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Trump attacks his attorney general, Obama over Russian poll meddling probe Trump attacks his attorney general, Obama over Russian poll meddling probe
- February 23, 2018

The president's tweet Wednesday was just the latest instance in which he has sought to shift the focus from the Mueller investigation by claiming that Barack Obama and his administration failed to respond adequately to Russian meddling. The Obama administration did take some actions toward Russian Federation before the election, but its most significant retaliatory measure came after Trump's victory. (more...)
Britain sees drop in net migration from the European Union
- February 23, 2018

After a good eight hours of back and forth, senior sources said that "divergence has won". "But it will be on a voluntary basis, we will as a sovereign power have the right to choose to diverge and what we won't be doing is accepting changes in rules because the European Union unilaterally chooses to make those changes". (more...)
TAPI project to cater to Pakistan's growing energy needs: PM TAPI project to cater to Pakistan's growing energy needs: PM
- February 23, 2018

Work on the Afghanistan section of the key Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project, that will feed natural gas to the three countries from Turkmenistan, will kick off in Herat on Friday. Berdymukhamedov was in the western Afghan city of Herat together with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and India's Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. (more...)
Students across Central Texas stage walkouts against gun violence Students across Central Texas stage walkouts against gun violence
- February 23, 2018

The protests spread from school to school as students shared plans for their demonstrations over social media. Thousands walked out in Florida. Around 200 students protested. But some districts threatened to discipline those who joined the wave of walkouts. "Since the students who walked out have a right to free expression the District worked with our Principals to establish guidelines that would keep them safe on campus and encourage them to get back to class with as little disruption to the ... (more...)
High-school pupils plan to protest against mad gun laws High-school pupils plan to protest against mad gun laws
- February 23, 2018

Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship. "....which was mentally ill persons should not have an assault weapon, right?" The students who did participate in the protest and arrived late at their next period received an unexcused tardy. (more...)
One very sour note from Bill Nelson in town hall on guns One very sour note from Bill Nelson in town hall on guns
- February 23, 2018

Guttenberg told Rubio that his comments, and those of President Donald Trump , in the wake of the shooting had been "pathetically weak". "You and I are now eye to eye". The senator said he would support a law that raised the required age of gun ownership, the banning of bump stocks and changes to the background check system. (more...)
Ivanka Trump, US charmer-in-chief, touches down in South Korea
- February 23, 2018

The first daughter and special advisor to President Donald Trump , who is set to announce new sanctions against North Korea , will dine at the presidential Blue House in the evening, where chefs prepared a Kosher, vegetarian menu, Yonhap news agency reported. (more...)
Foreign Office rejects Indian media reports FATF put Pakistan on 'grey list' Foreign Office rejects Indian media reports FATF put Pakistan on 'grey list'
- February 23, 2018

Responding to a question, Dr Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan had serious concerns over the motion moved by the USA and the United Kingdom at the Financial Action Task Force to put the country on a grey-list. The latter has repeatedly denied such allegations. The FATF session in Paris, which concludes on Friday, is being held to review proposals that include putting Pakistan back on a list of countries which have failed to prevent terrorist financing. (more...)
Second gun-control rally held in Florida Second gun-control rally held in Florida
- February 23, 2018

She said Cruz told her he hadn't known what the symbol meant. During the protest, organized by a group called Teens for Gun Reform , 17 students laid on the ground for three minutes in front of the White House to symbolize the 17 people killed last week and how long it takes to purchase a firearm, according to one of the student organizers, high school junior Eleanor Nuechterlein. (more...)
'We want to get something done' to protect students 'We want to get something done' to protect students
- February 23, 2018

A staff member with a gun could prevent future shootings and end an attack "very quickly ", he said. He also restated his policy agenda for school safety before a meeting with state and local officials later in the day. The extraordinary public exchange with the president gave voice to an intensely emotional debate over how to respond to the latest gun massacre in a US school. (more...)
South Korean MPs demand execution of North's Olympic delegate South Korean MPs demand execution of North's Olympic delegate
- February 23, 2018

