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US Vice President Visits Middle East Amid Tensions Over Jerusalem

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Today U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will start a trip to the Middle East including stops in Egypt , Jordan and Israel. On the embassy, Pence played a steady role in pushing for the shift in US policy. It is not surprising that Palestinians are refusing to meet with him. He will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and the Western Wall, the holiest Jewish site where worshippers can pray. Read More »

USA government goes into first shutdown in five years after Senate vote

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The Senate will reconvene on Saturday at noon. A partial shutdown of the US Government has begun after an eleventh-hour effort to secure a funding deal failed, marking a chaotic close to Donald Trump's first year as President. Once the government is funded again, the issue will disappear and have no effect on the midterms in November, despite the confident boasts of partisan Democrats. Read More »

The Bubble: 'President Trump is a white racist,' liberals say

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Alex Nowrasteh, a researcher with the libertarian Cato Institute who has written about the lack of correlation between immigration and terrorism, was immediately critical of the latest government figures. Asked on the UK's Good Morning Britain TV show about the President's vulgar remarks about African nations last week Ivana Trump said she did not believe they showed he was racist . Read More »

Demonstrators denounce Trump, march for #MeToo movement across the US

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But many at the demonstrations still shared their broad concerns about the direction of the country under the Trump administration, especially as it related to women's rights, immigration, diversity and freedom of the press. We run and win elected offices, from the days of Shirley Chisholm's historic presidential bid to Keisha Lance Bottoms's Atlanta Mayoral win. Organizers are striving to empower and enable women to vote in the 2018 midterm elections and, per their website , "launch ... Read More »

Tom Brady listed as questionable for AFC Championship vs. Jaguars

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But instead, word of a glove on Brady's throwing hand brought immediate money in on the Jaguars , and the line dropped from 9 to 7½ and briefly to 7. "He paid really close attention to all the lessons I taught him when he was there". "Well, it's always good to have everybody practice to get their preparation and to get it with their teammates". Read More »

Pope continues championing of the Amazon, meets indigenous children

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Not having been personally involved in the cases that were the subject of yesterday's interview I can not address why the Holy Father chose the particular words he used at that time . In 2011 the Vatican found him guilty and sentenced him to a lifetime of "penance and prayer". Yet Francis said he considered their accusations "all calumny" and that he wouldn't believe them without proof. Read More »

Government Shuts Down After Senate Fails To Reach A Deal

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The closure of many government agencies was a striking display of Washington dysfunction, played out on the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, and there was more finger-pointing than signs of bipartisan dealmaking. "The American people can not begin to understand why the Senate Democratic leader thinks the entire government should be shut down until he gets his way on illegal immigration", McConnell said. Read More »

Donald Trump in 'excellent' physical and mental health, White House doctor finds

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A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. "If he had some type of mental, cognitive issue ... this test is sensitive enough". Jackson's assertion of Trump's mental wellness and many have suggested that he was the beneficiary of overly simplistic tests. His vision is sharp, his neurological tests were normal and gastroenterological tests turned up no problems, he said. Read More »

As last-gasp Senate vote fails, government lurches into shutdown

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The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight after a last-ditch vote on a House-passed short-term federal spending plan fell well short in the Senate. Trump, who slammed the minority party in a series of morning tweets, argued that the shutdown occurred because Democrats were more concerned about helping immigrants who came to the country illegally as children than US military service members or American citizens. Read More »

Ronaldo unhappy in Spanish league - Ex-Real Madrid star, Mijatovic

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The Argentine superstar penned a new three-year deal to extend his stay in Catalonia until 2021. The Red Devils allegedly came to the conclusion the whole thing would cost them around €400m, with €200m going straight to Real Madrid , but that the marketing and media impact would actually give them "many benefits". Read More »

Trump wants immigrants from 'everywhere'

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Dick Durbin. Durbin says Trump used a vulgarity disparaging African countries. More: Did Trump use vulgar language at an immigration meeting? Trump on Sunday denied making the statements attributed to him, but didn't get into specifics about what he did or did not say. Read More »

Donald Trump insists he is 'not racist' in wake of derogatory comments

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He was speaking about the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program, which helps young undocumented immigrants seeking protection from deportation. The president, in the meeting, also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the US, according to people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly. Read More »

USA government shutdown as Senate fails to pass new budget

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., called "long-term solutions" on immigration and government spending, and. Schumer'ss pressing for protections for younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children , but the White House and Republicans say talks on that issue should be kept separate from legislation to prevent a shutdown. Read More »

I'm not racist, Trump says after 'shithole countries' remark

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Trump said: "They have got a couple of meetings scheduled, couple of additional meetings scheduled". It is also stupid to imagine that the non-tired and unhuddled masses in Norway - one of the highest-ranked countries in the world in terms of economic prosperity and quality of life - or people from any other predominantly white, non-"shithole" nation would move to America in numbers high enough to meet its needs. Read More »

