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Putin set for fourth term with 74 percent of vote Putin set for fourth term with 74 percent of vote
- March 18, 2018

His nearest challenger, the Communist Party's Pavel Grudinin, won 11.2%, the poll said. The Central Election Commission, speaking after nearly a third of the votes had been counted, put Putin on 73 percent. In 2008 he was replaced by Dmitry Medvedev, who named him prime minister, and then Putin was again elected president in 2012. In addition, USA federal prosecutors are investigating whether Russian-linked groups interfered during the 2016 presidential election. (more...)
TDP pulls out from NDA TDP pulls out from NDA
- March 18, 2018

The Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have also pledged their support to the motion. Andhra Pradesh's ruling party had on Thursday offered to back the Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress' no-confidence motion but has now said it withdraws the support as it smells a nexus between it and the Bharatiya Janata Party . (more...)
Encrypted-Phone Purveyors Charged With Aiding International Drug Trafficking Encrypted-Phone Purveyors Charged With Aiding International Drug Trafficking
- March 18, 2018

It is the first time the USA government has targeted a company and its principals for providing criminals with the technology to evade law enforcement while committing transnational drug trafficking , the Department of Justice said. Phantom Secure provided mobile devices equipped with encrypted messaging services. So if you've been using Phantom Secure to hide your criminal activities - you might just be in trouble very, very soon. (more...)
Scotland desperate to end Six Nations on high in Italy Scotland desperate to end Six Nations on high in Italy
- March 18, 2018

A win would see the Dark Blues move third but they also have a slim chance of grabbing second place depending on other results - if Wales draw at home to France and England lose to Ireland at Twickenham, Scotland would still need to win by 65 points in Rome to finish runners-up. (more...)
'Panic and chaos' and people injured as vehicle is driven into nightclub 'Panic and chaos' and people injured as vehicle is driven into nightclub
- March 18, 2018

Two people who were at the club, including one who said he witnessed the crash, told BuzzFeed News that the crash occurred in an open smoking area with a shisha bar, near a side entrance of the club. Police officials did not say how many people were injured in the crash. Footage posted on social media showed a large auto, headlights still shining, on a chequered dancefloor inside a marquee at the Blake's nightclub. (more...)
Pelosi, Self-Described 'Master Legislator,' Not Worried About Attacks Pelosi, Self-Described 'Master Legislator,' Not Worried About Attacks
- March 18, 2018

Pelosi called the Pennsylvania special election this week an "upset" win and hopes that Democrat Conor Lamb will be sworn-in soon. In a campaign ad , Lamb very clearly distanced himself from Pelosi. "This was a very big win", she said. Pelosi said she didn't think "your opponents should choose your party's leaders". Win or lose , they're in active discussions to ditch Pelosi as leader and replace her with a fresh face. (more...)
Duterte tells other countries to leave ICC: It's all bull! Duterte tells other countries to leave ICC: It's all bull!
- March 18, 2018

Due to what he said was that flaw, Duterte said the global court can never have jurisdiction over him, "not in a million years". "I will convince everybody now who are under the treaty at ICC: 'Get out, get out, it's rude, '" the brash-talking president said. (more...)
Britain's top diplomat says Russia's Vladimir Putin ordered ex-spy's poisoning Britain's top diplomat says Russia's Vladimir Putin ordered ex-spy's poisoning
- March 18, 2018

The apparent unity in the West though comes at a time of friction over Brexit and an unpredictable White House. "Everything that we are being told by the TV and the media, when they say that there's Russian propaganda and so on - this is typical British propaganda, which is firing from nearly all of its weapons now". (more...)
Spy standoff: Britain points at Putin in poisoning attack
- March 18, 2018

President Donald Trump's suggestion that there was. Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench outside the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury. "Many trails point to the fact that Russian Federation is responsible", Merkel said just before talks in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron where they were expected to discuss an appropriate response to the attack. (more...)
Russian Federation spy row: United Kingdom lab could be poison source, says ambassador Russian Federation spy row: United Kingdom lab could be poison source, says ambassador
- March 18, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament Wednesday that there was "no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable" in the attack , and later ordered the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats . Mr Skripal, a former colonel in the GRU who betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence, and his daughter have been critically ill since March 4, when they were found unconscious on a bench. (more...)
Motor Cycling: Dovizioso edges out Marquez in Qatar MotoGP thriller Motor Cycling: Dovizioso edges out Marquez in Qatar MotoGP thriller
- March 18, 2018

