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The North Korean delegation that arrived in the South on leader Kim Jong Un's private jet also includes his sister Kim Yo Jong. He also urged North Korea to engage in talks with the United States. Per Business Insider , two men showed up to the opening festivities dressed as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un and President Donald Trump. "The time has come for North Korea to permanently abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions, to recognise there is no future as a member of the ...
  • House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Funding Government Through March 23

    House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Funding Government Through March 23

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    On Tuesday, the House voted on a continuing resolution funding the government through March 23. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the agreement on the Senate floor and on Twitter Wednesday. Several Senate Democrats, including John Tester of Montana, said they were buoyed by the deal but wanted to study the details before signing on. Rand Paul blocked plans for a quick Senate vote, blaming his fellow Republicans for being "complicit" in the looming return of trillion-dollar ...
  • Tough Turkey talks await US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

    Tough Turkey talks await US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

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    In a phone call with Putin Friday, Macron also asked him to "do all he could" to end the humanitarian crises in Syria's Idlib province and the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus , the Elysee Palace said. "These attacks must end now", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. Rebel forces have claimed responsibility for shooting down the plane.
  • Trump Signs Spending Bill to End Brief Government Shutdown

    Trump Signs Spending Bill to End Brief Government Shutdown

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    The Senate passed a massive, bipartisan deal early Friday morning, that could end a brief government shutdown before most realities of the shutdown actually set in. There are even more signs of dissent in the House of Representatives, which would have to approve any budget bill adopted in the Senate . "I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits ", Paul said.
  • Korea toward more hawkish N. Korea policy

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    Vice President Mike Pence's tour, which was meant in part to counter the North's outreach to Seoul, has taken a back seat to the highly anticipated meetings between senior North Korean officials and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Now there are positive signs for a breakthrough in the turbulent relationship between Pyongyang and Seoul. Even so, Pence and other USA officials seemed to be open to the possibility of a meeting, even if they were not actively seeking one.
  • President Trump says Democratic intelligence memo will 'be released soon'

    President Trump says Democratic intelligence memo will 'be released soon'

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    The House Intelligence Committee voted on February 5 to unanimously to approve the release of a Democratic rebuttal memo authored by ranking member Adam Schiff. Kelly said he had given FBI, DOJ and intelligence officials until Thursday to review the document. Schiff, who has traded bitter Twitter messages with the president after Trump called him one of "the biggest liars and leakers" in Washington , warned this week that Trump might call for "political edits" meant to erase embarrassing ...
  • What Is Nancy Pelosi Up To?

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    After passage in the Senate, the deal will move to the House for approval. It was instead an unusual use of her prerogative, as a leader, to speak for longer than most members are allowed. But cooler heads prevailed on the House floor . Some sat and listened for a while, or slipped sheets of paper with new Dreamer stories for Pelosi to read onto a growing pile.
  • Turkey's offensive in Syria runs into problems: mountains and mud

    Turkey's offensive in Syria runs into problems: mountains and mud

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    At least 229 people were killed from Monday to Thursday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group. Diplomacy is making no progress towards ending a war now approaching its eighth year, having killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced half the pre-war Syrian population of 23 million from their homes, with millions forced out as refugees.
  • Pelosi says she's voting "no" on budget deal, talks infrastructure plans

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    If passed , the bill would prevent a government shutdown that's scheduled for Thursday at midnight if Congress isn't able to pass a funding deal in time . Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-immigration America's Voice, said in a statement that Democrats must vote against the deal to prove their commitment to DACA recipients.
  • Kim Jong Un invites S. Korea's Moon to Pyongyang

    Kim Jong Un invites S. Korea's Moon to Pyongyang

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    South Korean President Moon Jae-in has used the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which begin today, to renew the dialogue with North Korea . At the Olympic Stadium's VIP box, Kim Yo Jong and North Korea's nominal head of state, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam, took their place among dignitaries from around the world, including U.S.
  • Samsung 'DeX Pad' leaks, seemingly confirms a headphone jack for Galaxy S9