Aulas annonce "un hommage au plus haut niveau" pour Bocuse — OL-PSG

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Les supporters lyonnais s'étaient déjà servi de l'icône de leur ville pour déployer un magnifique tifo avec un slogan bien trouvé: "Cuisinez-les à la Lyonnaise". Plus récemment, il a été invité sur l'émission Top Chef en 2013 au plus grand bonheur (et stress) des candidats. Le 25 février 1975, Paul Bocuse est fait chevalier d'honneur par le Président de la République, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing , à l'Elysée. Read More »

President Trump: 'I am not a racist'

He doesn't care if people get kicked off their health insurance, he doesn't care if we slash Social Security, and Medicare, and Medicaid. Green means envy, and as we know, Donald Trump is a guy who gets easily jealous of others who might have more worth than him, more power than him, a better looking which than him, who knows. Read More »

Turkey starts military campaign against Kurdish-controlled area

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Turkish Red Crescent has taken necessary measures to protect Syrian civilians in the aftermath of Turkish military's operation in Syria's Afrin, head of the aid agency said on Saturday, APA reports quoting AA. The Kurdish YPG have released statements asking Turkey to "halt its unjustified threats". State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. Read More »

Unusual and surreal: One year covering Donald Trump

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It is no surprise that President Trump routinely polls far lower on the left coast than elsewhere in our country. He has delivered on some major promises and stumbled on others. That would be an indication the government is open , even if he signs the actual bill at a later time . He succeeded Barack Obama as the 45th President of US on Jan 20, 2017 and since then he has been hogging the limelight for many good and bad reasons. Read More »

Turkish armed forces strike Kurds in Syria

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These attacks are occurring against a backdrop of heightened tension between Turkey and PKK-linked forces in Syria, especially in the area of Afrin, after a United States announcement in recent days that it would be creating a "protection force" in the Kurdish-majority area of Syria further east. Read More »

Turkish military operation in Syria's Afrin has begun - Erdogan

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Ankara has long fought Kurdish unrest in southeastern Turkey. The Trump administration has once again enraged Ankara with its recent threat to build a 30,000-strong border protection force drawn from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Pentagon's main proxy on the ground, which is dominated by the Kurdish YPG. Read More »

Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria

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At one point during the interview, Cankili said that "operation has already started de facto " with artillery fire from the Turkish border. "Don't ever doubt it". Manbij is part of a larger Kurdish-controlled area in which the U.S. has a presence. The source said that bombing had only produced "material damage", although command of Turkish armed forces claimed to have destroyed several "shelters" of Kurdish organization. Read More »

Turkey starts aerial campaign against Syrian Kurds areas

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A US State Department official on Friday said military intervention by Turkey in Syria would undermine regional stability and would not help protect Turkey's border security. The plan instantly enraged Turkey , a ally of the US, because it would rely heavily on Kurdish fighters who are viewed as terrorists by the Turks. The coalition added that the force is a key element of its strategy to prevent the resurgence of the Islamic State group in Syria and would be deployed along Syria's ... Read More »

The federal government may shut down. Here's what it means to you

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House members have been advised to keep their schedules flexible in the event the Senate strikes a deal. Without a quick deal, most day-to-day operations in the federal government will be disrupted. In recent months, the two major USA parties have been locked in a stalemate over a number of issues, including efforts to secure new protections for young undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers". Read More »

Sharapova overcomes Sevastova in Melbourne

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Sharapova returned to Melbourne Park this year after sitting out the 2017 edition due to a drug suspension. Still aiming for a first major, top-ranked Simona Halep, a two-time French Open finalist, held off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2 in a night match. Read More »

IPhone owners: You can get discounted batteries now

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If the closest Apple Store to you is a long distance away, you can mail your phone back to Apple to have the battery replaced. Samsung and LG, two of the biggest smartphone manufacturers, on Saturday claimed that they do not slow their smartphones with old batteries like Apple . Read More »

Schumer Meets With Trump On Funding Deal As Feds Prepare For Shutdown

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The shutdown came on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as President, and as Republicans enjoy majorities in both the House and Senate. Democrats voted to block this bill due to the bill giving no real allowance to immigrant children in the country, of which there are at least 700,000 estimated. Read More »

This Is What Happens During a Government Shutdown

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employees will be able to perform their duties through at least January 26, and have been instructed to report to work as usual next week. Crater Lake and Olympic national parks responded to questions with a written statement saying park services that don't require staff, such as plowed roads and toilets without plumbing would remain open. Read More »

In post-presidency, Obama finds balancing act in countering Trump

Still, having a firm picture of the world the president is governing in and the direction it is moving is important for understanding the context in which he makes some of the most important decisions in the world. Government funding runs out at midnight on Friday, and the Senate does not appear to have the votes for a House-passed continuing resolution into mid-February. Read More »

More weather warnings for Cumbria - Met Office alert for snow and ice

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Racehorses make their way along snow covered roads to the gallops on Middleham Moor near Leyburn, as yellow snow and ice warnings are in place for northern England and Northern Ireland and much of Wales. That is the case for both Saturday and Sunday. "We are going to be tested, undoubtedly, to our limit". Unfortunately, this may lead to some flooding as the snow melts'. Read More »