Apr. 5, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Friday he is considering an economic penalty apart from tariffs to counter the smuggling of drugs from Mexico across the southern U.S. border.

Former pizza chain executive Herman Cain, U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for a position on the Federal Reserve's interest-rate setting panel, runs a political fundraising group that has spent more than half its money supporting Trump's reelection.

The U.S. government granted waivers to just 6 percent of visa applicants subject to its travel ban on a handful of countries during the first 11 months of the ban, new data reviewed by Reuters shows.

Russia won a dispute about "national security" at the World Trade Organization on Friday, in a ruling over a Ukrainian railway dispute that may also lend support to global automobile tariffs that could be imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

China's lengthy approval process for genetically modified crops remains a sticking point in talks to end the trade war between China and the United States, according to two sources with knowledge of the talks.

Greek police fired tear gas on Friday to disperse migrants who had gathered in a field near the country's border with Northern Macedonia in the hope of making their way illegally up through the Balkans toward northern Europe.

Egyptian security forces have shot dead more than 460 men since the middle of 2015. The Interior Ministry said they were Islamist militants or criminals, and the shootings were in self-defense. Bereaved families, forensic experts and some officials disagree.

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A 67-year-old California man died when he fell over a ledge while visiting the Grand Canyon, marking the third death in eight days at the popular Arizona tourist destination, park officials said on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia has arrested at least eight writers and bloggers, including two US citizens, in an apparent crackdown on supporters of detained women activists whose trial has drawn global censure, campaigners said Friday.

The Taliban besieged an Afghan government and army compound in a remote western province for a second day Friday, killing at least 12 more troops, according to local officials who issued a dramatic warning, saying those inside the compound were running out of ammunition.

In a poll of nearly 2,000 "experts," Pew Research found a virtual tie, with 48 percent envisioning "a future in which robots and digital agents have displaced significant numbers of both blue- and white-collar workers"-and many expressing concern that this will "lead to vast increases in income inequality, masses of people who are effectively unemployable, and breakdowns in the social order."

A giant forest fire swept across swathes of South Korea, as authorities declared a rare national disaster, deploying 900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control. South Korea mobilized more than 15,000 firefighters and soldiers to help douse most of the wildfires that have killed one person and forced more than 4,000 to flee their homes.

The United Nations' shipping agency is working on tougher measures to clamp down on rogue shipping companies trying to use flag registries fraudulently to conceal their activities, officials said. All commercial ships have to be registered - flagged in a particular country - partly to comply with safety and environmental laws.

"Mayor Pete," as he's known to his growing fan base, is running a surprisingly strong and well-funded campaign for president. Lori Lightfoot has just won a landslide victory to become Chicago's mayor. Together, the ascendance of Lightfoot and Pete Buttigieg - the two-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana - highlights the remarkable progress made recently by gay and lesbian politicians, to the point where their sexual orientation is either an asset or a nonissue. Both Lightfoot and Buttigieg have talked comfortably about LGBT issues and their own same-sex marriages.

The United States has revoked the entry visa of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, her office said on Thursday, a response to her inquiry into possible war crimes by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The number of children who are affected by the Venezuelan crisis and who will need humanitarian aid this year is expected to more than double to reach 1.1 million, up from nearly 500,000, the UN children's agency said Thursday.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Beijing to back off from a disputed island in the South China Sea, warning of possible military action if China "touches" it amid rising tensions over the key waterway.

Innolith AG has announced the development of a 1000 Wh/kg rechargeable EV battery that could drive electric cars about 620 miles on a single charge.

BBC

The Mormon Church has pledged to roll back a series of anti-LGBT policies introduced four years ago. The Utah-based religious group said it would no longer ban the children of gay parents from being baptized. Gay marriage will also no longer be treated as an offence worthy of expulsion.

The Japanese Hayabusa-2 spacecraft is thought to have detonated an explosive charge on the asteroid it is exploring. If this is successful - and the early indications are positive - the probe will later return to gather samples from the gouged depression.

WND

By 2060 six of the countries with the top ten largest Christian populations will be in Africa, up from three in 2015, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The projections are in line with the gradual shift that has increasingly seen Christian populations live outside the historical cultural centers of the religion.

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