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China, Russia veto United Nations resolution on Syria sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin said ahead of the vote on February 28 that the sanctions "are not acceptable now" because they would hamper peace talks. Moscow had clearly telegraphed its intention to block the Security Council measure, saying it would be damaging to United Nations -led peace talks that convened last week in Geneva. Read More »

Bright lava lights up Sicilian sky as Mount Etna erupts

The port stayed open during and following the eruption, although officials made sure to follow along with the patterns of ash clouds, according to the Times of Malta . Etna is one of the world's most active volcanoes and has been known to burst into life several times a year. The 11,000-foot Mount Etna last erupted on December 3, 2015. Read More »

Police remove 9 families from homes in Ofra ahead of demolition

Nearby, dozens of protesters burned tires and blocked the entrance to Jerusalem in a show of solidarity with the residents of Ofra. One teen has been arrested and three police officers injures so far in the evacuation. The settlements are considered illegal under global law, and the worldwide community sees them as an obstacle to peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Read More »

Policeman accidentally fires during French President's speech

The officer was said to have been changing position while on a rooftop in the town of Villognon in western France when a single shot was accidentally fired. In video footage of the address the French President can be seen pausing mid-speech and turning to look in the direction of the disturbance. Hollande stopped speaking when he heard the shot, asking if anyone got hurt before saying "I hope it's nothing serious". Read More »

Abbas: Defend two-state-solution for a Palestine state

The signatories expressed concern over President Donald Trump's hawkish views - specifically his stated intention to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - as well as over the recently-passed 'Formalization Law, ' which retroactively legalizes illegal outposts built on private Palestinian land. Read More »

Security increased after threats to Jewish Community Centers in NY area


A bomb threat Monday morning closed the Indianapolis Jewish Community Center for most of the day. "Today we witnessed another round of bomb threats, this time directed at Jewish Community Centers in Tarrytown, Staten Island, New Rochelle , and Plainview, which appear to be part of a recent wave of threats against JCCs in NY and across the country", Governor Cuomo said . Read More »

Trump Says "Nobody Knew Health Care Could Be So Complicated"

Republicans in Congress and governors alike are attempting to advance the illusion that drastic spending cuts can be tempered by allowing states more "flexibility" in imposing them. Trump, who told reporters today, "It's an unbelievably complex subject". House Speaker Paul Ryan said earlier this month that a plan from the Republican House leadership would be introduced soon. Read More »

Bob Harper suffers heart attack at gym, left unconscious for two days


A doctor - who was luckily working out at the gym simultaneously - tended to Harper when he fell. The fitness trainer was hospitalized for eight days and still hasn't been cleared by his doctors to fly black to Los Angeles. The 51-year-old, who has starred on all 17 seasons, told TMZ that the heart attack had little to do with health and it is all genetics as his mother died from a heart attack. Read More »

Cops: Report of vandalism at Mount Carmel Jewish cemetery


No injuries were reported in the latest anti-Jewish bomb threats to crash over the country, a spate of hate that also hit Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to local police and media reports . Read More »

Trump takes first step to building the wall on border


No cost estimates were included, and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has said his plan is to "secure our southern border with effective physical barriers, advanced technology, and strategic deployment of law enforcement personnel". Read More »

Top China diplomat visiting USA to discuss bilateral ties

Yang is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit the country since President Donald Trump took office on January 20, 2017. The visit is taking place days after a telephonic conversation between Yang and U.S. Yang led a six-person delegation that held talks with Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and other officials, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a daily news briefing. Read More »

Children cry and flee homes following Israel's airstrike in Gaza

The planes also made two raids against Hamas lookout posts along the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, and on a base of Islamic Jihad's military wing in the north of the strip, the source said. Since a 50-day war between Israel and Gaza militants in the summer of 2014, a cease-fire has largely held. There was no immediate claim of responsibility in Gaza for the attack. Read More »

Bill Cosby To Ask Judge For Outside Jury For Criminal Trial


The district attorney's office had sought to call as many as 13 other women. Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault in the case of former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who accuses the comedian and TV star of assaulting her in his home in 2004. Read More »

Azerbaijani soldiers are killed in Karabakh fighting

A video providing a visual of Azerbaijan's Saturday attack was posted by spokesman for the Armenian Ministry of Defense Artsrun Hovhannisyan. " Azerbaijan's political and military leadership is increasing tensions at the frontline and spreads disinformation", the ministry said. Read More »

