Here are today’s hottest news stories.

After pummeling Florida and Georgia, deadly Michael heads to the Carolinas

After Michael slammed Florida and its strong, gusty winds lashed Georgia through the night, the historic storm is far from over as it swirls northeast threatening the Carolinas.

Saudis discussed plan to lure Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, US intercepts show

The US has intercepts of Saudi officials discussing a plan to lure journalist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him, according to a US official familiar with the intelligence.

Trump walks tightrope amid global outrage over disappearance of Saudi journalist

After Jamal Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul a little over a week ago and disappeared, leaders and media worldwide demanded the kingdom explain Turkish claims that the journalist had been killed by the Saudi government.

UK firms may have to reveal ethnicity pay gap

UK firms may be forced to publish data covering their ethnicity pay gap following a consultation launched Thursday by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Greece bans ‘heavy’ tourists using donkeys

A burden has been lifted from the shoulders of (CNN) – Greece’s working donkey population. The country has banned “overweight” tourists from riding the animals on the popular island of Santorini, after activists complained that they were suffering spinal injuries.

Sierra Leone cancels $300 million airport deal with China

Sierra Leone has nixed plans to build a controversial, $318 million airport outside the capital of Freetown with a Chinese company and funded by Chinese loans.

Restaurants rise to fame over Instagramable food

The restaurant business isn’t just about how good the food tastes — atmosphere and service are important, too. But increasingly, social media is taking on a bigger role and influencing food options offered, restaurant design and marketing.

Astronauts escape malfunctioning rocket

A capsule carrying the two crew members of a Russian Soyuz rocket that malfunctioned on lift-off has landed safely in Kazakhstan. Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague are reported to be “in good condition”, both Nasa and Russian media said. Search and rescue teams are now en route to the landing site.

Turkey calls for CCTV of missing Saudi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Saudi Arabia to release images proving that a missing reporter left its consulate in Istanbul. Mr Erdogan questioned whether it was “possible for there to be no camera systems” running at the building, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reports.

Africa’s ‘youngest billionaire’ abducted

The man said to be Africa’s youngest billionaire has been kidnapped by masked gunmen in Tanzania’s main city Dar es Salaam, police say. Mohammed Dewji, 43, was abducted outside a swanky hotel gym where he was going for his routine morning workout.

The 100-year-old man on death row seeking pardon

Death-row inmate Celestine Egbunuche has been dubbed Nigeria’s “oldest prisoner” amid a campaign calling for his release. He is 100 years old and has spent 18 years in jail after being found guilty of organising a murder. Small and slightly hunched over, he looks wistfully into space as he sits on a tightly packed bench inside a stuffy prison visitor’s room.

Donald Trump and a world of disorder

At a moment when America has been focussed myopically on the highest court in the land, the Trump administration stands accused of being a bystander to lawlessness around the world. The forced disappearance of the Interpol chief, Meng Hongwei, who it turns out is being held by the Chinese authorities.

Free my husband from UAE jail, wife pleads

A British student has been detained for the last five months in the United Arab Emirates “without explanation” after a research trip, his wife has said. Matthew Hedges, a PhD student at Durham University, has been held in solitary confinement after being accused of spying, according to the Times.

Longest non-stop flight set to depart

The battle to offer the world’s longest non-stop flight steps up a gear on Thursday, when a new Singapore-to-New York service takes off. Singapore Airlines is relaunching the service five years after it withdrew because it had become too expensive. It will cover more than 15,000km and is scheduled to take just under 19 hours.

Melania Trump Says She Distrusts Certain People Working In The Administration

First Lady Melania Trump acknowledged that there are people who either currently work for President Donald Trump or have worked for him in the past two years who she hasn’t trusted. She informs Trump of her opinions, she told ABC News’ Tom Llamas in an interview excerpt that aired Thursday, and some of those people no longer work for the president.

New York Man Built 200-Pound Bomb To Detonate On Election Day: Feds

A New York state man built a 200-pound bomb in his basement and planned to detonate it in Washington on Election Day, according to federal authorities who arrested him. Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan, intended to kill himself in the explosion and draw attention to his political beliefs, prosecutors said.

There’s A Reason You Might Think Ezekiel Bread Tastes Like Crap

I Googled it, and came across a funny article from Religion News Service about how Ezekiel bread was originally supposed to be baked on human dung , so of course I became confused. Why would anyone do that? That sent me down a rabbit hole of learning more about both the verse and the bread.

Trump Promoted His Rally With A Photo He May Have Lifted From CNN’s Jim Acosta

Maybe President Donald Trump doesn’t think CNN is such “fake news” after all? Trump promoted his rally in Erie, Pennsylvania on Wednesday with what appeared to be a photograph originally taken by the network’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta. Acosta first tweeted the image at 2:03 p.m.: Big crowd lining up outside for Trump rally tonight in Erie, PA.

Greece Bans Overweight Tourists From Riding Santorini’s Donkeys

The load carried by Santorini’s famed donkeys is set to get a whole lot lighter after the Greek government banned “overweight” tourists from riding the animals, multiple news outlets reported. According to the Greek City Times, the country’s Ministry of Rural Development and Food has published a new set of regulations to protect the animals after a series of complaints were made earlier this year about their well-being.

Twitter Users Taunt Trump As Old Hurricane Tweet Comes Back To Haunt Him

Donald Trump held a fundraiser and rally on Wednesday, just hours after Hurricane Michael hit Florida as a deadly Category 4 storm and caused massive destruction. ” I cannot disappoint the thousands of people that are there ― and the thousands that are going,” the president tweeted prior to the event.

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey doesn’t use a computer or a tablet, apparently

You think you really need that shiny new MacBook Pro? Well, if Jack Dorsey can run Twitter and Square – both multi-billion-dollar companies – without a computer, laptop or a tablet, then you probably don’t need one, either. So how was this incredible fact discovered?

Stephen King uses Bush comparison to slam Trump on Twitter

If you’ve so much as glanced at Stephen King’s Twitter feed, you’ll know he’s a long way from being Donald Trump’s number one fan. He’s previously referred to the man currently serving as President as an “impulsive, bad-tempered idiot”, a “genuinely nasty man”, and a “rabid coyote with bad hair” (among many, many other choice descriptions).

Oh no: Samsung might drop the headphone jack from its flagships next year

A major last stand for headphone jack enthusiasts might be caving in. Korean outlet ETnews reports (via Android Authority) that Samsung is planning to drop the headphone jack from its flagship smartphones sometime next year. If you’re one of those people (I certainly am) who doesn’t like dongles and thinks wired headphones still have advantages over wireless ones, this is bad news.

Google mocks cryptocurrency as ‘not real’ in Call Screen ad

Google thinks your crypto is a joke. The search and advertising giant released a new tool on Tuesday known as Call Screen, which helps Pixel owners screen unwanted calls. In a seemingly out of place move, the company used the product’s announcement as an opportunity to dunk on cryptocurrency.

Donald Trump writes unusual op-ed in ‘USA Today’ and it’s not going over very well

There is no escape from Donald Trump’s opinions. As president, Trump has almost unlimited ways of communicating with the world, but on Wednesday he opted to pen an op-ed for USA Today. It’s a highly partisan piece titled, “Democrats ‘Medicare for All’ plan will demolish promises to seniors.”