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Posted: Fri-Oct-2019



News of Mark Morgan’s departure comes a day after President Trump announced plans to increase the number of Border Patrol agents.

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What the temporary ceasefire deal in northern Syria means for key players in the conflict
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Despite a temporary ceasefire deal announced Thursday by the U.S. and Turkey, war monitor groups say the fighting continues. Turkey's president, however, denies there are ongoing clashes. What happens in the coming days is an open question. Here's a look at what the deal means for some of the key players in the conflict.

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Hundreds of thousands converge on Barcelona on 5th day of Catalan protests
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Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators waving pro-independence flags and chanting "freedom for political prisoners" joined marches across Catalonia on Friday, the fifth day of protests against the jailing of nine separatist leaders over a failed bid to break away from Spain in 2017.

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How the Trump impeachment probe could threaten Ukraine's anti-corruption efforts
The Mezhyhirya estate in Kyiv, Ukraine

Anti-corruption leaders in Ukraine — including some associated with the ongoing Trump impeachment drama — say they feel a sense of shock and dismay at how the U.S. has turned their backs on them.

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China reports lowest quarterly growth in 26 years
China Economy

China's economic growth decelerated to a 26-year low in the latest quarter amid a tariff war with Washington, adding to a deepening slump that is weighing on global growth.

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Watch these NASA astronauts perform the 1st all-female spacewalk
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NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are set to make history on Friday when they step outside the International Space Station for the first all-women spacewalk. Watch along here.

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War monitors report fighting in Syria after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire deal
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Two war monitor groups reported fighting in Syrian villages Friday, a day after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw. But Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan has denied any ongoing clashes in northeastern Syria.

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Signs of discontent in Evo Morales's Bolivia as voters head to the polls
Bolivia Elections-Evo Morales

Bolivia will go to the polls on Sunday in an era-defining vote either to cement Evo Morales in power for a controversial fourth term or to dislodge the iconic left-wing leader, who has ruled the land-locked South American country for nearly 14 years.

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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to step down by end of year, Trump says
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will step down by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Thursday, a day before a deadline set by congressional Democrats for Perry to turn over documents in the impeachment probe.

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Gun battles hit capital of Sinaloa state after troops locate El Chapo's son
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An intense gunfight with heavy weapons and burning vehicles blocking roads paralyzed the capital of Mexico's Sinaloa state Thursday after security forces located one of Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman's sons who is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.

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Venezuela wins seat on UN Human Rights Council despite opposition
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Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro's government and its rights record.

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Demand for jobs, basic services sparks protest across Lebanon
Beirut protesters

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters in Beirut early Friday morning, as thousands of people across the country took to the streets to demonstrate against the government's management of a dire economy.

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White House acknowledges Trump withheld Ukraine aid for political reasons
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U.S. President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff on Thursday acknowledged that Trump held up $391 million US in military aid to Ukraine in part to make the money contingent upon the Ukrainians investigating a U.S. domestic political matter involving the Democratic Party.

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Turkey agrees to ceasefire in northern Syria
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U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence said Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria. Pence and a U.S. delegation met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to persuade him to halt an offensive against Kurdish fighters.

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Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament
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The United Kingdom and the European Union have struck an outline Brexit deal after days of intense see-saw negotiations, though it must still be formally approved by both parliaments.

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White House says next G7 to be held at Trump golf resort in Miami
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The White House says it has chosen U.S. President Donald Trump's golf resort in Miami as the site for next year's Group of Seven summit.

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Alicia Alonso, ballerina and National Ballet of Cuba founder, dead at 98
Cuba Alicia Alonso Obit

An official of the National Ballet of Cuba says the revered ballerina and choreographer Alicia Alonso has died at age 98.

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Juul suspends online sales of fruit, dessert flavours for e-cigarettes in U.S.
Juul Advertisements at a convenience store in Toronto

Juul Labs will stop online sales of fruit and dessert flavours for its electronic cigarettes in the U.S., nearly a year after halting in-store purchases, as it tries to weather a political backlash blaming such products for getting a generation of teenagers hooked on them.

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Isolated family may have been held against their will for years, Dutch police say
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Dutch police have arrested a second suspect in the case of a group of people found earlier this week living on a farm, where they had possibly been held against their will for some nine years.

