Today's Intel

Sep. 13, 2017

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is consulting U.S. allies in Europe as he seeks a way to toughen restrictions on Iran's nuclear program a month before President Donald Trump faces a deadline to decide whether to walk away from what he's called "the worst deal ever."

North Korea rejected the latest round of United Nations sanctions on the isolated state, and vowed to accelerate its plans to acquire a nuclear weapon that can strike the U.S. homeland.

More than a dozen Senate Democrats are flirting with a single-payer health-care system, marking a shift within the party on what was once viewed as a politically treacherous issue that attracted little support from lawmakers.

Hurricane Harvey took aim at one of the nation's most industrial regions, releasing a stream of toxic pollutants from chemical plants, refineries and Superfund sites in Texas. But when its bigger sister Irma slammed into Florida, environmental alarms rang over a different kind of discharge: raw sewage.

From Afghanistan in the west to Bangladesh in the east, floods could cost South Asia -- home to a fourth of the world's people -- as much as $215 billion each year by 2030, according to the World Resources Institute's global flood analyzer.

Vikram Pandit, who ran Citigroup Inc. during the financial crisis, said developments in technology could see some 30 percent of banking jobs disappearing in the next five years. Artificial intelligence and robotics reduce the need for staff in roles such as back-office functions

Hawaii said Tuesday that it aims to be the first state to have marijuana sales handled without cash, saying it wanted to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries.

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Mexico isn't going to help Texas after all. The country that initially promised to help victims of Hurricane Harvey north of the border now says "conditions of both countries have changed," referring to Hurricane Katia, which made landfall on Mexico's Gulf coast on Saturday, and a powerful earthquake that killed 95 people in southern Mexico last week.

The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah has declared victory in the Syrian war while Russia said government forces had driven militants from much of the country where President Bashar al-Assad's rule seemed in danger two years ago.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that 39 people contracted a bacterial infection from contagious puppies at the pet store chain Petland. Of the 39 people who have sought treatment for Campylobacteriosis, 12 are Petland employees, while the other 27 people either visited the store, purchased a dog from the chain or simply come into contact with a Petland puppy. Nine people have been hospitalized so far.

France will not be turned into "liberal England', Emmanuel Macron has been warned, as clashes broke out in protests against loosening labour regulations seen as a key public test of the president's reformist resolve.

The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources. Some bison would be shipped out of the area and others legally hunted on the adjacent forest.

Three men, including two British soldiers, have been charged with terror offences as part of an investigation into the banned neo-Nazi group National Action. Five men, including four soldiers, were held on suspicion of terror offences last week and two have since been released without charge.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to Damascus on Tuesday as Syrian forces supported by the Russian army prepare to make a final push into parts of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

Eastern European Union states must drop their resistance and accept their share of refugees who arrived in the bloc, officials and diplomats said on Tuesday after a court ruled they must abide by the quota.

Iraq has sentenced to death by hanging a Russian who fought for Islamic State in Mosul, in the first such ruling on a foreign fighter and one which could set a precedent.

BBC

Russian diplomats at its closed consulate in San Francisco were formally accused of violating state laws following a fire early this month. They might have to pay a fine .

Two sailors are confirmed dead and three are still missing after two ships collided in the waters off Singapore, port authorities have said. The collision was between an Indonesian-registered tanker and a Dominican-registered dredger. The accident comes less than a month after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, leaving 10 US crewmen dead.

Australia has introduced laws aimed at preventing hate speech during a national debate on legalizing same-sex marriage. The country is holding a two-month poll on whether to amend its Marriage Act to include same-sex couples.

For four days running, towns and cities across Russia have been hit by a wave of bomb alerts. Dozens of schools, shopping centers, railway stations and public buildings have been evacuated. Tens of thousands of people have been affected. So far, all of the alerts have proved to be hoaxes and the public has been urged to remain calm.

Dozens of civilians have been killed since Sunday in suspected Russian air strikes along the River Euphrates in eastern Syria, activists said. Jets are reported to have hit camps for displaced people on the western bank of the river and passenger ferries outside the city of Deir al-Zour.

WND

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers in the vicinity of the international border near Calexico, California.

Missouri has reportedly doubled its abortion capacity this year "thanks to the Satanic Temple and Planned Parenthood," who have worked in tandem to fight the state's restrictions on abortion.

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