Tribune News Service

International Budget for Thursday, October 10, 2019

Updated at 0000 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EDT Wednesday).

Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.


^Turkey begins an offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria<

TURKEY-SYRIA:LA — Turkey launched its incursion into areas of northern Syria on Wednesday to excise a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia, Turkish officials said on Wednesday. The move frustrates calls by U.S. lawmakers to prevent what many believe would be an abandonment of an important ally against Islamic State.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of the Turkish blitz — dubbed "Operation Peace Spring" — on Twitter, even as news channels began to beam images of Turkish artillery and warplanes pounding parts of northern Syria controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led group of militias that have for years received backing from the U.S.

800 by Nabih Bulos in Amman, Jordan. MOVED



Also moving as:

TURKEY-SYRIA-2ND-LEDE:DPA — 900 by Anindita Ramaswamy, Ergin Hava and Weedah Hamzah in Istanbul. MOVED


^2 killed in livestreamed attack targeting German synagogue<

GERMANY-SYNAGOGUE-ATTACK-2ND-LEDE:DPA — An apparent right-wing extremist on Wednesday attacked a synagogue with guns and explosive devices in the eastern German city of Halle on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day.

After the heavily armed man was thwarted in his attempt to get inside the building, he killed two people and injured two others outside, with footage of the attack broadcast on an internet livestreaming platform.

900 by dpa in Halle, Germany. MOVED



^Trio share Nobel Chemistry Prize for lithium-ion battery research<

NOBEL-CHEMISTRY:DPA — Three researchers were on Wednesday awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on the development of lithium-ion batteries used in multiple devices such as laptops and mobile phones, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.

600 by Friederike Heine and Lennart Simonsson in Stockholm. MOVED


^US hits China over human rights. Beijing says it's just a distraction from NBA, trade talks<

USCHINA:LA — Why would the United States blacklist a Chinese police station? What do law enforcement figures in the province of Xinjiang have to do with trade?

Such questions rippled across Chinese social media this week as the U.S. Commerce Department added 28 Chinese companies and public security bureaus to a list of entities barred from making purchases from U.S. companies without special approval.

900 by Alice Su in Beijing. MOVED


^Amid Ecuador chaos, president blames Venezuela and rivals for growing protests<

ECUADOR:MI — Tens of thousands of protesters descended on Ecuador's capital Wednesday, as unrest sparked by rising gasoline prices continued to metastasize into chaos and violence that seemed to threaten the presidency of Lenin Moreno.

With one death, more than 700 arrests and millions in property damage, Moreno, 66, had fled the capital and was blaming his political rivals and Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro for the discontent.

850 by Jim Wyss. MOVED


^Putin seems to be enjoying the Trump impeachment show<

IMPEACHMENT-PUTIN:LA — As the impeachment inquiry into President Trump heads into its third week, his outbursts have intensified. He's accused members of Congress of treason. In press conferences, he's interrupted world leaders to engage in heated exchanges with journalists.

And of course, there are the tweets. On Monday he bragged about his "great and unmatched wisdom."

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be enjoying the show.

700 by Sabra Ayres in Moscow. MOVED


^Moderate Islamists win the most seats in fractured Tunisian vote<

^TUNISIA-ELECTION:BLO—<Tunisia's moderate Islamist party won the most seats in parliamentary elections but will still face an uphill task of cobbling together a governing coalition in a deeply polarized nation that's fed up with politicians.

The Ennahda party won 52 seats in the 217-member parliament, the election commission announced late Wednesday. In second place with 38 lawmakers was Heart of Tunisia, the party of controversial media mogul Nabil Karoui. The Democratic Current secured 22 seats and the Dignity Coalition 21.

200 by Jihen Laghmari in Tunis, Tunisia. MOVED


^Trade rules emerge as weapon to fight climate change in Europe<

ENV-CLIMATECHANGE-TRADE:BLO — The European Union is poised to bring trade policy into the fight against climate change, a move that risks stoking global commercial tensions.

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen wants to craft a carbon border tariff for the EU, the world's biggest single market, as part of a Green Deal to battle the more frequent heat waves, storms and floods tied to global warming.

1050 (with trims) by Ewa Krukowska and Jonathan Stearns in Brussels. MOVED



^Joe Biden calls for Trump's impeachment for the first time<

^BIDEN-TRUMP-1ST-LEDE:NY—<Former Vice President Joe Biden called for President Donald Trump's removal from office for the first time Wednesday.

"Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation and committed impeachable acts," Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, said during a campaign event in Rochester, N.H. "He should be impeached."

600 by Chris Sommerfeldt. MOVED


^Trump urged top aide to help Giuliani client facing DOJ charges<

TRUMP-TILLERSON-TRADER:BLO — President Donald Trump pressed then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to help persuade the Justice Department to drop a criminal case against an Iranian-Turkish gold trader who was a client of Rudy Giuliani, according to three people familiar with the 2017 meeting in the Oval Office.

