May 9, 2019

REUTERS

Venezuelan intelligence agents detained opposition leader Juan Guaido's congressional deputy on Wednesday, using a tow truck to drag his vehicle away with him inside, prompting the U.S. government to warn of "consequences" if he was not released.

Denver will become the first city in the United States to decriminalize magic mushrooms, based on final unofficial results on Wednesday of a ballot initiative about the hallucinogenic drug.

N. Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles, the South's military said, less than a week after its leader, Kim Jong Un, oversaw the test-firing of multiple rockets and a missile.

The United States called on North Korea on Thursday to "dismantle all political prison camps" and release all political prisoners, who it said numbered between 80,000 and 120,000.

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed one of the president's sons, Donald Trump Jr., to answer questions about his contacts with Russia, two congressional sources said.

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden on Wednesday held the first of two high-dollar fundraisers in Los Angeles, which he opened to the press in a bid to counter criticism he is relying too heavily on the often closed-door events.

Pope Francis issued a landmark decree on Thursday making bishops directly accountable for sexual abuse or covering it up, requiring clerics to report any cases to Church superiors and allowing anyone to complain directly to the Vatican if needed.

President Vladimir Putin watched intercontinental nuclear missile launchers roll across Red Square on Thursday as Russia put on its annual show of military might to mark the Soviet Union's World War Two victory over the Nazis.

China appealed to the United States to meet it halfway to salvage a deal that could end their trade war, with its chief negotiator in Washington for two days of talks hoping to stave off U.S. tariff hikes set to be triggered on Friday.

OPEC is in the dark on the oil supply outlook for the second half of this year, with Iranian and Russian outages looking increasingly significant but Saudi Arabia reluctant to pump more due to fears of a price crash, sources in the organization said.

In fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a U.S. guided missile destroyer conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel in the waterway claimed by China, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday.

The relatively slow growth of middle class incomes, widening inequality, and declining prospects for the poor to move up the economic ladder are "crucial" problems for the U.S. to tackle in coming years, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Thursday.

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Donald Trump ordered new sanctions against Iran on Wednesday hours after Tehran said it was relaxing some restrictions on its nuclear program.

American officials say the U.S. is poised to move more military assets to the Middle East in response to perceived threats from Iran.

Afghan forces fought for hours against Taliban insurgents who killed at least four civilians and wounding dozens more when they stormed an aid organization in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, security officials said.

A Russian-backed Syrian government offensive in the rebel-held northwest has killed dozens of people and forced more than 150,000 to flee, the biggest escalation in the war between President Bashar al-Assad and his enemies since last summer.

The governor of the US state of Georgia on Tuesday signed into law a ban on abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected -- one of the most restrictive such laws in the country.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on Iran, targeting revenue from its exports of industrial metals, the latest salvo in tensions between Washington and Tehran over a 2015 international accord curbing the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

BBC

European powers have said they remain committed to the Iran nuclear deal but that they "reject any ultimatums" from Tehran to prevent its collapse.

Australia's latest A$50 note comes with a big blunder hidden in the small print - a somewhat embarrassing typo. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) spelled "responsibility" as "responsibilty" on millions of the new yellow notes.

At least seven people have been killed in a shooting at a prison near the Guatemalan capital Guatemala City. Some 1,500 soldiers and police officers were reportedly sent to the prison to try and stop the violence. Another 20 people were injured in the gunfire.

Zimbabwean-born scholar Tererai Trent has been named one of the 10 most inspiring women in the world as part of an initiative called "Sculpted for Equal Rights", the Herald newspaper reports. A life-size bronze statue of the US-based academic will be unveiled alongside those of other honorees at Rockefeller Centre in New York City on August 26.

The Norwegian businessman behind a "millionaire dating" site has been handed a six-month suspended sentence for promoting prostitution. The site caused a scandal in 2017 after advertising "sugar daddies" to Belgian university students.

WND

Plastic pollution in the world's oceans may have a $2.5 trillion impact, negatively affecting "almost all marine ecosystem services," including areas such as fisheries, recreation and heritage. But a breakthrough from scientists at Berkeley Lab could be the solution the planet needs for this eye-opening problem - recyclable plastics.

The number of American teenagers who have attempted suicide by self-poisoning is on a stunning rise, having more than doubled since 2000. The Central Ohio Poison Center say the number of suicide attempts has more than tripled for girls and young women over the 18-year study period.

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