Feb. 4, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said it was important to keep a U.S. military presence in Iraq so that Washington can keep a close eye on Iran "because Iran is a real problem," according to a CBS interview to be broadcast on Sunday.

Virginia lawmakers were due to meet on Monday for the first time since the revelation of a racist photo on Governor Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page sparked widespread calls from fellow Democrats for the first-term governor to resign.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders plans to send a letter to Catalyst Pharmaceuticals on Monday asking it to justify its decision to charge $375,000 annually for a medication that for years has been available to patients for free.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily prevented a Louisiana law imposing strict regulations on abortion clinics from taking effect in a case that presents a key test on the contentious issue following last year's retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, a pivotal supporter of abortion rights.

The European Union is considering imposing more sanctions on the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro but has not discussed an oil embargo, Malta's foreign minister said.

Democratic Republic of Congo's outgoing government on Monday defended decrees granting former ministers lifetime salaries and other benefits following strong criticism in a country where most of the population lives in poverty.

The Vatican and Egypt's Al-Azhar mosque and university signed on Monday a document on fighting extremism, Al Arabiya TV reported.

Mongolia has extended school winter holidays in the world's coldest capital and many families have sent children to live with relatives in the vast, windswept grasslands to escape choking smog and respiratory diseases such as pneumonia.

New orders for U.S.-made goods unexpectedly fell in November amid sharp declines in demand for machinery and electrical equipment, government data showed on Monday.

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A car bomb exploded at a shopping mall in Somalia's capital on Monday, killing 11 people and wounding 10 in an attack that police said was probably carried out by Islamist group al Shabaab.

Iran displayed a new cruise missile with a range of 800 miles on Saturday during celebrations marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, state television reported.

Forty years after its revolution, Iran has no fear of a "declining" America, a senior cleric said on Friday at the start of official commemorations of the uprising that made the country a permanent enemy of the United States.

The Syrian military said the U.S.-led coalition attacked one of its artillery positions in the country's east, wounding two soldiers and destroying a cannon, according to state media reports on Sunday.

The Philippines will protest China's opening of a maritime rescue center in the South China Sea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said, just days after President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman said the nation should be grateful for the move.

Iraqi politicians on Monday hit back at Donald Trump after the US president said he plans to keep American forces in the country to spy on Iran.

The Taliban said Monday they will participate in what they call "intra-Afghan" talks in Moscow designed to bring together prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai, opposition figures and tribal elders - but no Kabul government officials.

Egyptian archaeologists uncovered a tomb containing 50 mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era, in Minya, south of Cairo, the ministry of antiquities said on Saturday.

A small plane crashes into a home in Yorba Linda, California, killing the pilot and four people in the house.

General Motors is planning to layoff at least 4,000 salaried workers in North America starting Monday ahead of the company's fourth-quarter earnings report, according to two people briefed on the matter.

BBC

Cancers linked to obesity are rising at a faster rate in millennials than in older generations in the United States, the American Cancer Society has said.

The US is to send an additional 2,000 troops to its border with Mexico, the Pentagon has announced. It will bring the total number of troops stationed on the southern border to about 4,300.

France says its air force - working with the army in Chad - has carried out airstrikes against an armed group which had crossed the border from Libya and targeted a column of 40 vehicles with two airstrikes.

The main day of bathing has been held at India's Kumbh Mela, with tens of millions of pilgrims taking a dip at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. This is the most auspicious of six bathing days at the event, billed as the world's biggest human gathering.

WND

A former long-serving police officer has been jailed for six months for illegally accessing the personal details of almost 100 women to determine if they were "suitable" dates. The former senior constable pleaded guilty to 180 charges of using a secure police database to access the information of 92 women he had met, or interacted with, on dating websites including Tinder and Plenty of Fish.

South Dakota State University's women's and gender studies minor enrollment has dropped to a single-digit number for the spring 2019 semester. Only five students remain in the program.

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