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Oil prices rallying again on short-term drains on supply

Short-term market metrics lingering from a U.S. hurricane gave support to crude oil prices Wednesday, even though balance seemed slow to emerge.

Kenyan election official resigns, shares doubt on upcoming presidential vote

Roselyn Akombe, a member of Kenya's election commission, said death threats forced her to flee to the United States.

Iran energy sector ripe for investors with a high risk tolerance

There are plenty of opportunities open in the Iranian energy sector for European countries provided they have a stomach for risk, an event organizer said.

Jeff Sessions to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing on Wednesday.

Iran's Khamenei threatens to 'shred' nuclear deal, blasts 'foul-mouthed' Trump

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that if the United States decertifies his country's nuclear deal with foreign powers, Iran will as well.

Another federal judge rejects Trump's travel ban

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked President Donald Trump's third attempted travel ban, the second to do so in as many days.

Security officers fired over passenger's removal from United flight

Two security officers have been fired for an incident in April in which they physically removed a passenger from an overbooked flight out of Chicago.

Spain says Catalonia's autonomy at risk as deadline looms

Spanish leaders said Wednesday they plan to suspend Catalonia's autonomy if its leader misses a new deadline to clarify his intentions regrding independence.

International arbitration sought over Gambian oil licenses

After hinting of trouble earlier this week, African Petroleum said it was now pursuing legal routes to protect its assets off the coast of Gambia.

Portugal's interior minister quits amid criticism of gov't wildfire response

Portugal's interior minister quit Wednesday as the government faced mounting criticism of its handling of wildfires that have killed over 100 people since June.

Senators demand answers in deaths of 4 U.S. soldiers in Niger

Leading members of Congress say they need answers to an ambush in Niger this month, in which four U.S. soldiers died.

China's Xi Jinping opens 19th Communist Party Congress with 'new era' speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping gave an opening speech on Wednesday at the country's 19th National Congress announcing a new chapter for the country.

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

On Oct. 18, 2007, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto returned home after eight years in exile. A bomber killed more than 140 people in her convoy.

On This Day: Benazir Bhutto's convoy attacked; dozens dead

On Oct. 18, 2007, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto returned home after eight years in exile. A bomber killed more than 140 people in her convoy.

Study: Colorado has decrease in opioid overdose deaths since legalizing marijuana

Opioid-related deaths in Colorado fell by 6.5 percent since the state legalized marijuana for recreational use, new research has found.

CA laws prohibit employers from asking about job applicants' criminal, salary histories

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two pieces of legislation that prohibit employers from asking about a job applicant's criminal and salary history.

Senate panel criticizes business practices of credit reporting agencies

Senators from both parties Tuesday criticized the credit reporting industry and sought answers on how to fix it.

North Korea congratulates China ahead of Communist Party congress

North Korea congratulated China on the occasion of the 19th congress of the Communist Party, a rare move for Pyongyang.

Trump falls on the Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans list

President Donald Trump fell dozens of spots on the Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans list after his wealth decreased by $600 million last year.

Trump pushes tax reform in speech to Heritage Foundation

President Donald Trump was scheduled to give remarks Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation's President's Club Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Watch live: Trump gives remarks to Heritage Foundation

President Donald Trump was scheduled to give remarks Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation's President's Club Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Special counsel Mueller's team talks to Spicer

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team interviewed former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, unnamed sources with knowledge of the meeting said Tuesday.

Judge blocks Trump's third travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii on Tuesday blocked much the Trump administration's third attempt at a travel ban largely targeting Muslim majority nations.

Person who jumped White House barrier in custody

A person is in custody after jumping a concrete barrier outside the White House on Tuesday morning, the Security Service said.

Senators agree on bipartisan Obamacare fix

Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., said they've reached a bipartisan agreement in principle to stabilize the Affordable Care Act.

George Soros transfers nearly $18B to his foundation

George Soros, the multi-billionaire hedge-fund manager, has transferred nearly $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations.

ICE planning more jails across U.S. to house immigrants

U.S. immigration officials plan to build more jails in the United States to house additional undocumented migrants, a federal government website shows.

Innovation lab unveiled in Israel's ancient Tower of David

Israel unveiled on Tuesday a new innovation lab that will be housed in Jerusalem's ancient Tower of David.

Small business owners face backlash over association with Trump

President Trump has helped stimulate the U.S. economy, but some small business owners who've been linked to his policies have seen the opposite happen to them.

North Korea: Trump intensifying pressure because of political crisis at home

North Korea denounced the United States on Tuesday.

Embraer receives Super Tucano order

Embraer of Brazil reports it has received an order from an unidentified customer for six A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft.

U.S. indicts Chinese nationals for importing opioids

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday announced the indictment of two Chinese nationals for conspiracy to distribute opioids.

Indra developing new simulator for A330 MRTT refueling

A tactical and integrated procedures simulation trainer for pilots of A330 MRTT aerial refueling tankers is to be developed and manufactured by Indra.

Dow passes 23,000 for the first time in history

The Dow Jones industrial average reached a milestone on Tuesday, passing 23,000 for the first time.

Navy taps Leonardo subsidiary for instrument landing systems

Ground-based instrument landing systems are being supplied to the U.S. Navy by a Leonardo subsidiary.

Philippines leader Duterte says terrorists ousted from Marawi City

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared that Marawi City has been liberated from fighters of the Maute terrorist group.

Apple ordered to pay $440M in FaceTime, iOS patent case

Apple has been ordered to pay $440 million to VirnetX, over claims it infringed on four patented technologies used in FaceTime and other iOS apps.

South Korea president calls for export of T-50 advanced trainers

South Korean President Moon Jae-in wants Seoul to export the locally developed KAI T-50.

Trump welcomes Greek leader Tsipras amid Turkey tensions

President Donald Trump met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday at the White House despite tension with Turkey.

At least 33 dead in Afghanistan suicide bombing

Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked an Afghan police training school on Tuesday, killing at least 33 people.

Report: North Korea hiding behind Hong Kong shell companies

Hong Kong may be a hotbed of North Korea shell companies that allow the Kim Jong Un regime to access the global financial system.

Airbus announces C series partnership with Bombardier

Airbus announced plans to partner with Bombardier on its C series aircraft program.

State Department approves Kuwaiti M1A1 tank deal

The U.S. State Department approved Kuwait's possible purchase of hundreds of M1A1 Abrams tanks from the United States.

Risk premium may be waning for oil prices

Disruptions to U.S. oil production from Hurricane Nate may support a risk-fueled rally in oil prices Tuesday, but concerns about global outages may be fading.

Drug czar nominee Marino withdraws from consideration, Trump says

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that his nominee for drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source

U.S. coal production in the first half of the year is slightly lower than last year, but still holds an edge as an electricity source, the government said.

North Korea defector: Hundreds of 'reformers' killed after Jang Song Thaek purge

North Korea's Kim Jong Un ordered the massacre of hundreds of officers and their families, a former senior North Korean economic official said.

Islamic State defeated in Raqqa after four-month siege

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said Tuesday it has cleared Raqqa, the Islamic State's de facto Syrian capital, of all militant fighters.

California fires: 88 still missing as lighter winds help crews control flames

The death toll from the Northern California wildfires climbed to 41 after a firefighter died in a car accident while delivering water, authorities said.

U.S. retail gas market in post-hurricane recovery mode

Barring a few select markets, most U.S. drivers are seeing a decline in gas prices as the energy sector recovers from recent hurricanes, market analysis found.