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US Dispatches Goodbye Letter to Universal Postal Union US Dispatches Goodbye Letter to Universal Postal Union
- October 18, 2018

However, there are a lot of moving parts to global mail delivery, and the USA could find itself playing a game of "Jenga" in which it tries to, in effect, pull out a single block without crashing the entire stack. President Donald Trump plans to withdraw from a 144-year-old postal treaty that has allowed Chinese companies to ship small packages to the United States at a steeply discounted rate, undercutting USA competitors and flooding the market with cheap consumer goods. (more...)
United States military will shut Mexico border to stop illegal immigration United States military will shut Mexico border to stop illegal immigration
- October 18, 2018

In his third tweet of the morning, the president called the caravan part of an "an assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador" - and he accused Democrats of leading the effort through their support of open borders and a weak enforcement of USA immigration laws. (more...)
Is Meghan Markle traveling with a glam squad? Is Meghan Markle traveling with a glam squad?
- October 18, 2018

Meghan teamed her tour ensemble with other nods to navy, including matching Manolo Blahnik BB pumps ($625) and a Gucci mini chain clutch ($1,200). Harry and Meghan, who was wearing a navy blue dress by Australian brand Dion Lee with a camel-coloured trench coat and black stilettos, were met by a crowd almost 5,000 and abandoned their strict scheduling to meet well-wishers for 25 minutes. (more...)
Turkish Investigators Revisit Saudi Consulate as Pompeo Prepares to Brief Trump Turkish Investigators Revisit Saudi Consulate as Pompeo Prepares to Brief Trump
- October 18, 2018

Turkish forensic officials arrive to the residence of Saudi Arabia's Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi in Istanbul, Oct. 17, 2018. Those suspicious of Riyadh's involvement have pointed to the unusual travel plans of several Saudi nationals, who arrived on a private jet in Istanbul in the middle of the night on October 2 and left later that same day. (more...)
Afghan election candidate killed by bomb under office chair Afghan election candidate killed by bomb under office chair
- October 18, 2018

Several Afghan and worldwide security officials said Razeq, one of Afghanistan's most powerful commanders with a fearsome reputation as an enemy of the Taliban , had been killed. At the time, he said a nationwide campaign against the Taliban was needed and that he believed the group "was puppets of other countries". The blast also wounded seven people, said Omar Zwak, a spokesperson for the provincial governor. (more...)
Avon and Somerset Police report big increase in hate crime Avon and Somerset Police report big increase in hate crime
- October 18, 2018

The goal of omitting hate crimes from Scotland is all well and good, particularly when police in Scotland say they saw over 110 hate crime incidents each week (according to the One Scotland website) past year alone. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. (more...)
Trump Sends Pompeo to Riyadh Over Khashoggi Trump Sends Pompeo to Riyadh Over Khashoggi
- October 18, 2018

A team of cleaners entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul today - just hours before Turkish officials will be escorted around by Saudis in a joint inspection over the disappearance. But Trump, who has frequently boasted about his business ties with the kingdom, suggested during the CBS interview that ending USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia would not be an option, saying, "I don't want to hurt jobs". (more...)
Missing Wisconsin teen’s parents were shot to death, says sheriff Missing Wisconsin teen’s parents were shot to death, says sheriff
- October 18, 2018

In the news conference, the sheriff also revealed for the first time that evidence shows Jayme was at the home at the time of the slayings, but he did not reveal that evidence beyond mentioning the 911 call. "Is it a random attack or a targeted attack? If there is something that this community can do, I guarantee you that you'll see, nearly everyone from this town, from the surrounding towns, doing everything they can to help", said Chris Kroeze. (more...)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal tour Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal tour
- October 18, 2018

It was part of a sporting demonstration for the United Nations campaign This Girl Can. Meghan and Harry announced earlier this week that they are expecting their first child together in the spring. A palace spokesperson said that Ragland said she is "is very happy about this lovely news and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild". (more...)
Cannabis becomes legal in Canada Cannabis becomes legal in Canada
- October 18, 2018

The start of legal sales wasn't the only good news for pot aficionados: Canada said it intends to pardon everyone with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the newly legal threshold. Mr Trudeau's office have said the prime minister "does not plan on purchasing or consuming cannabis once it is legalised". The big difference between cannabis legalization in the US and Canada, Hawkins added, has been "the blessing provincial governments (in Canada) have received from ... (more...)
Meghan brings a gift to Dubbo farm family Meghan brings a gift to Dubbo farm family
- October 18, 2018

