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  • Spanish court to probe Russian tycoon's bid for supermarket chain: document

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    Spain's High Court will investigate whether Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman deliberately acted to depress the share price of struggling supermarket chain DIA in his bid to take control of the group, a court document seen by Reuters showed. Fridman's LetterOne fund snatched DIA from the brink of insolvency earlier this year after the retailer's failure to defend its customer base from rising competition lost it 90% of its market value in 2018. In the document, Spain's Supreme Court gave the High Court a mandate to investigate anonymous accusations which it said indicate Fridman may have acted to manipulate prices, engaged in insider trading and damaged the interests of minority shareholders.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:59:44 -0400
  • Spoiler alert: Could a third-party run help Trump win in 2020?

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    Hillary Clinton suggested the Hawaiian congresswoman could help throw the race to Trump, but there are other potential third-party challengers lurking.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:55:26 -0400
  • Cameron Douglas opens up about drug addiction and prison time

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    Cameron Douglas' longtime struggle with addiction brought the son of a Hollywood icon, Michael Douglas, to his knees after a downward spiral landed him in federal prison for seven years -- including two in solitary confinement. The father and son sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer to discuss the details of Cameron Douglas' new memoir, "Long Way Home," the profound impact his destructive drug use had on their family and the moment Michael Douglas almost gave up hope. Watch the full primetime one-hour special "The Douglas Dynasty: Fame, Addiction and Finding Home" on ABC at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday Oct. 22.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:51:00 -0400
  • Extinction Rebellion protest cost police £21 million and hit crime investigations, says Cressida Dick

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    Extinction Rebellion’s protests cost £21 million to police and led to other investigations being stalled and some policing “not done at all,” Britain’s most senior police officer has revealed. Cressida Dick said that it meant that with the additional £16 million from Extinction Rebellion’s action in April, the total policing cost was more than twice the annual £15 million budget of London’s Violent Crime Taskforce. She said the protests - many of which were unlawful - had placed a “horrendous” strain on London and diverted officers away from other vital crime fighting and prevention roles. Some 8,000 officers, more than a quarter of the city’s force, had to be deployed to tackle the protest. The result she said was “a less good service to the rest of London. Partly because people get tired and partly because we just had to slow down certain types of inquiries, certain types of investigations would just be done more slowly and some things won't ever be done at all." No serious crime or 999 calls had been affected, said Ms Dick, but Detectives had been called in to cover some frontline duties and officers had been taken off neighbourhood and school patrols. People who contacted police over a minor incident had been told “we can’t deal with that now and probably won’t be able to do so for a while,” she said. The £21 million included £3.5 million for overtime, just under £6 million for officers who were drafted in from 38 other forces in England and Wales, and £11.8 million staffing costs. A total of 1,828 protestors were arrested, of whom 164 have so far been charged. In April 1,148 activists were held, of whom more than 900 were charged, mostly receiving a conditional discharge. Police recovered up to 80 tonnes of equipment, including tents and toilets, that will go to landfill. Senior officers have been in talks with ministers about potential changes to public order legislation since the action in April. These could include banning orders to stop activists who repeatedly protest unlawfully, and a new criminal offence of attaching items to the road. Ms Dick said there was also a “conversation to be had” about tougher financial penalties or recouping the costs from the protestors. The Metropolitan Police will apply to the Home Office to cover the cost of the protest action.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:49:36 -0400
  • Guinea court jails protest leaders

    A court in Guinea's capital has sentenced five opposition and civic leaders to jail terms for urging demonstrations last week to protest the president's bid for a third term. The court on Tuesday sentenced Abdourahamane Sanoh, the leader of the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution, to one year in prison. Demonstrations began Oct. 14 against President Alpha Conde's bid for another term.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:46:23 -0400
  • Prince William reportedly ‘worried’ about Prince Harry after documentary

