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ISIS surrounded in Iraqi town near Mosul, coalition says ISIS surrounded in Iraqi town near Mosul, coalition says
- August 27, 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, in a statement released through his office, urged France to invest in Iraq "at the economic, commercial, and investment levels". Armoured personnel carriers full of soldiers and fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary coalition moved into Al-Nur district early in the morning as warplanes flew overhead, said an AFP photographer on the ground. (more...)
Cordell Brown states he was arrested for arson Cordell Brown states he was arrested for arson
- August 27, 2017

A neighbor told CTV Edmonton that police appeared to handcuff Brown before taking him away in an ambulance around 7 p.m. on Friday. He said he was given no explanation for the decision. "Yeah sometimes I have anxiety". "You can't murder a baby, start a fire and not at least tell one person". "I said, 'Oh my God, when you heard the alarms, when you heard me screaming, why didn't you leave the house?' " he said. (more...)
Syrian state news reporter killed covering battle with IS
- August 27, 2017

Syrian government forces and their allies have captured a wide area from the Islamic State extremist group in the country's center, two days after besieging it, an opposition monitoring group and a Syrian military arm said Saturday. The Syrian army is advancing along the south and west bank of the Euphrates toward where the city of Deir ez-Zor is located, while the SDF is mostly on the north and east bank, where Raqqa is located. (more...)
Trump desires to work with Pakistan Trump desires to work with Pakistan
- August 27, 2017

The military option not only doesn't work, but exacerbates the problem. And it is a real sad reflection that after 16 years of U.S. engagement in Afghanistan, and its presence, and spending trillions of dollars, the USA war machine still finds itself in a tight corner. (more...)
Abilene disaster relief crews on standby for Hurricane Harvey Abilene disaster relief crews on standby for Hurricane Harvey
- August 27, 2017

The local branch hasn't been deployed yet. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas and along the Gulf Coast is prepared to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers. "It's fantastic how exhausted people can become and they may not take care of themselves in disasters because the need is so great and the desperation so big that they don't stop", Davis said. (more...)
Pakistan has a clear stance on fight against terrorism: Foreign office Pakistan has a clear stance on fight against terrorism: Foreign office
- August 27, 2017

Talking to APP, the minister said the world should recognize the scarifies of Pakistan to wipe out terrorism. The administration official said the new Afghanistan strategy was a departure from how the USA previously dealt with Pakistan. "Pakistani officials have cited Indian influence as a primary cause of instability and insecurity in Afghanistan". Pakistan's political and military leaders have rejected President Donald Trump's allegation that Islamabad is harboring militants who battle ... (more...)
Mostly Clear Tonight, Pleasant Sunday Mostly Clear Tonight, Pleasant Sunday
- August 27, 2017

We could see the wet weather linger into Wednesday , with drier and warmer conditions to end the work week. Please check back for updates. A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10 . Winds: NE 10-15 miles per hour. Tuesday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 84. Wind: NE 10-20 miles per hour. (more...)
Dhinakaran sacks Palaniswami, DMK seeks governer's intervention for floor test Dhinakaran sacks Palaniswami, DMK seeks governer's intervention for floor test
- August 27, 2017

Prior to that Palaniswami and members of his faction had announced that appointment of Dinakaran as Deputy General Secretary was not valid. That resolution literally sealed the OPS-EPS merger pact while blistering the divide with the Sasikala TTV camp, which promptly stepped up the revolt. (more...)
Gen Bajwa calls terrorists common enemies of Pakistan, Afghanistan Gen Bajwa calls terrorists common enemies of Pakistan, Afghanistan
- August 27, 2017

The Trump administration will not shy away from taking tougher steps if required to convince Pakistani leaders that it is in their interest to crackdown on terrorist groups, a senior United States official said. This was aimed to discuss the new United States policy and formulate the response. In case the United States lacks trust in Islamabad, it should arrange repatriation of millions of Afghan refugees, who have been living in Pakistan for decades, first fleeing over the border after the ... (more...)
Sen. Jeff Flake insists he wants to 'work with' Trump Sen. Jeff Flake insists he wants to 'work with' Trump
- August 27, 2017

Among other criticisms, the ad singles out public hearings Ward held as a state senator in 2014 addressing the proliferation of contrails - called "chemtrails" by conspiracy theorists -in Mohave County. It's unclear how Trump's rally will go over in Arizona. Trump shouted he'd "openly called for healing unity and love" in the immediate aftermath of Charlottesville and had simply been misrepresented in news coverage. (more...)
Wenger talks up professional Sanchez Wenger talks up professional Sanchez
- August 27, 2017

