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    • Monday 14 October
    • Porsche SUV plunges onto train tracks, burns; 2 teens die

      AP - 18h28

      A two-car collision sent a Porsche SUV plummeting off an overpass onto train tracks below, where it burst into flames, killing two teenagers and sending a third to a hospital with serious injuries. The Porsche fell from Route 304 in Pearl River, New York, on Sunday afternoon and burned on New Jersey Transit tracks below.

    • Ex-National Security Council official testifying to Congress

      AP - 18h23

      Fiona Hill, a former top National Security Council expert on Russia, was testifying to Congress behind closed doors Monday, the latest former Trump administration official to be subpoenaed as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Hill wouldn’t comment as she arrived on Capitol Hill, but her attorney said she had received a congressional subpoena and would “comply and answer questions” from lawmakers. She resigned from the White House National Security Council over the summer.

    • Parents of crash victim urge diplomat’s wife to return to UK

      AP - 18h05

      The parents of a motorcyclist killed in a traffic crash with an American diplomat’s wife took their case directly to U.S. audiences Monday, holding a New York news conference at which they urged the woman to return to Britain. The parents of Harry Dunn have reached out to U.S. politicians and plan to be in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday in their quest to get the woman back in the U.K. “to present herself to police,” family spokesman Radd Seiger said.

    • Protests erupt as Spain convicts leading Catalan separatists

      AP - 18h02

      Riot police charged at protesters outside Barcelona’s airport Monday after the Supreme Court sentenced 12 prominent Catalan separatists to lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2017 push for the wealthy Spanish region’s independence.

    • Family: Cop who killed black woman should be fired, charged

      AP - 17h59

      The family of a 28-year-old black woman who was shot and killed by a white police officer in her Fort Worth home as she played video games with her nephew expressed outrage Monday that the officer has not been arrested or fired. The Fort Worth Police Department said officers responded about 2:25 a.m. Saturday after a neighbor called a non-emergency line to report the home’s front door had been left open. The responding officer fired a shot through a window, killing Atatiana Jefferson.

    • EU nations commit to arms export ban against Turkey

      AP - 15h34

      European Union nations vented outrage Monday at Turkey’s military offensive in northern Syria against the Kurds and joined France and Germany in banning arms sales to Ankara, a rare move against a NATO ally for many of them. Many EU foreign ministers were looking beyond a strong statement condemning the military operation that has destabilized the whole region and wanted to make sure their move would carry some sting.

    • Hong Kong police say homemade bomb targeted officers

      AP - 15h31

      A homemade, remote-controlled bomb intended to “kill or to harm” riot control officers was detonated as they deployed against renewed violence in Hong Kong over the weekend, police said Monday, in a further escalation of destructive street battles gripping the business hub.

    • Zimbabwe targets 11 million carats of diamonds by 2023 -mines minister

      Reuters - 15h30

      Zimbabwe expects to increase diamond production to 11 million carats by 2023 from 3.2 million carats last year, the mines minister said on Monday. The target would be driven by four companies, including Alrosa and Chinese-owned Anjin, the minister, Winston Chitando, said.

    • Syrian army pushes north as US prepares to withdraw troops

      AP - 15h27

      Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northern Syria on Monday, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces advancing in the area as long-standing alliances in the region begin to crumble following the pullback of U.S. forces. The Syrian military’s deployment near the Turkish border came after Syrian Kurdish forces previously allied with the U.S. said they had reached a deal with President Bashar Assad’s government to help them fend off Turkey’s invasion, now in its sixth day.

    • US troops leaving northern Syria; a full withdrawal possible

      AP - 15h23

      The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos, cries of betrayal and signs that Turkey’s invasion could fuel a broader war. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that President Donald Trump had directed U.S. troops in northern Syria to begin pulling out “as safely and quickly as possible.” He did not say Trump ordered troops to leave Syria, but that seemed like the next step in a combat zone growing more unstable by the hour.

    • Royal Pomp: UK tradition on display for Parliament opening

      AP - 12h32

      Brexit may have Britain’s political system in turmoil, but the State Opening of Parliament Monday provided a return to reassuring rituals dating back centuries. The new parliamentary session was opened by Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, in the magnificent setting of the House of Lords.

    • Supporters of Tunisia’s Saied celebrate his projected presidential win

      Reuters - 12h31

      Thousands of supporters of presidential candidate Kais Saied thronged the grand boulevards of central Tunis in celebration late on Sunday after two exit polls said he was elected by a landslide. Official results will not be published until Monday and Saied’s opponent, the media mogul Nabil Karoui, has left the door open to an appeal.

    • Syrian army moves to confront Turkish forces as US withdraws

      AP - 12h29

      Syrian government troops moved into a series of towns and villages in northern Syria Monday, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces in the area, as U.S. troops prepared to pull out. The Syrian army’s deployment near the Turkish border came hours after Syrian Kurdish forces previously allied with the U.S. said they had reached a deal with President Bashar Assad’s government to help fend off Turkey’s invasion, now in its sixth day.

    • South African Airways in talks with potential partners

      Reuters - 12h27

      South Africa’s embattled state-owned airline is open to outside investment and in talks with a number of potential partners, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday. The economy of the African continent’s most industrialised nation has come under ever growing pressure as the government grapples with lacklustre growth, high unemployment and a heavy debt burden, especially from state-owned enterprises such as South African Airways (SAA) and power firm Eskom.

