Oct. 14, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump's administration is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara, potentially as early as this week, for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over NATO-ally Turkey.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters had emptied a jail holding Islamic State prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive, and that the prisoners there had been abducted.

President Trump called his Phase 1 trade deal with China "by far, the greatest and biggest deal ever made," even though nothing was agreed on paper, and most of the tariffs set upon Chinese goods remain in place.

European Union countries committed on Monday to suspending arms exports to Turkey, but stopped short of the EU-wide arms embargo that France and Germany had sought.

Russia-backed Syrian forces wasted no time in taking advantage of an abrupt U.S. retreat from Syria on Monday, deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal.

President Vladimir Putin signaled Moscow's growing Middle East clout on Monday by visiting Saudi Arabia for the first time in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh's regional rivals and energy cooperation.

U.S.-based economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work in fighting global poverty that has helped millions of children by favoring practical steps over theory.

Violent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have escalated to a "life-threatening level", police said on Monday, after a small bomb exploded and a police officer was stabbed in clashes overnight.

Germany has finalized rules for the build-out of 5G mobile networks that, in a snub to the United States, will not exclude China's Huawei Technologies.

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The Syrian regime sent troops towards the Turkish border on Monday to contain Ankara's deadly offensive against the Kurds, stepping in for US forces due to begin a controversial withdrawal.

The Pentagon said Sunday President Trump had ordered the withdrawal of up to 1,000 troops from northern Syria – almost the entire ground force in the war-torn country – amid an intensifying Turkish assault on Kurdish forces.

A gunman opened fire at a wedding ceremony inside a New Hampshire church Saturday, shooting two people including the presiding bishop before guests tackled the shooter and pinned him to the ground until police arrived, authorities said.

The European Union has unanimously condemned Turkey's military move into northern Syria and asked all member states to stop selling arms to Ankara.

California became the first state in the nation to mandate later start times at most public schools. The new law prohibits middle schools from starting before 8 a.m. and high schools from starting before 8:30 a.m.

California has become the first U.S. state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products. On Saturday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law to prohibit residents from making or selling items such as clothing, shoes or handbags made of fur.

One of Britain's most prolific child sex offenders, Richard Huckle, has died three years into a life sentence for abusing Malaysian and Cambodian children, Britain's Ministry of Justice said on Monday, with media saying he had been stabbed to death.

The U.S. Air Force is asking the Boeing Co.to build additional Massive Ordnance Penetrator bunker-busting super bombs under terms of a $70 million contract announced last week. The satellite-guided Massive Ordnance Penetrator, otherwise known as MOP, is a 30,000-pound bomb with a 6,000-pound high-explosive warhead that is designed to destroy hard and deeply buried targets such as reinforced-concrete bunkers and deeply buried tunnel facilities.

Mobile phone networks were restored in Indian Kashmir on Monday after a 72-day blackout, authorities said, but the internet remains off-limits to the region's seven million-plus people. India cut access to mobile networks in the restive Kashmir Valley in early August citing security concerns as it scrapped the region's semi-autonomous status and imposed a lockdown.

President Xi Jinping has warned that any attempts to split China would result in "bodies smashed and bones ground to powder", amid four months of anti-Beijing unrest in Hong Kong.

BBC

Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in World Championships history with two more golds on Sunday, her 24th medal, and 18 of them gold – in Stuttgart.

People from Western cultures are more likely to look for a partner who wants children than those in the East, a Swansea University study has found.

Somalia's government says it is setting up a national blood bank for the first time in more than two decades.

More than 110,000 people are taking part in search and rescue operations after Typhoon Hagibis struck Japan on Saturday. The typhoon – the worst storm to hit the country in decades – has left at least 40 dead, with 16 missing.

WND

The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and its police chief have been sued for First and 14th Amendment violations for firing an officer allegedly to appease local Muslims. The officer was dismissed, Muise said, when "local political activists complained to the city about conservative social media posts Brown had made several years prior to his hiring."

Half of millennials and 75% of Gen Zers have left a job for mental health reasons.

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