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    William, 37, reportedly watched the documentary "Harry and Meghan: An African Journey" on Sunday night, when it aired in the U.K., according to ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie. "Kensington Palace sources say that William actually watched the documentary with the rest of the nation and they say that he was worried about what he saw on the screen," said Scobie.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:39:00 -0400
  • Oslo police shoot to stop man driving on sidewalk, 3 injured

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    An armed Norwegian man stole an ambulance and drove it along a sidewalk in Oslo on Tuesday, injuring two toddlers as police tried to stop him by shooting at the tires and ramming the vehicle. Inside the stolen ambulance, police found an Uzi submachine gun, a shotgun and what they said were "large amounts" of narcotics. Investigator Grete Lier Mettid said the suspect was known to have had ties to far-right groups.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:37:10 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Earnings lift stocks, sterling dips as more Brexit news to come

    Stocks on world markets eked out small gains on Tuesday after some upbeat corporate results and talk of progress in China-U.S. trade talks, while sterling weakened as investors awaited further news on Britain's eventual exit from the European Union. On the trade front, China and the United States have achieved some progress in their trade talks, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Tuesday, adding that as long as both sides respected each other, any problem could be resolved.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:35:31 -0400
  • Viral post shows everyone can use #onthewayfriends now and then

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    Adult friendship can be complicated: life is busy, and too often we try to pretend everything is OK when it isn't. A viral Facebook post about "on the way" friends has been shared almost 100,000 times. The author, Kimberly Adams, is the owner of the Northern Colorado Moms Blog Facebook page where the post originated.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:35:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Chile military says 'nothing to hide' amid allegations of rights violations in riots

    Chile's military said it would investigate allegations of human rights violations in days of riots, looting and protests throughout the country that have left 15 dead and led to the arrest of more than 2,600. Ten cities have been placed in a state of emergency and under evening lockdown since riots broke out last Friday during protests at high living costs and inequality. The general in charge of security in Santiago said he was nonetheless aware of videos circulating on social media suggesting brutality by police or the military in dealing with protesters and vandals.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:34:39 -0400
  • Canada's Trudeau wins 2nd term but nation more divided

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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in a stronger-than-expected showing in Canada's national elections, claiming a "clear mandate" Tuesday despite a Parliament and nation increasingly fractured along regional lines. Trudeau's Liberal Party took the most seats in Parliament but lost its majority in Monday's balloting. The prime minister's early morning address to supporters came as his Conservative rival, Andrew Scheer, had just begun speaking to his own backers, forcing TV networks to break away from Scheer.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:34:26 -0400
  • SCENARIOS-Israel's Netanyahu down but not out after failing to form government

    For the first time in a decade, someone other than Benjamin Netanyahu will be asked to form a government in Israel. The fact that President Reuven Rivlin will now turn to someone else leaves Netanyahu even more vulnerable in his fight for political survival. Shortly after the Sept. 17 election ended in stalemate, Rivlin gave Netanyahu 28 days to put together a governing coalition.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:29:38 -0400
  • Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine jail journalist for 15 years for spying

    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Tuesday they had sentenced a journalist to 15 years in prison after a court found him guilty of spying on behalf of Ukraine's SBU intelligence service. Stanislav Aseyev, 30, disappeared in Ukraine's Donetsk region in June 2017 where he was working under a pen name for the Ukrainian service of U.S.-government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), among other outlets. A statement issued by the Prosecutor General's office in the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk said on Tuesday Aseyev had gathered military intelligence about the separatists and produced material showing them in a negative light.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:29:35 -0400
  • Indian trafficking cases fall sharply fuelling concern over "undetected victims"

    Cases of human trafficking in India have fallen sharply, according to government data released on Monday, but campaigners warned the figures may not reflect the full magnitude of the crime. South Asia, with India at its center, is one of the fastest-growing regions for human trafficking in the world. Figures released by India's National Crime Records Bureau late on Monday showed around 3,000 human trafficking cases were reported in 2017, a drop of around 60% from just over 8,000 recorded in 2016.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:27:32 -0400
  • Two Iraqi police commanders, four others killed in militant attack -sources