Tall Italian Baldassarrita (Pons HP40) - looking very comfortable on his Kalex - was just 0.308 seconds adrift of Marquez while Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46) completed the front row. I decided I have to do one lap, I push a lot. And so, all that was left for number 93 was to console himself with a second place finish: " I always give it my all, pushing 100 % - the rider from Cervera said - This is a hard track for me, but I was able to get close to the win anyway". (more...)
When and where 'Beast from the East' will unleash heavy snow tomorrow When and where 'Beast from the East' will unleash heavy snow tomorrow
- March 18, 2018

There is a chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel. Any heavier snow will become largely confined to southwest England through the day. And a yellow warning for snow and ice in force for the entire day covers almost the whole of Britain. Sunday will be a similar story, with snow and ice expected across the UK. (more...)
Russian Federation has stockpiled nerve agent over past decade, says Johnson Russian Federation has stockpiled nerve agent over past decade, says Johnson
- March 18, 2018

Now, he faces seven challengers but no serious threat to his rule. He has sought to use the campaign to emphasise Russia's role as a major world power, boasting of its "invincible" new nuclear weapons in a key pre-election speech . At many polling stations the atmosphere was festive, with patriotic songs blasting out of speakers outside and cheap food available to voters. In the southern city of Tambov, the state-sponsored Youth Parliament has called an Instagram competition. (more...)
Aretha Franklin cancels concerts due to medical concerns Aretha Franklin cancels concerts due to medical concerns
- March 18, 2018

It adds that Franklin is "extremely disappointed she can not perform as she had expected and hoped to". Both shows have been cancelled . Franklin announced her plans to retire from touring in February 2017, so that she could more time with family. (more...)
Flights cancelled as 'mini beast' threatens 10cm of snow in south Flights cancelled as 'mini beast' threatens 10cm of snow in south
- March 18, 2018

The snow is expected to ease a little by the afternoon though, ahead of a yellow warning for ice on Monday morning. The Met Office says it could turn heavy and will last for most of the day across the Duchy on Sunday. Wind is expected to gust at around 30mph and will make for an intense wind chill. 'We don't expect it to be Beast from the East Mark II, you could call it a mini Beast from the East, I suppose, as it is a less severe version of it, ' Mr Bowles said. (more...)
Russian Envoy to EU Hints UK Lab Could Be Nerve Agent Producer Russian Envoy to EU Hints UK Lab Could Be Nerve Agent Producer
- March 18, 2018

The measures were in response to "the provocative actions of the British side and the unsubstantiated accusations" against Russian Federation, the ministry said. They remain in critical condition. Ms Bishop said Australia supports a thorough investigation into the poisoning of the Skripals. Putin is expected to easily win a presidential election on Sunday which would take him to almost a quarter of a century in power. (more...)
New US State Secretary Could Discourage Global Oil Output New US State Secretary Could Discourage Global Oil Output
- March 18, 2018

The nuclear deal, which was negotiated during the Obama administration, limits Iran's enrichment and stockpiling of material that could be applied to a nuclear weapons program. "We need to make sure that we don't throw out the baby with the bath water, so we keep the nuclear agreement". European powers are negotiating with Washington over a possible side deal in an effort to address concerns raised by Trump and prevent him from making good on his threats to withdraw from the nuclear deal. (more...)
Russian Federation expels 23 British diplomats as nerve agent fallout continues Russian Federation expels 23 British diplomats as nerve agent fallout continues
- March 18, 2018

Russia's move to sever cultural ties with Britain was announced on the eve of a presidential election which is set to give Vladimir Putin a commanding victory. It is also planning to make it harder for Putin allies to travel and to target the finances of oligarchs living in Britain.The Sunday Times said the government had warned power companies to strengthen their cyber defences over fears that Russian Federation could attempt to cause a blackout. (more...)
From Russian spy poisoning to diplomatic tensions From Russian spy poisoning to diplomatic tensions
- March 18, 2018

Skripal and his daughter". British Prime Minister Theresa May this week expelled 23 Russian diplomats and severed high-level bilateral contacts over the March 4 poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia . All 23 members of the diplomatic mission are declared persona non grata, according to the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry. His self-assurance and relaxed demeanour reflects the stress-free campaign he has run ahead of Sunday's election that is certain to ... (more...)
Germany urges Russia to be transparent over nerve agent attack in Britain Germany urges Russia to be transparent over nerve agent attack in Britain
- March 18, 2018

