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Former US security officials to oppose Trump's border emergency Former US security officials to oppose Trump's border emergency
- February 26, 2019

The measure is sure to pass, and the GOP-run Senate may adopt it as well, though Trump has already promised a veto. Almost 60 former senior USA national security officials on Monday rejected President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration , saying there was "no factual basis" to circumvent Congress to build his long-promised border wall. (more...)
Saudi princess becomes country's first female ambassador with USA role Saudi princess becomes country's first female ambassador with USA role
- February 26, 2019

Princess Reema will replace Prince Khalid bin Salman, a son of King Salman and a younger brother of the Crown Prince, who took the post in 2017. Princess Reema bint Bandar, ex-chief of Saudi multi-sports federation, is a graduate in museology from a USA university. (more...)
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, Key Figure in Iran Nuclear Deal, Resigns Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, Key Figure in Iran Nuclear Deal, Resigns
- February 26, 2019

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suddenly resigned late Monday night without warning, offering an "apology" to the nation as the nuclear deal he negotiated with world powers stands on the verge of collapse due to the USA withdrawal from the accord. (more...)
What does Labour's Brexit commitment mean? What does Labour's Brexit commitment mean?
- February 26, 2019

The Labour amendment this week would create a "comprehensive customs union" with the EU, maintain a "close alignment" between the United Kingdom and the single European market, and attempt to ensure that Britain doesn't lose access to EU security agencies and other important multinational institutions. (more...)
Iran launches new cruise missile in Strait of Hormuz test Iran launches new cruise missile in Strait of Hormuz test
- February 26, 2019

He also indicated that he supported the Trump administration's reimposition of sanctions on Iran, calling sanctions "effective". Past year retired Marine Gen. "But so far, they have failed. because we anticipated (the sabotage plans) and made reinforcements". He went on to accuse Iran's "enemies" of sabotage without naming any specific country or entity. (more...)
White House denies claim Trump kissed campaign staffer without consent in 2016 White House denies claim Trump kissed campaign staffer without consent in 2016
- February 25, 2019

According to the Post , "Johnson said she turned her head and the unwanted kiss landed on the side of her mouth, which she called "super-creepy and inappropriate". Just kiss. I don't even wait. At the time, Trump said: "Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am". But she told The New Yorker that she believed the issues her lawsuit addressed outweighed the consequences of breaking her contract. (more...)
Democrats may try to subpoena Mueller report if it’s not made public Democrats may try to subpoena Mueller report if it’s not made public
- February 25, 2019

CNN's report included details about lawyers leaving Mueller's team and boxes of documents being removed from his office. Marshall has become one of the most insightful and prolific experts on the Mueller investigation. From a legal standpoint, that may be true. Grassley later walked back those comments, saying they were based on unconfirmed news reports and rumors. (more...)
Police officer, Army jawan killed in Kulgam encounter Police officer, Army jawan killed in Kulgam encounter
- February 25, 2019

During the gunfight, an Indian army Major also sustained a bullet wound in his leg and was hospitalised. "On a specific information that a group of JeM terrorists were hiding in a village in Kulgam, an operation was jointly launched by police, Army and the CRPF on Sunday". (more...)
Prime Minister rules out meaningful vote on Brexit in Commons this week Prime Minister rules out meaningful vote on Brexit in Commons this week
- February 25, 2019

Three senior Cabinet members already had suggested Saturday that they may break ranks with her and back amendments to delay Britain's departure unless a deal is agreed upon by Parliament over the next week. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said that there was a risk food prices would increase after Brexit. Cabinet ministers Amber Rudd, Greg Clark and David Gauke warned the Prime Minister at the weekend that there is a clear majority in Parliament in favour of extending the Article 50 ... (more...)
U.S. pushes NATO allies to join observer force in Syria U.S. pushes NATO allies to join observer force in Syria
- February 25, 2019

Iran is a primary backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who wants to send his military forces, along with Iranian-commanded militias, into the eastern third of Syria now controlled by the USA -led coalition and its Syrian Kurdish allies. (more...)
Bands of heavy snow move into Front Range: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day Bands of heavy snow move into Front Range: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day
- February 24, 2019

