Military cadets killed in Kabul minibus suicide bombing
It brings the death toll from attacks in Afghanistan to around 200 in this week alone.

Pakistan: Player reports match-fixing approach - Pakistan Cricket Board
A Pakistan player has reported an approach by a match-fixer, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

The debate on Modi’s economic reforms
Author: Pradumna B. Rana, RSIS Three years since being elected on a platform of economic reform, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attracting much debate on his success in driving India’s reform agenda. Business newspapers are not optimistic. Recently, The Economist ran a cover story arguing that Modi is not much of a reformer and […]

Demise of Australian carmaking acts as warning to rich nations
General Motors’ unit closure raises questions over manufacturing in developed states

Wang Zuoan: Pope Francis is sincere, but he has to submit to two conditions
In an interview with Commercial Radio, the director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs reiterated the urgency of cutting relations with Taiwan and not interfere in China's domestic affairs, including religion. Fang Xinyao and Ma Yinglin, two bishops present at the party congress, heap praise on Xi Jinping's speech. Others warn against “fake pastors but real slaves”. An underground Catholic expresses his fears.

Era Ends: Hong Kong Stock Trading Floor to Close
Hong Kong’s last remaining stock market floor traders are taking their final orders as the exchange prepares to shut its trading hall. The bourse’s operator, Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing, says it will close the trading hall by the end of the month and turn the space into a showcase for the city’s financial markets. Yip Wing-keung, a trading manager at brokerage Christfund Securities, donned his red trading jacket for the last time Friday, his final day on the floor. He and the other few flo...

Traumatized and Needy, Rohingya Children Make Up 60 Percent of Myanmar Refugees 
Worn down and traumatized, children make up about 60 percent of the Rohingya refugees fleeing what aid groups call ethnic cleansing in Myanmar and heading to difficult conditions and an uncertain future in Bangladesh. Some 320,000 refugees have crossed over since August, including 1,200 to 1,800 children daily in recent days, the United Nations Children’s Fund said Friday. Bangladesh’s social services department said 13,751 children without a parent or parents were identified in a survey of t...

US Intelligence Keeping Wary Eye on China's President Xi
U.S. intelligence officials are closely watching developments during China's 19th Party Congress, calling it a key test for Chinese President Xi Jinping and a telling barometer of what type of relationship Beijing likely will pursue with Washington. Xi opened the high profile, high stakes political meeting earlier this week promising to build what he described as a “modern socialist country” for a “new era.” But more than Xi’s rhetoric, what has caught the attention of U.S. intelligence agenc...

In China’s Coal Capital, Xi Jinping’s Dream Remains Elusive
Mr. Xi has promised a new “China dream” of prosperity. But in the nation’s hinterlands, locals say there’s a stark disconnect between the bright promises and their hardscrabble reality.

ISIS Claims Attack on Shiite Mosque in Kabul That Killed at Least 32
Witnesses said the number of casualties could be as much as 50 dead, and people protested the Afghan government’s inability to protect the country’s Shiites.

Cycles of Wealth in Brazil’s Amazon: Gold, Lumber, Cattle and Now, Energy
The burning down of the local forest, on Jun. 29, 1979, was the first step towards the creation of the city of Paranaita, in a municipality that is now trying to shed its reputation as a major deforester of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest and has named itself “the energy capital.” Two large hydropower plants, one of […] The post Cycles of Wealth in Brazil’s Amazon: Gold, Lumber, Cattle and Now, Energy appeared first on Inter Press Service .

Japan Ranks Low in Female Lawmakers. An Election Won’t Change That.
Fewer than one in five of the 1,180 candidates running in Sunday’s election for the lower house of parliament are women.

China Set to Spend Billions on 'One Belt One Road,’ But Some Want Focus on Poverty
Running 1,300 kilometers over the world’s highest mountain pass, the “Friendship,” or Karakoram, Highway is evidence of China’s willingness to spend big as a contributor to global development. Costing tens of billions of dollars, the road links western China with Pakistan, part of Beijing’s “One Belt One Road” Initiative, which seeks to rekindle ancient Silk Road trade routes linking China with Europe and Africa and is a central tenet of President Xi Jinping’s leadership, said professor Steve...

Pakistan’s only sign language cafe
The family-run cafe like no other where you have to sign to get served.

China to Spend Billions More on 'One Belt' Initiative; Campaigners Want Focus on Poverty
At China's Communist Party Congress this week, President Xi Jinping said the country would be a contributor to global development. Key to that is the so-called One Belt One Road Initiative, which seeks to rekindle the ancient Silk Road trade routes linking China with Europe and Africa. Billions of dollars have been plowed into infrastructure projects along the route, but as Henry Ridgwell reports, there are calls for China to focus on development goals such as alleviating poverty.

