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Here are the top stories for Monday, October 21st: Syrians hurl potatoes at departing American military; Republicans looks to censure Adam Schiff; Lebanon’s cabinet approves sweeping reforms; Half Moon Bay wraps up 49th Arts and Pumpkin Festival.

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Detroit pastor: Cummings was ‘great American hero’

A prominent Detroit pastor is calling the late Rep. Elijah Cummings “a great American hero” (Oct. 17)

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Pelosi: ‘Devastated’ by death of Elijah Cummings

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is “devastated” by the death of her “brother in Baltimore,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died Thursday at age 68. She said Cummings lived the American dream and “wanted it for everyone else.” (Oct. 17)

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House measure condemns Trump’s Syria withdrawal

The House has overwhelmingly voted its bipartisan condemnation of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria. Democrats and Republicans banded together and approved a nonbinding resolution by 354-60 vote. (Oct. 16)

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Trump defends visit with UK crash victim’s family

President Donald Trump says his meeting with the parents of a British teenager who was killed in a traffic accident involving an American diplomat’s wife was “beautiful.” A lawyer for the family said the parents were poorly treated. (Oct. 16)

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Massive crowd gathers in Hong Kong seeking US support | AFP

Tens of thousands fill downtown Hong Kong waving American flags and calling on Washington to punish China over sliding freedoms. Protests pushing for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability have raged in the territory for the last 19 weeks.

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Harry Dunn’s mother speaks out in NY on his death

The parents of a motorcyclist killed in an accident with an American diplomat’s wife are urging the alleged driver to return to Britain. (Oct. 14)

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On This Day: 14 October 1978

American singer-songwriter Usher is born in Dallas, Texas. (Oct. 14)

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Elon Musk & NASA aim for SpaceX human space flight in 2020 | AFP

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and NASA chief Jim Bridenstine reaffirm their commitment to send American astronauts into space in early 2020. Human space flight “is the reason that SpaceX was created,” says billionaire Musk.

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Trump plans to get involved in diplomat UK case

President Donald Trump says he’s planning to get involved in the case of an American diplomat’s wife who left the U.K. after becoming a suspect in a fatal wrong-way crash. (Oct. 9)

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Trump’s Chaotic Syria Plan Doesn’t Just Screw the Kurds, It Could help ISIS

Summary: It’s been two days since President Trump announced he was pulling back American tro from key posts on the Syrian-Turkish border. The decision has been met with severe backlash, even from some of his most ardent supporters. If Turkish forces invade, it could have severe consequences for the people living in Northern Syria. It could also really hurt the American position with its allies in the region.

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‘Big Bang Theory’ gets shout out to Nobel Prize announcement

Life has once again imitated art now that the popular American sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” has entered the annals of Nobel Prize history. The announcement of the winners of this year’s Nobel in physics began Tuesday with a nod to an unlikely cultural reference: the opening lyrics to the show’s theme song. “The Big Bang Theory” had its finale in May. In the episode, two of the main characters, Sheldon and Amy, win the physics prize. (Oct. 8)

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Chinese Foreign Ministry comments on NBA tweet furore | AFP

A spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry says those engage with China must “understand the Chinese people”. China on Tuesday scrapped plans to air NBA exhibition games as the league faced an escalating punishment campaign in the lucrative Chinese market ignited by an American basketball executive’s pro-democracy tweet. SOUNDBITE

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Trump doubles down on decision to withdraw troops

President Donald Trump on Monday cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as keeping a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the region. Critics say he’s sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility. (Oct. 7)

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Trump warns Turkey against injuring US troops

Donald Trump is warning Turkey that there will be “big trouble” if any American personnel in Syria are injured, as Turkey prepares to mount an operation against Kurdish fighters who had been allied with the U.S. against the Islamic State. (Oct. 7)

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Jeff Koons’ “Bouquet of Tulips” finally pops up in Paris | AFP

American pop artist Jeff Koons’ famous “Bouquet of Tulips” sculpture, gifted to Paris after the 2015 terror attacks, is finally unveiled in the French capital following months of controversy over its location and financing. IMAGES

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Angelina Jolie attends ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ world premiere | AFP

American actress Angelina Jolie attends the world premiere in Hollywood of ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ which has “many different themes from the strength of family, to the importance of equality and strength of diversity”.

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Trump’s hatred of windmills a worry for industry

The winds are blowing fair for American’s wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources. But there’s a big issue: President Donald Trump hates wind turbines. (Sept. 30)

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