Sep. 12, 2018

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised the men and women of United Flight 93 for saving countless lives when they struggled with hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001, and called the field where the plane went down a monument to "American defiance."

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order as soon as Wednesday that will slap sanctions on any foreign companies or people who interfere in U.S. elections, based on intelligence agency findings, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Heavy fighting resumed on the outskirts of Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah, days after U.N.-sponsored talks between the warring parties collapsed, military sources said on Wednesday.

Pope Francis has summoned senior Catholic bishops from around the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors, in his latest attempt to come to grips with a spreading sexual abuse crisis.

Roman Catholic clerics in Germany sexually abused thousands of children over a 70-year period, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Wednesday, citing a study commissioned by the German Bishops' Conference.

A Saudi-led military coalition resumed air strikes on Wednesday in support of Yemeni allied forces seeking to capture the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah from Houthi rebels, residents said.

Laos will take into account the devastation caused by a dam burst in July when it considers how to proceed with investment in hydropower, seen as an important income source for one of Asia's poorest countries, its prime minister said on Wednesday.

U.S. producer prices unexpectedly fell in August, recording their first drop in 1-1/2 years, as declines in the prices of food and a range of trade services offset an increase in the cost of energy products.

U.S. mortgage refinancing activity declined to its lowest level in more than 17-1/2 years last week as home borrowing costs rose, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday.

The United States and Japan successfully tested Japan's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system off the coast of Hawaii on Tuesday, U.S. military officials said in a statement.

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Hurricane Florence, dubbed the "storm of a lifetime" by the National Weather Service, is expected to bring catastrophic flooding to the Carolinas. Forecasters are warning that Florence could dump as much as 40 inches of rain in North Carolina alone.

The Trump administration transferred nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier this year to fund immigrant detention and deportation efforts, according to a document released Tuesday by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore).

Residents have been forced to evacuate after a gas line explosion outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania destroyed buildings amid massive flames.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that Russia and China should work together to oppose trade protectionism and what he called unilateral approaches to international problems, a veiled reference to U.S. foreign policy.

The United Nations on Monday criticized Nigeria for failing to tackle human trafficking, after a human rights mission looked at efforts to stamp out the organized trade in people.

A family is charged with running a human trafficking ring out of a child daycare center and two residential senior care facilities they owned and operated.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday appealed to Russia, Iran and Turkey to "spare no effort to find solutions that protect civilians" in Syria's Idlib and said it was "absolutely essential" a full-scale battle was avoided.

Iraq executed by hanging seven of its citizens convicted of "terrorism", the head of the health ministry in the southern province of Dhi Qar said on Monday.

Security forces clashed with Taliban fighters in key locations in northern Afghanistan on Monday, with dozens of people killed and the city of Sar-e Pul threatened by insurgents.

If U.S. sanctions end up cutting off Iranian oil supply completely, oil prices will likely hit $100 per barrel, said Fereidun Fesharaki, founder and chairman of consultancy FACTS Global Energy.

BBC

There will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million people will die with the disease this year worldwide, a report predicts. The rise, from 14.1 million cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, is partly due to a growing and ageing population. The figures suggest one in five men and one in six women will develop the disease in their lifetime.

A school in the US state of Georgia is asking parents to consent to allowing their children to be spanked with a wooden paddle as a form of punishment. Students who are not authorized to be paddled will instead face a suspension. Georgia is among 20 US states that allow corporal punishment - including paddling - in schools.

Officials in Vietnam's capital Hanoi are urging residents to stop eating dog meat as it could hurt the city's reputation and lead to diseases like rabies.

WND

Describing a "thriving black market," an immigration reform agency reports IRS records show 39 million Social Security numbers have been stolen by illegal immigrants to obtain jobs.

Job openings hit a fresh record in July, closing in on 7 million amid a jump in vacancies for finance and manufacturing, the Labor Department reported Tuesday.

A Louisiana high school covered up an advertisement on its football field that included the word "Christ," a cross and a Bible verse because of a lawsuit by the national group known for its resistance to religious expression in the public square, Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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