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North Korea heads for diplomacy gold medal at Olympics North Korea heads for diplomacy gold medal at Olympics
- February 14, 2018

South Koreans are divided on Kim Yo Jong , the sister of the North's leader, and her landmark visit to their country. If the proposed visit of the South Korean President to the north does take place it will be the first summit between Korean leaders since 2007, and only the third inter-Korean summit to ever take place. (more...)
Adam Schiff: Republicans' Hypocrisy on FISA Memos 'Grabs You By the Throat' Adam Schiff: Republicans' Hypocrisy on FISA Memos 'Grabs You By the Throat'
- February 14, 2018

Schiff, who has traded bitter Twitter messages with the president after Trump called him one of "the biggest liars and leakers" in Washington , warned this week that Trump might call for "political edits" meant to erase embarrassing parts of the memo, not information related to national security. (more...)
Should the Democratic memo on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation be released? Should the Democratic memo on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation be released?
- February 12, 2018

Short said on NBC's "Meet the Press". The document is the Democrats' response to a four-page memorandum written by Republican legislator Devin Nunes , which Trump agreed to declassify and release on February 2 - against the advice of his own Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the Department of Justice. (more...)
NKorea praises visit to the South NKorea praises visit to the South
- February 12, 2018

Pence said Moon updated him about the meeting he had with North Korean officials and "both of us reiterated to each other tonight that we will continue to stand strong and work in a coordinated way to bring maximum economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on North Korea". (more...)
The difference between South African president Zuma and deputy Ramaphosa The difference between South African president Zuma and deputy Ramaphosa
- February 12, 2018

South Africa's deputy president consolidated his control of the government on Sunday, promising to conclude a power transition in which he would succeed President Jacob Zuma , who faces widespread calls to resign because of corruption allegations. (more...)
Power station blast plunges Puerto Rico into darkness Power station blast plunges Puerto Rico into darkness
- February 12, 2018

Efforts to restore electricity across Puerto Rico almost six months after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria were hampered over the weekend by an explosion at a power station. The power authority said the island lost at least 400 megawatts worth of power generation. Witnesses described a loud explosion at the Monacillos facility which sent out flames and smoke high in the air and knocked out two other substations in an apparent chain reaction. (more...)
Tillerson considers Israel visit amid Iran tensions
- February 12, 2018

They also discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Mr Tillerson said the U.S. administration "remains committed to achieving a peace agreement between Israelis and the Palestinians". The Egyptian army has announced that at least 28 suspected militants have died in clashes since the operation began on Friday. While Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had been expected to open their vast checkbooks at a conference in Kuwait on Tuesday to contribute much of the roughly $100 ... (more...)
Pence awkwardly avoids North Korean delegation at Olympics Pence awkwardly avoids North Korean delegation at Olympics
- February 12, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence is facing backlash for his staunch efforts to ignore North Korean officials at the Winter Olympic Games , even as the two Koreas continued their temporary truce, marching and competing as one team. "There are some who would not want to be in the same room together if it wasn't for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics". South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a staunch supporter of dialogue with the North, has done everything to make the Olympic rendezvous peace and ... (more...)
Marvin Bagley: Out Sunday with knee sprain Marvin Bagley: Out Sunday with knee sprain
- February 12, 2018

The highly touted freshman, and possible No. 1 pick in June's National Basketball Association draft, leads the ACC in scoring (21.2 points per game) and rebounding (11.4 per game) this season. John's last week and then fell to the Tar Heels 82-78 on the road. Okogie has scored 20 or more points in four of his past five games. The Blue Devils now rank 36th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.471), while Georgia Tech is 316th in effective field goal percentage (0.475). (more...)
Modi discussed defence with Palestine, says foreign secy, gives no details Modi discussed defence with Palestine, says foreign secy, gives no details
- February 12, 2018

The royalty, too, rose to the occasion, allowing him to make a speech in the royal box at the Sports Complex, which only Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said uses. The "Namo Oman" community event in Bausher expects the presence of at least 25,000 Indian diaspora inside the stadium. "We believe in the importance of a possible Indian role...to reach a final agreement based on worldwide consensus and resolutions, in which India and other countries can be part of", Abbas said. (more...)
Donald Trump: Lives are being 'destroyed' by allegations Donald Trump: Lives are being 'destroyed' by allegations
- February 12, 2018

