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South Africa Summons US Official Over Trump 'Insult'

In South Africa, addressing the media ahead of the ruling African National Congress's 8 January statement in East London on Saturday, ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte described Trump's comments as "unfortunate". Republican strategist John Thomas argued to CNN over the weekend that President Donald Trump's alleged "shithole" remarks about African countries made made sense if one would take the time to "drill down" on the sentiments. Read More »

GOP Rep. Says Trump's Remarks On Haiti, Africa Are 'Indefensible'

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Asked about the comments he was reported to have made, including a reference to African nations as " s**thole countries ", Mr Trump indicated he did not say what had been attributed to him. Instead, Trump had also invited some of Congress' hard-line opponents of the bipartisan agreement being put together by the six-member working group led by Durbin and Graham. Read More »

Goa minister's abusive tweet: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah says it's disgraceful

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It was also criticised strongly on social media, with the hashtag '#BJPInsultsKannadigas' featuring among the top trends of the day. He was speaking after visiting Kanakumbi along with officials. Belagavi District in-charge Minister M B Patil said that stern action will be taken against Goa state, if its Irrigation Minister Vinod Palekar and its Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar , do not unconditionally apologise for the foul language used to describe Kannadigas . Read More »

Julian Assange granted citizenship by Ecuador

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This comes immediately after Britain denied a request by Ecuador to issue diplomatic status to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in the country's London embassy since 2012 on 11 January. Assange: Threats against me won't be tolerated 02:11In a briefing Tuesday, Espinosa said Ecuador will continue to pursue a dialogue with the United Kingdom to eventually remove Assange from the embassy. Read More »

Alerts for snow this morning, risky chills this evening

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There is a 20 percent chance of light snow. After Friday's record high temperature, this week in the Lehigh Valley is off to a frigid start, with some more snow on the way. That's not the case in Greenville, Clemson and the rest of the Upstate, in addition to Florence and the Pee Dee area. A First Alert Weather Day has been declared for Monday night through Tuesday night . Read More »

NYPD Officer Struck by Car Near Times Square

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Officers give chase - at least one with his gun drawn - but the vehicle takes off down 42nd Street and gets away. Ian Wallace, an NYPD officer, attempted to intercept the vehicle, by standing directly in front of it - ordering the driver to "stop". Read More »

Sleet and snow set to return on bitterly cold winds

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Temperatures are due to remain low with frequent wintry showers as well as the risk of flooding on the Atlantic coast. The wind-chill factor will mean it will feel bitingly cold. Southwesterly winds will become more westerly in direction through the night. Minimum temperature 2 °C. "Feeling bitterly cold on Tuesday with a strong to gale force westerly wind feeding in frequent wintry showers". Read More »

Columbine fanboy starts knife fight bloodbath in high school, injuring 15

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Another witness added: "There is blood everywhere in the school". The local health ministry confirmed the 16-year-old and the female teacher were in a "serious condition" with other reports describing their prospects as "grave". Police and ambulances were called at 10:20 am local time Monday (00:20 a.m. ET) to School No. 127 in the Motovilikhinsky area of the city, which lies near the Ural Mountains about 850 miles to the east of Moscow . Read More »

Qatar claims UAE violated its airspace, again

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The plane was travelling from the UAE to Bahrain on January 3 when it flew over Qatar's special economic zone "without prior authorisation", the Foreign Ministry said. It recently restored full diplomatic relations with Iran , with which it shares a massive offshore natural gas field that made the country and its about 250,000 citizens extremely wealthy. Read More »

Kane hits brace as Tottenham put four goals past Everton

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The England global now has 20 goals this term to leave him just 11 shy of the leading number of strikes in a 38-game Premier League season - a record held by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez - and 14 away from Andy Cole and Shearer's joint haul of 34 during a 42-match campaign. Read More »