Tillerson refused, arguing it would constitute interference in an ongoing investigation of the trader, Reza Zarrab, according to the people. They said other participants in the Oval Office were shocked by the request.

1150 by Nick Wadhams and Saleha Mohsin in London and Stephanie Baker in Washington. MOVED


^Trump's legal strategy against impeachment is on shaky constitutional grounds, scholars say<

IMPEACHMENT-LEGAL:LA — Constitutional lawyers said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's vow not to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry is both unprecedented and unlikely to spare him from being formally charged by the House.

In fact, they say, it may only increase the chances that he will be impeached.

The Constitution says the "House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment," and it does not give the president a specific role in the process.

1200 by David G. Savage in Washington. MOVED


^Trey Gowdy was done with politics. Now he might represent Donald Trump<

IMPEACHMENT-GOWDY:WA — Earlier this year, Trey Gowdy left Congress and returned home to South Carolina, making one thing perfectly clear: after eight years in office, he was done with politics.

The former Republican U.S. congressman was so over it, he turned down an opportunity to be nominated for a federal judgeship — his longtime dream job — because he was unable to stomach the prospect of having to endure Senate confirmation proceedings where Democrats would undeniably rip him apart.

"I did want it," Gowdy told The State in early 2018. "I don't anymore."

But now, after nearly eight months in the Greenville office of the law firm of Nelson Mullins, Gowdy has decided to get back into the game.

1100 (with trims) by Emma Dumain in Washington. MOVED


^Senate Democrat increases scrutiny of Russian investment in a Kentucky mill<

KY-ALUMINUM-MILL:WA — A top Senate Democrat is asking the owner of a controversial Kentucky aluminum mill to provide more details about a Russian oligarch's investment in the project, including whether the partnership could provide the Russian company with access to sensitive information.

In a letter to Craig Bouchard, Braidy Industries' chief executive officer, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., says recent reports about the plant have raised questions about whether there were discussions with the Russian company's investment in the plant before the U.S. Treasury Department lifted sanctions on the company.

1000 by Lesley Clark in Washington. MOVED


^Where in the US are immigrants most likely to be caught by ICE?<

TEXAS-MIGRANTS-ARRESTS:DA — Immigrants in Dallas and North Texas are more likely to be arrested by federal immigration officials than any other region of the U.S.

In fiscal year 2015, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, arrested about 8,000 immigrants in the sprawling region, which covers half the state and Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the number more than doubled to about 17,600. In the first six months of this fiscal year, ICE has detained about 8,300, according to the agency.

1050 (with trims) by Dianne Solis in Dallas. MOVED


^Trade rules emerge as weapon to fight climate change in Europe<

ENV-CLIMATECHANGE-TRADE:BLO — The European Union is poised to bring trade policy into the fight against climate change, a move that risks stoking global commercial tensions.

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen wants to craft a carbon border tariff for the EU, the world's biggest single market, as part of a Green Deal to battle the more frequent heat waves, storms and floods tied to global warming.

1050 (with trims) by Ewa Krukowska and Jonathan Stearns in Brussels. MOVED


^Bernie Sanders' daughter-in-law dead at 46 just days after cancer diagnosis<

^SANDERS-DAUGHTERINLAW:NY—<Sen. Bernie Sanders' daughter-in-law, Rain Riggs, died Saturday, her family announced.

She was 46.

Riggs, a neuropsychologist who was married to Sanders' son, Levi, was diagnosed last week with neuroendocrine cancer after several weeks of feeling ill, according to her obituary.

200 by Kate Feldman. MOVED



^Employees of Microsoft's GitHub demand company cancel its contract with ICE<

CPT-GITHUB-IMMIGRATION:LA — GitHub became the latest technology company to come under fire for its supporting role in the Trump administration's immigration clampdown Wednesday, with employees of the Microsoft-owned company demanding Chief Executive Nat Friedman cancel a $200,000 contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In an open letter on Twitter, employees of the cloud-based service for managing software code said continuing to work with ICE would make the company "complicit in widespread human rights abuses."

600 by Johana Bhuiyan. MOVED



^Antonio Banderas and Pedro Almod var's 'Pain and Glory' marks a deeply personal reunion<

^MOVIE-PAIN-GLORY:LA—<Two standing ovations. When the film played at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, the audience first rose to its feet when filmmaker Pedro Almodovar and star Antonio Banderas came out to introduce the movie and then gave a longer, rousing standing ovation after the film.

It appeared to be an emotional moment for the men, who have a long relationship on and off the screen.

"It feels good," said Banderas the next morning about the response to the movie. "I mean, what the heck, I'm not going to say, 'Oh, no.' It feels good because it means that the movie connected with the audience, and when you are an artist that's what you want."

