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Committee recommends that Senate confirm Haspel as Central Intelligence Agency director Committee recommends that Senate confirm Haspel as Central Intelligence Agency director
- May 16, 2018

The committee on Wednesday voted 10 to 5 to recommend Haspel to the full Senate. "While her career has been impressive, Ms. Haspel's role in programs that conducted torture is very troubling; her refusal to acknowledge the immorality of such conduct even today with the benefit of hindsight is even more so and reflects poorly on our nation's reputation as a moral leader in the world". (more...)
Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meeting underway for Ramazan moon-sighting Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meeting underway for Ramazan moon-sighting
- May 16, 2018

Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman will preside over the meeting of the Committee. In Karachi , sunset will occur at 7:10 PM and the moon will be observed till 8:11 PM. Ramadan is the holy month of Islam and Muslims eagerly wait for the Ramadan moon sighting. This year, the holy month has started across Pakistan including Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) along with Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Gulf countries on the same day. (more...)
'With Friends Like That, Who Needs Enemies?' 'With Friends Like That, Who Needs Enemies?'
- May 16, 2018

But frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful to President Trump. Mr Tusk said: "Besides traditional political challenges, such as the rise of China or the aggressive stance of Russian Federation, we are witnessing today a new phenomenon: the capricious assertiveness of the American administration ". (more...)
Senate panel releases details from its Trump Tower meeting probe Senate panel releases details from its Trump Tower meeting probe
- May 16, 2018

In addition, the transcripts reflect an aggressive Russian outreach to Trump both before and after the June 2016 meeting , including an effort to arrange a follow-up get-together that November with members of his transition team. Sergie Magnitsky was a Browder accountant who died in a Russian prison under questionable circumstances. But that last determination - that Russian Federation meant to help Trump - sets up a clash within the GOP over which record of events is most accurate, a ... (more...)
Sherpa sets new record for Mt Everest ascent Sherpa sets new record for Mt Everest ascent
- May 16, 2018

The 48-year-old Sherpa successfully reached the 8,848-metre high peak on Wednesday morning, breaking the previous record of 21 climbs jointly held by fellow Nepalis Appa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa. Before leaving the Everest base camp, Kami had announced that he intends to climb Everest 25 times. In the autumn, he guides clients to smaller peaks in Nepal. (more...)
TV Producer Dies After E-Cigarette Explodes & Burns 80% Of His Body TV Producer Dies After E-Cigarette Explodes & Burns 80% Of His Body
- May 16, 2018

A Florida man was killed by an exploding vape pen , authorities say. His neighbor, Dale Kleine, said she was the one who identified D'Elia's burned body. "While the failure rate of the lithium-ion batteries is very small, the consequences of a failure, as we have seen, can be severe and life-altering for the consumer". (more...)
Former student exchanges gunfire with Dixon High School resource officer, police say Former student exchanges gunfire with Dixon High School resource officer, police say
- May 16, 2018

Detectives are now trying to learn more about the man who opened fire and why he brought a gun to the school. Neither the suspect's name nor the name of the officer who shot the suspect was released. Howell says the officer is being placed on paid administrative leave at this time. No students or staff were injured in the incident. All Dixon Public Schools were initially placed on lockdown, but only the high school remained locked down late Wednesday morning. (more...)
France's Total says to ditch Iran gas project if no sanctions waiver France's Total says to ditch Iran gas project if no sanctions waiver
- May 16, 2018

Total was the furthest advanced of its European oil major peers in a cautious feeling out of upstream opportunities in Iran since the easing of global sanctions at the start of 2016. Total said it could not afford to breach the looming United States sanctions against Iran due to its reliance on American banks and shareholders. On 4 July 2017, Total, together with the other partner Petrochina, executed the contract related to the South Pars 11 (SP11) project, in full compliance with United ... (more...)
Punjab, KPK and Islamabad witness power breakdown Punjab, KPK and Islamabad witness power breakdown
- May 16, 2018

A spokesperson of the Atomic Energy Commission said the tripping of lines from the Tarbela plant caused all four Chashma Nuclear Power Plants to trip as well. Sources said the offices of airlines, baggage handling and the Airport Security Force base camp, among other areas, were devoid of power. In Lahore , the Punjab Assembly proceedings were also suspended due to the technical fault at Tarbela, with opposition members chanting slogans against the government for its inability to fix the ... (more...)
Ag teacher allegedly drowns raccoons in front of students Ag teacher allegedly drowns raccoons in front of students
- May 16, 2018

