Venezuela Wins Seat on U.N. Rights Council Despite U.S. Opposition

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Venezuela was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday with 105 votes and a round of applause, despite fierce lobbying against it by the United States and rights groups, and the late entry of Costa Rica as competition.

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Pence Announces Ceasefire Deal With Erdogan to End Turkey’s Syria Offensive

ANKARA (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday he had reached a deal with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for a ceasefire in northern Syria to end an eight-day-old Turkish offensive against Kurdish-led forces.

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Hong Kong Assembly in Chaos; Attack on Democracy Leader a ‘Chilling Signal’

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s parliament descended into chaos on Thursday, with lawmakers dragged out by security guards for heckling leader Carrie Lam as they demanded an inquiry into a brutal attack on a prominent human rights activist ahead of a major rally.

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Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, Chair of U.S. House Oversight Committee, Has Died

(Reuters) – Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee, has died aged 68, his office said on Thursday.

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Thousands Flee, Dozens Reported Killed as Turkey Pushes Syria Assault

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey pounded Kurdish militia in northeast Syria for a second day on Thursday, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and killing dozens, in a cross-border assault on U.S. allies that has turned the Washington establishment against Donald Trump.

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Trump Confirms al Qaeda Bomb Maker Was Killed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed in a statement on Thursday that top al Qaeda bomb maker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, believed to have masterminded a failed bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner in 2009, was killed two years ago in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in Yemen.

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Two Killed in Shooting at Synagogue in Germany, Suspects Flee in Hijacked Car

HALLE, Germany (Reuters) – Two people were killed in shooting attacks on a synagogue and a kebab bistro in the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday and one suspect was arrested, but two others fled in a hijacked a car, officials said.

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Turkey Launches Operation Into Northeast Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) – 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.

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U.S. Secretary of State Calls for EU to Condemn Iran Over Tanker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 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.

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U.S. Pulls Troops From Northeast Syria Ahead of Turkish Attack

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The United States began pulling troops from northeast Syria on Monday in a major policy shift, opening the way for a Turkish attack on Kurdish-led forces long allied to Washington and handing Turkey responsibility for thousands of jihadi captives.

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Sanders Health Scare Involved a Heart Attack, His Doctors Say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack earlier this week, his physicians said on Friday, describing his health scare in more specific terms than previously disclosed.

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Pompeo Warns About Chinese Influence in Balkans

OHRID, North Macedonia (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Montenegro and North Macedonia on Friday and warned Balkan leaders of possible risks from Chinese investment in technology and big infrastructure projects.

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U.S. Jobs Growth Rises Moderately; Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.5%

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. job growth increased moderately in September, with the unemployment rate dropping to near a 50-year low of 3.5%, which could assuage financial market concerns that the slowing economy was on the brink of a recession amid lingering trade tensions.

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North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile, Possibly From Submarine, Days Before Talks

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – North Korea fired what may have been a submarine-launched ballistic missile from off its east coast on Wednesday, a day after it announced the resumption of talks with the United States on ending its nuclear program.

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Three More Women Sue Epstein’s Estate Over Alleged Abuse

At least five suits now filed against Epstein estate

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Iranian Tanker Moves to Greece Despite US Seizure Demands

Tehran vows consequences if another seizure attempted

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North Korea’s Kim Oversaw the Test-Firing of New Weapon Again

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test-firing of a new weapon again on Friday morning, state media KCNA said on Saturday.

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South Korean Military: North Korea Fires Two Projectiles Into Sea Off Eastern Coast

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Friday morning, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

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Chinese Oil Tanker Changes Name in Apparent Effort to Evade US Sanctions

VLCC suspected of carrying Iranian crude oil

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Chinese Forces Run Exercises Along Hong Kong Border

Chicoms preparing to crush pro-freedom uprising

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