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18 Oct 6:31pm Brexit legislation could set ‘disastrous precedent’, archbishops warn in open letter
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<p>Justin Welby was among the church leaders to sign letter&nbsp;</p>
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18 Oct 6:22pm Twitter blocks tweet from Trump adviser downplaying masks
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Twitter has blocked a post from an adviser to President Donald Trump who suggested that masks do not work to stop the spread of coronavirus
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18 Oct 6:12pm UN hopes meeting will raise $1 billion for key Sahel nations
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The U.N. humanitarian chief is hoping a major ministerial meeting Tuesday will not only raise a billion dollars for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region but also spur leaders to address the underlying causes, including increasing conflict and insecurity, weak governance, and a lack of development
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18 Oct 6:12pm Homes believed lost in north-central Colorado fires
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Nearly 3,000 people were forced to flee from a fast-moving fire in north-central Colorado and authorities believe some homes were lost
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18 Oct 5:50pm Brexit: Drugs industry appeals to Boris Johnson for urgent action to avoid no-deal medicine shortages
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<p><strong>Exclusive: </strong>UK and EU ‘must prioritise patients’, says trade body</p>
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18 Oct 5:42pm Boris Johnson launches advertising drive warning businesses ‘time is running out’ to prepare for Brexit amid no-deal threat
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<p>Business body hits back telling PM: ‘Facing the triple threat of a resurgent coronavirus, tightening restrictions and a disorderly end to the transition period, it is little wonder businesses are struggling to prepare’</p>
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18 Oct 5:37pm Longtime Minnesota sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at 100
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Minnesota sports columnist and radio personality Sid Hartman, an old-school home team booster who once ran the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers, has died at age 100
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18 Oct 5:15pm Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have helped spread coronavirus across Midwest
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<p>Sturgis rally was largest gathering of people in US, maybe world, during pandemic</p>
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18 Oct 4:38pm ‘He continues to lie to us’: Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus in emerging battleground North Carolina
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<p>‘My grandfather would say this guy’s gone around the bend if he thinks we’ve turned the corner’</p>
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18 Oct 4:34pm Report: Spy plane monitored protest where Guard head lives
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A peaceful protest in a sleepy suburb that’s home to the head of the California National Guard was among four demonstrations monitored by National Guard spy planes
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18 Oct 4:19pm Trump effort to send prescription drug discount cards before election halted amid vote-buying claims: report
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<p>Lawmakers argue plan politically-motivated with no congressional oversight</p>
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18 Oct 3:33pm Donald Trump campaigns at Las Vegas church as congregation blesses him with ‘second wind’ for re-election
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<p>President tells congregation: 'We are telling you, you better get out because we have a group on the other side who doesn't agree with us’</p>
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18 Oct 3:17pm Cruise ship rescues 24 people from boat off Florida coast
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A Carnival Cruise Line ship has rescued two dozen people from a sinking boat 37 miles off the Florida coast
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18 Oct 3:15pm Republican chairwoman refuses to condemn QAnon, instead pivots to Antifa
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<p>RNC chair Ronna McDaniel dismisses conspiracy theorists as fringe group, ‘not part of our party’</p>
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18 Oct 2:51pm Spanish Republicans protest for prosecution of former king Juan Carlos who fled country
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<p>The former monarch has been living in the United Arab Emirates after fleeing Spain amid controversy in August&nbsp;</p>
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18 Oct 2:39pm Over 50,000 march in Belarus against authoritarian leader
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Tens of thousands of people marched down the streets of Belarus’ capital on Sunday, demanding the ouster of the country’s authoritarian leader who won his sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged
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18 Oct 2:15pm Michigan governor pushes back against Trump rally chants
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says President Donald Trump is inciting “domestic terrorism” following “lock her up” chants at his rally in the state
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18 Oct 2:08pm Morocco reopens some mosques, even as infections grow
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Moroccans across the country have performed their first weekly prayers in more than seven months as authorities eased some restrictions aimed at containing the virus pandemic
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18 Oct 2:05pm Coronavirus: Handing track-and-trace data to police ‘disastrous’ for public trust, government warned
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<p>Decision called 'another example of the government not only ignoring scientific advice but going against it’ by SAGE advisor</p>
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18 Oct 1:40pm Report: Damage from August wind storm in Midwest at $7.5B
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A new report says damage estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa and some other parts of the Midwest in August are growing
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18 Oct 1:30pm Literary festival curator accuses UAE minister of tolerance of sexual assault
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<p>‘We got out in a room full of bottles of perfumes and he pushed me backwards onto a circular bed covered in fur,’ claims Caitlin McNamara</p>
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18 Oct 1:06pm Lifeboat rescues seaplane stranded on Loch Ness
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<p>RNLI called to assist plane after it experienced engine trouble&nbsp;</p>
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18 Oct 1:05pm Biden dominating Trump in ad-spending wars, outspending the president 2-to-1
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<p>Biden campaign ran 38 different ads in Pennsylvania alone</p>
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18 Oct 12:41pm Trump is clinging to crowd size as a measure of his success
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<p>The president’s US-wide rallies are an ‘ego boost’ after months of stumbles&nbsp;</p>
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18 Oct 12:35pm HOLD Review of security around terrorist prisoners after first Isis-inspired attack in UK jail
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<p><strong>Exclusive: </strong>Experts call for public scrutiny amid concerns a prison officer could be killed</p>
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18 Oct 12:10pm Policy vs. personality: Undecideds torn as election nears
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Four years ago, undecided voters’ late decisions to support Donald Trump helped push him to victory
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18 Oct 11:53am Trump, Biden are campaigning across country from each other
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President Donald Trump is beginning his day with a rare visit to church as he and Democratic rival Joe Biden campaign across the country from one another in key states with the Nov. 3 election close at hand
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18 Oct 11:45am Vietnam landslide hits army barracks and kills 14
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<p>Heavy rainfall has hit much of Vietnam in past week</p>
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18 Oct 11:31am UK coronavirus cases up nearly 17,000 in 24 hours, as deaths increase by 67
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<p>Over 58,000 deaths in UK show Covid-19 on death certificate</p>
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18 Oct 11:31am Brexit: Michael Gove says door still ‘ajar’ for trade talks with EU
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<p>Keir Starmer urges PM to show flexibility as business body demands: ‘Get back into the room around the table and secure an outcome’</p>
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18 Oct 11:25am Lara Trump claims without evidence Biden suffering ‘cognitive decline’ when challenged on mocking stutter
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<p>Campaign has spent months doubting Democratic rival’s mental state as president faces questions about declining health</p>
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18 Oct 11:19am AP Exclusive: Utility lacked basic training before blackouts
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When Pacific Gas & Electric intentionally cut power to Northern California last fall, few of its emergency managers had learned the fundamentals of managing an emergency in their home state
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18 Oct 11:09am Updated French virus curfew produces eerie quiet on streets of Paris
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The streets of Paris and eight other French cities were deserted on Saturday night on the first day of the government-imposed 9 p.m. curfew that is set to last at least four weeks
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18 Oct 11:08am Millions more virus rapid tests but are results reported?
