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Trump declines to release Democratic memo

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He finished the tweet by saying that he told them to rewrite it and send it back to him. The 10-page Democrat-authored document was written as a response to the four-page memo from Republican committee staff accusing the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ of bias and improperly seeking surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Read More »

At least three killed in Grand Canyon helicopter tour crash

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As of 9 p.m. local time, the four injured people - all of whom were Level 1 trauma patients - were still at the scene, because of the difficulty of getting to the site due to high winds, darkness and hard terrain. The aircraft suffered "substantial damage", a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Authority said. Allen Kenitzer with the FAA Office of Communications said the cause of the crash is not known. Read More »

N. Korean leader invites S. Korea's Moon to the North--president's office

Kim Jong-un has invited South Korean president Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang for a near-term meeting that, if it takes place, will mark the first summit between the North Korean supreme leader and his southern counterpart. In it, Kim Jong Un highlighted several huge intercontinental ballistic missiles, which were successfully flight tested three times past year and could reach deep into the USA mainland when perfected. Read More »

Russian jet 'crashes' after Moscow take-off

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Emergency services officials have told BBC that there was no chance of any survivors. It disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from Domodedovo Airport. The plane was operated by Saratov Airlines. Interfax added, citing the Russian Transport Ministry, that several theories for the crash were being considered, including weather conditions and a human factor. Read More »

Paris snow: Even winter misery looks better in France

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Several flights from Paris airports were also cancelled or delayed. Regional authorities opened 46 shelters that took in more than 600 people, while about 700 had to spend Tuesday night at the Montparnasse and Austerlitz train stations in Paris. Read More »

BJP has been for justice to Andhra, commitments being fulfilled gradually: Jaitley

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Key Announcements: Strong protests made BJP step down and TDP MPs too played a crucial role in the Parliament through their protests after which key announcements have been made. The entire amount is allocated to different heads but the largest share has been granted to the Polavaram multi-purpose project, which is the biggest bone of contention between the ruling party of Andhra Pradesh and the Centre. Read More »

Top Pakistani rights advocate Asma Jahangir dies: Family

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There is still bad violence against women, discrimination against minorities and near-slavery for bonded labourers, but Jahangir told AFP during an interview in 2014 that human rights causes have made greater strides in Pakistan than it may appear. Read More »

Egyptian army kills 16 militants in Sinai operation

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Major General Talaat Ahmed Moussa, the consultant at Nasser Military Academy told Egypt Today on Saturday that this operation is "massive" because it is being carried out by all institutions and bodies affiliated with the Ministry of Defense such as the second and third Fields Armies, the Navy, the Air Force, Air Defense, Commando forces and Coast Guards all over the country. Read More »

Kenya Marathoners Dominate Access Bank Lagos Marathon

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Abraham Kiprotich, Kenya-born French long-distance runner, has emerged victor of the third Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. Ahead of Saturday's Lagos City Marathon, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Kenya has claimed a clean sweep of the 2018 Lagos state marathon. This is the third edition and we are getting bigger, we are getting finer and this is what this is all about. Read More »

Pakistan violates ceasefire at KG Sector, fear grips locals

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A woman was killed after Pakistani troops pounded border outposts (BoPs) and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. They said that Pakistani army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and heavy mortars in Manjakote sector along the LoC adding, "own side retaliated effectively while intermittent exchange of fire lasted for about two hours". Read More »

Odisha CM's secretary residence ransacked: Four BJP workers sent to jail

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Condemning the incident, BJD spokesperson and MP Pratap Deb said the attack was "unfortunate and it exposed the real mindset of BJP leaders". Four of them were arrested, police sources said. "We will not allow anyone violating the law here", said Twin City Police Commissioner YB Khurania who rushed to the spot after getting information. Ruling BJD, Opposition Congress , IAS Officers' Association, IPS Officers' Association, OAS Officers' Association and several other employees' ... Read More »

