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The Canadian province of British Columbia begins a postal ballot to determine whether to maintain the current first-past-the-post voting
Canada Deploys Chinese Hi-Tech Sensors Near US Submarine Base – Report
As Canada legalizes recreational marijuana, Japanese citizens warned the law from home may apply
Canada is prepared to freeze arms deal with Saudi Arabia if necessary, Trudeau says
Housing is ‘absolute priority,’ Vancouver mayor-elect says
BCE court victory in Calgary highlights tension between cities, telecoms over 5G network building
New Brunswick village lowers ‘straight flag’ after public backlash
3 large earthquakes strike off Pacific coast of British Columbia
Midterms Could Impact US Global Engagement
Former President Helps Build Homes, Legacy
Transgender Activists Rally Against Redefining Gender
Trump says to build US nuclear arsenal til countires 'come to their senses'
NASA chief believes human mission to Mars should become international project
Search for Amazon HQ2 Sparks Real-Estate Speculation
Wells Fargo Agrees to $65 Million Settlement With N.Y. Attorney General Over Cross-Selling
Pentagon Sends No Additional Troops to US-Mexico Border Over Refugees Caravan
Not on Our Land: Arizona Tribe Fears Trump Border Wall Will Ruin Their Culture
Below-surface 'brines' on Mars likely to have enough oxygen to support microbial life: study
U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum taking toll on marine industry
OECD predicts unsustainable rise in use of raw materials
Trump cutting US aid over migrant caravan
Hurricane Willa upgraded to Category 5 storm off Mexico
El Salvador
Trump: US to Cut Aid to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador
Surging Caravan of 7,500 Migrants to Arrive at US Border in a Week – Report
Honduran migrants march as Trump vows 'full efforts' to halt them
Barbados Gets US$5.8 million Payout from CCRIF following Passage of Tropical Storm Kirk
Barbados begins laying off public sector workers
Official funeral for former Speaker of the House Headley Cunningham
Jamaica: $700M 'dump-up' beach project in Mobay to begin next January2
Russians Detained Over 'Gucci' Cocaine Shipment From Venezuela, Media Report
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Peru
Peru: Net International Reserves total US$59.396 bn on Oct 15
Peru President: Corruption will not prevail in the country
Peru President: Gov't willing to increase Research and Development Budget
With Poverty On The Rise, Bolsonaro Aims At The Northeast
Document Confirms Illegal Sale Of WhatsApp Messages During Election
President Temer Denounced in Kickback Investigation
Brazil's right-wing candidate scolds son for threat to shut top court
Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro threatens purge of leftwing 'outlaws'.
Water fight in Chile's Atacama raises questions over lithium mining
Chilean court orders Catholic Church to pay damages over abuse: report

Japan mulls accepting more Asian refugees from 2020
Japan: 28 central gov't bodies falsely listed 3,700 workers as disabled to meet targets: report
Anti-US base incumbent Shiroma wins Okinawa capital's mayoral race
Abe to bring business leaders to Beijing amid US trade spat
Japanese government orders Facebook to improve data protection
Third Japan medical school suspected of having discriminated against applicants: sources
China’s missile buildup — a threat to U.S. bases in Japan — likely a key factor in Trump plan to exit INF
Can Tokyo's new Toyosu market live up to the Tsukiji brand?
Abe-Xi summit comes as Chinese leader looks to create united front amid U.S. trade war
N. Korea
North Korea to halt live-fire artillery drills, close all NLL gun ports beginning November 1
Lavrov, Bolton discuss strategic stability, Syria, Ukraine, North Korea
Bolton discusses Syria, Iran, N. Korea with head of Russia’s Security Council Patrushev
S. Korea
Dusty in the capital area and Chungcheong-do Provinces
Two Koreas, UN Command to withdraw guard posts, firearms at JSA by Oct. 25th
Rival parties clash over monetary policy, hiring scandal during Monday's audit
Seoul, Pyongyang and UN Command agree to demilitarize part of border
Samsung working on foldable display laptop
After nine years of construction, China is expected to reveal the world's longest sea bridge
Japan and China to resume fleet visits for first time since 2011
China, ASEAN countries begin inaugural joint maritime drills
Xinjiang Authorities Jail Prominent Uyghur Television Host
2 US warships travel along Taiwan Strait
Taiwan: Jobless rate for September dips to 18-year low: DGBAS
China attempting to meddle in Taiwan elections: intelligence chief
Special task force to probe deadly Puyuma train accident: Cabinet
Philippine judge rejects Duterte push for critic's arrest
