Feb. 27, 2019

REUTERS

India and Pakistan both said they shot down each other's fighter jets on Wednesday, with Pakistan capturing an Indian pilot a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a 1971 war, prompting world powers to urge restraint.

Several airlines, including Emirates and Qatar Airways, suspended flights to Pakistan after the South Asian nation closed its air space following heightened tensions with neighboring India.

India is building more than 14,000 bunkers suitable for families living along its border with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir state, hoping to keep them safe near their homes instead of evacuating them as artillery shells scream over.

The U.S. State Department refused more than 37,000 visa applications in 2018 due to the Trump administration's travel ban, up from less than 1,000 the previous year when the ban had not fully taken effect, according to agency data released on Tuesday.

Two black women will face off in an historic April runoff for Chicago mayor, one a former prosecutor and anti-establishment candidate and the other a career politician, as the third-largest U.S. city struggles with crime and racial divisions.

The U.S. government said on Wednesday it is issuing new rules barring airlines from carrying potentially hazardous lithium-ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, and setting new requirements for transporting them on cargo planes.

The U.S. goods trade deficit widened sharply in December as slowing global demand and a strong dollar weighed on exports, another sign that economic growth slowed in the fourth quarter. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the goods trade gap jumped 12.8 percent to $79.5 billion in December, also with a boost from an increase in imports. Exports declined 2.8 percent and imports rose 2.4 percent in December.

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Thousands of accusations of sexual abuse and harassment of migrant children in government-funded shelters were made over the past four years, including scores directed against adult staff members, according to federal data released Tuesday.

The so-called Green New Deal may tally between $51 trillion and $93 trillion over 10-years, concludes American Action Forum.

American and Taliban officials looking to end a 17-year war in Afghanistan began their most detailed and high-level discussions yet on foreign troop withdrawals and counter-terrorism on Tuesday, officials close to the peace negotiations said.

Cameroonian and Nigerian authorities have ordered 40,000 refugees in Cameroon to return to northeast Nigeria, aid agency Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Wednesday.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Monday banned unauthorized rallies as he announced a slew of new measures to end demonstrations that have rocked his rule for weeks.

Military rounds dating back to the 1940's have been discovered on beaches in Washington State.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might agree at their summit this week in Hanoi, Vietnam, to declare an end to the Korean War. Since this conflict stopped 66 years ago, what would be the practical impact of such declaration? Militarily, probably little or none, but politically it could be significant.

Boeing Co on Wednesday unveiled an unmanned, fighter-like jet developed in Australia and designed to fly alongside crewed aircraft in combat for a fraction of the cost.

Southern Baptist officials have cleared seven churches accused of covering up sexual abuse just days after a top leader called for greater scrutiny following a joint newspaper investigation that revealed allegations of rampant sexual misconduct within the largest coalition of Baptist churches in the country.

The gust at New Hampshire's Mount Washington was clocked at 144 mph during a windstorm that is raking the country from Michigan to New England down to Virginia. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses are without power.

BBC

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un have begun their high-profile second summit in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi. They shook hands for the media before holding talks and having dinner at the five-star Metropole hotel.

At least 25 people have been killed and 50 injured after a train crash sparked a large fire at Cairo's main railway station, Egyptian state media said. The collision caused the train's fuel tank to explode, setting the platform and nearby buildings alight.

A baby boy who weighed just 9.45oz at birth has been released from hospital in Japan, and is believed to be the smallest boy in the world to have been successfully treated. Born at 24 weeks, the tiny boy spent five months in hospital.

Foreign language learning is at its lowest level in UK secondary schools since the turn of the millennium, with German and French falling the most.

WND

When a bill was before the Senate on Monday to instruct doctors to offer life-saving aid to children who survive abortions, Democrats voted it down. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., opposes requiring life-saving treatments for infants. So do Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

The Daily Mail reported that home assistants could soon report their owners to the police for breaking the law based on a "Moral A.I." system, if the ideas of academics in Europe are implemented. The newspaper reported that academics at the University of Bergen in Norway discussed the idea of a "moral A.I." for smart home assistants, like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod, during a conference.

More than 85 percent of the Muslim prison chaplains in Germany recently were terminated. It seems they were actually agents of the Turkish government.

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