May 14, 2018

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said that Congress must have a deal to fund the federal government before the summer break in August or lawmakers would have to stay in Washington.

President Donald Trump on Friday blasted drug makers and healthcare "middlemen" for making prescription medicines unaffordable for Americans, but healthcare stocks rose as his administration avoided aggressive direct measures to cut prices.

Lebanon's foreign minister on Monday called the U.S. decisions to move its embassy to Jerusalem and to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal policy failures that will lead to more tensions and extremism in the region.

A bill aimed at tightening oversight of foreign investment in the United States because of concern about China's acquisition of critical technology is headed for a vote this month in the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, the panel said on Friday.

President Trump spoke by phone with British Prime Minister Theresa May and the two leaders condemned Iran's rocket attacks on Israel from Syria, the White House said in a statement.

Israeli forces killed at least 41 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday as angry protesters demonstrated at the frontier on the day the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem.

A device discovered in a mosque near the South African port city of Durban where worshippers were attacked by armed men last week has been confirmed as explosive, police said on Monday.

A family of Islamist militants in Indonesia carried an eight-year-old into a suicide bomb attack against police in Surabaya on Monday, a day after another militant family killed 13 people in suicide attacks on three churches in the same city.

Facebook has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

HSBC Holdings Plc said on Monday it has performed the world's first trade finance transaction using a single blockchain platform, in a push to boost efficiency in the multi-trillion-dollar funding of international trade.

A global oil glut has been virtually eliminated, figures published by OPEC showed on Monday, thanks to an OPEC-led pact to cut supplies that has been in place since January 2017 and due to rising global demand.

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A massive new fissure opened on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, hurling bursts of rock and magma with an ear-piercing screech on Sunday as it threatened nearby homes within a zone where authorities had just ordered an evacuation.

Suicide bombers suspected to be from an Islamic State-inspired group killed at least 11 people and wounded 40 in attacks on Christians attending Sunday morning services at three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya, officials said.

A new "faith-based" adoption law signed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday is raising red flags for LGBTQ groups. Oklahoma Senate Bill 1140 allows agencies to deny adoptions and foster care placements if a given placement violates an agency's "written religious or moral convictions or policies."

A knifeman shouting Allahu akbar was shot dead by police in central Paris late Saturday after he killed one person and injured four, prompting a terror probe.

China's first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier started sea trials Sunday, state media said, a landmark in Beijing's ambitious plans to modernize its navy as the Asian giant presses its claims in disputed regional waters.

Twenty-two world records have been set at a Christie's auction, including the $832 million total for the priciest private collection of artworks and other treasures, owned by Peggy and David Rockefeller.

North Korea will destroy its nuclear test site later this month, ahead of a summit with the United States, it said Saturday, blowing up its tunnels in front of invited foreign media.

Russia has been on the forefront of building unmanned ground vehicles and last week the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that their armed drone tank Uran-9 was tested in Syria.

China's mainland stocks are moving a step closer to inclusion in the global financial community. The MSCI is changing the makeup of three widely-followed indexes.

BBC

China has welcomed a pledge from Donald Trump to help save ZTE, one of China's biggest telecoms companies.

At least 61 people have died in fierce dust storms across four Indian states since Sunday evening, with officials warning of more bad weather to come.

Two Britons kidnapped in a national park in DR Congo have said they are "very grateful" after their release.

WND

The US Postal Service is headed in the wrong direction. It posted a controllable loss of $656 million in the second quarter, compared with income of $12 million for the same period a year ago.

A plan developing now would give the federal government ownership of an infant's DNA, obtained from blood samples taken at birth to screen for threatening diseases.

Robots which can listen, learn and react to people are being introduced in care homes to help look after residents and prevent loneliness. The humanoid companions, which are equipped with artificial intelligence, will be able to recognize the needs and emotions of frail, elderly residents.

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