Mar. 4, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump's administration has restored a higher protocol status to European Union diplomats in Washington after a snub that highlighted how the traditional allies were becoming estranged.

President Donald Trump said on Sunday the reason he wanted to curb military drills with South Korea was to save the United States hundreds of millions of dollars in costs, and suggested it could also reduce tensions with North Korea.

The White House is advancing plans to form a presidential panel that will question science used in U.S. military and intelligence reports showing that human-driven climate change poses national security risks, according to a source briefed by participants in the negotiations.

The House Judiciary Committee will seek documents from more than 60 people and organizations as it begins investigations into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Donald Trump, the panel's chairman said on Sunday.

More than 90 percent of U.S. coal-fired power plants that are required to monitor groundwater near their coal ash dumps show unsafe levels of toxic metals, according to a study released on Monday by environmental groups, which cited the potential harm to drinking water.

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he would vote in favor of a resolution to end President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border emergency declaration, according to a media report, likely giving Democrats the votes to pass the measure in the Senate.

The U.S. military has deployed its most advanced air and missile defense system to Israel for the first time, U.S. and Israeli military officials said on Monday.

Saying the "Church is not afraid of history", Pope Francis announced on Monday he plans to open fully the Vatican's secret archives on the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII, a historic move that Jews have sought for decades.

Two teenagers were killed in knife attacks in Britain over the weekend, bringing the total number of people killed in stabbings this year to at least 24 and pushing the bloodshed to the forefront of national concern.

A rapidly growing number of counties in at least four states are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, refusing to enforce gun-control laws that they consider to be infringements on the U.S. constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

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Indonesian authorities said Monday they're not certain how many people were buried in the collapse of a remote gold mine nearly a week ago but that the number could be as high as 100.

Bangladesh forces handed back on Sunday a Myanmar soldier more than two months after he strayed across the border into a jungle in the Muslim-majority nation, a senior official said.

The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel.

The Turkish government's campaign of threats, fines and deep discounts to curtail runaway food costs has paid off with a bigger-than-forecast decline in inflation. Consumer prices in February rose 19.7 percent from a year earlier after a gain of 20.4 percent in the previous month

Ilhan Omar has defended herself in the face of criticism after saying she should not need to "have allegiance [or] pledge support" to Israel to serve in the US Congress.

Taliban insurgents targeted an Afghan army corps at their camp in the southern Helmand province, killing at least 23, officials said Saturday.

Russia is ready to take part in bilateral talks with the United States over the issue of Venezuela, Russia's foreign minister told his U.S. counterpart late on Saturday.

Hundreds of people including fighters from the Islamic State group evacuated their last foothold in eastern Syria Monday hours after U.S.-backed Syrian fighters said they were forced to slow their advance because the extremists are using civilians as human shields.

The number of cases of measles in the Philippines has exceeded more than 14,000 and the count is still rising even as the government steps up its campaign against a vaccine scare that was triggered by deaths allegedly caused by Dengvaxia, a vaccine against dengue.

BBC

Rescue teams in eastern Alabama have resumed search operations a day after two tornadoes caused extensive damage to buildings and roads. At least 23 people are known to have died in Lee County, some of them children, with the youngest believed to have been six years old. There are fears that the death toll will rise.

America's new astronaut capsule has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) as part of its demonstration mission. The Dragon vehicle, launched by California's SpaceX company on Saturday, made the attachment autonomously. It is the latest in a series of tests the capsule must pass in order to get approval from NASA to transport people.

Australia has experienced its hottest summer on record, according to the nation's Bureau of Meteorology. Hundreds of individual heat records were shattered across the country over the past three months.

Police in Tanzania have arrested 65 witchdoctors suspected of involvement in the barbaric ritualistic killings of children in the south-west and northern part of the country.

WND

China has blocked millions of travelers from purchasing train or plane tickets as part of the Communist country's controversial "social credit" system, which has drawn the ire of privacy advocates who fear the surveillance-based system could lead to dystopian outcomes.

A Colorado high school student forfeited the state tournament match rather than wrestle a girl during the match.

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