WASHINGTON

Trump donates $100,000

to alcoholism research

President Donald Trump has donated $100,000, his salary from the third quarter of 2018, to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which researches alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.

Alcoholism is a personal issue for the president. His older brother, Fred Jr., died in 1981 after struggling with alcoholism, and the president has said he learned from his brother's experience.

Trump pledged as a candidate in 2016 to not accept the $400,000 annual presidential salary he would be due if elected.

 

MEXICO CITY

US to send back

migrants in new plan

The Mexican government said Friday the United States plans to return 20 migrants per day to Mexico as they await an answer to their U.S. asylum claims.

Roberto Velasco, spokesman for Mexico's Foreign Relations Department, said that "the Mexican government doesn't agree with this unilateral move" but will accept the migrants under certain conditions.

Velasco said the first 20 migrants would be returned at the San Ysidro crossing, across from Tijuana.

He said the U.S. wants to extend the practice, known as "Remain in Mexico," to the rest of the border crossing points.

 

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Waste dam breaks,

sweeps away 200

A dam that held back mining waste collapsed Friday in Brazil, inundating a nearby community in reddish-brown sludge, killing at least seven people and leaving scores of others missing.

Parts of the city of Brumadinho were evacuated, and firefighters rescued people by helicopter and ground vehicles.

Brazilian mining company Vale SA said it did not know what caused the collapse. About 300 employees were working when it happened. About 100 had been accounted for, and rescue efforts were underway to find the others.

 

SILVER SPRING, MD.

Police release video

of struggle with teen

Officials have released body camera video of a deadly encounter between police and a black teenager who died after struggling with officers, footage that fueled a civil rights group's call for an independent investigation.

Greensboro police released the footage after a county prosecutor announced Thursday that he isn't asking a grand jury to consider criminal charges in the September 2018 death of Anton Black, 19.

Caroline County State's Attorney Joseph Riley said in a statement that his office "is not empowered to prosecute tragic acts."

An autopsy report says Black's congenital heart condition, mental illness, and stress from the struggle likely contributed to his death.

 

ATHENS, GREECE

Macedonia name

change deal ratified

Greek lawmakers ratified an agreement Friday to end a nearly three-decade-long dispute over neighboring Macedonia's name, in a landmark vote that will see the small country renamed North Macedonia and clear its path to NATO membership.

The deal passed with 153 votes in the 300-member parliament, two more than the minimum needed. It has faced fierce opposition in both countries.

 

MEXICO CITY

Deaths in pipeline

fire surpass 100

The death toll in a massive fire at an illegally tapped pipeline in Mexico has risen to 109 after 10 more injured people died at hospitals.

Mexico's health secretary said Friday that the latest victims who were severely burned died between Wednesday and early Friday. Hospitals continue to treat about 40 injured victims.

The victims were gathering gasoline from an illegal pipeline tap in the central state of Hidalgo a week ago when the gas ignited, littering an alfalfa field with charred bodies.

 

TOKYO

Court upholds gender

change sterilization

Human rights and LGBT activists on Friday denounced a ruling by Japan's Supreme Court upholding a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before they can have their gender changed on official documents.

The 2004 law states that people wishing to register a gender change must have their original reproductive organs, including testes or ovaries, removed and have a body that "appears to have parts that resemble the genital organs" of the gender they want to register.

 

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