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Op-Ed: Warren Zevon missing from 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot

The late but great rock singer-songwriter Warren Zevon is missing from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2020 ballot.

Facebook's Zuckerberg open to scaling back Libra plan

Washington - Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg opened the door Wednesday to scaling back plans for the company's digital coin Libra if it cannot win approval as a new currency for global exchanges.

Q&A: Why no one wants to play with Facebook’s Libra Special

It’s becoming clear that Facebook’s Libra has gone from being the cool kid on the playground to the one everyone tries to avoid - Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, eBay, Booking Holdings among others have abandoned their original deal with Libra.

Russian forces head for Syrian-Turkish border in blow to Kurds

Kamishli - Russian forces in Syria headed for the border with Turkey Wednesday to ensure Kurdish fighters pull back after a deal between Moscow and Ankara wrested control of the Kurds' entire heartland.

In Iraq refuge, Syrian Kurds curse Trump and Erdogan

"May God avenge us against Trump and Erdogan" is a common refrain among the thousands of Syrian Kurds who have taken refuge in Iraq since Turkey's assault on their homes.

UK murder probe as 39 dead found in truck from Bulgaria

Grays - Britain launched a major murder investigation after 39 bodies were found Wednesday in a truck from Bulgaria, as police tried to establish where the victims were originally from.

Trump feud with California attacks Cap and Trade deal with Quebec

The Trump administration on Wednesday sued California over entering an agreement with a Canadian province in 2013 to control emissions linked to climate change, saying the state had no right to conduct foreign policy.

Tripoli: from 'Lebanese Kandahar' to home of protest rave

Tripoli - The northern seaside city of Tripoli, once perceived as a hotbed for insurgents, has emerged as the scene of Lebanon's most festive protests, with euphoric crowds dancing deep into the night.

Mali president on the ropes as jihadist revolt mounts

Bamako - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has few strong cards left to play as he seeks to roll back a jihadist insurgency and mounting public discontent.

Russia-Turkey deal shatters Syria Kurd dreams of self-rule

Beirut - A Turkish-Russian deal signed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi that carves up northeastern Syria sounds the death knell for Kurdish autonomy, analysts say.

Cloud computing gains drive up profit for Microsoft

San Francisco - Microsoft reported Wednesday that quarterly profits rose on the back of its thriving cloud computing business which has become a core focus for the US technology giant.Profits rose 21 percent to $10.

Todd Rundgren presents braille version of his autobiography

On October 21, iconic rocker Todd Rundgren presented a braille version of his autobiography to the Library of Congress Ceremonial Office.

Trump lifts Turkey sanctions, quits 'blood-stained' Syria

Washington - President Donald Trump ended sanctions against Turkey on Wednesday, drawing a line under American involvement in "blood-stained" Syria, as Turkish and Russian troops seized territory previously held by US troops and their beleaguered Kurdish allies.

'Days of Our Lives' actor John Clarke passes away at 88

Veteran soap actor John Clarke ("Days of Our Lives") passed away on October 16, 2019, in Laguna Beach, California, at the age of 88.

Steve Wariner honored by Musicians Hall of Fame by Garth Brooks

Veteran singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Wariner has a major reason to celebrate. He was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame by Garth Brooks.

Trudeau rules out coalition as he forms new Canadian government

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday ruled out forming a coalition government despite an election victory that left his Liberals short of a majority.

Lawmakers have five weeks to agree on funding the government

Senators broke a months-long stalemate over funding the government on Tuesday by starting work on a package of four spending bills, but major hurdles remain to avoid a government shutdown next month.

Half of all commonly used drugs change the gut microbiome

New research, presented at UEG Week 2019 (19-23 October), has linked half of all commonly used drugs to profound changes in the gut microbiome. This has implications for human health and wellbeing.

Israeli president tasks Benny Gantz with forming government

Jerusalem - Israel's president Reuven Rivlin tasked ex-military chief Benny Gantz on Wednesday with forming a new governing coalition and bringing Israel out of the longest political impasse in its history.

Ukrainian MP takes lie detector test over corruption claims

Kiev - A lawmaker from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's party took a lie detector test on Wednesday after the president called for a group of MPs to be tested over corruption allegations.
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