Monday,  Oct 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia vows retaliation against any sanctions Saudi Arabia on Sunday threatened retaliation if President Trump follows through with a threat to inflict “severe punishment” on the kingdom if it is proven responsible for the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkey says it has evidence that Saudi agents killed Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, when he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get a document he needed to get married. Saudi King Salman reportedly has ordered an internal investigation. Khashoggi’s disappearance prompted a growing list of attendees and sponsors to drop out of this month’s “Davos in the Desert” investor conference in Riyadh. The Saudi stock exchanged fell by 4 percent before bouncing back with a 2 percent rise on Monday. Source: The Associated Press

Trump talks climate change, Russia, Kavanaugh, staff changes on 60 Minutes In a wide-ranging 60 Minutes interview broadcast Sunday, President Trump suggested Defense Secretary James Mattis — “I think he’s sort of a Democrat” — might soon leave his post and said he doesn’t think climate change is a “hoax” anymore but it may not be “manmade” and he thinks climate scientists “have a very big political agenda.” Trump also conceded that Russian President Vladimir Putin “meddled” in the 2016 election and “probably” had critics murdered, and suggested Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh would have have “won” if Trump hadn’t mocked a woman accusing him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford. When Lesley Stahl asked him if he believed Ford, Trump replied: “I’m not going to go into it because we won. It doesn’t matter. We won.” Source: CBS News

Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Monday, after spending the weekend working with its lenders on a deal that will keep hundreds of stores open through Christmas. The parent company of Sears and Kmart will close 142 stores by about the end of the year, on top of 46 store closures already announced recently. Founded as Sears, Roebuck, and Co. in 1892, Sears has experienced several years of losses, and has a deadline of Monday to pay $134 million in debt. Sears employs about 70,000 people and operate 700 Sears and Kmart stores. It is unclear if Sears will come out of the Chapter 11 protection as a smaller chain, or if this will lead to a liquidation. Source: The Wall Street Journal

Kensington Palace announces that Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child. (BBC)

American retailer Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after accumulating USD $134 million in debt. (ABC News)


Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

An argument at a toddler’s birthday party in South Texas escalates into a shooting that leaves four men dead and a fifth man wounded, authorities said Sunday. (CBS NEWS)

Voters in Luxembourg go to the polls for the 24th general election. (DW)


Saturday,  Oct 13, 2018

A motorcycle rigged with explosives is detonated at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people, including civilians and security forces. (ABC News)

Two blasts in the town of Baidoa in Somalia kill at least 15 people and injure more than 30 others. (VOA)

Five South Korean climbers and four Nepali guides die after a snowstorm destroys their camp on a Himalayan peak in Nepal. (BBC)

Venezuela releases political activist Lorent Saleh due to his poor mental health, after a prolonged campaign by and talks with the Spanish Office for Latin America. Saleh had been detained for over four years by secret services in Venezuela without trial, and is being transferred to Spain. (BBC)

Acting on an anonymous tip, Michigan state inspectors discover the bodies of 11 badly-decomposed infants inside the ceiling of a former funeral home in Detroit. (UPI)


Friday,  Oct 12, 2018

A court in Turkey orders the release of American evangelical Christian pastor Andrew Brunson after two years of arrest. (Reuters)

Turkish officials claim to have audio and video evidence of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi being tortured and murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. (BBC)

Keiko Fujimori, leader of the opposition in the Congress of Peru and daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, is arrested on charges related to illicit campaign finance received from the Odebrecht corporation. (BBC News)

The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights releases an official charge for the protection of Juan Requesens, laying out actions that the Venezuelan government must take to ensure the imprisoned politician’s welfare, specifically stating that he must not be “object to acts of violence against [his health]”. This comes after a two-month investigation, and days after the death in custody of another Venezuelan politician. (Voice of America)

Kepler 159d, a exoplanet with the same size as Saturn, is discovered by University of Western Ontario student Chris Fox and professor Paul Wiegert. (Phys.org)

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