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Edmonton fans get read to cheer, as PyeongChang Olympics open Friday


Fred Warmbier is in South Korea to attend the Games. Kim Yo-jong had become the first member of the ruling Pyongyang family to set foot in the south since the end of the Korean War so her greeting with Moon Jae-in was seen as symbolic. "We want to see President Moon become a protagonist in opening a new chapter for reunification and leave great footprints in history", she said . To achieve this, he'll obviously have to walk a precarious diplomatic tightrope between his ally, the United ... Read More »

The Flu is Killing Up to 4000 Americans a Week


The CDC said the amount of suspected flu cases at doctor's offices and hospital emergency rooms last week matched that seen in 2009, when a new swine flu pandemic swept the world. In Oregon and Hawaii, flu is occurring at a more limited regional level, rather than statewide. Angelico was among what were expected to be dozens of others to roll up their sleeves at the Otis Library during a flu clinic hosted by the Uncas Health District. Read More »

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey


Ankara regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that has waged a three-decade insurgency on neighbouring Turkish soil. Home to roughly 400,000 residents, Eastern Ghouta has remained under a crippling regime siege for the last five years. An airstrike Friday on the village of Hass in Idlib province killed at least 14 people, according to the Observatory and other opposition activists. Read More »

Another Trump aide quits over abuse claims


Mark Meadows. In a Saturday Twitter post , the president said, "There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone". The White House review process served the President poorly. Again, that denial was enough for Trump. In an interview with NBC, Willoughby said she didn't even realize she was in an abusive relationship until she had been suffering for a year. Read More »

Second White House official resigns amid abuse allegations

Kelly made it clear to Trump on Friday he would resign if that's what the President wanted, though there was little to indicate the President is prepared to immediately dismiss him. Hours later, a White House speechwriter also stepped down amid accusations of domestic abuse. 'I was surprised by it. Trump has previously defended or sympathized with other men who were accused of abuse, including conservative media titan Roger Ailes and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. Read More »

Weeks after Netanyahu visit, PM Narendra Modi says India for free Palestine


Some appreciated India's support for the Palestinians at the United Nations despite all the publicity around the personal chemistry between Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu. It was conferred as a mark of recognition of Modi's contribution to the relationship between India and Palestine. This is Modi's second visit to the UAE and is indicative of the new momentum in the UAE-India ties and the bolstering of cooperation between the two countries in areas like defence, finance, ... Read More »

Nation mourns death of leading human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir


Her sudden death saddened the entire nation as people from all social strata, including politicians, lawyers, judges, civil rights campaigners, expressed their condolences. Pakistan's well known human rights activists and senior lawyer Asma Jahangir passed away in Lahore on Sunday due to cardiac arrest. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Nawaz Sharif spoke about her work for women and stance against dictators saying it would be hard to fill the void left by Jahangir's death. Read More »

These displays of unity at the Olympics fill us with hope


North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong arrives at Incheon International Airport, South Korea , in this photo taken by Kyodo February 9, 2018 . The United States fought with South Korea and maintains tens of thousands of troops and an "ironclad" agreement to protect its ally. "The North Koreans should understand that for a summit or any kind of serious talks to occur, Moon needs to be able to take something to Washington - something that addresses denuclearisation", ... Read More »

Turkey's Afrin Operation Draws in Armenians, Azeris


Last month , the Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army found same narcotic drugs in Syria's strategic Mt. Barsaya, which was captured from YPG/PKK terrorists during Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin. "We are in a war". Ankara considers the YPG - the main Western ally in the fight against the Islamic State extremist group in Syria - a terrorist organisation because of its ties to a Kurdish insurgency in Turkey. Read More »

Turkey resumes airstrikes on Kurdish-held enclave

At least seven civilians have been reported killed and 18 injured between Tuesday and Friday, it said. Heavy airstrikes, no matter which air force is conducting them, seem throughout the war to hit densely populated residential areas, and rarely do more than superficial harm to enemy forces, while causing disastrous amounts of civilian casualties. Read More »

Kim Jong Un invites South's Moon to Pyongyang: Seoul


North Korea has sent some of the highest level officials ever to the south for these games, the result of diplomacy by Seoul that led to an agreement between the two countries - still formally at war - to participate together in the Winter Games. Read More »

Olympic message of peace is universal: United Nations chief


Vice President Mike Pence told reporters aboard Air Force Two on Saturday that there is "no daylight" between the United States, South Korea and Japan in their stances on North Korea after a trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics that saw him and South Korean President Moon Jae-in take different positions on the presence of a North Korean delegation. Read More »

Erdogan says Turkish chopper shot down in Syria operation


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


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


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

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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 »