Today's Intel

Sep. 13, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Thursday ruled out asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to take on a dual role as national security adviser and said he has about 15 candidates for the post last held by John Bolton.

The Democratic presidential contenders head back to the campaign trail on Friday after a debate that reinforced former Vice President Joe Biden's front-runner status and left his rivals searching for a formula to knock him out of the top spot.

A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Friday demanded internal emails and other company records from Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc, Apple Inc, and Alphabet Inc's Google as it seeks evidence of anticompetitive behavior.

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers asked the Pentagon on Thursday to name companies owned by the Chinese military operating in the United States, as they seek to curb what they called Beijing's effort to "steal" technology for military purposes.

Indonesia on Friday blamed four Malaysian companies, including the world's biggest producer of sustainable palm oil, for causing some of the forest fires within its borders, in an escalating row between neighbors over regional haze.

Three people have been killed in two days of torrential rains in southeastern Spain, where emergency services have rescued people stuck in flooded tunnels and an airport, local train networks and dozens of roads were closed on Friday.

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran will discuss the difficult situation in Syria's Idlib province when they meet in Ankara early next week for a summit, Yuri Ushakov.

The London Stock Exchange (LSE.L) emphatically rejected the Hong Kong bourse's $39 billion takeover offer on Friday, opting to stick with its planned purchase of data and analytics group Refinitiv.

A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, the U.S. military said, a move likely to anger Beijing.

Ford and GM are racing to design radical new takes on their most profitable models, replacing petroleum-fueled engines with batteries in a bid to outflank Tesla Inc's plan to eclipse their brands. Ford's F-150 pickup and GM's Chevrolet Silverado are the top selling vehicles in the U.S. market.

U.S. retail sales increased more than expected in August, pointing to solid consumer spending that should continue to support a moderate pace of economic growth.

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Havana awoke Thursday to long lines at gas stations and public transportation stops after President Miguel Diaz-Canel warned fellow Cubans to expect fuel shortages and blackouts that he blamed on US sanctions.

Hong Kong police banned a planned Sunday march and gathering called by the organizer of some of the city's biggest protests, days after demonstrators set fire to a central subway station as the pro-democracy movement carries on into autumn.

According to officials with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), sightings of feral hogs along the northern US-Canadian border have increased in recent years, and the prospect of the invasive species has wildlife experts worried.

A former Roman Catholic priest is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in Santa Fe, where a jury found him guilty this year of sexually abusing an altar boy in the early 1990s before fleeing the country.

Iran has detained two travel influencers who were traveling the country and said they were documenting their trip on social media as a way to "break the stigma" around countries with scary reputations.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper was arrested Tuesday on 61 criminal counts stemming from an ongoing pattern of offering leniency to women he pulled over in exchange for sexual favors, officials said.

Iran cannot resist maximum pressure forever and its economy is not going to last. Iran and the US are as close to direct conflict as they have been for three decades, since Operation Praying Mantis in 1988 which was, at the time, the largest surface naval engagement since World War II.

An 18-year-old's vaping-related illness left him with lungs that more closely resembled a 70-year-old's than those of a teenager, according to his doctors.

US Ambassador Kelly Craft took up her post at the UN, vowing to defend America's values and interests nine months after the departure of her high-profile predecessor Nikki Haley.

BBC

A Kenyan judge has ruled that Rastafarianism is a religion that deserves to be treated like any other. The ruling is part of a case involving a minor who was banned from school for having dreadlocks.

The world's first malaria vaccine is being rolled out in parts of Kenya from Friday, after previously being released in Ghana and Malawi. It will be added to the routine vaccination schedule, and more than 300,000 children are expected to receive the vaccine over the next three years.

Air strikes have been targeting hospitals in the rebel-held province of Idlib, Syria, despite the fact that it is a war crime. Medics have been forced underground in order to survive.

WND

A lesser-known gun organization is thriving: the National African American Gun Association, the largest minority gun group in the country.

Nearly three in four (73%) Californians would support a highway lane intended for exclusive access by self-driving cars.

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