Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 13:11

Erdogan says there are no ongoing clashes in northeast Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that there were no ongoing clashes in northeastern Syria, where Turkey has been carrying out an offensive, after Ankara agreed with Washington to pause its offensive while Kurdish forces withdraw.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 18:15

Trump says Turkey's Erdogan wants Syria agreement to work

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he had spoken with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who told him there had been some "minor" sniper and mortar fire in northeastern Syria despite a ceasefire, but that it had been quickly eliminated.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 16:06

Shells fall in northeast Syria despite five-day ceasefire agreement

Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part of the territory Ankara aims to seize.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 16:05

Turkey plans to establish 12 posts in Syria 'safe zone': Erdogan

Turkey aims to establish 12 observation posts in a planned so-called safe zone in northern Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, adding Ankara would respond if the Syrian government "makes a mistake" in the region.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 16:04

Erdogan says he will discuss Syria 'safe zone' moves with Putin next week

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he would discuss with Russia's Vladimir Putin next week what steps to take in a planned "safe zone" in northeast Syria, adding that Moscow needs to lead efforts in the west to establish peace.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 14:40

Erdogan says Syria offensive will continue if truce deal not fully implemented

Turkey will continue its offensive into northeast Syria more rapidly than before if an agreement with the United States to pause the operation and allow the withdrawal of Kurdish forces is not fully implemented, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

CNN.com - RSS Channel - App International Edition | 18 Oct 13:32

Kurds say Turkey is violating hours-old 'ceasefire' in northern Syria

Pence announces Syria ceasefire that appears to give Turkey everything it wants

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 13:12

Shells still fall in northeast Syria despite pause agreement

Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part of the territory Ankara aims to seize.

Al Jazeera English | 18 Oct 17:37

UK Brexit showdown: What you need to know about Saturday's vote

British PM Boris Johnson faces parliamentary showdown over revised EU withdrawal agreement as Brexit deadline looms.

BBC News - Home | 18 Oct 17:06

Brexit deal: Which MP votes are up for grabs?

The deal agreed by Boris Johnson and the EU can't proceed until it has been voted for by MPs.

Al Jazeera English | 18 Oct 16:46

Britain's existential crisis

On Saturday, House of Commons will convene to decide what Britain is going to look like in coming decades.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 16:01

It was wrong not to take Boris Johnson seriously, Macron says

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who clinched a Brexit deal with the European Union on Thursday, had been underestimated.

BBC News - Home | 18 Oct 15:22

Brexit: What to expect from Parliament's Saturday sitting

The weekend sitting of Parliament will see MPs vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 15:00

Brexit reversed: How could Britain end up with a second referendum?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's battle to win support for his new Brexit divorce deal raises the possibility that the United Kingdom could hold a fresh vote on membership of the European Union.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 14:04

British companies buckle up as Brexit deadline nears

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trumpeting a newly minted Brexit deal with EU leaders but now needs backing from the UK's divided parliament in a vote set for Saturday.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 13:34

Germany counting on British lawmakers to back Brexit deal: minister

Germany's foreign minister on Friday said he was counting on the British parliament ahead of a vote on an eleventh-hour agreement that negotiators from Britain and the European Union reached on Britain's planned departure from the bloc.

Al Jazeera English | 18 Oct 13:35

Nangarhar mosque hit by deadly blast during Friday prayers

Officials say at least 17 people dead and dozens wounded in blast taking place in eastern Afghanistan.

Al Jazeera English | 18 Oct 17:49

Victims of Libya air raids fear returning home

Six-month battle for Tripoli has killed or wounded hundreds of civilians.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 17:36

Blasts collapse roof at Afghan mosque, killing at least 62 at Friday prayers

Multiple explosions at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan collapsed the roof on worshippers during Friday prayers, killing at least 62 and wounding more than 100, officials said.

