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Retirement of US' top North Korea diplomat comes at key time

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The minister told reporters on Tuesday in Geneva , Switzerland that she hopes to meet and talk with her USA counterpart Rex Tillerson soon, adding consultation is under way to arrange the meeting. Yun visited Pyongyang in June to secure the release of USA college student Otto Warmbier , who had been imprisoned for 17 months for stealing a propaganda poster. Read More »

White House faces rumours about top security aide's exit

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NBC News reported that Mr Mattis would likely allow Mr McMaster to return to a three-star general position in the Army or may promote him to a four-star. Sources with knowledge of McMaster's standing in the White House have repeatedly said that he has been on thin ice for months. He was on the National Security Council from 2001 to 2003 during the administration of former President George W. Read More »

USA envoy for North Korea to retire after Trump rejects unconditional talks

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, first lady Kim Jung-sook and Ivanka Trump applaud as athletes from North and South Korea walk together during the Closing Ceremony at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on Sunday. "We want to talk also", Trump told United States governors at the White House on Monday. South Korea's unification ministry detailed that the North believed it "partly contributed to an improvement" of relations with the participation of cheerleaders during the games this month. Read More »

Putin says claims new nuclear weapons can bypass any missile-defense system

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Among weapons that Putin said were either in development or ready was a new intercontinental ballistic missile "with a practically unlimited range" able to attack via the North and South Poles and bypass any missile defense systems. He pledged that the state would spend 3.4 trillion rubles ($60.07 billion) to support families and demographic growth in the next six years. Mr Trump has admitted that relations between the USA and Russian Federation are is at a low and has sought to lessen ... Read More »

Donald Trump says he would have stormed Florida school unarmed

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Most of Trump's meeting with the governors was focused on gun safety. Trump also embraced Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy's call for background checks on all gun purchases. Trump reiterated multiple times Wednesday that he wanted to see a "comprehensive" approach on guns. Others would have banned bump stocks and created a new court order of protection to bar people considered to be a danger to themselves or others from possessing or buying guns. Read More »

Kobritz: Olympic games not about gold medals, but life lessons

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Russia's foreign ministry previously denied being involved in any cyber attacks related to the Olympic Games . "I think it'll be another games that is a fantastic games", Bleiker said . Unlike many nations who have competed against them in Pyeongchang, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the programs they support receive no financial assistance from the country's administration. Read More »

The body of Virginia mom who disappeared from driveway has been found

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John disappeared earlier this week. St. John did not show up for work on Tuesday, but her two young children were found uninjured at their Wake home . He showed law enforcement where the body was located. The search for a Virginia mother who mysteriously vanished on Tuesday from her front yard took a tragic twist Thursday when a suspect in her disappearance led authorities to her body, officials said. Read More »

Stacey Dash Reportedly Running For Congress In California

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Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.). Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the district by an overwhelming margin, 83-12 percent, during the 2016 presidential race, according to CNN . The next day, she followed up with : "Soon". There is also a website seemingly dedicated to the campaign, though it now has nothing but Dash's logo on it. Read More »

House Oversight Panel Asks HUD For Documents Amid Accusations Of Lavish Spending

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In a truly incredible statement in response to the story, H.U.D. spokesman Raffi Williams told the Times that Carson "didn't know the table had been purchased", but thinks the cost is totally reasonable and has no plans to return it. The findings came after Donald Trump proposed billions of dollars in cuts to Hud's budget , reducing programs for poor and homeless people. ABC News has reached out to the White House and to Kasper for response. Read More »

Weekend weather: More snow and rain heading into March

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Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Wake up temperatures around the mid to upper 50s in SE GA, lower 60s in NE FL. East southeast wind 10 to 15 miles per hour. Moderate to heavy rainfall will be possible, which may lead to more flooding. Lows 14 to 29. Moderate snow accumulations possible. Saturday night , the low will be around 42 with partly cloudy skies, according to the weather service. Read More »

