May 10, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Friday he was in "absolutely no rush" to finalize a trade agreement with China as negotiators from both countries prepared to continue talks in Washington, in a sign that discussions could go past this week.

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing Co executive, as his defense secretary, the White House said on Thursday, breaking with tradition by choosing someone who made a career at a top defense company as Pentagon chief.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Russia on May 12-14, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who was being detained for refusing to testify before a grand jury, was released on Thursday and immediately summoned to appear before a new grand jury next week, her lawyers said.

Alabama's state Senate on Thursday delayed until next week a vote on the strictest abortion bill in the United States after disagreement arose on the Senate floor about whether to allow women impregnated by rape and incest to have a legal abortion.

At least 50 migrants drowned on Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian coast after they had left Libya hoping to reach Europe, the UN migration agency said.

Sri Lanka's army commander Mahesh Senanayake said the threat of more Islamist militant attacks has been contained and the security services have dismantled most of the network linked to the Easter Sunday bombings.

American B-52 Stratofortress bombers sent to the Middle East over what Washington describes as threats from Iran have arrived at a U.S. base in Qatar.

Syria received its first foreign oil supplies for six months last week, with the arrival of two shipments including one from Iran, a source familiar with Iranian oil shipments said, easing the war-torn country's fuel crisis.

The leader of North Korea ordered its military to boost its strike capability as he directed another missile firing, state media said on Friday, as tensions grew over tests that appeared to show development of a new advanced missile system.

The commander overseeing U.S. naval forces in the Middle East told Reuters on Thursday that American intelligence showing a threat from Iran will not prevent him from sending an aircraft carrier through the vital Strait of Hormuz, if needed.

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A vigil held Wednesday evening to recognize the victims and heroes of the shooting earlier this week at a Colorado high school turned into a political protest after some students in attendance expressed frustration with the tone and focus of the speeches.

Conflict forced more than 10 million people to flee their homes to live elsewhere within their own country last year, bringing the total number of people internally displaced by violence to 41.3 million, a record high.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Friday he was open to accept a U.S. military intervention to help manage the political emergency in his country.

More gay men are being detained and tortured in the Russian republic of Chechnya, according to an international human rights group.

American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln passed through the Suez Canal Thursday, Egyptian authorities said, as a US strike group heads towards the Gulf amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran.

The US Navy has ended operations assisting Japan's search for a stealth fighter jet that crashed in the Pacific, after some of its debris was recovered.

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Israel now produces most of its drinking water from sea water, and other parts of the region are looking to do the same. But there are concerns about environmental damage caused by the shortage of rainfall and some desalination processes.

Four foreign hostages have been freed by French forces in the West African country of Burkina Faso, the French government said. Two of those released are French. The other two are said to be an American woman and a South Korean woman.

Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos has unveiled a mock-up of a new lunar lander spacecraft that aims to take equipment and humans to the Moon by 2024.

Three Venezuelan opposition members of parliament have taken shelter in foreign embassies after losing their congressional immunity. They are among 10 lawmakers stripped of immunity after the Supreme Court said they should be investigated for conspiracy, rebellion and treason.

Jean-Jacques Savin, A 72-year-old French adventurer, is on the Caribbean island of Martinique after successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean (2,800 miles in 122 days at sea) in a barrel-shaped orange capsule. He used ocean currents alone to propel the capsule across the Atlantic.

Nearly 900 children who were part of a militia helping to fight Islamist militant group Boko Haram have been freed, the UN says In a statement, it says that 106 girls were among the 894 children released by the pro-government Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) "as part of its commitment to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children".

People in Europe are snatching more than their fair share of the world's resources. A report says Europeans emit too much carbon, eat too much food, use large amounts of timber and occupy too much built space.

WND

On the campaign trail, former Vice President Joe Biden said the United States has an "obligation" to provide health care for illegal immigrants.

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