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October 7, 2019 | Via BBC

Saudi Hotels Now Open to Unmarried Foreign Couples

Unmarried foreign couples will now be allowed to rent hotel rooms together in Saudi Arabia as part of a new visa regime announced by the religiously conservative kingdom. Women will also be allowed to stay in hotel rooms alone. Couples previously had to prove they were married before getting a hotel room. The government move comes amid efforts by Saudi Arabia to grow its tourism industry.

October 7, 2019 | Via Sky News

104 Killed and 6000 Injured in Anti-Government Protests in Iraq

More than 6,000 protesters have been injured and 104 have died during protests in Iraq this week, according to the country’s interior ministry. Contradicting many eyewitness reports, spokesman Saad Maan told Iraqi television that no government forces had fired directly at protesters. It is the most serious disruption to hit the country since the defeat of Islamic State two years ago.

October 7, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Second Whistleblower Comes Forward in Trump-Ukraine Scandal

A second whistleblower with direct knowledge of an alleged plot by Donald Trump to extort Ukraine into producing dirt on his Democratic 2020 election rival Joe Biden has stepped forward, according to Mark Zaid, a lawyer for the first whistleblower in the case. Zaid told ABC News on Sunday that he was representing a second whistleblower, described as a member of the intelligence community.

October 7, 2019 | Via NBC News

Four Dead, Five Wounded in Kansas Bar Shooting

Four people were killed and five others wounded after two suspects entered a bar and opened fire in Kansas City, Kansas, early Sunday, police said. Authorities believe that there might be two suspects who entered the bar and began shooting based on witness accounts. The four people who died were all Hispanic males, who ranged in age from mid-20s to late-50s.

October 7, 2019 | Via Retuers

Pope Urges Conservatives to be Open to Changes in Church

Pope Francis appealed to conservatives on Sunday not to be bound by the status quo as he opened an assembly of bishops to discuss the future of the Roman Catholic Church in the Amazon. One of the most contentious topics of the synod, whose some 260 participants are mostly bishops from the Amazon, is whether to allow older married “proven men” with families and a strong standing in local communities to be ordained as priests in the Amazon.

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