Oct. 31, 2019

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President Donald Trump's withdrawal of forces from northern Syria in October united the Democratic candidates hoping to take on the Republican president in the November 2020 election, who roundly denounced the move as damaging to U.S. credibility.

President Trump said on Thursday the United States and China would soon announce a new site where he and Chinese President Xi Jinping will sign a "Phase One" trade deal after Chile canceled a planned summit set for mid-November.

U.S. lawmakers planned to cast the first vote on Thursday in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump as the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives takes up a measure that sets up the next steps in the fast-moving effort.

North Korea fired two projectiles, which Japanese authorities said appeared to be ballistic missiles, into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan on Thursday, according to the Japanese coast guard and South Korea's military.

Spain will hold its fourth election in four years on Nov. 10 to try and break a political stalemate that has left the country without a proper government or budget for many months.

Lebanese troops and riot police deployed on Thursday to reopen a major highway north of Beirut and a bridge in the capital that anti-government protesters had blocked.

U.S. forces in armored vehicles were seen on Thursday near the Syria-Turkey border in a part of northeastern Syria where they had not been observed since the United States announced a decision to withdraw from the area, a witness said.

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Notorious cold spot Peter Sinks, Utah, dipped to an incredible minus 45 degrees early Wednesday. This appeared to be the coldest October temperature on record anywhere in the Lower 48 states, according to Utah-based meteorologist Timothy Wright.

The wreck of a British submarine, which vanished at the height of World War Two, has been discovered lying at the bottom of the sea off Malta, university marine archaeologists said.

Boeing is facing a fresh and growing crisis after the Australian airline Qantas found cracks in a 737 Next Generation plane, adding to a growing number of airlines reporting such issues and grounding some of the planes as a result.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are deliberating whether to push the deadline to fund the government into early February to avoid having a budget fight amid an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump that's set to stretch at least into December.

The United States and six Gulf allies announced sanctions Wednesday on 25 entities associated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon's Hezbollah, in a move to tighten controls on both group's finances.

From budgeting for rural weddings to dressing appropriately and avoiding online porn, China's Communist Party has issued new guidelines to improve the "moral quality" of its citizens. Officials have released several sets of guidelines this week alongside a secretive conclave of high-ranking officials in Beijing which discusses the country's future direction.

With about eight hours to spare before a man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk was to be put to death Wednesday, Georgia's highest court stepped in and temporarily halted the execution. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was to receive a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. But the Georgia Supreme Court issued a stay of execution, saying the execution order "may be void." In a legal filing Wednesday, lawyers for the state conceded the order is void.

The U.S. Treasury invited Ethiopia and Egypt for talks as part of international efforts to quell a dispute over a giant dam that's being built on the Nile River, according to Ethiopian officials.

The third strong earthquake this month killed five people Thursday, injured several others and destroyed buildings that were already damaged by the earlier shaking in a devastated region in the southern Philippines, officials said.

President Donald Trump presented the nation's highest military honor on Wednesday to a Green Beret who helped save four critically wounded comrades and prevented the lead element of a special operations force from being overrun in Afghanistan. The Medal of Honor was presented to Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams of Texas, who still serves in the Army.

While the American fleet throughout its history has shifted back and forth between naval concepts favoring fewer large ships or more smaller ones, the fleet architecture currently under development for the first time includes large numbers of robotic vessels.

BBC

Four men have been arrested after Australian police found 882lbs of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside imported hot sauce bottles.

Chile has pulled out of hosting two major international summits, including a UN climate change conference, as anti-government protests continue.

Denmark's approval for a controversial pipeline to pump more Russian gas into Europe will strengthen Russia's influence in the region, Ukraine warns.

WND

A study conducted at Binghamton University finds that an early retirement can accelerate the usual rate of cognitive decline among the elderly.

When Jesus said there's "no greater love" than to lay down one's life for a friend, he must have had in mind helping a friend procure an abortion, according to a co-sponsor of an event Tuesday night at the University of Oklahoma. "Fighting for abortion access is an act of love," the group says on its website.

Trump administration officials are touting the success of the "Remain in Mexico" policy, estimating tens of thousands of illegal immigrants with bogus asylum claims have given up and returned home.

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