Wednesday, October 31, 2018

World News Briefs -- October 31, 2018 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Trump hardens stance on Mexico border, says 15,000 troops could be sent

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States could send as many as 15,000 troops to the border with Mexico, as he hardens his stance against a caravan of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

The numbers cited by Trump are significantly higher than defense officials have disclosed. The Pentagon said on Monday it was deploying more than 5,200 troops to the border but that the number would rise. On Wednesday, it said more than 7,000 troops would support the Department of Homeland Security along the border.

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Pompeo says Khashoggi murder violated international law.

Khashoggi murder: Turkey gives official details of Saudi writer's death. Khashoggi strangled in planned attack, body dismembered – Turkish prosecutor. Turkish prosecutor: Khashoggi was strangled, dismembered inside Saudi consulate.

King Salman's brother 'returns to Riyadh' amid Khashoggi crisis.

US-backed Syria force suspends anti-IS attacks after Turkey hits.

US backed Syria Kurds accuse Turkey of jeopardizing IS fight.

Syria war: Aid fails to reach civilians in desert camp.

Mattis sets 30-day deadline for Yemen ceasefire. US defence chief demands Yemen ceasefire; peace talks in 30 days.

US shifts on Yemen as toll mounts and Saudi alliance falters.

UN aims to re-launch Yemen peace talks 'within a month'.

Yemeni rebels unveil new missile.

U.S. doesn't want to harm friends, allies with Iran sanctions: Bolton.


US-SKorea to decide fate of future drills after review.

Afghan military leader, 24 others killed in helicopter crash.

China’s top leaders prepare for worse as economy takes hits from US trade war.

Report: U.S. envoy proposed joint inspection of North Korea nuclear sites. North Korea prepares nuclear test site for inspectors.

Asia Bibi's blasphemy verdict: Islamists protest across Pakistan. Asia Bibi's blasphemy verdict, death sentence overturned in Pakistan. Asia Bibi: Pakistan acquits Christian woman on death row.

Vietnam rolls out web monitor to control 'false information'.

Okinawa's new leader speaks about US military bases in Japan.

Crews hear 'pings' from locator beacon of crashed Lion Air plane.


Amnesty accuses Nigeria forces of 'horrific' Shiite killings.

Amnesty alarmed at number of protesters killed in Guinea.

Rebel leader Riek Machar returns to South Sudan for peace ceremony.

South Sudan celebrates new peace accord amid joy – and scepticism.

Nigeria arrests 400 Shia Muslims after deadly clashes.

Nigerian Shi'ite group says 42 killed when security forces fired upon protests.

Nigerian Shiites bury dead after clashes with security forces.

Malawi court halts 'racist' Gandhi statue plan.

President Macky Sall: ‘Senegal doesn’t need any lessons in democracy’.

Tanzania: Anti-gay crackdown in Dar es Salaam.


Rare NATO-Russia talks address military drills, 1987 missile treaty.

Brexit deal should be done by Nov. 21, UK's Raab says.

Lavrov confirms Putin, Trump set to discuss INF Treaty at Paris meeting.

Trump faces Election Day deadline on Russia.

US, Europeans say planned Ukraine separatist vote illegal.

Migration to Russia exceeds one million: Influx offsets population decline.

Hungary's top court acquits camerawoman who kicked and tripped migrants.

Rightwinger leads race to succeed Angela Merkel as party chair.


US could send as many as 15,000 troops to Mexico border: Trump.

'We don't do stunts', Mattis says of troops to border.

Trump bashes Paul Ryan on birthright citizenship: Focus on holding the majority.

GOP senators press Trump to halt nuclear energy talks with Saudi Arabia.

US indicts 10 Chinese intelligence agents following ‘hack on US and European aviation companies’.

Migrant caravan: More people enter Mexico to join march to US.

'We don't do stunts', Mattis says of troops to border.

Brazil: Bolsonaro plans threaten Amazon, say experts.

Hawaii top court approves controversial Thirty Meter Telescope.


5 freed from Gitmo in exchange for Bergdahl join Taliban’s political office in Qatar.

Russia: Teen suicide bomber targets FSB offices in North Caucasus.

Iraq looks to snuff out ISIL remnants in remote Anbar province.


Wall St. ends last day of haunted October in the black.

Scary Season? Global stocks get rare gain as bruising month concludes.

Lion Air crash: Indonesia to inspect Boeing 737-Max 8 planes.

Pacific Rim trade pact dumped by Trump nears take-off.

Canadian, British lawmakers call for Zuckerberg to talk data privacy.

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