Jul. 10, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who is under pressure from Democrats to resign over his handling of a decade-old sex abuse case against financier Jeffrey Epstein, but said he, too, would look into it.

Nuevo Laredo, a Mexican border city known for high rates of violence, received its first foreign migrants from the United States on Tuesday as part of a program begun in January, U.S. and Mexican officials said.

Alaska lawmakers were heading for a showdown with Governor Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday to try and stop his bid to slash spending on higher education – a move the state's main university has warned could force it into bankruptcy.

Somalia executed three men on Wednesday convicted of participating in the bombing of a Mogadishu hotel that killed 18 people in 2017 as members of the insurgent group al Shabaab, the state-run news agency said.

Former British Prime Minister John Major vowed on Wednesday to go to court to block his party colleague Boris Johnson from suspending parliament and dragging the queen into a constitutional crisis to deliver a no-deal Brexit.

A Soviet nuclear submarine which sank off Norway in 1989 is still emitting radiation, researchers said following an expedition that used a remotely controlled vehicle for the first time.

Nearly two dozen countries have called on China to halt its mass detention of ethnic Uighurs in the Xinjiang region, the first such joint move on the issue at the U.N. Human Rights Council, according to diplomats and a letter seen by Reuters.

The benchmark S&P 500 breached the 3,000 points mark for the first time on Wednesday, as hopes of an interest rate cut later this month were lifted by Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell's comment that the central bank would "act as appropriate" to sustain record U.S. growth.

The United States will use an emergency meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog's board on Wednesday to raise pressure on Iran over breaches of its nuclear deal, but diplomats expect no concrete action as parties to the deal consider their next move.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "working through" a bout of shaking that first occurred in mid-June and struck for the third time on Wednesday, though she insisted she was fine and that "just as it happened one day, so it will disappear."

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Iran's military vowed to retaliate against the seizure by British Royal Marines of an oil tanker loaded with the Islamic Republic's crude off the coast of Gibraltar last week.

Freshman Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas says her office has received death threats against her, her family and staffers following a news report that her aides were improperly aiding asylum seekers in Mexico.

A migrant detention center in Tripoli, hit by a deadly air strike last week, is being gradually emptied following a decision by Libyan authorities to release its inmates, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Wednesday.

Two United States Marines on active duty have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling three undocumented migrants from Mexico to California "for financial gain."

A convoy of Mexican state and municipal police trucks roared along the U.S.-Mexico border in Ciudad Juarez to confront cartel gunmen, past National Guardsmen patrolling the banks of the Rio Grande River for migrants trying to cross into the United States.

The US State Department has approved a potential $2bn arms sale to Taiwan, and the Chinese government claims the US is interfering with security interests. The US government is preparing to sell 108 Abrams tanks, 250 Stinger missiles, and related equipment to the state, which officially remains under Chinese control.

A state-court judge declined Monday to give a Kansas clinic permission to provide telemedicine abortions. The foundation operates a Wichita clinic that in October began providing pregnancy-ending medications to patients who conferred with off-site doctors by webcam.

The number of migrants apprehended crossing the southwest border took a drastic drop in June, ending what had been a record-setting stretch of Central American families entering the U.S. throughout 2019, according to Border Patrol data released Tuesday.

Wells Fargo's analysis of Wolters Kluwer PriceRx data found that companies have raised medicine costs by 27% on average last month, with a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd hiking the price for a generic anti-diuretic by 909%. Closely held Epic Pharma LLC came second on the list of top increases, jacking up prices on two versions of its drug by 399%. Merck & Co., Fresenius SE, Novartis AG's Sandoz, and Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc. were also on the list.

BBC

France has denied breaching a UN arms embargo after four of its anti-tank missiles were found on a base loyal to a rogue Libyan general.

Children and pregnant women are among those murdered in a tribal massacre in Papua New Guinea's Highlands area. At least 24 people are confirmed to have died.

Twenty percent of Silver Seagulls all over Australia are carrying superbugs resistant to antibiotics, scientists said.

WND

Amazon.com has removed from its sales site books featuring the testimonies of people who formerly identified as gay or lesbian.

"We're not women's soccer. We're not the NFL," an unidentified hockey coach said. "If there's anybody here who is going to be disrespectful to either the American or the Canadian national anthem, grab your gear … because you'll never see the ice in this arena."

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