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Merkel, Macron to deepen Franco-German cooperation,…

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Even if, as seems likely, SPD party delegates vote to open formal talks with Merkel's CDU/CSU, the final word, when coalition talks conclude, falls to more than 443,000 SPD rank-and-file members in a postal vote. "This is achievable for the improvement of the lives of people in Germany and in Europe". He urged the SPD to seize the chance to help drive deeper European Union integration and counter the rise of right-wing populists across the continent. Read More »

Heavy casualties after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

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The Taleban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came after recent security warnings to avoid hotels and other places frequented by foreigners. Stating that the USA stands with the government and people of Afghanistan, he said the U.S. remain firmly committed to supporting Afghan efforts to achieve peace, security, and prosperity for their country. Read More »

Fleetwood holds off McIlroy to retain crown

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I holed the putts on the back nine. Overnight joint leader, Belgium's Thomas Pieters (72), and England's Chris Paisley (69), victor of last week's South African Open, were tied fifth at 17-under 271. Fisher, who came close to winning two big tournaments late past year (Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and Italian Open) before finishing second, complimented Fleetwood on his strong finish. Read More »

Four killed, nine injured in blaze at hotel in Prague

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Two people, a young man from Germany and a young woman from South Korea, died in the blaze and another two women succumbed to their injuries in hospital. Two firemen were also injured after suffering a fall while inside the hotel. Prague mayor Adriana Krnacova, who was at the scene, expressed condolences to the relatives of the victims who have not been immediately identified. Read More »

Trump campaign ad calls Dems 'complicit' in officers' deaths

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Because the Democrats support the dreamers, the ad accuses them of also defending unauthorized immigrants who are "pure evil", such as one accused of killing two police officers who wished he had "killed more ". Politifact noted previous year that there is no national database of crimes committed by undocumented migrants, but while the number of undocumented immigrants in the USA tripled between the 1990s and 2013, violent crime declined 48% and property crime fell 41% over the same period. Read More »

Most Americans Think It's Racist To Talk About Immigrants From 'Shithole Countries'

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During a government shutdown, the National Park Service typically closes federal parks and monuments until the lapse in funding ends. President Donald Trump can't possibly be a racist because all he cares about is money, his son said on Wednesday in an attempt to deflect accusations against the president after he derided black-majority nations as "shithole countries". Read More »

Government shut-down 'disappointing' for Liberty State Park visitors

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The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island within the territorial jurisdiction of NY, but is federal property administered by the National Park Service. "It's a symbol of America, and especially into today's environment when the federal government is trying to close down the Statue of Liberty, in my opinion - when they try to kick out immigrants, when they try to deport Dreamers". Read More »

Buttler does it for England

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Steve Smith will stay at No.4 for the remainder of the one-day series against England , but the Australian captain says he needs to recapture his own form at the crease. 1- This was the first time Australia had lost the first three matches of an ODI series at home. Buttler, who smoked 28 runs from his last 11 balls, and Woakes's blistering partnership propelled England to 302-6 - a total that proved just enough for the tourists to claim a consolation series victory. Read More »

United States top court to hear travel ban challenge

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In response, the challengers said the policy violates the Constitution because it is biased against Muslims and also violates immigration law. In December, in a sign that the Supreme Court may be more receptive to upholding the September order, the court allowed it to go into effect as the case moved forward. Read More »

African diplomats invite Donald Trump to AU meeting to explain 'shithole' remark

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But Democratic Senator Dick Durbin , who attended the lawmakers' meeting, said that " shithole " was the "exact word used by the president , not just once but repeatedly". But another Republican senator who was there, Lindsey Graham , did not deny the comments were made. Senators inside the meeting are now divided on what they say they heard from the commander in chief. Read More »

Turkey says border town hit by rockets from Syria

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But the campaign risks further increasing tensions with Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Washington, which has supported the YPG in the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists and warned Ankara about distracting the focus from that fight. Read More »

Is the Trump-Graham Bromance Officially Dead?

