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Carrie Lam wishes all a healthy and prosperous Year of the Pig Carrie Lam wishes all a healthy and prosperous Year of the Pig
- February 06, 2019

The dates of the Lunar New Year are determined by the lunisolar Chinese calendar . The Chinese New Year , or Spring Festival, is the longest holiday of the year, and the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. "But now numerous customs have been abandoned, especially in cities". Last year, the New Year Event saw all Fortnite games receive a discount of 50%, alongside Save the World players getting four new heroes and a bunch of exclusive weapons. (more...)
Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE
- February 06, 2019

Later on Tuesday, Pope Francis celebrated an outdoor mass for some 135,000 Catholics in an Abu Dhabi sports stadium, an event with no precedent in the peninsula. The Pope also participated in a conference on interreligious dialogue sponsored the Emirates-based Muslim Council of Elders, an initiative that promotes a moderate version of Islam. (more...)
White House denies Donald Trump link to new corruption probe White House denies Donald Trump link to new corruption probe
- February 06, 2019

Prosecutors are particularly interested in documents related to "a Los Angeles financier who gave $900,000 to the committee through his private-equity firm and once registered as a foreign agent working on behalf of the Sri Lankan government". (more...)
Small plane crashes in California, sets home on fire (PHOTOS, VIDEO) Small plane crashes in California, sets home on fire (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
- February 05, 2019

A piece of the plane's engine flew through two rooms of her house before landing in a bathroom, she said, and fragments of the exhaust pipe crashed through a second-floor window and melted into the carpet. Ambulances stand on place as the smoke rises from a house on fire by the crash of a Cessna 414A in a residential area in Yorba Linda, Calif., Sunday, Feb. (more...)
Townsville flooding: two missing as questions mount over dam release Townsville flooding: two missing as questions mount over dam release
- February 05, 2019

Devastating flooding in northeast Australia has forced thousands of people from their homes and brought snakes and crocodiles onto the streets as authorities warn of strong winds and more rain on the way. More rain is now forecast, with about 100 millimeters (4 inches) of rain scheduled to hit Townsville Monday and another 50 millimeters (2 inches) to 75 millimeters (3 inches) on Tuesday, according to CNN meteorologist Karen Maginnis. (more...)
Nine EU states recognise Guaido as Venezuela's president, increasing pressure on Maduro Nine EU states recognise Guaido as Venezuela's president, increasing pressure on Maduro
- February 05, 2019

Already recognised by the United States , Canada, Australia and several Latin American countries, Guaido is trying to force the socialist leader from power so he can set up a transitional government and hold new elections. Guaido repeatedly has called on Venezuela's military , which has remained loyal to Maduro, to support a transition to democracy. Trump said on Sunday, February 3, that the U.S. (more...)
Jury weighs fate of Mexican drug kingpin Jury weighs fate of Mexican drug kingpin
- February 05, 2019

In this courtroom sketch, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman , right, is seated at the defense table with his interpreter, in the us trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord , in New York , Monday Feb. Guzman "called the youngest of the girls his " vitamins " because he believed that sexual activity with young girls gave him "life", Cifuentes claims. (more...)
British MPs 'deeply troubled' by Nissan UK investment reports British MPs 'deeply troubled' by Nissan UK investment reports
- February 05, 2019

According to Sky News , the company will confirm the move to cancel plans to build the new version of the SUV on Monday, just 53 days before Britain is scheduled to leave the EU. Ministers had offered Nissan 60 million pounds in a bid to attract the investment. "Clearly we will be reviewing it in the light of this decision", a government source told the newspaper. (more...)
Super Bowl: Commentary compares woeful offence to Black Caps Super Bowl: Commentary compares woeful offence to Black Caps
- February 05, 2019

The Patriots' Tom Brady , no stranger to breaking records, claimed his sixth victory at the Super Bowl , which is also a league first. "We've seen about as much offence in this Super Bowl as the New Zealand Black Caps have shown in their recent test cricket matches lately", one commentator said . (more...)
Israeli forces detain Palestinian for alleged knife possession Israeli forces detain Palestinian for alleged knife possession
- February 05, 2019

The new upgraded security barrier is to stretch some 65 kilometers (40 miles) from the Kerem Shalom Crossing in the south to the recently-completed 200-meter sea barrier near Zikkim beach along Israel's Mediterranean coast in the north. However, the Egyptians also stressed that Hamas must maintain calm in the Strip and slow the Great March of Return , including preventing the burning of tyres and cutting the Israeli border fence. (more...)
Donald Trump says Nancy Pelosi was 'very rigid' during shutdown Donald Trump says Nancy Pelosi was 'very rigid' during shutdown
- February 04, 2019

