Today's Intel

Apr. 23, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump will make a state visit to the United Kingdom in June, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday, a trip Britain hopes will cement transatlantic relations but one that immediately prompted criticism and promises of protests.

President Donald Trump and his wife will travel to France on June 6, where Trump will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that speeding up the flow of goods on the U.S. border is a matter of urgency and that slowdowns are detrimental to both economies, after bottlenecks have held up trade following a row over migration.

China showed off the first of its new generation of guided missile destroyers as President Xi Jinping reviewed a major naval parade to mark 70 years since the founding of China's navy.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has refashioned the People's Liberation Army into a force that is rapidly closing the gap on U.S. firepower - and in some vital areas has surpassed it. American victory over China in a regional war is no longer assured.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Thursday in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok to discuss the international standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program, a Kremlin official said.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in one of the most consequential cases of its current term, will hear the Trump administration's bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a plan opponents have called a Republican effort to scare immigrants from taking part in the population count.

The largest Democratic field in the modern U.S. political era is lining up to seek the party's 2020 presidential nomination - and it is expected to keep growing.

Devastating Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for attacks on mosques in New Zealand, a Sri Lankan official said on Tuesday, as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated blasts that killed 321 people.

Bosnian border police on Tuesday denied mistreating migrants after a video emerged of detainees at a border holding facility in what appeared to be cages.

Oil prices hit their highest since November on Tuesday after Washington announced the end of all waivers on imports of sanctions-hit Iranian crude, pressuring importers to stop buying from Tehran. Brent crude futures rose as high as $74.70, a level not seen since Nov. 1.

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Yemen's rebel chief warned that the rebels could launch attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who lead a military coalition against them.

Central American migrants hoping to reach the U.S. are finding a much tougher trek than those in previous caravans, meeting unwelcoming townsfolk and a surprise raid by Mexican police and immigration agents who detained hundreds in Mexico's south.

Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz, a waterway vital for global oil shipments, if the country is prevented from using it, a senior military official said on Monday in what appears to be a response to the U.S. plan to end waivers on Iranian oil exports.

Russia has accused the US of deliberately causing a succession of crippling power cuts in Venezuela as part of a plot to topple its president, Nicolás Maduro, dubbed "Operation Blackout".

President Nicolas Maduro is funneling cash flow from Venezuelan oil sales through Russian state energy giant Rosneft as he seeks to evade U.S. sanctions designed to oust him from power.

The United States on Monday offered a $10 million reward for information that would disrupt the finances of Lebanon's Shiite militant movement Hezbollah.

US detention centers that hold migrant parents and children have been nearly empty for months, despite Donald Trump's administration repeatedly warning that the US-Mexico border is at a "breaking point" because of the surge in Central American families fleeing poverty and violence.

The US Supreme Court said Monday it will take up the question of whether gay and transgender workers are protected by federal law that bars discrimination in the workplace.

A 16-year-old student was paid $100 for the shorn hair, money she'll use to help her family and buy a cellphone at a time when Venezuela's sharp economic decline has led to shortages of food and medicine, and hyperinflation has made salaries nearly worthless.

BBC

A large-scale pilot of what has been called the world's first malaria vaccine to give partial protection to children has begun in Malawi.

A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 has made a seemingly miraculous recovery after emerging from a 27-year-long coma.

A powerful magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck the main Philippines island of Luzon, killing at least 11 people.

WND

Establishment media long have been reluctant to identify Islam as the source of terrorism while readily labeling those who do as "Islamophobes." Now, it seems, there's an unwillingness to identify one of the primary targets of terrorism, Christians, as Christians. Their new word? "Easter worshippers."

Around half of Americans favor religion playing a greater role in US society, while 18 percent oppose that idea, according to a Pew Research Center study published Monday.

What doctors refer to as "zombie cells," which develop from cellular stress that's long known to be involved in the development of cancer and aging, have been implicated in Alzheimer's disease for the first time. The new findings could lead to new treatments that could potentially slow, if not stop the disease altogether.

A preliminary hearing in California to decide whether or not to try two reporters who went undercover to expose the abortion industry's sale of the body parts of was postponed.

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