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Saudi Interior Ministry Defends 'Absher' Service Saudi Interior Ministry Defends 'Absher' Service
- February 20, 2019

Saudi Arabia has always been criticized by human rights advocates over its guardianship system. Specifically, male users can register women's names and passport numbers, select how many journeys she can take and how long she can travel for, according to screenshots of the web version of the app published by Insider. (more...)
Covington High student's legal team sues Washington Post Covington High student's legal team sues Washington Post
- February 20, 2019

The altercation between Phillips and the Covington teens went mega-viral after many in the media assumed that the Trump supporters had accosted the Native American activist - later videos surfaced showing that they had been the victims of racial taunting. (more...)
France snubs Trump's appeal to repatriate IS fighters en masse, for now France snubs Trump's appeal to repatriate IS fighters en masse, for now
- February 20, 2019

Mr Trump shocked allies last December by declaring the pullout of roughly 2,000 United States troops who had been assisting local forces in Syria against ISIS, whose sole remaining territory is half a sq km in eastern Syria. "They've got a lot of civilians in there, they hold some Syrian Democratic Force prisoners and they are using them as human shields", Votel said of Islamic State. (more...)
Trump moving closer to goal of creating a Space Force Trump moving closer to goal of creating a Space Force
- February 20, 2019

Estimates are expected to be included in the 2020 budget proposal that Trump is set to deliver to Congress next month, however. Space Policy Directive 4 sets the foundation for a legislative initiative to establish a new force under the aegis of the Air Force, the branch now responsible for space, comparable to the Marines under the U.S. (more...)
Donald Trump sought ally to lead Cohen investigation Donald Trump sought ally to lead Cohen investigation
- February 20, 2019

As federal prosecutors in Manhattan gathered evidence late previous year about President Trump's role in silencing women with hush payments during the 2016 campaign, Mr. The probe focused on hush money Cohen paid out to women during the election campaign who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. Whitaker remains at the Justice Department for now, serving as an adviser to the Associate Attorney General, the Justice Department's No. (more...)
Vladimir Putin focuses on social issues in state-of-the-nation speech Vladimir Putin focuses on social issues in state-of-the-nation speech
- February 20, 2019

According to Russian media outlet Sputnik , Putin said that if Washington deploys medium- or short-range missiles in Europe , it will "dramatically exacerbate [an] worldwide security situation". Putin urged US officials to take into account the "range and speed of our prospective weapons" before making decisions that will threaten Russian Federation. (more...)
Federal Bureau of Investigation had backup plan to save Russian Federation probe evidence Federal Bureau of Investigation had backup plan to save Russian Federation probe evidence
- February 20, 2019

In a statement Thursday, the Justice Department disputed McCabe's assertions in the interview , calling his recollections "inaccurate and factually incorrect". If you talked to Donald Trump during that time, he would tell you that letter actually gave him a chance to win the presidency. Asked if Mr Rosenstein wanted to "get rid of" the the President "one way or another", Mr McCabe said: "I can't confirm that, but what I can say is the Deputy Attorney-General was definitely very concerned, ... (more...)
Tories join breakaway Independent Group in blow to Theresa May Tories join breakaway Independent Group in blow to Theresa May
- February 20, 2019

However, the defections of Conservative MPs will bolster the Group's claim they are breaking the mould of British politics. The former Tory chancellor Ken Clarke said on Wednesday he believed some Tory MPs were considering joining the new Independent Group, which is expected to be a precursor to a new political party. (more...)
Trump administration to cancel $929 million in California high-speed rail funding Trump administration to cancel $929 million in California high-speed rail funding
- February 20, 2019

California and 15 other states are parties to the lawsuit filed Monday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that alleges Trump's declaration is unconstitutional. "But let's be real", Newsom said in the speech to lawmakers. The Transportation Department also said it was "actively exploring every legal option" to get back an additional $2.5 billion grant that is being used to finance the construction of 119 miles of rail line in the Central Valley. (more...)
Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis
- February 20, 2019

After Flynn resigned, NSC Middle East director Derek Harvey aggressively pushed forward with the plan (Harvey now works for Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee). Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman , for his part, has said that Riyadh would also pursue a nuclear weapon if Iran does. The United States can not legally transfer nuclear technology to countries without reaching so-called Section 123 agreements, which provide assurances of ... (more...)
After a week away, SNC-Lavalin questions await MPs returning to Parliament After a week away, SNC-Lavalin questions await MPs returning to Parliament
- February 20, 2019

