Jul. 22, 2019

REUTERS

The U.S. Air Force has suspended paying incentive fees at all 21 military housing bases operated by landlord Balfour Beatty Communities following a Reuters-CBS News report that the company falsified maintenance records at an Oklahoma base to help it qualify for millions of dollars in bonuses.

The U.S. military on Sunday accused a Venezuelan fighter aircraft of "aggressively" shadowing a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II plane over international airspace, a fresh sign of growing hostility between the two countries.

Iran said on Monday it had captured 17 spies working for the CIA and sentenced some of them to death, an announcement President Donald Trump dismissed as "totally false" amid an escalating international crisis over tankers in the Gulf.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday dismissed Iran's announcement it had captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and sentenced some to death.

At least 17 people were killed and 28 others wounded when a bomb went off outside a hotel near the international airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Monday, medical officials said.

U.S. congressional and White House negotiators are close to a deal to extend the U.S. Treasury Department's borrowing authority until July 31, 2021, a source close to the talks said on Monday.

Israeli forces demolished a cluster of Palestinian homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Monday, in the face of protests and international criticism.

Trading on China's new Nasdaq-style board for homegrown tech firms hit fever pitch on Monday, with shares up as much as 520% in a wild debut that more than doubled the board's combined market capitalization and beat veteran investors' expectations.

Credit-reporting company Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle U.S. federal and state probes into a massive 2017 data breach of personal information that affected around 147 million consumers, authorities said on Monday.

Sri Lanka on Monday extended a law granting security forces emergency powers for a fourth month following the Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people.

Democratic Republic of Congo's health minister, Oly Ilunga, resigned on Monday in protest at the presidency's announcement last week that it would take control of the response to the Ebola outbreak instead of his team.

India launched a rocket into space in an attempt to safely land a rover on the moon's south pole, its most ambitious mission yet in the effort to establish itself as a low-cost space power.

AP Top Stories

The government is implementing a new proposal that would ban asylum for immigrants coming to the United States through Mexico. It pins the uptick in border crossers on the asylum process, but the government's statistics reveal that 90 percent of crossers in 2019 were not referred for an asylum interview at the border, and the highest share ever referred was just 19 percent in 2018.

The U.S. Army is investing in studying the "hyper fit" women who pass some of the military's most grueling tests. "There's this group of women who made it through the training so we want to get them to at least do these observational investigations to explore what makes them unique."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed electricity company Con Edison as thousands of people were without power Sunday night amid dangerously hot weather. "We've been through this situation w ConEd time & again & they should have been better prepared-period," Cuomo tweeted.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that if a planned safe zone in northern Syria is not established, and if threats continue against Turkey, Ankara will launch a military operation east of the Euphrates River.

Tankers are offloading millions of barrels of Iranian oil into storage tanks at Chinese ports, creating a hoard of crude sitting on the doorstep of the world's biggest buyer.

The first-ever Gay Pride parade was held in the eastern Polish city of Bialystok on Saturday, but the march was marred by violence from soccer hooligans and conservative campaigners staged counter protests, local police said.

Zimbabwe hiked fuel prices on Monday for the second time in a week but most pumps remained dry, with no end in sight to shortages that are helping drive inflation rapidly higher and which have led to protests about the cost of living.

Japan wants to make every effort to reduce tension between the United States and Iran before responding to an expected U.S. request to send its navy to guard strategic waters off Iran, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.

BBC

Argentina has designated Lebanon's Hezbollah movement as a terrorist organization and frozen its assets.

Hong Kong has been left in shock after a night of violence on Sunday, which saw dozens of masked men storm a train station.

Benjamin Netanyahu has become Israel's longest-serving prime minister, surpassing the record set by the country's founding father.

WND

Over 1,100 people from 19 different African countries have been arrested illegally crossing the border into the United States since May 30.

Records of more than 5 million Bulgarians got stolen by hackers from the country's tax revenue office. In a country of just 7 million people, the scale of the hack means that just about every working adult has been affected.

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