Syria bombardment of Ghouta eases after deadly campaign

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Turkey said it launched the operation to target "terrorist organizations", including YPG forces. Since the operation began, Turkish forces and the FSA have liberated a total of 47 zones, including 30 villages and 13 strategic mountains or hills. Read More »

Backed forces in Syria strike pro-regime militants, killing at least 100

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Following the incident, the Russian military talked to the coalition through the established communication channels, with the latter stating that Al-Isba was under the control of SDF and U.S. Nevertheless, the official said the United States is looking into whether Russian-affiliated forces may have been involved. "Assad's regime is corrupt, and his methods of governance and economic development have increasingly excluded certain ethnic and religious groups", Tillerson added. Read More »

Freezing rain on the way for Halton

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The bad news is it's looking like off-and-on flurries for most of the weekend, leading to possible ice pellets and/or freezing rain on Sunday. Slow down and maintain a safe driving distance. Another round of widespread snow has developed across portions of southern Ontario and the snow will persist until early evening according to the agency. Read More »

Accused says woman hired him on Craigslist to kill her

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Bollinger was found dead on the side of a road in Adams County, Colorado , on December 29, 2017, after she was reported missing, the sheriff's office said. The station reported that investigators spoke to Bollinger's friends and relatives, and some said she had a a history of suicidal thoughts. As they drove around, he said in the affidavit, he tried to talk her out of it, but she was adamant. Read More »

Rahul Gandhi's style of politics undemocratic: Amit Shah at BJP Parliamentary meet

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A few weeks earlier, Prime Minister Modi, said that selling "pakodas" is also a form of employment and can be seen in the light of "job creation". Next parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in May 2019, but saffron corridors are abuzz with speculation that the ruling BJP may advance them and hold them along with Assembly elections later this year in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Read More »

ANC to meet Monday over Zuma's expected departure from office

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Since then, a sense of uncertainty and anxiety has grown in South Africa because of a lack of information about the confidential talks between Zuma and Ramaphosa, his expected successor. Mr Zuma, South Africa's most controversial president since the end of white-minority rule in 1994, has been in a weakened position since he was replaced as ANC leader by Deputy President Ramaphosa in December. Read More »

Senate Passes Spending Bill; House Takes Up Measure Next

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The legislation also would authorize the energy department to make sales from the nation's strategic petroleum reserve, extend financing for community health care centers for two years and make modifications to medicare , such as repealing a payment cap for therapy services. Read More »

India will take care of Palestinians' interests: PM Modi on historic visit

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His visit marks the first-ever prime ministerial visit to Palestine from India and will be PM Modi's second visit to the UAE and first to Oman. Before the two leader's meeting a senior Palestinian official said that Mehmoud Abbas will ask PM Modi to support muli-county sponsorship that would enable to replace the USA as sole mediator in future negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Read More »

Benitez warns errors can't be made towards Man United

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I think it's the only stadium in the Premier League (I have not won at) - also Huddersfield but I played there only once". United take on Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League , with the first leg taking place on February 21, and Robinson insists most teams in the competition will struggle to cope with Sanchez. Read More »

Gold Medalists Among 15 Russians To File Last-Minute Appeals At Sports Court

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The 15 were among the 28 whose bans were lifted by CAS last week. International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach described the decision as "extremely disappointing and surprising". Russia's suspension follows a highly orchestrated plot culminating during its hosting of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, where tainted samples were switched through a hole in the anti-doping laboratory's wall. Read More »

What You Need To Know About Memo Mania: Waiting On Democrats' Countermemo

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Trump had read the Democratic memorandum, which seeks to undermine Republican claims that top law enforcement officials had abused their powers when they sought a warrant to wiretap Mr. The House vote was 256-164. The FBI had disconnected from Steele as an informant at this point because they knew that he was leaking the dossier to Yahoo and other media outlets. Read More »

Serena Focus On FedCup But Unsure About Grand Slam Return

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Every day, I get better and I get stronger. Williams gave birth to her first child five months ago, and skipped last month's Australian Open after feeling as though she was not prepared to be highly competitive. Hogenkamp won four consecutive games to take the opener but Vandeweghe levelled the match with an ace on her fourth set point, triggering a massive fist pump and show of emotion that few expected from what initially appeared to be a mismatch. Read More »

