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Trump Blames Shutdown on Dems Appeasing 'Far Left Base'

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Mr. Trump was to be the first president in 18 years to attend to forum - the most recent being President Bill Clinton in 2000, according to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller. Trump panned the measure in a heated meeting last week that Graham, Durbin and Cotton attended. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., scheduled an early Monday morning vote for a short-term funding plan to keep the government open through February 8. Read More »

India on top at Davos: Hinduja

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Aron Dutta who is facilitating a number of meetings with leaders of blue-chip technology companies and innovators with potential interest in doing business in or with Bermuda". If we look at the ramifications of such global and national forums, one can assert that these conversations and dialogues help in moving one step forward towards higher integration of thoughts and experiences. Read More »

US Competitive Warfighting Edge Has Slipped, Says Mattis

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U.S. military leaders on 19 January officially unveiled the unclassified version of the 2018 NDS - a document created to articulate how the Pentagon will carry out the president's agenda. On the information front, the military will seek to counter coercion and subversion used by revisionist powers and rogue states. This legislation would likely be dead on arrival in the Senate, where Democrats have said they have enough votes to block the legislation. Read More »

Barcelona go 11 points clear at top of La Liga

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Under the circumstances, Barcelona's rivals might be tempted to follow Valverde's advice and the Betis fans' lead, sitting back and enjoying watching the world's best player strut his stuff. In netting a brace, Suarez has now scored and incredible 100 La Liga goals in just 114 matches. Messi also netted a double and made it to 25 goals for the 10th season in a row, a record that is likely to be levelled soon by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (on 18 this term). Read More »

Turkey rejects military operation limited to Syria's Afrin

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France called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Monday, and Britain said it would look for ways to prevent any further escalation. But Lund said the operation may have domestic political ramifications if Ankara is trapped in a military or diplomatic quagmire over Afrin. "Participants in the demonstrations also appealed to the United States to support and protect the city of Afrin and to protect it from the threats and military attacks launched by the ... Read More »

Lawmakers back bill to reopen U.S. government

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced his support for the compromise on the chamber's floor Monday afternoon. Sixteen of them voted against the measure (along with Republicans Mike Lee and Rand Paul, who generally oppose stopgap spending bills); other than Dianne Feinstein and Jon Tester (who was focused all along on the absence of community health funding in the bill), these dissenters were from the progressive wing of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Read More »

Minister Mokonyane to Represent President Zuma at the Liberian Inauguration

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Weah said freedom of speech had strengthened under Sirleaf and promised a more "co-operative" government that was more direct with voters. Weah, at the time was palpably synonymous with Liberia . "When I work hard I believe what I believe in and I showed I could persevere", he added, referring to early disbelief amongst his countrymen that he could make it in the top European leagues. Read More »

Arab-Israeli MPs kicked out of chamber for protesting Pence's speech

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For his part, Abbas called on the European Union to recognize the Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, saying that this will not cripple the peace process. According to the PA's official media outlet Wafa, Abbas met with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec while in Brussels . Read More »

Two Koreas Ready for Exchange of Olympic Delegates

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Among the 22 athletes set to compete, twelve North Korean women ice hockey players were added to the roster, making the total number of players on the joint-Korean team roster at 35. Prima facie it appears that North Korea is keen to shed its earlier image. A multimedia projection performance for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is projected on the facade of the Gwanghwamun Gate in Seoul. Read More »

Turkish Economy Ministry talks operation in Syria's Afrin

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Turkish officials have portrayed the assault as linked to their battle with Kurdish separatists at home and say that Syrian Kurdish militias are indistinguishable from the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK , which has waged a decades-long guerrilla war in Turkey's southeast. Read More »

City urged to chalk up record points

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The mood of the club's fan base will be frustrated by the latest news and, though the players will be spared having to play in front of a potentially toxic atmosphere at home, their loyal travelling fans will make their unhappiness clear if events turn sour on the pitch. Read More »