Pictures and video taken by the student show a raccoon in a metal trap, which the teacher and students lifted into a garbage bin while it filled up with hose water, WKMG reported. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the way the raccoons were killed. The Commission's findings will be sent to the prosecutors, who will determine if the teacher will face charges. (more...)
Police Officer Shoots Suspect Who Opened Fire At Dixon High School Police Officer Shoots Suspect Who Opened Fire At Dixon High School
- May 16, 2018

The Dixon school district has instructed parents to pick up their students at the Al Morrison Baseball field. The incident happened about 8 a.m. Wednesday inside the school at 300 Lincoln Statue Drive, according to Danny Langloss, the Dixon city manager. (more...)
Northern Ireland Unemployment Rate Falls To Lowest Ever Level Northern Ireland Unemployment Rate Falls To Lowest Ever Level
- May 16, 2018

The unemployment rate in Northern Ireland has fallen to its lowest ever level, according to a recent Labour Force Survey . The figure is also below the European Union (7.1%) and the Republic of Ireland (6.1%) rates. Ulster Bank chief economist, Richard Ramsey said the positive headlines present a "superficially positive " picture of the labour market and concealed key weaknesses. (more...)
Libya Repatriates to Egypt Bodies of 20 Christians Beheaded by ISIS Libya Repatriates to Egypt Bodies of 20 Christians Beheaded by ISIS
- May 16, 2018

The remains of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians executed by the Islamic State group in 2015 near the Libyan city of Sirte, the jihadists' former bastion in the country, arrived home on Monday, an official at Cairo airport said. A total of 21 people were beheaded in the incident, including a Ghanaian whose body was not brought to Egypt along with the others. They say on Monday that the bodies have been flown to Egypt from Misrata, Libya's third largest city. (more...)
MPs savage rotten state of Carillion MPs savage rotten state of Carillion
- May 16, 2018

Two parliamentary select committees published a double-barreled blast at a "rotten corporate culture" that included the board members, the government, accountants and regulators. 'I have objected to the committees about quotes that they have misattributed to me. 'By the end, a whole suite of advisers, including an array of law firms, were squeezing fee income out of what remained of the company. (more...)
Syria: Chemical weapons watchdog confirms chlorine gas attack in Saraqeb Syria: Chemical weapons watchdog confirms chlorine gas attack in Saraqeb
- May 16, 2018

An investigation by the chemical weapons watchdog has found that chlorine is likely to have been used in an attack on a Syrian town in February. The West blames for the chemical attack in Idlib on the Syrian troops. The attack left 11 people in need of emergency treatment , Amnesty International said at the time. The province is also home to al-Qaida-linked militants. (more...)
Gina Haspel: CIA Should Not Have Carried Out 'Enhanced Interrogation' Gina Haspel: CIA Should Not Have Carried Out 'Enhanced Interrogation'
- May 16, 2018

Mark Warner of Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. The New York Times reports that Senate President Mitch McConnell of Kentucky now expects to call for a confirmation vote by the end of this week and Haspel now is expected to be confirmed. (more...)
Italy debt cancellation not in government programme - League economy spokesman Italy debt cancellation not in government programme - League economy spokesman
- May 16, 2018

The 39-page document, obtained by Huffington Post Italia, also calls for a renegotiation of Italy's European Union budget contributions, an end to sanctions against Russian Federation and plans to dismantle a 2011 pension reform that raised the retirement age. (more...)
California's Right-to-Die Law Struck Down in State Court California's Right-to-Die Law Struck Down in State Court
- May 16, 2018

In 2015, California became the fifth state to create a policy meant to give terminally ill adults more control over the end of their lives. On Tuesday, Ottolia agreed the law did not fall within the scope of access to health care services, and ruled suicide should not be considered a medical service. (more...)
PM Abbasi accepts Turkish PM's invitation to participate in OIC Summit PM Abbasi accepts Turkish PM's invitation to participate in OIC Summit
- May 16, 2018

The US administration "unlawfully" opened its embassy in Jerusalem, said the OIC on Monday terming it a "clear violation" of global law and legitimacy and in clear contempt of worldwide community's position regarding Jerusalem. Erdogan's call came against a backdrop of increasing instability on the Israel-Gaza border, as a result of raw violence from the Israeli side against Palestinian protesters; victims of Israeli gunfire are over 60 in the past 2 days. (more...)
Venezuela to give local Kellogg unit to workers after company halts operations Venezuela to give local Kellogg unit to workers after company halts operations
- May 16, 2018

