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House passes stopgap bill House passes stopgap bill
- February 09, 2018

The White House's Office of Management and Budget "is now preparing for a lapse in appropriations", an OMB official said on condition of anonymity late Thursday, calling on lawmakers to get the measure to Trump's desk "without delay". Some conservatives are also threatening to vote against the measure because it would increase spending and add billions to the deficit. "There's only so much I can do, and this is the silly thing about it". (more...)
Anti-North Korea protesters burn flags ahead of Winter Games Anti-North Korea protesters burn flags ahead of Winter Games
- February 09, 2018

The delegation's visit is the diplomatic high point of a sudden warming of ties across the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, triggered by the Pyeongchang Games. The North Korean delegation was due to travel on to Pyeongchang for the Olympics opening ceremony later Friday, which will be attended by US Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe . (more...)
Winter Olympics: What to Watch/Stream Day 1 Winter Olympics: What to Watch/Stream Day 1
- February 09, 2018

This is the first time curling mixed doubles has been included in the Olympics. You, yes, you in your underwear on the couch eating a bowl of cereal, can live stream the event online tomorrow though NBC's multiple apps ( NBC , NBC Sports and NBC's Olympics website ). (more...)
Gaza hospitals, clinics to reopen after UAE pledge Gaza hospitals, clinics to reopen after UAE pledge
- February 09, 2018

The Emir's directives that urgent assistance worth QR33m ($9m) be provided, including medicines, medical supplies, foodstuffs and fuel for the operation of hospital generators in Gaza Strip to assist the people of Gaza came in response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Strip and the United Nations appeals in this regard. (more...)
Brexit: Transition period not 'a given', says Barnier Brexit: Transition period not 'a given', says Barnier
- February 09, 2018

Barnier added that he "wasn't talking about a threat" but "if this disagreement were to persist there would undoubtedly be a problem, I hope we would be able to resolve those disagreements in the next round" of talks. Why do we drive on the left in the United Kingdom and which other countries do it? Barnier said the United Kingdom has to accept the "consequences" of its decisions. (more...)
US Senator Reportedly Wrote to Tycoon's Lobbyist to Contact Trump Dossier Author US Senator Reportedly Wrote to Tycoon's Lobbyist to Contact Trump Dossier Author
- February 09, 2018

The bombshell texts were uncovered by Fox News' Ed Henry. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who additionally sits on the Intelligence Committee, rejected the report in a tweet Thursday, taking note of that Warner "completely revealed" the contacts to the committee and saying they had "zero effect" on the committee's investigation. (more...)
Barnaby Joyce breaks silence on relationship with former staffer Barnaby Joyce breaks silence on relationship with former staffer
- February 09, 2018

Campion attended high school in Tolga, in the Tablelands Region of Far North Queensland, and her father writes regular letters to the regional newspaper. The leader of the Nationals was forced to resign as Deputy Prime Minister in August previous year , amid a dual citizenship saga, which embroiled Parliament. (more...)
Syria rescuers struggle in heavy raids on rebel zone Syria rescuers struggle in heavy raids on rebel zone
- February 09, 2018

On Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said "all indications" pointed to the Syrian government's use of chlorine weapons. Damascus says Israel and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups operating inside the Arab country, while the Tel Aviv regime's military carries out such sporadic strikes against Syrian government forces. (more...)
Women's rights activists call for change in handling abuse accusations Women's rights activists call for change in handling abuse accusations
- February 09, 2018

A White House staffer familiar with the president's thinking said Trump feels Kelly "does a good job" and said that Trump rises to Kelly's defence when it seems the news media is out to get him. In an earlier interview with CNN on Thursday, Willoughby, who married Porter in 2009, told CNN that she endured deeply disturbing emotional abuse from her ex-husband. (more...)
'Iranian-backed forces must leave Syria' 'Iranian-backed forces must leave Syria'
- February 09, 2018

They "were likely seeking to seize oilfields in Khusham that had been a major source of revenue for Daesh from 2014 to 2017", the official said , using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. "Turkey is not occupying Afrin , only fighting against terrorists there". Damascus strongly condemned Turkey's actions in Afrin, noting that it is an integral part of Syria. (more...)
Syria air defenses respond to new Israeli aggression near Damascus: Army Syria air defenses respond to new Israeli aggression near Damascus: Army
- February 09, 2018

Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian military position in a rural area near Damascus on Wednesday, triggering Syria's air defence system which destroyed most of the missiles, a Syrian army statement carried by state television said. "We seek peace but are prepared for any scenario and I wouldn't suggest to anyone that they test us", Netanyahu said during the visit. "About 11 people suffered from breathing difficulties after the town of Saraqeb was attacked by chlorine gas", Al Ahmed said. (more...)
Egypt mounts massive operation to wipe out 'terrorist hotbeds' Egypt mounts massive operation to wipe out 'terrorist hotbeds'
- February 09, 2018

The Egyptian army on Friday announced the imminent launch of a wide-ranging operation aimed at targeting "terrorist elements" in the Sinai Peninsula, according to army spokesman Colonel Tamer al-Rifai. The letter also called on hospitals to empty 30 percent of beds in intensive care and orthopedics wards, and cancel all holidays for staff including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and technicians. (more...)
Twitter admits Russian interference in Brexit vote Twitter admits Russian interference in Brexit vote
- February 09, 2018

However, as Twitter has continued to look into Russian involvement with the U.S. presidential election, the number of users who interacted with Russian-backed accounts keeps growing. investigation suggests that number could rise. Previous responses from both platforms were found to be inadequate by the chair of the UK's digital, culture, media and sport select committee and both companies were asked to do better . (more...)
USA launches rare strike on Syrian government-backed troops USA launches rare strike on Syrian government-backed troops
- February 09, 2018

It is worrying that Damascus remains defiant of the worldwide community including US President Donald Trump who ordered a reprisal attack on Syria in the wake of the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun and pledged to do the same if Damascus does not relent. (more...)
Larry Nassar Victim Speaks Out Again - Has Major Question About Former Coach Larry Nassar Victim Speaks Out Again - Has Major Question About Former Coach
- February 09, 2018

She said she did not know if Mr Geddert acted on the allegations, but that "he didn't ask us any questions" after the conversation in the vehicle in 2011. Those women also allege that Geddart enabled Nassar's abuse. "You're a terrible gym owner and just as bad at keeping Twistars a safe place", she told the court. (more...)
Did Donald Trump just come out against the stock market? Did Donald Trump just come out against the stock market?
- February 09, 2018

The contrast is striking. To call one's political opponents treasonous for not standing and applauding wildly is the kind of thing one expects from some tinhorn dictator, not from the president of the United States of America. How does the largest economy in the world not be part of such a deal? Does the president make a smart point? If he documented that, for example, other Trump campaign associates besides Page were under surveillance, with none of the complicating factors that gave rise ... (more...)
Masayoshi Son plans measures to reduce discount on SoftBank stock Masayoshi Son plans measures to reduce discount on SoftBank stock
- February 09, 2018

Softbank Group Corp chief executive officer Masayoshi Son is warming to an industry that has always been a favorite of billionaires looking to diversify their business empires. This would be below the 33.3 percent threshold above which SoftBank would be required to make a bid for the entire company, according to Swiss takeover rules. (more...)
Jordan's King Abdullah II concludes two-day visit to Pakistan Jordan's King Abdullah II concludes two-day visit to Pakistan
- February 09, 2018

Jordan's King Abdullah II arrived in Pakistan on Thursday afternoon on an official two-day visit. The Prime Minister also briefed the visiting dignitary on the current situation along the LoC, Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts and its commitment towards regional peace and stability. (more...)
Congress Facing Midnight Deadline To Avoid Government Shutdown Congress Facing Midnight Deadline To Avoid Government Shutdown
- February 09, 2018

It would fund the government through March 23, to give congressional staff the time to write bigger appropriations bills that would actually fund the federal government for the next two years, under the parameters laid out in the budget deal that Congress is about to pass at the same time. (more...)
North Korea Parades ICBMs On Eve Of Olympics North Korea Parades ICBMs On Eve Of Olympics
- February 09, 2018

Senior Pyongyang foreign ministry official Cho Yong Sam said the North had "no intention" of meeting USA authorities during the trip. North Korea's high-level delegation for the Olympics is being led by Kim Yong-nam, the highest-level official ever to visit South Korea , and it also includes Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jong. (more...)
N.Korean parade on military founding day likely N.Korean parade on military founding day likely
- February 09, 2018

