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The Postal Service is running a ‘covert operations program’ that monitors Americans’ social media posts


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Libya welcomes UN decision to deploy cease-fire monitors


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Fairfax County Schools to Reopen with ‘Classroom Monitors’ as Thousands of Teachers Stay Home


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Mexico Disputes Inclusion of U.S. Labor Monitors in Trade Deal

Mexico Disputes Inclusion of U.S. Labor Monitors in Trade Deal(Bloomberg) — Mexico objected to the congressional proposal to create as many as five U.S. labor attaches to monitor implementation of the free trade deal with the U.S. and Canada.Jesus Seade, Mexico’s top trade deal negotiator, wrote to his U.S. counterpart, Robert Lighthizer, expressing “surprise and concern” over the inclusion of the labor overseers as part of the bill that ratifies the implementation of the free trade agreement, Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.“It is worrisome that through a bill, it’s intended to go beyond what is necessary to take care of the good compliance of what was negotiated between the parties,” Seade said in his letter. “We reserve the right to review the significance and effects of these provisions, which our government and people will no doubt clearly see as unnecessary.”The labor attache plan wasn’t part of the agreement signed in Mexico City by the U.S., Canada and Mexico this week, Seade said.Seade plans to travel to Washington on Sunday for talks with Lighthizer and U.S. lawmakers. Foreign officials must have the permission of Mexican authorities to take part in diplomatic duties, the ministry said, adding that there already is one U.S. attache in charge of labor topics in the country.The White House sent legislation to implement the USMCA to Congress Friday. But under U.S. trade law procedures, the bill cannot be amended. The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to report it out on Tuesday and the full House will vote on Thursday.Mexico was the first of the three nations to approve changes to the free-trade deal with the U.S. and Canada that is intended to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Mexican Senate approved modifications to the agreement — which didn’t include the U.S. attaches — on Thursday in a 107-1 vote.\–With assistance from Jenny Leonard.To contact the reporter on this story: Oscar Medina in Bogota at omedinacruz@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrea Jaramillo at ajaramillo1@bloomberg.net, Ros Krasny, Steve GeimannFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Bolivia Vote Tally Shows Morales Win but Monitors Urge a Run-Off

Bolivia Vote Tally Shows Morales Win but Monitors Urge a Run-Off(Bloomberg) — The final tally in Bolivia’s election shows that Evo Morales got enough votes to win a fourth term as president, but opponents are disputing the result while the European Union and the Organization of American States called for a second round.With 99.99% of ballots counted from the Oct. 20 election, Morales had 47.1% versus 36.5% for his main rival, Carlos Mesa. This means that Morales has the lead of more than ten percentage points which he needed to avoid a run-off in December.Clashes broke out between rival supporters in some cities in the worst violence is the worst the nation has seen in more than a decade, according to Kathryn Ledebur, director of the Andean Information Network, a Bolivia-based think tank.Morales himself told reporters Thursday that he had secured a first round win. The president is an ally of Nicolas Maduro, though, unlike his Venezuelan counterpart, he has presided over growth and rising living standards.The Organization of American States identified flaws in the electoral process, and called for a second round in December. The EU said it “fully shares” this view. The OAS has accepted Morales’ invitation to verify the results.The preliminary vote count was halted on Sunday evening, then re-started 24 hours later. This caused widespread suspicion, protests and accusations of fraud. While votes were still being tallied, the vice president of the electoral authority resigned, and opposition supporters set fire to its regional.The governments of the U.S., Brazil, Colombia and Argentina said they are “deeply worried” by anomalies in the ballot counting, according to a joint statement send by the Colombian foreign affairs ministry. Even though there’s no clear evidence of fraud, the “confusing lack of transparency” from the electoral authority means that the opposition won’t accept Morales’s win as legitimate, Ledebur said.The unrest in Bolivia comes after days of clashes in neighboring Chile, following a rise in metro fares, and more than a week of violence in Ecuador earlier in the month after the government increased fuel prices.To contact the reporter on this story: Matthew Bristow in Bogota at mbristow5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Juan Pablo Spinetto at jspinetto@bloomberg.net, Walter Brandimarte, Bruce DouglasFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Hurricane Center monitors 3 Atlantic systems; Gabrielle expected to become hurricane

Hurricane Center monitors 3 Atlantic systems; Gabrielle expected to become hurricaneDorian remains a hurricane; Tropical Storm Gabrielle predicted to become a hurricane, but affect land; a third system may become a tropical cyclone.



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ICE used ankle monitors, informants to plan immigration raids where 680 people were arrested

ICE used ankle monitors, informants to plan immigration raids where 680 people were arrestedOn Wednesday, hundreds of immigration officials descended on seven Mississippi plants owned by four companies. Here's how ICE planned the operation.



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6.4 quake off eastern Indonesia, tsunami alert lifted: seismic monitors

6.4 quake off eastern Indonesia, tsunami alert lifted: seismic monitorsA 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia in the early hours of Monday, triggering a brief tsunami alert that was swiftly lifted, according to seismic monitoring organisations. The quake struck deep at some 171 kilometres (106 miles) below the surface of the earth in the Banda Sea, the US Geological Survey said. A tsunami alert was initially triggered by the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS).



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Russian police detain 66 anti-Putin protesters: monitors

Russian police detain 66 anti-Putin protesters: monitorsRussian police on Saturday violently broke up an opposition rally in Saint Petersburg and detained more than 60 people protesting against President Vladimir Putin on his birthday, a monitoring group said. Artyom Platov, spokesman for OVD-Info, a group that monitors politically motivated arrests, said at least 66 had been arrested in Russia’s second city and Putin’s hometown. Witnesses said police violently broke up the rally in which some 3,000 people took part, throwing protesters into police vans, injuring several demonstrators and forcing some to run for cover.



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Russian police detain 66 anti-Putin protesters: monitors

Russian police detain 66 anti-Putin protesters: monitorsRussian police on Saturday violently broke up an opposition rally in Saint Petersburg and detained more than 60 people protesting against President Vladimir Putin on his birthday, a monitoring group said. Artyom Platov, spokesman for OVD-Info, a group that monitors politically motivated arrests, said at least 66 had been arrested in Russia’s second city and Putin’s hometown. Witnesses said police violently broke up the rally in which some 3,000 people took part, throwing protesters into police vans, injuring several demonstrators and forcing some to run for cover.



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