Aug. 9, 2017

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to ease concerns the U.S. was gearing for war with North Korea, a day after President Donald Trump rattled global markets with his warning that he could unleash "fire and fury" against Kim Jong Un's regime.

Latin American foreign ministers said Tuesday that they would refuse to recognize any decision taken by Venezuela's new constitutional assembly in which President Nicolas Maduro has placed all his hopes of retaining power.

Iran's Hassan Rouhani presented an all-male line-up of cabinet ministers to parliament, drawing criticism from female supporters and fueling speculation he backtracked on a campaign pledge to avoid irking conservatives at a critical juncture in his presidency.

Democrats haven't won a Texas governor's race in nearly three decades, but a booming Hispanic population and the party's dominance of the state's largest cities have made them willing to invest in the contest to keep hopes of an eventual resurgence alive.

A June surge in U.S. job openings to a record indicates demand for workers remained strong at the end of the second quarter, a Labor Department report showed Tuesday. Number of positions rose by 461k, most in almost two years, to 6.163m (est. 5.75m) from upwardly revised 5.702m in May.

Payment-processing companies, which make the technology that enables web and mobile purchases, are getting a flurry of investments this year as buyers look for ways to profit from the shift to online spending.

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North Korea said on Wednesday it is "carefully examining" plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury".

Qatar, isolated by its neighbors in a diplomatic crisis, on Wednesday introduced a visa-free entry program for 80 nationalities to stimulate air transport and tourism.

A self-driving van that appeared completely unmanned has been revealed as under the control of a driver hiding dressed as a car seat following a chase with journalists.

Former President Barack Obama encouraged Kenyans to fully embrace the promise of democracy by accepting the results of their forthcoming presidential election -without resorting to violence.

At least 31 fishermen have been killed by Boko Haram jihadists in two separate attacks on islands in Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, fishermen and vigilantes fighting the Islamists told AFP late Monday.

The Mormon church excommunicated one of its senior leaders Tuesday, without providing a reason for the rare dismissal.

Thousands of Haitians have fled from the United States to Canada under the threat of deportation under Donald Trump, some because of WhatsApp messages falsely saying the country would welcome them. Around 58,000 Haitians are living in the US under temporary protection status (TPS) since the Caribbean island was ravaged by an earthquake in 2010.

The U.S. House of Representatives is unlikely to raise the country's debt ceiling without conditions to rein in spending, a Republican lawmaker said on Tuesday, raising the specter of another potential clash even as Republicans control both Congress and the White House.

The Perseids is an annual meteor shower that peaks around mid-August, with this year's peak expected between 11 and 13 August. It's regarded as one of the brightest and most visible meteor showers.

A powerful Iraqi Shiite militia said Tuesday that at least 40 of its militiamen were killed in an attack the previous day on its positions across the border in Syria.

In June, at least 16 registered homeless sex offenders listed the Walmart store at Clearlake Road, Cocoa, in Florida as their home address, ABC-affiliate WFTV reported. Under the state law, homeless sex offenders can register themselves by providing the nearest physical address.

More than 220,000 people have signed a petition against French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to create a formal First Lady role for his wife Brigitte. Unlike the U.S. First Lady, the wife of the French president does not have a formal role, although they are often informal champions for charitable causes.

India's diplomatic efforts to end a seven-week military standoff with China have hit a roadblock, people briefed on the talks said, prompting Chinese state-run media to trumpet rhetoric of "unavoidable countermeasures" on the unmarked border.

BBC

A Canadian pastor who was sentenced to a life term of hard labor in North Korea for "crimes against the state" in December 2015 has been released, the country's official news agency said.

The FBI has charged an American man officers believe to be behind an online extortion campaign to make young girls share explicit pictures of themselves.

Venezuela's controversial constituent assembly has passed a law creating a "truth commission". The head of the assembly said the law was a "powerful instrument to stifle violence, hatred and intolerance".

The Australian government plans to gauge support for same-sex marriage through a voluntary postal ballot after its divisive bill for a compulsory vote was again rejected by the Senate.

WND

A promotion for homosexual "pride" by the Dutch airline KLM doesn't quite click. The Twitter news site Twitchy posted KLM's tweet showing rainbow-colored seat belts. Two buckles are placed opposite each other along with two tabs and a buckle and a tab.

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