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Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand's prime minister announces she is pregnant


The deputy PM, Winston Peters, will serve as acting prime minister to allow Ardern to take six weeks maternity leave after the baby is born, though Ardern said she meant to fully "fully contactable". Two of New Zealand's former prime ministers were among the first to offer congratulations. 'We wanted a family but weren't sure it would happen for us, which has made this news unexpected but exciting'. Read More »

Wisconsin unemployment hit record low in December


Since 2011, 391,300 net new private sector jobs have been created in Tennessee. Last year was a good year in Georgia for job creation, employment and increases in the workforce. The Hispanic unemployment rate in 2017 was 5 percent, a 0.3 percentage point drop from to 2016, and the rate for white Minnesotans was at 2.9 percent, compared with 3 percent in 2016. Read More »

North Korea to send 230 cheer squad to Olympics


A person who signed one of the many petitions circulating in Korea opposing the joint team wrote: "This isn't the same as gluing a broken plate together". The Canadian coach of the South Korean women's hockey team says she has "mixed feelings" about including players from North Korea on her roster. Although the two countries' athletes have marched together as recently as the early 2000s, they have not competed as a joint team since 1991. Read More »

Report outlines options for state income tax change


He also promised a tax break for middle income New Yorkers. In a flat rate system, the employer would pay the same tax for all wages, regardless of an employee's income. Wednesday's report was described as preliminary and subject to approval by lawmakers. A proposal to impose a payroll tax on employers, which is still legally deductible on federal taxes, would be an effort to stave off some effects of the federal tax overhaul on NY residents, many of whom stand to lose some of their state ... Read More »

We want immigrants 'from everywhere' to come to US


Lindsey Graham said Wednesday he won't vote for a short-term spending bill - also known as a continuing resolution or CR - that Republicans are attempting to pass by Friday night to avoid a government shutdown. "I want them to come in from everywhere", Trump told reporters yesterday in a brief response to a question surrounding the controversy about his recent statement in which he allegedly said he wants more people to come from Norway. Read More »

Republicans fight to avert shutdown amid immigration blowup


A blur of closed-door meetings and backroom negotiations ended on Capitol Hill Wednesday with no visible progress toward an agreement to keep the government open past a Friday deadline - and zero headway in parallel talks on immigration. McSally seemed aligned with Trump's view of Democrats and immigration, claiming Sunday: "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military ". Read More »

UN Chief Warns Against Endangering Iran Nuclear Deal Over Unrelated Issues


Russian Federation today warned at the UN Security Council that the collapse of the Iranian nuclear deal would send an "alarming" message to the world and compromise efforts to persuade North Korea to scrap its nuclear arsenal. Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016. Read More »

Man fools cops with fake vehicle made of snow


The police came to investigate the "vehicle" because it appeared to be parked in a snow removal zone, only to find that the auto was a giant snow sculpture. "It was a handsome day", Laprise told VICE. It took Laprise four hours to create it outside his home after Monday's storm. He even showed some before shots of the piles of snow used to sculpt it and told fans of his work that he was simply "playing in the snow!" The police apparently enjoyed the prank, writing in a ticket to ... Read More »

Aeterna Zentaris (AEZS) Buy, Hold or Sell? What Analysts Recommend

A trend analysis is a method of analysis that allows traders to predict what will happen with a stock in the future. Moving averages are used as a strong indicator for technical stock analysis and it helps investors in figuring out where the stock has been and also facilitate in determining where it may be possibly heading. Read More »

Japan, Australia push for defence pact amid tension

Abe and Turnbull confirmed their commitment to realizing a rules-based maritime order amid their wariness about Beijing's expansionary ambitions in the East and South China seas and Indian Ocean. allies and regional powers that share Japan's concerns about North Korea and China. North Korea launched two ballistic missiles over Japan past year. Read More »

North and South Korea could build first unified Olympic team ever


Asked whether the escalating rhetoric between Trump and Kim risks triggering a nuclear catastrophe, Tillerson's Canadian counterpart, Chrystia Freeland, emphasized that blame for the tensions lies squarely with the North Korean regime. South Korean media have predicted only up to 10 North Korean athletes will end up being covered by an additional quota from the IOC. In Washington , a senior USA official said that the meeting had been planned for months and sought to push back against ... Read More »

Guam AG joins others seeking "safe harbor" banking legislation for legalized marijuana


Marijuana was classified as Schedule 1 on Day 1. "With all of the West Coast states having legalized adult-use cannabis, our organizations strongly believe that we must move towards a collaborative process to ensure that we maximize our political power, offer our members the most comprehensive benefits possible and stand together against existential federal threats", said Margolis. Read More »

Met Office lifts weather warning of strong winds for Dorset


The Met Office say: "Very strong winds will affect parts of the United Kingdom during Wednesday night and into Thursday". Large parts of Scotland , Northern Ireland and Northern England have been hit with severe weather warnings. "The strongest winds are expected to transfer eastwards across the warning area before clearing by late morning". "For people planning to travel by rail, ferry, or plane, it's a similar message - you should check with the operator ahead of time to find out if ... Read More »

Erdogan: NATO must take stance against United States over border force


The YPG denies any direct links - an assertion backed by a US-led coalition whose air strikes have helped the militia and allied Arab fighters drive Islamic State militants from tens of thousands of square kilometres of Syria. This is not a new "army" or conventional "border guard" force. "The coalition's mission has not changed: to defeat ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and set conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability", U.S. Read More »

