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China is increasing its military spending by almost 10% China is increasing its military spending by almost 10%
- March 06, 2018

The budget of $175 billion is three times higher than India's defence spending. China will "advance all aspects of military training and war preparedness, and firmly and resolvedly safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests", Premier Li Keqiang said in an address at parliament's opening session. (more...)
Daycare Workers Charged With Giving Laced Gummy Bears To Toddlers Daycare Workers Charged With Giving Laced Gummy Bears To Toddlers
- March 05, 2018

The manager told authorities, CBS Chicago reported . Officers were called at 12:48 p.m. Friday to Kiddie Junction, 1619 E. Oakton St.in Des Plaines , according to a statement from Des Plaines police. Authorities arrested 32-year-old Kristen Lauletta, 19-year-old Jessica Heyse and 25-year-old Ashley Helfenbein of Kiddie Junction Daycare in Des Plaines . (more...)
UK Government Toughens Charity Regulation After Oxfam Sex Abuse Scandal UK Government Toughens Charity Regulation After Oxfam Sex Abuse Scandal
- March 05, 2018

The Government has warned that no more United Kingdom aid cash will be given to charities unless they meet "tough new standards" put in place in the wake of the Oxfam scandal. "So, from today, DFID will put in place new, enhanced and specific safeguarding standards for the organisations we work with". Oxfam, which received £31.7m from the Government previous year, has announced it will not bid for any new Government contracts in the wake of its scandal. (more...)
Tripura: BJP-IPFT cabinet to be sworn in on 08th March (Thursday) Tripura: BJP-IPFT cabinet to be sworn in on 08th March (Thursday)
- March 05, 2018

Clarifying the meaning of "respectable" positions, IPFT president N.C. Debbarma said it meant proportionate representation of IPFT MLAs in the Cabinet and allocation of major departments to them. We won the elections because of our victory in the reserved ST constituencies... The drift of tribal and backward class voters was among the factors that led to the Left Front's debacle in the Tripura assembly elections. (more...)
HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza to leave for job in NY HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza to leave for job in NY
- March 05, 2018

Working to close the achievement gap, Carranza's efforts at his schools have raised the graduation rates of Latino and African-American students by double-digit percentages, while the schools saw overall improvements that outpaced state growth. (more...)
Kuwait- Iraqi parliament OKs USD-87-bln '18 budget Kuwait- Iraqi parliament OKs USD-87-bln '18 budget
- March 05, 2018

Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabbouri stressed however during a press conference after the vote that the "demands of the Kurdish region have been included in the budget". "Peaceful coexistence is part of the reconstruction efforts that is needed from all parts of the government", Mr Husseini added. Parliament was meant to pass the budget before the start of the 2018 financial year in January but all three main blocs, Shi'ite Arabs, Sunni Arabs, and Kurds, had serious issues with the ... (more...)
Turkey: court refuses to free Greek troopers Turkey: court refuses to free Greek troopers
- March 05, 2018

Heavy snow and fog had been reported in the area. They say they were following the tracks of illegal refugees but lost their way in foul weather conditions. 'We are not at war with Turkey to conduct an exchange of prisoners, ' junior foreign minister Yiorgos Katrougalos said 3 March. Last month, a Greek coast guard vessel was rammed by a Turkish patrol boat off disputed islets in the east Aegean, and Turkish warships prevented an exploratory gas rig from drilling near Cyprus. (more...)
2 children killed, several others injured by driver in Brooklyn 2 children killed, several others injured by driver in Brooklyn
- March 05, 2018

Witnesses say a while auto was speeding up to make it through a traffic light when the woman and her kids were getting off a bus. Two other adults were injured in the incident at lunchtime in Park Slope . Video shows crime scene tape blocking off the street as onlookers and firefighters descended on the area after the crash, and people were seen assisting a woman with a bleeding head wound sitting in the middle of the street. (more...)
Tougher gun laws needed in US Tougher gun laws needed in US
- March 05, 2018

A bill that would loosen federal regulations on silencers passed a House committee a year ago. Trump made that pontification about his imagined bravery under fire during remarks to a gathering of governors that included Florida Governor and Trump supporter, Rick Scott -the Republican Florida governor with an A plus rating from the NRA. (more...)
ISIS propaganda video shows United States soldiers under attack in Niger ISIS propaganda video shows United States soldiers under attack in Niger
- March 05, 2018

