Aug. 1, 2019


The second round of Democratic presidential primary debates laid bare sharp ideological divides as 20 White House hopefuls wrestled with a central question: Between centrist and progressive agendas, what is the best way to defeat Republican President Donald Trump next year?

The Federal Reserve cut interest rates on Wednesday, but the head of the U.S. central bank said the move might not be the start of a lengthy campaign to shore up the economy against risks including global weakness.

Thousands of child sexual abuse lawsuits are expected to flow into New York State courts in the coming weeks exposing decades-old misconduct at schools, hospitals, churches and youth clubs, according to lawyers for victims.

Rwandan authorities closed the border with the Ebola-hit Congolese city of Goma for everyone other than Congolese citizens leaving Rwanda, as a third case was confirmed in Goma.

Thai police said they found two fake bombs on Thursday near the venue of a regional security meeting in Bangkok of world powers and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grouping.

Britain said it is ramping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit by spending an extra $2.6 billion to stockpile medicines, hire more border officials and fund one of the biggest peacetime advertising campaigns.

U.S. construction spending fell by the most in seven month in June as investment in private construction projects tumbled to a more than 1-1/2-year low.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits increased last week, but the trend in claims remained consistent with tightening labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 215,000 for the week ended July 27.

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A Florida man has been sentenced to prison for 10 years for having sex without notifying his partners that he was HIV positive.

The United States said Wednesday it was extending waivers for three civilian nuclear projects in Iran, despite Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Princess Haya, who is battling her husband Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum in a UK court, is the third princess who has sought to escape the Gulf emirate in recent years.

China's consulate general in Auckland on Thursday praised the "spontaneous patriotism" of pro-Beijing students who reportedly manhandled a Hong Kong-supporting protester on a university campus in New Zealand's largest city.

The commander of a British warship accompanying UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran said Wednesday that Tehran appeared to be testing the Royal Navy's resolve.

California is now extending health care benefits to more state residents, including young adult illegal immigrants, as conservatives warn it could attract more illegal immigrants to the state and further burden a health care system without sufficient doctors.

U.S. Army soldiers riding in a specially-modified M-2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle will control a platoon of ground robots during an upcoming exercise in Colorado.

A federal judge on Tuesday questioned Alabama's requirement for a transgender person to undergo full gender reassignment surgery before they can change the sex on their driver's license, suggesting that a license that contradicts a person's public appearance essentially marks them with a "scarlet letter T."


At least 32 people have been killed in an attack by the rebel Houthi movement on a military parade in Yemen.

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed has officially renounced his US citizenship, a statement from his office said. Although Somalia's constitution allows for dual citizenship, he decided to surrender his US passport after becoming president in February 2017.

Parents have reacted angrily to a decision by Italy's top court which states that the right to eat packed lunches in schools is not "unconditional." Italy's Supreme Court said schools should have the autonomy to decide if children are allowed to eat packed lunches on school grounds.

Plastic bags sales by the biggest supermarkets in England have halved in the last year, government data shows. Asda, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, the Co-op, Tesco and Waitrose sold 549 million single-use plastic bags in 2018-19, down from one billion in the previous year.

Burger King workers in Catalonia will now be able to grow beards after local officials decided the company's ban on facial hair violated the constitutional rights of staff.


A study conducted at Ohio State University has identified two traits often found in individuals wrestling with especially bad dating app addictions: loneliness and social anxiety.

A 2016 study from Pew Research Center said nearly 60% of adults under 30 used the internet while searching for a new church, compared with just 12% of adults older than 65. Life.Church's online services alone have recorded more than half a million unique visitors. Their Bible app, YouVersion, is approaching 400 million downloads. "The online is the new front door of the church," says Ed Stetzer, executive director of Wheaton College's Billy Graham Center.

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