Trump tweets about women's marches as protesters gather

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Cities across the country covered in pink - as the second annual women's march marked one year since President Donald Trump took office. The 2017 Women's March, fresh on the heels of President Donald Trump's inauguration, was estimated to be the largest single-day protest in USA history. Read More »

Trump's ex-wife Ivana: He is 'a stable genius'

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But in separate TV interviews Sunday, they outright denied that Trump had made the comments. Mr Trump told reporters: 'No, no. Trump also questioned why the United States should admit more Haitians. Saying Americans deserve better and the immigration stalemate needs to be fixed, Graham added , "What we need in order to do better is a reliable partner at the White House". Read More »

Djokovic Out Of Australian Open

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The 12-time Grand Slam champion, 30, says he often turned to the practice during his long spell out of the game past year with elbow trouble. But Chung was the superior player in the breaker and grabbed a deserved lead. "Because then I'm taking away Chung's victory, the credit that he deserves". Elsewhere, Tomas Berdych was sublime against 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, hammering 50 winners which included 20 aces for a 6-3, 6-3, -6-2 scoreline. Read More »

This government shutdown is historic for one big reason

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Mr McConnell accused Chuck Schumer , the top Democrat in the Senate , of shutting down the government to please a small portion of his base, and focusing on a "tangential issue related to illegal immigration". Harris said. If a deal is not struck by the February 8 deadline, Schumer said the Senate will immediately move on to consideration of legislation to protect Dreamers impacted by President Trump's decision to end the DACA executive order. Read More »

Bale, Nacho 9/10 in big Real win

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An emphatic display, this afternoon, by Real Madrid , has given their support hope that a corner has been turned. Defender Nacho Fernandez and Gareth Bale also recorded a brace each, with Luka Modric scoring the seventh goal. The last time Real finished outside the top four was in 2000, when they placed fifth but won the Champions League - a year before coach Zidane had even signed for the club as a player. Read More »

GOP Senator Blames Trump Aide for Impasse

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Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp welcomed the deal. He called on the Senate to "focus on the common good" and not the "warped priorities of extreme voices, no matter how loudly they shout at us to do otherwise". In their turn, Democrats, who wanted to reach a deal on the Obama-era DACA ( Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program in order to protect so-called "dreamers", migrants, who have been brought to the U.S.as children. Read More »

Here's the cognitive test President Trump passed

However, he did say that, in theory, a ideal score on the Montreal test does not necessarily rule out cognitive decline. The Navy doctor exhausted reporters' questions during an unusually lengthy hour-long session, at Trump's request, and said he did not withhold any information in the interests of privacy. Read More »

Furloughs Begin as Congress Moves to End Shutdown

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The government shutdown on Friday occurred after McConnell received only 50 votes for a short-term spending bill. Seventeen Democratic Senators voted against Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer's deal to keep the government open; several of them, including Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren, plus Independent Bernie Sanders, have aspirations to run for president in 2020. Read More »

US senators strike deal to end government shutdown

Senate rules impose a threshold of 60 votes to break a filibuster, and Senate Republicans now hold a slim majority of 51 votes, meaning even if they can unite their members, they need nine more votes to end debate. The final continuing resolution bill passed by the same vote. A Senate vote is scheduled for 1200 ET today - though it is largely expected to fail. Read More »

Turkey launches "Operation Olive Branch" in Syria's Afrin

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Washington is indeed creating a Kurdish-ruled protectorate in the northeastern half of Syria , and has declared that 2,000 USA troops will stay there indefinitely. The appropriate USA response to that defeat, given what was supposed to have been the mission of US forces in Syria, would be to declare victory and go home. Read More »

Pence backs two-state Mideast solution

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Embassy to Jerusalem . Trump announced last month that the USA will be beginning a process to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem , and officially recognize the city as Israel's capital. The move, he said, was "in the best interest of peace". USA officials have said an embassy move from Tel Aviv could take up to three years. The status of Jerusalem has been up for dispute for centuries, with the Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans and the British Empire among the ... Read More »

Women's March kicks off voter registration movement

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The women led movement focused on a diverse range of issues such as reproductive rights and pay equality. Hours earlier, thousands of women marched in London, Paris, Sydney and other European and Australian cities in solidarity with rallies in the United States - many of them opposing U.S. Read More »

