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Govt to ensure passage of Triple Talaq bill in Budget session


In his address to a joint sitting of Parliament on the first day of the Budget Session , the President said the enterprises or companies creating new employment opportunities are being provided financial assistance under the "Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana". Read More »

Brussels to 'hit back swiftly' if Trump imposes anti-EU trade measures


We also believe that while trade has to be open and fair it has also to be rules-based. According to the spokesman of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, the EU "is ready to react quickly and appropriately" in the event that exports are affected "by any restrictive trade measure" from Washington. Read More »

Pakistan strongly condemns terrorist attack in Kabul

The latest incident comes just two days after a powerful explosion rocked the Afghan capital's diplomatic district, killing 103 people and injuring at least 235, including 30 police officers. "Police identified the suicide attacker and before the police could kill the attacker, he blew up the explosives in front of Chicken Street and unfortunately caused such a huge number of casualties". Read More »

Russian Fighter Jet Buzzes US Plane Over Black Sea, Navy Says


The Russian Defense Ministry said its fighter jet flew "strictly in accordance with global rules" when it intercepted the U.S. surveillance plane. "A Su-27 fighter jet from air defense alert force was used to intercept the target". The US Navy has upped its presence in the area in recent years. Russian military leaders are known for a lot of things. "The Russian military is within its right to operate within global airspace, but they must behave within worldwide standards set to ensure ... Read More »

Irish cabinet set to decide on historic abortion referendum

The Government is set to imminently outline proposals to amend abortion laws if the Eighth Amendment were to fall in the referendum, potentially paving the way for a dramatic liberalisation of the current position. The public will not vote on the specifics of how the law will change. The Taoiseach has already announced he will be campaigning to liberalise the law, and his Cabinet is expected to adopt a collective stance on the issue. Read More »

Bruno Mars triumphs at Grammys; Jay-Z is biggest loser


He went on to explain that those songs brought people together from all over the world and he wanted to invoke that same feeling with his album 24k Magic . Kendrick Lamar , center, performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in NY. Actress and singer Janelle Monae said the music business had to address issues of equal pay for women, abuse of power and harassment. Read More »

Driver Trying to 'Run People Down' Shot by Off-Duty Cop in Philadelphia


He seriously injured one person. The driver is in hospital in an "extremely critical condition" with a gunshot wound to the head, according to police. Sekou Kinebrew, police spokesman. A few minutes later, he struck a 40-year-old pedestrian and flipped him onto the hood of his vehicle. The detective then opened fire, striking the man several times. Read More »

Jordan king vows more efforts to defend Palestinian cause


Jordan's king, who serves as custodian to Islamic holy sites in Israeli annexed-East Jerusalem, told German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier that "we do believe in a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the capital for the Palestinians". Steinmeier said "we have many things to talk about" like Jerusalem, tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and refugees. On December 6 a year ago, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital and relocate the USA embassy ... Read More »

United Nations employees in Gaza demonstrate against U.S. aid cut


The US suspended $65 million to the UN's Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) earlier this month, as well as a separate $45 million in food aid, AFP reported . The PA, following US president Donald Trump declaration of Jerusalem the capital of Israel , announced halt of the Israeli-Palestinian talks, saying that the no longer qualified to lead the "peace process". Read More »

Netanyahu To Putin: Iran Trying To Turn Lebanon Into 'Missile Factory'


The final and most important agenda for the two leaders is the opening of "Sobibor: Those Who Defeated Death", an exhibition dedicated to the 75 anniversary of the uprising of prisoners' at the Sobibor concentration camp. I think that the main lesson of the rise of the Nazis and, afterwards, their defeat, is that one needs to take a strong and timely stand against murderous ideologies. Read More »

Police Arrest 7-Year-Old Boy for Allegedly Attacking Teacher


According to the police report, the boy "attacked the teacher by repeatedly punching her on her back, in the hallway and continued to fight the teacher, grabbing her hair and pulling it toward him". "A danger to society?'" The boy's mother, Mercy Alvarez, says she was brought to tears at the sight of her 7-year-old son in handcuffs. After being immobilized, the first-grader was taken to the principal's office who chose to notify the authorities. Read More »

