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California Today: Mexico Has a Quake Warning System. Where is California’s?

A quake left a crack along a street in Napa in 2014. Seismologists say California is bound to experience a major earthquake in the coming decades. Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the Fears of building’s collapse as rescuers race to reach …

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Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

MOSCOW — Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle to recapture the strategic city of Deir el-Zour and that Moscow …Russia: Special Forces Helping Syria Win Key City

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Russian special forces helping Syrian troops in key city

FILE – In this July 27, 2017 file photo, a U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighter, runs as he fires mortars at Islamic State group militant, in Raqqa, northeast Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 Russia: Special Forces Helping Syria Win Key City

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‘How do we use [this] to get whole?’: The most intriguing new Paul Manafort-Russia email

This post has been updated. The trouble Paul Manafort is in is still coming into focus. The latest development: emails he sent to a Ukraine-based employee of his consulting business talking about setting up a briefing with a Russian oligarch close to Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump’s frightening and tightening legal …

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Kim Jong Un has teen sex slaves who feed him caviar, defector claims

A North Korean defector has told of Kim Jong Un’s teen sex slaves, lavish caviar lunches and gory public executions. Hee Yeon Lim, 26, is the daughter of a high-ranking soldier from Pyongyang and a member of the regime’s inner circle. But when her North Korea grants Malaysian prince access …

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Bespoke or off-the-peg: How might the Brexit transition look?

The idea of a transition period after Brexit is being talked about more and more often. But there’s very little consensus on what it might look like. Bespoke or off-the-peg? In the frustratingly fuzzy terminology of Brexit, this tailoring choice EU official raises doubts about Brexit talks progress

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As Catalonia Referendum Nears, Tensions Rise in Spain

A protest near the headquarters of the Catalan regional government in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday, after Spanish police detained at least 14 people. The national government is stepping up efforts to stop an independence referendum scheduled for Oct.Barcelona Braces for Sustained Protests After Raids on Officials

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EU official raises doubts about Brexit talks progress

BRUSSELS — A senior European Union official is doubtful that Britain’s talks on leaving the EU can advance to a new phase next month, fueling concern that a Brexit deal might not be found by the 2019 deadline. EU leaders meet Oct. 19-20 and were …Theresa May Brexit speech to be …

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Theresa May Brexit speech to be ‘open and generous offer’ to EU

Theresa May’s speech on Brexit in Italy on Friday will represent an “open and generous offer” to the rest of the EU, a cabinet minister has told the BBC. It is thought that might include a guarantee that no EU country would lose out from changes to the May Considering …

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Trump Campaign Team Should Be Jailed If They Colluded With Russia, Says Lewandowski

President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team chairman has said if any former employees including campaign manager Paul Manafort and key advisor Roger Stone were found to have colluded with Russia, they should be jailed for life. Speaking at George …White House Watch: The Mueller Investigation Closes in on Manafort