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President Trump also touted a similar outlook on his Twitter handle as he shared a message, "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military", he tweeted . Read More »

Russian Federation warns against failure of Iran nuke deal

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Radiation monitors are running in border towns and locals said interaction with North Koreans had been discouraged. Japanese families who believe their relatives were abducted by North Korea want the International Criminal Court to investigate the disappearances and punish the country's leader, a support group said on Friday. Read More »

South Korea asks North to clarify canceled go to

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A senior Cheong Wa Dae official made the remarks on Sunday, saying that the formation of the joint ice hockey team seems to have been arranged rationally. North Korea now doesn't have any qualified athletes. South Korea's Ministry of Unification on Saturday requested an explanation on Saturday, and informed the North that Seoul intends to follow the plans agreed to in the high-level talks. Read More »

DPRK Delegation Arrives in South Korea to Inspect Olympic Venues

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The delegation crossed the land border via the Gyeongui Line for a two-day trip, becoming the first North Koreans to travel to the South since the launch of the Moon Jae-in administration in May previous year. The North also informed the South of a plan to dispatch an eight-member delegation, led by a deputy director general at its Sports Ministry, Thursday, it added. Read More »

We Cannot Expect a Racist President to Save DACA

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Durbin, in fact, told reporters on Monday that, contrary to some speculation, it was not "shithouse" that he claims to have heard, but "shithole". The president later said he had used "tough" language but not that exact word, and now the administration has moved to a more forceful denial. Read More »

Trump postpones Mar-a-Lago fundraiser until spending bill vote

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump address the Freedom Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Trump went to Mar-a-Lago and his nearby golf club last weekend, . Saturday, but rescinded it by mid-afternoon. Tickets reportedly started at $100,000 a pair. Read More »

Montreal Cognitive Assessment Shows President 'Very Sharp,' Doc Says

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Jackson revealed the President's heart health was "excellent" for a man of his age, while a echocardiogram proved the muscular pumping chamber of his heart had been operating normally. "His score is 133 and he is 71 years of age, which puts him in the 46 percentile", said cardiologist Dr. Rachel Bond of Lenox Hill Hospital in NY. With tax reform , Trump continues to chip away at Obamacare, eliminating the health insurance mandate penalty in 2019. Read More »

Edmund Reaches Maiden Grand Slam Quarter-Final

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Edmund, who went five sets with Anderson in round one and again in brutal heat in round three, required medical treatment on his shoulder in the first set but looked untroubled by it for the rest of the match. The world No. 1 could meet Edmund in the semi-finals, should they both win their last-eight clashes, and insists his progress is 'not a surprise'. But that was when the Briton told himself to attack, and a series of huge forehands helped him to break straight back for 2-2. Read More »

Africa Might Be a 'Shithole' but We Love It Here!

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Even so, his most ardent supporters have stuck to him despite the disparaging remarks, which were supposedly made about Haiti and other African countries during a heated Oval Office meeting about DACA and immigration. Trump has repeatedly made racist remarks, from claiming that Mexican immigrants were rapists who brought drugs and crime with them to America, to saying that there "were very fine people on both sides" of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia a ... Read More »

Trump ends year as 'most unpopular' president

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In December, CNN polling found that only 3% of African Americans were in agreement with the president's practices, which is 91% lower than what Trump said. Nonetheless, the approval rating for the region is at its lowest level yet, clinging to a bare majority that may be in jeopardy after the president's alleged remarks about the continent in January 2018. Read More »

Women's March in Washington against Trump administration

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Speakers at the NY rally included activist and actress Rosie Perez and entertainer Whoopi Goldberg, who emphasized that "we are here to say - as women - we're not taking it anymore". with a Facebook post asking whether the women would be home in time to cook dinner. "I'm old", Droke, 63, of Vienna, Va., told NPR. Argento was strongly criticized by many Italian media and Italian women for not speaking out earlier and was hounded on Twitter with accusations that she sought trouble. Read More »

Amazon shortlists 20 cities, including Toronto, for second headquarters

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Certainly it's true that the state and the region will have to step up with the necessary incentives , but Amazon's arrival would be a monumental plus with long-term benefits. "There were a couple cities everyone thought would make that list, that ended up not making the cut". Boston's offer includes $75 million for affordable housing for Amazon employees and others. Read More »

