Newt Gingrich: The Trump Republican Party is arising out of a political revolution | Fox News

First, the president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., placed a record number of conservative, constitutionally minded judges on the federal bench.

Second, President Trump moved power out of Washington and liberated businesses to accelerate economic growth through his historic deregulation effort.

Third, the president succeeded in working with congressional Republicans to pass a massive tax cut that has created jobs and grown the economy much faster than any of the elites thought possible.

Fourth, the president began to rebuild the American military after the Obama administration spent eight years deliberately undermining it.

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Caspian Sea: Five countries sign deal to end dispute – BBC News

Five countries agree to share the resource-rich Caspian Sea after more than two decades of dispute.

Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – all bordering the Caspian Sea – have agreed in principle on how to divide it up.

Their leaders signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea in the Kazakh city of Aktau on Sunday.

It establishes a formula for dividing up its resources and prevents other powers from setting up a military presence there.

It is an important step in the easing of regional tensions, but the deal over the world’s largest inland body of water matters for several reasons.

Source: Caspian Sea: Five countries sign deal to end dispute – BBC News

How 3,000 teenagers are trying to combat London’s knife crime – BBC News

After Jake O’Neill’s friend was stabbed to death, he tried to divert teenagers away from crime.

On Saturday, 3,000 people – mostly teenage boys – rode through the capital, pulling tricks and stopping the traffic.

Jake, 19 – also known as Jake 100 – set up the Bikestormz project with his friend Mac after his best friend’s older brother was stabbed to death.

“I quite literally want people to put their knives down and pick their bikes up,” Jake told the BBC.

“Hence the slogan Knives Down, Bikes Up.”

Source: How 3,000 teenagers are trying to combat London’s knife crime – BBC News

Americans are spending like crazy. Can the good times last?

Walmart, Macy’s and Home Depot earnings will give an important read on the US economy.

On Wednesday, the US government will report retail sales for July. The Commerce Department said consumer spending grew at a 4% pace in the second quarter, and May and June were particularly strong. Wall Street analysts expect retail sales remained solid in July, even though consumer sentiment dipped a bit.

Investors will pay particularly close attention to retailers’ outlooks for the rest of the year to gauge how robustly consumers are expected to spend through the holidays. Higher inflation is beginning to eat into people’s paychecks. Wage growth has remained tepid, yet gas prices are rising, and tariffs have boosted prices on everything from cars to soda.

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Arms depot in Syria’s Idlib province kills 39 – monitor – BBC News

At least 39 people – including 12 children – have been killed in a blast that brought down a building in Syria’s mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib, reports say.

The building in the Sarmada town is said to have contained munitions belonging to an arms trafficker.

Dozens of people are still missing, a monitor and correspondents say.

Idlib is the last major rebel-held area, and is expected to be the next target for Syrian armed forces.

In recent months, the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, has made major advances in its offensive against a number of rebel and jihadist groups across Syria.

Source: Arms depot in Syria’s Idlib province kills 39 – monitor – BBC News

Is this city the most polluted on earth? – BBC News

Residents of Cerro de Pasco, a city high in the Andes, say the soil is harming their children.

Peru’s government has declared a health state of emergency for the region on three separate occasions, but has not accepted that mining activity is to blame.

Doctors are advising affected residents not to return to the polluted city, but those who have spoken to the BBC say they have nowhere else to go.

Source: Is this city the most polluted on earth? – BBC News