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Women defiant as Danish ban on full-face veil takes effect Women defiant as Danish ban on full-face veil takes effect
- August 04, 2018

BAX LINDHARDT via Getty Images People take part in a demonstration organized by the "For Frihed" (For Freedom), which supports the face veil ban , on august 1, 2018. "I see a discussion of what kind of society we should have with the roots and culture we have", said Justice Minister Soren Pape Poulsen , "that we don't cover our face and eyes, we must be able to see each other and we must also be able to see each other's facial expressions". (more...)
Dozens of victims in reported Saudi-led coalition bombing of Yemen hospital
- August 04, 2018

Relatives of victims gather around their bodies outside a hospital morgue after an air strike hit a fish market in Hudaida, Yemen. Preliminary reports from authorities and humanitarian staff on the ground confirm multiple deaths and injuries caused by strikes at the hospital and near-by locations. (more...)
USA criticises Russian Federation over work permits for North Korean laborers
- August 04, 2018

The United States on Friday, August 3, slapped sanctions on a Russian bank for helping North Korea evade UN Security Council measures created to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. United Nations officials are probing potential violations of the sanctions, which contain narrow exceptions, WSJ reported citing sources. The news outlet reports that a six-month report from independent experts monitoring North Korea's compliance with United Nations sanctions stated ... (more...)
Vegas gunman spent $1.5M in 2 years, Vegas gunman spent $1.5M in 2 years,
- August 04, 2018

Asked by a reporter if Las Vegas citizens should be concerned about a possible future attack, Lombardo noted that heightened security measures were being taken at upcoming music festivals in Las Vegas and elsewhere in the U.S. A spokeswoman for the bureau said that report is set to be released later this year. Lombardo also said the police "have no knowledge" of radicalization of the shooter. (more...)
Mendocino Complex Fire as of Thursday morning — FIRE MAP Mendocino Complex Fire as of Thursday morning — FIRE MAP
- August 04, 2018

With the expansion of the Ranch Fire it is now about three to five miles northeast of the community of Nice and four to seven miles northeast of Lucerne; both of these communities are on the east shore of Clear Lake. In Sierra Nevada, firefighters achieved 41 per cent containment of a 115-square-mile forest fire that has shut down Yosemite Valley and other adjacent portions of Yosemite National Park at what is normally the height of summer tourism. (more...)
Teen becomes youngest woman jailed in United Kingdom for terrorism Teen becomes youngest woman jailed in United Kingdom for terrorism
- August 04, 2018

Schoolgirl Safaa Boular wanted to become a jihadi bride in Syria, but started plotting an attack in London after the ISIS fighter she planned to marry was killed in an air strike. When she was stopped from doing this, she instead discussed a grenade and gun attack on the British Museum. Her sister Rizlaine and mother Mina were developing their own plans, which security services were also documenting, including the pair driving around London's landmarks on April 25th, 2017, in what was ... (more...)
White House escalates China trade dispute to secure early breakthrough: John Kemp White House escalates China trade dispute to secure early breakthrough: John Kemp
- August 04, 2018

Trump on Wednesday instructed the US Trade Representative to look into increasing tariffs on Chinese imports including fish, petroleum, chemicals, refrigerators, handbags and other goods to 25 per cent, reports The New York Times . "China's main stock index dropped 2 percent, and in Hong Kong, an index of China's biggest listed companies, ended down slightly more than that". (more...)
Mexican official says Mexican official says "getting close" on autos deal — NAFTA
- August 04, 2018

The U.S. and Mexico are working to blend their respective proposals on auto rules of origins in the North American Free Trade Agreement talks happening in Washington, DC, this week after the U.S. The Mexican peso spiked 0.2 per cent to its strongest level of the day after news of progress on the autos element of talks, before slipping back. Mexico's Baker had met with senior trade officials from Canada, Japan, South Korea and the European Union in Geneva, which is also home to the World ... (more...)
Suspect in shooting of Houston surgeon kills himself Suspect in shooting of Houston surgeon kills himself
- August 04, 2018

Mark Hausknecht . "He was a brilliant physician, and he's touched a lot of lives", Acevedo said at a press conference Wednesday. Acevedo said Pappas had an "extensive" intelligence file on Hausknecht, including information on his home, workplace and vehicles. (more...)
China unveils additional retaliatory tariffs on $60bn of U.S. goods
- August 03, 2018

