Mar. 15, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump condemned the "horrible massacre" at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, a deadly attack that killed 49 people in what the White House called a "vicious act of hate."

Israeli warplanes bombed Hamas targets in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza early on Friday after Israel's military said militants had fired two rockets toward the city of Tel Aviv.

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a non-binding resolution on Thursday calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming report on his probe into Russia's role in the 2016 election to be released to Congress and the public.

The United States will impose visa restrictions on people responsible for any International Criminal Court probe, a move aimed at preventing actions against U.S. and allies in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.

Only one in five U.S. taxpayers expect to pay less income tax this year as a result of the tax reform law passed in 2017 by Republicans who promised big savings for everyday Americans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday.

North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, news reports from the North's capital on Friday quoted a senior diplomat as saying.

U.S. manufacturing output fell for a second straight month in February, offering further evidence of a sharp slowdown in economic growth early in the first quarter.

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Many people were killed in a mass shooting at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, a witness said. New Zealand police said that three men and one woman have been taken into custody.

A Bay Area woman has filed a $500 billion lawsuit over the college admissions scandal, accusing specific individuals linked to the alleged scam -- including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin -- of denying others an opportunity to attend elite U.S. colleges.

Amid the latest spate of allegations of sexual abuse of young people by priests, an increasing percentage of Catholics are re-examining their commitment to the religion, according to a poll released Wednesday.

A federal judge in New York denied a request that would have allowed 44 unvaccinated children to return to school on Wednesday. Citing an "unprecedented measles outbreak," District Court Judge Vincent Briccetti said the parents had failed to demonstrate "that public interest weighs in favor of granting an injunction."

The civil war in the Democratic Party between old-school liberals and progressive firebrands heated up last week, leaving establishment forces in full retreat. What began as an attempted gentle slap directed at a freshman member who was offending the powers that be turned into a rout, leaving progressive forces commanding the field.

A woman who claims asbestos in Johnson & Johnson products caused her deadly cancer was awarded $29.4 million by a California jury on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

U.S. federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook Inc struck with some of the world's largest technology companies, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Both companies are among the more than 150, including Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp, which have entered into partnerships with Facebook for access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users, according to the report.

Venezuela's public employees were called to return to work Thursday after the government ended a nearly week-long hiatus caused by an unprecedented nationwide blackout that deepened widespread anger against President Nicolas Maduro.

Sales of new US homes in January unexpectedly fell to their slowest pace in three months while prices edged downward, the government reported Thursday.

If the Green New Deal came up for a vote in the Democrat-controlled House, it would have trouble passing. Because of the Democrats. Party moderates leading a new climate change panel said Thursday they can't support the ambitious resolution led by liberal firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that calls not only for combating the environmental crisis but also champions broad social reforms such as free housing, medical coverage and higher education for all Americans.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he sees a "very good chance" of reaching a trade deal with China but is in "no rush" to reach an agreement.

Italy's Justice Ministry has ordered a preliminary inquiry into an appeals court ruling that overturned a rape verdict in part by arguing that the woman who was attacked was too ugly to be a credible rape victim. The appeals sentence was handed down by an all-female panel.

Walt Disney World has hiked its prices yet again, increasing the cost of tickets around the holidays. Per the park's website, tickets during peak Christmas and New Year's days will now cost $159, up $30 from last year. Prices for dates around other holidays like Memorial Day and Easter have also increased.

BBC

Thousands of school pupils worldwide have abandoned classrooms for a day of protest against climate change. India, South Korea, Australia and France are among the countries where teenagers are already on strike. The day of action is expected to embrace about 100 countries.

China has passed a new foreign investment law in a move widely seen as an effort to facilitate US trade talks. The measure is seen as a possible olive branch to the US as negotiators from both countries work to resolve their bruising trade dispute.

Two astronauts who survived a failed Soyuz launch last year are now on their way to the International Space Station.

WND

Tory MP Scott Mann has attracted mockery on social media after calling for strict new knife control measures including for every blade sold in the UK to be fitted with GPS tracking systems. Britain should create a "national database" of people who own knives, "like we do with guns".

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