Her resignation came several days after anonymous allegations were made to the Globe and Mail newspaper that the Prime Minister's Office had tried to convince her to allow SNC-Lavalin to negotiate a remediation agreement as a way to avoid the company's criminal prosecution. (more...)
Aides caution Trump as he looks to Kim summit for boost Aides caution Trump as he looks to Kim summit for boost
- February 20, 2019

Some critics contend that the initial encounter resulted in nothing binding beyond a historical handshake, and Pyongyang has taken no steps to rid itself of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile arsenal. "I really believe that North Korea can be a tremendous economic power when this is solved", he said, referring to Kim's pledge of denuclearization. (more...)
Indian diplomats ignore handshake by Pakistan officials at ICJ Indian diplomats ignore handshake by Pakistan officials at ICJ
- February 20, 2019

The refusal to shake hands by the senior Indian government officials is being interpreted as a sign of diplomatic snub to Pakistan following the 14 February Pulwama terror attack in which a terrorist from the Pak-sponsored Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) attacked a CRPF convoy killing 44 troopers. (more...)
Third freezing rain event in as many weeks Third freezing rain event in as many weeks
- February 20, 2019

A bit of a break is likely Saturday night, then there will be the potential for heavy snow on Sunday . Snow will be the primary precipitation type at the onset of the system on Wednesday morning and through the afternoon. "Snow accumulation will range from 0" to 1"; closer to 1" for areas to the north and west, closer to 0" for areas to the south and east. A winter storm watch will be in effect for Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs and the Lehigh Valley from Wednesday morning ... (more...)
Anthony Weiner released from prison to federal re-entry program Anthony Weiner released from prison to federal re-entry program
- February 20, 2019

His sentence was reduced by three months for good behavior, CNN reported . Anthony Weiner , the disgraced former congressman who helped play a role in Hillary Clinton's defeat in the 2016 USA presidential election, has been released from federal prison after serving about 14 months for exchanging sexually explicit texts with a 15-year-old girl. (more...)
Illinois man known for white crosses makes 5 for hometown of Aurora Illinois man known for white crosses makes 5 for hometown of Aurora
- February 20, 2019

She texted and FaceTimed him - and got no response. Eventually, she managed to get through to a member of staff at the plant, who explained that she was barricaded in a room and that heavily armed police were swarming the area. The horrific workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois left five people dead and five more injured. "We are saddened by his actions and we are shocked", she said. (more...)
Injured pulled from Swiss avalanche, rescue work continues Injured pulled from Swiss avalanche, rescue work continues
- February 19, 2019

The canton Valais police said in a Tweet that an avalanche had occurred at 2.15pm on Tuesday in the Plaine-Morte area, one of the highest ski areas in the resort. Search dogs and at least two rescue helicopters are reportedly at the site. The Crans-Montana resort has not confirmed any reports about the number of people affected or their conditions. (more...)
Manchester bombing was retaliation to attacks on Syria, says jihadi bride Manchester bombing was retaliation to attacks on Syria, says jihadi bride
- February 19, 2019

The 19-year-old said: "I actually do support some British values and I am willing to go back to the United Kingdom and settle back again and rehabilitate and that stuff". Now, as their heartbroken families continue to survive each day knowing they will never see their loved ones again, teenager Shamima Begum - who left London to join the Islamic State in Syria and is now begging to come back to the United Kingdom to live - has described the Manchester bomb attack as being akin to the "women ... (more...)
Sen. Bernie Sanders Confirms 2020 Presidential Run Sen. Bernie Sanders Confirms 2020 Presidential Run
- February 19, 2019

Donald Trump won the election and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a young congresswoman from NY, is a rising Democratic star, embracing numerous positions held by Mr Sanders. Sanders ran for the Democratic nomination in 2016, but ultimately lost to Hillary Clinton. "I am running for president because now more than ever we need leadership that brings us together, not divides us up", Sanders asserts. (more...)
Auto industry lines up against possible US tariffs Auto industry lines up against possible US tariffs
- February 19, 2019

Administration officials have said tariff threats on autos are a way to win concessions from Japan and the EU. Juncker added that if tariffs on European cars were raised, the EU would not be compelled to buy more soybeans or gas from the U.S.as previously promised. (more...)
Winter Storm Expected To Hit Region Wednesday Winter Storm Expected To Hit Region Wednesday
- February 19, 2019

