- Politics HuffPost
Twitter critics poured scorn on Trump's announcement he'll release a transcript of his first phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
- World Associated Press
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors - an American and an Australian - they abducted three years ago. At a press event broadcast live on state television, Ghani told the nation that the "conditional release" was a very hard decision he felt he had to make in the interest of the Afghan people. The announcement comes at a sensitive time for Ghani, as President Donald Trump halted talks between the U.S. and the Taliban in September, after a particularly deadly spate of Taliban attacks, including a Kabul suicide bombing that killed a U.S. soldier.
- Science Yahoo News UK
What looked like a tiny black ball skimmed past the vast, burning surface of the Sun.
- Business Associated Press
The world's thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 - and consumers' insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why. All this is according to an important global industry forecast released Wednesday by the International Energy Agency that is used as guidance by oil companies and governments. This year, amid growing pressure from young activists like Greta Thunberg and others for tougher action on emissions, the IEA's World Energy Outlook took a stronger-than-usual stand on climate change.
- Lifestyle Cosmopolitan
“We really only started living the best version of our lives after we weren’t sure how long we’d have.”
- Business Reuters
SINGAPORE/LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Wednesday as prospects for a trade deal between the United States and China faded, weighing on the outlook for the global economy and energy demand. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the two countries were close to finalising a trade deal, but he fell short of providing a date or venue for the signing ceremony, disappointing investors. "The expectations of an inventory build in the U.S. and uncertainty over the OPEC+ strategy on output cuts and U.S./China trade deal are weighing on oil prices," said analysts at ING including the head of commodity strategy Warren Patterson.