Nov. 5, 2018

REUTERS

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Barack Obama made dueling election appearances on Sunday, offering sharply different views on the country's problems but agreeing on the high stakes for voters in the final 48 hours of a tight campaign.

The United States imposed strict sanctions on Iran on Monday and threatened more action to stop Tehran pursuing "outlaw" policies, steps the Islamic Republic condemned as economic warfare and vowed to defy.

Iran is not concerned about reimposed U.S. sanctions and will not yield to pressure to change its policies, a senior Iranian official said on Monday.

Pope Francis called on Monday for the eradication of anti-Semitism following an increase in attacks and hate crimes against Jews in several countries and said it was vital to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

Bulgaria has seized more than $1.35 million in fake banknotes and charged three men suspected with membership of an organized crime ring making counterfeit bills, prosecutors said on Monday.

The Pakistani lawyer who helped free a Christian woman who had been sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy has fled to the Netherlands, a Dutch Christian rights group said on Monday.

The legal fight over a 2016 lower court ruling upholding Obama-era net neutrality regulations aimed at ensuring a free and open internet - rules that have since been repealed by President Donald Trump's administration - came to a formal end on Monday, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to take up the matter.

Venezuela is seeking to repatriate about $550 million in gold bars from the Bank of England because of fears it could be caught up in international sanctions on the country, two sources with direct knowledge of the effort told Reuters.

Lowe's is closing 20 underperforming stores in the United States and 31 in Canada as part of a restructuring, the home improvement retailer said on Monday.

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A report by the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee concluded that no evidence supported the "numerous allegations" of misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh that surfaced during his confirmation process.

Nineteen suspected jihadists linked to a deadly attack on Coptic Christians in central Egypt have been killed in a shootout with police, the interior ministry said Sunday.

Gunmen killed at least seven Christians who were returning from baptizing a child at a Coptic monastery in Egypt on Friday, officials said - the most serious attack on the minority in more than a year.

The Trump administration is set to defend its controversial decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census in a closely watched federal trial that will begin Monday in New York City.

The United States has warned its citizens in Tanzania to be cautious after the commercial capital Dar es Salaam announced a crackdown on homosexuality, a criminal offense in the country.

Iraqi officials and fishermen are at a loss to explain how hundreds of tons of carp have suddenly died in fish farms in the Euphrates River, fueling anxieties about soaring water pollution.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with visiting Cuban president in Pyongyang and discussed "crucial issues of common concern" on the current international situation, the North's state media reported Monday.

An oil export pipeline in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region has been upgraded to a capacity of 1 million barrels per day from 700,000 bpd, the Kurdish regional government's natural resources ministry said on Sunday.

The husband of a Christian woman acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, but not released after countrywide protests, appealed on Sunday to U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May to help the family leave Pakistan.

The mayor of a Utah city was killed in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in an apparent insider attack, the state's lieutenant governor said.

The United States will exempt China, India and Japan from oil sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, while vowing to be "relentless" in pressuring Tehran.

BBC

At least 78 students and three others, including the school principal, were abducted on Monday morning in Bamenda, the capital of the North-West region of Cameroon.

The first members of a large group of migrants travelling through Mexico towards the United States have arrived in the capital, Mexico City. About 450 people, mostly men and boys, were given temporary shelter at a sports stadium. They are part of a now 5,000-strong group, known as the migrant caravan, which left Honduras on 12 October.

Germany's foremost Jewish organization has called for special classes for Muslim immigrants to help stop the spread of anti-Semitism.

Child suicides in Japan are the highest they have been in more than three decades. In the fiscal year 2016/7 up to March, 250 children from elementary to high school age were recorded as having taken their own lives.

WND

Three 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges are considering a case in which government officials facilitated sex-change treatments for a minor child against the parent's specific instructions.

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