Oct. 4, 2019


President Donald Trump on Thursday called on China to investigate Joe Biden, a main Democratic contender in the 2020 race for the White House, about the involvement of his son in a fund that sought to raise Chinese capital.

The United States and Montenegro, which joined NATO in 2017, are finalizing their biggest bilateral arms deal, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will send a letter to the European Union asking for a Brexit delay if no divorce deal has been reached by Oct. 19, according to government papers submitted to a Scottish court.

Dozens of demonstrators were killed across Iraq on Thursday and Friday as violent protests against government corruption swelled into a mass spontaneous uprising sweeping much of the country, the worst unrest since the defeat of Islamic State.

At least 46 Iraqis have died in recent days in clashes between protesters and the security forces during street demonstrations that caught the authorities by surprise

Tens of thousands of Algerian protesters chanted slogans on Friday demanding the army quit politics, a purge of the ruling elite, an end to corruption, and the freeing of opposition leaders.

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam invoked colonial-era emergency powers on Friday for the first time in more than 50 years in a dramatic move intended to quell escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up a major abortion case that could lead to new curbs on access to the procedure as it considers the legality of a Republican-backed Louisiana law that imposes restrictions on abortion doctors.

U.S. job growth increased moderately in September, with the unemployment rate dropping to near a 50-year low of 3.5%, assuaging financial market concerns that the slowing economy was on the brink of a recession amid lingering trade tensions.

China said on Friday it supports a law introduced by Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam that will ban anti-government protesters from wearing face-masks state television CCTV reported.

U.S. workforce productivity has declined since the automaker recovered from a 2009 bankruptcy, even as its profit per employee has risen, a Reuters analysis shows.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte used his second visit to Russia as an opportunity to again criticize the U.S. for being critical of his war on drugs, as he sought greater defense ties with Moscow.

The French police employee who killed four of his colleagues at the Paris police headquarters on Thursday was a recent convert to Islam, according to French television BFM TV.

A "small" nuclear war would kill or injure more than 90 million people within just a few hours. That's the startling conclusion that a team of researchers at Princeton University reached when they simulated an exchange of small-yield "tactical" nuclear weapons between the United States and Russia.

New York State on Thursday sued one of the largest federal student loan servicers, whose practices the U.S. government singled out for criticism earlier this year, saying it abusively treated borrowers working in lower-paying public service jobs.

The U.S.-China trade war is inflicting the most damage to the global economy, but it's the trade spat between Japan and South Korea that signals the larger troubles ahead for the world. South Korea's Supreme Court ruled in late 2018 that a number of Japanese companies must compensate a group of South Koreans (or their descendants) who were forced to work for them during Japan's occupation of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

They may have been united by a love for country music, but the folks gunned down two years ago at a Las Vegas concert will not be seen as equals when up to $800 million is paid out from a legal settlement. The settlement between MGM Resorts International and families of the 58 people who died and hundreds of others who were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was announced Thursday. The agreement will resolve lawsuits in at least 10 states seeking compensation from the hotel owner for physical and psychological injuries.

Scientists just found the most basic ingredients for life bursting from an ocean on Saturn's moon Enceladus. A new analysis reveals the presence of organic compounds in the plumes of liquid water that shoot into space from the ocean below Enceladus's icy crust. These compounds, which carry nitrogen and oxygen, play a key role in producing amino acids ⁠- complex molecules that serve as the building blocks of proteins.

Ecuador's government has declared a state of emergency after protesters opposed to a fuel price hike disrupted transport nationwide.


In early 2019, up to a million fish died in Australia's Darling River after drought and extreme weather. Authorities are now painstakingly trying to relocate as many fish as they can, as another summer approaches.

The Kenyan authorities say a move to withdraw old banknotes from circulation to tackle corruption has been a success. More than 96% of the old notes have now been returned in exchange for the new legal tender, although there's doubt about how effective this has been in exposing money linked to corruption. The move does not appear to have harmed the wider economy significantly.


Anyone who delivers a speech at an event hosted by the school district in Appleton, Wisconsin, must submit the speech in advance and then swear under oath they will not deviate from the script. And that includes students. "The opportunity to speak at a school event is a privilege, not a right." The new regulations were implemented after a Christian school-board member invoked the name of Jesus Christ during a graduation ceremony last June.

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