2018-10-21

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From Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC News, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, New York Times, and Wired (showing 49):

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18 – (Associated Press)
DONGSHAN TOWNSHIP, Taiwan (AP) — One of Taiwan’s fastest passenger trains derailed Sunday on a curve along a popular weekend route, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 170 others, authorities said. The Puyuma express was carrying more than 360 p…

Migrant caravan swells to 5,000, resumes advance toward US – (Associated Press)
CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, a growing throng of Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border early Sunday in southern Mexico. Their numbers swelled to about 5,000 overnight and at…

Medicaid expansion becomes key issue in GOP-leaning states – (Associated Press)
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — For nearly a decade, opposition to former President Barack Obama’s health care law has been a winning message for Nebraska Republicans. It’s helped them win every statewide office, control the Legislature and hold all the state’s congress…

Mnuchin dismisses risk of contagion from China’s economic slowdown – (Reuters)
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed concerns that China’s weakest economic growth since the global financial crisis could spill into other emerging markets and destabilize U.S. financial markets.

Foreigners sell net $1.1 billion of Saudi stocks as journalist disappearance rattles investors – (Reuters)
Foreigners sold a net 4.01 billion riyals ($1.07 billion) in Saudi stocks in the week ending Oct. 18, exchange data showed on Sunday – one of the biggest selloffs since the market opened to direct foreign buying in mid-2015.

Afghans vote for 2nd day amid violence, technical issues – (Associated Press)
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s second day of parliamentary elections marred by violence and delays caused by technical issues came to a close as a roadside bomb on Sunday brought the death toll over the past two days to over 50, including several chi…

Dozens hurt in floor collapse at S. Carolina apartment party – (Associated Press)
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — The floor of a clubhouse near Clemson University where a large party was taking place collapsed early Sunday, hurtling dozens of people into the basement, authorities said. About 30 people were taken to local hospitals after the center po…

UK, France and Germany press Saudi for facts to back up Khashoggi explanation – (Reuters)
Saudi Arabia needs to provide facts for its explanation of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be considered credible, Britain, France and Germany said in a joint statement on Sunday.

Migrant caravan inches towards the US – (BBC News)
Thousands of migrants en route to the US have now crossed into Mexico illegally from Guatemala.

No unified backing in Congress to Trump’s arms treaty move – (Associated Press)
ELKO, Nevada (AP) — President Donald Trump says his intention to scrap a landmark arms control agreement Russia follows years of violations by Moscow in developing prohibited weapons, and “we’re not going to be the only one to adhere to it.” The Kremlin said …

Turkey’s Erdogan says to speak on Khashoggi case on Tuesday – (Reuters)
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would make all the necessary statements about the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a meeting with members of his ruling AK Party in parliament on Tuesday.

Canada’s Freeland says Saudi Khashoggi explanations ‘lack credibility’ – (Reuters)
Canada’s foreign minister, whose tweets on human rights led to a diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia earlier this year, said the kingdom’s explanations on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul “lack credibility.”

Who follows Speaker Ryan? Battle for power looms in GOP – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Win or lose in the race for the majority, House Republicans are at risk of plunging into a messy leadership battle after the November election, with the party lacking a clear heir apparent to take the place of House Speaker Paul Ryan. Presid…

U.S. senator Corker blames Saudi prince for Khashoggi death – (Reuters)
A leading Republican U.S. senator said on Sunday he believed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and that the Saudis have lost all credibility in their explanations.

Congo rebels kill 15, abduct kids in Ebola outbreak region – (Associated Press)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the center of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo’s military said Sunday, as the violence threatened to again force the suspension of crucial virus cont…

Greece suspends police officer for swearing at a migrant woman – (Reuters)
The Greek police has suspended an officer and ordered an internal inquiry after a video showed him verbally abusing an elderly woman at a migrant camp, police said on Saturday, amid growing violence toward migrants in Greece.

Kremlin says we want answers from Washington over arms treaty plan – (Reuters)
Russian President Vladimir Putin will seek an explanation of why Washington plans to pull out of an arms control treaty when he meets U.S. national security adviser John Bolton in Moscow this week, RIA news agency quoted Putin’s spokesman as saying.

Polls close in Afghanistan’s long-delayed parliamentary elections – (Al Jazeera English)
Parliamentary polls, the third since the Taliban’s fall in 2001, saw large number of voters to cast their ballots.

Trump says U.S. to exit nuclear treaty, Russia warns of retaliation – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump said Washington will exit the Cold-War era treaty that eliminated a class of nuclear weapons due to Russian violations, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow.

Giant cave hall found down sinkhole – (BBC News)
Climbers found the 6.7-million-cubic-metre cave at the bottom of a massive sinkhole in China.

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From various sources (showing 20):

Ohio State Was Thoroughly Spanked – (Deadspin.com)

Don’t Be Fooled by These 3 Money Scams – (Fool.com)
Your Social Security, Medicare, and tax information are all at risk from would-be thieves.

Powerball results for 10/20/18; did anyone win the $476M jackpot? – (Mlive.com)

Trump Administration Eyes Defining Transgender Out of Existence – (The New York Times)
The Trump administration is considering a legal definition of gender as immutable and fixed at birth, the most drastic in a series of moves against transgender people.

In the end, Dodgers’ talent trumps Brewers’ moves – (Espn.com)
Milwaukee took the series as far as it could get on smart tactics, but it couldn’t dim L.A.’s star power in the NLCS.

McConnell confronted in Kentucky restaurant – (CNN)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was confronted at a restaurant in Kentucky on Friday, according to CNN affiliate WLKY.

