China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west


Every morning, Meripet wakes up to her nightmare: The Chinese government has turned four of her children into orphans, even though she and their father are alive. Meripet and her husband left the kids with their grandmother at home in China when they went to nurse Meripet's sick father in… Read


Five shot, including a girl, 8, in Syracuse


Five people were shot, including an eight-year-old girl, in Syracuse, New York on Thursday, the city's police chief said. Police responded to a shooting in the city in upstate New York shortly after 9 p.m. local time, the department said in a statement posted on Twitter by a producer for… Read


France's Le Pen ordered to undergo psychiatric tests over IS tweets


French far-right leader Marine Le Pen expressed outrage Thursday after being ordered to undergo psychiatric tests for tweeting pictures of atrocities committed by the Islamic State group. Le Pen shared the gruesome images in December 2015, a few weeks after IS jihadists killed 130 people in attacks in Paris, sparking… Read


Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall


Raising the specter of a government shutdown in just 10 days, U.S. President Donald Trump complained Thursday that a spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is "ridiculous" because it does not include funding for a border wall with Mexico. Trump tweeted that he wants to know "where is the money… Read


EU raises pressure as UK promises new Brexit plans


EU leaders refused to give ground to Britain's Theresa May on Thursday, warning that her Brexit plan is unacceptable, even as she offered to come up with new proposals for the Irish border. After this week offering to extend the deadline for a deal to a special summit in mid-November,… Read


New Zealand minister sacked after 'physical altercation'

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A government minister who allegedly had a physical altercation with a press secretary was fired by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday, the second to leave under a cloud in as many weeks. The center-left prime minister did not detail what Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri did during an… Read


NAFTA talks grind on; Canada quells talk of U.S. quota on autos


Canada and the United States showed scant sign of being close to striking a deal on revamping the trilateral NAFTA that underpins $1.2 trillion in annual trade, as Canadian sources played down talk of a U.S. quota on autos. Canada says it does not feel bound by a U.S.-imposed deadline… Read


U.S.: Possible October talks with North Korea on war remains


The U.S. hopes to begin face-to-face negotiations with North Korea next month on terms for resuming on-the-ground searches in North Korea for remains of American servicemen, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday. Kelly McKeague, director of the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency, said the aim is to begin searches at former… Read


Accuser of Trump's court nominee sets conditions for testifying


A lawyer for the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault told a Senate panel on Thursday the professor will not testify on Monday as Republicans want but would be willing to appear sometime next week if certain terms are met. Christine Blasey… Read


Woman kills 3 people and herself in Maryland warehouse gun rampage


A woman armed with a handgun opened fire on Thursday on co-workers at a Maryland distribution center for the Rite Aid drugstore chain, killing three people and wounding three others before taking her own life, the Harford County sheriff said. The shooting unfolded shortly after the suspect, a temporary employee… Read

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