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U.S. shutdown: Trump delays State of the Union address

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Trump , she said , wants everybody to have certainty about Tuesday night that he intends to go to the chamber in Congress and deliver his State of the Union to the entire nation. The US President also criticized Pelosi for withdrawing a previous invitation to deliver the address. With everyone else, "he's like "Cryin" Chuck Schumer, "Little" Marco Rubio, "Pocahontas" Elizabeth Warren , "Lyin" Ted'", and then there's Nancy Pelosi , "or as I call her ..." The President can not speak in ... Read More »

Brexit: David Miliband puts case for new referendum

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For many MPs a second referendum appears to be the only way to break the Brexit deadlock in the House of Commons by leaving Britain's fate in the hands of the public once more. There are risks Conservative pro-Brexit MPs could try to hold up this process if they view any revised deal as unacceptable. One Labour MP in the campaign said they were wrong to pull the amendment, warning: "We are running out of time". Read More »

Michael Cohen subpoenaed by Senate Intelligence committee

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On Wednesday, Davis announced that Cohen was putting off voluntary testimony before the House Oversight Committee scheduled for February 7, alleging that Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani had threatened Cohen and his family. "Obviously, picking on his family publicly is a way of silencing him or intimidating him". Coming one day after he postponed an appearance before a House of Representatives investigative panel , the subpoena thrust Mr. Read More »

Spanish boy found dead in borehole after dire 13-day search

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Rescuers had found hair among debris removed from the well and compared it with DNA samples from the boy's drinking bottle as well as from his family, confirming his identity. Two miners had to first go down the shaft and bore a few holes. Malaga sub-prefecture said two helicopters had flown in four police explosives specialists and a potholer from Spain's Balearic Islands and the northern region of Cantabria to assist the operation. Read More »

What are your questions about the government shutdown?

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President Trump's push to temporarily reopen the government with Congress may be good news for Washington, but federal employees and businesses said Friday they'll continue to pick up the pieces after the longest shutdown in history. It's Day 2 at the pop-up food pantry at John Wayne Airport, where a conference room was transformed Monday into a mini-mart for furloughed federal workers. Read More »

‘Suspension of Onnoghen aimed at fast tracking fight against corruption’

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Former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has declared the move by President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen , as an unconstitutional action. In a statement issued its spokesman, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, in Abuja, it noted that "Buhari has finally overthrown constitutional governance", adding: "This fictionalisation of the judiciary will not stand". Read More »

U.S. plans to start sending some asylum seekers back to Mexico

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Mexico said at the time that it would coordinate with the USA on the policy's mechanics, which would ensure migrants access to information and legal services. Non-Mexican asylum-seekers will now be required to wait in Mexico as their cases go through the US courts, according to The Associated Press. Credible fear means that a migrant has a legitimate fear of returning to his or her country and can not be subject to deportation from the USA until the asylum case is processed. Read More »

Rioters taunt Greek police at Macedonia protest

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Greece's Macedonia region was also home to the ancient Greek-speaking kingdom made famous by Alexander the Great. Greek police fired teargas to disperse crowds gathered outside parliament on Thursday to protest against a deal over the name of neighbouring Macedonia, as an at times angry parliamentary debate spilled into a third day. Read More »

‘Round of US-Taliban talks ends with progress on draft peace deal’

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Such an agreement has been a requirement that the US has pushed for since last July, and it comes as the USA and the Taliban are participating in discussions in Doha, Qatar, about how to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan . Arrested in Pakistan in 2010 in an operation then considered to have dealt a fatal blow to the movement, he was released last October after a first meeting in Doha - never confirmed by the United States - between the Taliban and Khalilzad. Read More »

Europe court orders Italy to pay damages to Amanda Knox

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The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, said in its ruling that Italy hadn't succeeded in proving that "the restriction of Ms. Knox's access to a lawyer. Kercher's body was found on November 2, 2007, in the apartment she and Knox shared in Perugia, where they were both foreign exchange students. During the questioning she accused her former manager at a pub of murdering Kercher , who was later released without charge, prompting prosecutors to accuse Knox of making a ... Read More »

