Aug. 29, 2019

REUTERS

The Trump administration on Thursday will propose rolling back Obama-era limits on emissions of methane at oil and gas operations on Thursday, a government source said, relaxing standards on one of the main pollutants scientists' link to climate change.

President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States would maintain a force in the area of Afghanistan even if Washington reaches an agreement with the Taliban to end the 18-year war that began after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States by al Qaeda.

Some children born to U.S. citizens stationed abroad as government employees or members of the U.S. military will no longer qualify for automatic American citizenship under a policy change unveiled on Wednesday by the Trump administration.

A growing majority of U.S. Republicans, especially younger voters, are worried that human behavior is damaging the planet, according to a survey of global attitudes to the environment conducted by an Amsterdam-based polling agency.

The U.S. parent company of Timberland, Vans and Kipling will no longer buy Brazilian leather, it said on Thursday, as continuing forest fires in the Amazon raise questions about ecological stewardship in the world's largest rainforest.

European Union ministers on Thursday urged Britain to choose an orderly Brexit, with some openly expressing concern that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend parliament increased the risk of a chaotic split.

Israel's military accused Iran on Thursday of intensifying efforts to set up precision-missile plants for Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

Contracts to buy previously owned homes unexpectedly fell in July, according to a report on Thursday from the National Association of Realtors that suggested households might be holding back due to heightened concerns about the economy.

Argentina will negotiate with holders of its sovereign bonds and the International Monetary Fund to extend the maturities of its debt obligations as a way of ensuring the country's ability to pay, Treasury Minister Hernan Lacunza said on Wednesday.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits rose moderately, pointing to sustained labor market strength despite slowing economic growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 215,000 for the week ended Aug. 24.

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Hurricane Dorian took aim at the Florida coast early on Thursday, whipped up by warm Atlantic waters as it threatened to become a dangerous Category 3 storm.

India's two main ports said on Thursday they had been warned by the coastguard and intelligence officials that Pakistan-trained commandos have entered Indian waters to carry out underwater attacks on port facilities.

Hong Kong police said they banned a Saturday protest by the organizer of previous historic mass marches, citing public safety concerns, a move that could anger demonstrators ahead of a planned 13th straight weekend of pro-democracy rallies.

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas said Wednesday two overnight suicide bombings killed three Palestinian police officers in the strip, placing the Palestinian enclave in a state of alert.

A federal appeals court ruled that atheists and others who do not believe in God can be prohibited from delivering an invocation at the Pennsylvania statehouse.

An abandoned oil tanker anchored off war-torn Yemen that is degrading along with its cargo could explode and cause an environmental disaster, experts said Wednesday as UN inspectors prepared to visit.

As Arctic ice melts, Russia stands to gain access to oil and gas fields historically locked beneath northern ice – and is building up capability to launch cruise missiles from newly navigable waters to threaten America's coastlines. As polar seaways open up, China is eyeing a new "Polar Silk Road" – shorter shipping routes that could cut weeks off of shipping times from Asia to Europe.

Emerson College President Lee Pelton on Wednesday condemned the Straight Pride Parade set to take place here Saturday as a "perversion" led by "angry and misguided people" in a sharply worded email to students and faculty.

BBC

Brazil has banned setting fires to clear land for 60 days in response to a massive increase in the number of fires in the Amazon rainforest.

The WHO said that fake versions of Augmentin are in circulation in some pharmacies in Kenya. It also said they could be found in Uganda. Augmentin is a common antibiotic used to treat a number of bacterial infections, and in Kenya it can easily be bought over the counter in pharmacies.

Several thousand people have rallied in Hong Kong to protest against alleged sexual violence by police during the past months of demonstrations. The rally was billed as a #MeToo event, echoing global protests to end sexual assault and harassment.

WND

New research has revealed that nanoparticles from tattoo needles are traveling to the body's lymph nodes – a possible explanation for some allergic reactions to tramp stamps, cutesy calf ribbons and inspirational quotes. Initial research in 2017 showed that pigments leak from the tattoo site and amass in the body's lymph nodes. But the new study into the phenomenon has ID'd chromium and nickel particles migrating the same way.

A former chairman of the board for the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, of Los Angeles was arrested for allegedly having stolen more than $11.4 million from his church for personal expenses.

California schools may soon allow parents to administer medical marijuana to their children on K-12 campuses.

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