Oct. 23, 2019

REUTERS

President Trump on Tuesday again waded into America's fraught racial history by labeling the impeachment inquiry against him a "lynching" – language that conjured memories of decades of killings of thousands of black people – drawing swift bipartisan condemnation.

President Donald Trump's G7 and trade adviser, Kelly Ann Shaw, is leaving his administration for a position in the private sector, White House officials said on Tuesday, marking the departure of one of the most senior women on the president's economic team.

Candidates running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination have been uniformly critical of the immigration policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was elected after promising to crack down on illegal immigration and bolster enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border.

A New York-led probe into allegations that Facebook Inc put consumer data at risk and pushed up advertising rates has expanded to include attorneys general from 47 U.S. states and territories, New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement on Tuesday.

Lebanon's highest Christian authority called on Wednesday for a change in government to include qualified technocrats and urged the president to begin talks to address demands of demonstrators in the streets for a seventh day.

Banks in Lebanon will remain closed Thursday, the banking association said, as unprecedented protests gripped the country despite the government announcing emergency reforms.

Chile braced for more protests and a general strike by state workers on Wednesday, despite President Sebastian Pinera's pleas for forgiveness and announcement of ambitious reforms to quell unrest that has rocked the country and led to at least 15 deaths.

British police found the bodies of 39 people inside a truck believed to have come from Bulgaria at an industrial estate near London on Wednesday, and said they had arrested the driver on suspicion of murder.

Google said on Wednesday it had achieved a breakthrough in computer research, by solving a complex problem in minutes with a so-called quantum computer that would take today's most powerful supercomputer thousands of years to crack.

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Hundreds of thousands of California residents braced for another possible power outage as the state's two largest utilities warned that a return of dangerous fire weather could prompt shut-offs across the state.

Security forces arrested 31 suspected cartel members on Tuesday in a raid on a warren of clandestine tunnels and alleged drug laboratories in Mexico City, authorities said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday oversaw sweeping war games intended to test the readiness of the nation's strategic forces for a nuclear conflict.

Uganda has seen a rise in attacks on LGBT+ people since a minister proposed bringing back the death penalty for gay sex, warning anti-gay rhetoric was fueling homophobia.

Two members of a US far-right group were each sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for brawling with anti-fascist demonstrators in New York, prosecutors said. The sentencing comes as tensions between white supremacists and leftists simmer in the United States.

Seattle's public-school district has proposed a new math curriculum that would teach its students all about how math has been "appropriated" – and how it "continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities." A draft of the curriculum would teach students how to "explain how math and technology and/or science are connected and how technology and/or science have (sic) been and continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color," as well as to "identify and teach others about mathematicians* of color in their various communities: schools, neighborhoods, places of worship, businesses, etc."

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the destruction of South Korean-made hotels and other tourist facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort, apparently because Seoul won't defy international sanctions and resume South Korean tours at the site.

President Trump wants more than just a nuclear agreement from North Korea. Trump spent more than an hour during a Monday Cabinet meeting spinning on everything from how he "captured" ISIS to how he doesn't believe in part of the Constitution. But buried in those talks was another, lesser discussed implication: That Trump is working on a trade deal with North Korea.

BBC

Hong Kong's legislature has formally withdrawn a controversial extradition bill that has sparked months of unrest.

Russian forces have begun to deploy towards the Turkey-Syria border, as part of deal to remove Kurdish troops.

Oil has mysteriously washed up on more than 200 beaches in Brazil, but environmental groups say the government isn't taking the issue seriously. Now Brazil is deploying an additional 5,000 troops to help in the clean-up of the vast oil spill. The cause of the spill is still unknown.

Police in Uganda say 16 people will be charged with having "unnatural sex", a reference to same-sex relations. Their detention comes nearly two weeks after the government said it had no plans to re-introduce the anti-homosexuality bill which could impose stiffer penalties, including the death sentence, for gay sex.

Tanzania's highest court annulled a law which allows families to marry off girls as young as 15.

WND

In interviews with students at Carleton College, a small, private liberal arts school in Northfield, Minnesota, they agreed college should be free. When asked who should shoulder the expense, students offered up everyone from "taxpayers" to "the 1 percent" to "the government."

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has an ambitious dream: screen every student for childhood trauma before entering school. "A school nurse would also get a note from a physician that says: 'Here is the care plan for this child's toxic stress. And this is how it shows up.'"

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