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'SNL' fires Shane Gillis after video surfaces of comedian using Asian slur


Posted: Wed-Oct-2019



"Saturday Night Live" has dropped new cast member Shane Gillis Monday after video circulated of the comedian using an Asian slur and making homophobic jokes.

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Elizabeth Warren faces the heat as Democrats face off in candidates debate
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Elizabeth Warren's rivals repeatedly jabbed at her during Tuesday night's U.S. Democratic presidential debate, accusing the Massachusetts senator of ducking questions about the costs of Medicare for All universal health insurance and her signature "wealth tax" plan.

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RCMP investigating whether Canadian newlyweds detained in Turkey were radicalized
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The RCMP has been combing through the background of two Canadian newlyweds who disappeared while on vacation in Turkey and are suspected of trying to join ISIS. They were picked up by Turkish police after a frantic family request.

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Chaos as Hong Kong lawmakers thwart leader's annual address
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In chaotic scenes, furious pro-democracy lawmakers twice forced Hong Kong's leader to stop delivering a speech laying out her policy objectives and clamoured for her to resign after she walked out of the legislature on Wednesday and then delivered the annual address 75 minutes late via television.

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British and EU officials were to resume talks to clinch a Brexit deal on Wednesday just a few hours after late-night negotiations wound up, but it was far from clear they would reach an agreement before a leaders' summit on Thursday.

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Turkey may be held responsible for war crimes over executions in Syria, UN warns
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As Syrian forces push further into Kurdish-held territory, capturing the border town of Manbij, the United Nations is warning Turkey it could be held responsible for executions of captured Kurdish fighters and a politician by an affiliated armed group, saying the acts may amount to war crimes.

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Fort Worth, Texas, police chief says there's 'no excuse' for officer's killing of woman
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The furor in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday over the killing of a black woman by a white police officer became increasingly about a gun pointed at a bedroom window. But the police chief and activists said the focus was on the wrong gun.

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Catalan protesters fling firecrackers at riot police as clash enters 2nd day
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Violent clashes erupted for a second night in Barcelona between police and protesters angry about the conviction of a dozen Catalan separatist leaders, as Spain launched an investigation Tuesday into an activist group organizing the demonstrations.

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Canadian men's soccer team ends 34-year winless run against U.S.
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Alphonso Davies scored in the 63rd minute and substitute Lucas Cavallini added a stoppage-time goal to help Canada end a 34-year winless run against the U.S. with a 2-0 victory in CONCACAF Nations League play on Tuesday.

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1 dead, 10 missing after building collapses in Brazil
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A seven-storey building collapsed Tuesday in an upscale part of the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, killing one person and leaving others trapped with some communicating with family members by cellphone from under the debris, officials said.

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GM shares rise as sources say automaker, union nearing deal to end strike
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General Motors Co. and the United Auto Workers union are near a deal to end a 30-day strike after chief executive Mary Barra and president Mark Reuss took part in contract talks, according to two people briefed on the matter.

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Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. nominated for rock hall of fame
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Late musical icons Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. are joining the nominee list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020, alongside Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy Houston and others.

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All-female spacewalk will happen this week, NASA says
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NASA is moving up the first all-female spacewalk to this week because of a power system failure at the International Space Station.

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Hunter Biden blasts Trump's 'ridiculous conspiracy idea' on Ukraine dealings
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Hunter Biden is rejecting assertions he did anything wrong in engaging in foreign work in Ukraine and China. The son of former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden spoke Tuesday in his first television interview since President Donald Trump and his Republican allies began making public allegations of wrongdoing.

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Lululemon investigating after report alleges abuses at Bangladesh factory
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Lululemon Athletica Inc. said Tuesday it's investigating a factory in Bangladesh over the treatment of female workers making its clothes.

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13 women arrested for protesting in India-administered Kashmir
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Police in Indian-administered Kashmir arrested 13 women for holding an anti-India protest and two suspected militants shot and killed a truck driver near an apple orchard where he had picked up fruit boxes, police say.

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England players taunted with Nazi salutes, monkey noises; UEFA president calls for 'war on the racists'
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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin urged governments to escalate the "war on the racists" to help soccer authorities eliminate it from stadiums after England players faced abuse in Bulgaria.

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Ukrainians ignore impeachment drama to focus on Russia
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More than 20,000 Ukrainians came out to protest a possible peace deal with Russia on Monday, ignoring the drama over Ukraine's role in Donald Trump's impeachment drama.

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Felicity Huffman begins serving 14-day prison sentence
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Desperate Housewives actor Felicity Huffman reported to prison today to begin serving her 14-day sentence. Huffman is now the first parent to serve time due to her involvement in a sweeping college admissions scandal.

