September 20, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration has gotten into a new battle with Congress. This one is over access to a whistleblower’s reported complaint about incidents including a private conversation between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader. The government’s intelligence watchdog says the blocked complaint is “serious” and “urgent.” The administration is keeping Congress from even learning what exactly the whistleblower is alleging.
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. officials will debate how to respond to an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry at a Friday meeting. President Trump will hear a broad range of military options from the Pentagon Friday as he considers how to respond to the attack believed to be by the Iranians. U.S. officials say the president will be presented with a list of potential airstrike targets inside Iran, among other possible responses. And he will be warned of the risks of an escalation to war.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Dozens of Filipino activists have marched in Manila to honor the memory of activists in the Philippines who were killed for defending the environment. They marched to the offices of the Environment and Natural Resources Department, then staged a die-in protest while holding a banner saying ‘Stop the killings. Defend the environment defenders now!”
CHINA, Texas (AP) – The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda that flooded parts of Texas left at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in homes. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that by Thursday night, floodwaters had started receding in most of the Houston area. Police Chief Art Acevedo said law enforcement officers planned to work well into the night to clear freeways of vehicles stalled and abandoned because of flooding.
KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) – In Israel’s secular heartland, the role of religion in daily life played a central role in this week’s deadlocked election. For many, a vote for the opposition was driven by a desire to keep rabbis out of their schools, businesses and love lives. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tight alliance with the ultra-Orthodox may have contributed to his second-place finish.