Sep. 13, 2018

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President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed Puerto Rico's official death toll of 3,000 from last year's Hurricane Maria, bristling at criticism of his administration's handling of that disaster as another hurricane barreled toward the Southeast.

The Trump administration has reached a settlement over the separation of migrant children and their parents at the U.S. border, allowing some individuals to apply for asylum in the United States, according to court documents.

Under fire over his handling of Russian election meddling, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday meant to strengthen election security by slapping sanctions on foreign countries or people who try to interfere in the U.S. political process.

U.S. consumer prices rose less than expected in August as increases in gasoline and rents were offset by declines in healthcare and apparel costs, and underlying inflation pressures also appeared to be slowing. The Labor Department said on Thursday its Consumer Price Index increased 0.2 percent last month after a similar gain in July.

Morgan Stanley plans to offer trading in derivatives tied to bitcoin, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

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Gasoline prices kept US consumer inflation rising in August for the fifth straight month but there were some signs inflation was cooling, the Labor Department reported Thursday. In addition to mounting energy costs, shelter and airline fares also rose but an annual measure of inflation retreated from its recent six-year highs.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl said he plans to travel to the Vatican to discuss resigning after his name was mentioned in the alleged cover-up of sexual abuse cases. ABC News' David Wright reports.

Russia hopes for a peaceful resolution of the situation in Syria's rebel-held province of Idlib but believes it is up to Turkey to separate Islamist militants from the moderate opposition, Russia's Syria envoy said on Tuesday.

Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition seized the main road linking the port city of Hodeidah to the capital Sanaa, blocking a key supply route for the Houthi group that controls both cities, military sources and residents said on Thursday.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that, despite overall increases in household income for Americans since last year, the nation's poverty rate has essentially stagnated. The median U.S. household income rose by 1.8 percent from 2016 to 2017 ― from $60,309 to $61,372, Census Bureau figures released Wednesday show. It was the third consecutive year of increases.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stressed Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been well warned against any chemical weapons use in an anticipated assault on Idlib province.

Two land border crossings between Ethiopia and Eritrea were reopened Tuesday for the first time in 20 years, crowning a rapid reconciliation between the former bitter enemies.

Levi Sanders, the son of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), lost his bid for one of New Hampshire's two U.S. House seats.

The United States may have reclaimed the title of the world's biggest oil producer sooner than expected. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday that, based on preliminary estimates, America "likely surpassed" Russia in June and August after jumping over Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

The Afghan military has increased its vetting of local forces working with American troops as a result of recent insider attacks that killed two U.S. service members, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday.

Russia showcased its most sophisticated air defense system on Wednesday, using it to repel a mock attack from the sky as part of what it describes as its largest-ever military drills.

China urged the United States on Wednesday to abandon its "prejudice" over Xinjiang, as the Trump administration considers sanctions against Chinese officials and companies linked to allegations of human rights abuses in the Chinese region.

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia knew the real identity of two men accused by British prosecutors of trying to murder former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain.

Chancellor Angela Merkel assured parliament Wednesday that she takes seriously Germans' concerns about crimes committed by migrants and pledged a strong response, but condemned recent demonstrations as "hateful," saying there is "no excuse" for expressions of hate, Nazi sympathies or violence in response.

The Trump administration called for tougher immigration laws Wednesday after fresh data indicated more migrant families than ever are attempting to cross the Mexican border into the United States illegally.

BBC

Thousands of people have begun evacuating from coastal areas of the Philippines as a super typhoon heads towards the country. Typhoon Mangkhut, packing winds of 160mph, is due to make landfall on the northern tip of the main island of Luzon by the weekend.

Turkey is banning the use of foreign currencies in the country's property market as it looks to stem the dramatic fall of its own currency, the lira.

WND

University students in London have claimed that Stalin's gulags were "compassionate" retreats where education and rehabilitation took place. The residents were able to enjoy training, clubs, sports and theater. The bizarre opinion about the punishment and death camps, where an estimated more than one million people died, came to light in an exchange between LGBTA activists and others, according to a report at the Telegraph.

Nearly 100 human trafficking victims have been rescued and some $20,000 in money that apparently was paid for ransoms confiscated in a police operation in Sudan, authorities have confirmed.

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