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for all virtually all areas in Colorado east of the Continental Divide including the entire Denver metro area. "For the Portland metro area, it looks like there is a chance we could see some snow down to the valley floor", said David Bishop with the National Weather Service's Portland office. (more...)
Theresa May delays meaningful Brexit vote until March 12 Theresa May delays meaningful Brexit vote until March 12
- February 24, 2019

They rejected her painstakingly negotiated agreement by a thumping majority of 230. Ms May is now scrambling to secure changes to the divorce text she struck with the bloc in November, hoping to win the support of MPs who last month rejected the deal by a massive margin. (more...)
Saudi Arabia strikes $10 bln China deal, talks de-radicalisation with Xi Saudi Arabia strikes $10 bln China deal, talks de-radicalisation with Xi
- February 24, 2019

She follows in the footsteps of her father, Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud, who held the U.S. ambassador post from 1983 until 2005. The reshuffle comes as Saudi Arabia seeks to quell an worldwide outcry over Khashoggi's murder last October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which strained relations with its key ally Washington. (more...)
Russian court extends detention of alleged USA spy Russian court extends detention of alleged USA spy
- February 24, 2019

On February 21, a representative of the US Embassy in Russia's consular department visited US citizen Paul Whelan, who is now detained in Moscow on espionage charges, the embassy's Twitter informed on Friday. Whelan holds Canadian, American, British and Irish citizenship. The embassy said it is the first time that the Russian Investigative Committee is not allowing a USA national in a Russian jail to pass on a signed privacy waiver form. (more...)
300 cars gutted in major Bengaluru fire accident 300 cars gutted in major Bengaluru fire accident
- February 24, 2019

The fire brigade and Rapid Action Force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams had doused the blaze in about 40 minutes after it was noticed around noon. Initial media reports said "grass fire" was the reason for the incident , but this angle is now ruled out as the area has been continuously used by vehicles in the last four days, leaving barely any grass for the fire to catch. (more...)
Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Attempted Hijack By Armed Man Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Attempted Hijack By Armed Man
- February 24, 2019

The suspect, identified by the name "Mahadi" and described by officials as a 25-year-old Bangladeshi man, was shot as special forces rushed the aircraft after it landed safely in Chittagong. "When the pilot pursued him, the hijacker said that he wanted to talk to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ". Air Vice Marshal Nayeem Hasan, chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, said the man appeared to have a pistol and had explosives around his body. (more...)
Video Shows Dianne Feinstein Dismissing Kids Asking About Green New Deal Video Shows Dianne Feinstein Dismissing Kids Asking About Green New Deal
- February 24, 2019

It's quite hilarious, though. Sunrise Movement claims to be "an army of young people to stop climate change " while creating millions of jobs during the mission, which coincides with the proposed Green New Deal. Defending her stance, the senator explained that Democrats are a minority in the Senate, suggesting that legislation with more conservative appeal would be more successful. (more...)
Three UK Conservative politicians defect to new independent group Three UK Conservative politicians defect to new independent group
- February 24, 2019

The Tory defectors also complained about the disproportionate power of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, or DUP, which is propping up May's minority government after her disastrous showing in the 2017 snap elections. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell acknowledged "fiercer" action was needed on anti-Semitism, telling the Evening Standard: "I think there's been a lot of listening but not enough action". (more...)
First Pakistani-American to run presidential campaign for Bernie Sanders First Pakistani-American to run presidential campaign for Bernie Sanders
- February 24, 2019

Asked directly by Univsion's Jorge Ramos in an interview Tuesday if he believes Maduro is a dictator and should "go", Sanders glaringly hedged. "Juan Guaido is the recognized leader of Venezuela, and to say "no" is to fly in the face of the people of Venezuela". (more...)
President Sisi inaugurate 1st Arab-European Summit President Sisi inaugurate 1st Arab-European Summit
- February 24, 2019

Sharm el-Sheikh: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt received in his office today His Highness Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs, Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan prior to the first Arab European Summit, which will commence its deliberations in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt later today. (more...)
Ireland publishes no-deal Brexit preparation bill Ireland publishes no-deal Brexit preparation bill
- February 24, 2019

The CBI has warned that this scenario could cost the Northern Ireland economy millions of pounds overnight. "We are doing all we can to avoid a no-deal scenario, but we need to be ready in case it does happen". Earlier this week, Michael Gove - the UK's Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - seemed to confirm that his country would not have a "zero tariff" situation after Brexit - meaning that there would be tariffs of some kind on Irish goods entering the UK. (more...)
Fire kills dozens in centuries-old Bangladesh district Fire kills dozens in centuries-old Bangladesh district
- February 24, 2019

