The Trump administration announced on October 6 that it was withdrawing several dozen U.S. special forces operators in northern Syria who had been sent there to shield local Kurdish forces from Turkish attack. Within hours, Turkey—which has long battled Kurdish PKK insurgents on its own soil—began ground and air attacks on the Syrian Kurdish YPG/SDF faction, killing dozens. While U.S. warplanes and rocket artillery did their killing from a safe distance, it was the Kurds—accompanied by small numbers of western special forces operators—that did the close-quarter fighting and dying.
Rudy Giuliani's lobbying work is said to be under scrutiny by the same U.S. attorney's office he once led. The New York Times reported late Friday that federal prosecutors in Manhattan are looking into whether Donald Trump's personal attorney violated lobbying laws as part of his Ukraine endeavors. While Giuliani has denied wrongdoing, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two associates of his arrested earlier this week for alleged campaign finance violations, are believed to have worked closely with him in investigating the widely debunked corruption allegations against Joe Biden that Giuliani and Trump have sought to revive ahead of 2020.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam scrapped a scheduled meeting with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, the highest profile U.S. politician to visit the city since anti-government protests broke out more than four months ago, the senator said on Saturday. Lam had requested that the afternoon meeting be completely confidential and Cruz refrain from speaking with the media about it, Cruz told journalists in Hong Kong. "She seems to misunderstand how free speech operates, and also how freedom of the press operates," said Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas.
The Japan Meteorological Agency says a powerful typhoon that is forecast to be the worst to hit Japan in six decades has reached Kawasaki, a western part of greater Tokyo. The agency said Saturday night that Typhoon Hagibis was advancing north-northwestward with maximum sustained winds of 144 kilometers (90 miles) per hour, traveling northward at a speed of 40 kph (25 mph). The storm had brought heavy rainfall in wide areas of Japan all day ahead of its landfall Saturday evening, and continued to batter the capital with heavy winds and torrents of rain.
On Friday, Fox News anchor Shep Smith shocked his audience and even his coworkers when he announced on-air that he would be leaving the network after 23 years. Smith, who was an original hire for the news channel in 1996, left after publicly clashing with many Fox News opinion personalities, including Tucker Carlson. President Donald Trump also blasted Smith on Twitter and suggested his departure was due to "terrible ratings" – which could seemingly be true, since Smith did get lower ratings than his pro-Trump colleagues.
Gusting winds fueling a fast-moving wildfire in southern California showed no signs of abating Saturday as a blaze that forced the evacuation of some 100,000 people kept burning out of control. A red flag warning of critical fire danger -- strong winds and very low humidity -- has been extended into the weekend, the National Weather Service said. Firefighters said people have taken evacuation orders seriously in the so-called Saddleridge fire burning in the San Fernando Valley area of greater Los Angeles.
President Trump suffered defeats in three major court rulings Friday that address the limits of his executive authority.
Two Ohio teenagers were arrested Thursday on charges of reckless homicide in connection with the death of a 44-year-old woman. Victoria Schafer was killed by a falling tree branch on Sept. 2 near Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills State Park. At the time of her death, officials at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said that there was evidence of individuals being on the top section of the park when it happened.
The US diplomat's wife allegedly involved in a crash which killed a teenager does not have diplomatic immunity, the Foreign Office has said. A letter, that appears to have been sent by foreign secretary Dominic Raab to Harry Dunn's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, says: “The question remains when such immunity comes to an end, regardless of any waiver. “The UK government's position is that immunity, and therefore any question of waiver, is no longer relevant in Mrs Sacoolas' case, because she has returned home.
The Arab League is calling for the United Nations Security Council to take measures to force Turkey to halt its military offensive in Syria and "immediately" withdraw its forces from the Arab country. A communique after the meeting of Arab foreign ministers on Saturday also urged the Security Council to suspend military and intelligence support that could help Turkey's offensive. The communique says Arab countries reject Turkey's attempts to impose "demographic changes" in Syria by a so-called "safe zone."
Key point: America has a range problem. Last year, Chinese state media reported that a new brigade of Beijing's most advanced intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) has been “activated. The newly commissioned brigade is armed with the Dong Feng-26 (DF-26) IRBM.
Russian Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin said the country is considering alternatives to the U.S. dollar for energy transactions and is exploring currency settlements in euros and roubles for energy exports to minimise U.S. exposure. Why not use it for global transactions?" Oreshkin said in an interview with the Financial Times https://on.ft.com/32bX9ZO published on Sunday. "We want (oil and gas sales) in roubles at some point," he was quoted as saying.
