Oct. 10, 2017

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President Donald Trump may travel to the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas as part of his first visit to South Korea in November, Yonhap News reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified military official.

President Donald Trump hinted on Twitter that he's getting closer to signing an executive order that could erode Obamacare, after Republicans in Congress failed to pass a repeal bill.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will visit India and Pakistan later this year to promote the U.K. capital and build trade and cultural links.

Spanish police are ready to arrest Catalan President Carles Puigdemont immediately if he declares independence in the regional parliament, according to two people familiar with the government's plans.

The International Monetary Fund warned policy makers not to get too comfortable even as it raised its global growth forecast amid brightening prospects in the world's biggest economies.

Three cities in Colorado - a state whose fortunes have been tied to the boom and bust of oil, gas and other commodities - are among the top 10 leading destinations for the nation's best and brightest as old cow and mining towns morph into technology hubs.

An onslaught of wildfires across a wide swath of Northern California broke out almost simultaneously then grew exponentially, swallowing up properties from wineries to trailer parks and tearing through both tiny rural towns and urban subdivisions. Authorities said that at least 10 people are dead, with 100 injured, and as many as 1,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed. All three figures were expected to surge in the coming days.

Wal-Mart expects U.S. e-commerce sales to surge 40 percent in the next fiscal year as its online investments allow the retail giant to play catch-up with Amazon.

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The Russian military says its warplanes have targeted Islamic State militants who have moved into Syria from Iraq, killing over 100 of them. Russian aircraft have conducted 182 strikes in the past 24 hours.

U.S.-backed fighters in northern Syria are preparing for a final offensive on neighborhoods still held by the Islamic State group in the city of Raqqa, a spokesman for the group said Monday. A U.S. official affirmed that the battle for Raqqa is now approaching its last phase.

The United States and Turkey on Sunday scaled back visa issuing services in each other's countries in a deepening diplomatic row sparked by the arrest of a Turkish staffer at the American mission in Istanbul.

South Africa and Chad on Sunday signed an agreement that will see the re-introduction next year of critically endangered black rhino to the central African country, decades after it was last seen there.

Islamic State took control of some Syrian villages in a rebel-controlled area east of Hama on Monday, opening a new frontline days after the Syrian military said it had cleared Islamic State from a nearby area.

With the Puerto Rico power grid shredded by Hurricane Maria, the U.S. Postal Service has taken the place of cellphone service at the forefront of island communications.

Tens of thousands of people filled a football stadium in Yangon for an interfaith rally on Tuesday, a show of unity in a country seared by ethnically-charged violence against the Muslim Rohingya on its western border. Buddhist monks, Christian nuns, Hindus and Muslims were among those who joined the gathering in a display of support for government leader Aung San Suu Kyi's handling of the crisis in Rakhine.

NATO launched a new multinational force in Romania on Monday to counter Russia along its eastern flank and to check a growing Russian presence in the Black Sea following the Kremlin's 2014 seizure of Crimea.

BBC

Hackers from N. Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from S. Korea, including a plan to assassinate N. Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea.

The UN refugee agency says it is on full alert for a new escalation in the Myanmar crisis after more than 11,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed the border into Bangladesh on Monday.

An Indian naval officer who underwent sex change surgery has been discharged from service. A navy statement said its "rules and regulations do not permit the sailor's continued employment" because of "irreversible gender reassignment".

Voters in the south of Brazil have been asked in an informal vote whether they want to be part of a new country.

Authorities in northern Nigeria's Kaduna State say more than 20,000 primary school teachers will be dismissed as they failed to pass examination tests meant for their pupils.

Millions of public sector workers in France are taking part in a nationwide one-day strike in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms.The French government plans to cut 120,000 public sector jobs in France over the next five years.

More than five million Iraqis have been displaced since so-called Islamic State (IS) took over large swathes of territory in 2014, the UN said.

WND

Mobile pay is taking China by storm and changing daily commerce. The transformation of a society limited to bills denominated in 100 yuan ($15) or less into one where QR payment codes abound was by far the biggest change in mainland China since four years ago.

The U.S. Supreme Court has picked Dec. 5 to hear arguments in the case of a Colorado baker who was accused of violating a state regulation by refusing to promote a same-sex "wedding" with his artistry.

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