Kellogg cited strict currency controls amid a plunge in the bolivar, a lack of raw materials and soaring inflation for its decision to exit the country, the BBC reported. and Minneapolis-based General Mills Inc. that have closed or reduced operations in Venezuela amid hyperinflation, shortages and a recession deeper than the Great Depression of the 1930s. (more...)
Messi and FC Barcelona heavy-weights in SA Messi and FC Barcelona heavy-weights in SA
- May 16, 2018

Mandela represented the struggle for freedom and equality in the country, and played a huge role in unifying the racially divided society. Barca's stay on the continent will only be a brief one, though, with one last league game calling them against Real Sociedad as they look to close out their season in style at the Nou Camp four days after the Mandela Cup. (more...)
Al Ahly coach resigns after defeat to Uganda's KCCA FC Al Ahly coach resigns after defeat to Uganda's KCCA FC
- May 16, 2018

He did not give reasons as to why he resigned, noting that the management of the club will issue a statement. "The club will hold a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss the team's future plans". Tuesday's loss to KCCA means the eight-time African champions are bottom of their group with just a point from two matches so far, having drawn with Tunisia's Esperance in their opening encounter. (more...)
Star Bulk Carriers (NASDAQ:SBLK) Boosted at Stifel Nicolaus Star Bulk Carriers (NASDAQ:SBLK) Boosted at Stifel Nicolaus
- May 16, 2018

About 855,403 shares traded or 170.76% up from the average. On Wednesday, February 28 the stock has "Buy" rating by Seaport Global. (NASDAQ:SBLK) earned "Buy" rating by Drewry Financial. The stock presently has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus target price of $14.92. 3/23/2018 - Star Bulk Carriers had its price target raised by analysts at JPMorgan Chase from $17.00 to $17.50. (more...)
Statoil to become Equinor from May 16 Statoil to become Equinor from May 16
- May 16, 2018

Statoil shares are trading higher Tuesday as the Norwegian energy company prepares to change its 50-year old name. The proposal has already garnered support from all five unions representing Statoil employees, comprising Industri Energi, SAFE, NITO, Tekna and Lederne, as well as the Norwegian government, which is a majority shareholder in the company. (more...)
Pope calls for end to Holy Land violence (3) Pope calls for end to Holy Land violence (3)
- May 16, 2018

Deadly protests along the Israel and Gaza border over the last seven weeks escalated Monday after Israeli troops opened fire on protesting Palestinians, resulting in 58 dead and another 2,700 injured, most from sniper-fire, according to the ministry of health. (more...)
Ronda Rousey Says She Will Be Pregnant 'Someday Soon' Ronda Rousey Says She Will Be Pregnant 'Someday Soon'
- May 16, 2018

The two wrestlers will be facing each other in a singles match for the Raw's Women's Championship on June 17 Rosemont, Illinois. However, only at Charlotte Flair's insistence Rousey accepted the big match. The match will be only Rousey's second for the company, following her debut appearance at WrestleMania, where she teamed with Kurt Angle to beat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. (more...)
Will Barclay appointed to panel selecting NY attorney general; interviews start today Will Barclay appointed to panel selecting NY attorney general; interviews start today
- May 16, 2018

An Acting Attorney General not appointed by the legislature has no authority to take an official action such as seeking an indictment from a grand jury". Another applicant, Elizabeth Holtzman, is a former congresswoman who served on the House Judiciary Committee that oversaw the impeachment of President Richard Nixon and co-founded the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues in 1977. (more...)
Massive dust storm hits Delhi-NCR on Wednesday morning Massive dust storm hits Delhi-NCR on Wednesday morning
- May 16, 2018

Wednesday's storm was the second of its kind to hit the national capital in the past four days. A massive storm accompanied by heavy to moderate rains hit Delhi-NCR in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The dust storms and thunderstorms caused destruction in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and New Delhi , that saw 40 people killed, leaving over a trail of destruction. (more...)
"Jai Hind" replaces "Yes, ma'am" or "Yes, Sir" in MP
- May 16, 2018

The school education department in MP has already made hoisting of national tricolour and singing of national anthem compulsory in all schools on a daily basis. He had said that the step would be enforced in all 1.22 lakh government schools, and an advisory in this regard would also be issued to all private schools. (more...)
White House Blames Deadly Gaza Violence On Hamas 'Propaganda' White House Blames Deadly Gaza Violence On Hamas 'Propaganda'
- May 16, 2018

White House officials, however, seem angered that the massacre has taken attention away from their new Jerusalem embassy, and seem determined to be entirely okay with whatever Israel does in response to the dissent. "The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas", Shah said, noting that the administration was aware of the " reports of continued violence in Gaza". (more...)

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