Feb. 26, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump has arrived in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi for his second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

A federal judge gave the Trump administration the go-ahead on Monday to ban "bump stocks" - rapid-fire gun attachments used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history - in a defeat for firearms rights advocates.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Monday signed an order withdrawing the state's National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border, saying there was not enough evidence of a national security crisis to justify keeping them there.

The U.S. House of Representatives votes on Tuesday on a resolution to terminate President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

U.S. homebuilding tumbled to a more than two-year low in December as construction of both single and multi-family housing declined, the latest indication that the economy lost momentum in the fourth quarter.

Indians took to the streets in celebration across the country on Tuesday after the government said it carried out air strikes inside Pakistan killing hundreds of militants in a training camp.

U.S. aerospace manufacturer Boeing Co said on Tuesday it has nominated Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to join its board of directors at the company's annual shareholders meeting on April 29.

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Pakistan's top civilian and military leaders on Tuesday rejected India's comments that it had struck "terror camps" inside Pakistan, vowing to prove wrong India's claims and warning that it will retaliate to Indian aggression.

As US and Taliban envoys met in Doha for their fifth round of talks, Afghan troops told the Telegraph that without continued American support they believed their forces would collapse.

When Nikki Joly's Jackson home burned down in 2017, some thought the fire was a hate crime against the transgendered, gay-rights activist who had fought for a local anti-discrimination ordinance. But now, instead of a victim, the 54-year-old is accused of being the perpetrator.

An international charity says pledges of donations for humanitarian work in Yemen fall short of what is needed to help the 80 percent of the country's population now in need of aid. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday the pledges have reached $2.6 billion, a 30 percent increase on the amount pledged at a similar donors conference last year.

Robert Kraft, one of the most powerful figures in US sport, has been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution. Mr Kraft, the owner of Super Bowl winners New England Patriots, is one of 25 people facing similar charges following a lengthy investigation into human trafficking and money laundering across Florida.

US forces have conducted an air strike in Somalia that killed 35 Al-Shabaab militants, officials said Monday, in the latest in a string of attacks against the Al-Qaeda affiliate.

US Vice President Mike Pence passed on a message from Donald Trump to Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido on Monday, telling him "we are with you 100 percent."

Hungary's Prime Minister Orban has tried to boost the population by providing tax breaks and grants to mothers with at least two children, but some parents are not inspired by the initiative.

The United States sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait as the U.S. military increased the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.

Syrian President Bashar al Assad made his first public visit to his closest regional ally Iran since the start of Syria's war in 2011, meeting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Monday and championing their alliance, state media reported.

The international arms control system is facing collapse, the United Nations chief said Monday, as he urged Russia and the US to stop the imminent demise of a crucial nuclear treaty.

Iran successfully tested a cruise missile on Sunday during naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz, state media reported, at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

European and Arab leaders on Monday ended their first summit pledging to launch a "new era" of cooperation on topics ranging from counter-terrorism to migration despite sharp differences over human rights.

BBC

Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty in Australia of sexual offences against children, making him the highest-ranking Catholic figure to receive such a conviction.

A United Nations conference in Geneva is hoping to raise $4.2bn to fund humanitarian operations in Yemen, where a civil war has left the country on the brink of famine.

Thirteen French citizens accused of fighting for the Islamic State group are to be tried in Iraq rather than face charges back home in France.

WND

Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican bill that would have threatened prison time for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions, leading conservatives to wonder openly whether Democrats were embracing "infanticide" to appeal to left-wing voters. All prominent Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls in the Senate voted down the measure, including Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

A pair of transgender female athletes finished first and second respectively in a sprinting event at the Connecticut state indoor track championships earlier this month. Critics say their gender identity amounts to an unfair advantage, expressing a familiar argument in a complex debate for transgender athletes as they break barriers across sports around the world from high school to the pros.

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