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France will block Brexit delay without "new choice" by UK ( Guardian ): Emmanuel Macron has said France will block a Brexit delay unless there is a "new choice" by Britain , as Spain's prime minister said that merely postponing the no-deal deadline would not be "reasonable or desirable". Read More »

Huawei pleads not guilty to trade secret theft charges


The plea was entered before U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez and a trial was scheduled for March 2, 2020. Charges against the two equipment manufacturing units follow multiple indictments announced last month against the parent company and the company's chief financial officer in the T-Mobile case, as well as separate charges against Huawei for violating U.S. Read More »

MP Glen Motz speaks on Wilson-Raybould controversy


Jody Wilson-Raybould said she was pressed repeatedly to "find a solution" for engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. The Montreal-based firm was charged in 2015 with corruption for allegedly bribing officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to secure government contracts during former strongman Moamer Kadhafi's reign. Read More »

Overnight snow could make Wednesday's commute tricky across MI


A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Wind chills of -20 to -10 are likely by Monday morning. Denver and the eastern plains will be colder Saturday with snow increasing in the afternoon and becoming moderate to heavy Saturday night . Wind: SE/S 5-10. Read More »

Al-Shabab lay siege to downtown Mogadishu hotel, killing at least 29


Under U.S. President Donald Trump , Washington has stepped up attacks against the group, and U.S. Africa Command has announced six air strikes in recent days that it said killed a total of 83 militants since February 23. "The Shebab assailants, whom we saw, were only two", said former Somali MP Abdi Barre Jibril. "Al-Shabaab fighters fled the fixed positions they once held in Mogadishu in 2011, and have since lost many of their strongholds". Read More »

ISIS supporters, victims evacuate last Islamic State enclave in Syria


He said the SDF were advancing on two fronts using medium and heavy weaponry, and three of its fighters had been wounded so far. Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters are searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF ) after leaving the Islamic State's last holdout of Baghouz in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province, February 22, 2019. Read More »

Global media hails Pakistans move to release Indian pilot


The closures snarled air traffic. Pakistan retaliated to the Indian air strikes by shooting down a MiG-21 fighter jet on Wednesday and detained its pilot, who was returned to India on Friday in a peace gesture . "The region will prosper if there is peace and stability". She said: "China's message is clear to both sides: exercise restraint". Pakistan has always benefitted from superior weaponry supplied by the United States war industry, even as India has had to rely on archaic ... Read More »

Missing climbers: Russians to help search Pakistan peak for missing Italian, Brit

A climber whose mother died on K2 has gone missing on a unsafe 26,66ft high peak known as Killer Mountain in Pakistan . A number of deaths have earned it the nickname of "Killer Mountain". Chris Bonington, mountaineer and a family friend of Ballard, told BBC Radio 4 earlier Thursday that the pair were "attempting a very, very hard route up Nanga Parbat, up the Mummery spur, which is the most direct route up". Read More »

Sully HW Bush gets welcomed to the Walter Reed Medical Center


One mission is complete , and another is just getting started. The yellow Labrador retriever joined Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program in Bethesda, Maryland, on Wednesday as a sworn service dog. He was trained by America's VetDogs , a nonprofit organization that prepares service dogs for disabled military veterans and first responders. As Bush was a Navy veteran and a staunch supporter of the military, there was no question as to where Sully should go ... Read More »

Canada urges India, Pakistan to avoid further military escalation


In a press release of the Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces, Ghafoor mentioned "India wanted our attention and now they have it. - The Prime Minister of Pakistan said that the attack on the Pulwama said that India wants some kind of investigation. The military action was based on "credible information" that militants were planning other attacks in various parts of the country, Swaraj said. Read More »

Feds green-light formal extradition process for Meng Wanzhou


Meng Wanzhou". Canada has said it will allow the extradition of Huawei chief executive Meng Wanzhou to the USA, but the court must make final decision. The 47-year-old businesswoman was changing planes in Vancouver in December when she was detained at Washington's request on suspicion of violating USA sanctions on Iran - sparking arrests of Canadians in China that were seen as retaliatory. Read More »

Pakistan partially re-opens airspace, ready to hand over Indian pilot


Beating retreat and flag-lowering ceremony at Attari-Wagah border have been cancelled for today. Two Indian air force jets then responded, crossing the de facto border that divides Kashmir . It divided the Indian subcontinent into a predominantly Hindu India and mostly Muslim Pakistan. A massive metal gate opened as Varthaman, dressed in a sharp suit, walked into India and shook hands with security officials. Read More »

IAF bombs JeM training camps across PoK


Balakot , which was ravaged by the 2005 natural disaster in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), has been in the news for housing terrorist training camps of Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad. The attack eliminated a large number of militant group members, including trainers and senior commander, the Indian official added. He asked the Indian leadership to "rethink its war strategy" and warned that if India initiated a war, then Pakistan would hoist its flag in New ... Read More »