    Samsung 'DeX Pad' leaks, seemingly confirms a headphone jack for Galaxy S9

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    A flurry of reports said that Samsung will replace the DeX Dock that accompanied the Galaxy S8 with a DeX Pad that will let users turn the phone into a mouse pad or keyboard during Android PC mode. Also along for the ride is the Samsung Experience 9 .0, which includes Samsung-specific UI and UX enhancements for the operating system. The new DeX Pad simplifies it as your Galaxy S9 or the Galaxy S9 Plus smartphone will change into a touchpad or a virtual keyboard based on the ...
  • Kim Jong Un invites South Korea's Moon to Pyongyang

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    Before leaving Japan for Korea, Pence announced that the US would unveil in coming days "the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on ever". It is rare for the North's official media to refer to the South's leader as president, usually describing them as chief executive or similar, and even more unusual for a picture of them to be shown.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers acquire Rodney Hood, George Hill in three-team trade

    Cleveland Cavaliers acquire Rodney Hood, George Hill in three-team trade

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    Coming into Cleveland are players like Rodney Hood , George Hill , Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr . Sacramento will also receive a second-round pick and cash considerations. Hood now has an opportunity to become a major contributor for the Cavaliers over the second half of this season. Per Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, the Jazz are expected release Derrick Rose , who is in the final year of his contract.
  • Where to Watch the Winter Olympics, Craft Cocktail in Hand

    Where to Watch the Winter Olympics, Craft Cocktail in Hand

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    Kim Yo Jong is the first member of the ruling Kim family bearing the bloodline of the sacred Mount Paektu, a centrepiece of the North's idolisation and propaganda campaign, to cross the border into the South since the 1950-53 Korean War. Meanwhile, Japan and the US are trying to keep up the worldwide pressure on Pyongyang. "However, what we had to learn is that during the time this dialogue continued, North Korea has no intention whatsoever of abandoning its nuclear or missile development", ...
  • Newspapers hails PM Modi's visit to UAE

    Newspapers hails PM Modi's visit to UAE

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    In July past year, Modi made history by becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel. Modi's visit to Palestine would be his first, though the he has met Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on three previous occasions. "I look forward to strengthening India's growing and important ties with West Asia and the Gulf region through the visit", Modi had said in his departure statement.
  • Modi's Ramallah visit to underline Indian support for Palestine

    Modi's Ramallah visit to underline Indian support for Palestine

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    Modi made the first trip to Israel by an Indian prime minister past year followed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to India last month. The diplomatic balance has been kept, somewhat, though the earlier close friendship with the Palestinians may have eased.
  • Black History month events focus on 'African Americans in times of war'

    Black History month events focus on 'African Americans in times of war'

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    Black history month is an annual celebration that aims to recognize the role of blacks in USA history. At Otter Creek Middle School, eighth-grader Dru White was among several students who helped make a large, paper mosaic featuring the likeness of Rita Dove, an African-American poet and essayist.
  • Australia enter final with third consecutive win

    Australia enter final with third consecutive win

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    It was the third straight win to open the tri-series for the No.7 ranked T20 team. They were outgunned in the ODI series , but Australia put England in the shade for the second consecutive Twenty20. Opener Alex Hales fell in the second over through a brilliant catch to Finch, who tested his susceptible hamstring by running back and covering much ground to take a well-judged snare much to the delight of his beloved hometown fans.
  • Senate Spending Bills In Peril As Last-Minute Objections Arise

    Senate Spending Bills In Peril As Last-Minute Objections Arise

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    Until Trump signed the bill, which the Senate passed with a vote of 71-28 and the House of Representatives approved by a count of 240-186, federal agencies were technically without funding. White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said the president is also concerned about spending in Washington , but that the White House supports the bipartisan budget agreement.
  • Trump tells Israel it will have to make 'hard compromises for peace'

