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Russian athletes lose appeal to compete in 2018 Winter Olympics

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The PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony is tonight/tomorrow morning at 2:30 a.m., so if you're a keener, wake up and realize that it's time for you to start caring about bobsledding again. Kinsbury is seeking his first gold medal after winning silver in Sochi. USA athletes praised the decision and the end to uncertainty of participation of some Russian athletes. Read More »

Vice President Pence Warns North Korea Despite Winter Olympics Thaw

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Virtually all foreign media were excluded from the event. "If South Korea, the neighboring nation that should be most alarmed by North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs, makes clear that it is adopting a conciliatory approach, the worldwide net encircling North Korea will loosen", a senior Japanese government official told The Yomiuri Shimbun. Read More »

Fiscal hawk Paul slows United States budget deal, shutdown looms

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There's a strong possibility this "shutdown" will end even before most federal workers get out of bed Friday morning. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says, "It's time to vote". "I know that there is a real commitment to solving the DACA challenge in both political parties". "This package can not have my support", she said. Read More »

How To Watch The Pyeongchang Olympics Opening Ceremonies

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Canada's Manuel Osborne-Paradis clocked the fastest time in the first session, finishing ahead of Norway's Kjietel Jansrund. South Korea won the bid to host over Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) seemed to acknowledge that an incident had taken place but said it was unclear whether a member of its delegation had been involved. Read More »

Senate reaches budget deal

Lawmakers need to work out a spending measure before Thursday to prevent another government shutdown . The House on Tuesday passed such a bill to fund the government through March 23, which also included a full year of defense spending . Read More »

On Pelosi's record-breaking speech

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At one point she interrupted herself to read a note from the House historian alerting her that she had delivered the longest continuous speech , besting Republican Champ Clark's five-hour, 15-minute stem-winder about tariff reform in 1909. Read More »

Senate Spending Bills In Peril As Last-Minute Objections Arise

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The US government on Thursday was assured of careening into a shutdown at midnight local after the Senate adjourned with no vote on a measure to extend federal funding beyond the 12:00 am deadline. "You give up small amount to be a part of a civilized society, but you shouldn't have to give up half of your paycheck", he said. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi , who emphasized her opposition with an unprecedented eight-hour address on the House floor Wednesday, has vowed to reject the ... Read More »

At the very least, memo raises major Russian Federation probe issues

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The senators say they've found evidence that either Steele lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or classified documents supporting the surveillance contain false statements. The push for a wall is reportedly the result of an erosion of trust among staffers, according to Republican committee members who spoke to CBS. It's not just news consumers wondering, "which memo is this now?" - it's numerous people trying to cover this drama, too. Read More »

North Korea leader's sister to visit South for Olympics

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Whether this spirit will extend beyond the Winter Games is another question entirely. But privately, officials said Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea. Thousands of troops marched in formation carrying guns, bayonets and swords while leader Kim Jong Un watched from a balcony above. But a Pyeongchang organising committee spokeswoman told AFP: "North Korean and Iranian athletes will be excluded because of existing United Nations sanctions" ... Read More »

Big Parade to Show Trump's 'Fondness for Military,' Mattis Says

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A little less than half - $3 million - of the cost was paid by the government , with the rest coming from private donations. It was a celebration of American martial history and prowess, and a good example of what it appears President Donald Trump wants sometime later this year. Read More »

Wall Street suffers the worst single-day point decline in history

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Letting out some of the air might even be healthy, some say. The stock market's stomach-churning drop Friday and Monday was rooted in some topsy-turvy reasoning: What's good for the economy is bad for stocks . MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan closed 0.15 percent lower, while Japan's Nikkei rose 0.16 percent. Minutes after the European markets opened, there were declines across most sectors. Read More »

White House Defends Rob Porter Employment Despite Abuse Allegations; Mocks Omarosa

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In this photo, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and Ivanka Trump walk across the South Lawn before departing the White House with U.S. Several major news outlets are now claiming that the White House already knew about the domestic violence accusations against Porter via his Federal Bureau of Investigation background check in 2017. Read More »

Olympic firsts - what to watch for in Pyeongchang

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To help you prep for the big games, WalletHub put together some facts you might not know about PyeongChang 2018. There will also be enhanced streaming options for alpine skiing , figure skating , and primetime show coverage. The team event is making only its second appearance at the Olympics, having debuted in Sochi, where the USA took home bronze. The women's individual figure skating competition is always one of the marquee events of the entire Olympics, setting numerous ... Read More »

Pence to push S. Korea toward more hawkish N. Korea policy

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But critics in the South say Seoul has made too many concessions to Pyongyang, and demonstrators protested on Thursday as a North Korean orchestra gave a sold-out performance in Gangneung, which is hosting Olympic events. "And we will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Japan, the people of South Korea, and our allies and partners across the region until we achieve the global objective of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Read More »

Shutdown threat remains despite bipartisan budget on the table

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Sanders said defense spending will match the request made by the Pentagon and will reflect what the President Donald Trump signed into law with the National Defense Authorization Act. McConnell and Schumer said the deal was the product of extensive negotiations between both parties and the White House, which reacted positively to developments on Capitol Hill. Read More »

