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House GOP blocks Iowa Rep. Steve King from committees

House GOP blocks Iowa Rep. Steve King from committees House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced the move against King on Monday. McCarthy, R-Calif., called King's remarks "beneath the dignity of the Party of Lincoln and the United States of America". The decision to remove King from the committees came amid a wave of backlash in Congress for his comments. "Rep King's statements are unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position". [Full Article...]

Trump suggests 'full Indian garb' for Warren's husband in renewed attack

Trump suggests 'full Indian garb' for Warren's husband in renewed attack Last night, President Donald Trump invoked the massacre at Wounded Knee to mock an Instagram Live video that Sen. Trump has long called Warren "Pocahontas" as a way of undercutting her claim to Native American heritage in attempting to denigrate her credibility. [Full Article...]

Trump denies ever working for Russian Federation, blasts investigators

Trump denies ever working for Russian Federation, blasts investigators U.S. President Donald Trump declared Monday, "I never worked for Russian Federation", days after news reports suggested he might be beholden to Russian Federation and President Vladimir Putin . But the interpreter told them that the president had taken the notes after the meeting, and had instructed the translator not to discuss the meeting, the former official said. [Full Article...]

Graham urging Trump to reopen government for a few weeks

Graham urging Trump to reopen government for a few weeks Graham had earlier told reporters he would support Trump declaring an emergency in order to get the desired funds for dealing with what Trump claims is an immigration crisis on the southern USA border, voicing frustration that Democrats in the past had voted in favor of funding some barriers on the border yet have so far resisted Trump's demand. [Full Article...]

Syrian air defences intercept 'missiles' near Damascus: State media

Syrian air defences intercept 'missiles' near Damascus: State media Missiles fired by Israeli warplanes struck a warehouse at Damascus International Airport late Friday, causing damage but no casualties, a Syrian military official said . Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel was behind a series of airstrikes targeting "Iranian warehouses" at Syria's Damascus worldwide airport overnight Friday. [Full Article...]

Turkey Hails Pompeo Comments Over Defense Against 'Terrorists'

Turkey Hails Pompeo Comments Over Defense Against 'Terrorists' Residents near border crossings that are typically used by USA forces going in and out of Syria from Iraq said they had seen no obvious or large-scale movement of U.S. In a televised speech in December, he said Turkey's army would be ready "neutralize terrorist organizations" in upcoming months, according to the Financial Times . [Full Article...]

3 dead, 23 hurt in Ottawa double-decker bus crash

3 dead, 23 hurt in Ottawa double-decker bus crash The third had been standing on the station platform, Watson said. "Outstanding investigators are doing that work, but it takes time", Bordeleau said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in Saskatchewan, tweeted his "deepest condolences to the families of victims". "Where I was (at the back of the bus), there was blood pooling underneath the seats just in front of me", he told CTV Ottaw... [Full Article...]

U.S. starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria

U.S. starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details that have not yet been publicly announced. Hours earlier, Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the US -led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria " has started. [Full Article...]

Canada grants asylum to Saudi runaway teen fleeing allegedly abusive family

Canada grants asylum to Saudi runaway teen fleeing allegedly abusive family But after being detained by Thai authorities, she refused to board a flight back to Kuwait, barricading herself in a hotel room. Teenager had pulled her Twitter account over "threats" earlier on Friday. She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room, attracting worldwide attention. He said Ms Alqunun's father wanted his daughter back but respected her decision. [Full Article...]

Federal Bureau of Investigation probed whether Trump was Russian agent

Federal Bureau of Investigation probed whether Trump was Russian agent The inquiry is now part of special counsel Robert Mueller's broader investigation into the 2016 election and whether any of Trump's associates conspired with any Russian interference. "Not only would it be an issue of obstructing an investigation, but the obstruction itself would hurt our ability to figure out what the Russians had done, and that is what would be the threat to national s... [Full Article...]

