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Iran launches ballistic missile test in violation of United Nations resolution Iran launches ballistic missile test in violation of United Nations resolution
- January 31, 2017

The launch occurred about 140 miles east of Tehran, the capital of Iran, at a test site near Semnan. The test was technically a failure, as the Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile flew 600 miles before exploding. On Sunday, Trump spoke with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and the two 'agreed on the importance of rigorously enforcing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran and of addressing Iran's destabilizing regional activities, ' the White House said in a statement. (more...)
Mexico's president cancels meeting with President Trump after border wall executive order
- January 29, 2017

During his speech at the Republican retreat in Philadelphia Thursday, Trump said he and Peña Nieto "agreed" to cancel their planned meeting . Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Trump's plans to build the wall - which could cost U.S. (more...)
Kim Jong-un's days are numbered
- January 27, 2017

The highest-level North Korean diplomat to defect to South Korea said Wednesday he chose to flee a year ago because he didn't want his children to live "miserable" lives in the North. He said his sons were happy and were "now feeling a true sense of freedom" in South Korea. Discontent and corruption is making it increasingly hard for the regime to prevent information of the outside world from infiltrating the country. (more...)
Dutch Gov't to Set Up Int'l Abortion Fund to Counteract Trump Dutch Gov't to Set Up Int'l Abortion Fund to Counteract Trump
- January 26, 2017

However, none of that funding is spent on directly performing abortions. Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), had warned that under Trump, the global gag rule could go "beyond restricting worldwide family planning funds and be applied to US funding of other key issues, including HIV prevention, maternal health, humanitarian projects, and education". (more...)
In Israel, Trump's Victory Means Full Speed Ahead on Settlements
- January 26, 2017

Ambassador to work from Jerusalem , but not the embassy. Following the meeting, Abbas said that the "best contribution the United states could make" would be to "not discuss moving the embassy to Jerusalem and, second, to lead negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis with the aim of achieving a political settlement". (more...)
Thunderstorms kill 18 in US; Georgia, Florida brace for tornado outbreak Thunderstorms kill 18 in US; Georgia, Florida brace for tornado outbreak
- January 24, 2017

On Sunday , damaging winds and isolated tornadoes continued across portions of the south, including Florida and SC. Melissa Hagan lives in Paradise Valley and said she hasn't been able to get in to see if her house is even still standing. (more...)
Spicer On Abortion 'Gag Rule': Trump Has Made Clear He's 'Pro Spicer On Abortion 'Gag Rule': Trump Has Made Clear He's 'Pro
- January 24, 2017

Many are angry at the move, which will have a far-reaching impact . Two separate court rulings upheld the policy of blocking US federal dollars from going to foreign NGOs promoting abortion. Senate Republicans failed to reinstate the rule in their fiscal year 2017 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs and could try again in the 2018 fiscal budget process. (more...)
Italy avalanche: 6 dead, 23 missing Italy avalanche: 6 dead, 23 missing
- January 24, 2017

Cari said he was confident some rooms at the back of the hotel were intact because of the protection they had from a thick wall. Conditions at the site were deteriorating, with the heavy snow turning to ice. The first survivors were released on Monday from a hospital in the nearby city of Pescara, including Giorgia Galassi and her boyfriend, Vincenzo Forti. (more...)
Mexico extraditing drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman to US
- January 23, 2017

For decades, US authorities have been preparing to prosecute one of the world's most feared drug traffickers, known as El Chapo. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert Capers called Guzman a "man known for. He was extradited Thursday. Guzman faces the possibility of life in prison. Guzman escaped prison in 2001 after bribing Mexican prison guards, and again in 2014 when he exited through a almost 1-mile tunnel dug beneath his jail sell. (more...)
North Korea builds two road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles - Yonhap
- January 22, 2017

North Korea's top leader Kim Jong-un (seated) and military officials are elated after watching what the country claimed as a successful launch of its ballistic missile Hwasong-10. It added: "We don't care what others say, and our ICBM will be test-fired at a certain time and place which our leadership will decide". Otherwise it may be more advantageous to monitor and obtain intelligence from its flight, and "save our interceptor inventory", he said . (more...)
Kevin Pietersen sorry for Dan Evans snub during Australian Open Kevin Pietersen sorry for Dan Evans snub during Australian Open
- January 21, 2017

