Oct. 30, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign has run more than 3,000 Facebook ads in English asking for support to curb illegal immigration in the past six months, often asking people to sign online petitions to "deport illegals."

Immigration arrests at the U.S. border with Mexico soared 88 percent in fiscal 2019 in what U.S. officials on Tuesday labeled a crisis while unveiling their latest measure to combat the trend: expediting the deportation of asylum seekers.

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday issued a stay that blocks the release to a congressional committee of an unredacted copy of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report detailing Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis protested in Baghdad's central Tahrir Square on Tuesday for a fifth day, angered by reports of security forces killing demonstrators in the city of Kerbala and the prime minister's refusal to call early elections.

Thousands of inmates about to be freed from European prisons at the end of their terms may have been radicalized as Islamist militants in detention and pose a risk

Syrian army troops were engaged in clashes with Turkish forces around the border town of Ras al Ain in an area where a military offensive by Ankara aims to create a "safe" zone.

Doctors and residents urged New Delhi authorities to shut schools and cancel outdoor sporting events in the Indian capital as air pollution remained at the most severe level for the second day.

U.S. economic growth slowed less than expected in the third quarter as declining business investment was offset by resilient consumer spending and a rebound in exports, further allaying financial market fears of a recession.

Violent protests that have divided Hong Kong have also come to the working-class neighborhood of Wong Tai Sin. And with the unrest has come a test of what Hong Kongers call 'the Lion Rock spirit' - a sense of unity and grit in the face of hardship.

Given the unprecedented sophistication of the systems, which include lane-keeping assistance, automatic braking and blind spot detection, many automakers say only parts and repairs from their authorized dealers can ensure safety. This has drawn fire from the independent repair shops and suppliers that currently dominate the aftermarket. They say they can produce parts and fix cars at a fraction of the cost to drivers but are being locked out.

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Saudi Arabia drew top finance moguls and political leaders to its Davos-style investment summit Tuesday, in stark contrast to last year when outrage over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder sparked a mass boycott. Organizers say 300 speakers from over 30 countries, including American officials and heads of global banks and sovereign wealth funds, were attending the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII), nicknamed "Davos in the desert".

Greta Thunberg, the teen activist who has inspired millions to strike for action on climate change, doesn't want awards. She wants people to listen to science. The 16-year-old Swede declined an environmental prize worth $52,000 the Nordic Council, a regional inter-parliamentary organization, awarded her. "I want to thank the Nordic Council for this award. It is a huge honor. But the climate movement does not need any more awards."

A Roman Catholic priest's denial of communion to Joe Biden in South Carolina on Sunday illustrates the fine line presidential candidates must walk as they talk about their faiths: balancing religious values with a campaign that asks them to choose a side in polarizing moral debates.

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama's near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part of a wave of new abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional.

Turkey on Wednesday condemned two resolutions passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that symbolize deteriorating Turkish-American relations.

The Trump administration has petitioned the Supreme Court to strike down California's "sanctuary law," which hinders cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.

An informant who provided crucial details on the movements of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader killed in a US commando raid, is likely to scoop up some or all of a $25 million reward, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

BBC

Russia has successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from its latest nuclear-powered submarine, the country's defense ministry said.

George Papadopoulos, who served 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI during the Robert Mueller probe, is running for Katie Hill's California district. Ms. Hill stepped down amid claims of an affair with a Capitol Hill aide.

Hundreds of koalas are feared to have died in an Australian bushfire, animal rescuers said. Rescuers said the deaths were particularly tragic as the koalas were a diverse breed, with one expert calling it a "national tragedy".

WND

The Media Research Center has found that nearly six of 10 impeachment reports by ABC, CBS and NBC over the past month have been based on anonymous sources.

Dogged by lower prices and tepid demand, U.S. wheat farmers are poised to plant the fewest acres of winter varieties in 110 years.

The Washingtonian's "150 Most Powerful Women" list, "Women in Washington", has a limited number of slots. In other words, its editors essentially decided to exclude two women from its issue about women, replacing them with men. The magazine dedicated one of its glossy cover positions to a person who was born male. And that wasn't all: A second transgender individual was also given a spot on Washingtonian's "150 Most Powerful Women" list.

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