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No Talk With President Xi Before Truce Deadline No Talk With President Xi Before Truce Deadline
- February 10, 2019

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Thursday, Trump confirmed that no meetings between him and Xi were planned before the March 1 deadline for a deal. Trump claims that he is in a warm relationship with the Chinese president. The news prompted a selloff in USA stocks overnight, with the S&P 500 Index closing 0.93% in its biggest drop in two weeks. (more...)
PM Modi launches DD Arun Prabha channel in Itanagar today PM Modi launches DD Arun Prabha channel in Itanagar today
- February 10, 2019

Referring to "Modi Go Back" protests, PM thanked his rival parties saying that he will indeed go back to Delhi and sit there as Prime Minister for another term of five years. The two projects the Prime Minister would dedicate to the nation include ONGC's Vasishta Gas Field in the Krishna-Godavari basin, set up at a cost of Rs 5,700 crore, and a storage facility of ISPRL, an undertaking of Petroleum Ministry, built at a cost of Rs 1,125 crore, the MP said. (more...)
Dead in Istanbul Apartment Building Collapse Dead in Istanbul Apartment Building Collapse
- February 10, 2019

The eight-storey building , which is located in the Kartal district on the Asian side of the city , collapsed on Wednesday but the cause is not yet clear. At least three people have been found dead, officials said on Thursday. Can Akin, of the Chamber of Geology Engineers, told The Associated Press that many buildings in Istanbul were built without an adequate investigation of the ground conditions. (more...)
House Democrats divided on strategy to force release of Trump's tax returns House Democrats divided on strategy to force release of Trump's tax returns
- February 10, 2019

A coalition of three liberal groups - Tax March, Indivisible, and Stand Up America - wrote to Ways and Means chairman Richard Neal, Democrat of MA, last month, publicly pushing him to "immediately" obtain Trump's tax returns, according to Roll Call. (more...)
Virginia lieutenant governor denies new sexual assault allegation Virginia lieutenant governor denies new sexual assault allegation
- February 10, 2019

The firm, New Jersey-based Smith Mullin, said Watson was "not seeking any financial damages", and said her attorneys had notified Fairfax through his lawyers "that Ms. In response, Fairfax called for an investigation into what he described as "these unsubstantiated and false allegations". Justin Fairfax is a 39-year-old Democrat who won election in November. (more...)
Norfolk Police pass their Prince Philip files to the Crown Prosecution Service Norfolk Police pass their Prince Philip files to the Crown Prosecution Service
- February 10, 2019

Philip had to be helped out of his overturned vehicle but wasn't injured. The Duke of Edinburgh has voluntarily surrendered his driving licence , Buckingham Palace has announced. Wearing tinted glasses, he was photographed at the wheel of a replacement Land Rover while not wearing a seatbelt in the ensuing days. He blamed the low, bright sun for obscuring his vision, adding he was "very contrite about the consequences". (more...)
3 killed by US-led airstrike in eastern Syria 3 killed by US-led airstrike in eastern Syria
- February 10, 2019

The US military is preparing to withdraw American forces from Syria by the end of April and a significant portion of them will be out by the middle of March, the Wall Street Journal reported , citing current and former US officials. Kurdish authorities say they have in their custody hundreds of foreign male ISIS members. More than 37,000 people, mostly wives and children of militants, have fled IS territory since the SDF intensified its offensive in December, according to the Syrian ... (more...)
Vatican: Nuns Are Being Raped And Made As Sex Slaves By Priests Vatican: Nuns Are Being Raped And Made As Sex Slaves By Priests
- February 10, 2019

Pope Francis' journey of to the United Arab Emirates "has written a new page in the history of dialogue between Christianity and Islam and in the commitment to promote peace in the world on the basis of human fraternity". Francis mentioned the case of one order of nuns in particular, in France, in which his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI , had tried to take action but was thwarted by Vatican insiders. (more...)
Senate panel approves William Barr, Trump’s attorney general nominee Senate panel approves William Barr, Trump’s attorney general nominee
- February 09, 2019

The Washington Post , CNN and NPR have coverage. Patrick Leahy of Vermont called the "extraordinary circumstances" of 2019, as special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained 37 indictments on various charges during his investigation. The Judiciary panel is set to vote on Barr's nomination Tuesday. But Democrats said Thursday that Barr's comments did not go far enough to reassure them. (more...)
Warren Launches 2020 Campaign, Sounds Note of Economic Equality Warren Launches 2020 Campaign, Sounds Note of Economic Equality
- February 09, 2019

