Jul. 9, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump boasted about his administration's environmental record on Monday, saying America can lead the world in fighting pollution at the same time it is promoting fossil fuels, in a speech green groups derided as "utter fantasy."

The future of Obamacare could be at stake on Tuesday when a coalition of Democratic-led states and House of Representatives urge a federal appeals court to overturn a Texas judge's ruling that the U.S. healthcare reform law is unconstitutional.

The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Britain and the European Union said on Tuesday that they were concerned about Iran scaling up its uranium enrichment and urged Tehran to revert to upholding the 2015 nuclear deal.

Italy's government plans to throw more resources into its fight against boat migrants, an official said on Tuesday, as the number of new arrivals gathers speed, putting pressure on Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

Seven members of a family were killed in an air strike in the northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan, the Afghan ministry of defense said in a statement.

European regulators have ordered inspections on some older Airbus A380 superjumbo airplanes after some cracks were detected in wings on the world's largest passenger aircraft.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the extradition bill that sparked the Chinese-ruled city's biggest crisis in decades is dead and that government work on the legislation had been a "total failure", but critics accused her of playing with words.

The U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan wound up on Tuesday the seventh round of talks he has held with the Taliban in Qatar, after signs of progress in efforts to end the longest war the United States has ever fought.

France will introduce a tax on airlines flying from its airports to help support the environment, the transport minister said on Tuesday, in a move expected to raise around $202 million from 2020.

The United States and China are set to relaunch trade talks this week after a two-month hiatus, but a year after their trade war began there is little sign their differences have narrowed.

British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic plans a stock market listing by the end of the year, becoming the first space tourism firm to tap public markets for funding.

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated value of $2.2 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday, despite Chinese criticism of the deal.

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Mexican officials using a large X-ray scanner at a checkpoint in the central state of Zacatecas found 51 Central American migrants in hidden compartments inside a truck.

Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli announces operations will begin to remove illegal immigrants who have been lawfully ordered to leave the country.

Two junior Indian antitrust research associates and a law school student were behind a complaint that sparked a probe into Google's alleged anti-competitive practices in the country, in what has become another regulatory challenge for the U.S. firm.

SunTrust Banks, the lender merging with BB&T Corp., said it won't provide future financing to companies that manage private prisons and immigration holding facilities. SunTrust's decision follows similar moves by Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase. and Wells Fargo.

Authorities seized about $3.7 million in undeclared U.S. currency after searching an abandoned boat on the coast of Puerto Rico on Sunday.

Iran's decision to further challenge the United States by boosting its uranium enrichment beyond limits in its 2015 nuclear deal has deepened fears among Iranians that their country will remain in crisis mode over the long term.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation opening up the possibility for Congress to access Donald Trump's state tax returns through the Empire State's government. The bill was signed into law on Monday, and would allow New York officials to release the tax returns of public officials, if the records were requested by "congressional tax-related committees" citing "specified and legitimate legislative purpose" for the files.

Apple is apparently considering doubling down on biometric authentication, as 9to5Mac reports that iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina beta testers have been given the option to sign in to their iCloud.com accounts using either Face ID or Touch ID, depending on which device they're using to access the site.

Israel's military on Monday shot down a drone that crossed into its territory from the Gaza Strip and discovered an attack tunnel running under the Gaza perimeter fence. The military said it recovered the downed drone and took it in for examination.

BBC

A migrant center on the Italian island of Sicily which had been one of the largest of its kind in Europe, which at its peak housed more than 4,000 people, has been officially shut down.

Over the past few months, bricks of cocaine with a street value of millions have been washing up in eastern coastal provinces in the Philippines.

A motorbike ban aimed at curbing crime has come into effect in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

WND

At least 100 men, women and children have been incinerated in a "well-targeted attack" on Christians by jihadists in central Mali, according to reports.

An all-ages, drag queen show in Denver on Sunday drew protesters, who were kept behind a fence with a strong police presence. About a dozen people participated in the show. The show has taken place the first Saturday of the month for the past six months.

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