Oct. 2, 2019

REUTERS

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Wednesday that he was on the telephone call between Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart that sparked impeachment proceedings against the Republican president.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he would not object to his phone calls with U.S. President Donald Trump being published and that he always assumed his words could potentially be published whenever he speaks.

Ten of the leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination will gather in Las Vegas on Wednesday for an all-day forum on gun violence, tackling an issue that has increasingly become a chief concern for their party's voters.

London police said on Wednesday they would mobilize thousands of officers to deal with two weeks of planned chaos by climate activists and potential protests over Brexit.

An assembly of bishops to discuss the future of the Roman Catholic Church in the Amazon, including the possibility of introducing married priests, has deepened faultlines between Pope Francis and conservatives who say it is heretical.

A breakthrough at talks between Moscow and Kiev has opened the way to the first international summit in three years being convened on ending fighting in east Ukraine.

North Korea fired what may have been a submarine-launched ballistic missile from off its east coast on Wednesday, a day after it announced the resumption of talks with the United States on ending its nuclear program.

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The State Department's inspector general is expected to give an "urgent" briefing to staffers from several House and Senate committees on Wednesday afternoon about documents obtained from the department's Office of the Legal Adviser related to the State Department and Ukraine, sources familiar with the planned briefing told ABC News.

Zimbabwe accused the U.S. of ignorance after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced its blocking rough diamond imports from the Marange fields because they were produced with forced labor.

A Missouri inmate was executed Tuesday for killing a man in 1996 in a string of violence that included several other crimes, despite concerns that the prisoner's rare medical condition would cause a gruesome lethal injection.

The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed a major victory over coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia, announcing this weekend that they killed hundreds of enemy troops and captured thousands more, along with weapons and vehicles.

Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S. said they've waited long enough in Mexico for their applications to be assessed under a Trump administration policy they call unlawful. On Tuesday, their advocates asked the federal appeals court in San Francisco to rule that the policy is illegal. Such a ruling would open the border gates to about 45,000 people, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Tuesday's unrest was the first time in months of pro-democracy clashes that a protester has been struck by live ammunition. Hong Kong Police Commissioner, Stephen Lo, defended his department, saying the firing of live rounds – which were discharged in three places – was lawful and fair.

The Chinese government is growing fed up with British private schools "creaming off" the best pupils, a conference has been told. Institutions which have set up sister schools or franchises in China now face a "backlash" for party officials

Egypt exhibited on Tuesday the golden coffin of an ancient Egyptian priest that was returned by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art following the discovery that it had been looted and illegally sold.

Ukraine's former leader on Wednesday accused the current government of betraying the country's interests, a day after it signed accords with Russia-backed separatists in the east. "This is a capitulation to Russia," former President Petro Poroshenko told reporters in parliament.

Every priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York who has a substantial sex-abuse accusation against him has been removed from ministry, according to a report released today.

Police in the Dominican Republic have rescued dozens of women from forced sex work in bars and nightclubs across the Caribbean island in its biggest anti-trafficking operation this year.

More than 1,000 migrants and refugees have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year, the sixth year in a row that this "bleak milestone" has been reached, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

BBC

Travelers are beginning to turn their backs on air travel over concern for the environment, according to a survey by Swiss bank UBS. The Swedish concept of "flygskam" or "flight shame" appears to be spreading. One in five of the people surveyed had cut the number of flights they took over the last year because of the impact on the climate.

Three US hospitals in Alabama have been forced to temporarily close their doors to "all but the most critical new patients" following a ransomware outbreak.

Yemen's Houthi rebels have unilaterally released 290 detainees as part of a UN peace initiative, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. Those freed include 42 survivors of an air strike on a prison this month that killed more than 100 people.

WND

Pope Francis met one on one with American Jesuit priest James Martin at the Vatican on Monday (Sept. 30) to discuss LGBTQ Catholics, a move some advocates say is a signal of support for a priest who has come under fire for calling on Catholics to be more compassionate to LGBTQ people.

A Washington, D.C. professor argued for the creation of an "anti-racist amendment," as well as a federal department dedicated to "anti-racism."

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