January 23, 2018

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Trump taps pro-life activist for top HHS post


Yoest has a long record of seeking to undermine women's access to health care and safe, legal abortion by distorting the facts, and her selection shows yet again that this administration is pandering to extreme conservatives and ignoring the millions of men and women nationwide who support women's constitutionally protected health care rights and don't want to go backward", Sen. Read More »

Palestinians say dozens wounded at protests for prisoners

Demonstrations have been held in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip to support the prisoners, with Israeli forces firing tear-gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition at protesters. Around 500 are being held under Israel's system of administrative detention, which allows for imprisonment without charge. Palestinian prisoners have mounted repeated hunger strikes, however this protest is reportedly the largest protest in recent times. Read More »

The late-night deal that sealed Kevin O'Leary's exit


Businessman and reality television star Kevin O'Leary is dropping out of the federal Conservative leadership race and endorsing Quebec MP Maxime Bernier . However, the party finished processing the memberships sooner than expected - and announced a higher number of eligible voters than expected, at more than 259,000. Read More »

27 stress they are united heading into Brexit talks


Minutes before the chancellor spoke, the United Kingdom foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, was pressed in a BBC interview about whether trade would have to wait until the divorce bill was settled and responded: "We'll see". Now, it's time to get down to the business of negotiations, which will pick up steam after the UK's general election on June 8. On Saturday the 27 European Union leaders will hold a summit to agree the negotiating stance. Read More »

Paris police officer killed and two wounded in suspected terror attack


But Molins confirmed police had found a note with handwritten messages defending Islamic State near his body, addresses of police establishments in his vehicle and a Koran. Scraps of paper scrawled with the addresses of police stations and a satchel of weapons, munitions and the Muslim holy book were discovered in his vehicle. Read More »

China talking with European Space Agency about moon outpost


The ESA's director general Johann-Dietrich Wörner has in the past confirmed that it is looking to build a "moon village". Pal Hvistendahl, a spokesman for the European Space Agency (ESA) said . In addition, Tian said that the next step for China's space development is to create a safer, more reliable and economical aircraft, making it more convenient to send people into space. Read More »

India warns Pakistan over Jadhav verdict


She called the trial a farce and said that Jadhav was engaged in legitimate business in Iran when he was kidnapped and taken to Pakistan. The government as well as the opposition saw the sentence as an attempt to defame India and to deflect the attention of the worldwide community from Pakistan- sponsored terrorism. Read More »

Fitbit data helps police arrest CT man in murder of his wife


At the time of Connie Dabate's death in December 2015, Richard Dabate told police he called 911 after a "stocky, obese" man with a deep voice like Vin Diesel's, who was dressed in camouflage clothing and wearing a mask, broke into their CT home and demanded money. Read More »

Turkey detains 1000 in anti-Gulen crackdown

The vast operation targeted big cities such as Istanbul as well as Izmir in western Turkey and Konya in the Anatolian heartland. About 8,500 police officers were involved in the nationwide operation, Anadolu reported. European election observers however said that the referendum voting had many irregularities, which left the country bitterly divided. Turkey issued detention orders for around 3,224 people on Tuesday over their alleged links to a failed coup attempted in July past year. Read More »

Nasdaq hits 6000 for 1st time

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 232.23 (+1.12 percent) to finish at 20,996.12. The Nasdaq closed above 6,000 for the first time, more than 17 years after first breaching 5,000. However, Dow component 3M added only 0.5% despite beating top and bottom line estimates and issuing upbeat guidance, while Coca-Cola fell by 0.4% after a miss on earnings outweighed better than expected revenues. Read More »

Trump administration to review dozens of US national monuments


By granting national monument status, a president designates it for protection - meaning commercial excavation, including resources drilling, is strictly prohibited. The underwater canyons protected by the president cover almost 4 million acres across the Atlantic continental shelf break, "running from Heezen Canyon offshore New England to Norfolk Canyon offshore the Chesapeake Bay, " the Obama administration said at the time. Read More »

Russia's Chernova stripped of 2008 Olympic bronze for doping


The second-place finisher in Beijing-Ukraine's Lyudmila Blonska-has also been disqualified for doping. It's fair to say everybody is thrilled for her. Two more Russian athletes, including the Beijing 2008 bronze medalist in the heptathlon, have been sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee for doping offenses. Read More »

5 killed as van hits landmine in Pakistan


Last month, at least 28 people were killed and 100-plus wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle "rigged with explosives" outside an Imambargah in a busy marketplace in the main town of Kurram tribal region. Pakistan began the second round of a countrywide population census on Tuesday, with more than 84,000 census workers dispatched to 87 districts across the country. Read More »

Chechnya leader rejects reports of anti-gay purge


British Foreign Prime Minister, Alan Duncan, confirmed the threat during yesterday's Parliament hearing: "Human rights groups report that these anti-gay campaigns and killings are orchestrated by the head of the Chechen republic , Ramzan Kadyrov ". Read More »

Secret ballot bid assumes ANC MPs are 'spineless' - Mbete


UDM leader Bantu Holomisa argued in founding papers that whenever members of the National Assembly were called upon to elect the president‚ this must take place via secret ballot. There are no exceptional circumstances warranting the United Democratic Movement direct access to the Constitutional Court, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete believes. Read More »

Canadian minister looking forward to Trump trade talks

Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton said this week in a letter to governors of NY and Wisconsin that the nation is not responsible for financial losses to dairy farmers. Meanwhile, Canadian dairy farmers had a lot of leftover, unused high-protein milk product that it could not sell. U.S. President Donald Trump is taking aim at Canada's dairy industry once again, saying that the U.S. Read More »

Bananarama's original lineup to reform for United Kingdom tour


But they broke up before they could ever hit the road: Fahey left over artistic differences, moving on to form Shakespeare's Sister, while Dallin and Woodward toured the world by their twosome before the group completely went kaput. The trio, who sold 40 million records at the peak of their career in the 1980s, last performed together at the Brit Awards in 1988 and will share the stage again this winter for the first time in 29 years. Read More »

Millions vote in Delhi civic polls amid EVM glitches, despite scorching heat

An SEC official said the voters' list is upgraded regularly and voters are provided the opportunity to rectify any error in it, failing which problems are encountered in casting votes. "It shows our EVMs are unhackable, robust and no wrong can be done", Srivastava said. The party in power in Delhi state is the AAP, and the one at the Centre again is the BJP. Read More »

North Korea flaunts long-range missiles in birthday parade

North Korea saw the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Moammar Gadhafi in Libya - neither of whom had nuclear weapons - as proof of the weapons' power. An official from South Korea's Defense Ministry couldn't immediately confirm whether the rocket was a new ICBM. Mr. Trump also flexed his military muscle last week by ordering cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airbase the United States believed was the origin of a chemical weapons attack on civilians in a northern Syria town. Read More »

'A Terrible, Sad Time': 3 Kids, 2 Adults Die in NYC Fire

Candace McCowan was live on the scene: Firefighters were seen carrying children out of the home. "This is a devastation of a family you rarely rarely see, but it has happened here in Queens Village today", Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference. Read More »

North Koreans playing volleyball at nuclear test site surprise USA experts


North Korea's most recent missile test happened on Sunday but the USA and South Korea confirmed shortly after that it had failed. Gompert, who also served as principal deputy director of national intelligence, said a pre-emptive strike by the US would result in the use of conventional military force by North Korea against the South - for instance, a very large-scale artillery bombardment of Seoul - that "could be exceedingly risky". Read More »