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ConocoPhillips says PDVSA agreed to pay $2 bn to settle dispute

ConocoPhillips says PDVSA agreed to pay $2 bn to settle dispute Venezuela has agreed to pay a $2 billion settlement to US oil giant ConocoPhillips, to stop the seizure of the South American nation's assets, the American firm announced Monday. PDVSA, the state oil company once the crown jewel of Venezuela's now imploding economy, will make initial payments of $500 million over the next 90 days, ConocoPhillips said in a statement. In return, ConocoPhillips said it agreed to halt the seizure of PDVSA's oil and assets in the Caribbean -- which it took over after Caracas failed to honor an April 25 ruling by an international arbitrator.


2 employees dead, including suspect, in workplace shooting at food warehouse in Missouri City

2 employees dead, including suspect, in workplace shooting at food warehouse in Missouri City Officials say the woman walked into the Missouri City warehouse and started firing, killing a manager and wounding another employee.


Report: MeToo activist Argento settled sex assault complaint

Report: MeToo activist Argento settled sex assault complaint NEW YORK (AP) — Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment — recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, the New York Times reported.


Small plane crashes on Phoenix street; pilot, passenger dead

Small plane crashes on Phoenix street; pilot, passenger dead PHOENIX (AP) — A homemade plane crashed in a Phoenix intersection Monday, killing the pilot and the sole passenger, authorities said.


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Trump Praises Border Patrol Agent Who 'Speaks Perfect English’ At Immigration Event

Trump Praises Border Patrol Agent Who 'Speaks Perfect English’ At Immigration Event President Donald Trump introduced a border patrol agent at the White House on


Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percent

Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percent GENOA, Italy (AP) — Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge's strength by 20 percent — a finding that came months before it collapsed last week, Italian media reported Monday.


No One Lost the South China Sea (And No One Will)

No One Lost the South China Sea (And No One Will) America's excessive involvement in the South China Sea has forced China to deploy more defensive equipment in the area. What happens now?


Texas doctor who raped sedated patient will not serve jail time

Texas doctor who raped sedated patient will not serve jail time Shafeeq Sheikh was instead sentenced to 10 years’ probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. Five female and seven male jurors had recommended the sentencing after deliberating for 14 hours at the Harris County Family Law Center in Houston, Texas. State law required Judge Terry Flenniken is required by the state's law to follow the recommendation, the Houston Chronicle reported.


All Grown Up! Barron Trump Sports Slicked-Back Hairdo Ahead of New School Year

All Grown Up! Barron Trump Sports Slicked-Back Hairdo Ahead of New School Year Barron is almost as tall as his father, President Trump.


40+ Thanksgiving Appetizers That Will Wow Your Guests

Boyfriend Of Missing Phoenix Teen Kiera Bergman Arrested

Boyfriend Of Missing Phoenix Teen Kiera Bergman Arrested The on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kiera Bergman, a missing Arizona


Simulation report: Elon Musk unfollowed Grimes on Twitter

Simulation report: Elon Musk unfollowed Grimes on Twitter It appears that Elon Musk no longer follows Grimes on Twitter. Time to freak out! The Tesla CEO, who's been in headlines lately for stuff like tweeting himself into a probable SEC investigation and calling a hero a "pedophile," unfollowed his girlfriend on Sunday, bringing the number of women Musk follows down to three. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's muskiest moments of 2018, so far Of course, breakup rumors are now flying, but Musk's behavior on the platform has been so erratic lately that this surprise unfollow could mean nothing. It could mean everything. It could mean that he was looking at Grimes's profile fondly one night while he was definitely not hiding from Azealia Banks and accidentally hit the "unfollow" button.  Who knows? We've reached out to representation for Grimes and Tesla, and will update should we hear back. We hope to see "anti-imperialist" back in Grimes's Twitter bio soon. UPDATE: Aug. 20, 2018, 12:02 p.m. A spokesman for Musk declined to comment. WATCH: Yes, Elon Musk and Grimes are dating and people think it's a simulation


Optimism over easing of US-China trade dispute infects markets

Optimism over easing of US-China trade dispute infects markets Optimism over signs that China and the United States will start working to resolve their trade dispute helped stock markets across the world move higher on Monday. "Equity markets are buoyant ahead of the US-China trade talks which commence on Wednesday," said market analyst David Madden at CMC Markets UK. The talks slated for Wednesday and Thursday are the first since the US and China began slapping tariffs on tens of billions of dollars worth of goods, and according to the Wall Street Journal they are aimed at easing the dispute so US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping can hold a summit in November.


2019 Best Colleges Rankings Coming Sept. 10

2019 Best Colleges Rankings Coming Sept. 10 In three weeks, on Monday, Sept. 10, prospective students and parents can explore the 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings on usnews.com. In addition to the rankings, U.S. News will provide extensive statistical profiles for each school, a comprehensive college search and detailed explanations of the ranking methodologies. Users can sign up for the U.S. News College Compass to receive access to the My Fit custom ranking, additional data and other exclusive interactive tools.


Angel mom slams media coverage of illegal immigrants

Angel mom slams media coverage of illegal immigrants Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant, says victims' stories are being silenced by the press to support their anti-ICE agenda.


Families Separated Since Korean War Reunite In North Korea

Families Separated Since Korean War Reunite In North Korea Families divided during the Korean War tearfully reunited for the first time


China and Russia are Building Lots of Ship-Killer Missiles. The Navy Has Plans to Counter Them.

China and Russia are Building Lots of Ship-Killer Missiles. The Navy Has Plans to Counter Them. The Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block II, or ESSM, is a new version of an existing Sea Sparrow weapons system currently protecting aircraft carriers, destroyers, cruisers, amphibious assault ships and other vessels against anti-ship missiles and other surface and airborne short-range threats to ships.


Tourists go off beaten path on North Korea's sacred volcano

Tourists go off beaten path on North Korea's sacred volcano MOUNT PAEKTU, North Korea (AP) — Foreign tourists looking to go off the beaten path in North Korea can now camp out on the country's biggest volcano.


Customers Rally After Yelp Reviewer Calls Cafe's Gay Pride Flag 'Disgusting'

Customers Rally After Yelp Reviewer Calls Cafe's Gay Pride Flag 'Disgusting' An anti-gay review on Yelp that called a restaurant in Dorchester,


Indonesian School Apologizes After Dressing Young Girls as Jihadists for a Parade

Indonesian School Apologizes After Dressing Young Girls as Jihadists for a Parade The principal said they were trying to recycle old costumes, not foment radicalism


Taiwan's president visits Nasa space centre, in a move likely to anger Beijing

Taiwan's president visits Nasa space centre, in a move likely to anger Beijing Tsai Ing-wen, the Taiwanese president visited Nasa’s space centre in Houston on Sunday, in a move that indicates deepening ties between Taipei and Washington, but which is expected to infuriate Beijing.  The trip to the Johnson Space Centre in Texas marks the first time a sitting leader from the self-ruling island has entered a US federal building in an official capacity, although her presence in Houston and in Los Angeles a week earlier were only brief stopovers en route to Paraguay and Belize.  But even short transit stops on US soil have traditionally provoked a sharp response from China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory and has tried to undermine its sovereignty and stepped up pressure on the international community to exclude Taipei from global forums.  Taiwan’s population of 23 million meanwhile operates like any other democratic nation with its own government, currency, military and foreign policy and the majority of citizens identify as Taiwanese. Only 18 countries, mainly small Pacific islands and Central American nations, have formal ties with the Taiwanese government, however.  President Tsai visited the Nasa Johnson Space Centre in Houston Credit: Richard Carson/Reuters  The US has not officially recognised Taiwan since 1979, when it shifted its recognition to China’s communist government and imposed restrictions on visiting senior Taiwanese officials to keep Beijing on side.  Ms Tsai’s transit is the first stopover for the Taiwanese president since the US Congress unanimously passed the Taiwan Travel Act earlier this year, allowing US government figures up to cabinet-level security officials to travel to the island and high-level officials from Taiwan to enter the US. Previously US policy did not permit bilateral visits by Cabinet-level officials. But behind-the-scenes, democratic Taiwan has long had influential allies in Washington’s corridors of power, with high profile legislators giving a nod to its strategic importance to America’s interests in the Pacific region.  During her earlier stop in Los Angeles, Ms Tsai met with three senior US politicians, including California Representative Brad Sherman, who called for the president herself to be granted a trip to Washington, reported Politico.  Thank you @Astro_Ellen & @AstroIronMike for coming out on Sunday for a behind-the-scenes tour of @NASA_Johnson. Missed @space_station's #Taiwan fly-by by 23 minutes. Look forward to finding ways of how Taiwan can better support international space efforts. pic.twitter.com/QWOuXm761R— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) August 19, 2018 “I want to see one of the highest level” of visits between the US and Taiwan and that is to “welcome you [Tsai Ing-wen] in Washington DC,” he said.  Ed Royce, the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, who also met with President Tsai, praised the “many positive developments in the US-Taiwan relationship this year.” He added: “By encouraging more frequent visits between our two peoples and governments, we further strengthen the critical US-Taiwan partnership.”  Washington has recently called attention to its positive relations with Taiwan amid soaring tensions with China over trade and Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.  “We’ll never know for sure if this [visit] is because of the Taiwan Travel Act or if it would have happened anyway because the Trump administration, as well as Congress, is filled with very enthusiastic supporters of US-Taiwan relations,” said Ross Feingold, a Taipei-based lawyer and political analyst. The hard work of the women & men of @houstonpolice in keeping @iingwen & the #Taiwan delegation safe & secure is tremendously appreciated. Many thanks for going above & beyond during our stopover in #Houston. JW pic.twitter.com/K67dWk4Wld— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) ���� (@MOFA_Taiwan) August 19, 2018 “It’s good that President Tsai was welcomed to visit this facility. Does it change what was already a positive trajectory of US-Taiwan relations? Probably not.” China would likely react with the “same style of anger and public statements that we have seen throughout any kind of stopover by the Taiwan president,” he told The Telegraph.  “The fact that it was a federal building doesn’t make it unprecedented if China was to do something like cancel bilateral scientific meetings,” he said.  Regardless of ongoing tensions with Beijing, Taiwan’s government was clearly thrilled by the invitation to Nasa. “#Houston, we’ve to a president! Couldn’t be more proud. @iingwen is the 1st leader of #Taiwan to tour @NASA_Johnson during a #US stopover. Thanks @Astro_Ellen for helping realize this milestone moment,” tweeted Joseph Wu, the foreign minister.  President Tsai also took to Twitter to express her gratitude. “Before we take off, I want to thank everyone involved for making my #Houston stopover a wonderful one filled with good memories. My administration will continue strengthening every aspect of #Taiwan-US relations. Until next time!”


Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalist

Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalist Turkey has reversed its decision to ban a German journalist from leaving the country while she awaits trial on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization, the journalist said on her Twitter account on Monday. Mesale Tolu confirmed on her Twitter account German media reports that the travel ban Turkish authorities imposed since she was released from prison in December after eight months in detention had been suspended. "As a result of my lawyer's application, my ban on traveling abroad has been lifted," Tolu wrote on her Twitter account in Turkish.


The Latest: Latest earthquake on Indonesian island kills 2

The Latest: Latest earthquake on Indonesian island kills 2 JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on earthquakes that have struck Indonesia's Lombok island (all times local):


Investigators Probing Michael Cohen For $20 Million In Bank Fraud: NYT

Investigators Probing Michael Cohen For $20 Million In Bank Fraud: NYT Investigators probing President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael


Ariana Grande Brought To Tears While Discussing Anxiety, Manchester Bombing

Ariana Grande Brought To Tears While Discussing Anxiety, Manchester Bombing Ariana Grande broke down in tears Friday during a radio interview that touched


UK woman rescued after falling from cruise ship in Croatia

UK woman rescued after falling from cruise ship in Croatia PULA, Croatia (AP) — A British woman was rescued Sunday after falling from a cruise ship and spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night, Croatia's coast guard said.


Netanyahu and Bolton discussions focus on Iran nuclear program

Netanyahu and Bolton discussions focus on Iran nuclear program White House national security adviser John Bolton arrived in Israel on Sunday on the first leg of an overseas trip, and met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Iran the focus of talks. Bolton is one of the U.S. administration's leading hawks in dealing with Iran's nuclear program. "We've got great challenges for Israel, for the United States, for the whole world - the Iran nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile programs are right at the top of the list," Bolton said.


U.S. Catholics 'sickened' by sex abuse report, stand by their faith

U.S. Catholics 'sickened' by sex abuse report, stand by their faith Many churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic Church's cover-up dissuade them from their faith. Nearly 200 parishioners filled almost all the pews for Saturday’s Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in York, Pennsylvania, where six priests who at one time worked in that parish are accused in the report https://bit.ly/2vTa9oY of sexually abusing children. “I can't talk about it without crying," said Kathy Morris, a retired steelworker and a member of St. Patrick's for over 15 years.


Irish archbishop urges pope to speak frankly about abuse

Irish archbishop urges pope to speak frankly about abuse VATICAN CITY (AP) — The archbishop of Dublin said Sunday he hopes Pope Francis will speak frankly about the "darkness" of priestly sex abuse during his upcoming visit to Ireland, which has been clouded by new revelations of misconduct in the U.S. Catholic Church.