CNN.com - RSS Channel - App International Edition | 18 Oct 16:37

At least 62 killed in mosque explosion

At least 62 people were killed in an explosion during Friday prayers in a mosque in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, according to a regional spokesman.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 16:26

Blasts in Afghanistan mosque kill at least 62, wound more than 100

Blasts in a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers killed at least 62 men who had gathered for worship, local officials said.

BBC News - Home | 18 Oct 15:42

Afghanistan violence: Dozens killed in mosque blast

The attack, in eastern Nangarhar province, targeted worshippers during Friday prayers.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 14:18

Protests grip Lebanon demanding government resigns

Thousands of protesters blocked roads and burned tires across Lebanon for a second day on Friday, demanding the demise of a political elite they say looted the economy to the point of breakdown.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 18:09

Protests sweep Lebanon as fury at ruling elite grows

Tens of thousands of protesters blocked roads, burned tyres and marched across Lebanon for a second day on Friday, demanding the removal of a political elite they accuse of looting the economy to the point of breakdown.

Al Jazeera English | 18 Oct 17:43

Lebanon protests over economic crisis, corruption continue

Thousands of protesters gather in Beirut for second day, calling on the political elite to step down over dire economy.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 16:43

Protests sweep Lebanon as fury at ruling elite, graft grows

Tens of thousands of angry protesters blocked roads and burned tyres across Lebanon for a second day on Friday, demanding the demise of a political elite they say looted the economy to the point of breakdown.

CNN.com - RSS Channel - App International Edition | 18 Oct 15:21

Barricades burn on Lebanon's streets

Plumes of smoke billowed over the Lebanese capital Beirut as nation-wide economic protests entered a second day and protesters burned barricades on the country's main roads.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 15:16

Protests grip Lebanon as fury at ruling elite, corruption grows

Tens of thousands of angry protesters blocked roads and burned tires across Lebanon for a second day on Friday, demanding the demise of a political elite they say looted the economy to the point of breakdown.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 14:42

U.S. astronauts embark on the first all-female spacewalk

U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history on Friday when they stepped outside the International Space Station (ISS) on the first all-female spacewalk.

Quartz | 18 Oct 18:40

The metaphorical power of NASA’s first all-women spacewalk

The story of the first female spacewalk doubles as a metaphor for what it's like to be a woman full of ambition in 2019.

BBC News - Home | 18 Oct 14:52

Nasa astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir in all-women spacewalk

Two female astronauts are making history with the first ever all-women spacewalk.

The Guardian | 18 Oct 14:09

Nasa makes history as first all-female spacewalk begins

Christina Koch and Jessica Meir venture outside ISS to replace faulty device in mission expected to last five and a half hours Nasa began the first ever all-female spacewalk on Friday morning, sending two American astronauts out into the void to effect repairs to the International Space Station (ISS), following a power system failure at the laboratory high above Earth. US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history as they stepped out of the orbiting lab and began floating around its structure in order to replace a faulty part of the solar power unit, which stopped working over the weekend. Continue reading...

NYT > Top Stories | 18 Oct 13:55

NASA Astronauts Conduct the First All-Female Spacewalk

Jessica Meir and Christina Koch ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday to replace a power controller.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 16:11

J&J to recall some baby powder as FDA finds traces of asbestos

Johnson & Johnson said on Friday it is recalling around 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States after the U.S. health regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle purchased online.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 18:00

Johnson & Johnson says baby powder investigation could take 30 days or more

Johnson & Johnson said on Friday its investigation into asbestos contamination of its baby powder could take 30 days or more, after announcing it planned to recall about 33,000 bottles of the product in the United States.

CNN.com - RSS Channel - App International Edition | 18 Oct 17:37

Johnson & Johnson recalls baby powder

Johnson & Johnson announced on Friday that it's initiating a voluntary recall in the United States of its popular Johnson's Baby Powder due to low levels of asbestos contamination.

