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Navy warship to sail through disputed sea Navy warship to sail through disputed sea
- February 16, 2018

Over the last several years China has claimed and built up into artificial islands a series of atolls and reefs in disputed parts of the South China Sea , a vital trading lane, and it has installed military hardware there. "Britain see China as a country of great opportunities, but we shouldn't be blind to the ambition that China has and we've got to defend our national security interests", Mr Williamson told the ABC . (more...)
Countries Who Fought Islamic State Must Help Rebuild Iraq: Tillerson Countries Who Fought Islamic State Must Help Rebuild Iraq: Tillerson
- February 16, 2018

Building on Vice President Mike Pence's recent visit to Cairo , Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to strengthen a shared commitment between the United States and Egypt to fight terrorism. USA officials are deeply concerned that a direct conflict between Israel and Iran might escalate into a war, after a drone of Iranian origin entered Israeli airspace over the weekend, prompting an Israeli military response against Iranian assets in Syria and the loss of an Israeli jet in the process. (more...)
Mitt Romney to announce Senate run Thursday Mitt Romney to announce Senate run Thursday
- February 16, 2018

The Republican Party leader said he spoke Wednesday to Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee. Trump and Romney have a rocky and adversarial personal relationship, exhibited most clearly during the 2016 Republican presidential primary. (more...)
Stormy Daniels 'now free' to discuss alleged affair with Trump Stormy Daniels 'now free' to discuss alleged affair with Trump
- February 16, 2018

In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that a limited liability company in DE formed by Mr Cohen made the six-figure payment to Ms Clifford to keep her from discussing the affair during the presidential campaign. Despite that interview, both she and Trump have since denied claims of an affair - through his lawyer Cohen. There is no evidence whether Trump knew anything about the payment, but it has surely fueled questions whether such a payment could violate federal campaign ... (more...)
Russia Blocks Navalny's Website After Billionaire Graft Probe Russia Blocks Navalny's Website After Billionaire Graft Probe
- February 16, 2018

As the immediate result of Deripaska's lawsuit, Roskomnadzor , Russia's communications regulator, added the postings of the video to its list of banned Web pages . Deripaska, in a statement last week, accused Navalny and others of spreading lies about him and was reported to have obtained a court order in southern Russian Federation to have the offending material removed. (more...)
Critics say GOP redistricting plan makes little improvement Critics say GOP redistricting plan makes little improvement
- February 15, 2018

In a 137-page opinion issued last Wednesday, a divided state Supreme Court said Pennsylvania's 2011 redistricting plan was "aimed at achieving unfair partisan gain" and undermined "voters" ability to exercise their right to vote in free and "equal' elections". (more...)
Oregon woman finds parasitic worm in her eye Oregon woman finds parasitic worm in her eye
- February 15, 2018

Since face flies normally don't bother humans, Beckley's worm colony would have likely died out on its own if she hadn't noticed the wrigglers. Beckley was determined with Thelazia gulosa . Eye worms are seen in several kinds of animals, including cats and dogs. In both cases, it's typically children and the elderly that are infected as they have a harder time keeping flies out of their eyes. (more...)
Judge Closes Courtroom as Trial Begins for Palestinian Teen Who Slapped Soldiers Judge Closes Courtroom as Trial Begins for Palestinian Teen Who Slapped Soldiers
- February 15, 2018

The altercation with soldiers happened shortly after Tamimi's cousin was shot in the head with a rubber bullet during a demonstration as he climbed a wall of a complex Israeli soldiers had commandeered, according to Bassem Tamimi, Ahed's father, who is a well-known leader of protests in his village. (more...)
The most distant photo ever taken The most distant photo ever taken
- February 15, 2018

The space probe was even farther from home than NASA's Voyager 1 when it captured the famous "Pale Blue Dot" image of Earth . NASA says mission controllers will "bring the spacecraft out of its electronic slumber" this coming summer in anticipation of its next major close encounter, with an object known as 2014 MU69 on January 1, 2019. (more...)
BJP main rival of Left Front in Tripura, says Arun Jaitley BJP main rival of Left Front in Tripura, says Arun Jaitley
- February 15, 2018

