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Netanyahu calls on Britain to join new sanctions against Iran
- February 07, 2017

William Bell, Christian Aid's Advocacy Officer for the Middle East said: "Growth in illegal settlements is at record levels so these talks are timely and of utmost importance". The deal, under which sanctions were lifted in return for Tehran giving up its military nuclear ambitions, had "neutralised the possibility of the Iranians acquiring nuclear weapons for more than a decade", said the PM's spokeswoman. (more...)
Twenty-First Century Fox profit tops estimates, revenue misses
- February 07, 2017

For the next 5 years, Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.is expecting Growth of 12.79% per annum, whereas in the past 5 years the growth was 5.35% per annum. Finally, TheStreet upgraded Twenty-First Century Fox from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a report on Wednesday, November 16th. Company's annual sales growth for the past five year was 2.40%. (more...)
New UN Report Chronicles Abuses Against Myanmar Rohingya
- February 06, 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi , who is the de facto leader of Myanmar, won the Nobel Peace Prize for her defence of democracy in the face of military oppression, and yet she has allowed her country's war on the Rohingya to continue. "The vast majority reported witnessing killings, and nearly half reported having a family member who was killed as well as family members who were missing", rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva. (more...)
Hold on to your hats - Storm Doris may have arrived
- February 05, 2017

If that is upgraded to an amber "be prepared" warning, the storm is likely to be officially named. Gusts of 40mph-50mph are expected, but could potentially reach 70mph/80mph in coastal areas. "There remains some uncertainty over the track and timings of this but the signal remains for the strongest winds to affect parts of northern France and the English Channel". (more...)
Ford F-150 Raptor is heading to China Ford F-150 Raptor is heading to China
- February 04, 2017

However, these aren't just any trucks. The Raptor performance model, built at the Dearborn Truck plant, is one of the new vehicles promised by Ford by 2020. Some previous-generation Raptors are already on the road in China, but those were imported without Ford's co-operation, a Ford spokesman said . As with the regular F-150 the cab is made of aluminum-alloy to help keep the weight down. (more...)
Iran carried out missile test according to defence minister Iran carried out missile test according to defence minister
- February 03, 2017

President, while it test-fired several ballistic missiles since the nuclear deal. According to a Reuters translation, a security expert told Die Welt that cruise missiles are not covered by UN Security Council Resolution 2231 , which endorsed the nuclear deal agreed between Iran and world powers in July 2015. (more...)
Trump state visit plan 'very difficult' for Queen Trump state visit plan 'very difficult' for Queen
- February 03, 2017

It says the state visit, marked by pomp and pageantry, would cause embarrassment for Queen Elizabeth. While lawmakers don't have the power to rescind the invitation, the February 20 debate puts May in an awkward position and shows what an antagonizing figure Trump has become, even outside the U.S. (more...)
Pet snake gets stuck in earlobe hole
- February 02, 2017

A traumatised Glawe had to be taken to the emergency room to get Bart out, but not before she took a couple of selfies of herself and Bart and uploaded it on her Facebook page. Ball pythons aren't poisonous, by the way. She called the fire department, who also had no luck in removing the snake. Medical professionals numbed the area, applied lube, and squeezed that pet reptile out of the hole in her ear. (more...)
Canadian Documentary Maker Missing off Florida Keys
- February 02, 2017

The search continues for a scuba diver who went missing near Alligator Reef off Lower Matecumbe Key. Coast Guard senior chief Nyx Cangemi said boat and helicopter crews had been looking for the conservationist since he was reported missing. (more...)
Akhilesh predicts 300-plus seats for Congress-SP alliance Akhilesh predicts 300-plus seats for Congress-SP alliance
- January 31, 2017

No occasion arose for effecting an alliance", he said.Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday addressed the first joint press conference in Lucknow post-alliance. Shivpal's supporters also set-up an informal platform to bring together Mulayam loyalists sidelined by Akhilesh. Rahul Gandhi: This SP-Congress partnership is an answer to politics of division and hate. (more...)
Iran conducts first ballistic missile test since Trump took office Iran conducts first ballistic missile test since Trump took office
- January 31, 2017

The launch occurred about 140 miles east of Tehran, the capital of Iran, at a test site near Semnan. "Iran has once again defied Security Council resolutions and revealed its true intentions", Ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement. The Iranian nuclear deal created a fair amount of controversy due to the secrecy surrounding the deal and its contents. "We're aware that Iran fired that missile". (more...)
Trump's order to begin wall construction opens wider rift with Mexico Trump's order to begin wall construction opens wider rift with Mexico
- January 29, 2017

Mexico has long insisted it will not pay for the planned wall. Later, Spicer said that the border adjustment tax could be an "option". He said that this session of Congress would be the "busiest" in years, and perhaps in history, working on repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act and an overhaul of the tax code to lower corporate taxes and levies on the middle class. (more...)
Kim Jong-un 'will launch nuke at U.S. if he is threatened'
- January 27, 2017