Warren's nascent campaign has been plagued with controversy over a DNA test she took in the fall to show that she has some Native American heritage. "I think that's easy to kind of get full of outrage about that, but it doesn't fix anything". "I want to see a revival of civic grace". The campaign launch comes at a challenging moment for Warren. (more...)
First Hindu US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard launches 2020 presidential campaign First Hindu US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard launches 2020 presidential campaign
- February 09, 2019

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has entered the Democratic presidential nomination race, hoping to earn the right to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. "In my past, I said and believed things that were wrong, and worse, hurtful to people in the LGBTQ+ community and their loved ones". U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard kicked off her 2020 Presidential campaign outside the Hilton Hawaiian Village Saturday afternoon. (more...)
School bus driver shot after crash in Minneapolis School bus driver shot after crash in Minneapolis
- February 09, 2019

Officials said the bus driver stayed awake as he was taken to a nearby hospital and is doing OK. On Thursday, prosecutors charged him with attempted murder and assault with a unsafe weapon. Near the split with Interstate 94, Lilly stopped his vehicle in the lane of traffic, got out and walked towards the bus. Police say 911 calls came in about the crash. (more...)
SCOTUS blocks Louisiana abortion law from taking effect SCOTUS blocks Louisiana abortion law from taking effect
- February 09, 2019

It's clear that Brett Kavanaugh does not. First, let's get a few details out of the way. The difference between then and now is that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who cast the decisive fifth vote in the 2016 Texas case, retired last June and has now been replaced by Trump appointee Kavanaugh. (more...)
Volunteers ready US aid set for Venezuela as Maduro digs in Volunteers ready US aid set for Venezuela as Maduro digs in
- February 09, 2019

Venezuelan migrants gathered there to see if they could receive some aid. The pro-Maduro Supreme Court has already barred Guaido from leaving the country and frozen his bank accounts while prosecutors investigate what they call his anti-government activities. (more...)
Key GOP negotiator: Pres. Trump 'very reasonable' on border talks Key GOP negotiator: Pres. Trump 'very reasonable' on border talks
- February 09, 2019

House-Senate bargainers say their talks have become increasingly substantive and some lawmakers - including Pelosi herself - expressed hopes that negotiators might produce an accord as soon as Friday. Shelby, a Republican, would not provide any details on a possible deal but said the situation had improved now that there was a better understanding of what Trump would support. (more...)
Top US envoy returns to South Korea after North Korea visit Top US envoy returns to South Korea after North Korea visit
- February 09, 2019

Following the meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un confirmed his intention to denuclearize, and US President Donald Trump pledged to provide security guarantees to Pyongyang. But on Friday afternoon, an American military aircraft was seen taking off from the U.S. Air Base in Osan, raising speculation that Biegun could depart by Friday. (more...)
Donald Trump's Doctor: President in ‘Very Good Health’ Donald Trump's Doctor: President in ‘Very Good Health’
- February 09, 2019

Conley said that the president was not sedated at any point during the examination. He did not go into detail except to say Trump did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia. Trump has described his chief exercise as walking around the White House compound and standing up at public events. Last year, everything from the president's cholesterol levels (high) to weight (too high at 239 pounds, or 108 kilograms) was released. (more...)
And Then There Were Four: Yet ANOTHER Virginia Official Embroiled in Controversy And Then There Were Four: Yet ANOTHER Virginia Official Embroiled in Controversy
- February 09, 2019

The black lawmakers said the sexual assault allegation against Fairfax must be "thoroughly investigated". Meanwhile, the woman who accused Fairfax , the lieutenant governor, of sexual assault publicly identified herself for the first time on Wednesday and released a statement about the encounter. (more...)
Second Justin Fairfax accuser comes forward, alleges rape Second Justin Fairfax accuser comes forward, alleges rape
- February 09, 2019

Most Virginia Democrats, however, privately want Northam to stay in office until more information comes out about Herring and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax , according to the Washington Post . Apart from Watson's statement, there's additional corroboration, of sorts, of Tyson's assault claim against Fairfax. He insists the encounter with the woman was consensual. (more...)
Copenhagen Expresses Concern Over Danish Jehovah’s Witness Jailed in Russian Federation Copenhagen Expresses Concern Over Danish Jehovah’s Witness Jailed in Russian Federation
- February 08, 2019

The verdict was met with consternation around the world including from the U.S. Embassy, which expressed its concern and urged Russian Federation to respect individual's religious freedom. Christensen's sentencing comes despite an apparent intervention by Russian President Vladimir Putin in December, who called the allegations of extremism " utter nonsense " and promised to look into the prosecution of members. (more...)
DA Quinn to Request Full Prison Term for Michelle Carter DA Quinn to Request Full Prison Term for Michelle Carter
- February 08, 2019

