Apr. 26, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump is flatly refusing to cooperate in numerous U.S. congressional probes of himself and his administration, taking a defiant stance that could trigger protracted court fights with House of Representatives Democrats.

Senator Elizabeth Warren will introduce a bill Friday that offers new protections for U.S. military families facing unsafe housing, following a series of Reuters reports revealing squalid conditions in privately managed base homes.

A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday blocked a Trump administration rule that would prohibit taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers.

Democratic presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper, a former governor of Colorado, will release an anti-monopoly plan in California on Friday that could challenge the dominance of such companies as Amazon and Google

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to boost morale at the State Department with an "ethos" statement that some former officials viewed with skepticism, partly because an early draft had language they saw as an admonition not to leak to the media.

Yemeni authorities have rounded up about 3,000 irregular migrants, predominantly Ethiopians, in the south of the country, "creating an acute humanitarian situation."

Sri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed linked to Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels that killed 253 people, President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday.

Tens of thousands of protesters demanding the departure of Algeria's ruling elite rallied peacefully in Algiers for a tenth consecutive Friday.

U.S. economic growth accelerated in the first quarter, but the burst in growth was driven by a smaller trade deficit and the largest accumulation of unsold merchandise since 2015, temporary factors that are likely to reverse in the coming quarters. Gross domestic product increased at a 3.2 percent annualized rate in the first quarter.

China's private rocket manufacturers are racing to develop small rockets capable of sending satellites into space at affordable prices, as part of a broader Chinese dream of building commercial satellites that can offer services from high-speed internet for aircraft to tracking coal shipments.

A nationwide measles outbreak has led health officials to quarantine dozens of people at two Los Angeles universities, officials said on Thursday.

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A Bahraini rights group said Thursday that sexual abuse and torture have been widespread and systematic in jails in the Gulf island nation during a yearlong crackdown.

The United Nations' top official in Afghanistan met the Taiban's chief negotiator in Qatar on Thursday, the movement's chief spokesman said, as moves continue to try to start full peace negotiations to end more than 17 years of war.

The "commander" of a militia group that patrolled the U.S.-Mexico border was attacked in a New Mexico jail, officials said Wednesday.

Guatemala's electoral court on Wednesday annulled the candidacy of a presidential hopeful who was arrested in the U.S. last week and is accused of ties to Mexico's Sinaloa cartel.

Brent crude hit $75 per barrel on Thursday for the first time in nearly six months after quality concerns suspended some Russian crude exports to Europe while the United States prepared to tighten sanctions on Iran.

Hundreds of Muslim refugees in western Sri Lanka have taken refuge in mosques and a police station after facing intimidation following the deadly Easter bombings, activists said Thursday.

A UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon Thursday said a tunnel discovered earlier this year by Israel had crossed the Lebanese-Israeli border, in the third such breach of a ceasefire resolution.

More than a thousand migrants broke out of a detention center in southern Mexico on Thursday evening, authorities said, in a fresh sign of how a surge in arrivals has stretched the country's resources to the limit.

BBC

Scandinavian airline SAS has cancelled hundreds of flights globally leaving thousands of passengers stranded after pilots in Norway, Sweden and Denmark went on strike.

Microsoft has seen its stock market value top $1 trillion after reporting better-than-expected sales and profits. The US software giant passed the mark briefly on Thursday, before its share price fell back.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized for insisting the country shouldn't become a "gay tourism paradise". "Brazil can't be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism."

A vegan café in Australia that levied a tax on male customers is to close after becoming the "punching bag of the internet". Handsome Her was accused of reverse sexism.

WND

The Department of Justice has been dismissing child pornography cases in order to not reveal information about the software programs used as the basis for the charges.

The Satanic Temple, which is featured in a documentary called "Hail Satan?" announced this week that the IRS now recognizes it as a church.

Amazon's system tracks a metric called "time off task," meaning how much time workers pause or take breaks. It has been previously reported that some workers feel so pressured that they don't take bathroom breaks.If the system determines the employee is failing to meet production targets, it can automatically issue warnings and terminate them without a supervisor's intervention, although Amazon said that a human supervisor can override the system.

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