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Russia, China Veto Syria Sanctions In UN Security Council
- March 03, 2017

Bolivia also voted against the motion while Egypt, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan abstained. China, also one of the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council, has joined Russian Federation in vetoing six resolutions on Syria. (more...)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Just Hinted at a Crackdown on Legal Marijuana Attorney General Jeff Sessions Just Hinted at a Crackdown on Legal Marijuana
- March 02, 2017

A similar study published in 2014 by the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine found states that have legalized medical cannabis have seen as much as a 50% decrease in opioid overdose deaths (with an overall average of around 25%). (more...)
French presidential candidate Francois Fillon to stay in race despite formal investigation French presidential candidate Francois Fillon to stay in race despite formal investigation
- March 02, 2017

But then Penelopegate hit. In the past week, he has received several high-profile endorsements, including from François Bayrou, who ran for president in the last three elections and won nine percent of the vote in 2012. Fillon has repeatedly denied charges that he used "fake jobs" to enrich his family. "So the politicians might talk about it, but they don't act", he said. (more...)
Miami Herald Reporter Opens Up About Interview With Slain Navy SEAL's Father
- March 02, 2017

The Miami Herald reported that Owens, a military veteran, "cringed at the thought of having to shake the hand of the president who approved the raid in Yemen that claimed his son's life - an operation that he and others are now calling into question". (more...)
LEGO Will Make the Women of NASA LEGO Set a Real Product! LEGO Will Make the Women of NASA LEGO Set a Real Product!
- March 02, 2017

The others are computer scientist Margaret Hamilton; astronaut, physicist and educator Sally Ride; astronomer Nancy Grace Roman; and astronaut and physician Mae Jemison . American science writer Maia Weinstock submitted her idea for the Nasa women set as part of the Lego Ideas competition through which people can propose designs for future products. (more...)
United States commander downplays chance of big troop hike in Iraq and Syria United States commander downplays chance of big troop hike in Iraq and Syria
- March 02, 2017

Syrian fighters backed by the United States, the Turks as well as Syrian forces backed by Russian Federation all are still active in the area. The SDF consists of more than 50,000 fighters, female and male commanders, Arabs, Assyrian Christians, Kurds, and other minority ethnic groups. (more...)
Netanyahu Confirms Disagreement with Trump over Settlements
- March 01, 2017

He called on the High Commissioner for Human Rights to compile a list of companies that support Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories. "Mr. President, rise to the challenge and do not miss your rendez-vous with the history by immediately recognizing the state of Palestine", the joint letter, carried by Le Journal du Dimanche , read. (more...)
More threats against Jewish Community Centers across the nation More threats against Jewish Community Centers across the nation
- March 01, 2017

Police say officers and K-9 units checked the building and did not find any such devices. According to the JCC Association of North America, since the start of the year there have been 69 bomb threats to 54 Jewish centers in the United States and Canada. (more...)
Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April
- February 28, 2017

Customs and Border Protection announced Friday that it plans to start awarding construction contracts for the project by mid-April, according to a report from the Associated Press . No details on where construction will start or how much it will be cost have been released. The Government Accountability Office estimates it would cost on average $6.5 million a mile for a fence to keep out people who try to enter on foot and $1.8 million a mile for vehicle barriers. (more...)
Hamas denies launching rocket attack, blames IDF for escalating tensions
- February 28, 2017

Hamas claimed that three Gazans were moderately wounded during an Israeli bombardment east of Rafah. In mid-2014, Israel waged a devastating 51-day military onslaught on the Gaza Strip in which more than 2,300 Palestinians were killed and tens of thousands injured. (more...)
Bill Cosby Is Back in Court Today Bill Cosby Is Back in Court Today
- February 28, 2017

As they did when the order was announced last week, a spokesman for Cosby told Deadline that "no comment will be made at this time" on the matter. The State Supreme Court will pick that location. Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault in the case of former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who accuses the comedian and TV star of assaulting her in his home in 2004. (more...)
Azerbaijan says five soldiers killed in clashes with Armenian separatists
- February 28, 2017

At least five Azerbaijani servicemen were killed on February 25 in the worst flare-up of fighting over Nagorno Karabakh since last April. Diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict during the last 25 years have brought little progress. Energy-rich Azerbaijan , whose military spending exceeds Armenia's entire state budget, has repeatedly threatened to take back the breakaway region by force. (more...)
Trump, in another obvious lie: 'I haven't called Russian Federation in 10 years' Trump, in another obvious lie: 'I haven't called Russian Federation in 10 years'
- February 28, 2017

Spicer insisted that this has been "investigated up and down" and asked, "If there's nothing to further investigate, what are you asking people to investigate?" "You going to let that slide?" We're doing that. If Democrats win back the majority in 2018 in the Senate, it would behoove us all if they would finally do the country a solid and investigate the Republicans who are trying their best to quash this entire thing because it stinks to high heaven. (more...)
Female suspect sick after Kim Jong Nam assassination, police say Female suspect sick after Kim Jong Nam assassination, police say
- February 26, 2017

