Chicago's first gay, black female mayor is sworn in

Chicago's first gay, black female mayor is sworn in

Chicago's first black female and openly gay mayor Lori Lightfoot took the oath of office on Monday and will now take over a city struggling with violence, crime and weak finances. Colette Luke has more.
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Trudeau apologizes again for wearing dark makeup in multiple incidents

Trudeau apologizes again for wearing dark makeup in multiple incidents

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked for forgiveness on Thursday after pictures of him in brown and blackface emerged less than five weeks before the national vote. Chris Dignam has more.
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Unsafe sex: Argentina's crisis deflates condom sales

Unsafe sex: Argentina's crisis deflates condom sales

Amid a biting recession, a sharp currency devaluation and soaring inflation, sales of condoms and birth control pills have tumbled in Argentina, pharmacists and manufacturers said. Freddie Joyner has more.
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Schiff accuses DoJ of blocking whistleblower

Schiff accuses DoJ of blocking whistleblower

The head of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Thursday accused the Justice Department of blocking intelligence officials from providing Congress with a whistleblower complaint reported to involve communications between President Donald Trump a
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Zuckerberg looks for friends on The Hill

Zuckerberg looks for friends on The Hill

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is spending three days in Washington with lawmakers in an attempt to soothe ruffled feathers in the face of numerous government investigations. Conway G.
Bird numbers plunge in U.S. and Canada: study

Bird numbers plunge in U.S. and Canada: study

From grasslands to seashores to forests and backyards, birds are disappearing at an alarming rate in the United States and Canada, with a 29% population drop since 1970, scientists said on Thursday. Nathan Frandino has more.
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Britain's Burger King says bye-bye kids toys

Britain's Burger King says bye-bye kids toys

Burger King will stop handing out plastic toys in its children's meals and said on Thursday it was launching an amnesty for customers to return any freebies in a bid to tackle the growing problem of plastic waste.
Wall Street ends mixed

Wall Street ends mixed

Wall Street ended mixed Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates as expected and left the door open for further monetary easing.
Buybacks not always a boon - Gabriel

Buybacks not always a boon - Gabriel

Shares of Microsoft and Target rallied Thursday after announcing big buybacks, but Thomson Reuters' Terence Gabriel tells Reuters' Fred Katayama that shares of big companies active in buybacks have underperformed the broader market.
U.S. drone strike kills 30 pine nut farm workers in Afghanistan

U.S. drone strike kills 30 pine nut farm workers in Afghanistan

A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day's labor in the fields.
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Amazon, Bezos step up fight to tackle climate change

Amazon, Bezos step up fight to tackle climate change

Amazon's billionaire founder Jeff Bezos announced a plan to meet the goals of the Paris Climate agreement 10 years ahead of schedule. Conway G. Gittens has the details.
Pelosi unveils drug price plan

Pelosi unveils drug price plan

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a plan that would allow the federal government to negotiate the prices of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries and consumers.
OECD cuts growth outlook to post-crisis low

OECD cuts growth outlook to post-crisis low

The trade war between the United States and China has plunged global growth to its lowest levels in a decade, the OECD said on Thursday as it slashed its forecasts.
Netanyahu's rival rebuffs his coalition bid

Netanyahu's rival rebuffs his coalition bid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise unity government offer to his rival Benny Gantz after failing to win a majority in Tuesday's election. But the answer was 'no thanks', leaving him looking vulnerable.
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Nigeria becomes Africa's staging ground for illegal pangolin trade with Asia

Nigeria becomes Africa's staging ground for illegal pangolin trade with Asia

Porous borders, lax law enforcement, corruption and one of Africa's biggest ports has helped criminal networks in Nigeria corner most of the African trade in pangolins, considered to be the world's most trafficked mammal.
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Britain: BOE, OECD warn on hard Brexit

Britain: BOE, OECD warn on hard Brexit

The OECD says Britain will suffer a two per cent hit to growth if leaves the EU without a deal. And the Bank of England - leaving rates on hold on Thursday - warned of "entrenched uncertainty".
War of words escalates over Saudi Aramco oil attacks

War of words escalates over Saudi Aramco oil attacks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the UAE from Saudi Arabia on Thursday for talks with Abu Dhabi's crown prince, as tensions grew between America and its Gulf allies and Iran.
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Huawei launches new flagship phone, but Google apps may be missing

Huawei launches new flagship phone, but Google apps may be missing

Huawei launched its latest flagship phone on Thursday, but there's still no word whether it will ship with Google apps.
Elderly, sick, and struggling to prove her right to live in the UK

Elderly, sick, and struggling to prove her right to live in the UK

Sonja Brain, 84, is bed-bound in hospital - preventing her from proving her right to live in the UK as the country approaches its scheduled EU departure on October 31.
Ryanair cuts jobs, offers O'Leary a $111mln bonus

Ryanair cuts jobs, offers O'Leary a $111mln bonus

Ryanair is cutting jobs amid a pilot surplus, but chief executive Michael O'Leary is in line for a $111mln bonus if he can hit his targets.
Executives cleared over Japan nuclear disaster

Executives cleared over Japan nuclear disaster

A Japanese court has cleared three executives of negligence over the Fukushima nuclear disaster, ending the only criminal case brought as a result of the crisis.
Central banks keep markets guessing

Central banks keep markets guessing

Markets were struggling to digest a raft of central bank policy decisions on Thursday, after the U.S. Fed cut rates, the BOJ and the BOE kept their powder dry - but Norway hiked.
Facebook's Portal enters crowded streaming market

Facebook's Portal enters crowded streaming market

Facebook has launched a new version of its Portal video device, entering the crowded TV-streaming market. It hopes its social side, with users able to watch a show and chat online, will set it apart.
Panda death in Thailand sparks outrage in China

Panda death in Thailand sparks outrage in China

The death of a giant panda at Thailand's Chiang Mai Zoo has sparked anger across Chinese social media, as China sends a team of experts to probe the death.
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Trudeau apologizes for brown face photo

Trudeau apologizes for brown face photo

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologizes for wearing brown face make-up in 2001 after an embarrassing picture emerged less than five weeks before an election in which he faces a tough fight.
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