Britain's diplomatic row with Russian Federation shows no sign of abating as the Foreign Office said it will "consider next steps" after 23 United Kingdom diplomats were today booted out by the Kremlin . Both are in hospital in critical condition. He said: "I think we should seriously consider making a co-ordinated approach to Federation Internationale de Football Association and talk about moving the World Cup to 2019 and have it hosted in another country or countries". (more...)
Powerball jackpot ticket worth $456.7M sold in PA Powerball jackpot ticket worth $456.7M sold in PA
- March 18, 2018

The jackpot, at $456 million, is the eighth-largest in Powerball history, officials said . Under the name "Good Karma Family 2018", the anonymous victor chose the lump-sum cash option of $352 million, Reuters reported . That's the seventh largest jackpot ever won in the United States. Powerball officials estimate that the winnings from the Saturday drawing total $456.7 million; $273.9 million cash value. (more...)
Modi Govt Mismanaged Jammu And Kashmir Like Never Before, Says Manmohan Singh Modi Govt Mismanaged Jammu And Kashmir Like Never Before, Says Manmohan Singh
- March 18, 2018

He accused the Prime Minister of claiming to provide two crore jobs, when, in reality, there haven't even been 2 lakhs job allocations. "We must, therefore, warn Pakistan that this is a path which is mutually destructive of peace and prosperity in the sub-continent", he said. (more...)
Advancing Syrian troops step up pressure on rebels Advancing Syrian troops step up pressure on rebels
- March 18, 2018

Many Kurds also used the occasion to protest against the ongoing Turkish military intervention in the northern Syrian region of Afrin. The Observatory says more than 280 civilians have been killed since the campaign began. Turkey's government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said the military campaign would continue to secure areas around Afrin and make sure food and medicine were available. (more...)
UK, US, France, Germany point to Russian Federation over spy attack UK, US, France, Germany point to Russian Federation over spy attack
- March 18, 2018

Britain accused Russian Federation of involvement in the nerve agent poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal at a time when London's ties with European partners have been badly strained by Brexit. As the tit-for-tat exchange between Russian Federation and the United Kingdom has intensified, May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have been working to align their allies with the U.K.'s stance, talking with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President ... (more...)
Palestine slams Israeli call for Jerusalem embassy move Palestine slams Israeli call for Jerusalem embassy move
- March 18, 2018

Roughly 600,000 Israelis now live on more than 100 Jewish-only settlements built in the West Bank since Israel occupied the territory - along with East Jerusalem - in 1967. Israel accuses Palestinian officials of encouraging such attacks through incitement and refusing to accept Israel's existence. The response from Israel has often been destroying villages and shooting any Palestinian in sight. (more...)
"Witch hunt!" - Donald Trump ramps up criticism of USA special counsel investigation
- March 18, 2018

U.S. media reported this weekend that Mr McCabe - who was sacked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the back of a recommendation from an internal Federal Bureau of Investigation review - had kept notes of his interactions with President Trump , similar to those apparently kept by former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey before his own firing by the Trump administration. (more...)
U.S. once again tells Pakistan to U.S. once again tells Pakistan to "do more" against terrorists
- March 18, 2018

United States has once again asked Pakistan to "do more" against terrorist organizations. Both the leaders discussed to find more ways to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries during the meeting. The US-Pak relations witnessed a downtrend after US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, wherein he had claimed that Washington had "foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years". (more...)
SA leaders set for last day of campaign SA leaders set for last day of campaign
- March 18, 2018

The established parties-the centre-right Liberals and Labor-face a huge challenge from a new minor party, SA Best, led by ex-federal independent senator, centrist Nick Xenophon. Labor has campaigned on planned capital works of almost $2 billion, the Liberals have committed to tax cuts and Mr Xenophon has not revealed costings, but urged voters to look at his track record at state and federal levels over two decades. (more...)
'Heavy snow' - New orange weather warning for seven counties 'Heavy snow' - New orange weather warning for seven counties
- March 18, 2018

Met √Čireann forecaster John Eagleton said that, although the snow is falling quite heavily in places, it may not be accumulating because of its "dry powdery" nature. Meanwhile, a festival planned for Merrion Square today has been cancelled. A status orange weather warning has been issued for 10 counties, while a status yellow weather warning has been issued for the entire country. (more...)
Russians in Ukraine to be blocked from voting in presidential poll Russians in Ukraine to be blocked from voting in presidential poll
- March 18, 2018

Speaking of Putin, Johnson yesterday said: "We think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the United Kingdom, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the Second World War". (more...)

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