Oct. 16, 2017

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President Donald Trump's Democratic challenger in 2020 could get a boost from an exodus of angry and storm-battered Puerto Ricans flowing into the quintessential battleground state of Florida.

Facebook Inc. is looking to hire people who have national security clearances, a move the company thinks is necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The European Union urged the U.S. Congress to uphold the Iranian nuclear agreement, calling it key to global security, after President Donald Trump threatened to walk away from the deal.

Iraqi forces advanced toward the disputed city of Kirkuk, as the government sharply intensified its efforts to stall moves toward a Kurdish state by seizing the oil fields that would underpin its economy. Crude exports from the disputed area were flowing normally on Monday.

Brexit negotiations are heading for a catastrophic breakdown unless the European Union signals this week that it will allow talks to move on to trade

In a reversal of a three-decade trend, U.S. homebuilders are cutting the size of the American home as margins are being squeezed by a shortage of land and labor. The average floor area year to date of a new house is 2,420 square feet, down from a record high of 2,520 set in 2015.

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Leading Islamist militant Isnilon Hapilon, who is on the United States' list of "most wanted terrorists", has been killed in the battle to reclaim a rebel-held Philippines city, the defiance minister said on Monday.

Israeli archaeologists in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday unveiled a newly unearthed section of the Western Wall and the first Roman public structure ever discovered in the city, they said.

Turkey is determined to press on with its efforts to join the European Union despite tensions with the bloc, the government said on Sunday ahead of an EU summit which will discuss the frayed relations between Brussels and Ankara.

Israel's military carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria on Monday after it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further escalation in the war-torn country.

Pope Francis, who often laments current persecutions of Christians, has given the Catholic Church 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, from past centuries.

President Donald Trump ended payments to health insurance companies serving the poorest Obamacare customers in order to deliberately destroy the health care law, former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon said.

In a story that failed to get much attention last week, federal authorities say they stopped a plot to bomb a small North Carolina airport and will charge a suspect who allegedly said he was "getting ready to fight a war on U.S. soil."

At the annual Values Voter Summit (VVS) in Washington this weekend, former congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who serves on Donald Trump's evangelical advisory board, said in an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress that Donald Trump is now a "committed believer" of Jesus Christ and a "man of faith" who has "asked God for help and wisdom."

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said as many as 67 people died across the East African nation after President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election was announced. The Supreme Court later nullified the vote, citing irregularities, and a new election is Oct. 26.

Warships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States participated in live-fire self-defense exercises of ship and missile systems near Scotland on Sunday the U.S. Department of Defense said.

The bodies of 26 people believed killed after an ambush last week in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been discovered, most of them with their hands tied and their necks broken, a local chief said on Sunday.

The new F-35 program executive officer, U.S. Navy vice admiral Mat Winter, said his office is exploring the option of leaving 108 aircraft in their current state because the funds to upgrade them to the fully combat-capable configuration would threaten the Air Force's plans to ramp up production in the coming years.

General Dynamics Corp.'s GD subsidiary, Electric Boat, has clinched a $28.6 million modification contract to exercise options for reactor plant planning yard services for nuclear-powered submarines.

Russian Minister of Communications Nikolay Nikiforov has revealed that a state-issued cryptocurrency called "CryptoRuble" is set to be launched. Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly made the announcement during a closed door meeting in Moscow.

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A spate of wildfires in central and north Portugal which started at the weekend has killed at least 31 people, civil defense authorities said.

A partially smoked cigar once smoked by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill has sold for $12,000, according to the Boston-based RR Auction house.

As many as 165 unidentified bodies have been buried after a massive truck bomb attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. At least 276 people have died and the government news agency Sonna said only 111 of them have been identified.

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Artificially intelligent nano-machines will be injected into humans within 20 years to repair and enhance muscles, cells and bone, a senior inventor at IBM has forecast.

The cholera epidemic in Yemen has become the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of the disease in modern history, with a million cases expected by the end of the year and at least 600,000 children likely to be affected.

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