Jul. 18, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump, who has made religious freedom a centerpiece of his foreign policy, met on Wednesday with victims of religious persecution from countries including China, Turkey, North Korea, Iran and Myanmar.

Argentinian authorities ordered the freezing of Hezbollah assets in the country on Thursday and effectively designated the Lebanese Islamist group, which it blames for two attacks on its soil, a terrorist organization.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday called China's treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority the "stain of the century" and accused Beijing of pressuring countries not to attend a U.S.-hosted conference on religious freedom.

A man shouted "die" as he doused an animation studio with fuel and set it ablaze in Japan on Thursday, public broadcaster NHK said, killing at least 33 people in the nation's worst mass murder in nearly two decades.

European law enforcement agencies set to lose the ability to tap criminals' mobile devices with the launch of 5G technology must be brought into discussions earlier when communications networks are modernized, the new head of Europol told Reuters.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards has seized a foreign ship smuggling fuel in the Gulf, state television quoted Iran's elite force as saying in a statement on Thursday.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits increased moderately last week, pointing to still strong labor market conditions despite signs that economic activity was slowing. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 216,000 for the week ended July 13.

President Donald Trump presented a bill to his Cabinet aimed at boosting border security and overhauling the current immigration system to make it more merit-based.

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A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas.

A woman who was found alive after spending four days alone in the California wilderness said she got lost after a man with a knife threatened her and her dog.

Thousands of Philippine police officers have received administrative punishments with more than 2,000 dismissed for wrongdoings during raids where drug suspects were killed under the president's crackdown, officials said Thursday. 14,724 police were investigated for their involvement in police drug operations that led to deaths from July 2016 until last April, 7,867 of them received administrative punishments for unspecified lapses.

An upcoming heat wave could lead to power outages in the central and eastern U.S., including the major metropolitan areas of New York City, Washington and Chicago, experts say.

The latest in a series of leftward leaps by unions came last week with the National Education Association's full-throated endorsement of abortion.

The increased use of drones by Iran and its allies for surveillance and attacks across the Middle East is raising alarms in Washington. The United States believes that Iran-linked militia in Iraq have recently increased their surveillance of American troops and bases in the country by using off-the-shelf, commercially available drones.

Russia has sent Special Forces in recent days to fight alongside Syrian army troops in northwestern Syria where they have been struggling for more than two months to seize the last opposition bastion, senior rebel commanders said.

A pair of twins born conjoined at the head are recovering at home after a team of doctors performed more than 50 hours of surgery to separate them, a London hospital announced Friday.

Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) will introduce a resolution this week declaring support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to elevate the Palestinian negotiating position vis-a-vis Israel through an international pressure campaign.

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.

The planet's most northerly human settlement is in the midst of an "unprecedented" heatwave as parts of the Arctic endure one of their hottest summers on record.

BBC

Time is running out to save a key nuclear missile treaty with Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has told the BBC. Mr. Stoltenberg pledged a "measured, defensive" response if Russia did not come back into compliance with the deal by the 2 August deadline.

Drug overdose deaths in the US have fallen for the first time since 1999. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures showed a drop of 5.1% in 2018 from the year before.

Instagram is hiding the number of likes on posts in several countries, including Australia and Japan, in order to "remove pressure" on users.

A Nigerian imam, who saved 262 Christians from killer herdsman by hiding them in his mosque and home, has been honored by the US government.

WND

A study conducted at the University of Calgary has found a previously unidentified cell population located very close to the human heart capable of healing injured heart muscles. This new cell, a Gata6+ pericardial cavity macrophage, is located in the fluid found inside the sac around the heart. It was first discovered and tested in mice, but after researchers identified its healing properties, they were able to find the same cells located near human hearts.

Mexican military personnel have made an 'incursion' into U.S. territory, according to an American border official.

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