Aug. 20, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and focus on the grievances of white voters helped him win the 2016 election. But a Reuters analysis of public opinion over the last four years suggests that Trump's brand of white identity politics may be less effective in the 2020 election campaign.

Russia and China accused the United States on Tuesday of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, but the foreign ministry in Moscow said it would not be drawn into an arms race.

California police officers will be allowed to use lethal force only when "necessary" in response to a threat, instead of the existing standard of "reasonable", under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday.

Syrian government forces look set to recover a strategic town that has been in rebel hands since 2014 in a major Russian-backed offensive into the opposition's last major stronghold.

A senior Chinese official said on Tuesday that there was a danger of Islamic State militants re-emerging in Syria and called for progress in the political process between the Damascus government and the opposition to end the war.

Britain will "unshackle" its officials from most European Union meetings so they can focus on Brexit, reducing attendance by up to half, the Brexit ministry said on Tuesday.

A swift steepening of the U.S. 2-year/10-year yield curve after it inverted last week may have given investors hope that the United States can escape recession. They should probably take a breath.

United States Steel Corp will temporarily lay off hundreds of workers at its Great Lakes facility in Michigan in coming weeks, according to a filing the steelmaker made with the State of Michigan.

China's military could use missiles to overwhelm American military bases in Asia within hours, a think tank has warned. The report said China has deployed a "formidable array of precision missiles and other counter-intervention systems to undercut America's military primacy" in the region.

A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan.

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For the first time, scientists have detected a black hole devouring a neutron star, according to a report released Monday. "About 900 million years ago, this black hole ate a very dense star, known as a neutron star, like Pac-man - possibly snuffing out the star instantly," said Susan Scott, a scientist with the Australian National University, in a statement.

United Launch Alliance's next-generation Vulcan rocket - and Blue Origin's next-generation BE-4 rocket engine - have been chosen to send Astrobotic's Peregrine moon lander as well as Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Dream Chaser mini-shuttle to the final frontier in 2021.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a growing number of "severe" lung disease cases that appear to be related to vaping.

A pair of tourists face up to six years in prison after allegedly stealing nearly 90lbs of sand from the pristine beaches of Sardinia.

A second planet has been discovered circling Beta Pictoris, a fledgling star in our own galaxy offering astronomers a rare glimpse of a planetary system in the making, according to a study published Monday.

Using data from NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope, scientists have estimated that one in every four sun-sized stars has an Earth-like planet orbiting it. That translates to about 10 billion planets in our galaxy that could hold liquid water - which could make them habitable to alien life.

A husband and wife who ran a home for troubled boys in Texas have been arrested a year after the home was raided and eight boys were removed, reports said. The couple operated Joshua Home, a Christian-based residential home for "troubled boys."

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned of "unfriendly" treatment for foreign ships travelling in the country's territorial waters without permission, in a rare swipe at China's use of warships just a few miles off Manila's coast.

After 51 Muslim worshipers were gunned down in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country's parliament swiftly moved to ban military-style semiautomatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, and then introduced an ambitious buy-back program.

BBC

More than 500 million bees have died in Brazil in the last three months. Researchers have blamed the use of pesticides - chemical substances which are used to kill pests.

India's second lunar exploration mission has entered the Moon's orbit, nearly a month after blasting off, officials have said.

A mural thought to be 3,800 years old has been revealed by archaeologists in Peru. The wall, was found inside a public ceremonial building at the Vichama site, north of Lima.

WND

Nearly half of those surveyed (49%) said they consider having no access to the internet a vacation "disaster." The only other potential travel issue that more respondents listed as a vacation killer was loss of luggage (54%).

A team of researchers at Southern Methodist University have discovered that it is quite possible for hackers to use your smartphone's sensor to intercept the sound of your keyboard typing. After picking up these sound waves, a skilled hacker could potentially analyze and decipher which keys were struck and piece together the words being typed.

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