USA forced to renew DACA permits

Is the 19th government shutdown around the corner? "Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military". Leaving aside the inexplicable hypocrisy, ask yourself: Why is it that congressional Democrats are so willing to go to the wall, so to speak, to protect illegal immigrants who were brought here as children, the so-called "Dreamers" - and yet so disdainful of lawful and native Americans, especially when it comes to securing our border? Republican Sens. Read More »

Lebanon bans Spielberg's new movie over director's link to Israel


The recommendation still needs to be signed by Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk to enter into effect but that is considered a formality that's unlikely to stop the ban. Israel occupied large areas of southern Lebanon between 1978 and 2000. A year ago they banned " Wonder Woman " actress Gal Gadot, who is from Israel and also served in the Israeli military. Read More »

Toronto police make arrest in Church and Wellesley disappearances


Idsinga added that at this point, police are busy trying to identify McArthur's other possible victims. Det. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga said that the suspect was taken into custody Wednesday morning after police came across unspecified evidence that gave investigators a "significant" break. Read More »

Africans in Diaspora to protest against Trump for Racist Remarks

But Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been critical of Trump, said Democrats were serious about a bipartisan deal on immigration. Americans remembered civil rights hero Martin Luther King on his holiday Monday, a day after US President Donald Trump vehemently denied he is a racist amid an uproar over a reported slur. Read More »

Ireland braces for snow and flooding as polar air mass arrives


Met Eireann's forecast says: "There will be sunny spells with widespread showers, some of the showers will be heavy and later with the risk of hail and sleet on higher ground in the north". "On Monday night and through Tuesday in Scotland and Northern Ireland we have issued a weather warning of possible hail and snow, with up to four inches possible above 200 metres". Read More »

United Nations presents new proposals on Greece-Macedonia name dispute


The solving of name issue is seen as the main obstacle that Macedonia should overcome in order to make progress towards its European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation integration process. Zaev said earlier this month that he believed a solution could be found by July. While the Greek leadership - at least the Syriza Party component of the ruling coalition - appears committed to resolving the name dispute in 2018, there has been a steady deterioration in Greek public attitudes ... Read More »

Swedish skier killed in Gulmarg avalanche, another missing


In 2010, at least 17 soldiers were killed after an avalanche hit the Indian army's High Altitude Warfare School in Gulmarg during their training session. Nestled in the mountain range that encircles the Indian-held Kashmir Valley, Gulmarg is a stone's throw from the highly-militarised disputed border with Pakistan. Read More »

Trump plays politics with today's 'official' visit to Pennsylvania


Jeff Flake delivered a searing indictment of President Donald Trump 's war against the press. Murphy, a doctor and low-key conservative aligned with opponents of abortion rights, stepped down in October following reports that he urged a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair to consider having an abortion. Read More »

Clean energy cost set to plunge


Renewable power generation costs continue to fall and are already very competitive to meet needs for new capacity. The report also outlined that auction results are indicating that offshore wind and concentrating solar power projects to be brought into service between 2020 and 2022 will cost $0.006-0.010/kWh, thereby supporting their accelerated deployment across the world. Read More »

Trump personally made decision to limit Bannon testimony

Bannon also was issued a subpoena to testify before a grand jury as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to undermine the chances of his rival Hillary Clinton . Read More »

Celebrities Honor Martin Luther King Jr Day


It was Dr. King's famous "I Have A Dream Speech". As we go forward with not judging people by their nationality - or the color of their skin - but by the content of their character, others around us are going to notice. "We must allow our spirits to be to be elevated to a place whereby we may become a people of objective and vision, a people who possess the ability to effect change on the earth", Collins said. Read More »

Majority Support 'Significant' Restrictions on Abortion


In fact, it appears that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign alliance with Planned Parenthood hurt her chances for the White House more than it helped. Four percent said they were unsure. "That's up a bit from a year ago", Walther said. The findings are consistent with past polls on the issue. As in previous years, there's no significant gender gap among respondents , a point noted by Townhall's Guy Benson. Read More »

Theresa May faces grilling over Government's handling of Carillion collapse


The construction company plunged into liquidation on Monday after talks with banks and ministers to secure its financial future failed. He said: "Between July and the end of a year ago the share price of Carillion fell by 90 per cent, three profit warnings were issued, unbelievably some contracts were awarded by the Government even after the third profit warning". Read More »

Withdrawal of Haj subsidy upsets the applecart in South Goa


Shareef said the decision was not unexpected since the Supreme Court verdict in 2012. In Goa, 87 pilgrims were entitled to the Haj subsidy . The Narendra Modi government has said that the funds would instead be diverted to providing education for Muslim girls. Read More »

Parents Accused Of Holding 13 Children Captive Set To Appear In Court


The New York Times reported that the 17-year-old used a cell phone she found in her home to alert police that people were being held against their will in the home . Located about a two-hour drive east of Los Angeles , Perris belongs to Riverside County . The responding officers believed all the captives were children and were surprised to learn seven were actually adults. Read More »

Dissenting SC judges meet chief justice, propose tweaks for transparency


The only thing that is clear is that the four judges and Chief Justice Dipak Mishra, against whom their allegations were directed, are having a dialogue between themselves and no side has closed the doors for resolution. In a post on Twitter on Wednesday morning, Trump wrote, "It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA ) always runs to the 9th Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts". Read More »