People watch a TV news showing a file image of Thae Yong Ho, minister at the North Korean Embassy in London, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. The former North Korean diplomat compares the growing discontent in his country to the situation in the Soviet Union before its collapse, and hopes for a peaceful outcome that ends with a unified and democratic Korea. (more...)
Hamas warns Trump against moving embassy to Jerusalem Hamas warns Trump against moving embassy to Jerusalem
- January 26, 2017

Commentators in Israel have said it was too early to tell what Trump's policy on these matters will actually be once he takes office. In addition, the White House said, "the president emphasised that peace between Israel and the Palestinians can only be negotiated directly between the two parties, and that the United States will work closely with Israel to make progress towards that goal". (more...)
Weekend Storms Wreak Havoc Across the South Weekend Storms Wreak Havoc Across the South
- January 24, 2017

Tornado watches have been issued for all Central Florida counties as severe storms are expected to develop over the eastern Gulf of Mexico ahead of a cold front, and move rapidly eastward across east central Florida from late this afternoon and into this evening. (more...)
Italy avalanche: Four more rescued from Rigopiano hotel Italy avalanche: Four more rescued from Rigopiano hotel
- January 24, 2017

The woman's body was recovered on Monday afternoon. As rescuers painstakingly dig through the wreckage and snow in search of survivors, local investigators have stepped up a probe into the disaster. The hotel opened in 1972 and was transformed 10 years ago into a four-star hotel with a heated external swimming pool and sauna frequented by celebrities including USA actor George Clooney, according to Italian media reports. (more...)
Trump Reinstates Global Gag Rule to Cut Off Abortion Funding Abroad Trump Reinstates Global Gag Rule to Cut Off Abortion Funding Abroad
- January 24, 2017

The reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule, which extends the reach Helms by limiting what foreign organizations receiving United States family planning funds, can do with their non-US funds and censors even the information and counseling that women can receive, is sure to increase the impact of the Helms Amendment . (more...)
U.S. found out about El Chapo extradition Thursday U.S. found out about El Chapo extradition Thursday
- January 23, 2017

He could face the possibility of life in a USA prison if convicted. Guzman, along with other cartel leaders, allegedly hired hit men "who carried out hundreds of acts of violence, including murders, assaults, kidnappings, and acts of torture at the direction of the defendants". (more...)
California Labor Market Ends 2016 On Down Note California Labor Market Ends 2016 On Down Note
- January 22, 2017

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 18,600, with gains in the manufacturing sector (+8,300), the government sector (+6,600), and the financial activities sector (+4,200), among others. Construction and manufacturing combined for a loss of 1,100 jobs, due largely to seasonal layoffs. Employment in the Norwich-New London-Westerly market was unchanged. (more...)
North Korea preparing to launch new missiles
- January 22, 2017

While North Korean leaders are known for their hyperbolic promises, the nation drew worldwide ire previous year after conducting several missile launches and its fourth and fifth nuclear tests. KN-08 and KN-14 refer to different versions of the Hwasong-13, which is either a road mobile or road transportable missile. "I don't recognise the missiles from this description", Joshua Pollack, editor of the US-based Nonproliferation Review told the South China Morning Post . (more...)
Gambia's Yahya Jammeh Refuses to Leave as Adama Barrow Announces Inauguration Gambia's Yahya Jammeh Refuses to Leave as Adama Barrow Announces Inauguration
- January 21, 2017

The West African regional force, including tanks, moved into Gambia on Thursday evening and met no resistance. The Economic Community Of West African States ( Ecowas ) has prepared a force to intervene in The Gambia if Yahya Jammeh does not give up power today following his defeat in elections on 1 December. (more...)
Is Trump Driving Canada into China's Clutches? Is Trump Driving Canada into China's Clutches?
- January 21, 2017

Trump has repeatedly blasted China's trade policies and threatened to slap huge tariffs of up to 45 percent on its goods, while Chinese media have countered that imports of American aircraft, smart phones, and agricultural products could suffer retaliation in any conflict. (more...)
Tremors felt in Rome after quake hits central Italy Tremors felt in Rome after quake hits central Italy
- January 21, 2017

Previous year on August 24, a 6.0-magnitude quake struck Accumoli village in central Italy , killing a total of 300 people. A total of three quakes have been felt in central Italy . Two more fatal tremors were felt in Umbria and Marche in October, both clocking in at over six on the Richter scale. Most of those who died in that 6.0 magnitude quake were in Amatrice, a beauty spot which was packed with holiday makers at the height of the summer season. (more...)
Jallikattu Ban: Tamilians In Mumbai Hold Protests Jallikattu Ban: Tamilians In Mumbai Hold Protests
- January 20, 2017