Hope Hicks Acknowledges She Sometimes Tells White Lies for Trump

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Hicks acknowledged to a House intelligence panel Tuesday that she has occasionally told " white lies " for Trump. Both Democrats and Republicans said that Hicks changed her approach later in the interview, after her attorneys spoke by phone with the White House to clarify which questions pertaining to the period between Election Day and Trump's inauguration she would answer. Read More »

At least 10 died, 15 injured in Beheira train crash

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Egyptians have long complained that successive governments have failed to enforce basic safety standards for the railways. Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has ordered Transport Minister Hesham Arafat to visit the site of the accident and take action as soon as the cause is ascertained, a cabinet statement said, according to Al Jazeera . Read More »

Bobby Brown doesn't think drugs killed Whitney Houston

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A judge found her boyfriend Nick Gordon "legally responsible" for Bobbi Kristina's death in a civil case after her conservator filed a $50 million lawsuit alleging that "Ms". Her security officers later retrieved Houston's body from the tub and administered CPR in hopes of resuscitating her before paramedics were brought to the scene, but she could not be revived and was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. Read More »

Turkey 'neutralises' over 2000 terrorists in Syria

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Washington's military support to the YPG has severally strained the relations between Turkey and the United States. "There were some attempts by Turkey again, which knew I was here and they tried again to do it". It said that during his visit to Turkey on February 15-16, the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, declared that a mechanism would be established between Ankara and Washington with a view to overcoming problems related to Syria. Read More »

Kim Family Applied for Western Visas Using Brazilian Passports

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The source added that this shows the desire for travel and maybe an attempt to come up with a escape route. Although his true birthdate has been shrouded in secrecy, he would have been 12 to 14 years old when the passport was issued. Gooi also accused authorities of not having thoroughly investigated four North Koreans allegedly involved in the killing. Although the ruling family is known to have used travel documents obtained under false pretences, the photocopies of the Brazilian ... Read More »

New Permanent Iranian Base Near Damascus

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However, he stated that Israel "will not agree to Iran establishing itself in Syria , and definitely not deploying missiles that could be aimed at Israel". While returning to base, one of the jets was shot down, marking the first loss of an Israeli jet in combat since the 1980s. On Tuesday, the head of US Central Command, Joseph Votel, warned that Iran has been increasing the quality and quantity of missiles it is supplying to groups in Syria and Lebanon. Read More »

Syria 'given chemical weapons supplies' by North Korea

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The New York Times notes the United Nations report has not been formally released to the public and might never be, even though a former member of the panel of experts described the report as an "important breakthrough". Last April, the commander in chief ordered a volley of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched at a Syrian air force base the USA claimed was being used to help carry out chemical attacks against civilian targets. Read More »

The Supreme Court to Dreamers: "Dream On"

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However, the Supreme Court's decision is likely to ease pressure on Congress to come up with new immigration legislation. However, new applicants are still not being accepted for the program , according to Time . "The case is critical to the DREAMers and Trump's March 5 deadline, which is now on hold , perhaps for a year", noted Carl Tobias, a constitutional lawyer at the University of Richmond. Read More »

WH: 'Nobody Knows' the Peace Plan for Israel, Palestine

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They termed the proposed law and the tax policies an attack on Christians resident in Holy Land. The church is located in the Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem. He said that while the bank accounts of the Franciscans had not been affected, some of the accounts of other churches, such as the Anglicans and the Assyrians, were frozen in mid-February. Read More »

Manafort pleads not guilty after new round of Russian Federation probe charges

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Manafort appeared in a federal courtroom in Washington , D.C., even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller prepared for another court hearing Friday in Virginia. Gates and Manafort are accused of preparing false tax returns, Bank fraud, conspiracy to commit Bank fraud, money laundering, disclosure of income from foreign sources, the conspiracy against the interests of the USA and the misrepresentation of the American authorities. Read More »

Congressional Democrats launch effort to restore net neutrality

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Democrats argue that repealing the 2015 rules, which were meant to ensure equal access to the internet for all users, will lead to internet service providers offering tiered services based on customers' ability and willingness to pay. Schumer said that Republicans will be "the ones to blame" if internet providers are able to slow their service with the net neutrality rules removed. Read More »

