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Morocco strongly condemns Burkina Faso terror attack Morocco strongly condemns Burkina Faso terror attack
- August 16, 2017

The DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Abuja, which has jurisdiction over Burkina Faso, remains in touch with members of the Filipino Community there to ensure all of them are safe and accounted for. Diffalah worked with an NGO in the West African country, while Chen helped founded a charity called Bright Futures Burkina Faso and held degrees from McGill University and Queen's University. (more...)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un holds off on Guam missile plan
- August 16, 2017

North Korea's official news agency KCNA said Tuesday that Kim had received a report from his army on its plans to strike the area around Guam, which is home to a number of USA military facilities. President Donald Trump has boasted that the U.S. military was "locked and loaded". Rice accused Trump of his strong stance on North Korea, saying it was "unprecedented", and said "we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea..." In remarks to reporters after a meeting with ... (more...)
ECP rejects PTI's request to halt proceedings in foreign funding case ECP rejects PTI's request to halt proceedings in foreign funding case
- August 16, 2017

The five-member bench headed by the chief election commissioner also ordered the PTI to submit details of the party's funds by September 7. Earlier, PTI lawyer Anwar Mansoor argued that the party had already submitted details of its funding to the Supreme Court in a case in which the ECP too was a party. (more...)
Confederate monuments in Baltimore removed overnight
- August 16, 2017

Numerous far-right supporters in Charlottesville brandished Confederate battle flags, considered a symbol of racism by many Americans, while others raised their arms in Nazi salutes. Dallas' mayor is looking at the city's options. But city and state officials said Charlottesville convinced them it's time to move on from having Confederate imagery in prominent public places. (more...)
North Korean leader holds off on Guam threat North Korean leader holds off on Guam threat
- August 16, 2017

For his part, Trump said he would stand by Washington's regional allies. North Korea has said its military presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam. Located right next to Guam is the Northern Mariana Islands. Guam is also home to a US naval base and Andersen Air Force Base , from which B-1B Lancer bombers have gone on flights over the Korean peninsula in a show of force. (more...)
Philippine police now say 32 drug suspects killed in 1 day Philippine police now say 32 drug suspects killed in 1 day
- August 16, 2017

Illegal drugs , firearms, and ammunition were reportedly seized from the drug suspects. Thirteen other people were also shot along with Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. Duterte has also encouraged police officers to shoot drug lords and pushers if they feel that their lives are in danger, a statement that critics viewed as an encouragement to conduct summary killings. (more...)
Tillerson: US still interested in talks with N. Korea
- August 16, 2017

As McMaster must know, none of the things he mentions here has anything to do with whether the North Korean government can be effectively deterred from using its nuclear arsenal. But North Korea faced a severe setback when both China and Russian Federation agreed to the sanctions. " President Trump inherited a mess", Graham said. (more...)
Zambia opposition leader freed, treason charges dropped Zambia opposition leader freed, treason charges dropped
- August 16, 2017

The state prosecutor on Wednesday morning filed a "nolle prosequi" in the case where Hichilema and five others were supposed to stand trial. Hichilema and five aides denied the treason charges at a plea hearing on Monday where police officers in riot gear had sealed off the court precinct as scores of UPND supporters waited outside. (more...)
Pentagon warns of war as Kim holds 'Guam strike' briefing Pentagon warns of war as Kim holds 'Guam strike' briefing
- August 16, 2017

North Korea's leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards Guam while he waits to see what the United States does next, the North's state media said on Tuesday, as South Korea's president said Seoul would seek to prevent war by all means. (more...)
Most local districts, schools make the grade, but not all Most local districts, schools make the grade, but not all
- August 16, 2017

This year, Bryan ISD has a reason to celebrate. "We do appreciate the work that Commissioner of Education (Mike) Morath has undertaken to stabilize the accountability system and provide more clarity and consistency for the path forward". According to the TEA, things are looking up for Hearne ISD. Statewide, about 89 percent of campuses met standard this year, according to TEA. TEA released sample grades in January to show districts what ratings would look like under the new system. (more...)
As North Korea Holds Onto Launch Plans, South Korea Pushes for Diplomacy As North Korea Holds Onto Launch Plans, South Korea Pushes for Diplomacy
- August 16, 2017

