Here are today’s top headlines.

Disturbing video shows hundreds of blindfolded prisoners in Xinjiang

A drone video appearing to show hundreds of blindfolded men being led from a train in China has raised new concerns over the ongoing crackdown on Muslim Uyghurs in the far western region of Xinjiang.

New twists put Republicans on spot in impeachment saga

Washington’s impeachment battle over President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine is intensifying with news of a second whistleblower while new testimony this week brings the prospect of more stunning revelations to deepen the crisis.

Turkey to send troops into northern Syria as US pulls out of area, White House says

In a remarkable announcement late Sunday night, the White House said that United States forces in northern Syria would move aside in advance of a planned Turkish military offensive.

Philippines President Duterte reveals he has a chronic neuromuscular disease

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has revealed he has a chronic neuromuscular disease, the latest in a series of health problems for the 74-year-old leader.

India built 110M toilets. But will people use them?

It was the ambitious sanitation campaign aimed at giving almost half of India’s 1.3 billion population access to a toilet in just five years.

Pigs were spotted using tools for the first time, a new study says

Pigs aren’t heralded for their intelligence, but swine are smarter than they seem.

5 elephants and a calf die while trying to save the young one in a Thai waterfall

Five elephants and a 3-year-old calf died at a waterfall in Thailand during what authorities believe was an attempt by the adults to save the young one.

‘Joker’ shatters box office records despite its controversial depiction of violence

“Joker” broke box office records this weekend, even as its controversial depiction of violence made some potential theatergoers anxious.

Uber’s new helicopter service is an expensive, time-consuming adventure

It cost me more than three times the money and an extra 15 minutes to fly to my local airport in an Uber helicopter than if I had taken the highway in an Uber X. It also required multiple cab rides, squeezing into a tight space and overcoming a mild-to-moderate fear of flying while soaring alongside the Brooklyn Bridge.

Trump Allies Pressed Ukraine Over Gas Firm

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump ‘s main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic. Their aims were profit, not politics.

Former Trump Exec Has A Stark Prediction On How It Ends For The President

A former executive in the Trump Organization says President Donald Trump really doesn’t want to be impeached ― and may not let the process go much further as a result. Barbara Res, who was vice president in charge of construction at Trump’s company, predicted he’ll look for a way out first.

John Brennan: CIA Would Call U.S. ‘Very Corrupt’ If It Were Another Country

Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Sunday that if the political turmoil plaguing the White House were happening in another nation, the American intelligence community would offer a grim assessment.

Iowa Teacher Placed On Leave After ‘Sniper’ Comment About Greta Thunberg Visit

A high school teacher in Iowa has been placed on administrative leave after he posted a threatening comment on Facebook Thursday in response to a news story about the local visit of 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Kenya’s battle to expose corruption

Claim: The Kenyan authorities say a move to withdraw old banknotes from circulation to tackle corruption has been a success. Former 1,000 Kenyan shilling ($10; £8) banknotes were withdrawn from circulation starting in June and had to be exchanged for new ones by 30 September, as a way to flush out illegally acquired cash and money hoarding.

Africa Live: Ugandans win East Africa’s Got Talent – BBC News

Ugandan siblings Esther and Ezekiel Mutesasira have been crowned the winners of the first edition of East Africa’s Got Talent in a contest that drew participation from four regional countries. The singing duo won a cash prize of $50,000 (£40,000) in the Sunday night finale that had six contestants.

Unilever promises to halve new plastic use

Unilever, which owns brands like Surf, PG Tips and Walls, has said it plans to halve the amount of new plastic it uses over the next five years. The firm is responsible for producing 700,000 tonnes of new plastic a year.

NASA created a free ‘CGI moon kit’ for artists

NASA just gave computer graphics artists a tantalizing gift. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been circling the moon snapping pictures and capturing topographical data for 10 years. It’s science visualizer Ernie Wright’s job to interpret and combine the LRO’s raw data and images to construct an accurate 3D rendering of the moon.

A paralyzed man walked with a brain-controlled exoskeleton

A man mostly paralyzed from the shoulders down has spent the last two years working with researchers to control an exoskeleton with his mind. On Thursday, researchers at the University of Grenoble released results of the trial (funded by Clinatec), saying the work indicates that operating a four-limb robotic system could be feasible for patients with tetraplegia (loss of control of all four limbs).

Don’t use any THC vaping product, FDA warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has significantly ramped up its warnings about vaping products. The FDA is now warning against using THC vaping products of any kind as the number of people affected by a vaping-related lung illness has spiked to over 1,000.

NASA’s scheme to resurrect the drill on its Mars probe

NASA blasted the InSight lander to Mars with the aim of drilling some 16 feet into the Martian ground. But the drill, also called the “mole” or “self-hammering heat probe,” only burrowed 14 inches into the soil before getting stuck. The space agency hasn’t been able to move the heat-detecting probe since February.