Pelosi, along with other top Democrats, wouldn't negotiate on border wall and border security funds until the shutdown ended, however, since the government reopened almost a week ago, it doesn't look like Pelosi has made any effort to compromise. (more...)
Police Searching for Escaped Prisoner in Conroe; Considered Extremely Dangerous Police Searching for Escaped Prisoner in Conroe; Considered Extremely Dangerous
- February 04, 2019

However, Scott and her boyfriend, Michael Swearingin were both found dead January 15 in rural Oklahoma, after being missing for a couple of weeks, KCEN-TV is reporting. Maya Maxwell is charged with evidence tampering and is jailed in Bell County, Texas, on US$150,000 (NZ217,000) bond. Maya Renee Maxwell, 26, who was arrested on January 11 in Muskegon on a Bell County warrant charging tampering with evidence, admitted that "she was involved with leaving Swearingin's vehicle in Austin in hopes ... (more...)
Putnam To Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Super Bowl Weekend Crackdown Putnam To Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Super Bowl Weekend Crackdown
- February 04, 2019

During the 24-hour reporting period, there were three fatalities and 276 injuries resulting from traffic crashes. ISP encourages drivers to celebrate the Super Bowl responsibly and make safety their top priority during the upcoming weekend. (more...)
Venezuelan President Guaidó Urges China, Russia to Drop Support for Maduro Venezuelan President Guaidó Urges China, Russia to Drop Support for Maduro
- February 03, 2019

A general from the Venezuelan air force has announced he no longer recognises Nicolas Maduro as the country's president, in what appears to be the highest ranking military defection to hit the regime. sanctions. Maduro's adversaries say he has run roughshod over democratic institutions, including the opposition-run congress, and destroyed the once-buoyant economy through a corruption-riddled exchange control system and arbitrary nationalizations. (more...)
Groundhog predicts an early spring. Don't get too excited, he's usually wrong
- February 03, 2019

During the Prohibition era, Punxsutawney Phil "threatened" to impose 60 more weeks of winter if he wasn't allowed a stiff drink. The event is celebrated annually in the USA and Canada on February 2 and this year marks the 133rd Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania. (more...)
Elizabeth Warren offers private apology to Cherokee Nation leader Elizabeth Warren offers private apology to Cherokee Nation leader
- February 03, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren , D-Mass., has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for taking a DNA test in an attempt to prove her Native American heritage, The Intercept reports. "Tribes, and only tribes, determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference", Warren said . Instead of sweeping aside lingering questions about her identifying as Native American for several years as a law professor, the test results triggered a barrage of criticism and calls to apologize. (more...)
Meghan Markle writes messages to sex workers on bananas Meghan Markle writes messages to sex workers on bananas
- February 03, 2019

Sam, a former sex worker and now volunteer at the foundation recons that "they might not eat it" as she figures the " banana [will] be at home until it is rotten". She said: "What will be interesting is when the royal family start talking about things like IVF and Caesarean births". Ms Markle said she had been inspired by an American woman who wrote empowering messages on schoolchildren's bananas. (more...)
Christie: Booker Could be Problem for Trump in 2020 Christie: Booker Could be Problem for Trump in 2020
- February 02, 2019

In his announcement video , Booker talked of his upbringing in New Jersey, one that he noted distinguishes him from the rest of the Senate - as well as his competitors in the presidential race. While Obama was raised by a single white mother who frequently struggled to make ends meet, Booker's parents were among the first black executives at computer giant IBM. (more...)
Trump Accuses Democrats Of Being 'Weak And Passive' With Iran Trump Accuses Democrats Of Being 'Weak And Passive' With Iran
- February 02, 2019

President Donald Trump in the wealthy Asian city-state. Many people reading Trump's Thursday tweets - including former federal ethics chief Walter Shaub - were stunned that the president would claim that testimony everyone could watch on TV was somehow distorted. (more...)
Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies fully support U.S. suspending obligations under INF Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies fully support U.S. suspending obligations under INF
- February 02, 2019

