Feb. 20, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump expressed confidence on Tuesday that he would prevail against a lawsuit filed by 16 U.S. states seeking to block his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

President Trump will likely visit Japan for a state visit on May 26.

Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

The governor of Illinois vowed on Tuesday to seek tighter gun control measures after learning the man who shot five co-workers dead last week was wrongly granted a firearms permit but never forced to surrender his weapon.

The U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday it will cancel $929 million in federal funds awarded by the Obama administration for a California high-speed rail project and is "actively exploring every legal option" to seek the return of $2.5 billion the state has already received.

North Carolina poll workers told election officials they illegally viewed early election results last year, the latest evidence in a probe of voting irregularities in a still unsettled congressional race.

The German Defence Ministry is evaluating bids from NATO and Canada to buy a high-altitude surveillance drone prototype that has been parked at a German air base for years after the cancellation of the Euro Hawk program in 2013.

A prominent Chinese businesswoman dubbed the "Ivory Queen" was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Tanzanian court on Tuesday for smuggling the tusks of more than 350 elephants, weighing nearly 2 tons, to Asia.

Victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy demanded to meet Pope Francis personally to press demands that bishops who covered up such offences be dismissed from the priesthood.

U.N. investigators have identified perpetrators of pervasive rape and killings and torture in secret safe houses in South Sudan, and believe oil revenues have driven much of the violence in its civil war, a report said on Wednesday.

Taiwan's government said that it would propose a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Asia's first such bill amid a heated debate over marriage equality that has divided the self-ruled island.

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A high school student from Covington, Kentucky, sued the Washington Post for defamation, claiming the newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating a confrontation with a Native American activist in a January videotaped incident at the Lincoln Memorial. Nicholas Sandmann, 16, seeks $250 million.

For some Americans, this tax season so far has come with an unwelcome surprise - either a smaller-than-expected refund or, even worse, a jarring bill from Uncle Sam. Some are getting refunds that are half their normal size, while others are thousands of dollars in the hole for the first time. People who owe are pulling from savings, taking out a loan or signing up to pay off the IRS in installments. They plan to consult with tax pros, so they can avoid another money disaster next year.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he'd wanted.

US-backed forces said several jihadists and dozens of civilians quit the Islamic State group's last patch of territory in Syria Tuesday, and warned remaining fighters should surrender or face death.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court bench Tuesday to hear oral arguments for the first time since undergoing cancer surgery in December.

European officials on Monday gave a cold shoulder to a call by US President Donald Trump to take back citizens captured in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Syria for prosecution back home.

The only major Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Russian-annexed Crimea is set to close, its head told AFP, following a historic religious split between Kiev and Moscow.

Gasoline shortages are popping up outside of Caracas after last month's sanctions created a de facto ban on Venezuelan fuel purchases from the U.S. Lines are forming in states west of the capital, such as Portuguesa and Barinas, where drivers now traverse vast stretches on the road without passing by an open service station and are forced to park behind hour-long lines to refuel their tanks. Afraid that shortages are here to stay, drivers are also filling up plastic drums with fuel to store at home.

Cuba denied on Tuesday it has security forces in Venezuela and charged the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign of lies paving the way for military intervention in the South American country.

BBC

Russia's parliament has voted to ban soldiers from using smartphones while on duty, after their social media use raised issues of national security.

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has released guidelines against targeting people on the basis of their hairstyle, classing this as racist discrimination.

Brazil says it will send humanitarian aid to its border with Venezuela by the weekend, despite the protests of embattled President Nicolás Maduro.

The Rwandan government wants the parliament to pass a bill banning single use plastics in the country to protect environment.

WND

More than 7,000 people have signed a petition to "sell" Montana to Canada for $1 trillion and use the proceeds to pay down the U.S. national debt - and it seems our northern neighbors would gladly welcome this bite out of the 49th Parallel.

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