the Loss, Benny Might Still Win

Despite losing the election, Benjamin Netanyahu is not quite done yet in Israel, with his opposition, Benny Gantz, not reaching a majority, nor, at least for now, able to form a majority coalition. Israel’s Elections Are Over But the Battle For Who Will Lead Has Only Begun – CBN News With nearly all the votes counted, Israel began the next phase of forming a new government on Sunday, but it remains unclear who will be Israel’s next prime minister. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with each party that won seats in the election. He wanted their recommendation on whether Benny Gantz of the Blue and White or Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud should form the next government before making his decision.
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Europe’s Top Court Limits ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Privacy Rule – The New York Times

Europe’s Top Court Limits ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Privacy Rule – The New York Times

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Europe’s highest court limited the reach of the landmark online privacy law known as “right to be forgotten” on Tuesday, restricting people’s ability to control what information is available about them on the internet.

In a decision with broad implications for the regulation of the internet, the European Court of Justice ruled that the privacy rule cannot be applied outside the European Union. French authorities had sought to force Google and other search engines to remove links to users globally.

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Colt SUSPENDS AR Production Citing Market Capacity, Plays Right To Democrats Like Beto – AP

Colt SUSPENDS AR Production Citing Market Capacity, Plays Right To Democrats Like Beto – AP

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Gun-maker Colt is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15, the company said Thursday in a shift it attributed to changes in consumer demand and a market already saturated with similar weapons.

The company said it will focus instead on fulfilling contracts with military and police customers for rifles.

“The fact of the matter is that over the last few years, the market for modern sporting rifles has experienced significant excess manufacturing capacity,” Colt’s chief executive officer, Dennis Veilleux, said in a written statement.… Source

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Thomas Cook collapse: passengers return home as ‘fat cat’ pay row rages – The Guardian

Thomas Cook collapse: passengers return home as ‘fat cat’ pay row rages – The Guardian

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Eight flights are due to bring Thomas Cook customers home to the UK from Palma airport in Mallorca today. Some have been rerouted, while others are set to leave as previously scheduled:

The 10.25 to Stansted is currently set to take off as originally planned, as is the 10.35 to Bristol, the 10.45 to Manchester, the 11.10 to East Midlands, and the 11.30 to Cardiff.

The 11am flight from Palma to Gatwick is due to take off 15 minutes early, but will now land at Manchester.

The 10.50 to Birmingham has been pushed back to 20.15 and will now land in Manchester.

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ICE Accidentally Leaks Info On New “Urban Warfare” Facility, Simulating Chicago and Arizona – Timcast

ICE Accidentally Leaks Info On New “Urban Warfare” Facility, Simulating Chicago and Arizona – Timcast

(Tubefire insert from Newsweek) -…the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency failed to redact a document for at least the second time in less than a month after trying to redact the location of a future “urban warfare” training facility that is expected to include “hyper-realistic” simulations of homes, hotels and commercial buildings in Chicago and Arizona.

On Tuesday, ICE published an acquisition form for the procurement of “hyper-realistic training devices” for a new training facility for its expanding Special Response Team (SRT) program on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website.… Source

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EU Says No-Deal Risk ‘Palpable’ as Court Resumes: Brexit Update – Bloomberg News

EU Says No-Deal Risk ‘Palpable’ as Court Resumes: Brexit Update – Bloomberg News

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Boris Johnson’s government is back in the Supreme Court for the second day of hearings into his decision to suspend Parliament. Judges are waiting for a written statement on what he’ll do if he loses the case, which has the potential to derail his Brexit strategy and even curtail his premiership.

Reporting to the European Parliament on his discussions with Johnson on Monday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the risk of a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31 is now “palpable.” The pound fell.

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Abortion rate in the U.S. falls to a 46-year low, data show – LA Times

Abortion rate in the U.S. falls to a 46-year low, data show – LA Times

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The abortion rate in the United States hit a 46-year low in 2017, a drop experienced in both conservative-led states that have restricted the procedure and liberal-led states that have expanded access, according to a report released Wednesday by a research group that supports abortion rights.

