Trump brand loses luster with affluentNEW YORK (AP) ? Event planner Beth Bernstein decided she had had enough with Donald Trump after his 2005 hot-mic boasts about groping women came to light earlier this month. She removed photos of weddings she had thrown at a Trump hotel in Chicago from her website, wrote to hotel staff to remove her from the list of "preferred vendors" and posted a sort of call to arms on her blog.
Britain, France want U.N. sanctions over Syria toxic gas attacksBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Britain and France pushed on Tuesday for the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Syrian government forces blamed for three gas attacks by an international inquiry as Syrian ally Russia said it was still studying the findings. The fourth report from the year-long inquiry by the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a text of which was seen by Reuters on Friday, blamed Syrian government forces for a third chlorine gas attack.
San Francisco police arrest local filmmaker in homicideSAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Authorities say a San Francisco filmmaker has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a man Monday.
'Groundwork' being laid for 'isolation' of Raqa: US
The US-led coalition is "laying the groundwork" for the "isolation" of Raqa, the Islamic State group stronghold in Syria, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday. "We have already begun laying the groundwork for our partners to commence the isolation of Raqa," Carter said after meeting coalition defence ministers in Paris to discuss the aftermath of the planned capture of Mosul from IS in Iraq. "Today we resolved to follow through with that same sense of urgency and focus on enveloping and collapsing ISIL's control of Raqa," he added, using another acronym for IS.
Carter promises to resolve conflict over Guard bonusesPARIS (AP) ? Defense Secretary Ash Carter is promising to resolve a festering conflict over demands that thousands of National Guard soldiers repay enlistment bonuses they were given a decade ago after signing up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Correction: Obit-Lucia Perillo storyOLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) ? In the headline of an Oct. 23 story about the death of poet Lucia Perillo, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Perillo was a novelist. She was a poet and essayist.
Potential jurors report in Cincinnati officer's murder trial
CINCINNATI (AP) ? Potential jurors have arrived at an Ohio courthouse in the murder trial of a white former university police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop for a missing front license plate.
Iraqi army's elite force pauses advance near Mosul
By Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - An elite unit of the Iraqi army paused its week-long advance on Mosul as it approached the city's eastern edge on Tuesday, waiting for other U.S.-backed forces to close in on Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq. On the ninth day of the offensive on Mosul, government forces and allied Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are still fighting their way towards the outer limits of the northern city, in the early stages of an assault which could become the biggest military operation in Iraq in over a decade. The first force to get near to Mosul, advancing to within two kilometers (just over a mile) of Iraq's second largest city, was the elite U.S.-trained Counter Terrorism Service (CTS).
U.N. concerned about 'collective punishment' of Arabs in KirkukBy Samia Nakhoul and Michael Georgy ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The United Nations voiced concern on Tuesday that Kurdish authorities had forced 250 Sunni Arab families to leave Kirkuk after an Islamic State attack on the Kurdish-controlled city, saying the move could be seen as collective punishment. Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, also said that the United Nations expects a mass exodus from Mosul - perhaps within the next few days - as Iraqi army prepares to storm the northern Iraqi city which is still home to over a million people. In the worst case scenario, Grande said it was also possible that Islamic State fighters who have controlled Mosul for more than two years could resort to "rudimentary chemical weapons" to hold back the impending assault.
2 Ugandans arrested demonstrating for Trump at US embassyKAMPALA, Uganda (AP) ? A Ugandan official says two opposition activists were arrested outside the U.S. Embassy Tuesday while demonstrating their support for Donald Trump.