May 13, 2019

REUTERS    

President Donald Trump said on Sunday that the US is "right where we want to be with China," adding that Beijing "broke the deal with us" and then sought to renegotiate.

China said on Monday it would impose higher tariffs on a range of U.S. goods, striking back in its trade war with Washington shortly after President Donald Trump warned it not to retaliate.

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan made his second trip to the U.S.-Mexico border as the Pentagon looks to develop a plan to support President Trump's immigration policies.

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two of its oil tankers were among those attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and said it was an attempt to undermine the security of crude supplies amid tensions between the United States and Iran.

A close aide to Pope Francis has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini by climbing down a manhole to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building. To some, he was a hero of sorts by Monday morning as the news went viral. Rome’s left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper ran a banner headline calling him “The Pope’s Robin Hood” and praising him for doing the right thing under the circumstances.

Britain, Germany and France called on Monday for an end to the military escalation in north western Syria, saying they were gravely concerned at recent violence which had led to the death of more than 120 civilians.

The reopening of a Swedish investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will give him a chance to clear his name, WikiLeaks said on Monday.

Sri Lanka widened a curfew on Monday after attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the worst unrest since Easter bombings by Islamist militants and blocked Facebook and WhatsApp to stop people inciting violence.

Amazon started adding technology to a handful of warehouses that scans goods coming down a conveyor belt and envelopes them seconds later in boxes custom-built for each item.

Iran insists on exporting at least 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil, triple May’s expected levels under U.S. sanctions, as a condition for staying in an international nuclear deal.

Global automotive supplier Bosch expects platinum to play only a minor role in its new fuel cells, giving precious metal markets scant benefit even as the technology gains momentum for pollution-free transport.

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Gunmen killed a priest and five parishioners during mass Sunday in an attack on a Catholic church in Dablo, northern Burkina Faso, security sources and a local official said.

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday the U.S. military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported.

A Venezuelan general called on the country's armed forces on Sunday to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro, who has relied on the backing of the military to hold on to power despite an economic collapse.

The Taliban targeted security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern Sari Pul province, killing at least seven members of the country's security forces, provincial officials said Monday.

The last time Vice President Mike Pence spoke at Liberty University, he used the backdrop of one of the world’s largest Christian schools to vouch for candidate Donald Trump’s faith credentials during the 2016 campaign. Pence, who has been facing criticisms of his own religious views recently, warned graduates that they have to stay strong against the challenges they’ll get from Hollywood, the media and the secular left.

Settlements to the families of 346 people who died in the two catastrophic Boeing Max plane crashes will be calculated, in part, by how long the victims knew they were doomed. Lawyers handling claims against the US aerospace company said the longer the passengers and crew were aware of their desperate fate, the larger the likely payout. “There’s a better chance of (financial) recovery if it took minutes rather than seconds for the plane to crash.’’

Brazilian mothers and pregnant women accused of non-violent crimes are being illegally detained and held in pretrial detention in spite of a new law that explicitly bans this, a leading human rights organization has warned.

Almost one in every five candidates contesting in India’s election is accused of committing a heinous crime, according to independent analysis. About 19% of those standing in the election face charges including rape, murder and kidnapping.

Pope Francis has given the church 19 new priests, ordaining the men in an elaborate ceremony Sunday in St. Peter's Basilica, as the credibility of the Vatican and many of its clergy is threatened by widespread scandals of pedophile priests and systematic efforts at cover-ups. Fifteen of the seminarians ordained by Francis are Italian; the others are from Croatia, Peru, Haiti and Japan.

BBC    

More than 40 US states have filed a lawsuit accusing pharmaceutical firms of conspiring to artificially inflate the cost of common medicinal drugs.

Cuba has announced rationing of more products amid shortages it blames on the US trade embargo and hoarders.

WND       

A Gallup poll that found 158 million adults around the world would come to the U.S. if it had open borders failed to mention the children and other relatives who would join them. “Nonetheless, under different scenarios, we estimate that anywhere from 386 to 703 million people around the globe (adults plus children) would migrate to the United States if they could.”

A legal team has dispatched a cease-and-desist letter to a school district in Washington state that promoted Islam through a Ramadan policy that provides special privileges for Muslim students. It’s the second district in the state found to have the special policy in just the last week.

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