Jul. 30, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on the U.S. Federal Reserve to make a large interest rate cut, saying he was disappointed in the U.S. central bank and that it had put him at a disadvantage by not acting sooner.

President Trump on Tuesday warned China against waiting out his first term in office to finalize any trade deal, saying if he wins re-election in the November 2020 U.S. presidential contest, the outcome could be no agreement or a worse one.

Progressive allies Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren headline the first night of the second Democratic presidential debates tonight, with eight other contenders aiming for a breakout performance that could propel them into the top tier of the White House race.

The U.S. Senate on Monday failed to override President Donald Trump's vetoes of legislation passed by Congress that would have blocked the sales of certain weapons to Saudi Arabia.

President Trump wants combat forces reduced in Afghanistan by the next U.S. presidential election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, in comments that underlined the growing pressure from Washington to cut troop numbers there.

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday introduced a bill that would ensure any climate change legislation considered by Congress prioritizes low-income and vulnerable communities.

A federal judge on Monday overturned the Trump administration's approval of a plan by the state of New Hampshire to impose work requirements on people seeking to obtain benefits from the Medicaid health insurance program.

A Ukrainian court ruled on Tuesday to formally approve the seizure of a Russian tanker that was detained by Ukrainian authorities at the Danube river port of Izmail last week.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar on Tuesday that Britain will be leaving the European Union "no matter what" on Oct. 31, stressing that the so-called Irish backstop had to be removed from any exit deal.

President Donald Trump said he wants to pursue a trade agreement with Brazil, opening the door to a possible resolution over an ongoing trade dispute between the two nations.

Capital One Financial Corp said on Monday that personal information including names and addresses of about 100 million individuals in the United States and 6 million people in Canada were obtained by a hacker who has been arrested.

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A Texas man was stopped at an airport in Maryland on Monday when airport security found a missile launcher in his checked luggage, authorities said.

At least 164 farmers and land rights activists were killed worldwide last year, with the Philippines accounting for the most casualties for the first time since Britain-based Global Witness began reporting such deaths in 2012.

More than 500,000 kids could lose their automatic eligibility for free school meals thanks to a Trump administration proposal to cut access to food stamps made last week.

Chinese officials on Tuesday said "most" individuals held in re-education camps in its northwest Xinjiang region have left the centers and found jobs -- though they did not provide any figures.

Iranian women who post photos of themselves online without their headscarves on could face up to 10 years in prison.

The United States may be planning to blame Russian non-compliance as a pretext to pull out of the Comprehensive nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), a Russian diplomat told the Conference on Disarmament, the world's main arms talks forum, on Tuesday.

Malaysia's sports-loving Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah called for racial unity as he was installed Tuesday as the country's 16th king under a unique rotating monarchy system.

The government's employee health plan will tighten its rules for covering prescription opioid painkillers starting this fall, the Trump administration said Monday.

The cumulative decline of the Venezuelan economy since 2013 will reach 65%, among the deepest five-year contractions around the world over the last half century, the International Monetary Fund said Monday.

Alabama has filed a federal court claim to ownership of the wreckage of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the U.S., a move the archaeologist who helped find the ship says will bolster protection of the site.

Colombian President Ivan Duque accused his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro Monday of committing an act of "stupidity" by offering refuge to two of his country's former left-wing guerrilla leaders.

BBC

About six million rosewood trees have been cut down in Ghana for illegal export to China since 2012, an environmental group said. The rare species, which takes 100 years to grow, is mostly used to make imperial-style furniture in China.

Superbugs resistant to emergency antibiotics are spreading in hospitals, a Europe-wide study shows. Drugs called carbapenems are used when an infection cannot be treated with anything else.

WND

A series of studies have concluded that the radiation levels in parts of the Marshall Islands, where nuclear weapons were tested more than 60 years ago, is "higher than Chernobyl."

A study published by the American Heart Association finds that the risk of stroke for post-menopausal women was reduced in those who reported breastfeeding at least one child.

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