Oct. 11, 2017

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The U.S. Supreme Court dropped one of two cases over President Donald Trump's travel ban, suggesting it will sidestep a constitutional showdown and let lower courts take the first look at the latest version of the policy.

House lawmakers unveiled a bill Tuesday night that would provide $36.5 billion in emergency funding for hurricane and wildfire relief requested by the Trump administration.

North Korea is preparing to fire multiple short-range rockets around the opening of the Chinese Communist Party's twice-a-decade congress on Oct. 18.

The country's hackers stole military plans developed by the U.S. and South Korea last year that included a highly classified "decapitation strike" against the North Korean leader, according to a South Korean lawmaker. The plans were devised as the regime in Pyongyang steps up nuclear tests and fired long-range missiles toward the Pacific Ocean.

An executive order from President Donald Trump to allow new health plans outside of Obamacare could further destabilize the law's fragile markets, health-care experts say.

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Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria, 85% of the island still has no electricity, leaving almost three million Americans without power.

Russia accused the United States on Wednesday of allowing Islamic State to operate "under its nose" in Syria, saying Washington was letting the militant group move about freely in an area abutting a U.S. military base.

The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged Libyans, divided with rival governments and beset by violence, to work together ahead of hoped-for elections.

American warplanes in Afghanistan are dropping bombs in numbers not seen since the height of the U.S. troop surge in 2010, after President Donald Trump announced a new strategy in August to ease attack curbs and widen the range of militant targets.

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the U.S. designation of Hezbollah as a foreign terrorist organization. As Congress gears up to consider a new Hezbollah sanctions bill, it should carefully consider one number: $1 billion. That is roughly Hezbollah's annual budget for this year. Hezbollah was responsible for the deadliest terrorist attack against U.S. citizens until 9/11, and has conducted bombings against civilians in Europe and the Americas.

A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the U.S., with Los Angeles in August becoming the biggest city yet to decide to stop honoring the Italian explorer and instead recognize victims of colonialism.

Israel said on Tuesday that the Hezbollah guerrilla group, its most potent enemy in neighboring Lebanon, had gained control over that country's U.S.-sponsored conventional military, signaling both would be in Israeli gunsights in any future war.

President Tayyip Erdogan blamed the U.S. ambassador to Turkey on Tuesday for a diplomatic crisis between the two countries and said Ankara no longer considered him Washington's envoy.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced that Russia would donate defense hardware to support the military's fight against pro-Islamic State militants, who he said could regroup and attack "anywhere and everywhere". Duterte said Russia would provide about 5,000 assault rifles in a deal to be signed this month, and the Philippine military would no longer have to use second-hand arms. Moscow's gift would follow China's donation of more than 6,000 assault rifles and 100 sniper rifles, among the fruits of Duterte's efforts to form partnerships with two arms-producing powers that are rivals to the United States.

Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers found they were using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software that is also used by 400 million people globally, including U.S. government agencies, according to media reports on Tuesday.

The U.S. aerospace and defense space hogged into limelight post Defense Secretary James Mattis' comments regarding military deployment in Afghanistan. At a congressional hearing on Oct 3, Mattis announced that he is set to review the rules of the United States' military engagement in Afghanistan, hinting at a possible increase in the number of deployed troops. Meanwhile on Oct 9, while criticizing North Korea's repeated missile tests Mattis asked the U.S. Army to prepare for action in response to Kim-Jong's rapid hostility.

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Spain's prime minister has put Catalonia on notice that it could impose direct rule on the region. Mariano Rajoy said his government had asked the regional government to clarify whether or not it had declared independence. The move is the first step towards suspending Catalonia's autonomy under the constitution.

India's Supreme Court has struck down a legal clause that permits men to have sex with their underage wives. The clause, which was part of India's law on rape, said intercourse between a man and his wife, was permissible as long as she was over 15 years of age.

Thailand is introducing a smoking ban on beaches across the country with those caught violating the law facing up to a year in prison.

An asteroid the size of a house is set to pass close to the Earth on Friday at a distance of about 26,000 miles, bringing it within the Moon's orbit and just above the altitude of communication satellites. NASA scientists say there is no risk of an impact, but the flyby does provide them with the opportunity to test their asteroid-warning systems.

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Two B-1B strategic bombers of the US Air Force trained with South Korea's fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula earlier this week in yet another show of force against North Korea, the allies said Wednesday.

Students at Amherst College recently protested the mere presence of a conservative speaker, saying students shouldn't have to "feel afraid for their safety." They found the speaker, Michael Graham, offensive and unqualified because he was fired from his talk radio show twelve years ago after repeatedly pointing out the relationship between Islam and terrorism.

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