President Donald Trump abandoned plans late on Saturday to host next year’s
Group of Seven summit at his Florida golf resort, after Democrats and
others had decried the selection as evidence of the president misusing his
office for personal gain.
The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a challenge to Republican-drawn electoral
districts in Michigan that Democrats said were illegally configured to
dilute their voting power, an action taken in the aftermath of major
rulings by the justices in June prohibiting federal courts from hearing
Democrats laid out their case for the impeachment inquiry of President
Trump and pressed Republicans to stop supporting Trump by releasing a fact
sheet and video they said expose Trump’s efforts to secure victory in the
2020 presidential election with the assistance of Ukraine.
Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the
social media company’s light regulation of speech and lack of fact checking
on political advertising, while citing China’s censorship as a roadblock to
operating in the country.
Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland’s same
sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion prepared for a change to the
laws on both at the stroke of midnight.
Prime Minister Johnson will try to put his Brexit deal to a vote in
parliament after he was forced by opponents to send a letter to Brussels
seeking a delay to Britain’s departure from the EU.
Hundreds of Hong Kong riot police confronted pro-democracy demonstrators on
Monday night as they gathered to commemorate the three-month anniversary of
an assault by more than 100 men on protesters, commuters and journalists.
Russian President Putin and Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the
possibility of Russia pardoning U.S.-Israeli national Naama Issachar when
they spoke by phone on Monday.
Four large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal
settlement over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, averting
the first federal trial.
China is seeking $2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against the United
States for non-compliance with a WTO ruling in a tariffs case dating to the
Russian hackers piggy-backed on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to
attack government and industry in dozens of countries masquerading as
attackers from the Islamic Republic.
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United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela
border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk, Reuters witnesses said
Malaysia may become a target of sanctions as the export-reliant economy is
caught in the crossfire of the U.S.-China trade war, according to Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
Influential Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr has given his supporters
the green light to resume anti-government protests, after the movement was
interrupted following a deadly crackdown.
India’s Trade Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday that the broad outline
of a trade deal with the United States has been worked out and suggested
there could be an announcement soon.
Iran’s foreign ministry said it has sent the U.S. a list of names it is
demanding in a proposed prisoner swap, opening a potential new channel with
Washington amid recent growing tensions.
Thousands protested against police across Bangladesh on Monday, a day after
at least four people died when officers fired on a crowd in one of the
country’s deadliest religious riots to date.
Damaged U.S. relations with Turkey over its incursion in Syria raise a
question rarely discussed in public: Should the U.S. remove the nuclear
bombs it has long stored at a Turkish air base?
US forces began withdrawing from their largest base in northern Syria on
Sunday after the Pentagon chief confirmed that nearly 1,000 troops would be
relocated to “help defend Iraq” against Isil’s re-emergence.
The world’s oldest natural pearl has been discovered on an island off Abu
Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The 8,000-year-old pearl
was found during excavations at Marawah Island which also revealed the
earliest architecture in the UAE.
Deep sea explorers have found two Japanese aircraft carriers that were sunk
in battle in World War Two. The carriers were among seven ships that went
down in the Battle of Midway, a major air and sea battle fought between the
US and Japan in 1942.
Australia’s biggest newspaper rivals have made a rare showing of unity by
publishing redacted front pages in a protest against press restrictions.
The News Corp Australia and Nine mastheads on Monday showed blacked-out
text beside red stamps marked “secret”. The protest is aimed at national
security laws which journalists say have stifled reporting and created a
“culture of secrecy” in Australia.
Australian carrier Qantas has completed a test of the longest non-stop
commercial passenger flight as part of research on how the journey could
affect pilots, crew and passengers. The Boeing 787-9 with 49 people on
board took 19 hours and 16 minutes to fly from New York to Sydney, a
US troops have been bombarded with potatoes by civilians angry at their
pullout from the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in north-east Syria.
A public university that warned faculty against propping up white supremacy
now is hosting workshops to persuade professors not to grade based on
merit. Boise State University is hosting an event next week called
“Inclusive Teaching Means Inclusive Grading, Too.”
Kentucky state regulators ordered a Christian ministry to stop giving
eyeglasses to homeless people to help them get jobs, prompting a legal
warning from the Rutherford Institute arguing the order violates the
group’s constitutional religious rights.
Deaths due to suicide and homicide are “a major cause of premature death to
persons aged 10-24 in the United States.” Several experts believe excessive
use of social media may be to blame.
Mid-Day Snapshot · Oct. 21, 2019
Headlines – 10/21/2019
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