Two Key Senators Urge Trump Restraint On Russia-Probe Comments


The comments by Lindsey Graham of SC and Susan Collins of ME came after it emerged last week that Trump discussed firing Mueller this past June, but was talked out of doing so by White House counsel Don McGahn and other officials. "I'm looking forward to it, actually", Trump said when asked by reporters. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a letter to Congress that his office "succeeded in using forensic tools" to recover messages from Federal Bureau of Investigation devices, ... Read More »

Sisi to contest Egypt presidential poll virtually unopposed


Would-be candidates were required to register by 2 p.m. (1200 GMT) on Monday after clinching at least 20 nominations from parliament or 25,000 pledges from citizens across the country. Former military commander Sisi was elected in 2014, a year after leading the army to oust Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. Al-Nour was formed in 2011, months after an uprising overthrew Hosni Mubarak, an uprising Egypt 's most prominent Salafi clerics viewed with caution. Read More »

White House confirms Trump wants to release classified Federal Bureau of Investigation memo


Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a key Republican who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own Russian Federation probe, said it "wouldn't hurt" to pass legislation protecting Mueller. So could Trump's false statement about not even considering firing Mueller hurt him in a similar way, if Mueller deems it to be deliberately misleading? Boyd's letter said the Justice Department is "currently unaware of any wrongdoing relating to the FISA process", but that the ... Read More »

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to Step Down


Watch the White House Press Briefing with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders above. Still, McCabe has been the primary target of a campaign by Trump and other Republicans to undermine confidence in the top ranks of the FBI amid the Russian Federation investigation. Read More »

'Serial killer:' words now used in massive police investigation


McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, was arrested on January 18 and previously charged with two counts of first-degree murder in relation to the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen. So far, they are searching some 30 properties. Human remains are being sent to laboratories for DNA analysis in hopes of identifying the victims. Police said they have not ruled out that some of the remains could belong to victims who have already been identified. Read More »

Bruno Mars Wins Record of the Year at 2018 Grammy Awards


Ed Sheeran , who could not attend the ceremony, won two prizes - best pop vocal performance for Shape Of You and best pop album for Divide . Other people on Twitter were speculating, though, that the power couple were so late for the ceremony, they weren't even in their seats when it began. Read More »

Jennifer Hudson to star as Aretha Franklin in biopic


At the party, Jennifer Hudson performed " Think " and " Respect " in honor of Franklin. She was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, who said of Franklin, "Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll - the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope". Read More »

Syrian opposition says will boycott Russia-brokered peace talks in Sochi


At least seven Turkish soldiers, 59 Kurdish YPG fighters and 69 Turkish-backed rebels have... The Syrian opposition will not attend a peace conference Russian Federation is hosting next week, a spokesman said on Saturday, dismissing the meeting as an attempt by the Syrian government's close ally to "sideline" the current United Nations peace process. Read More »

Anchorage man arrested in Nebraska with 227 pounds of marijuana


The bust happened Thursday morning on Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County. According to Virginia State Police, around 9 a.m. on Wednesday a Trooper with VSP stopped a 2018 Ford Escape traveling southbound for speeding 10 miles per hour over the posted 70 miles per hour speed limit. Read More »

Militants attack military academy in Kabul


He said two insurgents were killed in the gun battle and one was arrested by soldiers. Security officials have warned of possible further attacks. The recent carnage is also tied, analysts said, to President Donald Trump's decision last month to increase pressure on Pakistan , long seen as supporting the Taliban as a proxy force in Afghanistan. Read More »

Polar ice caps are 'at a record level'

The Arctic and Antarctic saw record lows for sea ice previous year. This year is likely to be in the top five warmest years ever, if not the top two, according to NASA and NOAA researchers. "As usual, they took advantage of the U.S. We were in a awful deal", Trump said. In December 2017, Trump dropped climate change from a list of threats to USA national security. Read More »

Trump blasts European Union for trading with U.S. 'very unfairly'

Though a major House of Lords report released on Saturday argued that the European Union could suffer even more than the City if a financial services trade deal is not agreed, 85 per cent of major United Kingdom business leaders, or "captains", surveyed by Ipsos Mori said that the government's successful handling of Brexit talks was vital to their business. Read More »