The toughest commute this week is shaping up to be Wednesday morning. Temperatures should rise throughout the morning to above freezing in time for the morning commute, for anyone who is working Presidents Day, he said. Some saw snow while others saw rain. A potent winter storm that brought snow to the Four Corners and northern mountains Monday will hit Albuquerque and Santa Fe this morning and throughout the day, creating hard driving conditions for much of northern and central New ... (more...)
Rod Rosenstein to step down Rod Rosenstein to step down
- February 19, 2019

AG Bill Barr's reported pick is Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Rosen . This story is breaking and will be updated . An official announcement of who has been selected to replace Rosenstein could come as early as this week. (more...)
Former Trump adviser Stone apologizes to judge after photo post Former Trump adviser Stone apologizes to judge after photo post
- February 19, 2019

The photo has since been taken down from his Instagram account, but Mediaite posted a screenshot of it. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson's face is in the photo. "They use the logo in many photos", he added. Mueller's team has investigated whether Stone had any contact with WikiLeaks or Russian operatives involved in stealing Democrats' emails during the 2016 campaign. (more...)
Legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dead aged 85 - French reports Legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dead aged 85 - French reports
- February 19, 2019

A statement read out before the show on January 22 said: "Mr Lagerfeld, artistic director of Chanel, who was feeling exhausted, asked Virginie Viard , director of the creative studio of the house, to represent him". He was also creative director for Italian fashion house Fendi, as well as Karl Lagerfeld glasses and sunglasses. He missed two of Chanel's haute couture shows in Paris on January 22, but the fashion company only said at the time he was feeling exhausted. (more...)
Three children and woman killed in MI shooting Three children and woman killed in MI shooting
- February 19, 2019

Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young revealed in a news conference that the victims include an adult woman and three young children. LaJoye-Young said the three children were elementary school-aged and younger but declined to provide further information about the victims' relationships to one another. (more...)
U.S. sailor in iconic VJ Day kiss photo dead at 95 U.S. sailor in iconic VJ Day kiss photo dead at 95
- February 19, 2019

Mendonsa passed away early Sunday morning at an assisted living facility in MIddletown, Rhode Island after falling and suffering a seizure. Although it was widely lauded as an expression of the joy felt across the U.S. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt via Getty Images. When he was honoured at the Rhode Island State House in 2015, he spoke about the kiss . Although Eisenstaedt never got the names of the man and woman at the center of his photo, Mr. (more...)
Indian Soldiers, 2 Terrorists Killed in Counter-Terror Operation in Kashmir Indian Soldiers, 2 Terrorists Killed in Counter-Terror Operation in Kashmir
- February 19, 2019

Two terrorists have been cornered by the security forces. A joint team of Indian Army's 55 Rashtriya Rifles , CRPF and Special Operation Group launched a cordon in the wee hours. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday rejected the possibility of talks with Pakistan following the deadly bombing. "The militants are believed to be linked to the February 14 vehicle bombing", a defence spokesperson reportedly said. (more...)
Inmates Help Break Into Parents' Locked Car To Rescue Trapped Toddler Inmates Help Break Into Parents' Locked Car To Rescue Trapped Toddler
- February 19, 2019

A small crowd had gathered around the dark blue SUV after noticing the Lantrys' predicament, drawing the attention of deputies supervising the inmates as they repaired medians outside the West Pasco Judicial Center. He closed the door before realising that the entire vehicle was locked. Lantry said in her video, "Thank God for the criminals in the world". Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco understood how a situation like this just doesn't happen every day. (more...)
Britain does not support total Huawei network ban Britain does not support total Huawei network ban
- February 19, 2019

Wark pointed to Huawei's history of fostering technological innovation in Canada and supplying quality gear to major telecommunications providers as reasons to assess the security risks on rational, technical grounds. That has prompted some industry analysts to suggest Washington is trying to use security concerns to handicap Chinese competitors. According to the Financial Times , the National Cyber Security Centre's (NCSC) believes it can deal with any risks, going against the USA, ... (more...)
United Kingdom says Brexit defeat in parliament ‘a hiccup’ United Kingdom says Brexit defeat in parliament ‘a hiccup’
- February 19, 2019

Unless May can get a Brexit deal approved by the British parliament, she will have to decide whether to delay Brexit or thrust the world's fifth-largest economy into chaos by leaving without a deal at the end of March. On Tuesday, Cox is due to set out what changes would be required to eliminate that risk. The Prime Minister will return to Brussels for more talks and speak to the leaders of every European Union member state in turn, as she hopes to solve the issue of the Northern Ireland ... (more...)

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