Actor Suriya, in between his promotional tour for the upcoming Tamil action film "C3", lashed out at animal rights advocacy group PETA, which is aggressively campaigning against Jallikattu. Heaping laurels on the youngsters who have gathered in large numbers at Marina and Alanganallur, they said, "Students deserve our support and appreciation". (more...)
Obama defends sanctions imposed on Russian Federation
- January 19, 2017

The documents claimed that Mr Trump had asked prostitutes to urinate on a bed in his suite at the Ritz Carlton, believing it was once used by President Obama and his wife, Michelle. But Trump now has no plans to meet with Putin , according to the senior adviser, who insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the transition team's internal planning. (more...)
Boris: Countries are 'lining up' to for trade with Britain
- January 19, 2017

Labour has branded the comments "wild and inappropriate". "Talking about World War Two in that context is another one of those and not something that's going to improve the climate for negotiations". Hollande, who has not yet responded officially to Theresa May's Brexit speech on Wednesday, warned in October that Britain must pay a heavy price for leaving, declaring: "There must be a threat, there must be a risk, there must be a price". (more...)
Shakira urges Davos elite to nurture future leaders Shakira urges Davos elite to nurture future leaders
- January 19, 2017

China is already pushing its own free trade deal with leaders from around the Pacific. "While wind and rain may be kept outside, so too are light and air", he said . In an unusual turn of events, Xi's speech drew a sharp rebuke to an incoming American administration that has advocated protectionist trade policies and discussed withdrawing from global climate-change agreements. (more...)
Madame Tussauds unveils new wax figures of President-elect Donald Trump Madame Tussauds unveils new wax figures of President-elect Donald Trump
- January 19, 2017

The sitting for that figure was in 1997, but for the presidential version, the original research was updated to create the new likeness. The wax figure of Donald Trump stands in a replica of the Oval Office at Madame Tussauds in London. (more...)
How SAFE is Gambia? Holiday travel update after declared state of emergency
- January 19, 2017

This action has heightened tension in the West African country and further portends danger for the fragile situations around the sub-region. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed Troops to Senegal as part of Nigerian contingent of Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG). (more...)
Oil Falls As IEA Chief Sees 'Significant' Boost To US Output
- January 19, 2017

Brent crude futures, the worldwide benchmark for oil prices, were at $55.76 per barrel at 0813 GMT, down 10 cents from their last close. "The petroleum markets have turned lower again in Wednesday trade amid talk that higher oil prices will translate into additional US shale-oil production as a counter-balance to OPEC efforts to trim supply and reduce excess inventories", Tim Evans, Citi Futures' energy futures specialist, said in a note . (more...)
Pakistani mother handed death sentence for burning daughter alive in 'honor killing'
- January 18, 2017

Zeenat's husband, Hassan Khan, told the BBC that her family never approved of their relationship and that she often complained about the abuse she had to endure. Statistics from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan show that in 2015 more than 1,000 women in Pakistan were murdered by their own relatives in the name of the family's honor. (more...)
Japan Caught with Dead Whale in Australian Sanctuary
- January 17, 2017

It's the first documented whale kill by Japanese whalers since 2014 when the International Court of Justice ruled Japan's whaling operations were illegal. "It is not necessary to kill whales in order to study them", Frydenberg added, without confirming the exact location of the current hunt. In 2015 the Australian Federal Court fined the Japanese whalers $AU1 million for hunting within an Australian whale sanctuary, however this fine remains unpaid. (more...)
Obama: Iran Is Showing What Diplomacy Is All About
- January 17, 2017

Trump, who will take office on Friday, has threatened to either scrap the agreement, which curbs Iran's nuclear program and lifts sanctions against it, or seek a better deal. Iran has denied having ever considered developing a nuclear warhead and insists that its nuclear program is only meant for civilian purposes. And our sanctions on Iran for its human rights abuses, its support for terrorist groups, and its ballistic missile program will remain until Iran pursues a new path on those issues. (more...)
Trump Scolds Civil Rights Icon Lewis, Days Before MLK Holiday Trump Scolds Civil Rights Icon Lewis, Days Before MLK Holiday
- January 15, 2017

Despite the contentious election, Clinton's aides and other Democrats have stopped short of using language created to dress down Trump as a legitimate commander in chief . Trump also used racially freighted language when he said that Lewis' Atlanta district was "crime infested" and "falling apart". On Saturday, NAACP CEO Cornell William Brooks gave a public response to Trump's Twitter comments. (more...)
Palestinian Embassy Opens at The Vatican Ahead of Peace Talks Palestinian Embassy Opens at The Vatican Ahead of Peace Talks
- January 15, 2017

Kerry gave a speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict days after the vote that criticized Israel on multiple issues, particularly its settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Richard LeBaron, a former USA ambassador to Kuwait, said he doubted that much programmatic work is going on among Trump's team to formulate a coherent Middle East strategy. (more...)