    Six police officers including two senior commanders were killed in northern Iraq on Tuesday when Islamic State militants opened fire on them during a reconnaissance mission, security sources said. Militant attacks on security forces are common in Iraq but the killing of senior commanders is rare. Major General Ali al-Lami, who commands the Iraqi Federal Police's Fourth Division, and Brigadier General Mohammed Allawi from the same division were killed alongside four members of their security detail, Samara Operations Command sources said.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:25:14 -0400
  • Miley Cyrus clarifies 'you don't have to be gay' comments

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    Miley Cyrus is clarifying some comments she made in her Instagram Live video on Sunday. "I always thought that I had to be gay because I just thought all guys were evil, but it's not true," she told her followers, adding – in what appeared to be a diss aimed at ex Liam Hemsworth -- that Simpson is the only good man she’s ever met. Cyrus and Hemsworth announced this summer they had split up.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:24:47 -0400
  • Jimmy Carter hospitalized after fall at Georgia home

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    Former President Jimmy Carter had another fall at his home in Plains, Georgia, fracturing his pelvis and going to the hospital for treatment and observation, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo described the fracture as minor. This is the third time Carter has fallen in recent months.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:21:39 -0400
  • The Latest: 1946 lynching puts focus on grand jury secrecy

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    A U.S. appeals court is considering whether federal judges can order the unsealing of grand jury records in cases with historical significance. A federal judge in 2017 granted a request from historian Anthony Pitch to unseal the transcripts.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:19:38 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Exxon to face trial in New York climate change investor fraud lawsuit

    Exxon Mobil Corp on Tuesday was due to face trial in a lawsuit by New York's attorney general accusing it of misleading investors about the risks of climate change regulations to its business. The trial, expected to begin before Justice Barry Ostrager in Manhattan Supreme Court and last up to three weeks, could feature testimony from Rex Tillerson, who was Exxon's chief executive before serving as U.S. Secretary of State. It is the first of several lawsuits currently pending against major oil companies related to climate change to go to trial.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:18:58 -0400
  • 3rd child dies following apartment fire in St. Louis

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    A fire that ravaged a St. Louis apartment where three small children were left alone has now claimed the lives of all three children. Police say they were informed Tuesday that 4-year-old Heaven Coleman died. Six-month-old Damarion Eiland was found dead by firefighters who responded to the blaze Sunday at the Clinton-Peabody public housing complex.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:17:38 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Polish opposition follows government in challenging Senate results

    Poland's opposition challenged results in three districts in elections for parliament's upper house on Tuesday, setting the scene for a dispute over a tight result a day after the ruling party submitted requests for recounts in other districts. Poland's governing Law and Justice (PiS) party retained a majority in Poland's lower house after the Oct. 13 elections, but narrowly lost it in the Senate. The party has asked the Supreme Court to approve recounts in six electoral districts.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:17:09 -0400
  • Turkey's Halkbank could face fine for failing to appear in U.S. court: prosecutor

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    A U.S. prosecutor on Tuesday called Turkey's Halkbank a "fugitive" after it failed to make an initial court appearance in a criminal case accusing it of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Lockard said at a hearing in federal court in Manhattan that prosecutors had served a summons on the bank's U.S. lawyer, and that the bank was "in contempt" for not appearing. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who is presiding over the case, said the bank would get another two weeks.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:12:42 -0400
  • Bezos's Blue Origin partners with Lockheed, others on moon lander

    U.S. billionaire Jeff Bezos said on Tuesday his space company Blue Origin has signed agreements with Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and research and development organization Draper for development of its lunar lander designed to help NASA put humans on the moon by 2024. Blue Origin's so-called Blue Moon lunar lander, unveiled by Bezos in May, is in development and sits at the center of the space company's ambition to ferry humans into deep space and land key contracts from the U.S. space agency for space exploration.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:11:45 -0400
  • Secret criteria for US no-fly list upheld by appeals court

