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Aug. 18, 2017

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President Donald Trump will not move forward with a planned Advisory Council on Infrastructure, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Tens of thousands of troops from the U.S., South Korea and several other countries will conduct drills over the next few weeks to prepare for a possible war with Kim Jong Un's regime. The drills are important for another reason: China has called on the U.S. to halt them to start talks with North Korea, part of its "suspension-for-suspension" proposal that would also require Kim to freeze nuclear and missile tests.

The number of undocumented immigrants deported during the first half of 2017 fell 14 percent from a year earlier as fewer people tried to illegally enter the U.S. on the southern border, according to the Trump administration.

Two U.S. psychologists who helped design an overseas CIA interrogation program agreed to settle claims they were responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case.

A Georgia judge has resigned after being suspended for commenting online that opponents of Confederate monuments are "snowflakes" and "nut cases."

Taking down statues of Confederate figures is "just like" removing a monument to victims of the 9/11 attacks, Maine Gov. Paul LePage said.

The Polish government is moving to rein in demands by ruling-party politicians to pursue compensation from Germany for damages during World War II.

Spanish police killed five suspected terrorists after a confrontation in a town south of Barcelona, just hours after a van rampaged down the city's iconic Las Ramblas avenue and left 13 people dead.

Barclays Plc has installed devices that track how often bankers are at their desks.

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The FBI tracks both the radical left and right, but warns that it's white supremacist extremists who pose a greater threat of violence.

The U.S. Navy will relieve the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on a U.S. warship that collided with a Philippine container ship in June off the coast of Japan, the Navy said.

A samurai sword-wielding attacker carrying the national flag of China slashed a military police guard outside Taiwan's presidential office Friday, authorities said.

Celebration is in order in Texas and around the country, as an attempt to pass a transgender "bathroom" bill went down in flames in a special session. And wow, did we ever need a win at this time. As hate and ugliness envelop national politics, it's something to feel proud about and to revel in.

The Philippines police came under pressure on Friday to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs.

One-time Republican candidate for New York governor Carl Paladino, whose published insults of former President Barack Obama provoked a public uproar, was removed from Buffalo's school board Thursday for improperly discussing teacher contract negotiations.

Furious Chinese businesspeople said Friday that Beijing's decision to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korean seafood imports would hobble the economy of an entire northeastern city, sparking a rare public protest earlier this week after the surprise move suddenly choked off border trade.

As an historic total solar eclipse will play out across the U.S. Monday, many Americans have concerns about how their pets and other animals may react to the phenomenon.

A prestigious Christian school in Tennessee is under fire for allegedly doing nothing after a male student reported that he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by four older classmates.

The number of overseas visitors to the U.K. rose 7 percent in June from a year earlier, according to the Office for National Statistics, driven largely by holidaymakers, who have cashed in on the pound's slump since the country voted to leave the EU.

BBC

US President Donald Trump has invoked a debunked myth about General Pershing who fought Islamist militants by using pig's blood to commit mass executions.

At least 37 people have been killed in a prison riot in southern Venezuela, prosecutors said.

Seven people have been shot dead and twelve others injured in a hospital in the Guatemalan capital, Guatemala City. Police suspect the attackers were members of the Mara Salvatrucha criminal gang who were trying to free one of their jailed leaders.

A sixth Australian MP will have their eligibility for office decided by the nation's High Court over the issue of dual citizenship.

More than 16 million people have now been affected by seasonal flooding across a swathe of South Asia, say aid officials. The floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India are thought to have killed about 500 people and are expected to worsen.

WND

The Justice Department has committed to ending a controversial Obama-era program that discourages banks from doing business with a range of companies, from payday lenders to gun retailers.

The Home School Legal Defense Association, the nation's premiere advocate for homeschooling, is representing a family in its suit against a police officer's unauthorized entry into a private home, even though the case has nothing to do with homeschooling.

French Jews are fleeing the country at an unprecedented rate amid rising anti-Semitism and fears of more Isis-inspired assaults and mass casualty terror attacks.

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