Today's Intel

Sep. 19, 2017

BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump will call on world leaders to confront North Korea and Iran in his first address to the United Nations on Tuesday, seeking a broad alliance against the two countries his administration considers the world's gravest threats.

Senate Republicans making one last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare have the daunting task of assembling 50 votes for an emotionally charged bill with limited details on how it would work, what it would cost and how it would affect health coverage -- all in 12 days.

President Emmanuel Macron's administration plans to cut French public spending to its lowest level since the start of the financial crisis next year and squeeze the tax take to its lowest since 2010 as part of a strategy to remake the economy and revive the nation's standing in Europe.

Equifax Inc. learned about a major breach of its computer systems in March -- almost five months before the date it has publicly disclosed, according to three people familiar with the situation.

The Senate today voted, 89-8, to pass a $700 billion national security measure that would permit $60 billion of war spending, exceed President Donald Trump's budget proposal and bust through budget caps. The measure would authorize 94 F-35 jets made by Lockheed Martin Corp., 24 more than requested by the president and seven more than the House agreed to in its version of the bill.

President Donald Trump mused Monday about holding a French-style military parade in Washington during the U.S. July Fourth celebration.

Steady U.S. new-home construction in August together with a jump in permits indicate the housing market was moving ahead before a likely temporary hit from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, government figures showed Tuesday.

Norway's sovereign wealth fund hit $1 trillion for the first time on Tuesday, driven higher by climbing stock markets and a weaker U.S. dollar.

AP Top Stories

Hurricane Jose is whipping 90-mile-per hour winds, creating dangerous currents as it barrels up the East Coast while Hurricane Maria, just behind it, strengthens as it heads straight for the Virgin Islands, St. Martin and Barbuda.

Hurricane Maria slammed into the Caribbean island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm with "merciless" 160 mph winds Monday night, and the storm, deemed "potentially catastrophic" by the National Hurricane Center, is now headed for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

President Vladimir Putin observed Russia's biggest war games in years on Monday, watching as his forces successfully repelled an imaginary enemy and launched a tank-led counter offensive, part of an exercise that has rattled the West.

A Nigerian lawyer who helped secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram was on Monday awarded one of the United Nations' top prizes, the annual Nansen award.

The UN has run out of options for confronting an increasingly belligerent North Korea, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said, presenting a unified front with Trump administration officials who continue to float a military option ahead of this week's summit in New York.

The well-preserved wreck of a World War One German submarine, possibly still containing the bodies of its 23 crew members, has been found off the Belgian coast.

Insurgents led by an al-Qaida-linked group launched one of their widest offensives yet Tuesday against Syrian pro-government forces, which responded with heavy airstrikes targeting hospitals and first responders.

Israel on Monday inaugurated with its US ally a joint missile defence base on Israeli soil, the first ever, a senior Israeli air force officer said.

The Philippine military chief said Monday that three leaders of Islamic State-linked militants who besieged a southern city have been killed in months of fighting but two others, including one of Asia's most wanted terror suspects, were still alive and leading a final stand.

Former President Obama is reportedly set to be paid $1.2m for a series of speeches to major Wall Street firms, less than a year after he left the White House.

BBC

US President Donald Trump has warned of the threat from "rogue nations" in a speech to the UN General Assembly, singling out North Korea and Iran. In his debut speech to the body in New York, he warned America would destroy North Korea if it was forced to defend itself or its allies.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the US will send 3,000 extra troops to Afghanistan as the Taliban gain ground and security deteriorates. American combat operations against the Taliban officially ended in 2014, but over 8,000 US Special Forces remain backing Afghan troops.

Forty-three people have been sentenced to life in prison after a mass trial in Egypt that also saw years-long sentences given to hundreds of others. Almost 500 people were charged with crimes over the violence which erupted following the removal of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Three hundred of those on trial received sentences ranging from five to 15 years.

A former Soviet military officer credited with averting a possible nuclear disaster at the peak of the Cold War has died at the age of 77. Stanislav Petrov was on duty at a Russian nuclear early warning center in 1983 when computers wrongly detected incoming missiles from the US. He took the decision that they were a false alarm and did not report them to his superiors. His actions, which came to light years later, possibly prevented nuclear war.

WND

Lancashire Councilors are to be given a free vote on whether school children across the country should be fed 'halal' meat from animals that have had their throats slit without being stunned.

An atheist group has threatened legal action against school districts across the state of Arkansas if they display the National Motto "In God We Trust" in compliance with a new state law.

Add new comment

Plain text

Pages