Jun. 10, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump defended his administration's deal with Mexico against criticism that there were no major new commitments to stem a flow of Central American migrants crossing into the United States, and said more details would soon be released.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday that measures agreed with the United States last week to stem the flow of U.S.-bound migrants entering Mexico from Central America will be evaluated after 45 days.

In a sign that a presidential hopeful's sexual orientation has diminished as a concern for voters, Americans are more likely to say they would reject a candidate older than 70 than a candidate who is gay, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Monday.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vowed on Monday to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China a day after the city's biggest protest since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he expected Mexico's Senate to ratify next week a new North American trade deal known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a bid to widen legal protections for gun silencers in a case involving two Kansas men convicted for failing to register the devices as required by federal law, as the justices again sidestepped a chance to rule on the scope of the right to bear arms.

Iran has followed through on a threat to accelerate its production of enriched uranium, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Monday, departing from his usual guarded language to say he was worried about increasing tension.

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Attackers believed to belong to the Fulani ethnic group raided a rival Dogon village in central Mali overnight, killing at least 95 people and burning houses to the ground, local and government officials said on Monday.

California will become the first state to pay for some adults living in the country illegally to have full health benefits as the solidly liberal bastion continues to resist the policies of Republican President Donald Trump's administration.

American Airlines has canceled all scheduled flights with Boeing 737 MAX jets through September 3, extending the grounding of its fleet after two crashes involving the same aircraft model killed 346 people.

China's exports unexpectedly returned to growth in May despite higher U.S. tariffs, but imports fell the most in nearly three years in a further sign of weak domestic demand that could prompt Beijing to step up stimulus measures.

The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to security officials.

Pope Francis said on Monday he wants to travel to Iraq next year, which would be the first ever papal trip there.

Uber's offering a novel way to avoid traffic en route to the airport. The company announced that its most active users will get access to Uber Copter, a new service that'll transport passengers from Manhattan to the John F. Kennedy International Airport. The helicopter flies to and from a small airport by the Staten Island Ferry terminal, and a car will transport passengers to and from the respective airports. Flights begin July 9. The flight, Uber says, costs around $200 and covers the cost of car transportation.

Thousands of Southern Baptists are gathering in Birmingham, Alabama, for their big annual meeting. Representatives from the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. will take up pressing issues affecting their evangelical network of churches. In the wake of recent revelations illustrating how widespread sexual abuse is, Southern Baptists will have a chance to enact changes that would make it easier to hold churches accountable and keep people in their pews safe.

Up to 2 million refugees could flee to Turkey if fighting intensifies in northwestern Syria as aid funds run dangerously low, the United Nations said on Monday.

Venezuela has announced it will close its consulates in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, leaving only its embassy in Ottawa to handle its affairs in Canada.

BBC

Canada will ban "harmful" single-use plastics as early as 2021 in a bid to reduce ocean waste, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced.

A US man charged with fatally shooting three people and wounding two others targeted his victims because they were gay or transgender, prosecutors said.

Tens of thousands of people crossed the border with Venezuela and Colombia after it reopened for the first time in four months on Saturday, officials say.

Air New Zealand will end a ban on staff having visible tattoos, in a move it says will allow staff to express cultural and individual diversity.

WND

A lucky Mega Millions player in Southern California woke up a lot richer on Saturday. A ticket sold at a San Diego liquor store matched all six numbers in Friday's $530 million Mega Millions jackpot.

A test program that would give rural schools a strong defense against school shooters - much as assigned police officers provide in larger districts - is being implemented in North Dakota, where some schools are an hour's drive or more from the nearest law enforcement officer. Gov. Doug Burgum in April signed a bill allowing schools to have an "armed first responder."

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