Nuclear, climate threats keep Doomsday Clock close to apocalypse

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The United States' decisions to abandon both the Iran nuclear deal and the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces ( INF) Treaty have contributed to keeping the infamous Doomsday Clock at two minutes to midnight. The "new abnormal" can be made an unfortunate interlude in the world's history, rather than its final chapter. The risk of nuclear war, the rising pace of climate change, and mounting information wars and fake news are all key concerns in what Bronson called " The New Abnormal " ... Read More »

Resignation over photos puts pressure on Florida governor

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Ertel confirmed that the photos were of him and that stated, "there's nothing I can say". Ertel's resignation letter declared his departure would be immediate and he told the governor it had been an honor to serve him. DeSantis told reporters "I felt it was best to just accept the resignation and move on". Last year, DeSantis narrowly defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum in a bitter race with racial overtones. Read More »

Spanish rescuers find body of toddler trapped in borehole

Eight rescue miners working in teams of two have been lowered into a shaft parallel to the borehole where a two year old boy has been trapped in for almost two weeks. The tunnel is some 70-meters underground, and a vertical shaft had to be drilled over the past few days to bring miners and rescue experts up and down during the painstaking engineering feat. Read More »

Rusty's Forecast - Chilly night, windy and cold Thursday

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That said, fast-moving and weak disturbances will bring the occasional bout of light snow. Strong northwest winds gusting to near 40 miles per hour will cause temps to drop the rest of the day. Highs by Friday afternoon will stay below zero. The winds, which could gust above 35 miles per hour on Thursday, could also result in blizzard-like conditions in the region. Read More »

Fuzzy on Trump Tower Moscow? Here's what we know so far

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Davis also pointed to "ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani, as recently as this weekend, as well as Mr. Cohen's continued cooperation with ongoing investigations", as reasons for his client postponing his testimony . Read More »

ISRO begins countdown for launch of smallest student satellite Kalamsat

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Kalamsat , a student payload, will be the first to use PS4 as orbital platform. According to ISRO, Kalamsat is world's lightest (1.26 kgs) and first 3D-printed satellite and the launch will be first to use rocket to experiment in space. Usually, PSLVs were launched without any strap-ons (boosters) or were equipped with six strap-ons fixed around the rocket, but the ISRO, for the first time, used only two boosters for the mission, an official of the space agency said. Read More »

Trump Announces a Deal Has Been Reached to End the Government Shutdown

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Overnight and into Friday, at least five Republican senators had been calling Trump, urging him to reopen the government and have the Senate consider his request for border wall money through regular legislation, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to discuss the private talks publicly. Read More »

African presidents 'snub' Uhuru in DR Congo's historic swearing

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However, a few minutes later he reappeared and continued with his address. He also thanked third-placed candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who was Kabila's preferred candidate. Tshisekedi, 55, was born shortly after Lumumba's assassination and grew up in relative comfort as the son of Étienne Tshisekedi, the founder of Congo's longest-running opposition party, who was alternately jailed and given official positions by the three leaders Congo has had over the past half-century. Read More »

Ezekwesili escaped move to sack her, ACPN says, declares support for Buhari

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) says it is impossible for any candidate to withdraw from the presidential election coming up on February 16. The Party in a statement released few hours ago, said it has withdrawn its support for her presidential aspiration. We have been put into confidence by several of her aides one of which is named lyinoluwa Aboyeji also known as Maureen, that she only wanted to use the platform of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria ACPN to ... Read More »

Arab Tribes in North Syria Speak Out Against Turkish Security Zone Plan

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The US force's withdrawal from Syria will become a positive step and will stabilize the situation in the country's northeast, Vladimir Putin said after the talks. Commenting on the Syrian political process, Putin said at the joint news conference that Russian Federation and Turkey have a position to achieve a solution to the Syrian crisis via political and diplomatic means. Read More »

Jayme Closs to Get $25K Reward Money After Saving Herself

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Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald thanked Hormel for their support during the case. The company contributed resources to search and rescue efforts, including $25,000 toward a reward. Ms Nutter took the teenager to the home of Peter and Kristin Kasinskas, where they were able to contact police. It was not clear what the Federal Bureau of Investigation will do with the $US25,000 it offered. Read More »

