Aug. 16, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his handling of the U.S. economy and trade war with China as recession fears have suddenly cast doubt on his central claim for re-election - that he has made the economy great again.

A Trump administration plan to cut legal immigration by poor people will likely result in sicker children, more communicable diseases and greater homelessness in the United States, according to immigrant advocates and the federal government's own analysis.

U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib on Friday said she would not visit her family in the West Bank as planned despite a reprieve by the Israeli government allowing her visit.

North Korea launched at least two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday, South Korea's military said, shortly after Pyongyang described South Korea's president as "impudent" and vowed that inter-Korean talks are over.

A blast at a mosque in southwest Pakistan killed four people on Friday and wounded more than 20, police said, adding the death toll could rise.

Portugal's fuel-tanker drivers will suspend a five-day-old strike that led to fuel rationing at filling stations and negotiate with employers in government-brokered talks, their union said on Friday.

Greenland on Friday dismissed the notion that it might be up for sale after reports that U.S. President Donald Trump had privately discussed with his advisers the idea of buying the world's biggest island.

Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields rose from three-year lows on Friday as investors evaluated how far damage from the U.S.-China trade war will spread, after the inversion of a key part of the yield curve this week raised fears of a U.S. recession.

An Iranian tanker caught in the standoff between Tehran and the West could sail free from British territory Gibraltar on Friday, unless a last-ditch push by the United States succeeds in dragging the saga back into court.

U.S. homebuilding fell for a third straight month in July amid a steep decline in the construction of multi-family housing units, but a jump in permits to a seven-month high offered hope for the struggling housing market.

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A riot at a California prison sent eight inmates to local hospitals Wednesday, officials said. Fifty more inmates suffered minor injuries.

A coalition of 13 U.S. states sued President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday, seeking to block a new rule that would drastically reduce legal immigration by denying visas to poor migrants.

Astronomers said that they observed the supermassive black hole closest to Earth glowing with "unprecedented brightness" - and they aren't quite sure why.

Thousands of people, many waving Pakistani and Kashmiri flags, protested outside the Indian High Commission in London on Thursday in support of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

India will begin restoring phone lines in Kashmir on Friday evening, a top official said, after a 12-day blackout following the stripping of the region's autonomy.

Communist-run Cuba has imposed price controls on goods and services ranging from lemons and pork to haircuts and taxi fares in what it says is an effort to tame inflation as it increases state wages and pensions.

Japan's new emperor on Thursday spoke of "deep remorse" over the country's wartime past, in his first speech to mark the end of World War II since his enthronement in May.

Amateur climbers will be banned from scaling Everest under tough new proposals unveiled by Nepal in the wake of a spate of deaths on the world's highest peak.

A third of U.S. adults are so stressed by the prospect of mass shootings that they avoid visiting certain places or attending certain events, according to a new survey from the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Harris Poll.

The U.S. added four Chinese nuclear entities to a trade blacklist, accusing them of helping to acquire advanced U.S. technology for military use in China.

Boeing Co has pushed back the entry into service of an ultra-long-range version of its forthcoming 777X wide body, the U.S. plane maker said on Wednesday, as it grapples with fallout from the 737 MAX crisis and engine issues with the 777X.

BBC

Zimbabwe's main opposition group has called off anti-government protests in the capital Harare at the last minute, after failing to overturn a police ban.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered a setback in its efforts to contain a year-long outbreak of Ebola, with a new area reporting its first cases. The local authorities in South Kivu province said a mother and her child had tested positive for the virus. The woman has since died.

Turkey's military pension fund has reached a tentative deal to buy British Steel out of insolvency. The Turkish Armed Forces Assistance Fund (known as Oyak) says it plans to take over British Steel, which employs 5,000 people, by the end of the year.

A French climber known as "Spiderman" has scaled a Hong Kong skyscraper and put up a banner urging peace in the city rocked by political unrest. The 57-year-old, known for climbing tall buildings worldwide, said his stunt was an "urgent appeal for peace".

WND

An Illinois law requires public schools to incorporate information about the "roles and contributions" of LGBT people when teaching American and state history. Signed into law earlier this month, the legislation will take effect July 2020.

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