Israel goes mad after Syria shoots down its F-16

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While Israel is not actively engaged in the Syrian war, it keeps close tabs on Iran and Hezbollah , both of which are backing Syrian government forces. An Israeli media report said an Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down by Syrian military while targeting what it called Iranian sites responsible for launching a drone into the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. Read More »

Winnipeggers join 'Justice for Colten' movement following not guilty verdict

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She also said she supports the ongoing work of the National Judicial Institute on the issue of jury selection and the under-representation of Indigenous jurors. "They need to have their voices heard". "She did not obey her subpoena and come to court". "It's not us against them", the vice-chief said. "Bill Burge, the Crown prosecutor, dropped the ball", Cameron said. Read More »

(Olympics) Victor An's Olympic ban appeal dismissed by CAS

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On February 1, CAS upheld appeals by 28 Russian athletes who had received Olympic life bans from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over alleged anti-doping violations during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, while appeals filed by another 11 Russian athletes were upheld partially. Read More »

PM Modi meets King Abdullah II of Jordan

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday assured Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas that India was bound to take care of the interests of Palestinian people. He underlined India's support for a sovereign and independent Palestine and hoped for return of peace in the region. # After that, PM Modi will hold meetings with ministers in Ramallah and exchange several agreements. Read More »

Kimchi, soju and passing notes: how the Winter Olympics could unify Korea

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Between the lunch and talks, they spent nearly three hours together. He also greeted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister, Kim Yo-jong during a dinner meeting, the Yonhap news agency reported . Instead of eating with Moon and the other dignitaries, Pence ate with the American athletes . Those photos quickly went viral. The delegation of 22 officials from the North arrived on Friday in order to attend the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics . Read More »

Turkey to submit final papers on visa free regime to EU

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Securing visa-free travel was a key part of a controversial 2016 EU-Turkey deal aimed at stemming the flow of migrants to Europe. He said Ankara had fulfilled all of the obligations regarding visa liberalization. Nevertheless, Turkey has claimed there have been unacceptable delays on the part of the European Union in implementing the deal in its entirety. Read More »

Significant change to Thursday night and Friday snow forecast

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Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches are expected. In fact, our next decent round of snow for Friday is expected to be the biggest one of the week. Both Chicago and Detroit are in the cross hairs of the storm, and widespread flight delays and cancellations are likely at both cities' airports. Read More »

Progress made in last ditch Northern Ireland talks -Sinn Fein

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Adams, 69, announced his intention to quit the party in November past year and the appointment of McDonald is seen by many as a chance to modernise Sinn Fein. "We are the generation of republicans who will see the rising of the moon", she said. McDonald also wants to get Sinn Fein into government in Dublin, after decades of growth in the polls; something which some MPs and commentators thought was impossible with Adams as its frontman. Read More »

PH recruiters back suspension of OFW deployment to Kuwait

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According to Duterte, his plans to visit Kuwait stemmed from his meeting with the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh. The Filipinos in Kuwait are among 10 million nationals working overseas, whose remittances back home are a major pillar of the poverty-stricken nation's economy. Read More »

2 officers shot dead after responding to 911 hang-up call

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They came under fire when they responded to the address connected with the call. The shootings are being investigated by Columbus police, the spokeswoman said. Westerville is 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of downtown Columbus. "It is with a heavy heart we report a second Westerville officer has been killed in the line of duty". Read More »

CIA Paid $100000 to Shadowy Russian Touting Trump Dirt and Stolen Cyberweapons

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The president tweeted approvingly that the The New York Times article shows a need to "drain the swamp" in Washington. US spies paid out $100,000 to a Russian intelligence source who promised to deliver weapons stolen from the National Security Agency and compromising information on President Donald Trump , reported The New York Times Friday . Read More »

