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Briefing: Hawaiian court blocks latest travel ban, electoral official flees Kenya, Chinese Communist Congress opens Briefing: Trump moves away from healthcare deal, Iran threatens to 'shred' nuclear accord, China's president speaks of 'new era'
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Bipartisan deal over U.S. healthcare in doubt after Trump appears wary Iran's Supreme Leader weighed in on the nuclear-deal controversy
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  <h2>Update</h2>
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   <li>President Donald J. Trump <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare/white-house-says-trump-opposes-bipartisan-senate-deal-on-obamacare-idUSKBN1CN18Z?il=0">now opposes</a> the bipartisan legislation on healthcare that he indicated <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/us/politics/alexander-murray-deal-obamacare-subsidies.html?_r=0">support for yesterday</a>. His <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/18/politics/health-care-state-of-play/index.html">opposition stems</a> from the "bail out the insurance companies," <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare/white-house-says-trump-opposes-bipartisan-senate-deal-on-obamacare-idUSKBN1CN18Z">according </a>to WH spokesperson Sarah Sanders.
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   <li>The <a href="http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-senator-announces-bipartisan-agreement-1508264570-htmlstory.html">bipartisan deal</a> was struck between U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R) and Patty Murray (D). The legislation maintained federal assistance for insurers for a limited period while states adjust their approach to healthcare.</li>
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   <li>Twitter <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-twitter-abuse/twitter-looks-to-toughen-rules-on-online-harassment-abuse-idUSKBN1CN1Y9?il=0">will implement </a>stricter anti-harassment policies for its users. Under new rules, original posters of media using hidden cameras or featuring non-consensual nudity may be permanently banned from the social media platform.</li>
   <li>For the first time in 27 years, a Saudi Arabian budget-carrier <a href="https://twitter.com/flynas/status/920578795073101824">Flynas</a> has launched a direct flight between Riyadh and Baghdad in what's being perceived as an attempt to curb <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-saudi-flights/saudi-airplane-arrives-in-baghdad-first-time-in-27-years-idUSKBN1CN1N6">Iranian influence</a>. Riyadh and Tehran have been in a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Saudi_Arabia_proxy_conflict">proxy-conflict since 2011</a>. There have not been commercial flights between the two countries since the 1991 Gulf War.</li>
   <li>Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tehran will <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa-khamenei/khamenei-says-iran-will-shred-nuclear-deal-if-u-s-quits-it-idUSKBN1CN167">"shred" the nuclear deal with the U.S.</a> if Washington withdraws its support. Khamenei spoke five days after President Donald J. Trump refused to <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/iran-deal-trump-next/542379/">certify the deal</a>, putting Washington at odds with <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-33521655">other parties </a>who signed.</li>
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  <h2>Earlier</h2>
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<li>A court in Hawaii <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-immigration-ruling/judge-blocks-latest-trump-curbs-on-people-entering-united-states-idUKKBN1CM2QO">blocked the latest version</a> of President Donald J. Trump's travel ban. The third version of the ban, which prevents travel from several Muslim-majority countries, as well as government officials from Venezuela, was announced last month. The court said that a complaint from the state of Hawaii was likely to demonstrate that the ban violates federal law. The White House said that the judgement was "dangerously flawed".</li>   <li>A court in Hawaii <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-immigration-ruling/judge-blocks-latest-trump-curbs-on-people-entering-united-states-idUKKBN1CM2QO">blocked the latest version</a> of Trump's travel ban. The third version of the ban, which prevents travel from several Muslim-majority countries, as well as government officials from Venezuela, was announced last month. The court said that a complaint from the state of Hawaii was likely to demonstrate that the ban violates federal law. The White House said that the judgement was "dangerously flawed."</li>
<li>An electoral commission official has fled Kenya, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c4b75bba-56ca-4db4-80c8-7ef25a77ec64/kenya-general-election-2017">telling </a>the BBC that intimidation against officials would make a "mockery" of next week's presidential election rerun. Kenya's Supreme Court <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-kenya-election/kenyan-court-scraps-presidential-vote-kenyatta-calls-for-calm-idUKKCN1BC4A3">nullified </a>elections held in early August, saying that the poll was unreliable. Opposition leader Raila Odinga <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-election/kenyan-opposition-leader-odinga-who-withdrew-from-vote-re-run-calls-for-protests-idUSKBN1CK0TK">withdrew </a>his candidacy last week, saying that the rerun would not be fair.</li>  <li>An electoral commission official has fled Kenya, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c4b75bba-56ca-4db4-80c8-7ef25a77ec64/kenya-general-election-2017">telling </a>the BBC that intimidation against officials would make a "mockery" of next week's presidential election rerun. Kenya's Supreme Court <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-kenya-election/kenyan-court-scraps-presidential-vote-kenyatta-calls-for-calm-idUKKCN1BC4A3">nullified </a>elections held in early August, saying that the poll was unreliable. Opposition leader Raila Odinga <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-election/kenyan-opposition-leader-odinga-who-withdrew-from-vote-re-run-calls-for-protests-idUSKBN1CK0TK">withdrew </a>his candidacy last week, saying that the rerun would not be fair.</li>
<li>President Xi Jinping <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-china-congress/chinas-xi-lays-out-vision-for-new-era-led-by-still-stronger-communist-party-idUKKBN1CM35R">opened </a>the <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/stories/developing-china-cracks-down-ahead-of-19th-party-congress/">Chinese Communist Party's congress</a> with a three and a half hour speech in which he pledged to build a "modern socialist country", reportedly using the phrase "new era" 36 times. He also warned against separatism and promised to lower barriers for foreign investors. The congress takes place every five years.</li>   <li>President Xi Jinping <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-china-congress/chinas-xi-lays-out-vision-for-new-era-led-by-still-stronger-communist-party-idUKKBN1CM35R">opened </a>the <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/stories/developing-china-cracks-down-ahead-of-19th-party-congress/">Chinese Communist Party's congress</a> with a three-and-a-half hour speech in which he pledged to build a "modern socialist country", reportedly using the phrase "new era" 36 times. He also warned against separatism and promised to lower barriers for foreign investors. The congress takes place every five years.</li>
<li>A bipartisan <a href="https://apnews.com/f3d62d9f581047d5a210bc85306b908a/Senate-health-care-deal-in-doubt-as-Trump-says-he's-opposed">deal struck between two senators</a> that may solve an impasse over healthcare is in doubt after President Trump said that “I continue to believe Congress must find a solution to the Obamacare mess instead of providing bailouts to insurance companies.” The deal, between senators Lamar Alexander (R) and Patty Murray (D), maintains federal assistance for insurers for a limited period while states adjust their approach to healthcare.</li>  
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<strong>What we're reading</strong> <strong>What we're reading</strong>
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<li>The annual Man Booker prize for literature was <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41585512">awarded </a>to George Saunders for his novel <em>Lincoln in the Bardo</em>, based on Abraham Lincoln's mourning upon the death of his third son, William, in 1863.</li>  <li>The annual Man Booker prize for literature was <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41585512">awarded </a>to George Saunders for his novel <em>Lincoln in the Bardo</em>, based on Abraham Lincoln's mourning upon the death of his third son, William, in 1863.</li>
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