It was tough. Bernie's unorthodox, plays aggressive. Evans had also taken issue with a fan who he believed was strategically coughing as he tried to serve, and questioned why the man had not been ejected. He was beaten by Leonardo Mayer in a fifth rubber as Britain's title defence previous year ended in a semi-final loss to Argentina, while it was Evans who lost the deciding match in the ignominious defeat by Lithuania in 2010. (more...)
China Orders State Media Not to Criticize Trump Ahead of Inauguration China Orders State Media Not to Criticize Trump Ahead of Inauguration
- January 21, 2017

A week ago, in any case, he recommended again that he is interested in transaction on Taiwan relying upon China's position on exchange and different issues. Still, non-Chinese companies continue to complain about access, with 80 percent of United States companies saying foreign firms feel less welcome in a recent American Chamber of Commerce in China survey. (more...)
Central Italy Besieged by Earthquakes Central Italy Besieged by Earthquakes
- January 21, 2017

Lone passenger films Northern Lights from 10km up in the sky Aryeh Nirenberg who found himself on an empty flight from NY to Reykjavik on New Year's Eve got a unprecedented front row seats to the northern lights. Three quakes in mountainous central Italy a year ago killed almost 300 people in and around the medieval town of Amatrice and caused significant damage to older buildings. (more...)
Panneerselvam Meets PM, Seeks Ordinance to Allow Jallikattu Amid Wide Protests Panneerselvam Meets PM, Seeks Ordinance to Allow Jallikattu Amid Wide Protests
- January 20, 2017

Calling the practice cruel, animal rights activists, FIAPO (Federation of India Animal Protection Agencies) and PETA India had been protesting against the practice since 2004. Why Is The Ban Such A Big Deal For The People From Tamil Nadu? With OPS flying to the national capital to raise voice against this issue, hopes are high that Tamil Nadu will soon receive the reward for their tiring protest. (more...)
Iraq forces battle last Islamic State pockets in east Mosul
- January 20, 2017

A member of the Iraqi special forces Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) shouts during a patrol in Mosul's Al-Jazair neighborhood as he look for Daesh (the so-called IS) group fighters, during an ongoing military operation against the militants. (more...)
'Russian prostitutes are the best in the world'
- January 19, 2017

I had the Miss Universe pageant, believe it or not, in Moscow two years ago. Clearly, their vision of what people are like and what the powerful can do to them in order to remain in power are all too similar. "I've never met him", Trump said during the July 31 interview. Lavrov denounced the foreign policy of the Obama administration and its allies as "messianic" attempts to impose Western values on the rest of the world, which has led to instability and conflicts in the Middle East and ... (more...)
China's Xi Jinping Speech Seen as Move to Fill Global Leadership Role
- January 19, 2017

Most of the U.S. representation at Davos remains from the Obama administration, including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry. Xi established himself as an unlikely defender of the trade-based global order that Trump and others have dismissed on the way to electoral victories. (more...)
Sized Donald Trump waxwork is quite terrifying/mesmerising Sized Donald Trump waxwork is quite terrifying/mesmerising
- January 19, 2017

The inauguration is still a few days away, but this " Donald Trump " has already moved into the Oval Office. Dressed in a navy suit, crisp white shirt and a red tie - plus an American flag lapel pin - Trump's doppelganger replaces Barack Obama's waxwork on the set. (more...)
Senegal troops move to Gambia border as Jammeh crisis grows Senegal troops move to Gambia border as Jammeh crisis grows
- January 19, 2017

However, Nigerian Government has equally sent in some air, naval and will also send ground troops to join forces with the Senegalese troops to ensure President-elect, Adama Barrow is installed as The Gambia's President on Thursday. Mr. Jammeh initially conceded defeat, but rescinded his concession a week later, citing irregularities in the poll. He's also shored up power in the country's supreme court and national assembly, which are considered mere extensions of the one-man regime. (more...)
Mother sentenced to death for burning daughter alive in 'honour killing'
- January 18, 2017

