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Trump aides discuss Crimea, Russian sanctions with Ukraine MP


Ukrainian political efforts to oppose Poroshenko were in part developed by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort , who left the campaign after his varied connections to Russia-aligned leaders in Ukraine were exposed back in August. Artemenko has defended peace plans he has pushed previously as nothing more than honest, but following the Times' article , Ukraine's ambassador Valeriy Chaly criticized Artemenko's involvement and the unofficial plan as being tipped in Russia's favor. Read More »

Malaysia summons envoy as Kim killing row deepens

There are neighbors like Russian Federation, and other nations isolated by politics and sanctions, like Syria and Cuba. Did you know we also employ several hundred North Korean workers? Chinese customs classifies North Korean coal as anthracite as opposed to coking coal, but in practice North Korean cargoes are mainly used for steel-making or in higher value industries such as ceramics, making them direct competition for coking coal. Read More »

Hugh Jackman graces the Berlinale red carpet for the 'Logan' premiere


Grant , Stephen Merchant , Dafne Keen, Eriq La Salle, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Elise Neal. James Mangold's Logan is an interesting example of the somewhat lowered expectations which we possess for superhero comic book movies. Logan is the movie that finally satisfies the wish fulfillment of those superhero movie conversations that that speculate on what a hard R-rated superhero movie would look like with a major established character. Read More »

Hundreds of Anti-Trump Protesters Gather as MPs Clash over State Visit

The nonbinding debate was called in response to an online petition with more than 1.8 million signatures saying a formal state visit "would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen". "Our hope is that this mass movement can swing public opinion on a range of issues in a way that progressives have never managed before, and on issues on which we have been losing for decades", the group's spokesman said. Read More »

Bill Gates: Job-stealing robots should pay income taxes


It's all cyclical. If robots replace jobs in factories, retail, agriculture and even accounting, then more workers can pursue the jobs that really require human empathy and interaction. You cross the threshold of job-replacement of certain activities all sort of at once. "Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year", he said . Read More »

Pakistan hits militant bases in Afghanistan, envoy summoned

Some reports said several militants, including the deputy commander of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Adil Bacha, were killed in the strikes. The list with the suspects was handed over to Afghan officials at the Pakistan army's headquarters, but the Pakistani military doesn't specify who was on that list. Read More »

Newly trained USA carrier strike group starts West Philippine Sea patrol


Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said tension in the South China Sea had stabilised due to the hard work between China and Southeast Asia countries, and urged foreign nations including the United States to respect this. The deployment comes as the new Trump administration continues to define its policies and priorities towards the South China Sea. China says the sea is nearly entirely under its control and has been militarising islands in a bid to bolster its claim over a host ... Read More »

China Is Finally Putting The Screws To North Korea


The decision comes days after North Korea tested a ballistic missile, violating a United Nations ban on its nuclear programme, and will deprive the cash-starved Communist country of crucial foreign exchange. North Korea has accelerated its development of nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles since 2009, when it walked away from six-party talks involving the US, South Korea, China, Russia and Japan. Read More »

Travel ban: Donald Trump's 'streamlined' ban to exempt green card holders


By including this context in its fact sheets , and emphasizing that 75 percent of the immigrants detained last week had some kind of criminal conviction, the Trump administration emphasized continuity. Those children would no longer be protected against deportation, and their parents would be subject to criminal prosecution if they had paid human traffickers to bring their children across the border - a common scenario now. Read More »

Watch Iraqis Drift Through Mosul to Bedevil ISIS

Mosul has been in the hands of "IS" since June 2014. Police units quickly moved into the village of Athba about three miles southwest of the city's airport, encountering only light resistance, according to an AP reporter on the scene. Erbil - Several ISIS commanders and their families are escaping from Mosul through Tal Afar and al-Baaj to Syria after managing to break the siege imposed by militias of Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) around Tal Afar. Read More »

Donald Trump attacks 'lying' media during Florida rally

Shortly after starting his speech Saturday in Melbourne, Fla ., Donald Trump recognized a supporter from media appearances earlier in the day and asked him to join him on the stage. He also offered "greetings" from the president. The president seemed to relish being back in front of his supporters , and even brought one fan up on stage who had been queueing since 4am. Read More »

Teenage boy badly hurt after shark attack off Australian coast

Glenn Dickson from Mission Beach is a keen fisherman according to close friend Simeon Ballantyne who was shocked to hear about the attack off Hinchinbrook Island in North Queensland. He said the three friends pulled him into their boat and one of them, an ex- military serviceman with first aid training, tied a tourniquet high up on the man's thigh to stop the massive blood loss. Read More »

