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Proposed GM contract lifts wages, closes 4 plants

Proposed GM contract lifts wages, closes 4 plantsGeneral Motors' proposed agreement to end a labor strike includes a wage increase and faster transition to fulltime status for temporary workers but permanently shuts four plants, according to a union summary released Thursday. The United Auto Workers said they achieved "key gains" during negotiations held during a strike launched on September 26, according to a 19-page summary released by the union, while UAW leadership met with local chapters to discuss the deal. The UAW announced Wednesday it had reached a preliminary bargain but said the strike would continue until its national council approved the agreement and the stoppage could be extended until the full membership votes.



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100,000 displaced, death toll rises, hospital closes as Turkish forces push into Kurdish-held Syria

100,000 displaced, death toll rises, hospital closes as Turkish forces push into Kurdish-held SyriaSince Turkish forces launched a military offensive into Kurdish-controlled parts of Syria, border towns have been subject to heavy shelling.



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Off the rails: Hanoi closes trackside cafes thronged by selfie-seeking tourists

Off the rails: Hanoi closes trackside cafes thronged by selfie-seeking touristsIt's the kind of shot every Instagram connoisseur yearns for: century-old railway tracks cutting through dusty backstreets, flanked by tourists drinking beer or iced tea mere inches from the slow-moving trains. The sight has become such a draw in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi that authorities have set a weekend deadline for the removal of dozens of cafes that have cropped up, citing safety concerns. It's crazy, and completely different to anywhere I've been before," said Australian tourist Laura Metze, after a train rumbled by.



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Off the rails: Hanoi closes trackside cafes thronged by selfie-seeking tourists

Off the rails: Hanoi closes trackside cafes thronged by selfie-seeking touristsIt’s the kind of shot every Instagram connoisseur yearns for: century-old railway tracks cutting through dusty backstreets, flanked by tourists drinking beer or iced tea mere inches from the slow-moving trains. The sight has become such a draw in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi that authorities have set a weekend deadline for the removal of dozens of cafes that have cropped up, citing safety concerns. It’s crazy, and completely different to anywhere I’ve been before,” said Australian tourist Laura Metze, after a train rumbled by.



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How to Start a U.S.-Iran Shooting War: Iran Closes the Strait of Hormuz?

How to Start a U.S.-Iran Shooting War: Iran Closes the Strait of Hormuz?Would Tehran do it? How would Trump respond?



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UPDATE 7-Hurricane Dorian closes in on Florida coast after battering Bahamas

UPDATE 7-Hurricane Dorian closes in on Florida coast after battering BahamasHurricane Dorian grew and picked up speed, churning on a path that forecasters said would come “dangerously close” to Florida later on Tuesday after the storm battered the northern Bahamas, killing at least five people. Dorian over the weekend was one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, pulverizing buildings and flooding parts of the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas. On the U.S. East Coast, more than a million people have been ordered evacuated ahead of its expected advance.



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Dominican Republic resort temporarily closes after woman claims she was beaten there

Dominican Republic resort temporarily closes after woman claims she was beaten thereThe Dominican Republic resort where a Delaware woman says she was beaten unconscious is temporarily closing due to low occupancy.



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Chicago shootings leave 40 shot, 3 fatally; Mt. Sinai Hospital closes emergency room

Chicago shootings leave 40 shot, 3 fatally; Mt. Sinai Hospital closes emergency roomA West Side hospital is not accepting any more patients to its emergency room after a violent weekend in which 40 people were shot, three fatally, across the city.



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Emergency landing by United flight briefly closes Newark Airport

Emergency landing by United flight briefly closes Newark AirportFlight 2098 took off from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport bound for Houston and a short time later experienced hydraulic problems, prompting the emergency landing, Scott Ladd, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in an email.



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US will run out of avocados in three weeks if Trump closes Mexico border

US will run out of avocados in three weeks if Trump closes Mexico borderPresident says there is a ‘good likelihood’ he will close border this week if Mexico does not stop immigrants from reaching USAvocados during harvest at an orchard in Mexico, where nearly half of all imported US vegetables and 40% of imported fruit are grown. Photograph: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty ImagesUS consumers would run out of avocados in three weeks if Donald Trump makes good on his threat to close down the US–Mexico border.Trump said on Friday that there was a “very good likelihood” he would close the border this week if Mexico did not stop immigrants from reaching the United States.But a complete shutdown would disrupt millions of legal border crossings in addition to asylum seekers, as well as billions of dollars in trade, about $ 137bn of which is in food imports.From the avocados on avocado toast, to the limes and tequila in margaritas, the US is heavily reliant on Mexican imports of fruit, vegetables and alcohol to meet consumer demand.Nearly half of all imported US vegetables and 40% of imported fruit are grown in Mexico, according to the latest data from the United States Department of Agriculture.Avocados would run out in three weeks if imports from Mexico were stopped, said Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce, the largest distributor and grower of avocados in the world.“You couldn’t pick a worse time of year because Mexico supplies virtually 100% of the avocados in the US right now. California is just starting and they have a very small crop, but they’re not relevant right now and won’t be for another month or so,” said Barnard.Monica Ganley, principal at Quarterra, a consultancy specializing in Latin American agricultural issues and trade, said that a border closure would inevitably hit consumers.“We’re absolutely going to see higher prices. This is a very real and very relevant concern for American consumers.”The US and Mexico trade about $ 1.7bn in goods daily, according to the US Chamber of Commerce, which said closing the border would be “an unmitigated economic debacle” that would threaten 5m American jobs.The effects of a shutdown would run both ways.Mexico is the largest importer of US exports of refined fuels like diesel and gasoline, some of which moves by rail. It is unclear if rail terminals would be affected by closures.As changing palates have increased demand for fresh produce, and a greater variety of it, the United States has increasingly come to depend on Mexico to meet that need.Imports have nearly tripled since 1999. In that period, Mexico has gone from supplying less than a third of imported produce to 44% today.In addition to avocados, the majority of imported tomatoes, cucumbers, blackberries and raspberries come from Mexico. While there are other producers of these goods globally, opening those trade channels would take time, said Ganley.



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