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Netanyahu Claims Iran Violated Israeli Sovereignty With Alleged Drone Incursion Netanyahu Claims Iran Violated Israeli Sovereignty With Alleged Drone Incursion
- February 11, 2018

In a statement Saturday, the Pentagon said that the US did not participate in the Israeli military operation in Syria and that it fully supports "Israel's inherent right to defend itself against threats to its territory and its people". That sparked a full day of devastating Israeli aerial assaults on Iranian and Syrian military installations. Israeli time, as air raid sirens wailed over the communities of the Beit Shean Valley in the lower Galilee. (more...)
President Trump warns against damage of mere allegations President Trump warns against damage of mere allegations
- February 11, 2018

One of the United States president's closest aides , staff secretary Rob Porter , resigned on Wednesday after the publication of allegations that he had abused his two ex-wives. Although Kelly had considered pressuring Porter to leave his role, according to that official, he never did. Other White House officials, including Ivanka Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, came to Hicks' defense Friday. (more...)
North Korean leader invites South Korea's Moon to the North - president's office North Korean leader invites South Korea's Moon to the North - president's office
- February 11, 2018

Pence left South Korea Saturday night, flying out of Pyeongchang after attending a short-track speedskating event with Moon - who then went to watch ice hockey along with Kim and the North Korean delegation. Moon shook hands with the 2 at the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday evening. Not only did he get South Korea to breach its own direct sanctions by allowing a North Korean ferry to bring musicians to the South for the Olympics, but he also persuaded the United Nations to suspend worldwide ... (more...)
2 seed in current NCAA Tournament field projection 2 seed in current NCAA Tournament field projection
- February 11, 2018

The Tigers came in as the fifth highest seeded team in the early NCAA Bracket Preview. "We initially felt Villanova was the overall top seed, but we flipped that Thursday morning after the Wildcats lost to St. Sunday marked the second consecutive year that the NCAA Tournament selection committee has provided a sneak peek of sorts into its thinking about the most popular bracket in all of sports. (more...)
South Korea's Moon hosts North Korean talks as Pence keeps up pressure
- February 11, 2018

Kim Yong Nam's diplomatic roles were especially convenient for the current leader's late father and predecessor Kim Jong Il, who was known for a propensity to avoid contact with foreign guests, according to analysts. A foreign resident living in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, told Reuters he had seen fewer people in restaurants and luxury goods in shops in recent months. (more...)
Turkey's Erdogan says helicopter was downed in northern Syria
- February 11, 2018

Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since March 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity. The US did not lift a finger when Turkey attacked the Kurds in Afrin, however, revealing that its alliances are fragile and leaving the Kurds alone to confront the Turkish war machine. (more...)
2 killed when Turkish helicopter crashes in Syria
- February 11, 2018

President Bashar al-Assad's army, which has seized a clear advantage in the war with Russian and Iranian help, is bombarding two of the last key rebel areas of Syria - Eastern Ghouta near Damascus and Idlib in the northwest near the Turkish border. (more...)
Neither Israelis nor Palestinians looking to make peace Neither Israelis nor Palestinians looking to make peace
- February 11, 2018

Right now the Palestinians are not into making peace, they are just not into it. "We are going to see what goes on", Trump told " Israel Hayom " in an interview released Sunday. In excerpts of the interview published on Friday, Trump was quoted as calling his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "a very big point" of his first year in office. (more...)
Trump Blocks Release of Democrats' Intelligence Memo Trump Blocks Release of Democrats' Intelligence Memo
- February 11, 2018

John Kelly, White House chief of staff, said earlier this week that he told the lawyers reviewing the document to "get back to me" by the end of Thursday with their recommendation on whether President Donald Trump should release the memo. Devin Nunes of California. Before the intelligence committee voted to release the Democrats' memo, Rep. "Donald Trump's double standard when it comes to transparency is appalling", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer. (more...)
Iranian-Canadian professor Kavous Seyed-Emami reportedly dies in custody Iranian-Canadian professor Kavous Seyed-Emami reportedly dies in custody
- February 11, 2018

