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Liberals drop capital-gains tax proposal amid family farm concerns

Revised passive-income rules discourage small-business growth, critics say

Quebec bans face covering in public services, raising worries among Muslims

Sears Canada stores begin final liquidation sales

Fatal ammonia leak at Fernie, B.C., arena is the first in Canada

Trump Lives Up to Pledge to Be Disrupter, But Country Divided Over Results

Tillerson to travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Asia, Geneva

Putin: US failing to honor commitments for plutonium disposal

Obama hits campaign trail for first time since leaving White House

UN cites decrease in under-5 mortality, says 7,000 newborns still die every day

Amazon offered billions in tax breaks for second U.S. headquarters

GM to settle state ignition claims for $120 million

U.S. jobless claims hit 44-1/2-year low; mid-Atlantic factories humming

1st China-US investment database launched in New York

Isis and other Islamist terror groups plotting similar attack to 9/11, says US security chief

Canada desperately needs a revived TPP as NAFTA talks falter

Mexico tech industry benefits from U.S. anti-immigration stance

Sanctuaries prepare for butterflies, visitors

California not as safe as Baja California

Aging Puebla prisons to become museums

Insecurity perceptions at record-high level

Test flights authorized for MX-built plane

Lima, Mexico City Among Most Dangerous Megacities for Women

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega at 80% Aproval Rating: Poll

Nicaragua Confirms Details for Nov. 5 Municipal Elections

Fresh UN Mission On The Ground In Haiti With New Mandate

Security Forces Get Special Powers in Crime-Ridden Community in Jamaica’s Capital

Jamaican Authorities Report Worrying Incidents of Physical Abuse Against Children

Venezuela's Former MUD Leader Slams Opposition's Failure

Venezuela Praises World Festival of Youth and Students

UNESCO Demands Investigation into Murder of Efigenia Vasquez

FARC Confirms Deaths of 6 Former Fighters in Colombia

Total Investment in Hydrocarbons During August was US$ 38.7 Million

3 Peruvian Universities in Top 100 of Latin America

Odebrecht Indicates That Ex-Prosecutor General Leaked Plea Bargain

Brazil's Amazon Deforestation Falls 16%

ILO: Brazil Eases Further Possibility of Modern Slavery

Missing Argentine Activist Maldonado's Family Await Autopsy

Iran President message to Uruguay health event

WHO meeting in Uruguay agree on a Montevideo Roadmap for NCDs

Voters with disabilities show mixed reactions to polling station staff casting ballots for them

Data shows negative aspects despite PM's claims of Abenomics' success

Gov't, parties must be honest about missile defense's true capabilities

Tokyo stocks mark 13-day winning streak, 1st in nearly 30 years

Cases of minors falling prey to crimes via social media rise to a record in the first half

Emperor is likely to meet Trump during November Tokyo visit

Japan's automakers issue reassurances as global bodies urge freeze on Kobe Steel products

Over 30% of lung cancer patients were exposed to secondhand smoke at workplace: survey

N. Korea
Pyongyang threatens ‘unimaginable strike’ as US & S. Korea hold drills in region

Putin says doubts U.S. strike on North Korea would destroy arsenal

Trump White House debates presidential visit to demilitarized zone along North Korean border

EU to demand N. Korea end nuclear, missile programs

S. Korea
S. Korea, Japan, US vow diplomatic efforts to resolve N. Korea issue

OECD chief, S. Korean pres. see eye-to-eye on need to address population

S. Korean PM says gov't not aiming to convert all irregular workers to full-timers

China's economic growth stays stable as ruling party meets

Touted as spontaneous media event, China's 19th Party Congress news conference a tightly scripted affair

Children of Detained Uyghurs Face ‘Terrible’ Conditions in Overcrowded Xinjiang Orphanages

CPC creates Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era

China greenlights 1st housing rental quasi-REIT

Taiwan passes prelim review of draft bill on foreign talent

Taiwan to issue electronic ID cards in a year: minister

Key Islamic State Militant Believed Killed in Southern Philippines

Duterte: Martial law to remain until last terrorist is 'taken out'

Trillanes files ethics complaint vs Gordon for 'unparliamentary acts, behavior'

Mayor estimates Marawi rehabilitation to take 3 years

PM reminds Bắc Ninh to look towards hi-tech industrial hub

International woodworking fair opens in HCM City

Việt Nam lacks renewable energy infrastructure

Việt Nam congratulates China on 19th Party Congress

​Conference paints dark picture of Vietnam’s public debt

130 Vietnamese attend youth fest, meant to fight imperialism, in Russia

​Ho Chi Minh City’s first metro tunnel nears completion

Legislators call for greater state investment in critical sectors

Monk & disorderly: Thai Buddhists get strict on adherents after financial, sex scandals