Election to the 60-member Tripura Assembly would be held on February 18. "Tripura is now among top five states of the country in providing better health services and achieved best parameters in health indexes", added Sarkar. Refuting the allegations of left front government of Tripura, Union finance minister stated that the central government is maintaining 90:10 ratio of funding pattern by and large in schemes for north eastern states and the allegations of depriving any particular state is ... (more...)
Trump administration wants to cut food stamps, replace with at-home food delivery Trump administration wants to cut food stamps, replace with at-home food delivery
- February 14, 2018

The Trump Administration says this would also save the USDA $129 billion over the next decade. The Trump administration said it wants to replace cash benefits with boxes of government food. "I think it would make it more hard because people would be getting less food". Households receiving $90 per month or more in benefits would receive Harvest Boxes under this proposed plan. (more...)
Canada contributing $12M to rebuilding critical infrastructure in Iraq Canada contributing $12M to rebuilding critical infrastructure in Iraq
- February 14, 2018

Sharing in a similar vision, in unison with other Arab countries, the officials discussed gathering sufficient financial aid that would lead to the successful development of the Iraq based sectors and its people and attract foreign investment as Iraq opens for business. (more...)
Manhattan Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison Manhattan Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison
- February 14, 2018

Earlier the same day, a pipe bomb exploded near the start of a Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Crowley argued that everything Rahimi has done since 2016 "has been fueled by hate", and "he has shown no remorse". (more...)
Egypt army kills 16 jihadists in Sinai Egypt army kills 16 jihadists in Sinai
- February 12, 2018

Col Tamer al-Refaei said an additional 34 suspects were arrested during the offensive, dubbed "Operation Sinai 2018", which started on Friday in the restive peninsula and other parts of the country, according to a statement posted on his official Facebook page. (more...)
Ramaphosa avoids questions on Zuma as ANC calls special meeting Ramaphosa avoids questions on Zuma as ANC calls special meeting
- February 12, 2018

The 75-year-old Zuma, in power since 2009 and mired in corruption allegations, has been living on borrowed time since Ramaphosa took over his other role as leader of the ruling party in December. "He will finish what he started because he does not take orders beyond the Atlantic Ocean #mattersofthestomach (sic)". Ramaphosa said they would draw on Nelson Mandela's wisdom. (more...)
Republicans approves massive budget deal Video Republicans approves massive budget deal Video
- February 12, 2018

Senator Rand Paul on Thursday blocked the Senate from a vote on a short-term funding bill which will fund the government through March 23 and a bipartisan budget package which will set a spending framework for fiscal year 2018 and 2019. (more...)
Second Trump aide quits over abuse claims Second Trump aide quits over abuse claims
- February 12, 2018

Trump ramped up his defense Saturday when he tweeted that lives are being destroyed by a "mere allegation " and questioned whether there is still due process. Photos of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye surfaced publicly, which eventually led to the White House expressing concern about the allegations. (more...)
Pak activist Asma Jahangir dies of cardiac arrest Pak activist Asma Jahangir dies of cardiac arrest
- February 12, 2018

She remained in office at the Human Rights Commission till 2011, serving in as its secretary general and later as chairperson. Outside of Pakistan , Jahangir served as UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran. President Mamnoon Hussain, Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar along with other politicians, lawyers and journalists have expressed grief over Jahangir's death. (more...)
Two Ohio police killed while responding to emergency call Two Ohio police killed while responding to emergency call
- February 11, 2018

Joe Morbitzer, the chief of the Westerville Division of Police, was visibly shaken as he appeared before reporters during a press conference early Saturday evening. "They're true American heroes". The shootings happened at about 1 p.m.in Westerville, Ohio. They were identified as Eric Joering, 39, who had been with the department for 17 years, and Anthony Morelli, 54, who had served 30 years. (more...)
German coalition under strain as SPD leader falls from grace German coalition under strain as SPD leader falls from grace
- February 11, 2018

But the relief turned to shock as Martin Schulz , the SPD leader, announced he would step down to become foreign minister. Senior figures of Social Democratic Party (SPD), including the current Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel , have publicly criticized Schulz and accused him of not keeping his promises. (more...)
ANC mulls Zuma's fate as pressure grows ANC mulls Zuma's fate as pressure grows
- February 11, 2018