Water crisis could lead to credit downgrade for Cape Town


Earlier on Saturday morning the City's Water and Sanitation Department was notified that some shops are selling municipal tap water. It is predicted that the city will hit "Day zero" on April 12, the period when all taps will be turned off and residents expected to access water from 200 designated pick-up points. Read More »

Lots Of Chances Of Snow This Week


A winter weather advisory has been issued for tonight with between 2 to 4 inches of snow possible for some areas. Forecasters call for breezy southwest winds gusting as high as 31 miles per hour with rain showers becoming likely in the afternoon. Read More »

Trump tried to fire Mueller. So what?

That's where they're moving forward. Once Robert Mueller knew about the texts last summer, he removed Strzok from the Russian Federation probe; he was reassigned to human resources. Strzok was reassigned from Mueller's Russian Federation investigation following the discovery of anti-Trump text messages he and Page, who was also briefly detailed to Mueller's team, had shared. Read More »

Colder with accumulating snow tonight


Snow showers, even some periods of light snow, are expected Tuesday morning through the afternoon. TODAY: Mostly cloudy, with some sunshine, especially in western CT. We will though be keeping an eye on the transition between rain and snow on Wednesday . We could see a little clearing late in the afternoon Tuesday as the snow starts to exit and Canadian high pressure starts to move in from the west. Read More »

Mixed response to Government's move to pass the Talaq bill


The government hopes that the bill to end the practice of instant triple talaq would get similar support from the opposition as the Constitution amendment bill to allow the goods and services tax (GST) did previous year. PM Modi also said Parliamentary committees should do more to evaluate various provisions in the budget and come up with a roadmap. But the bill could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha due to a deadlock over Oppositions demand seeking its reference to a Select Committee for ... Read More »

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio fires chief of staff


Rubio didn't name Reed in his statement but said his chief of staff's improper relations with subordinates led to "threats to withhold employment benefits". "He's a superb manager who loves Florida, has earned my trust, and relishes the challenge of solving tough problems", Rubio said when he named Reed to the post. Read More »

Seine swells higher, keeping Paris on alert By


Floodwaters were nearing their peak in Paris on Saturday, with the rain-swollen Seine River engulfing scenic quays and threatening wine cellars and museum basements. In Paris , streets next to the river and buildings in low-lying areas were vulnerable, but most Parisians appeared unfazed by their newfound waterworld. Read More »

We Are Not Biased, Says Karnataka Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Controversial Circular


The four districts are Bagalkote, Belagavi, Dharwad and Gadag in Karnataka's north-west region, 400-550 km from state capital Bengaluru . In the wake of accusations of minority appeasement, the Congress government in Karnataka has made a decision to modify a proposed circular that was to be issued by the state police department to police units, seeking details of cases filed against "innocent minorities" so that they can be considered for withdrawal. Read More »

Tom Izzo hopes people 'rally behind the survivors' in sexual abuse scandal

Neither former star Adreian Payne nor Travis Walton was ever charged. "Every one", Izzo said. "I'm sure it was draining at the end for me". "He graduated", Izzo said. "I just kinda wanna be a supporter, the best that I can", Bell told ESPN . Izzo: "I don't know what you mean". This is something that affects them. Read More »

North-east skiers win their places at Winter Olympics in PyeongChang


One such story includes the ban of Russian Federation to participate as a country at these Games, following a doping scandal which saw 1,000 athletes caught for positive drug tests. "If an athlete is not on the list then the independent panel has serious indications by different sources and by different means". Before departing for PyeongChang , the snowboardcross athletes will compete in Bansko, Bulgaria and in Feldberg, Germany. Read More »

I would be tougher than May in Brexit talks


It comes amid growing Tory discontent over the Prime Minister's leadership and rumours that a challenge is close to being triggered, as well as an apparent briefing war between potential contenders Boris Johnson and Gavin Williamson. The party was still "neck and neck" with Labour in the polls after eight years of government, as well as "taking seats off them" in local government elections, he said. Read More »

