Turkey Claims Victory in Offensive Against North Syria's al-Bab

26 Feb, 2017

The bomber blew up a vehicle packed with explosives outside a rebel command centre in the village of Susian, eight kilometres (five miles) northeast of Al-Bab, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Both are recognised as terrorist groups by Ankara and have fiercely fought Bashar al Assad's regime and each other to claim Syria's border with Turkey.

Lack of Snow Hampers Birkebeiner Ski Race

26 Feb, 2017

Beginning at 9:30 am on Saturday, February 25, buses will transport riders from the Como Parking Lot, off of Highway 63 and south of Cable, Wis., to the American Birkebeiner Trailhead. "Birkie skiers are passionate about the overall experience", he said. Also, race officials moved the demos scheduled for Sunday to Saturday so participants can peruse the latest ski gear and fat bikes.

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing wounded attacker

25 Feb, 2017

Reuven Rivlin, who holds the symbolic post of president, recently renewed his commitment to the idea of a single democratic state, but he remains a lone voice on the Israeli right and among elected officials in general. In defiance of the recent UN Security Council resolution 2334, which reiterates that all Israeli settlements are a "flagrant violation" of global law, Israel has intensified its building of settlements.

Group of Siberian tigers take down drone in China

24 Feb, 2017

Which is exactly what happened in a video posted to China Central Television showing an ambush of tigers hunting a very different kind of pray: a drone. Unfortunately, it seems the drone's battery shorted out from damage and the gadget began billowing thick white smoke, which was enough to scare the tigers off.

Man arrested in connection with 2005 disappearance of Georgia high school teacher

24 Feb, 2017

Duke graduated from Irwin County High School, where Grinstead taught history. When she failed to show up for work at school the following Monday, police went to Grinstead's home. Grinstead's body was never found, and her case inspired a podcast called " Up and Vanished " that debuted in 2016. Investigators also credited an unidentified member of the public with providing new details about the killing that tied Duke to the murder.

11 people pass through unmanned airport security checkpoint at JFK

24 Feb, 2017

The airline did not immediately comment. "They have clearly taken their eye off the ball", American Alliance of Airport Police Officers co-founder Marshall McClain said of Monday's mishap at JFK's Terminal 5. Three of those passengers set off the detector's alarm and continued to their gate. "Once our review is complete, TSA will discipline and retrain the employees as appropriate".

Power restored to over 20000 customers affected by Storm Doris

24 Feb, 2017

In neighbouring Northern Ireland, NIE Networks said they had restored electricity to around 14,000 customers, while around 7,000 were still without power. It finally landed at the third time of asking in Manchester at 11.35am with its tanks running low. The area's countryside ranger team, which posted the video online, urged people to "respect the water", adding that "no photo is worth risking your life for".

Mexican man takes own life 30 minutes after being deported from US

24 Feb, 2017

Guadalupe Olivas Valencia , 45, passed away in a hospital after being found unconscious next to his possessions, which were in a plastic bag, BBC News reported . Pictured, illegal Mexican immigrant, Guadalupe Olivas Valencia . A memo from Homeland Security chief John Kelly included instructions to enforce an existing provision of the US Immigration and Nationality Act allowing authorities to send illegal immigrants caught at the border back to Mexico, regardless of whether they are ...

More Sexual Assault Charges Against Former USA Gymnastics Doc

23 Feb, 2017

According to the Associated Press , USA Gymnastics said it was "appalled that anyone would exploit a child in this manner". "The girls abused by Dr. Details were disclosed in affidavits presented Wednesday by a Michigan State University police detective. He was sacked by MSU in September, following a 2014 complaint by a graduate - though evidence of misconduct was not found.

USA sets plan for sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants

23 Feb, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer today telling the media President Trump is empowering the Department of Homeland Security to carry out his executive order on immigration. It directs immigration and customs enforcement to hire 10,000 additional agents who will prioritize the deportation of undocumented people who have violated USA law.

US Navy begins 'routine' patrols in the South China Sea

23 Feb, 2017

On Saturday, the US navy strike group led by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson and consisting of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. The historic ruling, issued after several months of hearing and submission of documents, junked China's nine-dash line claim over the disputed waters.

France training 'drone-hunting-eagles' amid fears of possible terror attack

23 Feb, 2017

Following reports that terror groups are planning to use consumer market drones to perpetuate attacks on civilian and military targets, the French Air Force has recruited birds of prey to prevent terror attacks in France. The use of hunting birds - normally falcons and northern goshawks - by militaries around the globe is common practice in the fight to scare other critters away from runways and so cut the risk of accidents during takeoff or landing.

US Fed officials say they may need to raise rates 'fairly soon'

23 Feb, 2017

However, a number of Fed members said they want the central bank to go slow on raising rates, given uncertainties about the new Trump administration's fiscal and trade proposals. Trump has promised to deliver a major tax cut plan very soon and also pledged to implement a large infrastructure spending project. "Most participants continued to see heightened uncertainty regarding the size, composition, and timing o possible changes to fiscal and other government policies", said the minutes.

Vandals topple dozens of headstones at Missouri Jewish cemetery

22 Feb, 2017

On Monday six states reported bomb threats against Jewish community centers (JCC). Deaths on the damaged headstones ranged between roughly 1921 and 1962, according to reports. The governor called it a despicable act that appeared to be anti-Semitic. "We must fight acts of intolerance and hate". "This is the real St. Louis, and the real America".