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The U.S. can now test several million people daily for coronavirus but the boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results
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18 Oct 11:08am Deserted streets in Paris as French coronavirus curfew comes in
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<p>President Macron announced new restrictions on Wednesday to curb resurgent infections</p>
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18 Oct 10:55am More than a dozen whales found dead on New Zealand beach
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<p>Pod of pilot whales were stranded on North Island’s Coromandel Peninsula&nbsp;</p>
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18 Oct 10:52am UK shop closures reach record high in 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic
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<p>Total of 11,000 chain operator outlets shut in first half of this year</p>
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18 Oct 10:11am Some in North Dakota wish for tougher virus tack by governor
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North Dakota’s status as one of the hottest spots in the nation for coronavirus spread has prompted some sharp questions about Republican Gov. Doug Burgum’s stressing individual responsibility over mandates and enforcement actions
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18 Oct 10:05am Stance on abortion politics varies widely among US clergy
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Some priests and pastors are making waves during this election year by telling their flocks that voting for Democrats who support abortion rights is an evil potentially deserving of eternal damnation
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18 Oct 9:44am Coronavirus: Disobedience is aggravating UK’s outbreak, says ex-Wuhan resident
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<p>He believes Chinese citizens are ‘more likely’ to follow rules outlined by their government</p>
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18 Oct 9:42am Lara Trump says president has done ‘incredible job’ on coronavirus and defends not wearing mask at debate
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<p>Campaign adviser and daughter-in-law points to ‘incredible’ response to public health crisis as US infections break records</p>
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18 Oct 9:35am Court of the ‘absurd’: why French politicians have little to fear from coronavirus probe
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<p>Headlines were made when police raided the homes of senior French politicians as part of an investigation into their handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but, as Rory Mulholland reports from Paris, ministers should have few concerns about the course of justice</p>
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18 Oct 9:35am Tulsa digs again for victims of 1921 race massacre
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A second search for Black victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre is to begin in a cemetery
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18 Oct 9:11am Man arrested in connection with Official Secrets Act ‘linked to Darroch cables,’ report says 
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<p>Sir Kim Darroch was forced to resign after leak of diplomatic cables in 2019</p>
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18 Oct 9:09am Car bombing in western Afghanistan kills 13, wounds 120
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A suicide car bombing has killed at least 13 people and wounded around 120 others in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province
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18 Oct 9:00am Touch-and-go: US spacecraft sampling asteroid for return
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A NASA spacecraft circling an ancient asteroid 200 million miles away is about to reach out and make contact
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18 Oct 8:59am Coronavirus: Michael Gove defends £7,000 day rate for some Test and Trace consultants
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<p>Minister for the Cabinet Office said expenditure was a good use of public money</p>
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18 Oct 8:28am Home Improvement actor Zachery Ty Bryan arrested in Oregon
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Zachery Ty Bryan, the actor who played the oldest son on the long-running 1990s sit-com “Home Improvement,” has been arrested in Oregon
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18 Oct 8:26am Home Improvement star Zachery Ty Bryan arrested for strangulation
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<p>Actor reportedly impeded breathing of victim and took her phone away when she tried to call 911</p>
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18 Oct 8:26am Paris terror attack: France mourns decapitated teacher at rallies
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<p>Samuel Paty was beheaded by an 18-year-old, who was then shot dead by police</p>
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18 Oct 8:19am Despite past Democratic wins, Trump making a play for Nevada
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Democrats have kept Nevada in their column in every presidential election since 2004
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18 Oct 8:17am Dutch royals return from Greek holiday after one day amid public anger
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<p>The trip is causing controversy as the Dutch people are advised not to travel&nbsp;</p>
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18 Oct 8:17am Black officers break from unions over Trump endorsements
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Police unions nationwide have largely supported President Donald Trump’s reelection, amid mass demonstrations over police brutality and accusations of systemic racism
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18 Oct 7:42am Boris Johnson urged by Board of Deputies of British Jews to support post-Brexit safeguard for child refugees
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<p><strong>Exclusive: </strong>MPs are expected to vote on Lord Dubs’ amendment to government’s flagship post-Brexit immigration Bill on Monday</p>
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18 Oct 7:21am Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines
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Airlines are in trouble, and nowhere more than on long-haul international routes
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18 Oct 7:19am Updated UN arms embargoes on Iran expire despite US objections
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A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that barred it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets has expired
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18 Oct 7:12am China passes new law restricting sensitive exports
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China has passed a new law restricting sensitive exports to protect national security, allowing Beijing to reciprocate against the U.S. as tensions mount between the sides over trade and technology
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18 Oct 7:09am Thai protesters carry on demonstrations despite warnings
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Pro-democracy activists in Thailand have launched their fifth straight days of protests, scheduling demonstrations not just in the capital but also at several other locations around the country
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18 Oct 6:53am London Bridge attack: Murderer Steven Gallant up for early release after confronting knifeman with narwhal tusk
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<p>Serving-offender confronted knifeman and restrained Usman Khan before he was shot dead by police</p>
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18 Oct 6:27am Biden and Trump say they’re fighting for America’s ‘soul.’ What does that mean?
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<p>Language rooted in Christianity is commonplace for Republican candidates, but more unusual for Democrats&nbsp;</p>
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18 Oct 6:10am Andy Burnham accuses PM of ‘exaggerating’ Covid situation in Manchester amid stand-off with No 10 over tier 3
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<p>Remarks come as Michael Gove accuses Greater Manchester mayor of ‘political posturing’</p>
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18 Oct 6:00am Is Facebook really ready for the 2020 election?