NYT > Top Stories | 18 Oct 15:56

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Asbestos-Tainted Baby Powder

The F.D.A. found trace levels of asbestos in samples from a bottle of baby powder purchased from an online retailer.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 15:06

J&J to recall single lot of baby powder as FDA finds traces of asbestos

Johnson & Johnson said on Friday it would recall a single lot of its baby powder in the United States after the Food and Drug Administration found trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle purchased online.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 18:29

Protesters clash with police in central Barcelona

Masked demonstrators clashed with police in central Barcelona on Friday as a fifth day of protests over the jailing of separatist leaders turned violent.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 18:13

Catalan protesters flood Barcelona on fifth day of rallies

Tens of thousands of demonstrators waving pro-independence flags and chanting "freedom for political prisoners" poured into Barcelona on Friday, the fifth day of protests over the jailing of Catalan separatist leaders.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 15:15

Hong Kong protesters vow to hit the streets in major 'illegal' march

Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners on Friday vowed to stage a major march at the weekend despite police ruling the rally illegal, setting the scene for possibly more unrest in a city battered by months of violent protests.

BBC News - Home | 18 Oct 14:23

Catalonia protests shut down Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona

Protests and a strike over the sentencing of Catalan separatists bring the Spanish city to a halt.

Al Jazeera English | 18 Oct 14:08

Real Madrid-Barcelona Clasico postponed due to Catalan protests

Next weekend's match between Spanish rivals postponed to avoid coinciding with a planned separatist rally in Barcelona.

CNN.com - RSS Channel - App International Edition | 18 Oct 18:15

Bulgaria soccer coach resigns

Bulgaria soccer coach Krasimir Balakov has resigned following Monday's controversial Euro 2020 qualifier when England players were subjected to racist abuse.

CNN.com - RSS Channel - App International Edition | 18 Oct 17:50

Footballer says he's ready to walk off the pitch if he's racially abused

To walk or not to walk? That's the question facing footballers following the racist abuse hurled at the England team in Bulgaria during a Euro 2020 qualifier as sections of the crowd in Sofia made monkey noises and Nazi salutes.

The Guardian | 18 Oct 17:07

Bulgaria manager resigns as outgoing president hits out at Southgate

• ‘Only Southgate heard chants,’ says Mihaylov upon quitting • Krasimir Balakov criticised for reaction to scenes in Sofia Borislav Mihaylov has confirmed he has resigned as president of the Bulgarian Football Union in the wake of the racist chanting that marred England’s 6-0 victory in Sofia on Monday and, having done so, hit out at Gareth Southgate, accusing the England manager of exaggerating the nature of the chanting that was directed at his black players during the Euro 2020 qualifier. Mihaylov was speaking at a press conference on Friday and which followed a meeting of the BFU’s executive committee, during which it was decided that the national team manager, Krasimir Balakov, and the entire committee would also quit. Continue reading...

BBC News - Home | 18 Oct 16:55

Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov resigns following racism backlash

Krasimir Balakov resigns as Bulgaria manager four days after claiming he did not hear racist chants in England's 6-0 win in Sofia.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 18:15

Macron takes swipe at halting NATO reaction to Turkey's Syria incursion

France's president on Friday decried NATO's inability to react to what he called Turkey's "crazy" offensive into northern Syria and said it was time Europe stopped acting like a junior ally when it came to the Middle East.

Reuters: Top News | 18 Oct 16:02

France's Macron criticizes NATO reaction over Turkish offensive

France's president on Friday bemoaned Turkey's offensive into northern Syria as "madness" and decried the North Atlantic Organisation's inability to react to the assault as a "serious mistake."

The Guardian | 18 Oct 18:09

Labour's Melanie Onn declares intention to vote for Brexit deal

MP for Grimsby asks colleagues to back plan in an article with Tory Victoria Prentis We as MPs need to come together to get Brexit done – and move on Melanie Onn has become the latest Labour MP to declare that she is prepared to vote for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal despite intense pressure at Westminster to oppose it. Onn, who represents the leave-voting seat of Grimsby, has written an article for the Guardian with the Conservative MP Victoria Prentis, urging their colleagues to “use this unique chance to help us move this on, and get back to helping our constituents”. Continue reading...