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Mike Pence announces cease-fire deal with Erdogan to halt Turkey’s Syria offensive after 200,000 civilians flee

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2019

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attend a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara Thursday. | REUTERS

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday he had reached a deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a cease-fire in northern Syria ...

Mexico flies 300 Indian migrants to New Delhi in ‘unprecedented’ mass deportation

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2019

Mexico has deported over 300 Indian nationals to New Delhi, the National Migration Institute (INM) said late on Wednesday, in what it described as an ...

Climate change denier Trump won’t raise the topic when he hosts next G7 summit at his Florida golf resort

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2019

Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, pauses while speaking during a news conference in the press briefing room of the White House in Washington on Thursday. Mulvaney said Donald Trump's Doral golf resort in Miami will be the site of next year's Group of Seven summit, a decision that will reignite claims he's violating a constitutional prohibition against profiting from the presidency. | BLOOMBERG

Climate change will not be on the agenda of next year’s G7 summit, to be held at U.S. President Donald Trump’s Florida golf club, the ...

Uproar as Venezuela wins seat on U.N. Human Rights Council despite report of thousands of extrajudicial executions

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2019

Venezuelan Chief Prosecutor Tarek William Saab talks to the media during a news conference in Caracas Thursday. | REUTERS

Venezuela won a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council Thursday, sparking outcry from the United States, advocacy groups and Latin American countries who say ...

‘HERstory in the making’: Space station’s two women prep for first all-female spacewalk

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2019

This undated combination photo obtained from NASA shows astronauts Christina Koch (left) and Jessica Meir. After an infamous spacesuit flub earlier this year that resulted in accusations of sexism, NASA now plans to carry out the first all-female spacewalk this week, it said Tuesday. | NASA / VIA AFP-JIJI

Men have floated out the hatch on all 420 spacewalks conducted over the past half-century.That changes Friday with spacewalk No. 421. NASA astronauts Christina Koch ...

U.S. Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer call accord with Turkey to pause Syria assault a ‘sham’

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2019

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosiaddresses the audience during the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) 2019 Women's Leadership Forum in Washington Thursday. | REUTERS

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called an agreement between the United States and Turkey on a pause ...

New York City Council votes to close infamous Rikers Island jails

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2019

The Rikers Island Prison complex (foreground) is seen from an airplane in the Queens borough of New York City in 2017. | REUTERS

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 ...

Trump trumpets Turkish cease-fire but Kurd ex-allies must vacate Syria border area, allowing Ankara to solidify gains

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks as he tours the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday. | AP

The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks’ deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate ...

School’s out for 300,000 Chicago students as teachers strike for better support, duty nurses

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2019

Thousands of striking Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters march through the Loop Thursday in Chicago. Striking teachers went on strike after their union and city officials failed to reach a contract deal in the nation's third-largest school district. | ASHLEE REZIN GARCIA / CHICAGO SUN-TIMES / VIA AP

More than 32,500 teachers and other staff walked off the job Thursday in Chicago, canceling classes for 300,000 students in nation’s third-largest school district.At the ...

Democrats cry corruption as Trump picks own golf club to host next G7 summit

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump has awarded hosting of the next G7 summit to one of his own Florida golf clubs, the White House said on ...

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