Oct. 7, 2019

REUTERS

A federal judge on Monday rejected Donald Trump's request to block Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance from enforcing a subpoena for eight years of tax returns related to a criminal probe into the U.S. President and his family business.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a dispute over the assets of Puerto Rico's largest public sector pension fund even as the U.S. Caribbean island territory's bankruptcy enters a major new phase.

The United States began pulling troops back from the northeast Syria border on Monday, opening the way for a Turkish strike on Kurdish-led forces long allied to Washington, in a move U.S. President Donald Trump hailed as a bid to quit "endless wars".

Hong Kong police took to the streets on Monday night in an apparent show of force in a district that has seen some of the most violent clashes with protesters in recent months, but retreated after a confrontation with angry residents.

A record 35 candidates have filed nominations to take part in Sri Lanka's presidential election on Nov. 16, nearly twice as many as participated in the last poll in 2015.

Pope Francis on Monday told an assembly of bishops discussing the Amazon region of South America that modern society should not try to impose its rules on indigenous people but respect their culture and let them chart their own future.

General Electric said on Monday it was freezing pension plans for about 20,000 U.S. employees with salaried benefits, as the industrial conglomerate makes another drastic move to cut debt and reduce its pension deficit by up to $8 billion.

Top U.S. officials will welcome a high-ranking Chinese delegation starting Oct. 10 for the latest round of trade talks aimed at easing tensions between the world's two largest economies.

Half of the euro zone's biggest banks wouldn't survive a six-month cash drought, with larger firms and subsidiaries of foreign institutions among the most vulnerable, the ECB said.

The U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its new term this week, with a major dispute on tap over whether a landmark decades-old federal anti-discrimination law that bars sex discrimination in the workplace protects gay and transgender employees.

AP Top Stories

The first negotiations in eight months between the Trump administration and North Korea aimed at breaking the logjam over dismantling the North's nuclear program broke down only hours after they began in Stockholm on Saturday, the North Koreans said. It was the latest indication that President Donald Trump's signature diplomatic initiative has stalled.

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake hit Colma, which is south of San Francisco, on Saturday morning.

Rwandan security forces have killed 19 people who were part of a group that carried out a deadly attack in a tourist hub in the north of the country on Friday, a police spokesman said.

Thousands rallied in Ukraine's capital Sunday against the president's plan to hold a local election in the countries rebel-held east, a move seen by some as a major concession to Russia.

An elderly convict who confessed to 93 murders of "marginalized and vulnerable" women across a period spanning 35 years is the United States' most prolific serial killer, the FBI said.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China's President Xi Jinping will hold an informal summit in southern India on Friday, officials said, amid strains in their relationship.

Philippine authorities said they arrested an Indonesian woman who was carrying $1 million worth of illegal drugs in her carry-on bag from her flight from Cambodia on Monday, amid a crackdown on drug smuggling attempts.

Germany's interior minister warned on Sunday that the country could soon face a refugee influx bigger than the one it dealt with in 2015, as he sought support for his plans for an EU quota system for rescued migrants.

Hundreds of climate activists barricaded themselves in a Paris shopping center on Saturday as security forces tried to remove them, ahead of a planned series of protests around the world by the Extinction Rebellion movement.

Ohio University suspended all 15 fraternities on its campus after seven allegations of hazing at different fraternities were submitted within the first three days of October.

Nearly a decade after first requesting them, the Taiwanese air force finally could get 66 new F-16 fighters to begin replacing some of its older fighter aircraft. But the $8-billion fighter-acquisition likely will do little to alter the overall balance of power across the Taiwan Strait.

BBC

Heavy rains have extinguished wildfires which destroyed more than four million hectares of land in eastern Bolivia in recent months, officials said.

Academic institutions in West Africa have increasingly been facing allegations of sexual harassment by lecturers. This type of abuse is said to be endemic, but it's almost never proven.

Eleven senior Taliban members have been released in exchange for three kidnapped Indian engineers, sources in the militant group told the BBC.

Unmarried foreign couples will now be allowed to rent hotel rooms together in Saudi Arabia as part of a new visa regime announced by the religiously conservative kingdom.

WND

The blacklisting of a London actress for posting a Bible verse about homosexuality on Facebook several years ago reflects a "chilling" message society is conveying to Christians, says the head of Britain's Christian Legal Center.

The city of Anchorage, Alaska, has given up its demand that a shelter for abused and homeless women also house men.

A man with a spinal-cord injury leaving him wheelchair bound has been able to walk thanks to a revolutionary new spinal implant.

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