The nationwide rate dropped to 13.5 abortions per 1,000 girls and women ages 15 through 44 in 2017, from 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women in 2011, a decline of 20%, according to data analyzed by the Guttmacher Institute,,,,

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Husband fakes his own death to prove his wife hired hitman to kill him – Independent UK

Husband fakes his own death to prove his wife hired hitman to kill him – Independent UK

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To further incriminate his wife, the Texas Rangers staged photographs, featuring an apparently dead Mr Sosa lying in a grave.  Mr Sosa’s face was painted to give the impression that he had been shot in the head.

“That picture, to this day, reflects one of the most difficult things I have ever done in my life,” he said.  An undercover police officer, posing as a hitman, later showed Ms Sosa the photographs.  She reportedly smiled and shook his hand.

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How new translation technology is opening financial floodgates around the world – MarketWatch
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Translating the Power of Translation Software on Human Exchange

The potential for humans to connect across language barriers is only just beginning, with new translation technology already being implemented that is making it easier and easier for humans, and even machines, to talk to each other directly, quickly, efficiently, across space, and now, across semantics. Translation devices are hardly new, but with the rise in sophisticated AI and Machine Learning, these translation tools are becoming faster, more effective, and, significantly cheaper. This means more people will have the power to more regularly communicate with people who speak different languages than their own. The article we feature here focuses more on the commercial aspect of this exchange, but for QFuze, we like to think of the opportunities to push the balance of power towards consensual exchange. This is what excites us most about this technological development, what this will do to extend our humanity to one another, to make ourselves more real, to make it more difficult for us to support our states bombing our friends. The more we talk, generally, the less we fight. How new translation technology is opening financial floodgates around the world – MarketWatch Excerpt: Translation programs aren’t yet tracked specifically by economists, but they have the potential to boost international trade, which stood at $19.5 trillion last year according to World Trade Organization estimates. One big opportunity exists in e-commerce, where the giants of online shopping are already beginning to incorporate translation technology into their businesses. Take eBay Inc. EBAY, +0.20%, the San Jose, Calif.-based online marketplace, which quickly learned that while the internet has made it easy to connect buyers and sellers, international expansion wouldn’t be particularly effective if shoppers weren’t able to understand product listings from abroad. The result is a system that enables shoppers to make search queries in their preferred language and receive translated product listings, while also taking into account the context of a customer’s request…..
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Water, Right Temperature Found on Planet Outside Our Solar System for the First Time – CBN

Water, Right Temperature Found on Planet Outside Our Solar System for the First Time – CBN

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a tantalizing first, scientists have discovered water at a planet outside our solar system that has temperatures suitable for life.

Two research groups announced this week that they’ve found water vapor in the atmosphere of a planet 110 light-years away in the constellation Leo. This so-called Super Earth is just the right distance from its star to conceivably harbor life.

It’s the only exoplanet known so far to have both water and temperatures needed for life, the University College London team reported in the journal Nature Astronomy on Wednesday….

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Freed Venezuela lawmaker Edgar Zambrano: The regime kidnapped me – BBC

Freed Venezuela lawmaker Edgar Zambrano: The regime kidnapped me – BBC

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Edgar Zambrano, the deputy of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, has lashed out at the government of President Nicolás Maduro as he was released from detention.

Mr Zambrano was arrested in May on suspicion of treason shortly after a failed uprising against President Maduro organised by Mr Guaidó….

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Car smashes into lobby of Trump Plaza in New York – ABC News

Car smashes into lobby of Trump Plaza in New York – ABC News

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Police say a car has smashed through the glass-doored front lobby of the Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York.

Authorities told WABC-TV the incident Tuesday night does not appear to be intentional. They say there are no indications it was anything more than an accident.

The driver was injured was being questioned by police. Two pedestrians in the lobby of the 40-story luxury residence in Westchester County were also hurt. None of the injuries appeared to be serious.

Photos show the dark sedan sitting just inside the lobby as workers clean up debris.

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Saudi Arabia joins US-led maritime coalition after attack – ABC News

Saudi Arabia joins US-led maritime coalition after attack – ABC News

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Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it joined a U.S.-led coalition to secure the Mideast’s waterways amid threats from Iran after an attack targeting its crucial oil industry.

The kingdom’s decision to enter the International Maritime Security Construct came ahead of a planned visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Saudi officials separately planned to share information about the weapons used to attack a Saudi oil field and the world’s largest crude oil processing plant Saturday.

Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed the attack, but the U.S.

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