Army defends 15-million-baht toilets and stores at Rajabhakti Park

People living around dams and reservoirs asked to watch out for dam cave-ins or leaks

“Ying Kai” sentenced to three years in prison for human trafficking

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Defends Arrest of Opposition Chief, Slams US-backed ‘Revolt’

Hun Sen targets Rainsy over 2011 video

Philippines' Duterte says Malaysian militant Dr Mahmud killed

PBS: No plans to turn Malaysia into an Islamic country

Strong winds uproot trees in Miri

Malaysia to Resume Search for Flight MH370 Missing Since 2014

US ‘actively supported’ Indonesia mass killings in 1960s, documents reveal

Indonesia reaches agreements over Masela gas project with Japan

Indonesian construction workers can compete with Japanese, Germans: Jokowi

Australia destroys Indonesian ship over illegal fishing

Minister discusses development of Masela Block

Rohingya Expatriates Push US Lawmakers to Act on Myanmar

Fire Rips Through Luxury Myanmar Hotel, 1 body Recovered

Bangladesh Registers Thousands of Orphans in Rohingya Refugee camps

Internet disruption likely from Oct 23

30 structures constructed illegally along Turag river

Tillerson Embraces Closer US Ties With India, Calls Out China

Modi says jawans are his family, celebrates Diwali with soldiers in Gurez Valley

Exempt handmade products from GST, urges CM's letter to Jaitley

Name rural toilets 'izzat ghar': Centre to states

Fire breaks out at central Kolkata building, SBI office gutted

Delhi airport gets hoax call about 'bomb on plane' on Diwali

All inter-religious marriages not 'love jihad': Kerala HC

India condemns terror attack in Afghanistan

Warning for China as US hails India 'partnership'

Middle East
Ex-Pakistani Prime Minister Indicted on Corruption Charges

Pakistan's Tehreek-i-Taliban Confirms Death of Its Top Leader

Car Bomb Kills 5 Police, 2 Civilians in Southwest Pakistan

Corruption reference: Nawaz, daughter, son-in-law indicted by accountability court

Sindh governor turned away by security staff of Maryam's son-in-law

Rescue of hostage family added to optimism in Pak-US ties: FO

Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

Putin, ex-Afghan President Karzai & Alibaba founder Ma speak in Sochi

43 Afghan soldiers killed in attack on military base: officials

U.S. Drone Strike Kills Pakistan Militant Leader In Afghanistan, Group Says

Pakistan Says Afghan Border Fence A 'Paradigm Change'

New Astana talks on Syria to be held end of month

Kyrgyzstan - Kazakhstan: complicated border issue

Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan: problems remain - Tolkunbek Abdygulov

700 Kyrgyz citizens fined in Kazakhstan for violation of registration rules

Presidents of Russia and Kyrgyzstan discuss cooperation issues by phone

Strengthening of interstate cooperation within EEU to be discussed in Moscow

Turkmenistan-Russia partnership of strategic nature – president

Uzbekistan, Iran sign agreements worth $25.5M

Uzbekistan continues training on using national e-case management system

Armenia: EU Officials Making Tactical Retreat in Values War

Russian expert: Karabakh conflict may be solved step by step

Armenians commit another provocation at international festival in Sochi

Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting to be held in Yerevan on October 24-25

Women still underrepresented in Armenian government: report

Azerbaijan: EBRD Gives Go Ahead for Azeri Pipeline Funding Despite “Laundromat” Allegations

Baku's Interpol Alert Silences Opposition Journalist Abroad

Azerbaijan integrating into European electricity market

SOCAR to start retail sale of CNG in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s Central Bank to raise 100M manats at auction

New tax incentives can be introduced in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Russia to organize cruises on Caspian Sea

Audit orders Ahmadinejad to return $1.1bn to treasury

Rival Parties Trade Blame Over Kirkuk Amid Fears of Kurdish Split

Kurdistan welcomes Iraqi PM’s call for dialogue - report

100,000 Kurds flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover: Kurdish officials

Rosneft, KRG to cooperate on 5 oil blocks in N. Iraq

Russian experts create 3D model of Palmyra to be handed over to Damascus

Daesh Syria stronghold Raqqa falls, but where are its fighters?