House panel demands White House turn over records following report about Kushner


FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump passes his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner during a Hanukkah Reception at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 7, 2017. With that designation, he has been able to attend classified briefings, get access to the president's daily intelligence report and issue requests for information to the intelligence community. Read More »

At least 20 dead after major fire at Cairo train station


At least 45 people were also injured. Eyewitness and local media pictures showed horrifying scenes of charred bodies lying on the tracks and the platform. Doctors told Xinhua that most of the wounded are of second or third degree of burn and in critical conditions. Egyptians have long complained that successive governments have failed to enforce basic safety standards for the railways. Read More »

Pakistan hands over captured pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to India


Pakistan also captured an Indian pilot who was arrested by troops after the downing of his aircraft. The announcement by Prime Minister Imran Khan to release the captive Indian pilot as a goodwill gesture has widely been welcomed by nearly all the political parties, but the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has questioned its timing. Read More »

GOP reps refer Michael Cohen to DOJ for alleged perjury during hearing


He was interviewed behind closed doors by the House Intelligence Committee for more than eight hours. Cohen, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to Congress about the Moscow real estate project and reports to prison in May for a three-year sentence, gave harsh testimony about Trump on several fronts Wednesday. Read More »

Pakistan welcomes Turkey's role as mediator with India

Pakistan held Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Wednesday after fighter jets of both the nations engaged in an air battle following an unsuccessful attempt to target Indian military installations in retaliatory strikes. Pakistani and Indian flags fly in their respective countries. Meanwhile, acting Indian High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia arrived at the Foreign Office on Friday morning for a briefing on the imminent release of Wing Commander Abhinandan . Read More »

Terminally ill girl asks for letters from dogs


A GoFundMe set-up to help cover the Emma's medical expenses has nearly reached its $100,000 goal. "It's a devastating diagnosis but seeing her smile in present day and seeing those moments has carried the hope for the family", family friend Kelly Zimmerman told GMA. Read More »

Lynne Patton Shreds Rep. Tlaib For Calling Her ‘A Prop’ For Trump


Two MSNBC panelists compared Rep. Mark Meadows' (R-NC) Lynne Patton moment in Congress on Wednesday to a slave auction. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) later called out Meadows for dragging Patton into the controversy. Cohen responded, before asserting that Trump is a racist because he does not have any black executives: "As neither should I, as the son of a Holocaust survivor". Read More »

IHC dismisses petition challenging release of Indian pilot


Responding to this, Pakistan then retaliated with their own air raid, pushing India to send more aircraft into their neighbor's airspace, culminating in two jets reportedly being shot down yesterday. A number of civilians were also killed in cross-border shelling. The proposal was moved jointly by the three permanent members of the Security Council on Wednesday, senior officials told ET. Read More »

MPs back May's new Brexit strategy as European Union warns of delay conditions


Aston Martin, which has authorised up to 30 million pounds (US$40 million) worth of contingencies, is stocking more components and could fly in parts if ports are clogged up. If Brexit really is the will of the people, then surely Brexiters must be supremely confident that the people will once again vote to leave the EU? Labour MP for Greenwich and Woolwich Matthew Pennycook said that he was "disappointed" that Labour's amendment "did not secure a majority in the Commons", adding that it was ... Read More »

UN Faults Israel Over Deadly 2018 Crackdown on Gaza Protests


The chair of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry, Santiago Canton, said: "Israeli soldiers committed violations of worldwide human rights and humanitarian law". The commission stated that it investigated all 189 fatalities and tracked over 300 injuries from March to December of a year ago and claimed all were caused by Israeli security forces. Read More »

'Tiniest baby boy' ever sent home leaves Tokyo hospital


In Tokyo, Keio University Hospital quoted the boy's mother as saying, "Honestly speaking, I didn't know whether he could live, so I am really happy he has grown so much". That baby, who was born to a 7-foot-11-inch Canadian giantess, however, died 11 hours later. "The main nutrient that controls babies' growth is sugar", Atkins said. Read More »

Cardinal George Pell to be held in custody, bail revoked


The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse was sent to prison on Wednesday and will wait two weeks to learn his sentence for attacking two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. Shine Lawyers attorney Lisa Flynn says the father, who like his son can not be named because it is illegal under Australian law to identify a victim of sexual assault, is planning to sue the church or Pell individually once his appeal is finalised. Read More »

Third of Tory MPs rebel in Brexit vote

But if she fails, she has promised MPs votes on 13 March and 14 March on whether to leave the bloc without a deal , and if not, to seek a short delay. BBC political correspondent Ben Wright said Mr Eustice's resignation was a symbolic stand against what he thought was a mistake in government policy. Read More »

Lawmakers call Otto Warmbier's treatment "unforgivable" after Trump defends Kim


Trump announced overnight that there'd be no deal in Hanoi, Vietnam because Kim was "unprepared" to fully denuclearize in exchange for the full removal of us -led sanctions. The president's second-ever summit with Mr. Kim ended abruptly without a deal Thursday, after Pyongyang asked Washington to lift crushing sanctions without offering to fully dismantle its weapons sites. Read More »