Happy tears! Prince Harry had quite the effect on a lucky fan in Australia. Protocol was well and truly flouted on the latest leg of the royal tour when a five-year-old boy touched Prince Harry's beard. Meghan tried to protect him from the worst of the rain with an umbrella , to no avail. "You are all in this together and, if I may speak personally, we are all in this together", Harry said. (more...)
Italy´s PM Conte: Proud of budget, seeks European Union dialogue 'without prejudice' Italy´s PM Conte: Proud of budget, seeks European Union dialogue 'without prejudice'
- October 18, 2018

European Union sanctions against Russian Federation are damaging Italian businesses, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday, underscoring growing unhappiness in Rome over the long-running curbs on Moscow. The Italian budget is set to increase spending largely to pay for the minimum basic income proposed by the Five Star Movement but Juncker said he would not condemn the specific policy, saying: "If I said that we are against those measures, this would have as a outcome that some ... (more...)
Defamation suits aimed at #MeToo complainants could stall movement Defamation suits aimed at #MeToo complainants could stall movement
- October 18, 2018

India's junior foreign minister has announced his resignation following allegations of sexual harassment by a string of women, as the country's fledgling #MeToo movement gathers pace. The BJP has tried to fashion itself as a champion of Indian women, arguing that policies to improve sanitation and switch to more efficient cooking fuels have disproportionately benefited them. (more...)
Blogger detained for 'being disrespectful to Chinese national anthem' Blogger detained for 'being disrespectful to Chinese national anthem'
- October 18, 2018

Hong Kong - In America, the refusal by some NFL players to stand for the national anthem touched off a roiling, year-long national debate about racial injustice, patriotism and freedom of expression. In a statement posted over the weekend on the microblogging platform Weibo , the police in the Jing'an district of Shanghai described Yang's behavior as " an insult to the dignity of the national anthem which repelled internet users ". (more...)
Canada is legalizing marijuana: Here's what Michiganders should know Canada is legalizing marijuana: Here's what Michiganders should know
- October 18, 2018

News outlets from around the world took stock of Canada's liberalization efforts with the New York Times describing it as "an unlikely unifier, coming at a time when Canada has been buffeted by bruising trade talks with the United States". (more...)
Australia may move embassy to Jerusalem Australia may move embassy to Jerusalem
- October 18, 2018

Australia will reconsider its support for Iran's nuclear deal and is open to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and shifting its embassy there, Australia's Prime Minister said on Tuesday. What is required - apart from finding leaders of goodwill on all sides - is a return to basics where compromise is struck over final status issues such as territory, refugees, security and shared sovereignty over Jerusalem. (more...)
May and European Union leaders upbeat over Brexit deal despite delay May and European Union leaders upbeat over Brexit deal despite delay
- October 18, 2018

As for the future relationship with Britain, she said "it must always be clear that, although we want to avoid hardship, ultimately the difference between membership in the European Union and a partnership with the European Union as a third state must and will become clear". (more...)
US tops global competitiveness rating, despite 'worrying' trends - WEF US tops global competitiveness rating, despite 'worrying' trends - WEF
- October 18, 2018

The Netherlands has slipped out of the top five in the latest edition of the World Economic Forum's ranking of the world's most competitive economies . Germany was third, notable for its macroeconomic stability. Switzerland meanwhile landed in fourth place - with a score of 82.6 - after nine years at the top of the WEF ranking. (more...)
Toddler found dead in oven Toddler found dead in oven
- October 18, 2018

It was unclear late Tuesday if she has a lawyer who could speak for her. Investigators say Royalty was living with her grandmother at the time. "This is one of the most disgusting things I've seen in doing law enforcement". Authorities were less clear on what led up to the death. Williams said he won't release the names of the grandmother or the toddler until the filing of the murder charge is completed. (more...)
"Disastrous" flooding collapses FM 2900 bridge
- October 18, 2018

Tom Dillard. But there's a sliver of good news: While flood warnings are still in effect due to ongoing rain Wednesday, the Llano River's depth has dropped significantly. Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in 18 flood-stricken counties in Central and South Texas late Tuesday as severe weather and prolonged flooding continued to wreak havoc on the state. (more...)
Treasury official charged with leaking Russia-related docs Treasury official charged with leaking Russia-related docs
- October 18, 2018

