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Tillerson sees hard talks with Turkey on northern Syria

Tillerson sees hard talks with Turkey on northern Syria The top USA diplomat's visit to Ankara comes amid escalated tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over a series of disagreements, including human rights cases and the Syria crisis. From his first stop in Egypt to his last in Turkey, Tillerson will be confronting crises with partners and allies that threaten military success against the Islamic State group. [Full Article...]

Korean hockey team faces Switzerland in historic debut match

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un sent his sister, Kim Yo-jong, to the games making her the first member of the immediate ruling family to visit since the Korean War in 1950-1953. Kim Yo Jong, 30, was elected to the politburo past year, but remains little known outside North Korea and has not appeared much in public until now. [Full Article...]

International Olympic Committee member wants joint Korean hockey team to win Nobel Peace Prize

International Olympic Committee member wants joint Korean hockey team to win Nobel Peace Prize Kim Yo Jong, who is the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is attending the games, making her the first member of the ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the Korean War. "You went through a lot of trouble braving the cold until late" last night, Moon told the North Koreans, referring to their attendance at the frigid opening ceremonies. [Full Article...]

NBC apologizes for comments during PyeongChang opener

NBC apologizes for comments during PyeongChang opener In the wake of that apology, NBC has now decided that Ramo will no longer provide on-air analysis during the rest of their Olympics coverage. The broadcaster came under fire after Joshua Cooper Ramo , an Asian commentator for NBC , said during the march by Japanese Olympic athletes at the opening ceremony Friday that Japan played an "important" role in South Korea's recent achievements as ... [Full Article...]

In Oman, Narendra Modi takes a swipe at Congress

In Oman, Narendra Modi takes a swipe at Congress Modi, a Hindu like most of India's population, has in recent months spoken out to condemn vigilante killings of Muslims in his country. Modi said due to technology-enabled GEM, even smallest of traders can sell their goods using this platform. [Full Article...]

Local reaction to Rep. Nunes memo release

Local reaction to Rep. Nunes memo release Trump on Saturday falsely claimed that the memo " totally vindicates " him in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation. Democrats accuse Trump and his Republican allies of trying to use the memo to undermine the Russian Federation probe and possibly make the case for the firing of Mueller or Rod Rosenstein, the No. [Full Article...]

Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive

Turkey launched a military offensive on January 20 to oust the YPG from Afrin, citing national security. In a statement, the military said the Turkish Armed Forces had "destroyed" 36 YPG targets and "neutralized" 79 YPG militants in airstrikes that were carried out overnight on February 10. [Full Article...]

Republican Pennsylvania leaders submit plan for redrawing congressional map

Republican Pennsylvania leaders submit plan for redrawing congressional map Under the Republicans' new map, Trump would similarly outperform Clinton in exactly 12 districts. Republicans now control 13 on the state's 18 congressional districts. The process of redrawing district lines to give an advantage to one party over another is called "gerrymandering". The state's congressional districts are considered among the most gerrymandered in the United States. [Full Article...]

Connelly: Trump sings praises of ex-aide accused of abusing ex-wives

Connelly: Trump sings praises of ex-aide accused of abusing ex-wives President Trump finally spoke out about the matter on Friday in a surprise Oval Office appearance where he said he only just found out about the abuse allegations . Casino mogul Steve Wynn, a prominent Republican donor and Trump friend, is among the latest powerful men to lose their jobs over such allegations. "Now he also, as you probably know, says he's innocent and I think you'll have to re... [Full Article...]

Assam: Five elephants run over and killed by train

Assam: Five elephants run over and killed by train On December 10 a year ago, at least five adult elephants and a calf died after the Guwahati-Naharlagun Express hit them at Balipara in Assam's Sonitpur district. "But the train collided with a few baby elephants surrounded by several adult elephants", the NF Railway CPRO said. "The 19 locations were decided at a meeting in December 21 in Lumding", a forest official said. [Full Article...]