Along with Seyed-Emami and other board members of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation , a hunter-businessman named Morad Tahbaz was also arrested. Others with ties to the West detained in Iran include Chinese-American graduate student Xiyue Wang, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly "infiltrating" the country while doing doctoral research on Iran's Qajar dynasty. (more...)
Korean president hosts lunch for Kim Jong Un's sister
- February 11, 2018

Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, was at the opening ceremony with North Korea's nominal head of state, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, sitting a few seats away in the same Opening Ceremony VIP booth, looked stony-faced as the scene unfolded. (more...)
Pence, Moon speak after Moon invited to visit North Korea Pence, Moon speak after Moon invited to visit North Korea
- February 11, 2018

North Korean senior officials Kim Ki Nam and Kim Yang Gon also visited the Blue House in 2009 and met with Roh's conservative successor Lee Myung-bak after leading a delegation to the South to pay respects at the funeral of former liberal South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, who held the first inter-Korean summit with Kim Jong Il in 2000. (more...)
Senate Strikes a Deal, but Pelosi is Balking Senate Strikes a Deal, but Pelosi is Balking
- February 11, 2018

Representative Champ Clark of Missouri held the floor for 5 hours and 15 minutes to speak against a tariff bill, according to newspaper accounts. "For additional context, please keep in mind that House leadership positions of Majority and Minority Leader date to around 1899, and that the practice of holding one-minute speeches in the House dates to 1937". (more...)
Trump signs $400 billion budget bill, ending shutdown and increasing military spending Trump signs $400 billion budget bill, ending shutdown and increasing military spending
- February 11, 2018

While the government's authority to spend some money would expire at midnight, there weren't likely to be many clear immediate effects. Voting was delayed Thursday by Sen. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California announced she would oppose the measure unless the chamber's GOP leaders promised a vote on legislation to protect "Dreamer" immigrants who face deportation after being brought to the US illegally as children. (more...)
Turkey detains pro-Kurdish leaders ahead of congress: party
- February 11, 2018

Turkish forces prepare tanks and cross over into Syria via the Hatay border. It came on the heels of the bloodiest day in months for Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, when 80 civilians were killed in strikes. "We don't have exact evidence or documents to determine that it went down with any outside interference", Binali Yildirim told reporters in the western province of Mugla. (more...)
Hindu stone temple to be built in Abu Dhabi by 2020 Hindu stone temple to be built in Abu Dhabi by 2020
- February 11, 2018

They discussed the full range of India-Palestine ties following which the two sides signed six agreements worth around $50 million that includes setting up of a $30 million super speciality hospital in Beit Sahur. India was one of the 120 UN member states that voted in favor of Palestine in the UN General Assembly resolution calling on the U.S.to retract its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last December. (more...)
WINTER OLYMPICS: Here are the biggest moments from the opening ceremony WINTER OLYMPICS: Here are the biggest moments from the opening ceremony
- February 11, 2018

It's still unclear whether Saturday's event could be used to set up bigger meetings between the Koreas. They got nine years but were released to former President Bill Clinton as a goodwill gesture when he visited the country. A senior White House official said Pence was not trying to avoid the delegation from North Korea but rather ignore them, according to the AP. The game came just 24 hours after an extraordinary opening ceremony filled with signs of unity between the two rivals. (more...)
India, Palestine Relations Have Stood the Test of Time, Modi in Palestine India, Palestine Relations Have Stood the Test of Time, Modi in Palestine
- February 11, 2018

He said: "Technology is changing at speed of thought, necessity not the mother of invention anymore". The E, in E-governance, stands for Effective, Easy, Empowered and Equitable, Modi said about E-governance. On Saturday, Modi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan oversaw the signing of several agreements, including a $600 million deal awarded to a consortium of Indian companies for a 10 percent stake in a major Abu Dhabi offshore oil concession. (more...)
Man attacks Indonesian church with sword, injures 4 Man attacks Indonesian church with sword, injures 4
- February 11, 2018

Extremists in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country have mounted a series of attacks against Christians and other minorities. A 22-year-old man armed with a sword or machete attacked members of the congregation at St Lidwina Church. (more...)
PM Modi delivers keynote address in UAE PM Modi delivers keynote address in UAE
- February 11, 2018

