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Oct 14, Pres. Donald Trump spoke directly to the Turkish president,
Recep Tayyip Erdogan to demand an immediate ceasefire in Syria while
announcing a series of punishments for Ankara that critics saw as an
attempt to save face. Trump announced sanctions aimed at restraining
the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria.
A US official said the approximately 1,000 US troops being withdrawn
from northern Syria will reposition in Iraq, Kuwait and possibly
(The Guardian , 10/15/19)(AP,
2019 Oct 14, A handful of US
states celebrated their first Indigenous Peoples' Day as part of a
trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus. Native
American advocates have pressed states for the change since 1992.
(SFC, 10/15/19, p.A5)
2019 Oct 14, In northern
California a man was arrested on suspicion of killing four people
after he showed up at a police station in Mount Shasta with a body
in his car. Roseville police said they found three other bodies at
2019 Oct 14, Harold Bloom
(b.1930), American literary critic, died at a hospital in
Connecticut. His books included "The Book of J" (1990), "The Western
Canon: Books and School of the Ages" (1994) and "Shakespeare: The
Invention of the Human" (1998).
(SFC, 10/17/19, p.C4)
2019 Oct 14, In Texas Aaron
Dean (34), the white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a
black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a
call about an open front door, was charged with murder after
resigning from the force.
2019 Oct 14, Abhijit Binayak
Banerjee (b.1961), eminent India-born American economist, shared the
2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Esther Duflo and
Michael Kremer, "for their experimental approach to alleviating
global poverty." Banerjee along with wife Esther Duflo are the sixth
married couple to jointly win a Nobel Prize.
2019 Oct 14, In Austria an
Afghan asylum-seeker (33) killed a farmer and severely injured a
social worker at his shelter in Wullowitz. He was known to the
authorities for previous violent acts.
2019 Oct 14, Climate activists
targeted BlackRock, the world's biggest asset manager, in London,
demanding that major financial institutions starve fossil fuel
companies of the money they need to build new mines, wells and
2019 Oct 14, Greenpeace
activists boarded two Royal Dutch Shell oil platforms in the British
North Sea in protest against plans to leave parts of the giant
structures in place after production shuts down.
2019 Oct 14, Author Bernardine
Evaristo (60) won the Booker Prize for her novel "Girl, Woman,
Other." She split the 50,000 pounds ($62,800) prize with Margaret
Atwood, Canadian author of "The Testaments", in a surprise double
award. Of Nigerian and British parentage, Evaristo was the first
black woman to win the prize.
2019 Oct 14, British PM Boris
Johnson set out his government's priorities at a parliamentary
ceremony. Queen Elizabeth II announced in a speech to lawmakers a
list of 26 new bills ranging from implementing a yet-to-be finalized
EU divorce agreement to criminal sentencing and the environment.
2019 Oct 14, A team of British
experts arrived in Iran to begin work to upgrade the Arak heavy
water nuclear reactor under a deal known as the Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action.
2019 Oct 14, Cambodian police
arrested the Turkish-Mexican former director of a school run by the
movement of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara
blames for a failed 2016 coup. His wife feared he would be deported
2019 Oct 14, PM Mette
Frederiksen said Denmark said it will fast-track legislation
allowing people with dual citizenship who have gone abroad to fight
for militant groups like Islamic State to be stripped of their
2019 Oct 14, In Guinea
protesters burned tires and threw stones at police in Conakry in the
first of a series of planned demonstrations against a possible
change to the constitution that could let President Alpha Conde seek
a third term.
2019 Oct 14, Iran's President
Hassan Rouhani urged Turkey to halt its military offensive against
Kurdish forces in northern Syria.
2019 Oct 14, Iran's
paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said it has arrested an exiled
journalist who helped fan the flames of nationwide economic protests
that struck the country at the end of 2017. Ruhollah Zam ran a
website called AmadNews that posted embarrassing videos and
information about Iranian officials.
2019 Oct 14, In Libya an
airstrike slammed into a house in Tripoli, killing three children
and wounding a women and a child. The Tripoli-based government
blamed the airstrike on Gen. Khalifa Hifter's forces, the so-called
Libyan National Army.
2019 Oct 14, Saudi Arabia and
Russia signed a key deal to bolster cooperation among the world's
oil giants. Visiting President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman,
penned a string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts
targeting the aerospace, culture, health, advanced technology and
2019 Oct 14, It was reported
that South Korea is deploying snipers to the Demilitarized Zone with
orders to shoot any wild boar that are seen in the buffer zone with
North Korea before they can bring more cases of African swine fever
into the South.
(The Telegraph, 10/14/19)
2019 Oct 14, Spain's Supreme
Court jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders for between nine and 13
years for their role in the failed 2017 independence bid, a decision
that triggered protests in the region and left the future course of
the dispute uncertain. Riot police charged at protesters outside
Barcelona's airport following the sentencing.
(Reuters, 10/14/19)(AP, 10/14/19)
2019 Oct 14, Sudan's new
transitional government met with rebel leaders, kicking off peace
talks aimed at ending the country's yearslong civil wars.
2019 Oct 14, Syrian government
troops moved into towns and villages in northern Syria, setting up a
potential clash with Turkish-led forces advancing in the area as
long-standing alliances in the region begin to crumble following the
pullback of US forces. Assadís forces began entering northeast Syria
in large numbers for the first time in years after the Westís
Kurdish allies agreed to a Russian-brokered deal to try to hold off
a Turkish onslaught.
(AP, 10/14/19)(The Telegraph, 10/14/19)
2019 Oct 14, Zimbabwe said it
expects to increase diamond production to 11 million carats by 2023
from 3.2 million carats last year, part of an ambitious plan to
raise mining output and earn the country $12 billion a