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War of memos on Trump's desk

Any document released by House Democrats would have to address new allegations the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought to redact information in a bid to keep its alleged foibles out of the public spotlight, sources said. They said their document would counteract what they criticized as "highly misleading" assertions in the Republican memo. But those talks appear to be going nowhere as, according to Schiff, the White House "continues to prohibit Mr. Read More »

Police officer shot dead, two deputies wounded serving warrant in Georgia

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The Locust Grove Police officer was transported to the hospital and died. A police officer was shot dead and two sheriff's deputies were wounded on Friday in a small Georgia town by a gunman who was then killed, the county sheriff said. When asked about reports that the warrant stemmed from a traffic violation, McBrayer said he was not sure. "All we can do is lift him up and let God take care of him and these doctors and nurses that are handling him and thank God for the bulletproof vest", ... Read More »

Lebanon Vows It Will Use Offshore Energy Reserves Disputed by Israel

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Meanwhile, Lebanon is protesting a controversial wall that Israel is planning to build along its southern border but Lebanon says would encroach on its territory. Official Lebanese sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the mediation to resolve the dispute over the maritime border was "not new" and "complements previous mediation efforts initiated in 2011". Read More »

Countdown for PyeongChang opening ceremony

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In this photo , an athlete trains during previews ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea , Feb. How many Indian athletes are taking part in 2018 Winter Olympics? Alongside 22 athletes, Pyongyang has sent more than 400 delegates to the Games, including a team of cheerleaders and an orchestra. Read More »

Trump says he would 'love' to see another government shutdown

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But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later said that Mr Trump was "not advocating for the shutdown ". But President Donald Trump rejected McCain-Coons proposal because it omitted immediate border wall funding and failed to do anything on chain migration or visa lottery reforms. Read More »

US Supreme Court won't hear Pa. case

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The court ruled that district lines can be redrawn to preserve some district lines, protect incumbents, and maintain political balance in the state, but that those considerations should be subordinate to politically neutral districts and that " gerrymandering for unfair partisan political advantage" would be unconstitutional . Read More »

Is Trump More Popular Than Obama?

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With a probe revealing no real evidence after months of investigating, Americans are not buying the Democrat claim of the Trump campaign colluding with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election, according to IBD. A majority of Americans say special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation is fair and ... Read More »

Oxfam, British Charity, Admits Sexual Misconduct by Workers in Haiti

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Stocking was chief executive of Oxfam when the allegations emerged in 2011, during which she said, "Oxfam never tolerates misconduct by our aid workers". Murray Edwards College has defended its president after she was accused of covering up the fact that senior Oxfam staff exploited young women for sex in the wake of the Haiti natural disaster. Read More »

Salesforce investing $2 billion in Canada, as USA tech firms head north

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We have access to markets around the world with the trade deals we're signing. "They're not coming because of investments we offer, in most cases we haven't", said Trudeau . At least some of that enthusiasm translated into new investment. "We're working very hard and seriously to get there, but we know that any deal has to be a win-win-win", Mr. Read More »

Abe meets Moon in S.Korea

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At the start of the meeting, Moon said that on the occasion of the Olympics, his government is working to resolve the issue of North Korea's nuclear development and bring permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. Abe is thought to have urged Moon to keep pressuring Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile programs , despite a mounting inter-Korean reconciliatory mood. Read More »

Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher on Wall Street

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U.S. stocks finished lower on Wednesday after early gains, with investors remaining cautious after the recent market slide and hedging their bets. Wednesday's trading lacked the wild swings of the prior two sessions, but the Dow moved in a roughly 500-point range, more than three times the average daily swing over the past year. Read More »

Trump praises Rob Porter, aide who resigned over spousal abuse allegations

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He has also beaten back his own accusations of misconduct with women, which suggests Kelly's efforts to defend Porter probably weren't a dealbreaker for Trump personally. Staff secretary Rob Porter says allegations that became public this week are "outrageous" and "simply false". In April, Willoughby published a blog post in which she accusing Porter of physically and verbally abusing her during their marriage, including one instance in which he pulled her from the shower to yell at her in ... Read More »

South Africa vs India, 3rd ODI: Hosts elect to bowl, visitors unchanged

What India's spinners have done particularly well is prevent South Africa from coming at them, like they would like to do, by holding back their lengths. AB de Villiers is likely to be fit with either of Khaya Zondo or the out of form David Miller to make way. I'm sure AB will have a few pointers for the guys on how to handle spin and how to play spin, maybe a few different attacking options but like I said, it doesn't matter what advice because he's got advice for everything and it's ... Read More »

