Feb. 10, 2020

REUTERS

President Donald Trump's $4.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 is likely to get a chilly reception from lawmakers on Monday over its proposals to slash spending on foreign aid and social safety net programs.

President Donald Trump will propose on Monday a 21% cut in foreign aid and slashes to social safety-net programs in his $4.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2021, according to senior administration officials.

India is set to give final approval to a $2.6 billion deal for military helicopters from U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin ahead of a proposed visit by U.S. President Donald Trump this month, defense and industry sources said.

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will grant royal funerals to the 29 people killed in a rampage by a soldier over the weekend in the country's northeast, the Southeast Asian country's prime minister said on Monday.

Greece plans to accelerate the creation of detention centers on its outlying islands in the Aegean Sea after a backlash against overcrowded camps by some migrants and nearby residents.

People across China trickled back work on Monday after an extended Lunar New Year holiday as the government eased restrictions imposed to counter the coronavirus, but the World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of cases outside China could be just "the tip of the iceberg".

A four-day downpour across Australia's east coast has brought relief after months of devastating bushfires and years of drought, but also widespread storm damage and forecasts of more wild weather to come.

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The Pentagon identified two U.S. soldiers who were killed in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, along with one Afghan National Army member.

In recent years, at least 138 people deported from the United States to El Salvador have been killed after their return, Human Rights Watch says in a report released Wednesday.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus surged past 900 in mainland China on Monday, overtaking global fatalities in the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, even as the World Health Organization said the outbreak appeared to be stabilizing.

A "coward" ex-con was taken into custody Sunday in New York City after two police officers were shot less than 12 hours apart in ambushes described as assassination attempts by the mayor and police commissioner.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged governors of U.S. states and territories on Saturday to adopt a "cautious mindset" when engaging in business with China, saying Beijing was seeking to use U.S. openness to undermine the United States.

A parking space in San Francisco is on the market for $100,000. The tenants of the apartment were previously renting the space for $300 per month.

Pete Buttigieg appears to have sealed his victory in Iowa after the state's Democratic Party released on Sunday corrected results from its disputed caucuses.

Taiwan's air force scrambled on Sunday to intercept Chinese jets that flew around the island claimed by Beijing as its own, in a move denounced by Taiwan's Defence Ministry as a threat to regional peace and stability.

Two-dozen Marines received less-than-honorable discharges from the US Marines following their reported involvement in human trafficking and drug-related crimes, Military.com reported.

Masked members of a neo-Nazi white supremacist group called Patriot Front marched through Washington's National Mall on Saturday. Patriot Front, which is part of the so-called "alt right" movement, was established by disillusioned members of another white supremacist group called Vanguard America in September 2017 in the wake of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards unveiled Sunday a short-range ballistic missile that they said can be powered by a "new generation" of engines designed to put satellites into orbit.

Thousands of people stranded aboard a cruise ship in Hong Kong for five days were allowed to disembark on Sunday after its 1,800 crew tested negative for the deadly new coronavirus.

The Pennsylvania attorney general's office reportedly is investigating whether the Jehovah's Witnesses repeatedly failed to report child sexual abuse allegations to authorities in what is believed to be the first wide-scale examination by a U.S. law enforcement agency.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has some ideas for how the U.S. Navy can expand from today's 290 front-line ships to 355 over the next decade. He said the key to growing the fleet is what he called "lightly-manned" vessels that require fewer crew than today's ships do.

BBC

The US has charged four Chinese military officers over the cyber-attack of credit score giant Equifax.

Experts are hailing a British Airways flight as the fastest subsonic New York to London journey. The Boeing 747-436 reached speeds of 825 mph as it rode a jet stream accelerated by Storm Ciara.

WND

Faced with a federal complaint, a condominium HOA in Florida on Friday reversed its ban on holding Bible studies and displaying religious symbols in its common spaces.

Two students at Georgia's Gwinnett College have discovered that officials at the institution allow them free speech on only .0015% of the campus. And that has prompted them to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to re-establish the First Amendment there.

Two suspects were taken into custody Thursday after allegedly spraying a substance on thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise and claiming to have the coronavirus in an Illinois Walmart.

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