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Trump's Power on Immigration is 'Beyond Question,' Adviser Says Trump's Power on Immigration is 'Beyond Question,' Adviser Says
- February 13, 2017

White House policy adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday dodged a question about whether President Trump still has confidence in his national security adviser, Michael Flynn. "As a country we should be aghast about the fact that you have people who have no right to vote in this country registered to vote, canceling out the franchise of lawful citizens of this country". (more...)
Donald Trump, Xi Jinping Talk Over Phone, Finally Donald Trump, Xi Jinping Talk Over Phone, Finally
- February 12, 2017

Trump was responding to message of felicitation sent by the Chinese leader on his assumption of the office of the US President. Xi said he greatly appreciated Trump's willingness to expand China-US cooperation and develop a constructive bilateral relationship that will benefit the two countries and the global community. (more...)
Unusual orange alligator turns heads in SC
- February 12, 2017

This small, sweet potato colored alligator was just chilling in the sun near a pond in Hanahan, last week when someone snapped a photo and posted it to Facebook, the Charleston Post and Courier reports . One herpetologist speculated that algae could be the culprit; South Carolina's Alligator Program Coordinator believes iron oxide (a.k.a. rust) from a steel pipe could have colored the alligator. (more...)
Syrian Army Supported by Russian Warplanes Destroy Daesh Stronghold Near Al-Bab
- February 12, 2017

Whether the Syrians and the Turks - for so long enemies in the Syrian war - will however fight ISIS together in Al-Bab, or whether we will instead see a "race for Al-Bab" between the Syrians and the Turks, which could easily play into ISIS's hands, remains to be seen. (more...)
Polish prime minister in vehicle crash Polish prime minister in vehicle crash
- February 12, 2017

She's undergoing routine tests", said government spokesman Rafal Bochenek, quoted by public radio IAR. Poland's Internal Security Agency (ABW) is in Oswiecim to investigate the circumstances of the accident and try to reconstruct what happened, PAP has been told by Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesperson for the minister-coordinator of special services. (more...)
Russian air strike in Syria kills 3 Turkish soldiers: army Russian air strike in Syria kills 3 Turkish soldiers: army
- February 11, 2017

Tensions were further strained in December when the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at an art gallery in Ankara. Russia's defence ministry issued a statement following the apologetic phone call, which read: 'Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (more...)
China to take fingerprints of all foreign visitors upon entry China to take fingerprints of all foreign visitors upon entry
- February 11, 2017

The new rule will eventually be applied nationwide at all points of entry by the end of this year, according to People's Daily . The new system will be test-launched from Friday at Shenzhen airport in the southeastern province of Guangdong and a few other locations, before being gradually rolled out across the country, the ministry said. (more...)
Two children among seven killed in Bali landslide
- February 11, 2017

Red Cross aid workers and the military personnel are engaged in rescue operations, the National Disaster Agency officials told Jakarta Globe. Kalak said heavy rain was still falling on Friday and people in the area should be aware that the steep slopes make it particularly vulnerable to landslides. (more...)
New Russia revelations pose new problems for Trump's NSA
- February 11, 2017

The U.S. officials said Flynn urged Russian Federation not to overreact to Obama's sanctions, suggesting Washington would be in a position to review sanctions after Trump's inauguration. The Logan Act , an obscure 1799 statute, makes it illegal for civilians to negotiate with foreign government in disputes involving the USA government. (more...)
Putin Hails Slovenia's Offer to Host Summit With Donald Trump Putin Hails Slovenia's Offer to Host Summit With Donald Trump
- February 11, 2017

Sources said that Putin wanted to discuss extending the treaty in the call, but that Trump was not familiar with its provisions. The New START treaty set limits on both countries' deployed strategic warheads to no more than 1,550 each. The call with Putin was one of several with foreign leaders where Trump has turned to denounce deals negotiated by previous administrations on trade, acceptance of refugees and arms control. (more...)
In Response to Trump's Threat, Iran Test Fires Another Missile In Response to Trump's Threat, Iran Test Fires Another Missile
- February 11, 2017

He was addressing the crowds at Azadi Square in Tehran on Friday where thirty-eighth anniversary of the 1979 revolution is being commemorated. They also thanked Americans for opposing Trump's executive order banning travellers from seven mainly Muslim countries, including Iran . (more...)
Hundreds of whales die in New Zealand's third largest mass stranding Hundreds of whales die in New Zealand's third largest mass stranding
- February 11, 2017

