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Haqqani network commander, two others killed in US strike

Haqqani network commander, two others killed in US strike This was the second drone attack this year. The latest drone attack took place in Shanqilay area of Afghanistan near the Pak-Afghan border. The unmanned aircraft's missiles "targeted an Afghan refugee" camp in northwestern Kurram region, an global news agency reported, citing a statement from the Pakistani foreign office. [Full Article...]

Unsure If Republicans, Democrats Can Reach Deal On DACA By Feb. 8

Unsure If Republicans, Democrats Can Reach Deal On DACA By Feb. 8 The framework to be unveiled Monday "represents a compromise that members of both parties can support", Sanders said , as the White House appeared to try to take control of the process amid criticism that the president has taken too much of a back seat during the negotiations and sent mixed signals that have repeatedly upended near-deals. [Full Article...]

Pope Francis warns against temptation of 'fake news'

Pope Francis warns against temptation of 'fake news' Pope Francis has weighed in on ending the "fake news" problem in a new official document and said the original example of it was the Bible story of the devil, disguised as a serpent, tempting Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. "The economic and manipulative aims that feed misinformation are rooted in a thirst for power, a desire to possess and enjoy", he added. The term fake news has risen to ... [Full Article...]

Cecile Richards to Step Down as President of Planned Parenthood

Cecile Richards to Step Down as President of Planned Parenthood But Planned Parenthood called Abbott's request an effort to take away rights from women and others who already face "unequal and unfair treatment". Much of her time as the leader of Planned Parenthood was spent expanding the group's profile through celebrity campaigns and political participation. [Full Article...]

Top Democrats Urge Facebook, Twitter to Investigate Russia's Embrace of #ReleaseTheMemo

Top Democrats Urge Facebook, Twitter to Investigate Russia's Embrace of #ReleaseTheMemo The four-page memo reportedly discusses surveillance "abuse" by officials investigating President Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign. However, sources familiar with Twitter's internal analysis told The Daily Beast that the trending hashtag "appears thus far to be organically American" not Russian. [Full Article...]

Former Maryland man confirmed to lead U.S. health department

Former Maryland man confirmed to lead U.S. health department Other than the 52 to 47 vote to confirm Price past year, Azar's confirmation vote was the narrowest for an HHS secretary in decades. Other priorities Azar will oversee include trying to control rampant opioid addiction that is ravaging many USA communities. [Full Article...]

Brexit transition period will be agreed by March

Brexit Secretary David Davis said Britain will stay close to the EU's regulatory regime after it leaves the bloc and only wants "the freedom" to go its own way if it chooses in future. "But I don't see us paying for access", he told a parliament committee. "In future, when it has a 21 month period where it can implement new rules possibly including a financial transaction tax, it might suddenly ... [Full Article...]

After False Nuclear Alarm, Hawaii Governor Didn't Know His Twitter Password

After False Nuclear Alarm, Hawaii Governor Didn't Know His Twitter Password The warning, issued in error by a state employee, created hours of confusion as officials tried to figure out what was going on and notify people there was no need to boil their water. "I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile". Mr McLachlan said it was just after 8am on January 13 at the picturesque destination when his wife's phone beeped with an amber alert giving emer... [Full Article...]

Russian premiere of 'Death of Stalin' film called off

Russian premiere of 'Death of Stalin' film called off The Russian attendees complained that the satire contained "ideological warfare" and "extremism". " In the current conditions of an information war, we should start living in accordance with wartime laws ", Elena Drapeko, the deputy head of the Russian State Duma's Committee for Culture, said . [Full Article...]

Super Blue Blood Moon: Here's how you can catch a glimpse!

Super Blue Blood Moon: Here's how you can catch a glimpse! If you are in the Eastern or Central time zone, Johnston recommends watching from a high place with a clear view to the West to catch a glimpse of the moon's reddish hue. The chance alignment happens once in a 'blue Moon'. The lunar eclipse makes the moon look red. The darkness of the eclipse depends on the amount of dust in our atmosphere and on how deeply the moon penetrates the earth's shadow... [Full Article...]