    • Mozambique’s elections to test fragile peace

      Reuters - 12h25

      The face of President Filipe Nyusi beams from flags billowing across Mozambique’s city of Beira, where T-shirts and posters colour the streets with his Frelimo party’s signature red in what is usually an opposition stronghold. Frelimo’s show of force ahead of presidential, provincial and legislative elections on Oct. 15 could signal problems for the main opposition party Renamo, and also threaten a peace agreement signed between the two civil war rivals in August.

    • Friday 11 October
    • Florida men tied to Giuliani, Ukraine probe arrested

      AP - 12h11

      Two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump’s lawyer and the Ukraine impeachment investigation were charged with federal campaign finance violations. The charges Thursday relate to a $325,000 donation to a group supporting Trump’s reelection. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, associates of Rudy Giuliani, were arrested Wednesday trying to board an international flight with one-way tickets at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, according to Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan.

    • Egyptian president congratulates Abiy on Nobel

      AP - 12h10

      In the midst of an ongoing dispute between the two Nile Basin countries over water shares, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi has congratulated Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on his Nobel Peace Prize. “It is a new victory for our black continent which always aspires for peace and pursues stability and development,” el-Sissi wrote on his official Facebook page shortly after the prize was announced Friday. “I hope that our constructive efforts aiming at ending all conflicts and differences in Africa will continue thanks to the will of our great sons and people.”

    • Turkey’s offensive into Syria: More casualties, displacement

      AP - 12h09

      Turkish forces pushed deeper into northeastern Syria on Friday, the third day of Ankara’s cross-border offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters that has set off another mass displacement of civilians and met with widespread criticism from the international community. There were casualties on both sides and Turkey reported its first military fatality, saying a soldier was “martyred” in the fighting.

    • South Africa’s Eskom challenges latest power tariff decision in court

      Reuters - 12h06

      South Africa’s struggling power utility Eskom said on Friday it was challenging in court the regulator’s latest tariff decision, a move it said was necessary to avert financial disaster. State-owned Eskom, which produces more than 90% of the country’s electricity, implemented some of most severe power cuts in several years this year and is reliant on government bailouts to survive.

    • Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

      Reuters - 12h05

      Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his peacemaking efforts with Eritrea. Ethiopia and Eritrea, longtime foes who fought a border war from 1998 to 2000, restored relations in July 2018 after years of hostility.

    • Thursday 10 October
    • The Latest: Group puts $325,000 political donation on hold

      AP - 17h13

      The Latest on the arrest of two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani (all times local). An outside political spending group says it’s put on hold a $325,000 donation that led to criminal charges against two businessmen tied to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

    • Cuba Gooding Jr. faces new charge in NYC sex misconduct case

      AP - 17h10

      Cuba Gooding Jr. learned Thursday that he’s facing a new undisclosed charge in his sexual misconduct case, a development that came as jury selection was set to begin for his trial. At a court hearing in Manhattan, Assistant District Attorney Jenna Long revealed the charge is contained in a sealed indictment against the Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” star. She told a judge that the indictment covers previous allegations as well as a “previously uncharged incident.”

    • Nigeria seeks $62 bln from oil companies -attorney general

      Reuters - 17h09

      Nigeria is seeking $62 billion from oil companies under regulations that allow the government to revisit revenue-sharing deals on petroleum sales if crude prices exceed $20 a barrel, the attorney general told Reuters on Thursday.

    • Turkey presses Syrian assault as thousands flee the fighting

      AP - 17h07

      Turkey pressed its assault against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Thursday for a second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and an artillery bombardment that raised columns of black smoke in a border town and sent panicked civilians scrambling to get out.

    • Congo’s Ebola outbreak slows but still entrenched in insecure areas – WHO

      Reuters - 17h06

      The Ebola epidemic in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been confined to a rural area rife with militias and people on the move, making it harder to stamp out altogether, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

    • Police: Indonesia’s security minister wounded in stabbing

      AP - 12h10

      A knife-wielding man who may have been influenced by a radical Islamic group wounded Indonesia’s security minister, a local police chief and another person in a western province on Thursday, police said. National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said security minister Wiranto was stabbed in the abdomen in the attack in Banten province, where authorities say Muslim militants have a presence.

    • UK, Irish leaders to meet as Brexit deal hopes wane

      AP - 12h08

      The leaders of Britain and Ireland were meeting Thursday in an attempt to find common ground for an elusive Brexit deal, with just three weeks until the U.K. is set to leave the European Union. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar were scheduled to hold a private lunch meeting in northwest England.

    • Turkey says ground forces are advancing in northern Syria

      AP - 12h07

      Turkish ground forces pressed their advance against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said, launching airstrikes and unleashing artillery shelling on Syrian towns and villages the length of its border.

    • Italy out as World Cup games called off for first time due to typhoon

      Reters - 12h00

      Rugby World Cup organisers were forced to call off matches for the first time in the tournament’s 32-year history on Thursday – eliminating Italy as a result – saying the risk from Typhoon Hagibis made hosting them an impossibility on safety grounds. With the huge storm set to potentially devastate parts of Japan, Italy’s game against New Zealand in Toyota and England’s match against France in Yokohama on Saturday have been cancelled while Japan’s game against Scotland on Sunday is also in doubt.

    • Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party Ennahda to lead fractured new parliament

      Reuters - 11h58

      The moderate Islamist Ennahda will be the largest party in Tunisia’s new parliament, preliminary official results showed on Wednesday, but with only 52 of 217 seats it may struggle to build a governing coalition. The results, along with those in the first round of a separate presidential election last month, appear to underscore dissatisfaction with the major parties.

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