Today's Intel

Feb. 18, 2019

REUTERS

Activists called for nationwide protests on Monday's Presidents Day holiday to demonstrate against President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

California will "imminently" challenge President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to obtain funds for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Sunday.

North Carolina election officials on Monday will begin hearing evidence on allegations that absentee ballots unlawfully collected by a Republican operative may have tipped a tight November U.S. congressional election in favor of a Republican candidate.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, visiting the Colombia-Venezuela border on Sunday, warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of severe consequences if he takes action against the country's opposition leader and self-declared president or U.S. citizens.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday warned that anyone trying to tamper with Nigeria's postponed vote risked their lives and accused the electoral commission of incompetence.

Poland pulled out of a planned summit in Israel after Israel's acting foreign minister said on Monday that "many Poles" had collaborated with the Nazis in World War Two and shared responsibility for the Holocaust.

The commander of U.S.-backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1,000 to 1,500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States, in particular, would halt plans for a total pullout.

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An 11-year-old student in Florida is facing charges after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and creating a disturbance in the classroom, police said. The boy was arrested for causing a disruption and refusing repeated instructions from school staff and law enforcement. He was not arrested for refusing to participate in the pledge - even though students have the right to do so by Florida law and district policy.

The International Rescue Committee says more than 60 people have died in recent weeks after making their way out of the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria.

A Russian flag has been unfurled on scaffolding at Salisbury cathedral, sparking condemnation among locals in the city that was at the center of last year's nerve agent attack.

The United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battling Islamic State if the fighter's partner with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or Russia, a senior U.S. general said on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia signed a preliminary agreement on Sunday with France's Naval Group to build warships in the kingdom, as part of its efforts to develop domestic manufacturing capabilities.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated a new domestically-built submarine armed with cruise missiles at a time of rising tensions with its arch-enemy the United States.

Three suicide bombers killed eight people in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday morning, according to police. The attack happened hours after the nation delayed a general election scheduled for the same day.

An Indian court has convicted a senior Catholic priest of raping a minor and sentenced him to 20 years in jail, the latest sexual assault scandal involving the Church in southern Kerala state.

A U.S. military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid meant for Venezuelans landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Saturday, where food and medicine are being stored amid uncertainty over how and where aid will be distributed.

A massive haul of nearly 300 kilograms of methamphetamine pills was seized in central Vietnam on Sunday, the latest major drug bust in a country where the use of synthetic narcotics is on the rise.

A threat reporting system now required for all Pennsylvania schools fielded more than 4,900 tips in its first month, about a third of them considered serious enough to pass along to local police and school officials.

The US is still supporting the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, an American army general told AFP Sunday, days after lawmakers voted to end involvement in Riyadh's war effort.

BBC

President Donald Trump has told the UK and other European allies to take back and put on trial more than 800 Islamic State (IS) fighters captured in the final battle against the group.

Opposition protesters have returned to the streets of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, as the government vows to deepen the investigation into allegations of corruption and implement economic measures.

Australia's main political parties and parliament were hit by a "malicious intrusion" on their computer networks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. The cyber-attack revealed two weeks ago was carried out by a "sophisticated state actor". But he added there was "no evidence of any electoral interference". The nation will hold an election within months.

India's fastest train has broken down on its first trip, a day after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi. The train reached a speed of 110mph during trials.

WND

A research team at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute says that radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) may negatively affect an adolescent's brain from cellphone exposure, causing potentially harmful effects on his or her memory performance.

Only women and transgender individuals will be allowed to compete in an April debate tournament hosted by the George Washington University Parliamentary Debate Society. The organization hosting the gender minority tournament is part of the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA).

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