Jun. 21, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Friday he had aborted a military strike on
Iran because such a response to Tehran's downing of an unmanned U.S.
surveillance drone would have caused a disproportionate loss of life.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday that Mexico would
meet with 19 countries in the coming weeks in an attempt to boost support
for a plan to stem illegal migration toward the United States.

Russia is ready to help Iran with oil exports and its banking sector if the
Instex European payment system is not launched, Interfax news agency cited
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Friday.

Some global airlines are re-routing flights to avoid Iran-controlled
airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, they said on Friday,
after the U.S. aviation regulator barred its carriers from the area until
further notice.

A bloc of centrist U.S. House Democrats on Friday threw their support
behind a number of proposed bills aimed at securing future U.S. elections
and punishing Moscow for its alleged political interference in 2016,
weakening the Russian ruble.

The American Psychoanalytic Association apologized on Friday for previously
treating homosexuality as a mental illness, saying its past errors
contributed to discrimination and trauma for LGBTQ people.

U.S. home sales rose in May, boosted by lower interest rates for mortgages,
giving a positive signal for the health of the U.S. economy.

A Navy SEAL medic testified on Thursday that he was responsible for the
death of an Islamic State fighter - not the Navy SEAL defendant undergoing
a court martial for war crimes - describing it as a mercy killing.

Three European central bankers are claiming oversight over Facebook's
planned virtual currency to ensure it will not jeopardize the financial
system or be used to launder money.

AP Top Stories

Last week, Maine became the eighth state in the country to legalize
assisted suicide. The new law allows doctors to prescribe a fatal dose of
medication to terminally ill patients who are expected to die within six
months. The law stipulates that the patient must be of sound mind and must
take the medication themselves.

A high school student charged in a classmate's death during a Colorado
school shooting told police that he planned the attack for weeks and
intended to target classmates who repeatedly mocked his gender identity.

The Philippines' Globe Telecom said Friday it will launch Southeast Asia's
first 5G broadband service next month using Huawei technology, despite US
blacklisting of the Chinese giant over cybersecurity concerns.

The Republican National Committee raised $14.6 million during the month of
May, new disclosures show, a reflection of how Republicans are raising
large sums of money months in advance of the 2020 general election. Earlier
this week, the committee announced that President Donald Trump raised $24.8
million in less than 24 hours after officially launching his reelection
campaign - a huge amount of money that dwarfed the first-day totals of the
Democrats competing in the primary. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who
raised the next-highest total after his first day of fundraising, pulled in
$6.3 million.

India has sent warships and stepped up aerial surveillance in strategic
Gulf waters, the Press Trust of India reported on Thursday, with global
tensions rising in the region.

A Chinese court says former Interpol President Meng Hongwei has confessed
to accepting more than $2 million in bribes and expressed regret for his
crime.

Democrats gathered on Capitol Hill and unleashed a cancer upon America. If
allowed to grow, slavery reparations will devour this country by
embittering whites and others who never owned slaves. This malignancy will
enfeeble blacks by convincing them that Abraham Lincoln never lived, the
Confederacy never died, and they are doomed in a land that hates their
guts.

European Union leaders will decide on Thursday to prolong until the end of
January 2020 economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in Ukraine
and call on Moscow to help bring to justice those guilty of shooting down a
passenger plane there in 2014.

A 10-year-old Colorado girl scaled Yosemite National Park's El Capitan and
may have become the youngest person to climb one of the most celebrated and
challenging peaks in the world.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the federal government's
authority under a 2006 law to require thousands of sex offenders to
register with authorities in the states where they live, as the justices
ruled against a child rapist convicted in Maryland.

BBC

Kim Jong-un has hailed North Korea's "invincible" ties with China, during a
state visit by President Xi Jinping.

In Sudan, the ruling Military Council has switched off the internet in
response to protests which took place on 3 June 2019.

Honduras has deployed the military across the country after violent
anti-government protests left two dead.

WND

Younger generations seem to be developing horns in the back of their skulls
due to the extended use of technology like smartphones and tablets.

After winning a court battle aided by the ACLU, a member of the Satanic
Temple prayed "Hail Satan" to open a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough
in southern Alaska, prompting walkouts by about a dozen officials and
attendees.

The United States' suicide rate in 2017 was 33 percent higher than in 1999
and is at its highest since World War II, according to a new study.

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