The US said on Friday it was withdrawing from the landmark Cold War INF missile treaty with Russian Federation, accusing Moscow of violation. In a written statement , Trump said that the U.S. can't be "the only country in the world unilaterally bound by" it. The US has no nuclear-capable missiles based in Europe; the last of that type and range were withdrawn in line with the INF treaty. (more...)
Bolton: US Needs Significant Sign from N. Korea on Giving up Nukes Bolton: US Needs Significant Sign from N. Korea on Giving up Nukes
- February 01, 2019

President Trump slammed his own intelligence officials Wednesday morning, a day after they countered some of his claims in front of Congress. Trump also said that when he became president two years ago, Islamic State "was out of control in Syria & running rampant". (more...)
Wednesday's United Kingdom snow risk Wednesday's United Kingdom snow risk
- January 31, 2019

Snow and Ice warnings for Thursday between 1.00pm and Friday 9.00pm for East Midlands, East of England, London & South East England, North West England, South West England, Wales , West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber. Cumbria Roads Police also urged people to slow down as it shared an image of a auto overturned between junctions 36 and 39 of the A6 near the village of Shap. (more...)
Dixon Public Schools close from Tuesday to Thursday due to weather Dixon Public Schools close from Tuesday to Thursday due to weather
- January 31, 2019

The decision is ultimately up to the superintendent with student safety being a top priority. The district also called off classes on Monday. All Minneapolis Community Education evening classes and all athletic and school-sponsored activities are also canceled. (more...)
Failed Georgia Candidate Stacey Abrams Will Give SOTU Response Failed Georgia Candidate Stacey Abrams Will Give SOTU Response
- January 31, 2019

The president will give his annual speech on February 5 before a joint session of Congress , after it was postponed because of the partial government shutdown. "This speech is not a concession, because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper", Abrams said at the time, but she added that the "law offers no possible remedy". (more...)
Speak English, Chinese told by Duke University Speak English, Chinese told by Duke University
- January 31, 2019

She said the faculty members asked to see photos of masters students so they could identify the ones they heard speaking Chinese and "remember them if the students ever interviewed for an internship or asked to work with them for a master's project". (more...)
DOJ's Matthew Whitaker: Mueller Probe May Be 'Close to Being Completed' DOJ's Matthew Whitaker: Mueller Probe May Be 'Close to Being Completed'
- January 30, 2019

Stone has proclaimed his innocence and said he would fight the charges, but several other Trump associates indicted by Mueller have pleaded guilty to various charges. Barr's written comments were made in response to questions posed by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which on Tuesday is due to vote on whether to endorse his nomination and send it to the full U.S. (more...)
Snow to hit Co Armagh as Met Office issue yellow weather warning Snow to hit Co Armagh as Met Office issue yellow weather warning
- January 30, 2019

The Met Office said there was a "slight chance" that some rural communities could be cut off and a "small chance" that power cuts may occur and mobile phone coverage could be affected. "For higher ground in Wales and northern-England could see the higher totals of 9-10cm by Thursday morning". On Monday morning, ice and snow made driving conditions hazardous across the northeast of Scotland . (more...)
Jerome Corsi 'happy to testify' against Roger Stone, 'affirm' indictment Jerome Corsi 'happy to testify' against Roger Stone, 'affirm' indictment
- January 30, 2019

Turns out, Stone has actually had that fund's infrastructure lying in wait for quite awhile-well over a year. Roger Stone , a longtime confidant and adviser to President Donald Trump , pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in the Russian Federation investigation after a publicity-filled few days spent torching the probe as politically motivated . (more...)
Boston snow maps for Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Boston snow maps for Tuesday, January 29, 2019
- January 29, 2019

Tonight: Cloudy, A chance of snow in the evening, then snow likely after midnight. Snow will be possible after 3AM in our far northwest counties. TUESDAY: The precipitation is expected to be done by 7 a.m. THURSDAY: A mix of sun and clouds with highs getting up to around 50. The wintry weather should arrive in the afternoon and parts of Western Massachusetts will remain under a winter storm watch for Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. (more...)
Drivers Charged In Mass Pike Road Rage Video Due In Court Drivers Charged In Mass Pike Road Rage Video Due In Court
- January 29, 2019

According to local media reports , after both drivers pulled over, their verbal confrontation quickly escalated, with Kamrowski nabbing a water bottle from Fitzgerald's vehicle and jumping in front of the auto to prevent the driver from speeding away. (more...)
Afghan president calls on Taliban to 'enter serious talks' with Kabul Afghan president calls on Taliban to 'enter serious talks' with Kabul
- January 29, 2019

