Oct. 9, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump will announce plans to change healthcare regulations on Wednesday to loosen anti-kickback provisions that restrict the kinds of outside services providers can refer patients to, administration officials said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called on the European Union to condemn Iran and hold Tehran accountable after he said oil from Iranian tanker Adrian Darya had been offloaded in Syria.

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives was set on Wednesday to push forward with its impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump over his dealings with Ukraine, a day after the White House declared its refusal to cooperate with the probe.

Montgomery, the capital of the southern U.S. state of Alabama, known as the birthplace of the civil rights movement for its 1950s bus boycotts over segregated seating, has elected the first black mayor in its 200-year history.

Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies have launched their military operation into northeastern Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, adding that the offensive aimed to eliminate a "terror corridor" along the southern Turkish border.

Three scientists won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for developing and refining rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which made the global information technology, mobile and fossil-fuel free revolutions possible.

Hundreds of thousands of California homes and businesses started to lose electric power early Wednesday as part of an unprecedented effort by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to prevent wildfires, the utility said. Nearly 800,000 northern and central California homes and businesses can expect to lose electricity for up to several days.

The European Union warned on Wednesday of increased cyber-attacks by state-backed entities and groups from outside the EU, saying it was crucial to assess the risks posed by telecoms equipment suppliers with a significant market share in the bloc.

AP Top Stories

California's governor says he will sign a law that caps rent increases for some people over the next decade as the country's most populous state deals with a housing crisis. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday he will sign the bill on Tuesday in Oakland, an area where a report earlier this year documented a 43% increase in homelessness over two years.

Hong Kong's under-fire leader Carrie Lam said China intervening to end months of pro-democracy protests is an option following a violent week of unrest that paralyzed the city.

The Alaska Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that claims state policy on fossil fuels is harming the constitutional right of young Alaskans to a safe climate.

China's all-encompassing security crackdown in Xinjiang has turned the northwest region – home to most of the country's ethnic Uighur population – into a place activists describe as an open air prison. Upwards of one million mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in the region are held in re-education camps, according to estimates cited by a UN panel in 2018. And for those living outside the camps, ubiquitous ID checks and tight security are a part of daily life.

Russia's Security Council said on Tuesday it was important to avoid hindering the peace process in Syria, following discussions with President Vladimir Putin, Kremlin spokesman Peskov said.

Chinese officials are offering to increase annual purchases of U.S. agricultural products as the two countries seek to resolve their trade dispute, the Financial Times newspaper reported.

The Russian navy is building new nuclear-powered submarines and deploying them more aggressively, seemingly reviving a Cold War approach to naval warfare.

Pope Francis urged South American bishops gathered at the Vatican on Monday to "speak with courage" as they address a severe priest shortage in remote areas of the region that could result in the church dropping celibacy requirements for some priests.

Zimbabwe on Wednesday quadrupled electricity tariffs amid crippling power shortages which have plunged parts of the country into darkness for up to 18 hours a day and forced businesses to operate at night. Zimbabwe's economy is caught in a crisis with shortages of fuel, medicine, and currency as well as hyperinflation which has seen many families living on a single meal a day.

An American blitz on dozens of Taliban drug factories in Western Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians and may have left dozens more dead, a United Nations report has found.

BBC

US drug firm Johnson & Johnson has been told to pay $8bn in punitive damages to a man over claims he was not warned that an anti-psychotic drug could lead to breast growth.

Eleven people have been arrested in southern Mexico after the mayor of their village was dragged out of his office, tied to a pick-up truck and dragged through the streets.

Some of the UK's largest fast-food chains have been selling meat from animals fed on soya beans linked to Brazil's forest fires, campaigners said. Greenpeace said it wanted the companies to stop using soya from Brazil in their supply chains until the environment was better protected.

Zimbabwe's power regulator has increased the average electricity price by 320%. The decision was taken to allow it to ramp up production and improve supplies amid daily power cuts.

The United Nations has called for an end to the "senseless loss of life" in Iraq as the death toll from anti-government protests nears 100.

WND

The Supreme Court on Tuesday considered whether judges can redefine a word in a law in three cases challenging the argument that when Congress adopted a ban on sex discrimination in 1964 it understood "sex" to include "gender identity."

According to a new survey, almost a quarter of Swedish women are afraid to leave their homes over fears they will be attacked or sexually assaulted.

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