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Democrats Threaten Non-Voters: We Know Who You Are
Democrats are telling voters that they had better head to the polls — or else. The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday. “Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says. “We will be reviewing voting records .?.?. to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: This is a new low for Democrats - voter threats and intimidation.

Heavy Security As Israel Reopens Jerusalem Site
Israel has reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site and deployed hundreds of security personnel amid rising tensions in the city. Muslim worshippers on Friday made their way through a welter of Israeli checkpoints to the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Police said that Muslim men over the age of 50 and women of all ages could attend the weekly prayers. Israel closed the site after security forces shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of attempting to assassinate a hard-line Jewish activist who advocates giving Jews greater access to the site. Seattle Times

Kerry Slams Anonymous Insult Against Netanyahu As A 'Disgraceful' Setback
Insulting the character and leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "disgraceful, unacceptable and damaging," US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, responding to reports of anonymous slurs from Obama administration officials against the Israeli premier. The public spat has put noticeable strain on the administration, Kerry said, who has known Netanyahu for decades and has worked on a near-daily basis with him since becoming secretary of state. "Such statements are disgraceful, unacceptable and damaging," Kerry said in a press conference. "I don't know who the people that said those things are, but it made our lives much harder." Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Obama is the cause of the disgrace.

GOP Lawmakers Urge Administration To Suspend Gitmo Transfers Over ISIS Concerns
Republican lawmakers called Thursday for the Obama administration to suspend detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay following a Fox News report that as many as 20 to 30 former prisoners are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria. Some of those former Guantanamo detainees were released within the last three years. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said in a statement the development "underscores the risks we face when Guantanamo detainees are released based on a misguided desire to close Guantanamo -- rather than the national security interests of the United States."
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Ferguson Police Chief: 'I'm Going To Stay And See This Through'
Under fire, the police chief in Ferguson, Missouri, told CNN on Thursday that he has no intention of stepping down. "I'm going to stay and see this through," said Chief Thomas Jackson. "I report to the city manager, period. And as long as he and the council support me, then I intend to stay. I certainly have the support of the police department and the community. I have a lot of support in the community. I think this is my job to complete, and I'm going to do it," he said. Jackson heads the Ferguson Police Department, which drew national attention when protests erupted after the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed African-American. Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. CNN
VOA VIEW: A good stand.

Hillary Clinton Could End Up Alone In Iowa
Imagine if Iowa held a caucus and nobody but Hillary Clinton showed up. Democrats of all stripes, including Clinton allies, have predicted for months that the former Secretary of State -- who was campaigning for midterm candidates in Iowa on Wednesday -- will face some kind challenge in the race for the Democratic nomination if she decides to run. The prospect of a Clinton campaign seems more likely with each passing day. But with the presidential race set to lurch into gear after next week's midterm elections and no clear alternative to Clinton emerging, there are questions about whether she will be the sole candidate on the ballot. That would mark a dramatic shift from the rollicking caucus fights in previous campaigns, including Clinton's battle with Barack Obama and John Edwards in 2008. CNN

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Cardinal Burke: ‘I’m Praying Very Fervently That This Coming Year This Confusion Will Stop’
Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Sacred Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest court of the Catholic Church, said in an interview with CNSNews.com recorded Friday that he sees “a very serious responsibility to try to correct as quickly and as effectively as possible the scandal caused by the midterm report” that was published during the synod of bishops discussing the family that met in Rome earlier this month. In the interview, Burke discussed Catholic teaching on marriage, homosexuality and the rights of children. “We have to recognize that if we don’t get it right about marriage--in other words, if we’re not faithful to the word of Christ, to the truth which Christ announced to us about marriage--in the church, I don’t know how people can trust us with regard to teaching the truth of the faith in any other matter,” Burke said. CNS News