Having taken the time and effort this summer to switch the u23s into the same formation, it is unlikely that Wenger will give up on it so quickly this season. But he's been quiet since then, and Wenger has had to answer questions about Sanchez's future at every news conference since. But, after losing 1-0 against the latter last weekend, the Arsenal boss is keen to reintroduce his compatriot for Sunday's trip to Liverpool . (more...)
Senator Flake fires back at President Trump's rally comments Senator Flake fires back at President Trump's rally comments
- August 27, 2017

In a tweet last week, he called Flake a "flake" on Twitter (perhaps he was exhausted when he came up with that one?), and came close to endorsing Ward in her primary challenge. While many political operatives question whether Ward is a strong enough candidate to win a general election, she is strongly supportive of the president and is an immigration hard-liner. (more...)
Teen (16) accused of killing mother by pushing her out mansion window Teen (16) accused of killing mother by pushing her out mansion window
- August 27, 2017

Pictured, Farmington Hills , Michigan mother, Nada Huranieh . The caller told first responders that the woman was the victim of an accident, according to the press release. While I didn't know her very long, she made a lasting impression on me, ' wrote Sara Spigler Pomish on her Facebook profile. At the time of Hurranieh's death, Huranieh was in the midst of a divorce from Dr. (more...)
Indonesian football fan alleges attack after SEA Games semi-final match Indonesian football fan alleges attack after SEA Games semi-final match
- August 27, 2017

Thailand, however, were in an uncompromising mood against Malaysia as they went on a rampage from the start and took a 6-0 lead into the break. For safety reasons, we will station uniformed and plainclothes policemen in and outside the ( Shah Alam ) stadium including fan seating areas, beginning late this afternoon until the end of the match. (more...)
North Korea reportedly launches another missile, raising tensions
- August 27, 2017

Thousands of USA and South Korean troops are now taking part in joint military drills, which are mainly largely computer-simulated exercises. It was not immediately clear if the objects fired were missiles. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said North Korea's latest missile launch did not pose direct threat to the national security of the nation. But earlier this week the rhetoric appeared to be cooling - at least on the American side - as Trump expressed optimism about North Korea on ... (more...)
Keir Starmer makes Labour 'soft Brexit' party
- August 27, 2017

His comments confirmed reports in The Guardian which quoted shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer , who backed "continued membership of the European Union single market beyond March 2019". "That is why a transitional period under Labour will be as short as possible, but as long as necessary", he added. It also holds out the possibility of staying in a form of customs union as a possible end destination. (more...)
India raises 'serious concern' over violence in Myanmar India raises 'serious concern' over violence in Myanmar
- August 27, 2017

Around 2,000 people have been able to cross into Bangladesh since Friday, according to estimates by Rohingya refugees living in the makeshift camps in Bangladesh. Dhaka: Bangladesh said on Saturday it will not allow any more Rohingyas to enter the country which is already hosting about 400,000 Myanmar nationals who have caused "massive" social, economic and environmental problems. (more...)
North Korean missile didn't fail after all North Korean missile didn't fail after all
- August 27, 2017

In the latest launch, the U.S. Pacific Command says two of the North's missiles failed in flight after an unspecified distance, and another appeared to have blown up immediately. The new measures took effect immediately. Trump had said on Wednesday that Kim Jong-un was "starting to respect" the United States, hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said talks with the nuclear-armed North over its banned weapons programmes might be possible "in the near future". (more...)
Top US official to visit Pakistan tomorrow following Trump's allegations
- August 27, 2017

A diplomatic source said the U.S. official, in her maiden trip to Dhaka on August 29-30, is likely to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's advisors on energy, defence and global affairs. She also visited New Delhi during that trip, although she is skipping India this time. "'On September 1, she will speak at the Indian Ocean Conference in Colombo, which will bring together high-level officials from around the world to discuss peace, progress and prosperity in the Indian Ocean region", it said. (more...)
Sharad Yadav Receives Threat Letter For 'Siding With Anti-National Forces' Sharad Yadav Receives Threat Letter For 'Siding With Anti-National Forces'
- August 27, 2017

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has, however, refused to be part of the rally while Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is overseas. JD (U) leader K C Tyagi, in a letter to Yadav, had asked him to skip the rally and if he attends it would mean that he has quit the party voluntarily. (more...)
Recalling my book on Triple Talaq Recalling my book on Triple Talaq
- August 27, 2017

