January 23, 2018

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Trump's Muslim rhetoric key issue in travel ban rulings

With the clock counting down the hours until President Donald J. Trump's second attempt at a Muslim ban was to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. today, two federal judges issued separate rulings that put the ban on hold nationwide. Soon after the Hawaii judge issued his order, Trump denounced the decision as "terrible" during a speech to supporters in Nashville. Trump administration lawyers filed a notice to appeal a Maryland federal judge's ruling that halted a key portion of the revised ... Read More »

'Syrian people will choose Assad's fate,' says Tillerson in Turkey

They discussed recent developments in Syria, the war against Islamic State, and Turkey's repeated demand for the extradition of opposition leader Fethullah Gulen by the US. They are hard options. "Let me be very frank, it's not easy, they are hard choices that have to be made". However, Cavusoglu said Ankara expected "better cooperation" with the Trump administration regarding the YPG. Read More »

Marco Rubio says Russian hackers have targeted his presidential campaign staff twice


Donald Trump's willingness to embrace Russian disinformation was one of the reasons Russia's interference in the 2016 election worked, the Senate panel investigating the president's alleged ties to the country heard on Thursday. "I don't understand how his campaign manager after we had outed the Incirlik incident as fake, after the news had reported it as a fake campaign, one week later cites it on CNN". Read More »

Federal, Ontario governments invest in Ford Canada centre focusing on connectivity


The Government of Canada is committed to making Canada a world-leading centre for innovation and a top destination for businesses to invest, to help create good, well-paying jobs, and strengthen the middle class. The budget also announced the allocation of $ 125 million for the implementation of a strategy for artificial intelligence. Both offer “non-repayable contributions” for the auto sector. Read More »

Terror threat behind electronic travel ban revealed


The U.S. ban requires passengers on such flights to put all laptop computers, electronic tablets and other devices larger than a smartphone into luggage checked into the cargo compartment. Saudia Airlines confirmed in a tweet that USA transportation authorities had banned carrying larger electronic devices in cabin luggage. A United States official told BuzzFeed News the ban had been pushed by the White House, and was spurred by increased chatter in recent weeks that militants wanted to hide ... Read More »

Tillerson lauds China-US contacts in meeting with leader Xi

North Korea marked the final day of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's Asia visit Sunday by claiming to have tested a new type of rocket engine, underlining the country's defiance of recent calls for calm on the Korean Peninsula. "Been there, done that", she continued, adding other countries, specifically China and Russian Federation, need to "step up and show us that they are as concerned with North Korea as we are". Read More »

Arab Summit to Endorse Palestinian Positions With Eye on US

An Arab peace initiative dating back to 2002 has offered normalized relations with Israel in exchange for resolving the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In October, the Saudis abruptly suspended oil aid to Egypt just days after Cairo backed a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria drafted by Assad's ally Russian Federation. Read More »

Odd-looking Ronaldo bust steals the show at airport ceremony

At left is teammate Bruno Alves. It's not the first time Ronaldo has been immortalized in bronze, with a 10-foot statue outside his own personal museum towering over his hometown of Funchal. He added that the tribute was fair considering Ronaldo's services to his homeland. A couple of years ago, he used his social media accounts to ask fans to vote for Madeira in a contest organized by the travel industry. Read More »

Brazil Qualify For 2018 World Cup While Argentina And Uruguay Struggle


An Argentina side reeling from the shock suspension of captain Lionel Messi crashed to a 2-0 defeat against Bolivia on Tuesday, dealing a fresh blow to their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign. Television pictures showed Messi reacting angrily and shouting profanities at Carvalho, and after the game, the Argentine superstar refused to shake hands with the official. Read More »

Govt permits Raheel Sharif to head Muslim Military alliance


He said it is a matter between the two governments. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's ( PTI ) Ali Muhammad Khan said the government needed to discuss the appointment. March 29: Pakistan is pursuing a two faced policy of trying to befriend Iran and at the same time maintaining close ties with Saudi Arabia, according to informed sources and in the process is angering both Iran and Saudi Arabia. Read More »

Cricket's Proteas Move Past Australia to Number Two in Tests

Water was quickly thrown on those reports, however, dampening any initial hope of the two nations renewing their cricketing rivalry any time soon. Pakistan and India have not faced each other as part of bilateral series since 2012, Pakistan was set to host India in 2014 but due to protests by zealot groups in India, the tour could not be finalized. Read More »

