Nov. 6, 2018


Control of both houses of the U.S. Congress and 36 state governorships are at stake in Tuesday's elections, which are widely viewed as a referendum on Republican President Donald Trump's first two years in the White House.

The Japanese government is working to arrange a visit to Japan by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence for around Nov. 13, two Japanese government sources said on Tuesday.

Russian agents believed to be connected to the government have been active in spreading divisive content and promoting extreme themes ahead of Tuesday's U.S. mid-term elections, but they are working hard to cover their tracks, according to government investigators, academics and security firms.

Cameroon's president on Tuesday warned Anglophone separatists to lay down their arms or face the full force of the law, a day after dozens of schoolchildren were abducted in the rebel region.

Western countries including France, Germany and the United States called on China on Tuesday to close down detention camps that activists say hold 1 million Uighurs and other Muslims.

Iran said on Tuesday it had so far been able to sell as much oil as it needs despite U.S. pressure, but urged European countries that oppose the U.S. sanctions to do more to shield Iran.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday considers a Missouri murderer's bid to avoid execution by lethal injection on the grounds that the procedure might rupture blood-filled tumors on his body due to a rare ailment, with new Justice Brett Kavanaugh likely to be the deciding vote.

China last month granted initial approval for 16 new trademarks for the fashion brand of U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka, including voting machines, a search of official records on Tuesday showed.

A 94-year-old German appeared in court in a wheelchair on Tuesday accused of assisting in the murder of hundreds of people at a Nazi concentration camp during World War Two, in what is likely to be one of the last such trials.

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The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks hosted by Russia on Friday, senior Taliban officials said on Tuesday, after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations.

Forces loyal to the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels advanced on Monday to within 3 miles of the port facilities in Yemen's contested Red Sea city of Hodeida, the current epicenter of the civil war, officials said.

Iran is continuing to develop increasingly long-range ballistic missiles -- and is firing some shorter-range missiles in combat -- despite demands from the U.S. government that the Islamic republic totally give up any weapons that could, in theory, carry a nuclear warhead.

Six people, linked to the far-Right, were detained on Tuesday in connection with a "violent" plot against Emmanuel Macron, the French President, officials said.

Embattled Bishop Richard Malone added 36 names Monday to a public list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a child, bringing the number to 78, and described a "tsunami" of victims who came forward following the creation of a program to compensate victims.

The U.N. Security Council is considering lifting sanctions on Eritrea next week after a rapprochement with Ethiopia, although some members want to maintain some diplomatic pressure to ensure a dispute with Djibouti is resolved, diplomats said on Monday.

Around 100 members of a refugee and migrant caravan travelling towards the US have reportedly fallen victim to organized crime as they moved through Mexico.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called the start of new US sanctions against his country's main enemy Iran a "historic day" that will reduce Tehran's "aggression" in the region.

China denounced new US sanctions targeting Iran's oil and financial sectors as "long-arm jurisdiction" on Monday and vowed to continue its bilateral trade with the Islamic republic.

US Army engineering battalions from Fort Riley, Kansas are setting up a facility to house US Customs and Border Protection and other armed service personnel sent to the US-Mexico border. Thousands troops are deploying to the region.

Soldiers from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, arrived at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, on November 2, to await the arrival of asylum seekers still hundreds of miles away from the US border.


More than 200 mass graves containing as many as 12,000 victims have been found in areas of Iraq that were once controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group, a UN investigation has found.

The Nigerian Labor Congress said a committee set up with the government was recommending a new monthly minimum wage of $83. Since 2011 the minimum wage in Nigeria has been set at $50 a month.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Dsuvia, a powerful new opioid medication 500 times stronger than morphine on Friday, in spite of major concerns raised by health advocates that the drug's strength and design could prove harmful for patients and the public.

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review lower-court rulings ordering the destruction of a cross memorial in Maryland that honors 49 soldiers who gave their lives during World War I.

Amazon announced that it is offering free shipping with no minimum purchase for orders that will arrive in time for Christmas.

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