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that Kim might conduct another missile test but talk of being on the cusp of a nuclear war was overstating the risk. Senior US officials have also downplayed the threat of an imminent military conflict, with top US general Joseph Dunford stressing diplomacy and sanctions over war in a meeting in Seoul with South Korean President Moon Jae In on Monday. (more...)
Three 2000-year-old sarcophagi discovered in Egypt Three 2000-year-old sarcophagi discovered in Egypt
- August 16, 2017

In another, excavators found six burial holes, including one for the burial of a small child. On the basis of the clay fragments found in the tombs, scientists have suggested that the burial relates to the period between the 27th dynasty, which was founded in 525 BC, and Greco-Roman period, which lasted from 332 BC to IV century. (more...)
Police identify troopers killed in helicopter crash in Charlottesville Police identify troopers killed in helicopter crash in Charlottesville
- August 16, 2017

Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police superintendent. The crew was in the area assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation in Charlottesville. Monetary donations can be made by check (made payable to VSPA-ERF with "Jay Cullen" and/or "Berke Bates" noted in the memo) or Citizens may also donate through PayPal by visiting http://vspa.org/initiatives/emergency-relief-fund. (more...)
Police helicopter crashes outside Charlottesville, killing 2 troopers Police helicopter crashes outside Charlottesville, killing 2 troopers
- August 16, 2017

Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, 40, of Quinton, both died at the scene. Cullen is survived by his wife and two sons. Trooper-Pilot Bates is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. The helicopter caught fire after the crash. The 2010 rough landing in Abingdon, which caused the aircraft to bounce once on the ground, resulted in its fuselage being crushed and the partial loss of one of its vertical stabilizers, the report says. (more...)
Police identify helicopter, troopers in crash Police identify helicopter, troopers in crash
- August 16, 2017

The pilot, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, of Quinton, died at the scene. No one on the ground was injured, according to Fox News . "Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today". The shocking incident (see graphic video below) happened after McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. (more...)
China reclaims spot as world's biggest holder of treasuries China reclaims spot as world's biggest holder of treasuries
- August 16, 2017

In June the overall holding of USA bonds in China increased to 1.15 trillion as it bought 44.3 billion U.S. dollars of Treasuries in the mentioned month. Japan's drop in Treasuries holdings was the steepest since November, falling to a level last seen in December. Thomas Simons, a senior economist at New York-based Jefferies LLC, believes that China's holdings will continue to rise in the coming months as strong bilateral trade boosts the country's demand for USA national debt, ... (more...)
After Doklam, China tries to enter Ladakh; India foils infiltration bid After Doklam, China tries to enter Ladakh; India foils infiltration bid
- August 16, 2017

An official statement from India's foreign ministry said that "there is no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the border areas between India and China". The issue between the two nations is regarding the two-month long Doklam stand-off . "And we urge the Indian side to abide by the line of control and relevant conventions between the two sides", Hua said. (more...)
This week's poll: Brexit - will an interim customs union help industry?
- August 16, 2017

According to the United Kingdom government, it will be pushing to avoid any physical border infrastructure and border posts for any objective following Brexit. Shadow global trade minister Bill Esterson was unable to tell the LBC presenter how long he felt a transitional arrangement with the European Union should last. (more...)
Guam Governor Backs Trump's 'Punch To The Nose' Strategy On North Korea Guam Governor Backs Trump's 'Punch To The Nose' Strategy On North Korea
- August 16, 2017

The bottom line of the press conference was that there is no heightened security level as a result of the threats from North Korea . The liquid-fuel missile is created to be fired from road mobile launchers and has been described by North Korea as built for attacking Alaska and Hawaii. (more...)
US Officials Say Confrontation With N. Korea Not Imminent US Officials Say Confrontation With N. Korea Not Imminent
- August 16, 2017

A readout of the call released Saturday afternoon states that Trump and Macron spoke about North Korea, and committed to enforcing the new sanctions passed by the United Nations last week. "We take it lightheartedly", said Mark Alex, 26. He later added that the U.S. would "take it out" if the missile was determined to be headed for any USA territory. (more...)
MH370 breakthrough: crash location may be found MH370 breakthrough: crash location may be found
- August 16, 2017