North Korea's Kim invites South Korean president for summit - South Korea

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North and South Korea speak the same language based on the Hangeul alphabet, but differences have emerged since the 1950-53 conflict which left the two sides at a technical state of war. Pence also attended the Games opening ceremony but had no contact with the North Korean delegation. So can Olympic Diplomacy diffuse hostilities on the peninsula? But it is so unprecedented, and its announcement on Thursday was so sudden, that rumors are already swirling it could open the door to much more - ... Read More »

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president to Pyongyang

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The spokesman said Moon did not immediately agree to a meeting, adding that the two countries should continue to work on creating a political atmosphere that would make such a meeting feasible. According to reports by the Korean news agency Yonhap , the pair tried to avoid direct face time with each other. The smiles and handshakes were friendlier than some of the North's past history with the complex - in 1968 Pyongyang sent commandos to attack it to try to assassinate the South's ... Read More »

'This Is Us' Returns to Earth After Post-Super Bowl Highs

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The No. 1 spot is held by Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, in which the Patriots defeated the Seahawks and which was the last time NBC televised the game. The viewership figure does not include out of home viewing, which is set to be released by Nielsen on Thursday and is expected to increase the audience by several million people or the average minute audience of 2.02 million viewers who watched the livestream of the game. Read More »

Senate Strikes Bipartisan Deal to Raise Defense Spending Over 2 Years

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If passed, the short-term spending bill would be the fifth extension passed by Congress as both sides of the aisle struggle to find common ground and fully finance the U.S. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader said in a statement that, "We're on the way to getting an agreement and on the way to getting an agreement very soon". Read More »

Memorable moments at PyeongChang 2018 opening ceremonies

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Kim Jong Un's decision to dispatch his sister to the games indicated he is keen to mend ties with Seoul, while testing the unity among South Korea, the United States and Japan over sanctions imposed on the North over its missile and nuclear programs. Read More »

The US government shuts down for the second time in 2018

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In a pre-dawn vote on Friday to approve massive new spending and end a 5-1/2-hour government shutdown, scores of conservatives in the House of Representatives revolted against their leadership in what could be a sign of Republican Party turmoil this election year. Read More »

North And South Korea Break Ice, Thanks To The Winter Olympics

It was a historic moment, marking the first walking together in 11 years of the two countries' athletes under the same flag at the opening ceremony of an worldwide sports event. After the opening ceremony, the North Korean delegates moved to Seoul and spent the night at the Walkerhill hotel, a riverside facility named after late U.S. Read More »

Here's a game plan for how UNC can upset Duke

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State and St. John's. Teams that have beaten Duke have also forced 61 Blue Devil turnovers. Five players are averaging at least 11.3 points per game for Duke , they are Marvin Bagley III (21.4), Gary Trent Jr. UNC faces Duke Thursday night at 8pm at the Dean Smith Center. HT: I just keep imagining a guard like Pinson or Cameron Johnson trying to guard Bagley or Carter in the Tar Heels' small-ball lineup and don't see it going well for North Carolina. Read More »

A wintry mix of precipitation this weekend will create icy spots

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Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high of 26 degrees and southwesterly winds of about 22 miles per hour. Pockets of snow will continue to produce snow and keep area roads snow covered and icy. Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Less than an inch of new snow is possible today , forecasters said. Aside from some passing snow showers in northwestern New Jersey on Friday , "it doesn't look like there will be any snow this weekend", he noted. Read More »

US politician stands up for undocumented immigrants, delivering 8 hour speech

The old record was the 5 hour and 15 minute speech given by then-Rep. The House Minority Leader started speaking shortly after 10 am and wrapped up the speech a little after 6.10 pm. A spokesperson for Ryan , AshLee Strong, said the speaker does not intend to open up a debate on immigration in the House. Her stand threatened to upend the budget deal by saying she would vote no. Read More »

At least 19 dead in bus crash in Hong Kong

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Representatives from the bus operator said on Saturday evening that the driver had a good track record and knew the route, which only runs on race days. He also called on the government to immediately follow up on, and regulate the working time limit for bus drivers - for example, by requiring regular health checkups to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers. Read More »