But it also means more than that.

1700 by Mark Olsen. MOVED


^Matt Lauer's former NBC colleague accuses him of rape in new Ronan Farrow book<

^LAUER:LA—<The NBC News employee whose sexual harassment complaint led to the firing of Matt Lauer in November 2017 says she was raped by the former anchor, according to a new book by investigative journalist Ronan Farrow.

According to a report in Variety, which obtained a copy of the book, "Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators," Lauer allegedly forced the woman, Brooke Nevils, to have anal sex in a hotel room in Sochi, Russia, while the "Today" team was covering the 2014 Winter Olympics.

800 by Stephen Battaglio. MOVED



^Commentary: Don't be taken in by a 'Medicare for all' fantasy<

^HEALTHCARE-COMMENTARY:LA—<Sen. Bernie Sanders' once-quixotic campaign to abolish private health insurance in the U.S. — most of it employer-sponsored — in the name of "Medicare for all" has now become the leading progressive litmus test for anyone seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Twelve of the remaining candidates subscribe to it, in various versions.

Unfortunately, the progressives' eagerness to upend the entire $3.5 trillion U.S. health care system while canceling the current health insurance of 217 million Americans is based on some serious misconceptions.

1050 by Peter D. Salins. MOVED


^Commentary: Congress should counter Trump's betrayal of the Kurds<

^USTURKEY-SYRIA-COMMENTARY:BLO—<Perfidy is sometimes necessary to procure or preserve national power, and the mightiest nations, more frequently than the meekest, find themselves in positions where being faithless to friends is the most expedient course. In an American history bulging with examples of calculated treachery, the Kurdish people are unique in having been sold out twice, by President Richard Nixon in 1975, and President George H.W. Bush in 1991.

Now, they face betrayal by a third American president.

800 by Bobby Ghosh. MOVED


^Commentary: The Asian American admissions handicap<

^CMP-ASIANAMERICANS-ADMISSIONS-COMMENTARY:LA—<Imagine an affirmative action 200-meter dash. If you're African American, you get a five-second head start. If you're white, you take off when you hear the starter pistol. If you're an Asian American high school student, as I am, you have to wait five seconds after the starter pistol before you can go.

This might sound ridiculous, but that's how it sometimes feels, especially in light of the ruling handed down recently in a 2014 case brought against Harvard University by Students for Fair Admissions. The suit alleged that Harvard's admissions policies used race as a predominant factor in evaluating applicants and in so doing set a higher bar for Asian students. Judge Allison D. Burroughs rejected those arguments and said the school's affirmative action policies were fair.

1000 by Ethan Hwang. MOVED


^Timothy L. O'Brien: All the president's men and that Ukraine call<

^OBRIEN-COLUMN:BLO—<Consider some of the gentlemen working for President Donald Trump.

800 by Timothy L. O'Brien. MOVED


^Doyle McManus: Trump Doctrine is simple: Abandoning Kurds in Syria, he proves that allies can't trust him<

^MCMANUS-COLUMN:LA—<President Donald Trump betrayed an American ally this week. It wasn't the first time and it probably won't be the last.

The victims this time were the Kurds, the minority ethnic group that provided most of the ground troops for the U.S. war against the militant group Islamic State in Syria. More than 11,000 Kurds died in that campaign. The number of U.S. combat deaths reported in Syria: six.

850 by Doyle McManus. MOVED


^Frank Shyong: Andrew Yang faces his critics in the Asian American community<

^SHYONG-COLUMN:LA—<Yang's candidacy has been intensely polarizing within the Asian American community, in part because he has presented discordant views on race and identity. His jokes on the campaign trail about Asian dads and how Asians are good at math have sparked accusations that he's perpetuating the model-minority stereotype.

2000 by Frank Shyong in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Editorial: Trump brazenly stiff-arms the impeachment inquiry<

^IMPEACHMENT-EDITORIAL:LA—<President Donald Trump took his contempt for the rule of law to a new level Tuesday, declaring through the White House's top lawyer that his administration would not answer any subpoenas, turn over any documents or cooperate in any way with the impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats. By stonewalling Congress, Trump is once again asserting authority that he simply does not have under the Constitution.

600. MOVED


^Editorial: Democrats step toward impeachment, Trump refuses to cooperate. See you in court.<

^IMPEACHMENT-EDITORIAL:TB—<The idea that President Donald Trump would declare the impeachment inquiry illegitimate and threaten not to cooperate with it has, for two weeks, been a simmering possibility. This president, like other fighters who live by the counterpunch, would rather throw down instead of throw in the towel.

His invocation of that option Tuesday added more disruption — and copious legal uncertainty — to an already disruptive episode in American history.

700. MOVED




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