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Turkey exploits Khashoggi diplomatic crisis to poke at Saudi Arabia, Trump

It’s an odd mix of outrage, fear, bafflement and a sneaking undertone of satisfaction as Turks watch the international drama over the fate of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi play out on the streets.

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, center, visits a polling station in the southern coastal town of Port Dickson, where Anwar is vying for a seat along with six other candidates, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Voting opened Saturday in a by-election that is expected to see charismatic Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim win a parliamentary seat and return to active politics as he prepare for his eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Gay rights and the path ahead for Malaysia

- The Washington Times

In the wake of the long ordeal of Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, whose career was derailed for years by legal battles and convictions for sodomy, a campaign against LGBT people in Malaysia has been ramping up since Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir came to power this year.

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Israeli rights group criticizes 'oppression' of Palestinians

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The head of Israel's leading human rights group strongly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government during a contentious U.N. Security Council meeting on Thursday for what he called its "supremacy and oppression" of the Palestinians.

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South Carolina lawmakers to Trump: Save nuclear fuel project

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and the state's congressional delegation urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to reconsider his administration's plan to shut down a half-built nuclear fuel facility in their state.

EU chief plays down trans-Atlantic trade rift concerns

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Trump concedes Khashoggi likely dead, threatens consequences

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its response to a disappearance that has sparked global outrage.