New York city council votes to close infamous Rikers Island jails

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 21:44
The New York City Council voted on Thursday to close the city's infamous Rikers Island jail complex by 2026, casting off a detention system plagued by chronic violence and decrepit facilities, as the nation rethinks mass incarceration.
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Trump says U.S. Energy Secretary Perry to step down at end of the year

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 21:43
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will step down by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Thursday, a day before a deadline set by congressional Democrats for Perry to turn over documents in the impeachment probe.
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Brexit deal at hand in Brussels, Johnson struggles to win support at home

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 21:33
Britain and the European Union were on the verge of a last-minute Brexit deal on Wednesday but Prime Minister Boris Johnson still has work to do at home to ensure his government and factious parliament approve the plan.
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Bored by Brexit? British TV starts Brexit-free news channel

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 21:33
After three years of Brexit crisis, Sky News is betting that some viewers are so bored by the divorce drama that there is a market for a channel dedicated to news that has nothing to do with Britain's exit from the European Union.
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Trump to host G7 summit at his Florida golf resort, sparking criticism

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 21:24
U.S. President Donald Trump will host next year's Group of Seven economic summit of leaders of developed nations at his Florida golf resort, a move Democrats and others decried as more evidence of the president misusing his office for personal gain.
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Turkey agrees with U.S. to pause Syria assault while Kurds withdraw

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 21:15
Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by the Trump administration and cast by Turkey as a complete victory.
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Erdogan says joint U.S. effort on Syria will promote peace

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 21:15
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter on Thursday he is confident that joint efforts with the United States will promote peace and stability after the two sides agreed to pause Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria.
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AT&T, Elliott in talks after activist campaign launched: sources

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 20:27
AT&T and Elliott Management are talking about issues the activist hedge fund raised last month when it pushed for change at the U.S. telecommunications and media conglomerate, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
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U.S. border patrol eyeing facial recognition for body cams

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 20:21
U.S. customs officials are seeking information on facial recognition software for body-worn cameras that agents who police the border could use, according to a government filing.
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Judge summons drug company CEOs to discuss opioid settlement: source

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 20:17
The chief executives of the three largest U.S. drug distributors and a drugmaker have been summoned to appear before a federal judge to discuss a proposal to resolve thousands of lawsuits alleging they fueled the U.S. opioid crisis, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
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Trump defends Middle East policy, says Islamic State is under control

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 20:06
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his Middle East policy, as he comes under bipartisan criticism over his administration's move to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria and an agreement for a 120-hour pause to a Turkish incursion of the area.
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Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency faces new hurdle from G7 nations

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 19:27
Facebook's plans to launch its Libra cryptocurrency faced a new hurdle on Thursday when the Group of Seven wealthy nations said such "stablecoins" should not be allowed to launch until the profound international risks they pose are addressed.
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Street fires erupt in Barcelona in fourth day of Catalan protest

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 19:04
Thousands gathered in Barcelona in a fourth day of protests that have led to the worst sustained street violence in Spain in decades after Catalan leaders were sentenced to lengthy jail terms for their roles in a 2017 bid for independence.
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Chicago teachers picket across the city on first day of strike

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 18:57
Chicago teachers went on strike on Thursday and set up picket lines outside many of the city's 500 public schools, as union leaders and officials of the third-largest U.S. school district pushed ahead with negotiations over a new contract.
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UK's Johnson agrees to Brexit deal, but must now win over parliament

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 18:41
European Union leaders unanimously backed a new Brexit deal with Britain on Thursday, leaving Prime Minister Boris Johnson facing a battle to secure the UK parliament's backing for the agreement if he is to take Britain out of Europe on Oct. 31.
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UK heading for 'fairly hard' Brexit if Johnson deal passes

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 18:41
Britain will be on course for more distant economic ties with the European Union, making the country poorer, if Prime Minister Boris Johnson wins parliamentary backing for the Brexit deal he clinched with Brussels on Thursday.
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UAW will keep GM strike going while members vote on new contract

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 18:11
The United Auto Workers union said on Thursday workers at General Motors Co will stay off the job while they vote on a proposed contract that delivers higher pay for full-time workers and better terms for temporary workers, but allows the automaker to close three U.S. plants.
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Timeline: UAW wrings higher pay from GM in deal to end strike, agrees to plant closings

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 18:11
The United Auto Workers union wrung higher pay and other benefits from General Motors Co as part of a tentative deal to end a month-long U.S. strike by about 48,000 workers, the union disclosed on Thursday.
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Stocks, sterling rise on long-awaited Brexit deal

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 18:03
A deal on Britain's departure agreed with the European Union sent sterling to a five-month high on Thursday and hoisted European stocks to a 1-1/2-year peak before doubts about UK parliamentary support brought them back to earth.
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U.S. stocks gain on upbeat earnings, geopolitical news

World News - Thu, 2019-10-17 16:51
Wall Street advanced on Thursday as investor sentiment was buoyed by a string of corporate earnings beats and encouraging geopolitical developments.
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