Kim Jong Un's audacious gesture to Pope Francis

Kim Jong Un invited Pope Francis to visit North Korea. CNN's Brian Todd has the details.

Posted: Oct 19, 2018 12:31 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2018 12:51 PM

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1. Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration is starting to take a tougher public stand against Saudi Arabia, as evidence piles up of the kingdom's possible role in Jamal Khashoggi's apparent death. For the first time, President Trump said he believes the Washington Post columnist is probably dead, and he alluded to "severe" consequences for the Saudis if the country was found to be involved. But Saudi Arabia is the linchpin of Trump's Middle East policy and his main regional partner in battling Iran, so it's unclear how much further his White House will want to go in punishing the kingdom.

2. Pope and North Korea

You thought President Trump and Kim Jong Un getting together was peak 2018? Well, as they say, you ain't seen nothing yet. North Korean leader Kim has invited Pope Francis to North Korea, and Francis is reportedly considering the offer. If the visit were to happen, it would be even more extraordinary than Kim's historic summit this year with Trump in Singapore. North Korea is one of the worst oppressors of religion in the world, so having the leader of the Catholic Church drop in would be an incredible sight. Kim's doing this for good PR and to weaken international resolve for UN sanctions, one observer believes. Others think the Pope could have a positive impact if he goes, including shining a light on the North's awful human rights record.

3. Migrant caravan

If you've watched the news lately (or paid attention to the President's Twitter feed), you know a caravan of Honduran migrants is nearing Mexico's southern border on its way to the US. President Trump has threatened to cut off aid to Honduras if the group doesn't turn back. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is headed to Mexico City to meet with officials there and to tell them to stop the migrants. Trump (and talking heads on Fox News) have deemed the migrants a serious threat to the US. But CNN's Chris Cuomo urged everyone not to look at them as Trump does -- "as the 'Walking Dead'" -- but as desperate people fleeing violence and seeking better economic opportunities.

4. Clergy sex abuse

The Justice Department is investigating the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania and Buffalo, New York, in what could become one of the biggest federal inquiries into sexual abuse by clergy in the US. Seven of the eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania have been subpoenaed, along with the diocese in Buffalo, a source tells CNN. The investigation comes after a grand jury report in Pennsylvania found credible evidence that 301 "predator priests" abused more than 1,000 children in six dioceses dating back to the 1940s.

5. Weather

Winter is coming. Sort of. It could be a milder-than-normal winter for much of the US, NOAA said in its seasonal forecast. Above-average temps are predicted for the Pacific Northwest through the Northern Plains and Northeast. Less snow is predicted for the Great Lakes and portions of the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains. Only the South and Mid-Atlantic could get more snow than normal over the next few months. NOAA thinks an upcoming El Niño, with warming waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean, will drive the weather.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

New nanny

A reboot of "The Nanny," with Fran Drescher and ... Cardi B? Hey, in 2018, anything is possible.

Nothing to sneeze at

Goodbye "mansize," hello "extra large." Kleenex changes the name of its larger tissues after 62 years because of complaints of sexism.

Bait and switch

Elle tweeted Kim K. and Kanye West broke up. Turns out it was just a ploy to get people to register to vote. The good folks of the internet were not amused.

'Margaret' makes a movie

Yes, it's really happening. Judy Blume has given her blessing for a movie based on her iconic book, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret."

TODAY'S QUOTE

"I get it. You wanted an Indian woman, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test."

Outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, cracking jokes last night at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

TOTAL RECALL

Quiz time

Which country just legalized pot nationwide?

A. Brazil

B. Canada

C. France

D. Norway

Play "Total Recall: The CNN news quiz" to see if you're right. And don't forget, you can also find a version of the quiz on your Amazon devices! Just say, "Alexa, ask CNN for a quiz."

AND FINALLY

In the dog house

Meet Sylar the border collie, whose owner built him a half-million-dollar mansion so the dog would have "a better childhood than I did." No, really. (Click to view.)

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 512632

Reported Deaths: 10262
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34853555
DeSoto33162432
Hinds32556641
Jackson24830389
Rankin22442402
Lee16238242
Madison14874283
Jones14086247
Forrest13741259
Lauderdale12249324
Lowndes11286193
Lamar10644140
Pearl River9707244
Lafayette8827143
Hancock7835132
Washington7550169
Oktibbeha7204138
Monroe6989179
Pontotoc6970109
Warren6849178
Panola6746134
Neshoba6726210
Marshall6653141
Bolivar6440151
Union633897
Pike5924156
Alcorn5862107
Lincoln5525136
George510180
Prentiss500884
Tippah490282
Itawamba4829107
Scott477499
Adams4766125
Tate4748116
Leflore4723144
Copiah455895
Yazoo455591
Simpson4543117
Wayne442772
Covington432895
Sunflower4299106
Marion4265112
Coahoma4227109
Leake413790
Newton395581
Tishomingo381793
Grenada3775109
Stone365666
Jasper340166
Attala337790
Winston317792
Chickasaw313367
Clay311878
Clarke301195
Calhoun284449
Holmes271289
Smith268952
Yalobusha243747
Tallahatchie231453
Greene224749
Walthall221366
Lawrence217840
Perry213356
Amite209557
Webster205148
Noxubee188642
Montgomery181557
Carroll174441
Jefferson Davis173643
Tunica163239
Benton152639
Kemper144941
Choctaw136527
Claiborne134238
Humphreys131139
Franklin124929
Quitman107528
Wilkinson105939
Jefferson96834
Sharkey65121
Issaquena1957
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 844594

Reported Deaths: 16115
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1160612006
Mobile741651379
Madison53255732
Shelby38313368
Baldwin38061589
Tuscaloosa35996641
Montgomery34473781
Lee25541263
Calhoun22582518
Morgan22441406
Etowah20009517
Marshall18771316
Houston17723425
St. Clair16863358
Limestone16123218
Cullman16032303
Elmore15902294
Lauderdale14945306
Talladega14186299
DeKalb12957269
Walker12011380
Blount10700192
Autauga10512157
Jackson10151194
Coffee9412192
Colbert9325208
Dale9013191
Tallapoosa7248201
Russell707465
Chilton7015170
Escambia6951143
Covington6926195
Franklin6337108
Chambers5778142
Marion5400130
Dallas5283209
Pike5114109
Clarke484986
Lawrence4826129
Winston4777110
Geneva4640136
Bibb434094
Barbour369180
Butler3433100
Marengo342393
Monroe336666
Randolph334067
Pickens333188
Fayette329885
Henry320566
Hale317989
Cherokee316963
Crenshaw260477
Washington256952
Cleburne254360
Lamar251253
Clay250869
Macon244764
Conecuh192762
Coosa184647
Lowndes178168
Wilcox177438
Bullock152545
Perry141840
Sumter139041
Greene130245
Choctaw93228
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High pressure will continue to dominate our weather forecast for our Saturday. This will keep us filled with plenty of sunshine in our weather forecast for our Saturday.
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