October 18, 2021: U.S missionaries, China economy, Robert Durst, India floods, California oil spill
1. A U.S. Christian aid organization said a group of its missionaries had been kidnapped in Haiti, a further sign the Caribbean nation’s gangs are growing increasingly brazen amid political and economic crises.
2. China’s economy hit its slowest pace of growth in a year in the third quarter, hurt by power shortages and wobbles in the property sector, highlighting the challenge facing policymakers as they seek to prop up a faltering recovery while reining in the real estate sector.
3. Leaders in the south Indian state of Kerala opened near-overflowing dams on Monday, after at least 22 people died when heavy rains lashed the state over the weekend.
4. Real estate heir Robert Durst, who was sentenced this week to life in prison for murdering a friend in 2000, has COVID and is on a ventilator, his lawyer told the Los Angeles Times.
5. The U.S. Coast Guard boarded a container ship in the Port of Long Beach that dragged its anchor close to a subsea pipeline found to be the source of an oil spill off Orange County, California, it said in a press release.
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