Jul. 16, 2019

REUTERS

President Trump said his administration would investigate accusations that Google worked with the Chinese government, but gave no other details in his early morning tweet on Tuesday.

U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are set to grill Facebook Inc on its cryptocurrency plans on Tuesday, as the project continues to draw intense scrutiny from financial regulators and politicians across the globe. Facebook is fighting a rearguard action to get Washington onside after it shocked regulators and lawmakers with an announcement on June 18 that it was hoping to launch a new digital coin called Libra in 2020.

Executives from tech giants Apple Inc , Amazon.com Inc , Facebook Inc and Alphabet's Google go before the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel Tuesday to discuss competition in online markets.

The European Union is readying new sanctions against Venezuelan security forces involved in human rights violations, the bloc's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday, following the death in custody of a navy captain amid allegations of torture.

Hackers have stolen the financial data of millions of Bulgarians from the country's tax agency, the government said on Tuesday, in an attack that one researcher said may have compromised nearly every adult's personal records.

Iran's supreme leader upped the ante in a volatile stand-off with the United States on Tuesday, warning Tehran would continue removing restraints on its nuclear program and retaliate for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker.

Oil prices steadied on Tuesday as a resumption of production in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Barry and a boom in U.S. supply from shale oil countered tensions in the Middle East.

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The Royal Navy plans briefly to double its number of warships in the Persian Gulf following an attempted attack by Iranian forces on a British oil tanker on June 20, 2019. But the temporary increase in British warships in the region, from one to two, underscores just how few ships the Royal Navy can deploy even in an emergency.

The founder and editor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer should be forced to pay more than $14m to a Jewish woman targeted by a "troll storm" of abusive messages for months on end, a judge has said.

The simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran's streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab.

Iran will waive visas for Chinese visitors as early as the end of July in a bid to boost the economy, faltering under the weight of US sanctions.

Searchers and family members are celebrating after finding a woman alive after she was lost in mountainous terrain near the California-Nevada border for four days.

The Russian intelligence agency behind 2016's election attacks is training its sights on billionaire financier George Soros, The Daily Beast has learned. The move comes hot on the heels of a surge in U.S.-focused hacking by Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate with similarities to 2016 in targeting and methodology.

A North Korean nuclear negotiator who was reported to have been executed over the failure of the February Hanoi summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump is still alive, South Korean intelligence said on Tuesday. They have so far unearthed 313 bodies from the grave since it was discovered last month, the official said. All of the dead are men, women and children believed to have been killed or died during the Islamic State group's rule over the northern city.

Italian police have seized a large arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile, in raids on neo-Nazi sympathizers, they said on Monday.

Authorities in California are searching for a 69-year-old woman last seen Friday wearing a black bikini, a red baseball cap and tan hiking boots with black socks who went missing while hiking in the Mojave Desert. Arizona resident Barbara Thomas does not have the means to survive the sweltering heat expected this week, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office said.

BBC

Shoppers in Brazil found they had unwittingly bought cocaine when they opened soap powder they had purchased at a supermarket in Sao Paulo. At least 176lb of the drug was found in the store, police said.

More than 820 million people worldwide are not getting enough food, with the situation most alarming in Africa, a report said.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a new law criminalizing catcalling, wolf-whistling and other forms of public sexual harassment. Those caught under the Safe Spaces Act could face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $9,750.

WND

New York City public school students can now change their names and gender at school without proper legal documentation if they obtain permission from their parents.

Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand Florida will pay off over $7.2 million in crippling medical debt impacting over 6,500 individuals and families living at or below the poverty line in five Florida counties. Additionally, the church will also fund three foster homes for the next year.

U.S. women's national soccer team goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris attacked former teammate Jaelene Hinkle as "intolerant," and "homophobic" in a tweet storm Monday. The 26-year-old Hinkle, considered one of the more talented defenders, is also an outspoken Christian and a supporter of traditional marriage, and some believe her faith may have kept her off the national team during its latest World Cup championship.

The Trump administration announced Monday that family planning clinics are prohibited from referring women to abortion providers if they receive Title X family planning grants. The rule applies to some Planned Parenthood clinics.

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