Jeb Bush: My Son 'Didn't Talk To Me' Before Making 2016 Guess
Kids, they say the darndest things. At least that's what Jeb Bush told NBC News exclusively on Wednesday night. The possible presidential hopeful said son George P. Bush didn't consult him before telling ABC that the next-in-line Bush presidential hopeful was "more than likely" to run in 2016. "He's got an opinion, he didn't talk to me," Jeb Bush said in a brief interview ahead of a campaign appearance here on behalf of Colorado Republicans. "When you have kids you'll probably have the same frustration, you love them to death and they have their own opinions - but I'll make up my mind just as I've said, at the end of the year." Asked if he still plans to make up his mind at the end of the year, Bush replied: "Same as I've always said, there's nothing new here." MSNBC

Desperate Democrats Resort To Race-Baiting To Spur Black Vote
The spate of campaign fliers that use images of lynchings, Jim Crow laws and the recent racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, to urge blacks to vote in next week’s election somehow failed to grab the attention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The NAACP headquarters in Washington wasn’t prepared to answer questions about the fliers and mailers circulated in black communities in Georgia, Maryland and North Carolina, despite widespread news coverage of it for the past week. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Nothing new.

District Of Columbia Panels Weigh Legalizing Marijuana Sales
Washington lawmakers took a step toward legalizing the sale of marijuana in the U.S. capital on Thursday, holding a hearing on rules and taxes ahead of a referendum next week. The proposed legislation to regulate marijuana sales in the District of Columbia is part of a sharp shift in U.S. public opinion in the past several years that has pushed legalized pot toward the mainstream. Advocates at the hearing said the legal sale of marijuana was a top civil rights issue since blacks were far more likely to be arrested for pot possession than people of other races. “It is time to end the failed experiment of marijuana prohibition. It has ... made criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens,” Stacia Cosner, deputy director of the advocacy group Students for Sensible Drug Policy, told the joint hearing of the council's finance and business committees. Reuters

GM Will Not Disable Air Bags In Takata Recall
General Motors Co. will not follow Toyota Motor Corp.’s lead in disabling air bags in vehicles with recalled Takata air bag inflators. GM spokesman Alan Adler said Thursday the Detroit automaker has parts on hand to fix about 17,000 Pontiac Vibes that Toyota produced for GM. If GM doesn’t have the parts in stock, it will give free loaners to owners, Adler said. GM in June recalled 69,000 models of 2003-05 Pontiac Vibes and 2005 Saab 9-2X. Adler said urgent repairs apply to 17,000 Vibes in high-humidity areas identified by Toyota last week. Detroit News

Airstrikes Against ISIS Don't Appear To Stall Flow Of Fighters
More than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into Syria each month, a rate that has so far been unchanged by airstrikes against the Islamic State and efforts by other countries to stem the flow of departures, according to U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials. The magnitude of the ongoing migration suggests that the U.S.-led air campaign has neither deterred significant numbers of extremists from traveling to the region nor triggered such outrage that even more are flocking to the fight because of American intervention. U.S. officials cautioned that there is a lag in the intelligence being examined by the CIA and other agencies, meaning it could be weeks before a change becomes apparent.  Philadelphia Inquirer

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Arctic Blast Looms For Eastern U.S., Ending Week Of Warm Weather
A frightful arctic blast is expected to thwack the eastern half of the U.S. just in time for Halloween, bringing the first deep freeze of the season for many areas after an unseasonably warm week. Highs Saturday are expected to be 10 to 20 degrees below average from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast, according The Weather Channel. The flurry of frosty air is expected to whip the northern Plains on Thursday, with the front blowing across the Great Lakes and setting off the season's first lake-effect snow for Michigan and northern Indiana on Friday. The chill will spread through the East by the weekend, forecasters said. Areas of the country that enjoyed record highs Monday and Tuesday — including Savannah, Georgia, and Rochester, New York — will see temperatures "plummet" by the weekend, according to The Weather Channel. MSNBC

Rubio, McCain Tell Obama Border Security Trumps Legalization
The letter marks a stunning turnaround for the three, who battled many in their own party to take action on immigration, and who have warned that the GOP needs to take a stand on the issue in order to win over Hispanic voters. “No action should be taken to legalize undocumented immigrants who are living and working in the United States until we have properly secured our southern border and provided for effective enforcement of immigration laws,” the senators said. The bill they helped write as part of the Gang of Eight senators would have granted quick legal status to most of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, with an eventual chance at citizenship. Washington Times

