Sep. 26, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's leader to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden, in coordination with the U.S. attorney general and Trump's personal lawyer, according to a summary of a telephone call released by the Trump administration on Wednesday.

The Trump administration expects that perhaps only $30 million of this year's $250 million in military aid to Ukraine will not be put in the spending pipeline by a Monday deadline, when the government's fiscal year ends, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

A federal judge on Wednesday put Manhattan prosecutors' request for eight years of President Donald Trump's tax returns on hold until at least Thursday, ordering the prosecutors and Trump's lawyers to try to negotiate a temporary agreement on how to handle the request.

Afghanistan deployed more than 100,000 troops and police on Thursday to guard polling stations in a presidential election which the Taliban has threatened to disrupt with suicide bombings and rocket attacks.

Huawei Technologies founder and CEO Zhengfei said the company is already producing 5G base stations that are free of U.S. components and plans to more than double production next year.

Norway does not plan to block China's Huawei Technologies from building the country's 5G telecoms network, cabinet minister Nikolai Astrup told Reuters, a decision that puts it at odds with NATO ally the United States.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits rose moderately last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 213,000 for the week ended Sept. 21.

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The right-hand man of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is in North Korea leading a "high-level delegation", state media in the North said Thursday, as both nations grapple with economic pressures from international sanctions.

A new report claiming thousands of Kashmiri children have been incarcerated has cast doubt on claims life is returning to normal in the state. After visiting Kashmir, activists found around 13,000 boys have been detained since its autonomous status was revoked on Aug 5.

A member of an international team supporting the search for 43 missing students in southern Mexico said Wednesday that new information has led Mexican authorities to begin working at another garbage dump.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 421-0 on Wednesday for a resolution calling on President Donald Trump to release a whistleblower complaint to Congress, despite the administration letting them view the classified document at secure locations in the U.S. Capitol. Two House members voted present and 10 did not vote.

A new, apparently very fast drone type made its first public appearance at a rehearsal for a national celebration in Beijing on Sept. 21, 2019. The long, narrow unmanned aerial vehicle, reportedly designated DR-8, appears to be configured for supersonic flight. It likely is a reconnaissance craft.

Three individual cases will be heard by the US Supreme Court on October 8 to determine whether or not LGBTQ people are protected from workplace discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Tunnels run for hundreds of meters, connecting caves strewn with mattresses that formed what the Syrian army and its Russian allies say was a vast rebel underground network. According to the Russian army, which organized a press tour of the site for dozens of journalists, the network of caves dug into a rocky outcrop could shelter up to 5,000 people.

A 24-year-old woman in India was shocked to deliver a set of twins, one of whom had four legs and three hands. The other twin was perfectly healthy, leading doctors to believe the woman was initially pregnant with triplets when one baby absorbed extra limbs from the third unborn fetus.

A woman who is missing part of her arm became fed up with a lack of amputee representation in media, so she decided to create her own - and the result has warmed the hearts of thousands. Mandy Pursley shared photos of herself all dressed up as Cinderella, adding an inventive twist on the classic Disney princess: Instead of the character's iconic glass slipper, Pursley is wearing a specially made glass prosthetic arm.

BBC

Italy's top court has ruled that assisted dying is not a crime if the person wanting to end their life is experiencing "intolerable suffering".

More than 800,000 children are to be targeted for vaccination in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after a measles outbreak killed more than 3,500 people this year.

The opening concert of Beirut Pride has been cancelled because of pressure from religious institutions and threats of violence, organizers said.

President Donald Trump has banned senior Venezuelan officials and their families from entering the US, the latest effort aimed at forcing President Nicolás Maduro to step down.

WND

President Trump had a legal obligation to address the allegations of corruption against Joe Biden and his son, meaning his discussion of the matter with the Ukrainian president was justified, contends Gregg Jarrett, a legal analyst for Fox News.

With attention focused on the release of the transcript of President Trump's conversation with the Ukrainian president about former Vice President Joe Biden, the Justice Department's criminal division said Wednesday it already has investigated the matter and concluded Trump did not violate campaign finance laws.

According to a new Hill-HarrisX poll released on Wednesday 49 percent of registered voters are in favor of a government-issued basic living stipend, which marks a 6-point spike compared to a similar survey in February.

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