Meghalaya, Nagaland gear up for elections tomorrow

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In the 2013 elections, the turnout was 89 per cent. A total of 18,09,918 electors, including 9,13,701 females, will be eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 361 candidates - including 32 women - across 3,025 polling stations. Read More »

Prezzo set to axe 100 restaurants in major restructuring

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It's unclear at this stage which other Prezzo-owned brands would be affected. Although CVAs are an insolvency procedure, they enable companies to stave off administration by gaining approval from landlords to take back loss-making... It will also reportedly involve the entire closure of the Tex-Mex chain Chimichanga. Casual dining restaurants and fashion retailers have come under particular strain as consumers cut back on discretionary spending amid falling real wages. Read More »

Saudi Crown Prince: Corruption Purge Helps Balance Budget

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The plans outline the ministry's vision and strategy and its organizational structure, governance and human resources requirements to meet the national defense strategy. The appointment of a woman at the labor ministry is part of efforts to modernize and promote a more moderate form of Islam. A senior Saudi cleric said last month that women need not wear the abaya, a loose-fitting, full-length robe. Read More »

Evangelist Billy Graham's body taken to his hometown in 130-mile procession

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Former President George W. Bush and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, paid their respects on Monday . Clinton joined former President George W. Members of both parties responded to the news of Graham's death with kind words, and recollections of the evangelist's outsize role in American life, including by noting that he was a counselor to U.S. Read More »

Erdogan tells a weeping girl, 6, she would receive honors if martyred

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The schools are linked to the US-based businessman and congregation leader, Fetullah Gulen, who Turkey says heads FETO and orchestrated the defeated coup in Turkey in 2016. "While Turkish news agencies focused on the girl's emotions - portraying her as fearless and resolute - some online commentators called the use of such a young child as a political prop inappropriate", writes the New York Times , which identifies the girl as a first-grader named Amine Tiras. Read More »

Sunshine & Warm Temps Start The Week

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Overnight lows for the rest of the week will be a couple of degrees above or below freezing. It will stay mild tonight and temps will reach the mid to upper 50s on Tuesday . Tuesday looks partly sunny with highs hovering near 50. The rain chances will start in the west early this morning and spread out as we head through the day. Read More »

Doomsday seed vault to get fortified with influx of $13 million

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With its 10 years of successful operation, the Norwegian Government deemed it timely for the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to undergo technical improvements. There are two deposits each year, and many more seeds are yet to come-the first of three chambers is now nearly full of packets of seeds, the BBC reports , but there is potentially room for millions more. Read More »

Bijepur by-poll results: BJD's Rita Sahu leading

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The seat is all set to see a tough contest between the Biju Janata Dal ( BJD ), Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ). The Election Commission said Sahu polled 1,02,871 votes against the 60,938 secured by Panigrahi. The Bijepur seat had fallen vacant after the demise of Sahu. BJP candidate Ashok Panigrahi is trailing behind BJD . Notably, the by-election was held on February 24 in which around 82 per cent of the voters had exercised their franchise. Read More »

Bridgewater Likely To Become Free Agent March 14

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Bridgewater's only game action since suffering a torn left ACL in August 2016 has been two series in mop-up duty in a 34-7 victory December 17 over Cincinnati. The Vikings, meanwhile, are coming of an NFC championship game appearance. I don't know what Bridgwater's market will be like. When this injury happened, I can go through it, we researched this injury. Read More »

Iran Blasts US Allegations Over Missile Supply Amid Anti-Tehran Resolution Veto

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The United States threatened unilateral action against Iran on Monday after Russian Federation vetoed a western bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Tehran for arming Yemen's Houthi rebels. The UNSC resolution aims to prolong the experts' mandate in Yemen, not to form an anti-Iran coalition in the region, Nebenzia pointed out. Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations , Vasily Nebenzya, did not acknowledge the findings of the investigative case and ... Read More »

Vegetarian and Mediterranean diets are equally effective

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Francesco Sofi, study lead author and a professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Florence and Careggi University Hospital in Italy said, "take-home message of our study is that a low-calorie lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet can help patients reduce cardiovascular risk about the same as a low-calorie Mediterranean diet". Read More »

Delhi Chief Secretary assault: CCTV footage tempered with?