The fire in Dhaka was mostly under control after more than nine hours of frantic efforts by firefighters and authorities called off a rescue operation. Doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital said 10 people are in a critical condition. The fire started at about 10.40pm (1640 GMT) on Wednesday at Chawkbazar in the old Mughal part of the capital. (more...)
European leaders, senior officials arrive Egypt to participate in Arab-European summit European leaders, senior officials arrive Egypt to participate in Arab-European summit
- February 24, 2019

On February 18, Sisi said that "Sharm El-Sheikh conference is a key step towards more cooperation that will be followed by other steps", adding that the instability of some Arab countries led to the illegal migration to Europe. EU-Arab League foreign ministers failed to agree earlier this month on a text after Hungary objected to the section on migration. Former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said Arab nations needed to assert themselves. (more...)
Woman Dead, 29 Sickened After Dining at Michelin-Starred Restaurant in Spain Woman Dead, 29 Sickened After Dining at Michelin-Starred Restaurant in Spain
- February 24, 2019

The entrance of the Riff restaurant is pictured in Valencia on February 22, 2019. Spanish newspaper El Pais reports that Calvo's husband and young son suffered "mild" symptoms as well, though they have since recovered. Chef Bernd Knoller said in a statement he's chose to close the restaurant until the investigation finishes. RiFF closed after the woman's death while Valencia's health department investigated. (more...)
Cargo Jet Flying For Amazon Crashes In Houston Cargo Jet Flying For Amazon Crashes In Houston
- February 24, 2019

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the officials lost radar and radio contact with Atlas Air Flight 3591 about 30 miles (48 kilometers) short of Houston's global airport. The sheriff said recovering pieces of the plane and its black box containing flight data records will be hard in muddy marshland that extends to about 5 feet deep in the area. (more...)
Magnitude 7.5 quake hits Peru-Ecuador border region Magnitude 7.5 quake hits Peru-Ecuador border region
- February 24, 2019

The quake's epicentre was in a sparsely populated area 224km east-southeast of Ambato, Ecuador , at a depth of 132km, the United States Geological Survey said. A massive natural disaster has rocked Ecuador at the border with Peru , reported the BNT. "We still aren't used to these earthquakes ", she said. (more...)
Bomb Attack Kills At Least 10 Oil Workers In Syria Bomb Attack Kills At Least 10 Oil Workers In Syria
- February 24, 2019

In this Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 file photo, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters take a break as the fight against Islamic State militants continues in the village of Baghouz, Syria . It said there were "reports of a deal" but the details were unclear. The SDF has previously estimated several hundred fighters - believed mostly to be foreign jihadists - are still inside. (more...)
US to leave 200 American peacekeepers in Syria after pullout US to leave 200 American peacekeepers in Syria after pullout
- February 24, 2019

The US now has more than 2,000 troops in Syria, where they are primarily helping the Syrian Democratic Forces in their campaign against ISIS. Graham, who had been critical of Trump's December decision to pull all troops, said keeping forces there ensures that the US won't repeat the mistakes it made in Iraq. (more...)
N. Korean leader departs for Hanoi by train N. Korean leader departs for Hanoi by train
- February 24, 2019

Earlier, the Vietnamese foreign ministry tweeted that Kim will make an "official friendly visit" to Vietnam "in the coming days". China has declined to answer questions about Kim's travel plans via the country. His train is expected to stop at the Vietnamese border station of Dong Dang, where he will disembark and drive 170 km (105 miles) to Hanoi by auto, the sources said. (more...)
Atlas Air cargo jet crashes near Baytown, Texas, today Atlas Air cargo jet crashes near Baytown, Texas, today
- February 24, 2019

The aircraft was flying from Miami to Houston . It left Miami this morning bound for Houston . The depth of the water in Trinity Bay, where the plane crashed, is zero to 5 feet. The aircraft took off from Miami International Airport, the FAA said, and crashed into Jack's Pocket, the north end of Trinity Bay. Aerial footage shows emergency personnel walking along a spit of marshland flecked by debris that extends into the water. (more...)

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