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President Donald Trump confirmed Saturday that the United States plans to leave a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia over claims Moscow has violated the deal. The three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, was signed in 1987 by president Ronald Reagan. "We're the ones who have stayed in the agreement and we've honored the agreement, but Russia has not unfortunately honored the agreement, so we're going to terminate the agreement and we're going to pull out," Trump told reporters in Elko, Nevada.
Saudi Arabia's admission -- after emphatic denials -- over the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi is aimed at shifting the responsibility away from the powerful crown prince, whose position so far appears unshaken, analysts say. The kingdom sacked two top aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as well three intelligence officials and arrested 18 Saudi suspects, in what some analysts called a scapegoating to quell the global outrage over Khashoggi's killing. After 17 days of vehement denials, the kingdom's assertion on Saturday that the journalist was killed in a "brawl and fist fight" inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul –- without revealing the whereabouts of his body -- fell on sceptical ears around the world.
The Mega Millions jackpot has surged to a staggering $1.6billion (£1.2bn) after no one was crowned America’s newest billionaire on Friday night. Lottery officials said no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1billion (£765m) grand prize. The winning numbers were 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7.
Here is a timeline of events since the disappearance on October 2 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who Riyadh said Saturday was killed after entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. At around 1:15 pm (1015 GMT) on October 2, Washington Post contributor Khashoggi is recorded entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a surveillance camera.
Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova of St. Petersburg, allegedly served as the chief accountant for an operation known as “Project Lakhta,” the Justice Department said Friday in a statement. The move comes as top U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies warn Americans about ongoing efforts by Russia, China and other foreign actors to interfere in the 2018 midterm and 2020 presidential elections.
Migrants poured through Guatemalan border posts in the town of Tecun Uman and onto a bridge leading to Mexico, only to be halted by dozens of Mexican police in riot gear. Mexico's president sharply rebuked the migrants for the border surge. U.S. President Donald Trump has warned the Central American caravan must be stopped before it reaches the United States, and Honduras and Guatemala said late on Friday they were mobilizing to assist the return of Honduran migrants to their homeland.
BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — The man who gunned down three people in a suburban Denver Walmart last year was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. But more than 11 months after the crime, his motive remains a mystery.
NEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 people and injuring dozens more, police said.
Migrants making their way towards the United States as part of a caravan of 3,000 people charged at the border between Guatemala and Mexico on Friday, cutting the wires and confronting rows of border police. Mexico had warned the migrants that they would need a visa to enter the country and sent riot police to the Guatemala-Mexico border city of Tapachula as the caravan moved north. Some of the migrants ignored the warnings and charged across, leaving them facing arrest. Manelich Castilla, spokesman for Mexico’s federal police, said that buses were arriving at the border to allow women, children and the elderly to get off the border bridge and be processed. But at the bridge migrants, who have formed orderly lines, were last night refusing to board the buses fearing that they will simply be deported. Some violently shook fences at the border. A handful jumped into the Suchiate river below to swim for rafts. Others turned back toward Guatemala. Migrants tired of waiting to cross into Mexico, jumped from a border bridge into the Suchiate River Credit: Oliver de Ros/AP Donald Trump, the US president, praised Mexico’s efforts. "It's being stopped as of this moment by Mexico. So, we appreciate very much what Mexico is doing," he said, speaking in Arizona ahead of a rally last night. "As of this moment, I thank Mexico. I hope they continue.” Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, was in Mexico City to meet his Mexican counterpart and described the situation as approaching “a moment of crisis”. The caravan has been an obsession of Mr Trump’s since it set out from Honduras a week ago. On Thursday night, at a Make America Great Again rally in Montana, Mr Trump said that the caravan was now the defining issue of next month’s midterm elections. Earlier in the day his chief of staff, John Kelly, and national security advisor, John Bolton, had a furious shouting match about the caravan – a disagreement so intense some speculated Mr Kelly would resign. The White House issued a statement saying the startling row was a sign that they were all “passionate about solving the issue of illegal immigration”. The department of homeland security is currently compiling the year-end figures, but it is expected that the numbers of immigrant families arriving at the border will likely break records on a monthly basis. Migrants pushed through first line of Guatemalan police. Now right up at gate #CaravanaDelMigrantepic.twitter.com/8o3pCQeac3— James Fredrick (@jameslfredrick) October 19, 2018 To put that in context, in the early 2000s the authorities were arresting 1.5 million undocumented