Oct. 24, 2019

REUTERS

A year after the U.S. Vice President's hawkish speech on China caused an uproar in Beijing, Mike Pence is expected to strike a gentler tone in a second policy address on the country Thursday, as hopes blossom for a partial trade deal with Beijing.

A lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump told a federal appeals court Wednesday the president does not have to hand over his tax returns to New York state prosecutors because he is immune from criminal investigation.

The leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment investigation said on Wednesday that the State Department refused to comply with a subpoena for documents that they now know are key to their probe into whether President Donald Trump should be removed from office.

The 39 people found dead in the back of a truck near London are believed to be Chinese nationals, police said on Thursday, as they questioned the driver detained on suspicion of murder.

New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods fell more than expected in September and shipments also declined, a sign that business investment remains weak amid the continuing fallout from the U.S.-China trade war but other data on Thursday showed it has yet to have much effect on the overall jobs market.

Chile's president and lawmakers prepared on Thursday to push forward social equality reforms after the easing of riots in the latest flashpoint of protests against South American leaders.

More than half a million homes and businesses in California could lose power this week as utilities including Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison cut off electricity as a preventive measure against wildfires.

Several U.S. states that have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic are pushing back on a proposed $48 billion settlement framework that would resolve thousands of lawsuits against five drug companies accused of fueling the addiction crisis.

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President Trump on Wednesday announced "a major breakthrough" in Syria amid bipartisan anger over his decision to pull U.S. troops from the region, allowing a Turkish invasion that has displaced more than 100,000 of America's Kurdish allies.

The United States has been quietly reducing its troop strength in Afghanistan despite the lack of a peace deal with the Taliban, weakening its hand in any future negotiations with the insurgents.

An Iranian beauty queen is seeking asylum in the Philippines, fearing for her life after Tehran demanded her extradition for a crime she claims she did not commit.

Cars will soon start rolling off General Motors' factory floors after a month-long shutdown, but the pain will linger for some of the carmaker's key suppliers. American Axle & Manufacturing, Lear and other car parts suppliers rely heavily on General Motors for revenue. The companies all suffered varying degrees of damage from the sudden shutdown of operations on September 16, when United Auto Workers members went on strike.

A fast-moving wildfire forced the late night evacuations of residents in a northern California's Sonoma County as intense winds fanned flames southwards and tens of thousands are without power Wednesday night into early Thursday.

Chan Tong-kai, the murder suspect whose case sparked a political crisis in Hong Kong, has been released after serving 18 months in prison.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who's still trying to settle a nearly week-old teacher's strike, proposed a combination of debt refinancing, tax and fee hikes and assistance from the state Legislature on Wednesday to close a massive $838 million budget deficit.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the United States had betrayed and abandoned the Syrian Kurds and advised the Kurds to withdraw from the Syrian border as per a deal between Moscow and Ankara or be mauled by the Turkish army.

In Hong Kong a single, 134.5 square foot parking spot at a 73-story office tower in the glitzy financial district has sold for $969,000, according to local media reports. That works out to just over $7,200 per square foot. By comparison, the average apartment in upscale Manhattan goes for four times less, at around $1,770, according to real estate analytics firm NeighborhoodX.

The Virginia city of Norfolk has the right to move its "Johnny Reb" Confederate statue from a busy downtown intersection to a local cemetery, the state attorney general and a local prosecutor have determined.

Republicans in South Carolina have voted to proceed on a measure that would strip abortion exemptions in cases of rape or incest, and criminalize the procedure almost entirely as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected.

BBC

Israeli ex-military chief Benny Gantz has been tasked with forming a coalition government after PM Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts ended in deadlock. It is the first time that someone other than Mr. Netanyahu has received such a mandate since 2009.

A painting seized by the Nazis from a Jewish family in Germany in 1933 has been found at a museum in New York. The piece is held by the FBI until it can be returned to the Mosse family.

EU leaders are set to decide on Friday whether to grant the UK a three-month Brexit extension, the BBC's Europe editor Katya Adler says.

WND

A jury in Texas prevented a father from intervening in the gender "transitioning" of his 7-year-old son through chemical castration.

Complaining of a "Soviet-style process," more than a dozen House Republicans stormed a closed-door meeting Wednesday where Democratic lawmakers were questioning a Defense Department official in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

The Seattle Public Schools Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee (ESAC) suggests that math is subjective and racist, saying under one section, "Who gets to say if an answer is right," and under another, "how is math manipulated to allow inequality and oppression to persist?"

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