Sep. 24, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Monday denied trying to coerce Ukraine into investigating his Democratic rival Joe Biden, but wavered about whether he would release a transcript of a phone call that some Democrats say is grounds for his impeachment.

Joe Walsh and Bill Weld, two of the three Republicans challenging President Donald Trump for their party's 2020 presidential nomination, are set to meet in a debate on Tuesday, hoping to bring attention to their long-shot candidacies.

Britain, Germany and France backed the United States and blamed Iran on Monday for an attack on Saudi oil facilities, urging Tehran to agree to new talks with world powers on its nuclear and missile programs and regional security issues.

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions were preventing Tehran's access to equipment it had bought to stop flaring natural gas and fight dangerous pollution at energy plants.

An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 shook northern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring 100, government and police officials said.

President Trump is expected to make his case for keeping pressure on Iran on Tuesday at a United Nations General Assembly speech made more dramatic by attacks on Saudi oil facilities that rattled the Middle East and raised concerns about a broader war.

The Federal Reserve on Tuesday injected $105 billion in temporary cash into the U.S. banking system in an effort to meet the funding needs of banks and Wall Street following a bout of turbulence in money markets last week.

A growing number of Americans say that vaping e-cigarettes is at least as harmful as smoking traditional cigarettes, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, following reports of an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses and deaths.

Congress begins public hearings this week about a mystery vaping-related lung disease that has sickened hundreds of people across the United States and taken eight lives.

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A 6.0-magnitude earthquake rattled Puerto Rico just hours before Tropical Storm Karen was forecast to pound an island still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria two years ago.

More than $350,000 in diamonds, emeralds and sapphires has been stolen from apartments inside Trump Tower, according to police. The thefts occurred in two separate incidents, in which residents at the Manhattan skyscraper - where President Trump lives when in New York - returned from vacation to find they were missing valuable jewelry.

Skies over Indonesia turned a shade of blood red this weekend, leaving some locals frightened by their surroundings. The phenomenon, which occurred mainly in the nation's Jambi province, was caused by the ongoing forest fires that have endangered large parts of the country. It's an effect known as Rayleigh scattering, where light is dispersed by particles in the air, which filters out certain wavelengths. Rayleigh scattering is the reason the sky usually appears blue, but in this case, particles released by the fires turned everything a deep, dark red.

Anti-Taliban raids by Afghan forces backed by U.S. airstrikes killed at least 40 civilians attending a wedding party in the southern Helmand province, Afghan officials said.

Air strikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen on Tuesday killed 16 people including seven children, an official and a doctor said.

Thousands of students protested at rallies across Indonesia on Monday against a new criminal code that would outlaw sex outside marriage and gay sex, as lawmakers met the president to discuss how to proceed with a bill that has divided Indonesians.

As Iran paraded its troops and its arsenal of various weapons Sunday, the country's president demanded the U.S. and other Western nations leave the Persian Gulf.

The Marine Corps has charged 13 members with smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S., in addition to a range of other offenses including failure to obey an order, drunkenness, endangerment, larceny, and perjury, according to a statement released Friday.

Murders of environmental activists and land defenders in the Philippines have risen sharply under President Rodrigo Duterte, an international rights watchdog said Tuesday, alleging his speeches and policies have "emboldened" the killers.

BBC

A painting found hanging in an elderly woman's home near Paris is a long-lost masterpiece by Florentine artist Cimabue, art experts said. Christ Mocked, part of a series of paintings from the late 13th Century, was discovered at the property in the northern French town of Compiegne. It is thought it could fetch up to $6.5m at auction next month.

A Haitian senator opened fire during a protest outside the country's parliament building, wounding two people including a photographer.

One week from now, the People's Republic of China will mark its 70th anniversary with celebrations on a scale not seen in China in decades. To ensure it goes smoothly, authorities have been ramping up security in the capital - and online - for weeks. But with yet more protests expected in Hong Kong, the territory might just rain on China's parade.

WND

During the global "climate strike" for "environmental justice" by students last Friday, the College Fix commissioned a reporter at St. Olaf College in Minnesota to talk to some of the 1,000 students there who participated. Many agree with Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' dire warning that "the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change."

House Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee said on Thursday that over 60 alleged hate groups, mostly socially conservative organizations, anti-immigration entities, and religious groups should be stripped of their tax-exempt status.

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