USA ambassador to United Nations calls DRC government 'corrupt'

When she needs us, we will be there. Sessions concerned opposing BDS on campus, among private corporations, on social media and at the U.N. itself - a body Israel and the United States have accused of being biased against Israel. Regarding peacekeeping operations, which have been particularly controversial in recent years due to allegations of sexual abuse by troops, Haley said it is an area with a "great potential for reform". Read More »

Parks and Rec holds community Easter egg hunt Saturday


April 8 at Portage Boys & Girls Club, 5895 Evergreen Ave. A spokesman for Kettering Council said: "Follow the map to find the 17 Easter eggs that have been hidden in various locations in the town centre". Egg hunters will search for more than 1,000 prize eggs and 14,000 candy-filled eggs in age and special-needs categories. The event is designed as an Easter egg hunt for grown-ups, and is open to anyone 18 and older. Read More »

German president tells Turkey: Don't cut ties with partners

He also criticized again German Chancellor Angela Merkel over her remarks of solidarity with the Netherlands, a country Erdogan said "closed its door to Turkish ministers", and "let its dogs loose on my [Turkish] citizens". Ankara has accused its European allies of using "Nazi methods" by banning Turkish ministers from addressing rallies in Europe over security concerns. Read More »

Severe storms in forecast for Southern US


Areas that receive rain early, will have less of a chance for damaging storms during the afternoon. Storm chances will increase Tuesday evening, but mainly for areas west of Austin. By the time we get to Thursday, much of the state will have seen 1 to 4 inches of rainfall! There is an ENHANCED and MODERATE risk for severe thunderstorms today. Read More »

North Korea tests new rocket engine


The move came a day after South Korea announced it was pulling out of Kaesong in retaliation for North Korean nuclear and long-range missile tests earlier in the year. He struck a more positive chord, saying the U.S. and China were determined "to work together to convince the North Korean government to choose a better path and a different future for its people". Read More »

Slain Wisconsin officer hailed as hero


Weiland had been in law enforcement for 18 years, 15 of those with the Everest department. He remains in police custody and will be prosecuted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Criminal Litigation Unit. He says the Everest Metro police officer who was killed was protecting his community and will be forever remembered as a hero. Authorities would not confirm if the suspect was injured during the arrest. Read More »

Spicer: Secret Service stops attempted White House intrusion


Just hours earlier, a person was arrested after jumping over a bike rack in an apparent bid to reach the fence outside the White House , the Secret Service said. Secret Service supervisors dismissed the gunfire as a gang-related shootout and the bullet holes were not discovered for six days. Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz dubbed the incident "a total and complete embarrassment". Read More »

North Korean missile explodes seconds after launch


Tillerson's suggestion the United States would consider military options isn't realistic given the ability of North Korea to retaliate and inflict immeasurable damage on the densely packed South Korean population, according to Robert Kelly, a political science associate professor at South Korea's Pusan National University. Read More »

Belarus police crack down on demonstrators


Belarus authorities raided the offices of a prominent rights group Saturday, detaining dozens of people on the day of a planned protest, including foreign rights workers, the group said . Protests attracted hundreds on Saturday in Brest and Grodno, two other large cities. Brussels demands the immediate release of "all recently detained peaceful citizens", the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU's diplomatic service, said in a press release. Read More »

Syria's Bar Association chief: 16 lawyers killed in blast

Wednesday's attack comes exactly six years after the beginning of the Syria conflict, which started in March of 2011 after the Assad regime put down pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity. The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria on Tuesday said it had found no evidence of deliberate contamination of the water supply or demolition by armed groups, as the Syrian government maintained at the time. Read More »

Hamas shuts Gaza crossing with Israel after official's assassination

Shortly after the incident, Ezzedin al-Qassam Brigades, the arned wing of Hamas, confirmed the incident on their website, describing Faqha as was one of their leaders. "They could have arrested him on suspicion of collaborating with Israel or drug trafficking or immoral behavior". Khalil al-Haya, Hamas's deputy chief in the Gaza Strip , said only Israel would have had something to gain from the death, Reuters added. Read More »

Syria threatens Scud missile strikes if Israeli airstrikes continue


Al-Diyar added that Syria possessed 800 Scud missiles and no warning will be given before their launch. 'Despite a six-year war Syria is not weak and knows how to defend itself'. But according to a senior IDF officer in the IAF's Air Defense Division, the terror group is continuously working and acquiring missiles with larger warheads and longer range. Read More »