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Iranian and North Korean athletes to receive Samsung phones after diplomatic row

US Vice President, who is now on a trip to Asia and will attend Friday's opening ceremony , said Pyongyang's attendance will not hide its nuclear and missile threat and its human rights abuses. The more hawkish view is the North Koreans are taking a conciliatory stance to put pressure on the alliance between the US and South Korea. The Pyeongchang Games have taken on an unusually political tone after the North agreed to participate. Read More »

US Lawmakers to Vote on Budget Deal Negotiated in Senate

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The timing of the votes was unclear as Pelosi ended her eight-hour speech early last evening. The package would boost US government spending on national defense and domestic programs by $300 billion over a two-year period, ending years of mandatory budget caps Republicans argued were hollowing out America's military and Democrats said were harming the needy. Read More »

White House instructs agencies to prepare for 'possible' shutdown

Over the past several months, congressional leaders have been negotiating a deal that would raise spending caps for the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30, and the next one for both defense and non-defense programs. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer warned that time was running short. McConnell said the measure would rewrite existing defense limits that have "hamstrung our armed forces and jeopardized our national security". Read More »

Kim Jong Un's sister to attend Winter Olympics in South Korea

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Dressed in a long black winter coat and fedora, Kim could be seen at the beginning of the event walking on a red carpet with his wife, Ri Sol Ju , and Kim Yong Nam, the country's ceremonial head of state. "It looks like North Korea had potential reaction from the global community in mind and toned down the scale and message of the event a lot", said Lim Eul-Chul, a North Korean studies professor at Kyungnam University. Read More »

More civilians die as air raids intensify in Eastern Ghouta

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the deaths, which it said raised the number of people killed in the area since January 29 to 384, including 94 children. In a separate investigation, experts in war crimes and violations of the laws of war under worldwide law said that they were conducting a series of investigations regarding bomb reports that had been made using chlorine gas which is outlawed. Read More »

Student dies outside Missoula nightclub following crushing incident

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The nightclub has been contacted for comment. According to The Tab student newspaper, the bar was packed and there was a long queue waiting to get in. Onlookers claimed a security man was seen ripping off his shirt to use as a cloth to stop the bleeding from the woman's head. In a statement, Missoula said it was "a bad accident" and they were working with the police and security company which provides door staff. Read More »

Fed Speakers Unrattled by Stock Market Volatility

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Market insiders were still coming to terms with Monday's chaotic session, in which the blue-chip index lost more than 1,000 points in about an hour at one stage on the way to its biggest point drop ever. It was a bruising reminder for investors - and for President Donald Trump, who has frequently touted the stock market gains as proof of the success of his presidency - that an overbought market will eventually stumble. Read More »

Your council tax is probably going to increase this year

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The Conservative-run council has projected overspend of £21.1m for 2017-18 and its chief financial officer warned predictions for the following year were "grave". While the survey found poor transport infrastructure was the top-rated "barrier to economic growth" for the 113 councils that responded to the survey, 33 per cent said they planned cut highways and transport funding this financial year. Read More »

Turkey 'neutralises' 1028 terrorists in Syria's Afrin

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For his part, President Rouhani underlined the need for fighting against terror and foiling plots by foreign powers to divide the region. Turkey carried out airstrikes on the city of Afrin in northern Syria on Thursday night, the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported. Read More »

House Intel Republicans Plan to Partition Aides From Dems

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A committee official confirmed the plan to separate staff, characterizing the move as bringing the panel into line with most other committees in the House where majority and minority staff use different offices. A spokesman for Nunes did not immediately return a request for comment. Rooney expressed frustration with Democrats, but also with the breakdown of bipartisanship in general. Read More »

Clippers do not trade DeAndre Jordan at trade deadline

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Jordan has drawn interest from the Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks , Portland Trail Blazers , and the Washington Wizards , as well as the Raptors, and you would think if the center lands in Toronto by the trade deadline later today, it will mean Jonas Valanciunas is going elsewhere. Read More »

Senate to vote on 2-year, $400B budget deal ahead of deadline

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It raises domestic spending in conjunction with defense spending and finances health care for children. It would also extend the debt ceiling and authorize about $70 billion in aid for last year's string of natural disasters. "After month of legislative logjams, this budget deal is a genuine breakthrough", Schumer said. The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday night aimed at keeping the government open. Read More »

Congress protests against PM Modi's remarks, Renuka Chowdhury wants privilege notice

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Chowdhury had also said she did not wish to respond to Modi's remarks, adding he had denigrated the status of a woman. "For the opposition's unity we will be with the Congress, whatever decision they take", Tripathi said. Later, Chowdhury told mediapersons that the Prime Minister's jibe was anti-women. "If he would have spoken this outside Parliament, there would had been a case against him according to law", she told reporters. Read More »

Israeli Foreign Office: avoid visiting the Maldives

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China on Thursday said it has never attached any political conditions to aiding the Maldives, and the aid has done no harm to the country's sovereignty and independence, let alone jeopardised the Indian Ocean area's security. Among others, his successor repudiated an airport-development contract that had been awarded to an Indian company. Nasheed, who is under self-exile in London, has urged India to intervene "militarily" into the crisis. Read More »

Government to Shutdown Thursday Unless A Deal is Made

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If in Bowling Green tonight you wanted to go in someone's house, even someone accused of a heinous crime, you would call a judge, unless there's screaming going on inside. Paul told Cavuto that he talked to President Donald Trump about his misgivings this afternoon, saying they "had a good conversation". "I would argue that it's time to vote". Read More »

Houston crash kills son of former Blazers coach

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Adelman earned his law degree from the University of OR in 2001 and then went on to work in the National Basketball Association in a variety of roles with the Seattle SuperSonics, Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves. R.J.'s brother David is an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets. The driver was released without charges but an investigation is still underway. R.J. Read More »