After Latest WH Breach, More Needed To Defend Against Cyber Attack
There has been another security breach at the White House but this time the intruders didn't go over the fence, they hacked their way in. There have been more than a few fence jumpers at the White House lately. But as security threats go, they don't amount to much. The more pressing threat: cyber attacks on White House computers. Those happen every day. Officials acknowledge that over the last few weeks, one penetrated the non-classified White House computer system. The attack's origin is unknown but a U.S. official said Russia or its proxies are the prime suspects. CBS

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U.S. Governor Races Could Determine Swing States' Fiscal Health
U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election. A handful of the Nov. 4 races such as the dead heat in Illinois, possibly the most fiscally dysfunctional state, shape up as de facto referendums on reform and their results could make municipal bond investors alter their bets. Reuters

Can Lots Of Sex Protect The Prostate?
Don Juans of the world, take note: Men who sleep with lots of women may be less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who don't play the field, a new Canadian study suggests. Researchers said they found that Montreal-area men who'd had more than 20 female sex partners in their lifetime had a 28 percent reduced risk of prostate cancer, compared with men who only ever slept with one woman. Previous studies have suggested that frequent ejaculation can protect against prostate cancer, said senior study author Marie-Elise Parent, an associate professor at the University of Montreal School of Public Health. One possible explanation: the beneficial effect might be due to a reduction in the concentration of cancer-causing substances in prostatic fluid, the researchers said. CBS

Fearing Ebola? Doctors Say Get A Flu Shot
Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola — chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug. That message still hasn't reached many Americans, judging from stories ER doctors and nurses swapped this week at a Chicago medical conference. Misinformed patients with Ebola-like symptoms can take up time and resources in busy emergency rooms, and doctors fear the problem may worsen when flu season ramps up. That's one reason why doctors say this year it's especially important for patients to get their flu shots: Fewer flu cases could mean fewer Ebola false alarms. ABC

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Japan Stocks Soar 5 Percent, Yen Falls On Stimulus
Japan's stock index surged 5 percent and the yen slid against the dollar Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economic recovery. Other Asian stock markets were also higher after the Japanese central bank's announcement. The dollar rose 1.4 percent to 110.90 yen. The bank said it would increase its asset purchases by between 10 trillion yen and 20 trillion yen ($90.7 billion to $181.3 billion) to about 80 trillion yen ($725 billion) annually. Tampa Tribuen

Profits Drive U.S. Stock Rebound As Fear Fades
Robust profits being churned out by Corporate America are putting the stock market back on the fast track and within shouting distance of its record highs notched back in September. The Dow Jones industrials rallied 221.11 points to 17,195.42 Thursday, powered by a big earnings beat from Visa and a resulting 10% jump for the credit card processor. The Dow is 85 points shy of its record high of 17,279.74. Of the 331 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index that have reported third-quarter earnings through yesterday morning on Wall Street, more than three out of four, or 76%, have topped estimates. That beat rate is on track for the third-best quarter in the past 30 years, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. USA Today

38 Federal Agencies Reveal Their Vulnerabilities To Climate Change
The Obama administration on Friday plans to publish a small library's worth of climate change documents, outlining 38 federal agencies' vulnerabilities to global warming and how they will address them -- as well as a separate and even larger set of new government-wide plans to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and achieve new targets for sustainability. In sum, the reports represent over a thousand pages of climate change threat assessment and sustainability planning by a vast federal complex that collectively operates 360,000 buildings, maintains 650,000 vehicles and spends $25 billion on energy costs per year. Washington Post

Maine Governor Says Talks Failed With Ebola Nurse, Vows To Use ‘Full Extent’ Of His Authority
Maine Gov. Paul LePage, declaring negotiations have failed, vowed Thursday to use the "full extent of his authority" to deal with a nurse who is defying the state's "voluntary" quarantine after returning from treating West Africa Ebola patients. LePage's office said in a written statement that negotiations have failed despite "repeated" efforts to work it out. "I was ready and willing -- and remain ready and willing -- to reasonably address the needs of healthcare workers meeting guidelines to assure the public health is protected," the governor said. Just hours earlier, the governor had signaled there might be a resolution. Speaking with ABC News, he reportedly suggested he would drop his demand that nurse Kaci Hickox be quarantined if she would agree to a blood test.  Fox News
VOA VIEW: There is the option of a jail sentence.

