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The Eastern Ghouta area has been surrounded by Syrian forces for more than four years, with the siege intensifying in May when government forces conducted a large-scale offensive. "We will continue fighting terrorism, even despite the [Western] calls to stop the operation in Afrin ..." The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in the United Kingdom, said that seven YPG fighters and two civilians were killed overnight.
  • US Senator Rand Paul forces delay in voting on budget deal

    US Senator Rand Paul forces delay in voting on budget deal

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    We will finally be able to get our courageous men and women in uniform the resources they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently. The Senate took a key procedural step Thursday just after noon in which the House bill passed earlier this week failed to gather the 60 votes it needed to advance.
  • United Nations chief urges denuclearization to North Korea

    United Nations chief urges denuclearization to North Korea

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    A visit by Moon to the North would enable the first summit between leaders from the two Koreas since 2007. Then, two athletes from the joint Koreas women's hockey team, Chung Su-hyon of North Korea and Park Jong-ah of South Korea, climbed stairs to the cauldron with the torch.
  • Colombia and Brazil Beef Up Security on Venezuelan Border

    Colombia and Brazil Beef Up Security on Venezuelan Border

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    Although there has been little impact so far on Colombian employment, many jobs in the agriculture sector and service industries are going to Venezuelans, often paid under the table without benefits. The Minister maintains that since it is a humanitarian crisis, Brazil has chose to open up its border to assist the depressed Venezuelans, who have been fleeing from an economic crisis, that has since resulted in the loss of dozens of lives.
  • Pelosi pleads for Dreamers after Senate announces budget deal

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    It remains unclear whether lawmakers will be able to reach a deal amid stark differences between the two parties on issues over which they have struggled to reach an accord for years. The cloture vote on that is expected to be Thursday, at which point they'll strip the House language, and replace it with the Senate language. Because of the lack or protection for the "Dreamers", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she will not vote in favor of the budget bill.
  • EU's Barnier warns Britain post-Brexit transition 'not a given'

    EU's Barnier warns Britain post-Brexit transition 'not a given'

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    Opponents of Brexit hope to focus their efforts on blocking British parliamentary approval for the exit deal, a step that if successful could sink May's premiership. "There is little time, and we don't have a minute to lose if we want to succeed", Barnier told reporters in Brussels . A United Kingdom decision to leave the single market and to leave the customs union would make border checks unavoidable'.
  • The US government shuts down for the second time in 2018

    The US government shuts down for the second time in 2018

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    His dissent forced the brief government shutdown . That would put the Senate vote no earlier than about 2:30 a.m. While many were sleeping, the USA government faced yet another shutdown amid budget talks - except this time , the closure only lasted a few hours rather than a weekend.
  • Trump delays release of Democratic memo, citing national security concerns

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    The FBI declined to comment on the Democrats' memo. The memo prepared by aides for Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) states that October 2016 FISA application to the court, as well as "any of the renewals", the memo continues, didn't "disclose or reference the role of the DNC " or "any party/campaign in funding Steele's efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials".
  • Gerald Stanley found not guilty in 2016 death of Colten Boushie

    Gerald Stanley found not guilty in 2016 death of Colten Boushie

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    CT. Some people yelled, "Murderer!" Outside court, Boushie's uncle Alvin Baptiste said there was no justice for his nephew. "No justice", he told reporters outside court. "Let's live peaceful, let's coexist and live peacefully". "But let's give justice to each other, and honour and respect, and have empathy for the histories, for our histories, collectively".
  • Russia Reduces Visa Duration for North Korean Workers to One Year

    Russia Reduces Visa Duration for North Korean Workers to One Year

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    Russian Federation is one of the world's leading employers of North Korean laborers, alongside China. Matsegora said that Russian authorities do not forcefully deport North Koreans who do not want to return. "But we must work in compliance with the United Nations resolution", she said. Russia's ambassador to North Korea, Alexander Matsegora, told reporters Tuesday that there are at least 12,000 North Korean migrant workers in the country's eastern Primorsky Krai region alone.
  • Oppn says its voice is muzzled, boycotts RS for the day

    Oppn says its voice is muzzled, boycotts RS for the day

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    Their MPs stayed away from the House when the proceedings resumed at 3 PM after two adjournments during the day. Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal said Parliament was useless if the Opposition was not allowed to raise the issues faced by the people.
  • North Korean leader offers to meet South Korean president

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    South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting in Pyeongchang, South Korea February 9, 2018. Pence is leading the US delegation to the opening ceremonies , where he has worked to pour cold water on warming ties between the two Koreas.
  • Scores of flights canceled as storm pummels US Midwest

    Scores of flights canceled as storm pummels US Midwest

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    According to the news outlet, any county under the Winter Storm Watch could see between 5 to 10 inches of snow between Thursday and Friday night - plus any extra accumulation over the weekend as the snow fluctuates with the system moving in the area.
  • Mattis: Immigrant service members received't face deportation