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Concentration camp guard, 93, goes on trial in Germany
Germany Nazi Trial

More than seven decades after serving as a teenage SS private in a watchtower in Nazi Germany's Stutthof concentration camp, Bruno Dey went on trial in Hamburg state court on 5,230 counts of accessory to murder.

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Elijah Cummings, Democratic congressman who took on Trump, dead at 68
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Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, a sharecropper's son who became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee investigating U.S. President Donald Trump, died early Thursday because of complications from longstanding health challenges. He was 68.

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Fighting Continues In Kurdish-Held Syrian Town Despite Cease-Fire
There were intermittent clashes in Ras al-Ayn but relative calm elsewhere since Thursday night, when Turkey and the U.S. agreed to a five-day cease-fire. ... read more


Cartel Gunmen Chase Away Security Forces, Free El Chapo's Son
Ovidio Guzman's brief apprehension triggered intense gunbattles across the city of Culiacan. ... read more


Venezuela Wins Seat On U.N. Rights Council Despite Fierce U.S. Opposition
The council is responsible for protecting human rights, which Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accused of violating. ... read more


World's Largest Child Pornography Marketplace Taken Down In Global Dragnet
The 23-year-old man accused of running the site, as well as hundreds of suspected users, have been arrested, U.S., British and South Korean officials said. ... read more


UK, EU Agree On Brexit Deal That Now Faces Parliament Vote
MPs set for Saturday vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's agreement. ... read more


Canada Joins The Growing List Of Countries Where Election Misinformation Reigns
Around the world, conspiracies are traveling from fringe online communities into the mainstream political conversation. ... read more


Obama Endorses Justin Trudeau Despite Black- And Brownface Scandal
The former U.S. president vouched for the Canadian prime minister in his reelection campaign, despite his history of wearing racist makeup. ... read more


US Security Chief 'Heaped Pain' On Grieving Parents Of Harry Dunn
The U.K. parents, who were invited to the White House, were shocked to discover that the woman involved in the fatal crash that killed their son was in the building. ... read more


Hong Kong Lawmakers Thwart Leader Carrie Lam's Annual Speech In Chaotic Scenes
Lam walked out and later delivered her address by video, as pro-democracy lawmakers held up placards showing her waving with hands colored blood-red. ... read more


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


Catalonia protests and general strike paralyse Barcelona
The Supreme Court decision to jail nine separatist leaders has enraged demonstrators in Catalonia. ... read more


Dutch farm mystery: Father held as police unpick secret farm 'sect'
Six children appear to have spent nine years in seclusion against their will, say police. ... read more


UK PM in race to win backing for Brexit deal
No 10 is trying to persuade MPs to back the PM's deal ahead of a vote in the Commons on Saturday. ... read more


El Clasico: Barcelona v Real Madrid postponed because of fears over civil unrest
This month's El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid is postponed because of fears of civil unrest. ... read more


Catalan protests: Why is Barcelona burning?
Catalonia is set for a general strike on Friday, over the jailing of pro-independence leaders. ... read more


US Airbus row: European goods hit by new US tariffs
Wine, cheese and cashmere jumpers are among the EU items that have gone up in price in the US. ... read more


Turkey Syria offensive: Trump likens conflict to playground fight
The US leader defends his handling of Turkey's offensive as evidence of possible war crimes grows. ... read more


Russians accused of extremism cut wrists in court
The pair are accused of belonging to a group that were attempting to overthrow President Putin. ... read more


Macron warning on stigmatising Muslims amid France veil row
Protests erupt in France as a Muslim mother accuses a far-right politician of "racial violence". ... read more


Scottish court considers bid to stop 'illegal' Brexit deal
The Court of Session has heard legal arguments in the case brought by anti-Brexit campaigner Jo Maugham. ... read more


Conservative MP Mark Field to stand down over Brexit disagreement
Mark Field says he has "no desire to become a disaffected, dissenting voice from the backbenches". ... read more


Brexit: Europe's press welcomes deal but doubts it will succeed
Newspapers across Europe are doubtful Parliament will pass Boris Johnson's Brexit deal ... read more


Brexit: What is in Boris Johnson's new deal with the EU?
A revised Brexit deal has been agreed by the UK and EU. What does it contain? ... read more


Paris Zoological Park: Say hello to the 'blob'!
The slime-like organism has been unveiled at a zoo in Paris. It looks like a fungus and has no mouth, stomach or eyes - but it's still able to both detect and digest food! ... read more


Russia's Putin: From pariah to Middle East power broker
Russia's geo-political clout has expanded and it has become the key player in the Middle East. ... read more


Brexit deal: Five reasons EU is happy with revised deal
EU leaders have hailed the agreement as a big step even though it still has to get through the UK Parliament. ... read more


Brexit deal: What just happened?
A new agreement has been reached, but Brexit is not yet a done deal. ... read more


Turkey is not afraid of US sanctions threat, says FM
National security was a greater priority than the threat of US sanctions, says foreign minister. ... read more


Why a brainless yellow 'blob' that can learn is mystifying scientists
A yellow organism, which looks like fungus but acts like an animal, has gone on display at a Paris zoo. ... 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


Fighting continues on Syrian border despite U.S.-led cease-fire
NBC News staff could both see and hear mortars, grenades, machine-gun and rifle fire in Ras al-Ain — although it remains unclear who was responsible. ... read more


Mulvaney walks back his remarks that Trump held up Ukraine aid for political reasons
"Get over it," he said earlier on Thursday. "There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy." ... read more


'Overrated general' Mattis zings Trump at N.Y. charity gala
"I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress," he joked. ... read more


Gunbattles erupt when El Chapo's son is captured, prompting his release
Ovidio Guzmán was discovered after a security patrol was attacked in Culiacán in Sinaloa state, Mexico's security minister says. ... read more


Watch NASA's first all-female spacewalk
NASA plans to put the first woman on the moon by 2024. ... read more


Man accused of killing woman, recording it on SD card charged in 2nd Alaska murder
While being interviewed in the slaying recorded on an SD card, Brian Smith admitted to fatally shooting another woman, officials said. ... read more


NBA head says China wanted Houston's Morey fired: We said 'no chance'
The NBA's estimated $4 billion market in China is suddenly on shaky ground. "I'm not even sure where we'll go from here," league Commissioner Adam Silver said. ... read more


Elijah Cummings remembered as eloquent and militant voice for democracy
"He was able to express his militant commitment to liberal progressive causes, but he always did it in a moderate way." ... read more


Civil rights leaders rebuke Zuckerberg's free speech address
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., said disinformation campaigns created an atmosphere that led to her father's assassination. ... read more


Trump's Nancy Pelosi 'meltdown' tweet was the perfect self-own. Here's why.
The White House's photo clearly shows that the last man standing in that room is, in fact, Nancy Pelosi. ... read more


Hotel collapse survivor speaks out as new questions arise about potential structural flaws
“Somebody needs to be held accountable for it,” said steelworker Derrick Pate, whose femur was broken in the New Orleans accident. ... read more


Sallie Mae execs tan at Maui retreat while student debt crisis tops $1.6 trillion
As borrowers struggle to keep up with their payments, Sallie Mae flew more than 100 employees on its sales team to Hawaii to celebrate $5 billion in sales. ... read more


95 percent of baby foods tested contain toxic metals, new report says
Only nine of the 168 baby foods tested weren't found to contain arsenic, lead, cadmium or mercury. ... read more


In this rural community, a one-room schoolhouse has educated generations of residents
“We become a family," said Lyn Huston, the sole teacher at the Duckwater School for the past 20 years. ... read more


Should you take advantage of lower interest rates? Ask yourself these questions
On this week's BETTER Business, Stephanie Ruhle breaks down the headlines around softening retail sales, a tentative agreement between UAW & GM, Chipotle serving up tuition assistance, lower interest rates and more. ... read more


Protests sweep Lebanon for a second day>
The country's government has backtracked on plans to raise a new tax on WhatsApp voice calls. ... read more


Malaysia orders cuts to 'Abominable' movie over controversial map scene
The map in the animated film depicts the so-called "nine-dash line," a contested area of the South China Sea. ... read more