The new USA sanctions will be announced while Trump's daughter, Ivanka, is visiting South Korea to attend a dinner with Moon and the closing ceremony of the Games. But a senior administration official ruled out any possible meeting between ivanka and officials from North Korea. At the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, Kim Yo Jong sat just a few seats away from US Vice President Mike Pence , who did not exchange a word with her at any point. (more...)
NRA chief accuses gun control lobbyists of politicising Florida school massacre NRA chief accuses gun control lobbyists of politicising Florida school massacre
- February 23, 2018

Their goal is to eliminate the Second Amendment and our firearms freedom so they can eradicate all individual freedoms". "As usual the opportunist wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain". He called that "a very negative thing" and said he wouldn't want his own son participating. Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer condemned LaPierre's comments and said the NRA was "once again spewing pathetic, out of touch ideas, blaming everything but guns". (more...)
Shiffrin gets silver in Vonn's last Olympic race; Gisin wins
- February 23, 2018

Shiffrin did win two medals, a rare USA feat. "People really understand conditioning and you have the sports medicine, the physical therapists". You saw in it leadership. Holdener added bronze to the silver she won in the slalom last week. All the same, what Shiffrin learned here is key. "That you've got to be very selective". (more...)
Spanish policeman dies in football violence Spanish policeman dies in football violence
- February 23, 2018

Prior to that, groups of Russian hooligans met close to the regional television headquarters ETB but a quick response from the civillian police the Ertzaintza prevented trouble from escalating out of control. At least five people were arrested after fireworks, flares and glasses were thrown between supporters in Bilbao . However, the police quickly came in and made sure things didn't get too wild. (more...)
Florida Shooting Incident: Schools Across US Receive Copycat Threats on Social Media Florida Shooting Incident: Schools Across US Receive Copycat Threats on Social Media
- February 23, 2018

Violent threats aimed at schools all across central Indiana. School threats are becoming a daily occurrence. The most recent arrest was in Madison County where deputies say a 19-year-old student made a comment to another student, saying he had access to guns and was going to "shoot up the school". (more...)
YouTube removes right-wing conspiracy video claiming Parkland student is an actor YouTube removes right-wing conspiracy video claiming Parkland student is an actor
- February 23, 2018

One of the two tweets " liked by Donald Trump, Jr ". Hogg's statement followed news that Nikolas Cruz , the 19-year-old who opened fire on Hogg's schoolmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week, had a troubled past and indications of mental disturbance. (more...)
Movie Theater Chain Changes Bag Policy For Security Movie Theater Chain Changes Bag Policy For Security
- February 23, 2018

Martinez said he, overall, supported the rule change. It was a Cinemark theater in Colorado where 12 people were killed and dozens more were injured during a shooting rampage in 2013, at a midnight screening of " The Dark Knight Rises ". However "we aren't going to dig through your bags", Braun said. "The new company policy that went into effect on February 22nd, says that guests bringing bags measuring larger than 12" x 12" x 6", will not be allowed. (more...)
Another round of freezing rain likely to fall before Kansas City thaws Another round of freezing rain likely to fall before Kansas City thaws
- February 23, 2018

Rain is likely to return about midday Friday as the temperatures climb to about 40 degrees, the weather service said. Thunder ice was also reported in Oklahoma City on Thursday , making Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore, a well-known thundersnow fan, jealous. (more...)
Egyptian Police Officers Catch Boy Falling From Third-Floor Balcony Egyptian Police Officers Catch Boy Falling From Third-Floor Balcony
- February 23, 2018

Two officers grab a rug on the floor in the hope it will soften the blow whilst the other officer stretches his arms out to catch him. In an interview with DreamTV via CBS News , El-Salam's mother said the boy had climbed up onto a table at the party and fell out the window when it toppled over. (more...)
Texas superintendent threatens to suspend students who protest gun violence Texas superintendent threatens to suspend students who protest gun violence
- February 23, 2018

Students across the country are joining the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in demanding that lawmakers take action to prevent mass shootings , but one Texas school district is warning students that participating in protests will result in suspension. (more...)
Dutch Parliament votes to recognize Armenian genocide Dutch Parliament votes to recognize Armenian genocide
- February 23, 2018

