Feb. 7, 2020

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In federal court and on the Senate floor, lawyers for President Donald Trump have argued that the U.S. Constitution confers on a president broad protection from scrutiny by Congress, prosecutors and the judiciary for his actions.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds talks with Russia's foreign minister on Friday as Moscow continues to support the isolated South American nation's socialist government despite Washington's warnings that it may ramp up sanctions.

A bipartisan Senate report released on Thursday criticized the Obama administration for failing to react quickly or thoroughly enough to counter Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Dozens more people onboard a cruise ship quarantined in the port of Yokohama, Japan, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday and thousands of passengers remained confined to their cabins, only allowed on deck briefly for fresh air. Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told a news conference that 41 people on the liner had tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 61. Twenty-one of the new cases were Japanese.

People are fleeing a surge of attacks in northern Mozambique where witnesses have described beheadings, mass kidnappings and villages burned to the ground, the United Nations said on Friday.

The luxury goods industry normally relishes the spotlight, but in the case of China's coronavirus it is ruing being one of the most globally exposed sectors to an epidemic that risks all-but wiping out its sales growth this year.

U.S. job growth accelerated in January, with unseasonably mild temperatures boosting hiring in weather-sensitive sectors, indicating the economy will probably continue to grow moderately despite a deepening slump in business investment.

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Despite a federal judge's ruling last September that the U.S. government's terror watch list violates constitutional rights, an FBI report obtained by Yahoo News shows local and state law enforcement agencies are being used to gather intelligence on individuals to collect information about those already in the database.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes released data this week showing how California's SB54 sanctuary law allowed for over 2,000 illegal immigrants with outstanding ICE detainers to be released from custody over the last two years, with 411 of those later rearrested for additional charges.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday said Mexico was in talks to buy a batch of Russian-made military helicopters.

Scientists have discovered an unusual "monster" galaxy that existed about 12 billion years ago when the universe was "only" 1.8 billion years old, a new study reports.

Much of Australia's wildfire-ravaged east coast was drenched on Friday by the biggest rainfall in almost 20 years, dousing some of the most dangerous blazes and providing welcome relief to farmers battling an extended drought.

Texas Thursday executed a man who killed five family members including two of his children in 2002 during what his defense argued was a delirium induced by crack cocaine.

An Indian man has been charged with raping a five-year-old girl on the premises of the US embassy in India's capital New Delhi, police said Thursday.

Panicky Hong Kong residents scooped noodles, rice, meat and toilet rolls into supermarket trolleys on Friday despite government assurances of ample supplies during an outbreak of a new coronavirus that has killed 637 people in mainland China.

Several Turkish armored vehicles and tanks entered rebel-controlled northwestern Syria early on Friday, the latest reinforcements sent in by Ankara amid a Syrian government offensive that this week brought the two countries' troops into a rare direct confrontation.

Police in Louisiana have issued a warning over 'grey death' - a powerful drug combination that can reportedly cause severe illness and even death through skin contact alone. "Grey death" is made from heroin that has been cut with fentanyl and fentanyl analogues and reportedly it has a potency more than "10,000 times greater than morphine." Grey Death is particularly powerful because it contains Carfentanil, which is often used as an elephant tranquillizer. Though health professionals disagree with the assertion that opioids can kill on contact, the SMPSO urged the public to avoid touching the drug if they encounter it and for first responders to take special care when responding to calls where the drug is involved.

US forces are reportedly responding to an American citizen who was taken hostage by militants linked to the Taliban in Afghanistan on January 30.

BBC

The United States has killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), President Donald Trump said. Qasim al-Raymi, who has led the jihadist group since 2015, was killed in a US operation in Yemen, the White House said.

WND

Hours-long waits for gas and food, crumbling buildings and oppressive government surveillance marked the experience of four Americans who captured their trip to communist Cuba on video. The members of the student activist group Turning Point USA aim to show Americans what some 60 years of socialism has done for a once-thriving country. "Everything you've ever seen about Cuba is a lie."

A British government agency that facilitates treatment of transgenders is being sued for giving life-altering drugs to minors. The complaint argues "children cannot give informed consent to the treatment."

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