Police say they are poised to remove oil pipeline protesters
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) ? Law enforcement officials said on Wednesday they are poised to remove about 200 protesters trying to halt the completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota after the demonstrators refused to leave private land owned by the pipeline company.
Pro-immigrant protesters snarl New York City morning commute
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the bridge, said delays were as long as 90 minutes on the bridge's upper level on the city-bound side. Ten protesters were arrested, Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said.
Congo police arrest 17 this week for protesting election delayPolice in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo arrested at least 17 democracy activists this week for campaigning against the postponement of the presidential election, fellow activists said, though 11 had been freed by Wednesday evening. President Joseph Kabila has ruled Congo since 2001 and is required by the constitution to step down in December.
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U.S. abstains for first time on U.N. call for end to Cuba embargo
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday abstained for the first time from a United Nations General Assembly vote on a resolution calling for an end to a U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, after opposing such measures every year for 24 years. For the 25th time, the 193-member General Assembly adopted the resolution with 191 votes in favor. Communist-run Cuba and the United States, former Cold War foes, began normalizing relations in 2014.
Republicans may be on verge of losing Senate majority: aides
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican Party's two-year run in the majority of the U.S. Senate is at serious risk and may well end on Nov. 8, senior congressional aides said on Wednesday, blaming Donald Trump as a drag on down-ballot Republican candidates. With 13 days to go before elections, several Senate aides from both parties privately warned of trouble for Republicans. "Things are not good ... the Senate is gone," said one Republican aide who asked not to be identified in order to candidly discuss the turbulent outlook for the 2016 campaign.
Trump promotes his new luxury hotel _ along with campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) ? With his White House dreams increasingly in question, Donald Trump is spending precious campaign time promoting his private business in the final weeks of the long race. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is using his appearances to undermine his business credentials out on the campaign trail, accusing him of having "stiffed American workers."
Dream coming true for ISS-bound rookie French astronaut
First-time French astronaut Thomas Pesquet said Wednesday he was thrilled to go to space with two veterans from Russia and US, though slightly worried that they wouldn't like his saxophone music. Pesquet, the first French national to be sent to the ISS by the European Space Agency since 2008, is expected to blast off on November 16 aboard a Soyuz spacecraft together with his more experienced colleagues: Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, 45, and American Peggy Witson, 56. The crew, part of ISS's 50th expedition since the year 2000, will stay in space until May 2017 planning a range of experiments for their respective space agencies in cell biology, combustion, and muscle research.
Group: Senate flier exploits Hassan's 'Muslim-sounding name'
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) ? A Muslim civil rights group says a campaign flier targeting U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan associates Muslims with violence and exploits her "Arab and Muslim-sounding name," though similar mailers are targeting candidates in other states and Hassan's last name has Irish roots.
Islamic State takes hostages deeper towards Mosul as Iraqi forces advanceFor two years he had prayed he would again see the family he had left behind when his village near Mosul was overrun by Islamic State while he was off on deployment. Last week he learned from other advancing Iraqi forces who reached his home village that they had arrived too late to protect his family. Fleeing militants had taken them hostage and were bringing them deeper towards Mosul to use as human shields.