Oct. 26, 2018

REUTERS

The White House has formally invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Friday, returning to an idea that was put on hold in July amid anger in the U.S. over the prospect of such a summit.

The United States will do what it deems necessary, including considering more sanctions, to address Russia's interference in its elections and its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Friday.

Authorities found two more suspicious packages on Friday addressed to U.S. Senator Cory Booker and James Clapper, the former U.S. director of national intelligence, amid a manhunt for the person who sent bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of U.S. President Donald Trump.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday dismissed as "demagoguery" the calls by several European countries including Germany to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

China and Japan on Friday pledged to forge closer ties as both countries stood together at an "historic turning point", signing a broad range of agreements including a $30 billion currency swap pact, amid rising trade tensions with Washington.

North and South Korea agreed on Friday to "completely destroy" by next month 22 guard posts near their heavily fortified border, the latest advance in talks in the neighbors' effort to defuse military tension, Seoul's defense ministry said.

AP Top Stories

A creepy-looking painting of a fictitious man in a dark frockcoat just left the auction block at Christie's for a whopping $432,500 today (Oct. 25) in New York City. While that price tag is high - nearly 45 times its high estimate - that's not what makes the sale so compelling: The artwork was created, not by human, but by computer.

The White House is considering a major executive action to stop a massive caravan of Central American migrants traveling north through Mexico from entering the U.S., according to several reports on Thursday.

A U.N.-led aid delivery, critically needed by thousands of civilians stranded in a camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border, has been postponed and will not arrive on Saturday as was expected by community leaders, a U.N. official said on Friday.

Residents of the Northern Mariana Islands face months without electricity or running water after the strongest storm to hit any part of the U.S. this year. Super Typhoon Yutu crossed the U.S. territory Thursday, with 180 mph top sustained winds.

Iraq's new prime minister began moving his offices out of Baghdad's highly secure Green Zone on the first day of his term Thursday, saying he wanted to bring his government closer to the people.

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike at a fruit-and-vegetable market near Yemen's flashpoint Red Sea port of Hodeida killed at least 21 civilians, including children, the U.N. humanitarian aid agency said Thursday.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday decried the failure to bring women into peacemaking, pointing to statistics showing that between 1990 and 2017, women constituted only 8 percent of negotiators and 5 percent of witnesses and signatories to major peace processes.

Google said Thursday it fired 48 employees in the past two years, including 13 senior executives, as a result of sexual harassment allegations, citing "an increasingly hard line" on inappropriate conduct.

The oil market could be in for a surprise when U.S. sanctions on Iranian crude exports are implemented in 10 days, according to Hedgeye Risk Management LLC. Traders who expect the U.S. to hand out waivers allowing certain nations to continue buying oil from the Islamic Republic, "are making a huge miscalculation," Joe McMonigle, head of energy policy at Hedgeye.

U.S. authorities have no intention of shooting migrants attempting to enter the country as part of the caravan making its way north, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. "We do not have any intention right now to shoot at people, but they will be apprehended, however."

Russia's deputy defense minister claimed Thursday that a U.S. military aircraft took control of 13 drones over Syria and attempted to have them attack a Russian military base there, but the drones were downed before they could reach their target.

NATO has kicked off its largest military exercises since the Cold War across northern Europe as the West tries to keep up with Russia's growing military presence in the Arctic and the Baltic Sea. Some 50,000 soldiers, 250 aircraft, 65 ships and 10,000 tanks and other ground vehicles are taking part in the Trident Juncture war games that began at locations from Iceland to Finland.

BBC

Police in India have arrested 2,200 people for protesting against the entry of women into a prominent Hindu temple in the southern state of Kerala. Hundreds clashed with women to prevent them from entering the Sabarimala shrine last week.

At least 14 children have been injured in a knife attack at a kindergarten in Chongqing, south-west China. Police say a 39-year-old woman carrying a kitchen knife entered the school in Banan district on Friday morning, as the children were in the playground.

WND

A new poll examining the political leanings of the next generation of leaders found 31 percent of millennials identify as "democratic socialist" or "socialist" while 40 percent of men in that age group say the same. Now, the Trump administration is offering an educational resource through its Council of Economic Advisors that asks whether or not socialism has ever delivered on its promises.

More than half of Americans receive more money in various types of government transfer payments (Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Social Security) than they pay in federal taxes.

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