Improved US-India Ties: A Tricky Balancing Act
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson next week makes his first trip to South Asia since the White House laid out a new strategy for the region. The visit includes a stop in India, whose relationship with the U.S. has evolved into what is effectively an alliance, much to the suspicion of New Delhi's neighbors, as VOA's Bill Gallo reports.

Rockets Land Near Kabul Military Headquarters
As many as two rockets landed near the international military headquarters in downtown Kabul early Saturday morning, Afghan security officials said. There were no reports of casualties. Around 6 a.m. local time (01:30 am GMT) alarms could be heard sounding at the headquarters of the NATO-led military mission, as well as at several foreign embassies in the area. The alarms were followed by several loud explosions.

These Are The Three Richard Spencer Fans Arrested For Attempted Homicide In Gainesville
GAINESVILLE, Fla. ― About five hours before his companion allegedly fired a bullet toward several protesters, and a day before police charged him with attempted homicide, Colton Fears, in an interview with HuffPost, laid out the grievances that had brought him to town.

Missing California Hikers Found In Embrace After Apparent Killing-Suicide
A young California couple who vanished during a hiking trip in the desert almost three months ago died in a murder-suicide near a trail, investigators said Friday.

Yellen says Fed might turn to QE in another downturn
Trump eyes new leadership that is more dubious about crisis-era stimulus tools

The Most Common Financial Mistakes To Avoid
Whether you’re living paycheck to paycheck or managing a healthy nest egg, there are certain classic money blunders you’ll want to avoid.

Hillary Clinton tried to use a very relatable trick to skip Trump's inauguration, but alas, it didn't work
Hey, it's October and here we are, still talking about President Donald Trump's inauguration. Hillary Clinton was on The Graham Norton Show on Friday to promote the release of her book What Happened when the two got talking about Trump's inauguration in January, which she attended alongside other former presidents and their spouses.  Obviously, Clinton, who won the popular vote by 3 million but lost the election due to the Electoral College, didn't really feel like going t...

As Islamic State Loses Ground in Syria, Its Affiliate Strikes in Egypt
The attacks by Islamic State’s Sinai Province branch sent the message it can still hit targets outside its crumbling caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

Argentine election doubts as activist death confirmed
Identification of body of Santiago Maldonado found in Patagonian river causes political storm

Justice for Qandeel?
The influential Muslim leader in Pakistan is now accused of instigating the murder of Qandeel Baloch.

Tables turned in footy final
As the Richmond Tigers held up the Australian Football League premiership trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it was a different story in downtown Doveton for the Dogs of HMAS Cerberus, as their winning streak and dream of back-to-back premierships was shattered. Playing in the Southern Football League Third Grade Grand Final at Power Reserve Oval, the Cerberus team - comprised of staff and students from...

Mega container ship due to arrive in Brisbane
The Port of Brisbane is about to play host to the longest container ship to ever visit Queensland. Main Roads Road Safety and Ports Minister, Mark Baily said the arrival today of the 347metre Susan Maersk was clear demonstration of the port's capabilities in handling an increasing number of large vessels operating in the region. 'The visit of the Susan Maersk is only made possible thanks to extensive studies that have taken place over the last two years, to optimise the port's channels to acc...

US Shutters Special Representative for Afghanistan-Pakistan Office
With the Trump administration's revised South Asia strategy still in its infancy, the curtain has silently fallen on the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), ending months of speculations that the State Department planned to eliminate the unit. The office of the special envoy was tasked with heralding reconciliation efforts with the Taliban and other political factions in Afghanistan. State Department officials, who wished to remain anonymous due to the se...

Afghan suicide mosque attacks kill scores of worshippers
Some 60 people are killed as worshippers are targeted in two separate attacks on mosques.

Japan's Emperor Akihito likely to abdicate at end-March 2019: Asahi
Japan's Emperor Akihito is likely to abdicate at the end of March 2019 and Crown Prince Naruhito is expected to ascend the throne in April, the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in nearly two centuries, the Asahi newspaper reported on Friday. Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attend the annual spring garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden in Tokyo, Japan April 20, 2017. ......

China Wrongly Detained 3 Human Rights Activists, U.N. Experts Say
Hu Shigen, Zhou Shifeng and Xie Yang were imprisoned for subversion. U.N. experts say their rights were violated.

Betty Price Wonders If People With HIV Should Be Quarantined
WASHINGTON — Georgia state Rep. Betty Price (R) — the wife of Tom Price, who resigned last month as President Donald Trump’s health secretary amid investigations into his frequent use of private planes — wonders if isolating people with HIV would help stop the disease’s spread.