Barack Obama Ranked 12th Best President

Fisking each of these categories would be fun, but suffice to say that had I taken this poll, Obama earns a one (one being the worst) in each of these categories. Three presidents continue to hold the same bottom rankings as they did in 2000 and 2009: James Buchanan remains in last place at #43, preceded by Andrew Johnson (#42) and Franklin Pierce (#41). Read More »

Alexander Acosta As New Labor Nominee

Acosta understands that our nation's diversity is our strength", Torres-Díaz wrote in a press release . He has been a lawyer with the firm of Kirkland and Ellis and taught law at the George Mason Law School. "His previous experience on the National Labor Relations Board and at the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division proves that he knows how to fairly and equitably represent all American values". Read More »

Dwight Yorke refused entry into the United States under Trump ban

He was "made to feel like a criminal" during the ordeal, the one-time premier league star told United Kingdom tabloid The Sun , though travel restrictions in place since 2015 were the reason he was denied entry. I thought "what is happening here?". Yorke, however, was technically denied entry courtesy of an Obama-administration regulation which requires that anyone holding a passport stamp from those same seven nations must first obtain a visa to enter the United States. Read More »

'The Great Wall' Surprised Me with its Epic Sets and Deadly Monsters

William manages to chop off the thing's hand before it falls over a cliff. There are the obvious problems - it's undeniable that Damon is playing a (fairly lackluster) white savior, Lin has her moments as an overly emotional woman, and I heard the word "bitch" (maybe the film's only curse word?) one too many times. Read More »

Samsung Heir Arrives at Court to Avert Second Arrest Warrant


Lee was taken into custody at the Seoul Detention Centre. No decision had been made on whether Lee's arrest would be contested or whether bail would be sought, a spokeswoman for Samsung Group said. The Korean tech giant is accused of giving money, almost 38 million dollars to entities controlled by President Park's confidante Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for support of a 2015 merger of two Samsung affiliates, that was deemed critical to finalizing Lee's succession to the top of Samsung ... Read More »

Duterte hits back at Trillanes, calls senator 'tulisan'

Prosecutors alleged de Lima, while she was justice secretary under President Benigno Aquino, received huge bribes from detained drug lords to finance her senatorial campaign past year, and they say some of the drug lords would testify against her. Read More »

Paul Scholes sends Man United warning to Jose Mourinho


Ander Herrera has established himself as one of Mourinho's first choice midfielders alongside Pogba, and Scholes believes there is one player who could help Mourinho get the best out of both of them. Whether this is likely to make any waves ahead of the Oscars in 11 days' time - or, indeed, if it matches up to the standard of the United squad as pilots for Independence Day: Resurgence past year - is something we'll leave to the viewers. Read More »

Brewery Offers Paid Leave For Employees With New Puppies


I commend BrewDog brewery for their dog-friendly workplace, and for their paw-ternity policy that provides all employees with one week off when they bring home a new puppy. "People and beer. We also just really really like dogs". BrewDog, a canine-inspired Scottish beer company, will offer the benefit to staff at its soon-to-be opened OH brewery. Read More »

One dead, 20 injured as Brussels-bound train tips over in derailment

It is now unclear the reason why the train dislodged from the tracks. According to Leuven fire department, two persons are said to be critically injured. Louis Tobback, the mayor of Louvain, which is 25 kilometres (15 miles) east of Brussels, said one person died and several other people were hurt badly, Belga news agency said. Read More »

Patrick Stewart Talks About Logan Pushing The Envelope With Its R Rating


The kind of character who would hate for things to go back to the way they were, he's determined to recapture Laura but this deep-seated desire doesn't make the character one-dimensional. It's a sad sight, but Stewart gives all that doddering a certain dignity. Now with Logan , which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday, Jackman is saying goodbye to the role that made him an global star. Read More »

Police brutality protests in Paris suburbs


One of the officers is already under investigation in the alleged sodomizing of another young black man during an arrest February 2. One officer has been charged with rape and the three others with assault. "I saw him with his baton". Demonstrations have taken place across France since the alleged incident happened on February 2 and a total of 200 people have been arrested so far. Read More »

Trent Richardson arrested on domestic violence charge

Former NFL running back Trent Richardson was arrested Thursday night in Alabama on charges of domestic violence according to a report filed by the Hoover police department. He'll be released when the bond is posted. His professional career never really panned out. The former No. 3 overall pick was a disappointment for a pair of franchises, first the Browns who traded up to take him in 2012. Read More »

Tony Blair says independence case is 'more credible' after Brexit


Mr Blair had earlier accused the Government of pursuing "Brexit at any cost " as he claimed the British public had voted with "imperfect knowledge" last summer. This will dominate the agenda of any government for years, taking the focus away from important issues like the decline of the National Health Service and "ironically" controlling immigration, he said. Read More »