May 7, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should not testify in Congress about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, after saying on Friday it was up to the Justice Department's top official.

Vice President Mike Pence is set on Tuesday to offer new incentives to Venezuela's military to turn against President Nicolas Maduro, responding to an attempted uprising that fizzled out last week, a senior administration official told Reuters.

President Trump will welcome Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the White House on May 13, where they will discuss trade, energy, and national security, the White House said.

Air strikes in western Afghanistan this week destroyed a number of Taliban drug labs and also killed dozens of civilians, according to reports from local officials that were rejected by the Afghan government.

Construction of China's first full-sized aircraft carrier is well under way, according to satellite images obtained and analyzed by a U.S. think tank.

A British soldier has been killed while taking part in counter poaching operations in Malawi, Britain's defense ministry said on Tuesday. British media reported that the soldier was believed to have been trampled by an elephant.

Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon after spending more than 500 days behind bars.

Three out of four Americans believe children should be vaccinated against measles even if their parents object, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found, showing little sympathy for the anti-vaccination movement that U.S. officials blame for the ongoing outbreak.

Georgia's Republican governor on Tuesday is expected to sign a bill outlawing abortion if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat, part of a concerted effort to restrict abortion rights in states across the country.

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President Donald Trump has pardoned Michael Behenna, a former Army Ranger in the 101st Airborne Division convicted of murdering an Iraqi prisoner in 2009.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed Sunday for Russia to get out of Venezuela, while his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, called on Washington to "abandon its irresponsible plans" in the crisis-wracked country.

Israel and Gaza Strip militants reached a truce after the most intense round of fighting since their 2014 war, and life on both sides of the border returned to normal Monday. The violence, which claimed the lives of 27 Palestinians and four Israelis, had threatened to undo months of Egyptian-brokered efforts to reach a long-term truce.

Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi called for the global ban on the trade of elephant ivory to be lifted for certain countries to benefit communities that live alongside the biggest concentration of the pachyderms.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) called on Tuesday for the release of more than 3,000 migrants, mainly Ethiopians, who it said remain held in inhumane conditions in two detention centers in southern Yemen.

Parents of an Indiana teen are warning families of a dangerous social media "choking challenge" after their teen was fatally injured.

Top diplomats from the United States, Russia and other nations which border the Arctic met in Finland on Monday to discuss policies governing the polar region, as tensions grow over how to deal with global warming and access to mineral wealth.

Prominent United Arab Emirates (UAE) pro-democracy campaigner Ahmed Mansoor may be suffering treatment amounting to torture, including prolonged solitary confinement.

BBC

The US city of Denver is set to vote in a referendum that could in effect approve the use of magic mushrooms. If passed, the measure would bar officials from "spending resources to impose criminal penalties" for personal use and possession of the drug. Magic mushrooms contain a psychedelic chemical, psilocybin, which under US federal law belongs in the same group of banned drugs as heroin or LSD.

Namibia is facing a "natural disaster" because of poor rains, President Hage Geingob said. He has declared a state of emergency - the second in three years - over the situation, mobilizing all government agencies to respond to the drought. The lack of rain has already left 500,000 people - one in five Namibians - without access to enough food, the government says.

A fuel tanker lorry has overturned and exploded near the airport in Niger's capital, Niamey, killing at least 58 people, authorities said. Many of the victims had gathered to collect fuel after the vehicle overturned close to railway tracks as it tried to park. Another 37 people were injured in the explosion.

A quarantine imposed in Mongolia after two people died from the bubonic plague has been lifted, allowing a number of tourists to leave the area.

WND

A public school instructing teachers to greet Muslims during Ramadan with "Ramadan Mubarak" and adjust test schedules is raising the specter of official district endorsement of Islam, contends a non-profit legal group.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., followed fellow freshman Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., in criticizing Israel for defending itself against a barrage of more than 700 rockets fired by jihadists in Gaza over the weekend.

The United Nations slammed Israel for possibly committing war crimes in its fight against Hamas - and then backed that accusation by suggesting the Jewish nation ought to be sharing its Iron Dome defensive technology with the very terror group it's fighting.

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