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- Trump gains on Clinton, poll shows 'rigged' message resonates
By Emily Stephenson and Chris Kahn NEWTOWN, Pa./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gained on his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton among American voters this week, cutting her lead nearly in half, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling released on Friday. The polling data showed Trump's argument that the Nov. 8 election is "rigged" against him has resonated with members of his party. "Remember folks, it's a rigged system," Trump told a Pennsylvania rally on Friday.
- Trump to lay out what he would do in first 100 days if elected president
(Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will lay out on Saturday what he would do in the first 100 days of his administration should he win the Nov. 8 election. Trump’s outline - which he will deliver in a speech in the historic town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - will cover his plans for boosting Americans' economic and physical security and contrast them with those of Democrat Hillary Clinton, campaign aides told reporters on Friday. Clinton published a book of her own policy ideas earlier this year.
- White substance found at Clinton office not hazardous: police
(Reuters) - Preliminary analysis has found that a white substance that prompted the evacuation of Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, was not harmful, police said on Saturday. The substance arrived through the mail at Clinton's campaign office in Manhattan, and was transported to the headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, police said. The floor was evacuated as a precaution, and several people were exposed to the substance.
- Trump gains on Clinton despite furor over women, election comments
Donald Trump gained on Hillary Clinton among American voters this week, cutting her lead nearly in half despite a string of women accusing him of unwanted sexual advances and the furor over his disputed claims that the election process is rigged, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. The survey also showed that 63 percent of Americans, including a third of Republicans, believe the New York real estate mogul has committed sexual assault in the past, though the Republican presidential candidate has denied the recent accusations. Clinton, the Democratic former secretary of state, led Trump 44 percent to 40 percent, according to the Oct. 14-20 poll, a 4-point lead, with the Nov. 8 election fast approaching.
- Hillary Clinton tells voters it's not just her name on the ballot While campaigning in Ohio, Hillary Clinton told voters that it’s not just her name on the ballot on Election Day. She said, “My name will be on the ballot, but it’s not just me.” She continued, “My name may be on the ballot, but the question really is: Who are we as a country?”
- Khizr Khan stars in emotional Clinton campaign ad
Nearly four months after he first spoke out against Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan is taking on the GOP nominee yet again. In a new ad released by Hillary Clinton’s campaign Friday, the Pakistani-born lawyer and Gold Star father describes the 2004 suicide bombing that killed his son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was serving in Iraq in 2004. “My son moved forward to stop the bomber,” Khan says in the commercial.
- ‘Take the Money!!’ and other highlights from the Podesta email leak
- Donald Trump’s fine art of losing
In 1983, Donald Trump bought one of the teams in the new United States Football League, with grand plans of making himself the center of sports — the center of everything — in New York. He would build Trumpdome for his New York Generals to play in. He would then use his team as leverage to merge into the far more lucrative NFL.
- White House says Michelle Obama may be Clinton’s top advocate
First lady Michelle Obama probably helps Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail more than President Obama does, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday. “Based on the strong support and deep respect that people across the country have for her, based on the compelling personal argument that she’s been making in support of Secretary Clinton, and she’s also quite talented in her own right at delivering a speech, and those things I do think combine to make her a very powerful advocate for secretary Clinton — and probably the most powerful advocate that Secretary Clinton has,” Earnest told reporters at his daily briefing. Earnest’s comment came after Michelle Obama won rave reviews from Democrats and some pundits for a pair of high-profile speeches on the campaign trail.
- Hillary Clinton Makes Pitch to Undecided Voters 'Reconsidering' Trump
In these final days, Hillary Clinton is making a direct pitch to the undecided voters who may be turned off by Donald Trump. During a rally in Cleveland today, the Democratic presidential nominee reached out to people she said may be "reconsidering" her opponent. These comments appear to be part of an overall strategy by her campaign.
- The Longshot Path for Donald Trump to Win 270 Electoral Votes
Donald Trump’s path to the White House is fading fast. With national polls showing Hillary Clinton growing her lead and Trump losing his grip on traditionally red states, Clinton looks likely to prevail on Election Day. Clinton can afford to lose classic battlegrounds like Ohio and Florida as long as she holds onto light blue states like Pennsylvania and Colorado.
- Trump Comparing US Economy to India and China Doesn't Add Up, Experts Say
Donald Trump's suggestion that the U.S. economy is "stagnant" because it is growing more slowly than the economies in India and China tells half a truth, economists said. Trump is right that the U.S. economy is expanding at a slower clip than India's, whose gross domestic product increased by 7.6 percent in 2015, or China's, which grew by 6.9 percent, according to World Bank figures. Taken at face value, the comparatively low rate of growth in the U.S. compared to that in India and China could shock.
- Top EU lawmaker intervenes to try to save Canada trade pact
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian region of Wallonia affirmed Saturday it still stands in the way of a trade deal between the 28-nation European Union and Canada, but its leader and a top EU lawmaker were cautiously optimistic that the standoff could be resolved within days.