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He was referring to the alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash . Since the incident, the bureaucrats have refused to attend meetings, maintaining communication with ministers only through written channels. Meanwhile, the Delhi government is also mulling live streaming meetings with officials and ministers. In his letter to Kejriwal, the Chief Secretary said, "Since finalising dates of Budget Session and passing of the Budget are important for the functioning of the ... Read More »

Jacinda Ardern's 60 Minutes interview slammed as 'relentlessly creepy'

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He also asked Ms Ardern, who recently announced she is pregnant, when her baby was conceived. Ardern told reporters on Monday she "wasn't fazed" by the interview, even if the question about the conception date took her aback. " Charles Wooley interviewing Jacinda Ardern on 60 Minutes would have to go down as the most patronising interview for a long time", another added. Read More »

Health Department warns Brooklyn was exposed to measles

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February 19-20 - Best Western Hotel , 1324 Atlantic Ave. The state health department said the times reflect the period of time when the tourist was at each location and a two-hour period after the person left the area, as the measles virus remains in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours. Read More »

Banks get tough, 3 fraud cases registered with CBI in a week

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The bank had also sanctioned a corporate loan of Rs 110 crore to the company in January 2015 to pay off its outstanding loan, which also turned into a non-performing asset in November 2016. Days after the PNB loan fraud, the biggest in India , a case has been filed by the CBI against another diamond merchant. Commenting on the matter, the OBC bank claimed that after cheating the bank Sabhya Seth formed a company in Dubai called Freya Trading Company. Read More »

North Korean delegation arrives for Olympics closing show

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President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump , who is attending the Olympics as a U.S. Presidential Adviser, sat just feet away from North Korean delegation leader Kim Yong Chol. Lee Dong-Hun-Pool/Getty Images North Korea's Kim Yong-chol, right, shakes hands with South Korean Col. Kil Jang-sub, left, as a North Korean delegation crosses the border into South Korea for a meeting at the border village of Panmunjom, May 18, 2006 in South Korea . Read More »

Iraq sentences 15 Turkish women to death for IS links

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Sixteen Turkish women were sentenced to death in Iraq because membership in the Islamic State terrorist organization, Reuters and TASS reported, referring to the judiciary. Iraq has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death for involvement with ISIS. Since August, Iraq has detained and tried hundreds of women and children to uncover involvement with ISIS. Read More »

South Korea Says North Open To Talks With US

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Also seated nearby was Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of USA forces Korea. The visit by Kim Yong Chol , who led an eight-member high-level delegation that crossed the Demilitarized Zone in the morning, is the final piece of the Games-led diplomacy that has dominated headlines from Pyeongchang. Read More »

5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

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The Storm Prediction Center listed 12 potential tornadoes in its summary for the day, resulting in at least three deaths, and 19 injuries. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-2 tornado hit Logan County with max winds of 135 miles per hour, and a width of up to 400 yards. Read More »

Michelle Obama memoir to be released in November

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I talk about my roots and how a girl from the South Side (Chicago) found her voice", she tweeted. "I cant wait to share my story". This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Michelle Obama's memoir gets a release date. Upon release of her memoir, Obama will embark on an worldwide book tour. The book's release is expected to see Obama take part in a nationwide and worldwide promotional tour, with 1 million of the books donated to education charity First ... Read More »

7.5-magnitude natural disaster rattles homes, gold mine in Papua New Guinea

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Geological Survey says the 7.5 magnitude quake was centered about 90 kilometers south of Porgera, in Enga province. The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed there is no tsunami threat to Australia. It wasn't immediately clear if there was damage. The quake was not expected to generate a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said. Many people in the region lead subsistence lifestyles, and homes constructed with local materials would likely hold up fairly well, McKee said. Read More »