The Indonesian woman who is one of the suspects in the killing of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un's half brother said she was paid $90 for what she believed was a prank, an Indonesian official said Saturday. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah said she had been handed 400 Malaysian ringgits to smear an oily substance - similar to baby oil - onto Mr Kim's face. (more...)
Earnings Guidance on Bloomin Brands, Inc.(BLMN) Earnings Guidance on Bloomin Brands, Inc.(BLMN)
- February 26, 2017

Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 95.31% of the company's stock. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reissued a "hold" rating on shares of Bloomin' Brands in a report on Tuesday, January 3rd. If you are reading this news story on another site, it was illegally copied and reposted in violation of USA & worldwide copyright and trademark legislation. (more...)
Landlord Stabbed Tenant to Death Over Unpaid Rent
- February 26, 2017

When the 51-year-old landlord, identified as Taha Mahran , confronted him about it, the two got into an argument, and Mahran allegedly began stabbing Khan in front of his 12-year-old son, according to a family friend of the victim who wished to be unnamed. (more...)
Pipeline protest camp being evacuated, with Corps set to move in Pipeline protest camp being evacuated, with Corps set to move in
- February 26, 2017

Doug Burgum (R) signed an executive order last week ordering a mandatory evacuation of people in what he called an "unlawful occupation". Law enforcement has already surrounded the camp, preventing even members of the press from entering to cover the coming police raid. (more...)
60 killed in Syria explosion
- February 26, 2017

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitor of the war based in Britain, said more than 50 people died including over 30 civilians. United Nations officials have expressed concern for the 5,000 civilians trapped in and around al-Bab. (more...)
Russian UN ambassador Churkin honoured, buried in Moscow
- February 25, 2017

Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin today died all of a sudden while working in his office, a day before he would have turned 65. "Ambassador Churkin is a respected and outstanding diplomat", Geng said, adding that Churkin's death was not only a loss for Russian Federation, but also the UN. (more...)
Syrian opposition calls for direct talks with Assad regime in Geneva
- February 25, 2017

The Syrian peace talks resumed in Geneva on Thursday. Meanwhile, a Syrian journalist covering the Geneva talks told Xinhua that ambiguity overshadows the first two days of the talks, in terms of the lack of information emerging about the possible path of the negotiations. (more...)
Norwegian Air Announce Low Cost Flights To US From Shannon
- February 25, 2017

The deals include flights from Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport will depart to Edinburgh (starting June 16), Belfast (July 1), Cork (July 1), Dublin (July 2), and Shannon (July 3). The $65 fares offered by Norwegian are for one-way tickets to Irish and United Kingdom destinations from smaller US airports located in the states of New York, Rhode Island and CT. (more...)
Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa floats her forum, to contest from RKNagar
- February 25, 2017

Deepa said that she will contest the polling from RJ Nagar seat which was vacated after the demise of Jayalalithaa on December 5 a year ago. Deepak said Sasikala assuming the top post was "unacceptable" to the people of Tamil Nadu and asserted that party members did not favour T.T.V. (more...)
Top US Diplomat, Security Chief To Visit Mexico Top US Diplomat, Security Chief To Visit Mexico
- February 24, 2017

The comments came as Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are in Mexico to sort out differences between the two countries. Non-Mexicans crossing the border would also be prioritized and instead of being flown to their country of origin, they would be sent to Mexico. The US leader said Thursday he was determined to reduce the $70 billion US trade deficit with Mexico even at the risk of harming ties. (more...)
US Treasury's Mnuchin tells International Monetary Fund to monitor currencies
- February 24, 2017

Last week the U.S. Senate voted to confirm former Goldman Sachs banker Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary, installing the Trump administration's point-man on tax reform, financial deregulation and economic diplomacy efforts. "We think there are some very interesting aspects of it". While many U.S. manufacturers support such attacks, retailers vigorously oppose it, fearing it will raise prices for consumers and hammer their profits. (more...)
Bao Bao the Panda Swaps Washington for China
- February 24, 2017

She'll be the only panda on the plane, traveling with a keeper and a veterinarian. Bao Bao, whose specially built crate was placed on a truck for the trip to the airport, will travel with a supply of snacks including 55lbs (25kg) of bamboo, 5lbs (2kg) of apples and 2lbs (1kg) of sweet potatoes. (more...)
Body of Kim Jong-nam under armed guard after morgue break Body of Kim Jong-nam under armed guard after morgue break
- February 23, 2017

Kim Jong-nam apparently fell out of favour with his father following a failed attempt in 2001 to enter Japan on a forged passport and visit Disneyland. While Najib's statement is the most prominent rebuke of North Korea's demands to take the investigation out of Malaysia's hands, it is far from the only one. (more...)
New Department of Homeland Security Memos Broaden Deportation Powers New Department of Homeland Security Memos Broaden Deportation Powers
- February 23, 2017

Except that whereas the Obama administration - which deported hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants - put a priority on those who had committed felonies or other serious crimes, the new orders make it plain that virtually all undocumented immigrants are at risk. (more...)
Trump says media treated Flynn unfairly Trump says media treated Flynn unfairly
- February 23, 2017

