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NEWS     SATURDAY,  OCTOBER  20, 2018    NEWS


Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died in consulate, fires two senior officials
Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has died, and said it fired two senior officials over the incident that has provoked an international outcry and strained relations between Riyadh and the West. A statement from the Saudi public prosecutor said a fight broke out between Khashoggi and people who met him in the consulate and led to his death. “The investigations are still underway and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested,” the statement on state media said, adding that royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri have been fired from their positions. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The Saudis must to admit the facts as they are known - the truth is another story.

John Bolton pushing Trump to withdraw from Russian nuclear arms treaty
John Bolton is pushing for the US to withdraw from a cold war-era arms control treaty with Russia, in the face of resistance from others in the Trump administration and US allies, according to sources briefed on the initiative. Bolton, Donald Trump’s third national security adviser, has issued a recommendation for withdrawal from the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty (INF), which the US says Russia has been violating with the development of a new cruise missile. Withdrawal from the treaty, which would mark a sharp break in US arms control policy, has yet to be agreed upon by cabinet and faces opposition from within the state department and the Pentagon.  The Guardian
VOA VIEW: A tough decision - will the threat change Russia?

Nikki Haley pokes fun at prime political target -- herself -- at New York charity dinner
The humorous lines came right at the start, when comic Jim Gaffigan introduced Nikki Haley as the next president of the United States. But the quips didn't stop there. At a white gala in New York on Thursday evening, Haley, the departing U.N. ambassador, poked fun at her Indian heritage, her boss in the Oval Office and plenty more.
"Everyone in Washington called me with advice about this speech. They all said the same thing: Do not under any circumstances make any jokes about the president. So good night everybody!" Haley joked, according to The Associated Press. "Actually the president called me this morning and gave me some really good advice. He said if I get stuck for laughs, just brag about his accomplishments," she added. Fox
VOA VIEW: Madness!

Chaos erupts as caravan reaches Mexico border
A chaotic scene unfolded as a massive caravan of Honduran migrants reached the Guatemala-Mexico border Friday. A surge of migrants broke through a steel fence that had been padlocked shut. Mexican police in riot gear pushed them back, setting off smoke canisters. Hundreds of Mexican Federal Police sealed the border as drones and helicopters hovered above the crowd, which waited on a bridge in sweltering heat. Thousands of migrants are waiting to cross, according to CNN teams at the scene. At least a dozen migrants stuck on the bridge have jumped into the river below. It is unclear if they are trying to swim across to the Mexico side of border, go back to Guatemala or just get relief from the crowds on the bridge. CNN
VOA VIEW: The mob has gone mad.

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Russian national charged with interfering in US political system, 2018 elections
A Russian national has been charged with interfering in the U.S. political system, including next month’s midterm elections, the Department of Justice revealed Friday.
Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, was the chief accountant of a Russian operation called "Project Lakhta," which was "funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and two companies he controls, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, and Concord Catering," a news release said.  "Project Lakhta includes multiple components, some involving domestic audiences within the Russian Federation and others targeting foreign audiences in the United States, members of the European Union, and Ukraine, among others," according to the DOJ.  Fox
VOA VIEW: Bad news for Russia.

Turkish officials raced to intercept Saudi plane after suspecting Jamal Khashoggi had been killed
Turkish officials suspected within hours of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance that he had likely been killed and raced to Istanbul airport to intercept a private Saudi plane that was waiting to take off, CNN has learned. After discovering that Khashoggi had vanished, intelligence officers scrambled to try and find out whether he had been abducted or whether his body was being taken out of the country. Disguised as airport staff, officers searched the plane while a group of Saudis waited in the airport. But they found nothing suspicious, and the flight in question was allowed to leave at about 11 p.m. local time. CNN

March for Life 2019 Theme is ‘Unique from Day One
The theme for the 46th annual March for Life is “Unique from Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini announced at a press briefing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. “I very happily and proudly announce to you that the 2019 March for Life theme is ‘Unique from Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science,’” she said. “Our DNA is present at the moment of fertilization and no fingerprint ever – past, present, future – is like yours,” she added. “And that’s what it means to be unique from day one." CNS

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Paul Manafort arrives at court hearing about sentencing date in a wheelchair
Manafort is currently in detention in an Alexandria jail awaiting sentencing on a host of charges brought by Mueller’s prosecutors in two separate jurisdictions as part of his investigation into Russian meddling durng the 2016 campaign. Manafort’s defense attorney, Kevin Downing, told Judge T.S. Ellis that Manafort’s health has suffered as a result of his incarceration. “We do think there are significant concerns with Mr. Manafort’s health and much of that has to do with the terms of Mr. Manafort’s confinement,” Downing said, though it was not immediately clear what ailment Manafort has suffered. The judge decided Manafort will be sentenced on Feb. 8 for various financial crimes after a jury found him guilty in August. He is also awaiting sentencing on the two separate counts of conspiracy to which he pleaded guilty in September. A joint status report with regard to sentencing in that other case is due Nov. 16. ABC
VOA VIEW: Fake ailments.

