Jun. 18, 2019

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally launches what may be an uphill battle to persuade voters to give him four more years in office, as he bets a strong U.S. economy will outweigh voter concerns about his unorthodox style and polarizing policies.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday Iran would not wage war against any nation, while Russia told the United States it should drop what it called provocative plans to deploy more troops to the Middle East.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday signaled the end of a controversial extradition bill that she promoted and then postponed after some of the most violent protests since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

The Christian hymn "Sing Hallelujah to the Lord" has emerged as the unlikely anthem of Hong Kong's protests against an extradition bill that have drawn millions of people onto the streets.

President Trump said on Tuesday he had spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping and that the two leaders' teams would restart trade talks after a long lull in order to prepare for a meeting at the G20 summit later this month.

The U.S. solar energy industry lifted its installation outlook for this year and beyond thanks to robust demand for large-scale projects by utilities buying the clean energy source for its low cost, according to a report published on Tuesday.

Facebook plans to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra next year as part of its wider efforts to expand beyond social networking into e-commerce and global payments.

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President Donald Trump said on Monday that U.S. authorities would begin next week removing millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is standing by China over a collision involving the two nations' boats in the South China Sea, with his spokesman casting doubts on local fishermen's accounts of the incident.

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night killed 11 people and injured 122, the local government said.

Israel approved in principle on Sunday a new community named "Trump Heights" after U.S. President Donald Trump on a contested frontier zone with Syria - but construction looked likely to lag given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political stumbles.

"Wild" like a rock concert. That's how President Donald Trump envisions his campaign kickoff rally in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night. Trump says his re-election launch will be a political spectacle. Opponents are launching their protests at a gay bar in Orlando. The city is home to a large Puerto Rican population and it's also where a shooting at a gay nightclub killed 49 people three years ago.

The U.S. government reported that China's holdings of Treasuries fell to a two-year low, a slump that's coincided with an escalation in tensions between the world's two largest economies. China's stockpile of U.S. notes, bills and bonds declined by $7.5 billion in April to $1.11 trillion

The Vatican formally opened debate Monday on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass.

Japan has protested what is says was an unauthorized Chinese maritime survey within its economic waters near disputed East China Sea islands, officials said Monday.

Russia has uncovered and thwarted attempts by the United States to carry out cyber attacks on the control systems of Russian infrastructure, Russian news agencies cited an unnamed security source as saying on Monday.

Turkey has ordered the arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected links to the network accused by Ankara of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.

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Ecuador has agreed to allow US military planes to operate from an airport on the Galapagos Islands, reports said. They will "fight drug trafficking" under a deal with Ecuador's government.

In countries such as Zambia, Senegal and Tunisia, everyday drugs like paracetamol can cost up to 30 times more than in the UK and USA.

Children were used as suicide bombers in a triple attack in Nigeria on Monday, Unicef has said. Two girls and a boy carried out the bombing outside a video hall in Konduga village in north-eastern Borno State, the UN children's charity said.

The southern Indian city of Chennai (formerly Madras), India's sixth largest, is in crisis after its four main water reservoirs ran completely dry. The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions, including drilling new boreholes. Residents have had to stand in line for hours to get water from government tanks, and restaurants have closed due to the lack of water.

Eight years on from the start of the war, Syria's universities are suffering from corruption, under-funding and a brain drain, a report has found.

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Already known for articles advising youth how to hide an abortion from their parents and how to engage in anal sex, Teen Vogue magazine has published an op-ed advocating prostitution to its young readers. The author of the article, Tlaleng Mofokeng, calls for prostitution to be decriminalized and for children to "fund public campaigns to decrease stigma."

The U.S. Senate has voted to curtail the nearly unchecked ability of the Internal Revenue Service to confiscate cash from someone, make a few allegations but never file any charges and then keep the money.

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