    Mattis: Immigrant service members received't face deportation

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    Under the DACA program put in place by former President Barack Obama, they were allowed to remain in the USA without fear of deportation, enroll in college, obtain driver's licenses and legally secure jobs. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that that he will fight to protect the estimated 800-900 so-called "Dreamers" now serving on active duty from the possibility of being deported next month.
  • Anti-Pakistan, Pro-Pakistan Slogans Raised

    Anti-Pakistan, Pro-Pakistan Slogans Raised

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    According to Kashmir Media service, National Conference legislator, Muhammad Akbar Lone, shouted pro-Pakistan slogans in the so-called Kashmir Assembly, today, to counter BJP MLAs who were shouting anti-Pakistan slogans. Speaker, however, defended his statement, saying he lives in the constituency where Rohingya Musims are living. "The Roghinya Muslims are refugees", Lone told reporters outside the Assembly.
  • Trump won't release Democratic memo on FBI surveillance

    Trump won't release Democratic memo on FBI surveillance

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    On Friday, Adam Schiff , the top democrat on the House Intelligence Committee , accused the president of holding double standards in approving the release of the Republican memo, but blocking the Democratic one. The previously released Republican text alleges anti-Trump bias in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election that brought Trump to power.
  • Second Trump admin official resigns after allegations of domestic abuse

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    In November, one of Mr Porter's ex-girlfriends called Mr McGahn to describe allegations of domestic abuse against him. Sorensen's ex-wife reportedly accused him of being violent and emotionally abusive, which he vehemently denied. Kelly later said in a statement he was shocked by "new" allegations against Porter, stressing that domestic violence is unacceptable. Despite the allegations, he received interim security clearance to act as gatekeeper to the United States president.
  • Trump Signs 2-Year Spending Pact

    Trump Signs 2-Year Spending Pact

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    But his administration had already prepared for a halt in operations. He sent a successive tweet to try to deflect attention from the massive spending increases he signed into law that he and Republicans railed against during former President Barack Obama's time in office.
  • UN considers measure demanding 30-day ceasefire in Syria

    UN considers measure demanding 30-day ceasefire in Syria

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    Relief organisations on Friday warned that the intensity of the air strikes was hampering life-saving aid operations. She did not say how many were detained in total. Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since March 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
  • Stifel Nicolaus Keeps Their Buy Rating on Alexion Pharmaceuticals

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    Piermont Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Quad/Graphics Inc. Alpine Woods Capital Investors Llc who had been investing in Raytheon Co for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $58.55 billion market cap company. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.28 per share.The drugmaker posted revenue of $909.7 million in the period, which also beat Street forecasts.
  • Winter Olympics begin with show of unity between North and South Korea

    Winter Olympics begin with show of unity between North and South Korea

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    The Russians had argued they had been illegally excluded from the Games by the International Olympic Committee, but the CAS rejected their appeal just nine hours before Friday's opening ceremony. Kim, who spoke to the large audience , comprised of the highest military personnel, talked about strategic defenses against the "imperialist" U.S and its allies in the Pacific such as Japan and South Korea.
  • North Korean Leader Invites South Korean President to Pyongyang

    North Korean Leader Invites South Korean President to Pyongyang

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    South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a meeting Saturday with a group of high-profile North Korean officials including the country's ceremonial head of state and a younger sister of true North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. North Korea's Olympic delegation of 22 high-ranking officials, led by supreme leader Kim Jong Un's sister, arrived Friday in South Korea to a welcome befitting "a celebrity entourage", ABC News reported .
  • SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy, World's Most Powerful Rocket

    SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy, World's Most Powerful Rocket

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    Yet that hasn't phased investors. The test payload was Musk's own Tesla Roadster , fitted with cameras and a dummy wearing a SpaceX space suit. The company has been spending heavily as it rolls out the next generation of electric cars, the Model 3 sedan, a semi truck and other products.
  • Karnataka BJP chief Yeddyurappa calls Rahul Gandhi an 'Election Hindu'

    Karnataka BJP chief Yeddyurappa calls Rahul Gandhi an 'Election Hindu'

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    Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi and Congress party, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that BJP has always been seen as a pro-Hindutva party and if someone wants to mimic us, I do not have any complaint. Gandhi will visit the Huligemma Temple in Koppal district today when he starts his visit to the Congress-ruled state. He is also expected to have corner meetings, interact with farmer union representatives and attend a tribal rally, among other things.
  • Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital Was Pinnacle of My First Year

    Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital Was Pinnacle of My First Year

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    Speaking to Israel Hayom's Boaz Bismuth, Trump explained that he was under pressure not to make the announcement but chose to follow through with his campaign promise. "I have been thanked and in some cases not thanked, to be 100% honest about it". Trump greeted President Jimmy Morales at the Washington Hilton hotel on Thursday before they both attended the National Prayer Breakfast.
  • US Senate passes funding bill in bid to end shutdown

    US Senate passes funding bill in bid to end shutdown

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    The California Democrat spoke for just over eight hours, urging Republicans to bring a bill to the floor that would address DACA . The House's top Democrat, however, swung out against the plan. "Our members who are focused on the military are very happy where we landed on that". Nor will they increase border security or provide funding for a southern border wall.
  • Israel jet crashes after 'Iranian targets' attacked in Syria

