Oct. 17, 2017

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North Korea warned that a nuclear war "may break out any moment" as the U.S. and South Korea began one of the largest joint naval drills off both the east and west coasts of the peninsula.

Steve Bannon won't abandon his war against congressional Republican incumbents, not even after President Donald Trump publicly pleaded for a truce that could salvage the tax overhaul at the heart of his legislative agenda.

Space, once seen as the benign final frontier, has evolved into a crowded potential battleground that the U.S. must defend as conflicts extend beyond Earth, according to the Air Force's top military space official.

The GOP-led Senate has confirmed Callista Gingrich's nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Senators voted overwhelmingly, 70-23, to approve her for the post. Callista Gingrich is the wife of former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

President Donald Trump said Monday that he believes Cuba is responsible for unexplained, invisible attacks in Cuba that have harmed American government workers.

Attorneys general of 14 states and the District of Columbia joined forces in court to slam a proposed ban on transgender Americans serving in the armed forces, saying the Trump administration is peddling discredited myths to justify an "irrational" return to military discrimination.

Gold wins out over cryptocurrencies when assessed on the majority of the key characteristics of money, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which adds that fear and wealth are the core drivers of bullion.

U.S. factory production rose 0.1% last month for the first time since June, a sign the industry is starting to regain its footing after the damage from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Federal Reserve data showed Tuesday.

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U.S.-backed militias in Syria declared victory over Islamic State in its capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban after walking off his military base in Afghanistan, has pleaded guilty to charges related to the high-profile incident.

Baghdad said Sunday that foreign Kurdish forces were present in the province of Kirkuk in what amounted to a "declaration of war", dramatically raising the stakes in its dispute with Iraq's Kurds.

Some 582,000 Rohingya refugees have now fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since late August, the United Nations said Tuesday, warning that thousands more were still stranded at the border. The UN said between 10,000 and 15,000 new refugees have arrived at the border in the last 48 hours alone, fleeing violence in Myanmar, where Rohingya villages are being burned to the ground.

The Spanish government has warned Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont he faces his final chance to relinquish independence within three days or it would trigger Article 155, the so-called 'nuclear option' which would override Catalonia's autonomy.

Wildfires in Portugal killed at least 27 people, injured dozens more and left others missing in the country's second such tragedy in four months, officials said Monday. In neighboring Spain, four deaths were reported.

An experimental cancer drug discovered by Hutchison China MediTech has demonstrated promising activity in shrinking tumors in lung cancer patients whose disease had worsened following treatment with approved medicines. The treatment, which Hutchison China MediTech or "Chi-Med" is developing with AstraZeneca, is one of a new wave of innovative medicines coming out of Chinese research labs as the country flexes its muscles in drug discovery.

BBC

Suicide bombers and gunmen have stormed a police training center in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez, killing at least 41 people. Some 110 civilians and 48 police were injured. The interior ministry said the local police chief was among the dead.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the city of Marawi "liberated" from militants, even as fighting continues. The army said it was battling up to 30 militants left in the city, who were holding about 20 hostages.

Governor Rick Scott of Florida has issued a state of emergency because Richard Spencer, a white nationalist, is due to speak at the University of Florida's Gainesville campus this week.

Somalia is appealing for blood to treat those wounded in Saturday's huge truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, which killed at least 281 people.

WND

The plague outbreak in Madagascar is continuing to spread at unprecedented rates, with 57 deaths and more than 680 cases. The latest figures are from October 12. An estimated 329 of these cases, and 25 deaths, were in the capital, Antananarivo.

California has become the first state to ban the sale of animals from puppy mills. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a law requiring pet stores to work with animal shelters or rescue operations if they want to sell dogs, cats or rabbits.

Following the lead of a European supermarket chain, the global food and beverage giant Nestle eliminated a cross from an image of an iconic church on its packaging for a Greek yogurt product.

It happened at the Obama library for the "Drag Queen Story Hour," a part of collaboration between the LBPL, the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network and the LGBTQ nonprofit Imperial Court of Long Beach, according to the Long Beach Public Library's calendar.

The United States' immigrant population, legal and illegal, rose to a record 43.7 million in July 2016, according to Census Bureau data highlighted in a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies. That figure represented an increase of nearly half-a-million since 2015, 3.8 million since 2010 and 12.6 million since 2000.

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