She has pleaded not guilty. According to a news release from the Department of Justice, a senior adviser at the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, also known as FinCEN, had been supplying sensitive information from suspicious activity reports, or SARs, to a reporter. (more...)
Trial over Harvard’s admissions practices starts today Trial over Harvard’s admissions practices starts today
- October 18, 2018

The U.S. Justice Department, which launched a related probe of Harvard after Republican President Donald Trump's election, has backed SFFA's case, saying that Harvard has not seriously considered alternative, race-neutral approaches to admissions. (more...)
Women journalists' group demands Akbar's dismissal, writes to President, PM Women journalists' group demands Akbar's dismissal, writes to President, PM
- October 18, 2018

Akbar's resignation is the most high-profile departure since a delayed #MeToo movement took off on social media in India earlier this month. Editor-turned-politician MJ Akbar on Wednesday resigned from his post of Minister of State External Affairs, amid reports of sexual harassment allegations against him by several of his former colleagues. (more...)
Calif. student: Girl brought cookies to school laced with grandmother's ashes Calif. student: Girl brought cookies to school laced with grandmother's ashes
- October 17, 2018

Students at Da Vinci Charter Academy High School in Davis, Calif ., have alleged that cookies distributed to classmates on campus contained cremated remains of one of their peers' relatives. However, the school district admitted this incident is a "challenge" to deal with, in a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle. " This case has been particularly challenging, and we have responded appropriately and in the most respectful and dignified way possible ", read the statement in part. (more...)
Man convicted of raping, murdering seven-year-old hanged in Lahore jail Man convicted of raping, murdering seven-year-old hanged in Lahore jail
- October 17, 2018

Pakistan early on Wednesday hanged a man convicted for the rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Ansari in January. Zainab's father pleaded with the court that Imran's execution should be made an example of the rapist. The court did not agree and dismissed the plea. The rape and murder of Zainab Ansari was the 12th such case in Kasur district in 2017. Contingents of police and anti-riot forces surrounded Kot Lakhpat jail at the time of Ali's hanging. (more...)
Israel strikes Gaza targets after rockets fired from enclave Israel strikes Gaza targets after rockets fired from enclave
- October 17, 2018

The wounded were taken to nearby hospitals, Gaza's Health Ministry said , and dozens suffering from teargas inhalation were treated at the scene. In a separate incident, a group of Palestinians broke through the Gaza security fence and approached an IDF post. (more...)
Indian police charge protesters at flashpoint temple, South Asia News & Top Stories Indian police charge protesters at flashpoint temple, South Asia News & Top Stories
- October 17, 2018

Ugly scenes erupted as mobs surrounded and attacked the cars of female journalists. The famed Lord Ayyappa temple here opened Wednesday for the five-day-long monthly poojas in a surcharged atmosphere of protest over the Supreme Court verdict permitting entry of women of all age groups. (more...)
European Union leaders gather for 'moment of truth' Brexit summit European Union leaders gather for 'moment of truth' Brexit summit
- October 17, 2018

Instead, Barnier has told European Union 27 foreign ministers that more time is needed to find an agreement and resolution to the Irish border issue. In a last ditch pitch, the PM will hold one-to-one talks with the EU Council president before addressing the EU27 at a summit dinner. The St Austell and Newquay MP said: "The tourism and hospitality sector is very concerned that they will be able to continue to access the seasonal workforce they need once we leave the EU". (more...)
Beto O’Rourke revives Trump’s brutal nickname for Ted Cruz during debate Beto O’Rourke revives Trump’s brutal nickname for Ted Cruz during debate
- October 17, 2018

In August, the Ted Cruz campaign issued one of the weirdest soundbites of the entire midterm-election season when Emily Miller, the spokesperson for the U.S. But with polls showing him slipping farther behind just three weeks before the November 6 election, and six days before early voting starts in Texas, O'Rourke switched his approach. (more...)
Two Koreas, U.N. Command hold first talks on disarming border Two Koreas, U.N. Command hold first talks on disarming border
- October 17, 2018

North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because the Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. The two Koreas and the US-led United Nations Command began talks Tuesday on demilitarising a section of the heavily fortified border dividing the peninsula, as a diplomatic thaw gathers pace. (more...)

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