- WHERE THEY STAND: Clinton, Trump on the issues
- WHY IT MATTERS: Social Security
WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children rely on monthly Social Security benefits. That's nearly one in five Americans. The trustees who oversee Social Security say the program has enough money to pay full benefits until 2034. But at that point, Social Security will collect only enough taxes to pay 79 percent of benefits. Unless Congress acts, millions of people on fixed incomes would get an automatic 21 percent cut in benefits.
- WHY IT MATTERS: Infrastructure
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — THE ISSUE: The U.S. interstate highway system, celebrating its 60th birthday this year, is showing its age. Many roads and bridges are in need of repair or expansion. Similar problems exist for public drinking and wastewater systems, dams and levees, airports, railroads and mass transit systems. Politicians generally agree the nation's infrastructure is in need of improvement. Deciding how to pay for it and which projects should take priority is more difficult.
- WHY IT MATTERS: LGBT
NEW YORK (AP) — THE ISSUE: Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but there are other battlegrounds related to civil rights and nondiscrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Two polarizing questions: What sort of access should transgender people have to public bathrooms? And are the advances for LGBT rights infringing on the religious freedom of some Americans?
- Whoops: Pro-Donald Trump super PAC publishes donor credit card numbers Screw-up follows September reveal of supporters' cell phone, email information
- 23 numbers to know about Election 2016 As Election Day nears, here are the latest facts, figures and curiosities that help explain the 2016 campaign.
- Insurers give big to races determining their regulators Industry pumps more than $6 million into political efforts aimed at swaying races that determine their regulators.
- Chile's embattled president faces test in local polls
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet faces a test of strength Sunday in municipal elections that will serve as a political barometer with just over a year to go in her term. The local polls are the last vote before general elections in 2017 that will decide the Socialist leader's successor, at a time when the left in Chile -- as in much of Latin America -- is struggling. The vote comes as Bachelet, Chile's first woman president, has been sideswiped by a corruption scandal involving her son and is struggling to deliver on the reform agenda that got her elected by a landslide in 2013.
- Wounded await evacuation on day three of Aleppo truce
Hundreds of wounded civilians were stranded in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo Saturday as the UN said security concerns were again preventing evacuations despite Russia extending a ceasefire into a third day. The army says it is an opportunity for civilians and rebel fighters who lay down their arms to leave. An AFP photographer in the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood at one of the crossings the army has set up for evacuations said it was deserted on Saturday morning.
- Iraqi TV journalist killed south of Mosul: channel
An Iraqi cameraman was killed on Saturday covering a military offensive to wrest the city of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, his channel said. The young reporter was killed "covering the battle" near the village of Al-Shura, south of Mosul, Al Sumaria TV said in a short news flash on its website. The channel named him as Ali Raysan.
- Canada says EU's 'job' to save trade pact
Canada turned up the heat on the EU Saturday, saying it was the bloc's "job" to save a trade pact put in doubt by a Belgian region's refusal to sign on. Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian trade minister, was firm after leaving last-ditch talks with European parliament head Martin Schulz to salvage the proposed accord that is seven years in the making. "Now the ball is in Europe's court and it's time for Europe to finish doing its job," she said, adding that she was returning to Toronto on Saturday.
- Pentagon chief in Iraq to discuss Mosul offensive
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Baghdad Saturday to review the six-day-old offensive to retake Mosul, the Islamic State group's last major stronghold in Iraq. Carter is also due to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and is expected to discuss Baghdad's objections to Turkish involvement in the Mosul operations. The Pentagon chief was also expected to discuss the post-IS future of Mosul, Iraq's second city and the place where jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate in June 2014.
- Will the Fight for Obamacare Be Less Bitter Without Obama? President Obama gave his longest and most passionate defense of the Affordable Care Act in months on Thursday. The hour-long speech came as a last rallying cry before November’s health insurance open-enrollment period—the last such period of the Obama presidency—and a bit of a valedictory for the law that appears to be his biggest contribution to American policy.
- Black Mirror ’s ‘Men Against Fire’ Tackles High-Tech Warfare What a relief “San Junipero” was after the actually nightmare-provoking “Shut Up and Dance.” (I really did have a dream about a bugged bottle of wine that was sending videos to Russian hackers, because that’s just the kind of week it’s been.) It isn’t often Black Mirror takes such a heartwarming, optimistic view of things, although naturally the episode had sharp undertones about the dangers of perpetual pleasure seeking (the Quagmire was as apt a portrait of the dark underbelly of the internet as you’ll ever find) and the allure of nostalgia.
- Trump to make 'closing arguments' of campaign
Donald Trump will lay out plans Saturday for the first 100 days of his presidency, in what his campaign is calling his "closing arguments" in one of the most bitter election campaigns in US history. The 2016 election cycle pitting the Republican nominee against former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has turned increasingly toxic, with Trump fueling wild conspiracy theories about vote "rigging" and Clinton warning that the provocative billionaire was straying into authoritarianism. Clinton excoriated Trump as a threat to American democracy Friday for not pledging to honor results of the upcoming presidential election, as the rivals battled for supremacy in battleground states.
