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North Korea invites South Korean president to visit at 'earliest date'


Analysts said the proposal itself can be considered a "breakthrough", heralding the restoration of top-level communication channels to reduce cross-border tensions and improve relations. South Korean President Moon Jae-in's office says his lunch meeting with senior North Korean officials including leader Kim Jong Un's sister has ended. Read More »

Force vs finesse: North, South Korea trade taekwondo


So, while Vice President Mike Pence has made no effort to extend a diplomatic hand - he actually avoided shaking hands with Kim Yo Jong , sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un , attending the Winter Games - and refused to stand up for any national anthem other than that of the U.S., North Korea's Kim Jong Un and South Korea's Jae-in Moon are planning to meet in Pyongyang. Read More »

Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics Day 1: Korean athletes parade in peace


But North Korea's record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind. Warning against North Korea's "smile diplomacy", foreign policy experts urge the worldwide community to carefully gauge how serious Pyongyang is about engaging in negotiations for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Read More »

Mike Pence didn't snub North Koreans deliberately, officials say


The North and South Korean teams marched side-by-side under a unified flag during the athletes' parade section of the ceremony which ended with Korean skating superstar Kim Yu-Na, Olympic champion in Vancouver in 2010, lighting the Olympic flame to get the Games underway after being handed the torch at the top of an ice chute. Read More »

Israel fighter jet crash ratchets up regional tensions


Israel says the strikes destroyed the main command and control bunker of the Syrian military and marked its most devastating assault against Syria in decades. Col. Reuven Ben-Shalom, said the fierce Israeli response actually sent "very clear messages" to the other side, showing Iran how deep Israel's knowledge was of its activity in Syria. Read More »

Syria Downs Israeli F16 Jet, Pilots Safe, Israeli Army Says


The statement concludes: "The IDF will act determinately against such severe violations of Israeli sovereignty by Iran and Syria and will continue to act as necessary". "We share the concerns of many throughout the region that Iran's destabilising activities ... threaten global peace and security, and we seek greater worldwide resolve in countering Iran's malign activities", Rankine-Galloway said. Read More »

BJP workers vandalise Pandian's residence


This is perhaps for the first time that workers of a political party attacked the residence of a Government official possibly exposing the strategy of the BJP to target persons closely working with the Chief Minister. Later in the day the state leaders of the BJP submitted a petition to the Election Commission of India seeking the removal of the bureaucrat and four others before February 24th bypolls in Bijepur district. Read More »

EPL: Arsenal, Tottenham Up For North London Derby


Although in 24-year-old Harry Kane , according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger , Tottenham have the best striker in the world, at least statistically. "If we fail to compete for the title this season, we have to prepare for the next season". "I think it is important for the belief of the team", he told reporters at Wembley . Read More »

Heading home, Pence asserts unity on pressuring North Korea


It was their first joint march since 2007. The North initially had no athletes coming to the Olympics , but the International Olympic Committee allowed 22 as special entries. The North Koreans, dressed in identical garb, cheered in careful coordination. Still, it wouldn't be South Korea if people weren't asking the perennial question when it comes to North Korea changing gears and showering its rival with apparent affection: What's in it for Pyongyang? Pyeongchang was not ... Read More »

Amit Shah greets PM Modi on being conferred Palestinian honour


This is the highest order given to a foreign dignitary. "We count on India's role, as a world power with significant weight and status to contribute to achieving just and aspired peace in our region, due to its impact on world security and stability", the Palestinian president stated. Read More »

Was there a cyberattack at the Olympic opening ceremony?

These officials said that while Pence did not greet Kim Yong Nam, he didn't deliberately skip over him. The U.S. and the North should quickly resume dialogue, he said. Kim Jong Un's decision to dispatch his sister to the games indicated he is keen to mend ties with Seoul , while testing the unity among South Korea, the United States and Japan over sanctions imposed on the North over its missile and nuclear programs. Read More »

Pence, Moon speak while watching speedskating


Although some White House aides were leery that the arrangement could produce less-than-ideal optics for Pence, there was no concerted effort to lobby their Korean counterparts for a change, in part out of fear of upsetting the Olympic hosts, said one administration official. Read More »

Come visit: South Korea's leader invited to North Korea

Seoul/Tokyo: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to meet in Pyongyang, a dramatic gesture that may raise prospects for easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. It came after athletes from North and South Korea , who are still technically at war, marched under the unification flag to bring the athletes' parade to a close. Read More »

Hardik Patel meets Mamata Banerjee, gets invite to join TMC in Gujarat


Mamata Banerjee, referred to Hardik Patel "like my younger brother" and shared the fact that he is the first leader to whom she called and praised him after results for last December's Gujarat elections came in. Patel also received an invitation from Banerjee to join the Trinamool Congress. "She had done a great work during the natural disaster in Bhuj 2001". Read More »

Heavy snow to blanket upper Midwest


There is a Winter Storm Warning for Grant, Lafayette, Green, Rock and Jefferson counties for Thursday night and Friday , as those areas will see the highest snowfall amounts as it stands now. A Divvy bicycle rider deposits his bike in a rental kiosk as a winter storm makes its way through several Midwest states February 9, 2018, in Chicago . Read More »