A Hong Kong police officer was stabbed in the neck on Sunday in one of the worst acts of violence against the authorities during the 19th straight weekend of civil unrest in the global financial hub. Graphic footage emerged of the policeman being stabbed in the neck from behind with a sharp object as his team retreated towards Kwun Tong metro station. The police confirmed that two people had been arrested at the scene and the officer had been transferred to hospital “in a conscious state” and was stable.
Among other things, the president suggested that he should sue Representative Adam Schiff of California, chairman of the House intelligence panel, for misrepresenting what he said on the now infamous call with Ukraine's president. “I actually told my lawyers, I said, 'sue him anyway,'” Trump said. The annual summit is hosted by the Family Research Council, a Protestant activist group.
Hours after judges passed her up for the Nobel Peace Prize, Greta Thunberg stood before a cheering throng, insisting once again that something must be done about climate change -- and fast. "We as young people are tired of constantly being betrayed by those who are supposed to work for our greater good," the 16-year-old Swedish activist told hundreds of supporters gathered in an outdoor ampitheater in Colorado's largest city, Denver. "We are here because we care about the future, about what we one day will leave after us," Thunberg, clad in a cream-colored jacket with her hair in her trademark braid, said to thunderous applause.
According to the FAA, the crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. The Atlanta Air Show sent out a statement to WGCL, recapping the incident: "Snowbird 5, Captain Kevin Domon-Grenier was forced to eject from his aircraft shortly before our performance in Atlanta this afternoon," the statement read. "Domon-Grenier made it safely to the ground and is okay.
Angry Norwegian Cruise Line passengers wasted no time voicing their frustration after disembarking from the ship Friday in England. Photos and videos shared on social media showed upset passengers on board Norwegian Cruise Line's "Mystical Fjords" tour. According to Business Insider and NBC News, passengers paid for a 14-day cruise that was supposed to stop in Ireland, Norway, Holland and Iceland.
A Portland antifascist activist was killed in the early hours of Saturday in an apparent hit-and-run near Cider Riot, a cidery and taproom popular with the city's anarchist left that has been the scene of conflict with rightwing groups. According to the Portland Police Bureau, the car involved was fired upon and crashed into a nearby building. Police said in a statement that the 23-year-old victim, Sean D Kealiher, was taken to a local hospital by associates.
A court in Bangladesh's capital on Sunday indicted eight suspected Islamist militants tied to a banned group over the 2015 killing of a man who published books on secularism and atheism. Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal Judge Majibur Rahman read out the charges to six of the suspects, who pleaded not guilty. Another two, including a sacked military official, remained fugitives, but the judge issued arrest warrants for them.
A powerful South Korean lawmaker wants Seoul to acquire a large, catapult-equipped aircraft carrier. If officials follow through on the potentially multi-billion-dollar proposal, South Korea would become only the third or fourth country in the world with such ships. Choi Jae Sung, a member of South Korea's leading Democratic Party, pitched the carrier-buy in a white paper that parliament's National Defense Commission on the Navy and Air Force distributed earlier in 2019, according to South Korean newspaper Money Today.
Canada's Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday that he will not change the way he is campaigning ahead of the Oct. 21 federal election after a security threat forced him to wear a bulletproof vest at a campaign rally on Saturday. Trudeau arrived 90 minutes late to a rally outside of Toronto wearing the bulky protection under his shirt after he had received a security threat. No details have been provided by the Liberal Party or police.
The Dutch Court of Appeal made repeated rulings that the children should be reunited with their mother but these were overturned when the child protection board, part of the justice ministry, sought the extension of the care order in a lower family court. The family's case was first highlighted by the late Christopher Booker in a series of columns for The Sunday Telegraph. The case was also raised in the European parliament in March 2014.
An 18-foot replica of President Trump's border wall has been climbed in a matter of seconds by an 8-year-old girl and a man who returned for another attempt while juggling with one hand.
Over the weekend, Fox News announced that it had made a new hire: John Solomon, the self-proclaimed journalist at the heart of the unfolding scandal involving Ukraine, Rudy Giuliani, and the impending impeachment of Donald Trump. It's not hard to see why Fox executives may have wanted to bring him aboard. Solomon's work has underpinned the entire cascade of lies the White House and Trump in particular have pushed over the past few weeks.
Pro-Ankara fighters taking part in a Turkish offensive on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria "executed" at least nine civilians including a female politician on Saturday, a monitor said. "The nine civilians were executed at different moments south of the town of Tal Abyad," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Kurds said a Kurdish political leader Hevrin Khalaf and her driver were among those killed.