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The Republican FBI memo and Robert Mueller's Russian Federation inquiry

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Rosenstein, it would appear , is willing to make certain compromises to please his boss. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and replaced him with Wray because he didn't think Comey was loyal. But even if the President did fire Rosenstein , the Mueller investigation wouldn't simply go away. His staff wrote a four-page memo that supposedly summarizes voluminous classified documents that triggered one channel of the FBI's investigation of Russian Federation. Read More »

Turkey: Journalist on duty injured in Syria's Afrin

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Three more rockets hit the town of Kilis, northeast of Reyhanli, where at least three people were wounded, said Gov. Mehmet Tekinarslan. One soldier was also killed on the Turkish side of the border. Turkish presidential spokesman said Turkey will not tolerate the presence of a Syrian Kurdish militia "anywhere" along its southern border, hinting that Ankara might expand its military operation underway in the Syrian enclave of Afrin eastward. Read More »

Syrian rebels down Russian jet, kill pilot

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Syrians in rebel-held areas say they can distinguish between Russian warplanes and those of the Syrian air force, because the Russian planes fly at higher altitude. The Ibaa News Agency of the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee, said Russian and Syrian warplanes and helicopter gunships have been pounding Saraqeb and the village of Tel Mardeekh in Idlib since the early hours of Saturday. Read More »

More is less — Nuclear Posture Review

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The United States has warned countries against supporting non-state actors and terrorist groups trying to obtain or employ nuclear weapons. The NPR is used to determine the role of nuclear weapons in the security strategy of the US. The comments came in a USA military policy statement called the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). "There is no indication from public information that Russian Federation is actively developing the system, but it is alarming to see it in a Pentagon document ", ... Read More »

Tillerson warns against China, Russia engagement in Americas

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Trump continues to insist that Mexico ultimately will pay for his promised border wall and must accept changes in the North American Free Trade Agreement or he'll quit the accord. We want it to be a peaceful change", he said. Tillerson, who received a standing ovation at the university, his alma mater, outlined a strategy that focuses on ramping up worldwide pressure on Maduro to agree to credible elections to ease the country's economic and political crisis. Read More »

Questions Surround Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl Halftime Show

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TMZ caught up to Fatone before the January 14 playoff games and asked about the possibility of him and the other members joining their old band mate on stage. The commercials weren't memorable, and the halftime show, performed by Lady Gaga , was fine. "And, you know, I like to make dance music so I hope everyone is dancing", he added. Read More »

USA says Syria may be making new types of chemical weapons

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However it was "highly likely" that Syria had stockpiled some of its weapons after the 2013 intervention, the Trump administration officials said in a briefing reported by Reuters . Syria's government isn't the only chemical-weapons threat in the region, according to the officials. Highlighting the previous use of barrel bombs to deploy chlorine by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the statement said an alleged chemical attack Thursday in Eastern Ghouta would be the third instance in the ... Read More »

Trump Wants Deep Cuts in Clean Energy Programs

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Based on the draft budget documents, the cuts would cut down on staff from 680 in 2017 to 450 in 2019. The draft budget would cut that to $575.5 million for the next fiscal year, a dramatic cut in funding for programs that promote and research renewable and climate-friendly energy technologies. Read More »

San Francisco Plans To Toss Out Thousands Of Marijuana Convictions

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It also allowed people convicted of marijuana charges to petition courts to toss out the cases or reduce penalties. Between November 2016, when courts began accepting petitions, and October 2017, 4,885 people petitioned for relief statewide, according to the Judicial Council of California. Read More »

Winter Olympics 2018: Cas Russia ruling 'craven and spineless' - International Olympic Committee member

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The IOC is yet to officially reallocate the medals from that event, but if confirmed it would raise Britain's medal count to five and make Sochi 2014 their most successful Winter Olympics. "We will continue our peaceful legal fight for the rights of our athletes", Peskov said. The athletes were also declared ineligible to participate in any capacity in all subsequent editions of the Olympic Games. Read More »

Iranian women take off headscarves to protest hijab

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Judicial officials alleged that around 1,000 people arrested during December's unrest where protests spread to 80 cities and towns and resulted in 25 deaths. "Our fight is against compulsion". Zahra Safyari, an Iranian who voluntarily wears a hijab, tweeted: "I wear the chador [an open cloak]. Religion and hijab should not be compulsory". Read More »

Spanish police catch fruit thieves red-handed in orange heist

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Police in Spain got more than they bargained for when they looked in the back of a vehicle and van that were being driven erratically. The suspects were stopped last week when a police patrol became suspicious of the vehicles driving in a convoy at night, the city council said. Read More »

US 'Kremlin Report' Aims to Break Third Parties' Ties With Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday joked that he was "offended" the US Treasury had not included his name in a list of officials and business leaders eligible for sanctions . Russia hawks in Congress had pushed the administration to include certain names, while Russian businessmen hired lobbyists to keep them off. "We know what we want". Read More »

Trump Signs Order To Keep Prison At Guantanamo Bay Open

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President George W. Bush opened Guantanamo after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States in order to hold and interrogate suspected enemy combatants. Almost two decades after the 9/11 attacks, mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed still languishes there because of stalled military court proceedings. When necessary, we must be able to detain and question them. Read More »

