Feb. 22, 2019

REUTERS

The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S. pullout, the White House said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal.

Two Democratic U.S. senators called for the Federal Trade Commission to act on a complaint filed by consumer groups against Facebook Inc on Thursday that alleged the company scammed children into spending money on its platform.

North Carolina's elections board on Thursday ordered a new election for a U.S. House seat after officials said corruption surrounding absentee ballots tainted the results of a 2018 vote that has embarrassed the Republican Party.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, supports the federal government issuing reparations to black Americans who were economically affected by slavery, she said on Thursday.

At least 41 Indian tea plantation workers have died from drinking toxic bootleg liquor after receiving their weekly wages, and 20 are critically ill in hospital, a government minister said.

A deep magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck the Peru-Ecuador border region early on Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said, causing tremors that the Ecuadorian president said were felt around the country.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman cemented a $10 billion deal for a refining and petrochemical complex in China on Friday, meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping who urged joint efforts to counter extremism and terror.

U.S. Department of Agriculture has paid out $7.7 billion so far to farmers, William Northey, Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation, said on Friday, in aid designed to offset the negative impact of tariff imposition. The administration of President Donald Trump has pledged up to $12 billion in aid to help offset losses for crops hit by retaliatory Chinese tariffs imposed in response to Washington's tariffs on Chinese goods.

Canada's Barrick Gold Corp is considering a hostile bid for Newmont Mining Corp for about $19 billion in stock, in what would potentially be one of the largest-ever mining deals, the country's Globe and Mail newspaper reported.

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An Israeli spacecraft rocketed toward the moon for the country's first attempted lunar landing, following a launch Thursday night by SpaceX.

Pope Francis' high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response. His decision was sparked by the realization that in many parts of the world, bishops and religious superiors continue to deny or play down the severity of the scandal and protect their priests and the reputation of the church at all costs.

An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won't be allowed to return to the United States with her toddler son because she is not an American citizen, the U.S. said Wednesday. Her lawyer is challenging that claim.

An Indian government minister reiterated on Thursday the country's plan to restrict the flow of water to Pakistan from its share of rivers, the latest effort by New Delhi to pressure its neighbor after a militant attack in Kashmir.

North Korea has warned that it is facing a food shortfall of some 1.4 million tons this year, forcing the regime to almost halve rations. An undated two-page memo from the North Korean mission to the United Nations, seen by Reuters, blames the shortages of rice, wheat, potatoes and soy beans on soaring temperatures, drought and floods that damaged crops last year.

Emissions of carbon dioxide - the greenhouse gas most responsible for global warming - could soar to levels not seen in 56 million years by the middle of next century, a study warned.

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday accused the United States and its NATO allies of discussing how to arm the opposition in Venezuela and alleged Washington was deploying Special Forces and equipment near the South American nation.

Donald Trump has called on American companies to become leaders around the world. "I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible," the president tweeted on Thursday morning. "It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind."

Still struggling to come to terms with their share of responsibility in the clerical sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church, France's bishops have agreed to award financial compensation to victims whose cases fall outside of France's statute of limitations.

BBC

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has closed the border with Brazil amid a row over humanitarian aid.

New York City will return $5.3m to the US government after admitting in a settlement to fraudulently billing damage charges after Hurricane Sandy.

A report by cabinet ministers in Botswana has recommended lifting a four-year hunting ban and the introduction of elephant culling. The report also recommends the "establishment of elephant meat canning" for pet food.

A Japanese spacecraft has touched down on an asteroid in an attempt to collect a sample of rock from the surface. The spacecraft reached asteroid Ryugu in June 2018 after a three-and-a-half-year journey from Earth.

WND

About one-in-ten eligible voters in the United States will have been born outside of the country by the 2020 election cycle, new research finds.

The Center for Medical Progress released more than a dozen videos in 2015 exposing Planned Parenthood's eagerness to profit from the sale of baby body parts.

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