Errant projectile from Syria lands in Golan Heights

World Bank upgrades Turkey’s growth forecast

Over 10 million people are obese in Turkey: Report

Ankara to host International Energy Congress & Expo '17

France, UN agree on need for "reinforced Lebanese state"

Aoun tells Knights of Malta looking forward to role of organization facilitating return of Syrian refugees

Zahra says Bassil contradicting state's declared policy

Culture Minister meets U.S. Ambassador

State Security: Terror cell apprehended in Hasbaya

Hamas leader says 'no one' can force it to disarm or recognise Israel

IDF tanks strike Syrian army post after errant mortar fire

Israeli Arab man jailed for 6 years for joining Islamic State

His Highness the Amir commends Al-Ghanim for IPU pro-Palestinian stance

Palestinian unity govt must recognise Israel, disarm Hamas: US

Israel raids eight Palestinian media firms for ‘incitement’

Despite Palestinian unity deal, Rivlin ‘hopeful’ about peace

Hamas blasts ‘US meddling’ in Palestine unity efforts

Hamas accuses US of ‘blatant interference’ in Palestinian affairs

Kingdom pledges support of Jerusalem church at UNESCO

PSD to strengthen cooperation with civil society on human rights

Joblessness keeps upward trend in Q2

Jordan seeks additional assistance from US as challenges persist

Kuwait supports initiatives for unified Arab environmental approach

Kuwait supports initiatives for unified Arab environmental approach

Oman Sultan assures JPM of industrial drive support

Saudi Arabia
Saudi minister visits north Syria for Raqqa talks

30th astronauts conference focuses on youth participation in science, technology

Saudi Arabia to vet use of Prophet’s sayings to counter extremism

Saudi women to take rightful place in new ports authority: Minister

U. A. E.
UAE gets a Minister for AI as part of a new, young Cabinet

United Kingdom
May seeks 'ambitious plans' for Brexit talks at EU summit

Theresa May says EU citizen deal within touching distance

Brexit: Theresa May's 'people first' letter met with ridicule among Brits in France

Storm Brian UK braces for 'weather bomb' set to bring 70mph winds and heavy rain

Storm Ophelia aftermath: Gale-force winds hit southwest Ireland

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warns EU and UK not to 'sleepwalk towards a cliff edge' on Brexit

Met Éireann issue two Status Orange warnings as Storm Brian approaches

Banks reduce non-performing loans by €4.4 bln

Weight of school bags to be debated

Over 500,000 hectares of forest goes up in flames this year

Deputy minister nominated as new Internal Affairs Minister

Europe’s supporting separatism in some states triggered Catalan events — Putin

Merkel hopes for 'constitutional' solutions to Catalan crisis

Spain Moves to Suspend Autonomy

France concerned over arrest of Turkish civil society figure

France urges IAEA to ensure strict compliance of Iran nuclear deal

France considers tough new laws to crack down on sexual harassment

Thousands of Workers in Paris Protest Macron Labor Reforms

Violent storms and heavy rain set to hit southern France

UK demands 'full role' in EU after Brexit

Brexit, Pyongyang, Turkey and Iran - the Key Themes of the EU Leaders Meeting

ECB Chief Mario Draghi says Bitcoin Not Mature Enough for Consideration

Georgia Transfers BUK Missile to the Netherlands

Merkel calls for EU aid cut to Turkey over democratic backsliding

Angela Merkel points to December Brexit breakthrough

'Denmark should not accept EU's 'mandatory' refugees': Danish People’s Party

Denmark is world’s seventh-biggest seafaring nation: report

Austrian far right says it won't join government unless it gets the interior ministry top job

Jewish group warns of possible anti-Semitic influence if Freedom Party shares power

Election winner Kurz says Austria 'must play an important role in the EU'

WHO edited cancer findings in herbicide review

Two thirds of Swiss find their neighbours annoying

Lausanne residents demonstrate against Islamophobia

Swiss insurer expects $700m bill following autumn hurricanes

Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto to vote on autonomy

Italy as OSCE chairing country will try to contribute to Nagorno- Karabakh conflict resolution

Sharp drop in number of migrants entering Italy by sea

Berlusconi says he wouldn't have sent police to block Catalan vote

Tahiri under fire over wiretaps of arrested trafficking suspects

Justice Ministry to address concerns over 'pothen esches' declarations

No evidence of cholera outbreak at Athens hospital, KEELPNO says

ATHEX: Report weighs on local stocks

Macedonian nationals arrested in Greece over wiretap scandal: police source

Bulgarian government adopts international definition of anti-Semitism

From 2018 More Funds for Maternity Leave and Less for Sick Leave

Investments in Bulgaria Halved in the Eight Months of 2017

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Commemorates Saint Ivan Rilski

Bulgaria and the UK will Continue Their Cooperation to Ensure Security in Europe

President Iohannis: I agreed with Donald Tusk to have informal meeting in Sibiu on Europe Day

Second high-level meeting between MAE, USAID, with participation of State Secretary George Ciamba

FinMin Misa: Employers to pay 2pct of wage pool into gov't account as from Jan. 1, 2018

Iohannis: Romania must be country where success relates to fairness, performance, not favours, political connections

