Nov 26, 2019

REUTERS

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave President Donald Trump a boost by extending its hold on a lower court ruling that required his longtime accounting firm to hand over his financial records to a Democratic-led House of Representatives committee.

President Trump ordered the Pentagon to let a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct keep his Trident pin designating him as a member of the elite force, instead of holding a review.

A Saudi-led military coalition said on Tuesday it had freed 200 prisoners from the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in a step that could further efforts to end the nearly five-year war in Yemen.

The United States and China are close to agreement on the first phase of a trade deal, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said, but three of the biggest sticking points remain.

Floods killed 39 people in Democratic Republic of Congo's sprawling capital Kinshasa on Tuesday killing, authorities said.

Tightening control over efforts to manage the upheaval in Hong Kong, the Chinese leadership has set up a crisis command center on the mainland side of the border and is considering replacing its official liaison to the restive semi-autonomous city, people familiar with the matter said.

Sales of new U.S. single-family homes unexpectedly fell in October following recent strong gains, but the overall housing market remains supported by lower mortgage rates.

A new lawsuit accuses the Trump administration of starving the U.S. Bureau of the Census of funding necessary to conduct an accurate 2020 census, likely resulting in an undercounting of racial and ethnic minorities.

At least 13 people were killed when the most powerful earthquake to hit Albania in decades, 6.4 magnitude, shook the capital Tirana and the country's west and north on Tuesday, tearing down buildings and burying residents under rubble.

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NATO and U.S. Army Europe forces will conduct "forcible entry" combat exercises in Lithuania, Georgia and Poland to prepare rapid response attack units for the possibility of war on the European continent.

President Donald Trump has made Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, the point person on issues related to the long-promised wall along the southern border with Mexico, giving him wide authority to convene meetings and allocate resources in order to get swaths of the structure built by the next election.

The United Nations' World Meteorological Organization said Monday that globally averaged concentrations of carbon dioxide reached a record-breaking 407.8 parts per million in 2018. That surpassed the previous high, which was set the year before. "There is no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline, in greenhouse gases concentration in the atmosphere despite all the commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change," said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

Based on their historic greenhouse gas emissions, the US and EU should be held jointly responsible for 54 percent of funding owed to developing nations already dealing with extreme flooding, droughts and megastorms rendered more frequent and intense by global warming, a coalition of environmental groups said Monday.

A woman was attacked and killed by a group of feral hogs Sunday morning outside the southeastern Chambers County Texas home where she worked as a caretaker, authorities said.

The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard threatened the U.S. and its allies Monday as he addressed a pro-government demonstration attended by tens of thousands of people denouncing last week's violent protests over a fuel price hike.

More than half of U.S. counties lost access to bank branches between 2012 and 2017, with rural counties that have less educated and minority residents especially hurt, the Federal Reserve said in a new report. Nearly 800 rural counties lost 1,533 bank branches, representing 14% of their total branches, the Fed said Monday.

Iran plans to manufacture $11 billion worth of products in the next two years to replace some imports and help contend with crippling U.S.-led sanctions.

The Trump administration, which threatened this month to block the World Trade Organization's 2020 budget, offered members a proposal that would allow it to continue operating, but would hamstring the WTO's appellate body, which officiates disputes that affect billions of dollars in commerce every year.

BBC

Thirteen French soldiers have been killed in a helicopter collision during an operation against jihadists in Mali, the French president's office said. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed "deep sadness" over the biggest single loss of life for the French military since the 1980s.

Diamond-encrusted swords and intricately designed brooches stolen from a former royal palace in Germany may never be seen again, experts warn. The items, part of a collection created in 1723 by Saxony's ruler, Augustus the Strong, are so recognizable that thieves are likely to break them up. Artworks taken from the Dresden Green Vault are described as "priceless".

Carmaker Audi is to cut 9,500 of its 61,000 jobs in Germany between now and 2025 to make more money available for electric vehicles and digital working.

WND

A new study that finds teens are becoming more and more bored each and every year is so confounding. Somehow, with humanity's entire depth of knowledge entirely at their fingertips, millions of adolescents just don't know what to do with themselves.

A group of Brown University students wants to abolish prisons in the name of justice. The group's thinking is aligned with comments from Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, whose recent tweet condemning prisons was posted on the group's Facebook page.

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