    Trump tells Israel it will have to make 'hard compromises for peace'

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    He said the move was not meant to prejudge negotiations on the final borders of the city and instead merely recognizes that Jerusalem already serves as Israel's capital. In the Hebrew-language translation of an excerpt from Trump's interview with Israel Hayom editor-in-chief Boaz Bismuth, Trump said that both Israel and the Palestinians would need to compromise significantly to achieve peace.
  • US President and Indian PM discuss Maldivian issue in a phone call

    US President and Indian PM discuss Maldivian issue in a phone call

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    During the phone call, the two leaders made a point of pledging 'to continue working together to enhance security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, ' according to the White House readout. "They also exchanged views on Burma and ways to address the plight of the Rohingya refugees". As of now there are some 680,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh putting enormous pressure in the economy of Bangladesh.
  • Pelosi Marathon Speech on Immigration Breaks 1909 House Record

    Pelosi Marathon Speech on Immigration Breaks 1909 House Record

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    Pelosi spoke in opposition of a recent Senate deal reached between Democrats and Republicans to fund the government, which did not include any immigration provisions (primarily, legal status for 'Dreamers, ' or those authorized to be legally in the US due to one of President Obama's executive orders).
  • Storm barrels through US Midwest with snow and frigid temperatures

    Storm barrels through US Midwest with snow and frigid temperatures

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    While it isn't too bad the most major delays seem to be flights to Ohio, Illinois especially flights to Chicago and to cities in MI like Kalamazoo, Lansing and Alpena. People should stay off the roads if possible, but if they drive they should expect delays and hazardous conditions. Chicago was anticipating six to 12 inches of snow early on Friday morning with more snow expected over the weekend, according to the service's weather forecast.
  • Sonia Gandhi says Rahul is her boss too, wants to wo

    Sonia Gandhi says Rahul is her boss too, wants to wo

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    Addressing the meeting of the Congress Party in Parliament, Gandhi said the process of revival of party fortunes has already begun citing the party's performance in Gujarat assembly elections and the huge victories in the recent bypolls in Rajasthan.
  • East Ghouta 'drowning in blood' after third day of bombing

    East Ghouta 'drowning in blood' after third day of bombing

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    The PYD/PKK is the Syrian offshoot of the terrorist group PKK, which has been designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the USA and the European Union alike. Nauert said the U.S.is "extremely concerned" about the growing violence in eastern Ghouta, as well as in Idlib. The United Nations Security Council has rejected an appeal from UN aid officials for a monthlong humanitarian cease-fire in Syria amid separate calls by the United States for Syria and its ally Russian Federation to ...
  • Weekend weather could be 'impactful' for Riverbend

    Weekend weather could be 'impactful' for Riverbend

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    Aside from some passing snow showers in northwestern New Jersey on Friday , "it doesn't look like there will be any snow this weekend", he noted. Southeast wind around 5 miles per hour. Watch ABC 17 News for the newest forecast and check back here for updates. Tuesday - Partly sunny, with a high near 34.
  • Mike Pence didn't snub North Koreans deliberately, officials say

    Mike Pence didn't snub North Koreans deliberately, officials say

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    Washington insists that Pyongyang - which is under multiple sets of UN Security Council sanctions - must take concrete steps towards denuclearisation before any negotiations can happen. They expressed scepticism on the prospects for a summit, with professor Koh Yu-hwan of Dongguk University not expecting one "in the foreseeable future".
  • White House Speechwriter Resigns Amid Abuse Accusations

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    However, he has denied the allegations. This is obviously a tough time for him but he did a very good job while he was in the White House . Sorensen denied the allegations in a lengthy statement released Friday night to CNN and other media.
  • Republicans approves massive budget deal Video

    Republicans approves massive budget deal Video

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    The Senate is expected to vote on, and pass, a budget compromise which was hammered out by leadership from both sides of the aisle. Rand Paul blocked plans for a quick Senate vote, blaming his fellow Republicans for being "complicit" in the looming return of trillion-dollar budget deficits .
  • With IS down but not out, Syria's war escalates on multiple fronts