Feds charge NY man with threatening two US senators for supporting Kavanaugh
Federal authorities have arrested a New York man for allegedly threatening to attack two U.S. senators over their support for Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination to the Supreme Court was almost derailed by an allegation he sexually assaulted a woman three decades ago while they were in high school. 74-year-old Ronald Derisi of Smithtown, Long Island, was arrested Friday morning on charges of threatening a federal official, according to court records. Prosecutors allege that on the same day Kavanaugh and his accuser testified in separate sessions to a Senate panel, Derisi left two threatening voicemails at offices associated with a lawmaker only identified in charging documents as "Senator 1." ABC

Mega Millions jackpot swells to record $1 billion
The Mega Millions jackpot ballooned to a record high: $1 billion for Friday night's drawing. It's the second-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The increase comes three days after no ticket matched all six winning numbers drawn Tuesday night and dwarfs the Powerball $430 million jackpot up for grabs when those numbers are chosen around 11 p.m. ET Saturday night. Tuesday's Mega Millions winning numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 with a Mega Ball of 9 for a jackpot worth $667 million at the time. It had increased early Wednesday to $868 million and officials raised the jackpot to $900 million later in the day, then to $970 million Thursday. They say the estimated cash value for Friday's jackpot is $565 million. If the winner chooses the annuity option, the jackpot would be paid out over 29 years. The cash option is usually favored by the winners. CBS

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Politicians say nothing, but US farmers are increasingly terrified by it – climate change
Welcome to climate change, Iowa-style. It’s the least debated issue of the midterm political season. The weather is the top topic of conversation at any cooperative elevator’s coffee table, along with the markets. Everyone knows that things have been changing in sweeping ways out here on the richest corn ground in the world. It’s drought in the spring and floods in the fall – what were considered 500-year floods in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines 30 years ago are now considered 100-year floods. Iowa has been getting soggier in spring and fall, with scary dry spells interspersed, and more humid at night by as much as a third since 1980. Everyone knows it has been getting wetter and weirder, especially Dr Gene Takle, a Nobel prize-winning climate scientist at Iowa State University. Guardian

EU's attempt to control Britain's tax policies after Brexit
The European Union is drawing up plans to control Britain’s tax policies ­after Brexit, leaked documents seen by The Daily Telegraph disclose. According to draft documents, the EU wants to ensure the UK pledges to keep its tax rules aligned with those of the bloc as part of any future Brexit agreement. Such a move would prevent the UK from becoming a low-tax economy by cutting its corporation tax rate to attract business. And – depending on the wording of any agreement – it could mean that any future changes to the EU’s tax rules would need to be followed by the UK, even years after Brexit. Telegraph

Herpes linked to half of Alzheimer's cases, leading scientist says
The herpes virus is linked to half of all Alzheimer’s cases, according to new research. Leading expert Professor Ruth Itzhaki said recent studies in Taiwan found antiviral drugs drastically reduced the risk of dementia in patients with severe herpes infections. This followed a lifetime of evidence that the virus - best known for its role in cold sores - fuels rogue amyloid beta proteins that destroy neurons. Prof Itzhaki's review published in Frontiers in Ageing Neuroscience raises the distant prospect of a simple, effective preventive treatment for one of the most prevalent serious diseases. Telegraph

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Trump says he may consider sanctions over missing Saudi journalist
U.S. President Donald Trump said he might consider sanctions against Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while emphasizing the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship. In Istanbul, Turkish prosecutors investigating Khashoggi’s disappearance questioned Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate on Friday, widening the hunt for clues in a case straining Riyadh’s alliance with Western powers. Reuters

Sulawesi devastation ‘beyond imagination’ as massive aid operation continues: UN relief agencies
More emergency shelter supplies and relief for thousands of victims of Indonesia’s recent earthquake and tsunami is set to arrive on the island of Sulawesi in the coming days, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, amid reports from staff that the devastation is “beyond imagination”. Three weeks since disaster struck, it is estimated to have killed more than 2,000 people, displaced 80,000 and destroyed nearly 70,000 houses. At least 680 individuals remain unaccounted for, UNHCR says. In addition to the tremors and tidal waves, huge landslides turned the ground into liquid mud which washed over large areas. UN News

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