Mick Mulvaney Suggests Military Parade Canceled For Reasons Besides Money

Mick Mulvaney Suggests Military Parade Canceled For Reasons Besides Money White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that cost wasn't the


Former Intel Officials Defend John Brennan In Wake Of Revoked Security Clearance

Former Intel Officials Defend John Brennan In Wake Of Revoked Security Clearance Several former intelligence officials have come to the defense of former CIA


Beautiful shots of diver swimming near sunken ships emerge

Beautiful shots of diver swimming near sunken ships emerge A series of beautiful shots of divers swimming near sunken ships have emerged. Alex Voyer, 39, was sailing around the Caribbean on a 60-foot boat when he stopped for a dive. The images show  amazing shipwrecks as free divers explore the seabed. Alex, a photographer and free diver, said: “With my girlfriend, Marianne Aventurier, we are sailing all summer around the Caribbean to learn more about sailing.” (Caters News)


Trump officials sued over killer whales’ plummeting population crisis

Trump officials sued over killer whales’ plummeting population crisis Environmental campaigners are suing the Trump administration for allegedly failing to protect the ocean habitat of a species of critically endangered killer whale. The Centre for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service, arguing it has left the last remaining southern resident killer whales at risk. The population of the imperilled orca species off the US west coast is at its lowest in more than 30 years, numbering just 75.


Rush to bring aid to 2 million homeless as fears grow over spread of disease after floods in Kerala

Rush to bring aid to 2 million homeless as fears grow over spread of disease after floods in Kerala A deluge in India's flood-stricken southwestern state of Kerala finally let up on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, while authorities feared an outbreak of disease among over 200,000 people crammed into relief camps. Incessant rains since August 8 have caused the state's worst floods in a century, and at least 186 people have perished, many of them killed by landslides. The beaches and backwaters of Kerala are top destinations for domestic and international tourists, but far fewer visit during the monsoon season. The India Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall only at one or two places of Kerala on Sunday and withdrew a red alert in several districts. Flood waters too began to recede from several places. Using boats and helicopters, India's military has led rescue efforts to reach people in communities cut off for days by the floods, with many trapped on roof tops and the upper floors of their homes, and in desperate need of food and potable water. Rescue teams were focused on the town of Chengannur on the banks of the Pamba River, where some 5,000 people are feared to be trapped, officials said. Volunteers reach out to stranded people with food supplies in a flooded area in Chengannur in the southern state of Kerala Credit: Aijaz Rahi/ AP More than 200,000 families have taken refuge at relief camps set up across the state, an official at the Kerala State Disaster Management office said. Kerala's chief minister had earlier said over 200,000 people had taken shelter in camps since the monsoon rains began three months ago. Anil Vasudevan, who handles disaster management at the Kerala health department, said authorities had isolated three people with chickenpox in one of the relief camps in Aluva town, nearly 250 km (155 miles) from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. He said the department was preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases in the camps, where an estimated two million people have taken shelter since the monsoon rains began three months ago. Kerala, which usually receives high rainfall, has seen over 250 percent more rain than normal between August 8 and August 15, causing the state authorities to release water from 35 dangerously full dams, sending a surge into its main river. As the rain abated on Sunday morning, one resident in Cheranelloor, a suburb of Kochi situated on the banks of the Periyar river, visited his home to see when he and his family could return. "The entire house is covered with mud. It will take days to clean to make it liveable. All our household articles, including the TV and fridge have been destroyed," 60-year-old T P Johnny told Reuters. Kochi's airport is closed due to waterlogging, and Jet Airways has arranged additional flights from Thiruvananthapuram for passengers holding confirmed tickets from Kochi.


It’s time to end America’s war in Afghanistan

It’s time to end America’s war in Afghanistan A child born on this date in 2001 – just before the terrorist attacks of 9/11 – is old enough to be fighting today in the war in Afghanistan. This week – almost 17 years after the war began – the Taliban attacked Ghazni, killing more than 100 Afghan army soldiers. The Taliban also overran a base, where they killed another 17 soldiers.


Eight years late, Palestinian mail arrives in West Bank

Eight years late, Palestinian mail arrives in West Bank Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are about to receive a special delivery of more than 10 tons of mail that has been delayed by Israel for the past eight years. Postal workers have been sorting through thousands of mail sacks in the West Bank city of Jericho for the past several days after Israeli authorities allowed the entry of the letters and packages from neighboring Jordan. The 10.5 tons of mail had been held in Jordan since 2010 because Israel would not permit direct transfer to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said.


Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers.


'Liberty or Death': rightwing protesters march against alleged leftwing violence in Seattle

'Liberty or Death': rightwing protesters march against alleged leftwing violence in Seattle A man standing with members of Patriot Prayer and other groups supporting gun rights wears guns during a rally on Saturday at City Hall in Seattle. Many demonstrators at the “Liberty or Death” rally wore camouflage, body armor, helmets and insignia of the “Patriot Movement”.


Man killed on Long Island is New York's first lightning death since 2016

Man killed on Long Island is New York's first lightning death since 2016 A man was struck and killed by lightning in Kings Park on Long Island, New York, on Saturday evening.