But developments show that Zuma's days as the head of the country's government are numbered with National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete on Tuesday announcing the postponement of the State of the Nation Address ( Sona ) after an urgent meeting with the ANC leadership. (more...)
Bare-chested Tongan flag-bearer wins Korean hearts Bare-chested Tongan flag-bearer wins Korean hearts
- February 10, 2018

The 34-year-old Taufatofua also carried his country's flag at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro where he competed in taekwondo. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Taufatofua competed in the martial art of Taekwondo, but now, he's hitting the snow as a cross-country skier . (more...)
Egypt launches major anti-terror operation amid utmost security alert Egypt launches major anti-terror operation amid utmost security alert
- February 10, 2018

Warplanes will bomb areas where jihadists are hiding while troops, tanks and armoured vehicles will be deployed on the ground, security sources said. According to the statement, the police also announced the highest state of alert to implement the operation as part of efforts for rooting out terrorist elements. (more...)
Police Officer Killed, Two Others Shot Police Officer Killed, Two Others Shot
- February 10, 2018

A Georgia mayor says a police officer who was killed in a shooting that wounded two sheriff's deputies had a young child and a baby on the way. He said gunfire erupted as they were trying to take a male suspect into custody. Of the two deputies who were injured, one was in serious condition and was undergoing surgery for an abdominal injury, while the other was in fair condition and had been released from the hospital. (more...)
Lawmakers face deadline for producing new Congressional map Lawmakers face deadline for producing new Congressional map
- February 10, 2018

Duquesne University law professor Bruce Ledewitz said even some dissenting justices acknowledged that Pennsylvania's congressional map, produced by a Republican Legislature in 2011, was unfairly gerrymandered. "The Supreme Court is setting new ground", he said. And there's some speculation that the state Supreme Court's lack of movement on releasing its detailed opinion may be meant to avoid releasing anything that would provide fodder for a legal challenge, he said. (more...)
One killed, 37 wounded by twin mosque bombing in Libya's Benghazi One killed, 37 wounded by twin mosque bombing in Libya's Benghazi
- February 10, 2018

Libya's Channel on Twitter also reported of "40 injured being treated at the Al Galla hospital and at Benghazi's medical center". A previous hospital bulletin spoke of 62 wounded. The toll was one of the highest from a single attack since Libya slid into turmoil after the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The UN-backed unity government based in the capital has struggled to assert its authority outside western Libya. (more...)
Trump wishes disgraced aide Porter well Trump wishes disgraced aide Porter well
- February 10, 2018

On Thursday, White House spokesman Raj Shah said the White House was allowing the issue to play out through the security-clearance review process, arguing that it was the appropriate place for the allegations and Porter's denials to be assessed. (more...)
Pakistan convicts dozens over lynching of student accused of blasphemy Pakistan convicts dozens over lynching of student accused of blasphemy
- February 09, 2018

Protests were held demanding justice for Khan and there has been a debate about excessive use of blasphemy allegations to settle personal grievances. The Haripur Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) pronounced its verdict on Wednesday, 7 February, from inside a jail as the proceedings took place there for security reasons. (more...)
Maruti Suzuki's Showcase new concept vehicle in Auto Expo 2018 Maruti Suzuki's Showcase new concept vehicle in Auto Expo 2018
- February 09, 2018

The primary factor distinguishing this year's expo will be the kind of technology on display. Besides, Mahindra's EV range also included the e-KUV100, an electric version of its compact sports utility vehicle, and the e2o NXT, a facelift to the company's existing electric hatchback e2oPlus. (more...)
IOC to bar Olympic Athletes of Russia from celebrating with Russian flag IOC to bar Olympic Athletes of Russia from celebrating with Russian flag
- February 09, 2018

In December, the IOC banned Russia from competing as a team the 2018 Winter Olympics , citing the Russian state's "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the Olympic anti-doping system. The International Olympic Committee is attempting to bar over 40 Russian athletes from the Games for alleged doping violations. The 15 were among 28 Russian athletes whose doping charges were dropped and life-time Olympic bans rescinded by CAS Thursday. (more...)
Another day, another Federal Bureau of Investigation conspiracy theory: GOP says, Another day, another Federal Bureau of Investigation conspiracy theory: GOP says, "Thanks, Obama!"
- February 09, 2018