Afghan authorities have previously complained of being excluded from the discussions in Qatar , and warned that any deal between the U.S. and the Taliban would require Kabul's endorsement. "We want peace, we want it fast but we want it with a plan", Ghani said in his address Monday. The Taliban say they will only begin negotiations with the government once a firm date for troop withdrawal has been agreed. (more...)
Roger Stone's indictment in Russian Federation probe: What it means for Trump Roger Stone's indictment in Russian Federation probe: What it means for Trump
- January 28, 2019

Stone has repeatedly said he will not testify against Trump, a vow he repeated on Friday morning after he was charged with witness tampering and lying to Congress about his alleged attempts to establish a chain of communication between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks , which published emails stolen by Russian hackers during the 2016 election. (more...)
Pelosi blocking Trump's speech Pelosi blocking Trump's speech
- January 28, 2019

Trump letter to Pelosi disregarding her letter calling for a delay to the State of the Union: "I will be honoring your invitation...look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th". I look forward to giving a "great" State of the Union Address in the near future! "It's absolutely not clear in terms of what his present intention is, but I can say that unless the government is reopened, it's highly unlikely the State of the Union is going to take place on the floor of the United ... (more...)
Venezuelan military attache to United States breaks rank with Maduro Venezuelan military attache to United States breaks rank with Maduro
- January 28, 2019

At a special UN Security Council session on Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described Maduro as part of an "illegitimate mafia state" responsible for Venezuela's economic collapse. "The armed forces have a key role in restoring democracy in the country", Silva said, calling on the government to "stop the usurpation of executive power". (more...)
Michael Cohen Delays Testimony, Citing 'Ongoing Threats' From Trump, Giuliani Michael Cohen Delays Testimony, Citing 'Ongoing Threats' From Trump, Giuliani
- January 28, 2019

And he doesn't want to do that probably for me or other of his clients", Trump said. The decision by Cohen, a long-time loyalist who worked alongside Trump for a decade at the Trump Organization, may deprive House Democrats of their first high-profile hearing since taking control of the chamber in the mid-term elections. (more...)
Denver Weather: Next Round Of Cold, Snow Expected By Monday Morning Denver Weather: Next Round Of Cold, Snow Expected By Monday Morning
- January 28, 2019

Since the event will start as rain Monday night it'll be hard for TDOT workers to treat the roads, and with snow falling during the morning commute roads will likely be quite slick. Temperatures will not be as cold Saturday. But there's another winter storm possible Sunday night, followed by more Arctic air. Thursday morning's lows may hit the single digits, especially away from the city. (more...)
Acting Chief Justice inaugurates election tribunal Acting Chief Justice inaugurates election tribunal
- January 27, 2019

Nigeria's chief justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen is charged for failing to declare his assets. "The Embassy of the United States is deeply concerned by the impact of the executive branch's decision to suspend and replace the Chief Justice and head of the judicial branch without the support of the legislative branch on the eve of national and state elections". (more...)
U.S. ramps up push for change in Venezuela
- January 27, 2019

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo tapped Elliott Abrams, a former White House official whose appointment as Rex Tillerson's deputy was nixed because of his past criticisms of Donald Trump, to steer USA policy toward Venezuela. Maduro has stood firm in the face of this week's demonstrations against his rule, winning the endorsement of key military leaders and vowing to defeat what he calls a USA -backed coup against his government. (more...)
Top Florida elections official resigns after blackface photos emerge Top Florida elections official resigns after blackface photos emerge
- January 27, 2019

The photos were taken at a private Halloween party in 2005, which Ertel attended dressed up as a " Hurricane Katrina victim", two months after the hurricane had left New Orleans in devastation, the Tallahassee Democrat reported . When he was tapped by DeSantis to lead the department, the Orlando Sentinel's editorial board hailed Ertel as a " savvy and efficient manager " and said his record showed no evidence of incompetence. (more...)
Police officer, 24, 'shot dead by colleague playing Russian Roulette' Police officer, 24, 'shot dead by colleague playing Russian Roulette'
- January 27, 2019

In the charging documents, prosecutors now say that Hendren and Alix began playing with a revolver. "The defendant emptied the cylinder of the revolver and then put one cartridge back into the cylinder", the statement said. That officer, identified as Hendren's partner, said he didn't want to be involved with the gunplay and started to leave the apartment. Alix, who regularly worked with the two men and was "close" with them, the Post-Dispatch reported , soon joined the officers in the ... (more...)