Aug. 12, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump's administration unveiled a new rule on Monday that could deny permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor.

New York City's chief medical examiner is confident Jeffrey Epstein died by hanging himself in the jail cell where he was being held without bail on sex-trafficking charges, but is awaiting more information before releasing her determination, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

Hong Kong's airport canceled all flights on Monday, blaming demonstrators for the disruptions, while China said the anti-government protests that have roiled the city through two summer months had begun to show "sprouts of terrorism".

Talks on a pact that would allow the United States to end its longest war and withdraw troops from Afghanistan ended on Monday without agreement and both sides saying they would consult their leaders on the next steps.

Universal Pictures on Saturday canceled the release of "The Hunt," a satirical thriller about a group of Americans who are captured to be hunted and killed for sport, following apparent criticism by President Donald Trump and a recent series of mass shootings.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected Saturday's test of a new weapon, which was developed to suit the country's terrain, state media KCNA said on Sunday.

Argentina's beleaguered peso currency collapsed 30.3% to record 65 per U.S. dollar on Monday, traders said, after market-friendly President Mauricio Macri's worse-than-expected performance in the country's Sunday primary election.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States on Monday of turning the Gulf region into a "matchbox ready to ignite", according to Al Jazeera television.

China's central bank is "almost ready" to issue the country's own sovereign digital currency, a senior central bank officer said.

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In a recent study, 30 percent of U.S. millennials said they always or often feel lonely and 22 percent said they have "no friends." Loneliness may be even more pervasive among members of Gen Z.

Seven people drowned after a transport boat sank after hitting rocks on a lake in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend, local authorities said on Monday.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out in Moscow Saturday to protest the refusal of authorities to allow a slate of independent candidates on the fall city council elections ballot.

President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday peace would come to Afghanistan, but he appeared to question an expected deal between the United States and the Taliban, saying his nation would decide its future, not outsiders.

Muslims from around the world hurled pebbles at a giant wall in a symbolic stoning of the devil on Sunday, the start of the riskiest part of the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, where hundreds died in a crush four years ago.

Nearly 2.5 million Muslim hajj pilgrims converged on Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia Saturday marshalled by tens of thousands of stewards in a bid to prevent any repetition of previous years' deadly stampedes.

People gathered in mosques across Pakistan on Monday to offer special prayers for Eid al-Adha, the second of Islam's two major religious festivals. The government has called for the festival to be observed in a "simple manner" this year, to express solidarity with Kashmiris living on the Indian side of the divided region.

Police have warned social media users they could face arrest if they "troll" a wanted drug dealer by mocking his distinctive hairstyle.

Ahead of theTyphoon Lekima's arrival, 1 million people were evacuated from their homes and hundreds of flights were canceled across China. The typhoon also triggered landslides and flooding across several provinces as it moved up China's east coast over the weekend. As of Sunday evening, more than 6.5 million people were impacted by the storm, according to state media. As of Monday, the storm had left at least 44 people dead and 16 others missing.

BBC

The US Navy is replacing touch screen controls on destroyers, after the displays were implicated in collisions. Unfamiliarity with the touch screens contributed to two accidents that caused the deaths of 17 sailors, said incident reports. Sailors "overwhelmingly" preferred to control ships with wheels and throttles, surveys of crew found.

Conservative candidate and ex-prison chief Alejandro Giammattei has been elected president of Guatemala. Mr Giammattei [said] he wanted to see what could be done to improve a deal agreed by Mr. Morales and US President Donald Trump, which seeks to stem migration to the United States by using Guatemala as a buffer zone.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has suggested people should "poop every other day" as a way to save the planet.

Two male penguins at Berlin Zoo have been caring for an abandoned egg since July in their long quest to become parents.

WND

The hopes of the National Straight Pride Coalition have been dashed for now as Modesto City leaders announced on Friday the group will have to find another venue to hold their march and parade.

Solar Foods is a Finnish company that discovered how to make food from thin air and their discovery may help solve the global food crisis. Their invention, Solein, is a protein powder that is made using carbon dioxide, water, and electricity. The company describes the product as an 'unlimited protein source that is free from agricultural limitations and the boundaries of the imagination.'

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