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Even as floodwaters receded in hard-hit places in in the Midwest, experts warned Saturday that with plenty of snow still left to melt in northern states, the relief may only be temporary. Rainfall and some snowmelt spurred flooding in recent weeks that's blamed in three deaths so far, with two men in Nebraska missing for more than a week. Thousands were forced from their homes in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, as water broke through or poured over levees in the region. The damage is estimated at $3 billion, and that figure is expected to rise.
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The father of a slain black teenager pleaded for peace Saturday after the acquittal of a white police officer triggered an apparent retaliatory shooting at the defense attorney's office and touched off protests in the streets of Pittsburgh. Police put officers on 12-hour shifts until further notice. Early Saturday, five to eight shots were fired into the building where the officer's attorney, Patrick Thomassey, works, police in nearby Monroeville said. No one was hurt. Police said they had been staking out the place as a precaution, and the gunfire erupted after they left to answer another call around midnight.
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The Islamic State group remains a threat, the US president says, after its five-year "caliphate" ends. BBC
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The US and its allies have reclaimed the last territory in Syria held by Islamic State (IS) militants. BBC
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is recognizing "the reality on the ground" about Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights CBS
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The special counsel has submitted his findings into potential ties between the Kremlin and Trump campaign CBS
President Donald Trump is sending U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Beijing on Thursday to continue U.S. trade talks with China. CNBC
Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, says he thinks a recession in 2019 is unlikely if inflation stays in check, gives his opinion on how the 2020 election will pan out, and talks about how to improve the state of our economy. CNBC
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House Democrats, on their afternoon conference call, renewed their demands for full transparency of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, according to people on the call. CNN
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On the evening Robert Mueller submitted his report to the Justice Department, ending the special counsel investigation that has clouded all but a few months of his presidency, President Donald Trump was not huddled in a war room or dictating defiant tweets to his underlings. CNN
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was glowing as he stepped up to a podium in the backyard of his Jerusalem home to welcome U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a holiday dinner. FOX News
Organisers hail UK’s ‘biggest-ever demo’, while Tom Watson leads calls for fresh referendumIn one of the biggest demonstrations in British history, a crowd estimated at over one million people yesterday marched peacefully through central London to demand that MPs grant them a fresh referendum on Brexit.The Put it to the People march, which included protesters from all corners of the United Kingdom and many EU nationals living here, took place amid extraordinary political turmoil and growing calls on prime minister Theresa May to resign. Guardian
Manning held in isolation for 22 hours a day after being jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury investigating WikiLeaksSupporters of Chelsea Manning have demanded her release from effective solitary confinement, in which she has been held for more than two weeks since being jailed for contempt of court. Related: Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury in WikiLeaks case. Guardian
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Earlier on Saturday evening Israeli aircraft struck two cells of Palestinians launching explosive balloons from the al-Bureij refugee camp towards southern Israeli communities. Jerusalem Post
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He continued that “the work that our administration’s done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state, remains,” and he is “confident that the Lord is at work here. Jerusalem Post
U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Saturday pored over a special counsel report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow, and was due to release key findings soon. Reuters
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Teams from the three U.S. airlines that own 737 MAX jets were heading to Boeing Co's factory in Renton, Washington, to review a software upgrade on Saturday, even as Southwest Airlines Co began parking its 34 MAXs near the California desert. Reuters
The federal government's budget deficit grew to $234 billion in February, the largest monthly shortfall on record, according to a Treasury Department report. UPI
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FEMA released private information of over 2 million survivors of hurricanes and fires to a contractor, a Department of Homeland Security report said. UPI
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Tough luck for those who don't like it. From Syria to Turkey and beyond, President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew strong condemnation on Friday. The Syrian government called it "irresponsible" and a threat to international peace and stability, while Iran's foreign ministry said it plunges the region into a new crisis.
The Foreign Ministry in Damascus said Trump's statement confirms "the blind bias of the United States to the Zionist entity," referring to Israel, and added that it won't change "the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian." The ministry also said Damascus is now more intent on liberating the Golan, "using every possible means."
Trump's announcement the day before was a major shift in American policy and gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election.
Israel unilaterally annexed the Golan Heights in 1981. The U.N. Security Council resolution 497, issued after the annexation, refers to Israel as "the occupying power" and says Israel's attempt to "impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect."