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Angela Merkel insists 'painful' coalition talks have not undermined her authority

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The SPD's traditional left-wing youth organization, Jusos, have opposed a coalition government with the Christian Democrats, and called for reform within the party. "We shouldn't only talk about how we want to shape the next four years in Germany but also what the CDU will stand for in future, which topics we can win elections with in the next 10 years and people go along with topics", he said. Read More »

Cyclone Gita heads for Tonga

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The NDMO on its official Twitter account stated that parts of Sourthern Lau, which include Ono-i-Lau, Vatoa, Fulaga, Kabara, Moce, Komo, Namuka-i-Lau, Ogea, Oneata and Lakeba, are to expect destructive hurricane force winds and damaging storm surges from Tuesday evening. Read More »

India, UAE condemn use of terrorism as state policy

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He later showed gratitude to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed Ali Nahyan on behalf of 125 crore Indians for the construction of the huge temple. Making a veiled attack at the Opposition, Modi said, "We have to bring India at a par with the rest of the world". For this reason, many have accused India of hypocrisy for heavily supporting Israel while falsely claiming to back Palestinian statehood. Read More »

Trump questions whether Israel, Palestinians ready to make peace

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Russian Federation already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE said in an interview published on Sunday that both Israelis and Palestinians are playing roles in hindering peace in the region. Read More »

North Korea's Kim Jung Un invites South Korean president for summit

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The spectacle was greeted with apparent joy by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his guest, Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un . After months of silence on whether it would even take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, the Games have driven a rapprochement on the peninsula, while the North's athletes, performers and delegates have dominated the headlines. Read More »

N. Korean Delegation Visits Presidential Office in Seoul

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In order to placate Trump, who is known for his weakness for flattery, South Korean president Moon Jae-in lowered expectations about the thaw and publicly announced that North's willingness to participate in the Olympics is "the result of US-led sanctions and pressure". Read More »

'Ivanka Trump of North Korea' Captivates World's Media at Winter Olympics

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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. A visit by Mr Kim's sister , a handshake, a luncheon - those billing South Korea's Winter Games as the "Peace Olympics" certainly have reason to feel positive about the way it's started. Read More »

Korean unity symbolised by handshake and athletes' joint march during ceremony

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Kim Yo Jong - the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to visit the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953 - sat a row behind Pence with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. They said they felt no fear as they walked into the opening ceremony , where North Korea and South Korea would moments later march together in a show of solidarity after a decades-long bitter and sometimes bloody standoff. Read More »

Coast residents lose power in freak storm

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Forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology Michael Paech said the storm had brought strong winds, but not much rainfall. Residents at Boonah, on the Scenic Rim, posted images of hailstones the size of tennis balls and forecasters said 90km/h wind gusts were recorded at Amberley, Redcliffe, Inner Beacon, Redlands and Archerfield. Read More »

'Trump' And 'Kim' Thrown Out Of Opening Ceremony

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Later on Saturday Ms Kim, Kim Yong-nam and Moon Jae-in attended the first ice hockey match played by a unification team of athletes from both North and South Korea . Moon said improved relations between the Koreas may be a step toward resolving the nuclear standoff. "Make no mistake about it, the United States of America has viable military options to deal with a nuclear threat from North Korea but, that being said, we hope for a better path", he said. Read More »

Erdogan: Turkish military helicopter downed during Operation Olive Branch

The Syrian civil war , now entering its eighth year, has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven over 11 million from their homes, while drawing in regional countries and global powers supporting client factions on the ground. With ground and air support from the USA military and its coalition partners , the Kurdish forces pushed the Islamic State forces back to their capital of Raqqa and liberated that city last October. Read More »

Kim Jong Un invites S Korean president for summit

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Throughout the ceremony there were constant winks to peace, such as the theme "Imagine" by John Lennon, an ode to coexistence, sung by four well-known South Korean singers. The displays of unity are largely symbolic and on political level may not ultimately lead to a diplomatic breakthrough or ensure peace on the Korean peninsula. Read More »

United Nations chief urges denuclearization to North Korea

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Pence told reporters that the two leaders "spoke as friends" during his visit to South Korea , and their discussions including the meeting between Moon and the North Korean delegation , led by Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong . "I like the idea of unification and I think it's nice that North Korea's going to participate in the Olympics but I haven't really thought about unification". Read More »

'Horrific murder spree' in Kentucky leaves 5 dead in 2 shootings

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He also wrote on his Facebook page that the scene was 'heart wrenching, ' and said it was 'a multiple murder of family'. Sheriff Price put a BOLO out on the Camry. All three were deceased. Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price posted a statement on Facebook detailing the crime. There are no words to describe the heartbreak in seeing four lives taken due to the actions of one man. Read More »

Pence, Moon discuss N. Korea's charm offensive

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Kim Yong Nam , the North's nominal head of state who was also at Saturday's meeting, said "even unexpected difficulties and ordeals could be surely overcome and the future of reunification brought earlier when having a firm will and taking courage and determination to usher in a new heyday of inter-Korean relations". Read More »

Latest White House resignation has Valdosta connection

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But Kelly's handling of the Porter affair rattled some aides, who questioned his full-throated defense of an accused batterer, according to more than a half-dozen White House officials and outside advisers who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. Read More »

Lesbian Miami Catholic school teacher fired for marrying girlfriend

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In April 2014, after a judge in Florida lifted the state's ban on same-sex marriage, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who oversees Miami's Catholic archdiocese, sent a message to all employees, according to the Religion News Service . 'One has to understand that in any corporation, institution or organization there are policies and procedures and teachings and traditions that are adhered to. Read More »

