Apr. 8, 2019

REUTERS

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who oversaw President Donald Trump's bitterly contested immigration policies during her tumultuous 16-month tenure, resigned on Sunday amid a surge in the number of migrants at the border with Mexico.

Russia on Monday signed an agreement with a group of international scientists to free nearly 100 whales that have been held for months in cramped pens in Russia's Far East, a scandal that has triggered a wave of criticism.

It is very likely that foreign actors will try to meddle in Canada's October federal election, with the focus on political parties, voters and candidates, Canada's electronic signals spy agency said.

Former Romanian President Ion Iliescu was officially charged with crimes against humanity by the country's top prosecutor on Monday as it finalized an inquiry into the chaotic and bloody anti-Communist revolution of 1989.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that after three months of public debate it was that clear tax cuts must be speeded up to quell the widespread anger over high living costs that has fueled anti-government protests.

Sudanese soldiers intervened to protect demonstrators on Monday after security forces tried to break up a protest by thousands of anti-government demonstrators camping outside the Defence Ministry in central Khartoum, witnesses and activists said.

A warplane attacked Tripoli's only functioning airport on Monday as eastern forces advancing on Libya's capital disregarded global appeals for a truce in the latest of a cycle of warfare since Muammar Gaddafi's fall in 2011.

Southwest Airlines Co said on Monday it was pulling all its Boeing Co 737 MAX jets from flight schedules through June 7, extending its earlier timeline through May.

New orders for U.S.-made goods fell modestly in February and shipments rose after four straight monthly declines, but the manufacturing sector is slowing amid rising inventories.

AP Top Stories

An American woman and her safari guide who were kidnapped in a Ugandan wilderness park and held five days by armed captors were returned unharmed on Sunday after a ransom was paid for their release, authorities said.

A man has been charged with threatening to kill one of the first Muslim women to serve in the US Congress.

Pope Francis blamed Europe and the United States for the deaths of children in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan, saying Saturday that wealthy Western countries fuel conflicts by selling weapons in war zones. Francis said the reason there are so many wars around the world is "the rich Europe and America sell weapons ... used to kill children and kill people."

Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar pushed on with his assault on Tripoli Monday, defying international calls for a ceasefire days into a battle that has left at least 35 people dead.

The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground," a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander's forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias.

Iran has threatened to retaliate against the US if it designates its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will disburse $200 million in aid to Yemen, to be spent during the holy month of Ramadan.

Islamic State militants attempted to break out of a detention facility in northeastern Syria but U.S.-backed Syrian fighters "successfully" restored calm, activists and the U.S-led coalition said.

A Dutchman completed an epic 59,000 mile journey by electric car in Sydney Sunday in a bid to prove the viability of such vehicles in tackling climate change.

BBC

President Donald Trump has designated Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. It is the first time the US has labelled another nation's military as a terrorist organization.

Pakistan says it has "reliable intelligence" India is planning a military attack this month, something India dismissed as "war hysteria".

A national park in Florida has captured a record 17ft python using an innovative approach to tackling the invasive species. The female snake, the largest ever to be removed from Big Cypress National Preserve, weighed 140lb and was carrying 73 developing eggs.

Hundreds of Cubans have held a march against animal cruelty, in what is thought to be the first independent protest allowed in the country.

At Caracas's largest cemetery, Cementerio del Sur, most of the graves have been looted, for jewelry, gold teeth, or even bones, which can be sold for use in rituals.

WND

"Unplanned," a movie produced by a Christian studio about a former employee of an organization that provides abortions who became a "pro-life" activist is proving to be a surprising box office hit.

In an effort to force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the Roe v. Wade ruling, Alabama lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make performing an abortion a Class A felony, subject to up to 99 years in prison.

A division of the Church of Sweden, which calls itself Protestant, has created an LGBTQ "survival guide" for "Christian queer kids" that claims Jesus was "queer."

A major city in China has initiated a new tactic to curb Christian faith in the communist nation, offering citizens $1,500 for information leading to the arrest of foreign clerics.

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