Stokes team splashes out in IPL auction as England stars miss out


Rashid Khan, Afghanistan leggie with a base price of Rs 2 crore, was sold to KXIP for Rs 9 crore but SRH used their RTM to thwart the bid. And (he) requested if we would refrain from bidding from him or using Right To Match. They then picked up a couple of wicketkeepers, Kartik and Robin Uthappa and matched offers for their wrist spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla. Read More »

Oilers' Connor McDavid wins fastest skater again at skills competition


He called Lauren a "rock star " and repeatedly noted that he would not be playing every day for the Devils , or in this All-Star Game, if not for her. The next hardest shot came from Subban, who registered one at 98.7 on his second attempt. I play against these guys, I know how good they are. But during Saturday's Gatorade NHL Puck Control Relay at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in Tampa , Seguin cranked up the creativity to 11 with an unconventional way of navigating the course ... Read More »

Zainab murder case: Journo says accused part of pornography ring


The summons to media representatives were issued at the heels of false allegations made by TV anchorperson Shahid Masood about the suspect recently arrested in the Zainab murder case. On Tuesday, police officials said the suspect had confessed to the murders. The senior journalist also skipped the JIT's meeting held on Friday. He had repeated the allegations in the Supreme Court on Thursday. Read More »

Hospital visit turns fatal as MRI machine sucks man in


The Mumbai police have booked two people, including a resident doctor and a ward boy, for causing death by negligence . Since MRI machines generate a strong magnetic field, no metal objects are allowed near it. The police are investigating the matter. The hospital authorities have also handed over the CCTV footage of the incident to the police, the report added. Read More »

Gunmen attack Kabul military academy


Officials said Sunday the death toll has risen to 103 people, while 235 were wounded in the assault. There are reports of gunfire and explosions near the Marshal Fahim national defense university in Kabul . The Afghanistan government had declared a day of national mourning after the attack. Further details about the number of attackers and possible victims were unclear. Read More »

Death Toll Rises to 103 in Deadly Kabul Bombing

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack . Member of Parliament Mirwais Yasini, who witnessed the blast, recounted that an ambulance neared the police checkpoint and exploded. Windows at the nearby Jamhuriat government hospital were shattered, and its walls were damaged. "I came out and helped the people wounded". The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the police, also has offices in the area. Read More »

Larry Nassar, MSU, and Title IX Investigations


If Nassar does make it to the state system, where he's been sentenced to serve 40 to 175 years , he would be kept away from the general population. Nassar was a Michigan State sports physician from 1997 to 2016. "It's unacceptable and the administration here needs to take accountability for what has happened", she said. Read More »

Hillary Clinton makes cameo in Grammys skit about Trump


After John Legend auditioned and failed because his voice was too smooth, Cher tried out, then Snoop Dogg , Cardi B and DJ Khaled before Clinton finally sat down and gave it a go. "No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made", Clinton read. The skit led to many reactions online - including from Nikki Haley , the current U.S. Read More »

The White House's Welcome Proposal on Immigration


But the plan - put out by the White House on Thursday - would, in effect, pit Dreamers against other groups of immigrants. President Donald Trump said he is "willing to shift more " on his border security and DACA demands if that's what is required to reach an immigration deal that will pass Congress in February. Read More »

Trump Calls Reports on Ordering Mueller's Firing 'Fake News'


But in recent days Trump has put forward a more positive face regarding the investigation, telling reporters at the White House on Wednesday that he was " looking forward " to testifying under oath before the special counsel. Richard Blumenthal , D-Connecticut, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on MSNBC a "constitutional crisis" is looming. "There's been no indication the president or the White House are not cooperating with the special counsel". Read More »

Finland´s President Poised For New Six-Year Term After Crushing Poll Victory


Haavisto, the runner-up in the 2012 presidential election, conceded the race long before the vote count was completed, telling Finnish national broadcaster Niinisto "is the republic's new president with this result". The president also acts as the supreme commander of military forces and can veto legislation. Judged by his vast popularity, Niinisto has seemingly handled well this fine balancing act - a long-running tradition in the Nordic nation that doesn't belong to North Atlantic Treaty ... Read More »