Pro-school choice expert gives Michigan's approach a failing grade

Pro-school choice expert gives Michigan's approach a failing grade And most notably, 31 out of 33 studies demonstrate that scholarships provided to students attending private schools also improve educational outcomes for the students who remain in public schools. Mark Jewell, president of the NC Association of Educators, said with North Carolina sitting at 43rd in the nation for funding of public schools, the General Assembly should move away from putting money i... [Full Article...]

New Zealand Inflation Grows Less Than Expected in 4Q

New Zealand Inflation Grows Less Than Expected in 4Q Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had expected prices to grow by 0.4% from the previous quarter, and remain steady at 1.9% compared with the previous year. Property rates and related services were unchanged in the quarter for a 3.2 percent annual increase. Inflation in the quarter was dragged down by falling prices for food, household items and cars. [Full Article...]

2 killed in Turkey's border city by rockets from Syria

2 killed in Turkey's border city by rockets from Syria The U.S. does not back Syrian Kurdish fighters in Afrin, but the Turkish attack in the region and Erdogan's pledge to expand operations have raised tensions between Washington and Ankara. "Of course we in the Manbij Military Council have taken the necessary measures and deployed our forces to the frontlines", said Sharfan Darwish of the Manbij Military Council. [Full Article...]

German far-right party clinches top budget post

German far-right party clinches top budget post Originally formed as an anti-euro party in 2013, the AfD has more recently campaigned on an anti-immigrant, anti-Islam platform, strongly criticizing the decision to allow more than a million refugees into Germany in 2015. He has now apparently stepped down from the legislative committee in Brandenburg after converting to Islam. "He has been very active in the Christian wing of the party". [Full Article...]

In Davos, Netanyahu urges world leaders to act on Iran nuclear deal

In Davos, Netanyahu urges world leaders to act on Iran nuclear deal As the world's global political and corporate elite gathered for day three of the summit in the town in the Swiss Alps, Netanyahu held a string of diplomatic meetings that also included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. [Full Article...]

One Twin Is a US Citizen. The Other Faces Deportation

One Twin Is a US Citizen. The Other Faces Deportation Andrew and Elad Dvash-Banks filed the discrimination suit Monday in Los Angeles federal court. Because one son was conceived with the sperm of one father and the other son with the sperm of the other father, one of these fraternal twins is being treated by the US government as a USA citizen while the other was forced to enter the US on a tourist visa, which has now expired. [Full Article...]

President Trump rejects bipartisan immigration proposal

President Trump rejects bipartisan immigration proposal His administration also intends to lawmakers to include $25 billion for his proposed southern border wall in any immigration bill they send him, along with another $5 billion for border security, Trump told a small group of reporters at the White House. [Full Article...]

Elton John Bringing Farewell Tour To Bryce Jordan Center

Elton John Bringing Farewell Tour To Bryce Jordan Center Nevertheless, he played a staggering 96 shows around the world throughout 2017, as well as performing at his Las Vegas Show. "I've had a good run, I think you'd admit that", John said Wednesday. It kicks off in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The singer will perform for three years, beginning in the USA on September 8. But on Wednesday he said he's "in great health". [Full Article...]

Muted demand drags down crude palm oil futures by 0.13%

Muted demand drags down crude palm oil futures by 0.13% Worldwide benchmark Brent crude rose 59 cents, or 0.8 percent, to $70.55 by 2:28 p.m. ET. "Basically, the Saudis are ceding market share to the USA saying, 'We can handle another million barrels a day of USA [oil] as long as the Saudis and Russians are holding their supply back.' I think that will help the market at least stay balanced and continue to draw stocks as well", he said. [Full Article...]

Richardson resigns from Rohingya refugee panel

Richardson resigns from Rohingya refugee panel He was meeting with government officials about two Reuters journalists who face up to 14 years in prison for allegedly violating the country's colonial-era Officials Secrets Acts. More than a million Muslim Rohingya who were born in Myanmar are not recognized as citizens. "I asked them who they are", she said. Myanmar authorities said on Tuesday that they are ready to initiate a gradual repa... [Full Article...]


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