Aug. 5, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Monday tied any potential action on gun control after two mass shootings over the weekend killed 29 people to immigration reform, and sought to blame the nation's rising violence and divisions on the media.

President Donald Trump's administration is considering unveiling, as early as September, his healthcare plan as part of his presidential re-election campaign strategy.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said negotiations have begun with three Pacific island nations to renew a national security agreement that would help Washington counter growing Chinese influence in the region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Moscow would be forced to start developing short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear missiles if the United States started doing so after the demise of a landmark arms control treaty.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was in favor of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon, a day after the United States withdrew from a landmark arms control treaty.

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Friday urged the Trump Administration to suspend future sales of munitions and crowd-control equipment to Hong Kong police which has been accused of using excessive force against anti-government protesters.

Advertisements by Coca-Cola around a music festival in Hungary that promote gay acceptance have prompted a boycott call from a senior member of the conservative ruling party.

A single capital murder charge was filed on Sunday against the man accused of killing 20 people and wounding more than two dozen others at a Walmart store in El Paso, a mass shooting authorities are viewing as a case of domestic terrorism.

The Syrian army said on Monday it was resuming military operations in a Russian-led campaign in northwest Syria that has uprooted tens of thousands and killed hundreds, blaming Turkey for not abiding by its commitments under a truce deal.

French inventor Franky Zapata on Sunday succeeded in crossing the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard he designed, zooming over the Strait of Dover in just over 20 minutes.

U.S. intermediate-range missiles will not be deployed in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, after the United States revealed ambitions to site missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, said it would cut around 4,500 jobs from its Metro stores in a new wave of redundancies designed to cut costs and reposition the group to compete in the highly challenging environment.

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Five people died and several were injured after a powerful 6.9 magnitude undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's heavily populated Java island, triggering a brief tsunami warning, the national disaster agency said Saturday.

Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard on Sunday denounced Saturday's mass shooting in El Paso, calling it "an act of terrorism against the Mexican-American community and Mexican nationals in the United States."

Hong Kong police said on Sunday they arrested more than 20 people after violent clashes with anti-government protesters overnight, as the Chinese-controlled territory braced for more protests and a general strike aimed to bring the city to a halt.

Iran is responsible for security in the Persian Gulf and is acting more vigorously to protect it, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said, suggesting that a showdown between his country and Western powers over crucial shipping lanes could escalate.

Japan in early July unveiled tough restrictions on exports crucial to tech titans such as Samsung, following a series of South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay for forced labour during World War II.

Another foreign oil tanker was seized in the Persian Gulf, Iran's state media said Sunday. It was the third such ship to be detained by Tehran amid high tensions between Iran and the U.S. after Washington renewed sanctions on Iran's oil exports.

BBC

McDonald's new paper straws - described as "eco-friendly" by the US fast food giant - cannot be recycled.

An Australian woman with terminal cancer has become the first person to end their life under new assisted dying laws, a charity says.

An Iranian-born Canadian resident has escaped from Iran after being imprisoned there for 11 years and returned to Canada.

New Zealand's government has proposed decriminalizing abortion and allowing women to choose a termination up to 20 weeks into a pregnancy.

At least 42 people have died in a drone strike in south-western Libya carried out by the forces of rebel Gen Khalifa Haftar, local officials said.

WND

Victoria's Secret has reportedly hired its first-ever transgender model - less than a year after the lingerie company came under fire after an executive made remarks about transgender people walking in its annual fashion show.

The University of Florida is paying a student organization some $66,000 to settle a lawsuit prompted by its now-discontinued policy allowing only "one type of thought." The dispute was over the school's practice of giving money for special speakers to left-leaning student groups but not conservatives.

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