Kaag said that she continues to talk about "the issue of the Armenian genocide ". It also agreed to send a cabinet representative to Yerevan in April for the commemoration of the killings and every five years afterwards. Turkey objects to the presentation of the incidents as "genocide" but describes the 1915 events as a tragedy for both sides. The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies fell out a year ago over the Netherlands' decision to block the entry of Turkish officials who ... (more...)
Barnaby Joyce harassment allegation 'very serious' Barnaby Joyce harassment allegation 'very serious'
- February 23, 2018

He was accused of "a shocking error of judgement" by Turnbull , with Joyce, who has four daughters, hitting back by calling the prime minister "inept". A spokesman for Joyce said he had been "made indirectly aware" of the allegation and described it as " spurious and defamatory ". A party meeting on Monday could decide his fate, with one of Joyce's party's backbenchers already publicly calling on him to quit. (more...)
United States doesn't need an worldwide mechamism to solve the Israel-Palestine conflict United States doesn't need an worldwide mechamism to solve the Israel-Palestine conflict
- February 23, 2018

Though Kushner and Greenblatt didn't meet Abbas, they did meet informally behind closed doors with Security Council members. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, a position backed by most of the worldwide community but Israel considers the entire city, including the eastern sector, to be its undivided capital. (more...)
Florida lawmakers refuse to debate assault rifles, but say porn is risky Florida lawmakers refuse to debate assault rifles, but say porn is risky
- February 23, 2018

On Tuesday, a thousand high school students left class in order to march to Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School to protest gun violence, memorialize the victims of the recent school shooting , and push lawmakers for change. "You're speaking for those 17 lives that were unnecessarily and avoidably snuffed out", he said. "Every time we have a modified lockdown, I start looking around the room for a heavy object that I could throw at the shooter", said Annie Vote, 17. (more...)
Letter to the editor: Yet another lesson on link between guns, massacres Letter to the editor: Yet another lesson on link between guns, massacres
- February 23, 2018

According to authorities, a gunman killed 17 people, most of those people were his former classmates. Action to decrease gun violence is long overdue. On the agenda this evening: guns, gun control , gun ownership, the Second Amendment . But very importantly, the Supreme Court emphasized that the Second Amendment is not an absolute right . (more...)
Cauvery water dispute: CM urges all TN parties to unite Cauvery water dispute: CM urges all TN parties to unite
- February 23, 2018

The Cauvery Rights Retrieval Committee (CRRC), the umbrella organisation of farmers associations and political parties, on Thursday said the outcome of the all party meeting held over the Cauvery issue was disappointing. A day after the verdict, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said his government would oppose the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board. "As far as the appeal is concerned, the Tamil Nadu government will take action after going through the verdict and consulting ... (more...)
Ivanka Trump Will Fly Commercial to Close Out Olympics in South Korea
- February 23, 2018

President Donald Trump; the White House chief of staff, John Kelly; CIA Director Mike Pompeo; Defense Secretary Jim Mattis; and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were all reportedly involved in the discussions. "This process also requires wholehearted support of the United Nations, and I count on the Security Council in moving the whole process towards this end", Ban said. (more...)
Utah students join Parkland survivors in calling for gun law reforms Utah students join Parkland survivors in calling for gun law reforms
- February 23, 2018

Stoneman Douglas students said they left the state Capitol feeling hopeful and encouraged by the lawmakers and activists who addressed them. "This is our future and these are children's lives", Hogg said. Although police officers were at the school making sure everyone stayed safe, students say they were still scared. Israel is calling for more action, which includes designing schools to be safer, giving law enforcement more authority to Baker Act people who are threats to themselves or ... (more...)
Student asks Rubio to decline NRA funds as survivors join town hall
- February 23, 2018

The absence of Republican Gov. Rick Scott, whom CNN invited, was duly noted by Democratic Sen. He also broke with Trump on arming schoolteachers and vouched for a system where potentially unstable people could temporarily lose their access to firearms. (more...)
Russian Medalist Allegedly Left PyeongChang Games over Doping Suspicions Russian Medalist Allegedly Left PyeongChang Games over Doping Suspicions
- February 23, 2018

The CAS hearing is set for 2:00 pm Korean time on Thursday, according to the court's website. "We have signed a statement that indeed he did have ( meldonium in the sample ) and as a result we will give the medal back", Russian Curling Federation spokeswoman Valentina Parinova told state TV channel Russia 1. (more...)

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