Nov. 2, 2018

REUTERS

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who spoke by telephone on Thursday, expressed optimism about resolving their trade dispute ahead of a high-stakes meeting at the end of November in Argentina.

A senior Trump administration official on Friday dismissed as untrue a media report that U.S. President Donald Trump was readying a possible trade deal with China, a CNBC reporter said in a post on Twitter.

President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration planned to require immigrants seeking asylum in the United States to come into the country through a legal port of entry, pushing a hard line on immigration ahead of elections next week.

The United States is expected to spare eight countries from U.S. sanctions because they have significantly cut imports of Iranian oil, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. They did not identify the eight nations, though among Iran's biggest customers are China, India, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Greece and Italy.

At least seven people have been killed and 14 wounded in attack on a bus heading toward a Coptic Christian monastery in upper Egypt, the Archbishop of Minya told Reuters on Friday.

The United States on Friday removed two top Turkish officials from the Global Magnitsky Act sanctions list, according to the Treasury Department website.

Russia and Cuba on Friday called on the United States to reconsider its intention to withdraw from a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty, saying the move would have extremely negative consequences for international security.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S President Donald Trump will hold a long and substantive meeting on the sidelines of the G20 in Argentina which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Friday.

The Commerce Department said on Friday the trade gap increased 1.3 percent to $54.0 billion, widening for a fourth straight month.

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A Catholic priest said Friday that he has been punished by church leaders in France after he gathered more than 100,000 signatures for a petition calling for a cardinal to resign over his handling of child sexual abuse cases.

The American Civil Liberties Union demanded Thursday that a Hawaii retirement home stop discriminating against non-Catholic residents and allow them to take advantage of the state's new medically assisted suicide law if they wish.

Turkish and U.S. troops began joint patrols in northern Syria on Thursday aimed at averting clashes between Turkey and Washington's Kurdish allies, but Turkey pressed on with a new threatened offensive nearby to crush the Kurds.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a rare meeting with American evangelical Christians on Thursday, as the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom seeks to open up more to the world and repair an image of religious intolerance.

Defense specialist Allison Barrie shares information on a new bullet that is bigger, bolder and harder hitting than current rounds. This new generation of bullet will help make U.S. soldiers even more unstoppable by allowing them to shoot farther - with accuracy - than any known military rifle on earth.

Russia has quietly invited a group of senior Afghan politicians to talks with the Taliban in Moscow, bypassing President Ashraf Ghani's government in a move that has angered officials in Kabul who say it could muddle the U.S.-backed peace process.

The UN General Assembly on Thursday called for an end to the decades-old US embargo on Cuba, adopting a resolution by an overwhelming majority and rejecting US moves to criticize Havana's human rights record.

An activist working with several thousand Central American migrants moving through southern Mexico says the caravan's effort to arrange bus travel to Mexico City has "failed."

BBC

The US Labor Department said wages grew at an annual rate of 3.1% in October, accelerating from a rate of 2.8% the month before. The economy also added 250,000 jobs last month, which was well ahead of analysts' expectations. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%.

The US justice department has indicted three individuals and two companies based in China and Taiwan for allegedly stealing a US company's trade secrets.

The new head of Ethiopia's Supreme Court told the BBC's Focus on Africa program that she wants to ensure that the country has an independent judiciary. Earlier on Thursday Meaza Ashenafi, a prominent human rights lawyer, was elected as the first woman to head the country's top court.

Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users' accounts. The perpetrators told the BBC Russian Service that they had details from a total of 120 million accounts, which they were attempting to sell, although there are reasons to be skeptical about that figure.

WND

The number of employed Americans has never been higher. The 156,562,000 Americans employed in October is the 12th record set under President Donald Trump.

Scientists have finally confirmed that the massive object at the heart of our galaxy is, in fact, a supermassive black hole.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a rare meeting with American evangelical Christians on Thursday, as the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom seeks to open up more to the world and repair an image of religious intolerance.

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