Homeland Security Reassigns Official Whose Office Compiled Intelligence on Journalists

WASHINGTON — The head of the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence branch was removed from his position after his office compiled reports about protesters and journalists covering the Trump administration’s response to unrest in Portland, Ore., last month. Brian Murphy, the acting under secretary for intelligence and analysis, was reassigned to a new position in […]

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Wells Fargo pledges $400 million in support of small business after PPP payout

© Reuters. Wells Fargo Bank branch is seen in New York By Imani Moise (Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co (N:) will donate over $400 million toward helping small businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic, giving away all proceeds from its participation in the Payroll Protection Program. At least $28 million is earmarked for non-profit […]

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Merlo Branch Library reopens after $6 million rehab

Chicago’s Merlo Branch Library, 644 W. Belmont . Merlo Branch closed last year in order to undergo a $6 million gut renovation project. It reopened Wednesday, though with. social distancing enforced. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times Local Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), who also spoke at the ceremony, said the building originally was a Works Progress Administration project. […]

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Cuckoo stuns scientists with longest migration ever recorded

A cuckoo lands on a branch in the rain: Getty Images More A cuckoo has completed one of the longest migrations ever recorded by any land bird after flying more than 7,500 miles (12,000km) from southern Africa to its birthplace and breeding grounds in Mongolia. The bird, named Onon, crossed 16 countries in his “mammoth […]

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Bought for a Song: An Indonesian Craze Puts Wild Birds at Risk

CURUP, Indonesia — Hiding in the dense Sumatran jungle, the poacher chose a thin branch, coated it with homemade glue and played a snippet of birdsong on an old cellphone. Within moments, three tiny birds alighted on the branch and were trapped. Known as ashy tailorbirds, they were destined for the Indonesian island of Java, […]

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Egypt postpones Banque du Caire stake sale due to coronavirus: chairman

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A branch of Banque Du Caire is pictured at the Upper Egypt city of Aswan CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt has postponed its plans to sell a minority stake in state-owned Banque du Caire in an initial public offering (IPO) starting mid-April due to the spread of the coronavirus, a local newspaper […]

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Feds move to block China-owned telecom service from operating in US

The Justice Department and other executive branch agencies recommended Thursday that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoke and terminate China Telecom Corp.’s authorizations to provide international telecommunication services to and from the U.S. “Today, more than ever, the life of the nation and its people runs on our telecommunications networks,” said John C. Demers, assistant […]

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Al Qaeda Branch in Somalia Threatens Americans in East Africa — and Even the U.S.

Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, the terrorist group’s largest and most active global affiliate, has issued specific new threats against Americans in East Africa and even the United States, U.S. commandos, counterterrorism officials and intelligence analysts say. Several ominous signs indicate that the Qaeda affiliate, the Shabab, is seeking to expand its lethal mayhem well […]

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Congress moves as one to fight coronavirus as pandemic hits home, sickens first two members

Congress, a branch of the government not known for its ability to act quickly and certainly not known for coming to broad consensus on important issues, has done both of those things as it has shepherded two coronavirus-related spending bills to President Trump’s desk in two weeks and is feverishly working to put together a third, blockbuster […]

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Coronavirus in Iran prompts US to extend olive branch amid claim country’s death toll far higher than reported

The U.S. State Department extended an olive branch to Iran Friday amid a report that more than 200 people in the country have reportedly been killed by the coronavirus, a figure six times higher than the officially released number. “The United States stands with the people of Iran during the public health crisis caused by the […]

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