    The largely secret criteria for the government's no-fly list have been upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving four people who sued over being barred from flying. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously Monday that the government has gone as far as the law requires in explaining the listing of each plaintiff without breaching national security, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. "The government has taken reasonable measures to ensure basic fairness to the plaintiffs, and followed procedures reasonably designed to protect against erroneous deprivation of the plaintiffs' liberty," Judge Raymond Fisher wrote.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:10:58 -0400
  • Baltimore could pay $40,000 to man shot by police officer

    Baltimore officials are weighing whether to pay $40,000 to an unarmed man who was shot by a police officer who is currently in prison for the shooting. The Baltimore Sun reports the city's spending board is expected to vote on the settlement Wednesday. Former Baltimore police officer Wesley Cagle was sentenced to 12 years in prison for shooting Michael Johansen in 2014.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:10:52 -0400
  • FOREX-Dollar up against sterling, euro on revived Brexit fears

    The dollar rose on Tuesday against the pound and euro as uncertainty spread ahead of the British parliament's vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill which will shine light on when and how Britain will exit the EU. The United Kingdom is expected to leave the European Union on Oct. 31, but the deal Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his European counterparts agreed last week has not been yet voted on in Britain's parliament, which forced Johnson to request an extension to the leaving date from Brussels. Sterling was down 0.35% to $1.291 in mid-morning trade after Johnson told parliament that if it delayed his Brexit legislation he would abandon his attempt to ratify the deal to leave the European Union and push for an election instead.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:08:38 -0400
  • OPEC, allies to mull deeper oil cut amid worries over demand growth

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    DUBAI/MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC and its allies will consider whether to deepen cuts to crude supply when they next meet in December due to worries about weak demand growth in 2020, sources from the oil-producing club said. Saudi Arabia, OPEC's de facto leader, wants to focus first on boosting adherence to the group's production-reduction pact with Russia and other non-members, an alliance known as OPEC+, before committing to more cuts, the sources said. OPEC members Iraq and Nigeria are among the countries that have failed to comply properly with pledged output reductions.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:02:16 -0400
  • Turkey's Halkbank could face fine for failing to appear in U.S. court -prosecutor

    A U.S. prosecutor on Tuesday called Turkey's Halkbank a "fugitive" after it failed to make an initial court appearance in a criminal case accusing it of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Lockard said at a hearing in federal court in Manhattan that prosecutors had served a summons on the bank's U.S. lawyer, and that the bank was "in contempt" for not appearing. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who is presiding over the case, said the bank would get another two weeks.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:02:03 -0400
  • Trump compares impeachment process to 'a lynching'

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    President Donald Trump compared the impeachment process to "a lynching" on Twitter Tuesday morning. "So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights," he wrote.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:02:00 -0400
  • Ethiopia's Nobel-winning leader issues warning over dam

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    Ethiopia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister warned Tuesday that if there's a need to go to war over a dam project disputed with Egypt his country could ready millions of people, but he said only negotiation can resolve a current deadlock. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made the remarks during a parliament question-and-answer session, his most prominent public appearance since winning the Nobel on Oct. 11. It's already given to Abiy, and it won't be taken away from him.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:58:03 -0400
  • OPEC, allies to mull deeper oil cut amid worries over demand growth

    DUBAI/MOSCOW/LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - OPEC and its allies will consider whether to deepen cuts to crude supply when they next meet in December due to worries about weak demand growth in 2020, sources from the oil-producing club said. Saudi Arabia, OPEC's de facto leader, wants to focus first on boosting adherence to the group's production-reduction pact with Russia and other non-members, an alliance known as OPEC+, before committing to more cuts, the sources said. OPEC members Iraq and Nigeria are among the countries that have failed to comply properly with pledged output reductions.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:56:56 -0400
  • Tennessee man seen riding atop car has 1 charge dropped