Trump's Speechwriter, Sorensen Quits Over Domestic Abuse Claims

Trump's Speechwriter, Sorensen Quits Over Domestic Abuse Claims Comedian Dean Obeidallah said: "It sends a disturbing and powerful message to women across America that Trump Defended Rob Porter and wished him well". While Sorensen's post as a Council on Environmental Quality speechwriter did not require security clearance, Corbett said she had described his behavior to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as it conducted an ongoing background check of Sor... [Full Article...]

United Nations chief closely following military escalation throughout Syria

United Nations chief closely following military escalation throughout Syria The Syrian military and its allies denied that the drone violated Israel's airspace, Syria's state-run SANA news agency reported. Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said the U.S. "The IDF sees the Iranian attack and the Syrian response as severe violations of Israeli sovereignty". Netanyahu has spoken with Putin several times in recent months in a bid to persuade Russian Federat... [Full Article...]

Second White House official resigns over domestic abuse claims

Second White House official resigns over domestic abuse claims Sorensen told the Post in a text message that he stepped down because he "didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction". As the aftershocks of the accusations against Porter reverberated for a sixth day, Trump stayed out of sight on a rainy Sunday in Washington . [Full Article...]

Pence insists 'no daylight' on North after S. Korea visit

Pence insists 'no daylight' on North after S. Korea visit The North has sent almost 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games, including officials, athletes, artists and also a 230-member state-trained cheering group after the Koreas agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures for the games. Kim Yu-na, South Korea's former gold medal- winning figure skater, wore skates as she lit the Olympic cauldron, after being handed the torch by two members of the joint Ko... [Full Article...]

Jayhawks now a 2 seed in eyes of NCAA Tournament selection committee

Jayhawks now a 2 seed in eyes of NCAA Tournament selection committee Villanova was selected as the second No. 1 seed (East Region). Selection Sunday for the 2018 NCAA Tournament is 4 weeks away. "Auburn can not go to Atlanta because we can not have the top No. Michigan State is coming off its biggest victory of the season and by Monday afternoon might be ranked No. 1 in the country. Clemson was the No. 9 seed (No. [Full Article...]

Kim Jong Un invites SKorea pres for talks

The Moon government has been engaging in a delicate balancing act between Pyongyang and its longtime ally Washington after Kim Jong Un offered to send a delegation to the Olympics in the South. Lee Hee-beom, head of the Games organising committee, said "the North and South have become one through the Olympics". On Thursday, Pyongyang staged a military parade, where it displayed what appeared t... [Full Article...]

United Nations calls for 'urgent worldwide action' to end violence in Afrin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to strengthen military and security service coordination in Syria, according to the Kremlin. "Ankara is no different from ISIL". "Operation Olive Branch" was launched after the United States ignored its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally's repeated calls to abandon arming and supporting Kurdish element... [Full Article...]

Turkish, Free Syrian forces liberate village in W.Afrin

At least 1266 terrorists have been " neutralized " since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin, the Turkish military said Sunday. Yildirim said that it occurred in Syria's northern Afrin province. With ground and air support from the US military and its coalition partners , the Kurdish forces pushed the Islamic State forces back to their capital of Raqqa and liberated that... [Full Article...]

Trump says unsure Israel seeks peace with Palestinians

Trump says unsure Israel seeks peace with Palestinians Trump said this in an interview with the Israeli daily, Israel Hayom , where he said "Palestinians are not committed to making peace, but Im not sure about the Israelis". Just two weeks ago, Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt told European Union ambassadors that the president does not consider Israeli settlements to be an obstacle to peace. [Full Article...]

Trump won't declassify Democratic memo, sends back to committee

Trump won't declassify Democratic memo, sends back to committee In the Nunes' memo, Republicans took aim at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department over the use of information from former British spy Christopher Steele in obtaining a warrant to monitor Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. [Full Article...]


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