It's not entirely clear why whales strand themselves - theories range from distraction while following prey to attempts to protect sick pod members, or even disorientation caused by irregularities in the magnetic field - but pilot whales are especially prone to mass strandings due to their exceptionally social nature, according to the American Cetacean Society . (more...)
House of Lords Threatened with Abolition if it Tries to Block Brexit
- February 10, 2017

The bill, which gives the United Kingdom govt the authority to trigger Article 5, was last night approved by 494 votes to 122 in the Houser of Commons and now moves to the Lords. Labour imposed a "three-line whip", a tough disciplinary measure ordering its MPs not to oppose the legislation, ensuring it would pass. But Pete Wishart, SNP Shadow Leader of the House, said threats of abolition were unlikely to leave peers "quaking in their ermine" and urged the Lords to "reach for the barricades" ... (more...)
"Historic" growth in solar energy industry occurred past year
- February 10, 2017

Texas ranked third in solar employment with 9,396 solar jobs in 2016, up from 7,030 in 2015. According to the Solar Foundation's National Solar Jobs Census for 2016, the industry's workforce grew by 25 percent over 2015 levels, the largest annual increase since the Foundation started its jobs census in 2010. (more...)
Putin foe handed 5-year suspended sentence for embezzlement
- February 09, 2017

In the retrial, which began in early December, the charges were exactly the same, and the judge refused to call in the all of the witnesses for the defense because the information was already in the case file. Putin has not said if he's running, although he is widely expected to campaign for what would be his fourth term in office. The 2013 conviction cut short Navalny's run for mayor of Moscow. (more...)
Fillon says won't quit presidential race
- February 09, 2017

Opinion polls show Mr Fillon, 62, has lost his status as favourite to win the presidency to independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, and that far-right leader Marine Le Pen has also gained ground. "It was a mistake, which I deeply regret, and I apologise to the French people ", he said. The politician said that his wife often worked from home to do her jobs. (more...)
Demonetisation done at the right time: Modi Demonetisation done at the right time: Modi
- February 09, 2017

Kozhikode: Prime Minister Narendra Modi before flag hoisting of BJP National Council meeting in Kozhikode, Kerala on Sunday. He said that we should continuously move forward for practical change, and never underestimate the strength of our country. (more...)
Trump to play round of golf with Japanese PM in Florida
- February 08, 2017

Trump's schedule may or may not have included golf this weekend, but it looks like he has a tee time ready for next weekend. During his USA visit that kicks off this week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to play a round of golf with President Donald Trump, a match-up he hopes will build closer personal ties. (more...)
Minnesota senators critical of DeVos selection Tuesday Minnesota senators critical of DeVos selection Tuesday
- February 08, 2017

As The Washington Post reported , all 48 Senate Democrats oppose DeVos, along with two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine. "A Republican senator like Dean Heller or Jeff Flake could have cast the single vote needed to halt this confirmation". Bob Casey (D-Penn.) said he was "stunned" by her hesitancy to maintain the Office of Civil Rights' guidance. (more...)
PM Netanyahu Meets UK PM May for Talks on Iran, Settlements
- February 07, 2017

I think other nations should follow suit, certainly responsible nations. Benjamin Netanyahu said he believes there are "opportunities" that stem from "a new government in Britain" as he prepared to fly to the United Kingdom to meet Theresa May and Boris Johnson. (more...)
Lockheed, Pentagon Reach $8.2 Billion Deal For 90 F-35s Lockheed, Pentagon Reach $8.2 Billion Deal For 90 F-35s
- February 07, 2017

Earlier this week, President Trump signaled that the contract was nearing completion, telling reporters that Lockheed had trimmed $600 million in costs from the next contract and that the F-35 program was now in "great shape". Still, Lockheed maintains that they reached this agreement "in a matter of weeks" and that it represents "significant savings over previous contracts". (more...)
Pentagon to buy 90 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin Pentagon to buy 90 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin
- February 07, 2017

It combines next generation characteristics of radar evading stealth, supersonic speed, and fighter agility with the most powerful and comprehensive integrated sensor package of any fighter aircraft in history. But the price per jet has been steadily declining as production increases. Last week Defense Secretary James Mattis ordered a review of the F-35 program's costs. (more...)
Top Ukrainian rebel official killed in auto bomb Top Ukrainian rebel official killed in auto bomb
- February 07, 2017

A senior commander with pro-Russian rebel forces in eastern Ukraine has been killed in a vehicle bomb attack in Luhansk, rebels say. The statement, released late Saturday, said President Donald Trump had "a very good call " with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko , addressing various topics including "Ukraine's long-running conflict with Russian Federation". (more...)
US Treasury Department Announces New Sanctions On Iran
- February 06, 2017

