Russia Completes Construction of First-Ever Rail Bridge to China

Russia has wrapped up construction of its first rail bridge to China, connecting the two countries across the Amur River, Russian media reported on Thursday. Construction of the 2,200-meter bridge between Nizhneleninskoye in Russia and Tongjiang city in China began in 2014, underscoring Russia’s Eastern pivot amid deteriorating ties with the West. China completed construction of its section across what it calls the Heilongjiang River in October 2018. Source: The Moscow Times

Pompeo: Trump may be working with God to save Israel from Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday it’s possible that God is working with President Trump to save Israel from the “Iranian menace.” Trump was interviewed by Chris Mitchell of the Christian Broadcasting Network, who asked if Trump might be like the Old Testament’s Queen Esther, whom God helped to save the Jews thousands of years ago.
“As a Christian I certainly believe that’s possible,” Pompeo replied. Source: Washington Examiner 

Germany to cut refugee funding by a third from 2020

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has announced plans to cut refugee and asylum seeker integration funding by just under a third ahead of 2020, drawing criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. In a bid to reduce government expenditure, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has announced plans to reduce refugee funding by €1.3 billion from 2020, bringing it down from the current €4.7 billion budget, reported DPA. Source: The Local.