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136 civilians killed as bombardment intensifies 136 civilians killed as bombardment intensifies
- February 09, 2018

The U.S. State Department said it was "extremely concerned" about growing violence in Idlib and the eastern Ghouta area. Contrary to USA intelligence, the Syrian government paints the facility as a civilian research institution. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria, said Deir el-Zour province continues to witness tensions following the foiled attack and the US response, and said there were reports of new mobilization to the area. (more...)
Dem Rep. Nolan Will Not Seek Reelection in 2018 Dem Rep. Nolan Will Not Seek Reelection in 2018
- February 09, 2018

Skip Sandman, a Green Party candidate who won more than 4 per cent of the vote in 2014, recently joined the race under the banner of the Independence Party. He previously represented Minnesota's 6th District from 1975 to 1981. Nolan narrowly defeated Stewart Mills of Mills Fleet Farm fame twice to hang on to his seat. (more...)
Mitch McConnell: US Senate leaders reach two-year budget deal Mitch McConnell: US Senate leaders reach two-year budget deal
- February 09, 2018

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the agreement will add more than $300 billion to the federal deficit over 10 years. The accord, between Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, and Chuck Schumer of NY, his Democratic counterpart, would raise strict caps on military and domestic spending that were imposed in 2011 as part of a deal with President Barack Obama that was once seen as a key triumph for Republicans in Congress. (more...)
Kim Jong Un's sister joins North Korean Olympic delegation Kim Jong Un's sister joins North Korean Olympic delegation
- February 09, 2018

However on Wednesday he also warned the U.S. was about to impose the "toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever". He will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul before attending the opening ceremony. But the F-22 fighter jet behind him projected an equally powerful dose of symbolism - one of American military might ready to combat a North Korean nuclear threat that has dominated the Trump administration's first year in office. (more...)
'Comfort women' deal is final, Abe tells Moon 'Comfort women' deal is final, Abe tells Moon
- February 09, 2018

Wang added that countries should strictly implement UN Security Council sanctions resolutions. Moon is pursuing denuclearization of the peninsula through inter-Korea dialogue, and is using the opportunity of the worldwide sports event to promote this policy. (more...)
Q2 Weather: More snow, then cold, then more snow Q2 Weather: More snow, then cold, then more snow
- February 09, 2018

On Saturday , intermittent wintry weather is possible, mainly after noon in Wyandotte County, where there is a 30 percent chance of snow with a high of 22. One caveat: The National Weather Service says a weak area of low pressure could bring some light snow showers to areas along and north of Interstate 80 from late Friday morning through Friday afternoon. (more...)
Tom Brady wants more money? Boston newspaper pulls story after alleged hoax Tom Brady wants more money? Boston newspaper pulls story after alleged hoax
- February 09, 2018

Earlier Thursday, San Francisco made Garoppolo the highest-paid player on a per-year basis in National Football League history by signing him to a five-year, $137.5 million deal that includes $74 million in guarantees. And some of those texts made their way into Borges' column before it was taken off the Herald's website. Borges cited "sources", plural, in his column saying that Brady would hold out, but it appears that Borges was relying on only one source, and that one source was a ... (more...)
US Senate passes budget agreement to end government shutdown US Senate passes budget agreement to end government shutdown
- February 09, 2018

Senate Republicans and Democrats had reached a deal Wednesday on a 2-year government spending bill that would fund military and domestic programs. Dreamers are facing an impending deadline of March 5 , , after which the program's protections end, and there was expectation the budget bill would address their status. (more...)
Trudeau plays up Canadian diversity and education in bid for Amazon headquarters Trudeau plays up Canadian diversity and education in bid for Amazon headquarters
- February 09, 2018

Mr. Trudeau will be meeting with Amazon's Jeff Bezos , as well as executives from Salesforce , AppDirect and eBay, encouraging them to open up shop in Canada instead of poaching the country's talent. "At the same time, we need to improve NAFTA", he said. "I think any investment into Canada would be a great thing, and obviously the Amazon (amzn) second headquarters would be a significant boom for any city that got it", Trudeau said. (more...)
Newly-crowned Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles has delivered an emotional message Newly-crowned Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles has delivered an emotional message
- February 09, 2018