    With IS down but not out, Syria's war escalates on multiple fronts

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    Bombardment resumed on several Eastern Ghouta towns on Friday morning, killing 13 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor. As the US fits neither, formally speaking, they aren't a side in the Syrian Civil War (though the US Department of Defense acknowledged at the end of a year ago that there were in fact thousands of US military personnel in the country) and so their diplomats have not been part of any recent peace talks, except in ...
  • Lawmakers press to reopen government, pass huge budget deal

    Lawmakers press to reopen government, pass huge budget deal

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    A short government shutdown is assured as the Senate has recessed until just after a Thursday midnight deadline to pass a temporary funding bill. The bill also keeps the government running until late March. Democrats in the lower chamber seemed prepared to withhold their votes to strong-arm House Republican leadership into giving them a commitment on an immigration compromise - a strategy that evokes their Senate colleagues' tactic that led to the last government shutdown.
  • 'Trump' and 'Kim' thrown out of the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony

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    On the eve of the opening ceremony , the North carried out a large military parade in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People's Army and displayed what appeared to be ICBMs. Kim Yong Nam on Friday took a picture with Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook before entering the reception room. Moon hosted talks with Kim Yo-jong at the the presidential Blue House in Seoul .
  • US Senate reaches two-year budget deal to avert govt shutdown

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    A bipartisan measure to avoid the impending USA government shutdown was announced on Wednesday - but questions remain about whether it will pass. Politico notes , "The agreement increases defense spending this year by $ 80 billion and domestic spending by $ 63 billion beyond strict budget caps, according to a summary of the deal obtained by Politico ".
  • Mattis vows 'Dreamers' serving in military will not be deported

    Mattis vows 'Dreamers' serving in military will not be deported

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    When he canceled DACA previous year, President Trump gave Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative solution to save some 800,000 DACA beneficiaries from being deported. In September, the Pentagon said fewer than 900 people now serving or who have signed contracts to serve are recipients of the program. About 800 DACA recipients are now enrolled in the armed forces, according to Reuters.
  • US government shuts down after Senate's failure to vote on budget deal

    US government shuts down after Senate's failure to vote on budget deal

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    In last month's closure, the vast majority of Senate Democrats voted to block a bill that would have kept the government open, only to retreat a few days later and agree to end the closure. "I can't in all honesty look the other way". "Isn't that the very definition of intellectual dishonesty? " he demanded. "We will bring a solution to the floor, one that the president will sign", said Ryan.
  • An ugly start to the morning for men's figure skaters

    An ugly start to the morning for men's figure skaters

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    The Winter Olympics may have just started, but the US figure skating team has already set a record. Israel's Alexei Bychenko racked up a season's best of 88.49 to finish second with his skate to "Hava Nagila", a Jewish folk song. It wasn't the best of starts for the 27-year-old, who didn't come close to his personal best of 102.13. "Honestly, just let myself down", he said. "In the individual I'll be more ready".
  • Olympics: Curling siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton are a mixed blessing

    Olympics: Curling siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton are a mixed blessing

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    The United States , which registered a 9-3 victory in its opener against the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, fell to 1-1 in round robin play with the loss, while Canada also moved to 1-1. The siblings teamed up three years ago after they learned mixed doubles would become a part of the Olympics, ESPN reports . It is round-robin tournament played by teams of two - one man and one woman.
  • Naidu expresses deep concern over negative public perception of House

    Naidu expresses deep concern over negative public perception of House

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    In the morning, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien had given a notice under Rule 267 to discuss the alleged overreach of West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi who was trying to bypass the state government in administrative matters. The meeting took place after they joined hands in boycotting the Upper House for the first time in this budget session. "We have written to the chairperson jointly", said Trinamool leader Sukhendu Sekhar Roy.