Here are some of today’s top stories.

Turkey launches military offensive in Syria: Live updates

By Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN Updated 7:59 a.m. ET, October 10, 2019 What’s happening: Turkey’s military said Thursday its ground offensive in northern Syria has been successful. A US official says Turkey’s operation may end up wider in scope and encompass the “whole stretch” of the border with Syria. Why now?

Republican anger grows as Trump disavows Kurds by saying they didn’t help during WWII

Republicans savaged President Donald Trump Wednesday for allowing Turkey to attack US allies in Syria as the President offered varying reasons for giving Turkey the green light, including the fact that Kurds did not fight alongside the US in World War II.

Republican anger grows as Trump disavows Kurds by saying they didn’t help during WWII

Republicans savaged President Donald Trump Wednesday for allowing Turkey to attack US allies in Syria as the President offered varying reasons for giving Turkey the green light, including the fact that Kurds did not fight alongside the US in World War II.

Trump criticizes top NBA coaches amid China controversy

US President Donald Trump has spoken for the first time about the escalating tensions between the NBA and China as he took aim at the coaches of the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.

Naomi Osaka to choose Japan nationality for Tokyo Olympics

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has decided to take sole Japanese nationality over US citizenship with a view to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

Nobel Prizes in Literature awarded to Peter Handke and Olga Tokarczuk

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Austrian author Peter Handke, while the 2018 award, postponed from last year, was given to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk. Handke won the award “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.”

Tech billionaires dominate China’s rich list. Some pig farmers also had a good year

China’s wealth is becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of tech entrepreneurs, although some pharmaceutical moguls and pig farmers are breaking into the ranks of the super rich.

Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman’s wrist in Paris

(CNN) – A Japanese businessman had a watch worth more than $800,000 seized from his wrist outside a five-star hotel in Paris, police said. The man had stepped out of the Hôtel Napoléon, near the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées, around 9 p.m.

A schoolgirl, a prime minister and an indigenous leader: Meet the Nobel Peace Prize favorites

Greta Thunberg, 16, is widely considered by bookmakers to be the favorite to win the hundredth Nobel Peace Prize. If she succeeds, she will become its youngest ever recipient — one year younger than Malala Yousafzai was when she shared the award in 2014.

Nigeria introduces anti-sexual harassment bill

The Nigerian senate has introduced a bill that aims to prevent the sexual harassment of university students. The proposed legislation follows a BBC investigation that uncovered alleged sexual misconduct by lecturers in Nigeria and Ghana. The senate’s deputy president said he hoped the BBC’s investigation would help energise support for the bill.

Africa Live: Lagos university suspends second academic after ‘sex-for-grades’ film – BBC News

The authorities in Botswana say nine rhinos have been killed by poachers in recent months prompting fears that the endangered animal’s future in the southern African country could be under threat. The country’s wildlife department said finding the poaching gangs was now its highest priority.

Apple drops Hong Kong police-tracking app

Apple has removed an app that protesters in Hong Kong have used to track police movements and tear gas use, saying the app violated its rules. The company said the app, HKmap.live, had “been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents”.

Fall of Berlin Wall was ‘worst night of my life’

It’s one of the most bizarre guided tours I’ve ever been on. I’m driving around Berlin with Egon Krenz – the last communist leader of East Germany. “This avenue used to be Stalinallee!” he tells me as we head down Karl-Marx-Allee. “They renamed it after Stalin died. “And over there was Lenin Square.

Apple Removes Police-Tracking App Used In Hong Kong Protests From Its App Store

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Apple Inc on Wednesday removed an app that protestors in Hong Kong have used to track police movements, saying the app violated its rules because it was used to ambush police and by criminals who used it to victimize residents in areas with no law enforcement.

Ukraine President Insists There Was ‘No Blackmail’ In Phone Call With Trump

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says there was “no blackmail” in the phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump that helped spark an impeachment inquiry. Responding Thursday to questions from The Associated Press, Zelenskiy said he only learned after their July 25 phone call that the U.S.

Washington Post Editorial Warns Of ‘New Stage In Already Dangerous Presidency’

The Washington Post editorial board explained in an editorial published Wednesday why it believes Donald Trump’s presidency has entered a chilling new phase. It ” may be tempting for some Americans to disregard the unhinged proclamation that the White House sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday,” the newspaper wrote.

Trump Asks: ‘Impeached For What?’ Twitter Users Reply With Plenty Of Options.

President Donald Trump fired off a midnight tweet griping about the impeachment inquiry launched by the House. The proceedings were prompted by his phone call asking Ukraine for dirt on potential 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden. But if Trump knows that’s the reason for the impeachment probe, he didn’t let it show.

How disgusting is your water bottle, really?

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. It takes a lot of grime for a reusable water bottle to look dirty. After all, it’s usually just water in there.

Elon Musk says sending profane email ‘one of the dumbest things I’ve ever done’

Even as he was attacking one of the Thailand cave rescuers as a “pedo guy,” Elon Musk called himself “a fucking idiot” for sending unverified dirt to Ryan Mac, a reporter for BuzzFeed. The revelations come via court documents Mac shared on BuzzFeed early Tuesday.

Aaron Paul’s 2-minute ‘Breaking Bad’ recap is the only one you need

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is nearly here, and who better to break down the backstory than Jesse Pinkman himself? Jimmy Kimmel invited Aaron Paul on to give a delightful refresher on the many highlights and lowlights of the Heisenberg saga.