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China's economic growth beats expectations in 2017 as it hits 6.9%

China's economic growth beats expectations in 2017 as it hits 6.9% Fixed asset investment was up 7.2%, 0.9 percentage point lower than last year's. The final number was also well above the 6.5 percent target set by government policymakers. The slowdown in import growth may have something to do with Chinese New Year falling in mid February, which is later than usual. "But analysts warn that the trade-off between growth and de-leveraging will get tougher this y... [Full Article...]

Baltimore replaces police commissioner

Baltimore replaces police commissioner DeSousa . "The road ahead will be hard, but members of the City Council stand ready to partner with Mayor Pugh, Commissioner Designate DeSousa and the men and women of the police department as we continue the process of reforming policing practices in our city". [Full Article...]

Trump goes after the Dem who surfaced his immigration remark

Trump goes after the Dem who surfaced his immigration remark They have the leverage to do so because Senate Republicans would need at least nine Democratic votes to support any funding measure. Indeed, according to a report on the Executive Order 13780 Initial Section 11, released on January 2018 by the departments of Homeland Security and Justice, 73 percent of the 549 individuals, who were convicted of worldwide terrorism-related charges in US courts ... [Full Article...]

US, Somali forces kill 4 members of al-Shabab in raid

US, Somali forces kill 4 members of al-Shabab in raid Four extremist fighters were killed in the operation on the al-Shabab, the East African arm of al-Qaeda, camp. The operation came after Human Rights Watch accused al-Shabab of conscripting hundreds of children into its ranks in recent months. [Full Article...]

US Congressman removed from House Ethics Committee

US Congressman removed from House Ethics Committee Ryan apparently is not calling for Meehan's resignation at this time . "Mr. Meehan demanded confidentiality to resolve the matter, presumably so that the public would never know that he entered into a settlement of a serious sexual harassment claim". [Full Article...]

Trump's Mar-A-Lago Again Cited For Food Safety Issues

Trump's Mar-A-Lago Again Cited For Food Safety Issues A November 8, 2017 report showed maintenance failures that required immediate repairs to pass a follow-up inspection . According to state records, which were listed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the building was cited for lacking smoke detectors that would adequately warn any hearing-impaired guests of danger, as well as a staircase that was missing enough c... [Full Article...]

Pele recovering in hospital after collapsing with exhaustion

Pele recovering in hospital after collapsing with exhaustion The Football Writers' Association (FWA ) were planning to stage the event to pay tribute to Pele and informed the media that he had been forced to withdraw after he was diagnosed with exhaustion. Considered as the greatest player of all time, Pele was voted as World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) in the year 1999. [Full Article...]

Budget carrier claims fastest transatlantic flight record

Budget carrier claims fastest transatlantic flight record A passenger plane has managed to fly from NY to London in just five hours. A flight from NY to London has broken the record for the fastest-ever transatlantic passenger journey in a subsonic aircraft. A strong jet stream with winds of up to 202mph meant that it arrived 53 minutes early. However, the downside is that journeys going in the opposite direction may be longer as a result. [Full Article...]

Jose Mourinho Open to Cristiano Ronaldo Return Amid Real Madrid Exit Rumours

Jose Mourinho Open to Cristiano Ronaldo Return Amid Real Madrid Exit Rumours Mijatovic admitted that the Brazilian would be a welcome addition to Santiago Bernabeu, with an ideal scenario seeing him paired with Ronaldo in a fearsome attacking unit. Either way, we would be remiss if we didn't bring you the latest from Spain, and that's José Mourinho giving the "green light" to CR7's transfer to Manchester United . [Full Article...]

Trump denies he's a racist as Americans honour King

Trump denies he's a racist as Americans honour King US President Donald Trump has said he was not a racist after he was criticized over his "sh**hole" characterisation of African countries. "That I can tell you", he told reporters. Georgia Sen. David Perdue called reports describing Trump as using vile language in the meeting a "gross misrepresentation" and said Democratic Sen. [Full Article...]

