Sep. 12, 2019

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to fully enforce a new rule that would curtail asylum applications by immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, a key element of his hardline immigration policies.

Leading Democratic White House contenders Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren will share the stage for the first time on Thursday when the top 10 candidates for the party's presidential nomination meet in a debate in Houston.

A new shale technology called electric fracking promises to slash oil producers costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The downside: these systems could obsolete existing investments by struggling oilfield service companies.

More than 100 chief executives of some of the nation's most well-known companies on Thursday called on the U.S. Senate to take action to tackle gun violence, including expanding background checks and strengthening so-called red flag laws, according to media reports.

Up to 50 people were killed when a cargo train derailed in Congo's southeastern province of Tanganyika in the early hours of Thursday, government officials said, though reports on casualties differed widely.

The trial of a man accused of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 51 people has been delayed by a month because the original court date coincided with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a judge said on Thursday.

Chinese companies have started to inquire about prices for U.S. agricultural goods purchases, Beijing said on Thursday, in a further sign of potential de-escalation in the bitter and protracted trade war between the world's two largest economies.

The ECB will be able to buy private sector bonds yielding less than its currently -0.5% deposit facility rate under its new, 20 billion euros per month bond purchase scheme, it said on Thursday.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell to a five-month low last week, suggesting the labor market remains strong despite slowing job growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 204,000 for the week ended Sept. 7.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that continued rocket fire from Gaza is making another war against Palestinian militants in the coastal strip inevitable, his latest headline-grabbing announcement just days before he seeks re-election.

A September 10 strike on Iraq's Qanus Island killed an estimated 25 Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. The fighters were using the island "like a hotel," stopping for one or two nights on their way from Syria to Iraq. US Air Force F-35 Lightning II and F-15 Strike Eagles carried out the attack, dropping 80,000 pounds of ordnance on the island. Iraqi CTS soldiers then swept the island, finding a weapons cache that included rocket-propelled grenade launchers (RPGs), several rockets, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Israel is believed by US intelligence to be responsible for planting surveillance devices near the White House in a bid to spy on US President Donald Trump, Politico reported Thursday.

Iran is believed to be holding two British-Australian women captive in the hope of exchanging one of them for an Iranian imprisoned in the US on charges of evading American sanctions.

President Donald Trump has left the impression with foreign officials, members of his administration, and others involved in Iranian negotiations that he is actively considering a French plan to extend a $15 billion credit line to the Iranians if Tehran comes back into compliance with the Obama-era nuclear deal.

President Donald Trump is ready to meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani without preconditions while maintaining "maximum pressure" on Tehran.

Pope Francis said he does not fear a schism within the Roman Catholic Church, as criticism grows among conservatives of his liberal views on migrants, the protection of the environment and giving communion to divorcees.

The high court in Massachusetts on Monday ruled on the side of Boston's district attorney, Rachael Rollins, in a high-profile dispute with a city judge who refused to drop charges against counter protesters arrested at last month's Straight Pride Parade.

BBC

Drug-making giant Purdue Pharma has reportedly reached a tentative multi-billion dollar agreement in the US to settle a host of lawsuits against it. The firm is accused of helping fuel the US opioid crisis through drugs like painkiller OxyContin. The deal would remove Purdue from the first federal trial over the opioids crisis, set to open in Ohio in October.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has warned the country to expect problems with fuel supplies in the coming weeks. The distribution, especially of diesel, was being badly affected by US sanctions against Venezuela – Cuba's principal oil supplier.

A Catholic school in Dakar will allow Muslim-students to wear a headscarf after an attempted ban provoked an outcry in the Senegalese capital.

Researchers have found that a couple of skeletons known as the Lovers of Modena, because they are holding hands, were both men.

WND

An ad created for Facebook by the Ariel Jewish Center to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, also known as the biblical Feast of Trumpets, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, wasn't too complicated. "This ad isn't running because it is sexually provocative or overly suggestive," the tech giant announced.

In a major first, scientists have detected water vapor and possibly even liquid water clouds that rain in the atmosphere of a strange exoplanet that lies in the habitable zone of its host star about 110 light-years from Earth. A new study focuses on K2-18 b, an exoplanet discovered in 2015, orbits a red dwarf star close enough to receive about the same amount of radiation from its star as Earth does from our sun.

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