Moon has looked at the games as an opportunity to pursue a diplomatic opening with North Korea — a move the vice president cautioned against. The high-level delegation coming from North Korea , including Kim Jong-un's younger sister, will take a private plane tomorrow from Pyongyang to Incheon International Airport and arrive at 1:30 p.m., the South's Unification Ministry announced Thursday. (more...)
CAS dismisses 47 appeals from Russian athletes, coaches CAS dismisses 47 appeals from Russian athletes, coaches
- February 09, 2018

The Russian team is formally banned, so they would have to compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag. Russian officials and athletes have indicated that not all of those who have filed appeals plan to compete if they win. (more...)
US Gov't Shuts Down Again as Congress Misses Deadline US Gov't Shuts Down Again as Congress Misses Deadline
- February 09, 2018

This includes an extra $ 80 billion in defense spending this year, some of which will trickle down to Fort Drum. On Tuesday, the House voted on a continuing resolution funding the government through March 23. Just before Paul objected to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) move to call a vote, the Majority leader as well as his Democratic counterpart pleaded with him to accept a vote on a procedural move, a budget point of order, instead. (more...)
PM's Palestine Visit: Defence, Security On Agenda, 12 Pacts To Be Inked PM's Palestine Visit: Defence, Security On Agenda, 12 Pacts To Be Inked
- February 09, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused the Left Front government in Tripura of subjecting people to "slavery", and asked the voters to "throw it away". Looking forward to my discussions with President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirming our support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine. (more...)
Bangladesh court sends former leader Khaleda Zia to prison Bangladesh court sends former leader Khaleda Zia to prison
- February 09, 2018

In the same case, her son Tarique Rahman and four others have been sentenced to 10 years in jail. Police said they arrested at least seven BNP officials in the port city of Chittagong, including the local head of the party, after opposition supporters scuffled with police.Ahead of the hearing in Dhaka police fired tear gas at thousands of opposition activists who defied heavy security to escort the vehicle taking Zia to the magistrates court. (more...)
Moon, Pence Reaffirm Maximum Pressure on N. Korea Moon, Pence Reaffirm Maximum Pressure on N. Korea
- February 09, 2018

The two neighbours resumed cross-border talks last month. Pence also has promised the USA will soon unveil "the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever". Moon will also hold a welcoming reception for his top guests before the opening, a presidential official said, where Pence and Kim Yong Nam could sit at the same table with Moon. (more...)
US Senate reaches two-year budget deal to avert govt shutdown US Senate reaches two-year budget deal to avert govt shutdown
- February 09, 2018

The budget bill allocates $4.9bn over two years for Medicaid health services in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, $2bn a year to help reduce the cost of college and $14bn annually for community development grants, Think Progress reported . (more...)
IAF Group Captain Arun Marwah arrested, undergoes questioning IAF Group Captain Arun Marwah arrested, undergoes questioning
- February 09, 2018

Marwaha has been booked under sections 3 and 5 of the Official Secrets Act, as per the FIR filed by the Delhi Police . The officer faces up to seven years in jail. "We have arrested a senior officer of the Indian Air Force ". The phone of Marwaha has been seized and sent for forensic examination. He was detained by IAF on January 31 and investigation was on. (more...)
Light snow possible Friday night Light snow possible Friday night
- February 09, 2018

Each day will sport highs in the upper 50s and low 60s. With sunshine in full supply tomorrow , we project an afternoon high in the mid to upper 50s. Highest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees in moderate or fresh winds. Friday morning will see wintry showers for a time, but it will become mostly dry in the east and south . (more...)
Taiwan quake death toll rises to 11 Taiwan quake death toll rises to 11
- February 09, 2018

Five tourists from Beijing, four adults and one child, are among the missing trapped in the damaged building. Firefighters climbed ladders hoisted against windows to reach people inside apartments. At the Yunmen Tsuiti building, clothes and other personal items were visible on the balconies as the rescue work continued. The body of a woman identified as a cleaning person was recovered from Yunmen Tsuiti, Chinese broadcaster CCTV reported Thursday. (more...)

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