Plane carrying high school swim team veers off runway in Alaska
An eyewitness said the plane landed about 500 feet beyond the airport. Photos on social media appeared to show the plane's nose hanging over a rocky embankment near water. ... read more


Woman who livestreamed deadly DUI crash arrested weeks after prison release
Obdulia Sánchez allegedly fled a traffic stop in Stockton. She had been released early for her role in the 2017 crash that killed her sister. ... read more


'Totally avoidable': 3 firms fined in deadly Seattle crane collapse
A Washington state agency found that workers prematurely removed pins securing sections of the crane's mast, contrary to the manufacturer's instructions. ... read more


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Fighting continues on Syrian border despite U.S.-led cease-fire
NBC News staff could both see and hear mortars, grenades, machine-gun and rifle fire in Ras al-Ain — although it remains unclear who was responsible. ... read more


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Mulvaney walks back his remarks that Trump held up Ukraine aid for political reasons
"Get over it," he said earlier on Thursday. "There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy." ... read more


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'Overrated general' Mattis zings Trump at N.Y. charity gala
"I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress," he joked. ... read more


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Gunbattles erupt when El Chapo's son is captured, prompting his release
Ovidio Guzmán was discovered after a security patrol was attacked in Culiacán in Sinaloa state, Mexico's security minister says. ... read more


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Watch NASA's first all-female spacewalk
NASA plans to put the first woman on the moon by 2024. ... read more


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Man accused of killing woman, recording it on SD card charged in 2nd Alaska murder
While being interviewed in the slaying recorded on an SD card, Brian Smith admitted to fatally shooting another woman, officials said. ... read more


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NBA head says China wanted Houston's Morey fired: We said 'no chance'
The NBA's estimated $4 billion market in China is suddenly on shaky ground. "I'm not even sure where we'll go from here," league Commissioner Adam Silver said. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_42/3056656/191017-elijah-cummings-cs-933a_0be220528a0eefb1b4053eb7d569b340.jpg
Elijah Cummings remembered as eloquent and militant voice for democracy
"He was able to express his militant commitment to liberal progressive causes, but he always did it in a moderate way." ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_42/2840621/190430-mark-zuckerberg-f8-ew-153p_465a1dba7d0b4dfe2e90ed83d3682f11.jpg
Civil rights leaders rebuke Zuckerberg's free speech address
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., said disinformation campaigns created an atmosphere that led to her father's assassination. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_42/3057431/191017-nancy-pelosi-donald-trump-think-cs-342p_1b4bd99eafe046365d2bd2863c4344ad.jpg
Trump's Nancy Pelosi 'meltdown' tweet was the perfect self-own. Here's why.
The White House's photo clearly shows that the last man standing in that room is, in fact, Nancy Pelosi. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_42/3057716/191017-hard-rock-hotel-new-orleans-ew-557p_306a8a374bf78df08b9f2be54c4e0b27.jpg
Hotel collapse survivor speaks out as new questions arise about potential structural flaws
“Somebody needs to be held accountable for it,” said steelworker Derrick Pate, whose femur was broken in the New Orleans accident. ... read more


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Sallie Mae execs tan at Maui retreat while student debt crisis tops $1.6 trillion
As borrowers struggle to keep up with their payments, Sallie Mae flew more than 100 employees on its sales team to Hawaii to celebrate $5 billion in sales. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_42/3057546/191017-baby-eating-ac-506p_bad61422a83ff1e48e522244396784d1.jpg
95 percent of baby foods tested contain toxic metals, new report says
Only nine of the 168 baby foods tested weren't found to contain arsenic, lead, cadmium or mercury. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_42/3055801/191016-one-room-school-house-room-alt-ew-629p_78c9e7b8a42d2d3e604bc1c3f8ccc760.jpg
In this rural community, a one-room schoolhouse has educated generations of residents
“We become a family," said Lyn Huston, the sole teacher at the Duckwater School for the past 20 years. ... read more


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Should you take advantage of lower interest rates? Ask yourself these questions
On this week's BETTER Business, Stephanie Ruhle breaks down the headlines around softening retail sales, a tentative agreement between UAW & GM, Chipotle serving up tuition assistance, lower interest rates and more. ... read more


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