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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the Turkish authorities to dismiss the case against its Turkey representative and two other human rights defenders after an Istanbul court to (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks and glam metal band Def Leppard led voting among fans on Tuesday for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, outstripping the 13 other nominees eligible for a place in music history. Nicks and British band Def Leppard were among 15 acts from a wide range of styles announced as nominees, including country singer-songwriter John Prine, Chicago funk group Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and leftist rockers Rage Against the Machine. Janet Jackson, a... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
A Missouri judge on Tuesday blocked key portions of the state's voter photo identification law, meaning some voters could find it easier to cast ballots in a November election headlined by a hotly contested U.S. Senate race.  The ruling bars election officials from enforcing a requirement that a voter lacking a valid photo ID sign a sworn statement while presenting some other form of identification in order to cast a regular ballot. It also prevents the state from advertising... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
African-American sports pioneer George Taliaferro -- the first black player to be drafted by the National Football League -- has died at 91. Taliaferro was a college football superstar for the University of Indiana when the Chicago Bears chose him in the 13th round of the 1949 NFL draft. It was the first time any team picked a black player in the annual draft. But Taliaferro had already signed to play for the Los Angeles Dons of the rival All-America Football Conference and never... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
The voices of the witnesses are quiet. Their heads are projected on screens behind a chain-link fence in complete darkness at the site of a former monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Their topic: the most painful moments in the history of Czechoslovakia.   A multimedia exhibition is marking the 100th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia by focusing on the nation's experience with two totalitarian regimes in the turbulent 20th century: the Nazi occupation in World... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Hurricane Michael is getting stronger as it barrels through the Gulf of Mexico, and forecasters say it could approach Category 4 status before it slams into the Florida Panhandle. As of late Tuesday, Michael was a Category 3 storm located about 400 kilometers south of Panama City. Michael's top sustained winds were 195 kilometers per hour. But the storm is gaining energy from the warm Gulf waters and forecasters said it could be close to a Category 4 when it makes landfall... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Turkey is threatening to eradicate the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in Syria. But such a move would put it on a collision course with the United States, which backs the Syrian Kurdish group as a key ally in the war against Islamic State and curtailing Iran's influence. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey's army will sweep the YPG from its border. Ankara claims the militia is linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, (PKK), which is waging a decades-long... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Tuesday he saw different options for Washington's strained relationship with Venezuela, after making a rare visit by a top U.S. official to Caracas. Senator Bob Corker met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other Venezuelan officials as well as opposition groups on Sunday and Monday. "I had a very good meeting with Maduro," the Republican lawmaker told reporters at the U.S. Senate shortly after... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Last month, Patrick Ho, a former Hong Kong official fighting foreign bribery charges in New York, thought he had finally received a break. In a dramatic move in the high-profile bribery case, prosecutors on Sept. 14 dropped all criminal charges against Cheikh Gadio, a former Senegalese foreign minister they had accused of helping Ho bribe African officials. Arguing that the government's move undermined its case against Ho, Ho's lawyers urged a federal judge in New York to... (Full Story)
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