Oct. 25, 2019

REUTERS

Republican President Donald Trump and his top Democratic rivals for the White House in November 2020 will take part in a forum on criminal justice reform at a historically black South Carolina college this weekend.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday accused China of curtailing "rights and liberties" in Hong Kong and blasted U.S. company Nike and the National Basketball Association for falling in line with Beijing in a disagreement over free speech.

The European Union agreed on Friday to London's request for a Brexit deadline extension but set no new departure date, giving Britain's divided parliament time to decide on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for a snap election.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned on Friday that nationwide protests could push the country into chaos, collapse and "god forbid" civil war, rejecting mounting calls to bring down the government and president.

Global insurers that cover cyberattacks are facing more claims related to ransom-demanding hackers who cripple businesses' technology systems, and only stop after receiving substantial payments.

Argentina has given the go-ahead to Amazon.com Inc's Web Services division AWS to build an $800-million data facility in Buenos Aires, which would mark a massive investment for the company in South America, according to a provincial bulletin dated Oct. 24.

Top U.S. and Chinese trade officials will discuss plans on Friday for China to buy more U.S. farm products, but in return, Beijing will request cancellation of some planned and existing U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports, people briefed on the talks told Reuters.

Police investigating the deaths of 39 people, believed to be Chinese nationals, found in a truck near London said they had arrested two people on Friday on suspicion of human trafficking and continued to question the driver as a murder suspect.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should allow the United Nations to investigate his war on drugs, and abandon a deadly campaign that has been failure and a dent on the country's international image, its vice president said on Wednesday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has vowed US support for Ukraine's new independent Orthodox church following its split with Russia in a meeting with its leader, officials said Thursday.

South Korea said Friday that North Korea formally proposed discussions over the possible demolition of South Korean-made hotels and other tourist facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort which leader Kim Jong Un called "shabby" and "unpleasant-looking."

No running water, putrid portable toilets and surrounding woods littered with land mines -- these are the bleak conditions of a camp where hundreds of migrants brace for winter in Bosnia.

U.S. immigration authorities separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexico border early in the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday, bringing the total number of children separated since July 2017 to more than 5,400.

The number of Taiwanese opposed to a Hong Kong-style political union with China has surged this year as ongoing violent protests in the former British colony raise concerns about Beijing's rule across the region.

Fast-growing fires throughout California forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes Thursday as dry winds and high heat fed flames and fears in the state still jittery from devastating wildfires in the past two years.

Around 300 more Russian military police have arrived in Syria, the Russian defense ministry said on Friday, under an accord between Ankara and Moscow which halted Turkey's military incursion into northeast Syria.

Thailand's plans for a new $7.4 billion high-speed rail link from Bangkok to the tourist town of Pattaya got the go ahead on Thursday after months of negotiations that spilled over into public acrimony.

Iran plans to build attack speedboats that can reach speeds of 100 knots. This is the latest in a series of Iranian press reports that claim sophisticated capabilities for the nation's flotillas of armed speedboats, which are actually taken seriously by U.S. and other navies that fear their warships could be overwhelmed by swarms of small attack craft.

BBC

At least two people were killed as protests escalated in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, with police firing tear gas to repel demonstrators. The dead were reportedly hit by tear gas canisters. Scores were injured.

Amnesty International has condemned Iranian authorities for cutting off the fingers of a man convicted of theft. The rights group said the amputation, carried out at a prison in the northern province of Mazandaran, was "an abhorrent form of torture".

A Russian woman who admitted acting as an agent and infiltrating US political groups has been freed from a Florida prison and will be deported.

Thousands of people are marching across Zimbabwe in government-organised protests against US and EU sanctions. The demonstrators say the sanctions have ruined the Zimbabwean economy.

WND

A mother who has given birth to 44 children has been banned from having any more. Mariam Nabatanzi, from Uganda, was married off at the age of 12 and gave birth to her first set of twins a year after that. Five more sets of twins followed that first, as well as four sets of triplets and five sets of quadruplets.

Russia will test its internal RuNet network to see whether the country can function without the global internet, the Russian government announced Monday. The tests will begin after Nov. 1, recur at least annually, and possibly more frequently.

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