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3 firefighters hurt in gas blast are recovering
- October 23, 2016

Minutes later, he felt shockwaves blow through a Pizzicato restaurant - the product of a massive explosion - and saw flames and debris in place of a historic building across the street. Two firefighters sustained broken legs, and another underwent surgery for an undisclosed, serious injury. Authorities say two firefighters and two civilians were injured in the powerful explosion. (more...)
Venezuela opposition vows protests, alleges 'coup'
- October 23, 2016

Riot police stand as students from the public Central University of Venezuela demonstrate in demand of the referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on October 21, 2016. "Justice begins to be had in the most very big electoral fraud in the history of Venezuela". "The referendum was going to be a pressure valve", said Jose Vicente Haro, a constitutional expert. (more...)
David Petraeus Says ISIS Fighters in Mosul Are 'Dead Men Walking'
- October 23, 2016

The long-awaited offensive on Mosul was launched on Monday, with some 30,000 troops involved in Iraq's largest military operation since the pullout of USA troops in 2011. The militants thus far have put up significant resistance in villages surrounding Mosul . "I think it's extraordinarily important and we are certainly attempting to do that", Votel said. (more...)
PA University faculty agree to end strike PA University faculty agree to end strike
- October 23, 2016

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said professors will remain off the job until a new contract is reached. Details about concessions and rescinded items are still not available. Senior theatre and public relations major and December Things cast member Tyler Hahn said the cast was supporting their professors because they were the students' support system, and therefore, the students should support the faculty in the same way. (more...)
Saudi forces down missile fired by Yemen's Houthis - agency
- October 23, 2016

One of the U.S. Navy ships stationed off the coast of Yemen, the USS Mason , has come under attack by Houthi insurgents, who have been supported and armed by Iran. The Saudi government claimed the missile was intercepted . A Saudi air base near the holy city of Mecca was also targeted Sunday by a ballistic missile fired from Yemen , according to the Associated Press . (more...)
Missiles fired at USA warship near Yemen, says US
- October 23, 2016

The airstrike on the funeral gathering was condemned by the United Nations Commissioner on Human Rights as "outrageous" and the strike caused the U.S.to announce an "immediate review" of its support for the Saudi-led campaign. Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook at the time said that the USA countermeasures were not related to the wider Yemen conflict going on in the country that has triggered worries of starvation and killed at least 3,800 people since the conflict escalated in March 2015. (more...)
Two Americans held in Yemen released and flown to Oman: State media
- October 23, 2016

Investigators called for a review of the rules of engagement and for compensation for families of the victims, who had gathered to mourn the death of the father of rebel interior minister Jalal al-Rowaishan. The strike has also threatened to escalate Yemen's civil war and pull the United States further into a conflict from which it has sought to distance itself. (more...)
Unemployment rates rose in 3 of 8 US swing states last month
- October 23, 2016

The September 2016 labor pool in Marion County of people working or wanting to work rose to 132,315 people, up from 131,160 in August and 131,465 in September 2015. Professional and business services (+1,000 jobs). "As far as the unemployment rate, it is down from (August) and a year ago, so that looks good", said Janet Klaven, a labor market analyst for the state Employment Development Department . (more...)
Serbia denies politics involved in aid for Syria
- October 23, 2016

The Syrian army says it has opened eight corridors across the front line for the more than 250,000 civilians in militant-held areas to leave but so far nearly none have taken up the offer. The Syrian opposition has accused the world body of playing into the hands of Damascus and Moscow by focusing on evacuations rather providing relief supplies to allow residents to stay. (more...)
Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs: NLCS Game 6 GameThread
- October 23, 2016

All of this is not to mention the fact that this year's Cubs had to get through the likes of Madison Bumgarner (arguably the greatest postseason pitcher in baseball history) and Clayton Kershaw (the best pitcher on the planet) twice just to reach the World Series, beating Kershaw in the pennant-clinching Game 6 of the NLCS. (more...)
Home Office rejected 'expert help' to assess refugee ages
- October 23, 2016

