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Canadian Olympic Figure Skating Duo Tone Down 'Risqué' Routine Canadian Olympic Figure Skating Duo Tone Down 'Risqué' Routine
- February 11, 2018

One aspect of the pair's program was apparently too much to be included in their South Korea Olympics program. Canadian ice dancing couple Moir and Virtue removing this move from routine for being too sexy . "I think we liked that it made a statement, and it was different". "What it came down to actually was that when we slowed it down and looked on the video, it wasn't aesthetically that attractive of a position, so we wanted to change it, make it a little bit better", Moir told the Star . (more...)
Pence will use Olympics to push tougher stance on N. Korea
- February 11, 2018

Officials traveling with Pence said it would be fair to characterize his failure to interact with the North Koreans as a mutual decision, with neither side making any public overtures. Moon also told Kim's sister that the North should have a dialogue with the U.S. But both South Korea and the U.S. has been cautious about the talks, saying there will not be progress without North Korea giving up nuclear weapons. (more...)
NBC apologizes to S. Koreans for analyst's remark NBC apologizes to S. Koreans for analyst's remark
- February 11, 2018

Sports was forced to issue an apology after an analyst made a boneheaded comment about the host nation live on Friday during the opening ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Olympics. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC ) has apologized for one of its analysts' making a controversial statement during the recent Winter Olympics opening ceremony. (more...)
Heading home, Pence insists 'no daylight' on North Korea
- February 11, 2018

Embassy officials in Seoul said. And as the South appeared to look favorably on warming ties on the Korean Peninsula , Pence insisted Saturday "there is no daylight" among the United States and allies South Korea and Japan in intensifying pressure on the North over its nuclear and missile programs. (more...)
India's ties with UAE more than just buyer-seller: Modi India's ties with UAE more than just buyer-seller: Modi
- February 11, 2018

The Burj Khalifa lit up with the Indian flag , along with the ADNOC building in Abu Dhabi and the recently opened Dubai Frame also boasted the Indian flag colours. Heptulla, who was earlier with the Congress and is a former Union Minister, said she was personally involved with the issue for about 40 years. This is how the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi would look like once completed! The temple will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE, said the BAPS ... (more...)
Democrats urge panel, Trump to release rebuttal memo Democrats urge panel, Trump to release rebuttal memo
- February 11, 2018

While President Trump claimed vindication from a disputed memo about the Russian Federation investigation, Democrats and some Republicans said Sunday that Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation needs to continue. "You now have the President at odds with the intelligence community, ploughing ahead despite the FBI's grave concerns and some central allegations within this memo that Republicans believe prove that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was biased", she said. (more...)
Syria regime strikes kill six civilians in Ghouta, says monitor
- February 11, 2018

Ankara Two Turkish Armed Forces personnel were killed when an attack helicopter crashed in northwestern Syria's Afrin during the ongoing Operation Olive Branch on February 10, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said, Hurryiet reports. Saturday saw a further escalation of tensions, when an Israeli fighter jet crashed after it was apparently shot down during airstrikes against "Iranian targets" in Syria. (more...)
GOP House Majority Could Turn On This New District Map GOP House Majority Could Turn On This New District Map
- February 11, 2018

Pennsylvania has always been seen as one of the worst offenders, with one of its more oddly shaped districts described derisively as "Goofy Kicking Donald Duck". According to the Democrat-controlled court, the redistricting plan must consist of contiguous districts that do not divide any county, city, municipality or ward, except only when needed to ensure that districts have equal populations. (more...)
Trump praises White House aide accused of domestic abuse Trump praises White House aide accused of domestic abuse
- February 11, 2018

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) arguing that congressional hearings should be held for the women who have accused Trump of assault or abuse. The revelation has roiled the White House , raising questions about the vetting process and how long Trump's top advisers knew about the allegations. (more...)
4 elephants killed in collision with passenger train in India 4 elephants killed in collision with passenger train in India
- February 11, 2018

The Northeast Frontier Railway confirmed the incident, which involved the Guwahati-Silchar passenger express train. Meanwhile, local residents of the area alleged that they even waved and tried to stop the train driver but he could not take note of their signal. (more...)
President Donald Trump Frets For President Donald Trump Frets For "Shattered Lives" Of Accused Abusers
- February 11, 2018

US President Donald Trump on Friday (9 February) praised the work of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter who resigned after allegations of domestic abuse surfaced. "Sorensen provided photos of what he said were injuries his ex-wife inflicted upon him during their fights, including bruises and scrapes", the newspaper also reported. (more...)
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...)

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