Mar. 13, 2018


U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was ousted Tuesday after a turbulent tenure with President Donald Trump, blindsiding the former Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO just hours after he returned from a nearly week-long trip to Africa. "I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State." Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel will succeed Pompeo, becoming the first woman to lead the agency.

President Trump on Tuesday will showcase eight wall prototypes constructed in the desert south of San Diego as he fights to overcome resistance from Democrats and skepticism from some Republican lawmakers over the cost of a barrier that was a central promise of his presidential campaign. The White House has requested $18 billion for the project.

Sweden's governing Social Democrats pledged to ban religious schools in an effort to combat segregation, as it outlines its education policy ahead of this year's general election.

A bomb struck a convoy carrying the Palestinian premier as it entered Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the latest setback to a months-old reconciliation effort supposed to heal factional rifts.

A Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund that aims to reduce the kingdom's dependency on oil has engaged a top K Street firm to lobby for approval of future acquisitions in the U.S., according to a March 8 filing with the Justice Department.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson joined the British government in saying the poison used in an attack on a former Russian spy in the U.K. clearly came from Russia, calling the episode an "egregious act" that will trigger a U.S. response., Inc. is on track to reach $1 trillion in market capitalization by 2022. That would be a 29 percent jump from Monday's valuation of $773.8 billion, already greater than the combined market value of Walmart and Alibaba Group Holding the next two biggest retailers.

U.S. consumer prices continued to firm in February, indicating inflation is creeping up toward the Federal Reserve's target without the kind of breakout that would warrant a faster pace of interest-rate hikes.

Australia is standing firm amid growing calls for immigration curbs, even as the U.S. and Europe succumb to rising populism. It has little choice if it's to continue a period of record economic expansion. A flood of arrivals that's swelled the population by 50 percent over the past three decades has underpinned economic growth and allowed a succession of governments to boast of avoiding recession since 1991. Populists are blaming immigrants for over-burdened infrastructure, soaring housing prices and low wage growth.

Small businesses in the U.S. were the most optimistic in more than three decades as recent tax cuts and economic growth spurred expectations for sales gains, according to a National Federation of Independent Business survey released Tuesday.

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At least 49 people were killed on Monday when a Bangladeshi airliner crashed in cloudy weather as it came in to land at the Nepalese capital's hill-ringed airport.

After driving nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, Myanmar's military is building bases where some of their homes and mosques once stood, Amnesty International said on Monday, citing new evidence from satellite imagery.

A third explosion has been linked to two other deadly attacks at homes in Texas this month, where police are warning residents not to touch any unexpected boxes that end up on their door steps.

Vladimir Putin, who is set to extend his long rule to 2024 in Russia's presidential election on Sunday, has stamped his total authority in Russia, silencing opposition and reasserting Moscow's lost might abroad.

As countries race to militarize and exploit the Arctic, two U.S. Navy fast-attack submarines have arrived in the Arctic Ocean for a five-week biennial exercise, called ICEX 2018.

German prosecutors said Monday they were notified that a former Nazi death camp guard dubbed the "Accountant of Auschwitz" died before he could begin serving his 4-year sentence.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a South Korean representative on Tuesday he wants talks with North Korea, called to dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs, to resolve a dispute over past abductions of Japanese citizens as well.

A Saudi general may have been tortured to death and several wealthy businessmen were allegedly abused in captivity at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's recent crackdown on powerful figures in Saudi Arabia, according to a newspaper report.

Russia will apparently place a early pre-production version of its fearsome RS-28 Sarmat liquid-fueled heavy intercontinental ballistic missile on duty before the weapon enters series production. The massive new ICBM recently started testing and will eventually replace Russia's existing arsenal of RS-36M2 Voevoda (NATO: SS-18 Satan) missiles.


The Argentine navy has rescued four US scientists and a contractor from an Antarctic camp after the US icebreaker due to pick them up could not reach them because of thick sea-ice.

The Turkish military says it has surrounded the Kurdish-held city of Afrin in northern Syria, the focus of an offensive against a Kurdish militia.

Thirty-eight people have died in Ethiopia after the bus they were travelling in plunged off a cliff.


For the first time, scientists have corroborated with direct evidence that the Earth has oceans of water deep within mantle by actually recovering some trapped inside diamonds.

Three illegal aliens in Illinois were indicted on felony charges for voting in the 2016 election. The clerk's office of Lake County, north of Chicago, discovered the alleged crimes, charging three illegal aliens with perjury for misrepresenting their citizenship. Two other local residents were charged with voting twice, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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