President Donald Trump has called out China for unfair trading practices , theft of US intellectual property, and a massive USA trade deficit with China. He told trade officials this week to consider raising that to 25 per cent. LNG's inclusion marks a deployment by Beijing of one of its last major weapons from its energy and commodities arsenal in its fight with Washington . (more...)
China keen on military drills with Asean, insists on keeping U.S. out China keen on military drills with Asean, insists on keeping U.S. out
- August 03, 2018

Beijing's suggestions are part of efforts to expand its influence in the South China Sea , which it claims nearly entirely, and push back at Washington, which has backed nations with overlapping claims to the waters. The Chinese Foreign Minister said that Beijing dispatched its most advanced rescue ship equipped with professional search-and-rescue teams to the Nansha Islands (in South China Sea) days ago, to carry out various missions. (more...)
Temperatures staying very high in red-hot Europe Temperatures staying very high in red-hot Europe
- August 03, 2018

Temperatures could reach a baking 48C in parts of Spain and Portugal this weekend. July's average United Kingdom maximum temperature was 22.6C from July 1-30, hotter than 1976's 21.6C, and the second-hottest since records began 108 years ago in 1910, behind only 2006's 23.2C. (more...)
Robert Mueller Seeks Interview with Russian Pop Singer Emin Agalarov Robert Mueller Seeks Interview with Russian Pop Singer Emin Agalarov
- August 03, 2018

The New York Times reports Robert Mueller's Russian Federation team is scrutinizing the president's tweets , examining whether tweets plus private pressure on top justice officials like Attorney General Jeff Sessions equal obstruction of justice . (more...)
Park rangers slam 'reckless' man who taunted bison Park rangers slam 'reckless' man who taunted bison
- August 03, 2018

The man did not appear to be injured as he yelled at the animal and it charged. Dan Wenk Park Superintendent had this to say after watching the viral video clip. After quickly dodging another rampage, the man and bison go their separate ways. At least one person is gored by a bison each year at the famed park. (more...)
Leading Chinese Buddhist monk accused of sexual misconduct Leading Chinese Buddhist monk accused of sexual misconduct
- August 03, 2018

China has seen an increasing number of sexual misconduct allegations as the #MeToo movement gains force there, prompting a cultural reckoning over a topic not normally publicly discussed and often not taken seriously by authorities. 27, 2015. Their document also includes financial statements suggesting Shi Xuecheng embezzled nearly $1.5m (£1.2m). Shi Xianqi and Shi Xianjia have been expelled and are co-operating with the government investigation. (more...)
Evacuations underway in Lynchburg, heavy rain may cause dam to fail Evacuations underway in Lynchburg, heavy rain may cause dam to fail
- August 03, 2018

Lynchburg, Virginia, is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 50 miles from Roanoke. The Virginia Department of Highways transferred ownership of the dam and roadway to the City of Lynchburg; however, the lake continues to be under the ownership of the University of Lynchburg. (more...)
Orca carries dead calf for week during ‘deep grieving’ Orca carries dead calf for week during ‘deep grieving’
- August 03, 2018

She was last seen carrying the calf at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Boundary Pass, said Taylor Shedd of Soundwatch, who has been keeping vigil with the whales. Deborah Giles, research scientist for University of Washington Center for Conservation Biology and research director for nonprofit Wild Orca, told the Seattle Times: "I feel so sad for that family". (more...)
At meeting, Trump praises Italy’s immigration policies At meeting, Trump praises Italy’s immigration policies
- August 03, 2018

The anti-establishment coalition government Conte leads shares Trump's view that immigration has gotten out of hand, and Trump tweeted last month that in selecting Conte, "the people of Italy got it right". Trump is noting the USA trade deficit with Italy and says he's sure "we'll straighten that out pretty quickly". Solidifying Italian-American relations along these points could bring concern to European Union states trying to combat Trump's positions on trade and Russian Federation. (more...)
Trump threatens government shut down over border security Trump threatens government shut down over border security
- August 03, 2018