Pelosi heckled by Miami Republicans, Proud Boys at campaign event – (The Hill)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was confronted by protesters in Florida on Friday organized by a local Republican chapter and a local group of the “Proud Boys,” who shouted pro-Trump slogans and blasted the Democratic House lead

Video Of Florida Police Pinning Down And Allegedly Punching A Black Teen Girl Is Going Viral – (Bustle.com)
A video that appears to show a black teenage girl being punched by Florida police has gone viral on social media, prompting outrage from many online. But police claim the cell phone footage of the teen’s arrest doesn’t show the whole story. In the…

Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test and the Difficult History of Looking for Answers in Blood – (Time)
By the late 19th century the ideology of biological determinism had made its way into American law, where the politics of blood reigned.

Remains of fetuses and infants found at second Detroit funeral home – (CNN)
Michigan authorities say they’ve found improperly kept remains of fetuses and infants at a second Detroit funeral home, just one week after similar remains were found at the first.

More Than 100000 Floridians Still Without Power After Hurricane Michael – (The Huffington Post)
The storm plowed into the state’s panhandle more than a week ago.

After outpouring of personal stories, Congress still grappling with Kavanaugh confirmation fallout – (CNN)
When Christine Blasey Ford said she could not remember certain details about her alleged assault by Brett Kavanaugh, Rep. Ann McLane Kuster could relate.

Florida city official charged with murder after state rejects ‘stand your ground’ shooting of suspected thief – (CNN)

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All about Trump (showing 83):

Trump to pull US out of nuclear treaty with Russia – (Financial Times)
US president accuses Moscow of breaching Cold War missile pact

Dems zero-in on Trump’s alleged conflicts of interest – (The Hill)
Democrats itching to investigate President Trump’s possible conflicts of interests have zeroed in on a familiar presidential foe: the FBI.

‘Black vote is X factor’ to beat Trump in US midterm elections – (Financial Times)
Democrats work to reverse decline in African-American turnout since Barack Obama era

Britain, France, Germany join Canada in saying Saudi version of Khashoggi’s death not ‘credible’ – (The Globe And Mail)
The stand taken by the four G7 nations is far stronger than anything the U.S. government under Donald Trump has been willing to say so far.

Analyst: GOP trying to devalue Khashoggi’s life – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN analyst Errol Louis says some conservatives are downplaying President Trump’s response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by spreading negative talking points about the journalist in an attempt to make his life seem less valuable.

WTO suffers collateral damage from Trump and China – (Financial Times)
With its rule book undermined by Beijing and its judicial arm criticised by the US, can the body restore its reputation?

Russia: U.S. Withdrawal From Nuclear Treaty Would Be A ‘Very Dangerous Step’ – (The Huffington Post)
Russian official Sergei Ryabkov said the Trump administration was using the Cold War-era pact to “blackmail” the Kremlin.

Joe Biden: American Values Are Being ‘Shredded’ By Trump – (The Huffington Post)
The former vice president excoriated Trump at a Saturday rally in Nevada. Across the state, the president shot back with insults.

No unified backing in Congress to Trump’s arms treaty move – (Associated Press)
ELKO, Nevada (AP) — President Donald Trump says his intention to scrap a landmark arms control agreement Russia follows years of violations by Moscow in developing prohibited weapons, and “we’re not going to be the only one to adhere to it.” The Kremlin said …

Trump was ‘playful’ in praising assault on Guardian reporter, Ben Sasse says – (The Guardian (UK))
Nebraska senator, author of a book which aims to ‘heal’ the political divide, says: ‘People kind of tune most of it out’

Trump cites ‘deception … and lies’ but still defends Saudi prince over Jamal Khashoggi’s death – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump accused the Saudis of lying about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but defended Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Trump, after years of slinging insults at Ted Cruz and his family, will now campaign for him – (Newsweek)
Trump previously called Ted Cruz a liar and said the Texas senator’s wife was ugly.

The Latest: Mixed reaction in Congress to Trump treaty move – (Google News (Canada))
WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. from an arms control agreement with Russia (all times local):10:45 a.m.There doesn’t seem to be a con…

Americans are divided over everything except division – (NBC News)
Across a broad collection of groups – Democrats and Republicans, Clinton voters and Trump voters – more than 70 percent say the nation is divided.

Trump administration may eradicate transgender recognition – (Axios)
A redefined Title IX definition could be used as an impetus to roll back all manner of civil rights.

Trump questions Saudi story on Khashoggi as Corker, Sasse reject new explanation – (CBS News)
Mr. Trump, who initially said​ the Saudis’ latest explanation was credible, said Saturday that “obviously there’s been deception, and there’s been lies”

Gorbachev says US making ‘mistake’ by quitting Russia nuclear treaty – (Independent)
Former Russian leader weighs in Donald Trump’s decision

Bob Corker: Trump isn’t helping Saudis cover up Jamal Khashoggi’s death – CNN Video – (CNN)
Despite President Donald Trump’s praise for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a Washington Post interview, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) says he doesn’t believe Trump is helping the Crown Prince to cover up the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

U.S. arms control treaty pullout would be ‘very dangerous step,’ says Moscow | CBC News – (CBC News)
U.S. President Donald Trump says his intention to scrap a landmark arms control agreement with Russia follows years of violations by Moscow in developing prohibited weapons.

Trump plan to quits arms treaty a mistake, says Gorbachev – (The Hindu)
“Under no circumstances should we tear up old disarmament agreements,” Gorbachev said.

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