Good News for Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ban removed for 'Padmavat'

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Harish Salve, a lawyer representing the movie's producers, said the states "cannot ban screening to appease their political constituency". The Madhya Pradesh government has not issued any official order for banning the film so far. "They gave us the memorandum seeking a countrywide ban on the film", a leading daily reported as quoted by Suresh Kumar Khatik, sub-divisional officer of Chittorgarh. Read More »

N. Korean Officials Wrap up 2-Day Visit after Inspecting Performance Venues

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The orchestra led by Hyon will give two concerts - one in the capital Seoul and another in Gangneung - during the Olympics. They visited Seoul and Gangeung, which is due to be the home of ice sports at the Games. Hyon Song-wol, reportedly an ex-girlfriend of leader Kim Jong-un, would be the first North Korean official to visit the South in four years. In the most symbolic agreement approved Saturday, 12 North Korean women's hockey players will join their neighbors in a united roster ... Read More »

Gates remained locked, visitors turned away at national parks

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Inside the park, hotels and concessions operated by Aramark Management Services - including the Yosemite Majestic Hotel - will be open and charging as usual, said Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman. Paul Norconk woke up looking forward to taking his family to an educational ranger talk about roadrunners. The last government shutdown was in 2013 under the Obama administration. Read More »

We want immigrants 'from everywhere' to come to US

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Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, who was one of the lawmakers in the room, asserted on Tuesday that the President did use those words. He initially released a joint statement with Perdue that said he could not recall whether the president used the word " shithole ". Read More »

Donald Trump: I want immigrants to come from everywhere

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Jackson shut them down with a simple reply. 'I'm saying that this is a gross misrepresentation, it's not the first time Senator Durbin has done it, and it is not productive to solving the problem that we have at hand, ' Perdue said. "We talked about diet and exercise a lot", Jackson said. "He's eating what the chefs are cooking for him now and they're cooking a much healthier diet for him now and we're going to continue working on that and make that even healthier", the doctor said. Read More »

Government shutdown: Congress set to reconvene as shutdown continues

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The government shut down at 12:01 a.m. Saturday after the Senate failed to pass a temporary spending bill that would have funded operations until February 16. The ad was released hours into the government shutdown . "We have to acknowledge our respect for the minority", Durbin said. Chuck Schumer , D-N.Y., did indeed refuse to join Republicans to vote for a spending bill, and so the government did shut down. Read More »

Shutdown Day 2: Congress Seems Far Apart on a Resolution

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The finger-pointing played out in both the House and Senate, where lawmakers were eager to show voters they were actively working for a solution - or at least actively making the case the other party was at fault. Still, we're pleased that senior senators from both parties have found a way to work together to reopen the government and plot a path forward for the important work of immigration reform . Read More »

Korea cancels go to to arrange for Olympics in South - Seoul

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Not all South Koreans are in the mood. Camera IconNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un may try to leverage the Olympics unity to weaken United States sanctions against North Korea . Prior to their arrival in Seoul via KTX bullet train at 11:05 a.m., the seven-member delegation, led by Hyon Song-wol, checked out a local arts center in Gangneung on Sunday and stayed overnight in the area. Read More »

US Senators reach deal to reopen government

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Democrats want Republicans and Trump to negotiate an immigration plan as part of the budget deal. The Senate adjourned without voting Sunday, guaranteeing the shutdown would continue into a third day. The White House has blamed the Democrats for the U.S. government shutdown, accusing them of "holding government funding hostage" in a voicemail message on its answering machine. Read More »

At least five dead in attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel

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Fourteen of the dead are foreigners. Pavlo Klimin, Ukraine's minister of foreign affairs, condemned the attack on Twitter . Tadamichi Yamamoto, the U.N. The Taliban claimed the siege which took away about 18 lives, a large number of them being foreigners and the unfortunate incidence is making a lot of the top business around the globe to consider taking security a notch higher to a avoid more loss of lives. Read More »