Leading Republican calls for special counsel for Trump-Russia probe


Maher pushed Issa on the question of accountability, asking if he would "let it slide" if this were 2012 and GOP candidate Mitt Romney's campaign were hacked by Russian Federation. Issa said Sunday on Fox News that while Trump is "a president that I trust", a special prosecutor should handle the inquiry so that Americans can feel assured of its independence. Read More »

Gunman kills girl, 8, after vehicle accident


Latoyia Thomas told KPRC-TV the Pontiac's driver abandoned the wreck and got into the third auto, a dark, four-door sedan. After the crash, the driver of the Pontiac jumped into the sedan, Thomas said. "Each one of those bullets hit the back of my auto where my baby was", she said. Thomas said she was unable to slow down in time, and the cars collided with each other. Read More »

Iran is honoring the nuclear deal, the United Nations says

Based on the agreement, Iran agreed to scale back its nuclear activities to a considerable degree in return for the lift of global sanctions. "It is expected that almost 650 tons of the yellowcake shipment will arrive in Tehran directly in two batches shipped over two years". Read More »

Darrell Issa: Jeff Sessions Should Recuse Himself From Trump-Russia Probe

Asked by Maher if it were 2012 and it was Romney's campaign that was hacked and Obama who had a lot of contact with Russian Federation if he would let the matter "slide" Issa said, "No". But when pressed by Maher , Issa added: "You're right that you can not have somebody - a friend of mine, Jeff Sessions - who was on the campaign and who is an appointee". Read More »

Decimated Cavs gored by Bulls for the 3rd time


The Bulls won at Cleveland on January 4 - one of just five losses suffered by the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Many, however, had thought that National Basketball Association trade deadline time would also bring the franchise the #2 guy that so many believe LeBron James craves, such as the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony or Bulls' Jimmy Butler. Read More »

Anti-migrant protests in South Africa turn violent

The lawmaker further said that without a sustained global coalition that includes economic, diplomatic, and social sanctions against South Africa, the government will continue to issue apologies to countries of victims of xenophobia and other hate crimes but would do nothing to stem the ugly tide in the country. Read More »

Fox News' Swedish 'security advisor' has heads scratching


Alas, the person they introduced as a "defense and national security advisor" is known as such only to the Fox News team, as Swedish officials have never heard of the mysterious Nils Bildt. "The issue is Swedish refusal to discuss their social problems and issues", Bildt said in a statement to Mediaite. In an email to Dagens Nyheter , Bildt explained the blunder himself: "It was a Fox News editor who used this title - I had no control over their choice of the title". Read More »

The People's Court judge Joseph Wapner dies aged 97

Famed The People's Court judge Joseph Wapner has sadly passed away, according to the Associated Press . Judge Joseph Wapner died Sunday after a week of health problems in which he was initially hospitalized for respiratory issues, then returned home under hospice care. Read More »

DU professor calls violence a ideal fascist movement

Delhi Metro officials shut down the exit number 5 and 6 of ITO metro station after students and teachers from SRCC, Hindu, KMC, Miranda college, Ramjas College, Ambedkar University, Jamia Milia Islamia and Mata Sundari joined the protest. The duo is accused of making hate speeches and shouting anti-national slogans in JNU campus a year ago. DCW Chief Swati Maliwal has pointed out in the notice that a similar "manhandling" of female students by policemen had happened a year ago when they were ... Read More »

French magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'


In an attack that recalled US President Donald Trump's confrontation with journalists, she added: "The media have chosen their candidate". Currently, Le Pen is forecast to win the most votes in the first round, but polls show she would be beaten by either Fillon or Macron in the decisive runoff on May 7. Read More »

Iraqi Forces Push Into Western Mosul


ISIS has lost over half of the territory it once controlled in Iraq, but headway against the group has been slower in Syria. In a significant shift in tactics, the global forces are now more deeply embedded with their Iraqi counterparts around Mosul, part of an effort to reduce casualties and speed the campaign. Read More »

Trump's UN Envoy Condemns Russian `Baby-Sitting' of Syria Regime

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley asked. Russian Federation says it is ready to veto a draft United Nations resolution calling for sanctions against Syria over the use of chemical weapons on civilians. It calls for an asset freeze and travel ban for the individuals and entities across all United Nations member states. The discussions coincide with talks between representatives of Assad's government and his opponents with United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura which started on Thursday ... Read More »