Jul. 17, 2019

REUTERS

Support for U.S. President Donald Trump increased slightly among Republicans after he lashed out on Twitter over the weekend in a racially charged attack on four minority Democratic congresswomen, a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll shows.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn President Donald Trump for "racist comments" against four minority Democratic congresswomen, a symbolic measure aimed at shaming Trump and his fellow Republicans who stood by him.

Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives introduced bills on Tuesday to keep tight restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, amid concern about President Donald Trump's easing of curbs on the Chinese firm.

Switzerland has agreed to extradite a Chinese researcher to the United States where prosecutors have charged him with helping his scientist sister steal secrets allegedly worth $550 million from British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.

At least three people including a Turkish diplomat were killed in a shooting on Wednesday in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil, Kurdish security officials and Turkey's foreign ministry said.

India will identify and deport illegal immigrants from across the country, the interior minister said on Wednesday, stepping up a campaign that critics say could stoke religious tension and further alienate minority Muslims.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the Mexican drug lord found guilty of running a murderous criminal enterprise that smuggled tons of drugs into the United States, on Wednesday said his confinement amounted to "mental torture" before a U.S. judge sentenced him.

Boeing said on Wednesday at least half of its $100 million fund for victims and communities affected by two deadly 737 MAX crashes would go directly to the families of those killed. Earlier this month, Boeing said it would give $100 million over multiple years to local governments and non-profit organizations to help families and communities affected by the crashes.

U.S. homebuilding fell for a second straight month in June and permits dropped to a two-year low, suggesting the housing market continued to struggle despite declining mortgage rates.

Former Justice John Paul Stevens, a Republican appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court who later became an outspoken leader of the liberal wing as the court moved to the right, died on Tuesday at age 99.

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Italian and U.S. police have launched a coordinated crackdown on a Sicilian Mafia family that was seeking to rebuild its power base after years of exile in the United States, Italian investigators said on Wednesday.

The Trump administration blasted a World Trade Organization decision Tuesday that could let China levy sanctions on the United States.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared he will never be tried by an international court for mass killings in his war on drugs, and vowed no letup in a crackdown that he said he was winning and would see through "to the very end".

Thousands of Hong Kong senior citizens, including a popular actress, marched Wednesday in a show of support for youths at the forefront of month-long protests against a contentious extradition bill in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he doesn't believe Donald Trump is a racist despite the president's calls for four Democratic lawmakers to "go back" to the "crime infested places from which they came."

Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been embroiled in a weeks-long standoff near an offshore oil block in disputed waters of the South China Sea, which fall within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone, two Washington-based think-tanks said on Wednesday.

The Army is building prototypes of a new artillery cannon that can more than double the range of existing weapons and vastly alter the strategic and tactical landscape shaping land war into the future.

A California man faces 64 felony counts after authorities say they found a cache of more than 1,000 guns at his home in the exclusive, upscale Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The U.S. Army is working on a new generation of land mines and mine-like battlefield munitions. The service wants to replace all of them with a new generation of mines that can pose a credible threat to high-tech armies as well as "phone home" and report enemy troop movements.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix confirmed on social media Tuesday afternoon that Phoenix high temperature has hit 115 degrees.

BBC

NeuraLink, a company set up by Elon Musk to explore ways to connect the human brain to a computer interface, has applied to US regulators to start trialling its device on humans.

Google's controversial plan to launch a censored search engine in China has been "terminated", a company executive has said.

Personal data belonging to millions of Bulgarians has been stolen in a cyber-attack on the country's tax agency. According to a local cyber-security researcher, most adults in the country of seven million people are likely to have had some data compromised.

Iran has rejected suggestions it is willing to discuss its missile program with the US. The weapons "are absolutely and under no condition negotiable".

WND

US Military chiefs have been ordered to reveal whether they used diseased TICKS in sick biological warfare experiments. A bill passed in the House of Representatives requires the Pentagon to investigate whether researches infected the insects in the 1970s - and if any were let loose.

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