Oct. 29, 2018

REUTERS

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a bid by Republican legislators in Pennsylvania to reinstate a congressional district map struck down by that state's top court as unlawfully biased in favor of Republicans.

The top U.S. coal miners union has put a larger share of its campaign donations behind Democrats ahead of the Nov. 6 elections than in 2016, as dimming hopes for a coal industry revival led by President Donald Trump reinforce fears about the safety of worker pensions.

The U.S. House of Representatives' leading lawmaker on taxes suggested on Sunday that a new tax cut plan touted by President Donald Trump was unlikely to see action in Congress before 2019, and then only if Republicans keep their majority in Nov. 6 elections.

The Florida man suspected of mailing at least 14 pipe bombs to some of U.S. President Donald Trump's leading critics was in custody on federal charges on Saturday, in a case reflecting the rancor of one of the most toxic election campaigns in decades.

Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right firebrand former Army captain, won Brazil's presidential election in convincing fashion, wooing voters with promises to gut endemic political corruption and wage a brutal battle against powerful drug gangs.

Nine people, including eight policemen, were wounded when a woman blew herself up in what a spokesman for the Tunisian Interior Ministry described as a "terrorist explosion" in central Tunis.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would not seek re-election as party chairwoman and that her fourth term as chancellor would be her last, heralding the end of a 13-year era in which she has dominated European politics.

Princess Ayako married commoner Kei Moriya on Monday at a traditional ceremony at Tokyo's Meiji Shrine, to become the latest female royal to leave Japan's imperial family.

An Indonesian aircraft with 189 people on board crashed into the sea on Monday as it tried to circle back to the capital, Jakarta, from where it had taken off minutes earlier, and there were likely no survivors, officials said.

A man charged with shooting 11 worshipers to death at a Pittsburgh synagogue was due to make his first court appearance on Monday as more details of the attack emerged and the congregation struggled to come to terms with the deadliest ever attack on America's Jewish community.

U.S. consumer spending rose for a seventh straight month in September, but income recorded its smallest gain in more than a year amid moderate wage growth, suggesting the current pace of spending was unlikely to be sustained.

More than 70 percent of U.S. firms operating in southern China are considering delaying further investment there and moving some or all of their manufacturing to other countries as the trade war bites into profits, a business survey showed on Monday.

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More than 700,000 immigrants are waiting on applications to become U.S. citizens, a process that once typically took about six months but has stretched to more than two years in some places under the administration of President Donald Trump.

After a suspected gunman with anti-Semitic views killed 11 people and wounded six others at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, two Muslim groups are refusing to let religious hatred win. Celebrate Mercy and MPower Change have banded together to raise money for their Jewish brothers and sisters at Tree of Life Or L'Simcha Congregation.

A suicide bombing targeting the Afghan election commission's office in Kabul o killed a police officer and wounded five people, the police said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest surrounding Afghanistan's embattled parliamentary election process.

A major meeting of Catholic bishops ended on Saturday with a call for women to play a greater role in Church decision making as a "duty of justice", but appeared to water down language that would have been more welcoming to gays.

A bid by Belgium bishops to allow young married men to take the cloth has fallen flat at a Vatican meet -- though Pope Francis is considering testing out the idea in the Amazon.

A new group of migrants bound for the United States set off from El Salvador and crossed into Guatemala on Sunday, following thousands of other Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence who have taken similar journeys in recent weeks.

Of the 161 volcanoes found in the United States, 18 of them are considered a "very high" threat in any eruption scenario.

BBC

Germany's Angela Merkel has said she will step down as chancellor in 2021, following recent election setbacks.

Miners at Zambia's Kagem mine, in the north of the country, have discovered a rare high quality 5,655 carat (1.13kg) emerald crystal. The emerald - dubbed "Inkalamu" (meaning lion) - "shows remarkable clarity with a perfectly balanced golden green color."

WND

All signs are pointing to a Hillary Clinton run for president in 2020. While she answered "No," that she wouldn't make yet another run for the Oval Office in two years, she admitted, "I'd like to be president."

Campaigners in Ireland celebrated the end of a "medieval" ban on blasphemy on Saturday, after voters overwhelmingly backed removing the offence from the constitution in a referendum.

Netflix intros 'animated kiddie porn'. 'Big Mouth' for pre-pubescent sexual erotica of all kinds. One critic calls it "pure evil." Another suggests "animated kiddie porn." Another says the purpose of the show is to normalize pedophilia, groom children abuse for predators and break down any final remaining taboos that still might exist in American society. One critic calls it "pure evil." Another suggests "animated kiddie porn." Another says the purpose of the show is to normalize pedophilia, groom children abuse for predators and break down any final remaining taboos that still might exist in American society. Average age of child actors in the show? Eleven.

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