Sattar dissolves Rabita Committee, calls for fresh intra-party polls

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He said that now it was evident that the issue was not of allotment of the Senate tickets but it was just an issue of convenership of the party. He said the Rabita Committee and two of its delegations went to see their estranged leader, but he did not once visit their office in Bahadurabad as a show of goodwill. Read More »

Right here's what the brand new Pa. congressional map may appear like

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In 2016, 12 congressional districts voted for Republican President Trump and six were carried by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Not only that, but the vote margins in each district would be virtually identical. The process of redrawing district lines to give an advantage to one party over another is called "gerrymandering". The plaintiffs aren't buying it. Read More »

NBC apologizes to Koreans for Japan comment

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Japan, which colonised the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945, has left a deep legacy of mistrust and ill-feeling in South Korea. Since making the ignorant and controversial comment, thousands took to various social media platforms to express their discomfort and anger. Read More »

Turkish jets resume airstrikes over Syrian Kurdish enclave

Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have issued detention warrants against the co-leader of the country's pro-Kurdish party and 16 other activists for speaking out against Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria . The official state news agency SANA reported on Thursday that the overnight attack hit tribal fighters in Khusham, a town in the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province. Read More »

Rand Paul forces temporary United States government shutdown to give a lecture

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The Senate earlier passed the stopgap spending bill 71 to 28 after an hours-long delay caused by Senator Rand Paul , a conservative in Mr Trump's own Republican Party , forced Congress to miss the midnight deadline. A band of tea party Republicans swung against the legislation as well, repelled by its spiraling spending levels. "The reason I'm here tonight is to put people on the spot", Paul said on the floor. Read More »

Trump Signs Spending Bill, Ending Brief Shutdown

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If the measure is approved, and signed by President Donald Trump before the beginning of the workday, there would be no major interruption to government services. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to reporters ahead of an expected vote in the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on a short-term budget measure that would avert a rerun of last month's three-day partial government shutdown , on Capitol Hill in Washington , U.S., February 6, 2018. Read More »

Trump says Democratic intelligence memo is 'very political' and needs redaction

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If that did happen, though, responsibility for overseeing the Mueller probe would then fall to the No. 3 official at the Justice Department, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand. Trump wrote on Twitter after the release that the memo " totally vindicates " him in the ongoing investigation into his campaign's alleged links to Russian Federation. Read More »

NBC gets almost 28M TV viewers for Olympic opening ceremony

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Mark Adams, spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, said it was "normal practice" not to disclose the source as investigations continue. Moon said that the two nations should "work together to create the environment to make it happen", according to a spokesman, signaling a rare diplomatic opportunity for the two Koreas that have been divided since 1953. Read More »

Pence bashes North Korea's military parade, endorses Trump's parade

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Dr Go Myong Hyun of The Asan Institute for Policy Studies think-tank, however, said the Winter Olympics marks a "turning point in South Korea's relations with North Korea ". 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? In it, Kim Jong Un highlighted several huge intercontinental ballistic missiles, which were successfully flight tested ... Read More »

Olympic Protest: South Koreans Burn North Korean Flags, Images of Kim Jong

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The Unified Korea delegation parades during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. The players shook hands with South Korean President Moon but Kim did not offer her hand. Moon, the progressive South Korean president who favors engagement with North Korea, hosted Kim Yo Jong, who came to Seoul as a special envoy for her brother, and Kim Yong Nam, who is technically North Korea's head of state, for lunch at ... Read More »

Pyeongchang Olympics open with a call for unity, harmony

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North Korea's Choe Un Song takes part in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating heat event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 10, 2018 . But the prospect could sow division between the dovish leader, who has long argued for engagement with the nuclear-armed North to bring it to the negotiating table, and US President Donald Trump , who a year ago traded personal insults and threats of war with Kim. Read More »

Man with Sword Attacks Church in Yogyakarta, Injures Four

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Churches are a common target for Islamic militants in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. The victims included the pastor of the church, according to police officials. He charged at one of the officers with his sword and was shot. District police chief Muhammad Firman Lukmanul Hakim said the suspect, who suffered gunshot wounds to his legs, is being held at Bhayangkara Hospital, where he is also being treated. Read More »

Former Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa poised for big win in polls

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President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Mahinda Rajapakse were among those who voted early on Saturday. Rajapaksa had backed opposition alliance which was contesting on anti-government plank. His faction of the SLFP has been accused of delaying the election out of fear of losing them by the faction led by former president Rajapaksa. Read More »

UK's Boris meets Myanmar 's Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

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Speaking during a visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh, and ahead of meeting Aung San Suu Kyi tomorrow, Mr Johnson said the Rohingya people should be able to return to their homes securely. "We need to make those points together to the government in Nay Pyi Daw". The United Nations has accused Myanmar of driving the Muslim minority across the border in an ethnic cleansing campaign. Read More »

Korea visit, Pence insists 'no daylight' on North

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Kim Yo Jong is the first member of her family to set foot in this country since the north and south were divided and her grandfather, Kim Il Sung, founded North Korea. A senior Japanese defense official said North Korea's Games charm offensive could "simply be a way to gain time" until it completed its nuclear and ballistic missile development. Read More »

Olympics Opening Ceremony sends 'powerful message of peace'

North Korea's most powerful woman was sitting behind the VP as she sat with the South Korean president Moon Jae-in. South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon will meet with the representatives from the North Korean delegation, which arrived in South Korea for the opening of the Winter Olympic Games, at lunch on Sunday, according to local media reports . Read More »