In September 2014, Carter texted a friend, writing, "H$3 is death is my fault like honestly I could have stopped him I was on the phone with him and he got out of the vehicle because it was working and he got scared and I [expletive] told him to get back in". (more...)
6 people arrested in Australia after largest-ever meth seizure in US 6 people arrested in Australia after largest-ever meth seizure in US
- February 08, 2019

Police said the raids stopped more than 17 million potential drug deals. The six people arrested in Australia on Thursday and Friday were tied to a USA based syndicate under investigation over the drugs, police said. "The cartel is among one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world". Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told a news conference in Melbourne that police now believe Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia. (more...)
'Teleprompter Problems?' Trump's Prayer Breakfast Gaffe Claims Faith Community Abolished Civil Rights 'Teleprompter Problems?' Trump's Prayer Breakfast Gaffe Claims Faith Community Abolished Civil Rights
- February 08, 2019

Trump adds that he has directed his administration to fight to protect religious freedom. Donald Trump mistakenly lauds Christians for suppressing civil rights - the opposite of what he was due to say - and his political opponents mock the president, and hint that he was sending a coded message to his base. (more...)
Whitaker: I won't testify unless Dems drop subpoena threat Whitaker: I won't testify unless Dems drop subpoena threat
- February 08, 2019

Adam Schiff's (D-CA) push to have Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testify in front of the committee. The threat of a subpoena now hangs over Friday's hearing with Whitaker , in what is likely to be his only congressional testimony while leading the Justice Department, with William Barr on a path to be confirmed as the permanent attorney general by the Senate next week. (more...)
Storm Erik to hit Limerick as Met Eireann issues nationwide wind warning Storm Erik to hit Limerick as Met Eireann issues nationwide wind warning
- February 08, 2019

The rest of the country will be under a Status Yellow warning from 5am on Friday until 6am on Saturday. A Status Yellow Wind Warning was issued this morning for the whole country. However, some places will have gusts up to 70mph, more particularly around exposed coasts and hills. Flood warnings have also been issued by authorities in Dorset while several flood alerts are in place across the south west and central England. (more...)
Ubolratana 'Deeply Touched,' Pledges to Lead Thais to Prosperity Ubolratana 'Deeply Touched,' Pledges to Lead Thais to Prosperity
- February 08, 2019

It also pits her against the preferred candidate of the military, which is considered one of Thailand's most royalist institutions. Most observers of Thai politics agree that Thaksin aggressively pursued good relations with Ubolratana's brother, current King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and friendship with the princess herself. (more...)
France relationship 'not debatable,' says Italian PM after France recalls ambassador France relationship 'not debatable,' says Italian PM after France recalls ambassador
- February 08, 2019

While it is the first time that France has withdrawn its ambassador to Italy since 1945, it is not unprecedented among European Union members. From his point of view, he said he has every right to begin a conversation with like-minded people: "I claim the right to be able to dialogue with all the European political forces - we want to create a group in Europe which is neither of the right nor of the left". (more...)
Australian U-23 team boycotts Thailand over al-Araibi storm Australian U-23 team boycotts Thailand over al-Araibi storm
- February 08, 2019

After fleeing Bahrain, where he was jailed and allegedly tortured due to those charges, he was granted political asylum in Australia and was a permanent resident awaiting full Australian citizenship. "We believe the Thai government have economic interests in Bahrain and they don't want to lose them", he said. "So between now and then, Hakeem will have to be in custody for at least until August", Trumph Jalichandra told a news conference, adding that he could only be released sooner if ... (more...)
United Nations rapporteur: Khashoggi murder 'perpetrated' by Saudi officials United Nations rapporteur: Khashoggi murder 'perpetrated' by Saudi officials
- February 08, 2019

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide he would use "a bullet" on Jamal Khashoggi one year before the Saudi journalist was killed in October. "Seeing as the Trump administration has no intention of insisting on full accountability for Mr. Khashoggi's murderers, it is time for Congress to step in and impose real consequences to fundamentally re-examine our relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen", said Robert ... (more...)
Cat Found Nearly Frozen Makes 'Amazing' Recovery at Montana Animal Clinic Cat Found Nearly Frozen Makes 'Amazing' Recovery at Montana Animal Clinic
- February 08, 2019

The cat named Fluffy was found almost frozen and unresponsive in the hard ice of a snow bank who temperature in Kalispell , Montana was only 10 degrees last Thursday. "She [was] crouched down looking like she's hunting something or something's in the snow bank", Dr Clark said. The temperature that afternoon in Kalispell was just below freezing . (more...)

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