Phillip Davies MP urged the Home Office to undertake dental checks on the migrants in a bid to prove their age, saying: "People only have to see pictures to see they are not children". "I can not imagine it". The camp was partly disassembled this year, but even more migrants arrived, almost doubling its population. These services have provided a crucial sense of normality amid the chaos, but have become hard to maintain while residents and volunteers are preparing for a mass demolition. (more...)
Didn't really mean separation from USA, can not sever ties: Philippines' Duterte
- October 23, 2016

His pronouncement was met with applause, but Duterte did not explain what he exactly meant to do and when. During his presidential campaign this spring, Duterte said that he would shelve concerns over the South China Sea in return for Chinese economic aid; then he vowed to personally ride a jet ski to contested islands and adorn them with a Philippine flag. (more...)
Bill Clinton arrives at Cobb Center
- October 23, 2016

The Florida Education Association has endorsed Hillary Clinton , and it showed in the packed ballroom with unabashed praise from NEA leaders, a sea of Hillary T-shirts and promotional videos for her playing before Bill Clinton arrived. "Building infrastructure in Florida means making coastal communities less vulnerable to climate change", he said to the cheer of younger crowd members. (more...)
Russian Federation extends pause in Aleppo bombing until midnight on Oct 22 Russian Federation extends pause in Aleppo bombing until midnight on Oct 22
- October 23, 2016

The pause in Aleppo fighting was announced by Russian Federation to allow for the evacuation of civilians and fighters, as well as the wounded. Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein did not specifically name Russian Federation, whose war planes have carried out weeks of air strikes on the rebel-held part of Aleppo along with the Syrian air force, but his reference was clear. (more...)
1 dead after 2 explosions hit Japanese city; cause unclear 1 dead after 2 explosions hit Japanese city; cause unclear
- October 23, 2016

State broadcaster NHK said the cause of the blasts was now unknown but police were investigating whether the two blasts were linked. Three others suffered injuries in the park, police said. A man who was in the park at the time of the blasts told NHK that he heard a loud noise and smelled gunpowder. The vehicle was owned by a 72-year-old former member of the Self-Defence Forces, whose house in the Utsunomiya city had been destroyed in fire shortly before the explosions hit, it said. (more...)
British anti-terrorist police find second "suspicious item" after London arrest
- October 23, 2016

People were moved out of the area but a 200-metre cordon has now been lifted, Metropolitan Police said. It said: 'This increase is in response to the discovery of a suspected viable improvised explosive device (IED) on a London Underground train yesterday. (more...)
Footage emerges showing Kim Kardashian's robbery suspects leaving Paris apartment on bikes
- October 23, 2016

On Thursday morning, Kourtney Kardashian shared with Australia's Today Extra that the family is all still "shaken up". Kourtney Kardashian got seriously awkward during an interview involving her sister Kim Kardashian's robbery in Paris. (more...)
Trump set to lay out his first 100 days agenda Trump set to lay out his first 100 days agenda
- October 23, 2016

After Pittsburgh , Clinton and Kaine will travel to Philadelphia for a rally at the University of Pennsylvania campus. Their scheduled joint appearance in Pennsylvania on Saturday was their first event together since Labor Day. Still, Clinton told reporters on her plane in Pittsburgh that she does plan to focus more on helping other Democrats. "Donald Trump had been talking a lot about stamina, but boy at the end of the debates, he really looked like he was on the ropes", he said. (more...)
Opposition cries dictatorship after Venezuela blocks recall
- October 23, 2016

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Friday that President Maduro is "in disobedience of the constitution" and called on both the National Assembly and Armed Forces to "make a decision" and have people "respect the constitution". Others, many of which were represented at a recent developing world summit hosted by Venezuela, have offered close to unconditional support to President Maduro. (more...)
Scottish Independence Is Only A Matter Of Time, Says Nicola Sturgeon Scottish Independence Is Only A Matter Of Time, Says Nicola Sturgeon
- October 23, 2016

The plans include a new Board of Trade in Scottish government, introducing an office in Berlin to represent Scotland in the European Union as well as increasing the amount of trade envoys and worldwide development staff hired by the Scottish Government. (more...)

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