Today's Intel

Nov 22, 2019

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President Donald Trump said on Friday that he will stick with Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate in the 2020 presidential election.

China wants to work out an initial trade pact with the United States and has been trying to avoid a trade war, President Xi Jinping said on Friday, but is not afraid to retaliate when necessary.

Iraqi security forces killed four protesters in Baghdad on Friday and forcibly dispersed activists blocking the main port near Basra, as the country's top cleric warned nothing but speedy electoral reforms would resolve unrest.

Pope Francis warned on Friday that technology and globalization were homogenizing young people around the world to the point where their uniqueness and cultural individuality were becoming endangered species.

Saudi Arabia is set to take over the G20 presidency for a year as it seeks to bounce back from an uproar over its human rights record and last year's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he would not resign despite being charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a corruption scandal that he denounced as an "attempted coup".

The Dutch state is not obliged to actively help repatriate the young children of women who left the Netherlands and joined Islamic State in Syria, an appeals court in The Hague said on Friday, overturning an earlier ruling.

Three people were killed in events following Thursday marches across Colombia, the defense minister said, as cities woke on Friday to widespread public transportation problems and calls for another protest.

Makers of aircraft parts are making contingency plans for a prolonged grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX, with several expecting the jet’s return to service to take longer than the plane maker hopes.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday bestowed the country's top state honor on two pilots who safely landed a plane carrying more than 230 people in a corn field after a bird strike.

Mesa County Valley School District 51, the 14th-largest school district in Colorado, dealing with an "unprecedented spread of illness" has closed the doors to every one of its more than 40 schools. All of its schools will be closed until after Thanksgiving break is over on Dec. 2. "We have never before had to close all schools in the district due to illness," superintendent Diana Sirko said in a statement on the district's website. The virus is "extremely contagious and spreading quickly across our schools."

Attorney General William Barr will announce a nationwide plan on Friday to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous people as concerns mount over the level of violence they face.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned that technology is creating a more splintered world, fueling the disparities among wealthy and poorer nations, and people within countries.

Amazon.com is preparing to open supermarkets and pop-up stores without cashiers. It's an expansion of the technology used in Amazon Go convenience stores.

President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.

A Hong Kong court that had struck down a ban on face masks at protests said Friday that the government could enforce it for one week, as police readied for any unrest during keenly contested elections this weekend.

The big reveal of Tesla's electric pick-up went embarrassingly wrong when the supposedly impact-proof windows smashed, leaving a flustered Elon Musk to flounder through the rest of his presentation in front of a badly damaged vehicle.

The Student Religious Liberties Act, which passed the Ohio house last week, instructs schools to neither “penalize or reward” students on the basis of their religious speech. It also stipulates schools must provide opportunities for religious expression “in the same manner and to the same extent” as secular speech. Critics argue the bill would provide protect students from bad grades based on religion.

Greece said on Friday it was deploying more border guards to "shut the door" to migrants not entitled to stay, the latest sign of a hardening stance against asylum seekers since a new surge in the number of arrivals. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told parliament he had approved the hiring of 400 guards at Greece's land border with Turkey and another 800 guards for its islands. Greece will also upgrade its sea patrolling operations, he said.

BBC

A criminal investigation in Russia opened under the charge of "sexual assault" after a video in which children ask a gay man questions about his life and sexuality was posted online.

The Arts Council of Pakistan has been forced to backtrack after it emerged that a discussion on feminism it is hosting was to have an all-male panel.

WND

The Naperville Police Department charged a teen with two counts of felony hate crime and one count of disorderly conduct for the racist advertisement that was posted on Nov. 14. The advertisement included a photograph of the black classmate alongside the caption "Slave for sale (Naperville)" and a racist slur.

After massive backlash from students, alumni and others, the student government president of Grand Valley State University reinstated the Pledge of Allegiance to its meetings, a decision he made Monday after the Student Senate’s vote last week to nix it created a firestorm of controversy.

Two female conservative students who recently tried to obtain official club status for an Intercollegiate Studies Institute chapter at Hobart and William Smith Colleges had their request denied, reportedly over concerns it may “cause stress to the student body.”

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