Rauf said the court sentenced Anees Rafique to life in prison for helping his mother kill his 18-year-old sister. He said, the girl's mother and an uncle visited her to try to persuade her to return home and have the marriage ceremony repeated in a traditional family function, instead of being labelled her whole life as someone who had "eloped". (more...)
Photos claim to show Japanese whalers in Australian waters
- January 17, 2017

The incident is first to be reported since a 2014 ruling against Japan by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), according to Sea Shepherd . The Australian government was "deeply disappointed" over Japan's whaling activities, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said after an anti-whaling group recently released images of a dead minke whale onboard a Japanese whaling ship. (more...)
Iran will never renegotiate nuclear deal, says top diplomat
- January 17, 2017

Iran, it said, had "reduced its uranium stockpile by 98 percent and removed two-thirds of its centrifuges". In return, the US and the European Union suspend nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran, with the lifting of all past UN Security Council sanction resolutions. (more...)
Social media explodes, local reaction strong to Trump-Lewis feud Social media explodes, local reaction strong to Trump-Lewis feud
- January 15, 2017

Many Democrats and Republicans have said they consider Lewis to be a personal hero. It came a day before the birthday of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who led the US civil rights movement in which Lewis played a major role. "Trump surrogate and former WH political director under Ronal Reagan, Jeffrey Lord, acknowledged Lewis" heroism. He's a 70-year-old man tweeting like a 15-year-old - bad grammar and all - and Donald Trump's the one who wants to talk about what's "sad". (more...)
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas meets Pope at Vatican Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas meets Pope at Vatican
- January 15, 2017

Kerry will attend the conference less than a week before he leaves his post with the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has received an invitation from Abbas to discuss the outcome of the conference in Paris, although it is not yet clear when this meeting will take place. (more...)
Theresa May will make her long-awaited Brexit speech next week Theresa May will make her long-awaited Brexit speech next week
- January 14, 2017

Instead of fighting to keep the so-called "passporting" arrangements that currently allow a financial institution based in pre-Brexit Britain to sell its services anywhere within the 28-country bloc, the organization is now pinning its hopes on the less certain outcomes of "equivalence". (more...)
Dhoni reveals why he quit as India's limited overs captain Dhoni reveals why he quit as India's limited overs captain
- January 14, 2017

And the crowds too almost packed the Brabourne Stadium in South Mumbai to witness "Captain Cool", for one last time at the helm. The crowd went berserk with chants of "Dhoni, Dhoni, Dhoni" right from the word go and their desperation to watch their beloved player in action only grew after every passing over. (more...)
Japan's Abe starts 4 nation trip with visit to Philippines Japan's Abe starts 4 nation trip with visit to Philippines
- January 14, 2017

Duterte gave the Japanese leader and his wife a tour of his home and drew amused chuckles from Abe when he showed him the much-talked about iconic mosquito net or kulambo in his bedroom which his aides described as something that the President could not sleep without. (more...)
Why First Lady Is Surprised By How 'Emotional' She's Become Why First Lady Is Surprised By How 'Emotional' She's Become
- January 13, 2017

As always Obama took the high road when it came to the incoming family and said she's offered them her suppoer. "I feel like crying right now and I didn't think it was going to be that emotional". "To you, this is just a little talk show game. not to me". On January 10th, 2017 President Barack Obama give his farewell speech. After that video, you can go ahead and check out another segment from the same show where the First Lady joined Fallon in his "Thank You Notes" segment , where he ... (more...)
Oil's well as Iraq endorses cuts
- January 13, 2017

Brent crude futures, the worldwide benchmark for oil prices, were trading at $55.20 per barrel at 0827 GMT, up 25 cents, or 0.45 percent, from the previous close. On Wednesday, WTI crude oil futures was at $52.25 a barrel while Brent crude futures $55.03 a barrel by 2:36 p.m. ET (Thursday 3:30 a.m PHT). OPEC and non-OPEC producers last month reached their first deal since 2001 to curtail oil output jointly by almost 1.8 million bpd to help stem a fall in oil prices and ease a supply glut. (more...)
Good tidings expected as Tesco reveals Christmas sales figures
- January 12, 2017

It added total sales at Sainsbury's rose 0.8%, while total sales at Argos lifted 4.1%. "Although Argos growth was very strong, the categories in which it has done well (eg technology) tend to generate thin margins, so the beat on sales does not necessarily bring the same readacross for profit". (more...)
Top Iraqi commander: Mosul could be liberated in 3 months
- January 12, 2017

