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Trump to Authorize Release of Classified JFK Assassination Documents

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Saturday he will authorize the release of classified documents that may provide more information about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

"Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened," Trump said on Twitter.

The last batch of classified files were scheduled to be publicly disclosed by October 26 if the president did not intervene before then, as mandated by the 1992 Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act.

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In California, Bannon Takes Swipes at Bush, Silicon Valley

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon on Friday depicted former President George W. Bush as bumbling and inept, faulting him for presiding over a “destructive” presidency during his time in the White House.

Bannon’s scathing remarks amounted to a retort to a Bush speech in New York earlier this week, in which the 43rd president denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics and warned that the rise of “nativism,” isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation’s true identity.

2 Former Presidents Break With Tradition to Denounce Trump

Former presidents are shedding a traditional reluctance to criticize their successors, unleashing pointed attacks on the Trump White House and the commander in chief - but without mentioning him by name.

Remarks on the same day by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama raise the prospect that more dissenters will follow in defiance of President Donald Trump and his policies.

In separate speeches, Bush and Obama both rejected cruelty and bigotry.

US Intelligence Keeping Wary Eye on China's President Xi

U.S. intelligence officials are closely watching developments during China's 19th Party Congress, calling it a key test for Chinese President Xi Jinping and a telling barometer of what type of relationship Beijing likely will pursue with Washington.

Xi opened the high profile, high stakes political meeting earlier this week promising to build what he described as a “modern socialist country” for a “new era.”

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A Burgeoning Health Crisis Keeps Local Doctors up at Night in Storm-ravaged Puerto Rico

From humanitarian crisis to health crisis, driving rains and floods threaten to turn devastation into disease more than three weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico. The entire island remains under flash flood warning as record rainfall continues to affect recovery efforts. What's more, the medical community and the media are sounding the alarm for potential outbreaks of bacterial diseases as citizens search for new ways to get clean water. Nicole Chacon reports for VOA News.

Family Remembers Minnesota Man Killed in Mogadishu Blast

Among the hundreds of people killed in the Oct. 14 terrorist attack in Mogadishu was a U.S. citizen, Ahmed Abdikarim Eyow, 51, from Bloomington, Minnesota.

Eyow, a Somali native who came to the U.S. in 1998, died when a truck bomb ripped through the hotel where he was staying. He had arrived in Mogadishu just hours before the deadly attack, on a quest to find a job with the United Nations in the country.

 

Eyow had earned a bachelor's degree in human services last year.  He left behind a wife and three kids — Yonis, 14, Yusra, 13 and Yahya 10.

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