Jul. 2, 2019

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President Donald Trump and the Republican Party together raised $105 million in the second quarter this year, with Trump's re-election campaign taking in $54 million of the total, the president's campaign said on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump said on Monday that he plans to display battle tanks on Washington's National Mall as part of a pumped-up Fourth of July celebration that will also feature flyovers by fighter jets and other displays of military prowess.

China on Tuesday condemned violent protests in Hong Kong as an "undisguised challenge" to the formula under which the city is ruled, hours after police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who stormed and trashed the legislature.

Britain expects China to abide by a 1984 treaty which guarantees basic freedoms to the former British colony of Hong Kong for 50 years.

The United States is resuming some assistance to a unit of the Somali military that is not working directly with U.S. forces, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, around 18 months after aid was suspended to such units over widespread corruption concerns.

As the expansion entered its record-setting 121st month on Monday, signs of a new Gilded Age are all over. Big-money deals are getting bigger, from corporate mergers and acquisitions, to individuals buying luxury penthouses, sports teams, yachts and all-frills pilgrimages to the ends of the earth. And while these deals grab headlines, there is a deeper trend at work. The number of billionaires in the United States has more than doubled in the last decade, from 267 in 2008 to 607 last year, according to UBS. "The rich have gotten richer and they've gotten richer faster."

Man-made climate change probably made last month's European heatwave, in which southern France experienced a national record 114.6 Fahrenheit, 7F hotter than it would otherwise have been, scientists said on Tuesday.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for saying a day earlier that he will not impose trade tariffs, in recognition of the Mexican government's efforts to reduce the flow of U.S.-bound migrants.

An unmanned full-scale NASA crew capsule blasted off from a Florida launch pad on Tuesday in a successful test of the spacecraft's abort thrusters, an astronaut safety device that will be key as the agency works to return humans to the moon by 2024.

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The United States said it carried out a strike on Sunday against al Qaeda in northwest Syria, calling the area a "safe haven" for the group to plot attacks overseas.

For better or worse, iconic "gayborhoods" are getting way more expensive, pricing out LGBT people in the process. Neighborhoods such as San Francisco's Castro district or New York's Greenwich Village have cultural and historical significance for the LGBT community and house a large LGBT population. A home in the Castro district values at nearly $1.8 million, according to the housing app Zillow, while comparable homes in other neighborhoods in the city average $1.3 million. That's a half-million dollar difference. "The gayer the block, the faster it rises in value."

Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he would like to disband the army and put national security in the hands of the new National Guard militarized police force, though he recognized the proposal was unlikely to happen.

An errant missile struck Cyprus early on Monday, skimming the densely populated capital Nicosia and crashing on a mountainside in what authorities described as a spillover from strikes between Israel and Syria.

President Donald Trump signed a $4.6 billion aid package on Monday to help the federal government cope with the surge of Central American immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors' group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Donald Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up efforts to eliminate legal abortion.

Over 30 Jewish protesters were arrested outside a US detention center holding undocumented migrants which they likened to a "concentration camp".

Japan on Monday imposed restrictions on exports used by South Korea's chip and smartphone companies, ramping up long-simmering tensions between the US allies over the use of forced labor during World War Two.

Royal Clark Jr., a man who spent 17 years behind bars for an armed robbery he did not commit, has finally been freed after new fingerprint evidence proved his innocence.

BBC

A fire aboard a Russian navy research submersible has killed 14 crew members.

Skywatchers in parts of Chile and Argentina will see the Moon pass directly in front of the Sun today, blocking out the light for just a few minutes.

Recent large drug hauls in West Africa indicate the region is becoming increasingly important as a transit point for drugs from South America to the rest of the continent and into Europe.

Heavy rain has caused at least 18 deaths and triggered massive rail, road and air transport disruptions in India's financial capital Mumbai.

Four civilians were killed and 21 injured in Israeli missile strikes near the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs, Syrian state media said.

WND

A former University of Chicago medical patient filed a class-action lawsuit against the University of Chicago and Google, claiming that the University of Chicago Medical Center is giving private patient information to the tech giant without patients' consent.

Oreo cookies unveiled on Sunday a special LGBT edition of its iconic product, urging pride in making people use one's "preferred pronouns."

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