Today's Intel

Jul. 19, 2018

REUTERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused forces in the United States of trying to undermine the success of his first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, but said the two leaders had begun to improve U.S.-Russia ties anyway.

President Vladimir Putin warned of the dangers of Moscow and Washington failing to mend ties on Thursday, saying the START strategic arms reduction treaty would expire in a year and a half unless work on extending it started now.

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a television interview he accepted Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' assessment that Russia continues to be a threat to U.S. elections.

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the November ballot purged of an initiative that seeks to split California into three states, citing significant questions raised about the proposal's validity.

Israel passed a "nation-state" law on Thursday declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, stirring anger from members of the Arab minority who said it was racist and drawing an expression of concern from the EU.

The Philippines blacklisted and ordered the deportation on Thursday of an elderly Australian nun at odds with President Rodrigo Duterte, calling her an "undesirable alien" who broke terms of her missionary visa by engaging in political activism.

Thailand's rescued cave boys woke up in their own homes for the first time in more than three weeks on Thursday, with many rising at dawn to take part in a religious ceremony.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the European Union and said the bloc was taking advantage of the United States, pointing to the record $5 billion fine European antitrust regulators imposed on Google.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 207,000 for the week ended July 14, the lowest reading since early December 1969.

Oil prices fell on Thursday, pressured by a rising dollar and after official data showed an unexpected rise in U.S. crude stockpiles, U.S. output hit a record high and major oil exporters increased production.

AP Top Stories

A young girl (11 or 12 years old) with a hearing disability was drugged and gang-raped by at least 22 men repeatedly over a seven-month period at the apartment complex where her family lives in Chennai, India, her mother told police. Police quickly rounded up 18 of the 22 men, including an elevator operator, gardener, housekeeper, electrician, security guards and plumbers in and around the apartment complex where the girl's family lives in Purasawalkam. The men range in age from early 20s to late 60s.

Forces loyal to President Ortega asserted control over a key opposition stronghold after a battle that has sharpened international condemnation and alarm over Nicaragua's deadly political crisis.

A weeping inmate apologized for choking and fatally stabbing a man he met in a bar in 1985 moments before he was put to death Wednesday in the first Ohio execution in nearly a year.

Texas executed a man on Tuesday for murdering a store owner during a robbery in 2004, despite calls from some relatives of the victim that his life be spared.

Eight men have been arrested in connection with Boko Haram's abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria, police said on Wednesday.

The Navy will be stepping-up efforts to integrate and prepare weapons systems for its advanced Ford aircraft carrier during a now-underway 12-month deployment preparation period called Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA)-one of several key final steps designed to prepare the ship for ocean warfare.

Carol Hafner is on the Democratic primary ballot for an Alaska U.S. House seat. She doesn't live in Alaska. In fact, she's never been to the state. Hafner, who listed New Jersey and South Dakota addresses in her candidate filing, says she's serious about running, though she doesn't plan to campaign in person.

BBC

The evacuation of the last two besieged pro-government towns in northern Syria has been completed, state TV reports. Dozens of buses and ambulances arrived on Wednesday to take 7,000 residents and fighters from Foah and Kefraya to government-held territory in Aleppo.

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has called on Pope Francis to sack a Catholic archbishop found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse. Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson was convicted in May of covering up abuse by a pedophile priest, but has resisted calls to resign.

A network of giant balloons will soon bring internet access to remote regions of rural Kenya. The firm's antennae-dangling fleet will ride the wind high above parts of the African country.

The founder of Auckland's Pop-up Globe theatre in New Zealand has apologised for casting only male actors in forthcoming productions and using the #MeToo campaign hashtag to promote them. Founder Miles Gregory has stuck with the 16th Century tradition of casting men in female parts, national broadcaster Radio New Zealand reports.

WND

An advanced political theory course at the University of Massachusetts, Boston seeks to denaturalize heterosexuality from a "gay affirmative" perspective, according to a description of the course.

An appeals court was asked to remove from an abortion case a federal judge who's partial to the abortion industry, even serving on a board of an organization that works with Planned Parenthood.

San Francisco began registering non-citizens, including undocumented immigrants, to register to vote Monday in the November election for the city school board.

People who eat dinner before 9 p.m. - or at least two hours before going to sleep - have a 20% lower risk of breast and prostate cancer than those who eat after 10 p.m. or go to bed shortly after.

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