Nov. 1, 2018

REUTERS

The White House and Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday they will take "swift action" next year on a 10 percent tax cut for middle-class Americans, as Republicans battle to retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives in next week's elections.

Suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency killed at least 15 people in an attack on a group of villages in northeast Nigeria late on Wednesday, residents told Reuters.

Indonesian authorities on Thursday retrieved a flight data recorder from a Lion Air jet that crashed and broke apart in shallow sea near the capital, Jakarta, this week, killing all 189 people on board.

Lawmakers in Armenia triggered an early parliamentary election on Thursday after failing to elect a prime minister, a move sought by acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan who quit as premier last month in order to force a new vote.

New applications for U.S. unemployment aid fell last week and the number of Americans receiving benefits was the lowest in more than 45 years as labor market conditions tightened further. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 214,000 for the week ended Oct. 27.

Over 1,000 Google employees and contractors in Asia and Europe staged brief midday walkouts on Thursday, with more expected to follow at offices worldwide, amid complaints of sexism, racism and unchecked executive power in their workplace.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Germany would push for an extension of Western sanctions against Russia in December because Moscow had failed to fully implement a Ukraine peace deal brokered in Minsk in 2015.

Silicon Valley technology giants such as Facebook and Google have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout, the inventor of the World Wide Web told Reuters.

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As he departed for a campaign swing in Florida, Trump told reporters that he might send up to 15,000 troops to the border with Mexico to deter a Central American migrant caravan slowly heading toward the United States.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday backed President Donald Trump's vow to end birthright citizenship for babies born to noncitizen parents and said he'll introduce legislation "along the same lines" as an executive order the president is considering.

A Roman Catholic diocese in Iowa is acknowledging that it kept quiet for 32 years about a priest's admission to having sexually abused dozens of boys.

Iraq's Shi'ite militias said on Wednesday that they had killed two Islamic State commanders who ordered an attack last week on U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces along the Iraq-Syria border.

NASA is saying "goodnight" to its pioneering Kepler telescope, which a few months shy of its 10th birthday but years past its expected lifespan, has finally run out of fuel.

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has doubled down on its stance against Iran's destabilizing role in the Middle East. National Security Advisor John Bolton recently told reporters that the United States will remain in Syria as long as Iran does-to include its proxies and militias-marking a major shift in U.S. policy in Syria.

An Afghan official says an army helicopter carrying senior officials has crashed in bad weather in the western Farah province, killing all 25 on board.

Indonesia has filed an official protest to Saudi Arabia after it executed an Indonesian maid without notifying its consular staff or her family. Tuti Tursilawati, a mother of one, had been convicted of murdering her employer, who workers rights' group Migrant Care said was trying to rape her at the time.

Singapore will gauge public attitudes towards the death penalty in a survey, the interior ministry said Wednesday, as human rights groups renewed calls for its abolition.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Seoul "soon", the South's President Moon Jae-in said Thursday, amid a rapid diplomatic thaw on the peninsula despite stalled nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

Yemen's government said Thursday it was ready to re-start peace talks with Huthi rebels, as international pressure to end the years-long conflict intensifies.

American service members participating in NATO training exercises in the North Atlantic drank so much they caused a beer shortage at bars in Reykjavik during a stopover in Iceland.

Cocaine production is beginning to creep into Central America, a development which could bring the supply of the drug closer to the United States and create a new security risk for an already troubled region.

BBC

Initial examination of bones found at the Vatican's embassy in Rome suggest they belong to a woman, reports say, heightening speculation that the discovery could solve a 1980s mystery.

Hawaii's Supreme Court has approved construction of what will be one of the world's largest single telescopes, on the controversial site of Mauna Kea. Work on the $1.4bn Thirty Meter Telescope had paused in 2015 after protests from some native Hawaiians, to whom the land is sacred.

WND

New research from the American College Health Association (ACHA) shows that students are showing increased signs of mental illness and conditions in recent years, particularly when it comes to anxiety.

A spiritual counselor from England claims she's had sex with at least 20 spirit beings, and now plans on marrying one next summer.

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