Sep. 9, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Saturday said he canceled peace talks with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders after the insurgent group claimed responsibility last week for an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people.

President Trump is going all-out to try to keep a district of North Carolina in the Republican column in a special congressional election on Tuesday that may serve as a bellwether for his own fortunes in 2020.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that the Trump administration was considering imposing sanctions on related to Turkey's purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system, but no decisions had been made.

The United Nations human rights chief said on Monday that extrajudicial killings appeared to be continuing in Venezuela and the Special Action Forces (FAES) presumed to be responsible had received support from the highest levels of government.

Portugal has broken up a counterfeit money ring that used dark websites to sell fake banknotes in exchange for virtual currency, arresting five people including the suspected kingpin who was extradited from Colombia, police said on Monday.

Hundreds of uniformed school students, many wearing masks, formed human chains in districts across Hong Kong on Monday in support of anti-government protesters after another weekend of clashes in the Chinese-ruled city.

Bunge Ltd, one the world's biggest grain traders, recently disclosed the 1.6% stake it had purchased in the fast-growing fake-meat startup Beyond Meat.

Dozens of cities in liberal-leaning states such as California, Washington, and Massachusetts are studying proposals to ban or limit the use of natural gas in commercial and residential buildings.

Saudi Arabia wants to enrich uranium for its nuclear power program, its energy minister said, and potentially complicating talks with Washington on an atomic pact and the role of U.S. companies.

The United States is "very concerned" about China's purchases of Iranian oil, Dan Brouillette, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, said on Monday.

Samples taken by the U.N. nuclear watchdog at what Israel's prime minister called a "secret atomic warehouse" in Tehran showed traces of uranium that Iran has yet to explain, two diplomats who follow the agency's inspections work closely say.

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A cargo vessel carrying 4,200 new cars capsized on Sunday off the coast of Georgia, and four crew members are missing.

Hezbollah said Monday it had shot down an "Israeli drone" as it crossed the border into Lebanon, a week after a flash confrontation between the arch-foes.

More than two thousand people turned out in Sarajevo Sunday for the city's first Gay Pride march to protest hate crimes suffered by the LGBT community in Bosnia.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines took 1,550 Hurricane Dorian evacuees on its Grand Celebration Humanitarian Cruise ship Saturday.

The state of Washington was rattled by an estimated 2,200 lightning strikes during a thunderstorm that triggered widespread power outages Saturday night.

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for an explosion at a public market in the southern Philippines that wounded at least seven people early on Saturday.

The unanimous election of a neo-Nazi politician in Germany as the head of a town council has sparked outrage among senior political figures and calls to have the decision reversed.

British Airways has told its passengers not to turn up at airports as the biggest strike action in the airline's 100 year history begins on Monday. More than 1,500 flights have been cancelled as the company was accused of bullying its own staff by union bosses, who warned they could continue the action until the end of the year.

Air strikes hit positions of pro-Iranian forces and allied militias in eastern Syria overnight, killing 18 fighters, a war monitor said Monday.

BBC

Russia's ruling United Russia party has suffered major losses in Sunday's election to the Moscow city parliament, nearly complete results show. The party lost nearly a third of the seats in the 45-member parliament, but remains on course to retain its majority with about 26 seats.

Brazil's Supreme Court has ruled that a Marvel comic showing two men kissing can be sold despite attempts to ban it by the mayor of Rio de Janeiro.

Mexico says it has successfully curbed the number of undocumented migrants crossing into the United States by 56% since May.

More than 100 bushfires across two Australian states are raging in hot and windy conditions that officials warn are unprecedented this early in spring. An official said the conditions were an "omen" for what may come in the summer.

More than 900,000 homes have been left without power after Typhoon Faxai made landfall near Tokyo.

Record heatwaves in June and July caused the deaths of 1,435 people in France this year, according to the country's health minister.

Iran says it has begun using new advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium - the latest step in reducing its commitment to a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

WND

According to the survey of 1,896 seniors over 65 in the United Kingdom, more than one in five (22%) will have a conversation with no more than just three people over the span of an entire week!

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