Int’l parliamentarians not welcome in PH - Palace
Philippines: No more public interviews for senior SC magistrates applying to be Chief Justice
Drilon: Ruling on Trillanes case restores ‘perception of stability’ in courts
Vietnam: Voters express economy and climate concerns as National Assembly re-opens
Sixth sitting of National Assembly holds great importance: NA Chairwoman
HCM City Party Committee promises swift action on Thủ Thiêm dispute
More bus route from Hà Nội’s centre to Nội Bài airport
Vietnam’s program connects college students’ startup ideas with investors
​Three nabbed for extortion attempt of over 100 Vietnamese officials via SMS
Vietnam’s tax authorities scramble to meet target as end of fiscal year nears
Vietnam's Communist Party chief set to become president
Laos receives FAO Model Farmers Award
Laos: Homeless flood victims to have 500 modular houses
MUFG, Thai unit to offer QR code payment service in Japan
Net widened after Chiang Mai police nab suspect with 10 million meth pills
EC should investigate whether Thaksin meddled in Pheu Thai’s affairs: Prawit
Southern Thailand peace talk with Panitan Wattanayagorn
Protesters Urge EU to Pressure Cambodia on Democracy as PM Hun Sen Attends Brussels Talks
British MH370 Hunters Scrap Search for Missing Boeing, Fearing for Their Lives
Hishammuddin: I can help govt find Jho Low in China
PH could collapse if one party withdraws: Dr Mahathir
Squabble erupts in Parliament after BN MP blames DAP for May 13 race riot
Malaysia Energy Council: Reforming power sector
Rompin MP cautions against deifying English, says it is not an intellectual language
From Jan 1, Malaysia's solar power users to enjoy cheaper electricity bills
Latest humanitarian snapshot highlights flooding in Indonesia, displacement in Philippines and Myanmar
Rakhine Courts Have Not Determined if Hundreds Sentenced Are ARSA Members, Official Says
Karenni Army Clashes With Myanmar Forces in Kayah State, Breaking Bilateral Cease-fire
Accountability a key pillar for reconciliation in Myanmar: UN Envoy
Bangladesh ambassador to Thailand made UK envoy
Six women fail to enter Sabarimala temple, shrine shut till November 4
India to China: Back bid to dub Masood Azhar a global terrorist

Middle East
Watchdogs Press Pakistan on Terror Financing
Nineteen people died and over 40 injured when two passenger buses collided on Multan Road near Ghazi
IRGC confirms 12 forces abducted near Pakistan border
$3.78b Dasu dam loan may get lapsed, warns World Bank
PM Imran arrives in Saudi Arabia to attend key investment conference
Punjab to shut down polluting brick kilns from October 27
Fake bank accounts: Sindh govt under fire in SC over non-cooperation
NATO Says Service Member Killed in Afghanistan
US envoy, army chief discuss Afghan peace at GHQ
State guard of Almazbek Atambayev reduced
Water volume in Toktogul reservoir decreases compared to last year
Modernization of Bishkek HPP. TBEA ignored legislation of Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan sells electricity to Uzbekistan for 16.5 million soms in 2018
Belarus, Uzbekistan consider international, regional security
Armenian PM Accuses Lawmakers of 'Sabotage' Over Electoral Code Vote
Early elections will be held in December, the winner of which will be the people – Nikol Pashinyan
Armenian exporters and manufacturers to supply goods to Russian supermarkets without mediators – SCPEC Chairman
President Aliyev inaugurates distributary channel of Araz River
President Ilham Aliyev arrives in Imishli
Azerbaijan expects "energy boost" due to new renewable sources
Azerbaijani Air Defense Units continue tactical exercises
Pompeo: We Must Make it 'Painfully Clear' Iran Can't Match US Military Might
US pressures SWIFT to cut off Iran from global banking transactions to enforce sanctions
Russia reiterates support for JCPOA
Iran 8th largest silk producer in world
Iranian military chief urges Pakistan to immediately arrest kidnappers
Kremlin does not expect breakthrough on Syria at Istanbul summit
Russian specialists re-equipping S-300 systems delivered to Syria for local operation
Syria never used chemical weapons: Deputy FM
Turkish Investigators Turn up Heat on Riyadh Over Khashoggi's Death
Ankara expects US to lift sanctions after release of US pastor – spokesman
Beasley visits Hariri: We are spending almost one million dollars per day in Lebanon
Hariri: Contacts ongoing to form the government
Hariri sponsors signing of Bekaa water treatment agreement
Israel finds ‘illegal Hezbollah outpost’ on Lebanon border
Israel has not yet asked for talks over Baqoura, Ghumar — FM
Israeli farmers complain loss of Jordan land leases could kill livelihood
Trump said to question Netanyahu commitment to peace, threaten to get ‘tough’
Israeli court conditionally releases al-Quds governor