Sunday's was the second test-firing of an Iranian missile since the resolution came into force and the first since Trump took office. Trump had pledged during the campaign to rip up the deal as president and Republicans in Congress widely panned the agreement as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned it during a passionate speech to Congress. (more...)
Amit Shah promises anti-Romeo squad to protect girls in UP Amit Shah promises anti-Romeo squad to protect girls in UP
- February 06, 2017

In one family, the mother of a leader is unhappy with the son, while the father of another leader is troubled by his son. "This Assembly election in UP, is neither for electing MLA, Minister or Chief Minister, the election is for deciding the destiny of the state". (more...)
Violent protest nixes campus talk by Breitbart editor Violent protest nixes campus talk by Breitbart editor
- February 06, 2017

Rioters reportedly used firecrackers, smashed windows, and assaulted several attendees with weapons. Breitbart's former chairman Steve Bannon is now White House chief strategist after stepping down to become CEO of Trump's presidential campaign. (more...)
Merkel Says Europe's Future Could Be Two-Speed
- February 06, 2017

It expands on the 12-point plan for leaving the European Union set out by the Prime Minister in her big Brexit speech last month. "The U.S.is the only game in town when it comes to security", said Stephen Booth of the Open Europe think tank. (more...)
CBCP blasts 'silent accomplices' in drug killings CBCP blasts 'silent accomplices' in drug killings
- February 06, 2017

Duterte said he freed rebel leaders past year in concessions aimed at fostering peace talks but added the guerrillas raised excessive demands, including the release of about 400 detainees, that may upset the military and the police. In interviews with Reuters a year ago, more than a dozen clergymen said they were uncertain how to take a stand against the killings given the popular support for Duterte's campaign. (more...)
Avalanches and snowstorms kill scores in Afghanistan
- February 06, 2017

His deputy, Mohammad Aslam, said scores of houses were also destroyed and damaged by the disaster. More than a 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall in Afghanistan, including 50 in one village. The government chose to declare Sunday a holiday due to the bad weather that closed roads and created other problems, Shah Hussain Murtazavi, deputy Spokesman for the Afghan president told EFE. (more...)
United States condemns Russia's 'aggressive actions' in eastern Ukraine
- February 05, 2017

President Donald Trump has been "kept aware of developments" in Ukraine and the White House will "have further updates as we go on", said White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Wednesday, without elaborating, on the same day that Rex Tillerson, Exxon CEO with deep business ties to Russian Federation, was confirmed as US Secretary of State. (more...)
Cybersecurity defence in the United Kingdom: ready for action?
- February 05, 2017

PAC's report said the Cabinet Office's ability to make informed decisions about security is "undermined by inconsistent and chaotic processes for recording personal data breaches". The report goes on to note how as of April previous year, there were at least 12 separate teams or organisations in the centre of government tasked with safeguarding information, although many of these have now been amalgamated by the Cabinet Office. (more...)
Trump tells United States to 'get smart' after Paris machete attack Trump tells United States to 'get smart' after Paris machete attack
- February 05, 2017

Police said the man reacted when soldiers told him he could not enter a shopping area below the museum with his bags. The Paris police found no signs of explosives. Police officers take their positions after a soldier opened fire outside the iconic Louvre museum. . Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet says a second person was also arrested but it is unclear whether that person was linked to the attack. (more...)
United Nations lifts sanctions on Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, removes him from designated terrorists list United Nations lifts sanctions on Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, removes him from designated terrorists list
- February 05, 2017

According to the UNSC's statement, "assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo set out in ... resolution 2253 (2015)" no longer apply to Hekmatyar. The move comes months after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government sealed a peace deal with Hekmatyar's Hizb-e-Islami, or HIG, an insurgent faction. (more...)
Boy, 16, accused of stabbing three people at Sydney school Boy, 16, accused of stabbing three people at Sydney school
- February 04, 2017

Police recovered a utility blade, meat cleaver and a carving knife from the vehicle park outside the school. "You have to tell my brother", the 16-year-old boy, who was wearing handcuffs and a school uniform, said. "It has come as a surprise to everybody". "It's a police matter", he said. "He is not known to the police or to the school principal in any fashion", The Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying. (more...)
Brexit vote was an "instruction" from voters, says county MP
- February 04, 2017

Also on the vote, The National writes that Scottish MPs' attempts to keep the country in the European Union have been "flattened", after Labour and the Tories joined forces to give Theresa May the right to effectively start the UK's hard Brexit . (more...)

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