Less than an hour later, Spicer tells reporters that the president is "evaluating the situation". "The Trump administration has yet to be forthcoming about who was aware of Flynn's conversations with the ambassador and whether he was acting on the instructions of the president or any other officials, or with their knowledge". (more...)
China suspends North Korean coal imports, striking at regime's financial lifeline China suspends North Korean coal imports, striking at regime's financial lifeline
- February 23, 2017

The freeze includes all incoming North Korean coal shipments that importers had applied for but not yet received official approval, the Chinese ministry said . China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea until the end of the year, the Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, in a surprise move that would cut off a major financial lifeline for Pyongyang and significantly enhance the effectiveness of United Nations sanctions. (more...)
Man United's Rooney could miss League Cup final with muscle injury Man United's Rooney could miss League Cup final with muscle injury
- February 23, 2017

But he insisted that he would not make the same decision that saw Manuel Pellegrini's players lose 5-1 at Chelsea because, as he put it: "We are Manchester United". This is based on my experience and not medical knowledge and tests that we have to do. "I think him [Mkhitaryan] and Michael, I think they are both out but this is based on my experience, not based on my medical knowledge". (more...)
Trump administration officials head to Mexico for talks amid strained relations Trump administration officials head to Mexico for talks amid strained relations
- February 23, 2017

The pair will meet with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto and other of the nation's top officials during their two day visit Wednesday and Thursday. The relations between Mexico and the United States were chilly long before disclosure of the deportation plan. He will also observe the arrival of a DHS flight repatriating undocumented migrants to Guatemala from the United States. (more...)
Asean foreign ministers push dialogues to ease sea tension
- February 23, 2017

Yasay, who faced the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, said the landmark decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration previous year only covered whether or not certain portions of the disputed water are within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone. (more...)
NASA finds Earth-sized, habitable planets orbiting a star NASA finds Earth-sized, habitable planets orbiting a star
- February 23, 2017

The system of planets is located 40 light-years (235 trillion miles) from Earth and they lie in the Aquarius constellation . The boffins at Nasa have discovered three habitable planets in a newly discovered solar system a mere 39 light years away from Earth. (more...)
Israeli Soldier Convicted of Killing Palestinian Attacker Sentence to 18 Months
- February 22, 2017

The shooting in the city of Hebron came to light when a video showed Azaria shooting 21-year-old Abdel-Fattah al-Sharif after he was on the ground and injured, following the stabbing of an Israeli soldier. Meanwhile, Yusri al-Sharif, the father of slain assailant Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, said the sentence was "unjust" and a "farce created to deceive world opinion". (more...)
Riots erupt in Swedish suburb days after Trump comments Riots erupt in Swedish suburb days after Trump comments
- February 22, 2017

In an emailed statement to CNN, Swedish police said that while riots like those on Monday night are unusual, it is not the first time unrest has broken out in Rinkeby . In 2010, Taimour Abdulwahab, an Iraqi-born Swede, carried out a suicide bombing in central Stockholm, killing himself and injuring two others. Fore more on Sweden's crime statistics and immigration, there are these recent fact checks. (more...)
Milo Yiannopoulos Loses Book Deal and CPAC Speech Over Pedophilia Comments Milo Yiannopoulos Loses Book Deal and CPAC Speech Over Pedophilia Comments
- February 22, 2017

Organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference have disinvited professional provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos after a video interview emerged of him appearing to condone pedophilia emerged. The rightwing commentator's latest trouble stems from his appearance on an internet livestream a year ago, during which he said that relationships between adult men and teenage boys can be beneficial. (more...)
Dozens of migrants drown off Libya
- February 22, 2017

More than 5,000 people drowned attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe last year, according to the United Nations, making 2016 the deadliest year on record. The European Union has plans to halt the tide by training the Libyan coast guard and stepping up co-operation with neighbouring Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt. (more...)
Dmitry Firtash: Paul Manafort's Ukraine Connection To Be Extradited Dmitry Firtash: Paul Manafort's Ukraine Connection To Be Extradited
- February 22, 2017

The shock decision overturned a 2015 verdict by a lower court, which had rejected the USA request on the grounds that it was politically motivated. News reports tie him to business dealings with lobbyist Paul Manafort, an adviser to Donald Trump during his USA presidential election campaign. (more...)
Azerbaijan strongman names wife to position
- February 22, 2017

For the first time, the meeting was attended by Mehriban Aliyeva , appointed today the First Vice President of the Republic. Whenever the President of the Azerbaijan Republic resigns from his post ahead of time, extraordinary elections of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic are held during the period of 60 days. (more...)
Police searching for suspect after shooting locks down Houston hospital Police searching for suspect after shooting locks down Houston hospital
- February 22, 2017

According to the Twitter account of Chief Art Acevedo , no victims have been located as of this writing, and no shooter has been located inside the Houston hospital as of this time. If at Ben Taub, follow emergency response guidelines of the hospital. A Texas hospital was placed on lockdown and evacuated on Tuesday afternoon after cops received calls of an active shooter - who was reportedly barricaded inside. (more...)