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Erdogan says Turkish chopper shot down in Syria operation

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But Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said two Turkish troops were killed. Turkish forces claim that hundreds of Kurdish militia fighters have been " neutralized " in a series of military sorties, while militias such as the the YPG had before Saturday claimed more than a dozen Turkish casualties. Read More »

Dozens killed in US-led coalition airstrike in Syria: state media

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This is not the first time the US -led coalition clashed with pro-regime forces in Syria. However, during the mission, the Syrian militiamen were subjected to sudden shelling from mortars and multiple launch rocket systems and then came under fire from helicopters of the US -led coalition, the statement said . Read More »

Wintry weather in store once more this weekend

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More rain is likely for Saturday night and Sunday . Saturday night will be windy, with wintry showers developing overnight. "Although the storm will be weak, there will be plenty of moisture and therefore there is the potential for heavy rain", said Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest. Read More »

S. Korean president meets with visiting Japanese PM for Winter Olympics

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At the stadium Pence sat one row in front of the North Koreans, but even with Kim Jong Yo just behind him, he never even turned around to exchange pleasantries - Pence had "no interaction" with her, according to press reports. Washington would then have spent several months trying to walk it back."Indeed, Mr Pence spent much of his trip to Asia shoring up the United States' ties with South Korea and Japan , and flinging sharp words at North Korea". Read More »

Egypt's airstrikes hit Sinai terrorist dens in anti-terror raids

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Egypt's armed forces said early Saturday that the air force has continued conducting "intensive air strikes against terrorist targets and gatherings monitored earlier in Central and North Sinai". The campaign by the army, navy, air force, border patrol and police is taking place ahead of a March election in which Sisi is seeking a second term. Read More »

Freezing rain warning for Waterloo Region and Wellington County

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A wintry mix of weather is on the way for Sunday. A blanket of freezing rain is expected to hit SD&G Sunday afternoon and continue into Sunday night. OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said they were dealing with more than 250 crashes in and around the GTA. Temperatures will be jumping up Sunday morning and hovering around the freezing mark before the freezing rain transitions back into snow on Sunday evening. Read More »

House vote set to avoid shutdown and fund Pentagon for full year

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Defending his proposal he said, "For months, I have been calling on my colleagues to complete a bipartisan budget agreement to lift the caps on defense spending and fully fund the military". President Donald Trump says the "stupidity" of the nation's immigration laws is allowing violent gangs like MS-13 to flourish in the U.S. According to The Washington Post , defense spending would get an $80 billion per year boost over its current caps, and non-defense would get $63 ... Read More »

Not in 2019, Election in 2018, Amit Shah declares?

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Mr. Pokhriyal lauded the Budget as being pro-farmer and pro-poor, especially the health insurance scheme. Praising Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's reply in the Lok Sabha, Modi asked them to hold "mock" parliaments in various places to discuss the Budget. Read More »

Woman killed in Pakistan shelling on LoC

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Reports said a 65-year-old victim was killed after mortar shells fired by Pakistani troops fell in Mendhar area along the LoC on Saturday night. Parveen hadn't gone out, and was hit by the shelling in her home. A police officer said that the Pakistani forces had attacked the Khadi Karmara forward areas in Poonch at around 11:00 hours today. India lost eight civilians and six soldiers in Pakistan shelling along the worldwide border and LoC in Jammu region between January 17 and 22. Read More »

Trump Blocks Release of Democratic Memo, Cites Security Concerns

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On Saturday Trump called the Democratic document "a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more ), would have to be heavily redacted". Democrats have said that the GOP memo cherry-picked information. "Mr. President, what you call "political" are actually called facts, and your concern for sources and methods would be more convincing if you hadn't chose to release the GOP memo ("100%") before reading it and over the objections of the ... Read More »

No Olympic truce for US, North Korea in Pyeongchang

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But Schoff said that by pouring cold water on hopes for better inter-Korean relations, Pence's stance could be viewed as critical of Moon's outreach to North Korea. As part of his push against North Korean propaganda, Pence attended the short track speed skating with Fred Warmbier, the father of an American student who died a year ago after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months. Read More »

Trump blocks release of memo rebutting Republican claims

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The GOP memo attempts to make the case that surveillance warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA ) were authorized against former Trump campaign official Carter Page because of an unverified and politicized dossier about Donald Trump's alleged connections to Russian Federation, authored by former British spy Christopher Steele . Read More »

Nunes report a poor attempt to derail probe

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The president has read the memo and "is okay with it", a senior White House official told reporters travelling with Trump to West Virginia. They said the document - drafted by Devin Nunes , a Trump transition official, US representative and the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee chairman - has glaring holes. Read More »

Teenage girl posts Craigslist ad seeking someone to kill her

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He says he answered Bollinger's Craigslist ad titled "I want to put a hit on myself", according to a police affidavit, reports ABC-7 in Denver . Lopez said Bollinger revealed to him she needed to be slaughtered "on her knees... They discussed how she wanted to be killed, and how he would be paid afterward. Investigators again challenged Lopez's account, telling him that they knew Bollinger had been shot by someone else and not killed herself. Read More »

Second Trump aide quits over abuse claims

Two days earlier , White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned after two of his former wives accused him of physical abuse. The abrupt departure of David Sorensen , a speechwriter who worked under senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, came as The Washington Post was reporting on a story about abuse claims by his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett . Read More »

South Africa's ANC official urges patience during Zuma exit talks

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Zuma, South Africa's most controversial president since the end of white-minority rule in 1994, has overseen a tumultuous nine years in power marked by economic decline and numerous allegations of corruption. President Jacob Zuma's wife Tobeka Madiba-Zuma whose husband's future in the Presidency is uncertain, yesterday finally broke her silence, warning that all hell was about to break loose. Read More »

Kim Jong-un invites South Korean president to Pyongyang

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The invitation was verbally delivered by Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong , during a Saturday meeting at Moon's presidential compound in Seoul a day after the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Pyongyang conducted its largest nuclear test past year and in November tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile that experts said has the range to reach anywhere in the United States. Read More »

Pyeongchang (Not Pyongyang): The Place Hosting The Winter Olympics

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Fears of a nuclear World War 3 have not been so high since the Cold War after US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un began their war of words of missiles and weaponry. The event is understood to have lasted for about an hour and was spotted by South Korea intelligence officials on satellite. Reviving inter-Korean talks is key to the polices of Moon, who says South Korea should be in the driver's seat in worldwide efforts to deal with the North's nuclear threat. Read More »

Trump accuses Democrats of playing politics with memo

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In an interview with Bret Baier on Fox News Friday, Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes suggested there is more to come, including release of a memo from the Democratic minority and possibly the full transcript of testimony by Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe before a closed meeting of the Intelligence Committee. Read More »

Trump urges Americans to vote Republican to cut deficit

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The Republican budget deal with Democrats raises spending by $300 billion - roughly $165 billion in military spending and $131 billion to domestic spending. "We've allowed these moments to pass in the past. And all we're looking for is a simple statement from Paul Ryan". John Cornyn called it "grossly irresponsible" - and it exposed a contradiction that may come to haunt Republicans as they try to fire up conservatives in midterm elections. Read More »

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »