IMF warns of trade tensions in global outlook downgrade

(Worthy News) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday downgraded its global growth outlook, citing trade tensions between the two largest economies.

The organization said it expects the world economy to expand by a “sluggish” 3.2% in 2019 after it expanded by 3.6% in 2018.

“The projected growth pickup in 2020 is precarious,” the IMF said, noting that an ongoing trade conflict between the US and China has dragged down growth for the global economy. [ Source: Deutche Welle (Read More…) ]

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US spars with key allies at UN over Mideast peace approach

(Worthy News) – The U.S. derided the viability of reaching “international consensus” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Tuesday, further distancing itself from the two-state solution preferred by most of the world and drawing rebukes from its European allies.

President Donald Trump’s Mideast negotiator, Jason Greenblatt, delivered the harsh assessment during a U.N. Security Council debate as the White House says it is preparing to unveil the political portion of its Mideast peace plan.

Greenblatt dismissed the prospect of reaching global consensus on sensitive issues, including the fate of Palestinian refugees and the final status of contested Jerusalem. He suggested that numerous “ambiguously worded” Security Council resolutions should not serve as guiding principles for resolving the conflict. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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More Raids by Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria, Following Christian Delegation to Washington Last Month that Pleas with Trump to Halt ‘Genocide’

(Worthy News) – More than 200 homes were destroyed and 13 Christians killed in Muslim Herdsmen attacks in Nigeria Monday, where the Nigerian government continues to be silent and inactive in addressing the raids.

Ungwan Rimi Kamuru village, Kikoba village, Kangbro village, Nakai Danwai, and two villages in Plateau state all suffered incursions by the Fulani herders, whose campaign to reappropriate the lands of Christian farmers left 400 Christians dead between February and April of this year alone.

“Houses were burnt and razed down, farms destroyed, the villagers were also displaced,” Lawrence Zongo, publicity secretary for the Miango Development Association, told The Sun newspaper.

3 children were among the dead in the raids, the frequency, and severity of which over the last few years led a delegation of Christians from Nigeria to Washington last month to plead with the Trump administration.

“My people are stranded. They are literally sleeping under the skies, on the floor [with] no houses, no food, nothing. It is not about relief materials and how much we can donate. It’s about holding the government accountable,” Alheri Magaji, a member of the Adara Chiefdom, told an audience at an event convened by the Heritage Foundation.

“There is a genocide going on…We are here today to beg the U.S. government and for the world to hear our story,” Magaji told those gathered, citing Nigerian government inaction that has failed to apprehend a single perpetrator from the predominantly Muslim Fulani tribe for the attacks.

In 2018 alone Fulani Herdsmen attacks killed 2,400 Christians, according to the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, which led the Nigerian House of Representatives to begin using the word genocide about the situation there.

Despite the disproportionate number of Christians killed and the substantially higher number of instances in which Fulani aggression is the driving engine, most Western media accounts use the few reprisal attacks by Christian farmers to paint the conflict as something less than religiously motivated genocide.

“It is a deliberate confusion of narrative that has been very successfully used on an international platform,” Richard Ikiebe, president of the International Organization for Peacebuilding and Social Justice, explained to the Heritage Foundation.

Ikiebe said that 70 communities in Plateau state alone have been “eradicated and repopulated” by Fulani herdsmen.

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Federal Judge Approves Legal Settlement Granting NC Transgenders Restroom Access

(Worthy News) – A federal judge on Tuesday approved a legal settlement granting transgender people the right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in North Carolina public buildings controlled by the state’s executive branch.

The decree between the state’s Democrat governor and transgender plaintiffs covers numerous state-owned buildings including facilities run by executive branch agencies that oversee the environment, transportation, and Medicaid, among others.

In return, the plaintiffs have agreed to drop pending legal action against the governor and other defendants. [ Source: CBN News (Read More…) ]

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Britain’s Johnson to appoint his Brexit team

(Worthy News) – Boris Johnson will take office on Wednesday as British prime minister and will unveil the names of the team he has tasked with delivering Brexit by the end of October, with or without a deal.

Johnson enters Downing Street at one of the most perilous junctures in post-World War British history – the United Kingdom is divided over Brexit and weakened by a three-year political crisis since the Brexit referendum.

His pledge to energize the country and deliver Brexit – do or die – on Oct. 31, sets the United Kingdom up for a showdown with the EU and thrusts it toward a potential constitutional crisis, or election, at home. [ Source: Reuters (Read More…) ]

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GOP senators Cassidy and Cruz push to designate Antifa a domestic terrorist organization

(Worthy News) – Sen. Bill Cassidy said Tuesday that he and Sen. Ted Cruz have introduced a resolution that would designate Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization for attacking Americans “who don’t agree with them.”

“It would give law enforcement greater tools, greater permission to use tools, in order to combat Antifa. Antifa is spreading from the west coast, where it started, to different cities. Their intimidating tactics should be stopped where they are and not allowed to spread,” Cassidy, R-La., said on “Fox & Friends.”

The resolution came after Antifa, a far-left group also known as “Antifascist,” was involved in multiple violent incidents in recent weeks. [ Source: Fox News (Read More…) ]

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Boris Johnson to become next British Prime Minister, after winning Conservative Party leadership ballot

(Worthy News) – Britain’s next Prime Minister will be Boris Johnson after he won a ballot vote of Conservative Party members against Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, it was announced Tuesday.

Johnson, an avid supporter of Brexit and former Mayor of London, had been expected to clinch victory against Hunt. He will replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday after she announced her resignation last month amid failure to lead the nation out of the European Union.

He won 66 percent of the vote, or 92,153 of the total 159,320 people eligible to vote. Hunt received 46,656 votes, and there were 509 rejected ballot papers. The turnout was 87.4 percent. [ Source: Fox News (Read More…) ]

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US House overwhelmingly passes anti-BDS resolution

(Worthy News) – The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Tuesday that rejects the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, after some Democrats expressed concern last week that the measure could cause infighting within the party leading up to the 2020 election.

The bill — formally known as House Resolution 246 — also calls for increased security aid to Israel and a two-state solution. It passed by a vote of 398-17, with five abstentions. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

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Justice Dept. ratchets up antitrust scrutiny of Big Tech

(Worthy News) – The U.S. Department of Justice opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of major technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers.

It said the probe will take into account “widespread concerns” about social media, search engines and online retail services. Its antitrust division is seeking information from the public, including those in the tech industry.

“Without the discipline of meaningful market-based competition, digital platforms may act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands,” Makan Delrahim, the department’s chief antitrust officer, said in a statement. “The Department’s antitrust review will explore these important issues.” [ Source: AP (Read More…) ]

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Syria says Israel attacked posts held by its military, allied militias

(Worthy News) – An Israeli missile attack targeted Syrian military positions held by the government and its allies early on Wednesday, Syria’s state news agency said.

Local media reported that air defenses shot down several missiles around half past midnight.

State news agency SANA and state TV said that the “Israeli aggression” struck al-Harra hill in south of the country, which is home to Syrian army posts. The reports said the strikes only caused material damage and did not inflict any casualties. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

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