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Second White House Staffer Resigns Over Domestic Abuse Claims

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But the president's latest comments suggested that this week's resignations - particularly Porter's - were jolting at the highest levels. Now she's set off a stink bomb in the West Wing by scrambling to protect her significant other, Porter, knowing the trouble it could cause for Trump. Read More »

Netanyahu speaks to Russia's Putin about Iran

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An Israeli Apache helicopter was able to intercept the drone , after detecting it "early on" and placing it under surveillance, according to the Israel Defense Forces . Syrian Army officials said the drone had been carrying out a routine mission against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, over Syrian airspace, according to the news site Al-Manar. Read More »

Auburn basketball comes in as a two seed in NCAA Bracket Preview

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Villanova was selected as the second No. 1 seed (East Region). On Sunday afternoon, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee released the Top 16 seeds as it stands right now, a month away from Selection Sunday. South: 1. Virginia, 2. The Jayhawks are 19-6 overall and 8-4 in Big 12 play. "Michigan State has about 25 percent of their schedule remaining and they've got an opportunity to continue to rack up wins and in the conference tournament they have the potential to play some ... Read More »

Korean president hosts lunch for Kim Jong Un's sister

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Moon met and shook hands with Kim who serves as the first vice director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea of the DPRK. The North's high-ranking delegation, including the younger sister of its leader Kim Jong Un, will meet Moon and have lunch with him on Saturday. Read More »

Man texts 'LOL' in group text as woman dies from overdose

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According to friend Jayson Pepito , Varela took several photos of Noceda naked and unconscious, and sent them in a group chat. Noceda had snorted a line of crushed Percocet pills, and Varela then gave her a "dab" of liquid THC. As his co-workers told police, Varela allegedly bragged at work about having sex with Noceda and described in graphic detail how he had broken her legs to load her body into a plastic bin, which he was planning to fill with onions and bury. Read More »

Military wins, DACA recipients lose in rumored Senate budget deal

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She warned that without a promise to debate immigration legislation, "a large number of members of our caucus" would not support the budget deal , which could lead to the second United States government shutdown this year. "We are not advocating for the shutdown", she said , adding that if there were a shutdown, it would be the Democrats' fault even though the GOP controls all three branches of the federal government. Read More »

PM Modi addresses Indian diaspora in Muscat

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He said that more than half of India's population is under 35 years-old, linking its youthful population and its start-up culture to the theme of innovation and technology at the summit. He stressed on making technology a means of development, not a means of destruction. Artist impression of the Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi. But we are not satisfied with this, we want to improve even more. Read More »

Turkey detains pro-Kurdish party leaders as Syria operation resumes

The Turkish army confirmed the crash but did not comment on a cause. "One of the two Atak helicopters of ours operating on Afrin region unfortunately collapsed". The Turkish military later said nine more soldiers were killed in separate incidents but did not give details. Since the war began in 2011, Syrian Kurdish fighters and their allies have set up three autonomous cantons in the north, including Afrin which borders Turkey . Read More »

Wearable tech at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games

The ceremony was also attended by North Korean ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong , as well as US Vice President Mike Pence . Communications director Jarrod Agen tweeted a laudatory review of Pence's evening: "VP stands and cheers for USA athletes ". North and South Korea are technically still at war after their 1950-1953 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty. Read More »

United Nations to meet on humanitarian crisis in Syria

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There have been reports of at least two other chemical weapons attacks since the start of the year, both on Eastern Ghouta - a suburb of the capital Damascus under the control of rebels. Paulo Pinheiro also said the "scale and ferocity" of the government's attacks on the Eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 people have been trapped since 2013, and Idlib had "increased dramatically" in the past 48 hours. Read More »

South Korea 2018 gets underway

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Tensions between the United States and North Korea have risen sharply over the a year ago, as Kim Jong Un has made rapid progress in his nuclear weapons program and has made clear the program is being developed with the American threat in mind. Read More »

Second White House staffer resigns amid domestic violence allegations

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It was unclear from the Post report if that was Sorensen's version of what Corbett claimed was him running over her foot. "She was with the campaign from the beginning, and I could not ask for anything more ". The White House's response to the allegations leveled against Porter sent the White House scrambling. Porter warned White House counsel Don McGahn in January 2017 that there could be a holdup with his security clearance, CBS News has reported. Read More »

UN chief calls for immediate de-escalation in Syria after Israel raids

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An Israeli F-16 jet was shot down by responding anti-aircraft fire from Syria. Many in Israel feared not only that Iran and its allies would entrench themselves near the Israeli border but that Hezbollah had been using the Syrian fighting as a training and that Iran might help the militia upgrade to the use of precision-guided missiles. Read More »

Two Turkish troops killed as helicopter downed

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State-run news agency Anadolu said the incident happened in Turkey's southern border province of Hatay. We have two martyrs", Yildirim said in televised remarks, but said there was: "no evidence (yet) in our hands to prove that it was a result of outside intervention. Read More »

Rally held as immigrant activist granted deportation stay

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Alina Das of the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic who has been working closely with the Ragbir case, commented on what a testament it is to his work for so many "incredible organizations (to) have stepped up to challenge the unjust targeting of our movement leaders through this lawsuit". Read More »

North Korea's Kim invites S Korean leader to Pyongyang

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In a meeting ahead of the Olympics opening ceremony - the third between the two heads of state - Mr Moon expressed a desire to improve ties, but stressed a need to "confront the history". Cho plans to greet the delegation, led by ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, at a hotel in Gangneung, some 237 kilometers east of Seoul , at 6:30 p.m. Read More »

Amid Olympic thaw, Pence says allies united in isolating North Korea

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North and South Korean athletes also won hearts when they marched under one flag at the ceremony. In the front row of the grandstand, United States' Vice-President Mike Pence stood to wave and applaud the U.S. US Vice President Mike Pence , who was seated next to Moon, stared ahead as the ceremony unfolded. On one side of the arena, North Korea's cheerleaders made noise from the opening face-off. Read More »

Dems' memo 'very political' and needs redactions, Trump says

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The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously earlier in the week to release a memo drafted by Democrats to rebut the Republican document that Trump had declassified a week earlier. Democrats say their 10-page memo corrects key mischaracterizations and crucial omissions in the Republican case. President Trump's refusal to release Intelligence Committee Democrats' memo is a stunningly brazen attempt to cover up the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal from the American people. Read More »

3 dead, 4 injured in Grand Canyon chopper crash

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Hualapai Police Department said three people have died and four more are injured. Hualapai Police Chief Francis Bradley said the helicopter, likely used for a tour, was from Las Vegas, Nevada. An after-hours phone call and email to Papillion were not immediately returned Saturday. The aircraft suffered "substantial damage", a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Authority said. Read More »

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »