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Apr. 15, 2019

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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, his campaign said on Sunday, far outpacing the total raised by individual Democratic candidates during that period.

Pete Buttigieg, the millennial-aged mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has enjoyed a surge in opinion polls and a torrent of media coverage, formally launched a bid on Sunday for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

President Trump may have threatened to transport illegal immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities to "make everybody crazy" and generate media attention, U.S. Senator (R) Rick Scott said.

Thousands of environmental activists paralyzed parts of central London on Monday by blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge in a bid to force the government to do more to tackle climate change.

Chinese bombers and warships conducted drills around Taiwan on Monday, the latest military maneuvers near the self-ruled island that a senior U.S. official denounced as "coercion" and a threat to stability in the region.

French arms including tanks and laser-guided missile systems sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are being used in the Yemeni war against civilians, leaked intelligence published by investigative website Disclose showed.

More and more aspiring immigrants - especially Mexicans - are being denied visas based on determinations by the U.S. State Department that they might become "public charges," dependent on the government for support, according to official data and interviews with attorneys, immigrants and their family members.

U.S. online lenders are scrutinizing loan quality, securing long-term financing and cutting costs, as executives prepare for what they fear could be the sector's first economic downturn.

The world's largest aircraft took off over the Mojave Desert in California on Saturday, the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch Systems Corp, started by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, as the company enters the lucrative private space market.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has dismissed the influence of congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on her party, describing the socialist wing of Democrats in the House of Representatives as "like, five people".

The Canadian government said Sunday it suspended financial aid to Nicaragua last year in response to human rights violations -- a decision not publicly disclosed until now.

Sudanese political parties and movements behind nearly four months of anti-government protests met with the country's military on Saturday, activists and the military said, holding the first talks since the army forced President Omar al-Bashir from power two days ago.

American Airlines said it is extending Boeing Co 737 MAX cancellations through Aug. 19, leading to about 115 daily canceled flights, or 1.5 percent of its daily summer flying schedule.

More than 120 people have been killed since a Libyan military commander launched an assault on the capital 10 days ago, igniting clashes with rival militias, the U.N. health agency said.

A fresh round of violence gripped Afghanistan and explosions shattered weeks of relative calm in the capital Kabul, one day after the Taliban launched their annual spring offensive.

The devastating floods that have swamped many parts of Iran since March have left two million people in need of humanitarian aid. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called the floods the "largest disaster to hit Iran in more than 15 years".

Power outages in the Philippine capital and provinces in its main Luzon island will likely continue as some power plants shut, triggering an investigation. As many as 40 cities in at least seven provinces have been affected by the rotating power interruption due to unplanned outages of five power plants in Luzon, which accounts for bulk of the nation's demand.

Iraq has begun trial proceedings for nearly 900 Iraqi suspected members of the Islamic State group caught fleeing jihadist territory in neighboring Syria, a judicial source told AFP on Sunday.

After eight months in various hospitals, one of the smallest premature babies in the country is finally going home. When he was born at 26 weeks old at a hospital in New York, he weighed 11 ounces and could fit in the palm of your hand.

All 62 migrants stuck on a ship since their rescue in the Mediterranean 10 days ago, arrived in Malta Saturday after four European countries agreed to take them in.

BBC

The operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has begun removing nuclear fuel from a building housing one of the reactors that melted down after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has said he wants a million more people to join his civilian militia by the end of the year.

A taskforce formed by the Kenyan government has recommended recognition of intersex people as a "third sex". Intersex people are born with both male and female sex characteristics, which can appear at birth or later in life.

WND

A group of state Republican lawmakers recently signed on to legislation proposing the nation's third-largest city, Chicago, become the 51st state.

A team of Israeli researchers has "printed" the world's first 3-D vascularized, engineered heart. The heart, which was made using a patient's own cells and biological material.

According to the survey of 2,000 British adults with kids between the ages of 2 and 12, parents have an average of 2,184 arguments with their children every year. Broken down, that translates to 182 spats per month, 42 per week, or 6 each day. The average fight lasts about eight minutes - which means moms and dads are using nearly 50 minutes of their day for bickering.

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