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Israel ordered the country's goods and people border crossings with Gaza to be opened on Sunday, just four days after shuttering them following a Palestinian rocket attack that sparked retaliatory strikes. "The decision comes after a decrease in the violent events in Gaza over the weekend and efforts (militant Islamist Gaza rulers) Hamas made to restrain" demonstrators, a statement from Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman office read. On Wednesday, Lieberman had ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom goods crossing and the Erez crossing for people, after a rocket from the Palestinian territory hit a home in southern Israel, prompting the Jewish state to strike 20 Hamas targets in Gaza.
A suicide bomber killed 15 people in Kabul, the most serious of a series of smaller-scale attacks that caused dozens of casualties across the country but did not deter voters who endured long queues to cast their ballot. "Today the people gave an unanswerable response to the enemies of Afghanistan," government spokesman Haroon Chakansuri told reporters. Voting should have been over by the time the suicide bomber struck a polling station in the north of Kabul, killing 10 civilians and five police, but polling stations were kept open longer than normal to cope with large numbers of people who had been unable to cast ballots.
Thousands of migrants making their way towards the United States remain stuck on a river crossing between Guatemala and Mexico without food or water. The migrants, part of a caravan of around 4,000 people, have vowed to remain there until Mexican authorities grant them entry into the country despite conditions on the bridge worsening with a growing pile up of rubbish and no bathrooms. Tensions flared on the Suchiate river crossing late on Friday when the migrants attempted to force their way across the border and Mexican riot police threw tear gas at the crowd. Meanwhile, many Hondurans, mostly men, swam across the river and remain on the riverbank on Saturday, on the Mexican side of the border, waiting for the rest of the caravan to cross. Around 200 people who did manage cross, mainly women and children, were taken to an immigration centre, where their details were recorded. Around 200 were taken to a detention centre - thousands more remain on the bridge Credit: AP They were later transported to a convention centre located in the city of Tapachula, an hour’s drive from the border, that has been turned into a makeshift shelter. The remaining migrants - thought to number about 3,000 - have also moved about 30 feet back from the Mexican border gate, in order to avoid repeating the chaos caused on Friday night. Selvin Flores, a 35-year-old Honduran shopkeeper, said people who "were causing disorder" have been expelled from the group and handed over to Guatemalan police. Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US, hold up a crying baby while they struggle to cross one of the gates of the Guatemala-Mexico international border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo Credit: AFP The caravan formed last Saturday in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and arrived in Guatemala on Monday. Migrants within the group have said they are bound for the United States, seeking work and fleeing political corruption and violence. The caravan has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump, who threatened to shut down America's southwest border if Mexico did not halt the group, despite the huge impact it would have on trade flows between the two countries. Migrant caravan He also repeated a threat to suspend foreign aid to the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador if they fail to act. Mr Trump has been focusing on immigration as he campaigns for Republican candidates ahead of November's midterm elections. He has called the attempt to enter the US an "assault on our country" at rallies and stressed that tackling immigration was far more important to him than trade. Aerial view of the Honduran migrant caravan heading to the US Credit: AFP The president's administration has struggled to tackle the worsening immigration numbers as Mr Trump hits the limits of what he is able to legally do without the support of Congress. The issue has caused a deep rift among Mr Trump's top advisers, culminating in a heated row between his chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton last week. Mr Trump on Saturday blamed "obstructionist" Democrats for the failure to tackle the issue. "We could write up and agree to new immigration laws in less than one hour. Look at the needless pain and suffering that they are causing. Look at the horrors taking place on the Border," he said. If the Democrats would stop being obstructionists and come together, we could write up and agree to new immigration laws in less than one hour. Look at the needless pain and suffering that they are causing. Look at the horrors taking place on the Border. Chuck & Nancy, call me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2018 After the caravan’s leaders, Bartolo Fuentes, a former Congressman, and Juan Carlos Lopez, were arrested by the Guatemalan authorities and deported to Honduras, there has been a notable absence of leadership within the group. On Friday night, tensions and scuffles erupted as exhausted Hondurans, many of whom are traveling with young children, braced themselves to spend the night on the bridge. A group of women began to sing and pray in an effort to calm the situation. “I felt very scared. I kept running back and forth because I’m not used to this mayhem”, said Heidy Marleny Castro, 44, who is travelling with her two youngest children, aged 8 and 13. “We’re going to stay here until we get help, no matter how long it takes. If need to endure hunger and thirst, so be it,” she said. Tensions on the border became heated on Friday night Credit: Reuters Like many other Hondurans, Mrs Castro is fleeing rampant violence as well as poverty. Two of her children were murdered in 2015. With a total of 3,791 murders in 2017 (a murder rate of 42.8 per 100,000 inhabitants), Honduras is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Although the caravan’s goal is to reach the United States, some Hondurans have said they would be willing to apply for working visas in Mexico, after newly elected president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised to provide job opportunities to Central Americans. “If we’re given the opportunity to reach Mexico, at least we’ll be in a safer place”, said Mrs Castro. “We’re here because we have no other choice. We want a better life for our children."