    Ronnie Sellars, 31, no longer faces a "clinging to a vehicle" charge in Wilson County, but disorderly conduct charges are still pending in neighboring Davidson County, The Tennessean reported on Monday. The district attorney's office said Judge Haywood Barry ruled that the language of the law doesn't match what Sellars was accused of doing. Sellars was arrested in September after a joyride during which witnesses recorded him sitting, lying, smiling and waving from atop a four-door sedan.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:54:37 -0400
  • U.S. companies facing worker shortage race to automate

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    U.S. companies are responding to the lowest unemployment rate in almost 50 years by increasing their focus on automation in order to maintain healthy margins as labor costs tick higher, a Reuters analysis of corporate earnings transcripts shows. Citigroup Inc , for instance, said that it is expanding its cloud infrastructure to replace routine tasks that used to require human labor. Health insurance company UnitedHealth Group told investors that its automation efforts should save the company over $1 billion next year.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:50:19 -0400
  • Novartis data suggest payers getting breaks on gene therapy Zolgensma

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    Novartis sales data on Tuesday suggested the Swiss drugmaker is reaping less than the $2.1 million U.S. list price for its gene therapy Zolgensma, as insurers may be getting breaks on the world's most-expensive one-time treatment. The spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) treatment, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May, has reaped $175 million in revenue this year, including $160 million in the third quarter. On a call following third-quarter results, Chief Executive Vas Narasimhan said roughly 100 patients have been treated under the paid program.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:50:14 -0400
  • Oprah Winfrey sends new iPhone to student after making fun of his cracked screen

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    One Morehouse student now has a brand new iPhone -- thanks to Oprah Winfrey. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, it all started when Morehouse college student Olufemi Yessoufou asked Winfrey to take a selfie with him and his friends. During the exchange, which happened after Winfrey visited the campus earlier this month, she poked fun at Olu's phone, which was cracked.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:46:00 -0400
  • VW speeds up production of next generation Golf

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    Volkswagen will start deliveries of its new Golf hatchback in December after shaving an hour off the time needed to build its flagship model, the board member responsible for production at the VW brand said on Tuesday. Volkswagen's main factory in Wolfsburg, Germany is preparing to make 450,000 Golf cars a year with the manufacturing time of the eighth-generation model sped up by one hour per vehicle, Andreas Tostmann told journalists in a call. Because VW is able to re-use 80% of the tooling for its new model, VW will invest a midsized triple-digit million euros amount in overhauling production, the carmaker said.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:45:11 -0400
  • U.S. companies facing worker shortage race to automate

    U.S. companies are responding to the lowest unemployment rate in almost 50 years by increasing their focus on automation in order to maintain healthy margins as labor costs tick higher, a Reuters analysis of corporate earnings transcripts shows. Citigroup Inc, for instance, said that it is expanding its cloud infrastructure to replace routine tasks that used to require human labor. Health insurance company UnitedHealth Group told investors that its automation efforts should save the company over $1 billion next year.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:42:13 -0400
  • U.S. EPA set to release fuel economy revisions by year-end

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    The Trump Administration’s revised final fuel economy standards for U.S. vehicles should be released by the end of the year, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler said on Tuesday. Wheeler said the final proposal will not be look "exactly like" the original one announced in August 2018 to freeze fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels through 2026. Work is continuing on revisions to the vehicle efficiency and emissions standards, which are overseen by EPA and the Department of Transportation, he said.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:41:26 -0400
  • A Colorado woman has been charged with murdering her terminally ill 7-year-old daughter and defrauding insurers out of over $500,000

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    Douglas County Sheriff said Kelly Renee Turner's arrest came after a year-long investigation following the death of her daughter in 2017.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:40:19 -0400
  • US STOCKS-S&P 500 rises on upbeat corporate earnings; Travelers weighs on Dow