Hindu Democrat Tulsi Gabbard to Run for US Presidency in 2020

Hindu Democrat Tulsi Gabbard to Run for US Presidency in 2020 Tulsi Gabbard , a Democrat holding a congressional seat in Hawaii , is an Iraq War veteran and now serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Gabbard, 37, arrived in Congress six years ago after an underdog campaign for Hawaii's mostly rural 2nd District. She was one of the few lawmakers to back Sen. [Full Article...]

Senior Executive of Huawei Canada Leaves Post As Company Faces Increasing Scrutiny

Senior Executive of Huawei Canada Leaves Post As Company Faces Increasing Scrutiny The U.S. criticism has led to a number of Western countries and companies to review whether they should allow Huawei's equipment to be used in their telecoms networks. The Huawei employee was identified as the company's sales director for Poland, Weijing W., while the Polish citizen, Piotr D., worked for a telecommunications company called Orange Polska. [Full Article...]

Russian lawyer in Trump Tower meeting charged in Kremlin-linked obstruction case

Russian lawyer in Trump Tower meeting charged in Kremlin-linked obstruction case And it renews questions about the circumstances of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting , which also was attended by Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. Goldstone initiated the meeting, billing it to Trump Jr.as one to get " dirt " on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton , according to emails. [Full Article...]

Minister contradicts May on ‘no-deal Brexit’

Minister contradicts May on ‘no-deal Brexit’ Furthermore, Labour have declared that, should Theresa May's Brexit deal get voted down next week, they will table an immediate motion of no confidence in the government. If the government lose a no confidence motion, there will be a period of 14 days in which parties can seek to find an alternative working majority in parliament and a general election would be called if they fail to do so... [Full Article...]

DRC election: Catholic church cries foul

DRC election: Catholic church cries foul DR Congo's powerful Catholic Church says election results tallied by its observers do not match official results announced on Thursday by the country's election commission, which named Felix Tshisekedi as the surprise victor. Western skepticism is growing over the Democratic Republic of Congo's announced presidential election results, with France bluntly calling them inconsistent with other findin... [Full Article...]

Amnesty praises United Nations refugee ruling on Saudi woman

Amnesty praises United Nations refugee ruling on Saudi woman She was later placed in the care of UNHCR workers while her bid for refugee status was considered. It noted that Hakeem al-Araibi, a refugee and "torture survivor" from Bahrain granted residence in Australia, has been detained by Thailand since November awaiting a hearing on a Bahraini extradition request. [Full Article...]

Manafort shared 2016 polling data with Russian employee, according to court filing

Manafort shared 2016 polling data with Russian employee, according to court filing Attorneys for Paul Manafort appeared to have mistakenly filed a court document Tuesday that made portions that were supposed to be redacted completely readable. Manafort is suffering from depression and anxiety and is at times confined to a wheelchair because of gout. In another faultily redacted portion, Manafort's attorneys revealed that an unnamed third party texted Manafort last May asking... [Full Article...]

France Reveals Terms of Its Withdrawal From Syria

France Reveals Terms of Its Withdrawal From Syria The talks focused on "the security situation in Syria", the readout said, and "the deliberate, coordinated effort to withdraw US ground forces from Syria". Like all states in the region, Turkey finds the Trump administration's Syria policies to be extremely confusing. In 2009, Obama said: "Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested emp... [Full Article...]

Bill To Give Citizenship To Non-Muslim Immigrants Passed By Lok Sabha

Bill To Give Citizenship To Non-Muslim Immigrants Passed By Lok Sabha Withdrawal of the AGP, which has 14 MLAs in the 126-member assembly, would not have any immediate effect on the future of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led government that still has the backing of 74 MLAs. The North East Students' Union (NESO) - the umbrella student body representing all the states - has also called for the bandh across seven northeastern states, which is being supported by the AGP, the ... [Full Article...]

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun: Saudi teen granted Thailand stay after fleeing family

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun: Saudi teen granted Thailand stay after fleeing family Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun has been at Bangkok airport since Saturday having fled from her family and she fears that if she is repatriated her family will kill her . "We are very grateful that the Thai authorities did not send back Ms. Alqunun against her will and are extending protection for her", said Giuseppe de Vicentiis, UNHCR's representative in Thailand said on Tuesday. [Full Article...]


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