Israeli troops injure 4 Palestinians during protest

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Haley last month said she would be "taking names" of countries that voted for a United Nations resolution that criticized the recognition of Jerusalem, as Trump threatened aid cuts to those that did. The US is the largest donor to the agency. " Trump [says he] took Jerusalem off the [negotiating] table with a tweet", said Abbas. MP Jamal Al-Khodari, chairman of the Popular Committee Against the Siege, said forming a national salvation government is urgent to confront threats to ... Read More »

Trump Blames Democrats for Stalled Immigration Negotiations Amid Backlash for 'Shithole' Comments

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In their statement, the African ambassadors said they were concerned "about the continuing and growing trend from the USA administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color". Some of the comments were published in Michael Wolff's book, " Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House ". A Republican senator says the reporting of Donald Trump's "s***hole countries" remark is a "gross misrepresentation" of what was said by the United ... Read More »

Georgia pastor on Trump's religious council disagrees with president

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The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations have issued a statement expressing their anger at the "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks" made by Donald Trump and demanded a retraction and apology. Durbin said the remarks were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content". "I heard that account before the account even went public", he said on "This Week". Read More »

Casino boat catches fire near Tampa Bay, all passengers safe

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It had only made it about 100 yards from where it originated in Port Richey, about 30 miles north of downtown Tampa. Fifty people jumped more than 10 feet into frigid winter waters after the shuttle ferrying them to a casino ship off the Florida Gulf Coast caught fire Sunday, authorities said. Read More »

Liberia's president expelled from her party — Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been in power for 12 years, denies the party's allegations that she held inappropriate private meetings with election magistrates before the October 10 vote. Sirleaf, 79, will formally hand over power to Weah on January 22 after serving two six-year terms, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize victor having made history in 2005 when she became Africa's first elected female leader. Read More »

Are Analysts Bearish Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE:GNW) After Last Week?

The insider now holds 69,229 shares of Genworth Financial , Inc. Litespeed Management Llc bought 525,000 shares as the company's stock declined 8.54% while stock markets rallied. Transamerica Financial Advisors Inc who had been investing in Lowes Cos Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $83.69 billion market cap company. Read More »

Stefon Diggs' biggest play ever keeps Vikings on path toward Super Bowl

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Bank Stadium in Minneapolis . No NFL team has ever played a Super Bowl game in their own stadium, but with Millie on their side, anything is possible for this Vikings team. He had won a couple of playoff games at Minnesota State, but with more than 66,000 people in the building, and countless others watching from afar, emotionally invested but certain that more misery was coming their way, this was the granddaddy of all outcomes, for now. Read More »

Five JeM militants killed during infiltration bid in Uri

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The DGP later updated that the fourth militant has also been killed. Combing operations are still underway in the region. Preliminary reports suggest it was a major bid to fan out militants into north Kashmir. Later, Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed ( JeM ) had claimed responsibility for carrying out the attack on the 185 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF ). Read More »

Five People Missing After California Mudslides; Thomas Fire Finally Out

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His 6-year-old son, Peerawat, nicknamed Pasta, and his 79-year-old father-in-law, Richard Loring Taylor, also were killed in the mudslides . None of the adult dead shared their last names. Downed power lines wrapped around trees at one property, while elsewhere the lines dropped nearly to the ground. The local television news stations sent their youngest, prettiest, local reporters to stand in that mud for hours, reporting the most unimaginable sights of their young lives. Read More »

Teen Murti is now Teen Murti-Haifa

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From the airport, the two drove to Teen Murti Memorial to preside over the civic body's renaming of the roundabout where it is located as "Teen Murti Haifa Chowk". The capture cleared a route for the British and their allies for supplies. There are at least 900 Indian soldiers buried in various parts of Israel and Palestine. Read More »

6 killed in twin bomb blasts in Iraq

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The Iraqi interior ministry said the death toll was likely to rise as more bodies were being recovered. Dozens more were injured in the attack in Tayaran Square in the city centre. The site of Monday's attack is a busy square where large crowds of construction workers gather to find work. The attacks come a month after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State marking the end of a three-year war with the Islamic group. Read More »