Israeli soldier jailed for 18 months for killing Palestinian

22 Feb, 2017

The case has divided Israeli society, with right-wingers generally defending the IDF soldier's actions. "He can not go to jail or we will all pay the price", Jewish Home party head Naftali Bennett said in a statement. The video also played a pivotal role during the trial of the soldier. Opponents state the terrorist was neutralized, already shot, and shooting him at close range was simply an unjustifiable execution.

Azerbaijan president names wife as first vice-president

22 Feb, 2017

Mehriban Aliyeva has been appointed the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan by President Ilham Aliyev's order today. In September, Mr Aliyev organised a referendum which created a strong vice-presidency and extended the presidential term to seven years, from five.

Report of shots fired inside Houston hospital

22 Feb, 2017

Police said that SWAT officers were being dispatched to the scene. CNN said so far there were no reports of injuries. "We have no victims or any evidence of an actual shooting at this point", Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said during a press conference.

Ukraine oligarch faces extradition to US

22 Feb, 2017

Austrian authorities say they have detained Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash on a European arrest warrant linked to organised crime and illegal money laundering allegations in Spain. In its ruling Tuesday, the appeals court described the approval of the extradition as a procedural matter and said Firtash's guilt or innocence was a matter to be determined in the United States.

Juncker: Great Britain Will Pay Stiff Price for Brexit

22 Feb, 2017

Referring to payment the EU will seek from London to cover future EU spending to which Britain has committed as an EU member, he added: "The British should know this, they know this already, that it will not be at a discount or at zero cost".

Post mortem unable to determine cause of Kim Jong Nam's death

22 Feb, 2017

The Malaysian police also arrested a Malaysian man and a North Korean chemist while a search and arrest warrant have been issued against four other North Korean nationals. "The Ambassador also alleged that Malaysia was "colluding and playing into the gallery of external forces", it said. He was rushed to Putrajaya Hospital but died on the way.

Why Ant Financial's $200M Investment In Kakao Could Disrupt South Korean Fintech

22 Feb, 2017

Kakao, best known for its mobile messaging service Kakao Talk, has more than 48 million users globally. Kakao shares jumped 4.48 percent to 88,500 Korean won Tuesday morning on the back of the announcement. In November 2016, Ant Financial acquired a 20% stake in Thailand's online payment firm Ascend Money with an option to acquire an additional 10% in the future.

USA defense chief in Baghdad on official visit

21 Feb, 2017

Trump has repeatedly said both while campaigning and since his election that America, whose troops occupied Iraq for eight years, should have grabbed Iraqi oil to help fund its war effort and to deprive the Islamic State group of a vital revenue source.

Shoot-at-sight orders at Afghanistan Chaman border

20 Feb, 2017

The border closure at Chaman in southwest Baluchistan province came after an attack on a Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday left 88 worshippers dead. "The COAS said that such terrorist activities and inaction against them are testing our current policy of cross-border restraint", the ISPR said in a statement.

Samsung's Vice Chairman Is Under Arrest For A Massive Bribery Scandal

17 Feb, 2017

At issue is whether millions in donations Samsung made to two foundations controlled by President Park's friend and confidant, Choi Soon-sil , were bribes to get the South Korean pension fund to back a merger between two of Samsung Group's holding companies.

Trump's Labor pick Andrew Puzder is withdrawing his nomination

16 Feb, 2017

In addition to presumably picking up no Democratic votes, a report in the Washington Post today indicated that as many as 12 Republican senators were planning on voting against Puzder's confirmation if his nomination to come to a floor vote.

Mexican detained in USA despite work permit

16 Feb, 2017

Mr Ramirez's legal team say this could be the first time under the Trump administration that a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA , has been taken into immigration custody . ICE spokeswoman Rose Richeson defended Ramirez's detention, telling NPR he is a "self-admitted gang member". The arrests also included immigrants who had re-entered the country after being deported or whose deportation had been ordered by an immigration judge.

Trojan Horse CETA: Protests arise after agreement approval

16 Feb, 2017

Last month Liam Fox, the trade secretary, visited his Canadian counterpart, François-Philippe Champagne, in Montreal. MEPs also gave their consent to the conclusion of an EU-Canada Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). Parties on both the right and the left opposed the agreement. In France, the leftwing candidate to the elections, Jean-Luc Melenchon disputed the agreement.

Donald Trump Scheduled To Call President Buhari, Zuma On Phone Today

16 Feb, 2017

Across major cities in Nigeria, protests were held decrying hard living conditions amid Nigeria's economic recession. [ Masterweb Reports ] - The President of United States, Donald Trump at 9:45 am in Washington, D.C., U.S. While Buhari's government has recorded major success in the fight against Boko Haram, the terrorist sect remains capable of guerrilla-style attacks like the recent bombing of the largest university in Borno, a state in Nigeria's northeast.

Embattled Toshiba 'remains committed' to new nuclear plant in Cumbria

16 Feb, 2017

In its preliminary results, Toshiba said it anticipates a group net loss of 500 billion yen ($4.4 billion) for April-December of past year, including the 712.5 billion yen hit from its nuclear business. Said analyst Masahiko Ishino at Tokai Tokyo Securities: "The questions surrounding Toshiba are so numerous, where do you even begin?" "If we can find the right partner, we want to move in that direction", said Satoshi Tsunakawa, Toshiba's president and CEO.

Agents discover catapult used to launch drugs over US - Mexico Border

16 Feb, 2017

When the agents arrived at the fence, they discovered a catapult attached to the Mexico-side of the fence. The CBP alerted Mexican authorities, who seized the catapult, and CBP agents later dismantled it. Often, these operations are responsible for thousands of pounds of drugs coming into the country rather than the smaller amounts that could enter with a catapult system, CNN reported .

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