The advances however did slow down in November and December as the IS put up fierce resistance and used the civilian population as cover, therefore making it hard for Iraqi forces to target them. Mosul , the headquarters for ISIS' Iraqi operations, has been under the militant group's control for over two years. Mosul's five bridges across the Tigris had already been partially damaged by USA -led air strikes to slow the militants' movement. (more...)
Akhilesh meets Mulayam in his residence
- January 12, 2017

Another factional wrangle emerged when loyalists of dethroned SP state chief Shivpal Yadav was stopped from entering the party headquarters in the state capital by police. He had earlier said that only he will decide who will be the Chief Minister if the Samajwadi Party is re-elected in UP. He also insisted that Akhilesh faction should withdraw its application from Election Commission claiming the "cycle" symbol. (more...)
British Girl, 15, Charged With Murdering Seven-Year-Old British Girl, 15, Charged With Murdering Seven-Year-Old
- January 12, 2017

Police have appealed for witnesses who may have seen a teenage girl with a younger child in the Morrell Court area of York on Monday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm. May responded: "I join (Corbyn) in expressing condolences to the family and friends of little Katie who died so tragically". The victim was a pupil at Westfield Primary School in York where the head teacher described her as a "kind and thoughtful child". (more...)
Southern rail: New strike by drivers gets under way Southern rail: New strike by drivers gets under way
- January 11, 2017

Asked whether Theresa May would join a rail workers" picket line, the Prime Minister's official spokeswoman said: "The PM is focused on how we can help the passengers, the commuters, whose daily lives are being blighted by this unfair and unjustified disruption. (more...)
Litvinenko murder suspect calls being on United States blacklist 'absurd'
- January 11, 2017

Russian lawmaker Andrei Lugovoi , one of two men suspected of fatally poisoning Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, Tuesday dismissed his being included on a USA sanctions list as "absurd", saying he was "perplexed" by the decision. (more...)
Johnson flies in to meet Trump team Johnson flies in to meet Trump team
- January 10, 2017

According to Monday schedule, Boris Johnson plans to meet the congressmen, among them is a speaker, Paul Ryan, the chairman of the Foreign relations committee, Bob Corker, and the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell. Also this afternoon, President Elect Trump tweeted that he had scheduled a personal meeting with Theresa May in the spring. That interest has been partly fuelled by the president-elect's apparent close relationship with the former Ukip leader Nigel Farage. (more...)
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former Iranian president, dies at 82
- January 09, 2017

Iranian media said he was hospitalized north of Tehran earlier Sunday, where doctors performed CPR in vain for almost an hour and a half before declaring him dead. He was a man known for a sharp wit but who could also be ruthless. The state-run Irinn network announced on Sunday that Mr Rafsanjani had "passed away after a lifetime of fighting and constant efforts in line with fulfilling the goals of Islam and the revolution". (more...)
Ryan: Lawmakers will act this year on replacing health law Ryan: Lawmakers will act this year on replacing health law
- January 06, 2017

Planned Parenthood denied it made a profit but refused to provide accounting documents to demonstrate its claim, the panel reported . Women and men in this country won't let politicians like Paul Ryan and Mike Pence take us back decades. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, after the meeting with Obama. There was never really a question as to whether or not Republicans in Congress would try to defund Planned Parenthood again - just when. (more...)
Duchess of Cambridge given Royal Photographic Society honorary membership Duchess of Cambridge given Royal Photographic Society honorary membership
- January 04, 2017

She has proved her own skills with her portraits of her children, which are not just family snapshots. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were early patrons of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), which was founded in 1853 , and several official royal photographers are also members. (more...)
Megyn Kelly confirms she is quitting Fox News to join NBC Megyn Kelly confirms she is quitting Fox News to join NBC
- January 04, 2017

Details about both of Kelly's news programs "will be unveiled in the coming months", said NBC. It will air Monday-Friday at a time to be confirmed. Kelly, who anchored The Kelly File since 2013, delivered top ratings to Fox while playing a prominent role in the 2016 presidential election. Now the network is facing a void in its top-rated primetime lineup with Megyn Kelly's pending exit for NBC. (more...)