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turkeysyria-101619.jpg Turkey rejected the United States' call to suspend its ongoing military offensive targeting Kurdish troops fighting the Islamic State in Northeast Syria. After the pull-out of U.S. forces, Turkey launched its unilateral attack earlier this month to push the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) away from the border area, and to create a "safe zone" in Syrian border to resettle tens of thousan

hongkongprotests1-oct16.jpg The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill aimed at defending human rights in Hong Kong, evoking s 'strong indignation' by China. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, sponsored by Republican Representative Chris Smith, passed easily by a voice vote in the lower House with bipartisan support. The Bill, which will become law if passed by the Senate, would make Hong Kong's special tra

johnson&johnson-oct16.jpg An appeals court in Missouri has overturned a $110-million verdict against Johnson & Johnson's talc-based products, Reuters reported. The lawsuit was filed by a Virginia woman who alleged that the continuous use of Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder had caused her to develop ovarian cancer in 2012. The...

michigan1-oct16.jpg The U.S. Government has announced a funding of more than $122 million to support Michigan's public safety efforts. The Department of Justice said that the funds will help law enforcement agencies and community organizations in the state fight gun, gang, drug and sexual violence, and bring criminals to justice. "The fight against crime is a never-ending one, and it is our front-line law enforceme

nobel-economics-101419.jpg Three researchers have been jointly awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on Monday for their research in helping fight global poverty. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement that it decided to award the prize to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty."

trump10-sept_11oct19.jpg Following two days of closely watched trade talks, President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that the U.S. and China have reached a "very substantial phase one deal." Trump said the deal includes up to $40 to $50 billion in Chinese purchases of U.S. agricultural products as well as Chinese concessions on intellectual property and financial services.

plasticshampoobottles1-oct11.jpg California Governor Gavin Newsom signed first-in-nation legislation to ban California hotels from distributing small, single use plastic toiletry bottles to guests. The Assembly Bill 1162 is authored by the California State Assembly- member Ash Kalra, and supported by the California Hotel and Lodging...

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation into law that will allow schools in the state to decide whether parents can administer medical cannabis to their children on K-12 campuses. The bill will allow parents to administer their child's dose of medical cannabis on K-12 campuses under...

nobel-literature-101019.jpg The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 was awarded to Austrian novelist Peter Handke. The previous year's award in this category was given to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk. The Swedish Academy announced the 2018 and 2019 Nobel literature prizes on Thursday because last year's prize was postponed over a sexual harassment scandal. The Academy said Peter Handke was selected "for an influential work

hivpreventiondrugs-101019.jpg California has become the first U.S. state to allow patients buy HIV prevention pills without a doctor's prescription. Under the new law, pharmacists can dispense pre-exposure prophylaxis, also called PrEP, and post-exposure prophylaxis, known as PEP, over the counter without asking for a medical prescription. California governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 159 into law on Monday, an import

gavinnewsom-101019.jpg California Governor signed 18 bills with a view to helping communities to get funding for affordable housing, easing development restrictions, and helping renters facing increasing costs. On Tuesday, Gavin Newsom began his statewide tour to sign a series of bills that build on his Administration's efforts to tackle the housing affordability crisis. They include the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, a

govtagencies-oct10.jpg Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed two Executive Orders aiming to improve the transparency and fairness of U.S. government agencies and to ensure that they are held accountable. The "Improved Agency Guidance Documents" Executive Order requires government agencies to publish their guidance documents on their websites to enable easy access to the public. "To ensure Americans have their voice

nobel-chemistry-100919.jpg Three scientists who made valuable contributions towards the development of the lithium-ion battery won this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry. American professor and solid-state physicist John B. Goodenough, British-American chemist Stanley Whittingham, and Japanese chemist Akira Yoshino will share the prize money of 9 million Swedish kronor, or $0.904 million equally. Prof Goodenough, 97, has al

uighur-oct09.jpg US sanctions against 28 Chinese firms for targeting ethnic minorities met wth strong protest from Beijing. The Ministry of Commerce urged the U.S. Government to lift the sanctions as soon as possible, and warned that China will "resolutely safeguard" the country's interests. "We strongly urge the United States to immediately stop making irresponsible remarks on the issue of Xinjiang, stop interf

usdepartmentoftransportation-oct09.jpg U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced a major initiative to support transportation needs in the rural parts of the United States. The Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success initiative, also known as ROUTES, will analyze the Transportation Department's discretionary...

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