US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden have batted away key questions during separate meet-the-voter TV events. Mr Trump, a Republican, declined to disavow a bizarre online conspiracy, while Mr Biden, a Democrat, would not divulge plans for the Supreme Court. Both candidates were on the defensive at times on their records, Mr Trump for a range of issues and Mr Biden on race.
Japan’s government has reportedly decided to release more than 1m tonnes of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea, setting it on a collision course with local fishermen who say the move will destroy their industry. Media reports said work to release the water, which is being stored in more than 1,000 tanks, would begin in 2022 at the earliest and would take decades to complete.
Former Mexican Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on a Drug Enforcement Administration warrant, three U.S. law enforcement officials told NBC News late Thursday. The arrest was confirmed by Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard via Twitter, who said he was informed of the detention by the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Christopher Landau.
Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah on Friday called on politicians not to drag the country through more political uncertainty and urged them to resolve issues through negotiations and constitutional means. The king’s comments come amid a power struggle over the premiership between Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, just seven months after another wrangle led to Muhyiddin forming the government.
A senior staff member in Kamala Harris’s campaign team has tested positive for coronavirus. Liz Allen, Ms Harris’s communications director, tested positive on Wednesday evening, as did a member of crew on a flight the vice presidential candidate took on 8 October. Ms Harris has suspended in-person events until Monday. She had been scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Thursday for events encouraging voters to cast early ballots.