Overlaid with music and propaganda messages, it opens with militants appearing to assemble before the ambush. A propaganda video released by the ISIS group showing the deadly ambush of U.S. La David Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Fla., Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, of Puyallup, Wash.; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. (more...)
Trump Lawyer's Payment to Porn Star Was Reported as Suspicious by Bank Trump Lawyer's Payment to Porn Star Was Reported as Suspicious by Bank
- March 05, 2018

The money was received on October 27, 2016, 12 days before the presidential election, another person familiar with the matter. Cohen admitted in February that the payment was made, but didn't provide the reason for it. Doesn't mean the Academy can't still do something involving Trump... but unless she approves of the picture use, it won't be in this way. President Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House last month. (more...)
DACA deadline arrives with diminished urgency DACA deadline arrives with diminished urgency
- March 05, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced two key dates that put many immigrants on high alert. Trump a year ago announced that he would end the DACA program, but provided Congress with six months to put together a legislative fix. The Senate rejected it. Activists and DACA recipients march up Broadway during the start of their 'Walk to Stay Home, ' a five-day 250-mile walk from New York to Washington D.C., to demand that Congress pass a Clean Dream Act , in Manhattan, New York, ... (more...)
De Kock-Warner row - South Africa do an 'Australia' on Australia De Kock-Warner row - South Africa do an 'Australia' on Australia
- March 05, 2018

Dramatic footage emerged on Monday of Warner being restrained by teammates in an off-field confrontation with South Africa keeper Quinton de Kock. A he said/she said narrative has since broken out over the spat, with captains Faf du Plessis and Steve Smith disagreeing over whether de Kock was subject to any personal sledging. (more...)
Trump praises Xi Jinping for lifetime mandate extension
- March 05, 2018

Many on Twitter have voiced concern over the prospect of an indefinite Trump presidency, following the United States president's comments on China's Xi Jinping. Last month, the 64-year-old Xi proposed that China abolish term limits for president , reversing a precedent established after the death of Chairman Mao Zedong in 1976. (more...)
Sunjuwan terror attack mastermind gunned down in Kashmir valley Sunjuwan terror attack mastermind gunned down in Kashmir valley
- March 05, 2018

Waqas' death is the second major blow to Jaish in the past four months, as the group's senior Kashmir commander Noor Mohammad Tantray was neutralised by the forces in Awantipora in December a year ago. "Jaish commander Mufti Vakas has been killed in an encounter at Hatiwara, Awantipora. Mufti Waqas had entered Kashmir in early 2017", Kalia said. "Investigation will determine the truth of Shopian encounter", said Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid. (more...)
Mamata Banerjee says BJP-RSS trying to inflict riot in West Bengal Mamata Banerjee says BJP-RSS trying to inflict riot in West Bengal
- March 05, 2018

Mamata also said that BJP had robbed off thousands of crores of money from the common people and spent those to win elections. She also asserted that BJP and RSS are doing it to start riot between the two communities in the state. Not wanting to read too much into the BJP's triumph in Tripura, Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien on Sunday said it would not be possible for the ruling party at the Centre to win the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. (more...)
Man critical after chemical incident is 'RUSSIAN SPY given refuge by UK' Man critical after chemical incident is 'RUSSIAN SPY given refuge by UK'
- March 05, 2018

Skripal, 66, was accused of spying for Britain in 2006 and sentenced to 13 years in prison. A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: "We received a call at approx". A number of locations in the city centre were cordoned off and the A&E department was closed. "Scientists from PHE's Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, will continue to assist the response and review information as it becomes available". (more...)
Utica College on lockdown following threat Utica College on lockdown following threat
- March 05, 2018

Armed law enforcement officers were evacuating buildings and taking people on campus to a safe location, the college said. Campus remains in lock down. The message reportedly stated "come get me". Utica College was founded by Syracuse University in 1946, and now has more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, according to its website. (more...)
Russia 'Blocked' Mitt Romney's Secretary Of State Nomination, According To Christopher Steele Russia 'Blocked' Mitt Romney's Secretary Of State Nomination, According To Christopher Steele
- March 05, 2018

The article also says Steele spoke with special counsel Robert Mueller , who is investigating Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, about another memo he authored that has not been made public with an even bigger bombshell. Steele, who penned the collection of memos that contained the salacious and unverified "golden showers" claim about President Trump , has come under fire from Republican investigators for his memos compiling compromising material the Russians were said to hold on ... (more...)
NDPP, NPF both claim to form Govt in Nagaland NDPP, NPF both claim to form Govt in Nagaland
- March 05, 2018