White House on Porter controversy: 'We all could have done better'

A shocked Cooper then asked "So you're anxious about Hope Hicks? " and she nodded, saying "I am anxious". "Porter's characterization of the [then] impending allegations from his ex-wives". "So therefore, if I never knew about background issues, I was never working actively quell them". He is kind and considerate towards all. Both women say they told FBI investigators during background interviews for Porter's security clearance. Read More »

With extraordinary political optics, the Winter Olympics begin

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Earlier Friday, Pence traveled to the South Korean Navy's 2nd Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul , to visit a memorial for the South Korean warship Cheonan, which was sunk by an explosion blamed on the North. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister has landed in the South, becoming the first member of Pyongyang's ruling dynasty to set foot in the rival country since the Korean war. Read More »

Three Pakistanis declared as global terrorists

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On Jan 17, two extremists were killed in a U.S. drone strike on a location on both sides of Afghanistan and Pakistan. In a strong worded response to the query by David Asman in a news program of an American TV, Bilawal said terrorists killed thousands of Pakistanis in several terrorist incidents, adding it is Pakistanis who suffered massive losses more than that suffered by the Americans. Read More »

Media Won't Admit Senate Budget Deal Signifies Potential Win for Trump

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His remarks came as Senate leaders attempted to schedule a vote on a bipartisan budget agreement attached to a bill to fund the government until March 23. Some conservatives railed against the spending increases. He said it will start with essentially a blank slate and both Democrats and Republicans will be able to offer amendments for a vote. Read More »

Egypt announces major military operation in Sinai and Nile Delta

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The law enforcement forces started in the morning implementing the comprehensive plan against the terrorist and criminal elements and organizations in north and central Sinai along with other desert areas in western Delta, Refai said. Egypt has been fighting the jihadist insurgency in northern Sinai since the army overthrew then-President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Jihadists have also attacked tourists, killing all 224 people on board a Russian plane carrying holidaymakers in 2015 that ... Read More »

Aly Raisman: Olympic Coach Knew About Larry Nassar's Abuse

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Gymnastics to task for turning a blind eye to his misconduct. Bailey Lorencen, who said that Nassar abused her when she was a middle-school gymnast, said in court last week, " John Geddert - you have what's coming to you". "A lack of nation allowed Nassar's offenses to infect almost every level of gymnastics in our country", the letter to Engler said. In an interview with MLive, Bishop said it's appalling to him that allegations against Nassar "on several occasions were not even ... Read More »

Trump signs $400 billion budget bill, ending fed shutdown

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The Senate had passed the spending package hours earlier, after missing a midnight deadline to prevent a shutdown. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in protest of increased spending before narrowly passing the House nearly four hours later. Despite the support of their Senate leader Chuck Schumer, who says the budget accord will "break the long cycle of spending crises", some Democrats have complained that the bill does not address immigration. Read More »

Amitabh Bachchan admitted in Lilavati Hospital

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Earlier today, the teaser for Amitabh Bachchan's upcoming film 102 Not Out was released online. Ever since the first look was unveiled , movie buffs were excited to see the two actors coming together on screen after 27 years. Incidentally, Amitabh and Rishi co-starred in films including Coolie , Naseeb, Amar Akbar Anthony and Kabhi Kabhie . How often you see a Bollywood flick where the lead actors are over 70 and but still manage to win your hearts. Read More »

Robecosam AG Purchases 11374 Shares of Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO)

The firm acts as an investment adviser for institutional and other private investors, and provides sub advisory services to other investment companies; and underwrites and distributes registered open-end mutual fund portfolios. While for the Next 5 years, the company could expect a growth of 8.98% per annum, whereas in the past Five years Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO's profit will be $2.62B for 18.29 P/E if the $0.53 EPS becomes a reality. Read More »

How one GOP senator - Rand Paul - caused the super-short shutdown

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The bipartisan budget deal, which eventually cleared the Senate and the House, will lift strict budget caps and pave the way for lawmakers to spend an extra $300 billion over the next two years on defense and domestic programs. But top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer warned that the delay put legislators "in risky territory". On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the conference would not support the Senate budget deal until House Speaker Paul Ryan made a similar ... Read More »

California #MeToo leader Cristina Garcia accused of sexual misconduct

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Politico reported that the former staffer, Daniel Fierro of Cerritos, said Garcia, a Democrat from Bell Gardens, cornered him after the annual Assembly softball game in 2014 while he was cleaning up the dugout. She's still sending messages about sexual harassment with the same furious frequency as ever, determined to keep speaking out. Garcia issued a statement Thursday saying she would cooperate with the investigation, but saying she has no recollection of engaging in any such behavior. Read More »

