Apr. 30, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump directed officials to toughen rules for asylum seekers on Monday, including by introducing a fee for their applications and barring those who entered the country illegally from working until their claims are approved.

The Trump administration is working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, the White House said on Tuesday, which would bring sanctions against Egypt's oldest Islamist movement.

President Trump, three of his children and seven of his companies filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Deutsche Bank and Capital One Financial Corp to block the banks from complying with federal subpoenas investigating his financial dealings.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday called for a military uprising to oust President Nicolas Maduro and armed factions clashed at a protest outside a Caracas air base as the country hit a new crisis point.

Brazil's Foreign Relations Minister Ernesto Araujo said on Tuesday that his country supports a democratic transition in Venezuela, where opposition leader Juan Guaido hours before said he had begun the "final phase" of his plan to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

The University of Cambridge will conduct a two-year academic study of how much it benefited from the Atlantic slave trade and whether its scholarship reinforced race-based thinking during Britain's colonial era.

From algorithms to track "dark" ships smuggling stolen crude oil to an online licensing system to undercut corruption, one Nigerian government agency hopes it can use new technology to tackle theft which has cost the country billions.

Across the Midwest, growing numbers of grain farmers are choosing to shed their machinery and find renters for their land, all to stem the financial strain on their families, a dozen leading farm-equipment auction houses told Reuters. As these older grain farmers are retiring, fewer younger people are lining up to replace them. It means fewer customers for seed and chemical companies, fewer machine buyers, and fewer suppliers for grain merchants.

The Chinese navy, which is growing faster than any other major fleet, now controls the seas off its coast. Once dominant, the U.S. and its allies sail warily in these waters. A former U.S. naval officer says China's advances have caught America napping.

Islamic State remains a potent threat around the world despite reduced capabilities, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday, adding its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had made his latest video appearance in a "remote area".

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A group of 147 mainly African refugees, rescued from the Libyan city of Misrata, were flown to an Italian military airport near Rome on Monday for resettlement.

United Airlines has covered cameras installed on in-flight entertainment screens located on the back of some seats on United flights.

France's most famous Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld on Monday slammed the resurgence of "anti-Jewish hate," days after a teenage gunman's deadly attack on a synagogue in California.

The United Nations will grant Mozambique and the Comoros Islands $13 million in emergency funds to help provide food and water and repair damage to infrastructure, the organization said late on Sunday, after the second cyclone in a month slammed into the region.

U.S. forces in Syria have achieved all they can against the Islamic State. Without territory, ISIS will struggle to meet, train and organize attacks. Losing its "caliphate" deprived it of the allure that brought recruits and the professed allegiance of distant jihadists. No real military mission is left for U.S. troops in Syria. ISIS' remnants in Syria are unlikely to gather where U.S. military forces patrol. Their prospects are poor.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani signed a bill into law on Tuesday declaring all U.S. forces in the Middle East terrorists and calling the U.S. government a sponsor of terrorism.

Fierce fighting for control of Libya's capital that has already displaced tens of thousands of people threatens to bring a further worsening of humanitarian conditions, a UN official warned.

The National Rifle Association's board unanimously re-elected Wayne LaPierre as its chief executive officer and replaced President Oliver North amid an eruption of public squabbling and a probe into the gun-rights group's nonprofit status.

Travelers on American, Alaska and JetBlue airlines ran into travel trouble Monday during a brief computer outage, the second in a month.

BBC

The US and China are due to begin a fresh round of talks in Beijing on Tuesday as they edge closer to resolving their damaging trade dispute.

French courts have handed down 447 fines in the past eight months under new laws to tackle street harassment of women. The "outrages sexists" law was passed in August 2018, and allows for on-the-spot fines of up to €750 (£650).

WND

A valedictorian at the leading Mormon academic institution, Brigham Young University, announced during his graduation speech he is a "gay son of God."

A dispute over donated T-shirts sporting a Bible verse that basketball players wore during warm-ups at a New Mexico high school has come to an end with the head coach resigning. Todd Starnes reported the coach allowed his players to wear the donated shirts inscribed with "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," which is taken from Philippians 4:13 in the New Testament.

Gun Owners of California issued a dire warning this week about "pre-crime" legislation to prohibit people likely to commit a crime from owning a gun.

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