Aug. 9, 2018


Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that Moscow was starting to work on retaliatory measures after the United States announced a new round of sanctions against Moscow.

Andrew Gillum, the son of a bus driver who became the mayor of Florida's capital, is struggling to gain traction with voters in his bid to become the state's first black governor.

Russian operatives have penetrated some of Florida's election systems and could delete registered voters ahead of the November elections if the systems are not adequately protected, Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.

Argentine senators rejected a bill to legalize abortion after an impassioned debate, pushing back against a groundswell of support from a surging abortion rights movement.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has chosen 75-year-old Islamic cleric Ma'ruf Amin as his running mate in next year's presidential election in a bid to bolster his religious credentials.

A long-range rocket fired from Gaza struck an uninhabited area outside the largest city in southern Israel on Thursday, Israeli Army Radio reported, hours after a Palestinian official said an end to a surge in cross-border fighting could be near.

Masked police officers pointed semi-automatic rifles from a helicopter that flew low over Mexico City last week as security forces employ unprecedented heavy-handed tactics to combat a rise in levels of drug violence rarely seen in the capital.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting that a strong economy was helping the labor market weather ongoing trade tensions between the United States and a host of other countries. Other data on Thursday showed a solid increase in underlying producer prices in July. Labor market strength and rising inflation likely keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates in September for the third time this year. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 213,000 for the week ended Aug. 4.

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Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there, while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight and into Thursday morning.

A Florida man has died after being punched by a driver whose car window he knocked because he mistakenly thought the vehicle was his Uber.

Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Thursday killed dozens of people, including children traveling on a bus, in Yemen's Saada province, Yemeni medical sources and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

A man who said he wanted to end his ailing wife's suffering shot her to death in her bed at a suburban New York hospital Wednesday and then killed himself, police said.

The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from an earlier quake topped 300. The 5.9-magnitude quake struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of the island.

Three boys from a soccer team who were rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand last month were granted Thai citizenship on Wednesday, authorities said. Their 25-year-old coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, also gained citizenship.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday refused to apologize for calling out Saudi Arabia on its human rights record, after Riyadh said it was considering further punitive measures against Ottawa over its criticisms of the kingdom.

Ohio officials have discovered 588 uncounted votes in this week's special election for the 12th Congressional District, further tightening the already too-close-to-call race.


Dozens of people, many of them school children, have been killed or wounded in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in rebel-held northern Yemen, medics say.

Festival organizers in Malaysia have removed two portraits of LGBT activists from a public photo exhibition after complaints from the government. The promotion of LGBT culture was not supported in Malaysia.

Bolivia's historic presidential medal and sash have been stolen from a car parked in a red light district in the city of El Alto. A military officer said he had left the historic emblems in a rucksack in his car, while on his way to the airport. The bag was later found by police in a local church after a tip-off.

The deaths of five whales found along Ireland's west coast may have been caused by naval sonar, an expert has said.

When a supermarket manager in the country's capital, Helsinki, heard her customers joking about spending the night in the coolness of her store it got her thinking. Marika Lindfors opened the doors on Saturday to 100 lucky K-Supermarket customers in Phjois-Haaga, who were allowed to bring along their sleeping bags and mattresses for the night.

Iran's foreign minister has said the United States will not be able to prevent the country from exporting oil.


Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told reporters on Wednesday evening that he would continue his campaign for re-election, despite being indicted and arrested in the morning on insider trading charges.

"Not only are more women joining jihadist groups, thanks in large part to internet recruiters and the outreach of ISIS operatives, but women, Farhana Qazi reports, can be even more destructive than men. "'Not only are they less conspicuous, thanks in part to burqas and other body-coverings, but 'on average,' she writes, women have 'killed four times more people than male operatives.'"

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