Today's Intel

Jun. 12, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday directing federal agencies to streamline the review process for agricultural biotechnology including genetically modified livestock and seeds.

President Donald Trump brandished a document on Tuesday confirming details of a regional asylum project agreed with Mexico to stave off threatened tariffs, saying the plan was "secret" even though Mexican officials had revealed much of it.

The Democratically controlled U.S. House of Representatives authorized its congressional committees on Tuesday to sue Trump administration figures who defy subpoenas seeking documents and testimony about President Donald Trump and his policies.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the government would create incentives for the French to stay on the job longer than the current minimum legal retirement age of 62.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said unemployment benefits for the highest earners would gradually decrease to encourage the jobless to get back to work more quickly.

Iran will ask Japan to mediate between Tehran and Washington to ease oil sanctions imposed by the United States, Iranian officials said on Wednesday, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in the country for a two-day visit.

Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that the planned sale of the former presidential airplane, and other aircraft from the prior government, would help fund a new migration control deal struck last week with the United States.

U.S. consumer prices barely rose in May, pointing to moderate inflation that together with a slowing economy could increase pressure on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates this year.

Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who threw plastic bottles in running battles outside the city's legislature.

Oil prices fell more than 2% on Wednesday, weighed down by a weaker outlook for demand and a rise in U.S. crude inventories despite expectations of extended supply cuts led by OPEC.

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Italy passed an emergency decree that limits the entry of ships into its territorial waters, a move aimed at curbing the activity of migrant charity rescue boats.

The fuel that powers most spacecraft is incredibly toxic to living organisms. That's normally not a big issue when you're sending something into space, but it can still pose some risks if a mishap results in a spacecraft crashing back down to Earth. NASA thinks it might have a fix for all of this in the form of a new, "green" fuel alternative that swaps highly toxic hydrazine with a new formulation that much safer and, as it turns out, even more powerful than modern rocket fuels.

Just days after NASA laid out its ground rules for commercial travel to the International Space Station, Nevada-based Bigelow Space Operations says it's targeting a fare of roughly $52 million a seat for rides that will make use of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule.

The governor of Maine has signed a bill that will expand access to abortions in the state by allowing health care professionals who are not physicians to perform the procedure.

Maine, Missouri and Vermont all passed measures or secured court victories that will help expand abortion access in their states, at least for the time being. The lone abortion clinic in Missouri will remain open for the next 10 days after winning a temporary victory in court.

Syrian air defense shot down Israeli missiles targeting the south of the country Wednesday, state media said, as a monitor reported positions of the regime's Lebanese ally Hezbollah had been hit.

The U.S. is expected to announce that it will send about 1,000 additional troops and a squadron of Reaper drones to Poland to beef up the nation's ability to defend itself amid worries about Russian military activity, U.S. officials said.

Inflation in China rose to its highest level in more than a year in May driven by surges in pork and fruit prices caused by the African swine fever epidemic and bad weather.

The nation's Roman Catholic bishops convened a high-stakes meeting Tuesday under pressure to confront the child sexual abuse crisis that has disillusioned many churchgoers, with one scholar warning: "We find ourselves at a turning point, a critical moment in our history."

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention are gathered in Alabama this week, addressing sexual abuse in their church.

Progressive Democrats have backed down from their push to scrap the decades-old ban on federal funding for abortions in a $190 billion budget bill.

BBC

At least 26 civilians have been injured in a missile attack by Yemen's rebel Houthi movement on an airport in south-west Saudi Arabia, the military said.

Fifty-six activists who led anti-government protests in Nicaragua have been released from prison.

Uber has said Australia will become the first international market for its flying taxi service Uber Air.

A five-year-old boy in Uganda has died from Ebola. The death is the first in Uganda.

India's space agency has unveiled its spacecraft that it hopes to land on the Moon by September. If successful, India will be the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, following the US, the former Soviet Union and China.

WND

The Vatican has released a document titled "Male and female He created them" and it has NPR erupting in distress over the clear suggestion that there are men, there are women, and that's how God created them.

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