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EU's Barnier says Brexit deal still possible this week
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A Brexit divorce deal is still possible ahead of Thursday's European Union summit, but the U.K. government needs to move ahead with more compromises to seal an agreement in the next few hours, the bloc said Tuesday.

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Hong Kong Protesters Burn LeBron James Jersey After His Comments On China
The Los Angeles Lakers forward chastised the Houston Rockets general manager and his comments supporting pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters. ... read more


Typhoon Hagibis Leaves At Least 66 Dead In Japan
Hagibis was the worst storm to hit the country in decades, with some regions getting up to 3 feet of rain in just 24 hours. ... read more


Father of British Teen Killed In Crash With U.S. Diplomat's Wife Recalls Finding Son
Harry Dunn described seeing his son for the last time following the crash with an American who later invoked diplomatic immunity and left the U.K. ... read more


Syrian Forces Deploy Inside Kurdish-Held Territory After U.S. Retreat
The Syrian government began deploying on Monday in a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his principal ally Russia. ... read more


Spain Finds Catalan Leaders Guilty Of Sedition In Landmark Ruling Over Independence Bid
Much is at stake, both for Spain and for its wealthiest region, in this trial over an independence drive that attracted worldwide attention. ... read more


Typhoon Hagibis Leaves Thousands Of Homes Flooded, Damaged Or Without Power
As many as 36 people are dead from the storm, which caused serious damage in central and northern Japan. ... read more


Hundreds Of ISIS Supporters Escape Detention As Turkey Approaches Northern Syria
Kurdish forces will work with the Syrian government to fend off Turkey’s invasion, a major alliance shift after Trump ordered U.S. troops out of the area. ... read more


Hundreds Of ISIS Supporters Escape As Turkish Troops Near Kurdish-Held Syrian Town
A U.S. military official said the situation across northeastern Syria was "deteriorating rapidly." ... read more


Fighting In Northeastern Syria Has Already Displaced Over 130,000 People, UN Warns
Relief agencies have estimated that up to 400,000 civilians in the conflict zone may require aid and protection. ... read more


Typhoon Hagibis Pummels Japan, Killing At Least 33
A major rescue operation is underway in parts of central and northern Japan following the typhoon's landfall near Tokyo on Saturday. ... read more


Fierce Typhoon Hagibis Slams Into Tokyo, Millions Told To Evacuate
Winds ripped through buildings and tipped cars, killing at least one person. ... read more


Turkey Continues Heavy Bombardment Against Syria's Kurds, Captures Key Border Town
Turkey’s continued push into Syria comes days after President Donald Trump cleared the way for Turkey’s air and ground offensive. ... read more


Abiy Ahmed Wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize For Helping To Resolve Border Conflict With Eritrea
The Norwegian Nobel Institute also praised the “important reforms” that Ethiopia’s prime minister has launched at home. ... read more


Missiles Strike Iranian Oil Tanker Traveling Off Coast Of Saudi Arabia, Officials Say
It was the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. ... read more


Iran Women Attend FIFA Soccer Game For First Time In Decades
Women have been banned from many sporting events in Iran since 1981, during the early years of the country’s Islamic Revolution. ... read more


In 2017 Catalans Voted For Independence. Now Spain’s Future Hangs In The Balance Again.
Spain's top court is expected to decide any day now on the fate of the politicians and activists behind Catalonia’s 2017 independence referendum. ... read more


Olga Tokarczuk And Peter Handke Win Nobel Literature Prizes For 2018, 2019
Two Nobel Prizes in literature were announced after the 2018 literature award was postponed following sex abuse allegations that rocked the Swedish Academy. ... read more


Ukraine President Insists There Was 'No Blackmail' In Phone Call With Trump
Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Thursday that the U.S. president had not blackmailed him during the call, which helped trigger an impeachment inquiry into Trump. ... read more


Marco Rubio Asks For National Security Review Of TikTok Owner's Musical.ly Deal
The senator argued TikTok is used by the Chinese government to censor politically sensitive content. ... read more


Turkey Launches Offensive Against Kurdish Fighters In Syria
The U.S., which has long been allied with the Kurds, pulled out troops from Syria, paved the way for Turkey to begin its operation. ... read more


German mystery deaths shut parcel depot in Haldensleben
Two men died and a man was taken ill within hours of each other, prompting an inquiry by firefighters. ... read more


Brexit: 'Many issues' still unresolved, warns Leo Varadkar
Ireland's Leo Varadkar says differences remain as UK sources suggest the chance of a deal this week is "shrinking". ... read more


