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Congress votes to end second U.S. government shutdown in three weeks Congress votes to end second U.S. government shutdown in three weeks
- February 09, 2018

The White House said that the FBI background investigation was still ongoing when Porter resigned, which would mean that the check had stretched throughout the first year of Trump's presidency. The rebellion that simmered among Republicans and Democrats over the bipartisan budget agreement boiled over when dogged Senator Rand Paul refused to allow the Senate to act expeditiously to pass the spending measure. (more...)
US Congress passes funding bill to reopen govt after hours-long shutdown US Congress passes funding bill to reopen govt after hours-long shutdown
- February 09, 2018

The budget deal would fund the government through March 23. Different groups are working to prepare legislation for the immigration effort, including conservatives who are working on a legislative version of President Donald Trump's proposed framework and a group of bipartisan senators who have been meeting almost daily to try to reach agreement on the issue. (more...)
No link between nuclear deal, Iran regional role: Deputy FM No link between nuclear deal, Iran regional role: Deputy FM
- February 09, 2018

For the first time in the presidency of Donald Trump, the USA signaled its willingness in December to do a prisoner swap with Iran, Wall Street Journal reported on February 8. "We want the deal to succeed", Burt said. Negotiations between Europeans and the US officials to meet Trump's conditions are ongoing. Without the waivers, which expire May 12, the USA sanctions return, effectively killing the deal. (more...)
Tesla losses spike as it fights to ramp up Model 3
- February 09, 2018

Tesla's adjusted fourth-quarter loss, of $3.04 per share, was ahead of Wall Street's estimated loss of $3.15 per share, according to analysts polled by FactSet. Tesla also notably maintained its target for a Model 3 production rate of 5,000 units per week by the end of Q2. While the Model 3 has been slow off the line, that hasn't stopped the CEO from touting what's coming next. (more...)
PM breaks his silence on 'distressing' Barnaby Joyce matter PM breaks his silence on 'distressing' Barnaby Joyce matter
- February 09, 2018

He is now living with his new partner, former media advisor Vikki Campion in the northern New South Wales town of Armidale and the pair are expecting a baby. News of the pregnancy broke on earlier this week , with The Daily Telegraph reporting Joyce and Vikki Campion, 33, are "madly in love" and have moved in together . (more...)
Vancouver Olympic Cauldron will be lit twice during Pyeongchang Games Vancouver Olympic Cauldron will be lit twice during Pyeongchang Games
- February 09, 2018

Shoma Uno of Japan took the top spot in the men's short program, followed by Alexei Bychenko of Israel in second and Patrick Chan of Canada in third. Jaelin Kauf now leads the overall World Cup standings along with a pair of event wins. The two-time American National Champion will be aiming to complete two quadruple jumps in his debut. (more...)
Russian athletes lose Olympic appeals Russian athletes lose Olympic appeals
- February 09, 2018

Reeb did not take any questions. US athletes also welcomed the end to uncertainty around the participation of some Russian athletes. CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb read from a statement and declined to take questions, saying the International Olympic Committee process "could not be described as a sanction but rather as an eligibility decision". (more...)
Brexit transition period 'not a given' if disagreements continue: EU's Barnier Brexit transition period 'not a given' if disagreements continue: EU's Barnier
- February 09, 2018

Initially it seemed the United Kingdom would accept the EU's conditions wholesale but amid accusations that the arrangement will leave Britain a "vassal state" of Brussels, she has raised a series of objections. Mr Barnier also said that leaving the customs union and single market will make border checks at the Irish border "unavoidable". Barnier said the United Kingdom has to accept the "consequences" of its decisions. (more...)
Why civilians are being targeted in Syria airstrikes Why civilians are being targeted in Syria airstrikes
- February 09, 2018

Tel Aviv and Damascus, which have never signed a peace treaty, have repeatedly exchanged tit-for-tat attacks in bordering areas, with the latest incident taking place in early January, when the Syrian government army thwarted three Israeli missile attacks on Damascus countryside. (more...)
Jordanian king departs after completion of two-day visit Jordanian king departs after completion of two-day visit
- February 09, 2018

One MoU, pertaining to cooperation in civil protection and defence, was signed by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi. King Abdullah received a guard of honour upon arrival and was presented a salute by a formation of three JF-17 Thunder fighter jets. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Thursday expressed Pakistan's unequivocal support for the just cause of Palestine and reiterated Pakistan's rejection of the United States decision of shifting its ... (more...)
Former Trump Aide Had Interim Security Clearance Former Trump Aide Had Interim Security Clearance
- February 09, 2018

Kelly had initially issued a statement that strongly backed Porter as a "man of true integrity". " White House chief of staff John Kelly must resign", said Van Pelt. "But this is further evidence of a nonexistent vetting process". Rob Porter is or was the White House Staff Secretary who resigned or was terminated on Wednesday and may or may not still be working for the Trump Administration. (more...)
Israeli Minister Holds Iran Responsible for Syria, Lebanon Strikes Israeli Minister Holds Iran Responsible for Syria, Lebanon Strikes
- February 09, 2018

Those in need of intensive care sought out hospitals in northern Idlib province near the Turkish border, where the bombardment was reportedly less intense, Bayoush told Syria Direct. The official said the strikes were in self-defence after the pro-government forces began firing artillery and tank rounds at the SDF. Russian Federation is the main ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad. (more...)
Tax lawyer Charles Rettig to be nominated IRS Commissioner Tax lawyer Charles Rettig to be nominated IRS Commissioner
- February 09, 2018

