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Trump Threatens "Very Severe" Action Possible Against Saudi Arabia...Afghan Elections Postponed...Migrant Caravan Moves into Guatemala

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkey’s foreign minister says his country has not shared any audio recordings from Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance with U.S. officials. The state-run Anadolu Agency also quoted the minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, as saying that Turkey would share “with the world” the results of its investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is threatening “very severe” consequences if Saudi Arabia is found to have killed missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump acknowledged on Thursday it “certainly looks” as though the Washington Post columnist is dead. Turkish reports say Khashoggi was killed and dismembered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by members of an assassination squad with ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but the Saudis call those reports baseless.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) – President Donald Trump is calling a Republican congressman who body-slammed a reporter last year a “tough cookie” and says the incident might have helped Greg Gianforte win the election in Montana. At a campaign rally in Missoula on Thursday, Trump said, “Any guy that can do a body slam – he’s my kind of guy,” drawing cheers and laughs from the crowd. Gianforte pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for the attack on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Afghanistan’s election commission has postponed Saturday’s elections in Kandahar province for a week, following a deadly attack there that killed at least two senior provincial officials, including its powerful police chief. The Independent Election Commission’s deputy spokesman, Aziz Ibrahimi, says the decision on the postponement was made to allow mourners to observe funeral rites for the slain police chief, Abdul Raziq, and others killed in the attack.

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) – Members of a 3,000-strong migrant caravan from Honduras have massed in a Guatemalan border town across the muddy Suchiate River from Mexico as U.S. President Donald Trump continues to threaten retaliation if they continue toward the United States. The group’s forerunners began arriving on buses and trucks early Thursday morning, but the bulk of the caravan sloshed into town on foot in a downpour late in the afternoon and into the evening.


Shooting, Bomb Attack Kills 20 in Crimea...Baby Born During Hurricane Couldn't Find Shelter...Canada Legalization Could Spur Other Nations

ISTANBUL (AP) – A pro-government Turkish newspaper has published surveillance video images showing a man who previously traveled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage to the United States walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul before writer Jamal Khashoggi vanished there. The Sabah newspaper’s report on Thursday shows the man also later outside the Saudi consul general’s home, checking out of a Turkish hotel and leaving Turkey on Oct. 2.

MOSCOW (AP) – The local leader in the Crimean Peninsula says that authorities are looking for a possible accomplice in the shooting and bomb attack at a vocational school that killed 20 people and wounded dozens of others. Authorities had previously said that it was a lone-wolf attack carried out by an 18-year-old student. Kremlin-appointed Crimean chief Sergei Aksyonov has told Russian news agencies that it is possible that the shooter had an accomplice to help plot the attack.

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) – The city of Salinas exemplifies a housing crisis that’s plaguing California. Frustration over expensive housing is driving several measures on the ballot this November, including Proposition 10 allowing rent control to be expanded. Harvard University statistics say Salinas and six other California metro areas are among America’s top 10 least affordable places to live. The city is known as the “Salad Bowl of the World” because it produces so much lettuce and is John Steinbeck’s hometown.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) – A baby born near the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Michael spent his first night outside a hospital in a Walmart parking lot because no better shelter was available. Wilmer Capps says he and wife Lorrainda Smith had no choice but to camp out because their home was badly damaged by the storm. They’ve since stayed in a hotel room provided by donors. Capps was upset at first by his family’s plight, but he now says he’s thankful for the assistance they’ve received. Mother and baby Luke are doing fine.

MONTREAL (AP) – Canada’s decision to legalize marijuana could influence other countries as they mull whether to end their own bans on the drug. Drug law reform advocates say the nation’s status as a major economy and a good international partner lends additional weight to its decision. Among the other nations considering legalization are Mexico and New Zealand. Uruguay is the only other country with legal sales.