- Forever Trump: Diehard supporters' rallying cry
Pundits and pollsters say the bottom may be falling out of Donald Trump's White House run, but diehard supporters in the western Pennsylvania city of Johnstown strongly disagree. A few hours' drive north and west from liberal Washington, Johnstown -- the beating heart of Trump Country -- is a world away from the US capital. Many here say long-awaited deliverance has come in the person of Trump, the billionaire businessman who has promised to make Johnstown great again.
- Rina, young Japanese model taking world by storm
Aged just 17 and still living with her family, Rina Fukushi has seen more of the world than most Japanese schoolgirls. Discovered at 14, hailed by Vogue as "ultra-cool" and "eye-catching" with her enormous eyes, thick eyebrows and bee-sting lips, she is already the veteran of seasons in Paris, Milan and New York -- giving American models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner a run for their money. A girl who loves to rummage around vintage stores whenever she is travelling, she dresses for the interview in black -- mini skirt from Paris, turtleneck from Japan -- and brown handbag from Milan.
- Is America in a Boiling Fury About Immigration? Not the America I Have Seen Over the past year-plus my wife Deb and I have been arguing that the “build a wall!”-style anti-immigration furor in Republican party politics does not match the lived reality of the parts of the United States where immigration is having the biggest and most obvious effect.
- US border town shrugs off Trump's Mexico wall plan
Guadalupe Manrikez sums up the feeling of many in the small US border town of Nogales, when asked about Donald Trump's promise to build a giant wall dividing the country from Mexico. "He is cuckoo," blurted out the 32-year-old Manrikez, who works at a perfume shop just steps away from the border between Arizona and Mexico. The Republican presidential candidate's vow to build a "big, beautiful, powerful wall" -- and force Mexico to pay for it -- has been a centerpiece of his campaign.
- UN says Syria army used chemical weapons in Qmenas in 2015
The Syrian army attacked the village of Qmenas with chemical weapons in March 2015, UN experts said in a report released Friday. The report was presented Friday to the UN Security Council. The UN-led joint investigative mechanism (JIM) in late August reported that Syrian government forces had carried out at least two chemical attacks in 2014 and 2015 and that Islamic State jihadists had used mustard gas as a weapon.
- S.Africa's withdrawal rocks International Criminal Court
South Africa announced Friday that it would withdraw from the International Criminal Court, dealing a major blow to a troubled institution set up to try the world's worst crimes. The decision followed a dispute last year when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the country for an African Union summit despite facing an ICC arrest warrant over alleged war crimes. South Africa refused to arrest him, saying he had immunity as a head of state.
- Iraq forces in fierce Kirkuk clashes with IS
Security forces battled for a second day Saturday with Islamic State group gunmen who infiltrated Kirkuk in a brazen raid that rattled Iraq as it ramped up an offensive to retake Mosul. A toxic cloud released by a fire IS militants set off at a sulphur plant south of Mosul earlier this week killed at least two civilians and forced some US service members to wear masks. A day after the shock attack on the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, jihadist snipers and suspected suicide bombers were still at large, prompting Baghdad to send reinforcements.
- Sulphur cloud from IS-torched Iraq plant 'kills two civilians'
Toxic fumes released when jihadists torched a sulphur plant near Mosul earlier this week have killed two Iraqi civilians and forced US troops at a nearby base to wear masks. "Daesh blew up the sulphur plant two days ago and that has led to the deaths of two people among the civilians in nearby villages," Iraqi General Qusay Hamid Kadhem told AFP, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group (IS). According to several security and health sources in the area, where tens of thousands of Iraqi forces are involved in a massive offensive to wrest Mosul back from IS, the group torched at least part of the Mishraq sulphur factory on Wednesday.
- Suicide bombers, mortar fire in battle for Iraqi village
Iraqi forces advancing toward a village in Nineveh province had already been targeted with gun and mortar fire from Islamic State group jihadists inside. A suicide bomber then drove the explosives-rigged truck toward them, but security forces "blew up the vehicle before it reached" them, federal police Second Lieutenant Faruq Ahmed Mohammed told AFP at a position to the south. Security forces advanced and fell back, exchanging fire with the jihadists over a period of hours and eventually targeting them with mortar rounds.
- Cameroon rail accident toll rises to at least 60
Yaoundé (AFP) - At least 60 were killed when a packed passenger train derailed between Cameroon's two main cities, a hospital source in the capital Yaounde said Saturday, giving a new toll the day after the accident. Almost 600 people were injured when the train, travelling from Yaounde to the economic hub of Douala, came off the rails near the central city of Eseka at around midday Friday. "We have received between 60 and 70 bodies at the station this morning," a railway official who asked not to be identified told AFP in Yaounde on Saturday.
- Angry Venezuela opposition vows rallies, alleges coup
A furious Venezuelan opposition vowed mass street protests next week, accusing the Socialist government Friday of staging a coup by blocking efforts for a recall referendum against unpopular President Nicolas Maduro. With Maduro vowing to hold onto power, his opponents cranked up the heat in a stand-off that is destabilizing the volatile, oil-rich South American state, stricken by food shortages and violent crime. The opposition MUD coalition called for nationwide demonstrations from next Wednesday against the decision to annul a key stage in the referendum process.