PM Tudose to Trade Winds: Romania has much to offer in agriculture, high-tech, IT, industrial production

Orbán opens 6th Danube strategy forum

Jobbik has largest voter reserve, says polls

Foreign minister reopens Hungarian embassy in Lima

Council of Europe report: Hungarian measures raise serious concerns

Kiska ratifies the Kigali amendment on reduction of greenhouse gases

Czech Republic
Czech president strongly defends Israel to European assembly

Ex-minister’s daughter took over Warsaw property in dubious restitution deal: report

Poland to increase health spending to 6 percent of GDP by 2025: official

Gas leak suspected of causing blast in north-west Poland

Poland’s president with 54% job approval, PM with 48%: poll

Anti-govt protesters erect tents near Ukraine parliament, confronted by police

Ukraine’s education law met with little understanding in neighboring countries

Ukrainian Deputies Send Immunity Bill To Constitutional Court In 'Small Victory' For Protesters

Protests Pressure Ukraine to Address Lawmaker Immunity

Verkhovna Rada to submit 2 bills canceling deputy immunity to Constitutional Court

ESU to challenge ruling of Kyiv's business court on termination of Ukrtelecom privatization agreement

Lukashenko expresses condolences to Portugal president over victims of forest fires

Belarusian-Armenian commission on trade, economic cooperation to sit in Minsk on 20 October

Facsimile edition of first Belarusian printed books gifted to UN

Putin: Russia ready to move towards universal nuclear disarmament

Russia to give immediate mirrored response to US withdrawal from INF Treaty — Putin

UN should remain center of global system, Putin says

US sanctions aimed at forcing Russia out of European energy market — Putin

Fallico: Sanctions against Russia affect international economy

Russia supplying free fuel to Taliban in war against NATO forces, reveals report

Daughter of Putin's mentor, Russian It-girl Ksenia Sobchak, announces her presidential bid

CSOs Seek Participation in Public Defender’s Selection Process

Lavrov derides Swedish allegations of Moscow ‘meddling’ in elections

Skellefteå to get Europe's biggest car battery factory

'We need trade deals': Swedish PM opposes Macron's call to slow down

Tunisia jails couple for ‘public indecency’ over car canoodling

Liberia: Claims of Foul Play Make Parties Hesitant to Choose Sides in Runoff Poll

Togo: At Least Four Dead in Anti-Government Protests

Uniting in the battle to end child malnutrition in Nigeria

3 soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Turkey seeks Nigeria’s support against Gulen

Central African Republic
DR Congo and C.Africa crises under debate at 'Great Lakes' summit

US warns citizens from traveling to Sudan

South Sudan
At least 3 dead as South Sudan rebel groups clash

5,000 South Sudanese children reunited with families

Ethiopia committed to share GERD information with Egypt, Sudan

UNESCO condemns "horrendous" bomb attack in Somalia

Somalia: Tens of Thousands March to Protest Mogadishu Bombing

Somalia: Civil defense force seen after deadly attack

Kenyan election board member flees to US, alleging death threats

Kenya: Election Boss Reads Riot Act to President and Opposition Leader

Kenya: State Loses Court Fight to Arrest Odinga Financier

Uganda confirms one death from Ebola-like virus

Uganda: Age Limit Rallies - 8 Things Police Have Banned

We are ready to chip in with Kiswahili experts, Shein assures Uganda’s envoy

Angola: Bank assets account for 63 percent of GDP

Angola: Failure to pay salary worries unionist

HESLB announces 10, 000 first-year loan beneficiaries

Government clears 190bn/- verified debts in three months

Tanzanian grants lift rural women from poverty

Malawi 'vampirism' mania spreads as two die in mob violence

Mujuru: I often clashed with Mugabe over his 'bad economic policies'

Zimbabwe: War Vets Vow to Block Grace Mugabe's Ascendency to VP

Zim court acquits Chiredzi man charged for insulting ZRP officers over corruption

South Africa
'Why did you not do anything about corruption?' ANC MP asks Ramaphosa

South Africa: Thousands of Police Weapons Lost in 3 Years

Jordan aims to expand partnership with Australia

'Rubbish': Bishop denies she damaged Australia's relationship with New Zealand

No super guarantee for the 'gig economy'

Health minister drops expletive in text message blunder

Turnbull's $2.8 billion university funding cuts killed in the Senate

New Zealand
New Zealanders expected to learn governing coalition

New Zealand gets liberal gov't led by Ardern month after vote

Generational shift: Like Canada, New Zealand chooses a young leader after years of conservative rule

Incoming NZ PM owes a debt to her kingmaker, and he won't let her forget it

Papua New Guinea
DIRD will not merge with National Planning: Vaki

Tkatchenko appointed Minister for APEC

New evidence to aid Manus fire investigation

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