If confirmed by the Senate , Rettig would join the agency as it struggles with limited resources and a possible restructuring by Congress. The nomination comes as the IRS works to implement the new tax-cut bill that Trump signed in December. (more...)
136 civilians killed as bombardment intensifies 136 civilians killed as bombardment intensifies
- February 09, 2018

The United States is calling on Syrian Bashar al-Assad's forces and his ally Russian Federation to put an end to their air strikes and alleged chemical attacks against rebel-held areas. During the past few years, Israel has frequently attacked targets in Syria in what is considered as an attempt to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering defeats in their fight against Syrian government forces. (more...)
Larry Nassar Victim Speaks Out Again - Has Major Question About Former Coach Larry Nassar Victim Speaks Out Again - Has Major Question About Former Coach
- February 09, 2018

In a new interview with Jake Tapper on CNN , the 23-year-old Olympian says team coach John Geddert was in the vehicle back in 2011 when one teammate was detailing being molested by the disgraced doctor. "And John Geddert was in the vehicle with us and he just didn't say anything", she said of the ex-Olympics top coach. Geddert abruptly resigned last month after USA Gymnastics suspended him as part of an internal investigation, the New York Daily News reported . (more...)
Special package for Andhra Pradesh to be finalised soon, says Jaitley Special package for Andhra Pradesh to be finalised soon, says Jaitley
- February 09, 2018

Reacting to Opposition demands that the cost structure of the Rafale deal be disclosed to Parliament, Jaitley said that details of armaments purchases can not be revealed as this would compromise the nation's security interests. At this point, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said that the finance minister was accountable to Parliament on how public money was spent. "We are as much accountable to Parliament as UPA was during its regime", Jaitley added. (more...)
President Trump's latest approval rating: Numbers best in 7 months, poll shows President Trump's latest approval rating: Numbers best in 7 months, poll shows
- February 09, 2018

The market dropped an additional 70 points. Gene Sperling, a top economic adviser to Democratic former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama , said Trump erred in recent months by focusing so heavily on the stock market . The tax cut is exhibit No. 1. "If the Democrats won the election, the stock market would have gone down 50% from where it was, and now look at the%age increase". (more...)
Teen who livestreamed fatal auto crash sentenced to six years in prison Teen who livestreamed fatal auto crash sentenced to six years in prison
- February 09, 2018

Last month, Obdulia Sanchez pleaded "no contest" to gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and child endangerment charges. Sanchez was driving along with her 14-year-old sister , Jacqueline, and girlfriend Manuela Seja in July 2017 when the fatal crash happened. (more...)
SoftBank Group Plans to List Telecom Cash Cow SoftBank Group Plans to List Telecom Cash Cow
- February 09, 2018

Yet investors have given SoftBank little credit for those deals, as the company's market capitalization has lagged well below the value of its assets. "Reinsurance, especially through a high-class outfit like Swiss Re, is attractive for several reasons", Imperial Capital analyst David Havens said in a note to clients. (more...)
Senate Spending Bills In Peril As Last-Minute Objections Arise
- February 09, 2018

The White House's Office of Management and Budget "is now preparing for a lapse in appropriations", an OMB official said on condition of anonymity late Thursday, calling on lawmakers to get the measure to Trump's desk "without delay". Fiscal conservatives in the lower chamber may join with Paul in balking at adding billions of dollars to the national debt two months after passing a $1.5 trillion tax cut package. (more...)
Korea's goose-stepping military parade was more than just show Korea's goose-stepping military parade was more than just show
- February 09, 2018

A spokesman for the Blue House declined to comment. The U.N. committee on North Korea sanctions on Wednesday received a request from South Korea to allow a blacklisted Pyongyang official a temporary exemption to attend the Winter Olympics , according to a Security Council diplomatic source. (more...)
PM Modi Begins His 4-day Visit to Jordan, Palestine, UAE, Oman PM Modi Begins His 4-day Visit to Jordan, Palestine, UAE, Oman
- February 09, 2018

Modi made the first trip to Israel by an Indian prime minister a year ago followed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to India last month. Said Mr Raveesh Kumar, a Ministry of External Affairs spokesman, at a recent press briefing on the Prime Minister's visit to West Asia: "We are looking at redefining our neighbourhood, looking at our neighbourhood not only from the land perspective but also from the maritime perspective". (more...)
North Korea Accused Of Stealing Billions In Cryptocurrency North Korea Accused Of Stealing Billions In Cryptocurrency
- February 09, 2018

But North Korean athletes won't have the fun of taking selfies and filming their time in the South with the Samsung phone. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is ratcheting up the rhetoric against North Korea's human rights abuses ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in the South. (more...)
North Korea, US set for uncomfortable encounter at Olympics North Korea, US set for uncomfortable encounter at Olympics
- February 09, 2018

Three former National Hockey League players - Sergei Plotnikov, Anton Belov and Valeri Nichushkin - also lost appeals, though it was widely considered unlikely they would have played even if they had been successful because the Russian roster is already full. (more...)
Lawmakers near budget deal, Trump urges shutdown for immigration Lawmakers near budget deal, Trump urges shutdown for immigration
- February 09, 2018

A bipartisan budget deal that would fund several healthcare programs has support from Senate leadership, but House Democrats looking to secure a vote on immigration reform are poised to withhold votes for the funding package. "I think we will", Mr Ryan told radio host Hugh Hewitt. His remarks came as Senate leaders attempted to schedule a vote on a bipartisan budget agreement attached to a bill to fund the government until March 23. (more...)

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