Jul. 23, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump's administration pushed ahead with its attempts to crack down on migration at the southern border on Monday, defending in court a virtual ban it imposed on asylum seekers and issuing its second sweeping order within a week.

President Donald Trump said he is now considering a "ban," tariffs and remittance fees after Guatemala decided to not move forward with a safe third country agreement that would have required the Central American country to take in more asylum seekers.

The Trump administration on Tuesday will propose a rule to tighten food stamp restrictions that would cut about 3.1 million people from the program, USDA officials said.

Boris Johnson, the Brexiteer who has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal by the end of October, will replace Theresa May as prime minister after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party on Tuesday.

Democratic White House hopeful Kamala Harris will introduce a Senate bill on Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, erase past convictions and use funds from marijuana sales to invest in communities hit by the decades-long "war on drugs."

Around 120 coal miners with black lung disease were due in Washington on Tuesday hoping to pressure Congress to restore a higher excise tax level on coal companies to help fund their medical care, as rates of the progressive respiratory disease rise in parts of Appalachia.

A top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday praised Iran's recent downing of a U.S. drone and seizure of a British-flagged tanker as turning points in "Muslims' struggle", the semi-official news agency Fars said.

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that Iran's interception of commercial vessels, including its seizure of a British tanker, in Gulf waters was a violation of international law and urged the global community to deter such actions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a large newly built submarine, state news agency KCNA reported on Tuesday, potentially signaling continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program.

Venezuelans in Caracas woke up on Tuesday with the lights back on after the worst blackout since March knocked out power in half the country a day earlier, though service remained down in other states and cities.

U.S home sales fell more than expected in June as a persistent shortage of properties pushed prices to a record high, suggesting the housing market was struggling to regain its footing since hitting a soft patch last year.

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Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib called for a federal minimum wage of up to $20 an hour at a "One Fair Wage" event in Detroit on Sunday.

Regime and Russian air strikes killed 50 people in northwest Syria on Monday, most of them in a crowded market, a war monitor said, in the latest violence to plague the opposition bastion.

The United States is placing a leading Chinese oil importer on its sanctions blacklist for trading in Iranian crude, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday.

The Mexican government said Monday it has reached agreement with the United States for a joint operation to combat gun smuggling along the U.S. border after seeing a spike in the number of illegal firearms detected.

Venezuela's socialist government is blaming a nationwide blackout on an "electromagnetic attack" against the nation's hydroelectric system.

Turkish authorities confiscated about $271 million in fake U.S. $100 banknotes in a raid on an Istanbul printing press - the country's biggest counterfeit currency seizure in recent years, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Monday.

Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will cut staffers' hours so they can effectively be paid the $15-an-hour minimum wage he champions on the campaign trail.

A tiny shark captured in the Gulf of Mexico was identified as a new species of pocket shark that shoots glow-in-the-dark fluid from pouches near its gills, researchers said.

BBC

South Korea said its jets fired warning shots at a Russian surveillance plane that entered its airspace on Tuesday. South Korea's ministry of defense said it scrambled fighter jets in response and fired 360 machine-gun rounds.

A prominent LGBT rights campaigner has been found dead with multiple stab wounds and signs of strangulation in the Russian city of St Petersburg.

A suspected drug carrier has been arrested after crashing a van packed $140m of methamphetamine into a patrol car parked outside a police station in Sydney, Australia.

Singapore authorities have seized 8.8 tonnes of elephant ivory, its largest ever seizure to date. Authorities estimate that the tusks, valued at $12.9m, have come from nearly 300 African elephants.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Puerto Rico to demand the resignation of the island's embattled governor, Ricardo Rosselló.

The US government is introducing a new fast-track deportation process that will bypass immigration courts. Under the new rules, migrants who cannot prove they have been in the US continuously for more than two years can be immediately deported.

WND

An organization that has provided its services to a library for eight years, organizing nursery-rhyme sing-alongs for the under-5 set, has been banished from ever doing it again. Because the songs occasionally mentioned God. They objected to songs such as "Mr. Noah Built an Ark" and "God Has Made a Rainbow."

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