Sorensen denied the claims and even said it was he who was the victim. Asked why he did not fight to keep his job, Sorensen said in a Facebook message: "I didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction". Kelly learned of the accusations of domestic violence against Porter in the fall, when he inquired into the status of Porter's security clearance. (more...)
Korea's united Olympic squad: symbol of hope or mere political stunt? Korea's united Olympic squad: symbol of hope or mere political stunt?
- February 12, 2018

The United States insisted it would continue its policy of exerting global pressure on North Korea in an effort to get it to abandon its nuclear program. South Korea allowed the North to use a 9,700-ton ferry to transport more than 100 artists to perform at the Olympics, treating it as an exemption to maritime sanctions it imposed on its rival, and is now considering whether to accept the North's request to supply fuel for the ship. (more...)
Pakistani Taliban Deputy Leader Killed in Drone Strike Pakistani Taliban Deputy Leader Killed in Drone Strike
- February 12, 2018

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media. Pakistan opposes drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty. Pakistani security officials insist that majority of the Taliban leaders and fighters have fled to neighboring Afghanistan after the military carried out major offensive in the tribal regions. (more...)
Two dead, Detroit police officer shot Two dead, Detroit police officer shot
- February 12, 2018

At 10:27 p.m. police got a call of shots fired on the east side at the 1900 block of Lamont Street. A shooter killed two women and wounded two more Sunday night at a Detroit home. Williams offered few details about the man barricaded inside the home other than, citing people who know the armed man, he is "suffering from a mental illness". (more...)
Kim Yo-jong's Guest Book Signature Was Not a 'Warm Message' Kim Yo-jong's Guest Book Signature Was Not a 'Warm Message'
- February 12, 2018

US Vice President Mike Pence's trip to South Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics has been called "a missed opportunity" by a senior diplomatic source close to North Korea . Vice president Mike Pence said in a newspaper interview the USA and South Korea have agreed on terms for further diplomatic engagement with North Korea , first with Seoul and then possibly leading to direct talks with Washington without pre-conditions. (more...)
HR McMaster meets with Turkish officials amid growing tensions in Syria HR McMaster meets with Turkish officials amid growing tensions in Syria
- February 12, 2018

These relations will either be fixed or they will break down completely, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on February 12 in ıstanbul , days before U.S. The PKK - listed as a terrorist group by the US, EU, and Turkey - has taken some 40,000 lives in Turkey, including 1,200 since July 2015. There was no mention of the ongoing war or words between Ankara, which is engaged in a brutal counterterrorism operation in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin, and USA and coalition ... (more...)
Three Britons killed in Grand Canyon helicopter crash named Three Britons killed in Grand Canyon helicopter crash named
- February 12, 2018

The helicopter was on a tour of the canyon, one of the top USA tourist destinations and more than a mile (1.6 km) deep, when it went down, a dispatcher for the Hualapai Department of Emergency Services told Phoenix television station KNXV. Saturday on the Hualapai Nation near Quartermaster Canyon, which is near the Grand Canyon's West Rim and about 60 miles west of Peach Springs. Police Chief Francis Bradley, of the surrounding Hualapai Indian reservation, earlier told United States media ... (more...)
Rahul Gandhi Demands Apology From RSS, After Mohan Bhagwat Comments Rahul Gandhi Demands Apology From RSS, After Mohan Bhagwat Comments
- February 12, 2018

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the mobilization of a parallel army was a crime tantamount to sedition. "His statement exposes the RSS's hidden agenda to float parallel militias to wreak havoc and crush national unity. A few, however, came to the defence of Bhagwat, saying that he was simply offering the aid of the RSS in addition to the Army. The RSS chief's speech was an "insult" to every Indian, the Congress president said and demanded an apology from the RSS. (more...)
Olympic medal count 2018: U.S. with 2, but Norway still dominating
- February 12, 2018

Keep it tuned in here as we bring you the latest live streams and updated results for Olympic speedskating. Germany is third in the list, with four medals, including three gold and one bronze. ET. Norway has three silver medals and one bronze medal, while one athlete made history. Sven Kramer won the men's 5000m in speed skating for the Netherlands. (more...)
The role PABs will play in Trump's infrastructure plan The role PABs will play in Trump's infrastructure plan
- February 12, 2018

