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Senators to unveil proposed Obamacare fixes despite doubts
October 19, 2017
The Obamacare compromise that two senators reached this week has hit some major obstacles. Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray made a deal to maintain Obamacare insurance subsidies and give states more flexibility. But several key Republicans now say they will not support it. Nancy Cordes reports.
Questions surround Niger ambush that killed 4 U.S. soldiers
October 19, 2017
A key Republican senator says the Trump administration needs to explain how four U.S. Army sergeants were killed in Niger. Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson, Dustin Wright, and La David Johnson were told not to expect enemy contact on their mission to meet with community leaders two weeks ago. Margaret Brennan reports.
Trump proves to be unpredictable partner for GOP Congress
October 19, 2017
Trump has shown a preference for delegating to lawmakers on everything from health care to immigration to foreign policy
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Did Russia Send Money To Bill Clinton’s Foundation Like Trump Says? Fact-Checking The President’s Claim
October 19, 2017
The president falsely accused the Clintons of profiting from a major nuclear industry deal.
ISIS and Al-Qaeda Are Planning A 'New 9/11,' Security Chief Elaine Duke Warns
October 19, 2017
"They want to take down aircraft, the intelligence is clear on that,” she said.
Fire Male Sexual Offenders, Hire Women, 'The Daily Show's' Michelle Wolf Says
October 19, 2017
The comedian said her solution to sexual harassment was the "Pull Out Your Dick, Get Replaced By a Chick" policy.
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Diwali: The festival of lights
October 19, 2017
Diwali, a national holiday in India, is also celebrated by a number of other countries around the world.
NewsGrid - Al Jazeera's interactive news hour
October 19, 2017
Live every day at 15:00 GMT, our interactive news bulletin gives you the opportunity to engage with our team directly.

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Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy as it threatens with formal independence
October 19, 2017
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia's autonomy and impose direct rule after the region's leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks.
Britain's new concessions are not enough, EU leaders tell May
October 19, 2017
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders welcomed a proposal by British Prime Minister Theresa May aimed at unblocking Brexit talks, but said concessions to ease the fears of EU citizens living in Britain were not enough.
Taliban kill at least 43 Afghan troops as they storm base: officials
October 19, 2017
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban stormed a military base in the south of the country killing at least 43 troops on Thursday, the Defence Ministry said, with the militants saying they had killed 60.
Germany's FDP, Greens try to find common ground at first talks
October 19, 2017
BERLIN (Reuters) - A first meeting between Germany's pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens about joining a coalition led by conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel focused on finding out common points of agreement, FDP General Secretary Nicola Beer said on Thursday.
Washington 'trying to squeeze Russian gas out of Europe': Putin
October 19, 2017
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday of trying to squeeze Russia out of European energy markets, saying the latest round of U.S. sanctions was designed to force Europe to buy U.S. liquefied natural gas instead.
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China's Bright Economic Future Is Bound Up in the Past
October 19, 2017
President Xi Jinping this week lauded China’s transition to high-quality growth, but for now smokestack industries carry the economy—and much-touted efforts to relieve long-term ills are running into short-term reality.
Facebook Messenger CEO on Russian Interference
October 18, 2017

Facebook Messenger CEO David Marcus talks about Russia's allegedly malicious use of the app in the 2016 presidential election. He speaks with WSJ's Christina Passariello at the WSJ D.Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif.

How Xi Became China's Most Powerful Leader in Decades
October 18, 2017

Xi Jinping is arguably the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. What's behind his rise and how long will he remain in power? Photo: Reuters

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Missile program will ‘expand & continue’ despite US pressure – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards
October 19, 2017
Preview Iran will not yield to pressure from the US and is determined to “expand and continue” its missile program, the country’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have said.
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Booze boosts foreign language skills – study
October 19, 2017
Preview A tipple or two could boost foreign language conversation skills, according to new research, which found improved pronunciation among individuals who had consumed a low dose of alcohol.
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Brain Scans Could Determine Guilt or Innocence in Court
October 19, 2017
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Xi Jinping's War On Poverty Moves Millions Of Chinese Off The Farm
October 19, 2017
Remote mountain villages where residents lived in poverty are being cleared, with villagers being given new apartments in the city. But finding work may be a challenge for some of the former farmers.
President Of Rio's 2016 Olympic Bid Is Charged With Corruption
October 19, 2017
Former Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman is charged with helping to run a criminal organization. The evidence includes undeclared assets in the form of 16 gold bars.
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In Belgium, arguments about Islam grow louder
October 15, 2017

LIKE much else in Belgium, the administration of the country’s second-largest religion is in a rather chaotic state, and things could get worse. 

In a kingdom of 11m people, Islam claims the loyalty of about 800,000 souls, of whom the vast majority originate either from Morocco or Turkey. Most of the country’s 300-plus mosques are Turkish or Moroccan in flavour, and imams who serve them usually come from those countries. In Brussels, which is the country’s capital as well as hub of Europe’s main institutions, the Muslim share of the population is about 25%. 

Since the terrorist outrages of March 2016, which targeted Brussels airport and the metro system, both the government, the security services and a parliamentary commission have been delving into the country’s Islamic scene to see whether it has any characteristics that make it prone to produce fanatics. The handling of this problem is complicated by Belgium’s older division between Francophones and the Dutch-speakers of Flanders.  Among...Continue reading

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