immigrants a year, while in 2018 so far there have been under 400,000 people detained. However, the Trump administration remains upset and frustrated. Mexican authorities, in a bid to soothe Mr Trump’s fury and to deter the migrants, without appearing to violate international law, have asked the United Nations to set up a migrant processing centre near its southern border. They have also sent two Boeing 727s full of police reinforcement and riot gear. The migrant caravan reached the Guatemala-Mexico border on Thursday, overwhelming the border town of Tecun Uman’s shelters and forcing hundreds to sleep in the town’s central plaza, in the pouring rain. Their week-long procession through Honduras and Guatemala had been supported by locals, who stood by the side of the road in solidarity offering food, water, money, blankets and even a pram for a baby. "I decided to come because of the unemployment situation," said Wendy Lorena Benitez Ramirez, 43. She said she had volunteered to make the journey on behalf of her family, and send money home from working in the US. "My daughter has a little girl and can't find a job, and my son has a little boy who needs oxygen - up to three tanks a week. He can't earn enough money to support his family." Migrants passing through Guatemala, towards the border town of Tecun Unam But some in Tecun Uman were concerned that the 3,000 migrants could be prevented from entering Mexico, and forced to remain sleeping rough in their town. Hugo Arnoldo Benitez, 29, a Guatemalan volunteer, pointed to the Honduran men sleeping on the street. He told The Telegraph: “This is what Tecun Uman was like 10 years ago. People sleeping in the streets, begging, piles of trash everywhere. It breaks my heart to see this, but there is nothing more we can do. I think this will wind up like the Colombian border, with all the Venezuelans crossing over. Many people here are afraid of that.” Two women cooking for the Hondurans in the shelter were whispering: “But when are they leaving?” Central Americans have freedom of movement throughout their region, but must show a visa before crossing into Mexico. A previous caravan, in April, was assisted by Mexico granting humanitarian transit visas for those seeking to apply for asylum: now, under intense pressure from Washington, Mexico looks set to enforce the visa requirement and block their passage. Smugglers in the town, meanwhile, said that they had been warned not to help the caravan, or else the police would put a stop to their own lucrative cross-border contraband trade.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California said Friday that it would pay $215 million to settle claims of sexual abuse and harassment by a school gynecologist, but lawyers for hundreds of the accusers say it's not enough money and the university has yet to fully disclose what it knew about the doctor's behavior.
While Bolton will discuss other major topics with Russian officials, including North Korea, Ukraine and Syria, the 1987 accord between the United States and the former Soviet Union is also expected to come up. The INF treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1988, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries. The United States believes Russia is in violation of the accord.
PHOENIX (AP) — Large groups of Central American migrants continue to surrender to Border Patrol agents in Arizona with the arrival of one recent group numbering 108 captured in dramatic video images, authorities said Friday.
The diocese of Buffalo in New York state acknowledged Friday having received a demand for documents believed to be linked to a federal investigation into sexual abuse. On Thursday, the US for the first time opened a federal investigation into abuse committed by Catholic clergy, issuing a subpoena to dioceses in Pennsylvania two months after the publication of a report on decades of sexual abuse in the state. Local media in Buffalo earlier said they had obtained internal messages from the Buffalo diocese dated from May and June and indicating that the attorney's office had demanded documents related to allegations of clergy sex abuse.
Students wept over the coffins of classmates Friday at the funeral of 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the “Russian Columbine,” the worst massacre of its kind in the region’s history.
A speeding train ran over revellers watching fireworks during a Hindu festival in northern India Friday, killing more than 50 people, with eyewitnesses saying they were given no warning before disaster struck. The crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train barrelled down the line at high speed. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.
The race for governor of Georgia, which rarely attracts much national interest, is suddenly exciting this year, with a charismatic Democratic candidate in Stacey Abrams facing off against a standard-issue Southern Republican, Brian Kemp.
The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall, who practiced at USC until he was suspended in 2016 after a complaint from a health worker accusing him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients. Hundreds of women have since then accused Tyndall of sexual abuse.
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Hundreds of residents in the Crimean port city of Kerch commemorated on Friday the victims of a college mass shooting in which an armed teenager killed 20 people, mostly his fellow pupils, and injured dozens more. The suspected attacker was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after Wednesday's attack, which recalled shootings at schools in the United States. "This is a terrible tragedy for Kerch, for such a small city," said Galina Pesklyonova, 62.
Nearly 40% of Americans think elections are unfair. Race, gender, and political identity contributed to how people feel about elections. Nonwhite voters, women, and Democrats have the most doubts about the electoral process.