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Top 100 Stories to Know for 18 Jun 2019 - Global

Police in Dubai say 17 people were killed when bus from Oman crashed in the United Arab Emirates.
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Utility PG&E Corp planned to proactively shut off power on Saturday to 27,000 customers in Northern California due to an increased risk of wildfires, officials said.
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Tehran closes 547 restaurantsIranian police close venues for crimes ranging from 'playing illegal music' to 'debauchery' Iranian police have shut down 547 restaurants and cafes in Tehran for not observing "Islamic principles",... the capital's police chief said Saturday. "The owners of restaurants and cafes in which Islamic principles were not observed were confronted, and during this operation 547 businesses were closed and 11 offenders arrested," Hossein Rahimi said in statement on the policeforce website.
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5 hurt when cruise ship ramsThe MSC Opera cruise ship plowed into a dock and river boat in Venice on Sunday, leaving five people injured. #Venezia #VIDEO la nave da crociera #Opera di @MSC_Crociere fuori controllo ha speronato... stamattina il battello fluviale #Michelangelo e la banchina.Qualcuno ci spiegher perché le navi che salvano vite sono sotto sequestro, mentre queste #grandinavi sono libere di far danni. -- Beppe Caccia (@beppecaccia) June 2, 2019 Video shows the ship inside the Guidecca Canal, blaring its horn as it crashes into the river boat and dock. Italian officials said five women on the river boat were injured, and four remain hospitalized. MSC Cruises said the Opera had a mechanical issue, and two tugboats leading the ship into the canal were unable to stop it from slamming into the river boat and...
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Science institute that advisedInternational Life Sciences Institute used by corporate backers to counter public health policies, says study An institute whose experts have occupied key positions on EU and UN regulatory panels is,... in reality, an industry lobby group that masquerades as a scientific health charity, according to a peer-reviewed study. The Washington-based International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) describes its mission as "pursuing objectivity, clarity and reproducibility" to "benefit the public good".
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White House asked USS JohnThe White House requested that a warship named after the late Senator John McCain be moved “out of sight” during President Trump’s state visit to Japan, a report said on Wednesday. The... instructions that “USS John McCain needs to be out of sight” were included in a May 15 email to US Navy and Air...
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Experts split over Hatch ActThe Hatch Act -- formally known as An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities -- aims to prevent executive branch staffers from engaging in partisan political activities aimed at influencing an... election. But even election-law experts acknowledge that identifying what is and what isn't a violation of the act can be tricky -- especially during...
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On Saturday, at the busiest crossing point along Mexico's porous southern border with Guatemala, evidence of Mexico's promised crackdown on waves of new arrivals trying to reach the United States was... nowhere to be seen.
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Shirtless shooting suspectA California man allegedly fired shots in a residential neighborhood Thursday and then barricaded himself in a home, which was later set ablaze. The man, who hasn’t been publicly identified,... “fired multiple shots” in San Gabriel at around 1:30 p.m. local time, San Gabriel Police Department spokesman Jonathan Fu told KTLA 5. A SWAT team...
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Chinese president urges all parties to show restraint in comments made to Russian media before his visit to the country.
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Here's what Trump plans toPresident Trump is expected to meet with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday to talk about Brexit, the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, Iran and climate change.
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Nigel Farage's Populist BrexitThe party's strong performance humiliated Britain's governing Conservatives, whose leader, Prime Minister Theresa May, on Friday announced her resignation.
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Mike Pence Tells West Point"Some of you will join the fight on the Korean Peninsula ... where North Korea continues to threaten the peace," the vice president said.
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Saudis say they will defendDUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday after the kingdom’s energy sector was targeted... this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, warned Iran that it will face destruction...
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Trump Says Fox News Is MovingThe president claimed the outlet was making the wrong move by giving airtime to his opponents.
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Honduras plane crash: fiveConflicting accounts say victims travelling on private plane off Roatán island were from US or Canada Five foreign tourists died on Saturday after a private plane they were traveling in crashed into... the sea shortly after taking off from the island of Roatán, near the Atlantic coast of Honduras, local authorities said. Related: Australian man one of six dead after midair seaplane collision in Alaska
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UN counter-terror tsar visitsActivists say official visit risks affirming China's narrative that camps thought to hold a million people are not an abuse of human rights The UN's counter-terrorism tsar is on a visit this week to... China's Xinjiang region, where Beijing insists the estimated 1 million Uighurs and other Muslims it is detaining constitute a potential terrorist threat. Vladimir Voronkov, the under-secretary general for counter-terrorism, is the highest level UN official to visit Xinjiang, which activists have described as an open-air prison where people are deprived of religious freedom.
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Trump: if foreign powerPresident claims he would have no obligation to call the FBI, contradicting bureau director he appointed Donald Trump said on Wednesday that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 opponent, he... would be open to accepting it, claiming he would have no obligation to call in the FBI. "I think I'd want to hear it," Trump said in an interview with ABC News, adding: "There's nothing wrong with listening."
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Social media users help copsJustice came slow and steady for this alleged turtle killer. Devin Antoine Simpson, 20, was busted by cops in North Carolina for kicking to death the helpless pet — after outraged social media users... saw a video of the attack online, authorities said Monday. Viewers of the clip from as far away as South Africa...
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Trump Baby Blimp, 10,000London Mayor Sadiq Khan scorches Trump in op-ed ahead of his state visit, compares him to last-century fascists.
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Australian navy pilots struck by lasers in South China Sea

The West Australian - 29 May 2019 03:03
Australian navy pilots struckLasers were pointed from passing fishing vessels while an Royal Australian Navy craft was being trailed by a Chinese warship.
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Man faces manslaughter chargeThe man, from Karrinyup was charged with manslaughter, stealing a motor vehicle and no authority to drive.
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Trump Opens Tokyo Visit With aPresident Trump played down North Korea's recent tests of short-range ballistic missiles, undercutting declarations by both Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the president's own national security adviser.
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A majority in Brazil's supreme court has voted to make homophobia and transphobia crimes like racism, a decision coming amid fears the country's far-right president will roll back LGBT social …
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Man fatally shot wife in chestA Michigan man was charged with murder on Monday for fatally shooting his wife in the chest after the two had an argument over cigarette smoking. Vashon Flowers, 46, allegedly shot Jamie... Thomas-Flowers inside their Muskegon Heights home at about 6:30 a.m. on Sunday following an argument that took place when the husband came home...
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