    Israel jet crashes after 'Iranian targets' attacked in Syria

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    Syrian anti-aircraft fire triggered rocket sirens in northern Israel. Syria state television later cited a Syrian military official as saying that Israeli " aggression " targeted the Syrian army base in the central region of the country. The Israeli military did not say if the attack had been successful. "The Iranian drone fell in our territory and is in our possession", Israeli army spokesman Brigadier General Ronen Manelis said on Saturday quoted by Haaretz .
  • Sniffer dog finds sedated tiger cub in express post

    Sniffer dog finds sedated tiger cub in express post

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    The cub was found in the package filled with newspaper clippings, in the western state of Jalisco , due to be shipped to an address in the central state of Queretaro . Investigators said the tiger's ownership papers were in order, but the method of mailing it was considered to be a form of animal mistreatment. The two-month-old Bengal tiger was found by Mexican officials on Wednesday inside a padded, plastic container.
  • Barnaby Joyce breaks silence on relationship with former staffer

    Barnaby Joyce breaks silence on relationship with former staffer

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    Joyce refused to confirm he's expecting a baby in the chat with Sales, but admitted the breakdown of his marriage was one of his "biggest failures" in life. Natalie Joyce said she felt "deceived" by the news that Ms Campion is pregnant with her husband's fifth child and claimed the relationship began when she was a paid staffer.
  • White House: John Kelly has not offered resignation

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    David Sorensen, a White House speechwriter, resigned Friday after his former wife told the Washington Post , which was reporting on a story about her claims, details about his violence that she says left her afraid for her life. "I am proud to serve alongside him", the statement from Kelly read. Did Mr. Porter ever receive classified material while holding an interim security clearance? Meanwhile, a number of Democrats denounced Trump's comments about Porter and his lack of empathy ...
  • Second White House official resigns over domestic abuse claims

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    Both of Mr Porter's ex-wives have detailed the nature of the abuse they said they suffered at his hands and said they informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But he also said he said he stood by his "previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming Chief of Staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation".
  • Hope Hicks Pulls High Wire Act Following Rob Porter Resignation

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    Holderness, a 37-year-old senior analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, said she provided photos of the black eye she said he delivered during a 2005 vacation in Florence, Italy. A White House official denied the report to CNBC. For instance, Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington called Kellys role in keeping Porter on as a White House staffer even after learning of the allegations "very, very disturbing".
  • Stock market slammed as Wall Street jitters persist

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    The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,893.35 for a loss of -19.42 points or -0.08%. The fresh volatility came a day after the benchmark S&P 500 and the Dow industrials confirmed they were in correction territory , both falling more than 10 percent from January 26 record highs.
  • Pa. lawmakers on Congress's early-morning budget votes

    Pa. lawmakers on Congress's early-morning budget votes

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    Senators eventually voted 71-28 to approve the $400bn (£286bn) budget deal, with the bill moving to the House of Representatives for a further vote. We love and need our Military and gave them everything - and more . If all, or at least most, Democrats follow Pelosi to vote against the budget deal, and are joined by the 36-member Freedom Caucus, the measure could fail in a floor vote.
  • Bihar, UP bypolls on March 11

    Bihar, UP bypolls on March 11

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    On the other hand, the Bhabua and the Jehanabad constituencies in Bihar will have their Assembly elections on March 11. There is speculation that BSP supremo and Dalit leader Mayawati could be persuaded by a combined Opposition in Uttar Pradesh to contest the Phulpur by poll.
  • MassMutual closes Charlotte location, relocates hundreds of jobs

    MassMutual closes Charlotte location, relocates hundreds of jobs

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    MassMutual expects to spend $240 million on the facility, which will include a 300,000-square-foot building around 17 stories high. Massachusetts Gov. Plans also include construction of a $240 million campus in Boston's Seaport district, where General Electric Co. relocated past year after leaving Fairfield.
  • Sunoco fined $12.6 million; pipeline work to resume

    Sunoco fined $12.6 million; pipeline work to resume

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    Sunoco filed the appeal with the Environmental Hearing Board on February 2, calling the DEP's order "arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, vague, an abuse of discretion, improper, not supported by substantial or accurate evidence, contrary to fact and law..." Once complete, Mariner East 2 will expand the total takeaway capacity of the Mariner East project to 345,000 barrels per day to move propane, ethane and butane from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and ...
  • Bitcoin Cash Price Notes a Strong $175 Increase

    Bitcoin Cash Price Notes a Strong $175 Increase

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    Cryptocurrency trading is created to be secure yet there is still a risk of theft. In reverse, the highest price spillover from traditional assets to a cryptocurrency - Forex (FX) to Bitcoin - is only 4.18%. But the Bitcoin news today wasn't all positive... Many investors are now looking to altcoins like BTH for better returns, with Bitcoin Cash already beating Bitcoin's slow transaction times and high costs.