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Jun. 20, 2019

REUTERS

Iran on Thursday shot down a U.S. military drone it said was on a spy mission over its territory but Washington said the aircraft was targeted in international air space in "an unprovoked attack".

Iran has created a grave situation and jeopardized global oil supplies with its aggressive behavior, Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs said on Thursday, adding that the kingdom was consulting with allies on next steps.

Iran would be the only beneficiary of any end to arms exports from Britain to Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's minister of state for foreign affairs said on Thursday, adding that the deployment of weapons in Yemen was legitimate.

Oil rose more than 3% toward $64 a barrel on Thursday after Iran shot down a U.S. military drone, raising fears of a military confrontation between Tehran and Washington.

A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying called on President Trump and the leaders of Britain, Canada and Ireland to help him as he appeared in court at an appeal hearing.

When 20 Democrats take the stage next week for the first of 12 prime-time presidential primary debates, they will assemble according to months-in-the-making plans by the Democratic National Committee to accommodate its largest-ever field.

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia disagreed with the conclusions of an international investigation that named three Russians and a Ukrainian this week as suspects in the downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine in 2014.

Venezuela's crisis is spilling across the border into Colombia as Marxist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries recruit migrants to strengthen their ranks.

Top Chinese and U.S. officials will resume trade talks in accordance with the wishes of their leaders, but China hopes the United States will create the necessary conditions for dialogue, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining whether Deutsche Bank complied with laws meant to stop money laundering, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

AP Top Stories

Amid concerns about white nationalists enlisting in the U.S. military to gain combat training, the Marines have discharged a reservist who was identified as belonging to a notorious hate group. Meanwhile, the Army National Guard took a different approach in dealing with an enlisted man who held, but has renounced, similar extremist views.

Members of the local LGBTQ community are divided after an announcement that uniformed police officers will be allowed to participate in this year's St. Louis Pride Parade.

Poland is trying to water down a push by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the European Union to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday accompanied by a clutch of senior officials, including the head of the state economic planner, as Beijing looks to bolster North Korea and perhaps jumpstart stalled talks with Washington.

Harley-Davidson Inc will partner with China's Qianjiang Motorcycle Co to build a new smaller motorcycle than its trademark "big hogs", making good on promises to move more production outside the United States that have angered President Donald Trump.

Google is pouring $1 billion into easing the high-priced housing headaches that it and its Silicon Valley peers helped give the San Francisco Bay Area. The pledge by Google CEO Sundar Pichai consists of a $250 million investment fund and $750 million of company-owned land. It will be used to build at least 15,000 homes that will include low- and mid-income housing.

American Airlines is buying 50 new long-range planes from Airbus, giving a big boost to the just-launched A321XLR model and spurring Boeing to push ahead to develop a rival aircraft.

Russia and China on Tuesday blocked an American initiative that aimed to halt fuel deliveries to North Korea, which Washington accuses of exceeding its annual ceiling for 2019.

President Donald Trump's administration is threatening to furlough or lay off up to 150 employees at the Office of Personnel Management if Congress does not agree to eliminate the federal agency or find a new way to pay for the positions.

Apple Inc has asked its major suppliers to assess the cost implications of moving 15%-30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it prepares for a restructuring of its supply chain, according to a Nikkei Asian Review report on Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for convincing minors to produce child pornography through smart phone apps.

BBC

Canada resettled the largest number of refugees out of 25 countries in 2018. The country accepted just over 28,000 refugees last year, with the U.S. coming in second with 22,900.

Kenya's government has ordered a group of 76 refugees to return to a camp they had fled after some of them faced homophobic attacks, a UN agency says.

New Zealand has launched a gun buy-back scheme in the wake of the deadly Christchurch mosque shootings. More than $136m have been set aside to compensate owners of semi-automatic weapons which were banned following the attacks.

WND

The state of California has sent notices to as many as 1.5 million inactive voters that they may be dropped from registration lists if they don't respond or vote.

CNN political commentator Angela Rye claimed on the network Tuesday night that the United States is headed down a path that leads towards the implementation of "death camps." The topic of "death camps" gained media attention on Tuesday after Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alleged that the detention centers that house migrants are the equivalent of "concentration camps."

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