October 24th, 2020

World News

Cartels’ meth war bloodying once-peaceful state in Mexico

By Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

MEXICO CITY – In the central Mexico state of Guanajuato, the colour of the meth or the markings on the package in an addict’s pocket may determine whether he lives or dies. The Jalisco Cartel sells crystal-clear meth at $2.30 per dose. The home gang, Santa Rosa de Lima, sells cheaper blue-tinged methamphetamines for $1.40. ... Read More »

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Hurricane Epsilon weakens, expected to move east of Bermuda

By The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

MIAMI – Hurricane Epsilon’s maximum sustained winds dropped Thursday as it moved northwest over the Atlantic Ocean on a path expected to skirt just east of Bermuda. Epsilon’s maximum sustained winds ebbed by Thursday afternoon to 85 mph (140 kph), dropping it from a Category 2 to a Category 1 storm. But the hurricane swirled ... Read More »

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2nd group of judges blocks Trump order on House seats count

By Mike Schneider, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

For the second time in two months, a panel of federal judges on Thursday blocked President Donald Trump’s effort to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from being counted during the process of divvying up congressional seats by state. The decision from a panel of three district judges in California went further than last month’s ... Read More »

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Cartel battles stun once-peaceful state in central Mexico

By Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

MEXICO CITY – The two most powerful drug cartels in the hemisphere are battling over the industrial and farming hub of central Mexico – a state that has attracted gangs for the same reason it has lured auto manufacturers: road and rail networks that lead straight to the U.S. border. Guanajuato was long a relatively ... Read More »

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Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of escalation

By Avet Demourian, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

YEREVAN, Armenia – Heavy fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh continued Thursday with Armenia and Azerbaijan trading blame for new attacks, hostilities that raised the threat of Turkey and Russia being drawn into the conflict. Speaking in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that according to the information Russia has acquired, the combined deaths from nearly four weeks ... Read More »

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Epstein ex Maxwell denied getting Prince Andrew sex partners

By Jim Mustian And Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

NEW YORK – Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend denied introducing Britain’s Prince Andrew to underage sex partners in a defensive and combative deposition made public Thursday, calling the prince’s accuser an “awful fantasist.” “Are we tallying all the lies?” Ghislaine Maxwell asked during the 2016 deposition, saying she could not recall taking Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre out ... Read More »

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GOP to high court: Halt longer N. Carolina absentee deadline

By Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

President Donald Trump’s campaign and North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to return the state to a shorter deadline for accepting late-arriving absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day. The legislative leaders argue in their appeal that the longer deadline, which was extended after early voting had begun, will result ... Read More »

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Nigerian president leaves protest shootings out of speech

By Sam Olukoya, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

LAGOS, Nigeria – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari spoke to the nation about the unrest that has gripped the country in recent days without making any mention of the shootings of peaceful protesters at Lekki toll plaza on Tuesday night that prompted international outrage. The military opened fire without warning on thousands of peaceful protesters singing ... Read More »

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French PM says 2nd virus wave is here, vastly extends curfew

By Elaine Ganley, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

PARIS – French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday a vast extension of the nightly curfew that is intended to curb the spiraling spread of the coronavirus, saying “the second wave is here.” The curfew imposed in eight regions of France last week, including Paris and its suburbs, is being extended starting Friday at ... Read More »

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Serb police block right-wing disruption of event with Kosovo

By The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

BELGRADE, Serbia – Serbian riot police on Thursday prevented dozens of right-wing extremists from disrupting a youth cultural event with Kosovo after similar groups in previous weeks broke into two exhibitions and threatened artists in a theatre play.. Riot police deployed around the venue in central Belgrade hosting the Miredita Dobar Dan festival that is ... Read More »

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GOP to high court: Shorten North Carolina absentee deadline

By Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

President Donald Trump’s campaign and North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to shorten the state’s recently extended deadline for accepting late-arriving absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day. State Republican legislative leaders argue in their appeal that the longer deadline, which was extended after early voting had begun, will result ... Read More »

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