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Over 200 companies have ties to illegal Israeli settlements

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was tasked by the UNHRC to report on the companies by the end of December, but missed the deadline. The "blacklist" is a database compiled by the UN Human Rights Council and includes American companies such as Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Priceline.com and Airbnb. Read More »

Budget 2018 : No change in IT exemption for individuals

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As expected, Jaitley said , "This year's Budget .will focus on strengthening of strengthening agriculture and rural economy". Indian shares rose on Thursday just ahead of the Narendra Modi-led government's last full federal budget before a general election next year, amid hopes it would stay the course on containing the fiscal deficit . Read More »

Roger Goodell marvels at Patriots' dominance in recent years

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Roger Goodell doesn't believe so. He obviously wasn't going to say yes to a question like that, but he found an easy way to disagree. "Eight of 12 teams that didn't make the playoffs before". It's entirely possible that the record-high prices we're seeing on the secondary marketplaces are due in large part to the NFL pulling more and more inventory into special packages for the uber-wealthy via its recent purchase of PrimeSport (via On Location Experiences, which is partially owned by ... Read More »

USA calls on Poland to 'reevaluate' legislation on Holocaust language

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed Israel's ambassador in Warsaw to protest the legislation with his counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, as the bill was passing Poland's legislature around Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. Nauert added that the "history of the Holocaust is painful and complex". "If enacted this draft legislation could undermine free speech and academic discourse", she said. Read More »

British Minister resigns for arriving late

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Lord Michael Bates , Minister of State for International Development, was responding to questions from Baroness Lister , when he offered her a "sincere apology ... Lord Taylor was left to answer the question in his absence. Lord Bates arrived toward the end of the half-an-hour slot, just before former foreign secretary William Hague gave a speech on the Brexit bill. Read More »

North Korea's 'reckless pursuit' of nuclear weapons might quickly threaten the US

Olympic team told reporters Wednesday they have been working closely with South Korea for two years to prepare for the 2018 Winter Games that begin with an opening ceremony February 9 in the town of Pyeongchang. According to Seoul's Unification Ministry, Pyongyang took the decision because it was upset by "biased" reporting in South Korea. Trump also said the US must "modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal" to "deter any acts of aggression". Read More »

Trump's Approval Rating at 42 Percent; Up 10 Points

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Trump's approval rate after his first 12 months in office is now languishing at 38 percent: the lowest ranking US president since Gallup first began its popularity polls with Harry Truman in 1945. Nevertheless, it is notable to mention that 83 percent of Republicans approve of his work performance. Forty-two percent of Americans now approve of the President's job performance, according to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday. Read More »

Syrians' Temporary Protected Status Extended by DHS for 18 Months

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The Trump administration is expected to extend protections for almost 7,000 Syrian citizens living in the USA for another 18 months. The extension only includes Syrian's who have continuously resided in the United States since August 1, 2016, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since October 1, 2016. Read More »

Texas Rangers Ordered by Abbott to Investigate Karolyi Ranch

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The Texas governor also commended the Walker County Sheriff's Office for their diligence in an ongoing probe into the Karolyi Ranch sexual abuse allegations, although he added that the Texas Rangers will bring top-notch investigative muscle and expertise to the multi-state case. Read More »

Afghan spy chief on visit to Pakistan

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Afghanistan's intelligence chief and interior minister made a surprise visit to Pakistan's capital on Wednesday following a recent spate of deadly attacks in Afghanistan. "This certainly is news to me!" Faisal said his country would continue to push the suspected elements belonging to the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network to prevent them from using its soil against Afghanistan. Read More »

House Speaker Ryan Supports Release of Classified Memo

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Kelly made the comments the morning after cameras caught Trump after the State of the Union address reassuring Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) that he would release the memo, despite objections by the Justice Department, FBI and Democrats , telling the congressman, "Don't worry". Read More »

North Korea hits back at United States, calls Trump administration 'racist'

He added: '[Executions] are really about trying to clamp down as much as possible on something that might be deteriorating and keeping it from deteriorating too quickly'. Reports of North and South Korea marching under one flag at the upcoming Olympics have recently made global headlines, as the Games' location in Pyeongchang, South Korea has sparked tension. Read More »

Kiwis face court action after Lorde cancels concert

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The law has not yet been tested in court because, the lawyer said, proving a link between a boycott and a call for one is often hard. "The moment we heard about the cancelation, we checked why and the reason was the letter from the two girls from New Zealand that stated remarks which we believe are false regarding Israel", Frugel stated. Read More »

RNC set to select Todd Ricketts as next finance chair

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Ricketts, who a year ago was Trump's pick to be a senior official at the Commerce Department, withdrew over a dispute with the Office of Government Ethics, citing his financial portfolio as too hard to entangle. "We look forward to electing more Republican leaders to Congress who will support President Trump's winning agenda on behalf of the American people". Read More »