However, the "east1" search area pinpointed by the CSIRO in its new report was about 5000 square kilometres and could be searched more quickly. CSIRO oceanographer and the report's lead author, David Griffin, told Reuters by telephone that if the debris spotted in the pictures was authentic, then it supported previous ocean-drift analysis pointing to a crash zone just to the north of the area that was most thoroughly searched. (more...)
North Korea: No Imminent Threat Of Nuclear War, Says CIA Chief North Korea: No Imminent Threat Of Nuclear War, Says CIA Chief
- August 16, 2017

According to Jonathan Cheng of the Wall Street Journal , the North Korean report also said that Kim could always change his mind, "if the Yankees persist in their extremely unsafe reckless actions ". He said even a test would cause concern and the USA would see that as a step over the line in terms of a provocation. In separate interviews Sunday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Army Lieutenant General H.R. (more...)
Shah Rukh Khan, Dilip Kumar's 'Mooh-Bola-Beta' Visits The Legendary Actor Shah Rukh Khan, Dilip Kumar's 'Mooh-Bola-Beta' Visits The Legendary Actor
- August 16, 2017

Actor Shah Rukh Khan visited veteran actor Dilip Kumar at his Mumbai residence on Tuesday. Fans' prayers and well wishes worked and he recovered soon. Shah Rukh Khan has always been fond of Dilip Kumar's acting and charm. Though the veteran actor's health was critical in the initial days after his admission to the hospital, things improved and he returned home recently. (more...)
Ben Stiller Slaps Adam Sandler in 'The Meyerowitz Stories' Teaser Trailer Ben Stiller Slaps Adam Sandler in 'The Meyerowitz Stories' Teaser Trailer
- August 16, 2017

Let us know in the comments! Noah Baumbach's latest is headed to (surprise!) Netflix, and has gotten tremendous buzz since it debuted at Cannes last spring. The teaser trailer kicks off with Sandler's Danny sitting at a piano. I feel like I say that a lot about Netflix's new movies, but it's going to be considered for the Oscars, based on its release and theatrical run. (more...)
Solar eclipse to bring total darkness to 10 states Solar eclipse to bring total darkness to 10 states
- August 16, 2017

For those in Philadelphia, you'll want to be outside around 2:44 p.m.to see maximum coverage of the sun. Greene said watching the eclipse without proper, approved glasses can cause damage to the eye's retina, which can cause permanent vision loss. (more...)
Guest Opinion: Celebrating National Health Center Week Guest Opinion: Celebrating National Health Center Week
- August 16, 2017

A portion of that money-$50 million a year for the next five years-is meant to go to help cover the cost of providing care to low income patients at Florida's 49 community health centers. But the future of this innovative care is in jeopardy. Other facts about health centers listed in the release were that community centers produce $24 billion in savings, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits, treat patients for much less than a visit to the ER, maintain almost ... (more...)
Transocean Ltd. (RIG) Sees Significant Increase in Short Interest Transocean Ltd. (RIG) Sees Significant Increase in Short Interest
- August 16, 2017

Analysts expect next quarter's EPS to be $-0.17 and the next full year EPS is projected to be $-0.97. RIG has been the subject of several other research reports. The legal version of this story can be viewed at https://www.thestockobserver.com/2017/08/15/transocean-ltd-nyserig-earns-buy-rating-from-credit-suisse-group-updated-updated-updated.html. (more...)
Top US military official arrives in South Korea
- August 16, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump created global shockwaves last week when he said North Korea would face "fire and fury" if it threatened his country - although Pyongyang responded by elaborating on a plan to fire ballistic missiles into waters near U.S. (more...)
Top US military official arrives in South Korea
- August 16, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump created global shockwaves last week when he said North Korea would face "fire and fury" if it threatened his country - although Pyongyang responded by elaborating on a plan to fire ballistic missiles into waters near U.S. (more...)
Profit Charlotte School of Law Will Close Profit Charlotte School of Law Will Close
- August 16, 2017

Charlotte marks the third American Bar Association-accredited law school to close, or announce closure plans, within a year. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is also investigating the school for potential violations of the state's consumer protection laws. (more...)

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