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Sunday, October 14, 2018
Britain's former Brexit secretary is urging members of Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet to rebel against her proposed deal with the European Union over the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc. David Davis wrote in the Sunday Times that May's plans for some continued ties with the EU under her Chequers plan is "completely unacceptable" and must be stopped. The fellow Conservative Party member said the time has come for ministers to shoot down May's... (Full Story)
Sunday, October 14, 2018
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Sunday, October 14, 2018
Pope Francis presided Sunday over the canonization of two of the towering figures of the 20th-century Catholic Church: Pope Paul VI, who oversaw the modernizing church reforms of the 1960s, and Archbishop Oscar Romero, a human rights icon who was murdered for his defense of El Salvador’s poor. In a sign of the strong influence both men had on history’s first Latin American pope, Francis wore the blood-stained rope belt that Romero wore when he was gunned down in 1980 and also used Paul... (Full Story)
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Twenty-two people, including children, died on Sunday when a vehicle carrying migrants reportedly heading for EU member Greece plunged off the highway into a waterway in western Turkey. The vehicle, described as a lorry, was traveling on a highway in the Izmir region close to Izmir airport when it flipped over and fell into the channel several meters below, state-run Anadolu news agency said. The nationality of the migrants was not made clear. Twenty-two people were killed, the agency... (Full Story)
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from jail Sunday after three weeks behind bars for organizing anti-Kremlin protests, his second spell in detention in as many months. The 42-year-old activist left a detention center in the south of Moscow early in the morning and spoke briefly to journalists before leaving in a waiting car. “Over the 50 days I have been in jail we have seen yet more evidence that this regime is in complete decline,” he said, referencing recent... (Full Story)
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Armed with a chain saw, Panama City resident Johnny Gonzalez was sawing through as many fallen trees as it takes to clear roadways and driveways. Hurricane Michael left a path of destruction, downing trees and power lines. In the coastal town of Panama City, near where the hurricane made landfall, some residents were still trapped in their homes, surrounded by fallen trees. Gonzalez knows the feeling of helplessness. He went to a church to seek shelter from the hurricane and thought it... (Full Story)
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Somalia is marking the first anniversary of one of the world's deadliest attacks since 9/11, a truck bombing in the heart of Mogadishu that killed well over 500 people.   As people gathered on Sunday at a new memorial with a minute of silence, a man accused of orchestrating the bombing was executed by firing squad. Capt. Mumin Hussein, deputy prosecutor general of the Somali military court, confirmed the execution of Hassan Aden Isaq, the first under the country's... (Full Story)
Sunday, October 14, 2018
President Donald Trump threatened "severe punishment" over the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. The Tadawul exchange in Riyadh dropped over 6 percent in the week's first day of trading, with 182 of its 186 listed stocks showing losses by the early afternoon. Turkish officials say they fear Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, saying they have audio and video recordings of it... (Full Story)
Sunday, October 14, 2018
A month after Russia, Turkey and Iran came together in a last-ditch effort to avert a potentially catastrophic Syrian government offensive in Idlib, they appear to have succeeded in creating a buffer zone around the northern rebel-held province, defusing tensions in a major flashpoint region. The deal has for now averted a government offensive on the last major opposition stronghold in Syria, where tens of thousands of militants, including foreign jihadis, live alongside 3 million... (Full Story)
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Halloween is a popular holiday in the United States. Hauntworld.com estimates there are more than 4,000 Halloween "fee-based" attractions in the U.S., with the overall industry generating more than $1 billion. VOA's Jill Craig takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of a popular haunted forest in Maryland, where people pay up for a night of fright. (Full Story)
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