USA to impose 'toughest ever' sanctions on North Korea, Pence warns

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is also sending his younger sister Kim Yo Jong, the first member of the ruling North Korean family to visit South Korea since the Korean War. If a meeting took place, it would mark the highest-level interaction between the U.S. and North Korea in decades. Washington also passed its own unilateral measures against North Korea and foreign firms that it has caught doing business with Pyongyang or the Kim Jong Un regime. Read More »

Just Eat (LON:JE) Receives Buy Rating from Liberum Capital

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GBX 220.50's average target is 11.36% above currents GBX 198 stock price. Hunting PLC had 152 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. 2,442 are owned by Aperio Grp. Financial Advisers Ltd holds 0.03% or 129,632 shares. Putnam Llc reported 0.01% in Ei Group plc (LON:EIG). State Bank Of Mellon Corp holds 0% in Compass Group PLC (LON:CPG) or 610,776 shares. Read More »

Rubio Leaps To Top Democrat's Defense Over Texts To Russian Oligarch's Lobbyist

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Richard Burr said he was aware of the contacts. Trump sent a tweet two hours later saying that Warner got "caught" sending the text messages and suggested the Russian Federation probe was connected to Hillary Clinton . Yet many Republicans on the House committee said that Trump wasn't vindicated by the memo and that other pieces of evidence apart from the dossier mean the investigations should continue. Read More »

Auto Expo 2018: Green Cars in Spotlight as India Eyes Electric Revolution

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Longer range electric vehicles and lower battery costs are helping them gain more momentum among consumers, Sen added. Emflux Motors on Thursday showcased at the Auto Expo the prototype of its electric sports bike Emflux One. The designing of the electric bike has been done in-house and the assembly will also be done locally. " Tata Motors has long business ties with Bangladesh in nearly all segments of vehicles like Indigo, Sedan, Nano, and Tiago", he said. Read More »

Kruse resigns over misconduct allegations

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Sen. Jeff Kruse said in a statement he denies the allegations, but is stepping down so his colleagues may focus on serving Oregonians without distraction. Senate Republican Leader Jackie Winters of Salem said she wanted to thank Kruse for being "a true advocate for his district and rural OR". "We owe it to the courageous women who came forward to seize this moment". Read More »

Snow leaves roads treacherous in upper Midwest

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Tomorrow, the snow will be heaviest in the morning, making the commute to work hard. The Detroit area likely will pick up more than 6 inches of snow from the system. Travelers can call 511 for the latest road conditions in Wisconsin. After more than a foot of snow fell in Havre, city officials warned residents in a Facebook post that roads were "extremely hazardous," and there were many accidents and stranded vehicles that blocked roadways on Thursday. Read More »

Bipartisan budget deal passes early morning Senate vote, moves to House

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To that end, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi staged a record eight-hour speech arguing in favor of legislation for young immigrants in the country since childhood who face deportation. "No one would suggest it's ideal, but we worked hard to find common ground", said McConnell, as he announced the agreement on the Senate floor. Like the House-passed short-term bill, the Senate measure would fund the government through March 23 while lawmakers fill in the details on longer-term ... Read More »

Funding bill clears US Senate amid shutdown drama, House next

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The measure would extend government funding at current levels until March 23 to allow lawmakers to finalize details on the spending in a separate measure. Paul objected to each request, all but assuring non-essential government operations will halt early Friday, February 9. "We are in an emergency situation". Read More »

Bangladesh's ex-PM jailed for graft; plans to appeal

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Defence lawyer Khandakar Mahbub Hossain said the verdict failed to reflect the truth. "But we do continue to call for an inclusive and democratic process in the country". "They have already detained more than 3,000 of our activists and leaders from various parts of the country", he said. Police said they arrested at least seven BNP officials in the port city of Chittagong, including the local head of the party, after opposition supporters scuffled with police.Ahead of the hearing in Dhaka ... Read More »

All 45 Russian Athletes, Two Coaches Lose Olympic Appeals

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Hundreds of athletes, cheerleaders and artistes have already arrived in the South and the North's state orchestra gave one of two planned concerts in the South on Thursday night, February 8, to a packed audience. Three times a charmHaving hosted the Summer Games, World Championships and the World Cup, South Korea has always been looking to complete what it calls "the sports grand slam" by also hosting the Winter Games to host all four major sports events. Read More »