Israel releases two Palestinian Authority officials from custody
PA condemns arrest of senior Palestinian officials by Israel
Jordan, EU discuss expanded ‘strategic’ partnership
Jordan-China business forum opened with call for more Chinese investments
Jordan: Queen meets Al Aman Fund new scholarship recipients
Jordan: Finances of 29 independent agencies merged into state budget
Kuwait welcomes Saudi Arabia's announcement of Khashoggi's probe findings
KFSD ready for emergencies during rain, winter season - official
Fire under control at Sulaibiya's industrial zone - KFSD
Bahrain' SDGs are in line with development program - Bahrain Crown Prince
Othman, Qatar's ambassador tackle general situation
Qatar hopes Khashoggi’s death will be wakeup call for countries dealing with Saudis
Saudi Arabia
Saudi energy minister Al-Falih speaks to TASS on OPEC+, oil prices and Khashoggi
US meets Saudi prince despite criticism
Riyadh tried to ‘trap’ us in overseas embassies: Dissidents
Saudi Arabia has ‘no intention’ of 1973 oil embargo replay
KSA to set up first special economic zone in Riyadh
Saudi Arabia a welcoming and rewarding destination for FDI
Boyko Borisov is on Official Visit to the UAE
UAE climbs up passport rankings, now 7th most powerful
Saudi, UAE donate USD 70 mln for teacher salaries in Yemen
Humble pomegranate seed provides clue to how Yemen's war fuels hunger
‘Silence on Yemen massacres proves US, Europe hypocrisy'

United Kingdom
Royal Navy ships in the Gulf confronted by Iran's fast-attack machine gun boats
Theresa May accused of surrender as she attempts to quell Tory rebellion with four-point Brexit plan
May says 95% of Brexit deal now agreed
'Sales have increased twenty-fold in the last three years'... Ireland is falling in love with a new tipple
Peter Casey takes aim at Michael D Higgins' dogs in 'bizarre' campaign video
Portugal Consulate Freezes Citizenship Applications
Albufeira suggests slashing ‘sidewalk tax' to help businesses through low season
Portugal: Tourists spend 11 billion euros
Ryanair announces agreement with Portuguese pilots' union
Kuwaiti, French chiefs of defense staff discuss cooperation
French LGBT groups denounce ‘culture of hate’ after spate of attacks
Europe tries to ensure connection of at least one Iranian bank with the world: French senator
Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan says 'sex was consensual' in French rape case
Second French priest commits suicide in church after abuse claims
Belgium chooses Lockheed’s F-35 to replace F-16 jets – report
'EU parliament vote will determine heart and soul of Europe for years to come'
Document on Iran-Europe co-op should be ready by the next few days: MP
ASEAN and EU officials discuss gender equality
Merkel Changes Course, Concedes to U.S. Gas Imports
Fury in Germany as US Firm Tries to Hijack Deal With Iraq - Report
Merkel: No German arms exports to Saudi until killing cleared up
Head of German Jewish community revealed to be non-Jewish
Protest as German daily refers to ‘Polish’ death camps in WWII
Polish president to meet German leaders in Berlin
Danish government party hits worst poll figures for 15 months
Danish labour market continues good form: August figures
Denmark set for autumnal week with plenty of rain and wind
Switzerland: Call for more vaccinations after record year for tick infections
Swiss citizenship fees vary widely across country: report
Hajj Hasan holds talks in Italy on means of investment partnerships
Italy Vows to Stick to Budget That Breaches EU Rules
Fiat Chrysler Unloads Parts Unit in $7.1 Billion KKR Deal
Mussolini’s granddaughter under fire from Italian Jews for tweeted threat
Belarus eager to step up interparliamentary cooperation with Italy
Italy's buoyant League ousts left in northern provincial vote
Holy See
Vatican’s Foreign Minister Visits Georgia
Montenegro, Albania, Norway, Ukraine align with EU's prolonged sanctions over Crimea, Donbas
Albania mulls cryptocurrency regulation in bid to become regional hub
Albania: Police arrest two former Socialist lawmakers under corruption charges
Police crackdown on main Shijak drug ring amid anti-drug raids throughout country
Kotzias says Prespes accord will stabilize Balkans, halt Turkish influence
Greece: Former minister denies money-laundering charges
Greece: Unpaid bills generate cash crisis across the local electricity sector
Greece: Budget set to beat forecast, per the latest projections
Macedonia Bolsters Protection For Deputies Who Support Name Change
Kotzias says Prespes accord will stabilize Balkans, halt Turkish influence
Bulgarian Ministry of Finance Published the Draft Budget Bill for 2019
More than 60% of Employers in Bulgaria Expect to Raise Salaries in 2019
Next year the Health Budget in Bulgaria will Increase by About BGN 490 Million
