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8 migrants dead, 86 rescued from sinking boat off Libya


Rescuers believe their dinghy deflated following a puncture. At least eight refugees have died and 86 others were rescued off the coast of Libya after a rubber dinghy ran into trouble in what is believed to be the first Mediterranean shipwreck of 2018. Read More »

Trump to attend Davos despite criticizing forum during his campaign


Trump would be the first sitting US president to attend the meeting of global economic and financial leaders since Bill Clinton in January 2000. The working men and women in the world were "tired of being dictated to by what we call the party of Davos", Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon declared before the election. Read More »

Aamir Khan flags off Total Dhamaal


Total Dhamaal will be the third film in the Dhamaal franchise. They were last seen in Rajkumar Santoshi's Pukar (2000). After the announcement of Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor as a part of the cast, the audience can not wait to get their hands on the film Total Dhamaal . Read More »

Polish PM sacks defence, foreign ministers in reshuffle


The reshuffle followed the appointment of former banker and finance minister Morawiecki as prime minister, replacing Beata Szydlo, last month at the midpoint of the parliamentary term. The PiS believes reforms are needed because the country has lost sight of its Catholic soul and is steeped in mentality and power structures dating to the post-war communist era. Read More »

USA imposes new sanctions on Iran's missile program

Iran's nuclear chief said Monday that Iran might reconsider its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog (IAEA) if the United States fails to respect its commitments under 2015 nuclear deal, Iran Daily reported . "It's been more than a year that the US president has sought to destroy the JCPOA with all his efforts", said Aragchi, speaking at a Tehran security conference. Read More »

Pence to visit Israel this month


The vice president originally was scheduled to arrive in Israel on the sixth night on Chanukah, but the trip was postponed due to an important vote taking place in the Congress. "The Vice President is looking forward to meeting with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and Israel to discuss ways to work together to fight terrorism and improve our national security", Farah said. Read More »

Sinn Féin politician's joke about Kingsmill massacre goes global


The posting coincided with the anniversary of the January 5 1976 Kingsmill Massacre, in which ten Protestant men were shot by Republican gunmen in Co Armagh. "What he did was deeply offensive in and of itself, but it is bad behaviour which has, in effect, been authorised on high in Sinn Fein by the culture created by its leaders and the turning of a blind eye to repeated wrongdoings", she said. Read More »

Stephen Miller, Trump's "most effective weapon"

Tapper eventually called Miller out by saying, "There's one viewer that you care about right now and you are being obsequious". 'Steve Bannon's eloquence in that description notwithstanding, it's tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments, so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive, ' Miller said. Read More »

Pence to visit Egypt, Jordan, Israel in January


Pence will arrive in Cairo on January 20 for a meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, heading the following day to Amman for a one-on-one with King Abdullah II. Pence will address the shared need to combat terrorism. Sissi will meet with Pence despite the deep unpopularity of Trump's decision. "In some ways, this trip could now become the moment where the Trump administration finally walks away from the notion of a serious peace negotiation and just goes full in with the Israelis", ... Read More »

Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio, pardoned by Trump, plans to run for Senate


Arpaio - whom a judge ruled was in criminal contempt for disobeying a court order against him rounding up individuals suspected of illegal immigration - said he would continue pushing for tougher immigration enforcement. "I'm a big supporter of President Trump", Arpaio told the conservative-leaning newspaper in a phone interview. Chad Willems, who served as Arpaio's longtime campaign manager throughout his runs for sheriff, will serve in the same role in his run for Senate. Read More »

Tamil Nadu Assembly session to begin from Jan 8


Expressing concern over the increasing revenue deficit due to slow growth in revenue receipts, Governor Banwarilal Purohit contended in the Legislative Assembly on Monday that Tamil Nadu had "unfortunately been treated unfairly" by successive Finance Commissions. Read More »

Karen Bradley: New Secretary of State faced with powersharing impasse


Mr Brokenshire said the parties in Northern Ireland have gotten over bigger issues in the past. It comes as Prime Minister Theresa May plans a cabinet reshuffle. The British and Irish Governments had been expected to kickstart another bid to restore devolution after several rounds of talks previous year failed to produce a deal between the DUP and Sinn Féin. Read More »

State Street Corp Cut Apple INC (AAPL) Position by $910.79 Million

State Street Corp who had been investing in Apple Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $886.93 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.52% or $0.09 during the last trading session, reaching $18.39. SEWELL D BRUCE sold $5.00M worth of stock. (NASDAQ:PEP) or 75,238 shares. SCHILLER PHILIP W sold $8.79 million worth of stock. Vossler Jennifer R. sold $703,546 worth of stock. Read More »

South Korea checks banks offering their customers accounts in Bitcoins


The virtual currencies cannot be used as a means of payment but can be used for illegal purposes such as money laundering and illegal activity financing, explains the South Korean financial regulators. Currently, cryptocurrency exchanges are mostly unregulated in South Korea (as is the case with most countries across the world), since cryptocurrencies are not recognized officially as financial products. Read More »

Israel arrests 2 Arab girls for ISIL links


According to the Shin Bet, the Arab terror suspects "considered various options" to carry out an attack and had been in contact with Islamic State terror operatives overseas. Tasnin allegedly tried to help Abu Ramila get out of carrying out the attack, urging him to tell Rahma that he would only commit a terror attack if she got him a gun, as Tasnin knew that Rahma would not be able to do so. Read More »

