Jul. 26, 2019

REUTERS

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation touted by President Donald Trump that would accelerate rising federal budget deficits and suspend limits on Washington's borrowing powers over the next two years.

The top U.S. general said on Friday he was cautiously optimistic about efforts to reach a negotiated end to the nearly 18-year-old war in Afghanistan, in remarks that followed talks in Kabul with Afghanistan's president and the top U.S. negotiator.

Flights were being delayed at Britain's two busiest airports, London's Heathrow and Gatwick, following technical problems at the main air traffic control center for southern England on Friday.

The resignation of Puerto Rico's governor after mass protests has sparked a succession battle, and the winner could be a Washington corporate lawyer not directly linked to his administration, which has been dogged by corruption scandals.

Somewhere on its journey from the waters off Iran, around Africa's southern tip and into the Mediterranean, the Grace 1 oil tanker lost the flag under which it sailed and ceased to be registered to Panama. Iran later claimed it as its own.

Azerbaijan rescued all nine crew members of an Iranian cargo vessel on Friday before it sunk in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan's state maritime agency said on Friday.

A California judge on Thursday reduced a $2 billion jury verdict, slashing the award for a couple who blamed Bayer AG's glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup for their cancer to $86.7 million.

National Australia Bank said 13,000 customers are being contacted after a data breach where personal data was uploaded without permission to two data service companies.

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The U.S. Air Force's new B-21 stealth bomber could fly as early as December 2021, Air Force vice chief of staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said.

From October through the end of June, the Border Patrol apprehended more than 688,000 people, over half of them families and unaccompanied children.

FBI agents working to uncover how dismembered body parts were coming to be illegally trafficked reportedly found buckets full of heads, arms and legs, refrigerated heaps of male genitalia and different people's body parts sewn together at a science lab in Arizona.

Iran has freed nine of 12 Indian crew from a Panama-flagged tanker seized on July 14, India's foreign ministry said Friday.

Eight armed men carried out a sophisticated heist at Sao Paulo's main international airport and managed to escape with some 750 kilos of gold, airport authorities said Thursday.

A Polish court on Thursday ordered a weekly news magazine to temporarily halt the distribution of anti-LGBT stickers with its current edition.

Paris soared to a record high of 108 degrees as most of Europe sizzled under its second heat wave of the summer.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offered a bounty to anybody who can deliver to him the head of the communist rebel leader behind the killings of four police intelligence officers last week in an insurgency-hit central province.

The World Bank announced Wednesday it was deploying another $300 million in crisis aid for DR Congo to help contain the Ebola outbreak.

President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign store sells "Make America Great Again" hats, T-shirts, cups, towels and even dog leashes. But one of its newest items might be one of the campaign's biggest attempt to troll: Trump-branded plastic straws.

Underwater ice melt from glaciers could be happening faster than previously thought, according to new research published in the journal Science. That's a dangerous finding as melting glaciers linked to climate change threaten to raise sea levels dramatically by the end of the century.

BBC

More than 100 people, including 26 children, have died in government attacks on hospitals, schools, markets and bakeries in the past 10 days, the UN's human rights chief said.

A woman in a blonde wig is suspected of carrying out a hit on two alleged Israeli underworld figures in a busy restaurant in Mexico City.

Wildfires are ravaging the Arctic, with large areas of Siberia, northern Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland in flames. Lightning frequently triggers fires in the region but this year they have been worsened by summer temperatures that are higher than average because of climate change. Plumes of smoke from the fires can be seen from space.

The US federal government's move to resume executions after a 16-year hiatus has drawn sharp criticism from rights groups and leading Democrats. Several candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination called for the death penalty to be abolished.

US officials have accused Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his allies of profiting from a food subsidy scheme as the country suffers acute shortages.

Kenya will for the first time collect data on intersex people in its national population census, in a major victory for rights activists.

A major electricity supplier in South Africa's largest city has suffered a ransomware attack, leaving some residents without power.

WND

A Christian group is suing a Georgia county for withdrawing approval of the purchase of land for temporary housing of men recovering from addictions.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence joined the welcoming ceremony Thursday for new Defense Secretary Mark Esper, at which all three pledged to carry out the creation of the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the military.

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