Catalan protests: Fresh clashes after Spain jails separatist leaders
Clashes with police continue in the Spanish region following the sentencing of Catalan separatists. ... read more


Bulgaria v England: Police arrest four following racist abuse at Euro qualifier
Four Bulgarian football fans suspected of subjecting black England players to racist abuse are detained following police raids. ... read more


Turkey-Syria offensive: Erdogan rejects US ceasefire call
The Turkish president says the operation will achieve its objectives, despite growing US pressure. ... read more


Germany will not bar Huawei from its 5G networks
The ruling is welcomed by the Chinese company, which warned against "politicising security". ... read more


Germany celebrates world's oldest sloth
A German zoo has marked a new record for the world's oldest known two-toed sloth. ... read more


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Racism in football: Uefa punish Lazio with partial stadium closure for fan behaviour
Uefa orders a partial closure of Lazio's stadium for the Italian club's next European home game following the racist behaviour of their fans. ... read more


Dutch family 'waiting for end of time' found in secret room
A 58-year-old man is arrested as it emerges a family spent nine years in a secret room at a Dutch farm. ... read more


French firefighters hit Paris streets in major protest
At least 5,000 firefighters from across France demanded better pay, pensions and working conditions. ... read more


Bulgaria v England: 'Football family' must 'wage war on the racists' says Uefa president
The "football family and governments" need to "wage war on the racists", says the Uefa president after the abuse of England players by home fans in Bulgaria. ... read more


Brexit talks: A message to UK from Central Europe
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Catalonia crisis: Tempers fray as jail terms renew Spain row
Roads and rail links were severed and protests erupted after Catalan leaders were jailed for sedition. ... read more


Bulgarian football and its problem with racism
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Turkey-Syria offensive: Turks embrace nationalist mood
Footballers and politicians join in praising their army's incursion into northern Syria. ... read more


Alexei Leonov: The Russian who could have been first to the Moon
Alexei Leonov, who died on Friday, could have been the first human to land on the Moon. ... read more


Russia spy case: Is Paul Whelan a hostage of Russia or a spy?
The British family of a man accused of spying in Moscow has called on the UK government to do more to secure his release. ... read more


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Washington Nationals sweep St. Louis Cardinals to earn first trip to World Series
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AOC, Omar set to endorse Bernie Sanders for president
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Video shows Russian-speaking man at abandoned U.S. base in Syria
"Let's see how the Americans lived," says the man from inside the empty base near Manbij in Aleppo province. ... read more


Los Angeles Angels employee told investigators he gave oxycodone to Tyler Skaggs
"I made the decision to cooperate with law enforcement because I felt that it was the right thing to do," Angels Communications Director Eric Kay said. ... read more


U.S. charges state-owned Turkish bank in multibillion-dollar sanctions-busting scheme
The charges against Halkbank are linked to a previous case involving Reza Zarrab, a Turkish banker who was arrested in March for evading U.S. sanctions. ... read more


Kim rides horse on sacred peak, vows to fight U.S. sanctions
The pictures led to speculation Kim may be considering a new strategy in his dealings with the U.S. ... read more


Jaguars to reportedly send Jalen Ramsey to Rams for two first-round picks
The Jalen Ramsey era in Jacksonville is over, and now he’s heading to Los Angeles. ... read more


Gina Rodriguez apologizes for using N-word while singing
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'Wheel of Fortune' contestant says he's 'trapped in a loveless marriage' in introduction
Host Pat Sajak and the audience erupted in laughter over Blair Davis' remarks. ... read more


Prince Harry delivers emotional speech about fatherhood
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Russian investigators raid Kremlin critic Navalny's offices
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Security camera spots SOS from woman lost for three days in Australia
"There was a bit of euphoria that, wow there's our break," police said of the the SOS message. ... read more


Woman, suspect dead at 'Tarzan' actor Ron Ely's California residence
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Chaos as Hong Kong lawmakers thwart leader's annual address>
Even Even before Lam delivered the speech, one of the protesting lawmakers, Claudia Mo, dismissed the address as a "shame and a sham." ... read more


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Candidates pounce on Warren, go after Trump at Democratic debate
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'It triggers the trauma': Atatiana Jefferson shooting fuels tensions with police in Fort Worth
“It’s always been kind of like that around here,” says a resident of the same neighborhood where Jefferson was fatally shot by former Officer Aaron Dean. ... read more


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Washington Nationals sweep St. Louis Cardinals to earn first trip to World Series
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Los Angeles Angels employee told investigators he gave oxycodone to Tyler Skaggs
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Woman, suspect dead at 'Tarzan' actor Ron Ely's California residence
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