Casualties feared as floor collapses at Indonesia stock exchange

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The area has been evacuated and cordoned off by police, say witnesses. Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said hundreds of students were visiting the stock exchange at the time of the collapse. "There was a loud banging so people who were inside immediately ran outside of the building", said journalist Marlia Zein. Images circulating on social media show pieces of ceiling and broken furniture in the lobby of the building amid clouds of dust. Read More »

Posters in Amethi show Rahul as 'Ram', PM Modi as 'Ravana'

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Aimed at the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the message on the poster reads: "Rahul roop mein bhagwan Ram ka avatar, 2019 mein ayega Rahul Raj". During the 2-day visit to Amethi , Congress President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to hold roadshows at seven places. Read More »

White House says immigration deal has not been reached

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This sounds like the best deal for us, the taxpayers. "I'm not sure what the next step will be", Durbin told reporters . WASHINGTON — A federal judges decision to block Trump administration plans to phase out protections for so-called undocumented "dreamers" brought sharp backlash Wednesday from the White House , calling the injunction "outrageous". Read More »

Montanan visiting Hawaii respond to the missile warning

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North Korean President Kim Jong-un has threatened to unleash his country's growing missile weapon capability against the U.S. territory of Guam or USA states, prompting President Donald Trump to threaten tough action against Pyongyang, including "fire and fury". Read More »

False missile threat sends Hawaii residents into panic mode

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Hawaii Governor David Ige told a news conference on Saturday that he was "angry and disappointed" over the incident, apologized for it and said the state would take steps to ensure it never happens again. Officials say the transmission of the message worked the way it was supposed to, but due to confusion taking place during a shift change at the EMA, someone pushed a wrong button, sending an actual alert instead of a test. Read More »

Death toll from California mudslides rises to 19

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Karson, reporting for NPR from Pasadena, Calif., said the mudflows above Montecito were so powerful they ripped some homes off their foundations. "So our missing list is down to five", Brown said. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says authorities transitioned Sunday morning to a search and recovery phase. The U.S. Forest Service announced Friday that the Thomas Fire , the largest wildfire recorded in state history, was officially 100 percent contained, confirmed by aerial ... Read More »

DACA Dreamer wants nightmare to end

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CASA, the nation's largest advocacy group for Latino immigrants, said Sunday that its legal department will begin making appointments and processing paperwork for the federal program that provides temporary protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants brought to the U.S.as children. Read More »

Goodlatte says he will introduce an immigration reform bill today

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For example, Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar said in a brief interview on Wednesday that the legislation should include protections from deportation for parents of Dreamers. Trump questioned at a White House meeting Thursday why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa than from places like Norway. "We have been working for four months and have reached an agreement in principle" that addresses the main policies Trump sought, they said. Read More »

False alarm alert causes panic in Hawaii

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The alert was also broadcast on television in Hawaii. " False alerts undermine public confidence in the alerting system and thus reduce their effectiveness during real emergencies", a statement from the agency's chairman, Ajit Pai , said. Read More »

House Votes to Reauthorize FISA, Trump Causes Twitter Storm

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Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is set to expire on January 19. In an earlier vote, lawmakers turned down a move to put limits on warrantless spying that critics say has swept up emails, photos and text messages of an untold number of US citizens. Read More »

Death toll from California mudslides rises to 20

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Authories and first responders are continuing to search for survivors and 65 homes have been destroyed. Thanks to these efforts, over 300 people have been rescued from the mudslides by helicopters. Ellen emotionally told the audience that on "Sunday night, Portia and I got a call that we're under mandatory evacuation again with most of the community of Montecito". Read More »

'We are not a shithole country' -- Akufo-Addo condemns Trump outburst

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The Republican president has also privately defended his remarks, saying he was only expressing what many people think but will not say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, the Associated Press reported. Everybody wants to escape to the US and other nations because our own nation is truly a shithole country. If Trump refuses to resign, he should be isolated. Read More »