Oct. 21, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump abandoned plans late on Saturday to host next year's Group of Seven summit at his Florida golf resort, after Democrats and others had decried the selection as evidence of the president misusing his office for personal gain.

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a challenge to Republican-drawn electoral districts in Michigan that Democrats said were illegally configured to dilute their voting power, an action taken in the aftermath of major rulings by the justices in June prohibiting federal courts from hearing such claims.

Democrats laid out their case for the impeachment inquiry of President Trump and pressed Republicans to stop supporting Trump by releasing a fact sheet and video they said expose Trump's efforts to secure victory in the 2020 presidential election with the assistance of Ukraine.

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media company's light regulation of speech and lack of fact checking on political advertising, while citing China's censorship as a roadblock to operating in the country.

Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland's same sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion prepared for a change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight.

Prime Minister Johnson will try to put his Brexit deal to a vote in parliament after he was forced by opponents to send a letter to Brussels seeking a delay to Britain's departure from the EU.

Hundreds of Hong Kong riot police confronted pro-democracy demonstrators on Monday night as they gathered to commemorate the three-month anniversary of an assault by more than 100 men on protesters, commuters and journalists.

Russian President Putin and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the possibility of Russia pardoning U.S.-Israeli national Naama Issachar when they spoke by phone on Monday.

Four large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal settlement over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, averting the first federal trial.

China is seeking $2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against the United States for non-compliance with a WTO ruling in a tariffs case dating to the Obama era.

Russian hackers piggy-backed on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to attack government and industry in dozens of countries masquerading as attackers from the Islamic Republic.

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United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk, Reuters witnesses said on Monday.

Malaysia may become a target of sanctions as the export-reliant economy is caught in the crossfire of the U.S.-China trade war, according to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Influential Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr has given his supporters the green light to resume anti-government protests, after the movement was interrupted following a deadly crackdown.

India's Trade Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday that the broad outline of a trade deal with the United States has been worked out and suggested there could be an announcement soon.

Iran's foreign ministry said it has sent the U.S. a list of names it is demanding in a proposed prisoner swap, opening a potential new channel with Washington amid recent growing tensions.

Thousands protested against police across Bangladesh on Monday, a day after at least four people died when officers fired on a crowd in one of the country's deadliest religious riots to date.

Damaged U.S. relations with Turkey over its incursion in Syria raise a question rarely discussed in public: Should the U.S. remove the nuclear bombs it has long stored at a Turkish air base?

US forces began withdrawing from their largest base in northern Syria on Sunday after the Pentagon chief confirmed that nearly 1,000 troops would be relocated to "help defend Iraq" against Isil's re-emergence.

BBC

The world's oldest natural pearl has been discovered on an island off Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The 8,000-year-old pearl was found during excavations at Marawah Island which also revealed the earliest architecture in the UAE.

Deep sea explorers have found two Japanese aircraft carriers that were sunk in battle in World War Two. The carriers were among seven ships that went down in the Battle of Midway, a major air and sea battle fought between the US and Japan in 1942.

Australia's biggest newspaper rivals have made a rare showing of unity by publishing redacted front pages in a protest against press restrictions. The News Corp Australia and Nine mastheads on Monday showed blacked-out text beside red stamps marked "secret". The protest is aimed at national security laws which journalists say have stifled reporting and created a "culture of secrecy" in Australia.

Australian carrier Qantas has completed a test of the longest non-stop commercial passenger flight as part of research on how the journey could affect pilots, crew and passengers. The Boeing 787-9 with 49 people on board took 19 hours and 16 minutes to fly from New York to Sydney, a 10,066-mile route.

US troops have been bombarded with potatoes by civilians angry at their pullout from the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in north-east Syria.

WND

A public university that warned faculty against propping up white supremacy now is hosting workshops to persuade professors not to grade based on merit. Boise State University is hosting an event next week called "Inclusive Teaching Means Inclusive Grading, Too."

Kentucky state regulators ordered a Christian ministry to stop giving eyeglasses to homeless people to help them get jobs, prompting a legal warning from the Rutherford Institute arguing the order violates the group's constitutional religious rights.

Deaths due to suicide and homicide are "a major cause of premature death to persons aged 10-24 in the United States." Several experts believe excessive use of social media may be to blame.

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