Olympics - Evidence against Russians strong despite CAS blow: IOC

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The 23rd Winter Games open on Friday evening. "We are hopeful that the panel will follow our argumentation and respect the rights of the athletes", said Philippe Baertsch, a lawyer for the Russians. On Tuesday, 32 Russian athletes, including biathlete Anton Shipulin, cross-country skier Sergei Ustyugov and short-track speed-skater Viktor Ahn appealed their non-invitation at CAS. Read More »

Philippines to cancel $233 million helicopter deal with Canada

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The Filipino military also uses derivations of the Bell-UH-1H helicopter, which first saw service for the United States military in the Vietnam War in the early 1960s. They accuse President Rodrigo Duterte of human rights abuses and carrying out unlawful killings amid his anti-drug campaign. "I have the authority to deny a permit if I feel that it poses a risk to human rights, and I am prepared to do so", Freeland added. Read More »

EU Negotiator: Brexit Transition Period Not Guaranteed if Differences Remain

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He says a transition deal is "not a given" if Britain remains inflexible . He added that the eventual deal would contain an emergency option which states that if Britain fails to find a special solution for Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom would remain in "full alignment" with the European Union on trade issues to ease the border impact. Read More »

West Midlands Weather: Cloudy and dry followed by rain

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A brief morning shower is possible on Monday , but most of the day will be dry under partly to mostly cloudy skies. Rain amounts will be in the 1-2 inch range, and temperatures will be mild. WARMING TREND INTO MID WEEK: Temperatures above normal in the upper 30's to Low 40's by Thursday . Right now it looks like some thunder will be possible Saturday but we won't see much of a severe weather threat. Read More »

Government Funding Lapses While Congress Looks To Vote On Budget Deal

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The shutdown - technically a lapse in agency appropriations - was the second government closure in less than a month, another product of election-year partisan disputes and persistent internal divisions in both parties. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) supports the measure, but many in his majority caucus have announced opposition to the bill. But the deficit spending in the bill will add more red ink to Washington's balance sheet and further underscore a shift in Republican thinking that ... Read More »

IAF officer arrested on charges of spying, passed secret documents to ISI

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The officer is now in five days police remand. Earlier when Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was asked about the incident, she said there are enough reasons to detain him, and action isn't being taken in haste. "He also shared a classified document about the forthcoming Air Force exercise with them, which is likely to help enemies and will affect the sovereignty and integrity of India". Read More »

Winter Olympics 2018: Canada scores mixed doubles curling victory against United States

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The Swiss relied on their defense in the third end to pick up a point, but the US answered with a point of their own in the fourth after placing their hammer throw on the button with no other stones around. The Hamiltons have also qualified for single-gender curling, meaning they could be on the ice for up to 50 hours over 18 straight days. "We were lying two, but they had a few outs so we wanted to make sure we gave Kaitlyn a shot for two rather than no shot for two". Read More »

NEET 2018 application form released at cbseneet

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The online application process has started and will end on March 9, 2018. The NEET 2018 examination for the admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses has been scheduled to held on May 6. Educational qualification Candidates interested in the exam must have completed class 12 or equivalent exam with physics, chemistry, biology/biotechnology and English individually and must have obtained minimum 50 percent aggregate marks in physics, chemistry and biology/biotechnology at the ... Read More »

PM Modi Begins His 4-day Visit to Jordan, Palestine, UAE, Oman

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the BJP MPs to spread information about the schemes announced in the Union Budget 2018-19. "I am looking forward to my discussions with President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirming our support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine ", he said. Read More »

Winter Olympics 2018: Kim Jong-un's sister to attend

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The DPRK and South Korea are cooperating to make sure the PyeongChang Olympics will be a success and will contribute to promoting the cultural prestige of the Korean nation. Also in the delegation will be Ri Son-Gwon, who as head of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country is the equivalent of the South's unification minister, responsible for inter-Korean affairs. Read More »

Taiwan turns down mainland China support after quake

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The terrifying moment a deadly natural disaster struck Taiwan on Tuesday has been captured on camera. As of Friday afternoon, there have been more than 260 aftershocks since the 6.0-magnitude quake struck off Taiwan's east coast at 11:50 p.m. Read More »

Renuka privilege threat as Rijiju tweets clip on Kiren Modi

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While BJP MP Poonam Mahajan said she was not quite sure of what happened in the Rajya Sabha, and that she does not know why Chowdhury was laughing "so loudly", Congress leaders who spoke to ThePrint came down heavily on the PM for what they described as his "regressive mindset". Read More »