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.
Is Mercury's core liquid or solid, and why -- on the smallest planet in our solar system -- is it so big? What can the planet closest to the Sun tell us about how our solar system came into being? An unmanned European-Japanese space mission, dubbed BepiColombo, blasted off early Saturday morning from French Guiana, to probe these and other mysteries.
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.
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.
US National Security Advisor John Bolton will meet Saturday in Moscow with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, amid reports that Washington will tell Russia it plans to quit a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. The visit comes ahead of what is expected to be a second summit between presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump this year. Bolton, who will also meet Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, announced the visit to Moscow in a tweet, saying he would "continue discussions that began in Helsinki," referring to a summit held in July.
John Bolton, US national security adviser, will meet Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, on Saturday in Moscow, amid reports that Washington will tell Russia it plans to quit a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. Mr Bolton, who will also meet Nikolai Patrushev, Russian security council secretary, announced the visit to Moscow in a tweet, saying he would "continue discussions that began in Helsinki," referring to a summit between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in July. The New York Times said that the Trump administration plans to inform Russian leaders in the coming days that it is preparing to leave the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF. The newspaper said the US accuses Russia of violating the deal, signed in 1987 by Ronald Reagan, by deploying tactical nuclear weapons to intimidate former Soviet satellite states that are now close to the West. Relations between the United States and Russia are under deep strain from accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election, as well as tension over Russian support for the Syrian government in the country's civil war, and the conflict in Ukraine. Mr Trump met Mr Putin in Helsinki in July Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP However, Washington is looking for support from Moscow in finding resolutions to the Syria war and putting pressure on both Iran and North Korea. No new summit between Mr Trump and Mr Putin has been announced, but both leaders will be in Paris on November 11 to attend commemorations marking the end of World War One.
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.
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.
Netflix, booze, coffee and sex. They're some of the Millennial's favorite things which young and mobile consumers are willing to give up if they were offered the chance to travel for six months for free.
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.
In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until service is restored, utilities said.
Halloween will soon be upon us, which means that it's almost the time of year where we collectively turn the humble pumpkin into an elaborately carved and decorated work of art. SEE ALSO: This artist's incredible, hyperreal pencil drawings look like photographs One such embellished pumpkin in particular is getting a lot of attention on Reddit. A photo of a big pumpkin with the face of Marvel villain Thanos painted on it was posted to the subreddit r/photoshopbattles. The photo, which also features a smaller pumpkin decorated as Thanos' clenched golden fist, was uploaded by Redditor MOVIEREVOLT, and soon inspired an epic Photoshop battle. The pumpkin head and hand was put on the body of the man himself, obvs. Image: Imgur/Daedagon/Walt Disney Studios See the similarity between pumpkin Thanos and Handsome Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants? Image: imgur/SchrodingersNutsack/Nickelodeon Did you see the iconic cosplay mashup of Thanos and McDonald's mascot Grimace? This Redditor clearly did. Image: imgur/cheetox23Which of course led to... Image: imgur/wienerpoop/walt disney studiosLet's make pumpkin season synonymous with Photoshop battle season, shall we? WATCH: This 11-year-old genius is also an award-winning DJ — Mashable Originals
Tesla unexpectedly announced a mid-range battery option for the Model 3, bringing the price of the vehicle down to $45,000 and completely changing the pricing structure. Before the reservation holders of the Model 3 with a standard battery pack even get their vehicle, Tesla has added a fourth battery pack option, changing the prices of the whole Model 3 portfolio.
China is planning to launch its own 'artificial moon' by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported Friday. Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing "illumination satellites" which will shine in tandem with the real moon, but are eight times brighter, according to China Daily. The first man-made moon will launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, with three more to follow in 2022 if the first test goes well, said Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society, the organization responsible for the project.