Jun. 28, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Friday sardonically asked his Russian counterpart to please not meddle in U.S. elections, appearing to make light of a scandal that led to an investigation of his campaign's contact with the Kremlin during 2016 elections.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether President Trump acted lawfully when he moved to end a program that shields from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, a key part of his hardline immigration policies.

The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Trump a stinging defeat, blocking his contentious citizenship question planned for the 2020 census because officials gave a "contrived" rationale and prompting Trump to suggest an extraordinary delay in the constitutionally mandated population count.

U.S. immigration officials took reporters on a tour of a Texas migrant holding facility on Thursday that was still overcrowded a week after lawyers raised concerns about conditions.

More than 1,000 people, mostly students dressed in black, rallied outside government offices in Hong Kong on Friday as protests over a controversial extradition bill that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into turmoil showed no signs of let-up.

The United States will sanction any country that imports Iranian oil and there are no exemptions in place, the U.S. special envoy for Iran said on Friday.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened opponents with prison if they try to impeach him, the latest in what a top U.N. official and an Asian lawmakers' group this week called a pattern of persecution and assaults on free speech.

U.S. consumer spending increased moderately in May and prices rose slightly, pointing to slowing economic growth and benign inflation pressures, which could give the Federal Reserve ammunition to cut interest rates next month.

The Vatican asked China's communist government to stop intimidating Catholic clergy who want to remain unequivocally loyal to the pope and refuse to sign official registration forms.

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A new bill would calculate potential costs of reparations - and by Yahoo Finance estimates, these could reach as high as $17.1 trillion.

The GOP-held Senate on Wednesday passed a bipartisan $4.6 billion measure to deliver aid to the southern border before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children.

People are heading to New York from as nearby as Washington, D.C., to as far away as Tunisia, Greece and Taiwan. This year, the draw especially comes from the 50th anniversary of the famous Stonewall riots, a pivotal milestone in LGBTQ history.

Missouri's only abortion clinic awaited a decision on Friday whether it can stay open until August, when an arbiter will hear Planned Parenthood's challenge of the state health department's refusal to renew the clinic's license.

UK - A mentally ill pregnant woman who was ordered by a judge to abort her baby will now be able to give birth after an appeal. The woman, who is in her twenties and 22 weeks pregnant, has the mental age of a six- to nine-year-old.

The Supreme Court says law enforcement officers can generally draw blood without a warrant from an unconscious person suspected of driving drunk or while on drugs.

Israel allowed Gaza fuel deliveries to resume and expanded its fishing zone on Friday in exchange for calm in the enclave, Israeli and Palestinian officials and a UN source said.

NASA said it's sending a drone called Dragonfly to explore Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Using propellers, the drone will fly and land on spots to study whether it can support microbial life.

Michigan's attorney general sued to shut down twin 66-year-old oil pipelines in the Great Lakes, saying they pose an "unacceptable risk" and the state cannot wait five to 10 years for Enbridge Inc. to build a tunnel to house replacement pipes running through the Straits of Mackinac.

BBC

France has hit its highest recorded temperature 113.2F - amid a heatwave in Europe that has claimed several lives.

Authorities in Iran have seized roughly 1,000 Bitcoin mining machines from two former factories, according to state TV reports. The action was taken following a spike in electricity consumption. Demand for power rose by 7% in June and cryptocurrency mining was thought to be the main cause.

Police have seized cocaine from a Brazilian air force officer who was due to accompany President Jair Bolsonaro home from the G20 summit in Japan. Officers arrested the man on Tuesday in Seville after allegedly discovering 86lbs. of cocaine in his luggage.

North Macedonia is holding its first ever Pride parade on Saturday, although there are plans for a rival march in support of "traditional family values".

WND

While not as bleak as China's social credit system, today Line, Japan's dominant social media company, introduced a slew of new products-the most alarming among them, Line Score, reports the Verge. Line Score will use AI to give a social credit score to Line users.

Veteran conservative activist Ralph Reed said Wednesday that the faith-based group he leads plans to spend at least $50 million on get-out-the-vote efforts in 2020.

The rates of certain types of sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, are rising dramatically for both male and female service members, according to a recent report.

New research conducted at Columbia University finds that time spent sitting in front of a television is much worse for heart health than sitting at work.

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