The document dump, which includes texts sent between August 16, 2015, and July 23, 2017, was accompanied by an interim report on the panel's investigation into the FBI's handling of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email investigation. (more...)
Israeli police recommend indicting Netanyahu for corruption Israeli police recommend indicting Netanyahu for corruption
- February 09, 2018

Netanyahu is under investigation in three corruption cases, which have been dubbed case 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 by police. Israel has always been an worldwide leader in research and development for medical cannabis, and the country has made strides recently to establish an export-focused domestic production industry. (more...)
UN Calls for Cease-Fire in Syria to Deliver Life-Saving Aid UN Calls for Cease-Fire in Syria to Deliver Life-Saving Aid
- February 08, 2018

Speaking at a daily press briefing, UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said intense airstrikes and shelling on the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta have reportedly killed dozens of civilians and injured many more over the last 48 hours. At least eight residents remained missing when the search was suspended at nightfall, one rescuer said. From Idlib, activists uploaded videos of bombed hospitals , including footage of newborn babies struggling to breathe after their incubators lost power. (more...)
Policeman Killed, Pakistani Terrorist Escapes Policeman Killed, Pakistani Terrorist Escapes
- February 08, 2018

Terming the attack on policemen in a Srinagar hospital on Tuesday as a "security lapse", Opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday demanded a statement from the government over the escape of a Pakistani militant in the attack. (more...)
Hong Kong appeal court frees three democracy leaders Hong Kong appeal court frees three democracy leaders
- February 08, 2018

In a reversal of an August 2017 verdict, the five-member Court of Final Appeal said on Tuesday that the "sentences of imprisonment" against Joshua Wong , Nathan Law and Alex Chow are "quashed". But the trio warned it was not a time for celebration because the semi-autonomous Chinese city still faced threats to its freedoms. "It's a long term battle for us in the future", said Wong after the February 6 verdict. (more...)
Holocaust bill row is 'misunderstanding': Polish minister Holocaust bill row is 'misunderstanding': Polish minister
- February 07, 2018

The law will impose prison terms of up to three years for statements attributing the crimes of Nazi Germany during World War II to the Polish nation. Israel slammed the new proposed legislation, emphasizing that Poland was instrumental in the extermination of Jews during World War II. Israeli officials have voiced strong objections to the law, saying it is rewriting history. (more...)
California Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Trump's Nuclear Posture Review is Deeply Troubling California Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Trump's Nuclear Posture Review is Deeply Troubling
- February 07, 2018

Previous administrations, both Republican and Democrat, have worked to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons, and this review breaks sharply from that bipartisan tradition. Freeman, who served as assistant secretary of state for worldwide security affairs under President Bill Clinton, said the review appeared to prepare to release the USA armed forces from weapons constraints they had kept for more than 30 years. (more...)
Toddler who died went on porch when dad fell asleep Toddler who died went on porch when dad fell asleep
- February 07, 2018

She knew only that the toddler was not breathing after finding her on Friday on the family's front porch in Akron , Ohio , where temperatures had been hovering around -9.5C. A two-year-old girl was found on the porch of this Akron, Ohio , home on Friday, February 2. Neighbors say they would occasionally hear people arguing outside of the apartment. (more...)
Kenyan opposition lawyer charged with treason over Odinga's Kenyan opposition lawyer charged with treason over Odinga's "swearing in"
- February 07, 2018

Isaac Okero, president of the Law Society of Kenya, told reporters: "Once again the state is wilfully violating Mr. Miguna's rights by moving him without any notice to his lawyers or his family and, in order to frustrate their access to him, to a court stationed outside Nairobi". (more...)
Maldives declares state of emergency for 15 days Maldives declares state of emergency for 15 days
- February 07, 2018

He ordered Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another of the Supreme Court's four judges arrested early Tuesday. The country receded into chaos on Thursday, when the supreme court called for the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, ruling that their trails were politically motivated and flawed. (more...)