Adams steps down as Sinn Fein leader after 34 years


On Britain's upcoming departure from the European Union, or Brexit , she said Sinn Fein will not accept any deal that reinstates border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic. "That's an very bad long time and a lot of people were killed or injured and traumatised in between". Mr Adams said: "I'm not saying there is a direct correlation between Brexit and Irish unity - and in fact I think those of us who want a United Ireland need to be very careful that we are not accused ... Read More »

Batshuayi helps give Reus a winning Dortmund return


Hamburg remain second last, three points below Mainz, who lost 4-2 at Hoffenheim. Pulisic missed the target from 15 yards out in the 64th minute as Dortmund went in search of more goals, and the United States of America worldwide was a whisker away from getting on the end of Mahmoud Dahoud's cross 13 minutes later. Read More »

Trump tells Israel it will have to make 'hard compromises for peace'


Regardles of negative reaction from Europe and the Arab world, Trump called the announcement the "high point" of his administration's first year in an interview with Israel Hayom . President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem last May. "I can understand why many other presidents bailed on their promise because tremendous pressure was put on them not to do it", he stated. Read More »

Two police officers shot and killed in Ohio


The suspect also was shot and wounded and taken to a hospital, police tell FOX19 NOW. The city of Westerville confirmed on Twitter reports that two of the city's police officers were killed in "the line of duty". Townhall will update when more detail is available. The suspect was apprehended at the scene according to WHIO . Westerville is about 15 miles north of Columbus. Read More »

NKorean leader offers to meet SKorean president

AP's commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. But Jung said even one win by the team will be "very meaningful" news. Moon said it was the U.S.' firm stance that contributed to North Korea's participation in the Olympics and inter-Korean talks. Read More »

Abe meets Moon in S.Korea


North and South Korea are technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty. Seoul had banned all North Korean ships entering its ports after the North Korean torpedo attack in 2010 - the event that Pence will commemorate during his visit. Read More »

Trump 'weighing his options' on release of Democratic memo - White House

Tonight the White House says it will not declassify the rebuttal from Democrats. It also alleges that DOJ official did not disclose to the court that the dossier was funded in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, and that the Page surveillance application contained information about Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, which "triggered" the opening of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and allegations of ties to ... Read More »

Duterte to personally plead for Kuwait OFWs


Trump visited the Philippine capital, Manila, in November to meet Duterte and attend an annual summit with Asian and Western leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Villanueva said in a statement. "Do not give us back a battered worker or a mutilated corpse". Villanueva proposed to stop sending OFWs "where they are not being treated properly". Read More »

Area snow emergencies declared beginning Thursday evening


All cars must park on even-numbered side of street on Saturday and on odd-numbered side of street on Sunday and continue to alternate until the snow emergency has been cancelled. The city of Janesville's snow emergency starts at 5 a.m. Friday. Blue Grass, Iowa - Snow emergency in effect at Thursday, 6:00 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. Read More »

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) Resolves Mortgage Dispute With California Couple

Montgomery Investment Management Inc who had been investing in Bank Of America Corporation for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $305.94B market cap company. Green Square Capital Limited Liability Corp has 55,856 shares. Given that liquidity is king in short-term, BAC is a stock with 10.61 billion shares outstanding that normally trades 1.39% of its float. Read More »

At Olympic Games, Kim Jong Un's sister takes VIP seat


President Trump's right-hand man was at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Saturday night to watch the opening session of short-track speedskating and, for the second evening in succession, he was unable to avoid a connection to North Korea. Earlier Friday, the North's high-level delegation, which includes Kim Yong Nam and Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, arrived in South Korea. Read More »

Republicans are in charge -- it was their shutdown

The deal included additional funding for a number of healthcare programs, as well as an extension to the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)'s funding on top of the extension that had already been put in place with the last spending bill in January. Read More »

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit


Moon and Kim Yong Nam planned to return to the Games venue to watch the joint Korean women's ice hockey team - the first ever combined team at the Olympics - take on Switzerland, the Blue House said. "I think the North Koreans are making a last-ditch effort to get across the finish line with their nuclear program while the world's attention is focused on the Olympics", Bolton said. Read More »

Trump, Modi express concern over Maldives


While the crisis in the Maldives "seemed to be the point of the call" on Thursday, according to the Hindustan Times , little on the issue was included in the readout, except that the two leaders "expressed concern". He also put Islamabad on notice for harbouring terrorists, and followed it up last month by withholding security assistance to Pakistan estimated at over $1 billion. Read More »

Senate reaches budget pact, adding $300 billion


Should Paul stand his ground, Senate rules dictate that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can declare a new session at midnight, then hold a procedural vote on the spending bill one hour into the new day. Schumer called the budget "An historic, bipartisan budget deal" that will increase federal investments in NY. Senators were indicating Tuesday that they were close to a deal on spending. Read More »