Tennis return to disprove doubters says Bernard Tomic

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Doubles specialist John Peers hoped Tomic realised his ex-teammates were "there for him" after admitting it was hard to watch his ill-fated stint on Network Ten's reality TV show I'm A Celebrity ... Not all of the commentary about Tomic has been so supportive, with AFL personality Dane Swan slamming the 25-year-old while frustrated Davis Cup coach Lleyton Hewitt has been publicly feuding with Tomic . Read More »

Super Blue Blood Moon and how it affects your zodiac

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A blue moon happens when a full moon occurs twice in one calendar month. The actual total eclipse will occur from 8:51 p.m.to 10:08 p.m., during which the full moon will have a copper hue when it becomes completely obscured by the Earth's shadow. Read More »

USA delegation flees Bethlehem event as Palestinians protest

A Palestinian teenager was killed on Tuesday by Israeli troops during clashes in West Bank, officials said. A spokeswoman for the Israeli military confirmed that "violent riots are taking place in this area and burning tyres and stones were thrown at the soldiers". Read More »

Many Vikings fans rooting for the Patriots to win the Super Bowl

Against the top defense of the Vikings, Zach Ertz had 93 yards in eight receptions while Alshon Jeffery added 85 yards and two touchdowns. He received the stitches before the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars . It's really Tom's fault. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox , safety Malcolm Jenkins, linebacker Mychal Kendricks and defensive end Brandon Graham were on that 2015 defense that slowed down Brady and the Patriots offense. Read More »

Qatar Airways agrees to financial disclosures in spat with U.S. carriers

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The State Department said Qatar is also expected to disclose significant new transactions with other state-owned enterprises within two years. Qatar also made a loose commitment that the flag carrier won't launch flights to the United States from Europe or other non-Qatari cities, creating yet more competition for the US airlines. Read More »

Trump mentions Christian defector in State of the Union address

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North Korea has ramped up its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in recent months and continually threatened to target the US. "We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from happening", he said, indicating that he will take preventive measure to stop North Korea from gaining a nuclear weapon. Read More »

US House to issue memo on president bias

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While he was walking out of the Capitol after his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump signaled he would release a controversial secret memo that targets the Federal Bureau of Investigation the US Justice Department. Read More »

Justice Department warned White House about releasing memo

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Wray reviewed the memo over the weekend. Trump was overheard at the State Of The Union telling a Republican lawmaker that he is 100% sure that he is going to release the memo, so the warnings from the FBI Director and the White House review process are a sham. Read More »

San Francisco to dismiss thousands of marijuana cases

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While the law allows marijuana offenders still serving their punishments to apply for re-sentencing, and permits past offenders to seek to have their records reduced or dismissed, the state reported that it had received only 4,885 petitions as of December. Read More »

Canadian firm powers first transpacific biofuel flight

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A successful flight will mark a milestone in the search for sustainable biofuel that is compatible with standard jet fuel and can be produced in sufficient volumes to meet worldwide demand of more than 600,000 tonnes a day. Rotational or break-crops can improve soil quality, reduce erosion for food crops and provide farmers with additional income. Brassica carinata , on the other hand, makes sense as a crop grown specifically for use as a biofuel because it benefits farmers. Read More »

Ravi Ragbir Speaks Out After Being Freed from "Unnecessarily Cruel" ICE Detention

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Judge Katherine B. Forrest, an Obama appointee to the bench, said the government was following the law when it picked up Ravidath Lawrence Ragbir, the illegal immigrant. Gottlieb had already accepted Velazquez's invitation. Ragbir's removal order stems from a 2001 wire-fraud conviction. Placed into removal proceedings, he was detained almost two years before his 2008 release. Read More »

Michelle Obama Explains What Happened With Melania's Inauguration Gift-Giving Gaffe

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A gif of the moment Melania handed the present to Michelle fast began circulating, as Obama awkwardly looked for somewhere to place the gift before official photographs of the foursome were taken. Then her husband, the outgoing president, solved the problem. "First off he just walks up the steps without his wife, just leaves his wife behind", the daytime talk show host said. Read More »

Lawmakers Respond To FEMA Puerto Rico Cutoff

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Puerto Rican government officials say they were blindsided by the announcement. . Ed Loomis , USACE public affairs specialist, said Keith deployed to Puerto Rico on November 14 to serve as a peer supporter with Critical Incident Stress Management. Read More »

Russian Jet Buzzes US Military Plane over Black Sea

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EP-3 in global airspace, closing to within 5 feet (1.5 meters) and crossing directly in front of the EP-3's flight path". The swiftly criticized for "flagrantly" violating worldwide law, but US officials have been on high alert since April, when Moscow flew two bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons, although apparently unarmed, within 100 miles of Alaska's Kodiak Island. Read More »

