Today's Intel

Apr. 18, 2019

REUTERS

In a watershed moment for Donald Trump, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election finally will be made public on Thursday, offering extensive details about an inquiry that has shaken his tumultuous presidency.

Attorney General William Barr said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find that President Donald Trump or members of his campaign worked with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will travel to Russia in the second half of this month and meet President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

North Korea said on Thursday it no longer wanted to deal with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and said he should be replaced in talks by someone more mature, hours after it announced its first weapons test since nuclear talks broke down.

Some 205 people have been killed, including 18 civilians, and 913 wounded in two weeks of fighting near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan's coastal city of Hualien on Thursday, shaking buildings and temporarily halting subway services in the capital Taipei, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

U.S. retail sales increased by the most in 1-1/2 years in March as households boosted purchases of motor vehicles and a range of other goods, the latest indication that economic growth picked up in the first quarter after a false start.

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Iran's lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill labeling U.S. forces in the Middle East as terrorist, a day after the U.S. terrorism designation for Iran's Revolutionary Guard formally took effect, state TV reported.

John Walker Lindh, an American captured with the Taliban in November 2001 just weeks after the US launched the war in Afghanistan, is to be released in May after 17 years in prison. Recently filed court documents confirmed that the 38-year-old, dubbed "American Taliban," will be released from federal prison in Indiana on May 23, even as the conflict in Afghanistan continues to rage.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un has supervised the test-firing of a new tactical weapon with a "powerful warhead", state media reported Thursday, in the first test of its kind since nuclear negotiations with Washington stalled.

A Baluch insurgent group on Thursday claimed responsibility for killing 14 people in southwest Pakistan, it said in a statement emailed to reporters and newspaper offices.

An armed 18-year-old girl "infatuated" with the Columbine school massacre was found dead after fears she was seeking to replicate the shooting 20 years on.

Nation of Islam founder and notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan defended Representative Ilhan Omar's glib description of the September 11 attacks Monday by dismissing the attacks as nothing more than a false-flag operation designed to draw the U.S. into Middle Eastern conflicts.

A meeting between the Taliban and Afghan politicians and civil society aimed at ending more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan has been postponed, officials and diplomats said on Thursday, citing Taliban objections to the size of the Afghan delegation.

Hundreds of police prevented a march Wednesday to commemorate a year since Nicaraguan protesters took to the streets to oppose the government of President Daniel Ortega.

A senior United Nations relief official called on governments on Thursday to help resolve the fate of 2,500 foreign children being held among 75,000 people at al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria after fleeing Islamic State's last stronghold.

At least six people were killed and scores wounded when an artillery barrage hit a civilian area of Libya's capital. Witnesses described a "noisy and bloody" night of shelling in Tripoli, where troops loyal to Feyaz al-Serraj's UN-recognised Government of National Accord are trying to hold off an offensive by general Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army.

The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions against Venezuela's central bank in its latest effort to strangle President Nicolas Maduro's cash flow.

The UN Security Council on Thursday urged Yemen's government and Huthi rebels to pull back their forces from the key city of Hodeida "as soon as possible" in line with a ceasefire deal reached four months ago.

A crowdfunding campaign for three fire-ravaged black churches in Louisiana received more than $940,000 after it was widely shared on social media on Tuesday. Many users noted that while hundreds of millions of euros had already been pledged to rebuild the Notre Dame cathedral, the small churches in Louisiana were still struggling.

BBC

A man has been arrested after walking into New York's St Patrick's Cathedral carrying two full petrol cans, lighter fluid and lighters, police said.

Asylum seekers who have proven a credible fear for their safety will no longer be able to ask a judge for bond, the justice department said. US Attorney General William Barr's decision means more migrants can be indefinitely detained while they wait for their cases to be heard.

Medical charity MSF has raised the alarm over malnutrition rates amongst tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in southern Ethiopia.

WND

A 61-year-old science college professor in Japan channeled his inner Walter White when he allegedly taught his students how to manufacture ecstasy to "further their knowledge" of pharmaceuticals.

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