Barcelona Striker Linked with Chelsea

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Yet the Italian has been more flexible in his planning this week and extended the players' break from the customary one day to three. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, he added: "I don't think he should be and I honestly don't think the players want to see the back of him". Read More »

USA Gymnastics creates counseling services fund for abused gymnasts

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A former volunteer gymnastics coach in the USA state of Missouri has been charged with three counts of child molestation, amid continuing fallout from an abuse scandal roiling the sport. The former governor sent William Forsyth, Schuette's special prosecutor investigating MSU, a letter on Monday complaining about the attorney general's office apparently tipping off the news media about state investigators showing up unannounced Friday at MSU administration buildings to collect documents ... Read More »

Spectator captures double sonic boom as SpaceX rocket boosters land

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All 27 Merlin engines firing together at liftoff produce 5.1 million pounds of thrust, capable of carrying 140,660 pounds into low earth orbit. The company said in February past year that the rocket would send two people on a trip around the moon, but Musk said there's been a change of plans. Read More »

Syrian Kurdish YPG: Turkish army hit school, water plant in Syria's Afrin

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Eastern Ghouta is a rebel-controlled enclave adjacent to Damascus . "This is really outrageous", said Panos Moumtzis, assistant United Nations secretary general and regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria Crisis. They are know as IRAMs, Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions, and tend to be Iranian 107mm rockets modified with stabilising fins and larger warheads that increase firepower but reduce range, according to open source investigation website Bellingcat. Read More »

North Korea: No intention to meet U.S. officials

Kim Jong-un's ex lover Hyon Song Wol, head of North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra is greeted by the public as she arrives in South Korea . Mr Moon ran his presidential campaign previous year with the promise and goal of a "sunshine policy" towards North Korea; more open economic relations and direct negotiating to achieve peace. Read More »

US House passes stopgap spending package

WASHINGTON | Senate leaders announced Wednesday they have sealed agreement on a two-year budget pact that would shower both the Pentagon and domestic programs with nearly $300 billion above existing limits, giving wins to both GOP defense hawks and Democrats seeking billions for infrastructure projects and combatting opioid abuse. Read More »

Filipino caregiver missing after quake in Taiwan, says official

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In a statement , Ms Tsai said that the government would help Hualien to the best of its abilities, adding that she hoped "people's lives would return to normal as soon as possible". Earthquakes regularly strike the area. "We question whether the structural integrity of the building was damaged ". Rescue efforts are underway in the city as emergency workers and volunteers work to shift rubble and search for trapped people. Read More »

Falcon Heavy: Elon Musk successfully launches largest rocket to date

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The mission was a historic success but with one hitch. Instead, the payload overshot , exceeding the red planet's spot in the solar system, and is headed toward the Asteroid Belt that's between Mars and Jupiter. The rocket carried a playful payload: Musk's red Roadster, an electric sports vehicle built by his other company, Tesla. The flyby would not be particularly close, since the Falcon Heavy's upper stage is not created to perform any further orbital corrections. Read More »

Partition was result of Congress' wrong policies: Modi

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You closed parliament's doors without heeding the people's wishes, the seeds you sowed at that time, its ramifications are being felt to this day", he said in the Lok Sabha . You will pay for your sins. "Feb 2018, Naga Accord is still nowhere to be found. Modi ji is the first ever Indian PM whose words don't mean anything #CantFindTheAccord", he said on Twitter. Read More »

SpaceX Launches Successfully But Will Overshoot Mars

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The world's most powerful rocket may soon be used to ferry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and, if SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has his way, eventually to Mars . That said, the Falcon Heavy isn't exactly the launcher nations and companies have been clamoring for. "It's still tripping me out". The rocket will be SpaceX's most powerful yet, with 31 engines and a huge spaceship created to bring people deep into the solar system . Read More »

Kim Jong-Un's sister to visit SKorea in historic first

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One of the people who spoke to Reuters said that the spy agency said "it's a possibility that North Korea was behind the theft". North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observes a military parade in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the communist nation's army, February 8, 2018. Read More »

Senators reach bipartisan accord on long-term spending deal

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Schumer , a Democrat who negotiated the two-year budget deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , a Kentucky Republican . While Congress would still have to pass another spending measure before that deadline, the agreement announced Wednesday includes a longer-term pact to lift spending caps by roughly $400 billion for Pentagon and domestic programs over two years. Read More »

Carmelo, on Thunder as contenders: 'I know what we're capable of'

There are rotational tweaks that can be made (for example, inserting Durant into the start of second quarter mix like we saw last year), but Steve Kerr is caught between a rock and a hard place, as he is more often than not relying on Durant to keep the starting lineup afloat in the first quarter. Read More »

Theresa May vows to be 'robust' in Brexit talks

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May's inner circle of top ministers - nicknamed the " Brexit war cabinet" - are holding two two-hour meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, with the aim of agreeing the UK's goals for the trading relationship it hopes to negotiate with the EU. Read More »

Along fortified Korean border, Olympics bring more VIPs, tourists

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He also ratcheted up his rhetoric on the North's human rights abuses in a speech to USA service members at Yokota Air Base in Japan. Highly interesting. "Normally it is really hard to see North Koreans in person". Kim Yo Jong and Kim Jong Un were born to the same mother, Ko Yong Hui. It was then ascertained that it was Kim Yo Jong. Read More »