Dueling Plans To End US Shutdown Fail In Senate, Talks Resume

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As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. Mr Trump called Speaker Pelosi's move to lock him out of the White House "a disgrace". A competing proposal by Senate Democrats that would open government through February 8 without funding Trump's wall, and leave room for border security negotiations, was also expected to fail. Read More »

Meng Wanzhou has strong arguments to avoid extradition, ambassador says

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Trudeau told reporters in Quispamsis, N.B. that his government's focus is on getting detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor home safely from China and ensuring their rights are respected. The controversy began at an unusual press conference in the Toronto area Tuesday where McCallum said there are "good arguments" Meng could present to avoid extradition to the U.S. Read More »

FBI, Marines, join search for missing 3-year-old North Carolina boy

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Three-year-old Casey Lynn Hathaway went missing around 1pm on Tuesday in the backyard of his grandmother's house in Ernul, a rural community ringed by forests and swamps. The young boy's family said he appeared in good spirits and was already asking to watch television. Craven County stepped up. The FBI, NCIS, dozens of volunteers and the US Marine Corps also joined the effort to find the boy, Hughes said. Read More »

USA shutdown: Trump delays State of the Union address

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Donald Trump has been barred from delivering the annual presidential State of the Union address in its traditional location , the chamber of the House of Representatives. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday on "Hannity" that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has become a "nightmare" for her party as she swings farther to the left. Read More »

Amber Rudd hints she could resign to stop a no-deal Brexit

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That prompted the Business Minister to declare that no-deal should be ruled out and he said he was prepared to be sacked for saying so. Airbus has hit back at claims the government asked them to up the ante on the effects a no deal Brexit would have on the company . Read More »

Kim Jong-un applauds Trump for second summit plans

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un praised President Donald Trump and was upbeat about denuclearization January 24 after receiving a letter from Trump via envoys who traveled to Washington days earlier. "We will wait with patience and in good faith and, together with the U.S., advance step by step toward the goal to be reached by the two countries", Mr Kim was quoted as saying. Read More »

Australia to urge China to treat detained writer fairly

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Wednesday she did not have information about Yang's whereabouts and would look into the matter with relevant agencies. Chinese authorities on Thursday confirmed that they had detained outspoken blogger, author and activist Yang Hengjun at Guangzhou airport. Meng is also the daughter of the founder of the company, which enjoys strong Chinese government and military backing. Read More »

Record number of homicides in Mexico in 2018

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He had received death threats for his work as of previous year. That compares with 28,866 homicides in 2017 - an increase of more than 15%. The endemic violence presents a crucial challenge for Mexico's left-wing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December promising to improve security and root out corruption. Read More »

LA teachers to march on picket line even if agreement is reached

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Let's capitalize on this. "It is very rare that you go to the bargaining table with as many demands as we had and you win nearly every single one of them", Caputo-Pearl told the crowd. "These are people committed to public education". UTLA's 33,000-plus teachers, nurses, counselors and social workers were told Monday by union negotiators to return to their picket lines on Tuesday. Read More »

Trump’s shutdown hand weakens again after terrible two days

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The other scheduled vote is on a Democratic measure to reopen the government through February 8 without funding the wall, a stopgap measure to open the government during border security negotiations. Mr Trump was noncommittal, telling reporters at the White House that he would only sign a bill if it included a "down payment" on a border barrier. Read More »

New Zealand signs post-Brexit agreements with Britain

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The Press Association is expecting up to 36 countries to sign these agreements with the UK. "In announcing an agreement the Prime Minister has been silent on treatment of our most important exports to the United Kingdom and what tariffs and quotas will be applied", McClay said. Read More »

Netanyahu warns of 'lethal' reaction to any Gaza escalation

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Gaza's dominant Hamas group refused to let Qatar send in $15 million of aid on Thursday, part of a tortuous standoff involving Israel and rival Palestinian factions that has left thousands of civil servants there short of pay. Mass protests and clashes erupted on the Gaza-Israel border in March past year. The Israeli approval reportedly came after the security establishment told the political echelon that Hamas was involved in the most recent border violence and that resuming the ... Read More »