Europe's Altice boosted by plans to spin off USA operation


The business has prospered in the U.S., providing support for this spin-off plan. Each unit will have its own management team - Altice N.V. founder Patrick Drahi will remain in control of both companies and will serve as president of the Board of Altice Europe and Chairman of the Board of Altice USA . Read More »

Prisoner wakes up in mortuary in Asturias Spain


He also appeared to suffering rigor mortis. The family has revealed their outrage over the incident and have alleged just one prison doctor examined Jimenez's body while the other two only signed the death certificate. Catalepsy occurs when a person's vital signs slow down so much that they're nearly undetectable, which can lead to them being mistakenly presumed dead. Read More »

Spokesman: Senior Hamas official shot himself in the head


Al-Alami moved back to Gaza a few years ago. He was one of the founders of Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and served as the terror group's main representative in Tehran for many years before moving to Damascus in 2008. However, some reports suggest Al-Alami may have been shot in an assassination attempt, according to the BBC . Another rumor said he was injured by gunfire during a battle between Hamas activists. Read More »

Astronaut John Young dies; flew in Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs

He flew into space six times during his 42 year career at NASA, including two trips to the moon. Young showed a reporter the Space Shuttle trainer where astronauts learn how to fly the orbiter. Young was also on the first Space Shuttle mission in 1981. "The country needs that shuttle mighty bad", Young said. "John was more than a good friend ", Bush said. Read More »

Fighting Sessions is the wrong path to marijuana reform


The memo was seen as effectively barring federal prosecutors from pursuing marijuana businesses operating legally under state law. The single-page memo states that prosecution principles for all federal prosecutions have been in place for decades, and that "previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and is rescinded , effective immediately". Read More »

Gayle King says best friend Oprah will 'never' run for president


Joining Trump in his remarks was the Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, who warned about the dangers of Winfrey's pro-book agenda. He would never do that, ' King said. Its February 2021, just a few weeks into the Oprah Winfrey Administration, and, far from healing Americas divides, it turns out that President Winfrey has only deepened them. Read More »

Nikkei closes at 26-year high


USA shares were set for gains with Dow futures up almost 0.2 percent at 25,290 and S&P 500 futures up less than 0.1 percent, at 2,748.00. The quarterly USA earnings season kicks off this week with the Street expecting solid growth of around 10 percent, though many companies are also likely to be announcing one-off charges to account for recent tax changes. Read More »

Theresa May reshuffles the deck, appoints new Tory chairman


The reshuffle , which will continue into tomorrow, is being seen as an opportunity for May to promote more women, with female ministers only now making up six of the 23 full members of her top team. Sir Patrick McLoughlin, the outgoing Conservative party chairman, has confirmed that he has left the cabinet. Sir Patrick, a former miner, had been on the Tory frontbench for more than 12 years. Read More »

Saudi Arabia increases India's Haj quota for the year 2018


Muhammad Benten. The increase in India's quota will be effective from Haj to be held later this year. The last time a ship ferried pilgrims for the annual pilgrimage was in 1994, and the route is being reconsidered now in view of the Supreme Court's directive to the central government in 2012 to do away with the Haj subsidy within a decade. Read More »

United Kingdom coverage of Macron shows importance of China ties


PARIS-Weeks before President Emmanuel Macron took office, a business leader confronted him about his plans to sidestep Parliament and pass a sweeping overhaul of the country's labor system by decree. "They can not be the roads of a new hegemony that will put the countries that they traverse in a vassal state", he said. The horse, which was flown in a special plane, is now stuck in quarantine. Read More »

Van Jones on Oprah's 2020 chances: 'She can do it'


Noah even laid out why Oprah would be the flawless candidate to oppose president Trump . On Monday's broadcast of " The Daily Show ", Noah explained why Winfrey could be the "perfect opponent" for President Donald Trump in 2020. This was the thing for her: she knew exactly what she wanted to say and she knew how she wanted to say it. Even First Daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted that her speech was "empowering & inspiring". Read More »

Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes speech sparks presidential speculation


But let's all take a breath. But he tacked on that he wouldn't rule it out, saying, "I do get exhausted of seeing what's happening with this country, and if it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally, because I really am exhausted of seeing what's happening with this country, how we're really making other people live like kings, and we're not". Read More »

Fodder Scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav calls himself a victim of BJP politics


IMAGE: RJD chief Lalu Yadav escorted by police officials after appearing at the special CBI court in Ranchi on Wednesday. We have requested jailer to send this information to Lalu Ji. "They (the accusers) should show any video footage of the two serving the RJD supremo", Yadav, an RJD MLA, said. Reacting to the verdict, the BJP and its ally Janata Dal-United said no one was above the law while the RJD claimed its leader fell prey to a "conspiracy" by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and ... Read More »

Blast rocks Quetta, 6 killed, injured 17


At least six people were killed and 16 others were injured in a blast outside the Balochistan Assembly this evening. Police sources said four security personnel have been martyred as a result of the explosion. Media personnel have all gathered at the provincial assembly. However, initial investigation suggested a suicide bomber was attempting to target the Balochistan Assembly building but detonated his explosives near the high-security Red Zone area. Read More »

Warm today and tomorrow, Winter Storm Watch into Thursday


Heavy snow is expected Tuesday night and into Wednesday in wide ranging areas of the Colorado mountains, prompting a Winter Storm Warning stretching from the Wyoming border to New Mexico. An area of low pressure forming over the Northern Gulf will bring cloudy skies and rain will continue to impact most of Central Alabama through much of the day Monday before tapering off later in the afternoon. Read More »