Toronto police: remains of 6 found in serial killer probe

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The remains were found in large planters on the property, and include those of Andrew Kinsman , who was last seen in June of 2017. BBC News reported that McArthur had a deal with the home's elderly residents where he would care for their lawn for free, if he could store his landscaping equipment there. Read More »

Syria says intercepted Israel strikes near Damascus

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According to the Haberturk TV channel, the two presidents agreed to hold the next summit between Turkey , Russia and Iran in Istanbul. Around 100 people were wounded, it said. France's Foreign Ministry said it was concerned by the reports of chlorine used on civilians in Syria, but it was too soon to confirm them. Operation Olive Branch was launched by Turkey on January 20 to remove the PKK/PYD/YPG/KCK and ISIS terrorists from Afrin in northwestern Syria. Read More »

Ahead of Olympics face-off, Pence vows new North Korea sanctions

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It wasn't immediately clear whether Kim Yo Jong will meet with Moon, a liberal who has expressed a desire to reach out to the North. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence vowed tough new sanctions against North Korea and called it the world's most tyrannical regime on Wednesday, two days before he is due to attend the winter Olympics, along with two of the North's most senior officials. Read More »

Pakistan Bans Media Coverage of Valentine's Day

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PEMRA directed countrywide broadcast media to "desist" from promoting the day. Regulators in Pakistan have reminded the country's media outlets that they are banned from covering Valentine's Day. The orders were given on a petition submitted by citizen Abdul Waheed, who maintained that promotions on mainstream and social media for Valentine's Day were against Islamic teachings and should be banned immediately. Read More »

Nazi Seeking Office in Illinois Congress Denies Holocaust on CNN

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Despite his apparent disdain for both parties, Jones is running on the Republican ticket. "Are you a Nazi? ". Despite being nominally a Republican, Jones denounced the "accursed two-party, Jew-party, queer-party system". "If you did an honest investigation of the Holocaust, you'd realize that it is nothing but an global extortion racket by the Jews, to bleed, blackmail, and extort their enemies, and to suck us into one war after another in the Middle East", Jones continued. Read More »

Merkel clinches German coalition govt deal, hurdle remains

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If Social Democrat members say no, the new coalition government can't be formed. But Merkel's camp was also forced to defend a deal that sees the conservatives cede the crucial finance minister post in exchange for a fourth term in office for the woman who has dominated European politics for the past 12 years. Read More »

USA congressional leaders forge budget deal that adds to deficit

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While Democrats are concerned that the package does not offer anything for the so-called Dreamers, some fiscal conservatives on the Republican side are alarmed that the increase in spending will not be offset by budget cuts . White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that President trump was happy that the bill increased defense spending and that he would not demand that border security and Immigration reform be included, as he had previously said. Read More »

N Korea says no plans to meet USA officials at Olympics

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Shortly before Pence made his announcement in Tokyo, South Korea's Unification Ministry announced that Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, planned to send his sister, Kim Yo-jong, as part of the North's high-level delegation to the Olympic Games. Read More »

President Trump speaks at 66th annual National Prayer Breakfast

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During his address, President Trump said America is a nation of believers, adding this country was built by men who died fighting for religious freedom. "That is why the words "Praise be to God" are etched atop the Washington Monument", Trump said, "and those same words are etched into the hearts of our people". Read More »

Pentagon: Military Parade Might Not Be in Washington

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But he says they'll be sent to the White House for a decision. The President's desire to display American military muscle, however, apparently comes from his viewing of France's Bastille Day military parade, an annual event which commemorates the storming of a Paris prison to gain stocks of weapons and gunpowder at the start of the French Revolution. Read More »

British extremists dubbed 'Beatles' captured on Iraq/Syria border, reports

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The New York Times reported that Kotey and Elsheikh were detained by Kurdish-led militia the Syrian Democratic Forces and handed over to USA special forces, having been identified through their fingerprints and other biometric data. The British extremists were suspected of beheading more than 27 hostages after repeatedly beating and torturing them. It added that the men were identified by fingerprints and other biometric means. Read More »

Bush says there's 'clear evidence' Russian Federation meddled in elections

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Our democracy is only good if people trust the results. The US intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the election to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton. vote. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. Read More »

Ashley Graham and Her Mom Rock Swimsuits in Body-Positive Photo Campaign

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It features the mother-daughter duo frolicking on a sunny beach, wearing Ashley's new Resort 2018 collection. But the best part is Linda's voice over in the clip where she expresses her love and admiration for Ashley. For the Moroccan-themed campaign, the Grahams wear a variety of one-pieces and bikinis with bold prints and cut-out detailing. Each of the swimwear pieces, which are priced from $102 to $108, are available in USA sizes four to 22. Read More »

Winter Games off and curling

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But Pence stressed that the USA remains firmly committed to a pressure-based approach against North Korea until that country abandons its nuclear weapons, warning Seoul against making too many concessions to Pyongyang. "The U.S. and North Korea are holding the key to developments on the Korean peninsula", Han told Moon, quoted in a statement provided by the Blue House. Read More »

Trump touts plans for US military parade

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We don't do military parades . The idea of a costly taxpayer-funded military parade while millions of dollars have been cut from programmes for veterans - as well as increasing tensions over immigration , American-Muslim relations and Trump's America First rhetoric - has drawn strong criticism. Read More »

Havat Gilad attack ringleader killed by Israeli forces in W. Bank village

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Jarar was one of the terrorists who carried out a shooting attack near Havat Gilad in Samaria in January, during which Shevach, a 35-year-old father of six, was murdered. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. The victim, identified as Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal, 29, from the nearby settlement of Har Bracha, was stabbed multiple times on his upper body at a bus stop near the entrance to Ariel. Read More »