Today's Intel

Nov. 9, 2017

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President Donald Trump said China is taking advantage of American workers and American companies with unfair trade practices, but he blamed his predecessors in the White House rather than China for allowing the massive U.S. trade deficit to grow.

Hours after President Donald Trump launched into a stinging attack on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the U.S. Navy said it would carry out strike force drills in the Western Pacific using three aircraft carriers -- the first such exercise in a decade.

The presidents of the Philippines and China are like "brothers," the Philippine trade secretary said Thursday, brushing aside signs that Rodrigo Duterte would take a more confrontational approach when the two leaders meet in Vietnam.

President Donald Trump's promised tax cut for the middle class comes with some extra baggage in the bill House Republicans are considering: a much larger tax cut for the top 1 percent.

Venezuela approved legislation to clamp down on media, promising to sanction or pull off the air any outlet that broadcasts messages promoting "hate and intolerance."

Americans' confidence was little changed last week from elevated levels, underpinned by optimism about the buying climate and the economy, Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index figures showed Thursday.

Rolling back Obamacare's requirement that all Americans have health insurance would save the U.S. $338 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office, a smaller benefit than previously projected for a plan favored by the White House.

AP Top Stories

Saudi Arabia's crown prince said Iran's supply of rockets to militias in Yemen is an act of "direct military aggression" that could be an act of war, state media reported on Tuesday.

Disturbing reports have emerged from North Korea stating that the country's nuclear program has had a crippling effect on nationals who live near a major testing site. About 80 percent of trees planted in the city die and that all of their underground wells have run dry due to nuclear activity. "I heard from a relative in Kilju that deformed babies were born in hospitals there," one defector said. Another defector who fled the country in 2010 said that North Korean authorities provided no warning before the nuclear tests and no protection afterward.

Turkish police detained 111 Islamic State suspects in a vast anti-terror operation in the capital Ankara on Thursday, the latest round-ups in a widening crackdown against the extremist group.

Las Vegas' first driverless shuttle hit the streets on Wednesday and was promptly hit by a truck.

United flight 747 made history Tuesday morning. The flight from San Francisco to Honolulu was the final flight on the airline's last Boeing 747 aircraft. It all came fill circle after the first commercial flight departed on the same route on June 23, 1970 - 47 years ago.

President Hassan Rouhani warned Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that it will achieve nothing by threatening the might of Iran, as a war of words between the regional heavyweights intensifies.

The US state of Texas on Wednesday executed a Mexican convicted of murdering his teen cousin, sparking condemnation from President Enrique Pena Nieto and adding to tensions between the two countries.

Get ready, Russia and China: the U.S. military is working on a new aircraft-killer missile. The U.S. military has been quietly working on a new long-range air-to-air missile since at least 2016, budget documents reveal.

The withdrawal of the Islamic State group from the last town under its control caps a series of major defeats in recent months that have virtually eliminated its self-styled caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

Pope Francis took snap-happy bishops, priests and pilgrims to task on Wednesday, telling them mass was a time for prayer, not an opportunity to whip out camera phones.

BBC

Toxicology tests suggest a German former nurse murdered at least 100 people at two hospitals where he worked, prosecutors said. Detectives believe Niels Hoegl, who is already serving a life sentence for two murders, systematically administered fatal doses of heart medication to people in his care. He wanted to impress colleagues by resuscitating them but many died.

The United States has lost 60% of its career ambassadors since January, according to the head of the labor union that represents US diplomats.

Colombian police have discovered 12 tons of cocaine in the largest single drug seizure in the country's history.

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican, beginning next year.

Saudi Arabia's attorney general says at least $100bn has been misused through systemic corruption and embezzlement in recent decades. Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said 199 people were being held for questioning as part of a sweeping anti-corruption drive that began on Saturday night.

WND

The California NAACP is pushing to get rid of the national anthem that they're calling racist and anti-black.

A string of protests by ultra-Orthodox Jewish activists against Israel's compulsory military service has paralyzed Jerusalem in recent weeks in what their leaders had hoped would be a show of strength by the traditionally insular society.

THE deadly plague outbreak in Madagascar has claimed even more lives and the number of reported cases have now reached almost 2,000, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) statistics.

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