Bulgarian PM Borisov: If I Urge Deputy Simeonov to Resign, the Ruling Coalition will Fall Apart
Only 1/3 of Bulgarians are Interested in Science
Kuwait admires Romania's pledge to find missing citizen
PM Dancila decides to set up the National Committee on Waste
IntMin Dan: In February 2019 we will organise in Bucharest an informal Justice and Home Affairs council
Deputy PM Stanescu signs addendum to SME Initiative in Romania financing agreement
Denník N: Former journalist-turned-spy spied on journalists for Kočner
MFA: Slovak-Vietnamese relations frozen until Hanoi explains abduction
When Daylight Saving Time is abolished, Slovakia will keep winter time
Czech Republic
Czech soldier killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan
Poland’s top court judges return from forced retirements after EU challenges move
Poland eyeing 3% of global space tech market: president
Polish conservatives win regional vote: 'late poll'
Polish conservatives win local elections - TVP
Polish FM to discuss US troop presence with NATO
UNIAN news. The latest news in Ukraine and worldwide
Putin imposes sanctions against Ukraine
Putin Calls for New Sanctions Against Ukraine
Crimean Tatars Stand By Woman Sentenced For 'Insulting' Police
S&P affirms ratings on Ukraine at 'B-/B', outlook remains stable
Ukrainian positions in Donbas attacked five times on Monday, no casualties recorded
Putin signs order on special economic measures in response to Ukraine's 'unfriendly actions'
HealthMin Pintea welcomes Moldovan counterpart Radu to discuss main co-operation coordinates
Japanese spacecraft with Belarusian shields off to study Mercury
World Bank evaluating Belarusian forestry industry development project progress
Customs services of Belarus, China discuss Great Stone industrial park development
Russia Signals Willingness to Consider US Complaints about Arms Treaty
Russia warns against US pullout from INF treaty
Russian Baltic Fleet naval group sets off for North Atlantic voyage
500 rubles for a tank: Russian military declassifies WWII bonus system for soldiers
Russian Police Raid Floating Marijuana Plantation, Confiscate 230 Plants
Memorial Reaches Agreement With Moscow On Honoring Stalin's Purge Victims
Putin Signs Decree On 'Special Economic Measures' Against Ukraine
U.S.-Financed Project to Counter Anti-Western Propaganda
Georgia: Revenue Service Lifts Freeze on IBSU Assets
Bank of Estonia provides exceptional info on cross-border bank payments
Estonia 200 membership reaches 500 required for party registration
Security: After Estonia's ID-card train wreck this identity app is taking Baltics by storm
Finland moves to boost its naval power in Baltic Sea hotspot - media
Financier asks Finland to investigate Nordea, alleging bank laundered money
BASF to open electric vehicle battery plant in Finland
First Sweden Democrat mayor resigns over old social media posts
Centre-right Alliance takes power in Skåne
Hareide scrambles to ward off defeat

Over dozen Muslim Brotherhood members given 15-year jail terms
Bassil invites al Sisi to attend Arab Economic and Social Development Summit
Libya: PC refutes reaching final agreement on army reunification
Morocco to deport 141 migrants arrested at Spanish enclave fence
Behind the scenes of Canada's peacekeeping mission in Mali.
Nigerian separatist leader part of 'lost tribe' reappears in Israel
Why Nigerian Governor Imposed 24-Hour Curfew On Kaduna
Minimum Wage - Unions Threaten Strike Unless Nigerian Govt Acts
Cameroon's Biya Declared Election Winner
Sudan, UN sign deal to support S. Sudanese refugees
South Sudan
UN report urges release of hundreds of abducted civilians in South Sudan
Rebel group claims South Sudan ceasefire has been violated.
Strengthening Somalia’s health systems to boost immunization
Angola: Oil industry wants production to remain at 1.4 million barrels
Angola awaits ratification of civil and political rights
Angola: Government and Catoca analyze socio-economic investments
Zimbabwe's VP Chiwenga Uses Mass to Hit Out at Fake Prophets

Australia Proposes Banning New Migrants From Moving to Big Cities
'Must never happen again': Australia apologises to victims of state sex abuse
Australia: 'Default energy price' to save people up to $832 a year
The situation on Nauru was the elephant in the room at the national abuse apology
Brunswick to become designated creative design district
New Zealand
MP Reportedly In Mental Health Care: Speaker Seeks Advice On Jami-Lee Ross Situation
ACT - Labour sends Māori to the back of the charter school bus
Rimutaka’s Youth MP announced
Auckland, Hamilton bus services out of action over strikes
Papua New Guinea
UNHCR appeals to Australia to take urgent action for all refugees and asylum-seekers in Papua New Guinea and Nauru

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