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Democrats relent, signalling end to US Government shutdown is near

The U.S. Senate advanced a stop-gap funding bill on Monday that paves the way to reopen the federal government three days into a partial shutdown that was triggered in part by a partisan brawl over immigration. Monday's compromise also provides an opening for Trump to showcase the leadership and deal-making for which he so often credits himself. We're going to get a vote. [Full Article...]

Five Missing After Well Explosion in Oklahoma

Five Missing After Well Explosion in Oklahoma Five of the 22 workers at the site are still listed as missing, said Kevin Enloe, director of the Emergency Management Department. Crews, he said, are observing rather than using water or other methods that would spread hazardous materials at the natural gas well site. [Full Article...]

Rex Tillerson: The US "treasures" its relationship with UK

A senior USA official said Tillerson's intent is "to close the gaps" in the accord that gave Iran billions in sanctions relief in return for curbs on its nuclear program and to explore more ways to counter Iranian behavior in Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. [Full Article...]

75% of Brits don't trust social media

75% of Brits don't trust social media Faith in government fell 14 points to 33 percent among the general population. More than half of Brits worry about fake news, Edelman said, while 64 per cent said they could not distinguish between proper journalism and fake news. Social media is trusted by less than a quarter of the United Kingdom population (24 per cent) with a majority of the public also backing tougher regulation for socia... [Full Article...]

Justice throw out Pennsylvania's congressional districting map

Justice throw out Pennsylvania's congressional districting map Supreme Court decision in a partisan gerrymandering case over the Wisconsin state legislature. Experts have long held up Pennsylvania as one of the most extreme examples of partisan gerrymandering, pointing to bizarrely shaped districts that have earned nicknames like "Goofy Kicking Donald Duck". [Full Article...]

Tillerson 'concerned' by Turkey's expanding Syria offensive

Tillerson 'concerned' by Turkey's expanding Syria offensive Aware that his opposition to the US -backed Kurdish force pits him against his largest NATO ally, Erdogan told members of parliament from his Justice and Development Party, "Hey, NATO!" On Saturday Turkey launches operation "Olive Branch" into Syria intending to oust the YPG militia from its enclave of Afrin. [Full Article...]

George Weah sworn in as Liberia's 24th president

George Weah sworn in as Liberia's 24th president The ceremony was graced by several high-profiled government officials including Liberia's development partners. I promise to deliver on this mandate. President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo . The order comes as part of President Sirleaf's closing activities with barely a day in office. [Full Article...]

DACA in limbo as Trump and lawmakers point fingers

DACA in limbo as Trump and lawmakers point fingers The panelists spoke publicly about their concerns over immigration reform. Trump addressed the issue briefly Sunday as he arrived for dinner at one of his Florida golf clubs with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. The political debate over the fate of "DREAMers" - undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children - has overlooked just how many there are in the country t... [Full Article...]

Afghanistan | Taliban attack on Afghan hotel ends after 13 hours, 18 dead

Afghanistan | Taliban attack on Afghan hotel ends after 13 hours, 18 dead The high-profile assault on the Intercontinental Hotel , a heavily guarded hilltop building that survived Soviet occupation, civil war and Taliban rule, was the latest in a string of deadly gun and bombing attacks in the capital that have targeted government intelligence facilities , hotels, mosques and other locations. [Full Article...]

In Key Vote, CPM Rejects Sitaram Yechury's Call For Tie-Up With Congress

In Key Vote, CPM Rejects Sitaram Yechury's Call For Tie-Up With Congress Even though the tactical line of Yechury faction was dismissed through a vote at the Central Committee, it is certain that the dispute would continue at the upcoming Party Congress. Mr Karat's version of the draft political resolution will now be put into the public domain. Mr Antony said it was evident that the CPM was too eager to bring BJP back to power. [Full Article...]

Germany: Breakthrough for Angela Merkel in coalition talks

Germany: Breakthrough for Angela Merkel in coalition talks Yet, there are several alternatives to a new GroKo. "The message of this government would not be one of a new beginning, but one of pragmatism and responsibility", said Josef Janning, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. [Full Article...]