In one of its most keenly awaited judgments in recent history, the apex court quashed the contentious practice of instant triple talaq which allows Muslim men to divorce their spouses by simply uttering the word " talaq " (divorce) thrice in succession. (more...)
Venezuela, Cuba slam 'worst aggression in 200 yrs' USA sanctions on Caracas Venezuela, Cuba slam 'worst aggression in 200 yrs' USA sanctions on Caracas
- August 27, 2017

Trump warned earlier this month that the United States was mulling a range of options against Venezuela, "including a possible military option if necessary". Maduro is under worldwide pressure over his handling of an economic and political crisis . "Economic war, pressures and blackmail are illegal". She said they aimed to discourage "any disloyalty in the ranks of the FANB, which is a worry for the intelligence services", and "to reinforce the anti-imperialist line". (more...)
Russia Warns Against New Sanctions On North Korea
- August 27, 2017

This week, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on 16 mainly Chinese and Russian companies and people for assisting North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and helping Pyongyang make money to support those programs. Pyongyang has recently faced a wave of worldwide sanctions over its test-firing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) last month that apparently brought most of the United States into range for the first time. (more...)
A Government Shutdown Is A Stupid Strategy For Political Gain A Government Shutdown Is A Stupid Strategy For Political Gain
- August 27, 2017

Trump also warned this week that he would " close down" the federal government if Congress fails to pass a spending bill to pay for the U.S. -Mexico border wall . Two weeks ago, Trump rummaged deeper into the toolbox when it came to North Korea. Those loyal supporters haven't shown signs of wavering amid the political backlash over Trump's remarks on the violence in Virginia, but they need to see results on his promise of change if they are to stick with him, according to ... (more...)
Trump taunts Hill Republicans, claims handful of Dems 'control the Senate'
- August 27, 2017

Eleven minutes after predicting legislative gridlock, Trump reversed course, tweeting messages celebrating his administration's successes and the performance of recently appointed Chief of Staff Gen. Trump told a campaign rally crowd in Phoenix, Arizona , that he has a message for " obstructionist " Democrats. Congressional leaders say Trump is sparking an unnecessary and probably unwinnable battle with the Senate, where Democrats have vowed to block money for what their leaders ... (more...)
U.S. debt, spending put Trump, Congress under the gun U.S. debt, spending put Trump, Congress under the gun
- August 27, 2017

If Flake and Heller lose, it is not outside the realm of possibility that Democrats could win back control of the Senate, making the Trump agenda dead on arrival in the chamber. According to the Times, Trump "berated " McConnell during an August 9 phone call "that quickly devolved into a profane shouting match". Trump tweeted Friday morning. (more...)
30 found near hidden tunnel along border 30 found near hidden tunnel along border
- August 27, 2017

Some people in the group ran back into what the agents discovered to be an entrance to a hidden cross-border tunnel near Drucker Lane and Siempre Viva Road. According to investigators, the tunnel began in a building on Calle Mar Barmejo in the Garita de Otay area in Tijuana, approximately 328 feet south of the U.S. (more...)
DONE DEAL! Huddersfield sign defender Florent Hadergjonaj on loan from Ingolstadt DONE DEAL! Huddersfield sign defender Florent Hadergjonaj on loan from Ingolstadt
- August 27, 2017

Switzerland global right-back Florent Hadergjonaj joins Huddersfield Town from FC Ingolstadt 04 on loan, with the option to sign permanently next summer. "He is a very exciting player, one of the most interesting right-backs in Germany's Bundesliga last season". He's quick enough, his endurance is good, he's had to adapt like we've all had to in the Premier League. (more...)
500000 at Barcelona March Declare 'We Are Not Afraid' 500000 at Barcelona March Declare 'We Are Not Afraid'
- August 27, 2017

March will commemorate victims of the terror attacks on Las Ramblas and in Cambrils last week. About 500 000 people have marched in Barcelona in a huge public rejection of violence following a recent deadly attack in the Spanish city, chanting: "I'm not afraid". (more...)
Flake says shutting down government to get border wall a bad idea Flake says shutting down government to get border wall a bad idea
- August 27, 2017

The Republican president has accused McConnell and Senate Republicans of "wasting time " with procedural motions he suspects Democrats would throw out if they were in charge again. The US government says it's now looking at more building proposals, but not everyone agrees that a wall will be enough to bring the smuggling of drugs and people to an end. (more...)

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