On this first weekend of October, these are the stories making world headlines.

Analysis: Trump’s latest punt on White supremacy shows a debate rebound will be tough

President Donald Trump’s failure yet again to unequivocally condemn White supremacy Wednesday — to clear up a chilling moment from his debate clash with Democratic nominee Joe Biden — shows how he may find it impossible to reboot for their next crucial contest.

Analysis: New Zealand held its own election debate after Trump and Biden clashed. It was very different

While Trump and Biden tore strips off each other before a horrified TV audience, the two alternatives for New Zealand prime minister held an election debate which could not have been more different.

The police officer who fatally shot Breonna Taylor is crowdfunding money to retire

Louisville Det. Myles Cosgrove is asking for funds to “purchase the remainder of his service time” and retire. Cosgrove was not fired after Breonna Taylor’s killing, nor was he charged in her death.

Skyscraper plans unveiled for record-breaking $3B plot of land

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN A glass skyscraper inspired by a blossoming flower is set to rise on one of the most expensive plots of land ever sold. Plans unveiled for the site, which in 2017 changed hands for a then-record of 23.28 billion Hong Kong dollars ($3 billion), show an eye-catching curvilinear tower soaring 623 feet above Hong Kong’s Central district.

Japan’s Defense Ministry asks for decades-high 8.3% budget increase amid growing threats in East Asia

Japan’s Defense Ministry is asking for a 8.3% budget increase in 2020, its largest rise in more than two decades, in the face of China’s rapid military modernization and a looming threat from North Korea.

Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale steps down from role as senior adviser

Brad Parscale stepped down from his role as a senior adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign on Wednesday, two sources close to the campaign confirmed to CNN.

Trump’s allies offer public praise but privately worry after debate

The morning after a rancorous debate punctuated by President Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy, his advisers offered effusive public praise even as some privately worried his performance would alienate voters and others — including the Senate’s lone Black Republican — implored him explicitly to denounce groups who interpreted his comments as tacit approval.

Chrissy Teigen loses baby after pregnancy complications, calling it the ‘darkest of days’

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have lost their child following pregnancy complications, the couple announced on their social media accounts.

Google agrees to pay news publishers more than $1 billion

Google will pay publishers more than $1 billion over the next three years through a new program for licensing news.

A Pennsylvania mom and her daughter pleaded guilty to killing five family members

A Pennsylvania woman and her daughter are expected to spend the rest of their lives in prison after pleading guilty Monday to killing five of their relatives last year, according to the Buck’s County District Attorney’s office.

No one wanted to travel with me, so I went on vacation with a total stranger

(CNN) – In a year of lockdowns, flight bans and general coronavirus chaos, there are still some options for people seeking overseas adventures. But what happens if you are the only one in your friend group willing to travel during these strange times? That’s exactly what happened to both Josiah Burton and Therese Rocca.

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting as fast as at any time in the last 12,000 years, study shows

The melting today on Greenland’s ice sheet is roughly equal to the greatest rates of ice loss in the last 12,000 years, a new study shows. But if greenhouse gas emissions are not curbed, the ice sheet could see unprecedented levels of melting later this century at almost 6 times what they are today.

Alexei Navalny blames Vladimir Putin for poisoning him

A nerve agent from the Novichok group was also used to poison Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England in 2018. They both survived, but a local woman, Dawn Sturgess, died after coming into contact with the poison.

Nigeria turns 60: Can Africa’s most populous nation remain united?

In our series of letters from African journalists, novelist and journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers the greatest challenge facing Nigeria as Africa’s most populous nation marks 60 years of independence from the UK. How to keep a multitude of ethnic groups united and satisfied?

Rolls-Royce announces plan to raise £3bn

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Palantir: The controversial firm now worth £17bn

US tech firm Palantir, known for supplying controversial data-sifting software to government agencies, has fetched a market value of nearly $22bn (£17bn) in its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. It’s a lofty figure for a firm that has never turned a profit, been hit by privacy concerns and relies on public agencies for nearly half of its business.

Nüshu: China’s secret female-only language

China’s south-eastern Hunan province is a dramatic jigsaw puzzle of precipitous sandstone peaks, deeply incised river valleys and fog-shrouded rice paddy fields. Mountains cover more than 80% of the area, leaving many isolated hillside hamlets to develop independently of one another.

Spotty internet? You probably need a mesh WiFi system – here’s why.

Whether you’re a gamer, working from home, or just want a better connection, WiFi mesh is sure to improve your network. We’ve read the reviews and scoured the internet to bring you some of the best options out there to give you flawless internet connection throughout your living space.

Google’s new Chromecast puts all your streaming apps into one slick interface

Google’s Chromecast product line has stood out for years among streaming hardware because, unlike Roku or Apple TV, it’s never had remotes or real user interfaces. That changes now. Google announced the 4K and HDR-compatible Chromecast with Google TV during its “Launch Night In” event on Wednesday.

NBA and NFL players allegedly targeted in social media phishing scam

Two men were charged by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly hacking the social media accounts of NBA and NFL players. Both men, Ronnie Magrehbi, 20, of Florida, and Trevontae Washington, 21, of Louisiana, face a hefty fine along with time in prison.

Seattle becomes 2nd U.S. city to guarantee Lyft and Uber drivers a minimum wage

Seattle joined NYC as the second city in the Unites States to guarantee Lyft and Uber drivers a minimum wage. The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a city ordinance Tuesday to pay drivers on ride-hailing platforms such as Lyft and Uber a minimum hourly wage of $16.39 after expenses.

Google announces its new $99 smart speaker, Nest Audio

It only took four years, but Google has finally released a successor to the Google Home smart speaker. At its hardware event on Wednesday, the company announced the all-new Nest Audio for $99. The smart speaker comes equipped with a 19mm tweeter and 75mm midwoofer, which is supposed to give you afuller and more natural sound.