U.S. Economy Up 3.5% In 3rd Quarter, Capping Best 6 Months In Over A Decade
The U.S. economy expanded more than forecast in the third quarter, validating the optimism that prompted Federal Reserve policy makers to stop pumping money into financial markets. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.5 percent annualized rate in the three months ended September after a 4.6 percent gain in the second quarter, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. It marked the strongest back-to-back readings since the last six months of 2003. Government outlays and a shrinking trade deficit boosted growth last quarter, buying time for consumer spending in the world’s largest economy to strengthen as fuel prices drop and hiring picks up. Bloomberg

France Holds Up Delivery Of Warships To Russia
France will not deliver two Mistral-class warships to Russia as planned until certain conditions are met, the French government announced Thursday. "The conditions," French Finance Minister Michel Sapin told RTL radio, include Russia improving relations with neighboring Ukraine. Russia has been accused by the West of inciting unrest in eastern Ukraine, and supplying both military equipment and personnel to the rebels in their battle against the Ukrainian government. The European Union and United States have imposed successive sanctions on Russia in response to its aggression toward Ukraine, and have pressured France to cancel its Mistral amphibious assault ship contract with Russia. UPI

U.S.-Japan Joint Military Exercise Orient Shield Underway
The annual U.S.-Japan military exercise, Operation Orient Shield 14, is underway in Japan. Designed to enhance U.S.-Japan military interoperability and combat readiness, the training brings together U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members. "We're very grateful to have this opportunity to train with our Japanese counterparts," said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Queck, adding "we're taking advantage of every second we can to learn as much as we can from each other." UPI

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92% Of Marine Casualties In Afghan War Occurred Under Obama
As U.S. Marines withdraw from Operation Enduring Freedom (the Afghanistan war), CNSNews.com's database on casualties shows that 418 Marines have given their lives in the conflict and that 92% of those casualties, 385 deaths, have occurred since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. “U.S. Marines and service members from the United Kingdom left Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, turning their facilities over to the Afghan security forces,” reported the Department of Defense on Oct. 27. “We lift off confident in the Afghans’ ability to secure the region,” said Army Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, commander of the ISAF Joint Command. CNS News

Majority Of Millennials Turn On Obama, Favor A GOP-Led Congress
Many Democrats who are fighting to win re-election next week were swept into office with President Obama in 2008, with the help of millennial voters. Now, more than half of likely 18-29 year-old voters want a Republican-led Congress, according to a new poll from the Harvard University Institute of Politics. It’s a marked shift for the youngest and largest generation of voters, who have supported Democrats reliably since 2004. The group now appears more in line with the rest of the country. ABC

Obamacare Faces New Threat As Supreme Court Weighs Appeal
The fate of President Barack Obama’s health-care law is again in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court. Two years after upholding the law by a single vote, the justices are weighing whether to hear a Republican-backed appeal that would block people in 36 states from getting tax subsidies to buy insurance. The justices are scheduled to discuss the matter tomorrow, with an announcement coming as soon as Nov. 3. The tax credits have implications well beyond the 4.6 million people who receive them in those states. A high court decision against the administration would have ripple effects, undercutting other parts of the Affordable Care Act and potentially destabilizing insurance markets across the nation.  Bloomberg

Social Networking At Work Is Really "Social Not-Working"
Social networking—or perhaps better stated as “social not-working”— is a fact of life in today’s workplace. The National Business Ethics Survey of Social Networkers conducted in 2012 identified that at least 72% of all workers spend at least some time social networking on work time “every day.” And their social networking isn’t for the company. It’s for themselves: surfing the web, checking out Facebook, visiting on LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, or whatever. Unfortunately, when they are online, they make mistakes—and those mistakes can lead to serious consequences at work.  Boston Globe

