Jul. 25, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump is considering a sweeping executive order that would cut prices on virtually all branded prescription drugs sold to Medicare and other government programs, according to two industry sources who had discussions with the White House.

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives should vote for a two-year deal to fund the federal government and extend the nation's borrowing authority, President Donald Trump said on Thursday before a vote on the agreement.

Two Democratic U.S. senators will unveil a bill on Thursday to curb climate change by slapping a fee on oil, natural gas and coal and delivering most of the revenues to low- and middle-income Americans, one of the lawmakers said.

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether big technology companies are engaged in anticompetitive behavior, addressing a rising tide of criticism they have become too powerful to the detriment of consumers.

A conservative magazine in Poland distributed "LGBT-free zone" stickers with its weekly edition on Wednesday, amid a mounting backlash against gay rights in central Europe's largest nation ahead of a parliamentary election this year.

Soaring temperatures broke records in France, Britain and the Netherlands on Thursday as a heatwave gripped Europe for the second time in a month, in what scientists said were becoming more frequent events as the planet heats up.

The resignation of Congo's health minister in the midst of the country's worst Ebola outbreak could clear the way for a second experimental vaccine to be deployed. But the new shot would likely take months to win the trust of frightened locals and show results, health officials say.

Up to 150 people are feared to have died in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, while another 150 were rescued and are being returned to Libya, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Thursday.

New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods surged in June, but the jump will probably not change expectations that business investment contracted further in the second quarter and contributed to holding back the economy.

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China on Wednesday defended a joint air force exercise with Russia that triggered a furious response from regional US allies South Korea and Japan over a perceived airspace violation.

An Indonesian woman sentenced to six months in jail for exposing her lecherous boss won a parliamentary pardon Thursday after the case sparked an outcry over victim's rights.

Far-right groups looking to put a friendlier face on their politics are increasingly organizing so-called "Straight Pride Parades" in an attempt to both garner media attention and new recruits.

Russia has completed delivery of the first shipment of its S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey and a second shipment is now being planned, Turkish military officials said on Thursday.

We're in uncharted territory: A new study says the warming we've seen in the past 100 years is unprecedented when compared with the past 2,000 years. From roughly the year "zero" to the late 1800s, warm and cool periods would happen in different parts of the world at different times because of natural weather cycles, solar activity and volcanic eruptions.

Health officials have confirmed that an individual in Maine is sick with Powassan virus disease, marking the first time since 2017 that a person in the state has come down with the rare and serious tick-borne illness.

The United States is considering imposing new sanctions on Russia over its support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the White House representative for the South American nation said Wednesday.

The president of a Pennsylvania school board whose district had warned parents behind on lunch bills that their children could end up in foster care has rejected a CEO's offer to cover the cost, the businessman said Tuesday.

A California affiliate of the National Rifle Association has asked a U.S. judge to block a new law requiring background checks for anyone buying ammunition.

A Russian state official warned on Wednesday that an abandoned chemicals factory in Siberia could cause an environmental disaster akin to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident unless urgent action is taken to tackle it.

BBC

The US federal government is to resume executing death-row inmates after nearly two decades without an execution, the justice department said.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has filed an appeal against a court ruling blocking a deal to reduce the number of asylum seekers reaching the US border. The deal with the US would define Guatemala as a "safe third country", and migrants en route to the US would have to apply for asylum in Guatemala.

North Korea has fired two short-range missiles into the sea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

WND

A Jewish Studies professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder is teaching an altered version of the Hebrew language, meant to be more inclusive to those who do not identify with a particular gender.

A new survey of 2,000 adults has found that a whopping 88% are so-called "zombie eaters" who stare at some type of screen while eating.

A senior software engineer at Google admitted in an interview with Project Veritas that "Big Tech" is not politically neutral and that his company manipulates search algorithms "to do what we want them to do."

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