EPA chief doesn't recall 2016 statements slamming Trump

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The comments - made in an interview with a Tulsa, Oklahoma radio station in February 2016 - nearly a year before Pruitt was nominated to lead the EPA - were posted Tuesday by a watchdog group. Meanwhile, Republicans on the committee had nearly universal praise for Pruitt, saying he has lifted the regulatory burden placed on companies by the Obama administration. Read More »

Three dead after helicopter crashes into California home

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The aircraft struck the yard and wall of the home. This KTLA video shows more damage from the scene, and it appears that the helicopter may have clipped the roof of another home on its way down. "Because I knew at that point there weren't any survivors", she added. At this time, it's not known whether all of those who were killed were aboard the aircraft or whether any of the home's occupants were injured, fatally or otherwise. Read More »

S. Korea wins USA sanctions exemption to fly its skiers to N

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Trump also introduced Ji Seong-ho, a daring North Korean defector who traveled hundreds of miles on crutches just to get away from the Kim regime. President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington , Tuesday, Jan. Read More »

Employee who issued missile alert actually thought Hawaii was beneath assault

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Ige has appointed Brig. What caused the confusion is based on a mistake in how the drill was initiated during a shift change . Today's preliminary report is not the end of our work on this issue, but the beginning. The FCC said that it took so long for HEMA to issue the correction because the proper procedure to do so wasn't in place. There was no requirement to double-check with a colleague or get a supervisor's approval before sending the warning statewide, the federal agency said. Read More »

Healthy prospects for India's external sector: Economic Survey

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It also admits that the major programmes are undertaken by the government (toilets, Jan Dhan accounts, LPG connections, and village electrification) have not resulted in tangible outcomes, said the former Finance minister and adding that the future course of the economy is conditional on many ifs. Read More »

Flooding of Seine River engulf nearby restaurants

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But in smaller towns along the river, our correspondent adds, shoppers and commuters have been punting boats along flooded streets. Four reservoir lakes along the Marne, Seine, Aube and Yonne are already reportedly full beyond capacity, while further rainfall as the week progresses is expected to slow the the fall in river levels. Read More »

Referendum on Ireland's abortion laws to be held in May

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A referendum on the section of Ireland's constitution that enshrines its restrictive abortion laws will be held at the end of May, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced. Incest or rape do not provide legal grounds for abortion in Ireland. Varadkar, who came to power in June previous year, pledged to hold the referendum following the non-binding recommendations of a Citizen's Assembly. Read More »

Apple reportedly cutting iPhone X orders in half due to slow sales

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The tech giant told suppliers it would cut its production target for the phone to 20 million units, following slower-than-expected sales in the year-end holiday shopping period in Europe, the US and China, the Nikkei reported Monday . Both iPhone X models will have 4GB of RAM while the 6.1-inch iPhone will feature a 3GB of RAM. The iPhone X, which features an edge-to-edge display and facial recognition technology to unlock the phone, went on sale in November. Read More »

Russia's opposition chief Alexei Navalny held throughout day of protests

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It comes as supporters of Alexei Navalny began a nationwide day of anti-government protests. Mr Navalny's Moscow co-ordinator, Nikolai Lyaskin, also was detained on Sunday, the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying. Eight staff members from Navalny's Moscow offices were detained in the raid and were among 185 people arrested across the country, according to independent monitoring group OVD-Info. Read More »

12 killed as Houthis, gov't forces clash in Yemen's southern Aden port

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Gunmen were deployed throughout most of Aden's districts and there was heavy automatic gunfire and explosions in the southern port city, according to Reuters witnesses. In an effort to avoid clashes, Hadi banned public gatherings for the time of expected rallies, what was the reason for the arrival of thousands of the Southern Transitional Council's supporters to the port city. Read More »

5 dead after militants attack military base in Kabul

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He said Afghan forces had seized a rocket, two Kalashnikovs, and a suicide vest from the attackers. An officer inside the academy's compound said he heard an explosion followed by an exchange of gunfire. The government has blamed the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network, which Afghan and Western officials suspect of involvement in at least some of the recent attacks in the capital. Read More »

Trump tells Piers Morgan, Twitter not shocked

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So, yeah. Thanks for that scoop, Piers Morgan . If you follow Piers Morgan on Twitter - and, for better or worse, over six million people do - you'll know that he's spent most of this week flagging an interview he conducted with Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Read More »

Man in Mumbai dies after being sucked into MRI machine

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Hospital attendant at MRI room said that the MRI machine was not switched on, but he could go in. As soon as Rajesh entered the room along with the patient Laxmiben, the magnetic force of the machine got activated and pulled the cylinder along with Rajesh towards it. Read More »

Body could be missing 4-year-old

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A Saturday morning update from the Federal Bureau of Investigation offered more clarity: "Crews will also begin to drain a pond nearby to ensure every possibility has been covered". Investigators are planning to drain the pond. Charlotte firefighters were also called in to help with the search. "We've got trained people out there, they've come from all over North and SC, and hopefully this will be over soon", he added, WRAL reported . Read More »

33 killed, over 70 injured in South Korean hospital fire

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Flames and toxic smoke swept through the Sejong Hospital in the southern city of Miryang on Friday, injuring more than 150, just weeks after a fire killed 29 people at a fitness centre. It would be the country's deadliest fire in nearly 10 years, and the death toll is likely to increase with numerous injured in serious condition. Fire Chief Choi Man-Woo said: 'Two nurses said they had seen fire suddenly erupting in the emergency room'. Read More »