Russia: Natural Gas Will Flow After Ukraine Pays
Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said Friday. Alexei Miller, chief of Russia's state-controlled Gazprom natural gas giant, made the statement hours after Russia, Ukraine and the European Union thrashed out a $4.6 billion deal that will guarantee Russian gas supplies to Ukraine and further on to the EU. The deal eased fears that Europe will end up shivering this winter like it did in 2009, when a spat over Ukraine's gas bill prompted Russia to cut off energy supplies to Europe for nearly two weeks. Houston Chronicle

Landrieu Revisits Hurricane Katrina In Senate Race
Six years ago, Sen. Mary Landrieu's effort to draw billions of dollars in federal disaster aid to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina helped keep her in office for a third Senate term. Since then, Landrieu has lost much of that post-Katrina goodwill. The prominent Republican support she garnered in 2008 from local elected officials whose parishes and towns were ravaged by Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005 has withered amid sharper partisan divides. As Election Day nears, Landrieu and Democratic Party surrogates have amped up the references to hurricane recovery, trying to remind voters of her disaster aid work as they seek support to keep her in the Senate even though the state is growing ever more Republican. Atlanta Journal

New Russian Boldness Revives A Cold War Tradition
When the White House discovered in recent weeks that its unclassified computer systems had been breached, intelligence officials examined the digital evidence and focused on a prime suspect: Russia, which they believe is using its highly sophisticated cyber capabilities to test American defenses. But its tracks were well covered, and officials say they may never know for sure. They have no doubt, however, about what happened this week on the edges of NATO territory in Europe. More than two dozen Russian aircraft, including four Tu-95 strategic bombers, flew through the Baltic and Black Seas, along the coast of Norway and all the way to Portugal, staying over international waters but prompting NATO forces to send up intercepting aircraft. SF Gate

US Consumer Spending Down 0.2 Percent In September
U.S. consumer spending fell in September, the first decline in eight months, as shoppers took a breather after a big spending spree in August. Income growth posted the slowest gain this year. Consumer spending dropped 0.2 percent in September, the Commerce Department reported Friday, the weakest performance since a similar 0.2 percent decline in January. Income edged up 0.2 percent in September, the smallest monthly gain since a flat reading last December. The spending decline followed a big 0.5 percent increase in August. In September demand fell for durable goods such as autos and for nondurable goods, a retreat that partially reflected falling prices for gasoline. San Diego Union

Soldier Or Civilian, Ebola Protocols Not The Same
A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends. The Pentagon has put in place the most stringent Ebola security measures yet, going beyond even the toughest measures adopted by states such as New York, New Jersey and Maine and much further than the guidance set by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for travelers returning from the afflicted region. "I have one responsibility and that is the security of this country," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. "And that means the security of our men and women and their families." Charlotte Observer

Lawsuit: Surgical Gowns Let Diseases Pass Through
A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases. The suit, filed Wednesday in federal court, alleges that the multinational company knew for at least a year that its Microcool Breathable High Performance Surgical Gown had failed industry tests of impermeability to blood and microbes, but it continued to claim the product provided the highest level of protection against diseases including Ebola. Many of the gowns tested had "catastrophic" failures, according to the lawsuit, which called Kimberly-Clark's actions "utterly reprehensible." Kansas City Star

U.S. Justice Department Watching For Voting iIregularities In Florida
The U.S. Justice Department is keeping a watchful eye on Florida for possible voting rights abuses in the last days of a close, hard-fought battle between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist. South Florida’s top federal prosecutor on Thursday urged voters to report suspected cases of fraud or voting rights abuses. “Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud,” said Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer in a statement. “The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process.” Miami Herald

Mexico Police Questioned In Killing Of 3 Americans
Authorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing. Parents of the three siblings, whose bodies were identified Thursday, have said witnesses reported they were seized by men dressed in police gear calling themselves "Hercules," a tactical security unit in the violent border city of Matamoros heavily racked by cartel infighting. Nine of the unit's 40 officers are being questioned, Tamaulipas state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla Acosta said. It would be the third recent case of alleged abuse and killings by Mexican security forces and the first to involve Americans. SF Gate