What happened when Japan lowered the minimum voting age?
Author: Miho Nakatani, Meiji Gakuin University The first national election in which Japanese 18- and 19-year-olds could vote was held last year. An extra 2.4 million young people voted following this change. The decision to lower Japan’s voting age was led by politicians rather than voters. There was actually significant opposition from voters, including from […]

Missing Hikers in Joshua Tree National Park Died in a Murder-Suicide, Police Say
Bodies of Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso were discovered Sunday

16 Roasted Pumpkin Seed Mixes That Make All That Carving Worthwhile

Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Battle for Remaining Disputed Territories
As night fell Friday, Kurdish Peshmerga tanks fired heavy artillery into the now-Iraqi held town of Altun Kopri while gunfire cracked at the town's entrance. Kurdish civilian volunteers scattered from behind a nearby berm as journalists’ cars raced out of the line of fire. Vehicles holding Kurdish fighters raced forward. Iraqi and Kurdish forces had been battling since early morning, after Iraqi forces advanced north out of Kirkuk, an oil city they took over in the past week, toward the Kurdi...

New GE Chief Slashes Forecasts, Plans to Exit $20 Billion in Businesses
GE’s quarterly earnings fell as it incurred hefty restructuring charges during CEO John Flannery’s first official quarter at the helm, and the new CEO pledged to exit more than $20 billion of the company’s businesses.

Off-duty officer killed in Vegas shooting left funeral notes
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — A Las Vegas police officer and U.S. Army veteran who was among 58 people killed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history provided instructions ahead of time for those at his memorial not to mourn, a pastor told the crowd at his funeral on Friday.

US preparing for North Korea's 'final step'
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the United States has to act as if North Korea is on the verge of being able to strike it with a missile and act accordingly -- and that President Donald Trump is ready to do so.

Iraqi forces complete Kirkuk province takeover after clashes with Kurds
By Maher Chmaytelli and Raya Jalabi BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces on Friday took control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in Kurdish, lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk - which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday - and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a refe...

Murder-suicide seen in desert deaths of California couple
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A young couple whose disappearance in the blazing summer heat of Joshua Tree National Park launched an urgent search died in a murder-suicide, Southern California authorities said Friday.

Uber-SoftBank deal threatened by dispute over terms
New sticking point emerges in fractious negotiations over $10bn investment

Three Wise Men: Xi Seeks to Join Mao and Deng in China's 'Holy Scripture'
Chinese President Xi Jinping has collected titles, like commander-in-chief, to signify his ascendance as the country’s most powerful leader in decades. Now he is being hailed as its most thoughtful leader too.

US official: IS burrowing for footholds from Asia to Africa - Fox News
US official: IS burrowing for footholds from Asia to Africa Fox News WASHINGTON – Losing real estate in the Middle East will not sharply affect Islamic State militants' ability to inspire attacks against the West or burrow footholds from the Philippines to Africa, which has forced the U.S. to spread its resources thinly ... and more »

Earnings Update On Four Financial Stocks
Though Investors showed varying levels of enthusiasm from the beginning of Q3 earnings season in the financial space, results from JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America & PNC Financial Services as positive, while Wells Fargo continued to suffer from increased legal costs & reputational damages. ......

China National Day Golden Week 2017 Review
This year was a record year for retail and food services spending during China’s National Day Golden Week holiday, which took place on October 1‒8, and Chinese outbound tourism continued its growth trend. Read the most popular destinations and retail categories here: ......

'Destiny 2' Cancels This Weekend's Trials Of The Nine Because Of A Silly Walk
A glitch surrounding a new emote means that there will be no Trials of the Nine in 'Destiny 2' this week or next. ......

Ford Models Signs AndrejaPejić As Their First Transgender Model
AndrejaPejić tells us about her groundbreaking new contract as Ford’s first transgender model, her documentary, and her hardest—but most rewarding—moment. ......

Malaysia Starts ‘No Cure, No Fee' Negotiations in Search for Missing Jet
Malaysia's Civil Aviation Department announced Friday that it has chosen Ocean Infinity, a Texas-based seabed exploration firm, to search for the down flight MH370 on a "No Cure, No Fee" basis: the company would foot the bill and recoup its expenses only if the missing plane is found. ......

South Korean Military Wants Massive Missile Interceptor to Counter DPRK Barrage
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff have announced that the military is working on a new missile interceptor that could, in theory, deflect a massive North Korean artillery barrage. Such a technology would be a game-changer on the Korean peninsula. ......

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