People started lining the parade route around midnight in order to catch a glimpse of the team that defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday night. I don't even know where to begin. Super Bowl viewership dropped to its lowest level since 2009, declining for the third consecutive year since setting a record in 2015, according to preliminary figures released by Nielsen. (more...)
Checks at Irish border `unavoidable´ after Brexit, warns Barnier Checks at Irish border `unavoidable´ after Brexit, warns Barnier
- February 09, 2018

Mr Coveney said he hoped both sides would be able to come to an agreement. "We think the British people deserve a final say on the Brexit deal and believe the country has been led down a risky false turn", Malloch-Brown said. The Prime Minister delivered her message during a two-hour meeting of her inner "war cabinet" on Thursday which failed to agree on what future UK-EU trade relationship to pursue during negotiations. (more...)
IOC President carries Olympic flame ahead of Winter Games IOC President carries Olympic flame ahead of Winter Games
- February 09, 2018

Not every athlete and fan was happy with the news that some North Koreans would join the South Korean women's ice hockey team . The white aircraft had Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name, inscribed in black in Korean on its side, followed by the North Korean flag. (more...)
President Trump Signs a Massive Budget Bill Ending Government Shutdown
- February 09, 2018

Democrats blocked a stopgap spending bill in January, triggering a three-day partial federal government shutdown, in part to protest Congress' inaction on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration program that Trump ended previous year and is now set to expire March 5. (more...)
NBA Star Lonzo Ball is Having A Baby NBA Star Lonzo Ball is Having A Baby
- February 09, 2018

Lonzo lamented at Wednesday's practice: "I can't take off like full sprints, and I can't jump either". He admitted to re-aggravating his injury in January during light rehab drills. There is a slim chance he'll return in time enough to star in the 2018 NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge but nothing has been put on the books just yet. (more...)
Australian PM Turnbull to deliver national apology to child sexual abuse victims Australian PM Turnbull to deliver national apology to child sexual abuse victims
- February 09, 2018

Turnball also confirmed the appointment of a "survivor-focused reference group" which will help draft the apology. "Now that those stories have been told, now that they are on the record, we must do everything within our power to honor those stories and to act", Turnbull said. (more...)
House OKs budget deal, ending shutdown House OKs budget deal, ending shutdown
- February 09, 2018

The majority leader moved to call a vote Monday to proceed to an unrelated House bill that will serve as a vehicle for a process unlike the Senate has seen in recent memory, where senators will be able to offer a number of amendments that are competing immigration proposals to see which ones will secure the 60 votes needed to advance. (more...)
Court rejects appeals by 45 Russians against Winter Olympics bans Court rejects appeals by 45 Russians against Winter Olympics bans
- February 09, 2018

Smiling, she returned the gesture, and the two went back and forth for a few seconds, before they settled on equality and took their seats nearly simultaneously - Kim Yong-nam a fraction ahead. "Whatever images may emerge against the powerful backdrop and idealism of the Olympics , North Korea has to accept change". This will be the fourth joint Korean march at an Olympic Games , and the first since Torino 2006. (more...)
Government shuts down after Sen. Paul blocks vote on budget deal Government shuts down after Sen. Paul blocks vote on budget deal
- February 09, 2018

Republican Reps. David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins voted in favor of the bill. Paul, a Kentucky Republican who famously spent almost 13 hours filibustering the nomination of former CIA Director John Brennan in 2013, began to speak just before 6 p.m. (more...)
Russian athletes lose appeal to take part in Winter Olympics Russian athletes lose appeal to take part in Winter Olympics
- February 09, 2018

The ruling was announced at a brief news conference Friday morning in PyeongChang, about nine hours before athletes from Russian Federation and around the world were scheduled to march in the Opening Ceremonies. His objective was "to stand up for the truth", he said, "and to recognise that whatever images may emerge against the powerful backdrop and idealism of the Olympics , North Korea has to accept change". (more...)
Utah House Investigating Claims That Lawmaker Resigned After Meeting Prostitute Utah House Investigating Claims That Lawmaker Resigned After Meeting Prostitute
- February 09, 2018

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes announced Wednesday that Stanard had submitted his resignation, citing family reasons. "If there has been an abuse of public funds or if public funds were used in a way that's inappropriate, we would", he said. (more...)
Afzal Guru anniversary: Restrictions in Kashmir to prevent protests Afzal Guru anniversary: Restrictions in Kashmir to prevent protests
- February 09, 2018