Bacon and Fortenberry among lawmakers aboard train involved in crash

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While no major injuries to lawmakers have been reported, it is alleged that those in the struck vehicle were several injured, and that there was on fatality. Both House and Senate members were on board the train, though it's unclear how many . The scene of an accident involving a truck and a train carrying GOP members of Congress in Virginia on January 31, 2018 . Read More »

US adds Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to terrorist list

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In the State Department press release , the U.S. also designated three lesser-known armed groups as being "terrorist groups": Harakat al-Sabireen - a Gaza-based, Iranian-backed armed group, as well as two Egypt-based groups - Liwaa al-Thawra, and Harakat Sawa'd Misr. Read More »

Gowdy Will Not Seek Reelection, Plans to Return to Justice System

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He rose to prominence as chairman of the House committee investigating the September 2012 attack on a USA diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton response. mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, and the chairman of the arm that oversees Republican election efforts in the House, predicted that Gowdy's seat will stay solidly in Republican control in November. Read More »

Charges Against Senator Menendez to be Dropped

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Federal prosecutors will not retry Sen. The judge's ruling left 11 counts pending against Melgen and Menendez. The first trial of Menendez and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen (MEHL'-genn) ended in a hung jury last November. "We take no pleasure in seeing justice done at this stage in a case that should never have been brought". "Certain elements of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and our state cannot understand or accept that the Latino kid from Union City and Hudson County can ... Read More »

China denies spying on African Union, calls French report 'preposterous'

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China was the fly on the African Union's wall. It was seen as a symbol of Beijing's thrust for influence in Africa , and access to the continent's natural resources. "So I think that the story was intended for the African countries here and to attract the attention but I think they would not succeed". The AU chose Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to lead this year's theme of anti-corruption. Read More »

Minneapolis Mayor Welcomes Eagles Fans In Funny Video

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In the hours leading up to the NFC Championship game, police in Philadelphia took preventive measures in an attempt to deter Eagles fans from climbing light posts and traffic lights in the event the home team won to go to the Super Bowl. Read More »

Nawaz's counsel asks SC more time in Article 62 case

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Justice Nisar accepted the plea and directed Tarar to come prepared next week. Waseem Sajjad, counsel for a parliamentarian, stated that the present form of Article 62 is confusing and that there is a need to resolve the controversy around it. Read More »

Seaplane not damaged but off course just before deadly crash

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But Sydney seaplanes described events moments before the crash as totally inexplicable. The preliminary ATSB report found "no evidence of a bird strike or collision with an object prior to take-off or in-flight". "It is not a route we authorise in our landing and take-off area register and the plane simply should not have been where it was". The seaplane did not have a cockpit voice or flight data recorder, although it was not required to have one by law. Read More »

Andrew McCabe Stepping Down FBI

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Is he resigning effectively in protest over the imminent release of the memo? According to the Wall Street Journal , the Deputy Director's wife, Jill McCabe, launched a Senate bid as a Democrat in Virginia in 2015 and received donations from a political action committee affiliated with former Governor Terry McAuliffe, who has ties to the Clintons. Read More »

Stormy Daniels Is Coy on Rumored Affair With Trump

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Cliffords was first reported as having had an affair with the president in a January Wall Street Journal article , which stated that Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen had paid Cliffords $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged 2006 affair. Read More »

'Perverted Guru' Tariq Ramadan Held by French Police Investigating Rape Allegations

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Tariq Ramadan , an Islamic scholar and Oxford university professor, was arrested by French police yesterday over allegations by two women that he raped them. "The Oxford professor denies the allegations, claiming that they are part of a" campaign of lies launched by [his] adversaries". French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which lost staff members in a 2015 jihadist attack, also received threats after publishing a cartoon depicting Ramadan with a huge erection, captioned: "I am the sixth ... Read More »

FBI has second dossier on possible Trump-Russia collusion

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That's what The Guardian is reporting today. Shearer is a Clinton political operative. The second memo, authored by Cody Shearer , a political activist and former journalist, who was close to the White House led by Bill Clinton in the 1990s, basically repeats some of the allegations made in a dossier by former United Kingdom spy Christopher Steele , the media outlet said, citing sources. Read More »

Trump Says '100 Percent' After He's Asked to Release GOP Memo

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The White House says it will give a controversial memo connected to the Russian Federation election meddling probe a legal and national security check before President Donald Trump decides whether to release it. The House Intelligence Committee voted to allow all House members to read the memo , but it has kept it guarded from others. "It's just so freakish to watch Republicans calling for releasing the memo as though the power to release it is within the hands of anyone other ... Read More »

Trump's CDC director bought tobacco stock after taking over the agency

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Fitzgerald owns certain complex financial interests that have imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete all of her duties as the CDC director, the HHS said in a statement on Wednesday. Fitzgerald had also bought shares of pharmaceutical companies Merck and Bayer and health insurer Humana. Records show Fitzgerald sold the tobacco stock October 26. Read More »