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Aug. 13, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump's administration unveiled a sweeping rule on Monday that some experts say could cut legal immigration in half by denying visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor.

Members of the Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee could end their August recess a week early to move forward on legislation to curb gun violence after shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 31 people dead, aides said on Monday.

Argentina's peso dropped again on Tuesday as market turmoil spilled into a second day following opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez's landslide victory in a primary election that dealt a severe blow to President Mauricio Macri's re-election chances.

Concerns about Argentina adding to its long list of sovereign defaults swirled on Tuesday, as investors continued to digest the heavy defeat of pro-reform President Mauricio Macri in the country's primary elections at the weekend.

Radiation levels in the Russian city of Severodvinsk rose by up to 16 times on Aug. 8 after an accident that authorities said involved a rocket test on a sea platform, Russia's state weather agency said on Tuesday, the TASS news agency reported.

Russian fighter jets pushed away a NATO war plane after it tried to approach Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu's plane over neutral waters in the Baltic Sea, TASS news agency reported.

Tokyo issued a travel advisory to Japanese citizens visiting South Korea, ahead of crucial anniversaries this week, urging them to be cautious about safety as ties between the neighbours worsen over trade and historical issues.

Flights leaving Hong Kong were disrupted for a second day on Tuesday, plunging the former British colony deeper into turmoil as its stock market fell to a seven-month low, and its leader said it had been pushed into a state of "panic and chaos".

U.S. stocks turned sharply higher on Tuesday after the U.S. Trade Representative said additional tariffs on some Chinese goods, including cell phones and laptops, will be delayed to Dec. 15.

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Forecasters are warning about days of scorching, dangerous heat gripping a wide swath of the U.S. South and Midwest, where the heat index on Monday eclipsed 120 degrees in one town and climbed nearly that high in others.

A day care center in Erie, Pennsylvania, where children could stay overnight as their parents worked was ravaged Sunday by a fire that killed five and sent the owner to the hospital.

Three of five children killed in a fire at a home child care center in Pennsylvania were the kids of a volunteer firefighter who was responding to another call, an official said Monday.

The Trump administration announced new rules that aim to deny permanent residency and citizenship to migrants who receive food stamps, Medicaid and other public welfare.

An attack by a gunman at a Norwegian mosque on Saturday will be investigated as a possible act of terrorism, police said on Sunday.

Two nursing home aides in Glenview, Illinois have been fired and charged after a Snapchat video showed them taunting a 91-year-old woman with dementia.

Democrats eager to oust President Donald Trump in 2020 could pin their hopes on an eleventh-hour bid by former first lady Michelle Obama rather than the roughly two dozen candidates now in the mix, former White House strategist Steve Bannon suggested.

The United Arab Emirates on Monday downplayed a rift with ally Saudi Arabia over Yemen after separatists it backs took control of Aden that was the base of the Saudi-backed government.

It wasn't inevitable that the overlap of Jewish and Muslim holidays would lead to clashes at a Jerusalem site deeply revered by both faiths. The holy site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, has long been a flashpoint for Israeli-Palestinian violence. But sensitivities are especially high at the moment, with the peace process a distant memory and Israel heading to elections next month.

President Donald Trump's chief energy regulator has invited a group of environmentalists, energy executives and other industry leaders to the heart of Coal Country for a summit on "the future of American energy."

Florida Sen. Scott, who was governor during the Parkland shooting tragedy, says Democrats are more interested in taking away guns instead of solving problems with common sense solutions.

In one of her first moves as Puerto Rico's new governor, Wanda Vázquez announced late Sunday that she is suspending a pending $450,000 contract that is part of the program to rebuild and strengthen the island's power grid, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

BBC

Two people cured of Ebola using two experimental drugs have been released from a treatment center in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and reunited with their families.

The death toll from a landslide in south-eastern Myanmar has risen to 59, authorities said.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned anti-government protesters not to push the city into an "abyss", in an emotional press conference. Ms. Lam said Hong Kong had "reached [a] dangerous situation" and that violence during protests would push it "down a path of no return".

A European-Russian effort to land on Mars has been hit by another parachute failure, during a drop test in Sweden. It's the second test mishap involving the parachutes, so with launch under a year away, the Exomars project cannot afford another failure.

WND

A new study is warning parents that all that screen time may be behind a stunning rise in children who need prescription glasses.

A California middle school teacher is under fire for giving students a handout about gender identity and sexual attraction.

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