While majority of the market expected Trump to proceed with his massive infrastructure plan right away following the beginning of his term, some have also stated that this may lead to higher local and state taxes while there would be a rise in the reliance on toll, water, and sewer fees as well as airline ticket taxes and transit fares. (more...)
Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit in Pyongyang Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit in Pyongyang
- February 12, 2018

Leaving South Korea without any interaction with North Korea's high-level delegates to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics , Pence said he would oppose talks between the two Koreas until the North agreed to open negotiations on ending its nuclear program, according to the AP. (more...)
Iraq's reconstruction after ISIL defeat to cost $88 bln Iraq's reconstruction after ISIL defeat to cost $88 bln
- February 12, 2018

About $22 billion United States will be required in the short term and another $66 billion U.S. in the medium term, the director general of the country's planning ministry, Qusay Adulfattah, told the conference, without indicating any time frame. (more...)
Philippines imposes 'total ban' on citizens taking up jobs in Kuwait Philippines imposes 'total ban' on citizens taking up jobs in Kuwait
- February 12, 2018

The Philippines also sends skilled workers to Kuwait. They are among more than two million employed in the region. "Although we are understandably saddened because of the impact on our industry sector, we agree with the decision of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to suspend indefinitely the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait and to repatriate OFWs there who are in distress situations and want to return home to be with their families", the Philippine Association of Agencies for Kuwait (PHILAAK) said ... (more...)
Questions continue over Joyce relationship with former staffer Questions continue over Joyce relationship with former staffer
- February 12, 2018

Mr Drum's taxpayer-funded staffing allocation was reportedly boosted by one to accommodate Ms Campion. This week it was revealed Mr Joyce, 50, and Ms Campion are in a private relationship and are expecting a baby. Speaking on the Today show on Monday, Political Editor Chris Uhlmann said there was "growing discontent" in the National Party, with party elders believing Mr Joyce was doing irreparable brand damage. (more...)
Combined Korean hockey team makes historic Olympic debut Combined Korean hockey team makes historic Olympic debut
- February 12, 2018

The pair will have lunch with Moon at the Blue House on Saturday, Moon's office said . "Having these red communists in the heart of Seoul is an utter humilation!" one shouted near the venue as dozens of others waved banners condemning both Moon and Kim Jong Un . (more...)
SGX shares fall 8 pct after Indian bourses rein in offshore trading SGX shares fall 8 pct after Indian bourses rein in offshore trading
- February 12, 2018

The country's three main stocks exchanges said they would stop licensing their indexes and securities data to foreign exchanges, saying such agreements had led trading to migrate outside of the country. The SGX plans to increase its offer of this single stock futures contract of Indian top range listed companies hence on, responding to worldwide market demand for trading in Indian companies' stocks and shares.? SGX and NSE are long term partners and have collaborated since 2000 to develop ... (more...)
S. Africa's Ramaphosa admits 'disunity' as Zuma fights exit S. Africa's Ramaphosa admits 'disunity' as Zuma fights exit
- February 12, 2018

But forcing Zuma to resign would anger the powerful faction within the ANC that is still loyal to the president. Zuma denies wrongdoing, but he has been discredited by scandals, including multimillion-dollar upgrades to his private home that were paid by the state, alleged looting of state enterprises by his associates, and the possible reinstatement of corruption charges tied to an arms deal two decades ago. (more...)
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket blasts off on its test flight SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket blasts off on its test flight
- February 12, 2018

For those concerned about the Tesla Roadster adding to the problem of space litter orbiting Earth , in this case the test cargo has rocketed into deeper space - far away from Earth's orbit - meaning that the usual concerns about space debris crowding out Earth's part of space are somewhat unfounded. (more...)
US IOC member suggests joint Korean team for Nobel peace prize US IOC member suggests joint Korean team for Nobel peace prize
- February 12, 2018

Last month, NBC's Lester Holt caused a stir for his reporting from a North Korean ski resort in which he gleefully called it a "source of huge pride for a country trying to present a new and modern face to the world" ahead of the games. Pence spoke in an interview on his way home from the Winter Olympics. White House officials and other critics believe North Korea is trying to use the worldwide stage to gain sympathy and ease punishing economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure that are ... (more...)
Israel and Palestinians both hindering peace plan Israel and Palestinians both hindering peace plan
- February 12, 2018

But when asked about the USA peace plan, he said , "Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace". "So that's where I think Canada needs to go". More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel's 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. (more...)

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