The President said "a lot of great Republicans" had pointed to the strength of the economy and did not want to "complicate" that as voters prepare to head to the polls in elections that will decide control of Congress. "I actually think we'd get more and there'd be more pressure on the other side, because we're doing it because the Democrats are not giving us the votes". (more...)
Missing Iowa woman possibly sighted in Missouri Missing Iowa woman possibly sighted in Missouri
- August 03, 2018

This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. Tibbetts was reported missing after she failed to show up for work in Brooklyn, Iowa, a farming community of about 1,500 people where she was living over the summer with her longtime boyfriend . (more...)
Pope Francis Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible Pope Francis Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible
- August 03, 2018

Pope Francis recently approved changes to the Catholic Church's catechism that forbids the death penalty in all circumstances. Are all the teachings laid out in the catechism infallible? The change to the Catechism , the theologian said , was part of the "third level" of magisterial teaching, being "non-definitive" (not declared as divinely revealed or connected with divine revelation), and so did not necessarily command assent. (more...)
Polls show half of Britons want new Brexit referendum Polls show half of Britons want new Brexit referendum
- August 03, 2018

The poll found that there was support for having three options on the ballot paper including leaving the European Union without a deal, the deal agreed by the government, and an option to Remain. Barnier has attempted to scupper May's plan to circumvent Brussels in striking a deal with the member states, insisting that there is not a "sliver of difference" between him and the 27 nation leaders. (more...)
National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October
- August 03, 2018

And even if one is concerned about this possibility, one solution would be to have the Archives folks review any documents the Bush team says should be withheld. "And if these documents coming from the archives and from George W. Bush's presidential library and other things get up here soon, then the sooner the better we can have a hearing", Grassley said. (more...)
United States to apply more pressure on China with new tariff hike United States to apply more pressure on China with new tariff hike
- August 03, 2018

The tariffs could go into effect within the next few months . On Wednesday , the Trump administration threatened to more than double proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods with a 25 percent tariff, up from its initial 10 percent duty. (more...)
Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds
- August 03, 2018

CAL FIRE said Wednesday morning that a total of 10 residences have been destroyed in the two fires, but it is not clear if that number includes what could be additional losses late in the day on Tuesday. Ninety-eight large active fires burned across the U.S. that week, according to the NOAA . The Carr Fire was the result of a "Mechanical Failure of Vehicle" according to the California State incident report. (more...)
Rand, bonds weaken as ANC pushes ahead on land expropriation Rand, bonds weaken as ANC pushes ahead on land expropriation
- August 03, 2018

According to Ramaphosa, the constitution also makes provision for such an act, "in the public interest", but public hearings on the topic showed there was strong demand for this to be made more explicit. The ANC reaffirms its position that the Constitution is a mandate for radical transformation both of society and the economy. This, the party explained, was because many believed Section 25 in its current form allowed expropriation of land without compensation. (more...)
Flight MH370 was 'steered off course deliberately' Flight MH370 was 'steered off course deliberately'
- August 03, 2018

In a long-awaited report the official investigation team pointed to failings by air traffic controllers, said the course of the Malaysia Airlines plane was changed manually, and refused to rule out that someone other than the pilots had diverted the jet. (more...)
Danish ban on Islamic full-face veil takes effect Danish ban on Islamic full-face veil takes effect
- August 03, 2018

A spokesman for the Copenhagen police said they did not plan to fine the protesters who violated the ban. Reuters reported that about 1,300 people, many wearing face veils such as the burqa and niqab , marched to the police station on the outskirts of the capital and back to the city's central, left-wing district. (more...)
France bans smartphones in schools France bans smartphones in schools
- August 03, 2018

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has previously said the ban is a matter of public health because children are not playing during breaks anymore. But experts fear excessive mobile phone use and the allure of the internet may be fuelling cyber-addiction, sleep disruption and bullying. Schools may make exceptions for "pedagogical use", extra-curricular activities, or for disabled pupils. (more...)
GOP rep. dismisses Trump shutdown talk as 'posturing' GOP rep. dismisses Trump shutdown talk as 'posturing'
- August 03, 2018

The Senate plans in August to vote on the Defense, Labor and Health and Human Services spending bill. But is there really a threat of the government shutting down? Likening trying to get immigration reform through Congress as "pulling teeth", Trump said he's not suggesting a shutdown because of politics, but because "it's the right thing to do". (more...)

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