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Ever since Russian agents and other opportunists abused its platform in an attempt to manipulate the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook has insisted — repeatedly — that it’s learned its lesson and is no longer a conduit for misinformation, voter suppression and election disruption
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18 Oct 5:54am Grandma Wong: Hong Kong protester who disappeared says she was held in mainland China for months
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<p>‘I was afraid I would die in that detention centre,’ says Grandma Wong</p>
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18 Oct 5:26am Demonstrations in France will pay tribute to slain teacher
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Demonstrations around France have been called in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class
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18 Oct 5:18am Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating new Nagorno-Karabakh truce
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<p>Ceasefire aimed to halt fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh mountain territory&nbsp;</p>
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18 Oct 5:14am Armenia, Azerbaijan report violations of new cease-fire
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Armenia and Azerbaijan are trading accusations of violating the new cease-fire in their conflict over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh territory despite a true announced Saturday that was supposed to take effect at midnight
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18 Oct 4:58am Tony Blair denies he broke quarantine rules with US visit to White House
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<p>Former prime minister failed to self-isolate for 14-day requirement</p>
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18 Oct 4:57am Coronavirus: Michael Gove rejects calls for immediate ‘circuit-breaker’ national lockdown
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<p>Cabinet Office minister says current spread of infection does ‘not merit’ blanket restrictions</p>
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18 Oct 4:31am Home Office’s focus on immigration control playing into hands of traffickers, lawyers and NGOs warn
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<p>Modern slavery victims who seek help from authorities subject to 'harmful’ immigration enforcement as traffickers use threat of detention and removal to control those they abuse, Prime Minister warned</p>
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18 Oct 4:18am US, Israeli envoys fly to Bahrain to advance nascent ties
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A joint American-Israeli delegation is heading to Bahrain on a direct commercial flight between Israel and the Gulf Arab state
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18 Oct 3:39am Turkish Cypriots pick leader as stakes soar in Mediterranean
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Turkish Cypriots are voting in a leadership runoff to chose between an incumbent who pledges a course less bound by Turkey’s dictates and a challenger who favors even closer ties to Ankara
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18 Oct 2:33am Russia shuns tough restrictions even as infections soar
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Popular bars and restaurants in Moscow's city center are packed on a Friday night
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18 Oct 1:52am The Latest: India adds 61,800 new cases, 1,033 deaths
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 India has added 61,871 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, raising its total to about 7.5 million
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18 Oct 1:44am Vietnam landslide hits army camp, buries 22 personnel
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A landslide in central Vietnam has buried at least 22 army personnel, just a week after another landslide killed 13 as heavy rains continued to pound the region
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18 Oct 1:25am Afghans say preventing next war as vital as ending this one
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Unresolved grievances are plentiful in Afghanistan, a nation traumatized by four decades of war, and today they cast a long shadow on the intra-Afghan negotiations which are under way in the Gulf nation of Qatar
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17 Oct 11:48pm Pandemic, politics lead to closure of storied Hong Kong bar
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Hong Kong bar Club 71, known as a gathering place for pro-democracy activists and intellectuals, is closing
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17 Oct 10:01pm Asia Today: Melbourne eases lockdown as cases decline
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Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has loosened lockdown restrictions as new and active COVID-19 continue to decline
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17 Oct 9:04pm Archbishop performs exorcism to cleanse protest site
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The archbishop of San Francisco performed a short exorcism ceremony Saturday outside a church where protesters had earlier toppled a statue of Father Junipero Serra
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17 Oct 8:15pm More than 1000 current and former CDC staff hit out at Trump coronavirus response
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<p>Open letter calls for greater role for CDC in fighting Covid-19</p>
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17 Oct 7:32pm Coronavirus: Million young adults could be struck by looming jobs crisis, report claims
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<p>Government schemes fall ‘significantly short of what is needed’, research to warn</p>
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17 Oct 7:19pm Mea Culpa: a monster comparison we saved for a rainy day
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<p>John Rentoul on questions of style and usage in last week’s Independent</p>
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