They said the DFP Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah is now imprisoned in the same infamous Tihar jail for advocating the just cause of martyrs where Shaheed Afzal Guru and Shaheed Maqbool Butt were hanged and buried. However, despite restrictions, a large number of people visited the family of Guroo. The DFP delegation, which participated in the function despite strict restrictions imposed by the puppet authorities was led by Engineer Farooq Ahmed and also included Peer Anayatullah, Muhammad ... (more...)
Bell Gardens Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia accused of groping former male staffer Bell Gardens Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia accused of groping former male staffer
- February 09, 2018

He said Garcia , who appeared to be drunk, stroked his back, squeezed his buttocks and tried to grope him before he was able to leave the situation. A spokesman from Garcia's office, Teala Schaff, said the assemblywoman was told about the complaint on January 23, but learned of details of the allegation in a Politico report. (more...)
Charity leaders had 'Caligula orgy' with Haitian prostitutes who survived natural disaster Charity leaders had 'Caligula orgy' with Haitian prostitutes who survived natural disaster
- February 09, 2018

A Charity Commission spokeswoman said it was engaged with Oxfam on more recent allegations of sexual harassment, reported widely past year, and has demanded that the charity provide details of the claims in Haiti. Despite the admission, Oxfam did not sack the Belgian staff member, who was instead offered a " phased and dignified exit " to prevent " potentially serious implications " for the charity's reputation. (more...)
US Government Shuts Down for Second Time in Three Weeks US Government Shuts Down for Second Time in Three Weeks
- February 09, 2018

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders praised the Senate bill , saying "we're certainly happy with the way it's moving". And then to the president's desk for a signature. US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is shown speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives in this still grab taken from video on Capitol Hill in Washington , U.S., February 7, 2018. (more...)
US Government Shuts Down For The Second Time In 3 Weeks US Government Shuts Down For The Second Time In 3 Weeks
- February 09, 2018

It funds the government for an additional six weeks, until March 23, but it would fund the Defense Department with a boost of $65 billion more than last year for the remainder of the fiscal year. "I voted against this legislation because Dreamers are not included in it", said Sen. Senate leaders had hoped to pass the bill early in the day but were forced to wait after Paul objected to the plan. (more...)
What you need to know about the 2018 Winter Olympics What you need to know about the 2018 Winter Olympics
- February 09, 2018

Fans wearing Russian sports jerseys brandish their country's tricolour flags. Yarnold, who will carry Britain's flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games, claimed it was "key" to educate people on how to protect clean sport . (more...)
Apple News Launches Coverage of 2018 Winter Olympics Apple News Launches Coverage of 2018 Winter Olympics
- February 09, 2018

Shoma Uno of Japan took the top spot in the men's short program, followed by Alexei Bychenko of Israel in second and Patrick Chan of Canada in third. Morgan Schild will also be hoping her technical style will propel her to an Olympic medal in 2018. Canada was favored to win gold going into the event after taking silver four years ago. (more...)
EU's Barnier warns Britain post-Brexit transition EU's Barnier warns Britain post-Brexit transition "not a given"
- February 09, 2018

After a round of negotiations in Brussels, Michel Barnier said there were "substantial" disagreements over the terms of the two-year grace period that would come into effect on March 2019 to give business time to prepare for the new regime. (more...)
Trinity Mirror buys Express owner for £127m Trinity Mirror buys Express owner for £127m
- February 09, 2018

The deal is expected to be "materially earnings enhancing in the first full year of ownership" and the company is looking to achieve annualised cost synergies of £20m by 2020 through the tie up. After posturing for some time, sale talks between Trinity Mirror and Express owner Northern & Shell were formally announced in September. The parent company of The Daily and Sunday Express and the Daily Star will be bought by the Trinity Mirror for £126.7m. (more...)
Exposed: Top Dem probing Trump has own Russian Federation secret Exposed: Top Dem probing Trump has own Russian Federation secret
- February 09, 2018

Senator Mark Warner said he's not finished pressing the technology companies whose networks were exploited by Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign and beyond. In 2006, Deripaska's visa was revoked by the State Department due to his alleged ties to organized crime. A Warner aide acknowledged that Warner and Burr revealed the texts to their colleagues on the panel because "they realized out of context it doesn't look great". (more...)

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