PM Narendra Modi in Davos with tastes of India, twists of yoga

PM Narendra Modi in Davos with tastes of India, twists of yoga I would want that even the Congress party on its own should free itself of the Congress culture. In an exclusive interview with Times Now, Prime Minister Modi said, "India's foreign policy is based in the context of India". The two parties are also working towards a merger to create a single and strong communist centre. The evening will also see a ballet performance, while India will host the ... [Full Article...]

Toledo, Maumee not listed in finalist cities for Amazon's second headquarters

Toledo, Maumee not listed in finalist cities for Amazon's second headquarters The list is everything: Reading between the lines, the list tells us that some factors on Amazon's shopping list are more important than others - and most important seems to be that the city has to be a draw for techies. Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey also weighed in on making Amazon's short list. "Their RFP says they'd like their first building to be close to a transportation hub and/or bu... [Full Article...]

Jamaica imposes curfew in Montego Bay amid rise in crime

Jamaica imposes curfew in Montego Bay amid rise in crime A state of emergency has been declared in Jamaica following a rise in murder and violent crime. Warning residents and tourists of the deadly attacks, Prime minister Andrew Holness said "the level of criminal activity is of such a nature and so extensive in scale as to endanger public safety". [Full Article...]

Iran nuclear deal can not survive if USA pulls out: Russia's Lavrov

Iran nuclear deal can not survive if USA pulls out: Russia's Lavrov At the same time the minister noted that the failure of the nuclear deal with Iran would be an alarming signal for global security, including for the settlement around North Korea. But he said he was doing so for the "last time" to give USA and European negotiators a "last chance" to enact measures to fix "disastrous flaws" in the deal. [Full Article...]

President Donald Trump Just Took The "Montreal Test" For Mental Health

President Donald Trump Just Took The The president, of course, has been called a racist repeatedly, most recently after he called African nations and Haiti " shithole countries" and said he wished more immigrants came from overwhelmingly white Norway. Leahy moved on to Trump's wish for more Norwegian immigrants. Trump has denied that he used the specific word in the meeting, which was first reported by The Washington Post ,... [Full Article...]

Iraqi court sentences to death German woman who joined Daesh

Iraqi court sentences to death German woman who joined Daesh The woman was caught by Iraqi forces during the battle of Mosul past year, the spokesman said, declining to identify her by name. He added that the woman had admitted during interrogation that she joined IS after traveling from Germany to Syria and then to Iraq along with her two daughters. [Full Article...]

Erdogan announces the launch of ground operation in Syria's Afrin

Erdogan announces the launch of ground operation in Syria's Afrin While supporting Ankara's legitimate security concerns, "we urge Turkey to exercise restraint and ensure that its military operations remain limited in scope and duration and scrupulous to avoid civilian casualties", Nauert said. Residents and activists also reported airstrikes in the region. "In our efforts to restore peace and stability in Afrin, we will draw from our experiences in Jarabulus,... [Full Article...]

Cuomo Vows to keep Statue of Liberty Open, despite shut down

Cuomo Vows to keep Statue of Liberty Open, despite shut down Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday. Despite several tourist attractions being closed down, open-air parks and monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall remained open. "We want to keep tourism flowing". In the hours leading up to the shutdown, the Trump administration was working on ways to keep hundreds of parks open without staff in an effort to avoid public anger, though it wa... [Full Article...]

Schumer Shutdown Could Deprive Overseas Troops of NFL Title Games

Schumer Shutdown Could Deprive Overseas Troops of NFL Title Games NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy offered one alternative via Twitter on Saturday , posting that "Military members can watch tomorrow's NFL games at USO Centers overseas through NFL Game Pass for free". On Friday night the Senate was unable to pass a short-term spending bill leading to the first government shutdown since 2013. The network is scheduled to carry Sunday's NFC and AFC title gam... [Full Article...]


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