Feb. 11, 2019

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The top four Democratic and Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress on border security funding were scheduled to meet later on Monday in an attempt to reach a deal that would avert another government shutdown by a Friday deadline.

California Governor Gavin Newsom is poised to withdraw all 360 state troops from the U.S.-Mexico border, in an apparent rebuttal of President Donald Trump's stance that there is a national security crisis there, media said on Monday.

President Donald Trump on Monday will sign an executive order asking federal government agencies to dedicate more resources and investment into research, promotion and training on artificial intelligence (AI), a senior administration official said.

A new package of tax and benefit measures intended to raise Hungary's sagging birth rate will kick into effect in the second half of this year and could cost up to $531 million in 2020.

Russia and Turkey agreed on Monday that they needed to take decisive measures to stabilize the situation in Syria's Idlib province after talks between the two country's defense ministers, Russia's RIA news agency reported.

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President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will embark on a diplomatic lobbying blitz for his Middle East peace plan - starting next week in Europe and continuing later this month with stops across the Arab world.

Ivory Coast must end arbitrary arrests and harassment of people for perceived critical views and dissent, and immediately and unconditionally release all detainees, Amnesty International said.

The African Union's peace and security chief Smail Chergui called Monday for member states to tackle the root causes of extremism, as he deplored the spread of "terrorism" in the Sahel.

A large New Zealand wildfire is expected to burn for weeks longer but has moved away from some inhabited areas, allowing residents of an evacuated village to return home soon.

The support for a boycott of Israel by the first two Muslim women in the US Congress has opened a breach in the Democratic Party and threatens to create a fissure in the ironclad US-Israeli alliance. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib made their debut in the House of Representatives in January openly declaring their support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, or BDS.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by some 50 countries as Venezuela's interim president, warned the military Sunday that blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country is a "crime against humanity."

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro has sought OPEC support against U.S. sanctions imposed on his country's oil industry, citing their impact on oil prices and potential risks for other members of the producer group.

Pope Francis urged governments on Sunday to take decisive action against the $150 billion-a-year human trafficking business and the plight of millions of modern-day slaves.

Details of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's long-awaited Green New Deal have dropped. Alongside Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, she published a resolution and Q&A document that laid out the aims and tools intended to transform the United States into a zero net emissions economy. The sponsors say their goal is the "massive transformation of our society" in a progressive image, rather than simply stopping global warming. How else can one explain policies that include a federal jobs guarantee, economic security for those unable to work, provision of housing, free health care, higher education for all and a family living wage? Besides the plan's calls for electrifying the whole transport system and undertaking a crippling federal financing of renewable energy over 10 years, it reads like a wish list for socializing the economy.

A new US government shutdown looks increasingly likely as negotiations reached an impasse on whether to limit the number of undocumented immigrants that can be detained.

A Brazilian Catholic archbishop has banned priests in his district from being alone with children.

Hungarian Prime Minister Orban launched his European elections campaign o the "virus of terrorism".

BBC

Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet as part of planning for a future cyber-war. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organizations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally.

A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40% of species are undergoing "dramatic rates of decline" around the world. The study says that bees, ants and beetles are disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles. But researchers say that some species, such as houseflies and cockroaches, are likely to boom.

US-backed fighters in Syria say they are meeting fierce resistance in the last enclave held by Islamic State (IS) militants near the Iraqi border. Up to 600 jihadists are thought to be defending their last stronghold, a small pocket in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour.

WND

US-backed fighters in Syria say they are meeting fierce resistance in the last enclave held by Islamic State (IS) militants near the Iraqi border. A battle has been going on for hours, with US-led coalition air strikes and artillery fire pounding IS positions.

With all the socialism swag in the Democratic Party these days, it might surprise you that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party USA, formed, not coincidentally, with funding from the then-brand-new Soviet Union, which got its start just two years earlier. Even the CPUSA is keeping the celebration low profile.

More than 1,000 highly influential scientists from around the world have gone on record with their doubts about Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. They hail from institutions such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Tulane, Rice and Baylor, the National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, the British Museum and MIT's Lincoln Library.

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