    The S&P 500 rose on Tuesday, bolstered by gains in Biogen and upbeat earnings reports that eased concerns over the fallout from the U.S.-China trade war, but the Dow Jones index was pressured by a drop in McDonald's and Travelers. The benchmark S&P 500 index was within striking distance of a record high hit in July after trading above 3,000 points in the previous session on signs of progress toward resolving the spat between the world's two biggest economies.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:37:34 -0400
  • Guitar maker Fender hopes to rock revenues with digital song-learning app

    Fender Musical Instrument Co will help musicians play along with their favorite songs on their guitars with a subscription service released on Tuesday that will display chords to millions of tunes, the latest effort in the 73-year-old electric guitar maker's digital revenue strategy. Called Fender Songs, the app taps into machine learning technology that analyzes songs streamed through Apple Music and generates chord diagrams for the songs.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:34:36 -0400
  • CORRECTED-Bolivia braces for second day of protests as election hangs in balance

    Protesters in Bolivia were set to take to the streets for a second day on Tuesday after a preliminary vote count showed President Evo Morales had eked out an outright win, sparking demonstrations that devolved into late-night rioting as the opposition accused him of stealing the vote. To avoid a runoff election, Morales needed 40% of the vote and a 10-point lead over the runner-up. The unrest marks a major jolt for the land-locked country, which has had a long stretch of political stability under Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president and South America's longest continuous-serving standing leader.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:32:02 -0400
  • France sees no justification for new Brexit deadline extension

    France sees no grounds to extend Britain's Oct. 31 deadline to leave the EU, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday. "At this stage, we consider that there is no justification for a new extension," Le Drian told the French parliament. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying to pass a withdrawal agreement through parliament so that Britain can leave the EU on Oct. 31.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:31:07 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Turkey replaces four more pro-Kurdish mayors as crackdown widens

    Turkey has replaced four mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) with state officials, the offices of two provincial governors said on Tuesday, part of a widening crackdown on local councils controlled by the party. Ankara accuses the HDP of links to militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). It has now replaced a total of 12 mayors from the HDP on alleged links to terrorism since municipal elections in March.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:30:40 -0400
  • Croatia ready to join border-free Schengen area, EU Commission says

    The European Commission recommended on Tuesday that Croatia joins the border-free Schengen area, more than four years after the Balkan country applied for membership. Croatia became an EU member in 2013 but to join the Schengen area it had to convince Brussels that it was able to effectively manage the bloc's external border, a particularly sensitive issue since Europe's 2015 migrant crisis. Membership of the Schengen zone is expected to benefit the Croatian economy and its tourism sector which accounts for nearly one fifth of the country's output, as checks to the cross-border movement of people would be removed.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:25:16 -0400
  • Vatican accuses conservative social media of fomenting hate after statues dumped

    The Vatican on Tuesday accused ultra-conservative Catholic social media of fomenting hate, a day after militants stole statues they considered pagan idols from a church and dumped them in the Tiber river. The stolen statues were on display along with other Amazon artefacts at a church near the Vatican. "In the name of tradition and doctrine, an effigy of maternity and the sacredness of life was dumped in contempt," said Andrea Tornielli, the Vatican's editorial director.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:24:50 -0400
  • Police shoot suspect as stolen ambulance crashes into bystanders in Oslo

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    A man who stole an ambulance and crashed into bystanders has been shot by police in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, police said Tuesday. At least two people were injured as the stolen ambulance drove into a crowd of people that included an elderly couple and a woman with a baby. "We are in control of the ambulance that was stolen," Oslo police tweeted.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:23:00 -0400
  • Mexico worried by U.S. plan to collect DNA samples from migrants

    Mexico is worried by a U.S. proposed rule to collect genetic samples from migrants, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, adding to concerns by immigration advocates about the storage of DNA samples for minors and asylum seekers. The foreign ministry said it would pay close attention to the implementation of the policy to ensure the correct use of Mexican citizens' information stored by U.S. authorities, following the announcement of the policy.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:21:43 -0400
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