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Syria IS: Iraqi Peshmerga Fighters 'Enter Kobane'
Ten Iraqi Kurd Peshmerga fighters have entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border, Syrian opposition activists say. Dozens more are expected to join them in helping Syrian Kurds defend the strategic town against Islamic State (IS) militants. Turkey finally authorised the Iraqi Kurds to cross the border last week. Some 150 Iraqi Kurds are waiting to travel from Turkey to Kobane, which has been under siege for six weeks. The arrival of the first Peshmerga comes a day after a group of Syrian Arab rebels entered the town also to fight against IS, aided by US-led coalition air strikes. BBC

Inquiry By US Authorities Sees Standard Chartered Shares Slide
Shares in Standard Chartered slid to their lowest level in five-and-a-half years on Thursday after reports that US authorities had reopened an investigation into the bank over breaching sanctions with Iran. Amid lingering anxiety about the capital position of the emerging markets-focused bank, its shares slumped 5% to 943p – a level last seen in April 2009. It escalated a fall that began on Tuesday when the London-listed bank’s boss, Peter Sands, admitted it could not achieve its profits promises for the year. BCC

Can Michelle Obama Really Rescue Barack's Toxic Legacy?
Barack Obama might be electoral strychnine to many Democrats hoping to keep their seats in next months’ mid-term elections, but the Obama name is not so toxic when attached to the other half of the duo that once re-made the face of American politics. At least that is what Democrat strategists fervently hope as Michelle Obama hits the campaign trail ahead of polling day in next month’s midterm elections, where Democrats are desperately trying to cling onto control of the US Senate. Mrs Obama has never made any secret of her low opinion of America’s big-money, schoolyard politics. Telegraph

Israel Accused Of 'Act Of War’ After Closing Religious Site
Palestinian leaders accused Israel of "an act of war" in closing a sacred religious site on Thursday after a dramatic rooftop ambush of an Arab accused of trying to kill a far-Right Jewish activist provoked rioting. The accusation from Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, came as Arab districts of East Jerusalem erupted in protests after the alleged would-be assassin was killed by security forces. Muataz Hejazi, 32, an Islamic Jihad member who had spent 11 years in Israeli jails, was shot dead on the roof of his home in Jerusalem's Abu Tor neighbourhood in a raid by Israeli special forces. Telegraph

How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch And Read Online
Given that links appear to be more clickable when shared on Facebook, online publishers have scrambled to become savvy gamers of Facebook’s News Feed, seeking to divine the secret rules that push some stories higher than others. But all this genuflection at the altar of Facebook’s algorithms may be but a prelude to a more fundamental shift in how content is produced, shared, and consumed online. Instead of going to all this trouble to get people to click a link on Facebook that takes them somewhere else, the future of Internet content may be a world in which no video, article, or cat GIF gallery lives outside of Facebook at all. Wired

UN Ebola Response In West Africa Yo Be Bolstered By Increase In World Bank Funding
The World Bank has announced it is boosting its efforts in assisting health workers fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in the three most-affected countries in West Africa as part of the wider United Nations Ebola crisis response. In a press release today, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim confirmed an additional $100 million in funding to be directed towards speeding up the deployment of foreign health workers to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – the three countries at the epicentre of the Ebola crisis. The new funding brings the Bank’s total pledges to $500 million. UN News

South Sudan: Ban Condemns Renewed Violence Between Opposing Factions
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate end of all hostilities in South Sudan amid a renewed outbreak of violence in two towns in the country’s North, the United Nations confirmed today. In a statement attributable to UN his spokesperson, Mr. Ban today strongly condemned the flare-up in hostilities between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and Opposition forces in the towns of Bentiu and Rubkona, located in Unity State. South Sudan has experienced several bouts of violence over the past few months, including an incident in which the UN base in Bentiu came under fire resulting in the wounding of one child. Meanwhile, a prior attack caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport. Approximately 340 civilians took shelter with UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) troops, and then were escorted to safety. UN News

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