Jun. 7, 2019

REUTERS

Democrats in the U.S. Congress have asked President Donald Trump to reconsider plans for a speech at the Lincoln Memorial during annual Independence Day celebrations, saying it could turn a traditionally non-partisan event into a campaign rally.

U.S. officials were very encouraged by Mexican immigration proposals but there is still a long way to go as negotiators begin their latest round of talks on Friday, a White House official said.

Nineteen Democratic presidential candidates will swarm Iowa this weekend for the biggest political gathering of the 2020 election cycle so far, as the White House race picks up steam ahead of debates and a key fundraising deadline at the end of the month.

Russia and the United States blamed each other for a near collision between their warships in the East China Sea on Friday with both countries accusing one another of dangerous and unprofessional behavior.

Four million Venezuelan refugees and migrants have fled an economic and political crisis in their homeland, all but 700,000 of them since the end of 2015, U.N. aid agencies said on Friday.

The United States has decided to stop accepting any additional Turkish pilots who planned to come to the U.S. to train on F-35 fighter jets, officials say, in a clear sign of the escalating dispute over Ankara's plans to buy Russian air defense systems.

U.S. job growth slowed sharply in May and wages rose less than expected, raising fears that a loss of momentum in economic activity could be spreading to the labor market, which could put pressure on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates this year.

Public education officials in Colorado are considering a plan to tear down and rebuild Columbine High School, saying the site remains a "source of inspiration" for potential gun violence 20 years after a mass shooting there left 15 people dead.

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday tightened its pressure on Venezuela's state-owned oil company by making clear that exports of diluents by international shippers could be subject to U.S. sanctions.

A ban on buying telecoms equipment from Chinese firms would add about 55 billion euros ($62 billion) to the cost of 5G networks in Europe and delay the technology by about 18 months, according to an industry analysis seen by Reuters.

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Mexico scrambled Thursday to slow the flow of Central American migrants to the United States. Mexico City was deploying 6,000 National Guard troops to its southern border with Guatemala, blocked hundreds of migrants in a new caravan and froze the bank accounts of suspected human traffickers in hopes of appeasing Washington's demands.

Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin for an audience this upcoming July 4, the Vatican said on Thursday.

President Trump signed into law a long-anticipated $19.1 billion disaster-aid package that allocates emergency funds to areas hit recently by wildfires, hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes.

China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin hit back at US global economic dominance on Friday as they took the stage together at Russia's showcase business forum.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday released a correspondence file containing the results of tests it performed on a tissue sample alleged to be from Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch - a purported human-like creature that was sporadically reported to be roaming the wilderness in the Pacific Northwest. "The hairs are of deer family origin," Jay Cochran Jr., assistant director of the FBI's Scientific and Technical Services division wrote.

Greece's education and religion minister says the country's long-delayed first state-sponsored mosque is likely to begin operating in September, about three years after its construction was approved by parliament.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says a page should be turned on the strain in relations between Moscow and London caused by the poisoning of a former spy.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to visit Iran next week in an apparent mediation mission to ease tension between Iran and the United States.

Opko Health Inc said on Thursday it was notified by its former billing collections vendor about unauthorized access to information on about 422,600 customers, making it the third healthcare company to be affected by the incident.

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday in the city's annual gay pride parade, a festival that exposes deep divisions between Israel's secular and Jewish ultra-Orthodox camps.

BBC

NASA is to allow tourists and other business ventures to visit the International Space Station from 2020.There will be up to two short private astronaut missions per year, said Robyn Gatens, the deputy director of the ISS.

Australian authorities say they have seized the nation's largest-ever haul of methamphetamine, an illicit drug known locally as ice. The drugs, with an estimated street value of $840m, were found hidden inside stereo speakers in a shipment at a Melbourne port.

Nine coastlines have been identified as the places in the Mediterranean most polluted with plastic, a report says. They include top tourist spots such as Barcelona, Marseilles, Tel-Aviv and the Venice coast near the Po River. It said 570,000 tons of plastic went into the sea each year - the equivalent of 33,800 plastic bottles every minute.

WND

The top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East says he believes the Iranians or their proxies may orchestrate an attack at any moment.

The U.S. is seeking to sell the advanced General Dynamics (GD) M1A2 Abrams tank to Taiwan for the first time. It is part of a $2 billion arms deal that is angering China.

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