One year later, Women's March returns

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Greg Abbott in the 2014 gubernatorial election, gave a speech at the Texas Capitol. "I talked to her about the pay gap between women and men, how we do the same jobs as they do but we don't necessarily get the same pay that they do". With widespread criticism of the policies of the Trump Administration dominating the marches this Saturday across the country, the participants chanted one of their slogans, dedicated to the president on the anniversary of his arrival at the White House ... Read More »

Two parents from California accused of torturing 13 children

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Louise Anna Turpin , 49, was arrested last Sunday, Jan. 14, with her husband, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, after a 17-year-old girl escaped from their Perris, Calif ., home early Sunday morning and used a cellphone to call 911. Asked if she ever breaks down after leaving her patients, Kamalpour said , "Absolutely. You reflect when you leave". "She said that they had prayed about it and she had a bad dream and she didn't feel that she should make the trip". Read More »

Turkey shells Kurds in Syria as full military offensive looms

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In response Syria says it is prepared to shoot down any planes which enter its airspace. The US state department has called on Turkey to focus on the fight against Isis and not send its troops into Afrin. More than 50 Turkish vehicles, including artillery, tanks, rocket launchers and heavy equipment transporters have been observed on the Turkish-Syrian border, according to another USA defense official. Read More »

Afrin is not an operational area for coalition: CENTCOM

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In a statement , the Russian Ministry of Defense said that Russia was withdrawing its troops from Syria's Afrin, the target of the Turkish offensive . "Allegations that we have launched attacks across the border are false and a pretext for Turkey to bring its military forces and its extremist opposition groups onto Syrian soil". Read More »

Olympic gymnastics star Raisman demands probe of Nassar abuse

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In a MI courtroom, she turned her rage on Nassar , accusing him of sexual abuse . Nassar has pleaded guilty to abusing seven girls. The criminal cases followed reports a year ago in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving him and coaches. Read More »

Several people wounded by Turkish airstrikes on Syrian Kurdish city of Afrin

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However, officials earlier said Russian Federation would not involve itself in the conflict. Turkey is seeking to oust Kurdish fighters from Afrin, held by them since 2012. "The YPG and the civilians will defend Afrin to the last moment", he said. But the risks are huge - the offensive pits Turkey against its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally the USA, which backs the Kurdish militia against IS, infuriating Ankara . Read More »

Olympics 2018: North Korea to send 22 athletes

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The International Olympics Committee (IOC) would still need to approve the countries' agreements, and those that affect competition like a joint hockey team, which could be more complicated than the ceremonial proposals, CNN noted. Critics of the unity deal believe that Kim Jong-un may try to leverage the Olympics to weaken US-led worldwide pressure and sanctions toughened due to North Korea's prolonged program of nuclear tests and missile launches. Read More »

Why Women's March Organizers Are Focused On Polls In Nevada This Year

The rallies took place exactly one year after Trump took office, and one day before the anniversary of the Women's March , a large-scale protest around the world for human rights. Though she could see people in the distance through a window at a party nearby, Murphy said no one could hear her screams. Afterward, a wave of women made a decision to run for elected office, and the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct became a cultural phenomenon. Read More »

MEA Summons Pakistan High Commissioner Over Frequent Ceasefire Violations

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As a result, four soldiers embraced martyrdom. The Rescue-1122 of Sialkot shifted the injured to Combined Military Hospital, Sialkot Cantt, where the condition of six injured was stated to be critical. According to the Foreign Office, India committed 70 ceasefire violations in the first 12 days of the year and 1,900 in 2017. "This unprecedented escalation in cease-fire violations by India is continuing" since 2017 despite calls for restraint from Islamabad, Pakistan's statement said. Read More »

Democrats want a government shutdown: US President Trump

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The last U.S. shutdown lasted for 16 days in October 2013, with around 800,000 workers granted leave. Bernie Sanders - the independent Vermont senator aligned with Democrats - described the president's decision to end protections for " dreamers " as "Trump's self-made crisis". Read More »