WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED

Mayor of Turkey’s capital next from leader’s party to resign

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 21:22
The mayor of Turkey’s capital says he is resigning, apparently succumbing to weeks of pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Dawn Blitz 2017: Realistic and Relevant Amphibious Training

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 21:08
The Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group 3 and the Marine Corps’ 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade kicked off the joint amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz.

'It made me cry': Trump's condolence call gone wrong

BBC - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 21:02
Two weeks after four soldiers were killed in Niger, President Trump called their families. Here's why one of those calls has become headline news.

Moscow notes extension of OPCW-UN mandate in Syria should depend on quality of its work

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 21:00
Russia finds the approach towards conducting investigation and laboratory research surprising

Ankara mayor quits in Erdogan purge of local government

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:55
ANKARA (Reuters) - The mayor of Ankara said on Monday he will step down this week, the fifth mayor from the ruling party to quit in recent weeks in the face of demands for a purge of local politics by President Tayyip Erdogan.

Canadian man fined for singing ‘90s dance tune in car

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:50
A Canadian man’s decision to belt out a 1990s dance hit while inside his car has landed him a $149 ticket for being too loud in public.

Morocco: 6 held in probe of alleged terror plot by IS cell

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:50
Moroccan authorities say they have arrested six people suspected of being involved in the “terrorist plans” of an extremist cell allegedly linked to the Islamic State group.

U.N. says Sri Lanka's delay in post-war reconciliation involves risks

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:42
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Long delays in Sri Lanka's post-war reconciliation is not without cost, and its government should implement measures to resolve outstanding issues, the United Nations said on Monday.

U.S. needs to work with others on North Korea crisis: Singapore PM

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:35
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday he outlined for President Donald Trump his country's efforts to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program but also advised the U.S. leader to use talks to help resolve the conflict.

He patted a man's butt in Dubai and faced months in prison — until a royal pardon freed him

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:34
Jamie Harron was trying to stop his drink from spilling. Now he is the subject of the latest anecdote illustrating just how different things are in Dubai.

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore Before Working Luncheon

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:31

Cabinet Room

12:51 P.M. EDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It's a great honor to have Prime Minister Lee of Singapore with us and his representatives at the highest level.

We've just signed an order with Boeing for almost $14 billion worth of airplanes. We do a lot of business with Singapore. The relationship now is at its highest point and it will continue. It will continue.

So, Mr. Prime Minister, thank you very much. It's an honor to have you in the White House.

PRIME MINISTER LEE: Well, thank you very much for inviting me and my delegation. We have a very good relationship with the United States, and we hope to take it forward further.

PRESIDENT TRUMP : Thank you.

PRIME MINISTER LEE: And I'm very happy at the deal between SIA and Boeing. SIA is not a bad airline -- (laughter) -- and they try their best to buy the best airplanes, and I'm quite sure they've made a good decision.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: That's because they buy Boeing, right? (Laughter.)

That's great. Thank you very much.

Thank you, everybody. Thank you very much.

END

 12:53 P.M. EDT

Weinstein Company faces civil rights probe

BBC - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:20
Civil rights inquiry opened into Weinstein Company over sexual assault allegations made against Harvey Weinstein

Ultra-Orthodox Jews block Jerusalem roads in draft protests

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:18
Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews from a radical sect are again blocking roads in Jerusalem bringing traffic to a standstill and scuffling with police and passers-by.

Barcelona’s vast stadium gives voice to Catalan separatism

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:18
The rallying cry erupted, almost precisely, after 17 minutes and 14 seconds of soccer in the match between Barcelona and Malaga.

Rwandan leader's would-be rival Rwigara and her mother denied bail

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:15
KIGALI (Reuters) - A Rwandan court denied bail on Monday to a vocal critic of President Paul Kagame who was barred from running against him in an August election and later jailed on charges of incitement and forgery that are widely seen as politically motivated.

Russian Anti-Doping Agency endorses foreign specialist for post of ethics officer

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:15
WADA concluded that Russia had achieved certain progress in bringing its anti-doping system in line with the global requirements

Russian National Guard officer kills 4 comrades, shot dead

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:02
The Russian National Guard says one of its officers has shot and killed four other servicemen dead before being killed by guards.

In Africa, US envoy Haley voices concern over South Sudan

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:02
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. says her government will continue sending aid to South Sudan despite the stalling of a peace process to end the civil war that has killed tens of thousands.

Tillerson arrives in Iraq after rebuke from Baghdad over paramilitaries

REUTERS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:01
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived on Monday in Iraq, hours after the government rebuked him for calling on it to send home Iranian-backed paramilitary units that helped defeat Islamic State and capture the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk.

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