Modi's visit will be his second to the UAE since becoming Prime Minister in 2014. Modi met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and together they visited the memorial of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, where the Indian PM paid his tribute. (more...)
N. Korean leader invites S. Korea's Moon to the North--president's office N. Korean leader invites S. Korea's Moon to the North--president's office
- February 11, 2018

But the verbal message on Saturday to come at a "convenient time" from dictator Kim Jong Un, delivered by his visiting younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, is part of a sudden rush of improving feelings between the rivals during the Pyeongchang Olympics. (more...)
Ronaldo scores hat-trick as Madrid thrash Sociedad Ronaldo scores hat-trick as Madrid thrash Sociedad
- February 11, 2018

While PSG will be desperate to prove themselves in Europe after last season's second-leg collapse against Barcelona in the last 16, Real Madrid will be playing for their season in this tie. With Ronaldo leading the way, Madrid took the lead before a minute was up and led 4-0 by halftime. PSG , meanwhile, lead Ligue 1 by 12 points from last season's champions Monaco after beating Toulouse 1-0 away from home on Saturday and Unai Emery's side have scored an impressive 126 goals in ... (more...)
Anadolu Agency: Turkish military, Free Syrian Army free another village
- February 11, 2018

In a statement, the military said the Turkish Armed Forces had destroyed 19 YPG targets and "neutralized" 86 more militants during operations since February 10. Speaking at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Istanbul Provincial Consultation and Assessment Meeting, Erdo─čan said that such losses were expected during times of war. (more...)
Mike Pence protested North Korean athletes in a pretty familiar way Mike Pence protested North Korean athletes in a pretty familiar way
- February 11, 2018

NBC* paid $963 million for the rights to air the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea , a 24 percent jump over the $775 million it paid for the last Winter Olympics in Sochi , Russia. The meeting led to a series of reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, as well as the launch of a joint factory park in the North's border town of Kaesong in 2004. (more...)
Turkey, Russia and Iran to hold Syria summit in Istanbul Turkey, Russia and Iran to hold Syria summit in Istanbul
- February 11, 2018

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group, said at least 30 people were killed in strikes in the Eastern Ghouta on Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron said last May that "any use of chemical weapons would result in reprisals and an immediate riposte, at least where France is concerned". (more...)
Pence: 'No daylight' between USA, allies on North Korea Pence: 'No daylight' between USA, allies on North Korea
- February 11, 2018

The meeting between the two Koreas came at the same time that Vice President Mike Pence was in Seoul, where he had repeatedly called the Kim regime "the most tyrannical" on earth. Instead of eating with Moon and the other dignitaries, Pence ate with the American athletes. "Moon should be aware that he has to urge denuclearisation to North Korea by himself, not depending on dialogue between the United States and North Korea ". (more...)
UN chief calls for immediate de-escalation in Syria UN chief calls for immediate de-escalation in Syria
- February 11, 2018

Iran, Israel's regional arch-enemy, rejected as "ridiculous" reports that Israel had intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria on Saturday, state TV reported. Syrian state media said the later raids targeted positions in the south. "Iran only provides military advice to Syria", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying on Iranian television. (more...)
1 killed, 12 injured in knife attack in Beijing mall 1 killed, 12 injured in knife attack in Beijing mall
- February 11, 2018

Joy City, a 13-storey complex, is the biggest mall in the Xidan area, with worldwide brand names and a large digital cinema. The man said he attacked people " to express his discontent ", police said, adding that the man's surname is Zhu. (more...)
Kim Yo Jong Fascinates, And Puzzles, In South Korea Kim Yo Jong Fascinates, And Puzzles, In South Korea
- February 11, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks with President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, during their meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, February 10, 2018. (more...)
Trump Wishes Disgraced Aide Well After Domestic Abuse Allegations Trump Wishes Disgraced Aide Well After Domestic Abuse Allegations
- February 11, 2018

In a written statement sent through the White House press office on Wednesday, Porter said he took those photos, but that "the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", he said . The statement echoed Trump's response to allegations of sexual misconduct or abuse made over decades against male friends, colleagues and himself. (more...)

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