On being asked if Zeliang has been official notified by BJP , Sarma said, "In politics you don't go by too many letters; politics goes on signal, and we have send enough signals to Mr. Zeliang has not resigned yet, with the NPF claiming that the party would form the government again with the support of the BJP . Meanwhile, talking to indianexpress.com, NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon termed BJP's decision to sever ties with his party as a "unilateral decision". (more...)
Child sex offender serving 300 years in prison released on technicality Child sex offender serving 300 years in prison released on technicality
- March 05, 2018

A convicted sex offender who was sentenced to more than 300 years for sexually assaulting multiple children is now free. "Because those facts were coming in, the defense had submitted a jury questionnaire, which addressed his prior conduct on whether or not they could be fair", said Rubinstein. (more...)
Seoul delegation will meet with Kim Jong Seoul delegation will meet with Kim Jong
- March 05, 2018

The meeting with Mr. Kim, which was announced by Moon's office, would mark the first time South Korean officials have met with the young North Korean leader in person since he took power after his dictator father's death in late 2011. Analysts and some USA officials have expressed wariness about the situation, arguing the North is pushing for the talks without first declaring it will give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons. (more...)
Seventh set of remains linked to alleged Toronto serial killer Seventh set of remains linked to alleged Toronto serial killer
- March 05, 2018

Police previously said that the remains of six people were found in garden planters on the property of a Leaside home where McArthur stored items for his landscaping business. A separate investigation, dubbed Project Houston, was launched past year into the disappearances of Kinsman and Esen, who went missing from the village in 2017. (more...)
BJP begins the process to form government in Tripura BJP begins the process to form government in Tripura
- March 05, 2018

The Karat camp did not agree, with some members holding that along with anti-incumbency, the erosion of the Congress helped the BJP . Deodhar had also worked as a national coordinator of the North-East India Communication Cell set up by Nitin Gadkari , when the latter was the BJP's national president. (more...)
China's 2018 defense spending up 8.1% China's 2018 defense spending up 8.1%
- March 05, 2018

Defense spending is still about a quarter of USA levels, but nevertheless its long-term growth, combined with a more assertive enforcement of China's territorial claims, has rattled some of China's neighbors. One senior Asia diplomat, speaking before the announcement, said the real rise would probably be at least double what China revealed, considering its efforts to build up the industrial military complex and deepen military-civilian integration. (more...)
Here's why Oscars 2018 did not have a #TimesUp black dress code Here's why Oscars 2018 did not have a #TimesUp black dress code
- March 05, 2018

In the days ahead of the Oscar ceremony, social media accounts for Time's Up have made no explicit reference to the show, instead featuring stories about Women's History Month or highlighting accomplishments of women within the movement's ranks. (more...)
NDPP MLAs to meet tomorrow to elect Rio as leader NDPP MLAs to meet tomorrow to elect Rio as leader
- March 05, 2018

On March 4, speaking to local reporters in Kohima , Zeliang said he would travel to New Delhi to "personally meet" the BJP president to advise the state party unit to go with NPF. State Governor P B Acharya has given both the leaders 48 hours time to submit the signatures of the MLAs supporting them. The NPF operates along the political ideology of Regionalism, abiding by the principles of democracy and fraternity as practised in the state of Nagaland. (more...)
Banking system went haywire under 'so-called' economist Manmohan Singh: BJP Banking system went haywire under 'so-called' economist Manmohan Singh: BJP
- March 05, 2018

One of those companies was Gitanjali. Congress has been indulging in the politics of fear and confusion in the last four years. Bowing to pressure from jewellers, the UPA government had eased some of the curbs and private agencies were allowed to import gold under the scheme that mandated traders to export 20 per cent of all gold imported while retaining 80 per cent for domestic use. (more...)
China bans letter N online to supress criticism of Xi Jinping China bans letter N online to supress criticism of Xi Jinping
- March 05, 2018

The 2018 outlay compares with a seven percent increase last year and 7.6 percent in 2016, which marked the first time in six years that spending growth was not in double figures. China's neighbours and the United States have watched warily as Beijing has modernised its military, reducing its ground troops while spending on state-of-the-art hardware and weapons. (more...)
Exit polls indicate a hung parliament, 5-star movement single largest party Exit polls indicate a hung parliament, 5-star movement single largest party
- March 05, 2018

Salvini, who has promised to shut down Roma camps, deport hundreds of thousands of migrants and tackle the "danger" of Islam, said Monday he had the "right and duty" to govern Italy. The ruling centre-left bloc was seen on around 22%. Italians are being called on to choose their representatives in the 315-member Senate and the 630-seat Lower House under a new system that is one-third majority and two-thirds proportional - meaning that no single party or coalition is likely to win enough ... (more...)

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