Ankara notifies Damascus of Afrin operation in written form - foreign minister

Ankara notifies Damascus of Afrin operation in written form - foreign minister Erdogan made the announcement in a televised speech in the city of Kutahya on Saturday after Ankara started a de-facto ground operation in the northwestern border region of Afrin in Syria. Officials in Ankara said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has spoken with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the offensive but did not provide details about the conversation, the Associated Pre... [Full Article...]

Turkish military operation into Afrin begins, Manbij to follow: Erdoğan

Turkish military operation into Afrin begins, Manbij to follow: Erdoğan However, the majority-Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were also reinforcing the area, bringing in 390 more soldiers over the past two months, the newspaper said . Operation " Olive Branch " exploded into action Saturday as Turkey ordered 72 jets to strike Kurdish targets in northern Syria at 5pm local time. [Full Article...]

Cape Town residents told water supply likely to be cut off

Cape Town residents told water supply likely to be cut off Earlier today, News24 reported that during a closed council session, Melissa Whitehead, senior transport head in the City of Cape Town , has been suspended as a result of the alleged covering up of irregularities in which embattled mayor Patricia De Lille is implicated. [Full Article...]

Ryan redux: UP CM meets class 1 boy attacked in school toilet

Ryan redux: UP CM meets class 1 boy attacked in school toilet The doctors attending to him say he has stab wounds to his head and chest but that he is out of danger. Meanwhile, the principal of Brightland School has been taken into police custody. "Friends of accused girl warned her family about girl's addiction to the Blue Whale challenge game", said Police. As news of the attack spread and images went viral on social media, many parents panicked about ... [Full Article...]

Goggia takes downhill title in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Goggia takes downhill title in Cortina d'Ampezzo Saturday was sunny, and so was Vonn's disposition. It was the 79th overall in her stellar career, which put her only seven wins behind Ingemar Stenmark's all-time wins record. The tactics I have is that I'm going to the Olympics healthy. "We have a really strong team right now working together really well", said Vonn. "After the Olympics, that will be my No. [Full Article...]

President Trump's approval rating edges up to 40% — CNN Poll

President Trump's approval rating edges up to 40% — CNN Poll In fact, more people now disapprove of U.S. leadership than approve. Disapproval of USA leadership, meanwhile, soared, increasing by 15 points from 2016 to 2017 and notching the highest mark - 43 percent - for any of the four major global powers surveyed over the past decade. [Full Article...]

Baker Mayfield states a preference for the Dolphins

Baker Mayfield states a preference for the Dolphins However, the Heisman Trophy victor was quick to walk back his comments in a Twitter post, noting he was only complimenting a fellow former Oklahoma football player. The Miami Dolphins appear to be high on Baker Mayfield's draft day wish list, but the Sooners quarterback maintains he's willing to play for any of the NFL's 32 teams. [Full Article...]

President Trump inks renewal of NSA's surveillance program

President Trump inks renewal of NSA's surveillance program The bill passed the House and Senate earlier this week with the support of many Republicans and Democrats , offering only slight adjustments to Section 702 , a law that oversees the NSA's ability to spy on "international terrorists, weapons proliferators, and other important foreign intelligence targets located outside the United States". [Full Article...]

Turkey starts ground ops in Syria

Turkey starts ground ops in Syria However, Sputnik reported that Syria claimed it was not notified and that Damascus "resolutely condemns Turkish military operation in Afrin". "The Syrian Air Force has regained its full strength and is ready to destroy any Turkish military targets that enter the skies of the Syrian Arab Republic". [Full Article...]

Trump says Democrats gave him the shutdown as an anniversary 'present'

Trump says Democrats gave him the shutdown as an anniversary 'present' At the same time , congressional leaders from both parties have been trying to reach an agreement to raise strict limits on domestic and military spending, a deal that would pave the way for a long-term spending package. The showdown follows a months-long struggle in Congress to agree on government funding levels and the immigration issue. There have been four government shutdowns since 1990. [Full Article...]


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