Mar. 13, 2019


The U.S. aviation regulator said on Tuesday it would not ground Boeing Co 737 MAX planes after a crash in Ethiopia that killed 157 people, bucking a trend of countries around the world that have suspended the aircraft's operations.

The U.S. Defense Department signed a memo on Tuesday that would enforce limitations on transgender people serving in the military, a policy that has been the subject of court challenges.

California Governor Gavin Newsom will impose a moratorium on the state's death penalty on Wednesday, granting reprieves to all 737 inmates on death row and closing the state's execution chamber, an administration source said.

Just when it looks like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may restart his ballistic missile testing program, U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed trimming the missile defense budget, as one set of deterrents is delayed by two years.

At least eight people were killed at a Brazil grade school, where two young people were seen entering the building and firing weapons early on Wednesday.

As many as 100 children and many others were feared trapped on Wednesday after a building containing a primary school collapsed in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos.

Russia's parliament on Wednesday approved new fines for people who insult the authorities online or spread fake news, defying warnings from critics that the move could open the way to direct state censorship of dissent.

Volkswagen will cut up to 7,000 positions, to boost productivity and deliver $6.7 billion of annual savings at its core VW brand by 2023, in its attempt to raise profitability.

U.S. mortgage applications to buy a home and to refinance one increased last week as most borrowing costs fell in step with U.S. bond yields tied to worries about slowing economic growth.

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Talks between the Taliban and U.S. over ending the 18-year conflict in Afghanistan made headway on Tuesday over a draft agreement on American troop withdrawals and counter-terrorism promises.

A defrocked Roman Catholic priest named as one of more than 180 New Jersey priests facing credible accusations of sexual abuse was fatally shot in a new home in a suburb of Las Vegas.

A dozen children have been killed by Saudi-led airstrikes in a village in northern Yemen, the United Nations (UN) said.

Ten Saudi women detained last year in a sweeping crackdown on activists appeared in court on Wednesday, an official said, intensifying scrutiny of the kingdom's human rights record.

Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over.

Palestinians threw a fire bomb at an Israeli police post at a site revered by Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem on Tuesday, and Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including one troops said attacked them with a knife.

A highway shoulder in Venezuela's capital has turned into one of the city's most sought-after destinations. It's one of the few places residents could find the slightest cellphone signal strong enough to reach loved ones around the world during the country's worst blackout.

A security researcher claims to have uncovered a database in China that is publicly listing the personal information of more than 1.8m women, making available sensitive data such as their phone numbers, home addresses and "BreedReady" status, which is thought to refer to whether or not a woman has a child or has the potential to "breed".

Bashar al-Assad has won his war for political survival but as Syria's conflict enters its ninth year, his country is fractured, cash-strapped, and prey to both friend and foe. The civil war reaches its eighth anniversary this month with more than 360,000 people killed, millions more displaced, and devastation worth $400 billion.

The number of people apprehended along the U.S. border with Canada is continuing to climb, according to newly released statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Statistics from the fiscal year that ended last Sept. 30 show that 4,316 people were apprehended near the more than 5,500-mile border last year, up from 3,027 in 2017 and 2,283 in 2016.


A court in Sudan has overturned flogging sentences for nine women accused of taking part in protests against President Omar al-Bashir. The women were sentenced to a month in jail and 20 lashes each. The appeals court ordered their immediate release, saying they had been in prison long enough.

Chickens in a school farm in north-western France are believed to have grouped and killed a juvenile fox. The unusual incident took place after the fox entered the coop with 3,000 hens through an automatic hatch door which closed immediately. There was a herd instinct and they attacked him with their beaks. The body of the small fox was found the following day in a corner of the coop. [There is a lesson here.]

As the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group in eastern Syria enters its final stages, the mood amongst many of the jihadists' supporters who have left the area - including women and children - remains defiant.


A Magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck the south flank of Kīlauea Volcano on Hawaiʻi Island early Wednesday morning.

Western forces are trying to use Christianity to influence China's society and even 'subvert' the government, a senior official said, warning that Chinese Christians needed to follow a Chinese model of the religion.

Researchers at the Duke Eye Center say a simple eye scan may reveal activity in the brain associated with Alzheimer's.

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